9 items from 2009
Blu-ray Release: Nov. 10 Director/Writers: Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman Starring: Keaton, Marion Mack, Jim Farley, Charles Henry Smith Studio/Run Time: Kino International, 78 mins. A true classic The irony of Buster Keaton’s The General being the first silent feature to be released in America on Blu-ray is that—despite its current status in the pantheon of film classics—it initially bombed. And not just with audiences. It was also critically reviled for its inconsistent tone and lack of plot, not to mention Keaton’s performance. »
I was shocked to look over my DVD/Blu-ray collection and find I didn't actually own a single title from Kino, the eclectic home entertainment studio. They have several noteworthy films in their collection and on top of The General there's Battleship Potemkin, the Griffith Masterworks, Ballast, Metropolis, The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari and their collection of F.W. Murnau films is impressive. Yet, I own none of them, which makes the addition of Buster Keaton's classic silent comedy The General on Blu-ray a special occasion.
First off, this film is great without any kind of high definition clean-up. My first time watching it was September of 2008 and it was on Netflix's Instant Play service and I loved it then as much as I loved it this time around, but the comparison stops there. Kino's restoration and presentation is immaculate. The General was released in 1927 and is now the oldest »
- Brad Brevet
Hey Guys! It's Allison from Tribeca Kids Access! I had an awesome assignment for Tribeca Cinemas Kids Club, where I watched the silent film The General by Buster Keaton. The General was a story about an engineer who loved his girl and his engine. The film is basically about his goose chase to find the engine during the Civil War. The war had an exciting plot, so in color or in black and white it would have been interesting. But the fact that it was in black and white made the film a lot more interesting! Whenever I think of silent films, I immediately think of comedies and the great Charlie Chaplin. I loved how all the little kids in the theater were reading all of the title cards out loud. It made my heart warm and made me smile at how the kids were getting so close to their »
Perhaps the first action comedy, Buster Keaton’s defining 1926 classic The General makes great use of Keaton’s laws-of-physics-defying body and face, solid location work, and perfectly framed calamity to tell the story of a man who has only two loves—a woman and a train—and has them both taken away by the Union Army shortly after the American Civil War breaks out. Most adventures of the time tend to get the mildly condescending, “Well, it was good for its time” descriptor, but the majority of the big setpieces in The General still hold up, particularly that long »
Have your kids seen every kids' film this year, from the good (Up, Coraline) to the not-so-good (Planet 51, Hotel for Dogs)? Well, if you are tired of all things Squarepants, give (you and) your kids a treat, and introduce them to one of the greats. This weekend, Tribeca Cinemas Kids Club is screening three of Buster Keaton's best: shorts The Play House and The Electric House at 10:30 am (for ages 3+), and his masterpiece, The General, at 1:30 pm (for ages 7+). If your kids fall into the younger set (3+ is the official age, but a few younger siblings have been spotted at past 10:30 screenings), Saturday morning offers two classic Keaton shorts: The Play House (22 minutes) and The Electric House (19 minutes) both showcase Keaton at his antic and merry best. To learn more about the films and the screening, click here. [Note: the 10:30 screening »
Here’s a list of some of the new movie and TV shows coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week that we’re looking forward to seeing. Also, there’s some classic, and not-so-classic, movies hitting Blu-ray for the first time this week as well.
Of all the new releases, we’re particularly interested in the Blu-ray versions of movies and TV shows such as Michael Mann’s awesome film Heat (shown above with Robert De Nero and Val Kilmer), Logan’s Run, Up, Monsters, Inc. and the Watchmen “Ultimate” Cut. Plus, there’s the second volume of Batman: The Brave and the Bold coming out this week as well.
Check them out:
Logan’s Run ~ Michael York »
- Joe Gillis
Rob Hunter loves movies. He also loves working for the local "retirement home" as head geezer catcher... basically he gets a call whenever one of the elderly residents escapes wanders off in a daze from the home. These two joys come together in the form of cash money payments that he receives every week and immediately uses to buy more DVDs. So join us each week as he takes a look at new DVD releases and gives his highly unqualified opinion as to which titles are worth BUYing, which are better off as RENTals, and which should be AVOIDed at all costs. Click on any of the titles below to magically head over to Amazon.com and pick up the DVD. And don't forget to check out Neil Miller's hilariously titled This Week In Blu-ray column for reviews on the latest high definition Blu-ray releases! The General (Blu-ray) Pitch: The story of a man, his »
- Rob Hunter
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Up I just reviewed the Blu-ray version of this release and may I just say it is worth every penny. Pixar films look phenomenal in high-definition and the word "flawless" is by no means a stretch. Along with my review I have also included a clip from the new animated short "Dug's Special Mission," so just click here for the video and full review details.
Oh, and if you want to buy it in store you can get a $10 off coupon right here. Monsters, Inc. Yup, it's Pixar week on Blu-ray as Monsters, Inc. joins Up as well as a gift pack version of Cars and this one too manages to impress greatly. There are a few new features, which I detailed in my review and I also included a sneak peek at the new roundtable feature in my review right here. »
- Brad Brevet
Variety is reporting that Chris Pine is in negotiations to star in Unstoppable a drama from 20th Century Fox to be directed by The Taking of Pelham 123’s Tony Scott. Denzel Washington is already attached to the project.
The film is about “a young conductor who jumps into a locomotive with an experienced engineer in chase of a runaway train that carries a cargo of toxic chemicals.” Pine is zeroing on playing the young conductor in the story based on actual events. The script was written by Mark Bomback.
Trains don’t have the same so-called flexibility, especially compared to planes and automobiles. However, they’ve given us some pretty great action movies, »
- Nick Allen
9 items from 2009
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