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13 items from 2009

The Criterion Column: January - March 2010 Titles

21 December 2009 6:36 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

2010 is quickly approaching, and the timing seems right to begin a new endeavor: The Criterion Column. At least once a month, this column will provide information about upcoming releases from The Criterion Collection and highlight titles that may be of interest to Twitch readers. This column will also be complimented by timely reviews of upcoming Criterion and Eclipse releases as well as discussions of gems in the company's back catalog.

This first volume of this column is dedicated to a list of all announced releases for January, February and March of 2010. The data fields are in the following order: Director, Title, Format(s), Street Date, and Regional Availability. Each title is linked to the relevant entry at The Criterion Collection website. This list will be updated as new titles are announced.

January 2010

Federico Fellini, 8 ½, Bd, 1/12/10, Us & Canada

Steven Soderbergh, Che, DVD & Bd, 1/19/10, Us only

Wim Wenders, Paris, Texas, DVD &  Bd, »

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About a Man

9 December 2009 7:00 AM, PST | | See recent Tribeca Film news »

'Only connect,' wrote E.M. Forster at the beginning of his masterpiece Howards End, coming up with one of the great summations of humanity, and that exhortation colors every frame of Tom Ford's sensual and poignant debut, A Single Man. Making the jump from a notorious, sexy (and sometimes quite silly) career in fashion, Ford's film is remarkably self-assured, taking the audience into a simple day in the life of college professor George Falconer (Colin Firth), a buttoned-up Englishman lost in America, deep in mourning for his partner, Jim (Matthew Goode), who has died in a car accident. Adapted from Christopher Isherwood's novel (he also wrote Berlin Stories, which became Cabaret), we watch as Falconer moves through his day, meeting with characters such as his lifelong friend Charley (Julianne Moore) and a persistent, curious student, Kenny (Nicholas Hoult). Set - significantly - in 1962, Falconer's world is orderly and bleak, »

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New On DVD This Week

3 November 2009 3:35 PM, PST | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

Here’s a list of some of the new movie and TV shows coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week that we’re looking forward to seeing. Also, there’s some classic, and not-so-classic, movies hitting Blu-ray for the first time this week as well.

Of all the new releases, we’re particularly interested in the Blu-ray versions of movies and TV shows such as G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, North by Northwest, It’s a Wonderful Life and The Rockford Files. Plus, there’s some classic Dr. Who coming out this week as well.

Check them out.


A Christmas Carol ~ Alastair Sim, Jack Warner (Blu-ray)

Aliens in the Attic ~ Kevin Nealon, Doris Roberts (DVD and Blu-ray)

Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics, Vol. 1 (The Big Heat / 5 Against the House / The Lineup / Murder by Contract / The Sniper) ~ (DVD)

The Claudette Colbert Collection (Three-Cornered Moon / Maid of Salem / I Met Him in ParisI Met »

- Joe Gillis

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New on DVD: Almodóvar, "High School Musical" and shirtless dudes!

3 November 2009 2:09 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Like celebrity deaths, good things come in threes — at least they do this week on DVD.

Read on for more!

The films of gay Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar go in and out of print on DVD without any apparent rhyme or reason, so if you want to include his work in your home library, it's best to snap them up whenever you can.

This week sees three of his finest films getting new DVD releases. The Oscar-winning All About My Mother (newly remastered) still ranks as my very favorite of his movies, brilliantly mixing his gifts for outrageous comedy and tear-jerking melodrama. It's a "women's picture" in the very best sense.

Almodóvar's breakthrough in this country was the hysterical farce Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown — there's been talk for some time about turning this into a stage musical, so now's the perfect time to catch up with »

- alonsoduralde

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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: November 3, 2009

3 November 2009 4:53 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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Before we get into this week's releases I thought I would alert you to an upcoming 50% off Criterion Collection titles at Barnes and Nobles beginning on November 10 and running for two weeks. The full details, and a $5 off coupon, can be found in the DVD Talk forums.

Wings of Desire (Criterion Collection) This is a huge week for major title releases on Blu-ray as Criterion's release of Wim Wenders's Wings of Desire is just the first of three titles I reviewed and most likely blew my word count for the next two weeks trying to get all of my thoughts squared away.

As for this title specifically, it was my first time seeing it and as it played on and on I began to enjoy it more and more. However, if you read my lengthy review, you will »

- Brad Brevet

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Blu-ray Review: Howards End (Criterion Collection)

3 November 2009 3:30 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

My experience with Merchant/Ivory Productions is limited to say the least as Howards End now marks the second film of theirs I have seen, with A Room With a View being the other. While elegantly made, A Room With a View didn't move me that much, but I can say Howards End did a lot to squelch my fears it too would bore me more than engage me. Criterion brings Howards End to Blu-ray following their previous two-disc DVD release back in 2005, and while the only new feature is a video appreciation of the late producer Ismail Merchant by director James Ivory, this is a film ripe for high definition.

Based on the novel by E.M. Forster, Howards End takes a look at class divisions in Edwardian England and the inheritance of England by the working/lower class. The film centers on the well-to-do Wilcox family and the relationship »

- Brad Brevet

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Sony Picture Classics Embraces Mother and Child

2 November 2009 1:18 PM, PST | | See recent news »

New York, NY (November 1, 2009)- Sony Pictures Classics announces its acquisition of United States’ rights to Rodrigo García’s Mother And Child from Wme Global. The film debuted at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival as a Gala Presentation, where it was actively pursued by several Us distributors.

Mother And Child is the moving tale about the choices we make, the chances we miss, the opportunities we seize and the power of the unbreakable bond between a mother and her child.

The film was written and directed by Rodrigo García (Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her and Nine Lives) and produced by Lisa Maria Falcone through her Everest Entertainment and Julie Lynn via her Mockingbird Pictures. The films’ director of photography is Xavier Grobet (City Of Ember, The Woodsman, Nacho Libre,) Steven Weisberg edited (Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, Permanent Midnight), with music by Ed Shearmur (Wings Of The Dove, »

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What I Watched, What You Watched: Installment #15

1 November 2009 2:16 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

On top of the titles listed below I also watch the Criterion Blu-ray for Howards End and the Blu-ray for Warner Home Video's North By Northwest, both of which will be reviewed on Tuesday along with the Criterion Blu-ray for Wings of Desire. On top of that I watched the Blu-ray for Disney/Pixar's Up, which will be reviewed in a couple of weeks along with the Blu-ray versions of Monsters, Inc. and Cars.

As for the titles listed below, the first three are the final three of Sony's November 3 release of Film Noir Collection Volume One after I discussed my thoughts on The Sniper and 5 Against the House last week. You can get more details on the complete set right here and a link to buy the set is included with all three films below. As a quick note, the only one of the five I didn't particularly »

- Brad Brevet

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Howards End: Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

29 October 2009 1:46 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

With a 40-plus year run resulting in over 30 motion pictures, Merchant Ivory productions is best known for period pieces emphasizing award winning sets, cinematography and adapted screenplays. For my viewing preferences, these facets were rarely compelling enough to make a movie worth sitting all the way through such that the thought of taking in a back-to-back marathon of their catalog is not something I would wish upon an enemy. The independent film company did hit their stride in the early 1990's with the one-two punch of Howards End (1992) and Remains of the Day (1993) both starring Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins. The former garnered Oscars for Best Actress (Thompson), Art/Set Design and Screenplay and is now brought to Blu-ray by Criterion.

Based on E. M. Forester's novel of the same name, Howards End is set against the backdrop of Edwardian England where two families highlight the clash of values within the decaying social system. »

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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: July 21, 2009

21 July 2009 1:41 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

DVD Links: DVD News | Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed There are a few titles that may interest you that are releasing this week, but I guarantee there are some titles that will catch your eye in the new release date section at the end of this post as I spent all afternoon yesterday updating the DVD and Blu-ray new release titles. Hope you find something you like... Watchmen Due to its box-office letdown, fanboy defense mechanisms and the high regard held for its source material, like it or not, Watchmen is the release of the week, but it won't be the last time. I reviewed the Blu-ray director's cut, which you can read right here, and inside of it I was sure to remind you there will be yet another release of Watchmen this December. So, it's up to you. Do you double-dip or endure the wait? Midnight Express »

- Brad Brevet

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Criterion's October Blu-ray Slate Includes Wings of Desire

18 July 2009 2:29 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Criterion has announced a trio of films that will join their Blu-ray Disc Criterion Collection with all new filmmaker approved high definition transfers this October. The first film, Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding, will be released on October 13 with 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. A week later on October 20 will see the release of staff favorite Wings of Desire, also with 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio, and Howards End with Helena Bonham Carter and uncompressed 5.1 Dolby Digital audio. Complete disc specs for each release are as follows: Wings of Desire

New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Wim Wenders Audio commentary featuring Wenders and actor Peter Falk The Angels Among Us (2003), a documentary featuring interviews with Wenders, Falk, actors Bruno Ganz and Otto Sander, writer Peter Handke, and composer Jürgen Knieper Excerpt from "Wim Wenders Berlin Jan. 87," an episode of the French television program Cinéma cinémas, including on-set footage Interview with »

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Oscar and The Jesus Year

25 February 2009 9:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

I'm really trying to leave the gold man behind but he never unclenches his grip. Have you noticed the arms? Plus he has a sword... so, one has to move slowly away. Tip toe. Tip toe. I advise against sudden movements.

Anyway, for fun I thought I'd dedicate a post to the dozen acting Oscar winners who won when they were 33 years of age. Why? Because it's all about Kate Winslet right now! Here they are...

Harold Russell, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946... the only man! they make them wait longer. He was also the first disabled Oscar winner if my trivia is correct)Olivia DeHavilland, The Heiress (1949... second Oscar)Donna Reed, From Here to Eternity (1953)Sally Field, Norma Rae (1979)Meryl Streep, Sophie's Choice (1982... second Oscar)Jessica Lange, Tootsie (1982)Geena Davis, The Accidental Tourist (1988)Emma Thompson, Howards End (1992)Juliette Binoche, The English Patient (1996)

Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich (2000)Catherine Zeta-Jones, »


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Thompson Moves Oscars From Restroom

21 January 2009 4:04 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Emma Thompson has been forced to move her two Oscar statuettes from her bathroom at home - to make way for her nine-year-old daughter's artwork.

The British actress won a Best Actress Academy Award for her performance in 1992 film Howard's End and garnered her second for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1996 for her adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense And Sensibility.

The prestigious gongs have since taken up residence next to her toilet but Thompson has now had to find a new home for them - to enable space for daughter Gaia Romilly's drawings.

She says, "I keep them in my office now. They used to be in the downstairs loo (restroom) but my husband got a little fed up of them. So we changed the downstairs loo and now its full of my daughter's art. My husband said, 'Take your Oscars and just put them somewhere else please.' So they're in my office." »

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