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20 Family Films to Watch on Thanksgiving Day

21 November 2012 9:58 PM, PST | | See recent news »

We’ve watched the marching bands and giants balloon characters parade by on TV, we’ve watched college football, we’ve had our fill of turkey and all the trimmings… now, what better than to cuddle up with our loved ones and watch some good, wholesome family favorites on Thanksgiving Day? After all, we need our rest so we can rise and shine before the sun comes up on Black Friday to catch all the sales. So, in honor of the holiday and as a way to give you a jump on your holiday viewing schedule, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite family-friendly movies to watch on Thanksgiving Day.

Wizard Of Oz

For many years this 1939 masterpiece was truly event television. Before home video and cable TV, the only way to see this (outside of revival movie theatres and colleges), was once a year (usually on »

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'Phantom' Thoughts

12 October 2012 12:34 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

After watching The Invisible Man for the first time as part of the recently released Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection on Blu-ray, I moved to The Phantom of the Opera last night. Prior to watching this 1943 version directed by Arthur Lubin and starring Claude Rains as the Phantom (aka Erique Claudin), I had only seen the 1925 silent version starring Lon Chaney, which I must say was far more disturbing and effective than I found this version. Awash in Technicolor and continually stalled by operatic breaks in the narrative, as lush as the colors may look on this restored Universal Blu-ray, I wasn't nearly as taken with it as I hoped I would be. I felt Claudin's transformation from innocent, 20-year veteran violinist of the Paris Opera to wronged musical composer to outcast and murderer was poorly developed and paced. His obsession with operatic soprano Christine Dubois (Susanna Foster) was »

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Universal Pictures Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Restoration of 13 Classic Films

10 January 2012 7:38 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Universal will mark its 100th anniversary in 2012, and will commemorate its centennial with a yearlong celebration honoring the studio's rich film history and cultural legacy. The campaign draws its inspiration from Universal's extraordinary and diverse library of films, many of which will be highlighted throughout the year, and is designed to engage fans of all ages in the art of moviemaking.

A significant element of the centennial includes the extensive restoration of 13 of the studio's most beloved titles such as To Kill a Mockingbird, All Quiet on the Western Front, Jaws, The Sting, Out of Africa, Frankenstein and Schindler's List.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment will kick off the celebration in January with a special 50th anniversary release of To Kill a Mockingbird, debuting on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Throughout the year, Universal will pay tribute to other influential films in the Universal library with special events and Blu-ray »

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