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The 75th anniversary celebration of Batman continues. Many lovers of the recent grim takes on Batman first took an interest in the DC Comics character via a much more lighthearted look: the campy 1960′s Batman TV series that starred Adam West and Burt Ward. The infectiously fun comic book adaptation is coming to Blu-ray, and fans of the cowled crusader should be excited by the special features and collectibles that range from new interviews to vintage trading cards.
Batman: The Complete Television Series will be available as a limited edition 13-disc box set Blu-ray release beginning November 11th for $269.97, and it can be pre-ordered now on Amazon for $189.99. The show will also come out on DVD and Digital HD on that day, making its debut on all three formats. The entire 120-episode run of the show will be remastered in high-definition, brining West, Ward, and the show’s plethora »
- Derek Anderson
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Fanboys And Fangirls Rejoice! As Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Releases Batman: The Complete Television Series On Blu-ray™ And DVD For The Very First Time November 11, 2014
The Long-Awaited 1960’s TV Series Features All 120 Original Broadcast Episodes Completely Remastered
Burbank, CA (July 24, 2014) -- For the very first time, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) is releasing the fan-favorite original 1960’s Batman TV Series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. On November 11, 2014, just in time for the holiday season, Batman: The Complete Television Series Limited Edition will hit shelves on Blu-Ray™ ($269.97 Srp). Batman: The Complete Television Series DVD ($199.70 Srp) and Batman: The Complete First Season($39.98 Srp) will also be available. Additionally, The Complete Series will be released for purchase on Digital HD. »
- Matt MacNabb
From a suburban werewolf to a farmer who plants people, Scream Factory will continue to deliver cult horror films to viewers’ doorsteps throughout this Summer of Fear. Those attending Sdcc next week will get a taste of their terror treats firsthand at booth #4248, where a number of Blu-rays will be available, as well a limited edition t-shirt, posters, and an “inside look” panel that will include special announcements and sneak peeks of upcoming Blu-ray releases.
The panel, titled An Inside Look at Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids and Scream Factory, will take place on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 7pm in Room 23Abc. In addition to exclusive panel announcements, a Comic-Con exclusive blood-red Scream Factory t-shirt will be available at their booth, as well as a free 2014 button pack, collectible keychains, screen wipes, and more. Also available at booth #4248 will be the following batch of Scream Factory Blu-rays, each one coming with »
- Derek Anderson
The third entry in an on-going series of audiovisual essays by Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin.
There is a story of how Brian De Palma works with his film editors: he looks at what they have already done in assembling a scene, and then instructs them on how to improve it, to his precise specifications, by tapping out a particular beat: ‘1 … 2 … 3 … cut there!’ His work on cinematic form is rhythmic, musical—and always keyed to emotional, physical patterns of tension and relaxation. So he counts out the beats to draw all the elements of image and sound, gesture and architecture together, in a masterful choreography/orchestration of elements.
In approaching an audiovisual analysis of De Palma’s films (which we dearly love, and find inexhaustible as objects of study), we too faced the task of not merely enumerating the abundant motifs and structures in his work, but also bringing »
- Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin
The music made him do it! Phantom of the Paradise, the darkly satirical cult favorite from acclaimed writer and director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Dressed To Kill) will make its American Blu-ray debut as a Collector’s Edition 2-Disc set on August 5th, 2014 from Scream Factory. The new edition of this Academy-Award nominated horror musical classic is packed to the rafters with bonus features, including new interviews with Brian De Palma, Paul Willaims and … Continue reading →
As we learned last year, our friends over at Scream Factory are bringing Brian De Palma's cult classic horror musical Phantom of the Paradise to Blu-ray for the very first time this summer, and on tap for you today are those full release details that you've been waiting for.
From the Press Release
The music made him do it! Phantom of the Paradise, the darkly satirical cult favorite from acclaimed writer and director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Dressed To Kill) will make its American Blu-ray debut as a Collector’s Edition 2-Disc set on August 5th, 2014 from Scream Factory. The new edition of this Academy-Award nominated horror musical classic is packed to the rafters with bonus features, including new interviews with Brian De Palma, Paul Willaims and Tom Burman; new audio commentary with producer Jack Fisk, a new audio commentary with Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham and the Juicy Fruits (Archie Hahn, »
- John Squires
Very few musicals hit me the way that Brian De Palma’s 1974 underrated cult classic, Phantom Of The Paradise does. It’s just an absolutely delightful tale of revenge, selling souls and a songstress caught in the middle of it all. Definitely one of my favorite films of all time, you can definitely color me anxious as hell regarding Scream Factory’s announcement today of the full specs and August 5th release date of a brand new collector’s edition Bluray. For the complete info, read on! Long live Death Records!
“The music made him do it! Phantom of the Paradise, the darkly satirical cult favorite from acclaimed writer and director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Dressed To Kill) will make its American Blu-ray debut as a Collector’s Edition 2-Disc set on August 5th, 2014 from Scream Factory. The new edition of this Academy-Award nominated horror musical classic is packed to the rafters with bonus features, »
- Jerry Smith
The touching remembrances of Gordon Willis in the wake of his passing have focused, correctly, on his enormous achievement as cinematographer on the Godfather films, Manhattan, All the President’s Men, The Parallax View, and other seminal American movies. (Read our own brief piece that looks at some of his most memorable shots here.) One curious corner of Willis’s filmography, however, rarely gets discussed — his one foray into directing, the weird 1980 thriller Windows. Willis himself reportedly called the film a “mistake,” and it was not well received. Critics hated it, the public dismissed it, and it was nominated for five Razzie Awards — though, admittedly, this was in 1981, when the Razzies also famously nominated Stanley Kubrick for The Shining and Brian De Palma for Dressed to Kill, two films now generally considered masterpieces.Windows is no masterpiece; not even close. But it is uniquely strange and disturbing — a film »
- Bilge Ebiri
This piece naturally reveals the end of every film mentioned. You have been warned.
What is most exciting about the pure joy of watching a Brian De Palma film usually comes as far away from subtext as one can get. Very few filmmakers can stage a major setpiece in their climax where the visceral excitement is derived largely from happenstance and character quirks. A whole chase scene is nearly derailed simply due to a fat guy’s asthma; a car is left out in a storm with the reverse still on; even in a deleted scene, the entire resolution to one film was the result of a sudden, giant Atlantic City wave.
Much derided by those not in the hip-hop industry as a shameless, bloated excess, Scarface is arguably best remembered for a shootout finale as gratuitous as a mountain of cocaine. It’s so over the top, audiences »
- Kenny Hedges
To mark the release of Sisters on 28th April, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Dual Format DVD and Blu-ray.
Before 1973, Brian De Palma was impossible to pigeonhole: he made comedies, political satires and openly experimental pieces. But with Sisters (originally released as Blood Sisters in the UK) he turned to the suspense thriller and discovered his natural home – and a style that would lead directly to later masterpieces like Carrie, Dressed to Kill and Blow Out.
When Danielle (Margot Kidder) meets potential boyfriend Philip (Lisle Wilson) after appearing on the TV show Peeping Toms (a nod to the Michael Powell shocker), she invites him home, only to attract the ire of her twin sister Dominique. From across the courtyard, Rear Window-style, reporter Grace (Jennifer Salt) witnesses Philip being murdered by one of the twins – but the police find no body or any physical evidence. Naturally, »
Pinch-hitting: Parker’s Latest as Surprising As it is Unwieldy
With a series of continuously improving indie horror thrillers under his belt, filmmaker Zack Parker launches his most startling title yet with his fourth feature, Proxy. Opening with a scene of visceral brutality that’s as sure to get lodged uneasily in your subconscious as it is to grab your rapt attention, the film unfolds with eerie precision until a mid-point switcheroo that provides a tipping point for the film spilling from art-house worthy genre to ludicrous exercise that dwindles into ridiculousness. At times tasteless and potentially offensive (those that prize politically correct representations may find the course of events rather homophobic and undoubtedly misogynist even as Parker clues us in on the black comedy he’s going for), the film is also strikingly unpredictable, utilizing violence effectively.
Just weeks away from giving birth, Esther Woodhouse (Alexia Rasmussen) is brutally »
- Nicholas Bell
London, Apr.13: Cher stunned audience at 'Dressed To Kill' tour with her barely-there outfit with nipple tassles.
The 'Dark Lady' singer told the Mirror that one has to remember that the last tour she did consisted of 350 dresses and she was old when she did that tour and that was the longest tour any woman ever did.
The 67-year-old singer asserted that touring was really difficult and lonely because the isolation is rough when one goes from one city to another but the show was the fun part.
Cher apparently wore six different outfits during her latest tour. (Ani) »
- Leon David
67-year-old Cher is still super proud of her boobs ... and proved it by sportin' a pair of nipple pasties this week at a concert in Boston. Cher -- who also rocked a pink wig, pink lip gloss at her Dressed to Kill tour -- seemed extra perky that night ... and also broke out her old low-plunging black onsie from her "If I Could Turn Back Time" video.As for the nipple pasties ... one question -- »
- TMZ Staff
Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.
Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is …
“Orange Is The New Jack.”
Thanks to Dback for this week’s winning caption!
Mississippi News Anchor: ‘Too Much’ Lgbt Coverage, Take a ‘Gaycation’
Arizona vice mayor praises Fred Phelps on Facebook with link to satirical Onion obituary
Are there any Tbl readers in England and Wales getting married this weekend?
Does Allison Argent on Teen Wolf deserve to join the rare ranks of independent female characters like Buffy? “It shouldn’t be groundbreaking for a female character in a supernatural romance to have the degree of agency that Allison was afforded. And yet, we’re so used to seeing characters like Allison defined in relation to the male lead. There was something truly transgressive about the way she surpassed her original role as love interest, eventually dumping Scott at the end of Season 2. By the time of her death, her past with Scott was nearly incidental.” Of course, at the bottom of the article, Buzzfeed tags it “More news about Tyler Posey” so maybe not.
Nathan Phelps, the estranged grandson of Westboro’s Fred Phelps says that he will »
- Ed Kennedy
Cher is turning back time ... at least when it comes to her tour wardrobe!The 67-year-old hit the stage for the first night of her "Dressed to Kill" tour in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday night, resurrecting her look from "If I Could Turn Back Time." It's been 25 years since the singer's infamous music video, but she still looked the part in her revealing onesie, leather jacket and one extremely ridiculous wig.While she looked great in the number, it appears she wasn't too happy with her costumes for the tour. .@cherboy25 you’re Right everything was So Last Min.Some Wigs weren’t Perfect,But some just needed change.Never Had Costumes On Till 2Nite — Cher (@cher) March 23, 2014 Bob, of course, is designer Bob Mackie, who had designed her costumes for 40 years -- but wasn't available to work with Cher this time around. Hugh Durrant took the reigns, but apparently »
- tooFab Staff
One of the most beloved art/horror fests on the West Coast is Monsterpalooza, which celebrates the "Art of Monsters." The fest will hit Burbank once again on March 28-30. Save the date!
As usual, Monsterpalooza will feature award-winning F/X artists, special presentations, a walk-thru monster museum, and monster-related artwork on display and for sale. The list of celebrity guests is large and impressive. Take a look at whom you can expect to see at this year’s Monsterpalooza.
Special Celebrity Guests From The Genre And Beyond!
Nancy Allen – Blow Out, »
- Scott Hallam
It's over! Cher and Bob Mackie have ended their 42-year partnership, the singer tweeted Thursday. The iconic singer, 67, has been working with the designer, 73, since the beginning of her career. In the early '70s, with Mackie's assistance, Cher made history as the first woman to bare her midriff on TV. The good ol' days are over, it seems, as Mackie declined to dress Cher for her Dressed to Kill Tour, which kicks off March 22 in Phoenix, Ariz., and features special guests Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. "Telling you Something That Has Broken My Heart," Cher tweeted. "The Man Who Made All My Costumes Since 1972 Decided He Couldnt Do My Last Tour." The diva continued, "No »
A comatose patient with telekinetic powers runs amok without leaving his bed at a mad doctor’s clinic in “Patrick: Evil Awakens.” This well-crafted remake of the 1978 Aussie cult item “Patrick” marks a steady move into scripted features for helmer Mark Hartley, whose impressive documentary “Not Quite Hollywood” chronicled the 1970s and ‘80s golden age of Aussie exploitation cinema. Rich in gothic trappings and sporting a terrific central performance by Sharni Vinson (“You’re Next”) as a nurse in Patrick’s sinister sights, the pic has some wobbly dialogue and doesn’t deliver full-blown terror, but should satisfy audiences hankering for old-school genre entertainment. Tepid B.O. during the film’s October 2013 Oz run doesn’t bode well for its limited U.S. theatrical bow on March 14; outlook is much brighter for same-day VOD release and homevid fortunes.
The film unfolds in the Roget Clinic, a privately run facility »
- Richard Kuipers
(Brian De Palma, 15, Arrow, 1974)
In 1974, after a decade making low-budget, semi-underground movies, Brian De Palma thought he was about to enter the big time when 20th Century Fox paid $2m for this wild satire on indulgent rock musicians and the corrupt industry that exploited them. Basically it's a transposition of The Phantom of the Opera to the modern pop world, where an evil impresario, Swan (the diminutive, baby-faced composer Paul Williams,, who also wrote the songs), steals a pretentious rock cantata from Winslow Leach, its naive author, and frames him on drugs charge.
After he's been disfigured by a record-pressing machine, Winslow returns to seek revenge by haunting Swan's theatre, the Paradise. The piece also draws on Goethe's Faust, Wilde's Dorian Gray and Edgar Allan Poe, and refers to movies ranging from Psycho (the shower scene is reprised using a plunger) and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari.
But De Palma »
- Philip French
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