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Monday, September 29, 2014

DON'T BLINK -- DVD review by porfle



We're pretty much at the point now where a lot of movies in this particular genre don't even really require a set-up--it's just understood that there's a group of young stereotypes traveling to a remote location for the weekend (usually in order to "par-tay!"), and when they get there something bad will happen to them which will get progressively more terrifying, and they won't be able to escape. Or use their cell phones.

In writer-director Travis Oates' feature debut, DON'T BLINK (2014)--a title which conveniently serves as its own tagline--the bad thing is that everyone at the exquisitely rustic lodge this group of people have just arrived at, including all staff, guests, etc., seems to have mysteriously vanished. And then one by one, over the course of a long, arduous, and very eerie night, they themselves start to come up missing.

The only thing that keeps these movies from being clones of each other is how they're handled after the cookie-cutter setup, be they of a supernatural bent or more in the stalker-slasher vein. (See our recent reviews, for example, of DEATH DO US PART, ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE, THE BLACK WATERS OF ECHO'S POND, and the genre spoof HYSTERICAL PSYCHO.)


The usual personality types are on hand here, with variations of the usual interpersonal relationships. One of them, Noah (David de Lautour), who is the new boyfriend of Ella (Fiona Gubelmann), who is the old girlfriend of Jack (Brian Austin Green, CHROMESKULL: LAID TO REST 2, "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles"), is the possible red-herring bad guy (a staple in these flicks) because he acts weird and nobody else knows him.

There's also Claire, the studious one with "final girl" potential (Joanne Kelly, "Warehouse 13"); Charlotte, the babe whose loose morals mask hidden insecurities (Samantha Jacobs); a nerd or two (I kind of lost track, to be honest); Jack's current love Tracy, played by Mena Suvari (AMERICAN BEAUTY, AMERICAN PIE); and, perhaps most interestingly, Zack Ward, the guy most of us remember as "Scut Farkus" in A CHRISTMAS STORY. He's well-cast as Alex, the loose cannon who becomes a danger to himself and others when panic starts to set in. (Robert Picardo of THE HOWLING and "Star Trek: Voyager" makes a very brief appearance.)

The cast members acquit themselves well enough at first although increasing demands on their dramatic abilities become a bit of a strain on some. Director Oates manages this atmospheric "Twilight Zone" type of material capably and the inexplicable disappearances are handled with a fair amount of suspense and spookiness.


What's ultimately bothersome about the script is that, as things veer closer toward the supernatural, it becomes more and more likely that we're going to be left hanging at the end, without a hint of what the hell's going on. I'm not asking for blueprints or diagrams or anything, but, heck, it's easy to gradually make a story as baffling and irrational as the writer wants it to be as long as he isn't planning on ever explaining anything anyway.

The DVD from Vertical Entertainment is in widescreen with Dolby 5.1 and 2.0 sound and subtitles in English. Extras consist of a trailer and instructions on how to obtain a digital copy of the film.

What does distinguish DON'T BLINK for me comes down to two things--one, the characters, dialogue, and situations aren't nearly as childishly dumb as in many movies of this type, and two, there's a strong, deliberate sense of mystery and suspense that kept me right with it for pretty much the whole running time. It's too bad that at its disappointingly inconclusive ending, the movie itself almost blinks out of existence.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

GHOST IN THE SHELL 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION -- Blu-ray review by porfle




Visually stunning and thematically complex, 1995's intensely cinematic GHOST IN THE SHELL (Anchor Bay, 25th Anniversary Edition) is the kind of dazzling, "hard" sci-fi that doesn't hit the screen very often, and when it does it's often in the form of anime.

While obviously influenced by such films as BLADE RUNNER and that other anime classic AKIRA, GHOST has its own style and ambience that are often mesmerizing. After a pre-titles action sequence that's like something out of a futuristic Bond movie, the main titles show our young heroine, Major Motoko Kusanagi, during the laboratory creation of her cybernetic body in a womblike pool of chemicals.

She then rises naked from it as a sort of placental crust cracks off her body, while Kenji Kawai's ethereal musical score begins to weave its web. And thus we're given a preview of the mind-expanding artistic potential the film will go on to almost effortlessly fulfill.


As with a lot of serious anime, the overly-complicated and sometimes hard to follow plot is mainly a springboard for wildly imaginative, often impressionistic flights of artistic fancy along with some thought-provoking ideas. Set in 2029, the story concerns two secret government agencies whose conflicting agendas will clash in potentially devastating ways.

Major Kusanagi of the Internal Bureau of Investigations is tasked to track down a mysterious villain known as the Puppet Master, a kind of sentient computer virus who can infiltrate the mind of any human whose cyber-enhanced brain is hooked into the system, taking over their will and giving them false memories.

Major Kusanagi is aided in her mission by a hulking, gray-haired mentor named Batou and brawny but easygoing Togusa, who all take part in a frentic chase scene early on which explores just how imaginatively this medium can be used in depicting bullet-riddled vehicular mayhem with the power to thrill in ways that live-action films rarely can. (THE MATRIX and THE FIFTH ELEMENT, on which this film is a distinct influence, come close.)


As the secrets behind the Puppet Master unfold (which I can't reveal without spoiling some of the film's most compelling surprises), GHOST IN THE SHELL offers a seemingly endless procession of eye-pleasing and mind-expanding sci-fi sights, sounds, and concepts. Every once in a while, there's a montage of images that the viewer gets lost in, or a deep, intimate conversation about mortality that can only be engaged in by a couple of cyborgs whose consciousness resides within cybernetic brains.

Kusanagi is particularly contemplative regarding identity since both her body and brain are almost entirely synthetic. Is she even human at all anymore? And since she's connected to the 'net like any other computer, her mind is vulnerable to being hacked by the Puppet Master at any time--if it hasn't been already.

How does she know her memories are real, or that what's she is experiencing at present is really happening? Her potential invasion and subjugation by an unseen force is one of the film's major dramatic concerns, which will eventually lead to an ending which, while somewhat unexpectedly low-key, is intellectually stimulating to say the least.


Directed by Mamoru Oshii (AVALON, ASSAULT GIRLS), the visuals are the work of animators from Production I.G. (BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE, KAIDOHMARU, KILL BILL). The story is based upon Masamune Shirow's original manga. While I usually prefer straight cel animation to a cel-CGI mixture, the digital stuff is used sparingly--mainly for computer readouts and such--and the overall effect is just so eye-pleasing and finely-rendered that it's visually irresistible.

The Blu-ray disc from Anchor Bay and Starz is in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen with Dolby 5.1 English and 2.0 Japanese audio and English subtitles. The disc is barebones with no bonus features. The disc case contains an illustrated booklet with a Mamoru Oshii interview and two essays, "The World of Ghost in the Shell" and "The Impact of Ghost in the Shell."

Not a children's "cartoon" by any means (it, as they say, "contains violence, nudity, and adult themes"), GHOST IN THE SHELL lavishes the viewer with moments of beauty and contemplation which explore the emotional limits of animation while also generating explosive, edge-of-your-seat action. Like all really good science-fiction, it's both visceral and sublime.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

HBO Home Entertainment Announces "The Sopranos": The Complete Series



Only six weeks left until The Sopranos: The Complete Series! Many of HBO's award-winning dramas are heralded for their groundbreaking stories and transformative performances from all-star ensemble casts, and an upcoming release from HBO Home Entertainment represents one of the network's most important contributions to the world of television.

When The Sopranos debuted in 1999, its story of a modern-day mob boss juggling responsibilities between his family and his other "family" was like nothing that TV critics and viewers had ever seen. The series went on to win more than 20 Emmy® Awards throughout its run, including wins for its legendary cast members including James Gandolfini, Edie Falco and Michael Imperioli. This fall, fans and newcomers alike will have the opportunity to see the show like never before when The Sopranos: The Complete Series comes to Blu-ray with Digital HD for the first time. The box set includes 28 Blu-ray discs, a Digital HD copy of all 86 episodes, and more than five hours of bonus materials, including a brand new exclusive feature utilizing interviews with cast, crew, filmmakers and academics to explore how The Sopranos transformed the television landscape. The Sopranos: The Complete Series Blu-ray with Digital HD ($279.99) will be in stores November 4, 2014 - and will be at the top of any TV aficionado's holiday wish list.




"The greatest work of American pop culture of the past quarter century" - The New York Times

THE SOPRANOS®: THE COMPLETE SERIES

BLU-RAYTM WITH DIGITAL HD

Collectible Box Set Featuring All Six Seasons of the Groundbreaking Series Available for the First Time on Blu-rayTM with Digital HD November 4, 2014

Just in Time for Holiday Gift Giving

Complete Series Blu-ray Set is Packed with More Than Five Hours of Bonus Content, Including a Never-Before-Seen Feature Exploring the Legacy and Impact of the Game-Changing Series


New York, NY (September 23, 2014) - Fifteen years after making its revolutionary debut and radically altering the TV landscape, fans of the legendary HBO® series The Sopranos can now experience the show like never before. This fall, all 86 episodes of the beloved Emmy®-, Golden Globe®- and Peabody Award-winning series are available for the first time in a Blu-ray with Digital HD collector set in 1080p high definition. With 28 Blu-ray discs packaged in an elegant box set featuring iconic artwork from the series, The Sopranos: The Complete Series Blu-ray ($279.98) is an essential addition to any home entertainment collection. Featuring all six seasons plus bonus materials, this must-have set will be out in stores exclusively from HBO Home Entertainment on November 4, 2014 - just in time for the holidays.

Blu-ray with Digital HD Set Special Features

The Sopranos: The Complete Series Blu-ray comes with a free Digital HD copy of all 86 episodes, and the set is also loaded with more than five hours of bonus material including a new and exclusive feature exploring how The Sopranos came to be and how it transformed the television landscape. "Defining a Television Landmark," which runs approximately 45 minutes, features all-new interviews with cast, crew, celebrities, filmmakers and academics -- including series creator David Chase, star James Gandolfini, Academy Award® winning director Steven Soderbergh, Emmy® Award winner Jeff Daniels and Golden Globe winner Steve Buscemi -- discussing the impact and influence of the groundbreaking series, with brand new archival footage. Additional bonus material includes lost scenes, two round table dinners with cast and crew, 25 audio commentaries and much more.

The Sopranos: The Complete Series

Exclusively on Blu-ray with Digital HD
Street Date: November 4, 2014 November 4, 2014
Rating: TV MA
Runtime: Approx. 83 Hours
Price: $279.98

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"In Search of Ancient Mysteries" -- Sci-fi Documentary on DVD Oct. 28 from Film Chest



Film Chest Media Group Proudly Presents
"In Search of Ancient Mysteries"

Narrated by The Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling, An Exploration of the Primitive World & Possible Extraterrestrial Visitors

Available on DVD Oct. 28th

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Oct. 1, 2014 — For Immediate Release — Take an in-depth look at Earth’s early inhabitants in In Search of Ancient Mysteries, entering our galaxy on DVD Oct. 28 from Film Chest Media Group.

This popular, made-for-television documentary, hosted by science fiction icon Rod Serling, explores unexplained mysteries of the ancient world and possible connections to aliens. Scientists and scholars analyze strange findings in statues, cave paintings and writings which suggest that people of the distant past may have been more sophisticated than previously thought … and may have been in contact with aliens or some other advanced civilization.

The success of this documentary led to the popular, long-running television series In Search Of … (1976-1982), hosted by Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek). A must-have for all sci-fi fans, mystery enthusiasts, scientific devotees and history buffs.

In Search of Ancient Mysteries is presented in full screen with an aspect ratio of 4 x 3 and original sound.

About Film Chest:
Founded in 2001, Film Chest offers high-quality content for a wide variety of production and distribution needs, boasting one of the world’s largest libraries (10,000+ hours) of classicfeature films, television, foreign imports, documentaries, special interest and audio—much ofit restored and digitized in HD. Headquartered in Bridgeport, Conn., with offices in New York City, the company also produces and distributes collector’s DVD sets for its American Pop Classics, CULTRA and HD Cinema Classics labels. Visit us online: www.filmchestmediagroup.com

In Search of Ancient Mysteries
Film Chest
Genree: Sci-fi/Documentary
Original Release: 1973 (Color)
Not Rated
Format: DVD
Running Time: Approx. 53 Minutes
Suggested Retail Price: $11.98
Pre-Order Date: September 30, 2014
Street Date: October 28, 2014
Catalog #: FC-508
UPC Code: #874757050898

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"Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection" Celebrates the Visionary Filmmaker December 2



STANLEY KUBRICK: THE MASTERPIECE COLLECTION BLU-RAY™

10 Discs, 8 Films, 2 New Documentaries, New Hardcover Photo Book

Also Includes 3 Previously Released Documentaries

Burbank, Calif., September 23, 2014 -- The late director Stanley Kubrick had a special relationship with Warner Bros. Because of this relationship, Christiane Kubrick invited and provided the studio full access to Kubrick’s home, film props, personal cameras, film equipment, production facilities and personal insight to this great director.

To mark this momentous occasion, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) will release Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection on December 2. The 10-disc Blu-ray™ set ($199.99 SRP) includes eight Kubrick classics as well as the newly-produced documentary: Kubrick Remembered which captures intimate moments in Stanley Kubrick’s very personal life, two new-to-Blu-ray documentaries: Stanley Kubrick In Focus and Once Upon a Time…’A Clockwork Orange’ plus three additional documentaries: Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures, and O’ Lucky Malcolm! Also included will be a new 78-page hardcover photo book using film archive photographs.

Films in the collection will be Lolita (1962), Dr. Strangelove (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975), The Shining (1980), Full Metal Jacket (1987) and Eyes Wide Shut (1999). Kubrick Remembered offers a new look into the Kubrick archives, with special appearances by the director’s wife, Christiane Kubrick, as well as never-seen footage of Stanley’s works, his house and his film production facilities. Stanley Kubrick In Focus presents such directors as Steven Spielberg, Steven Soderbergh, Oliver Stone, William Friedkin and Martin Scorsese relating how Kubrick’s directorial style influenced them.



About Stanley Kubrick
 
Recognized as one of the most accomplished, innovative, and influential directors in film history, Stanley Kubrick was a perfectionist who maintained complete artistic control and privacy during the shooting, and even the subsequent marketing of his movies. Many of Kubrick’s acclaimed works were received as controversial and provocative, yet still regarded as brilliant and visionary. Kubrick’s films earned 19 Oscar® nominations including three for Best Picture (Dr. Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange and Barry Lyndon) and four for Directing (Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange and Barry Lyndon). In 1960, Kubrick’s Spartacus won four Oscars® (Actor in a Supporting Role, Art Direction, Cinematography and Costume Design). In 1968 Kubrick won the Oscar® for Special Visual Effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Kubrick was born in 1928 in New York City and grew up in the Bronx where his father was a physician. At 13, Kubrick became interested in photography and began to teach himself the craft. In 1945, prior to his high school graduation, Kubrick did a photo essay of a news vendor with his papers heralding the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Look selected one of the photographs for the closing of their series on the death of the president. Shortly thereafter, Look hired him as an apprentice, and within six months, at age 17, Kubrick became one of the magazine’s youngest-ever staff photographers.

After creating a photo essay on boxer Walter Cartier, Kubrick directed an impressive, gritty short documentary, Day of the Fight (1950), based on his pictorial for the magazine. Kubrick then made two more documentaries and a short feature about a fictitious war (Fear and Desire). Two low-budget crime thrillers followed -- Killer’s Kiss and The Killing then Kubrick cemented his reputation with his first major studio film, the powerful antiwar movie Paths of Glory.

Kubrick immigrated to England in 1961, where he found more autonomy and greater control as a filmmaker. Kubrick died peacefully at his home in England on March 7, 1999. He is survived by his wife, Christiane, and three daughters and has left the cinema with an enduring legacy.



About the Films in the Collection
Lolita (1962)
 
Humbert (James Mason), a divorced British professor of French literature, travels to small-town America for a teaching position. He allows himself to be swept into a relationship with Charlotte Haze, his widowed and sexually famished landlady, whom he marries in order that he might pursue the woman's 14-year-old flirtatious daughter, Lolita, with whom he has fallen hopelessly in love, but whose affections shall be thwarted by a devious trickster named Clare Quilty.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Released by Columbia Pictures, the cold war satire is a chilling dark comedy about a psychotic Air Force General unleashing an ingenious, foolproof and irrevocable scheme sending bombers to attack Russia, as the U.S. President works with the Soviet premier in a desperate effort to save the world. The film stars Peter Sellers, in multiple roles, as well as George C. Scott and Sterling Hayden.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
 
Kubrick’s dazzling Academy Award®-winning achievement (Special Visual Effects) is an allegorical puzzle on the evolution of man and a compelling drama of man vs. machine. Featuring a stunning meld of music and motion, the film was also Oscar®-nominated for Best Director, Art Direction and Writing. The director (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke) first visits the prehistoric age-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted space, perhaps even into immortality.

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Causing major controversy when first released, the film garnered four Academy Award® nominations Best Picture, Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Screenplay. The film also introduced into popular culture the concept of "ultra-violence," as singing, tap-dancing, derby-topped hooligan Alex (Malcolm McDowell) has a "good time" at the tragic expense of others. His journey from amoral punk to brainwashed proper citizen and back again forms the dynamic arc of Kubrick’s future-shock vision of Anthony Burgess’ novel.

Barry Lyndon (1975)
 
Redmond Barry (Ryan O’Neal) is a young, roguish Irishman who's determined, in any way, to make a life for himself as a wealthy nobleman. Enlisting in the British Army and fighting in Europe’s Seven Years War, Barry deserts, then joins the Prussian army, gets promoted to the rank of a spy, and becomes a pupil to a Chevalier and con artist/gambler. Barry then lies, dupes, duels and seduces his way up the social ladder, entering into a lustful but loveless marriage to a wealthy countess named Lady Lyndon (Marisa Berenson). He takes the name of Barry Lyndon, settles in England with wealth and power beyond his wildest dreams, before eventually falling into ruin.

The Shining (1980)
 
From a script he co-adapted from the Stephen King novel, Kubrick melds vivid performances, menacing settings, dreamlike tracking shots and shock after shock into a milestone of the macabre. The Shining is the director’s epic tale of a man in a snowbound hotel descending into murderous delusions. In a signature role, Jack Nicholson ("Heeeere’s Johnny!") stars as Jack Torrance, who’s come to the elegant, isolated Overlook Hotel as off-season caretaker with his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son (Danny Lloyd).

Full Metal Jacket (1987)
 
A superb ensemble falls in for Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant saga about the Vietnam War and the dehumanizing process that turns people into trained killers. The scathing indictment of a film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. ‘Joker’ (Matthew Modine), ‘Animal Mother’ (Adam Baldwin), ‘Gomer’ (Vincent D’Onofrio), ‘Eightball’ (Dorian Harewood) and ‘Cowboy’ (Arliss Howard) are some of the Marine recruits experiencing boot-camp hell under the punishing command of the foul-mouthed Sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermy). The action is savage, the story unsparing, and the dialogue is spiked with scathing humor.

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
 
Kubrick’s daring and controversial last film is a bracing psychosexual journey through a haunting dreamscape, a riveting suspense tale and a career milestone for stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Cruise plays a doctor who plunges into an erotic foray that threatens his marriage and may ensnare him in a murder mystery after his wife’s (Kidman) admission of sexual longings. As the story sweeps from doubt and fear to self-discovery and reconciliation, Kubrick orchestrates it with masterful flourishes. His graceful tracking shots, rich colors and startling images are some of the bravura traits that show Kubrick as a filmmaker for the ages.


About the Documentaries:

· Kubrick Remembered NEW
A new look into the Kubrick archives, with special appearances by Christiane Kubrick. Featuring never-seen footage of Stanley’s works, his house and his film production facilities.


· Stanley Kubrick In Focus NEW to Blu-ray
Spielberg, Soderbergh, Stone, Friedkin, Scorsese and others tell how Kubrick’s directorial style influenced them and how his unique style was developed


· Once Upon a Time…A Clockwork Orange NEW to the U.S.

Co-written by critic Michel Ciment and featuring interviews with a psychologist and a sociologist, Once Upon a Time…‘A Clockwork Orange’ is a wonderfully unusual cine-documentary that focuses more on the titular movie’s historical context and philosophy than on its production and reception. The documentary benefits from archival audio commentary by the late Stanley Kubrick, who offers his rationale for making the controversial, devilishly prescient proto-punk cult classic: "Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven."

· Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures
Kubrick’s career comes into sharp focus in this compelling documentary narrated by Tom Cruise. Fascinating footage glimpses Kubrick in his early years, at work on film sets and at home, augmented by candid commentary from collaborators, colleagues and family. Produced and directed by Jan Harlan, the brother of Christiane Kubrick, Stanley Kubrick's widow.

· O’Lucky Malcolm!
A documentary about the life and career of actor Malcolm McDowell, produced and directed by Jan Harlan and edited by Katia de Vidas.





Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection (BD)
  
Street Date: December 2, 2014

Order Due Date: October 28, 2014

Pricing: $199.99 SRP

Catalog #/1000449528UPC # 883929392254

Note: All enhanced content and premiums listed above are subject to change.

Academy Awards® and Oscar® are both registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Blu-ray Disc™ and Blu-ray™ and the logos are the trademarks of Blu-ray Disc Association.

Warner Home Video Blu-ray Discs™ offer resolution six times higher than standard definition DVDs, as well as extraordinarily vibrant contrast and color and beautifully crisp sound. The format also provides a higher level of interactivity, with instant access to extra features via a seamless menu bar where viewers can enjoy features without leaving or interrupting the film.




About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.
 Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through WBShop.com and WBUltra.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Presents Five New "Diamond Luxe" Editions Dec. 9



WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
INTRODUCES DIAMOND LUXE EDITIONS DEC. 9

WBHE to offer new films in sleek premium Blu-ray™ packaging

·The Green Mile 15th Anniversary Edition
·Natural Born Killers 20th Anniversary Edition
·Forrest Gump 20th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition
·Gremlins: 30th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition
·Ben-Hur: Two-Disc Blu-ray with Bonus Special Features Disc

 
Burbank, Calif., June 20, 2014 – On December 9, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) will launch its new Diamond Luxe Editions – special new releases that will be offered in sleek and elegant collector-style packaging.

The releases selected to introduce the packaging will be two-disc sets of anniversary editions, alternate cuts and other signature titles – all of which will boast new or outstanding vintage bonus features.


 
The first group of Diamond Luxe Edition titles includes anniversary editions of The Green Mile, Gremlins, Natural Born Killers and Forrest Gump. Ben-Hur will also be offered in a new Two-Disc Blu-ray™ edition. All are available for $24.98 SRP.

Diamond Luxe Editions represent state-of-the art-design, intended to communicate sophistication, class and value. They are an homage to the company’s iconic film catalog and designed to encourage collectability - a boon to home libraries everywhere.

The striking functional design is more sleek and durable than traditional Blu-ray packaging. As pictured below, a super-slim case, only ½" ‘thin’ when completely closed, features an eye-catching photographic image and title treatment. The case opens into a two-fold with two additional impactful images and then again into four panels with a powerful panoramic photo and two slots for the discs…all folding neatly for easy storage. Click here for illustrated animation.

Noted Jeff Baker, WBHE’s Theatrical Catalog EVP & GM, "While mainstream home entertainment packaged media may have peaked, there still is a substantial audience of movie enthusiasts for many titles from our theatrical library, the largest of any studio. These consumers demand not only extra features but also packaging that’s aesthetically pleasing and durable. We are looking forward in the future to judiciously releasing films utilizing this new and innovative packaging."

WBHE, a trend setter with 13 consecutive years as the industry’s market share leader, is known for its award-winning packaging designs (most recently, it won The Hollywood Reporter ‘s 2013 Grand Key Art Award for Harry Potter Wizards Collection). The studio expects this new design to further solidify its key market segment of Blu-ray catalog sell-through, anticipating the attractive yet practical packaging will create a new brand identity and make a special impression with movie enthusiasts and collectors.

Blu-ray Disc™ and Blu-ray™ and the logos are the trademarks of Blu-ray Disc Association.

Warner Home Video Blu-ray Discs™ offer resolution six times higher than standard definition DVDs, as well as extraordinarily vibrant contrast and color and beautifully crisp sound. The format also provides a higher level of interactivity, with instant access to extra features via a seamless menu bar where viewers can enjoy features without leaving or interrupting the film.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through WBShop.com and WBUltra.

Stream rare and hard-to-find movies and TV shows at Warner Archive Instant; purchase discs at Warner Archive Collection. Even more at www.wbshop.com or www.wbultra.com

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

HALLOWEEN COMPLETE COLLECTION "Michael Myers Alumni Reunion" Signing at Dark Delicacies on Tuesday Sept. 23



HALLOWEEN Films Reunion at
Dark Delicacies Bookstore in Burbank!!!

 18 “Michael Myers Alumni” Gather to Celebrate September 23rd Release
of Mammoth 15-Disc HALLOWEEN COMPLETE COLLECTION Blu-ray Set
from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory

 
WHAT:       Eighteen actors and creative artists, spanning the entire 35 year history of the iconic Halloween film franchise, will descend upon Burbank’s famed gothic retailer Dark Delicacies to sign copies of Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory’s massive 15-disc HALLOWEEN Complete Collection Blu-ray set. Come see a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of on-screen and behind-the-scenes graduates from the “Michael Myers Film School of Survival!”

 
WHEN:      Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014, 7:30pm
                                     
WHERE:    Dark Delicacies Bookstore
                   3512 W. Magnolia Blvd.
                   Burbank, CA 91505
                   818-556-6660
                  
GUESTS:  PJ Soles, Halloween (“Lynda Vanderklok”)
                   Raymond O’Connor, Halloween 4 (“Security Guard”)
                   Tom Morga, Halloween 4
                   Erik Preston, Halloween 4 (“Young Michael Myers”)
                   Kathleen Kinmont. Halloween 4, (“Kelly Meeker”)
                   Matthew Walker, Halloween 5 (“Spitz”)
                   Frankie Como, Halloween 5 (“Deputy Nick Ross”)
                   Daniel Farrands, Halloween 6, Writer
                   JC Brandy, Halloween 6, (“Jamie”)
                   Jeffrey Landman, Halloween 6, (“Billy Hill”)
                   Daisy McCrackin, Halloween Resurrection
                   Brad Hardin, Halloween 6 and Halloween H20, Special FX Make-up
                   Adam Hann-Byrd, Halloween H20 (“Charles Deveraux”)
                   Chris Durand, Halloween H20, (“Michael Myers”)
                   Donna Keegan Avery, Halloween H20, Stunt Double JLC
                   Gary Glayton, Halloween Resurrection (“Young Michael”)
                   Caroline Williams, Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2
                   Alan Howarth – Composer for 5 Halloween films
                   Sean Clark – Documentary

NOTE:  In response to queries regarding the Dark Delicacies event on Tuesday, September 23rd, the signing was originally confined to customers who pre-ordered the HALLOWEEN COMPLETE COLLECTION in advance of the event. HOWEVER, due to unprecedented demand, Dark Delicacies will have a SMALL amount of copies available for walk-ins the day of the event. Please know this quantity is EXTREMELY limited, and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis on Tuesday, September 23rd starting at 4pm PT.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Suspense-Thriller "DON’T BLINK" on DVD Oct. 14




VERTICAL ENTERTAINMENT Proudly Presents
 
Don’t Blink

You Might Be Next …
 
Gripping, Suspense-Thriller on DVD Oct. 14th

 
LOS ANGELES Oct. 1, 2014  A group of friends looking for a relaxing, weekend getaway get anything but in Don’t Blink, available on DVD Oct. 14 from Vertical Entertainment.
In this gripping suspense-thriller, 10 friends head to a remote mountain resort for a quiet, much-needed, weekend getaway. But upon their arrival, the rustic lodge is more than just sleepy … it’s apparently deserted.

Food is served … baths are drawn … and signs of guests are everywhere. Eerily silent, not even a bird chirping or a fly buzzing can be heard. But with no gas, cell service or phone to be found, the anxious group is left wondering what to do next.
When one of their own suddenly vanishes seemingly in front of their eyes terror grips them. Miles from the nearest town, tensions run high and loyalties falter as others abruptly, and inexplicably, go missing.

Desperately seeking salvation, the survivors realize, Don’t Blink or you might be next …

Starring Mena Suvari (American Reunion, American Pie 1 & 2, American Beauty), Brian Austin Green (Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Domino), Joanne Kelly (Warehouse 13, Diamonds), Fiona Gubelmann (FX’s Wilfred, Blades of Glory, Employee of the Month), Zack Ward (Transformers, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Almost Famous), David de Lautour (DmC: Devil Man Cry), Leif Gantvoort (The Amazing Spider-Man), Curtiss Frisle (Terri), Emelie O'Hara (Josephine and the Roach, Stained Glass Window, Undocumented) and Samantha Jacober (First Winter).

Don’t Blink is presented in widescreen with an aspect ratio of 16 x 9 (2.40) and 5.1 digital surround sound.

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Based in Santa Monica, Calif., Vertical Entertainment was founded in 2013 by entertainment industry veterans Rich Goldberg and Mitch Budin and has quickly become a notable force in indie film distribution for theatrical, television, DVD, VOD and digital platforms. With a focus on family fare and theatrical genre films with A-list casts in the $5-10 million budget range, the company plans to release up to 24 films a year. High-profile titles acquired to date include The Hot Flashes, starring Brooke Shields, Wanda Sykes, Virginia Madsen, Daryl Hannah, and Camryn Manheim; Scenic Route, starring Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler; Rushlights with Josh Henderson, Beau Bridges and Aidan Quinn; the animated Freedom Force, voiced by Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christopher Lloyd; and the 3-D animated film The Snow Queen, based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and produced by Timur Bekmambetov.

Don’t Blink
Vertical Entertainment
Genre: Thriller
Not Rated
Format: DVD
Running Time: Approx. 92 Minutes
Suggested Retail Price: $20.99
DVD Pre-Order Date: September 16, 2014
DVD Street Date: October 14, 2014
Catalog #: 03478
UPC Code: #037117034789

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

SPARTACUS: THE COMPLETE SERIES -- Blu-ray review by porfle


 
 
"This show is what you get when you cross a riveting, exquisitely-produced story with a meat grinder." That's how I described the first season DVD set ("Blood and Sand") of the shockingly graphic, richly dramatic, and blazingly entertaining Starz series "Spartacus", with subsequent sets ("Gods of the Arena", "Vengeance", and "War of the Damned") matching if not surpassing it with each hypnotically watchable episode.


If you're new to the series, or have missed parts of it along the way, fear not. Anchor Bay and Starz have collected the entire sweeping saga in the 13-disc box set SPARTACUS: THE COMPLETE SERIES (available in either DVD or Blu-ray+Digital HD with Ultraviolet™) containing all 39 episodes and original bonus features plus an extra all-new bonus disc. And if you're like me, this just might become your brand new stranded-on-a-desert-island pick of the week, month--maybe even year.


Those with even a passing knowledge of the historical account and/or the Stanley Kubrick film will be familiar with the story of Spartacus, a free man cast into slavery by the Romans circa 73 B.C. and forced to fight in the gladiatorial arena until at last he led a slave revolt whose growing legions, for a short while anyway, threatened to conquer Rome itself.





While hailed by the arena's bloodthirsty spectators as its greatest and most heroic gladiator of all, Spartacus' growing horror at the mistreatment and oppression of his fellow slaves, coupled with an overwhelming lust to avenge his beloved wife's death at Roman hands, finally drives him and his followers into all-out war at the mind-boggling climax of "Blood and Sand."

But first we get to see our hero's constant struggle to survive one harrowing fight for life after another against a never-ending procession of the deadliest foes ever to wield swords and shields. And the clashes continue even in the gladiators' off-time as well, as Spartacus must coexist not only with brave allies like Varro (Jai Courtney) and harsh but noble trainer Doctore (Peter Mensah, 300), but with such bitter rivals as super-warrior Crixus (Manu Bennett)--whose aid he'll desperately court when the time comes to revolt--and various others who wish his downfall either through fair competition or more devious means.

When it comes to deviousness, however, none can match that of the spoiled, entitled Roman elite who enjoy lives of leisure and idle intrigue while using their slaves as either beasts of burden or objects of sexual and sadistic gratification. Of these, most entertaining are John Hannah (THE MUMMY) as gladiator master Batiatus and his scheming wife Lucretia, played to perfection by "Xena: Warrior Princess" herself, Lucy Lawless.



Joining them in the delightfully dark and sinister goings-on of the Roman upper class is Viva Bianca (SCORNED) as vain, condescending Ilithyia, wife of super soldier Gaius Claudius Glaber (Craig Parker), who will one day be charged with defeating Spartacus in battle. Ilithyia proves a vile young seductress who feigns friendship while forever plotting against Lucretia and Batiatus to improve her social status.

At times, the lengths to which these characters will go (perhaps "stoop" would be a better word) to outwit each other are dazzlingly perverse, as are many of their diversions. "Spartacus" is rife with more steamy softcore sex than a whole month's worth of "Cinemax After Dark", and whether you fancy the male or female form in all its unfettered glory, you're sure to get more than an eyeful with each episode. Careful, though--several of these sexual couplings have not-so-happy endings.

What impresses most about this series, however, are the battle scenes--perhaps the goriest and most graphically violent ever filmed, and without a doubt some of the most exciting. No horror film ever boasted this level of carnage--heads roll, limbs are severed, blood fills the air--all done with a combination of practical and computer effects that match the semi-unreal green-screen ambience of the series as a whole (which I find appealing in its own way).



Both arena and battlefield fights are a blend of styles from such films as 300, THE MATRIX, and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, using lots of bullet-time shots and super-slo-mo tableaux that resemble splash pages from exquisitely-drawn comic books. All of which is of feature-film quality and keeps us entertained on a purely visceral level while also moving the plot relentlessly forward.

With star Andy Whitfield sidelined by illness (which, to every fan's great sorrow, the likable and talented actor would not survive), the producers chose the prequel path as a follow-up to season one. "Gods of the Arena" concentrates on the gladiator business with John Hannah and Lucy Lawless coming to the fore to enact some of their characters' most outlandish dealings in both the gladiatorial and social arenas.

Again, arena action dominates all else as we get to see not only the origin of Crixus, but the introduction of a new gladiator hero known as Gannicus (Dustin Clare), a devil-may-care fighter with the insouciant air of a rock star. At first superficial, Gannicus will eventually reveal a depth that makes him and his story both fascinating and moving. Getting to know Crixus better also enriches his backstory, enhancing his later relationships with Spartacus and others. The "Star Wars" saga's own "Jango Fett", Temuera Morrison, appears as Batiatus' head gladiator-trainer.



In elevating his status in Roman society, John Hannah's Batiatus proves so cunning, willful, and prone to sudden bursts of extreme violence that his plotlines often have the feel of a Mario Puzo underworld thriller from an earlier time. Lucy Lawless' Lucretia, of course, is involved in equally calculating pursuits of her own. Both will be taken aback when Batiatus' domineering father returns from exile to take over the family gladiator business from his errant son. As in season one, the storylines all come together to end in jarring fashion that will leave viewers breathless.

The third series, "Vengeance" (officially referred to as "season two", with "Gods of the Arena" being considered a separate miniseries), introduces Liam McIntyre in place of the late Andy Whitfield as Spartacus. The change is jarring at first, to be sure, but give him time--eventually McIntyre will make the role his own. We finally get to rejoin the slave revolt already in progress, with Spartacus' army increasing in number with each Roman household they lay waste to and each group of slaves that they liberate.

Cynthia Addai-Robinson replaces Lesley-Ann Brandt as Naevia, former "body slave" to Lucretia who is now the love of Crixus' life. In time, Naevia will become a fierce warrior herself and fight alongside Crixus and the others as Addai-Robinson, like McIntyre, grows into the character.
 


Ilithyia returns in a surprising new storyline, as does her husband Gaius Claudius Glaber, who leads the Roman forces against Spartacus and finds the slave army and its leader--who is fast becoming a living legend to both slave and Roman alike--more formidable than he dared imagine.

It all leads up to the final season, "War of the Damned", in which the series reaches a level of visual spectacle and dramatic intensity that serves as a fitting climax to the saga. Battlefield action rivals that of RETURN OF THE KING, with each blood-drenched clash topping the last in a fury of blunt and bladed weapons thudding and slicing their way through oceans of writhing combatants.

The title character now fully belongs to Liam McIntyre, who plays the role with a conviction and depth much improved over the previous season. Manu Bennett's Crixus and Dustin Clare's Gannicus are also far more rounded characters who add to the series' dramatic tension as well as continuing to provide some of its most thrilling battle action.
 


One ambitious plotline involves the conquering of an entire city as a home for Spartacus' forces, which will prove as hard to hold as it is to manage when a brash young Gaius Julius Caesar (Todd Lasance, who recalls Brad Pitt in TROY) infiltrates their ranks and leads a devastating attack from within.

But Spartacus has an even greater new foe, perhaps his most fearsome of all, in the brilliant military leader Crassus (an outstanding Simon Merrells, THE WOLFMAN), a vastly wealthy man who, after being implored by a beleaguered Roman senate, purchases an army of 10,000 men with his own money and leads them into battle against the rebels.

While ruthless and unyielding, Crassus proves a more interesting antagonist than the usual "boo-hiss" villain in that he respects Spartacus as both man and warrior, and displays emotional depth in his dealings with an ambitious but incompetent son, Tiberius (Christian Antidormi), and a beautiful slave woman, Kore (Jenna Lind), whom he loves over his own wife.



The usual liberal doses of softcore porn are depicted with the same matter-of-fact frankness as the battle scenes. The latter are, as always, rendered with the utmost imagination and visual creativity. Often an impeccably choreographed moment is staged and frozen in time as to resemble a Barry Smith painting or Jim Steranko gatefold brought to life.

As usual, there's more blood and gore here than in just about any horror film you can imagine. Nothing is held back in the depiction of extreme, graphic violence that shows in hyper-realistic detail just what carnage would reign during one of these vicious hand-to-hand battles with thousands of men and women ferociously flailing and hacking away at each other in close quarters.

With the slave revolt an ever-growing threat to Rome's way of life, Spartacus and Crassus continue to match strategy and armed might in a battle of wits that has heartrending repercussions for both sides. In this, the final season, beloved characters fall and the unthinkable happens time and again.



Because the characters are, by this time, so familiar and well-drawn, the dramatic passages carry an impact just as riveting if not more so than the action scenes, especially since history already tells us that this story, at least in some key aspects, won't have a happy ending. But as far as that goes, the writers still have a number of ways to keep things from being too downbeat and predictable as we near the inevitable conclusion.

The Blu-ray and DVD box sets from Anchor Bay/Starz are in 1.78:1 widescreen with English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Spanish mono sound. Subtitles are in English and Spanish. Runtime is 2173 minutes for Blu-ray and 2136 minutes for DVD. (A complete list of bonus features follows this review.)

All in all, SPARTACUS: THE COMPLETE SERIES is one of the most solidly and consistently compelling series I've ever seen. With endlessly impressive battle scenes filled to the brim with action and excitement, and dramatic storylines that are shocking, suspenseful, and scintillating, it belongs on any hardy cinephile's bucket list of must-see entertainment.

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1st season ("Blood and Sand") bonus features:
DVD and Blu-ray™ bonus features:

Featurettes:
•Gladiator Camp
•History Rewritten
•Make-up Effects
•The Hole

And more!
•Audio Commentaries
•Episodes with Enhanced Digital Effects
•Behind-The-Scenes Footage
•Bloopers
•Trailers

 
Exclusive Blu-ray™ bonus feature:


•Four "Directors’ Cut Extended Episodes" personally selected by Executive Producer Rob Tapert


Prequel season ("Gods of the Arena") bonus features:

Blu-ray and DVD bonus features include:

•Starz Studios: Gods of the Arena
•Weapons Of Mass Disruption
•Battle Royale: Anatomy Of A Scene
•On Set With Lucy Lawless
•10 Easy Steps To Dismemberment
•Post Production: The Final Execution
•Enter The Arena: Production Design
•Dressed To Kill
•Convention Panel
•Arena Bloopers

Exclusive Blu-ray bonus features include:


•3D "Ring Of Fire" Battle Sequence
•Extended Episodes
•Audio Commentaries On All Episodes (including: Writer/Creator/Executive Producer Steven S. DeKnight, Executive Producer Rob Tapert and actors John Hannah, Lucy Lawless, Dustin Clare, Jaime Murray, Peter Mensah – and more

2nd season ("Vengeance") bonus features:

•Starz Studios: Spartacus: Vengeance
•The Making of Spartacus: Vengeance
•Behind the Camera: Directing the Rebellion
•On Set with Liam McIntyre
•The Legend of Spartacus
•Famous Last Words
•Bloopers


•BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE – 9 Extended Episodes and Audio Commentaries!

3rd season ("War of the Damned") bonus features:

•SPARTACUS: The Legend Retold
•The Price Of Being A Gladiator
•A Bloody Farewell
•The Spoils Of War Revealed: Visual Effects
•Adorning The Damned
•The Mind Behind SPARTACUS

 
•BLU-RAY™ EXCLUSIVES – Extended Episodes and Audio Commentaries!

 

New Bonus-Disc Features:


•SPARTACUS Fan Favorites With Liam McIntyre
•Scoring A Hit: Composer Joseph LoDuca
•An Eye Full: Roger Murray
•SPARTACUS: Paul Grinder
•The Last Word: John Hannah

 
 


 

 


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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

BORN TO RACE: FAST TRACK -- DVD review by porfle



Racing enthusiast Alex Ranarivelo's BORN TO RACE: FAST TRACK (2014) is the sequel to his 2011 directing and co-writing effort BORN TO RACE, and offers yet more visually stimulating but largely inconsequential auto and racing porn for the undiscerning fan.

Smalltown boy Danny Krueger (Brett Davern) is an aspiring young racer who lucks into a scholarship to a renowned racing academy run by a gruff but caring Corbin Bernsen. Danny's fellow students include two bad-guy Italian brothers named Enzo and Paulo Lauricello, who burn up the track like nobody's business while laughing derisively at everyone else, especially the insecure and inexperienced Danny.

The rest of them are the usual stereotypes such as (God help us) yet another hick Texan, an Asian-American from Iowa who says "dude", and a girl who can race just as good as a guy, dammit. When one of these is injured due to Danny's incompetence on the track and must drop out, Danny is in need of a new racing partner. The only person available, impossibly enough, is one of the bad guys from the original movie, Jake Kendall (Brando Eaton).


Will Danny and Jake learn to forget their differences and work as a crack racing team who'll graduate from Corbin Bernsen's racing academy and have a chance of beating the wicked Italian brothers in the upcoming "big race"?

And while we're worrying about all that, there's (A) the little matter of Danny's girlfriend Jessica (Nicole Badaan) and her pesky desire to go to lawyer college on the opposite coast instead of staying in L.A. with Danny, and (B) the fact that no, Danny and Jake CAN'T learn to forget their differences, which gets them both kicked out of the racing academy and out of the running for the aforementioned big race. Omigosh, it's the dreaded "lowest point for our heroes" part of the plot that we all fear when watching movies like this!

But not to worry, because there's absolutely nothing surprising about the plot of BORN TO RACE: FAST TRACK including the eventual "everything turns out okay just like you thought it would" ending. The story is kept simple so as not to get in the way of the racing fun, as are the stereotypical characters and non-stop cliches. In other words, the plot doesn't advance as much as it's merely checked off one point at a time.


Every scene is edited like an action scene--exposition and character development fly by fast and furious (so to speak) in this baby. It just can't sit still for a second, as though its motor is always revved up and ready for the director to pop the clutch yet again for more vroom-vroom stuff. The movie can barely contain itself long enough to whiz through some rigged up plot developments which, amazingly enough, will somehow allow Danny to enter the big race after all.

The guys who edited QUANTUM OF SOLACE's action sequences into an incomprehensible mess could've learned a thing or two from whoever put this movie's racing scenes together. There's the usual rapid-fire editing here, but compared to QUANTUM's visual confetti, shots are held just long enough--sometimes a mere fraction of a second longer--and linked with enough storytelling skill to allow us to actually perceive what's happening while still being dazzled by the lightning-fast images.

Still, if you want more than just adrenaline-rush racing action, such as a meaningful story and genuine human interaction, you'll have to mine for it here like an old prospector panning for gold dust. The story, as it is, alternates between action and moments of superficial sentiment awkwardly shoehorned in like something out of a low-budget Michael Bay movie. You almost expect the racers to launch into an ear-bending rendition of "Leavin' On a Jet Plane" right before the race.


The DVD from Anchor Bay, which comes in a cool lenticular 3D sleeve, is in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with Dolby 5.1 sound and subtitles in English and Spanish. The sole extra is a making-of featurette entitled "Fast Track: Behind the Scenes."

If you stop expecting a real movie and just realize from the start that you're pretty much watching a live-action cartoon, you're sure to enjoy BORN TO RACE: FAST TRACK a lot more. It may not be FAST AND FURIOUS (whose star, Vin Diesel, is humorously name-checked at one point), but at least the auto action and crash stunts are all 100% real and CGI-free. Which should be enough to get some racing fans revved up and ready to follow this flick around the track a few times.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

"Gone with the Wind" 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition Arrives Sept. 30


 
“America’s most popular film. Enormous in every way.”
Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan
  
75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition
Arrives September 30
Limited & Numbered, With New Collectible Packaging, New Memorabilia and New Special Features
Nationwide Celebrations Scheduled
On September 30, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) will honor one of the most celebrated motion pictures of all time with the Gone with the Wind
75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray™ and Digital HD with UltraViolet.
 
Gone with the Wind -- the quintessential Hollywood epic and still history’s all-time domestic box-office champion ($1.6 billion[1]), with more tickets sold than any other movie ever made – is a “must have” for classic film collectors. It will be fittingly presented in limited and numbered sets, with new collectible packaging, new enhanced content and new collectible memorabilia. The memorabilia includes a replica of Rhett Butler’s handkerchief and a music box paperweight playing Tara’s theme with an image on top of the Rhett-Scarlett kiss. Also included is a 36-page companion booklet featuring a look at the immortal style of Gone with the Wind, written by New York fashion designer and Project Runway finalist Austin Scarlett, whose signature look reflects the romantic elegance of the Gone with the Wind era.
 
The new special features include footage of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh attending the original movie premiere in Atlanta and Old South/New South, a journey through today's South, revisiting the real-life locations depicted to see how the world of the Old South continues to inform life in the New South’s cosmopolitan world. Gone with the Wind 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition will be available for $49.99 SRP.
 
75th Anniversary Celebrations Nationwide
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Gone with the Wind, the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin will launch the exhibition, “The Making of ‘Gone With The Wind.’” For the first time in more than 25 years, three original gowns worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara, including the iconic green curtain dress, will be exhibited together along with replicas of the film’s other gowns. Additionally, more than 300 items from producer David O. Selznick’s archive will be displayed, including behind-the-scenes photographs, storyboards, correspondence, production records, audition footage and fan mail. Turner Classic Movies is one of the sponsors of the exhibition which runs from September 9 – January 4, 2015.
 
On September 22, WBHE will partner with The Actors Hall of Fame in a special 75th Anniversary Gone with the Wind fundraising gala to benefit dramatic arts education in schools. Hundreds of stars and industry leaders will arrive ‘in costume’ at the historic Culver Studios where many key scenes of the movie were filmed. The gala will be streamed live from the Mansion on digital and social media around the world. Planned highlights of this special evening include the dedication of the Olivia de Havilland Dramatic Arts Education Center and a recreation of the famous Virginia Reel dance scene from the movie, with student actors in period costumes and a silent auction including Gone With The Wind memorabilia. For additional information on the events, go to www.hrc.utexas.edu and http://actorshalloffame.org/  respectively.
 
About the Movie
Gone with the Wind, lauded as one of the American cinema’s grandest, most ambitious and spectacular pieces of filmmaking, was helmed by Victor Fleming in 1939, the same year as the director’s The Wizard of Oz. It captured 10 Academy Awards®[2] including Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress for Hattie McDaniel, the first Oscar awarded to an African-American actor. Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer-prize winning novel, on which the film is based, has been translated into 16 languages, has sold hundreds of millions of copies worldwide, and even now, continues to sell 50,000 copies a year.
 
Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard and Hattie McDaniel star in this classic epic of the American South. On the eve of the Civil War, rich, beautiful and self-centered Scarlett O'Hara (Leigh) has everything she could want - except Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard). As the war devastates the South, Scarlett discovers the strength within herself to protect her family and rebuild her life. Through everything, she longs for Ashley, unaware that she is already married to the man she really loves (Gable) - and who truly loves her - until she finally drives him away. Only then does Scarlett realize what she has lost ... and tries to win him back.
 
Special Features:
  • Featuring footage including Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh attending the original movie premiere in Atlanta
  • Old South/New South NEW! Take a journey of discovery through today's South, revisiting the real-life locations depicted in Gone With the Wind, from Gettysburg to Atlanta to New Orleans, to see how the world of the Old South - and the themes depicted in the film - continue to inform life in the cosmopolitan world of the New South.
 
Gone with the Wind 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition
Street Date: September 30, 2014
Order Due Date: August 26, 2014
Pricing: $49.99 SRP
Cat/UPC: 1000446620/6000079798
 
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[1] Domestic gross. adjusted for inflation (according to www.boxofficemojo.com)
[2] 1939 (12th)                   ACTRESS – Vivien Leigh
                                                ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE  – Hattie McDaniel
                                                ART DIRECTION  – Lyle Wheeler
                                                CINEMATOGRAPHY (Color) – Ernest Haller, Ray Rennahan

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