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7 items from 2012


Blu-ray, DVD Release: Monsieur Verdoux

26 December 2012 10:43 AM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion

Charles Chaplin is Monsieur Verdoux.

Charlie Chaplin (Modern Times) plays against his classic type in the 1947 dark comedy Monsieur Verdoux, which is generally considered to be his most controversial film.

In this film about money, marriage, and murder, Chaplin is a twentieth-century Bluebeard, an enigmatic family man who goes to extreme lengths to support his wife and child, attempting to bump off a series of wealthy widows (including one played by the ever-lively Martha Raye).

Both wildly entertaining and deeply philosophical, the quite-sophisticated Monsieur Verdoux is a multi-level work for its asking of heavy-duty moral questions and for its deconstruction of its superstar’s loveable on-screen persona.

The Criterion DVD and Blu-ray editions of the film contain the following features:

• New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the

Blu-ray edition

Chaplin Today: “Monsieur Verdoux,” a 2003 program on the film’s production and release, »

- Laurence

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Rare Films From 1930s Coming To DVD From TCM & Universal; Universal Rarities: Films Of The 1930s On DVD August 6

11 July 2012 5:40 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Four cinematic gems from the 1930s that have been unavailable for years are coming to DVD this August in a unique collection from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Universal Studios Home Entertainment (Ushe). Released as part of the TCM Vault Collection, the Universal Rarities: Films of the 1930s set features some of the biggest stars of the era, including W.C. Fields inMillion Dollar Legs (1932), Mae West in Belle of the Nineties (1934), Jack Benny in Artists & Models (1937) and Gary Cooper and George Raft in Souls at Sea (1937).

The Universal Rarities: Films of the 1930s collection will be available exclusively through TCM.s online store at http://www.shop.tcm.com, beginning August 6. The set features extensive digital bonus materials, such as photos, posters, lobby cards and more. The following four films included in the Universal Rarities: Films of the 1930s collection:

Million Dollar Legs (1932) . In this hilarious Pre-Code musical-comedy, the legendary »

- Michelle McCue

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Angelina Jolie: United Nations Special Envoy

17 April 2012 3:43 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

The United Nations Refugee Agency (Unhcr) has named Angelina Jolie a "special envoy," which means the Oscar-winning actress and humanitarian will represent the Unhcr to governments and diplomatic services. According to reports, that's the first time the Un agency has named a special envoy, a post usually reserved to politicians and diplomats. In her new position, Jolie may at times represent the U.N.'s High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres. Despised by right-wingers for her liberal views, Jolie has reportedly made sizable donations to the Unhcr, and has visited refugee camps in countries such as Iraq, Haiti and Pakistan. Now, isn't it time for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize Jolie's work with a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award? Not that she'd necessarily want it, but she certainly deserves it, and it'd just as certainly provide more publicity for her cause. I mean, precious few give a damn about refugees, »

- Andre Soares

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Indie Spotlight

8 April 2012 10:42 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We’re back with the latest installment of our Indie Spotlight. Today’s feature includes two book reviews from Derek Botelho, Japanese zombie craziness, a scarecrow shirt design, and more:

Mile High Horror Film Festival: Taking place in Denver this October, the 2012 Mile High Horror Film Festival is now open for film submissions:

“The festival is accepting submissions for four categories, including feature length, short films, animated films running less than 50 minutes, and local Colorado films. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit early.  

This year’s film festival will run October 5-7, 2012 at Denver FilmCenter/Colfax, located at 2510 East Colfax in Denver, Co. An IMDb-qualifying festival, the festival’s mission is to showcase the best in independent horror film. The 2011 festival featured more than 30 films from 11 countries. Lifetime Achievement for Excellence in Horror Film was given to guest Michael Berryman (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “The Hills Have Eyes »

- Jonathan James

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Mary Tyler Moore Photo: SAG Life Achievement Award 2012

7 February 2012 6:45 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Mary Tyler Moore Mary Tyler Moore speaks onstage during the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards broadcast on TNT/TBS from the Shrine Auditorium on January 29 in Los Angeles, California. Dick Van Dyke, with whom Moore had co-starred in The Dick Van Dyke Show in the early '60s, presented her with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage.) The 75-year-old Moore, who has suffered from a series of health ailments including diabetes and brain surgery to remove a benign tumor last year, looked quite frail while accepting her trophy. She was greeted by the longest standing ovation of the evening. Her acceptance speech was about how there were too many Mary Moores already registered with SAG back in the 1950s. As a result, she decided to use her father's middle name, Tyler, as part of her own show business moniker. Moore — whose television heyday was in »

- D. Zhea

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Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore Photo: SAG Awards 2012

1 February 2012 6:07 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore onstage at the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony, which was broadcast on TNT/TBS from the Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. Moore herself chose Van Dyke, her co-star in The Dick Van Dyke Show back in the early '60s, to present her with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage.) Moore, who has suffered from a series of health ailments including diabetes and brain surgery to remove a benign tumor last year, looked quite frail while accepting her trophy. She received the longest standing ovation of the evening — twice, in fact, as people stood up to applaud her even though all they got to see the first time around were a series of samples of her long film and television career, in addition to clips showing her »

- D. Zhea

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SAG Award Life Achievement Recipient Mary Tyler Moore Photo: SAG Awards 2012

1 February 2012 10:41 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Mary Tyler Moore Mary Tyler Moore, the 2012 recipient of the Screen Actors Guild's Life Achievement Award, attends the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards broadcast on TNT/TBS from the Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. Dick Van Dyke, with whom Moore had co-starred in The Dick Van Dyke Show in the early 1960s, handed her the award. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage.) The 75-year-old Moore's acceptance speech was about how there were many Mary Moores already registered with the Screen Actors Guild back in the '50s. That's when Moore decided to use her father's middle name, Tyler, as part of her own show business name. Curiously, Moore — whose television heyday was in the '60s and '70s, and whose most important film roles were in the '60s and early '80s — has never been nominated for a SAG Award. Previous SAG Life Achievement Award winners include Stan Laurel, »

- D. Zhea

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