‘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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‘White Material’ gets the Criterion treatment

Posted by · 12:36 pm · January 18th, 2011

When you’ve been doggedly championing a film for the better part of 18 months, as I have with Claire Denis’s “White Material,” you do start to feel weirdly parental. So I was oddly touched by the raft of emails and tweets I got from assorted readers to inform me that the film has been revealed […]

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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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CONTEST: Win DVDs of ‘Inception’ and ‘Shutter Island’

Posted by · 10:30 am · December 10th, 2010

This morning we wrapped up a massive two-part interview with actor Leonardo DiCaprio, whose performances in “Inception” and particularly “Shutter Island” in 2010 reflected a movie star very much at the top of his game.  So in the spirit of his wonderful year of output, it seemed a good time to kick off our contests […]

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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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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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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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Will classic films no longer find audiences on DVD?

Posted by · 1:14 pm · August 12th, 2009

The opening graph of this Macleans piece on classic films losing their home video champions in studios is so depressing I’ll just let it speak for itself: Though DVD sales are down, current movies are still guaranteed a DVD release. But for anything made earlier, collectors may be out of luck. Most of the studios […]

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An idle rant for a Sunday morning…

Posted by · 6:33 am · July 19th, 2009

… but one that’s been simmering inside me for some time. Who the hell are the numbskulls who select the pull quotes for DVD cover art? Do they get paid for their efforts? If so, why? And what in God’s name are they reading? I know it’s a trivial concern, and it’s not entirely limited […]

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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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Cheap thrills

Posted by · 12:14 pm · July 6th, 2009

I was tickled by — and completely related to — this piece by Cinematical’s Elisabeth Rappe in which she expounds the joys of embarrassing bargain-bin DVDs. You know, the movies you know you shouldn’t own (and in some cases, don’t even like that much) but can’t resist picking up when you’re in the store and […]

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New to DVD, ‘Revolutionary Road’ may yet be discovered for the masterpiece it is

Posted by · 10:50 am · May 22nd, 2009

When “The Wizard of Oz” was released in 1939, neither audiences or critics were particularly fond of the film and it died a rather quick death at the box office. When “Citizen Kane” was first released in theatres in 1941, audiences did not warm to it, and despite winning the New York Film Critics Circle […]

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