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.

Home Entertainment

10 Blu-rays for Summer Viewing

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Looking for some great classics to purchase? Here are 10 notable releases this year that all look stunning. Read more

Spirited Away from Miyazaki Goes Blu

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Spirited Away, the 2002 Oscar winner from Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghiblio arrived on Blu-ray (Disney Home Ent.) along with The Cat Returns. It has never looked better. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Far From the Madding Crowd

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With Thomas Vinterberg’s gorgeous Far from the Madding Crowd opening this weekend with Carey Mulligan, we have the arrival of John Schlesinger’s beloved ’67 version on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Into the Woods

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In a musical mood? Check out Into the Woods, which arrived on Blu-ray this week (Disney Home Ent.), looking and sounding spectacular. Read more

Talking Legend of The Neverbeast

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The latest and perhaps the last of the Tinker Bell movies from Disneytoon Studios, Legend of the Neverbeast, arrived last week on Blu-ray, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere. It’s a very personal story for director Steve Loter (Kim Possible), who was inspired by his daughter’s embrace of big dogs.

Loter grew up without pets and was particularly afraid of large canines until his daughter’s kindness helped him overcome his fear. The movie revolves around the open-hearted Fawn (voiced by Jennifer Goodwin) and her discovery of a beast that is not really so monstrous. But her compassion nearly destroys Pixie Hollow. I recently spoke with Loter and producer Makul Wigert (Secret of the Wings). Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Oscar Winner Big Hero 6

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Disney’s Oscar-winning Big Hero 6 is now available in a stunning Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD collector’s edition from Disney Home Ent. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: The Boxtrolls

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The Boxtrolls, the stop-motion Oscar contender from Laika, is out on Blu-ray/DVD (Universal). It’s reference quality image and sound, representing the naturalistic, tactile quality of this steampunk marvel. Read more

Knight to Direct Samurai Kubo for Laika

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Laika goes samurai for its fourth stop-motion feature with Focus Features, Kubo and the Two Strings, marking the directorial debut of studio head Travis Knight (Aug. 19, 2016).

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Blu-ray Holiday Gift Guide

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Looking for some Blu-rays to purchase? Here are six to consider. Read more

Don Hahn Talks Maleficent and Sleeping Beauty

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In honor of  the blockbuster Maleficent arriving on Blu-ray this week, Disney recently hosted a first-time press visit to Walt Disney’s former Los Feliz residence, Working Way (now owned by director Timur Bekmambetov, who produced Shane Acker’s 9 and is reworking Ben-Hur). It was the perfect fairy tale-like setting to interview exec producer Don Hahn about bothMaleficent and Sleeping Beauty (which was released as a Diamond Edition on Blu-ray last month). Hahn left Disney to help start-up Paramount Animation and is now enjoying a break between projects. Read more