‘First Class’ Friday

Posted by · 12:06 pm · July 19th, 2011

Which will you choose? Via press release: LOS ANGELES (July 19, 2011) – Before they were superheroes, the fate of humanity depended on an extraordinary group of youngsters who went on to become X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. Based on the international bestselling Marvel Comics franchise, this box office hit bursts onto Blu-ray and DVD Friday, September […]

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‘Lion King’ Father’s Day PSA

Posted by · 5:24 pm · June 19th, 2011

The film will be re-released theatrically in 3D September 16 with an October 4 Blu-ray and DVD Special Edition close behind (trailer after the jump). Meanwhile, speaking of today, I figure I’ll shout-out a two-year-old list to commemorate.

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Toasting the ‘Social Network’ DVD release

Posted by · 8:32 am · January 7th, 2011

Sony pulled out all the stops last night with a big to-do soiree on behalf of the DVD/Blu-ray release of “The Social Network.” You go to these things, you expect a certain level of restraint, and then I’m pulling up to Spago and they’ve got the red carpet rolled out and the flashbulbs are popping […]

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Seven years to the day

Posted by · 10:28 am · January 3rd, 2011

Sony’s campaign for “The Social Network” sure is moving along swimmingly.  As if the critics’ groups didn’t give the film enough of a headwind going into the voting frame of phase one, the film is hitting DVD and Blu-ray January 11, a scant three months after theatrical release and right in the middle of the […]

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Extended ‘Avatar’ is the home video event of the year

Posted by · 9:22 am · November 22nd, 2010

The most exciting Blu-ray/DVD release of the year (perhaps more so than the Criterion release of Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line”) might be the three-disc Extended Collector’s Edition of James Cameron’s “Avatar.” I watched the nearly three-hour film this weekend and found it, without a doubt, a better, more fully realized experience than the […]

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Toasting the DVD release of ‘How to Train Your Dragon’

Posted by · 10:56 am · October 15th, 2010

If you haven’t heard by now, Paramount Pictures is launching full speed into a Best Picture campaign for the animated hit “How to Train Your Dragon,” and why not?  When you’re talking about Pixar-level acclaim and a highly respectable box office take, it’s worth it to test those waters. A lovely soiree last night toasting […]

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Malick’s ‘Thin Red Line’ shines on Criterion Blu

Posted by · 12:01 pm · September 28th, 2010

If you’re sitting there right now, reading these words, killing time, nothing much to do this afternoon, do yourself a favor — go out and buy the new Criterion Blu-ray release of Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line.” I’ve been delighting in this top 10 all-timer all week, probably my most anticipated home video release […]

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We all got it comin’

Posted by · 7:47 pm · August 22nd, 2010

What was the last truly immortal Best Picture winner?  Cases can be made for this or that throughout the years, but for my money, the last film to win the Academy’s top prize that is absolutely a film for the ages was Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven.” And you can get the Blu-ray on Amazon for less […]

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Cover art for ‘Thin Red Line’ Criterion release

Posted by · 12:18 pm · July 9th, 2010

A few weeks ago we told you about the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray Criterion release of Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line,” perhaps one of the most anticipated Criterion announcements yet.  The information came with sell sheet cover art, but today we get a look at the actual cover art, and as one would expect, […]

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Malick’s Pacific theatre makes its way to Criterion

Posted by · 11:12 am · June 17th, 2010

I haven’t picked up a copy of Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line” on DVD because I’m so OCD.  As in, I can’t stand the “Fox war classics” thing at the top of the case.  It’s the same reason I have a love/hate relationship with my “John Wayne classics” version of “The Man Who Shot […]

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Got a chuckle out of me

Posted by · 7:45 pm · April 21st, 2010

There’s zero extras! There’s so few extras that you put it in, you push play, and the movie starts. There are no trailers, there’s no bullshit at the beginning that you have to endlessly go through. I have a deal with the studio and it goes like this: Any movie I make that makes over […]

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Stab me in the eye

Posted by · 7:48 pm · March 1st, 2010

I’m over the moon that “Minority Report” and “Collateral” are finally making their way to Blu-ray, and I look forward to owning “Up in the Air,” but I don’t understand why home video departments feel a need to rape and pillage well-considered and often times singular marketing materials in favor of such generic nonsense as […]

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Great track

Posted by · 11:53 am · January 12th, 2010

“The Hurt Locker” hits shelves today on DVD and Blu-ray and I’ve been meaning to mention the film’s commentary feature, which I gave a listen over the weekend.  It’s an awesome track, wall-to-wall info and plenty of insights from director Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal throughout, who never let off the throttle.  Boal adds a […]

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‘Star Trek’ under the stars

Posted by · 10:46 am · November 17th, 2009

The swank, spare-no-expense shin-dig last night at the historic Griffith Observatory was officially a DVD release party for one of the summer’s biggest critical and fiscal hits.  But with nearly the entire Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s membership on hand, the general vibe of awards season in the air and the obvious implications of a fall […]

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Sneek peek at the ‘Coraline’ DVD

Posted by · 8:18 am · July 15th, 2009

Neil Miller over at Film School Rejects has an exclusive clip from one of the special features on the forthcoming “Coraline” Blu-ray/DVD. “This little sequence is called ‘Wrapping Up Coraline,’” Miller writes, “and it focuses on director Henry Selick talking about the final stages of work that went into creating this wonderful little film. He […]

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6/8 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:52 am · June 8th, 2009

• The “Oh yeah, what happened to her?” blurb of the week. [Associated Press] • Yours truly covers Grant Morrison’s latest monthly, “Batman and Robin.” [Batman on Film] • David Poland analyzes the brave new world of media ad buys. [The Hot Blog] • Tom O’Neil on Geoffrey Rush’s new acting triple crown with last […]

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Lots of ‘Trek’ happening on Blu

Posted by · 11:36 am · May 12th, 2009

If you’re like me, the bad-assery (yes, bad-assery) of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” unlocked some eerie, deep, dark geek that you didn’t really know existed.  No, I’m not hitting the net looking for a life-sized Enterprise Captain’s chair (though they are certainly out there), but I’m quite interested lately in going back and discovering a […]

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‘Button’ sparkles on Criterion Blu

Posted by · 12:03 pm · May 4th, 2009

The Criterion release of David Fincher’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is a superlative piece of home entertainment to say the least, especially on Blu-ray.  Claudio Miranda’s photography was absolutely gorgeous as it was in cinemas, but being largely digital, the transition to high definition is seamless and probably belongs in the top tier […]

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