Getting More Immersed with Indiewire


  The Penske Media purchase of Indiewire has resulted in an expansion of my role as crafts and awards season contributor.  Beginning this week, I begin Emmy coverage of below-the-line contenders along with my usual Oscar season crafts reporting, working closely

Immersed in Blu-ray: Hitchcock and Bogart


The WB Archive Collection gets Hitch and Bogie on Blu-ray and they've never looked better for home viewing. In Kent Jones' indispensable doc, Hitchcock/Truffaut, he reminds us that Truffaut was on a mission to correct misconceptions about Hitch as a lightweight

Immersed in Books: Farber on Film


For the first time, the complete writings of film critic Manny Farber is available from Library of America, edited by Robert Polito (Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson). Manny Farber (1917-2008) was the first modernist film critic to write like a modernist.

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Immersed in Blu-ray: Aladdin Shines Again

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Aladdin, the beloved animated feature from ’92, makes its Blu-ray bow this week from Disney Home Ent. (also available on Digital HD and DMA). Aside from its demo-quality picture and sound, the Diamond Edition boasts never-before-seen tributes to the late Robin Williams, the “Genius behind the Genie.” Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Disney Shorts Collection

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An all-new Walt Disney Animation Short Films Collection is available this week in a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo from Disney Home Ent., including Oscar winners Feast and Paperman. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Home from DreamWorks

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DreamWorks is back doing cultural satire with Home (out in a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo from Fox Home Ent.). Jim Parsons and Rihanna team up as Oh and Tip in this alien invasion buddy comedy with Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez co-starring. Read more

10 Blu-rays for Summer Viewing

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Looking for some great classics to purchase? Here are 10 notable releases this year that all look stunning. Read more

Spirited Away from Miyazaki Goes Blu

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Spirited Away, the 2002 Oscar winner from Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghiblio arrived on Blu-ray (Disney Home Ent.) along with The Cat Returns. It has never looked better. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Far From the Madding Crowd

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With Thomas Vinterberg’s gorgeous Far from the Madding Crowd opening this weekend with Carey Mulligan, we have the arrival of John Schlesinger’s beloved ’67 version on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection. Read more

TCM Film Fest: Restoring Sound of Music, 1776

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This weekend’s annual TCM Classic Film Fest is all about “History, According to Hollywood,” and you couldn’t find two more diverse musical examples than The Sound of Music (which kicked things off Thursday at the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX) and 1776 (screening Saturday afternoon at the Chinese IMAX). Both tout digital restorations to show off their compelling stories of nonconformity and revolution. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Into the Woods

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In a musical mood? Check out Into the Woods, which arrived on Blu-ray this week (Disney Home Ent.), looking and sounding spectacular. Read more

Talking Legend of The Neverbeast

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The latest and perhaps the last of the Tinker Bell movies from Disneytoon Studios, Legend of the Neverbeast, arrived last week on Blu-ray, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere. It’s a very personal story for director Steve Loter (Kim Possible), who was inspired by his daughter’s embrace of big dogs.

Loter grew up without pets and was particularly afraid of large canines until his daughter’s kindness helped him overcome his fear. The movie revolves around the open-hearted Fawn (voiced by Jennifer Goodwin) and her discovery of a beast that is not really so monstrous. But her compassion nearly destroys Pixie Hollow. I recently spoke with Loter and producer Makul Wigert (Secret of the Wings). Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Oscar Winner Big Hero 6

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Disney’s Oscar-winning Big Hero 6 is now available in a stunning Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD collector’s edition from Disney Home Ent. Read more