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You Can Now Watch YouTube TV On Mozilla Firefox

YouTube TV is now available on Mozilla Firefox -- marking the first time that the live cable service can be consumed on a web browser other than Google's Chrome.

YouTube TV’s gradual exodus from the Google ecosystem was first spotted yesterday morning by Your Tech Explained, and subsequently confirmed on the YouTube TV help page. That said, these are the only two browsers on which YouTube TV can be consumed via desktops to date. While Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, Microsoft Edge and other users are currently out of luck, YouTube says that it is currently “working to bring YouTube TV to more browsers in the future.”

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March 20th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The ’Burbs Collector’s Edition, The Church, Rockula

March 20th’s horror and sci-fi home media releases are an eclectic bunch, Shout Select’s Collector’s Edition of The ’Burbs and the new Blu-ray of Michele Soavi's The Church leading the pack. Arrow Video has put together a stunning release of Robert Altman’s Images that fans will definitely want to pick up, and for those of you who enjoy the work of Takashi Miike, Well Go USA has put together a remastered edition of Ichi the Killer that you’ll want to nab as well.

Kino Lorber has resurrected Offerings on Blu-ray, and Scream Factory has a pair of cult classics—Rockula and Nightmare at Noon—that are also enjoying a brand new HD overhaul as well. Other notable releases for March 20th include Delirium, Caged, Still/Born and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (which I’d call something of a family fantasy/adventure hybrid, so
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March 13th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Shape Of Water, Suspiria 4K Restoration, The Ambulance (1990)

March’s genre-related home entertainment releases just keep getting better with each passing week, as we have more than 20 different Blu-ray and DVD offerings coming our way this Tuesday. Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-nominated masterpiece The Shape of Water arrives on various formats, and for those who didn’t get a chance to nab the Steelbook Edition, Synapse is putting out a standard Blu-ray release of Dario Argento’s Suspiria that is absolutely worth every single penny.

As far as other more recent titles, look for Are We Not Cats, Justice League, Children of the Corn: Runaway and Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies this week, and all you cult film fans out there should be sure to check out Scream Factory’s new Blu for The Ambulance, The Church from Scorpion Releasing, as well as a trio of under-appreciated gems from George A. Romero—There’s Always Vanilla, The Crazies,
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Blu-ray Review: Dario Argento’s Opera

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It’s hard for me to even admit that Dario Argento’s Opera had been a major blind spot of mine for far too long, but I’m thankful for the recent Blu-ray release of the film, courtesy of both Scorpion Releasing and Doppelganger Releasing, as it made this cinematic discovery feel like a true work of art befitting of the Horror Maestro’s stunning and wholly unique vision, confidently displaying this slice of giallo madness from 1987. And as you can probably tell, after just one viewing, I’m 110 percent a fan of Opera now and still cannot believe it took me this long to see this wildly weird masterpiece.

For anyone who hasn’t seen Opera, I’ll do my best not to spoil the abundance of intriguing revelations that happen throughout the movie. The simplified version of the film’s core story follows an ingénue soprano named Betty
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Opera’

Doppelgänger Releasing teams up with Scorpion Releasing (and Code Red, in some fashion – more on that below) to release the standard Blu-Ray release (again, more on that below) of Dario Argento’s Opera. This is the first of out of the three films Doppelgänger & Scorpion will be putting out in the next couple of months for Argento and Soavi fans, with Soavi’s The Sect & The Church to follow, so let’s take a look at this release.

The Movie

Depending on who you talk to, Opera is often considered director Dario Argento’s “swan song”. Other films that may be considered his “swan song” could be Trauma or The Stendhal Syndrome but for me, I feel Opera is Argento’s last grandiose film with some great set pieces.

When a famed opera singer of a new, ambitious production of Verdi’s Macbeth is involved in an accident that requires
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January 23rd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Dario Argento’s Opera, Jigsaw, Dance MacAbre

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January 23rd doesn’t feature a ton of new genre titles making their way to Blu-ray and DVD, but there are a few films that cult film fans should definitely get excited for, including newly remastered versions of Dario Argento’s Opera and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, and the Director’s Cut of Red Krokodil. Several recent movies are also coming home too, including Jigsaw, The Killing of A Sacred Deer and Geostrom, and Paramount has put together 4K releases of both Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane as well.

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: Special Edition (Mvd Rewind Collection, Blu/DVD Combo)

UFOs! Bigfoot! Communists! The government has swiftly dealt with many a crisis... But can it survive the diabolical Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes? Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the supermarket, you're face to face with terror so bold, so frightening it
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Dario Argento Presents ‘The Sect’ is Hitting Blu-Ray Next Month

With Opera hitting the streets on Blu-Ray on the 23rd of this month, Doppelganger Releasing and Scorpion Releasing are continuing their Argento-involved Blu-Ray releases with Michele Soavi’s The Sect. Soavi was an assistant with Argento, he was a second unit director on Opera in addition to working with Argento on Phenonema and Tenebrae, before moving on to direct Cemetery Man. Read onward for the details on when you can get The Sect on Blu-Ray.

From The Press Release:

Doppelgänger Releasing and Scorpion Releasing continue their ongoing series of lustrous restored editions of the films of legendary Italian horror auteur Dario Argento with the release of The Sect, the 1991 chiller about an American schoolteacher in Germany who is terrorized by a murderous Satanic cult that is plotting to plunge the world into darkness.

Co-produced and co-written by Dario Argento and directed by Argento protégé Michele Soavi, The Sect makes its
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Blu-ray Review – Phenomena: Limited Edition (1985)

Phenomena, 1985.

Directed by Dario Argento.

Starring Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Daria Nicolodi, Patrick Bauchau, Fiore Argento, Federica Mastroianni, and Michele Soavi.

Synopsis:

A teenage girl with telepathic abilities moves to a Swiss boarding school and uses her gift to communicate with insects in order to solve a spate of murders.

If something is worth doing then it is worth doing more than once, and so Italian horror maestro Dario Argento begins another movie with a young woman arriving at an exclusive school in a foreign country just as strange events begin to occur. 1977 saw this approach set up Argento’s spooky masterpiece Suspiria and he used it again in 1985 for Phenomena (a.k.a. Creepers in the Us) as actor’s daughter Jennifer (Jennifer ConnellyLabyrinth) arrives at a very expensive Swiss boarding school during a troubled time for the locals as a killer is on the loose. However, the
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The Definitive Foreign Language Horror Films: 30-21

What is it about foreign horror films that makes them more interesting than so many English language horror films? You would have to think that the language barrier makes it more terrifying; people screaming is already difficult, but speaking a language you don’t understand can only make it worse. So, why are the remakes typically so bad? On this portion of the list, we are treated to a few of the more upsetting films in the canon – one movie I wouldn’t wish for anyone to see, a few that blazed the trail for many more, and one that I would elevate above the horror genre into its own little super-genre.

30. Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)

English Title: A Tale of Two Sisters

Directed by: Kim Ji-woon

Another excellent Korean horror film America had to remake to lesser results. 2003’s A Tale of Two Sisters is just one of many film adaptations of the folktale,
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200 Greatest Horror Films (130-121)

Special Mention: Misery

Directed by Rob Reiner

Screenplay by William Goldman

1990, USA

Genre: Thriller

Elevated by standout performances from James Caan and Kathy Bates, Misery remains one of the best Stephen King adaptations to date. Director Rob Reiner is clearly more interested in the dark humour and humanity than the gory detail in King’s novel, but make no mistake about it, Misery is a tough watch soaked in sharp dialogue, a brooding atmosphere, and disturbing bodily harm inflicted on James Caan by sweet old Kathy Bates. I can still feel his pain.

129. Black Sabbath (Three Faces of Fear)

Mario Bava and Salvatore Billitteri

Written by Ennio De Concini and Mario Serandrei

Italy 1960 / Italy 1963

Genre: Horror Anthology

Not to be confused with Black Sunday, Black Sabbath is a horror anthology composed of three atmospheric tales. “The Drop of Water” concerns a nurse who steals a ring off a corpse, only
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The Definitive Foreign Language Horror Films: 30-21

What is it about foreign horror films that makes them more interesting than so many English language horror films? You would have to think that the language barrier makes it more terrifying; people screaming is already difficult, but speaking a language you don’t understand can only make it worse. So, why are the remakes typically so bad? On this portion of the list, we are treated to a few of the more upsetting films in the canon – one movie I wouldn’t wish for anyone to see, a few that blazed the trail for many more, and one that I would elevate above the horror genre into its own little super-genre.

30. Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)

English Title: A Tale of Two Sisters

Directed by: Kim Ji-woon

Another excellent Korean horror film America had to remake to lesser results. 2003′s A Tale of Two Sisters is just one of many film adaptations of the folktale,
See full article at SoundOnSight »

Jim Mickle interview: Cold In July, thrillers, Argento

We talk to director Jim Mickle about his latest film Cold In July, the secret of suspense and his influences, from the Coens to Argento...

Interview

Where Hollywood appears to have largely abandoned the thriller genre in favour of ever bigger action adventures and sequels, indie filmmakers have stepped in to fill the breach. Earlier this year saw the release of Jeremy Saulnier's quirky low-budget genre piece Blue Ruin - a satisfyingly grisly thriller with a great everyman performance from Macon Blair.

This Friday sees the UK release of Cold In July, the latest film from director Jim Mickle. It stars Dexter's Michael C Hall as Richard, an ordinary family man thrown into a wild and unpredictable criminal underworld after shooting a mysterious intruder in his living room one night.

Adapted from Joe Landsdale's novel of the same name, Cold In July initially slips into the southern neo-noir subgenre,
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31 Days of Horror: 100 Greatest Horror Films: Top 75

Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.

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Special Mention:

Häxan

Directed by Benjamin Christensen

Denmark / Sweden, 1922

Häxan (a.k.a The Witches or Witchcraft Through The Ages) is a 1922 silent documentary about the history of witchcraft,
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100 + Greatest Horror Movies (pt.3) 100-76

Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.

As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. It was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried and eventually gave up.

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Special Mention: Gremlins

Directed by Joe Dante

Written by Chris Columbus

1984, USA

Gremlins gets a special mention because I’ve always considered it more of a comedy and a wholesome Christmas flick than an actual horror film. This tribute the 1950s matinee genre stands the test of time from a time when parents would take their children to family films that pushed the boundaries of the MPAA. Joe Dante is
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Greatest Horror Movies Ever Made: Part 6: Best (Italian) Giallo Films

The term “giallo” initially referred to cheap yellow paperbacks (printed American mysteries from writers such as Agatha Christie), that were distributed in post-fascist Italy. Applied to cinema, the genre is comprised of equal parts early pulp thrillers, mystery novels, with a willingness to gleefully explore onscreen sex and violence in provocative, innovative ways. Giallos are strikingly different from American crime films: they value style and plot over characterization, and tend towards unapologetic displays of violence, sexual content, and taboo exploration. The genre is known for stylistic excess, characterized by unnatural yet intriguing lighting techniques, convoluted plots, red herrings, extended murder sequences, excessive bloodletting, stylish camerawork and unusual musical arrangements. Amidst the ‘creative kill’ set-pieces are thematic undercurrents along with a whodunit element, usually some sort of twist ending. Here is my list of the best giallo films – made strictly by Italian directors, so don’t expect Black Swan, Amer or
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What to Buy this Week: DVD and Blu-ray releases for May 2nd

It’s another jam-packed week of DVD and Blu-ray releases, here’s the rundown of what’s available to buy from today, May 2nd 2011.

The Green Hornet (DVD/Blu-ray)

Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is a slacker by day, party animal by night… until he finds a serious career that’s seriously cool: crime-fighting action hero. As the Green Hornet, he teams up with gadget wiz and martial arts master Kato (Jay Chou) to take down La’s underworld. Even Britt’s assistant Lenore (Cameron Diaz), doesn’t suspect this mismatched pair is the masked duo busting the city’s toughest thugs led by Chudnofsky (Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz, 2010, Supporting Actor, Inglourious Basterds). With style, swagger and an arsenal of awesome gear, the Green Hornet and Kato are doing justice their way, making every mission a mix of over-the-top action and outrageous comedy. Review.

Tekken (DVD)

The year is 2039. World
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Arrow Video Set To Release Dario Argento “Neo Giallo Collection”

Dario Argento’s later forays into the lurid world of the giallo is being released on DVD by Arrow Video on 2nd May under the title of Neo Giallo Collection. So if you want to revisit the likes of Terror At The Opera, Sleepless, The Stendhal Syndrome and The Card Player, this collection of “neo-giallo” is for you.

The Stendhal Syndrome, in particular, is one of the master’s most underrated features. Below is the full press release along with all the extra features on each disc. A very cool bunch of films indeed.

“Sit back, relax and prepare to be thrilled, frightened and horrified by the four latter day Dario Argento classics contained within The Neo-Giallo Collection.

Baroque excess and eyelid piercing horror spill from the screen in Opera, Argento’s gory love song to the classical stage, when a young singer is stalked by a homicidal maniac,
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Five Essential... Films of Dario Argento

Dominic O'Brien selects his Five Essential Films of Dario Argento

Although he has fallen from grace somewhat recently, during the 70s and 80s Dario Argento was the master of suspense and mystery. During this time he managed to craft some of the finest pieces of Italian giallo and genre films. Still, to this day his films are as genuinely eye popping and disturbingly beautiful as they where when first released. These films are respected by both critics and fans alike, and his influence on future filmmakers is evident even now. As the years passed his genre films quickly became more rock n’ roll, particularly with his frequent collaborator - composer Claudio Simonetti - though he never managed to maintain the highs he had all those years previously. With that in mind, I present the essential Dario Argento...

5. Inferno (1980)

An often over looked film, Argento once again strays into the supernatural
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Opera Gets Dimensionalised In Carmen 3D – Here’s The Trailer

The only opera I’ve ever seen was Dario Argento’s 1987 classic. That was called Opera, or Terror At The Opera, depending where you live. Actually, that’s not quite correct. I did see Benoit Jacquot’s version of Tosca back in 2002.

Any-hoo, Carmen, Bizet’s famous opera, is coming to UK screens from 5th March to wow us all in 3D. So along with the awesome singing, sets and costumes you’ll be treated to the spectacle in a dimensionalised format. Check out the trailer, which isn’t in 3D, and if you fancy a bit of culture and the experience of opera in 3D. Could this cinematic experiment unleash other such ventures? West End musicals in 3D anybody? Go and see it and check out the official website for showing times, etc, etc: www.Carmen3D.com

Synopsis:

Georges Bizet’s Carmen has been captivating audiences since its
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[Update] Video Home Invasion Arrow Films Argento Giveaway!!

[Rodney reminded me that I should give you guys a heads up that the Argento giveaway ends tonight!  Get your entries in, this is a great prize!  Also, look out for another Arrow Video prize pack tonight!]

In addition to being one of the coolest home video labels out there, Arrow Video are also totally generous!  In the introduction to my Arrow Video column last week, I hinted that Arrow Video promised me some giveaways.  Well, they have delivered better than I had even imagined!  In the next week or so I will be giving away one copy of every single title in the Arrow Video collection!  That is a ton!  I thought that to get it started, we should drop a big package on one lucky reader!

For today's giveaway, one reader will get a prize pack with one copy each of Arrow Video's DVDs of Sleepless, Terror at the Opera, Two Evil Eyes, The Stendhal Syndrome, and The Card Player; in addition that reader will get a copy of their brand new Blu-ray edition of Inferno!  That's a whole stack of Argento!  Anyone is eligible,
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