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DVD Playhouse: December 2010

19 December 2010 5:17 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse December 2010

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Allen Gardner

America Lost And Found: The Bbs Story (Criterion) Perhaps the best DVD box set released this year, this ultimate cinefile stocking stuffer offered up by Criterion, the Rolls-Royce of home video labels, features seven seminal works from the late ‘60s-early ‘70s that were brought to life by cutting edge producers Bert Schneider, Steve Blauner and director/producer Bob Rafelson, the principals of Bbs Productions. In chronological order: Head (1968) star the Monkees, the manufactured (by Rafelson, et al), American answer to the Beatles who, like it or not, did make an impact on popular culture, particularly in this utterly surreal piece of cinematic anarchy (co-written by Jack Nicholson, who has a cameo), which was largely dismissed upon its initial release, but is now regarded as a counterculture classic. Easy Rider (1969) is arguably regarded as the seminal ‘60s picture, about two hippie drug dealers (director Dennis Hopper »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Wish Me Luck | Your next box set

3 June 2010 10:45 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The second world war spy drama was subtle, addictive and its groundbreaking heroines pulled together to achieve miracles

Sunday nights on ITV in the late 80s saw a sudden glut of glossy drama: Poirot, Jeeves and Wooster, The Charmer, The Darling Buds of May. These were commissioned by Lwt drama controller Nick Elliot, who'd been furnished with cash by incoming channel chief Greg Dyke to take the channel upmarket. And they worked.

But while those shows, and the hits they ushered in – Morse, Prime Suspect, Cracker, were all fairly formulaic, Wish Me Luck, a female-led second world war resistance adventure that ran from 1988 to 1990, was genuinely groundbreaking.

Inspired by the autobiography of secret agent Nancy (The White Mouse) Wake, it starred Kate Buffery as an unhappily married mother who signed on to the Special Operations Executive, run by Jane Asher in Whitehall, to be trained in espionage and dropped into occupied France. »

- Catherine Shoard

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DVD Playhouse--february 2010

15 February 2010 11:43 AM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—February 2010

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Allen Gardner

Hunger (Criterion) Harrowing true story of imprisoned Ira member Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) and his 1981 hunger strike protesting the British government’s refusal to recognize him, and other Ira members as political prisoners. Director Steve McQueen delivers the story with true filmmaking panache, mixing startling imagery that blends both stunning beauty and stomach-churning horror. Fassbender is absolutely brilliant in the lead. Not for the faint-of-heart, but not to be missed or, particularly, ignored. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Interviews with McQueen and Fassbender; Short documentary; 1981 episode of BBC series “Panorama” that covers the Ira hunger strike; Trailer. Widescreen. DTS-hd audio on Blu-ray.

Adam (20th Century Fox) Quirky romantic comedy about an eccentric, borderline Asperger’s Syndrome, astronomy buff (Hugh Dancy) who is drawn out of his self-imposed shell by a beautiful and sympathetic neighbor (Rose Byrne). Charming film with engaging performances by the two leads, »

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