The box set consists of eight films, four of which have never been released on Blu-ray before. Two of them are "Duel" and "The Sugarland Express" which are scoring new digital remasters from their original film elements. The other two are "Always" and "1941," the latter containing both the theatrical and extended versions.
Finally there's a bunch of bonus features including Making-of Documentaries, Interviews, Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes, Archival Footage, Deleted Scenes and much more.
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- Garth Franklin
Eight memorable films from one of the most acclaimed directors in motion-picture history come together for the first time ever in the Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection, available on Blu-ray™ and DVD on October 14, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Since beginning his long and distinguished career on the Universal backlot more than 40 years ago, Spielberg has gone on to direct an unprecedented number of some of the biggest box office hits and critically-acclaimed films in cinematic history. The Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection showcases some of the most unforgettable movies the three-time Academy Award winner made for Universal, including his debut film Duel, which has been digitally remastered and restored and will be presented in widescreen for the very first time in the U.S. and Canada.
- Michelle McCue
Eight memorable films from one of the most acclaimed directors in motion-picture history come together for the first time ever in the Steven Spielberg Director's Collection, available on Blu-ray™ and DVD on October 14, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Since beginning his long and distinguished career on the Universal backlot more than 40 years ago, Spielberg has gone on to direct an unprecedented number of some of the biggest box office hits and critically-acclaimed films in cinematic history. The Steven Spielberg Director's Collection showcases some of the most unforgettable movies the three-time Academy Award® winner made for Universal, including his debut film Duel, which has been digitally remastered and restored and will be presented in widescreen for the very first time in the U.S. and Canada.
From early achievements such as his very first television feature, Duel, and first theatrical release, The Sugarland Express, to blockbusters such as Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Jurassic Park, »
- Kellvin Chavez
Universal have just announced that on October 13th they’ll be releasing The Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection which contains many of your favourite Spielberg movies. All the movies will be on Blu-ray, some for the first time with the full list below. Any that you wish were there that are missing? We’re wondering where Schindler’s List, AI, Munich are War of the Worlds are. Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.
The price price is as yet to be confirmed.
The eight films featured include (*Denotes First Time on Blu-ray™):
A travelling salesman (Dennis Weaver) is terrorised by an unseen trucker on a remote desert highway.
The Sugarland Express* (1974)
A mother (Goldie Hawn) desperately attempts to reunite her family by helping her husband escape prison and kidnapping their son.
When a seaside community is under attack by a great white shark, the chief »
- David Sztypuljak
Laurent Durieux has spent two decades as a designer and teacher, but the 42-year-old Brussels illustrator and graphic artist was only recently discovered in the United States, thanks to a number of high-profile awards and marquee commissions. After contributing a piece entitled, François à l’Americaine, for a show celebrating the French director, Jacques Tati, Laurent was selected by Lürzer’s Archive magazine as one of the top 200 illustrators for 2012. In 2013, his screenprint of Jaws, caught the attention of Steven Spielberg and since his name has become synonymous with exquisitely rendered illustrations. His art is often described as a blend between the retro-futuristic world of H.G. Wells and the 1960s pop-culture. Laurent’s work has such beautiful compositions, vibrant colours, and meticulous detail, that you just can’t look away.
The post Twenty Reasons Why Laurent Durieux Creates the Best Movie Poster appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Kyle Reese
Composers Gustavo Dudamel, Gustavo Santaolalla and John Williams will gather at the Academy for “Behind the Score: The Art of the Film Composer,” on Monday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles.
In a conversation hosted by Tavis Smiley, the illustrious trio will discuss significant musical moments in film that have inspired their work as they examine the art and process of creating a film score as well as the director-composer collaboration.
Dudamel, now entering his sixth season as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, made his first foray into composing for motion pictures with “The Liberator (Libertador),” a biopic about Simón Bolívar that screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival earlier this month. The score for this film, as well as a CD on Deutsche Grammophon, was recorded with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, of which Dudamel is music director. Dudamel »
- Michelle McCue
If you're a music buff, especially one in Los Angeles, the names John Williams, Gustavo Santaolalla and Gustavo Dudamel are practically sacred. Next month, on July 21, the three will sit down with PBS host Tavis Smiley to discuss their inspiration as composers, the art and craft of creating a film score and the collaborative relationship between directors and composers. John Williams, of course, is the legendary composer of films such as "Star Wars," "Jaws," "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" and, well, just about everything else Steven Spielberg has ever made. He has five Oscars to his name, and 49 nominations--the most of any living individual. Santaolalla snagged consecutive Oscars in 2005 and 2006 for "Brokeback Mountain" and "Babel." He has scored many of Alejandro González Iñárritu's films. Most recently, he composed the music for the video game "The Last of Us." Gustavo Dudamel »
- Jacob Combs
‘Narrative art’ is defined as something ‘that tells a story, either as a moment in an ongoing story or as a sequence of events unfolding over time’
George Lucas has retired apparently. Having sold his empire to Disney making him wealthier than a barely developed principality with minimal infrastructure, we are now being treated to phase two in the Lucas mid-life crisis.
When I first heard that Norman Rockwell, foremost painter of post war Americana was being placed alongside original Star Wars miniatures and props it made no sense. Rockwell was known for capturing perfect moments in life which told a story or narrative beyond the confines of the frame. How could Lucas have the temerity to place his work alongside that of a real artist?
Informally known as ‘The Lucas Museum of »
- Gary Collinson
Data is a funny thing. It can, at once, confirm and discredit the exact same theory. For example, if a $500m film makes $100m at the box office on its opening weekend, it could mean that the film is a) a bust or b) gaining momentum. Such was the case with Avatar. By the end of 2009, several people were calling the film a “flop,” but by mid-2010, it was obvious that, of all the words to describe Avatar, “flop” was not one of them. And although the film has been hailed as a marketing and technological success, if it had failed, it very likely would have been called it a marketing and technological bomb (with marketing heads rolling at the studio).
Misreading data is prevalent in film. It isn’t so much that we misread the tea leaves, so much as it is that, rather than reading »
- Ted Hope
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg is known the world over for creating genuine movie magic. From his blockbuster splash Jaws in 1975 up until his 2012 biopic Lincoln, Spielberg is certainly a gifted filmmaker. Very few auteurs are still work today but Spielberg keeps banging out films that dazzle the senses and leave an everlasting impression on the viewer. However, some of Spielberg’s films haven’t achieved the recognition and respect they deserve. There are certain films that this movie master made that didn’t quite achieve a high status. One such film is 1991’s Hook, a fantasy adventure which didn’t really score well with critics but filled children of the 90s with joy, innocence, and wonder.
The film follows middle-aged lawyer Peter Banning (Robin Williams), a bitter individual who has forgotten who he is. »
- Randall Unger
Today on Trailers from Hell, John Landis talks Steven Spielberg's 1977 aliens-among-us classic "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Steven Spielberg was playing with house money after the enormous success of "Jaws" and he struck pay dirt again with this epic sci-fi fantasy chock-full of brilliantly composed panoramas and cracker-jack suspense scenes. Filming largely on the biggest indoor set ever constructed (inside a gigantic World War II dirigible hangar in Mobile, Alabama), CT3K races through its 137 minutes without breaking a sweat, arriving at a climax at Wyoming's Devils Tower that is one of the most ecstatic moments in movie history. Vilmos Zsigmond's Oscar winning cinematography helps make that sequence and the rest of "Close Encounters" a memorably visionary experience. »
- Trailers From Hell
Steven Spielberg was playing with house money after the enormous success of Jaws and he struck pay dirt again with this epic sci-fi fantasy chock-full of brilliantly composed panoramas and cracker-jack suspense scenes. Filming largely on the biggest indoor set ever constructed (inside a gigantic World War II dirigible hangar in Mobile, Alabama), CT3K races through its 137 minutes without breaking a sweat, arriving at a climax at Wyoming's Devils Tower that is one of the most ecstatic moments in movie history. Vilmos Zsigmond's Oscar winning cinematography helps make that sequence and the rest of Close Encounters a memorably visionary experience.
The post Close Encounters of the Third Kind appeared first on Trailers From Hell.
- TFH Team
Friday, June 20, 2014 was the 39th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's Jaws, a movie credited alongside Star Wars as the films that kickstarted the era of the blockbuster. Whether you look at that as a negative or positive, that's the industry you're complaining about, the films themselves still hold up just fine and as proof watch the video below, captured in a theatrical screening of Jaws in 2011. The shark still has it. yt id="Req9CzVJrZU" width="500" Oh, and here are some of the filming locations on Martha's Vineyard, 40 years after Spielberg and crew took it over. »
- Brad Brevet
(Note: We’ve bumped this for the occasion of the anniversary of the film’s original release on June 20, 1975.) For moviegoers, there might not be a more quintessential summer movie than Jaws. (Pun intended.) But even if you’ve absorbed every documentary about the making of Steven Spielberg‘s template-setting blockbuster, you’ll probably find something new in […]
The post Watch Jamie Benning’s Feature-Length ‘Inside Jaws’ Documentary appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!
I never really had my Godzilla moment as a kid. The closest I ever came was a Godzilla franchise marathon one Saturday afternoon. I watched while everyone else was outside doing outside things, and my main memory of the marathon was thinking to myself, “Geez, these movies really drag when Godzilla’s not onscreen.” I think I was 10?
Now, I don’t begrudge anyone their peculiar childhood fixations; I can’t be in »
- Darren Franich
I came across something today that is endlessly fascinating, a "Siskel & Ebert" television special from 1990 where Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel sit down with Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. The discussion ranges from their careers, where they're going, where they've been, what they expect from the movies in the future, film preservation and the coming of high definition television introduced by Siskel saying, "You add a good sound system as well and some people may never want to go to a movie theater again." At the time, Scorsese's GoodFellas was the next film coming from the trio and he makes mention of his want to make The Age of Innocence, which would be released three years later. Spielberg's next film would be Hook (1991) and even talks of wanting to direct a Howard Hughes movie, which, of course, Spielberg would never make, but Scorsese would tackle in The Aviator fourteen years later. »
- Brad Brevet
I have a curious habit, maybe you have it too, if you are a real movie geek, film fan, cinema addict, what have you.
A certain number of movies that I have seen and loved with all my heart were losers at the box office or were mercilessly slammed by critics, usually both. This doesn’t happen all the time, mind you. I know a bad movie when I see one. But several times I have seen a movie on opening day and loved it so much I was sure it would be a big hit and be loved by critics and film goers, nope, not all the time.
Here then is my own personal and highly eccentric top ten list, with some honorable mentions, of movies that lost out, yet I love them still, many of them desperately, hysterically, madly do I love these films, well anyway… let me tell you about it. »
- Sam Moffitt
It all started with a tweet. On May 22nd, Rick Baker, the make-up wizard and self-proclaimed "monster maker" behind everything from "American Werewolf in London" to "Maleficent," posted an old, black-and-white photo to his Twitter account. The caption read: "As requested, the Night Skies alien. Not finished, no eyes. Cover the top of his head and tell me who he looks like." The photo was in reference to the infamously canceled "Night Skies," a project that he worked on with Steven Spielberg. The next day, Baker blocked out the top of his head, added eyes, and proclaimed the creature "Et's dad." This lead to a flurry of internet speculation, mislabeling "Night Skies" an "E.T. The Extra-terrestrial" prequel or a follow-up to "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." It was neither. And here's the story.In 1980, Steven Spielberg found himself at something of a crossroads. After ushering in an era »
- Drew Taylor
30 years ago, Steven Spielberg—still some way from his 38th birthday—was at the height of his power. He had invented the modern blockbuster in “Jaws,” re-invented the old-school adventure in “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” perfected the family movie in “E.T.,” united all these things for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and founded an immensely powerful production company, funding and steering innovative, horror-flavored projects like “Poltergeist” and “The Twilight Zone”—and something called “Gremlins,” a project Spielberg had bought and then given to a promising director of comic horror called Joe Dante, because the maestro himself was busy with “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” The “Gremlins” script, by a young writer named Chris Columbus, was exactly the kind of thing Spielberg had made work so well so far. He had perfected a certain tone: family-friendly because it was also family-frightening. And you could be sure his »
- Ben Brock
Stars: Jason Brooks, Shannon Doherty, Christopher Lloyd, Zack Ward, Ciara Hanna, Rachel True, Yar Koosha, Fred Stoller, Jeremy Wade, Mark Christopher Lawrence | Written by Anna Rasmussen, Delondra Williams | Directed by James Cullen Bressack
After scoring it big with Sharknado, The Asylum spread their wings, moving from Syfy to Animal Planet with Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys, which sees Michael, a fish and wildlife expert, move to a small Michigan town with his wife, Cate (Doherty), after being summoned by the town mayor, Akerman (Lloyd), to help deal with its growing lamprey problem after they slide their way into the city’s sewer system. With their giant-toothed, funnel-like mouths attacking all those in their path, the town’s residents quickly learn that a casual dip in the pool, fishing trip or routine trip to the toilet can turn deadly as the killer lampreys hunt for their next victim(s »
- Phil Wheat
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