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Thor: Ragnarok DVD and Blu-Ray Release Date and Details Announced

Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok the God of Thunder's third installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, electrified both audiences and critics alike reaching over $845M at the global box office. Now the colorful cosmic adventure, loaded with action, humor, drama and spectacle, bursts into homes Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD, and Movies Anywhere, on Feb. 20 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on March. 6. Marvel has unveiled a new trailer for this DVD and Blu-ray release, along with a sneak peek that features one of the movie's most memorable scenes, the humorous beginning of the gladiator match on Sakaar between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).

In Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his
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"The Alfred Hitchcock Collection" Blu-ray Set From Universal

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Universal has released a highly impressive Blu-ray set, "The Alfred Hitchcock Collection", on Blu-ray. The set contains fifteen special editions of the Master's top films as well as ten original episodes of "The Alfred Hitchcock Presents" television series. The set is packed with 15 hours of bonus extras and includes an illustrated, 58-page collector's booklet with extremely rare international poster art and film stills. Films included in the set are:

Psycho The Birds Vertigo Rear Window North by Northwest The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956 version) Marnie Saboteur Shadow of a Doubt Rope The Trouble with Harry Topaz Frenzy  Torn Curtain Family Plot


Holiday gifts like this don't get any more impressive (or sinister) for the movie lover in your life.

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Actress Karin Dor Dead At 79; Starred In The James Bond Film "You Only Live Twice"

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By Lee Pfeiffer

German actress Karin Dor has died at age 79. She had been in a nursing home since suffering the severe aftereffects of a fall last year. Dor was a popular presence in European cinema. She began acting in the 1950s and became a well-known star in the 1960s. She frequently collaborated with her husband, Austrian director Harald Reinl. She appeared in several of the popular German "Winnetou"  westerns and well as German crime programs on television. In 1967 she achieved a new level of fame when she was cast as Helga Brandt, the sultry Spectre agent who seduces Sean Connery's James Bond before attempting to kill him in the 1967 blockbuster "You Only Live Twice". Dor's character suffered a memorable fate when her employer, Spectre chieftain Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Donald Pleasence) ensures she drops into his piranha-filled moat. She later had a leading role in Alfred Hitchcock's 1969 spy
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Oss 117 Five Film Collection

He’s fast on his feet, quick with a gun, and faster with the to-die-for beauties that only existed in the swinging ’60s. The superspy exploits of Oss 117 were too big for just one actor, so meet all three iterations of the man they called Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath . . . seriously.

Oss 117 Five Film Collection


Oss 117 Is Unleashed; Oss 117: Panic in Bangkok; Oss 117: Mission For a Killer; Oss 117: Mission to Tokyo; Oss 117: Double Agent

Kl Studio Classics

1963-1968 / B&W and Color / 1:85 widescreen + 2:35 widescreen / 528 min. / Street Date September 26, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 59.95

Starring: Kerwin Matthews, Nadia Sanders, Irina Demick, Daniel Emilfork; Kerwin Matthews, Pier Angeli, Robert Hossein; Frederick Stafford, Mylène Demongeot, Perrette Pradier, Dominique Wilms, Raymond Pellegrin, Annie Anderson; Frederick Stafford, Marina Vlad, Jitsuko Yoshimura; John Gavin, Margaret Lee, Curd Jurgens, Luciana Paluzzi, Rosalba Neri, Robert Hossein, George Eastman.

Cinematography: Raymond Pierre Lemoigne
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Lars von Trier Concert, Tim Robbins on ‘The Player,’ Alfred Hitchcock’s Unloved, and More

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

Jan Nemec‘s last film, The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street, Roberto Andò‘s The Confessions, Anthropoid, and more will premiere at the 2016 Karlovy Vary Festival.

Watch a trailer for an upcoming concert in Denmark featuring the music of Lars von Trier‘s film:

The New York Asian Film Festival 2016 has unveiled its full line-up.

Tim Robbins reflects on working with Robert Altman in The Player, now on Criterion:

Slate highlights the 50 greatest movies by black directors:

Despite everything, black filmmakers have produced art on screen that is just as daring, original, influential, and essential as the heralded works of Welles, Coppola, Antonioni, Kurosawa, and other nonblack directors.
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Talking Hitchcock/Truffaut by Anne-Katrin Titze

Kent Jones with Gone Girl director David Fincher: "I don't think David was responding to Vertigo …" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Wes Anderson, Arnaud Desplechin, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader with a narration by Bob Balaban, come together in Kent Jones' rhythmic Hitchcock/Truffaut, to discuss Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut.

John Huston's Let There Be Light, Fincher's The Social Network, Se7en and The Game, Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom narrator and Truffaut's interpreter in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, the defector in Topaz, Psycho and Janet Leigh, Vertigo and Brian De Palma's commitment to Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow for their film De Palma come to light in my conversation with the New York Film Festival Director of Programming Kent Jones.

Alfred Hitchcock in thought with François Truffaut

Hitchcock/Truffaut makes you
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The Captive City | Blu-ray Review

Two obscure Robert Wise titles reach Blu-ray release this month, both direct follow-ups to some of the auteur’s more iconic works. First up is 1962’s Two for the Seesaw, a romantic drama headlined by Robert Mitchum and Shirley MacLaine following the famed 1961 title West Side Story. But the decade prior would fine Wise unveiling one of his most stilted efforts, The Captive City (1952), a sort-of noir procedural which followed his sci-fi social commentary The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). Providing John Forsythe with his first starring role (a performer who would find his most famous roles decades later on television, as Blake Carrington in “Dynasty,” and of course, the famous voice in “Charlie’s Angels”), it has to be one of the most unenthusiastic renderings of organized crime ever committed to celluloid. A scrappy journalist defies the mob ruled police force and a slick Mafia boss in a tired
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A history of stoners in film

Ahead of American Ultra’s release in UK cinemas, we look at the rise of the stoner in film, from the 30s to the present...

"The motion picture you are about to witness may startle you. It would not have been possible, otherwise, to sufficiently emphasize the frightful toll of the new drug menace which is destroying the youth of America in alarmingly increasing numbers. Marihuana is that drug - a violent narcotic - an unspeakable scourge - the Real Public Enemy Number One!

So reads the opening crawl to the now infamous film Reefer Madness. Originally released in 1936, it was designed as a hard-hitting expose of marijuana and its inherent dangers. The drug could cause "violent, uncontrollable laughter," the movie's introduction read. It could induce "dangerous hallucinations," "monstrous extravagances," all eventually leading to "shocking acts of physical violence... ending often in incurable insanity."

Reefer Madness was one of many
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Watch: Vintage, 18-Minute Talk With Alfred Hitchcock From 1969

Step back in time 46 years with us to 1969. Alfred Hitchcock, fresh off “Topaz,” was entering the very tail end of his career. He had two more films in his future — “Frenzy" and "Family Plot” — but his best work was well behind him. Nevertheless, he was (and still is) a legendary director, one of the best of the best to have graced cinema, and his mind was as much (if not more) a treasure trove of movie history, information, and advice than ever. One afternoon those many years ago, Hitch sat down with actor-writer-director Bryan Forbes (“The Stepford Wives,” screenplay for “Chaplin”) in the National Film Theatre in London to discuss movies and answer questions from an audience of cinephiles. Fortunately, for those of us too young or otherwise unable to have attended, Eyes on Cinema has uploaded an 18-minute recording of interview. Forbes kicked off the interview — after a quick
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Reel Deals – Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection for $98.99

I can’t think of any director whose had more of an influence on film and television than Alfred Hitchcock. The man made some terrific films, knew how to market them (and himself), and inspired countless people around the world to enter the world of film.

Today’s deal of the day is perfect for the Hitchcock fan in all of us! Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection on Blu-ray, which normally goes for close to $200, is on sale today for $98.99! The collection includes Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Rope, Rear Window, The Trouble with Harry, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds, Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy, and Family Plot. That’s 15 films people! It’s never too early to start Christmas shopping.

Update: Deal is now over, I hope you got it while you could!

Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece
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Deal! Pick Up the Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection Blu-ray on Sale Now

One Blu-ray collection I do not own, but am really tempted to pull the trigger on right now is the Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection as Amazon has dropped the price down to $98.99. The set includes 15 of Hitchcock's films including classics such as Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds and Rope and all the special features that come with them. Msrp on the collection is $299.98 and the sale ends at midnight tonight so if you're looking to pick it up you better hustle. Here's the complete listing of movies that come on the set and you can click here to pick it up for yourself and take a look at all the features it includes. Saboteur Shadow of a Doubt Rope Rear Window The Trouble with Harry The Man Who Knew Too Much Vertigo North by Northwest Psycho The Birds Marnie Torn Curtain Topaz Frenzy Family Plot
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Video of the Day: See Every Alfred Hitchcock Cameo

Any Hitchcock fan has no doubt looked carefully while watching one of his movies in order to spot his infamous cameos. Hitchcock’s earlier cameos are especially hard to catch, and so Youtube user Morgan T. Rhys put together this video compiling every cameo Alfred Hitchcock ever made.

Hitchcock made a total of 39 self-referential cameos in his films over a 50 year period. Four of his films featured two cameo appearances (The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog UK), Suspicion, Rope, and Under Capricorn). Two recurring themes featured Hitchcock carrying a musical instrument, and using public transportation.

The films are as follows:

The Lodger (1927), Easy Virtue (1928), Blackmail (1929),Murder! (1930), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The 39 Steps (1935),Sabotage (1936), Young and Innocent (1937), The Lady Vanishes (1938), Rebecca(1940), Foreign Correspondent (1940), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941), Suspicion (1941),Saboteur (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Lifeboat (1944), Spellbound (1945),Notorious (1946), The Paradine Case (1947), Rope (1948), Under Capricorn (1949),Stage Fright (1950), Strangers on a Train
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Road Games: rewatching classic Australian films

Combining a festering sense of dread with sassy, Tarantino-esque dialogue, this Hitchcockian outback thriller has lost none of its menace

Alfred Hitchcock had many appreciators and imitators, but few directors could legitimately claim to being a true "student" or "scholar" of the master of suspense. Australian filmmaker Richard Franklin was a rare exception.

Franklins first in-person interaction with Hitchcock literally took place in a school. In the late 1960s, Hitch as if to reinforce his reputation for twists and surprises unexpectedly took up an offer extended by the young film aficionado to speak to students at the University of Southern California. Franklin would visit the set of two Hitchcock films (1968s Topaz and 1976s Family Plot) and in 1983 direct the underappreciated Psycho II, returning Anthony Perkins as a much older Norman Bates.

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'Psych' holiday gift guide: '100 Clues' floorplan, Alfred Hitchcock and more

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Holiday shopping season is upon us and if you're like us, you are always looking for fun suggestions for loved ones. For the special "Psych" fan in your life, here are some recommendations from Zap2it. Meanwhile, don't forget to tune into "Psych: The Musical" on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on USA. It's going to be epic.

Gifts under $50

"Psych: The Musical" ($16.99): Pre-order the musical event of the season. It's available starting Dec. 17.

"100 Clues" floorplan T-shirt ($26.99): We're striving to find more off-the-beaten-path gifts for TV fans in these gift guides, but there are a few gems at the official USA store and this is one of them. It's a T-shirt that features the floor plan of the mansion in the "Clue" send-up episode (pictured above, left).

Pineapple necklace ($24.95): Likewise, the official "Psych" jewelry is pretty cool. There's a neat charm bracelet and some earrings,
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New on Video: Late Hitchcock – ‘Frenzy’ and ‘Family Plot’


Written by Anthony Shaffer

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

UK, 1972

Family Plot

Written by Ernest Lehman

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

USA, 1976

There are some who opt for Alfred Hitchcock’s British years as his finest, taking into account his earliest silent features through Jamaica Inn in 1939. On the other hand, many regard the peak years in America as the Master of Suspense’s finest era, with films from Rebecca in 1940 to Marnie in 1964. Both have valid points to make and there are unquestionably several great works during each phase of the filmmaker’s career. Few, however, would rank Hitchcock’s final four films among his best. In a way, this is unfair, their lowly stature no doubt due to the masterworks that preceded them; with the films Hitchcock made before, the bar was set unassailably high. Taken apart from the imposing excellence of these earlier classics, these concluding films are solid movies.
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The City of Films Super Happy Christmas Gift Guide

It’s that holiday season again, although if you didn’t know it you’d think it had started right after Halloween…Wrong! Wait for the gosh forsaken month people. Folks in my neighbourhood had their Christmas lights up in early November and I know someone else who had their tree up around the same time! It’s madness I tells ya, madness.

Anyway, we here at City of Films want to do our part to help out. Perhaps you’re acquainted with some lovers of cinema, maybe you’re dating or married to one. Whatever the relationship may be, sometimes it’s hard to figure out just what to get them. So in a first Ever coming together of all the contributing members of The City of Films…we present…The City of Films Super Happy Christmas Gift Guide!

We’ve each chosen a handful of items that we would want for Christmas,
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The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock – review

Curve, Leicester

Rudkin's darkly riveting play brilliantly demonstrates the way Hitchcock's art is the key to his life

Plays and films about the private life of Alfred Hitchcock are a growth industry. But David Rudkin can justly claim to have got there with first with an award-winning 1993 radio play with an Eliotesque title. Out of that has emerged this reconceived stage piece, commissioned by New Perspectives, which turns out to be a darkly riveting study of a film-maker who turned what his wife terms his "crazy inner life" into public entertainment.

Rudkin uses an adventurous form to explore the dreams and desires of a Hitch ("I have no cock," he Freudianly quips) who is imprisoned in his director's chair. As the pudgy auteur pursues an archetypal Hitchcock situation in which a man silently tracks an unknown woman, he is invaded by memories. We see glimpses of the mother who
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Alfred Hitchcock: Ranking His Movies From Worst To Best

Ranking Alfred Hitchcock’s famous movies from Best to Worst is always going to be a highly controversial endeavour. His filmography is so vast and he has many many popular pictures – not just the big ones like Vertigo and Rear Window, but he has cult followings for films such as Rope, Marnie and Life Boat. It is an impossible task to satisfy all of his fans.

I have tried in this feature to represent a wide range of Hitchcock pictures from his oeuvre. I have not ranked them according to my personal preference, but to a preference that I think will satisfy the majority of his fans. I have also decided to keep it to just ten movies.

It has not been an easy task and I doubt that it will please everyone but you can add your comments and dissent into the box below.

10. Topaz (1969)

Topaz is based on

Guest Blog: Celebrate Alfred Hitchcock Day with Stephen Rebello on 6 Great Reasons Why Hitchcock Is Still the Master of Suspense

Everyone celebrates President's Day, Valentine's Day, and the sort, but it's the cool kids who know that tomorrow, March 12th, is National Alfred Hitchcock Day!

Need a reminder why Alfred Hitchcock is still the legendary master of suspense? Read on!

Hitchcock, the recent film starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, was based on Stephen Rebello’s bestselling book, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. We asked Stephen to write something special for Hitchcock Day, and he came up with “6 Great Reasons Why Hitchcock Is Still the Master of Suspense.”

6 Great Reasons Why Hitchcock Is Still the Master of Suspense

Psycho. Vertigo. North by Northwest. The Birds. If Alfred Hitchcock had directed nothing more than that astonishing quartet, he’d still be considered the maestro of creating nail-biting suspense, romantic intrigue, and unforgettable thrills. But that incredible run of movies, released in theaters from 1958 to 1963, represents only a drop in the bloody bucket of Hitchcock’s masterworks,
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10 films that began filming without a finished script

Top 10 Ryan Lambie Feb 13, 2013

From classic noir thrillers to modern special effects blockbusters, we look at 10 movies that began production without a finished script...

"We started the film without a script, without a cast and without a shark," was how Richard Dreyfuss famously summed up the nightmarish production of Jaws, whose last-minute rewrites, technical hitches and sinking boats almost halted Steven Spielberg's career before it had even begun.

Incredibly, Jaws was defined rather than destroyed by its arduous shoot. The presence of the murderous shark was implied through editing and music rather than excessive effects shots, while the absence of a finished script for much of the movie resulted in some of Jaws' most memorable lines - "We're gonna need a bigger boat", Quint's bloodcurdling Indianapolis speech - were either improvised or partly written by the actors themselves.

As this article aims to demonstrate, starting a film production
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