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Criterion Announces November 2017 Releases

Titles to pick up or add to your Xmas list.
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The Criterion Collection is releasing four films in November that will have film fans thankful. New to the collection are George Cukor's The Philadelphia Story, Donna Deitch’s Desert Hearts, and Terry Gilliam’s Jabberwocky. A high-def upgrade is also being provided to Jean-Pierre Melville's Le samouraï. Read on to learn more about them. The Philadelphia Story (#901) out Nov 7 With this furiously witty comedy of manners, Katharine Hepburn revitalized her career and cemented her status as the era’s most iconic leading lady—thanks in great part to her own shrewd orchestrations. While starring in the Philip Barry stage play The Philadelphia

Alien: Covenant is the Pick of the Week

This week's new Blu-ray releases include the new Alien film, an update on old Archie, a couple of Criterions, and more.
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In 1979, Ridley Scott directed Alien a near perfect blend of science fiction and horror and one of the greatest films ever made. Seven years later, James Cameron’s sequel Aliens amped up the action and defined that genre. Two more sequels found diminishing returns. The lesser said about the Alien vs Predator franchise the better. In 2012, Scott returned to the series with Prometheus a sort-of prequel. While I enjoyed it more than most, it is still a very flawed film. I can’t say that Alien: Covenant was a return to form, because it's riddled with problems, but definitely goes

Come Celebrate the Blu-ray Release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with Yondu Himself, Michael Rooker, in Los Angeles

For those of you hardcore enough to go Full Yondu, there will be room for ten lucky Ravagers to get a full hair dye and shave.
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Press release: On Tuesday, August 22nd from 9:00am-12:00pm, fans around Los Angeles will be able to come pay tribute to the beloved Ravager, Yondu, with a morning of prizes and activities at Shorty’s Barber Shop in West Hollywood! Michael Rooker (‘Yondu’ in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) will be on location to commemorate his character and interact with fans! Activities Include: The first 50 fans will receive a $50 gift certificate to Shorty’s Barber Shop to come back and Get the Yondu Look Additional giveaways will include Blu-ray Combo Packs and Digital Copies of Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the

Warner Bros Home Entertainment Announces Wonder Woman

The movie arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital.
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Press release: Celebrate the wonder when Wonder Woman arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. Gal Gadot returns as the DC Super Hero in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (“Monster,” AMC’s “The Killing”). The Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, and Blu-ray Combo Pack will include an all-new bonus scene never before seen in theaters. Wonder Woman will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray for $44.95, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. The Ultra HD Blu-ray features an Ultra

The Breaking Point is the Pick of the Week

A pretty light week brings us an Ernest Hemingway adaptation, an Arthurian legend from Guy Ritchie, and more.
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Ernest Hemingway is one of my all-time favorite writers. He had a way of cutting out all the flab from his stories, getting right down to the bone. Yet for all his spare masculinity, there is a tenderness to his stories, an emotional quality that you rarely find anywhere else. That style also lends itself well to the movies. Unlike a lot of writers, Hemingway never spent a lot of time with his characters inward thoughts, his stories are full of action verbs, of people doing things. It's easy to see why nearly all of his novels and short stories

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Returns to the Big Screen for 35th Anniversary Celebration Sept. 10 and 13 Only

Two-day-only cinema event to include digitally remastered Director’s Cut and a brand-new William Shatner interview.
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Press release: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the epic science-fiction adventure that continues to captivate audiences, marks its 35th anniversary with a two-day-only return to cinemas nationwide. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan will be presented in a digitally remastered Director’s Cut and, as an added bonus for Star Trek and movie fans, William Shatner will appear in a newly produced in-depth interview that will play before each screening. Fathom Events and Paramount Pictures will present Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on Sunday, September 10, and Wednesday, September 13, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Ernie Kovacs: Take a Good Look - The Definitive Collection to Be Released by Shout! Factory on Oct. 17, 2017

All 49 existing episodes of this truly offbeat game show from television’s original genius, fully restored and digitized by the Library of Congress, largely unseen for 60 years.
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Press release: Shout! Factory has announced the October 17, 2017, release of a spectacular new 7-DVD box set, Ernie Kovacs: Take A Good Look - The Definitive Collection, in collaboration with Ediad Productions, Inc. With the exception of a handful of episodes, this show has been largely unseen for the last 60 years. The set is available now for pre-order on Shoutfactory.com (includes an exclusive bonus disc) and Amazon.com. Ernie Kovacs was a consummate comedian, influencing TV funnymen such as Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Jim Henson, Pee-wee Herman, Billy Crystal, as well as Monty Python and Saturday Night Live. Take

John Carpenter SteelBooks are the Picks of the Week

This week's new releases include some fun looking SteelBooks plus a Tom Hanks thriller, a couple of interesting documentaries and more.
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I bought a house a year ago. It is the first house I ever purchased. I’ve always been a renter. Never really stayed in one rental for very long either. In the twenty years since my first apartment, the longest I’ve ever stayed in one abode is about two years. The thing about regularly moving to a new place is that you are constantly rearranging your furniture. What fits well in one rental house may not fit at all in an apartment. There is constant flux - expanding and contracting - from place to place. But now that I own

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 07-31-17

Are your favorites appearing this week?
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August on TCM sees the return of the month-long programming event Summer Under The Stars, which sees the channel offer a daily tribute to actors and actresses. The event gets off to an early start with Diane Keaton in the spotlight with a selection of some of her movies and the TV special where she received her AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. AFI Lifetime Achievement Award: A Tribute to Diane Keaton - Monday, July 31 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) TCM pays tribute to Diane Keaton, recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award. Tune in for a night of programming including the

Lost in America is the Pick of the Week

Hope you have a nest egg ready to buy these releases.
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Reading Mat's Pick of the Week column over the years, it's quite clear that he is a horror-movie fan. Personally, I have always found myself more attracted to comedy. From great wit to utter silliness, there's just something so appealing about being brought to fits of laughter. Albert Brooks has a great comic sensibility. The third film he directed, Lost in America, is a comedy classic about David and Linda Howard (Brooks and Julie Hagerty), a married couple that rejects the modern life of the '80s by dropping out "like in Easy Rider" and traveling the country in an RV.

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 07-24-17

The semi-weekly spotlight 50 Years of Hitchcock comes to an end as July comes to an end.
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The last full week of July on TCM has nights paying tribute to Ava Gardner and star-of-the-month Ronald Coleman. The semi-weekly spotlight "50 Years of Hitchcock" comes to an end, Noir Alley continues, and '50s Car Culture gets featured one night. Starring Ava Gardner: The Barefoot Contessa (1954) - Monday, July 24 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A Spanish dancer becomes an international star but still longs to get her feet in the dirt. Click above to see an exclusive video on why The Barefoot Contessa means so much to TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz. '50s Car Culture: Hot Rod (1950)

Kong: Skull Island is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us another King Kong story, a couple of interesting looking TV shows, a weird-looking Tarkovsky film, and more.
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What is it about a giant ape wreaking havoc that enthralls us so? Since his inception in 1933, King Kong has become one of the most iconic movie monsters of all time. That original film was a huge success and remains a paragon of early special-effects movies. It was rebooted by Dino De Laurentis in 1976 and again by Peter Jackson in 2005 and now he’s come to the big screen again with Kong: Skull Island. It gets props for at least not telling the exact same story as the original did, though its not exactly a fount of originality.

Criterion Announces October 2017 Releases

See what thrills and chills Criterion has in store for October.
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The Criterion Collection is releasing five films in October that are spooky to various degrees. New to the collection are Agnieszka Smoczyńska's The Lure, Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon, David Lynch's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, and Olivier Assayas' Personal Shopper. A high-def upgrade is also being provided to Carl Theodor Dreyer's Vampyr. Read on to learn more about them. Vampyr (#437) out Oct 3 With Vampyr, Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer channeled his genius for creating mesmerizing atmosphere and austere, unsettling imagery into the horror genre. The result—a chilling film about a student of the occult who encounters supernatural

Shout! Factory Unveils 2017 San Diego Comic-Con International Lineup

Highlights from pop-culture purveyor include cast signings, convention exclusives and two highly anticipated panels.
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Press release: A mainstay at San Diego Comic-Con International, pop-culture purveyor Shout! Factory returns to the convention in 2017 with a dynamic lineup, featuring 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, including a signing with the cast of the critically acclaimed Netflix Original Series Mystery Science Theater 3000. 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 pop

The Lost City of Z is the Pick of the Week

A very full week includes releases of a cool looking jungle movie, a Doctor Who spin-off, a Prime Suspect prequel, plus films from Arrow, Criterion and much more.
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I’ve always loved jungle-adventure movies. There’s just something really exciting and mysterious about the jungle. It's exotic and foreign, beautiful and terrifying. It's teeming with life and can kill you in a heartbeat. There remain to this day parts of jungles that have never been fully explored. Think about that - we've had people on the moon and sent ships to the outer edges of the solar system, but never documented parts of our own planet. Setting a film inside that madness is thrilling. The best part of Raiders of the Lost Ark takes place in a jungle. King Kong

Previewing San Diego Comic-Con 2017: Sunday

If you are still there Sunday, this is where you might find us.
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Sunday at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 has a stronger emphasis on kids, wraps at 5pm, and is a great opportunity to find deals on the show floor as the shop keepers want to reduce what they take back. Gordon S. Miller's picks: 1. SPOTLIGHT ON PAUL DINI (10:00am - 11:00am, Room 7AB) - I am as much interested in Dini as I am the panel's moderator, Veep showrunner David Mandel. 2. MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN WORLD PREMIERE (10:15am - 11:15am, Room 6A) - Getting to see new episodes before they debut is always a great treat at Comic Con and I am

Previewing San Diego Comic-Con 2017: Saturday

And just like that it's the end of Saturday and the Con starts to wind down.
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Superheroes crossing over into each other's comics to take on villains and occasionally fight each other was usually a thrill for readers. Clearly those running the major comic-book film franchises understand the appeal as it's happening more often regardless what character's movie it is. Following their lead, Sentries Shawn Bourdo and Gordon S. Miller are teaming together again for this post. Gordon S. Miller's picks: 1. WARNER ARCHIVE'S MONSTERS FROM HELL (11:30am - 12:30pm, Room 5AB) - Representatives from Warner Archive Collection (WAC), Trailers From Hell and Famous Monsters of Filmland unite to talk about monster/dinosaur films and upcoming Blu-ray

Previewing San Diego Comic-Con 2017: Friday

Now that's a Good Friday.
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Superheroes crossing over into each other's comics to take on villains and ocassionally fight each other was usually a thrill for readers. Clearly those running the major comic-book film franchises understand the appeal as it's happening more often regardless what character's movie it is. Following their lead, Sentries Shawn Bourdo and Gordon S. Miller are teaming together again for this post. Shawn Bourdo's picks: 1. THE BLACK PANEL (10am, Room 5AB) This panel reaches a 20-year anniversary. I've been going for the past three-four years and it is consistently the most chaotic and most political of all the panels. Judging

San Diego Comic-Con 2017: Thursday Preview

Here's the first day of my breakdown of the panels I would waltz into at the drop of a hat.
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The closest I can come as an adult to recreating the joy of looking through the Sears catalog a couple months before Christmas is when the Comic-Con schedules get posted. Before the reality of lines out the door and down the hall intersect with my reality, I imagine it's still 2003 and I can just walk into any panel at any moment and not have to take up residence with meal and laundry service in Hall H to see the Previews for a Marvel film a mere four minutes before it's posted on YouTube. Here's the first day of my

Previewing San Diego Comic-Con 2017: Thursday

Any of these make your list?
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Good news for readers: there will be more San Diego Comic-Con coverage at Cinema Sentries this year. Now that the programming schedule is starting to be announced, we are going to highlight some of the panels that look the most intriguing and we hope to be attending, although it's always best to 1. The 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows (10:00am - 11:30am, Room 20) - Ron Diamond (founder and curator of the Animation Show of Shows and Acme Filmworks) is hosting this presentation of work from 11 countries, including Walt Disney Pictures' and Pixar Animation Studios' Academy Award winner

Song to Song is the Pick of the Week

This week's new releases include Terrence Malick's latest, an obscure Japanese trilogy, a WWII drama, and more.
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It is a grand July 4th weekend and everybody is out cooking burgers, drinking beer, soaking up radiation at the beach, and watching overly priced explosives light up the night. We might be going to the movies but nobody is interested in buying them to sit at home in our darkened living rooms. Or at least that’s the theory anyway. Not mine, mind you, as I’ve already watched a few DVDs this weekend and hope to watch a couple more before going back to work on Wednesday, but those who officially release Blu-rays to the chosen stores seem to think

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 07-03-17

The week ahead.
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This week begins with looks at the American Dream and Independence Day. The big summer spotlight "50 Years of Hitchcock" runs on Wednesdays and Fridays and is sure to bust DVRs. Ronald Coleman is the Star in the Month running on Thursdays. The American Dream: America America (1963) - Monday, July 3 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A young Greek stops at nothing to secure a passage to America. Independence Day: Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) - Tuesday, July 4 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A musical portrait of composer/singer/dancer George M. Cohan. From his early days as a child-star in his family's

Seventh Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up Features Previously Unreleased 1989 RFK Stadium Concert

Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment commemorate Jerry Garcia's 75th birthday with a special one-night showing of a classic concert on Aug 1.
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Press release: For the seventh year in a row, beloved American rock group Grateful Dead returns to the big screen for its highly-anticipated annual event, “Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies 2017.” The Meet Up features the Grateful Dead (Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Brent Mydland, and Bob Weir) in concert, performing to a sell-out crowd of 40,000-plus fans in Washington D.C. The one-night-only event is scheduled for August 1, which would have been Garcia’s 75th birthday. Presented by Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment, “Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies 2017” will play in U.S. movie theaters

DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection Coming from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

All 30 animated films in enduring franchise plus all-new special features included in box set.
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Press release: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment celebrate a decade of heroic animation with the release of the DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection, a comprehensive box set of all 30 films, 5 animated shorts, new special features and exclusive collectible items coming November 7, 2017 to Blu-ray. The entire 30-film set will also be available on Digital starting August 15, 2017. Launched in 2007 with the landmark release of Superman Doomsday, the DC Universe Original Movies are based on or inspired by storylines and/or characters from within the ever-expanding DC library. Produced by DC Entertainment and

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 20 Years of Slaying SDCC Event and Exclusive Merchandise

An evening of Buffy-themed giveaways, trivia, cosplay contests, and more.
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Press release: Iconic cult classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer continues its 20th anniversary celebration during San Diego Comic-Con with a special fan event hosted by Legion M in conjunction with 20thCentury Fox Consumer Products. Coinciding with San Diego Comic-Con, the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 20 Years of Slaying” fan event will be held Saturday, July 22 from 6-9 pm at Side Bar in the Gaslamp Quarter (exact address is 536 Market Street). Fans interested in attending the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 20 Years of Slaying” event can register on the official Buffy Facebook page here. A portion of this event

T2: Trainspotting is the Pick of the Week

New releases this week include a Trainspotting sequel, Alfred Hitchock's second film, some Power Rangers, and more.
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The mid-'90s were a great time to be a burgeoning cinephile. Independent films were becoming mainstream, which meant you could catch really interesting, off-beat, non-studio films at the mall. Guys like Steven Soderbergh, Kevin Smith, and Quentin Tarantino were blowing up cinemas with films not like anything this young college student had ever seen before. Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting was a great shot of adrenaline (er, heroin?) right to the center of this movie lover’s heart. It was so stylish and entertaining. It used music to huge effect. And despite the dead, crawling babies and the diving into the worst toilet

Garagehouse Pictures Releases The Intruder to Blu-ray August 1, 2017

The Intruder is a lost, never-before-released horror thriller starring Mickey Rooney, Yvonne DeCarlo, and Ted Cassidy.
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Press release: In 1975, actor-director-producer Chris (STANLEY, TWELVE O’ CLOCK HIGH) Robinson accepted an offer from his brother to make a film for $25,000 dollars - but he had to script, cast and begin shooting the film in a matter of weeks! Robinson gathered together a cast of veteran professionals on both sides of the camera with whom he had worked with on previous projects, and the result was THE INTRUDER, a bloody Agatha Christie-style mystery horror thriller starring Mickey Rooney, Yvonne De Carlo, Ted Cassidy and Chris Robinson (who also wrote, produced and directed). Never distributed theatrically in the

TCM Programming Alert for the Week of 06-26-17

June closes out with the following highlights from TCM.
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Audrey Hepburn begins the last week of June with her last night as the Star-of-the-Month. Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey consider The Lady Eve as one of The Essentials. Also nights of films starring James Caan, films revolving around European vacations, and epic westerns. Star of the Month: Audrey Hepburn - Paris When It Sizzles (1964) - Monday, June 26 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A Hollywood producer hires a beautiful secretary to keep his drunken screenwriter on track. Rollerball (1975) - Tuesday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) The star of a bloodthirsty future sport tries to clean up the

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Hanna-Barbera Animation Studio with the Diamond Collection on DVD and Digital

Ultimate Anniversary catalog features over 70 seasons of the most beloved animated series including The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear and many more.
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Press release: To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera’s animation studio on July 7, 1957, Hanna-Barbera, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) is releasing a comprehensive catalog of classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons to date. The 60th anniversary catalog collection is a celebration of the lovable gang of animated characters that children and adults alike remember and continue to influence pop culture around the world. The Diamond Collection will include over 70 seasons of the most popular animated titles of the 50s, 60s and 70s, many of which have not been released on DVD or Digital

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a whole bunch of horror, a poignant love trilogy and a lawnmower man.
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Memory is a funny thing. I can remember very clearly the first time I watched Dario Argento’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage. I remember the apartment we were living in, which dates the viewing to around 2006-2007. I remember that small living room. I remember watching it on the floor. I remember my wife sitting on the couch doing something else - probably grading papers or studying for an exam so she wasn’t paying close attention to the movie. It was the weekend, either Saturday night or Sunday afternoon. I remember all that but hardly anything about the movie

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