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: 101 Dalmatians

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Disney’s beloved 1961 animated classic 101 Dalmatians looks dazzling in a new diamond Blu-ray combo pack, currently available from Disney Home Ent., featuring an all-new animated short, The Further Adventures of Thunderbolt. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: The Boxtrolls

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Annies, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Events, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music, Oscar, previs, Production Design, Sound, stop-motion, Tech, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The Boxtrolls, the stop-motion Oscar contender from Laika, is out on Blu-ray/DVD (Universal). It’s reference quality image and sound, representing the naturalistic, tactile quality of this steampunk marvel. Read more

Clipping ILM VFX from Winter Soldier

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Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of the 10 shortlisted movies competing for the VFX Oscar and ILM has released a great new breakdown clip in anticipation of the bakeoff on Jan. 10. Read more

Knight to Direct Samurai Kubo for Laika

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Laika goes samurai for its fourth stop-motion feature with Focus Features, Kubo and the Two Strings, marking the directorial debut of studio head Travis Knight (Aug. 19, 2016).

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Blu-ray Holiday Gift Guide

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music, Oscar, Shorts, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

Looking for some Blu-rays to purchase? Here are six to consider. Read more

Guardians of the Galaxy Goes Blu

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The number one hit of the year, Disney/Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, arrived in a reference quality Blu-ray this week from Disney Home Ent. Read more

Don Hahn Talks Maleficent and Sleeping Beauty

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Home Entertainment, Movies, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

In honor of  the blockbuster Maleficent arriving on Blu-ray this week, Disney recently hosted a first-time press visit to Walt Disney’s former Los Feliz residence, Working Way (now owned by director Timur Bekmambetov, who produced Shane Acker’s 9 and is reworking Ben-Hur). It was the perfect fairy tale-like setting to interview exec producer Don Hahn about bothMaleficent and Sleeping Beauty (which was released as a Diamond Edition on Blu-ray last month). Hahn left Disney to help start-up Paramount Animation and is now enjoying a break between projects. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Dr. Caligari and The Innocents

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Blu-ray, Books, Cinematography, Clips, Movies, Production Design, Screenwriting, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

Just in time for Halloween, we have the psychological horror of two masterpieces to experience in digitally-restored Blu-ray: Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari from Eureka’s Masters of Cinema, and Jack Clayton’s The Innocents from Criterion. Read more

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Goes Blu

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Clips, Movies, previs, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

As good as Captain America was, The Winter Soldier is even better, thanks to the conspiracy thriller component added by the Russo brothers, and the Blu-ray/DVD set from Disney looks and sounds stellar. It’s a wildly fun and exciting mash-up. Read more

Immersed in Blu-Ray: Criterion, Disney, WB, Twilight

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Blu-ray, Cinematography, Clips, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music, Production Design, Tech, Trailers, VFX | Leave a comment

There’s plenty of movie watching on Blu-ray this summer from our good friends at Criterion, Disney, Warner Bros., and Twilight Time. Read more