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: Rocky Heavyweight Collection

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In honor of the MGM 90th, the Oscar-winning Rocky arrives in a new set (with great new 4K transfer) along with all five previous remasters plus Rocky Balboa (Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: The Jungle Book

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Disney’s 19th animated feature arrives on Blu-ray, reminding us why it was such a popular hit in 1967 and arguably boasted the best animal character animation of Walt’s reign. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Cloudy 2

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Catch the popular Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Blu-ray (Sony Home Ent.). Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Khartoum

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Basil Dearden’s underrated Mid-East epic from 1966 dazzles in a limited edition Blu-ray from Twilight Time (Oliver!, Zulu, The Way We Were). Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Sunrise

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F.W. Murnau’s masterful Sunrise (1927) makes its North American Blu-ray debut in a combo pack from Fox. It’s a reminder of Oscar greatness and a key influence on Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Elysium

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One of the VFX Oscar contenders is out on Blu-ray from Sony Home Ent. in a combo pack, boasting a reference-quality transfer mastered in 4K and dynamic DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 with a terrific soundstage. Read more

Favorites from the Warner Archive Collection

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Jack Benny, Danny Kaye, Garbo, and Chevalier and MacDonald are featured in my year-end round-up of MOD classics from warnerarchive.com.

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Going Deeper into Epic with Chris Wedge

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I caught up with Chris Wedge again when he was in town recently to revisit the underrated Epic, his most personal film and one of my favorites of the year. The lush swashbuckler has a heartfelt father/daughter story and looks beneath the surface in discovering hidden truths about life and nature. We also looked forward to his first live-action feature, Monster Trucks (May 29, 2015). Read more

Going Deeper into Monsters University

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With Monsters University failing to snag a Golden Globes nomination (a first for Pixar), many are wondering how it will impact the Oscar race. First, there were only three available GG slots this year and there are five Oscar nominees. So, unless the Academy pulls a shocking Cars 2 repeat –which is unlikely given MU’s enormous popularity and success — it will remain in the running when the nominations are announced on Jan. 16. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Mary Poppins

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Mary Poppins arrives for a wondrous 50th anniversary Blu-ray edition from Disney Home Ent. to coincide with the release of Saving Mr. Banks. Read more