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Contest: Pulp Fiction & Jackie Brown Blu-Ray Giveaway

4 October 2011 8:14 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

This October, two of Miramax's most beloved catalog titles will make their Blu-ray debuts: Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction and its 1997 followup Jackie Brown Tarantino's award-winning crime dramas have long been unavailable on Blu-ray in the United States; Lionsgate will update them for the high-def format on October 4th, 2011.Lionsgate will present these two titles with brand new digital remasterings - including lossless sound tracks and 1080p video - supervised by Quentin Tarantino. The discs will also feature a number of supplemental materials.Pulp Fiction includes: Retrospective Cast Interviews (New) Critics Corner: Then and Now (New) Pulp Fiction: The Facts featurette Deleted Scenes Behind the Scenes Montages Production Design featurette Siskel and Ebert "At the Movies" – The Tarantino Generation Independent Spirit Awards Cannes Film Festival – Palm d'Or Acceptance Speech Charlie Rose Show – Interview with Quentin Tarantino Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots Stills Gallery Jackie Brown includes: Critic's Corner: Then »

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Clip joint: Giant people

28 September 2011 8:51 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hollywood loves a big, scary beast, but what about super-sizing the humble human? Clip joint looks up magic mega-moments

Tinseltown has been convincingly developing the magnificence of the mighty in the animal kingdom for decades. A simple shift in perspective transformed King Kong (1933) from a large ape into a monster. Similarly the terror in Tremors (1990) lies not in the idea that we're being chased by sand worms, but that they're half-a-mile long.

Hollywood likes to super-size, to make things larger than life, but when it comes to clumsy old humanity it's much harder to make size scary. The Amazing Colossal Man (1957) looked corny, Allison Hayes's 50ft Woman looked bored, even on the attack. Jason and The Argonauts's (1963) bronze behemoth Talos had the stuff, but he was technically an automaton.

Human giants are smaller, sillier and far less malevolent. Their stomping ground is the cartoon or the gentle family comedy. »

- Henry Barnes

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