14 items from 2009
With Black Friday sales behind us but with Christmas right around the corner, there’s still time to get some great movies on DVD and Blu-ray this holiday season. To help, 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.
Of all the new releases, we’re particularly interested in the Blu-ray versions of movies and TV shows such as The Wizard of Oz, Gremlins, Snatch, Ben 10: Alien Swarm and the Blu-ray debut of McG’s Terminator: Salvation (shown above with Christian Bale and Sam Worthington).
Check them out:
A Christmas Tale (The Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray)
- Joe Gillis
This week's new DVD releases are dominated by two blockbusters: Terminator Salvation and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. (Interesting to note: the Director's Cut of Terminator is only available on the Blu-ray.) Other than that, we've got the indie comedy Paper Heart starring Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera, Criterion releases of A Christmas Tale and Gimme Shelter on Blu-ray, a new MST3K collection, direct-to-dvd Mma flick Death Warrior, and the first season of Better Off Ted. Will you be doing any early Christmas shopping for yourself this week? Terminator Salvation  (DVD, Blu-ray ) Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian  (DVD, Blu-ray ) Paper Heart  (DVD, Blu-ray ) Flame & Citron  Deadline  Death Warrior  (DVD, Blu-ray ) The Girl in the Park  Into The Storm  Silent Night, Deadly Night Set  Frat Party  A Christmas Tale: Criterion Collection  (DVD, Blu-ray ) 2 Turntables & a Microphone  The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, Bone »
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I guess the next three DVD/Blu-ray previews I write up could also be looked at as potential gift guides as we are now counting our way down to Christmas. Perhaps you'll find a little something for yourself as well as someone on your list. Let's get into it...
A Christmas Tale (Criterion Collection) I just posted my review of the Blu-ray edition and it's a film I am already interested in revisiting and expect I will have a different reaction to each time. As it stands I enjoyed it, but wasn't completely bowled over and in terms of special features this one is a bit light when it comes to Criterion standards with only a making-of interview featurette and Desplechin's 2007 documentary about the selling of his family home, which is actually quite good. For my full review click here. »
- Brad Brevet
The 16th annual Austin Film Festival opened with a true screenwriting gem, Serious Moonlight. Penned by the late Adrienne Shelley around the same time she created Waitress – Shelley was murdered shortly after wrapping Waitress, before she had the opportunity to direct Serious Moonlight. I loved Waitress, and have been a fan of Adrienne Shelley since seeing her act in Hal Hartley’s The Unbelievable Truth and Trust. Serious Moonlight | Review "...the script is chock-full of clever Hitchcockian twists along with a impeccably strong (and mysterious) conclusion. Serious Moonlight is very conservatively directed by first-timer Cheryl Hines (who acted in Waitress with Shelley)." ____________________________________________________ I have long been curious about C.D. Payne’s 1993 epistolary novel Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp, and unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to read it prior to the Aff screening of Miguel Arteta’s film. Nonetheless, into the Paramount I went… I must »
- Don Simpson
Austin filmmaker Tim McCanlies (Secondhand Lions, The Iron Giant) premiered his latest family-friendly film Alabama Moon during Austin Film Festival at the Paramount. Based on the coming-of-age novel by Watt Key, this film's plot tugs at the heartstrings, reminiscent of the Disney film Old Yeller and other family classics.
After the unexpected death of his survivalist father, 11-year-old Moon (Jimmy Bennett ), who was raised in the Alabama wilderness, must learn how to make his way in the modern world. Doing so isn't very easy, with a local law officer (Clint Howard) intent on making sure that Jimmy stays a ward of the state in a reform school. There Moon meets and interacts with other boys, including the bully Hal (Gabriel Basso) and sickly Kit (Uriah Shelton) who become his friends and cohorts on an escape.
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- Debbie Cerda
DVD Links: DVD News | Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed Not a huge week for new releases, but there are some titles I just added to the release date calendar detailed at the end of this update you may be interested in adding to your preorder shopping cart. Oh, and it appears Paramount has decided to begin releasing the Blu-ray editions of their films before releasing the DVD editions. They are starting with Dance Flick on September 8... It'll be interesting to see if it gets more people to adopt the high-def format once bigger named releases starting hitting the shelves. The Class This one made the #6 spot on my list of top ten movies of 2008 so it should be obvious I think it is the one film releasing this week you need to watch. It's not a brain bender of a story as it details one class in a »
- Brad Brevet
A beloved family film can finally be experienced in high-definition this December. Secondhand Lions will be released on Blu-ray on December 1. This new Bd disc will be priced at $28.99 Srp and you can take a look at the cover art and special features below. The film stars Haley Joel Osment, Robert Duvall and Michael Caine.
This comedic and touching family film follows the adventures of a shy young boy (Haley Joel Osment) who is sent to spend the summer with his eccentric uncles (Michael Caine, Robert Duvall). At first shocked by his uncles' unconventional behavior that includes ordering African lions through the mail, the boy soon becomes enthralled with unraveling the mystery that has followed the uncles for years. Hearing tales of their exotic adventures involving kidnapped princesses, Arabian sheiks and lost treasure, not only brings him closer to his uncles but also teaches him what it means to believe in something. »
“Orphan.” Whether or not you plan on seeing this fright fest about a girl who terrorizes her newly adoptive parents, one thing is indisputable: that is one freaky lookin’ little girl. The dark, hooded eyes, the thick red ribbon bound across her neck, the do-you-feel-lucky-punk stare—this orphan named Esther is a shining example of the supreme creepitude that some pop culture children exude without saying a word.
In creepiness, if not narrative, "Orphan"'s little orphan Esther comes from a long line of hair-raising fictional youngsters. Here’s our list of the kiddies who, intentionally or not, get the chills running up and down our spines.
Vicki from “Small Wonder”: The unsettlingly cheery intro masks the horror that awaits in this half-hour ‘80s sitcom. The flesh on Vicki’s back pops open to reveal a tangle of wires, batteries, microchips and blinking lights. She’s a robot devoid »
- Eric Ditzian
Bob Shaye and longtime partner Michael Lynne are setting in motion 11 films through their Unique Features company, which has a three-year first-look deal with Warner Bros., according to Variety. Here's a list of projects in motion:
* Animated feature High in the Clouds is an adaptation of a children's book written by McCartney, Geoff Dunbar and Philip Ardagh. The film will be directed by Rob Minkoff and adapted by Caroline Thompson.
The book, about a squirrel's quest to find an animal sanctuary, marks McCartney's largest involvement in an animated pic since the Beatles frontman was part of 1968's Yellow Submarine.
"Paul said he would commit to a score of original songs as part of it," Lynne said. "Bob and I had never focused on animation in our career, but that got our attention." They have not yet set the project at a studio.
* Warner Bros. has committed to develop 7th Son, »
12.00 Normal 0 false false false En-us X-none X-none MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 One thing that's abundantly clear in the modern studio system is that Hollywood really just can't get a handle on age. While commanding, intelligent roles for old women are tantamount to rocking horse shit, the issue of aging men is typified in one of three main varieties: the cantankerous coot (Secondhand Lions), the stoically masculine (Gran Torino), or the sprightly sage (the likes of Alan Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine). Rarely does Hollywood directly address the realities of old age and the ravages of senility, preferring instead to maintain a kind of reverential distance with the elderly that's warm and comfortable. Unsurprising then that this semi-autobiographical tale from writer Peter Harness about a senile old magician and a death-obsessed tween comes courtesy of Britain, a country whose film industry was founded on no frills, kitchen sink misery.
From Boy A director John Crowley comes this 80s set, »
- Neil Pedley
During the introduction to The 2 Bobs on the opening night of SXSW, SXSW co-founder Louis Black referred to the comedy as Tim McCanlies's "Kevin Smith film." I'd argue that this isn't quite accurate -- instead, The 2 Bobs is the writer-director's Bruce Campbell film. I hope McCanlies won't be offended when I explain that this isn't because he physically resembles Campbell (sadly, so few people do). What I mean is that you don't want to go into The 2 Bobs thinking that this is going to be the same sort of dramatic film as McCanlies's Secondhand Lions, or a super-polished Hollywood studio comedy.
Instead, The 2 Bobs is a cheesy micro-budget film shot on the filmmaker's home turf, very much like Campbell's My Name is Bruce, or maybe Fanboys before the Weinsteins started messing with it. And like My Name is Bruce, I sighed inwardly at the dorky plot, »
- Jette Kernion
I apologize for not having a box office report up at my usual Sunday afternoon time. For the record and for those who care, Race to Witch Mountain finished first and Watchmen fell quite a bit from last weekend. Hopefully I’ll get around to it and any other news when I can find a spare hour or two.
I’m already a bit exhausted, so this morning I missed the advance ticket line to get early seats for Observe and Report. Cross your fingers for me so I can somehow slip in, check it out, and get a review to you guys later this week.
Though I did wander around the convention center this afternoon and literally bumped into none other than Catherine Hardwicke, director of Twilight. I was standing around and she wasn’t watching where she was going, so she bumped right into me. We both apologized, »
- Jeff Leins
Secondhand Lions is a charming tale supported by a star-studded cast, that unfortunately did not attract a lot of attention. Set in the 1960's and starring Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) as the young, neglected Walter forced to stay with his zany great-uncles' (played by Academy Award winners Michael Caine and Robert Duvall), this movie is an uplifting family adventure. Walter's dating-crazy mother drops her son off at her uncle's farm for the summer, despite Walter's reluctance. His great-uncles' have a reputation for their insane antics and are rumored to have been bank robbers. However, as the summer progresses, Walter begins to bond with the two men as they build airplanes, adopt lions, and plant corn. Especially intriguing to Walter are his uncles' tales of traveling to exotic locations, rescuing princesses, and dashing sword fights. But as Walter discovers his uncles' endless supply of cash, he is forced to »
Photo: Warner Bros. I love movies with robots! From Batteries Not Included to Short Circuit -- I grew up on that stuff. Maybe that's part of why I'm so drawn to The Iron Giant, which feels like a throwback to an older style, both in animation and delivery. I feel that where Wall-e failed to teach a message -- not simply present the problems -- concerning our future, The Iron Giant succeeded. I also am a sucker for sap. Classic animation plus sappy dialogue equals me crying. So when the young boy who befriends the giant in The Iron Giant watches his friend sail skyward and whispers, "I love you," I lose it. Seriously, I had The Iron Giant on repeat for 24 hours straight the day a cable network channel (deservedly) aired a marathon about two years after its release. And with every "I love you," I embarrassingly and very »
- Amy J. Aniobi
14 items from 2009
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