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

Immersed in Blu-Ray: Criterion, Disney, WB, Twilight

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

There’s plenty of movie watching on Blu-ray this summer from our good friends at Criterion, Disney, Warner Bros., and Twilight Time. Read more

Story of Frozen TV Special to Air Sept. 2

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Home Entertainment, Movies, Oscar, previs, Production Design, Tech, TV, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic, an original TV special that ventures behind-the-scenes of the Oscar-winning, top grossing animated movie of all time ($1.2 billion), will air Sept. 2 on ABC (8:00 -9:00 p.m., ET). The project is a collaboration between Lincoln Square Prods. and Walt Disney Animation Studios. The program will culminate with a sneak peek of Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6 (Nov. 7) by directors Don Hall and Chris Williams. Read more

The Aladdin Gang Pays Tribute to Robin Williams

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

Robin Williams was perfect as the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin (1992): the beloved, hysterically funny, role embodied all of his manic genius as well as his penchant for poignancy.  Directors John Musker and Ron Clements pay tribute to the late comic genius along with Genie supervising director Eric Goldberg. Read more

The Battle to Save The Alamo

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Restoration guru Robert Harris is fighting to save John Wayne’s The Alamo (1960) despite MGM resistance. The studio initially pledged $5,000 if Harris could privately raise the rest of the $1.3 million to restore the large format, 202-minute Roadshow version, but is now blocking the restoration.  Perhaps MGM has already committed to distributing a Blu-ray utilizing the 35mm recut. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: The LEGO Movie

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Home Entertainment, Movies, previs, stop-motion, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The LEGO Movie, the year’s first animated blockbuster, arrived on Blu-ray this week from Warner Bros. Home Ent., and it’s a reference quality experience. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: The Nutty Professor 50th

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Jerry Lewis’ comic masterpiece gets the lavish, must-own Blu-ray treatment from Warner Bros. Home Ent. Read more

Gibbs Talks Radiator Springs 500 1/2 Short

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Home Entertainment, Movies, Shorts, Tech, Trailers, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Pixar has certainly gotten a lot of mileage with Cars, and this week launches a new “Tales From Radiator Springs” series of shorts premiering on the Disney Movies Anywhere app. The first short, Radiator Springs 500 1/2, introduces a new off-road racing challenging that Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) can’t resist entering to redeem the honor of the town and its founder, Stanley. Director Rob Gibbs (“Mater’s Tall Tales”) discusses some of the new animated twists and turns. Read more

Behind the High-Frame-Rate Oklahoma! Restoration

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Blu-ray, Cinematography, Clips, Festivals, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music, Tech | Leave a comment

Given Peter Jackson and James Cameron’s current embrace of high-frame-rate, there’s an added importance to Fox’s restoration of the roadshow Oklahoma!, which opened the TCM Classic Film Fest Thursday at the TCL Chinese IMAX Theater. In addition to being shot in Todd-AO large format, the beloved 1955 musical from Rodgers & Hammerstein also experimented with 30 frames to solve the flickering problem and to better stave off competition from TV. The result is almost holographic. Read more

Frozen Breaks All-Time Animation Record

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Clips, Home Entertainment, Movies, Oscar, performance capture, previs, Production Design, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Walt Disney’s Oscar-winning Frozen has become the highest-grossing animated movie ever, with $1,072.4 billion worldwide ($398.4 million domestic and $674 million internationally), and has also entered the list of the top 10 biggest films of all time. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Frozen

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Clips, Home Entertainment, Movies, Oscar, previs, Production Design, Shorts, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Disney’s Oscar-winning, global phenomenon goes Blu from Disney Home Ent. and looks and sounds reference quality. Read more