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Since 1984, The Criterion Collection has been dedicated to compiling the greatest classic and contemporary films of all time and releasing them in pristine laser disc, DVD and now Blu-Ray editions loaded with extensive supplemental features, extensive essays from an assorted host of acclaimed film critics and, of course, the highest technical picture and audio standards available. Translation? They make the best… and most expensive… DVDs on the market.
All this month in stores and online, Barnes & Noble is offering every title in the Criterion Collection on DVD and Blu-Ray at 50% off. Where to start? For all you aspiring film scholars out there, here's a list of 10 essential Criterion Collection discs, presented in chronological order. Take a look:
The Rules Of The Game (1939)
Directed by Jean Renoir
One of the greatest (and, initially, most controversial) films of all time, Renoir's The Rules of the Game was destroyed during World War II, »
- Brett Warner
It's that time of year and Barnes and Noble is selling Criterion Collection titles at 50% off (shop here). The problem is, what do you buy? Well, hopefully I can help you with that as I believe there are certain titles from Criterion that are absolute must owns for any cinemaphile and taking into account you are considering buying Criterion Collection titles in the first place, I'm certainly talking to you. So, with that said, let's dive in as I'll give you what I consider to be the top 15 must own Criterion Blu-ray titles as well as a few alternate considerations here and there. 15.) The Thin Red Line Why Should You Buy It? What else is there to expect other than an absolutely gorgeous film from Terrence Malick and that's exactly what you get from The Thin Red Line, but on top of the film you also get a wealth of special features, »
- Brad Brevet
And we have another day of programming for this year’s Comic Con, jam packed with awesome panels and screenings, from Falling Skies, Star Wars, Spartacus, Blade Runner, Total Recall, Game Of Thrones to The Walking Dead, Looper and the requisite Joss Whedon hour of fun.
For the full run down, check out the Con’s website. For the highlights, peruse below:
10:00-11:00 Star Wars: Collectibles Update— Join eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles for product development insights and exclusive previews of the latest in Star Wars collectibles. Moderated by Chris Spitaleof Lucas Licensing. Room 7Ab
10:00-11:00 Remembering Jerry Robinson and Joe Simon— Jerry Robinson was a key artist on Batman in the 1940s, the co-creator of The Joker, and later an accomplished newspaper strip artist and political cartoonist. Joe Simon was half of the legendary team of Simon and [Jack] Kirby, the co-creator »
- Andy Greene
Unless you count Roman Polanski’s Tess as a significant invite, Pathe International is pretty much relegated to market screenings, but this week it was announced that Denis Villeneuve’s An Enemy to be shot in Toronto with Jake Gyllenhaal, so it looks like there is definitely something to look forward to with this French sales co.
Alceste A Bicyclette by Philippe Le Guay
Bowling by Marie-Castille Mention Schaar
Happiness Never Comes Alone (Un Bonheur N’Arrive Jamais Seul) by James Huth
It Happened In Saint Tropez (Des Gens Qui S’Embrassent) by Danièle Thompson
- Eric Lavallee
★★★★☆ Upon its original cinematic release in 1991, Disney's Beauty and the Beast - based upon the classic French fairytale La Belle et la Bête - was met with widespread critical acclaim, winning two Academy Award for Best Original Music, Best Original Song and becoming the first animated picture to be nominated for Best Picture. Some may criticise Disney for re-releasing their back catalogue in retrofitted 3D, yet Beauty and the Beast still possesses the ability to create awe in children and adults alike thanks to its great story, fun characters and beautiful musical numbers.
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One of the pleasures of digging around for movie posters is coming across great designs for films that have otherwise been forgotten, that have not become part of the pantheon—or even any of its foothills—but which nevertheless are fascinating reminders of areas of cinema history that are usually ignored. The other day I posted a lovely Russian poster on Movie Poster of the Day for an adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s White Nights that I wasn’t familiar with but which, I then discovered, was directed by a man described as “the high priest of Stalinist Cinema.” You can read more about that here.
When this terrific poster for Le passe-muraille caught my eye I knew absolutely nothing about the film, and, with the exception of English actress Joan Greenwood (Kind Hearts and Coronets), nearly every name on the poster, from star Bourvil to director Jean Boyer to author Marcel Aymé, »
This boutique hotel is tucked away on Soho's chic Crosby Street, amidst a canopy of twinkling trees. Whether you're looking for a romantic weekend away or a swanky staycation -- this is the place to be! Trying to pick a hotel in NYC is like shopping on Fifth Avenue, so many amazing options but hard to choose just one! Luckily, HollywoodLife.com stayed at one of the most unbelievable hotels in New York and we want to tell you all about it. First of all, you've never seen such a swanky hotel. When you walk up to the Mondrian SoHo, it's something straight out of a storybook. The hotel was inspired by Jean Cocteau's 1946 film La Belle et la Bête -- yes, the Beauty and the Beast! The oversized chairs and eclectic furniture in the lobby scream fantasy and it's even more evident in the hotel's delicious Imperial No. »
- Chloe Melas
It's Valentine's Day, so let's talk about love. Hollywood studios love nothing more than a proven concept (Rip, original idea), and it seems like the timeless love story Beauty and the Beast is back on everyone's love-to-do list. But do we really need four new versions of the classic fairytale to love?
Fairytales are hot again, with the box office success of the Shrek series, the Puss in Boots spinoff and films like Tangled and the return of Disney's Beauty and the Beast in 3D. Two competing Snow White fantasies are hitting the big screen in the coming months – Mirror, Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman – and ABC's Once Upon a Time is also a smash.
Lest we forget, Hollywood is a business, first and foremost -- that's why they call it "The Biz" – and studios are much more comfortable gambling on a tried-and-true concept with brand recognition. Which brings us to all the love Beauty and the Beast »
This could turn into an interesting development as Guillermo del Toro is now reportedly set to direct a new adaptation of the classic tale Beauty and the Beast for Warner Bros. with Harry Potter star Emma Watson in final negotiations to star as Belle. Andrew Davies, who co-wrote the recent The Three Musketeers adaptation with Alex Litvak is set to write the screenplay based on a treatment del Toro will write himself. There's no word on whether or not del Toro will go to Beauty and the Beast once he completes work on his upcoming monster film Pacific Rim, which won't hit theaters until May 10, 2013, but one can assume. Then again, one could also assume this project will never see the light of day as del Toro has a long run of attaching himself to projects that never get off the ground, not to mention he has plenty of films »
- Brad Brevet
Two more writers have been confirmed for season seven of Doctor Who, joining the previously announced Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, and John Fay. First up is Being Human (UK) creator Toby Whithouse, whose previous episodes include School Reunion, Vampires of Venice, and The God Complex. The second writer is Chris Chibnall, who wrote the underrated David Tennant episode 42. There might be another writer or two who still hasn’t been announced, possibly including Gareth Roberts, who might end up writing a third Craig Owens episode with James Corden, something that has been rumored a few times.
Terry O’Quinn has snagged a 2 episode appearance on TNT’s Falling Skies. The big hit from last summer returns with further alien aggression. O’Quinn will guest star in the final two episodes of the season.
20Th Century Fox has set July 26, 2013 for the release of The Wolverine, the sequel to 2009’s X Men Origins: Wolverine. »
This doesn’t happen often, but this have an instance where I look at an actor being cast in a certain role, and simply go, “Well, yeah. That’s perfect.”
ThePlaylist reports that Lea Seydoux and Vincent Cassel have set themselves for the respective, titular roles in Beauty and the Beast, a new iteration of the story from Brotherhood of the Wolf helmer Christophe Gans. That, personally speaking, is the only real information I need to commence hype, so take this quote from the director as an added bonus:
“With this picture, I want to unleash my imagination. Although I will keep to a form of storytelling of this timeless fairy tale that is in keeping with the same pace and characters as the original, I will surprise the audience by creating a completely new visual universe never experienced before and produce images of an unparalleled quality. Every single one »
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"Although I will keep to a form of storytelling of this timeless fairy tale that is in keeping with the same pace and characters as the original," said Gans, "I will surprise the audience by creating a completely new visual universe never experienced before and produce images of an unparalleled quality."
"Every single one of my movies has presented me with a challenge but this one is, by far, the most exciting and rewarding."
"Beauty and the Beast" (French: "La Belle et la Bête"), a traditional fairy tale, about a prince supernaturally changed into a 'beast', was first published in 1740. The best-known written version was published in 1756 by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont. The first English translation appeared in 1757.
Gans' "Beauty and the Beast »
- Michael Stevens
Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux are teaming together to star in a new take on Beauty & The Beast, a French/English production from atmospheric helmer Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf, Silent Hill). Production will kick off in October.
Details are particularly scarce for the Eskward/Pathre production and we don’t yet know whether it will be in the French language (I’m thinking it will, but can’t say for sure) or whether it will be a period or contemporary version, but if I had to guess given Gans’ love to create visually stunning worlds, I think it will be the latter. Certainly Gans’ comments on the announcement back that idea up;
“With this picture, I want to unleash my imagination. Although I will keep to a form of storytelling of this timeless fairy tale that is in keeping with the same pace and characters as the original, »
- Matt Holmes
As you already know, fairy tale films are the new hot thing. We've already had "Red Riding Hood" test the waters, and this year we'll see "Mirror Mirror" and "Snow White and the Huntsman," followed by "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" and "Jack The Giant Killer" in 2013. While those are all interesting for various reasons, this latest announcement has shot a new fairy tale movie right to the top of our list. Vincent Cassel ("Black Swan," "Mesrine") and Lea Seydoux ("Midnight In Paris," "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol") will be starring in "Beauty and the Beast." The tale has been brought to the big screen more than once, most notably in Jean Cocteau's gorgeous "La Belle et la bête" and of course, to blockbuster acclaim in Disney's recently re-released in 3D animated version. But the ingredient which promises to shake things up is director »
Best Contemporary Titles
Winner: "The Tree of Life"
Runner-up: "Black Swan"
Love it or hate it, Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" is visually the most luscious film of the year and Blu-ray transfer recreates this in perfect detail. No digital artifacts or enhancements are done here, there is a bit of grain but that's expected with the photography on offer, while the IMAX 65mm sequences are true visual wonders.
Coming in second is my favourite film of last year, Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller "Black Swan". Here is a challenge of a different sort, a film shot on both 16mm film and off the shelf Dslr video cameras. The result is a deliberately soft and grainy handheld-style image which lends a realistic documentary feel to proceedings and could look terrible if the Blu-ray transfer was handled poorly. Full kudos to Fox for a high quality presentation lacking in »
- Garth Franklin
15 items from 2012
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