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What to Watch: Oct. 20-26, 2013

23 October 2013 2:50 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – It’s a weird week at the video store (do they still have those?) or in the New Releases section of your favorite Video On Demand service. There’s some real junk that we’ll get to (“The Internship”) along with some flicks that are just too good not to break out into their own special Blu-ray reviews (“Before Midnight,” “The Conjuring” — both must-sees). And then there’s a unique array of catalog releases and TV seasons. Those could easily fall through the cracks if not for the informative What to Watch. All of these are new to Blu-ray, some for the first time and some in anniversary/special editions. At least one will grab your attention.

High Plains Drifter

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High Plains Drifter

One of Clint Eastwood’s best directorial efforts launches a new line of Blu-rays from Universal under the banner of “1970s Best of the Decade. »

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10 great westerns that inspired the terrible 'Lone Ranger'

8 July 2013 4:56 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

The Lone Ranger is not a very good movie, and it’s currently making negative dollars at the box office.

But give credit to the filmmakers: They might not have made a very good western, but they definitely know what good westerns look like. Although nominally based on the radio show and TV series of the same name, the film is draped in references to several eons of movie-western iconography. At times, it almost feels like a greatest hits collection: Now That’s What I Call The Western Genre!, with several different western plots piled on top of each other like ill-fitting Tetris blocks. »

- Darren Franich

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Clint Eastwood 20 Film Collection Blu-Ray Review

4 June 2013 10:35 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In celebration of their 90th Anniversary, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released the Clint Eastwood 20 Film Collection on Blu-Ray this week. Included here are, as the title says, 20 of the legend’s films as well as two excellent documentaries: Eastwood Factor and Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story. Additionally, the set also comes with a nice little hardcover book that looks at the filmmaker’s illustrious career.

With five Academy Awards under his belt and over $2 billion at the domestic box office, the man is no doubt a legend and with this new Blu-Ray box set, there’s no better time than now to celebrate Clint Eastwood and the impact that he has had on the film world.

Though not the greatest selection, here are the 20 films that you’ll receive. Now, remember, this is a Warner Bros. release, meaning it was released to honour the actor/director’s relationship with the studio. »

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Six Of The Best: Clint Eastwood Acting Performances

20 May 2013 3:30 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Having already looked at Clint Eastwood’s prodigious output as a director, with genuinely top drawer work spread across the past forty years, it seems like a good time to look at his work as an actor too as his latest film, Trouble with the Curve, is out on DVD now.

Trouble with the Curve

After his first significant big screen role (1964′s A Fistful of Dollars), Eastwood averaged better than one lead role a year until the mid-90′s when he finally started to slow down a little (at least in front of the camera) and in the same way as very few directors have as strong a hit-rate as Eastwood over that long a career, so is the case for his acting output. Although he was dismissed in some quarters for years as a grizzled, taciturn performer he has always had range and genuine ability.

As some of the roles featured below demonstrate, »

- Dave Roper

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UK Cinema-Goers Reveal Their All-Time Favourite Movie Icons!

24 April 2013 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Today, the Film Distributors’ Association (Fda) have announced the results of an interesting and quite substantial poll to determine UK cinema audiences’ favourite movie icons of all time…and there might be one or two surprises in who comes to mind for true big screen icons.

The top twenty spans seven decades of the cinema, from the 1940s to the 2000s. It embraces a ‘who’s who’ of stylish screen heroes – and some villains – who have made an indelible impression on audiences’ hearts and minds in successive generations to earn their places in cinematic folklore.

The survey was conducted online for Fda by ShowFilmFirst in two stages – firstly to seek a long list of public nominations of characters who had come to personify essential qualities of the cinema itself; and then a vote for the top twenty. More than 2,000 people aged 15 and over contributed nominations, while more than 7,000 participated in »

- Dan Bullock

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Looking back at Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy

17 January 2013 3:12 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Paul Martinovic Jan 18, 2013

With Django Unchained out now in the UK, Paul looks back at Sergio Leone's classic Dollars trilogy that helped inspire it...

Howard Hawks, one of the most successful Western directors of all time and a key influence on Sergio Leone, once said a great movie can be defined as one with "three great scenes, and no bad ones." There can be few directors who understood the power of great scenes quite as strongly as Leone, the director of the Dollars trilogy and de facto godfather of the spaghetti western.

Some might argue his emphasis on great individual moments was to his detriment, as the MacGuffin-laden plots of his films seem to exist mainly as devices on which he can hang his elaborate setpieces, and were subsequently labeled as exercises in pure style. While the artistic and intellectual merits of the three films are up for debate, »

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