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If you’re like me, you A) are fond of Wolfgang Peterson’s exhilarating 1981 film “Das Boot” (though have only seen the director’s cut) and B) have little to no idea how German submarines actually operated. Fortunately, we’ve got the video for you.
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From the “Das Boot – The Director’s Cut” DVD, this eight-minute featurette follows a German captain as he travels through and narrates each compartment of the ship, from the officer’s bunkroom to the control center to the torpedo room.
Fun facts you may have not picked up from the film itself: The boat was designed for 24 people but in wartime the crew was doubled to 48 (the captain being the only member who didn’t have to share a bunk). Large amounts of ammunition were stored right below these bunks. The electric motors allowed the boat to move silently underwater in case of approaching enemies. The motors had to U-96 submarines needed to recharge diesel engines, which is why they had to come up for air at least every eight hours.
But don’t take my word for it: Enjoy a splendid German captain saying it.
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- Russell Goldman
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- NATHANIEL R
Mark, Aaron and Paul Cobb look at John Frankenheimer’s political thriller, The Manchurian Candidate. We explore the originality and how it influenced other paranoia films, how it spoke to the spirit of the 1960s, as a satire towards McCarthyism, and how it has remained relevant throughout the years.
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The name John Frankenheimer became forever synonymous with heart-in-the-throat filmmaking when this quintessential sixties political thriller was released. Set in the early fifties, this razor-sharp adaptation of the novel by Richard Condon concerns the decorated U.S. Army sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey), who as a prisoner during the Korean War is brainwashed into becoming a sleeper assassin in a Communist conspiracy, and a fellow Pow (Frank Sinatra) who slowly uncovers the sinister plot. In an unforgettable performance, Angela Lansbury plays Raymond’s villainous mother, the controlling wife of a witch-hunting anti-Communist senator with his eyes on the White House. »
- Aaron West
I live in Los Angeles, and my residency here means that a lot of great film programming-- revival screenings, advance looks at upcoming releases and vital, fascinating glimpses at unheralded, unexpected cinema from around the world—is available to me on a week-by-week basis. But I’ve never been to Cannes. Toronto, Tribeca, New York, Venice, Berlin, Sundance, SXSW, these festivals are all events that I have yet to be lucky enough to attend, and I can reasonably expect that it’s probably going to stay that way for the foreseeable future. I never attended a film festival of any kind until I made my way to the outskirts of the Mojave Desert for the Lone Pine Film Festival in 2006, which was its own kind of grand adventure, even if it wasn’t exactly one for bumping shoulders with critics, stars and fanatics on the French Riviera.
But since 2010 there »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Netflix and HBO Now aren't the only places to see great shows and movies in April! Hulu has so many titles coming, including the season finales for a bunch of your favorite shows. Ferris Bueller's Day Off and My Best Friend's Wedding will also be available, among several other vintage films. Check out the full list below, and get a load of Netflix and HBO Go's new picks, too! Available April 1 Shades of Blue, season one finale You, Me & the Apocalypse, season one finale Barbershop, complete season one Alfie American Loser Amistad And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird! Arctic Tale The Arrival Away From Her Bad Boys II Bananas Basic Instinct 2 The Bear Bloodsucking Bastards Brighton Rock Carlos Chelsea Walls Cinema Paradiso Count Yorga, Vampire Cube Cube 2: Hypercube Cube Zero Dead Heat Dead Man The Dead Zone Death Wish Deuces Wild Donnie Brasco Dr. T. and the »
- Maggie Pehanick
In this special episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for Tuesday, March 15th, 2016.
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- Ryan Gallagher
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- TFS Staff
Richard Fleischer's Viking saga is a great star showcase: for the grinning one-eyed Kirk Douglas, sullen one-handed Tony Curtis and the heavy-breathing, two-breasted Janet Leigh. Jack Cardiff gives us the fjords of Norway, lean and mean Viking ships, and a brain-bashing acrobatic castle assault designed to out-do Burt Lancaster. With Ernest Borgnine ("Ohhh-dinnnn!!"), James Donald and Alexander Knox. And as the old song goes, it don't mean a thing if it ain't got Frank Thring. The Vikings Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1958 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 114 min. / Street Date March 8, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine, Janet Leigh, James Donald, Alexander Knox, Maxine Audley, Frank Thring. Cinematography Jack Cardiff Production Designer Harper Goff Film Editor Hugo Williams Original Music Mario Nascimbene Written by Calder Willingham adapted by Dale Wasserman from a novel by Edison Marshall Produced by Jerry Bresler Directed by Richard Fleischer
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- Glenn Erickson
This month on the Newsstand, Ryan is joined by David Blakeslee, Scott Nye and Aaron West to discuss the March 2016 Criterion Collection line-up, the wacky New Year’s drawing, as well as the latest in Criterion rumors, news, packaging, and more.
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- Ryan Gallagher
9 items from 2016
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