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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: December 7, 2010

6 December 2010 10:58 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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Inception The week's obvious top choice for purchase is Christopher Nolan's latest crowd-pleaser. I actually have the "Extraction Mode" from the Blu-ray release playing as I write this up, but haven't yet had a chance to take a look at the second disc. However, I am particularly interested in the 44-minute long "Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious" featurette on the second disc. This feature explores dream research and I would think in conjunction with the film would be rather intriguing.

I can tell you the image is exceptional and the DTS-hd soundtrack is equally up to task and should prove impressive on the right systems. If there's a 2010 film made for Blu-ray it's this one. I should have a full review soon. Cronos (Criterion Collection) This one I am almost done with my review already. I had never »

- Brad Brevet

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The Rise And Fall Of the Hollywood Auteur: Part 1

17 November 2010 4:10 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Part I:  Super Chiefs — Calley, Evans, Zanuck and the Passing of the Studio Torches

From the 1960s into the 1980s, one by one, the legendary studios of old –  MGM, United Artists, Warner Bros., Paramount, Columbia, 20th Century Fox — were gobbled up by conglomerates, some of which had had almost no previous interests in the entertainment business, such as Paramount’s acquirer, Gulf + Western (a motley collection of properties ranging from Caribbean sugar companies to auto parts), and Kinney National Service (a hodgepodge of funeral homes and parking lots which bought up Warner Bros.).  This corporatization of the major studios – the once mighty fiefdoms of the old moguls subjugated by invaders with little or no practical or emotional affinity for movies – is often viewed disparagingly as a sea change signaling the end of the grand Old Hollywood; the Hollywood of Gable and Garland, of Casablanca (1942) and Gone with the Wind (1939).

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- Bill Mesce

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So there really is hope after all…

8 August 2010 11:50 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Director Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass) said in a recent interview in the Los Angeles Times that one of the main reasons he agreed to direct the next generation of X-Men films, X- Men: First Class, set to be released next year, is because the superhero genre is on its way out, and he wanted a chance to direct one big budget, superhero film before it was too late.

As he stated in the interview:

I think we’ve kind of crossed the Rubicon with superhero films. It’s been mined to death and in some cases the quality control is not what it’s supposed to be. People are just going to get bored of it. I think [the opportunity to do one], it’s only going to be there two or three more times. Then, the genre is going to be dead for a while because the audience has just been pummeled too much. »

- Sergio

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'The Kids Are All Right,' and so is Tariq

2 July 2010 6:18 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »


It takes award nuts like us to appreciate fully the mad scene last night when a man collapsed and an ambulance was summoned to the party at Plein Sud restaurant following the New York premiere of "The Kids Are All Right."

New York Magazine's Vulture blog described the chaos that broke out when my guest to the bash, Tariq Khan -- noted Oscarologist and a news editor at Fox News Channel -- suddenly stopped talking while we stood near the buffet table and he fell backward, straight like a timber, his head hitting the stone floor with a loud whack. A doctor and trauma nurse who were party guests rushed to his aid. Lots of people dialed 911 on their cellphones. The first to break through was a freaked-out chap sitting in the booth next to Tariq's prostrate body who bellowed into his phone, "85 West Broadway! 85 West Broadway!" to an operator »

- tomoneil

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Epic Dreamer: An Akira Kurosawa Profile (Part 2)

10 April 2010 2:46 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the internationally renowned filmmaker Akira Kurosawa in the second of a four part feature... read part one.

“After the Pacific War, a great deal of noise began to be made about freedom of speech, and almost immediately abuses and loss of self-control ensued,” recollected acclaimed filmmaker Akira Kurosawa of life in Post-wwii Japan. “A certain kind of magazine took up flattering readers’ curiosity, provoking scandals with shamelessly vulgar articles.” The prevailing sensationalist mentality had to be addressed. “I felt that this new tendency had to be stamped out before it could spread,” remarked the director. “This was the impetus for Skyandaru (Scandal, 1950).”

A tabloid newspaper falsely reports that artist Ichiro Aoye (Toshiro Mifune) is having a love affair with a famous singer, Miyako Saijo (Yoshiko Yamaguchi); he sues the publication only to be betrayed by his lawyer Hiruta (Takashi Shimura). “While I was writing the script an »

- flickeringmyth

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"Who Is That Guy???" Web Site Helps Identify Character Actors

30 March 2010 2:01 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

This great character played important roles in Psycho, The Sand Pebbles and Bullitt. His name: Simon Oakland

All movie fans have suffered the frustration of recognizing a familiar character actor but not being able to come up with his or her name. Now there is a web site that provides thumbnail photos of these great thespians, identifies them and provides a link to their IMDb film credits. Click here to view »

- (Cinema Retro)

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The big picture: the Oscars, 1967

7 March 2010 6:44 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Stars will make sure the cameras catch them at their best at the Oscars tonight, but 43 years ago Steve McQueen was caught off guard, and goofy, on the red carpet with his wife Neile Adams

The sky over Hollywood is inky, except for the glare of the klieg lights. If it weren't for the blue eyes of Steve McQueen and the lilac dress of his first wife, Neile Adams, the scene would be grimly and unglamorously monochrome. The whitest thing in this particular spectrum has to be the portcullis of porcelain teeth displayed by Mrs McQueen. The blackest thing is also white: the cigarette that dangles from the mouth of the man behind McQueen's left shoulder, who would be arrested as a menace to public health if he lit up at this year's Oscars. You can find a "memento mori" in every photograph, and here is a premonitory hint »

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Cinema Retro Issue #16 Now Shipping Worldwide!

29 January 2010 5:45 PM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Season 6 of Cinema Retro begins with issue #16,which has now been mailed to all subscribers in North America and other non-European territories as of today. As always, subscribers get the latest issue in advance of retail shops. Due to particularly heavy demand for this issue, we won't know for a while whether we will have any individual copies of #16 for sale. As of this moment, it is only available from us on a subscription basis.  

As a courtesy to subscribers, when a new season starts we reserve a copy of the latest issue in anticipation of your renewal. If you have not renewed from last season yet, please be aware that as of today, we are no longer keeping an issue reserved for you. Due to very heavy demand, the present inventory of issue #16 will be sold on a "first-come,first-serve" subscription basis. As always, we are especially thankful to our subscribers, »

- (Cinema Retro)

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Update On Cinema Retro Issue #16

16 January 2010 9:59 PM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Due to the recent inclement weather in England, arrival of issue #16 in North America was delayed a bit. We expect the issue to reach America around January 18 and it should be mailed out to all subscribers as soon as it reaches our offices, which should be a few days later. As always, subscribers will get their issues before retail stores do. If you generally buy Cinema Retro at your local shop, they should have it around the beginning of February, though we can't give a precise date because retails stores are handled by our distributor. Highlights of this issue are as follows:

The making of the lesbian-themed Hammer horror film Lust for a Vampire with an abundance of rare and provocative photos. Exclusive interview with director Norman Jewison, who gives the inside story on the making of such classics as In the Heat of the Night, Fiddler on the Roof and The Thomas Crown Affair. »

- (Cinema Retro)

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