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4 items from 2014


New DVD Blu-Ray: 'The Best Man Holiday,' 'All is Lost,' 'The Jungle Book'

11 February 2014 10:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"Wadjda"

What's It About? Wadjda, a 10-year-old girl in Saudi Arabia, desperately wants a bike of her own, and after a bunch of her own money-making schemes fail, she enters her school's Koran memorization contest for the prize money.

Why We're In: Writer/director Haifaa Al Mansour has crafted an excellent movie, but in addition to that, "Wadjda" is the first feature-length film made entirely in Saudi Arabia, and the first film written and directed by a Saudi woman.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition"

What's It About? Mowgli is a human child who's most literally raised by wolves, but as he grows up it becomes clear to his buddies Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther that it's time for him to go live with other people.

Why We're In: It's a Disney classic with all the trimmings. »

- Jenni Miller

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28 Days of Disney Animation: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ A True Classic

31 January 2014 9:17 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We all have our favorite Disney film, but for those who belong to a certain generation, the films released during the Disney Renaissance era (1989-1999) hold a special place. This era saw the company produce some of their most commercially and critically successful films in Disney’s history, by injecting its own unique brand of magic into well-known fairy tales and stories.

A key feature from this era is 1991’s Beauty and the Beast.  Based on the French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, the film sees Belle (voiced by Paige O’Hara), a young woman who becomes imprisoned in an attempt to save her father by the monstrous Beast (Robby Benson),  a selfish young prince transformed into a monster by a curse until he can learn how to love.

Beauty and the Beast wasn’t the company’s first attempt to bring the fairy tale to the big screen. »

- Katie Wong

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'Law & Order: Svu's' Captain Cragen exits with the perfect 10-4

16 January 2014 11:30 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

When Capt. Donald Cragen left the squad room a final time on "Law & Order: Svu," he did so as he had lived in it -- nobly.

That may be a lofty term, but Dann Florek's performance as the captain of the Special Victims Unit was noble, quiet, steady and unwavering. 

Wednesday's (Jan. 15) "Svu" marked his 400th episode as the captain. Florek played Cragen in all 331 episodes of this series, now in its 15th season, and in 69 episodes of the original "Law & Order."

There's a lot to be said for the sort of decency that Florek could not keep out of his performance. Florek declined requests to speak about his exit from the series, but had spoken with Zap2it over the years in a series of phone interviews and set visits.

He was one of the originals, going back not just to the mothership of "Law & Order," but to that show's initial pilot. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Blu-ray Release: Crimes and Misdemeanors

10 January 2014 2:55 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray Release Date: Feb. 11, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Twilight Time

Woody Allen and Martin Landau star in Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Woody Allen’s (Blue Jasmine) masterful 1989 film Crimes and Misdemeanors makes its Blu-ray debut courtesy of Twilight Time.

A rare combination of character study, film noir and black comedy, the film is about an esteemed New York ophthalmologist (Martin Landau, Cleopatra) whose affair with a flight attendant (Anjelica Huston, The Grifters) puts the careful construct of his life in jeopardy.

As he contemplates a permanent solution to his problems, another story is weaved into the narrative, this one about another kind of moral crisis: a struggling documentary filmmaker (Allen) considers selling out by making a doc about a Hollywood jackass (Alan Alda, Tower Heist), with the situation further complicated by the appearance of an entrancing TV producer (Mia Farrow, Rosemary’s Baby).

Highlighted by cinematography from the incomparable Sven Nykvist »

- Laurence

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