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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Wizard of Oz IMAX 3D to Relaunch Chinese Theater

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The Wizard of Oz will receive the first IMAX 3D premiere at the new TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Sept. 15, followed by an exclusive one-week IMAX engagement at the Chinese and IMAX theaters across North America beginning Sept. 20. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: House of Cards

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Netflix’s Emmy-contending House of Cards from David Fincher and Beau Willimon has gone Blu (Sony Pictures Home Ent.) and The Complete First Season looks and sounds great in HD. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray/DVD

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It’s Western week with Criterion offering 3:10 to Yuma and Jubal from Delmer Daves on Blu-ray and A Big Hand for the Little Lady coming to DVD from the Warner Archive Collection. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Oz the Great and Powerful

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Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful comes to Blu-ray, 3-D Blu-ray, and DVD in a Disney combo pack this week looking and sounding great in the home theater. Personally, I better appreciated the richness of production designer Rob Stromberg’s colorful eye candy even more without the 3-D. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray/DVD

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Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects, Eddie Cantor’s Whoopee and Kid Millions, Wilson, and “Forbidden Hollywood Volume 6″ are my picks of the week. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Cleopatra

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Following its Cannes premiere, Fox’s new 50th anniversary Cleopatra restoration bowed on Blu-ray this week. Read more

Gkids/Cinedigm Launch New Animation Label

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Indie animation distributor Gkids has launched a new multi-platform animation label with Cinedigm. Gkids will continue to handle theatrical distribution and Cinedigm will take on ancillary under the Gkids brand. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray/DVD

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Eureka’s Master of Cinema series offers Sacha Guitry’s black comedy, La Poison,  and Federico Fellini’s City of Women on Blu-ray in the UK, while Warner Archive and Fox Cinema Archives uncover The Mask of Dimitrios and Unfaithfully Yours, respectively, on DVD. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray/DVD

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The Great Escape, Richard III, Badlands, Sansho the Bailiff, and the original Fast and Furious are the latest home entertainment releases I’ve enjoyed. Read more

The Rise of Triggerfish Animation

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South-Africa-based Triggerfish Animation has come of age with its first two features, Adventures in Zambezia, about a lavish city of birds, currently available on Blu-ray and DVD (Sony Home Ent.), and Khumba, a zebra in search of its identity, which premieres at Cannes this month. Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest discusses the emergence of his studio as a regional force. Read more