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My love of movies comes from watching them, obsessively and probably way too much. No matter how many I manage to watch though, even starting from an early age I’ve still not seen some that are deemed as masterpieces and that annoys me. There are classics out there that deserve to be seen and I do have a list in my head of ones that I will see no matter what it takes and one of these was The Night of the Hunter. When I had the chance to review the Arrow release of the film on Blu-ray I jumped at the chance, there is no better way to see it other than on the big screen. Now having seen it I feel very lucky I did, not just for the movie »
- Paul Metcalf
Director Charles Laughton’s and screenwriter James Agee’s adaptation of the novel The Night of the Hunter has become a reverently admired and extremely influential film in the 60 years since the ‘failure’ of its initial release. The film has placed very highly in many international critical polls, including Cahier du Cinema’s 2007 listing of the ‘100 Most Beautiful Films’, where it sits at #2. Many filmmakers have cited it as a key inspiration, and Steven Spielberg showed it to the crew of E.T. in order to help them understand the child’s perspective from which he wanted the film to be told. It was even re-made as a virtually unwatchable 1991 TV movie with Richard Chamberlain as Harry Powell, and a musical stage version was created in the late ‘90s for which a soundtrack CD is available.
Perhaps the most important indication of the esteem in which the film is now held »
- Ian Gilchrist
Director: Charles Laughton
Running Time: 93 minutes
Extras: New digital transfer made from 35mm film elements restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive in cooperation with MGM Studios, with funding provided by the Film Foundation and Robert B. Strum, Optional original uncompressed Mono Pcm audio & 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio, Isolated Music and Effects Soundtrack, Charles Laughton Directs The Night of the Hunter – A two-and-a-half-hour documentary on the making of the film featuring outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage, Archival interview with cinematographer Stanley Cortez, Original theatrical trailer, Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly artwork by Graham Humphreys, Booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic and filmmaker David Thompson.
The words ‘masterpiece’ or ‘classic’ are perhaps bandied about too much these days. Certainly few modern films aren’t deserving of such praise and that’s because, more often than not, they lack originality. »
- Craig Hunter
Feature James Clayton 18 Oct 2013 - 06:39
The arrival of Sly-and-Arnie thriller Escape Plan leaves James pondering the living conditions in other Hollywood film prisons...
"Joey, have you ever been in a Turkish prison?" asks Captain Clarence Oveur (Peter Graves) in Airplane!, the classic Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker spoof from 1980. Joey doesn't respond to that question or Oveur's other teasers - "Do you like films about gladiators?" and "Have you ever seen a grown man naked?" - but I think we can safely assume that the kid has never done time in a cell in Turkey.
Employing our Sherlock-style deduction skills, we take the wholesome pre-pubescent All-American boy's claim "I've never been on a plane before!" as conclusive. Unless Joey is delusional, a severe amnesiac or a chronic liar, he has not had a Midnight Express experience.
Still, that was over 30 years ago and in that time Joey has undoubtedly grown »
Warner Archive announces their schedule of events for the 2013 San Diego Comic Con!
Headed to the San Diego Comic Con next week? Be sure to stop by and see what Warner Archive is up to during the convention. Follow them on Twitter @warnerarchive or facebook.com/warnerarchive for the latest details and opportunities to #FindWAC for special promotional items. Last year, there were free DVDs to be had. Not saying that will be the case this year, but you never know.
Friday, July 19 from 1:30 - 2:30pm
Warner Archive presents Attack of the Killer Bs!
The movies you hate to admit you love and the Warner Archive unabashedly adores get their overdo marquee moment as we shine the spotlight on all the quirky and crazed Sci-Fi, Horror and Action films that transcend their B-movie-ness to become permanent fixtures in our collective imaginations.
From The Frozen Dead and The Green Slime, »
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
Early birds get a special look at The World's End; artist Gris Grimly and others discuss the latest trends in Ya graphic novels; Syfy brings "Defiance" and "Helix"; and along with the aforementioned RoboCop, Sony's showing off The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Special screenings are taking place for "The Paranormal and Extraterrestrial Squad," "The 100," and "Almost Human"; Warner Archive and Scream Factory will be talking up their awesome B-movie releases and incredible Blu-ray/DVD collector's editions, respectively; TV Guide holds its popular "Fan Favorites" panel, and one nice surprise on the schedule is a sneak peek of a film we've been talking about for a while now - David Hayter's Wolves.
Listed below »
- The Woman In Black
The full Friday, July 19th schedule for Comic-Con has been officially announced and includes panels for The Walking Dead Season 4, The World’s End, RoboCop, and much more. Continue reading for a list of Friday’s horror events:
The World’s End: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost Reunited: The director and stars of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz have joined forces for a third movie-and it’s “Barmageddon,” their biggest yet. As ever, they’re as happy to be here as you are. So expect candid chatter and spirited surprises as they take the wraps off their new comedy, which Focus Features is opening nationwide in the U.S. on August 23.
10:00am – 11:00am, Hall H
Kick-Ass 2 and Riddick: “Universal Pictures presents an all-star panel featuring talent from two of its highly anticipated summer films. In attendance will be stars and filmmakers from the action-comedy Kick-Ass 2. »
- Jonathan James
Comic-Con International has announced the schedule for the second day of San Diego Comic-Con 2013 on Friday, July 18. You can clickHere to check out the full schedule, including comic book-related events, but we have pulled out all the movie, DVD, and TV-related panels right here. Take a look at what this day has to offer.
Care to join the not so regular cast and crew for an eventful hour of over the top regular? Yeeeeeeeeuh you do! Check out exclusive content and get the inside scoop on your favorite slackers and some of their closest friends. The panel features: Regular Show creator J.G. Quintel (voice of Mordecai), William Salyers (voice of Rigby), Sam Marin (voice of Benson, Pops, and Muscle Man), Sean Szeles (supervising director), Matt Price (writer), and storyboard artists Toby Jones and Calvin Wong. Part of the back-to-back Regular Show/Adventure Time Panel Extravaganza, »
8 items from 2013
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