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Best Blu-rays (And One DVD) from 2010

30 December 2010 1:34 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I have basically resigned myself to reviewing, watching and recommending Blu-rays whenever possible. I love the format and wish everyone could just magically adopt it so the prices would become more reasonable (a dream scenario I'm sure). I am always waiting and looking for deals when it comes to Blu-rays since most often the prices are simply too outrageous. As a matter of fact, while putting this piece together I only now bought myself copies of The African Queen and The Bridge on the River Kwai at Barnes and Noble as both were on sale and I had a 10% off coupon. The way I see it $39 isn't bad for the those two titles, especially when suggested retail is $75 before shipping.

So understand, I know when recommending this many titles at once I realize the possibility of you purchasing all of them is slim to none, but hopefully I may be »

- Brad Brevet

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DVD Playhouse: December 2010

19 December 2010 5:17 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse December 2010

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Allen Gardner

America Lost And Found: The Bbs Story (Criterion) Perhaps the best DVD box set released this year, this ultimate cinefile stocking stuffer offered up by Criterion, the Rolls-Royce of home video labels, features seven seminal works from the late ‘60s-early ‘70s that were brought to life by cutting edge producers Bert Schneider, Steve Blauner and director/producer Bob Rafelson, the principals of Bbs Productions. In chronological order: Head (1968) star the Monkees, the manufactured (by Rafelson, et al), American answer to the Beatles who, like it or not, did make an impact on popular culture, particularly in this utterly surreal piece of cinematic anarchy (co-written by Jack Nicholson, who has a cameo), which was largely dismissed upon its initial release, but is now regarded as a counterculture classic. Easy Rider (1969) is arguably regarded as the seminal ‘60s picture, about two hippie drug dealers (director Dennis Hopper »

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America Lost And Found: The Bbs Story Criterion Collection Blu-Ray Review

9 December 2010 7:16 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Bob Rafelson started a production company called Raybert (a combination of his name and producer Bert Schneider) when he was working on the Monkees television show. But Rafelson had cinematic aspirations, and so he took the Monkees to the big screen and started a production company with Bert and Steven Blauner called Bbs. Between Raybert and Bbs they made seven films: The Monkees’ feature film Head; Dennis Hopper’s seminal biker movie Easy Rider, Rafelson’s masterpiece Five Easy Pieces, Jack Nicholson’s directorial debut Drive, He Said, Henry Jaglom’s first film A Safe Place, Peter Bogdanovich’s career starting film about small town sexuality The Last Picture Show, and Rafelson’s The King of Marvin Gardens. Seven film in four years, with regulars Karen Black, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn, and stars like Peter Fonda, Cybil Shepherd, Jeff Bridges, and Orson Welles, made during one of the »

- Andre Dellamorte

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Blu-Ray Review: Amazing Criterion Box Set of ‘America Lost and Found: The Bbs Story’

6 December 2010 12:15 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Bbs Productions changed cinema. As the sixties were coming to a close, they jumped on the revolutionary bandwagon and took the cultural zeitgeist to the cinema. With a few other visionaries, they ushered in the most important era of film history and several of their best works have been collected in the amazing Criterion box “America Lost and Found: The Bbs Story.”

Blu-Ray Rating: 5.0/5.0

Believe it or not, the creative freedom that exploded across movie screens in the ’70s might not have been possible without The Monkees. Bob Rafelson, Bert Schneider, and Steve Blauner (their first initials being Bbs) had created the pop band The Monkees and used that money to found Bbs Productions, a company that thrived on community and creativity. Like any production company, they weren’t all gems but a few definitely were, including some of the most influential works of the era. All seven films »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Best in Blu-ray: 'America Lost and Found,' 'The Complete Metropolis,' 'Alice Creed'

23 November 2010 6:15 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Cinematical, Blu-ray DVDs

'Best in Blu-ray' is a weekly column that runs on Tuesday and examines the week's new Blu-ray releases while focusing on recommending titles for both the Blu-ray veteran and newbie.

For Blu-ray Vets:

'America Lost and Found: The Bbs Story' (The Criterion Collection)

Twitter Tag Line: Seven movies on six discs, ranging from great to "nice try," that capture a sliver of the American film revolution from 1968-1972.

Films Included: 'Head,' 'Easy Rider,' 'Five Easy Pieces,' 'Drive, He Said,' 'A Safe Place,' 'The Last Picture Show,' 'The King of Marvin Gardens.'

New Special Features: All transfers are new and restored. Most films include new video pieces, along with archival material. A 114-page book with photos and critical essays is included. (Specifics can be found at the Criterion site.)

Transfer/Audio: Variable, as you'd expect with this many movies involved. »

- Peter Martin

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Best in Blu-ray: 'America Lost and Found,' 'The Complete Metropolis,' 'Alice Creed'

23 November 2010 6:15 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Cinematical, Blu-ray DVDs

'Best in Blu-ray' is a weekly column that runs on Tuesday and examines the week's new Blu-ray releases while focusing on recommending titles for both the Blu-ray veteran and newbie.

For Blu-ray Vets:

'America Lost and Found: The Bbs Story' (The Criterion Collection)

Twitter Tag Line: Seven movies on six discs, ranging from great to "nice try," that capture a sliver of the American film revolution from 1968-1972.

Films Included: 'Head,' 'Easy Rider,' 'Five Easy Pieces,' 'Drive, He Said,' 'A Safe Place,' 'The Last Picture Show,' 'The King of Marvin Gardens.'

New Special Features: All transfers are new and restored. Most films include new video pieces, along with archival material. A 114-page book with photos and critical essays is included. (Specifics can be found at the Criterion site.)

Transfer/Audio: Variable, as you'd expect with this many movies involved. »

- Peter Martin

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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: November 23, 2010

22 November 2010 11:44 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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The Complete Metropolis (Blu-ray) I mentioned this title last week, but for some reason the Blu-ray edition got bumped a week and releases toady. By now I'm sure most of you already know my opinion of this title seeing how I discussed it last week and posted my review yesterday, but if noy, click here to get the full rundown. America Lost and Found: The Bbs Story (Blu-ray) Producers Bob Rafelson, Bert Schneider, and Steve Blauner formed Bbs Productions, which operated between 1968 and 1972, and this box set from Criterion is the result. I have not yet received my review copy and based on what I see online it appears only DVD Beaver has received and reviewed the set. The DVD version hits shelves on December 14.

Just below are the films included. You can get more on each at Criterion right here. »

- Brad Brevet

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The Criterion Column: Celebrate the Holidays with Videodrome and Cronos

16 September 2010 6:30 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Criterion's December release announcement is brief, but sweet. David Cronenberg's Videodrome is coming to Blu-Ray while Guillermo Del Toro's Cronos will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray. 

 

The Videodrome Blu-Ray seems to be sourced from same master as the 2004 Criterion DVD.  Extras are largely same. Cronos is newly restored and packed with extras, including a previously unreleased short film called Geometria. Check the links in the calendar for full specifications.

Finally, as mentioned in the last Criterion Column, the DVD release of the America Lost and Found: The Bbs Story comes out on December 14th. The Blu-Ray will be released on November 23rd.

 

The Criterion Collection 2010 Release Calendar (January through December 2010, up-to-date as of September 16, 2010)

 

December 2010

 

David CronenbergVideodrome, Bd, 12/7/2010, Us & Canada

Guillermo del ToroCronos, 2-disc DVD & Bd, 12/7/2010, Us & Canada

 

November 2010

 

Charlie Chaplin, Modern Times, 2-dsc DVD & Bd, 11/16/10, Us & Canada

Charles Laughton, Night Of The Hunter, 2-disc DVD & 2-disc Bd, »

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December 2010 Criterion Collection Titles Announced: Guillermo Del Toro’s Cronos, David Cronenberg’s Videodrome On Blu-ray, And The Bbs Box Set On DVD

15 September 2010 11:21 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Here we are with the last Criterion Collection new release announcement for 2010, and there are a couple amazing releases to talk about.

Last week we uncovered that Criterion was in fact prepared to finally release David Cronenberg’s Videodrome on Blu-ray on December 7th.  This is the last of the Amazon pre-order announced titles that forced Criterion to reveal their cards a little early. I still haven’t seen the film, and I’m pretty glad that I waited, so that I can see this film in all of it’s high def insanity. While I’m sure there is something charming about watching the film on VHS, given the material, watching a recent fan edit trailer in HD, makes me really excited for the Blu-ray. The cover doesn’t necessarily change up the design much, aside from the color bars on the spine logo.

Now to the main course. »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Disc News: August 29th 2010

29 August 2010 9:33 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Aliens

In a video interview conducted during the promotion of this weekend's "Avatar" re-release, James Cameron confirmed he's done a "complete remaster" of "Aliens" for the upcoming "Alien Anthology" Blu-ray boxset and worked with the same colorist he used on "Avatar".

In comments that might cause controversy though, Cameron says he went in and "completely de-noised it, de-grained it, up-rezzed, color-corrected every frame". The film itself is famously heavy with grain because "it was shot on a high-speed negative that was a new negative that didn't pan out too well and got replaced the following year" says Cameron who adds that "We got rid of all the grain. It's sharper and clearer and more beautiful than it's ever looked. And we did that to the long version, to the 'director's cut'"

The worry is if the changes have a negative impact, much like the odd color timing on "French Connection »

- Garth Franklin

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The Criterion Column: Chaplin, Laughton, Von Trier, and Some Radical 60s and 70s Cinema

21 August 2010 10:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

In November, The Criterion Collection is set to release an eclectic mix of American classics with a bit of European transgression thrown in. A newly restored version of Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times is planned for DVD and Blu-Ray. Charles Laughton's stunning black-and-white noir/horror tale Night of the Hunter (1955) is also on the schedule for DVD and Blu-Ray. Lars Von Trier's Antichrist will invade home video players everywhere.

Those are great releases, but highlight of the November list is the America Lost and Found: The Bbs Story box set, which features 6 films from Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider's production company Bbs during the 60s-70s.  Titles include: Head, Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, Drive He Said, The Last Picture Show, and The King Of Marvin Gardens. Think about the scope of this release for a second. This is six films by Dennis Hopper, Henry Jaglom, Jack Nicholson Bob Rafelson, »

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A High Resolution Look At The November Criterion Collection Covers

18 August 2010 8:55 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

This past Monday, Criterion announced their November 2010 titles, and the internet exploded with people complaining about how broke they are going to be this holiday season, as they must own ever single one.

As always, the covers for each DVD/Blu-ray are absolute works of art, worthy of framing above one’s mantle. I’m actually hoping that they allow Sam’s Myth’s Modern Times cover art to find it’s way into their store, despite already have a fantastic poster for sale.

Since I shared a high resolution copy of the recent Darjeeling Limited art last week, I thought it’d be fun to do the same with the November titles as well. One thing that’s particularly interesting about the gruesome Antichrist art, upon closer examination, is the fact that the title is made up of twigs and branches, which might not be noticed in the low »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Criterion Announces 'Easy Rider,' 'Night of the Hunter,' and a Lot More!

17 August 2010 2:02 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Criterion doesn't make it a habit of disappointing their fans - to call them the greatest and most selflessly wonderful company in the history of human commercialism would be something of an understatement. That being said, their recently announced November line-up of DVD and Blu-rays is pretty incredible, even for them.

Within the span of a few minutes this afternoon, Criterion teased out confirmation of several of their most hotly rumored titles. The biggest bombshell was incontestably a box-set titled "America Lost and Found: The Bbs Story," an anthology of films produced by film pioneers Bob Rafelson, Bert Schneider, and Steve Blauner that includes Head, Five Easy Pieces, The Last Picture Show, Easy Rider, The King of Marvin Gardens, A Safe Place, and Jack Nicholson's directorial debut Drive, He Said. All titles are receiving new, restored high-definition digital transfers, and all titles are available on blu-ray in glorious 1080p. »

- David Ehrlich

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November 2010 Criterion Collection Releases Announced: Antichrist, Night Of The Hunter, Modern Times And Bbs Box Set

16 August 2010 1:15 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

There is a trend these days amongst some film goers, in which they actively avoid trailers, as well as any kind of plot spoilers regarding upcoming films. I won’t go so far as to say that this is a recent trend, but it has certainly appeared on my radar a lot over the past few years. People want to keep that magic of the surprise, when it comes to upcoming media. At the same time, there is an abundance of information about everything media related thanks to the internet.

One aspect of the Criterion Collection that we all have come to accept, and learn to love in a holiday package opening sense, is their secrecy regarding upcoming releases. We have joked about how they are almost at Apple-like levels of secrecy, and when something gets out, Criterion fans jump on it.

I think we all want to know what »

- Ryan Gallagher

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David Thomson on Jack Nicholson

5 August 2010 2:22 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Nicholson would be the natural man of the 70s, a rebel but disillusioned, the nearest to what James Dean might have been had he lived

He takes it easy these days – or is it that he is disappointed with the kind of parts offered? Since As Good As It Gets (1997), the occasion of his third Oscar, he has worked only seven times – if you count How Do You Know, which will be out at the end of this year. It's a James Brooks film, and Brooks has done nothing since As Good As It Gets either. But Jack has a good track record with the director – they did Terms of Endearment together, for which Nicholson got the best supporting actor Oscar. So there may be young people around by now who don't know the sly charmer he could be when he was young. All the more reason to see the rerelease of Five Easy Pieces, »

- David Thomson

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Dennis Hopper: a friend, a maverick and a truly great artist

29 May 2010 5:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Dennis Hopper began as a nervous young man reduced to tears by Old Hollywood and became a wild star who transformed and sometimes terrorised his industry. A close colleague remembers a man of genius, humour and real warmth

In 1986 I was commissioned by the recently set up Channel 4 to direct two hour-long documentaries about the Hollywood-based production company Bbs. This was set up by legendary producer, Bert Schneider, director Bob Rafelson and accountant Steve Blauner. They blew a giant hole in the studio-based Hollywood system by making movies for under $1m.

Their best-known productions were The Last Picture Show, Five Easy Pieces and The King of Marvin Gardens. Dennis had come upon Bbs in the late 1960s via Peter Bogdanovich, who had made a terrific thriller, Targets, about a pathological gunman who killed, without motive, the drivers of cars on motorways.

This was financed by Roger Corman who wanted »

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