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Black Friday Week: Home Video Deals for Thursday, November 23rd

The Black Friday DVD, Blu-ray, and Uhd deals are here!

I’ll be gathering deals over the course of the day, and updating this post as things come and go. The prices below are updated through the Web site’s APIs, but I’ve found that deals are changing frequently.

These are all affiliate links, and a portion of any sales made will go to helping the CriterionCast.

Deals at Amazon Home Video Gadgets Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player $24.99 $39.99 1 new from $24.99 Buy Now amazon.com Free shipping All-New Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote (2017 Edition, Pendant) | Streaming Media... $69.99 1 new from $69.99 Buy Now amazon.com Free shipping Roku Express - HD Streaming Player $24.99 $29.99 11 new from $24.99 5 used from $24.95 Buy Now amazon.com Free shipping Last updated on November 23, 2017 2:10 am TVs Tcl 55S405 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart Led TV (2017 Model
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Review: Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, Very, Very Familiar

There are countless films about the legend of King Arthur, from a Disney animation (The Sword in the Stone) to a hilarious satire (Monty Python and the Holy Grail) to a romance with Richard Gere (First Knight) to the epic that pretty much covers all the important happenings of the tale (Excalibur). King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, the newest version, is focused on the struggle of Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) to accept his destiny once he manages to pull out the sword from the stone and becomes the biggest threat to England's illegitimate king, the evil Vortigern (Jude Law). Unlike other film adaptations, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword gives a mayor weight to the protagonist's process to control the power of the sword that,...

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Brutal ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ Reviews: Critics Fart in Film’s General Direction

  • The Wrap
Brutal ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ Reviews: Critics Fart in Film’s General Direction
The legend of King Arthur has been used as the basis for many films throughout cinematic history. But aside from Disney’s “The Sword in the Stone” and the uproarious “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” few films have ever lasted long in the public consciousness. And critics think Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow’s “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” won’t be a tale that endures through time either. Early reviews for Guy Ritchie’s latest film have been widely negative, panning the film for relying on a generic origin story formula to try to keep audience interest and for using a.
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Posterized May 2017: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,’ ‘Alien: Covenant,’ ‘Risk,’ and More

“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably.

You have to love a summer month where there are just five tent-poles and a bunch of little things surrounding them. Here’s a time where you have Wonder Woman refusing to even advertise until after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 bows a month in advance. Competition is fierce and box office glory comes but once. So you need to pick your date wisely and hope one of the small budgeted flicks that exude quality rather than gimmicks don’t rain on your parade.

There are two
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‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ Sneaks Inspire CinemaCon, But Warner Bros.’ Plea For Change Does Not

‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ Sneaks Inspire CinemaCon, But Warner Bros.’ Plea For Change Does Not
Warner Bros. dared to state publicly what others wouldn’t at CinemaCon: The theatrical release paradigm must change, because audiences already have. The packed Colosseum Theatre at Caesars went silent as Sue Kroll, Warners’ president of worldwide marketing and distribution, addressed the crowd.

The film industry is “evolving at a healthy pace that is impossible to ignore,” she said. “Everyone is facing a challenge and also an opportunity when it comes to windowing. It’s being talked about everywhere. As consumer tastes change the way we do business, along with viewing habits and social media, they want more choices on where and how to consume our content, they want the option to engage in different ways… We have to be creative and innovative in addressing the challenges of this dynamic marketplace as we always have, together, as the way to move to a future that will be beneficial and profitable
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‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ Sneaks Inspire CinemaCon, But Warner Bros.’ Plea For Change Does Not

  • Indiewire
‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ Sneaks Inspire CinemaCon, But Warner Bros.’ Plea For Change Does Not
Warner Bros. dared to state publicly what others wouldn’t at CinemaCon: The theatrical release paradigm must change, because audiences already have. The packed Colosseum Theatre at Caesars went silent as Sue Kroll, Warners’ president of worldwide marketing and distribution, addressed the crowd.

The film industry is “evolving at a healthy pace that is impossible to ignore,” she said. “Everyone is facing a challenge and also an opportunity when it comes to windowing. It’s being talked about everywhere. As consumer tastes change the way we do business, along with viewing habits and social media, they want more choices on where and how to consume our content, they want the option to engage in different ways… We have to be creative and innovative in addressing the challenges of this dynamic marketplace as we always have, together, as the way to move to a future that will be beneficial and profitable
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Beauty Or Beast: Is There Any Value In Disney’s Live-Action Remakes?

The growing desire on the part of the House Of Mouse to wring every last remake opportunity from its entire back catalogue is something that sparks a number of debates about the evolution of cinema, and the part we play in that evolution as consumers. With 2015’s Cinderella having come and gone, and Beauty And The Beast now doing well at the box office, we’re currently staring down the barrel of at least a further 15 of these types of projects – featuring live-action re-imaginings of previously animated tales and characters. This being the case, it’s tempting to decry the dearth of new ideas and creations in Disney’s big screen output. But, while there is clearly merit to that argument, is there really no value to be found in these upcoming movies?

Disney’s developing slate of live-action re-imaginings is a mixture of remakes, sequels, and character-focused spinoffs – which
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The 1 Other Time in Oscars History When the Wrong Winner Was Called

  • BuzzSugar
The biggest story to come out of the Oscars this year is undoubtedly the fact that presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway called out the wrong best picture winner. Initially they said La La Land had won the honor, but the real winner was Moonlight. (Cue mortified producers scurrying around the stage.) As embarrassing as the whole fiasco was, it's not the first time it's happened at the Oscars. No, I'm not talking about the time Marisa Tomei was rumored not to have won in 1993. I'm going way back to the 1964 Oscars. Sammy Davis Jr. was presenting the award for best music, scoring of music, adaptation or treatment. The nominees were Irma La Douce, Bye Bye Birdie, A New Kind of Love, Sundays and Cybele, and The Sword in the Stone. He opened the envelope and read off the name: John Addison for Tom Jones. Addison did win an Oscar that year,
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This Wasn’t the First Time a Presenter Was Given the Wrong Card at the Oscars

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This Wasn’t the First Time a Presenter Was Given the Wrong Card at the Oscars
Even the biggest night in movies isn’t without the occasional flub.

While many were perplexed as to how Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong envelope at the 2017 Oscars, leading the presenters to mistakenly announce La La Land as the winner of Best Picture, it’s happened before.

At the 1964 Academy Awards, Sammy Davis Jr. presented the award for Best Music Score (adaptation or treatment) during the 36th Academy Awards, but he too was given the incorrect envelope.

Davis Jr. read the nominees: Irma La Douce, Bye Bye Birdie, A New Kind of Love, Sundays and Cybele
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‘The Most Beautiful Shots in The History of Disney’ Highlights ‘Snow White,’ ‘Moana’ and Everything in Between — Watch

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‘The Most Beautiful Shots in The History of Disney’ Highlights ‘Snow White,’ ‘Moana’ and Everything in Between — Watch
Disney has its fair share of detractors, but few of them would point to the animation studio’s craft when criticizing the occasional sameness of its fairy tales and princess stories. Video essayist Jorge Luengo Ruiz has put together a six-minute video highlighting some of the best shots from more than 40 animated Disney offerings, from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” all the way to last year’s “Moana.” Both the video and a list of the featured movies are below. (via Film School Rejects)

Read More: ‘Inner Workings’: How Disney Innovated the Oscar-Contending Hybrid Short (Exclusive Video)

Read More: How Disney’s Animated ‘Zootopia’ Became the Galvanizing Movie of 2016

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937)

“Pinocchio” (1940)

“Fantasia” (1940)

“Dumbo” (1941)

“Bambi” (1942)

“Cinderella” (1950)

Alice in Wonderland” (1951)

“Peter Pan” (1953)

Lady and the Tramp” (1955)

Sleeping Beauty” (1959)

One Hundred and One Dalmatians” (1961)

The Sword in the Stone” (1963)

The Jungle Book” (1967)

“The Aristocats” (1970)

“Robin Hood
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Oscars 2017: Getting Animated About Three Oscar-Contending Documentaries

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Oscars 2017: Getting Animated About Three Oscar-Contending Documentaries
Thanks to “Persepolis,” “Waltz with Bashir” and “Chicago 10,” the blending of animation with documentaries has become a successful sub-genre. This year, it’s pushed further both thematically and stylistically with great impact.

In “Life, Animated,” the autistic Owen Suskind learned to communicate by watching classic Disney animation; in “Floyd Norman: An Animated Life,” Disney’s first African-American animator gets long overdue recognition; and in “Tower,” the use of rotoscope animation helps recreate a 50-year-old mass shooting at the University of Texas Tower.

Read More: How ‘The Red Turtle’ Became an Animated, Cycle of Life Oscar Contender

“Owen was able to have a communication breakthrough when he was a child as a result of watching Disney classics…he used them as a guide to decipher life and to connect to other people,” director Roger Ross Williams told IndieWire. He’s the first African-American director to win an Oscar for the documentary short,
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The Top 5 Disney Easter Eggs Hidden in 'Moana'

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If you know Disney movies, you knew to look for Easter eggs in the studio's latest animated feature, Moana. The movie actually plays like a best-of compilation of all the classics, from the shape-shifting magic reminding us of The Sword in the Stone to the big man and young girl pairing like that of Wreck-It Ralph to the characters falling down very, very deep hole a la Alice in Wonderland. And the premise, involving a girl wanting to leave land to find a whole...

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The Top 5 Disney Easter Eggs Hidden in 'Moana'

  • Movies.com
If you know Disney movies, you knew to look for Easter eggs in their latest animated feature, Moana. The movie actually plays like a best-of compilation of all the classics, from the shapeshifting magic reminding us of The Sword in the Stone to the big man and young girl pairing like that of Wreck-it Ralph to the characters falling down very, very deep hole a la Alice in Wonderland. And the premise, involving a girl wanting to leave land to find a whole new world at sea, is clearly a reverse of the plot of The Little Mermaid, in which a girl wants to leave the sea to be a part of the world on land.  There are plenty of other similar elements to be found throughout the movie (one great joke references all Disney Princess titles at...

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Why is everyone so upset about the live-action Lion King remake?

Luke Owen looks at the backlash to Disney’s live-action Lion King remake…

Since Tim Burton re-imagined Alice in Wonderland in a live-action format in 2010 to an incredible box office return (the film earned over $1 billion), Disney have their new mission statement: re-telling animated classics for a new generation in live-action. This success continued with 2014’s Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie as the titular villain from Sleeping Beauty which earned over $750 million worldwide, and although the 2015 follow-up Cinderella wasn’t quite as successful, it still brought in over $540 million, making it one of the biggest movies of last year.

And so a slew of announcements followed. A live-action remake of The Little Mermaid was announced, as well as an Aladdin prequel Genies and new versions of Dumbo, Mulan, Pinocchio, Beauty and the Beast, The Sword in the Stone and more. As with all remake announcements, however, the Internet wasn’t overly keen on the idea.
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Jon Favreau is directing a live-action remake of ‘The Lion King’ for Disney

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Jon Favreau is directing a live-action remake of ‘The Lion King’ for Disney
The Disney live-action remake train isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Now the House of Mouse is producing a reimagining of the crown jewel of the Disney Renaissance, The Lion King, to be directed by Jon Favreau. This new comes after the technical achievements and massive box office haul of Favreau’s take on The Jungle Book. The live-action interpretation of the tale of Mowgli the man cub has made $364 million domestically and $966 million worldwide, helping put Disney (currently) in the top four spots of the highest grossing 2016 films across the world. Of course, this Lion King will likely be as “live-action” as The Jungle Book, which had a jungle landscape and animals largely created with CGI. Disney has figured out how to strike box office gold by devoting a chunk of its budget, not to original films (as if!), but to reimaginings of their animated classics. A Jungle Book 2
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August. It's Nearly a Wrap

The eighth month of the year is -- we've reached the final third of 2016 already? That was quick. Fall film season here we come. Summer was dreadful for movies unless you were smart and caught platform releases like Little Men, The Fits, Captain Fantastic, Morris From America, Disorder instead of the big budget spectacles. In fact, 2016 is shaping up to be a very rough year for mainstream cinema which could make the Oscars disastrous if they don't get creative and look further afield than they're usually prone to. We shall see.

This past month we've been celebrating 1984 for the Smackdown (coming your way Wednesday) but here are some other highlights in case you missed any.

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• The Art of Disavowing Your Film No, Jared Leto, no.

• The Lobster's Phony Flowers another great episode of The Furniture

• Beauty vs Beast Bridesmaids Wiig or Byrne. Tough choice, right?

• That time Oscar loved
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Where Did 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' Go Wrong?

Like a heroine tumbling through the rabbit hole, Disney took its own great fall this past weekend, as prospective tentpole Alice Through the Looking Glass coughed up a meager $34 million at the box-office in its opening days of release. A paltry sum in comparison to the $116 million opening weekend that Tim Burton's 2010 original "dark" fairy tale garnered, this sequel's poor showing registered as a sizable blip in Disney's ledgers. Floppier than the average flop, Disney's new folly provided industry competitors and common filmgoers several valuable lessons about how movies are made and sold.
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Disney Still Plans Live-Action "Little Mermaid"

Walt Disney Pictures is continuing plans for live-action remakes of practically every animated feature in their library, and now Deadline reports that the studio is considering a recent pitch for a live-action "The Little Mermaid" film.

The original 1989 animated feature kicked off a renaissance for the studio which had struggled with animated features before that point and then suddenly had a successful run of them afterwards with the likes of "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin" and "The Lion King".

With 'Mermaid,' initial discussions have reportedly taken place with major producers, but the studio has yet to move forward with the idea. One reason is that Universal and Working Title are already developing their own "Little Mermaid" project based on the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale with Chloe Grace Moretz set to star and Rebecca Thomas directing from a script by Richard Curtis.

Disney's upcoming live-action takes on their
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New Disney ‘Peter Pan’ movie in the works

New Disney Peter Pan movie on the way. The studio line-up another of their previously produced animated films for the live-action treatment.

The Walt Disney Company are planning a new live-action Peter Pan movie, continuing their run on reviving their most beloved animated tales. More on the new Disney Peter Pan movie below.

Following on from the likes of Maleficent, Cinderella and the magnificent The Jungle Book, which opens in cinemas across the world this week, Disney are looking at producing a live-action Peter Pan tale, which the studio has previously brought to the screen back in 1953 in animated form. David Lowrey (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and the forthcoming Pete’s Dragon), will team with screenwriter Toby Halbrooks for the planned project.

The Mouse House also has live-action fares Beauty and the Beast, Cruella, Maleficent 2, Dumbo, Mulan, Winnie the Pooh, Pinocchio, Genies, Night on Bald Mountain and The Sword in the Stone,
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Disney's live action fairytales: what's coming up?

Rob Leane Simon Brew Nov 1, 2016

Disney adds Snow White and Mulan to its list of live action takes on its animated features...

You’ve probably noticed the influx of live action fairytales gracing cinemas in recent years. This isn’t about to stop any time soon, since re-spinning a recognisable fantastical yarn with real people instead of animated ones always makes big money for the studio behind it.

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This process has become so popular that there are currently more of these live action fairytales in production than Marvel Studios, DC Entertainment or Star Wars movies. That’s a lot of films.

We've recently learned that two movies based on or around Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs are now in development at Disney.
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