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Polanski Season

16 August 2011 6:37 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

It's been nearly two years since Swiss authorities, acting on a request from the Us, arrested Roman Polanski, jailed him for two months and then held him under house arrest for seven more. While incarcerated, Polanski managed to complete The Ghost Writer, which won him a Silver Bear at the 2010 edition of the Berlinale and then swept last year's European Film Awards. While we anxiously await Carnage — his adaptation of Yasmina Reza's play God of Carnage featuring Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C Reilly; it'll see its premiere in Venice before opening the New York Film Festival — MoMA has announced a month-long retrospective (September 7 through 30) and today Criterion releases Cul-de-sac (1966) on DVD and Blu-ray.

"Cul-de-sac remains a searing reminder that Roman Polanski's idiosyncratic grasp of the human mind was once evinced theatrically, rather than through narrative ferocity," writes Joseph Jon Lanthier in Slant. "Where Chinatown, »

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DVD Playhouse--June 2011

10 June 2011 10:53 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse June 2011


Allen Gardner

Kiss Me Deadly (Criterion) Robert Aldrich’s 1955 reinvention of the film noir detective story is one of cinema’s great genre mash-ups: part hardboiled noir; part cold war paranoid thriller; and part science- fiction. Ralph Meeker plays Mickey Spillane’s fascist detective Mike Hammer as a narcissistic simian thug, a sadist who would rather smash a suspect’s fingers than make love to the bevvy of beautiful dames that cross his path. In fact, the only time you see a smile cross Meeker’s sneering mug is when he’s doling out pain, with a vengeance. When a terrified young woman (Cloris Leachman, film debut) literally crossed Hammer’s path one night, and later turns up dead, he vows to get to the bottom of her brutal demise. One of the most influential films ever made, and perhaps the most-cited film by the architects »

- The Hollywood

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Exclusive: How I Won the War DVD Clip Featuring John Lennon

21 March 2011 3:12 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

On March 20th, the hard-to-find cult favorite How I Won the War will be making its DVD debut exclusively on as part of the MGM Collectors Series. John Lennon stars alongside Michael Crawford in his first film performance in this hilariously surreal collage of battle footage and one-liners lampooning the absurdity of the war. To help celebrate this unqiue release, we have an exclusive clip of John Lennon on the battlefield. Check it out below.

Click to watch Exclusive: Hearts Not in It!

For a limited time, How I Won the War the Special Editition DVD comes with a Commemorative Photo Album, which features behind the scenes photos from the film. The feature has been remastered for this DVD release with supervision from Richard Lester (Director), and John Victor-Smith (Editor). Now you can bring home John Lennon's only non-Beatles performance in a feature film.

How I Won the War »

- MovieWeb

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