6 items from 2009
Anyone that reads this site even on a semi-regular basis probably knows I absolutely love Federico Fellini's 8½ and that is one of the major reasons I am so looking forward to Rob Marshall's musical adaptation Nine. So, to learn Criterion is bringing the Fellini classic to Blu-ray with a brand new 52-minute documentary on Fellini's lost alternate ending for 8½ is almost too much for me to handle and is certainly too long to wait.
Along with the upcoming arrival of 8½, Criterion has also announced Blu-ray and DVD releases for Steven Soderbergh's Che and Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas. Details on these three titles are detailed below, but don't go yet there is a little more...
8½ (January 12, 2010) Introduction by filmmaker Terry Gilliam Audio commentary featuring film critic and Fellini friend Gideon Bachmann and Nyu film professor Antonio Monda Fellini: A Director's Notebook, a 52-minute film by Federico Fellini, »
- Brad Brevet
The things he does with light and movement are breathtaking (and to think director Warren Beatty almost hired someone else!). Right on to the Academy for rewarding him that year...
This particular frame, which I think is exquisite, has lingered in my mind because it reminds me of an artist's work. I just can't put my finger on who though. Anyone care to help me? »
Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images
Michael Jackson's talent as an entertainer was arguably beyond comparison, yet his music was only the starting point for a career that spanned multiple mediums: film, television (including a Jackson 5 cartoon), video games, theme-park attractions and more. While his appearances in films were relatively few and far between, his magnetism translated easily to the big screen.
Jackson's first major film came in 1978, with director Sidney Lumet's "The Wiz." In the musical fantasy, adapted from L. Frank Baum's "The Wizard of Oz," Jackson starred as the Scarecrow alongside Diana Ross' Dorothy, Nipsey Russell's Tinman and Ted Ross' Lion. "The Wiz" is an urban fairy tale set in »
DVD Playhouse—March 2009
Let The Right One In (Magnolia) An awkward 12 year-old boy, ignored by his mother and the target of bullies, finds himself drawn to his new neighbor: a girl his own age who only appears at night, and seems herself to be as lonely an outcast as he. Haunting film from Sweden is best described as The 400 Blows meets Nosferatu, and contains some of the most haunting imagery of any film in recent memory. Truly a unique and memorable work. Bonuses: Deleted scenes; Featurette; Photo and poster gallery. Widescreen. Dolby 5.1 surround.
Paramount Centennial Collection Paramount offers two more classic titles, restored, remastered and loaded with extras. Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief stars Cary Grant as a retired jewel thief trying to enjoy his sunset years on the French Riviera with a minimum of drama, until he catches the eye of a high-maintenance heiress (Grace Kelly, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
When you start screwing around with classic films you are bound to piss folks off and Blu-ray has opened up the opportunity far more than anyone would have originally imagined. By presenting high-definition transfers of older films you are bound to get more film grain which opens up the question of whether or not the studio should do a little bit of Dnr to reduce the noise. This was a big beef a few had with Fox's Blu-ray for Patton as many thought it turned the film into an all-too-perfect plastic picture. I never saw that Blu-ray, but it is what I have heard. Strangely enough you will often hear complaints from the same corners complaining about too much grain. Go figure. Next you have the Lucas-effect. When George Lucas went in and re-imagined the original Star Wars trilogy he left fans in the cold and a suitable version »
- Brad Brevet
An Italian film director sets out to recreate an epic Chinese story as an independent film and entirely in English and goes on to win nine Oscars. Sound unlikely? Well, in most cases it probably would be, but Bernardo Bertolucci did just that with The Last Emperor in 1987 as he set out to tell the story of a 3-year-old boy who became Emperor of China with 400 million people as his subjects on an unlikely path to becoming a gardener in Peking. The success of the film is almost as unimaginable as the story behind it and Criterion has set out to ensure you know Everything there is to know about this movie and its place in history with a Blu-ray edition that takes three (of the four) DVDs worth of material and places it all on one disc. Speak ill of the high-definition format no more as the thought of »
- Brad Brevet
6 items from 2009
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