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March 1st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Pieces, The Boy, Intruders

Happy March, everyone! This month’s home entertainment offerings are starting off with the proverbial bang as there seems to be a little something for every genre fan arriving on Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday. Scream Factory is releasing both The Boy and Narcopolis on both formats this week, and Kino Lorber is resurrecting a pair of cult classics in HD as well: Gog (3D) and Transformations. Grindhouse Releasing has assembled an incredible Blu set for their release of Pieces, and the recent home invasion thriller, Intruders, makes its way onto DVD on March 1st.

For those of you who have made the leap to 4K, both The Last Witch Hunter and Mad Max: Fury Road are getting a special 4K release on Tuesday and other notable titles making their way home this first week of March include Zoombies, The Sinful Dwarf, The Fear of Darkness, Scream at the Devil,
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The Streets of NYC, Bernie Goetz, and Frank Miller

Rrmbllll Kkkkrrakkk goes the lightning as Frank Miller’s Batman hits the streets for the first time in 1986’s seminal The Dark Knight Returns. A faceless, lowlife pimp throws one of his girls into a cab, threatening to cut her. The bearded, downtrodden cabbie accepts a stack of bills from the pimp; he mutters to himself, “dog eat dog world…” Unseen, Batman descends onto the yellow, checkered cab’s roof. The pimp finds himself on the receiving end of some brutality off-panel. The money is shredded. And with another Krakk – end scene.

This hardly feels like pages ripped from a William Gibson novel, more like frames from a grainy, 35-mm Taxi Driver print. The synopsis for Tdkr returns dubs itself “near-future”, and the genre “cyber-punk” has been tossed around by readers and critics alike. But really (mutant punks aside) the book falls into the Death Wish genre. Aging man, urban and moral decay,
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Review: The 300 Spartans

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We have Frank Miller to thank for reminding us of the valiant tale of the Battle at Thermopylae as 300 Spartans fought off an invading force from Persia. His 300 graphic novel is a wonderful retelling of the tale and a pretty damn fine film from Zack Snyder. With the film sequel forthcoming any second now, 20th Century Home Entertainment has wisely issued the Blu-ray debut of the film that inspired Miller when he first saw it as a kid. The 300 Spartans may lack the visual panache of Snyder’s version but it makes for compelling viewing.

Oh, the script is nowhere near interesting although it does a nice job of sticking to the historic facts as Leonidas (Richard Egan) is asked by Themistocles of Athens (Ralph Richardson) to lead the army against King Xerxes (David Farrar). Not a single soldier is as ripped as Snyder’s army nor is Gorgo (Anna Synodinou), Leonidas’ wife,
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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Trance' and More

This week: Director Danny Boyle crafts a stylish modern-day film noir with a bizarre love triangle in "Trance," starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel.

Also new this week is the British crime drama "Welcome to the Punch," which also stars McAvoy as well as Mark Strong, and the Blu-ray debuts of "The 300 Spartans" (1962) and Ang Lee's "The Ice Storm" (1997).

'Trance'

Box Office: $2.3 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 68% Fresh

Storyline: Director Danny Boyle's British psychological thriller stars James McAvoy as Simon Newton, a fine art auctioneer mixed up with a gang led by Franck (Vincent Cassel) When a heist goes wrong and a revered painting goes missing, hypnotist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) is hired to help Simon remember where the painting is. The stakes get higher when the boundaries between reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur.

Extras!: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain deleted scenes,
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10 Sneaky Movie In-Jokes You Might Have Missed

Any studio worth their salted popcorn needs an in-joke: Hitchcock had his cameos, Lucas has his Thx 1138 and Pixar have their Pizza Planet trucks. How else to make an audience pore over every frame but the promise of spotting something only a select few of them will understand? Or a name only a handful will have heard of?

The exclusivity of these references is what makes them so valuable for those in the know, and so infuriating for the outsiders. The examples included in this article are a mix of the sneaky and the subtle, the split-seconds that send us scrambling for the pause button and the movie forums to show off that we got the in-joke.

For the purposes of this article, parody movies do not count and the in-joke must be a reference to either the film’s director or cast only. So, let’s begin…

10. Watchmen

Your Vote Counts! 20th Century Fox Brings Classic Films to Blu-ray

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is letting you decide what classic films they will release on Blu-ray for the first time.

That’s right, your vote counts. Fans vote for their favorite classic titles through the “Voice Your Choice” campaign.

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Here is an portion the news release:

Los Angeles (January 15, 2013) – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today its partnership with the ultimate film discussion website, Home Theater Forum, for a one-of-a-kind campaign, Voice Your Choice, allowing film enthusiasts to decide which classic films they would like to see digitally restored and transferred to Blu-ray for the very first time. The program celebrates Fox’s most notable films from the 1930’s thru the 1960’s featuring performances by famous actors such as Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Paul Newman, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, John Wayne and more. Throughout the campaign, fans will also have the opportunity to write in and submit additional titles.
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That Was a Comic Book? Conan The Barbarian

A lot of great movie characters got their start from the fun filled pages of comic books. In honor of the release of Conan The Barbarian on Blu-Ray and DVD, we are going to take a look back at some of those fantastic characters that jumped off of the page and onto the big screen.

Conan The Barbarian Synopsis:

The most legendary Barbarian of all time is back. Having thrived and evolved for eight consecutive decades in the public imagination – in prose and graphics, on the big screen and small, in games and properties of all kinds- Conan’s exploits in the Hyborian Age now come alive like never before in a colossal action-adventure film.

300

Inspired by the 1962 film The 300 Spartans, 300 started in 1998 as a limited comic book series both written and illustrated by Frank Miller and painted by Lynn Varley. The series is told from Leonidas of Sparta’s perspective,
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Valhalla Rising v Clash of the Titans: there will be blood

Ever since he was a kid, Joe Queenan has loved movies featuring Vikings or Greeks. But which is the best? Hold on to your heads as he wades into a very bloody battle

In the vastly underrated 2005 Anglo-Icelandic-Canadian film Beowulf & Grendel, the actress Sarah Polley refuses to go along with the gag, stubbornly clinging to her flat, emotionless, early 21st-century Canadian accent. Everyone knows that Norse sagas only work if everybody in the cast keeps a straight face and sticks to the Hrothgar of Elfungstan intonations, if all hands on deck refrain from smirking and winking at the audience when Ulrich of Vlinkstenndntmarksendondt declares: "Great are the tales of the Spear-Danes. Some tales sail; others sink below the waves."

Gerard Butler (Beowulf) certainly understands that, adroitly fudging a fifth-century Geat accent by using his authentic, all-purpose Scottish burr: the perfect one-size-fits-all accent for any movie set in any era preceding the discovery of penicillin.
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Hollywood messes our myths

We shouldn't get excited about Us film-makers reinterpreting Europe's legends. After all, we've done a bit of that ourselves

Joe Queenan argued in the Guardian recently that Hollywood had taken 10 years to destroy the legends of European history and that film-makers had completely lost sight of what made these ancient myths so beloved.

I don't agree with him. Sure, these movies play with the historical truth a bit. Sure, they simplify the complexities and problems posed by these ancient legends. Sure, they sometimes make bad choices in casting. But just because we may not like them, does that make them worthless – or worse, a destructive force? I don't think so.

Take Queenan's objection to film-makers changing the storyline. Modern moviemakers aren't the first to do it. Epics such as the Iliad weren't written down in the ancient world for an awfully long time – they existed initially as oral poetry. and
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