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: The Croods

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The Croods goes Blu (Fox Home Ent/DreamWorks Home Ent.) and looks and sounds spectacular in HD. The DreamWorks Animation hit and Oscar contender (the only original) got a head start on the survival theme that has defined the year. Read more

Musker Talks Mermaid and Moana

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With this week’s Blu-ray combo release of The Little Mermaid (including 3-D), I had a chance to catch up with co-director John Musker. He looked back at the masterpiece that launched Disney’s second renaissance in ’89 (the first fairy tale since Sleeping Beauty) and ahead to Moana, his first CG feature with partner Ron Clements: a Polynesian musical, which is part of the third renaissance led by his old CalArts pal, John Lasseter. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Iron Man 3

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Iron Man 3 gets released on Blu-ray this week from Disney. It’s more existential than its predecessors but no less fun, as Shane Black replaced Jon Favreau as director, giving Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark a post-Avengers crisis to deal with. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: The Earrings of Madame de…

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Max Ophüls’ luminous and sublime The Earrings of Madame de… (1953) is now a must-own Blu-ray from Criterion. Read more

Transforming The Wizard of Oz in IMAX 3D

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Watching a glimpse of The Wizard of Oz in IMAX 3D earlier this week at the reconstructed Chinese Theater took some adjusting. Talk about a hybrid of the old and new (the 3-D was a bit of an eye-opener, though, and wasn’t at all distracting). Then again, there’s always been something hyper-real about three-strip Technicolor, and transforming Sid Grauman’s ornate movie palace into a more immersive IMAX experience by the new TCL ownership is perfect for 21st century exhibition. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Star Trek Into Darkness

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J.J. Abrams completed Kirk’s rite of passage and reintroduced Khan in the thrilling Star Trek Into Darkness, a reference quality Blu-ray released Tuesday in 3-D and flat from Paramount Home Ent (boasting a thunderous Dolby TrueHD 7.1 soundtrack). Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Sword, Robin, Oliver

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Three favorites from Disney have now gone Blu and sparkle in HD: The Sword in the Stone (1963), Robin Hood (1973), and Oliver & Company (1988). Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Seconds

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John Frankenheimer’s Seconds (1966), is out on Blu-ray from Criterion, looking crisp and sharp, and still as disturbing as ever.  Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Shane Celebrates its 60th

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Shane is a stunning revelation on Blu-ray (Warner Home Ent.), reminding us what a great director George Stevens was. It’s a meta-Western about family and community, trying to reinvent yourself, and fighting fascism for the American Dream. Read more

Monster in Paris Named iTunes Movie of the Week

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A Monster in Paris is performing well on iTunes. Read more