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DVD Playhouse—July 2011
By Allen Gardner
The Music Room (Criterion) Satyajit Ray’s 1958 masterpiece looks at the life of a fallen aristocrat as a metaphor for an India that is not only becoming Westernized, but modernized technologically and culturally beyond recognition. When the beloved music room, where he has hosted lavish concerts in the past, starts falling into disrepair as attendance drops steadily, the man realizes his way of life is vanishing. Stunningly shot in black & white, one of Ray’s finest works. Bonuses: Documentary on Ray from 1984 by Shyam Benegal; Interviews with Ray biographer Andrew Robinson and filmmaker Mira Nair; Excerpt from 1981 roundtable discussion between Ray, critic Michael Ciment, director Claude Sautet. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Full screen. Dolby 1.0 mono.
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Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker George Lucas in the third of a six-part feature... read parts one and two.
“We both have a tradition that, when we have a film opening for which there are high expectations, we get out of town,” stated filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who vacationed with colleague George Lucas in Hawaii while Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Star Wars (1977) were being theatrically released. Lucas asked Spielberg what he would like to do as his follow-up effort. “I said I wanted to do a James Bond film. United Artists had approached me after Sugarland Express  and asked me to do a film for them. I said, ‘Sure give me the next James Bond film.’ But they said they couldn’t do that. Then George said he had a film that was even better than a James Bond. It was called Raiders of the Lost Ark »
The new J.J. Abrams film Super 8 opens this week, and it stars Kyle Chandler as a small town sheriff who has to cope with mysterious happenings and inexplicable events that could foretell an alien invasion, or worse ... the end of the world.
That got us thinking about other apocalyptic heroes throughout the years, and how their glowing hotness was used as a beacon to help guide us through to safety.
Or was the last thing we saw before the world ended.
Either way, we're glad these guys were on our side, and present this tribute to the Hunks of the Apocalypse!
It will open theatrically at the IFC Center in New York on January 14 and at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles on January 21.
It will then hit stores on DVD and Blu-ray on February 8, as confirmed by Disc Dish.
Repo Chick was shot 98 per cent on greenscreen and also incorporated miniature sets and stop-motion animation.
I've been sent some exclusive stills showing scenes before and after the digital backgrounds were added, giving an insight into the production and the amazing possibilities presented by modern technology. Those comparison images are included below.
I previously reported on the film in November 2009, after it premiered at the Venice Film Festival. In that article, actor Danny Arroyo (pictured »
- David Bentley
4 items from 2011
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