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Warner Bros. TV Box Sets and Holiday Film Collections for 2019

A variety of gift ideas for the TV fan this holiday season.
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Press release: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment wants folks to know they have some great gift ideas this holiday season. Some of the highlights are: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! The Complete Series Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mystery Machine - Available Now on Blu-ray Jinkies! Warner Bros. Home Entertainment salutes that lovable Great Dane, Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang with the release of Scooby-Doo, Where are You!: The Complete Series Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mystery Mansion. This release is packaged in an eye-catching, limited edition collectible mystery mansion giftset that includes all 41 episodes of the original series, Scooby-Doo! Where are

Criterion Announces December 2019 Releases

Only two weeks of releases close out the year.
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This December, Criterion is releasing three new titles to the collection. They are Stephen Roberts's The Story of Temple Drake, Wim Wenders's Until the End of the World, and Kelly Reichardt’s Old Joy. Also available will be a Blu-ray upgrade of Ronald Neame’s Tunes of Glory. Read on to learn more about them. The Story of Temple Drake (#1006) out Dec 3 Loosely adapted from William Faulkner’s controversial novel Sanctuary, this notorious pre-Code melodrama stars Miriam Hopkins as Temple Drake, the coquettish granddaughter of a respected small-town judge. When a boozehound date strands her at a bootleggers’ hideout, Temple is

Polyester is the Pick of the Week

John Waters's 1981 biting domestic classic tops a week of solid releases.
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John Waters is one of our greatest filmmakers. He is a singular director of outrageous bad state, but he dares to show a side of society that usually doesn't get depicted too often in film. He also found the perfect alter ego in his greatest actor: the legendary Divine. They had made many movies together (Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Multiple Maniacs, among others), but in 1981, I think they both hit their stride with Waters's first studio feature, Polyester. In a twisted reversal of Douglas Sirk, Divine brilliantly plays Francine Fishpaw, a long-suffering Baltimore housewife grappling with her keen sense

Universal Home Entertainment Catalogue Titles Available for the Holidays

Need some gift ideas? Give these a look.
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Press release: Universal Home Entertainment is offering some familar titles this holiday season. They are: Scarface (1932 & 1983) Gift Set out 10/15 In the spring of 1980, the port at Mariel Harbor was opened, and thousands set sail for the United States. They came in search of the American Dream. One of them found it on the sun-washed avenues of Miami... wealth, power and passion beyond his wildest dreams. He was Tony Montana. The world will remember him by another name... Scarface. Starring Al Pacino as Tony Montana along with Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Robert

Dial M for Murder is the Pick of the Week

An odd 1954 Hitchcock thriller caps off a week of low-key releases.
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There is a reason why the term "Hitchcockian" exists. Film history just wouldn't be what it is without good ol' Hitchcock. His film set the template for suspense, romance, danger, and old-fashioned leaps around censorship. He also knew how to pick his leading ladies, and the late, but super lovely Grace Kelly was one of his finest "Hitchcock blondes." She represented for him elegance, sophistication, and a little touch of mischief. Dial M for Murder, his 1954 effort, isn't the best film to highlight Kelly's legendary oomph, but it's still an interesting and twisty thriller. She plays the adulterous wife

TCM Welcomes Jacqueline Stewart as New Host of Silent Sunday Nights

Film professor and archivist to host every Sunday evening beginning September 15.
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Press release: Author, archivist and film professor Jacqueline Stewart will join Turner Classic Movies (TCM) as the host of Silent Sunday Nights, where she will introduce films and provide historical context for the franchise. Stewart is a professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, specializing in the history of African American cinema from the silent era to present. A passionate film archivist and advocate for film preservation, she is a three-term appointee to the National Film Preservation Board (NFPB), which advises the Librarian of Congress on film preservation policy, and is the Chair

Spider-Man: Far From Home arrives on Digital 9/17 and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & DVD 10/1

Complete your collection with special features including an original short, never-before-seen alternate and extended scenes, and much more!
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Press release: The billion dollar blockbuster, Spider-Man: Far From Home, comes home on Digital September 17 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD on October 1 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. From Spider-Man: Homecoming Director, Jon Watts, comes a global adventure for everyone. Spider-Man: Far From Home is now the biggest Spider-Man film of all time! Tom Holland returns as everyone’s favorite web-slinger in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next chapter after Spider-Man: Homecoming. Our friendly neighborhood wall-crawler decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European

Queen & Slim World Premiere to Open AFI Fest 2019 Presented by Audi

AFI Alumna Melina Matsoukas's feature film directorial debut to launch 33rd edition of festival on Thursday, November 14.
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Press release: Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced that the 33rd edition of AFI FEST presented by Audi will open with the World Premiere of Makeready and Universal Pictures’ Queen & Slim. Directed by two-time Grammy winner Melina Matsoukas (AFI Class of 2005) and written by Emmy winner Lena Waithe from a story by Waithe and James Frey, the film is a consciousness-raising love story that confronts the staggering human toll of racism and the life-shattering price of violence. The film stars Academy Award nominee Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Academy Award nominee Chloë Sevigny, Flea, Sturgill Simpson

Fists in the Pocket is the Pick of the Week

A darkly funny 1965 slap in the face to family values headlines a week of releases.
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Director Marco Bellocchio's 1965 savage masterpiece, Fists in the Pocket, remains argubly the most definitive portrait of brutal family dysfunction in the history of cinema. It was like a swan dive into a pit of needles and razor wire, as it dealt with subject matter that most of us could actually relate to. Many people (myself included) wish that they could escape the families they were born into. Unfortunately, the impulse of doing away with the folks can sometimes lead to murder and mayhem. This theme occurs as Alessandro (a brilliant Lou Castel), a young epileptic man who tries to

'Memory: The Origins of Alien' Coming to Theaters Oct. 4

Alexandre O. Philippe takes fans on an exploration of the mythical underpinnings of ALIEN.
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Press release: In-step with the 40th anniversary of ALIEN, Legion M and Screen Media are bringing Alexandre O. Philippe's MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN to select nationwide theaters and On Demand on October 4. Philippe (78/52, The People vs. George Lucas, Doc of the Dead) takes fans on an exploration of the mythical underpinnings of ALIEN, supported by exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, unearthing the largely untold origin story behind Ridley Scott's cinematic masterpiece, and reveals a treasure trove of never-before-seen materials from the archives of ALIEN creators Dan O'Bannon and H.R. Giger - including original story notes, rejected designs and storyboards,

Turner Classic Movies Returns to Hollywood for the 11th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival on April 16 - 19

Festival theme Grand Illusions: Fantastic Worlds on Film will take movie lovers on an enchanted journey of storytelling
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced that the TCM Classic Film Festival will return for its 11th consecutive year and is set to take place Thursday, April 16 - Sunday, April 19, 2020 in Hollywood, CA. Thousands of movie lovers from around the globe will descend upon Hollywood Boulevard for movies set within the theme Grand Illusions: Fantastic Worlds on Film. Over four packed days and nights, attendees will be treated to an extensive lineup of great movies, appearances by legendary stars and filmmakers, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, special events and more. Grand Illusions: Fantastic Worlds on

The Koker Trilogy is the Pick of the Week

The late master Kiarostami's influential trilogy rounds out a week of stellar new releases.
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When master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami passed away in 2016, that really shook the film world, because his extraordinary body of work really elevated the endless possibilites of how bold and innovative Cinema can be. His blending of reality and fiction became a touchstone for the depiction of the human condition. From his short films of the early '70s to his final masterpiece, 24 Frames (2017), Kiarostami really changed the face of contemporary Iranian film forever. He never made a bad film, and it's no wonder why critics and film buffs (besides myself) still sing his praises today, and discuss how

This September, Time Life Delivers the Ultimate Collection of Legendary Live Concerts in One Hard Rockin' Set

Across 11 jam-packed discs, music fans will thrill to nearly 30 hours of live performances from epic Hall of Fame ceremonies from 2010-2017.
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Press release: Each year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors rock music's pioneering figures during a prestigious, black-tie ceremony. As the Hall of Fame enters its third decade, it's these extraordinary induction ceremonies -- featuring the biggest names in classic rock from the '60s, '70s and '80s - that have become nearly as epic as the artists they celebrate. On September 6, Time Life and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame give home audiences front row seats to the unforgettable ceremonies from 2010-2017 with the 11-disc collector's set Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert. An

Warner Bros. Announces The Wizard of Oz Arrives on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital 10/29

Acclaimed as one of the greatest family films of all time, The Wizard of Oz will be available for the first time in 4k resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR).
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Press release: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced today that 1939’s acclaimed and beloved classic The Wizard of Oz will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on October 29th. Directed by Victor Fleming (Gone With the Wind) and starring Judy Garland as Dorothy Gayle, The Wizard of Oz is widely considered to be one of the most influential films in cinematic history. Adapted from L. Frank Baum 's tale about a Kansas girl’s journey over the rainbow, The Wizard of Oz officially premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on August 15, 1939. The film was directed by Victor

Toy Story 4 Coming to Homes Digitally Oct. 1 and on Blu-ray and 4K UHD on Oct. 8

Fans who bring home Toy Story 4 will be treated to over an hour of bonus features celebrating the film's iconic characters, Pixar's filmmaking team and the legacy of Toy Story.
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Press release: This summer, Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 took audiences on a hilarious and heartwarming road trip with Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the whole gang, earning a 98 percent critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes and more than $1 billion at the global box office. Packed with old friends and new faces, the fourth film in the beloved Toy Story series, which leads Woody to an unexpected fork in the road, arrives home on Digital in 4K Ultra HD, HD, and Movies Anywhere Oct. 1, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD Oct. 8. Fans who bring home Toy

Magnificent Obsession is the Pick of the Week

A 1954 Douglas Sirk weepfest rounds out a new week of releases.
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When it comes to classic melodrama, director Douglas Sirk can't be beat. In his films, which usually include themes of class, social status, wealth, and human frailty, these stories play out in rich, elegant Technicolor that you can overlook the sometimes overwrought weepiness. His 1954 effort, Magnificent Obsession, is often his most unconvincing film, but with the talents of Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman on display, you just go with it. The plot of a reckless, loaded playboy running over a distraught widow seems saccharin today, but back then it was an actual story. Again, you just have to go

Experience the King Like Never Before with 'Elvis Unleashed' in Movie Theaters Worldwide on October 7 & 10 Only

The event features never-before-seen outtakes and performances from the iconic '68 Elvis Comeback Special.
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Press release: Elvis Presley returns to big screens across the globe this fall with the new music special, “Elvis Unleashed,” featuring previously unseen footage on movie theater screens of Elvis as he filmed the iconic “68 Comeback Special.” The two-day cinema event, which includes outtakes and performances that reveal a new side of the King, will air in cinemas on October 7, with an encore screening on October 10. Each screening will include a new 30-minute segment with Los Angeles Times lead music writer Randy Lewis in conversation with actor Dennis Quaid, rising pop/country artist Jade Jackson and the esteemed

Criterion Announces November 2019 Releases

All about the Criterion titles out this month.
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Criterion will leave shoppers thankful this Novermber with five new titles to the collection. They are Greg Mottola's The Daytrippers, Jean-Jacques Beineix’s Betty Blue, Paweł Pawlikowski’s Cold War, Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s All About Eve, and Irving Rapper's Now, Voyager. Read on to learn more about them. The Daytrippers (#1001) out Nov 12 With its droll humor and bittersweet emotional heft, the feature debut of writer-director Greg Mottola announced the arrival of an unassumingly sharp-witted new talent on the 1990s indie scene. When she discovers a love letter written to her husband (Stanley Tucci) by an unknown paramour, the distraught Eliza

Widescreen Marvel 'Lawrence of Arabia' Returns to Movie Theaters

The monumental cinematic achievement continues the TCM Big Screen Classics series on September 1 and 4.
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Press release: One of cinema’s most magnificent and visually stunning achievements, Lawrence of Arabia will return to movie theaters nationwide for two days only - a film made to be seen on the big screen will be presented by Fathom Events as part of the TCM Big Screen Classics series. Lawrence of Arabia will be presented digitally in 4K from a meticulous restoration that utilized 8K scans of the original 65mm negative; the picture was painstakingly restored to remove the damage, deterioration and fading the negative had experienced over 50 years. Movie lovers can experience Lawrence of Arabia in its

The Inland Sea is the Pick of the Week

A rather unknown 1991 travelogue with one of film culture's greatest scholars headlines a week of new releases.
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As much I adore legendary film critic Donald Ritchie, I never knew he made a personal travelogue of his trip to Japan. Reading the premise, I actually found The Inland Sea promising, meaning that an individual allows the viewer to take a journey with them to faraway places. You're able to get a life-changing, or at least a spiritual experience that you wouldn't obviously get otherwise. I wish I had more to say, but I have never really heard of this small film until Criterion announced it for this month. It isn't packed with supplements, but the ones on this

Trafalgar Releasing to Bring Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M² to Cinemas Worldwide on October 9

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the 1999 performance and Grammy-winning S&M album, Metallica & San Francisco Symphony reunite.
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Press release: After the announcement of the forthcoming Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M² film last week, Trafalgar Releasing is excited to reveal the official trailer for the film. Metallica and San Francisco Symphony reunite to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their original S&M (Symphony & Metallica) show with S&M², filmed at San Francisco’s new Chase Center. The film will be released on October 9th. Tickets on sale now from metallica.film. The original S&M concerts were performed by Metallica and San Francisco Symphony and conducted by the late Michael Kamen in spring of 1999 at the Berkeley Community Theatre. 2019’s

Eagle Vision Proudly Presents The Cure: 40 Live - Curætion-25 + Anniversary

Deluxe box, Hardbook DVD, Hardbook Blu-ray, and digital formats available October 18th.
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Press release: Less than a year before their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Cure celebrated their 40th anniversary. On October 18th 2019, Eagle Vision will present two special performances in which they commemorated this milestone, when 40 LIVE - CURÆTION-25 + ANNIVERSARY is released in a Limited Edition Deluxe Box (2Blu-ray+4CD, or 2DVD+4CD, each with 40-page book), on Limited Edition Hardbook 2Blu-ray or 2DVD (each with 16 page book), and standalone digital formats. The first film -- CURÆTION-25: From There To Here | From Here To There - was captured on the tenth and final

Trafalgar Releasing Debuts Trailer for 'Roger Waters Us + Them' Film in Theaters Worldwide Oct. 2 & 6

Featuring songs from his legendary Pink Floyd albums and from his last album, Is This The Life We Really Want?
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Press release:Trafalgar Releasing are excited to unveil the official film trailer for Roger Waters Us + Them, filmed in Amsterdam on the European leg of his highly successful and critically acclaimed 2017/2018 world tour, US + THEM. The film will be screened in 2500+ cinemas across 60+ countries around the world on October 2 and 6 only. Tickets to see the film are on sale now from rogerwatersusandthem.com. Roger Waters, co-founder and creative force behind Pink Floyd, with visionary director, Sean Evans, brings to the screen the live story of Us + Them to inspire you with its powerful music

Alice, Sweet Alice is the Pick of the Week

A highly overlooked 1976 slasher headlines a week of interesting releases.
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When discussing the slasher genre, the obvious classics: Halloween (1978), A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984), Scream (1996), and most notably the granddaddy of them all: Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), always comes to mind. However, Alice, Sweet Alice, director Alfred Sole's 1976 chiller, is not usually on most horror fans' lips. It should be, because it is an unusual blend of terror and religious iconography that will creep you out. It's certainly not for everyone, but that's beside the point. It's also a slow burn filled with eerie uncertainty that brings to mind Don't Look Now (1973), which I think Sole

Celebrating Its 40th Anniversary, Star Trek: The Motion Picture Returns to the Big Screen for Two Days Only

Experience the adventure in movie theaters nationwide on September 15 and 18.
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Press release: In 1979, the Starship Enterprise flew its very first big-screen mission in Star Trek—The Motion Picture, and to mark the film’s 40th anniversary, Fathom Events and Paramount Pictures will bring this awe-inspiring adventure back to movie theaters for two days only, on September 15 and 18. Tickets to Star Trek—The Motion Picture are available beginning Friday, August 2, at www.FathomEvents.com or participating theater box offices. In its first nationwide cinema release since the film premiered in December 1979, the original theatrical cut of Star Trek—The Motion Picture will include the film’s soaring overture by famed composer Jerry Goldsmith.

Peanuts 70th Anniversary Holiday Collection Limited Edition Available October 1, 2019

Four-disc collection includes nine television specials packaged in a limited edition collectible Snoopy doghouse giftset.
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Press release: Good grief! The legendary Peanuts comic strip turns 70 and to celebrate the occasion, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release a gorgeous, collectible Blu-ray giftset comprised of three iconic animated holiday specials packaged in a limited edition Snoopy doghouse giftset! Titled Peanuts 70th Anniversary Holiday Collection Limited Edition, this collection will be released on October 1, 2019 and will include It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas, as well as six additional Peanuts specials that are re-mastered/restored, plus brand-new special features. All nine specials will be released on Blu-ray with

Glory is the Pick of the Week

A 1989 masterpiece tops a new week of interesting releases.
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The year 1989 was pretty great for film, although not for the Oscars. The overall winner was Driving Miss Daisy, which was a rather safe choice by the Academy. However, there were two other films that were more accurate, less syrupy representations of racial tension and prejudice: Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing, and director Edward Zwick's Glory, which remains an emotionally charged and important picture about not only the bloodiest event in American history, but also the bonds between those not defined by the color of one's skin, but the moral code in which they live by. This is

Iconic Peanuts Gang to Hit Theaters for 50th Anniversary

The first Peanuts movies return for a whole new generation.
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Press release: Fans of all ages will enjoy the 50th Anniversary event cinema release of the two full-length digitally re-mastered Peanuts movies - A Boy Named Charlie Brown and Snoopy, Come Home when the animated features appear in cinema for the first time since 1969 and 1972. See the original Peanuts characters like you’ve never seen them before. Humorous and heart-tugging, both features bring back the joys of childhood and teach kids today’s important life lessons during their most impressionable years. Filled with laughter, courage, loyalty and the lovable friends we all relate to, the original Peanuts movies will win

Godzilla: The Showa Era Films (1954-1975), Criterion Edition #1000 Collects All 15 Films Together for the First Time

This monster of a set will be available October 29, 2019.
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Press release: This October, Criterion celebrates the arrival of spine number 1000, a Blu-ray collector’s set fit for the granddaddy of all movie monsters. This landmark edition gathers for the first time all the Godzilla films from Japan’s Showa era: fifteen kaiju rampages, presented in high-definition digital transfers and accompanied by a slew of supplemental material, including a giant deluxe hardcover book with notes on each film and new illustrations from sixteen artists, new and archival interviews with cast and crew members, and much, much more! It’s a colossal set, and Criterion would have it no other way for their

Do The Right Thing is the Pick of the Week

Spike Lee's 1989 masterpiece tops a week of great releases.
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When taking about some of the greatest films ever made, you have to include iconic director Spike Lee's equally iconic 1989 masterwork, Do The Right Thing, which still reverberates even after thirty years. It was a funny, evocative, and dangerous look at a never-ending, hot-button topic that refuses to lay down and die: racism. Honestly, some of us may think that the film seems shaky and a little dated, but that's besides the point. It's a slow burn, sweaty fever-dream that boils to a puzzling, controversial conclusion that reminds us that some things may have changed, but others still stay

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