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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Story of Frozen TV Special to Air Sept. 2

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The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic, an original TV special that ventures behind-the-scenes of the Oscar-winning, top grossing animated movie of all time ($1.2 billion), will air Sept. 2 on ABC (8:00 -9:00 p.m., ET). The project is a collaboration between Lincoln Square Prods. and Walt Disney Animation Studios. The program will culminate with a sneak peek of Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6 (Nov. 7) by directors Don Hall and Chris Williams. Read more

The Aladdin Gang Pays Tribute to Robin Williams

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Robin Williams was perfect as the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin (1992): the beloved, hysterically funny, role embodied all of his manic genius as well as his penchant for poignancy.  Directors John Musker and Ron Clements pay tribute to the late comic genius along with Genie supervising director Eric Goldberg. Read more

The Battle to Save The Alamo

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Restoration guru Robert Harris is fighting to save John Wayne’s The Alamo (1960) despite MGM resistance. The studio initially pledged $5,000 if Harris could privately raise the rest of the $1.3 million to restore the large format, 202-minute Roadshow version, but is now blocking the restoration.  Perhaps MGM has already committed to distributing a Blu-ray utilizing the 35mm recut. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: The Nutty Professor 50th

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Jerry Lewis’ comic masterpiece gets the lavish, must-own Blu-ray treatment from Warner Bros. Home Ent. Read more

Legendary Cinematographer Gordon Willis Passes Away

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Cinematography Gordon Willis (The Godfather, All the President’s Men, Manhattan), known as “the prince of darkness,” who best defined the neo-noir look of the ’70s, died Sunday at the age of 82. Read more

Immersed in Blu: Polanski, Friedkin, Allen, Roeg

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Tess, Sorcerer, Performance, Broadway Danny Rose, and Violent Saturday get the must-own Blu-ray treatment. Read more

Behind the High-Frame-Rate Oklahoma! Restoration

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Given Peter Jackson and James Cameron’s current embrace of high-frame-rate, there’s an added importance to Fox’s restoration of the roadshow Oklahoma!, which opened the TCM Classic Film Fest Thursday at the TCL Chinese IMAX Theater. In addition to being shot in Todd-AO large format, the beloved 1955 musical from Rodgers & Hammerstein also experimented with 30 frames to solve the flickering problem and to better stave off competition from TV. The result is almost holographic. Read more

Frozen Breaks All-Time Animation Record

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Walt Disney’s Oscar-winning Frozen has become the highest-grossing animated movie ever, with $1,072.4 billion worldwide ($398.4 million domestic and $674 million internationally), and has also entered the list of the top 10 biggest films of all time. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Frozen

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

Disney’s Oscar-winning, global phenomenon goes Blu from Disney Home Ent. and looks and sounds reference quality. Read more

Foreign Correspondent, Show Boat Go Blu/DVD

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Foreign Correspondent (Criterion) and Show Boat (Warner Archive) dazzle on Blu-ray and DVD, respectively. Read more