One of the hardest things to do with Wes Anderson films is waiting for the eventual Criterion release. Every film of his up to The Grand Budapest Hotel has gotten one (and Anderson has promised it will get a Criterion release eventually). Too impatient to wait on that one, I already have a Blu-ray copy sitting on my shelf. This will no doubt get replaced once the Criterion comes out. There has been no announcement that Anderson’s latest film, Isle of Dogs will get a Criterion release, but safe money is that it will. Eventually. The difficulty will be waiting
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A lot of good titles might put a scare in your wallet.
In October, Criterion is releasing five titles in high-definition. They are Rainer Werner Fassbinder Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day, Hal Ashby's Shampoo, and Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride. Getting HD upgrades are Brian De Palma's Sisters and Cornel Wilde's The Naked Prey. Read on to learn more about them. The Naked Prey (#415) out Oct 2 Glamorous leading man turned idiosyncratic auteur Cornel Wilde created in the 1960s and ’70s a handful of gritty, violent explorations of the nature of man, none more memorable than The Naked Prey. In the early nineteenth century, after an ivory-hunting safari offends a
A 30-disc Collector's Edition box set contains 39 films and a 248-page book available on Blu-ray November 20, 2018.
Press release: Ingmar Bergman, the visionary storyteller who startled generations of art-house moviegoers with his stark intensity and naked pursuit of the most profound metaphysical questions, was born on July 14, 1918. In honor of the legendary Swedish filmmaker's one hundredth birthday, the Criterion Collection is launching an array of releases and programming to celebrate this incomparable body of work. At the heart of this centennial celebration is Ingmar Bergman's Cinema, a thirty-Blu-ray collector's edition box set, the most comprehensive collection of Bergman's work ever released on home video. Organized as a film festival-with opening and closing nights bookending double
Highlights from pop-culture purveyor include cast signings, convention exclusives, and breaking news from Shout! Factory and Scream Factory.
Press release: Celebrating its 15th year at the convention, pop-culture purveyor Shout! Factory returns to San Diego Comic-Con International in 2018 with a dynamic lineup, featuring signings with cast and creators of popular television shows Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Gravity Falls, captivating panel events, a showcase of new and upcoming theatrical and home entertainment releases, new official Mystery Science Theater 3000 merchandise, Comic-Con exclusive items and engaging booth activities. Fans and convention attendees are invited to join in on the excitement at the Shout! Factory booth (#4118) on the main convention floor. Genre and horror film buffs, collectors, and
Three Sentries will be having three different Saturdays.
Here are a few highlights where you might find three Sentries who will be attending. Shawn Bourdo: Happy Birthday, Frankenstein (10:00am) (Room7AB) There's a heavy reliance on panels to do with movies and television shows. There's still even a fair amount of panels celebrating actual printed comic books. I love to go to the ones that acknowledge the influence of other media. This panel talks about the 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein. An intelligent talk on the novel is exactly the type of thing that excites me at this convention. This Is Your Life, Jonny Quest (11:30am) (Room5AB) In the history
See you in San Diego at the following panels.
Here are a few panels where you might find three Sentries who will be attending. Todd Karella: As I’ve learned over the years you need to have a plan and figure out what panels you want to see ahead of time. And once you have a plan carefully thought out you need to have backup plans because chances are with all the crowds and waiting in lines you are only going to be able to attend a fraction of the panels that you wanted to. I am more of a Television and movie fan and usually shoot for those panels
These are the panels we are most interested in attending.
The modern-day equivalent of getting the new Sears catalog before Christmas is the debut of the Comic-Con programs. On paper, there are no lines in the heat and plenty of open seats. Here are a few highlights where you might find three Sentries who will be attending. Shawn Bourdo: When Earthlings Become Martians: National Geographic's Mars, Season 2 (11:00am) (Room7AB) I was a fan of the presentation of this show a couple years ago. It's a hybrid fictional series that breaks for "fact checks" as to the science behind the story. I'm mostly attending this sequel because I love Andy
Stephen Soderbergh getting experimental with television leads off a pretty cool week in new releases.
I’m on record as being a recovering Steven Soderbergh fan. Or maybe I was a recovering fan who has fallen off the wagon. This metaphor has already gotten out of hand and I just started. I loved Soderbergh early in his career then drifted away for awhile but I’m now very much back into finding him to be a very interesting director. He briefly quit filmmaking a few years back and kept himself busy with TV work on shows like The Knick, then came back to film with Logan Lucky, and now he seems to be splitting his time between
Nostalgic Dragon Ball Z Titles Come to U.S. Movie Theaters This Fall with Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan and Saiyan Double Feature
Fathom Events and Toei Animation Inc. present three Dragon Ball Z theatrical debuts including Bardock and Fusion Reborn as limited releases this September and November.
Press release: Three throwback Dragon Ball Z titles are set for theatrical debuts as Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan and Dragon Ball Z Saiyan Double Feature hit movie theaters this fall. Anime fans are in for a treat with both Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan and Dragon Ball Z Saiyan Double Feature, which contains Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku and Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn. In addition to the fully remastered with English dub anime features, audiences will view exclusive content and receive an exclusive Dragon Ball Super
This week is packed full of interesting releases I've never heard of.
I write a weekly column discussing all the cool things I’ve discovered in a given week. I typically spend time on IMDB in preparation for that column watching new trailers, looking at new posters, and generally trying to stay abreast of what new movies are coming out. Even so, nearly every week I am surprised when writing this column over various new Blu-ray releases that I’ve never heard of, especially ones with big names attached to them. This week includes several releases star people like Shia LaBeouf, Rosamund Pike, Ellen Page, Jon Hamm, and others that somehow slipped right past
Bad reviews be damned, Terminal sounds like fun to me.
Do you ever find yourself really liking an actor or actress even though there isn’t a film of theirs that really thrills you? Margot Robbie is like that to me. I’ve liked her ever since I first saw her in Wolf of Wall Street (even though she wasn’t much more than a pretty face in that one). I’ve only only seen her in a few other things and most of those have been bad (I’m looking straight at you, Suicide Squad) and the things I haven’t seen have not been well reviewed. I did really enjoy her performance in I,
Beloved Disney series available as a Complete Series Box Set on Blu-ray and DVD for the First Time July 24th, 2018 from Shout! Factory.
Press release: The wait is over - the final list of bonus features for Gravity Falls: The Complete Series has been unveiled, and this exciting array of brand-new content is sure to keep fans of the series entertained well past the end of summer vacation! Available on Blu-ray and DVD, the complete series will be available in two editions. The Collector’s Edition will be a seven-disc box set that includes an entire disc of bonus features, including audio commentaries on all 40 episodes with series creator Alex Hirsch and members of the cast and crew; a new feature-length documentary “One
These are the panels in which you will find me.
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make the first day of the inaugural Fandemic Tour due to getting off work late. But I will be making the second day, which is Saturday, June 23, at the Sacramento Convention Center. Here are the panels I plan on attending. This is subject to change, as is the case with all conventions. Click here for a full programming list. 12:00 p.m. Building Star Wars with the 501st LegionLocation: Stage Two The 501st Legion is an all-volunteer organization formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which
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In 1978, the first four seasons of Tom Baker’s Doctor Who episodes were sold to PBS stations across the United States. This was not the first time The Doctor had come to America. Several years prior, Time Life bought up some of Jon Pertwee’s episodes and syndicated it to commercial stations in the U.S. However, none of the stations seemed to understand the nature of the serialized show and were constantly shuffling it about in their schedule keeping audiences from getting it. PBS hired Howard Da Silva to read voiceover recaps before each episode and teasers at the end, allowing
Special 50th Anniversary of Elvis Presley's Iconic '68 Comeback Special Hits Cinemas August 16 and 20
From Fathom Events and Authentic Brands Group (ABG), the two-day screening event will feature newly produced content about the famed rocker.
Press release: Elvis Presley’s legendary ’68 Comeback Special, directed and produced by Steve Binder, will hit the big screen this summer in celebration of its 50th anniversary. The two-day cinema event will take place across the globe on August 16, with an encore screening on August 20. Each screening will include the legendary television special, plus an exclusive look at the making of the special, featuring a walkthrough of the NBC soundstage with insights from Binder and others influenced by Presley, his music and this iconic event. This brand new content is produced by Spencer Proffer, CEO of Meteor 17,
September is alright for upgrades.
In September, some Criterion aficinados will have an opportunity to upgrade their favorite films as three of the five titles debut in high-definition. They are Ingmar Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage, Gregory La Cava's My Man Godfrey, and Andrei Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev New to the collection are Olivier Assayas' Cold Water and Daniel Petrie's A Raisin in the Sun. Read on to learn more about them. Scenes from a Marriage (#229) out Sept 4 Scenes from a Marriage chronicles the many years of love and turmoil that bind Marianne and Johan, tracking their relationship through matrimony, infidelity, divorce, and subsequent
Tom Baker's Complete First Season of Doctor Who on Blu-ray for the First Time with over 17 Hours of Bonus Content
The season is accompanied by extensive bonus features - over seventeen hours in total - with brand new exclusive material.
Press release: The Fourth Doctor is heading to Blu-ray on June 19, 2018 in Doctor Who: Tom Baker Complete Season One from the home entertainment division of BBC Studios, featuring over five and a half hours of all-new exclusive bonus content. The earliest adventures of the beloved Classic-era Fourth Doctor - Robot, The Ark in Space, The Sontaran Experiment, Genesis of the Daleks, and Revenge of the Cybermen - have been restored for Blu-ray and are available in one collection for the very first time. The Ark in Space was previously reviewed by Greg Barbrick, who wrote that “it is
Here are a few titles worth picking up this week.
Mat continues his family road trip, so I am picking up the reins to write about what looks interesting. It feels like we've been living in Hans Christian Andersen's "The Emperor's New Clothes" for the past few years as the public discourse gets increasingly less trustworthy due to certain players reveling in and profiting from the chaos of misinformation. It makes one wish for more people in the public square, like the child of Andersen's story, to call out the nonsense on display in society. I enjoy those rabble-rousers, firebrands, and troublemakers who don't go along with the status quo,
Special to premiere Thursday, June 21, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on TNT.
Press release: Actor, director, writer and producer George Clooney was honored with the American Film Institute's 46th AFI Life Achievement Award — America's highest honor for a career in film — on Thursday, June 7, in an evening filled with laughter, stories, music and emotion at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. TNT will premiere the hour-and-a-half special, The 46th AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to George Clooney, on Thursday, June 21, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, followed by an encore at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. Sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will also air the special in September 2018 during a
Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment present newly remastered 1989 JFK Stadium concert on what would have been Jerry Garcia’s 76th birthday.
Press release: The Grateful Dead returns to cinemas this summer for its highly anticipated annual event, “8th Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies.” For the eighth year in a row, a special concert presentation will bring fans together across the country for a unique celebration of the band. This year’s concert is a presentation of the July 7, 1989 show from Philadelphia’s John F. Kennedy Stadium, and highlights the band’s exuberant resurgence, a peak that rivals any that came before it. When this show was recorded, the band included guitarist Jerry Garcia, drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, bassist
Here's all that's interesting in the world of new Blu-ray releases this week.
Thoroughbreds is about two upper-class teenage girls (Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy) who rekindle a friendship after growing apart over many years. One of them is completely aloof, feeling virtually nothing for anybody. The other is over emotional. They hatch a plan to murder the oppressive step-father and hire Anton Yelchin to do the deed. The trailer looks hilarious. They had me the moment they called it a cross between Heathers and American Psycho. I cannot wait to see it. Also out this week that looks interesting: A Wrinkle In Time: Madeline L’Engle’s classic book gets a big-budget adaptation starring
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One of my favorite podcasts is The Next Picture Show. On it, four film critics discuss a classic movie and how it has inspired and informed a new film. They have a deep discussion about both films and talk about how they are interrelated. It's informative and fun. They do two episodes per pairing. In the first, they discuss the classic film and then in the second they bring in the new one and discuss how the two match up. Awhile back they paired Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker with Alex Garland’s latest film Annihilation. After listening to the first episode, I
Events include dedication of plaque commemorating Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin Studio, plus location tours and screenings.
Press release: A bronze plaque commemorating the location of a movie studio where both Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin created their timeless comedies in the early part of the 20th century will be dedicated at 4 p.m. June 16, 2018, at 1021 Lillian Ave., near the intersection of Eleanor Avenue and Lillian Way in Los Angeles. Thirty years ago, a plaque was inadvertently placed on an incorrect corner, and now the International Buster Keaton society is remedying this (appropriately farcical) injustice. The city of Los Angeles will declare that day “Buster Keaton Day” in honor of the influential comedian and
Network to also offer free interactive online course about the history of the musical genre.
Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will pay homage to the glittering world of Hollywood musicals with Mad About Musicals!, a special month of programming celebrating timeless movie musicals such as The Wizard of Oz, Singin’ in the Rain and Cabaret. TCM is once again partnering with Ball State University and Canvas to offer a free online multimedia course tied to this programming special about the history of the musical genre and its evolution with cultural and technological shifts. Enrollment is open until June 17 and fans can sign up for the course at musicals.tcm.com. Movie musicals have been a
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I have to start this week with an apology. Last week, somehow or another I completely and utterly missed talking about Black Panther. For some reason I thought that it was coming out this week. It wasn’t until I had already posted my pick of the week and actually had gone to the store on Tuesday that I realized Black Panther was out. Obviously, I would have mentioned, if not outright picked, one of the biggest releases of the year were I not a complete idiot and missed the release date. Hopefully I’m not missing something quite as colossal as
See what's coming before the kids head back to school.
In August, Criterion is releasing five titles. New to the collection are Robert M. Young's The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, Susan Seidelman's Smithereens, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, and Tomás Gutiérrez Alea's Memories of Underdevelopment and a high-definition upgrade of Ernst Lubitsch’s Heaven Can Wait. Read on to learn more about them. The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (#940) out Aug 14 Forced to run from the Texas Rangers after a heated misunderstanding leads to the death of a lawman, Mexican American farmer Gregorio Cortez sets off in desperate flight, evading a massive manhunt on horseback for days. Producer-star Edward
Here's what's coming to Blu-ray this week.
There are so many different options in terms of what one can watch these days that I often feel overwhelmed. My wife makes fun of me because I’ll often spend half my evening scanning through the various streaming services trying to make a decision on what to watch. What I choose often seems random but whenever I step back and analyze my choices, patterns tend to arise. Over the course of several weeks and months, I tend to watch movies from specific genres or that deal with certain themes, or more often than not, ones by the same director or
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Series 25th Anniversary Steelbook Edition Comes August 7, 2018 from Shout! Factory
Collectible 20-disc set includes Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie debuting for the first time on Blu-ray!
Press release: In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the multi-generational pop culture phenomenon, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Saban Brands, is proud to announce a stunning Power Rangers collection, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Series (25th Anniversary Edition Steelbook). Spanning the first 3 seasons of the Power Rangers television series and spotlighting Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie for the first time on Blu-ray, this home entertainment collection features over 60 hours of action-packed entertainment across 19 DVDs and 1 Blu-ray, including hours of bonus content with brand-new interviews specific to the movie. A must-have for the most
If you are looking for sex and nudity in your new releases, then this week is for you.
Sex sells, or so they say. I suppose they are right as sexy things seem to abound in advertisements and the media. Lord knows I am not immune. This week’s new releases are filled with sex in a variety of forms, but not my pick of the week. Well not as far as I can tell anyways. I haven't seen any of it so maybe it's filled with sex and I'm just not aware. The Sinner stars Jessica Biel (who also executive produced) as a young mother who, in an inexplicable fit of rage, commits a great act of very
Cinema event to include an exclusive interview with the fourth incarnation of the Doctor, Tom Baker.
Press release: BBC Studios - Americas and Fathom Events are partnering to present the never-before-seen, 90-minute director’s cut of the hugely popular classic Doctor Who adventure, Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks, for a special one-night event on Monday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m. local time in more than 750 select movie theaters nationwide through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). An exclusive interview with the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker will follow this special version. Tickets for Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks can be purchased at www.FathomEvents.com or participating theater box offices. For a complete list of theater locations, visit