Chris a.k.a StuntMike wrote:Spandau Belly wrote: Akira Kurosawa is a good director in my opinion.
Yeah, he's not that bad. His best is yet to come.
Spandau Belly wrote:Chris a.k.a StuntMike wrote:Spandau Belly wrote: Akira Kurosawa is a good director in my opinion.
Yeah, he's not that bad. His best is yet to come.
I hope they get him for the POWER RANGERS reboot.
Oh man, can't wait to see this one, it looks significantly better colour timed too.
Borys Kit wrote: Some interesting titles to watch for in March:
Buster Keaton’s first full-length feature, 1923’s Our Hospitality, gets the Blu-ray treatment from Kino International on March 22. The silent film takes on the classic trope of feuding Southern families. Among the extras is a 49-minute alternate cut of the movie without the comedy gags. (The experts say it’s likely that Keaton made the cut himself to test the strength of the plot.)
The disc also comes with two music tracks (including an orchestral score that was never released in the U.S.), a 1925 short titled The Iron Mule that featured a Keaton cameo, and a making of doc.
Stand By Me celebrated its 25th anniversary and is also making its Blu-ray debut on March 22.
The classic was a seminal moment in 1980s movies at a time when a studio could make dramatic coming-of-age movies that 1) made money, and 2) made an impact on pop culture as well as the lives of its audiences.
The Blu-ray highlight includes a reunion of director Rob Reiner and actors Wil Wheaton and Corey Feldman, together for the first time in 25 years, all captured on video. The trio also do a video commentary.
And in case you missed it in theaters, the Dwayne Johnson actionner Faster comes to Blu-ray on March 1 -- on the the same release date as Burlesque. Yay!
TheButcher wrote:A Clockwork Orange Blu-ray Reviewew 40-year-old films can boast having the same emotional impact they did when they were first released. A Clockwork Orange is one of them.
New high-definition digital restoration (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
New video interview with producer James B. Harris
Excerpts of interviews with actor Sterling Hayden from the French television series Cinéma cinémas
New video interview with film scholar Robert Polito about writer Jim Thompson and his work on The Killing
Restored transfer of Stanley Kubrick’s 1955 noir feature Killer’s Kiss
New video appreciation of Killer’s Kiss with film critic Geoffrey O’Brien
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film historian Haden Guest and a reprinted interview with Marie Windsor on The Killing
All right, let's have a little news and then we'll post a few more new disc reviews later tonight and tomorrow...
First, Warner Home Video has officially announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of the Citizen Kane: 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition on 9/13 (SRP $64.99 and $49.92). The film itself has been remastered in 4K resolution. The set will include more than 3 hours of bonus content along with "a 48-page collector's book filled with photos and behind-the-scene details, 20-page reproduction of the original 1941 souvenir program, lobby cards, reproductions of rare production memos and correspondence." Disc One of the 3-disc set (Blu-ray or DVD) will include audio commentary by Peter Bogdanovich, a second commentary by Roger Ebert, Opening: World Premier of Citizen Kane vintage featurettes, interviews with Ruth Warrick and Robert Wise, galleries (of storyboards, call sheets and still photography - the latter with commentary by Ebert and photos of the ad campaign, press book and opening night), deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer. Disc Two (DVD) will include The Battle Over Citizen Kane documentary. Disc Three (DVD) will include the excellent HBO feature film RKO 281 which dramatizes the making of Citizen Kane. Amazon.com also has an exclusive version that comes packaged with a DVD copy of Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons on DVD (the film will be widely available by itself at a later date).
TheButcher wrote:From Motion/Captured:
'Chinatown' Blu-ray will feature commentary by Robert Towne and David Fincher
R.L. Shaffer wrote:20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will bring Chronicle to DVD, Blu-ray and digital download on May 15, 2012. The modestly budgeted found footage thriller was a breakout hit, grossing a surprising $170 million worldwide (roughly $63 million in the States alone).
The film follows three high school friends, played by Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, and Alex Russell, who gain telekinetic superpowers following a mysterious discovery. At first the trio enjoy wreaking havoc with their newfound powers, but soon their friendships are put to the test when one of the three reveals darker motives. Chronicle is directed by Josh Trank, and scripted by Max Landis.
Amazon already has the film up for pre-order, though Fox has not issued an official press release with bonus features and specs just yet. That said, the Blu-ray cover art suggests that two versions of the film will be available on the format -- the original theatrical cut and a never-before-seen unrated cut. No word on DVD bonus features.
Presumably tech specs will include 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and a 1080p high definition transfer for the Blu-ray. While the DVD will likely feature 5.1 Dolby Digital audio with a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer.
Kevin P. Sullivan wrote:Director: Michael R. Roskam
Cast: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Barbara Sarafian
A steroid-fueled cattle farmer finds that his decision to do business with the Belgian cattle-hormone mafia could have potentially deadly consequences in this brooding Belgian crime drama that was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards.
On the Disc:
The Alamo Drafthouse is once again putting their best foot forward with their second home video release. "Bullhead" is full of worthy extras including a commentary from the director, a make-of documentary, an interview with Schoenaerts, and a booklet with an introduction from Michael Mann.
Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Where to get it
Amazon: Blu-ray - $15.00, DVD - $14.97
Apple: Digital Download - $14.99 (HD: $19.99)
Netflix Instant: Not Available
Bob Mondello wrote:Time now for a home viewing recommendation from film critic Bob Mondello. This week, Bob's getting ahead of the Halloween curve, with an 8-disk Classic Monsters collection from Universal Pictures.
The scene you know best is nowhere to be found in the novel Frankenstein. No electrifying the creature with lightning, no ecstatic doctor's cry of "It's alive, it's aliiiiiiive!"
Purists will tell you Mary Shelley created Frankenstein's monster, but the 1931 movie is what brought him to life. And he and his creature-feature buddies Dracula, Mummy, Wolfman, Phantom, and Invisible Man returned the favor by giving Universal Pictures a new lease on life. Also by turning folks like Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi into huge stars.
This collection includes eight monster movies, seven in restored, blemish-free black and white (Phantom of the Opera is in gloriously overstated Technicolor) with freshly pristine soundtracks. The films mostly feature surprisingly empathetic creatures, like the one swimming in the Black Lagoon, just minding his own business. But a couple are cranks — including Invisible Man who, perhaps understandably, wants the world to acknowledge his existence.
The monsters' staying power stems not from how monstrous they were, but from how "human" Universal made them. Of course, it helped that while they seem kinda quaint now, for their day, they were downright terrifying.
The 8-disc set has 12 hours of extras, including a documentary that puts 1930s monstrousness in context, referencing the Depression and the rise of the Nazis. There's a look at early monster-makeup guy Jack Pierce, and at pre-digital special effects, along with a host of Dracula extras including an alternate soundtrack Philip Glass created for the mostly scoreless picture. (The absence of music in 1931 was considered especially eerie by audiences who'd grown accustomed to silent films being accompanied by full orchestras in theaters.)
You can also compare and contrast English and Spanish Draculas, because while director Todd Browning was putting Bela Lugosi and his English-speaking victims through their paces during the day, a Spanish director and cast were shooting the same scenes on the same sets at night.
Hollywood Gothic eventually went out of fashion. By the late 1950s, audiences saw it as old-hat. But in this collection, you can see the seeds it planted. Universal kept trying to "scare the yell out of audiences" for decades — in Psycho, Jaws, Hellboy, Jurassic Park — but never with more finesse than in the eight films in this Classic Monsters collection.
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