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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
A Disney modern day classic and Tom Cruise's foray into World War II mark today's most notable Amazon.com Blu-ray deals.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast Diamond Edition Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack has been marked down to $14.99 from over $20 where it typically sells for. The big discount has sent it rocketing into the number three sales spot on Amazon's hourly Blu-ray bestsellers list behind only Inception and The A-Team, the latter of which is also on sale ($12.99).
Valkyrie starring Tom Cruise is seeing an even more dramatic price cut all the way down to $8.99. It's an underrated World War II film starring Tom Cruise that fairly accurately tells the story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg with minimal Hollywood "fluffing" of the story.
Click here to buy Beauty and the Beast Diamond Edition on Blu-ray for $14.99 at Amazon.com.
Click here to buy Valkyrie on Blu-ray for $14.99 at Amazon. »
#20 – Valhalla Rising
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Nicolas Winding Refn, who made the underrated Bronson in England and the striking Pusher series in Denmark creates a brutal, yet thoughtful, re-envisioning of the Viking saga. This Malick/Jodorowsky hybrid is one of the best looking films in recent memory. Its breathtaking digital photography across the bleak and otherworldly landscapes and atmospheric electronic score sets a tone quite like any other other film this year. There’s a midnight cult here for those who yearn for one. Valhalla Rising confirms Refn as one of the most fascinating directors working today.
#19 – Cold Fish
Directed by Sion Sono
Unflinching and unconscionable, Cold Fish is a black comedy with an obsidian pitch, a queer balancing act of outrageous humor and fathomless gore. Sly religious icons clutter the screen and the fetishistic fascination of Sono’s previous work is apparent, all wrapped up in an atypical »
Christmas is usually a time for family, and what says family more than a good Disney movie? Well in the spirit of the season, the BFI screening 50 of Disney’s classic movies and the release of Disney’s latest movie Tangled, myself and Blogomatic3000’s McM Expo reporter Vicki have complied our Top Ten Disney Movies of all time – and we’re not just limiting ourselves to the classic animated movies either, so be prepared for some surprises.
As always – Don’t agree? Or think we’ve missed out a great Disney movie? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Kat’s Top 10:
8) Hocus Pocus
6) Peter Pan
4) The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
3) Rocket Man (1997)
1) Recess: School’s Out
Vicki’s Top 10:
10) 101 Dalmatians
8) The Aristocats
7) Basil the Great Mouse Detective »
Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios have announced a campaign to garner Academy Award attention towards the critically acclaimed Toy Story 3 by releasing a series of movie posters, comparing the animated film to award winners of the past. Only two animated films have ever been nominated for a Best Picture Oscar at the Academy Awards, Beauty and The Beast in 1991 and last year's Up. Disney released the following statement on their official site. "Everyone at Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios is immensely proud of Toy Story 3. Featuring dazzling imagery and a heart-rending story by Michael Arndt, it is undeniably an original in every way. We wanted our campaign, therefore, to honor this very special film’s inventiveness, and its uniqueness with like-minded, self-effacing »
- Keven Skinner
Disney’s Rich Ross told Deadline , “We’re Going For The Best Picture Win” For Toy Story 3. We wanted to have the best movie and the reviews have clearly said that and it’s the number one box office hit of the year so I’m not sure why we would not go for it all,” The Walt Disney Studios Chairman was of course referring to their worldwide billion dollar grosser which also happens to sit atop the Rotten Tomatoes chart as the best reviewed film of 2010.
In order to secure a victory, the studio has recently launched an incredible Oscar campaign using the Toy Story characters in movie posters aping some of the great best picture nominees of the past including The Godfather Part II, West Side Story, On The Waterfront, Shakespeare In Love, The Silence Of The Lambs, Titanic, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and Forrest Gump. »
Check out the latest movie trailer for the upcoming fantasy film “Beastly” by director Daniel Barnz (Phoebe in Wonderland, The Cutting Room) and starring Neil Patrick Harris (The Best and the Brightest, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay), Vanessa Hudgens (Sucker Punch, High School Musical 3), Mary-Kate Olsen (The Wackness, Weeds), Alex Pettyfer (Entertainment Tonight, Tormented), Peter Krause (Dirty Sexy Money) and Lisa Gay Hamilton. Be sure to check out the official Beastly facebook fan page here. Synopsis: A modern-day take on the “Beauty and the Beast” tale where a New York teen is transformed into a hideous monster in order to find true love. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the latest [...] »
- Brian Corder
Vanessa Hudgens (Sucker Punch), Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four, Now), Mary-Kate Olsen (Story of a Girl), Neil Patrick Harris (The Smurfs, How I Met Your Mother), Peter Krause (Parenthood) and Lisa Gay Hamilton (Men of a Certain Age, Take Shelter). The film is directed by Daniel Barnz.
Beastly premieres in theaters on March 18th, 2011.
Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer) has it all – looks, intelligence, wealth and opportunity – and a wicked cruel streak. Prone to mocking and humiliating “aggressively unattractive” classmates, he zeroes in on Goth classmate Kendra, inviting her to the school’s extravagant environmental bash. Kendra accepts, and, true to form, Kyle blows her off in a particularly savage fashion. She retaliates by casting a spell that physically transforms him into everything he despises. Enraged by his horrible and unrecognizable appearance he confronts Kendra and learns that the only solution to the curse is to find »
While Amazon typically has great prices on most of their DVDs and Blu-rays, they constantly lower the prices of select items. Sometimes the prices are lowered for a few hours, and other times it's for the week. That's why we constantly post DVD and Blu-ray deals, as the prices change all the time. Anyway, looking over Amazon today, I found a number of new DVD and Blu-rays for up to 70% off. Some great deals on the first six items. Inception DVD $9.99 (66% off) Inglourious Basterds (2-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray] $11.99 (56% off) The A-Team (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] $12.99 (68% off) The Expendables (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) $12.99 (68% off) The Other Guys (The Unrated Other Edition) [Blu-ray] $12.99 (68% off ) Beauty and the Beast (Three-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo) $14.99 (63% off) Supernatural: The Complete Fifth Season [Blu-ray] $19.99 (71% off) The Office: Season Six [Blu-ray] (2009) $19.99 (71% off) Chuck: The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray] $22.99 (67% off) Glee: The Complete First Season DVD $14.99 (75% off) Dexter: The Fourth Season DVD »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
#Gift There's nothing like leaving it to the last minute to finish your Christmas shopping and in that spirit CinemaSpy has waited until Christmas Eve to give you its recommendations of the eight Bd releases you should buy this side of 2011. If you are still looking for that gift to fill someone's stocking, maybe we can help relieve the sense of panic that accompanies the realization that there is only one—yes, that's one—shopping day until December 25th.
What follows is a selection of some of the best Blu-ray releases of the year (although not necessarily the best films). Feel free to add your own recommendations (for those Boxing Week shopping trips) or just tell us what you got in the comments section below. Here goes, Santa baby…
The Alien Anthology
Without doubt this is my choice for Number One Blu-ray release of the year. »
Alex Pettyfer is one of those actors who's a big star only in theory. He'll be the lead in the forthcoming teen sci-fi film I Am Number Four as well as the Beauty and the Beast- spin Beastly (opposite High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens), but he hasn't had much of a major role in anything that's actually come out, unless you happen to be one of the forty-odd people who actually saw Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker. But Pettyfer continues to look quite bankable to the studios, and Deadline reports that DreamWorks has attached him to yet another starring role, an adaptation of the book Shunt: The Story of James Hunt. If you're not either British or a fan of Formula One racing you may not be familiar with Hunt-- I know I'm not-- but he was a popular Formula One racer in the mid-70s who helped introduce »
Eric Pickles continues to manfully bear the brunt of Commons jokes about his weight, particularly because his opposite number is the striking Labour MP Caroline Flint leading to the pair being described as "Beauty and the Beast". The Daily Express reports the latest episode: a doctored photo briefly appeared in the gents' toilet in the communities secretary's department showing Pickles reimagined as a Sontaran, an alien enemy in Doctor Who. The joke is probably wearing a bit thin now, eh Eric?
Television industryDoctor WhoTelevisionScience fictionEric PicklesMonkey
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DVD Playhouse December 2010
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 »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Disney studios are acknowledged today as the pioneers of animation, having made some of the greatest animated films of all time. However, even the greats can go through a slump. Waking Sleeping Beauty is the story a period between Disney’s golden age and the modern era (which began with The Little Mermaid) where Disney was in a rut. This documentary talks about how they pulled themselves out of that low period and recreated themselves for a new generation, despite competition from new animation studios.
Walt Disney came on the scene in the 1930s and quickly established himself as an innovator in the field of animation. He created some of the most iconic cartoon characters ever made and, as the head of Disney Studios; he oversaw the making of such animated masterpieces as Snow White & the Seven Dwarves, Fantasia, Cinderella, Pinocchio, and many others. Disney was the unquestioned king of the animation heap for decades. »
- Rob Young
Computer-generated imagery (CGI) has been playing a role in films for over 30 years. It began merely as the ability to draw lines on TV screens but has evolved into nothing short of the power to create worlds.
Beginning with 1981′s “Looker,” in which a naked image of Susan Dey was generated on a computer, and continuing on through “Avatar” (2009) in which a blue, naked, CGI lady flies around on a dragon, determined computer nerds FX pioneers have tirelessly pushed the boundaries of this technology.
Disney’s “Tron” put CGI in the public eye. In 1976, after encountering the old, old, old-school video game “Pong,” director/animator Steven Lisberger became obsessed with incorporating CGI into films. The graphics »
- Ben Freiburger
It could be a bittersweet celebration for her, but Vanessa Hudgens shouldn't let anything stop her from celebrating her birthday today. The actress and singer is now 22 years old, and though she has plenty to celebrate, her relationship with "High School Musical" co-star Zac Efron just ended (though sources noted there was no real animosity and the pair will remain friends).
Besides her new singlehood, Hudgens has plenty to celebrate on her birthday. She has two upcoming films that promise to raise her profile profoundly and help her make the transition from Disney Channel staple to proper Hollywood leading lady (much in the same way that ex-boyfriend Efron did last year). In March, "Beastly" will finally hit theaters after a bit of a delay (it was originally supposed to hit in the summer — ironically on the same day as Efron's "Charlie St. Cloud" ended up dropping). "Beastly" tells a skewed »
- Kyle Anderson
Chicago – Walt Disney Home Video isn’t all about “Hannah Montana” or “Toy Story 3.” At the end of last month, they released a trio of informative documentaries about the fascinating history of their own company. None of the three are must-see viewing, but they do combine to offer a glimpse at the incredibly legacy of one of the most important American companies in history.
Photo credit: Disney
You may not know the names Robert and Richard Sherman but you absolutely know their work. The Sherman Brothers, the subject (and fathers) of Jeffrey C. Sherman & Gregory V. Sherman’s documentary “The Boys,” not only wrote some of the most memorable Disney songs of all time but simply wrote more movie songs than any other pair of songwriters in film history.
The brothers became legends after joining Walt Disney in 1961, as his company was about to begin a string of belove musicals. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
#Gift Students of film and pop culture history have had a bumper selection of titles to choose from in the last few weeks. Four documentaries have been released that warrant the attention of anyone with an interest in two of the most enduring and successful enterprises in the entertainment industry: Walt Disney Studios and DC Comics. They might not make it onto the best sellers shelves at your local Best Buy but here at CinemaSpy we believe in bringing worthwhile works to your attention regardless of their commercial appeal. These four films definitely qualify.
Official Synopsis: Far from a fairytale, Waking Sleeping Beauty is an unprecedented eye-opening look at the conflict, drama and tension that ushered in the second chapter of Disney’s animation legacy – a decade of unparalleled creativity that included The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King. Told by the »
On November 30, 2010, Disney released their highly praised and greatly worshiped film Fantasia in a spectacular 4 disc set. Over the years, if you have visited the actual Disneyland theme park, you will, without a doubt ,notice the evening show spectacle that is a live rendition of the film, performed on the water.
In 1940 Walt Disney produced this, his third film, and decided to distribute the work himself. The film was initially two hours and 20 minutes long, featuring animation, coupled with classical music, to dazzle, both in a beautiful sync. Rko came in to re-edit, and made it more suitable for broader audiences, as the film nearly broke the bank of the Mickey Mouse company. Since then, the film has been re-cut nearly a dozen times.
Back for its third year (see the 2010 edition) and bigger than ever, today kicks off the first in a fifteen-part look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2011. Each 'part' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of varying length covering twenty films. Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first major releases in mid-January.
Like all cinematic lists set within a timeframe, there's some overlap. Some films here have already opened worldwide but have yet to hit the U.S., some upcoming films you'd expect to be here aren't because they're either still in development or have already announced 2012 release dates, some were on last year's list but got delayed so have been included again (but with all new analysis).
I confined my list to films that have either set 2011 release dates or had begun/completed production, and only films that have »
- Garth Franklin
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