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Covering Film & Video
Tuesday Oct 18, 2011 30:00 PM ET
Pirates Of The Caribbean Part 4 kicks off a busy week of new DVD and Blu-ray releases.
Tuesday Oct 11, 2011 50:00 PM ET
Terrence Malick's latest hits home video this week, along with superheroes, horrible bosses, talking animals, and some hilarious British comedies.
Tuesday Oct 4, 2011 35:00 PM ET
Modern classics dominate this week's new Blu-ray releases, running the gamut from Disney to Tarantino.
Tuesday Sep 27, 2011 40:00 PM ET
A big week at the video store includes the debut of Carlos, a massive Ben-Hur box set, the return of Transformers and Anna Nicole Smith: The Opera!
Thursday Sep 22, 2011 05:00 PM ET
It’s a commonly held belief that when it comes to the Academy Awards, comedies get no respect. There’s an element of truth to that. When it comes to Best Picture, comedies are infrequently nominated and almost never win.
Tuesday Sep 20, 2011 50:00 PM ET
It’s a lackluster week at the video store. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially considering all the big releases we’ve had recently. If you’re a DVD collector, your wallet could probably use the break. Still, there are a handful of interesting titles this week that you may find worth a rental.
Monday Sep 19, 2011 35:00 PM ET
Back in July, Netflix announced they would be splitting up their streaming and DVD rental plans. If you wanted to keep one or the other, you’d end up saving money. But if you, like so many others, had come to enjoy both options, your monthly subscription would be increasing. A lot. A whole lot.
Friday Sep 16, 2011 20:00 PM ET
The first time I saw any footage from Ben-Hur was at a repertory theatre in Sacramento. All at once, I understood the meaning of the word “epic”.
Wednesday Sep 14, 2011 00:00 PM ET
Never before available on DVD, 1991: The Year Punk Broke resurfaces for its 20th anniversary with almost an hour of new extra features.
Saturday Sep 10, 2011 20:00 PM ET
When a movie becomes a phenomenon, it's almost impossible for the Academy to ignore. That was certainly the case back in 1977 when Star Wars crashed Hollywood's biggest night.
Thursday Sep 8, 2011 00:00 AM ET
When the nominations for the 73rd Academy Awards were announced, it was by no means a sure thing that Steven Soderbergh would pull off his double-nod hat trick. Only one nomination was really a lock and that was Julia Roberts for Best Actress.
Tuesday Sep 6, 2011 25:00 PM ET
Two Brian De Palma classics lead a packed week of new DVD and Blu-ray releases.
Thursday Sep 1, 2011 40:00 AM ET
While Soderbergh continues his long goodbye from the film business and with one of his (possibly) last films, Contagion, premiering September 9, it seems like a good time to look back at arguably his finest year, 2000.
Tuesday Aug 30, 2011 00:00 PM ET
Four classics from Joel and Ethan Coen lead this week's new releases.
Wednesday Aug 24, 2011 25:00 PM ET
If I were forced to pick just one movie from 1975 as my favorite, it would have to be Robert Altman’s Nashville. It aims high, weaving 24 characters into a beautiful tapestry that forms a microcosm of America, and hits the mark.
Wednesday Aug 24, 2011 00:00 AM ET
A look at what's new in home video for the week of August 23.
Wednesday Aug 17, 2011 45:00 PM ET
After the success of 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968, Stanley Kubrick turned his complete attention to a mammoth epic based on the life of Napoleon. In his notes, he modestly claimed it would be “the best movie ever made”.
Tuesday Aug 16, 2011 20:00 PM ET
A look at what's arriving on DVD and Blu-ray August 16.
Saturday Aug 13, 2011 15:00 AM ET
Here’s a surprise. Earlier today, Harry Knowles at Ain’t It Cool News revealed that Kino International will be bringing Giorgio Moroder’s 1984 presentation of Metropolis to Blu-ray and DVD later this year.
Thursday Aug 11, 2011 00:00 AM ET
When Sidney Lumet died this past April, there was a sense among the online film community that this filmmaker had never quite received the recognition he deserved.
Tuesday Aug 9, 2011 25:00 PM ET
I know, I know. The very idea of sitting through another superhero movie makes you want to swear off cinema forever. Well, to paraphrase the wisdom of Sylvester Stallone, if superhero movies are the disease, my Pick of the Week is the cure.
Friday Aug 5, 2011 35:00 PM ET
Image Entertainment has set Terry Gilliam’s The Fisher King for Blu-ray release on November 8. But the fact that Sony has licensed it to Image means the Blu-ray isn’t likely to have any bonus material whatsoever.
Tuesday Aug 2, 2011 50:00 PM ET
Arnold Schwarzenegger leads the New to Blu horde with high-def reissues of Conan The Barbarian and Conan The Destroyer from Universal, just in time for the 3D theatrical remake.
Monday Aug 1, 2011 35:00 PM ET
Jaws was never supposed to be an Oscar nominated film. In fact, during the tumultuous making of the movie, many doubted it would even be watchable.
Wednesday Jul 27, 2011 35:00 PM ET
Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown will arrive in high-def on October 4.
Tuesday Jul 26, 2011 20:00 PM ET
Any week that sees John Landis’s 1980 classic The Blues Brothers arrive on BD is a good one in my book.
Monday Jul 25, 2011 00:06 PM ET
Comic-Con remains a one-of-a-kind experience, bringing fans and creators together to celebrate the things they’re passionate about.
Tuesday Jul 19, 2011 30:00 PM ET
It’s another light week of new DVD and Blu-ray releases but my Pick of the Week is not to be missed.
Monday Jul 18, 2011 35:00 PM ET
Only one movie based on a comic book, comic strip or graphic novel has ever been nominated for Best Picture and you need to go all the way back to 1931 to find it.
Wednesday Jul 13, 2011 10:00 PM ET
If you’re one of the over 23 million people who subscribe to Netflix, get ready to pay more to keep those little red envelopes coming.
Tuesday Jul 12, 2011 25:00 PM ET
I don’t often spotlight new movies as my Pick of the Week but then again, not many new movies are as delightfully odd as Gore Verbinski’s animated western Rango.
Monday Jul 11, 2011 10:00 PM ET
When the Academy opened the door to more Best Picture nominees, did A Serious Man sneak in or did it earn its invitation?
Tuesday Jul 5, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Due to the July Fourth holiday, most of the studios are giving themselves a breather this week when it comes to new DVD and Blu-ray releases. But there are still a few good reasons to head out to your local video store.
Wednesday Jun 29, 2011 05:00 PM ET
The British Film Institute's DVD and Blu-ray work offers a tantalizing selection of UK films unavailable on disc in the US.
Tuesday Jun 28, 2011 30:00 PM ET
A look at this week's new releases on DVD and Blu-ray, including the Extended Versions of The Lord Of The Rings.
Monday Jun 27, 2011 20:00 PM ET
There's no business like show business. Just ask the people who work in the motion picture industry.
Tuesday Jun 21, 2011 15:00 PM ET
Some strong new movies are hitting DVD and Blu-ray today but I've got to go vintage for my Pick of the Week.
Tuesday Jun 21, 2011 05:00 AM ET
Did the members of the Academy see the word Godfather on their ballots and just vote for it out of habit? Or is the film worthy of its accolades and deserving of a reevaluation?
Sunday Jun 19, 2011 30:00 AM ET
If you're a classic movie fan, you've had to be extremely patient for some of your favorites to reach Blu-ray. Fortunately, the studios are finally beginning to catch up.
Thursday Jun 16, 2011 15:00 PM ET
Five years may not seem like a long time but in the volatile home entertainment industry, it's enough to qualify you as a survivor, especially if you're an upstart independent. Severin Films, one of the leading distributors of cult cinema on DVD and Blu-ray, celebrates its fifth anniversary this week and heartfelt congratulations are in order.
Wednesday Jun 15, 2011 45:00 PM ET
The Criterion Collection announced their September release slate today. The lineup doesn't have any big surprises but it's still a solid list of great films.
Tuesday Jun 14, 2011 40:00 PM ET
While this isn't the most exciting week of new video releases, any New Release Tuesday that includes two new additions to The Criterion Collection can't be all bad.
Tuesday Jun 14, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Pop quiz, hotshot. Which movie was the biggest loser in Oscar history, winning none of the multiple awards it was nominated for? If you answered The Color Purple, you're only half right.
Friday Jun 10, 2011 05:00 PM ET
Let's close out the week with a look at some of the biggest and best DVD and Blu-ray announcements from the past seven days. For me, the most exciting news is that 20th Century Fox and MGM will be releasing...
Thursday Jun 9, 2011 20:00 PM ET
I was talking with my friend Bill Hunt from The Digital Bits the other day and the subject of Blu-ray 3D came up. We're occasionally asked what we think about this upstart new format. The honest answer is we don't...
Thursday Jun 9, 2011 00:00 AM ET
The titles, never before available on DVD, have a decidedly macho bent this time out, tying in with a Father's Day promotion.
Tuesday Jun 7, 2011 24:32 PM ET
There are a whole lot of goodies hitting home video this week. So much, in fact, that I've got two Picks of the Week: one new release and one cult classic.
Monday Jun 6, 2011 45:00 PM ET
If it can be difficult to remember who won the Academy Award for Best Picture, it's downright mindbending trying to remember everything else it was up against. In An Honor To Be Nominated, I'll be taking a look back at some of the movies the Oscar didn't go to and trying to determine if they were robbed, if the Academy got it right, or if they should ever have been nominated in the first place.
Wednesday Jun 1, 2011 00:00 PM ET
When you think film preservation, your first thought is most likely classic feature films like Lawrence Of Arabia. While it's certainly important to preserve great works of art for future generations, that's really only part of the goal of film...
Tuesday May 31, 2011 40:00 PM ET
It's a busy week at the video store with several long-awaited classics making their Blu-ray debuts. My pick of the week is Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time In The West, new on Blu from Paramount. Paramount has lagged behind...
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