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The Best of Cold War Cinema

9 November 2009 12:30 PM, PST | | See recent newser news »

Maybe the reason Betsy Sharkey is feeling nostalgic about Cold War flicks is that the era offered a clear, if flawed, idea that we were the good guys. Regardless, it made for some good movies. The Los Angeles Times critic's faves, by "capricious category": Aliens: With "subtexts rich in what the 'aliens' might be capable of," films like the original Day the Earth Stood Still shine. Also of note is the ghetto freakout Brother From Another Planet (1984). Spies: A toss-up between Alfred Hitchcock's Torn Curtain (1966), with "Paul Newman at his enigmatic best," and Sean Penn's addled druggie-Soviet operative »

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Geek Deal: Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece DVD Collection for $54

28 October 2009 9:32 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece DVD Collection for $53.99, 55% off the $120 list price. The collection features "14 of the finest works from the universally acclaimed Master of Suspense come together for the first time in one collection." Packaged in a velvet box, the individual discs inside come four to a case, decorated with original poster art. A 36-page booklet is filled mostly with stills and poster art. As with all the gold box deals, this deal is only good until midnight. The titles include: The Birds; Marnie; Vertigo; Rope; Rear Window; Psycho; The Man Who Knew Too Much; Torn Curtain; Frenzy; Shadow of a Doubt; The Trouble With Harry; Topaz; Saboteur; and Family Plot. Each of the 14 films is supplemented with numerous documentaries, commentaries, and other bonus materials: 14 documentaries; 9 featurettes; Commentaries; Newsreel footage; Production photos, sketches and notes; Storyboards; Theatrical trailers; Masters »

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