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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the latest from filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, one of the best shows on television, a Federico Fellini classic, and more. Briefly: Snowpiercer [Blu-ray] - $14.94 (50% off) The Purge: Anarchy (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - $22.99 (34% off) Sex Tape [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (44% off) Mad Men: the Final Season-Part 1 [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (50% off) Life After Beth [Blu-ray] - $15.99 (36% off) Earth to Echo [Blu-ray] - $19.96 (50% off) The Fluffy Movie - Extended Edition (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - $22.99 (34% off) La dolce vita [Blu-ray] - $34.99 (12% off) Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] - $96.99 (35% off) Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Seasons 1, 2, 3, & 4 [Blu-ray] - $44.99 (59% off)
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- Adam Chitwood
“The most miserable life is better, believe me, than an existence protected by a society where everything’s organized and planned for and perfect,” says Steiner (Alain Cuny), Marcello’s (Marcello Mastroianni) only friend with seemingly any moral fiber or family values in the Rome of upper-class debauchery in which they surf throughout Federico Fellini’s groundbreaking critical masterpiece on the vacuous Roman high-life of the late 50s, La Dolce Vita. Steiner’s fleeting suggestion stands as an epiphanic thesis of Marcello’s own internal struggle to find love and stability while carrying out a career in journalism that takes him gallivanting with royalty and movie stars throughout all the ancient and newly minted quarters of Rome. The final frames of the film featuring Paola’s (Valeria Ciangottini) subtle glance to the audience suggest that in this new hodge-podge of old and evolving culture, only the innocence of youth has »
- Jordan M. Smith
La dolce vita (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray I've already posted my review of Criterion's new Blu-ray release of Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, which was the first entry in my Best Movies series earlier this year. In short, it's a wonderful release, but if you prefer specific details click here.
Snowpiercer Snowpiercer is something of a cult online hit, but as I said in my review, "It's a fun film with some interesting ideas and given the scope I'm happy to have seen it on the big screen, but in the grand scheme of things it's a relatively minor work." I'm still happy I saw it in theaters, but when the Blu-ray arrived here at Ros-hq I can't say I had the slightest interest in revisiting it.
- Brad Brevet
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Even if you snagged "La dolce vita" on Blu-ray when it was available via Kino Lorber, you'll still want to upgrade to this fancy Criterion edition. This new release received the 4K digital restoration treatment, and the extras include an interview with writer/director (and Ad for "La dolce vita") Lina Wertmüller, an audio interview with star Marcello Mastroianni, and more.
This is a kooky zombie love story about a guy named Zach (Dane DeHaan) whose girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza) returns from the dead. In addition to the whole interpersonal love mishegoss of dating someone who's a rotting zombie, there's also a whole zombie apocalypse to deal with - can their relationship survive? Can they survive? »
- Jenni Miller
It felt like I watched a lot this week, primarily because I spent a lot of time exploring not only the movies, but special features on three Criterion Blu-rays. I already posted my reviews for Roman Polanski's Macbeth (read my review here) and Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (read my review here) and just last night I watched Shohei Imamura's Vengeance is Mine as well as the 1999 interview with Imamura. As I'm sure you all know, exploring the features on a Criterion release can take some time, almost always more time than watching the movie itself. I'll have my review of Vengeance is Mine this coming week. The only other movie I watched this last week, and another movie I'll have a review of this coming week, is Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman, which did gangbusters this weekend in limited release and I'm really interested in reading some of »
- Brad Brevet
I've made no secret when it comes to my love for the work of Federico Fellini's films, especially his classic La Dolce Vita, which was the first entry in my Best Movies section earlier this year. For the longest time I've owned the Koch Lorber, 2-Disc DVD edition of La Dolce Vita, continuously awaiting the day Criterion would be given the chance to add it to their esteemed collection with a transfer the film most definitely deserved. I speculated as to whether it would finally happen once Paramount had been granted exclusive rights last June and lo and behold, it is finally here and the result is exactly what fans of this film have been waiting for with visuals and sound so rich it will be almost as if you are seeing it for the first time. When it comes to the film itself, I'll point you to my »
- Brad Brevet
Perhaps Criterion has been paying attention to my Best Movies posts. Next week sees the release of Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita on Blu-ray, which was the first installment in my Best Movies feature and a title I'll be reviewing later this week, and now my third installment, Kihachi Okamoto's The Sword of Doom will be arriving on January 6 with a new high-definition digital restoration. Unfortunately the Sword of Doom release won't come with any new features, though the film, Hiroshi Murai's cinematography, Masaru Sato's score and an audio commentary from Stephen Prince will do for me as that is a title that simply must be part of my collection. Also coming in January is Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant on January 13, Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg on January 20, Preston Sturges's 1942 comedy The Palm Beach Story starring Claudette Colbert »
- Brad Brevet
In theaters this week I caught Dracula Untold (my review here) and Fury (review coming tomorrow) while at home I ended up watching about 45 minutes or so of Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, All Quiet on the Western Front and about 30 minutes of Criterion's new Blu-ray release of Roman Polanski's Macbeth as I'm hoping to catch up on my Criterion reviews this week. I also have Criterion's Vengeance is Mine and the upcoming La Dolce Vita to take in and for those of you that were around for my first Best Movies entry, you already know how much I love "the sweet life". So let's hear from you, what did you watch this weekendc »
- Brad Brevet
Edge of Tomorrow One of the year's blockbusters that I would say is worthy of considering buying though be on the lookout for a movie titled Live. Die. Repeat. as that is the new branding this Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner is going by on DVD and Blu-ray shelves. Otherwise, not only do I consider this to be one of the best blockbusters of the year, I'd say it's one of the best movies of 2014 as well. Top tenc Eh, not so sure, but definitely worth your time.
Million Dollar Arm Rental time... at best. This isn't a very good movie and I'm not sure how it has a "fresh" RottenTomatoes score, but I guess if you lower your expectations far enough you'll be satisfied.
- Brad Brevet
Since splitting from Gwyneth Paltrow in March, Chris Martin has continued putting family first. But with Jennifer Lawrence now in his life, the Coldplay frontman has made fitting in quality time with his new love interest look as easy as his conscious uncoupling from Paltrow, 41. "Jen has made a few visits to his Malibu house," says a source. "Chris seems very respectful of Gwyneth and feels more comfortable spending time with Jen away from his family." Lawrence, 24, and Martin, 37, also stepped out for a romantic date night at Beverly Hills eatery La Dolce Vita on Sept. 8, where an onlooker says »
- Melody Chiu, @chiumelo
Still on! Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin enjoyed a dinner date in Beverly Hills on Monday, Sept. 8, a source tells Us Weekly. The new couple dined at posh eatery La Dolce Vita. The Hunger Games actress and Coldplay frontman's time together didn't stop there, either. The following day, Tuesday, Sept. 9, the duo spent the entire day together, the source adds. As Us previously reported, Gwyneth Paltrow's ex-husband has been working hard at winning over Lawrence. "Chris is sweeping Jen off her feet," an insider told Us. [...] »
It seems like the romance rumors are true! Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin were spotted enjoying dinner together at Beverly Hills hot spot La Dolce Vita on Monday night. "They were super cute together," said an onlooker. "They were laughing a lot and Jennifer was acting all goofy!" Speculation about a budding romance between Lawrence, 24, and Martin, 37, first surfaced in August, and the two have reportedly been dating since late June. The Hunger Games actress was first seen with the Coldplay rocker when she attended one of his concerts in London in July. A rep for Coldplay had no comment. »
It’s hard enough to pick movies that connect with audiences. Today, studio chiefs like Gianopulos must navigate a rapidly shifting landscape where consumer demands, piracy and the collapse of the DVD market, as well as increasing competition from online diversions and quality cable TV shows, are wreaking havoc on the financial underpinnings of the film business. Media companies like Fox’s parent 21st Century Fox are on a quest to grow bigger in order to compete with digital superpowers like Google and pending mergers between cable and telco giants like Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and At&T and DirecTV. Gianopulos’ uberboss, 21st Century Fox chief Rupert Murdoch, made a surprise $80 billion bid to buy Time Warner that was rejected and he subsequently withdrew. But consolidation, it seems, is coming.
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- Brent Lang
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 21, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
The biggest hit from the most popular Italian filmmaker of all time, 1960’sÂ La Dolce Vita rocketed Federico Fellini (The Clowns) to international mainstream success—ironically, by offering a damning critique of the culture of stardom.
A look at the darkness beneath the seductive lifestyles of Rome’s rich and glamorous, the film follows a notorious celebrity journalist—played by a sublimely cool Marcello Mastroianni (The 10th Victim)—during a hectic week spent on the peripheries of the spotlight.
La Dolce Vita was an incisive commentary on the deepening decadence of the European 1960s, and it provided a prescient glimpse of just how gossip- and fame-obsessed our society would become.
Presented in Italian with English subtitles, Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions contain the »
To mark the release of L’Assassino on 21st July, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray and DVD combo.
Released within months of Fellini’s La Dolce Vita and Antonioni’s La Notte, Elio Petri’s dazzling first feature L’Assassino also stars Marcello Mastroianni, this time as dandyish thirty-something antiques dealer Alfredo Martelli, arrested on suspicion of murdering his older, far wealthier lover Adalgisa (Micheline Presle). But as the increasingly Kafkaesque police investigation proceeds, it becomes less and less important whether Martelli actually committed the crime as his entire lifestyle is effectively put on trial.
Best known for Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion and The Tenth Victim, Petri was one of the finest and yet most underrated Italian directors of the 1960s and 70s. Highly acclaimed on its original UK release but unjustly neglected since, L’Assassino is a remarkably assured debut from one »
Criterion has announced their October titles, and as always, the collection continues to manufacture must-own titles. This October, they will add one of John Ford’s most celebrated westerns to their collection, My Darling Clementine, along with Frederico Fellini’s beloved La Dolce Vita. They’ve also put together The Complete Jacques Tati, which includes all six of the director’s films. Additionally, the following titles will now be getting re-released in Blu-ray: George Sluizer’s thrilling The Vanishing and Orson Welles’ brilliant, unique documentary F for Fake. Hit the jump to check out the cover art and special features for these upcoming Criterion titles.
- Matt Goldberg
Edited by Adam Cook
Above: Senses of Cinema has a new issue—and a new look! The Locarno Film Festival has announced their juries & lineup. We've a separate post with all the details here. The good folks at The Brooklyn Rail have assembled a very impressive Critics Page, with various contributors offering their takes on the state of film art. Well worth browsing every piece here. The Venice Film Festival has announced its selection of 21 restored Classics for this year's edition. Above: Criterion's slate for October is one of their best in a while. John Ford's My Darling Clementine, Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, a Complete Jacques Tati box set (!), and more. At the Jerusalem Film Festival, a group of Israeli filmmakers, including Keren Yedaya, Tali Shalom, Nadav Lapid, Efrat Corem, Shira Geffen, Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz, and Bozi Gete, have called for a ceasefire. For Interview Magazine, Matthew McConaughey »
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
In 1953, Michelangelo Antonioni directed the episodic I vinti (The Vanquished), quite possibly the least “Antonioni-esque” feature he ever made (the roster of credited writers above is some indication of the impersonal nature of the film). Comprised of three vignettes about troubled youth in France, Italy, and England, the film at times comes across almost as a moralizing after school special, whereby it attempts to draw attention to the desperate and destructive state of young people during this period. But while the film’s obvious didacticism is its least laudable characteristic, I vinti is nevertheless a fascinating examination of this “burnt out generation.”
These young people were just children during World War II. They’ve grown up in a time of upheaval and violence, and now as »
- Jeremy Carr
The first entry into my "Best Movies" section was Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (read my essay here) and after rights to the film were finally decided I speculated as to whether or not Criterion will finally get their hands on the absolute classics. The answer is a resounding Yes as the Blu-ray release of the film has just been announced for October 21 with the following features: New 4K digital restoration by the Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray New visual essay by : : kogonada New interview with filmmaker Lina Wertmuller, who worked as assistant director on the film Scholar David Forgacs discusses the period in Italy's history when the film was made New interview with Italian film journalist Antonello Sarno about the outlandish fashions seen in the film Audio interview with actor Marcello Mastroianni from the early 1960s, conducted by film historian Gideon Bachmann Felliniana, »
- Brad Brevet
I love a good quest. There’s nothing that drives a plot quite like it, from Jason setting out to find the Golden Fleece to Indiana Jones’ determination to track down the Ark of the Covenant. Along the way there is always action, and adventure, and some friends to meet and enemies to defeat. Because that’s how a quest works.
Quests don’t have to be about objects. They can also be about finding your place in the world, and Nothing Lasts Forever tells the story of Adam Beckett, a young man who wants to be an artist, even though he has no idea of what an artist actually is. His quest takes him to a strange, totalitarian Manhattan where wannabe artists must sit a practical exam, and eventually to some very surprising places, »
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