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9 items from 2010


Why we don’t have our own cinema

23 December 2010 9:42 AM, PST | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

Let’s go back to when Britain had its own cinema and see who some of our homegrown stars were then. If we dissolve back to 1960, we find a plethora of movie stars - enough to guarantee full houses in all the West End, and regional theatres, in the country. Here are just some of them: Margaret Rutherford, Joyce Grenfell, John Mills, Leslie Phillips, Joan Sims, Virginia McKenna, Denholm Elliott, Fenella Fielding, Alec Guinness, Leo McKern, Diana Dors, Terry Thomas, Richard Burton, Dirk Bogarde, Peter Sellers, Laurence Olivier, Joan Greenwood, Hermione Baddeley, Moira Lister, Oliver Reed, Dennis Price, Michael Hordern, Robert Shaw, Michael Redgrave, Robert Morley, Laurence Harvey, Paul Scofield, Richard Harris, Tom Courtenay, Leslie-Anne Down, George Formby, Peter Ustinov, Peter Finch, Harry Andrews, Maxine Audley, Nigel Stock, Eric Porter, Noel Coward, Dinsdale Landen, Bernard Cribbins, Patrick Wymark, Shirley-Anne Field, and Moira Redmond… »

- Jonathan Gems

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November DVD Playhouse

5 November 2010 7:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—November 2010

By Allen Gardner

Paths Of Glory (Criterion) Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 antiwar classic put him on the map as a major filmmaker. Kirk Douglas stars in a true story about a French officer in Ww I who locks horns with the military’s top brass after his men are court-martialed for failing to carry out an obvious suicide mission. A perfect film, across the board, with fine support from George Macready as one of the most despicable martinet’s ever captured on film, Ralph Meeker, and Adolphe Menjou, all oily charm as a conniving General. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Audio commentary by critic Gary Giddins; Excerpt from 1966 audio interview with Kubrick; 1979 interview with Douglas; New interviews with Jan Harlan, Christiane Kubrick, and producer James B. Harris; French television documentary on real-life case which inspired the film; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby 1.0 mono.

Winter’S Bone (Lionsgate) After her deadbeat father disappears, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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[TV] Rumpole of the Bailey

19 October 2010 7:40 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

After a decade of reissues, rereleases, and just plain hernia-inducing box collections, the phrase ‘DVD megaset’ shouldn’t really mean a lot, but it is an apt summarization of this complete set of Rumpole of the Bailey, the courtroom drama that broadcast intermittently on PBS between 1978 and 1991. Spread out across 14 discs, this set collects all seven seasons of the show, as well as a good deal of bonus features (each episode features an introduction with series creator John Mortimer), but this is, in all likelihood, a set that was meant to rally old fans rather than attract new ones. Even within the time-frame of the series, Rumpole shows its considerable age, with its commitment to showing social ills only accentuating how stubbornly quaint the show really is.

Horace Rumpole (Leo McKern) is a barrister at the Old Bailey, the central criminal court of London. A lover of the courtroom (as »

- Anders Nelson

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[DVD Review] Rumpole of the Bailey

19 October 2010 7:40 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

After a decade of reissues, rereleases, and just plain hernia-inducing box collections, the phrase ‘DVD megaset’ shouldn’t really mean a lot, but it is an apt summarization of this complete set of Rumpole of the Bailey, the courtroom drama that broadcast intermittently on PBS between 1978 and 1991. Spread out across 14 discs, this set collects all seven seasons of the show, as well as a good deal of bonus features (each episode features an introduction with series creator John Mortimer), but this is, in all likelihood, a set that was meant to rally old fans rather than attract new ones. Even within the time-frame of the series, Rumpole shows its considerable age, with its commitment to showing social ills only accentuating how stubbornly quaint the show really is.

Horace Rumpole (Leo McKern) is a barrister at the Old Bailey, the central criminal court of London. A lover of the courtroom (as »

- Anders Nelson

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Dear Tim Burton, The BBC did Alice In Wonderland first and better and the DVD costs less than an Imax 3D ticket.

17 March 2010 2:27 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Ah...BBC... where we're you when I was younger and more impressionable. This solid black and white 1966 adaptation of the Lewis Carroll story may help wipe the 'meh taste out of your mouth from the last technicolor 3D one that screamed Eat Meeeee. Every bit as surreal and far better realized than the Burton version this interweaving of innocent whimsy with solid social satire boasts a cast to die for including Peter Sellers , John Gielgud, Michael Redgrave, Peter Cook and Leo McKern and has original music from the legendary Ravi Shankar.

The extras on this disc are also outstanding and include directors commentary, the original 1903 silent version of Alice in Wonderland, Dennis Potters (The Singing Detetcive, Pennies From Heaven) biopic on Alice Liddell the real life inspiration for the character, a Terence Spencer photo gallery and extra Ravi Shankar footage.

Alice in Wonderland has seen a lot of decent adaptations and some truly forgettable ones. »

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Dear Tim Burton, The BBC did Alice In Wonderland first and better and the DVD costs less than an Imax 3D ticket.

17 March 2010 1:27 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Ah...BBC... where we're you when I was younger and more impressionable. This solid black and white 1966 adaptation of the Lewis Carroll story may help wipe the 'meh taste out of your mouth from the last technicolor 3D one that screamed Eat Meeeee. Every bit as surreal and far better realized than the Burton version this interweaving of innocent whimsy with solid social satire boasts a cast to die for including Peter Sellers , John Gielgud, Michael Redgrave, Peter Cook and Leo McKern and has original music from the legendary Ravi Shankar.

The extras on this disc are also outstanding and include directors commentary, the original 1903 silent version of Alice in Wonderland, Dennis Potters (The Singing Detetcive, Pennies From Heaven) biopic on Alice Liddell the real life inspiration for the character, a Terence Spencer photo gallery and extra Ravi Shankar footage.

Alice in Wonderland has seen a lot of decent adaptations and some truly forgettable ones. »

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Blu-Ray, DVD Review: Alternate Versions of ‘Alice’ to Coincide With Tim Burton’s

4 March 2010 10:27 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – As a character in Syfy’s version of “Alice” says, “Does this look like a kid’s story to you?” Excepting, of course, the beloved Disney version, there have actually been a number of takes on “Alice in Wonderland” arguably made more for adults than children. Two such versions from very different eras have been released on Blu-ray and DVD to coincide with the theatrical dominance of Johnny Depp & Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”. Can’t get enough of Alice and The Mad Hatter? Pick up one or both of these.

“Alice” Blu-Ray Rating: 2.0/5.0

“Alice” (2009)

Syfy’s take on “Alice” is, of course, going to be untraditional. I’m all for reimaginings of classic tales but this one never quite comes together despite adding elements of science fiction to the oft-told tale. It’s not for lack of effort. Caterina Scorsone is a charming lead as a twenty-something »

- BrianTT

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Alice in Wonderland (1966) - DVD Review

3 March 2010 8:04 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

I feel like Sergeant Pepper slipped me some acid. Director Jonathan Miller found an underlying melancholy in the Alice stories by Lewis Carroll. He brought that into a haunting, surreal, dream-like, Victorian adaptation of the story for the BBC. Oh what a curiouser and curiouser trip it.s been. Alice (Anne-Marie Mallik) is spending the day with her sisters in the sunny fields. She appears to nap, but spies a Victorian gentleman White Rabbit (Wilfrid Brambell) and follows him into a tunnel. She finds herself in Wonderland, encountering the Duchess (Leo McKern), growing, shrinking, at a mad tea party with the Mad Hatter (Peter Cook), March Hare (Michael Gough) and Dormouse (Wilfred Lawson), poetry from the Caterpillar (Sir Michael »

- Jeff Swindoll

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Contest: Win the BBC Version of Alice in Wonderland on DVD

26 February 2010 4:01 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The BBC version of Alice in Wonderland will be released on DVD on March 2, just in time for the Tim Burton theatrical remake of Alice in Wonderland hitting theaters on March 5. We surely have to celebrate this new DVD release so we have a new contest lined up and we're giving away copies of this new DVD to our readers. You know these fantastic discs will go fast, so be sure to enter this new contest today.

Winners Receive:

Alice in Wonderland BBC DVD

to enter this big giveaway today.

Fans of the upcoming Alice in Wonderland film starring Johnny Depp will revel in this surreal, gothic version of the Lewis Carroll fantasy directed by Jonathan Miller. Miller's masterpiece was filmed for the BBC in 1966 and stars acting legends Peter Sellers, John Gielgud, Michael Redgrave, Peter Cook and Leo McKern, with dreamlike music written and performed by Ravi Shankar. In this Alice, »

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