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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Holiday Blu-ray Gift Guide: Part Two

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

I wrap up my gift guide recommendations with two from Warner Home Ent.:  James Dean: Ultimate Collector’s Edition and The Right Stuff 30th anniversary edition. Read more

Going Deeper into DM2 with Chris Meledandri

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With last week’s Blu-ray/DVD release of the blockbuster and Oscar-contending Despicable Me 2 from Universal, it’s a great time to catch up once again with Illumination’s Chris Meledandri, who made the Vanity Fair list of top media disruptors for the second consecutive year. Read more

Holiday Blu-ray Gift Guide: Part One

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Here are my gift guide recommendations from Criterion and Eureka: Masters of Cinema (for those who can play UK discs). Read more

Going Deeper into The Croods

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The Croods (which grabbed nine Annie nominations, including best animated feature) certainly stands out in a year dominated by survival and the inevitability of change. In fact, every country that directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco visited on their press tour embraced the prehistoric family as part of their own cultural identity. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Planes

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Planes goes Blu (Disney Home Ent.) and the first in the Disneytoon trilogy provides a fun family adventure that’s worth picking up for its infectious charm and humor. Read more

Watch Aningaaq Short from Gravity

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Remember the remarkable radio conversation in Gravity between Sandra Bullock’s Ryan and an Eskimo? Screenwriter Jonas Cuaron shows us the conversation from his point of view in his Aningaaq short, which will be a bonus feature on the upcoming Warner Home Ent. Blu-ray. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Before Midnight

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Richard Linklatter’s sublime Before Midnight goes Blu (Sony Home Ent.), and the latest saga about soul mates Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) is one of the year’s best movies. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Monsters University

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Pixar’s Monsters University arrives on Blu-ray today from Disney Home Ent. touting global illumination for a more authentic look that really pops and a refreshing story about not attaining your dream. Read more

Clipping The Blue Umbrella

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In honor of the upcoming Blu-ray combo release of Monsters University (Oct. 29, Disney Home Ent.), here’s the opening act of The Blue Umbrella short, Saschka Unseld’s sublime experiment in photorealism. Read more

Superman Gets Animated for the 75th

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

Zack Snyder and Bruce Timm honor Superman’s 75th with a nostalgic short.

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