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Patrick Stewart of 'Star Trek' Receives Knighthood

31 December 2009 5:01 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

London – There's an especially starry knight in Britain's latest round of royal honors.Patrick Stewart — "Star Trek: The Next Generation's" Capt. Jean-Luc Picard — becomes Sir Patrick in Queen Elizabeth II's New Year honors list, which also includes a knighthood for theater and film director Nicholas Hytner."This is an honor that embraces those actors, directors and creative teams who have in these recent years helped fill my life with inspiration, companionship and sheer fun," said 69-year-old Stewart, who recently returned to the British stage following a long career in Hollywood that included playing Professor Charles Xavier in three "X-Men" films.Erich Reich, a refugee from Nazi-occupied Europe who organized last year's 70th anniversary of the "Kindertransport," which brought 10,000 children to wartime Britain, also received a knighthood.A separate honors list in New Zealand bestowed a knighthood on the king of Middle Earth — "Lord of the Rings" filmmaker Peter Jackson. »

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First Look: Adrien Brody as a Crazy Drug Dealer in High School

24 November 2009 4:41 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Oh hell yes, you've got to see this! John Stalberg's High School is about a high school valedictorian who accidentally smokes weed with the local stoner and finds himself the subject of a drug test. So how does he get out of it? He gets the entire school high so that he can get "his entire graduating class to face the same fate, and fail." The cast includes Colin Hanks (who I think is playing the valedictorian) as well as Andrew Wilson, Michael Chiklis, and even Yeardley Smith. But best of all, Adrien Brody plays a tattooed drug dealer named Psycho Ed. And he's looks frickin' crazy! Thanks to Quiet Earth we've got a few new photos. I have a feeling that this valedictorian kid is going to go to Psycho Ed and ask him to get enough weed to get the whole school high. Then he's going to »

- Alex Billington

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MovieWeb's 2009 DVD Holiday Gift Guide

24 November 2009 5:51 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Black Friday is approaching, fellow readers. No, I'm not talking about some sort of economic free-fall or any apocalyptic event that we might see in 2012. I'm talking about the shopper's paradise/nightmare that is the day after Thanksgiving, where all the hot holiday items are paraded about with slashed prices galore. While this day does wonders for your pocketbook, it takes a toll on your sanity with malls full of shoppers packed in like sardines, scurrying to complete their lists. We all know how trying these times are, so we here at MovieWeb are trying to make it a little easier on our readers. No, we won't be selling Blu-ray players for under $100, but we are compiling a tidy little list of our own complete with our top DVD buys of the season. Below you'll find a comprehensive guide to all of the hot titles that will be on the shelves this season, »

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DVD Playhouse--September 2009

26 September 2009 1:01 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—September 2009

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Allen Gardner

The Human Condition (Criterion) Masaki Kobayashi’s epic (574 minutes) adaptation of Junpei Gomikawa’s six-volume novel was originally made and released as three separate films (1959-61), and is rightfully regarded as a landmark of Japanese cinema. Candide-like story of naïve, good-hearted Kaiji (Japanese superstar Tatsuya Nakadai) from labor camp supervisor, to Imperial Army solider, to Soviet Pow, and Kaiji’s struggle to maintain his humanity throughout. Unfolds with the mastery of a great novel, beautifully-shot, and a stunning example of cinematic mastery on the part of its makers. Four-disc set bonuses include: Interview with Kobayashi; Interview with Nakadai; Featurette; Trailer; Essay by critic Philip Kemp. Widescreen. Dolby 3.0 surround.

State Of Play (Universal) Russell Crowe stars as a veteran Washington D.C. political reporter investigating the murder of an aide to a rising congressional star (Ben Affleck), who also happens to be an old friend. »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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This Week in Blu-ray: A High Definition Army of Darkness

17 September 2009 11:22 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

In this edition of This Week in Blu-ray, it is time to pick away at the month of September with a swath of TV-on-bd, a forecast for the weeks to come as the fall television season heats up. And since we the missed last few weeks worth of column -- and by we, I mean I, it is time to take a look back at some of the better titles from the past two Tuesdays, including DisneyNature's Earth and Crank 2: High Voltage. All-in-all, it's yet another busy week for Blu-ray buyers. But fear not, my sheep, for I am here once again to shepherd you to the promise land -- the land of high resolution picture, Dolby 5.1 HD sound and more special features than you can shake your walking cane at. Please use that fancy scroll bar on your browser to take a look at this week's releases below... Earth »

- Neil Miller

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Blu-Ray Review: Disney’s ‘Earth’ Highlights Beauty of Mother Nature

10 September 2009 11:54 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Writing about Disney’s nature documentary “Earth,” now available on Blu-Ray and DVD, is complicated because the movie itself contains undeniably beautiful imagery but, for a lot of people, it’s footage that they’ve seen before and the film never really registers as a complete experience. It’s a slice of nature mostly meant for children and, if you keep that in mind, it’s sometimes effective.

Blu-Ray Rating: 3.5/5.0 For years, the words Disney and nature were closely associated. The house that Walt built won several Oscars for films that captured animals and their habitats in glorious detail. Keep in mind, that there was a time before the Discovery Channel when people could only see footage of the glory of our natural planet in theaters.

The legacy of Disney’s documentary branch is being rebooted by the newly restarted Disneynature company. Their first entry is the appropriately-titled “Earth, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Blu-ray review: ‘Disneynature Earth’ proves Earth doesn’t have to be boring

10 September 2009 9:13 AM, PDT | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

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It’s easy to toss aside documentaries based on so-called boring things like nature, animals and dirt, what, with all the lack of explosions, catch-phrases and giant robots. It’s no different in Disneynature Earth. You will still find scenic locals, amazing and vivid scenery and beautiful animals with nary a single Boom, Bang or mechanical being turning into a steamroller with one exception: it’s not boring. In fact, it’s one of the most engaging and awe-inspiring films of this year. Now with it’s arrival on Blu-ray, audiences can witness the beauty in full-blown 1080p with close to a bazillion (yes, that’s right, a Bazillion) features.

Earth shows the story of three families of polar bears, elephants and humpback whales traveling across the globe. From the heartbreaking mother bear who struggles to find food as her once plentiful provider of food melts away to the wackiness of elephant babies, »

- Erik Buckman

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Disney Nature Earth - Blu-ray Review

9 September 2009 9:53 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Earth is a redo of the BBC series Planet Earth that.s made to be a bit more kid friendly and follow a narrative. Uncle Walt was known for his nature specials and this new variation on them takes some glorious high definition footage, adds some narration by James Earl Jones, and adds cute animals. The BBC series Planet Earth was a fabulous documentary. It was the most expensive documentary funded by the BBC and was the first to be shot in high definition. The eleven episode original was shown over several nights and was more of an event series. Bits of that long form series have been recut and renarrated with the sonorous tones of James Earl Jones. »

- Jeff Swindoll

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Disney Nature Earth - Blu-ray Review

9 September 2009 9:53 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Earth is a redo of the BBC series Planet Earth that.s made to be a bit more kid friendly and follow a narrative. Uncle Walt was known for his nature specials and this new variation on them takes some glorious high definition footage, adds some narration by James Earl Jones, and adds cute animals. The BBC series Planet Earth was a fabulous documentary. It was the most expensive documentary funded by the BBC and was the first to be shot in high definition. The eleven episode original was shown over several nights and was more of an event series. Bits of that long form series have been recut and renarrated with the sonorous tones of James Earl Jones. »

- Jeff Swindoll

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Blu-Ray Capsule Review: 'Earth'

9 September 2009 12:12 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Earth Quick Thoughts: I didn't see this one in theaters, but that was primarily due to the reason that all they really did with this was take BBC's excellent "Planet Earth" series, chop it down from nearly nine hours of footage to 90 minutes and replace David Attenborough's narration with James Earl Jones. Now don't get me wrong, this is excellent stuff, but since I had already seen it in the epic scale of the "Planet Earth" series I wasn't entirely moved to see it in theaters. Had it been filmed in IMAX I probably would have made an exception. As for this Blu-ray release, it still doesn't make me wish I saw it in theaters, but it does have me itching to buy "Planet Earth" on Blu-ray as opposed to the mere DVD set I currently own (and reviewed right here). This is just immaculate footage and this 90-minute »

- Brad Brevet

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Press Releases! Press Releases! Press Releases!

4 September 2009 1:58 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

ABC released four new press releases today for various shows coming later this month. These really include nothing new, but give a sneak peek at the stars and guest stars of the new and returning shows, which include FlashForward, Castle, The Forgotten, and Modern Family. Fox also sent out a press release for season six of their show House, which is shaping up to be one of the most hyped shows of the new season, new or returning. Read the press releases (arranged in alphabetical order by show) below.

Castle (ABC)

Nathan Fillion And Stana Katic Return For Season Two Of "Castle," Premiering Monday, September 21 On ABC

Authors Stephen J. Cannell and Michael Connelly Guest Star

"Deep in Death" — When the new season begins, Castle (Nathan Fillion) is wrestling with how to repair his relationship with Beckett (Stana Katic), while struggling to finish his soon-to-be-published bestseller, Heat Wave. But circumstances »

- Sam McPherson

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[DVD Review] Earth

2 September 2009 1:39 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Once again a nature documentary has shot itself in the foot by boasting breathtaking footage only to ruin it with poorly conceived narration. But unlike Arctic Tale, Paramount isn’t to blame for this spoilage, this time Disneynature has fouled up its spectacular filmmaking with a narration script that even James Earl Jones couldn’t save. So what gives Earth that sparkling value which makes it worth the purchase? The footage. The outstanding high caliber shots of nature at its best and worst.

In terms of making a modern day high-definition documentary on wildlife, everyone else is playing catch up to BBC’s Planet Earth series. There’s even a good chance that Disneynature’s title was intended to piggyback on the success of the prolific British series. While that aspect of the production is deplorable, Earth does stand on its own two feet. Watching a cheetah chase down its »

- Lex Walker

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Exploring Disneynature Earth with Alastair Fothergill

27 August 2009 7:28 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The director of this amazing new documentary takes us through the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray

On the big screen, Disneynature's Earth has proven to be one of the most amazing cinematic experiences of this, or any recent year. The film harkens back to Walt Disney's nature documentaries from the 60s and 70s, while utilizing a whole new set of cinematic rules and technology to bring us closer to nature then we could ever get on our own. Both the Blu-ray and the DVD are set to hit store shelves on September 1st, and the film looks even more amazing in Hi-Def. To help celebrate the home release of this groundbreaking work of cinematic beauty, director Alastair Fothergill held a virtual junket in the intimate world of cyberspace to offer a behind the scenes look at his amazing film.

Fothergill and his crew were also responsible for the award-winning BBC miniseries Planet Earth, »

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Superman: The Complete Animated Series Soars Up to DVD on November 24th

6 August 2009 12:39 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

You can bring home the animated adventures of the Man of Steel in its entirety on DVD this November. Superman: The Complete Animated Series will be released on DVD on November 24. This seven-disc set will contain all 54 episodes of this animated classic and the set will be priced at $53.82 Srp. You can take a look at all the special features below.

Follow the entire history of Superman from start to finish on this long-awaited DVD. Witness his incredible arrival on Earth, how he finds his place in his adopted home and his realization of what his powers can truly do for the forces of good. See Clark Kent balance his roles as a mild-mannered news reporter and superhuman crimefighter, facing mortal enemy Lex Luthor, while still keeping his day job.

Fans of the comic books and the TV show alike will rejoice as every single episode can finally be purchased »

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3 New Star Trek DVD Sets to Hit the DVD and Blu-ray Shelves on September 22nd

20 July 2009 2:51 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In anticipation of the home entertainment debut of J.J. Abrams' thrilling reinvention of the Star Trek franchise, Paramount Home Entertainment will give audiences the chance to revisit where it all began with a galaxy full of new DVD and Blu-ray releases. Docking on September 22, 2009 are the Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection on DVD, which includes the first six "Star Trek" films and loads of special features; the Star Trek: The Next Generation Film Collection on DVD and for the first time on Blu-ray, featuring the four "Star Trek" films starring the Next Generation crew with new special features, plus a bonus disc with over an hour of additional content; Star Trek: The Original Series Season Two on Blu-ray in high definition for the first time ever; plus Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and »

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Dr. Strangelove Blu-ray Review

9 July 2009 11:11 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

A half century has passed since the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union commenced, keeping the world under the constant threat of a nuclear holocaust. While Russia may no longer be the "Nuclear Boogeyman" it once was, the specter of someone using nuclear missiles, bombs and other weapons of mass destruction still looms large. This constant global threat is just one of the reasons why that after 45 years, Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb is still a film that dazzles, entertains and maintains its surprising degree of tension. Based on the novel Red Alert, Strangelove tells the tale of a nuclear war started by a rather delusional Brigadier General named Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden). Ripper believes that Communist Russia is planning an attack on America in order to drain its citizens of their precious bodily fluids (through fluoridated water, »

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The Terrible Secret Of Space

24 June 2009 10:28 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Body Count: Volume 12 Some of my earliest horror movie memories are in the early 80's. I was a cartoon junkie like most kids my age and you know how it goes on any saturday morning. Or maybe you know how it used to go. Get up wicked early, pour a massive bowl of cereal and hunker down for a good five solid hours of cartoon programming. From 7am to noon you could find all manner of colorful adventure but like most communities, noon time rolled around and it was time for kids to go outside and play so the grown ups could catch the weekend edition of the news or candlepin bowling. At least that's how it was around these parts, except for one thing. Back in the early 80's, we still had a holdout saturday afternoon monster movie show. Ours was Wlvi's Creature Double Feature, a show so patently »

- Ricky

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Disneynature's Earth to Orbit Blu-ray

13 June 2009 7:11 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Earth, the first film released under Disney's new environmentally conscious "Disneynature" label, will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD September 1. Earth explores our planet's environmental challenges through the experiences of animal families and under the narration of Darth Vader himself, James Earl Jones. It rocked the box office beginning on its Earth Day release with a worldwide gross of over $100 million. Disneynature's Earth on Blu-ray will be presented in 1.78:1 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio 48kHz/24-bit. The Blu-ray version will contain a scant two bonus features, one of which is exclusive to the format. Earth Diaries: The Making of Earth the Movie Filmmaker Annotations (Bd exclusive) Look for Disneynature: Earth on Blu-ray and DVD September 1. I've included a couple shots of the cover art below, which verifies the inclusion of an O-Sleeve, and will add Amazon pre-order information when available. »

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Review: 'Star Trek Movie Collection' on Blu-ray

26 May 2009 12:19 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

It is most logical for Paramount Home Video to be flooding the shelves with product capitalizing on the release of Star Trek. We’ve been treated to the various Best Of sets, the first season of the original series and now the first six feature films all making their Blu-ray debut. The first question is always, why should I upgrade from DVD to Blu-ray? In the case of the television, there was little doubt. Here, with the films, the answer is less clear cut.

The sextet of films featuring the original crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise was, at best, an uneven affair. It all began when Paramount floundered throughout the 1970s, unsure of how best to capitalize on the growing fan base for the canceled series. It made sense to launch a fourth television network with a revived Star Trek but when that was derailed, it took a »

- Robert Greenberger

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Disneynature Announces Two New Films

20 May 2009 6:30 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Disneynature has begun production on two feature-length nature films, "Chimpanzee" and "African Cats: Kingdom of Courage." The new productions extend Disney's relationship with filmmakers Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, who directed Disneynature's first release, "Earth," which bowed stateside in April and has grossed $29.1 million. "Cats" is being directed by Keith Scholey and Fothergill for worldwide release beginning in 2011. It focuses on two families of African cats and is being shot in Kenya's Masai Mara. "Chimpanzee" is being written and directed by Fothergill and Linfield for a worldwide theatrical rollout beginning in 2012. It will revolve around a group of chimps living in the rainforests of the Ivory Coast and Uganda. Disneynature's second release in the Us is "Oceans," from French co-directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, which is scheduled for release next year on Earth Day. »

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