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Forrest Gump: Sapphire Series Blu-ray Review

12 November 2009 1:35 PM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

"You know Tom Hanks, 'Forrest Gump.' Slow, yes. Retarded, maybe. Braces on his legs. But he charmed the pants off Nixon and won a ping-pong competition. That ain't retarded." . Kurt Lazarus

Forrest Gump (1994) has transcended the realm of mere cinema to become such a piece of Americana that turning a critical eye its way is almost blasphemy. I remember seeing director Robert Zemeckis' (Back to the Future, Polar Express) Academy Award winning effort during its theatrical run and, while it was cute, wondering what all the fuss was about (and being even more miffed at stealing the Best Picture Oscar from Pulp Fiction). Revisiting Gump over the years on home video, the main character's absurd adventures have slowly grown on me. Now I can happily state that though I still have minor reservations, watching Paramount's stellar Blu-ray release was thoroughly enjoyable.

Admittedly the movie, even as beloved as it is, »

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Letterbox Pictures inks Comic Strip doc

9 June 2009 9:04 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

New York -- With its 35th anniversary looming, Manhattan's Comic Strip Live comedy club will get the documentary treatment.

Production firm Letterbox Pictures said Tuesday that it is about to start production on a feature documentary about the club that helped launch the careers of such comedy superstars as Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Paul Reiser, Larry Miller, George Wallace and Lisa Lampanelli.

Comic Strip founders and owners Richie Tienken and Bob Wachs, as well as writer-filmmaker-comedian Jeffrey Gurian are also on board. Tienken and Wachs used to manage Murphy, Sandler, Tony Rock and Colin Quinn.

The Comic Strip's 35th anniversary year starts in June 2010, and Letterbox plans to release its documentary next summer under the title "Eat, Drink, Laugh" -- the club's tagline.

The film is expected to feature interviews with recognizable faces of comedy recounting memories plus never-before-seen footage of the club throughout its history. »

- By Georg Szalai

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