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/DVD: Smurfy Hollow

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Check out the Halloween special from Sony Pictures Animation, The Legend of Smurfy Hollow (Sony Home Ent.), which deftly blends CG and 2D.

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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

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

Director Haywood-Carter Talks Savannah

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Savannah is no Fruitvale Station or Lee Daniels’ The Butler, but the modest indie opening Aug. 23 in 11 theaters from Ketchup Entertainment (and Sept. 24 on DVD/VOD) is still a noteworthy entry in this year’s cycle of movies devoted to the African-American experience. 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

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/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