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Covering Music, Movies, Interviews
Thursday Apr 24, 2014 45:00 PM ET
Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern embark on a wild journey in this road movie written and directed by David Lynch. Boasts full-tilt craziness from Willem Dafoe as Bobby Peru.
Thursday Apr 24, 2014 15:00 PM ET
The double-LP Miles Davis At Fillmore has been expanded to four discs, presenting the complete June 17-20, 1970 concerts in their entirety (more than doubling the original's length).
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 25:00 AM ET
A tangent-filled, uninspired tale of a Life magazine worker searching for a missing frame of film during the publication's final days in print. Produced and directed by Ben Stiller, who stars as the title character.
Sunday Apr 20, 2014 50:00 PM ET
Ellen Burstyn and Heather Graham were either well-paid or hard-up for work (or both) to sign up for this Lifetime Original Movie.
Sunday Apr 20, 2014 10:00 AM ET
Walter Wanger-produced, Don Siegel-directed prison drama from 1954 still packs some potency. Matthew Bernstein's excellent commentary helps put it into proper context for modern viewers.
Thursday Apr 17, 2014 55:00 PM ET
Deeply disturbing, this detective story plays out largely in a psychiatrist's office. Richard Burton is the doctor and Peter Firth is his patient. Both men are seriously troubled.
Wednesday Apr 16, 2014 40:00 PM ET
The addition of Danny Glover helps elevate Danny Trejo's "other" franchise, barely. Part three is already in production, but Trejo fans would most likely prefer a third Machete film.
Monday Apr 14, 2014 10:00 PM ET
Based on Pat Conroy's memoir The Water is Wide, this 1974 obscurity is a terrifically entertaining entry in the inspirational-teacher subgenre.
Friday Apr 11, 2014 10:00 PM ET
Great performances by Sally Field and Ron Leibman keep Martin Ritt's rabble-rouser well worth watching.
Wednesday Apr 9, 2014 30:00 PM ET
It's hard to deny the technical virtuosity on display in this second installment of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, nor the financial wisdom of stretching the slim novel into three parts.
Wednesday Apr 9, 2014 55:00 PM ET
It's kind of fun seeing Stallone and De Niro spoof their onscreen boxing legacies, but this comedy is uneven at best.
Wednesday Apr 9, 2014 05:00 AM ET
Queen's May and musical theatre star Ellis team up for a low key but eclectic set list that is surprisingly effective.
Tuesday Apr 8, 2014 50:00 AM ET
One of the most underrated and overlooked films of 2013, this supernatural action flick should be approached with an open mind.
Monday Apr 7, 2014 00:00 AM ET
These 19-year-old twin sisters have a passion for the music of The Beatles and the '60s in general, one which they share on their newest album.
Thursday Apr 3, 2014 20:00 PM ET
The fifth go-round for Tinker Bell and her fairy friends, this time centered on a renegade alchemist fairy named Zarina and her "friend," one James Hook.
Thursday Apr 3, 2014 10:00 AM ET
The real-life story of Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen at the dawn of the drag racing industry - one winner will receive the Blu-ray.
Tuesday Apr 1, 2014 25:00 PM ET
A double-feature that upgrades two previously available DVD releases to Blu-ray with lossless audio. An examination of Reed's first classic album is paired with a blistering, late-career concert.
Sunday Mar 30, 2014 30:00 PM ET
Remade in 2005 by the Farrelly brothers as a Jimmy Fallon/Drew Barrymore vehicle, this is the Nick Hornby-scripted original.
Sunday Mar 30, 2014 15:00 AM ET
A remastered edition of Elvis' Grammy-winning 1974 homecoming show, with a Richmond show (taped 48 hours prior as a "test run") included on a second disc.
Saturday Mar 29, 2014 20:00 PM ET
A hit in 1974, this Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges buddy flick remains hugely entertaining. Michael Cimino's directorial debut.
Wednesday Mar 26, 2014 45:00 PM ET
Sickly sweet and criminally unfunny, this sperm donor comedy (a remake of a 2011 Canadian hit) was a deserved bomb.
Tuesday Mar 25, 2014 15:00 PM ET
Though it lasted only eight episodes, this 2009 series has amassed a considerable cult following and now makes its U.S. DVD debut.
Monday Mar 24, 2014 35:00 AM ET
Taking to the road for the first time in 42 years, the photographer/performer/songwriter will share stories and pictures from throughout his life. The UK tour begins March 29, with dates scheduled through June.
Thursday Mar 20, 2014 40:00 AM ET
Long before he led The A-Team, George Peppard earned his pilot's license and did some flying in this 1966 World War I epic about a man determined to earn the highest commendation.
Wednesday Mar 19, 2014 15:00 PM ET
Young star Sophie Nelisse carries this gentle tale of life in Nazi Germany as Liesel, a girl who discovers the joys of literacy and embraces the written word as a form of escape and enlightenment.
Tuesday Mar 18, 2014 10:00 PM ET
Nominated for five Academy Awards, this 1965 epic tells the story of Michelangelo's four-year struggle to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Sunday Mar 16, 2014 35:00 PM ET
Often misremembered as a direct-to-video title, the further adventures of Mowgli and Baloo (which play out a lot like the original 1967 adventure, to be honest) received a wide theatrical release in 2003.
Sunday Mar 16, 2014 10:00 PM ET
This 2004 direct-to-video feature serves up an Easter-fied version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Rabbit and Roo take center stage.
Sunday Mar 16, 2014 10:00 AM ET
What it lacks in narrative focus, it makes up for in terms of realistically drawn characters. The primary cast, led by Christian Bale, is in fine form.
Saturday Mar 15, 2014 30:00 PM ET
Five lucky winners will receive this exciting Aussie thriller on Blu-ray, courtesy of Cohen Media Group. Enter by March 31.
Saturday Mar 15, 2014 50:00 PM ET
Part of the late-'80s Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera debuts on DVD as a ten-episode collection.
Friday Mar 14, 2014 40:00 PM ET
A billion dollars worth of box office worldwide can't be wrong, can it? Disney's 53rd entry in the Animated Classics series is tuneful entertainment with eye-popping visuals and great voice acting.
Thursday Mar 13, 2014 45:00 AM ET
An 80-minute look at the making of The Who's classic rock opera, supplemented by a half-hour German TV broadcast from 1969.
Tuesday Mar 11, 2014 05:00 PM ET
An unflinching telling of the true story of a free man, Solomon Northup, who was kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery. Winner of the 2013 Academy Award for Best Picture.
Monday Mar 10, 2014 20:00 PM ET
This biopic of popular pianist Eddy Duchin was a smash hit in 1956 and received four Academy Award nominations. It makes its Blu-ray debut.
Friday Mar 7, 2014 35:00 PM ET
Highly derivative but effectively-paced, this sci-fi horror flick is atmospheric and boasts convincing visual effects.
Friday Mar 7, 2014 10:00 AM ET
The March 17 gala fundraiser will feature performances by many metal greats, plus preview the brand new Dio tribute album, This Is Your Life.
Wednesday Mar 5, 2014 20:00 AM ET
Woody Allen got a chance to flex his acting muscles in a movie he didn't write or direct in 1976 with this seriocomic look at the Hollywood blacklist directed by Martin Ritt.
Monday Mar 3, 2014 35:00 PM ET
Directed by Roman Polanski, this 1979 film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Adapted from the 1891 novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles.
Saturday Mar 1, 2014 50:00 PM ET
Given that the 1980s were such an artistically fertile period for Woody Allen, how is it that this misfire has wound up so acclaimed?
Thursday Feb 27, 2014 10:00 AM ET
Two lucky winners will receive this new Penelope Cruz drama, courtesy of eOne Home Video. Enter by March 14.
Thursday Feb 27, 2014 25:00 AM ET
A variety of formats allows fans to choose The Hobbit edition that suits them best, with a Blu-ray 3D Limited Collector's Edition for the most dedicated.
Friday Feb 21, 2014 35:00 AM ET
A thrilling display of equestrian and acrobatic arts, augmented by captivating music and high-tech presentation, the show is in the Seattle area for four weeks before moving on.
Thursday Feb 20, 2014 10:00 AM ET
The tension in the story and nuances in the performances survive the transition from the big screen to the home theater system. A rock solid A/V presentation helps to make this release essential.
Sunday Feb 16, 2014 30:00 PM ET
Sordid, seedy, and sickening, this visually arresting but utterly outré Shakespeare adaptation was Broadway director Julie Taymor's debut film.
Saturday Feb 15, 2014 55:00 PM ET
They're the classic Scooby-Doo characters you know and love, only puppets instead of cartoons. This one is aimed at the youngest Scooby fans.
Friday Feb 14, 2014 55:00 AM ET
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up for this prison break film that boasts an impressive supporting cast, including Jim Caviezel, Amy Ryan, Sam Neill, and Vincent D'Onofrio.
Tuesday Feb 11, 2014 25:00 AM ET
Courtesy of eOne, three will win Diana on DVD, the new biopic starring Naomi Watts as Princess Diana. Enter by February 25.
Monday Feb 10, 2014 25:00 PM ET
Mix a little bit of Indiana Jones with a touch of Harry Potter, add a dash of Alex Rider, and you wind up with this Mariah Mundi adaptation.
Monday Feb 10, 2014 10:00 PM ET
A brand-new, Cinderella-inspired addition to Disney Junior's Micky Mouse Clubhouse series. There's even a bonus "popup castle playset" included with the package.
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