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How is it possible that an American figure model who ended her career more than 50 years ago continues to be so influential upon today's popular culture? Mark Mori's Bettie Page Reveals All makes the case that the subject of his documentary was a woman ahead of her time. Born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1923, Bettie Page grew up in disadvantageous circumstances; she says her father molested her and her mother didn't want her. Like many young girls of the time, she dreamed of being a glamour girl, and even had a screen test in Hollywood, though that didn't lead anywhere. Instead, she survived an early, unsuccessful marriage, provided for herself with office jobs, and eventually moved to New York City. In her late 20s,...
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This week’s new Blu-ray releases are rather scarce, but they do include a new HD transfer of an underseen William Friedkin thriller and director Quentin Tarantino’s favorite film of 2013. Briefly: Sorcerer [Blu-ray]- $23.78 (15% off) Big Bad Wolves [Blu-ray] - $14.96 (50% off) Bettie Page Reveals All [Blu-ray] - $31.46 (10% off) Riot in Cell Block 11 (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray + DVD) - $24.99 (37% off) Spectacular Spider-Man - Season 1 / Spectacular Spider-Man - Season 2 - Set [Blu-ray] - $24.99 (46% off) Conspiracy Theory [Blu-ray] - $9.96 (33% off)
- Adam Chitwood
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Bettie Page Reveals All (documentary; Bettie Page, Dita Von Teese, Hugh Hefner; rated R) Filth (dramedy; James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots; premieres on Mod 4/24 long before theatrical release on 5/30; rated R) Gambit (comedy; Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz; premieres 4/25 on Mod and in theaters; rated PG-13) Streaming/Digital Download: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20 (HD may cost more than Sd) iTunes Offers the...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Sorcerer My number one pick of the week is obviously the newly remastered Blu-ray release of William Friedkin's Sorcerer, which I already reviewed. The only issue with this one is that it doesn't come with any additional features, but the film alone is enough to consider adding this one to your collection. Read my full review right here.
Big Bad Wolves Big Bad Wolves gained notoriety when Quentin Tarantino declared it the best film of 2013. It's an interesting movie, but I wouldn't say it was the best of last year or any year for that matter. Here's a snippet from my review: Big Bad Wolves ... raises questions of "How far is too farc" and questions a victim's rights for revenge. I like that. I like those shades of grey. I like the idea of not knowing, the question of regret if you don't follow your instinct versus the voice »
- Brad Brevet
On Demand DVD New Releases April 21-26 Bettie Page Reveals All Take a look at Bettie Page, one of the world’s most recognized sex symbols. Page recounts the true story of how her free expression overcame government witch hunts to help launch America’s sexual revolution. Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mark Mori crafts a story using the legendary icon’s own words and the words of those who knew her. Also stars Dita Von Teese, Hugh Hefner (R, 1:41) 4/22 Filth James McAvoy stars as a corrupt, wildly out-of-control homicide cop who manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion … Continue reading →
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- Meredith Ennis
Vimeo has scooped up two salacious documentaries to add to its On Demand library. Most notably, James Franco is one of two filmmakers behind Interior. Leather Bar., which imagines a graphic deleted scene from the 1980 Al Pacino movie Cruising. Franco teamed up with co-creator Travis Matthews for Interior. Leather Bar., which is inspired by a gay S&M scene ultimately cut out of Cruising. The trailer makes the film seem provocative, strange, and uncensored, making it exactly the sort of documentary one would expect to take advantage of the few restrictions of online distribution. Interior. Leather Bar. is joined on Vimeo by another sexy title: Bettie Page Reveals All, which stars famous pin-up model Bettie Page. Page, who died in 2008, made her mark through her photo shoots, which often included sexually deviant poses. The documentary looks at her life and career and even features some narration from the woman herself »
- Sam Gutelle
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 22, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $34.95
Studio: Music Box
The first and only authorized film biography of the “Queen of Curves,” the movie is filled with iconic and rare photographs and film loops, including unseen images from private collections, the real Bettie Page emerges from 40 years of enigmatic seclusion to tell her story in her own words via audio interviews taped a decade prior to her death in 2008. With her lively Tennessee twang , Bettie recounts her life — from humble beginnings as one of six children in an impoverished Southern family, to high school salutatorian, to scandalous 50s pin-up model, to a short-lived first marriage and series of torrid affairs, up to her retirement in 1957 at the peak of her modeling career.
Sundance: Amid a flurry of Park City announcements, Fox Searchlight has paid around $3m for world rights to I Origins. Separately, RADiUS-twc has picked up The Night Comes For Us and A24 has closed its second deal of the festival.
Cahill’s follow-up to his directorial debut and Sundance 2011 premiere Another Earth stars Michael Pitt, Brit Marling and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey and tells of an eye research scientist who makes a profound discovery.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Films We Like announced out of Park City they will release the Music Box Films slate in Canada. Films We Like president Ron Mann brokered the deal with Ed Arentz of Music Box Films. Upcoming titles include Bettie Page Reveals All, Age Of Uprising: The Legend Of Michael Kohlhass, Ida and Keep The Lights On. Elisabeth Holm has received the inaugural Red Crown Producer’s Award. Holm is a film programme director at Kickstarter »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
9 items from 2014
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