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1951 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 99 min. / Street Date February 7, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring : James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Glynis Johns, Jack Hawkins, Janette Scott, Niall MacGinnis, Kenneth More, Ronald Squire, Elizabeth Allan, Jill Clifford, Felix Aylmer, Dora Bryan, Maurice Denham, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Bessie Love, Karel Stepanek.

Cinematography: Georges Périnal

Film Editor: Manuel del Campo

Original Music: Malcolm Arnold

Written by: R.C. Sherriff, Oscar Millard, Alec Coppel from the novel by Nevil Shute

Produced by: Louis D. Lighton

Directed by Henry Koster

A few years back, whenever a desired title came up on list for a Fox, Columbia or Warners’ Mod (made-on-demand) DVD, my first reaction was disappointment: we really want to see our favorites released in the better disc format, Blu-ray. But things have changed. As Mod announcements thin out, we have seen an explosion of library titles remastered in HD.
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What's the secret movie Spielberg and Jackson are making before 'Tintin 2'?

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What's the secret movie Spielberg and Jackson are making before 'Tintin 2'?
Steven Spielberg is enormously clever about the way he drops hints in the press when he wants to create some buzz for something, knowing full well that any comment he makes is going to be carefully parsed for meaning and for clues about things. Specifically, when he mentions that he and Peter Jackson are making a secret film before Jackson makes Kingdom Of The Sun, the previously-announced title for the Tintin sequel, then he has to know that people are immediately going to start guessing about what that secret film might be. I’ve seen plenty of people speculate today about what that secret film might be, with many people betting that it’s going to be The Dam Busters, the long-in-development movie about a famous bombing raid during WWII that Jackson wants to make, with Weta having spent several years building full-sized Lancaster bombers for the movie. I wouldn
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What Secret Movie is Peter Jackson Working On For Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment?

I'm thrilled Peter Jackson is finished with his disappointing Hobbit trilogy, because that means he can finally move on to other projects outside the realm of Middle Earth. And thanks to Steven Spielberg, we know he's hard at work on something right now...but we just aren't sure exactly what that movie is yet.

Spielberg gave an interview to the New Zealand version of Time Out magazine and mentioned Jackson's new film, as well as confirming that Jackson will direct a second installment in the Tintin franchise:

"Peter was so busy with The Hobbit that it took him away from Tintin and he's doing another film for my company now. It's a secret, nobody knows about it. Then after that he'll do Tintin."

We know Tintin is something both directors are passionate about and Jackson has wanted to make a sequel for years, but what is this mysterious secret movie Spielberg mentioned?
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Jackson Working On "Tintin 2," Spielberg Project

Hard to believe but it has been five years since Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson teamed up to adapt Herge's "The Adventures of Tintin" into a CG animated mo-cap features. Scoring good reviews, the film was only a soft opener in the states with $77.5 million, but in the rest of the world which grew up on the comic the film managed a further $296 million - certainly enough for a sequel to go into production.

However that hasn't happened. Jackson was to direct the film which it was thought would be based on "The Seven Crystal Balls"/"Prisoners of the Sun" two-parter, but instead opted to tackle the "The Hobbit" trilogy. With that all over back in late 2014, it remains surprising that we've yet to hear anything further which has prompted concern the project had been cancelled.

Speaking with The New Zealand Herald this weekend, Spielberg talked about his future collaborations
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On this day in pop culture history: ‘Top Gun’ premiered, ‘Seinfeld’ killed Susan

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On this day in pop culture history: ‘Top Gun’ premiered, ‘Seinfeld’ killed Susan
30 years ago today, Navy fighter pilot hotshots Maverick, Iceman, and Goose first flew across big screens around the world. It was on May 16, 1986 that Top Gun opened in theaters. Already well on his way to becoming a household name thanks to 1983’s Risky Business, Tom Cruise became a certified movie star with the release of Top Gun. It was also the first hit for director Tony Scott, who went on to direct other action flicks and thrillers like Crimson Tide, Man on Fire, and Déjà Vu (which reunited him with Top Gun star Val Kilmer) before his death in 2012. Top Gun, a slick, upbeat, Reagan-era ode to masculinity, boasted a memorable soundtrack (with Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” and Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”), impressive dogfights, an endlessly quotable though often goofy script, and, upon its release, immediate box office success. It became the highest grossing movie of 1986. Also on this day,
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Jj Abrams: new Star Wars movie 'influenced by Terrence Malick'

Director reveals he tried to learn ‘lessons in stillness’ from the enigmatic arthouse film-maker, in order to find balance in The Force Awakens

George Lucas famously drew on classic movies such as The Seven Samurai, The Dam Busters and even Casablanca for his original Star Wars trilogy. Now Jj Abrams has revealed he had the work of enigmatic cult director Terrence Malick in mind, when shooting new episode The Force Awakens.

Discussing the films that influenced the new instalment of the long-running space-opera saga, Abrams said he was keen to move beyond mining previous episodes for inspiration.

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Book Review – The Story of U.S. Gold

Villordsutch reviews The Story of U.S. Gold…

Any child of the 1980’s – perhaps early 90’s too – will have the medallion of U.S. Gold burnt into their brain. You’ll possibly blink and it’s scarred onto your retina for it was emblazoned on virtually – what seemed like – every advert, game, free poster, bouncing novelty whatever. I myself was one of those children that hunted out these American Classics that flowed across our country, they occupied every independent gaming shop, Boots, John Menzies, practically anywhere with a shelf. Though what I didn’t realise until reading Chris Wilkins & Roger M. Keans, The Story of U.S. Gold, is that they were as American as Fish & Chips and Coronation Street!?

It’s true! From the streets of Birmingham comes Geoff Brown, a former musician and maths teacher, who had a love for computers from when they first emerged in the homes,
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The Dam Busters: hits its targets – and doesn't dumb down

Michael Anderson’s 1955 dramatisation of the 1943 Raf mission to bomb German dams is fairly true to life and bounces along entertainingly

The Dam Busters (1955)

Director: Michael Anderson

Entertainment grade: A–

History grade: B+

On the night of 16-17 May 1943, 617 Squadron of the Royal Air Force – later nicknamed the Dam Busters – carried out Operation Chastise to attack German dams in the Ruhr valley. The last surviving pilot, New Zealander Les Munro – who is name-checked twice in the film – died this week at the age of 96. Just two of the original 133 Dam Busters are still alive (George “Johnny” Johnson, from the UK, who was a bomb-aimer and Canadian front-gunner Fred Sutherland); 53 were killed during the operation. Three men who baled out of planes that were shot down were taken prisoner by the Germans

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Peter Jackson is still editing The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

With its U.K. December 12th air date edging ever closer, Peter Jackson has revealed in an intimate interview with New Zealand Radio News that he is still working hard editing The Battle of the Five Armies, the third and final instalment of The Hobbit saga. Jackson admits that he is working “22 hours a day…so it’s pretty full on at the moment…I’ll be delighted when it’s finished…but obviously there will be a bittersweet quality to it.”

Anyone who has purchased the Extended Editions of the previous two movies will already understand just exactly how hard Jackson and company work to finish these pictures off in time. For the first movie, Peter Jackson and his team of editors were still working diligently right up until the morning of the worldwide premiere in Wellington and there was a similar story for The Desolation of Smaug.

In
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Bill Kerr obituary

Australian actor and comedian who played Tony Hancock's good-natured lodger on radio and appeared in films such as The Dam Busters and Gallipoli

The actor and comedian Bill Kerr, who has died aged 92, was a master of laconic understatement. Having begun his British variety career in the late 1940s as "the boy from Wagga Wagga", he became a household name as a perfect foil for Tony Hancock in six series of the wildly popular BBC radio show Hancock's Half Hour (1954-59).

Playing Hancock's breezy and good-hearted Australian lodger, Kerr was often given the best lines by writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson because of his deadpan delivery. His main function was to relentlessly encourage Hancock's grandiose schemes, subsequently exploited by Sid James, only to be thwarted by the voice of officialdom (usually Kenneth Williams), or to suggest ludicrous ventures of his own, immediately pounced upon by the gullible Hancock: "You know,
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Update: Global Showbiz Briefs: Dwa/Studio Mir Relationship Clarified; Veteran Aussie Actor Bill Kerr Dies; More

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Update: DreamWorks Animation has clarified statemens by Korea’s Studio Mir which were erroneously reported in the local press late last week. The company is in the process of working with Studio Mir to finalize a possible production agreement for one series, and has not inked a deal with Studio Mir for the latter to produce as many as four cartoon TV series during the next four years. Dwa says it would be engaging the studio on a work for hire basis, meaning it would not be a co-producer and would not gain any interest in Dwa’s intellectual property. The Korean animation studio is known for 2D fantasy series The Legend Of Korra, which airs Stateside on Nickelodeon.

Bill Kerr, the Australian actor known as “the boy from Wagga Wagga,” died Thursday in Perth. He was 92. Kerr was a radio and vaudeville star before moving to the UK in
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Australian Actor Kerr Dead at 92: Best Known for Peter Weir Movies, British TV Series Doctor Who

Doctor Who’ actor Bill Kerr, also featured in Peter Weir’s ‘Gallipoli’ and ‘The Year of Living Dangerously,’ dead at 92 (photo: Bill Kerr and Patrick Troughton in ‘Doctor Who’) Australian actor Bill Kerr, best known internationally for a guest spot in the 1960s TV series Doctor Who, and for his supporting roles in the Peter Weir movies Gallipoli and The Year of Living Dangerously, died on August 28 (or 29, according to some sources), 2014, while watching the TV show Seinfeld at his home in Perth, West Australia. Kerr, whose exact cause of death is unclear, was 92. Born William Kerr on June 10, 1922, in Capetown, South Africa, to Australian vaudevillian parents touring the country, Bill Kerr grew up in Australia, where he became a popular television, stage, and film personality. His show business career began at an early age. “My mother took about 10 weeks off to have me, and when she returned to the
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Jackson On More "Smaug," "Dam Busters" Remake

If there was a surprise about "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" extended edition, it's the fact that it wasn't really that extended - the film scoring only an additional 13 minutes on top of its theatrical 169 minute runtime for a total of 182 minutes.

That quotient is being upped for the sequel. Filmmaker Peter Jackson confirmed at Comic Con that the upcoming "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" will clock in with around 25 minutes of extra footage. He tells Deadline:

"The Smaug movie, we've got 25 or 26 minutes of pretty good stuff for that DVD. The first one, there wasn't that much we left on the cutting room floor and it wasn't earth shattering. But this is worthwhile stuff that you haven't seen before."

'Smaug' has a 161 minute runtime, meaning the additions will bring it up to a 186 minute film.

With his work on the final "The Hobbit" drawing to a close, Jackson
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British Superhero To Be Made Into A Feature Film; Bananaman

Bananaman - a young boy named Eric who turns into an adult superhero when he eats a banana! Bananamanmovie.com, a new teaser website says very little besides the promise of a 2015 release date and that its being produced by Elstree Studio Productions, which is based in the UK. According to the Elstree Studios' website, "Some of the most famous feature films have been produced at Elstree over the years which include the Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogies, Superman, Moby Dick, The Dam Busters, The Shining, Ice Cold in Alex, and Labyrinth.  Over 800 feature films, and similar numbers of television programmes, have been produced at Elstree Studios." (Link below). The original strip, originated by Dave Donaldson  and Steve Bright, written and developed by the latter, and mostly drawn by John Geering until his death in 1999, is essentially a parody of Superman and Batman with shades of Captain Marvel and
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Sherlock: nearly 10m viewers watch BBC detective's return | TV ratings - 1 January

Return of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman drama attracts biggest audience of the day – but not the festive season

Nearly 10 million viewers tuned in to find out how Sherlock survived his rooftop plunge on BBC1 on Wednesday night, the acclaimed drama's biggest audience yet.

The third series of the Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman drama began with an average of 9.2 million viewers between 9pm and 10.30pm, peaking with 9.7 million for its first five minutes.

Sherlock had the highest audience of the day but not the biggest of the holiday period, unable to top an opponent even more powerful than MoriartyMrs Brown's Boys, the BBC1 sitcom which drew 9.4 million viewers on Christmas Day.

It was more than the 7.5 million viewers who saw the opening episode of the first series in July 2010 and the 8.8 million who watched the start of the second series on New Year's Day 2012.

The mystery of
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Gilbert Taylor, Star Wars cinematographer, dies aged 99

Taylor worked with some of Hollywood's greats including Alfred Hitchcock, Roman Polanski and George Lucas

The renowned British cinematographer Gilbert Taylor, whose body of work included Star Wars, The Omen and Dr Strangelove, has died.

Taylor passed away at his home on the Isle of Wight aged 99 after a life which saw him credited with some of Hollywood's most acclaimed films.

While his work included Ice Cold in Alex, the Beatles' film A Hard Day's Night and Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy, he is best known for the first of George Lucas's Star Wars series.

"George avoided all meetings and contact with me from day one," Taylor told American Cinematographer magazine. "So I read the extra-long script many times and made my own decisions as to how I would shoot the picture."

His career in the film industry started in 1929 when he was still a teenager and was taken on
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‘Star Wars’ Cinematographer Gilbert Taylor Dies

‘Star Wars’ Cinematographer Gilbert Taylor Dies
Veteran British cinematographer Gilbert Taylor, whose b&w cinematography on such classics as Richard Lester’s 1964 Beatles film “A Hard Day’s Night,” Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove” and Roman Polanski’s “Repulsion” rank him as one of Britain’s most revered post-war DPs, died earlier today at his home on the Isle of Wight. He was 99.

His wife Dee told BBC News that he passed away with his family at his bedside.

While the Hertfordshire native’s Dp credits date back to 1948, he hit his stride in the mid-’60s with Lester’s pioneering ode to the Fab Four, a pre-curser to MTV-era pop vids of the ’80s; Kubrick’s black comedy on the Cold War, with the stark chiaroscuro of the War Room accented by a ring of lights and back-projected lamps; and two seminal collaborations with Polanski (the other film was “Cul-de-sac”) that earned him back-to-back BAFTA nominations.
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‘Star Wars’ Cinematographer Gilbert Taylor Dies at 99

‘Star Wars’ Cinematographer Gilbert Taylor Dies at 99
Veteran British cinematographer Gilbert Taylor, who shot “Star Wars” for director George Lucas after shooting black and white classics such as Richard Lester’s 1964 Beatles film “A Hard Day’s Night,” Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove” and Roman Polanski’s “Repulsion,” died Friday at his home on the Isle of Wight. He was 99.

His wife Dee told BBC News that he died with his family at his bedside.

While the Hertfordshire native’s Dp credits date back to 1948, he hit his stride in the mid-’60s with Lester’s pioneering ode to the Fab Four, a pre-curser to MTV-era pop vids of the ’80s; Kubrick’s black comedy on the Cold War, with the stark chiaroscuro of the War Room accented by a ring of lights and back-projected lamps; and two seminal collaborations with Polanski (the other film was “Cul-de-sac”) that earned him back-to-back BAFTA nominations.

In an essay on “Hard Day’s Night,
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R.I.P. Gilbert Taylor (1914 - 2013)

R.I.P. Gilbert Taylor (1914 - 2013)
As reported by BBC News, the great British cinematographer Gilbert Taylor (The Omen, Dr. Strangelove and Star Wars, to name but a few) has passed away at the age of 99. His wife Dee revealed that he died with his family at his bedside.

Born in 1914, Taylor entered the film industry in 1929 as a camera assistant at Gainsborough Studios in London. He also served six years in the Royal Air Force during World War II. Taylor had his hand in many a pie, tackling the special effects in The Dam Busters and serving as director of photography on Flash Gordon, but to many he is known for his work on the first Star Wars film which he recalled to American Cinematographer magazine:

"George avoided all meetings and contact with me from day one. So I read the extra-long script many times and made my own decisions as to how I would shoot the picture.
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David C. Anderson, Assistant Director on Three James Bond Films, Dies at 72

David C. Anderson, an assistant director on three of the first four James Bond Films, died of cancer in Richmond, England, following a short illness. He was 72. Before his death on Aug. 4, Anderson enjoyed a six-decade career as assistant director, unit production manager, producer and production executive in film and TV. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2013 He was the son of Michael Anderson, director of such films as Around the World in Eighty Days, The Dam Busters and Logan's Run. He got his start in the industry at Pinewood Studios before landing the assistant director job on

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