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3 items from 2012

New DVD Blu-Ray: 'The Five-Year Engagement,' 'Safe'

31 August 2012 10:02 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Pick of the Week "The Five-Year Engagement" What's It About? Jason Segel and Emily Blunt play a happily devoted couple whose impending nuptials keep getting delayed by her rising career. See It Because: Segel re-teams with his "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" co-writer and director for another romantic comedy that's very R-rated. It's a little too long, but with a supporting cast including players from "The Office," "Parks & Rec," "30 Rock" and "Community," it's pretty much an all-star team of funny people. (Also Available on Amazon Instant Video) New on DVD & Blu-ray "High School" What's It About? An MIT-bound star scholar tries weed for the first time, the night before his psycho principal (Michael Chiklis) imposes a school-wide drug test. In order to get away with his crime, he concocts a ridiculous plan to get the entire school stoned -- with the help of even more psycho dealer (Adrien Brody). In the end, »

- Eric Larnick

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Child’s Play

5 July 2012 11:18 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 4, 2012

Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Olive Films

James Mason (l.) and Beau Bridges star in Child's Play.

Based on the stage play by Robert Marasco, the 1972 drama-mystery Child’s Play is lesser-known film directed by the great Sidney Lumet (Network, 12 Angry Men).

A young teacher, Paul Reis (Beau Bridges, The Descendants) arrives at an exclusive Catholic boy’s school that he had attended as young man, where he discovers that everything at the school is not quite as staid, tranquil and harmless as it seems. Reis suspects that one of the older professors in responsible for the school’s increasing incidents of cult-like violence and brutality. Could it be Joe Dobbs (Robert Preston, Victor/Victoria), the easy-going, popular English instructor? Or perhaps Jerome Malley (James Mason, Bigger Than Life), the widely disliked and feared Latin and Greek teacher? Or maybe even someone else…?

Screenwriter Leon Prochnik adapted Marasco’s play, »

- Laurence

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The Films Of Sidney Lumet: A Retrospective

9 April 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It has been a year since Sidney Lumet passed away on April 9, 2011. Here is our retrospective on the legendary filmmaker to honor his memory. Originally published April 15, 2011.

Almost a week after the fact, we, like everyone that loves film, are still mourning the passing of the great American master Sidney Lumet, one of the true titans of cinema.

Lumet was never fancy. He never needed to be, as a master of blocking, economic camera movements and framing that empowered the emotion and or exact punctuation of a particular scene. First and foremost, as you’ve likely heard ad nauseum -- but hell, it’s true -- Lumet was a storyteller, and one that preferred his beloved New York to soundstages (though let's not romanticize it too much, he did his fair share of work on studio film sets too as most TV journeyman and early studio filmmakers did).

His directing career stretched well over 50 years, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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