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: 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

The Wizard of Oz Goes 3-D for 75th Anniversary

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The Wizard of Oz will 3-D to its hyper-real arsenal, when it screens in IMAX the week of Sept. 20 in North America followed by a 75th anniversary Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3-D, DVD, and UltraViolet from Warner Bros. Home Ent. 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

Designer Becker Talks Silver Linings Playbook

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David O. Russell’s Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook arrived on Blu-ray this week from Anchor Bay looking its blue collar best and containing an intriguing alternate ending.  Production designer Judy Becker discusses collaborating with Russell in creating the Italian-American Philly atmosphere. It’s Good Fellas meets It’s a Wonderful Life. Read more

Bergeron Talks A Monster in Paris

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A Monster in Paris comes to Blu-ray and DVD this week from Shout Factory, a gorgeous ode to early 20th century cabaret music and The Phantom of the Opera. I interviewed director Bibo Bergeron (Shark Tale) about returning to Paris after DreamWorks to make this labor of love. Read more

Roger Rabbit Turns 25

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After 25 years, Who Framed Roger Rabbit still remains one of the boldest and most exciting achievements in animation history. It paved the way for the second Disney renaissance, launched a year later with The Little Mermaid, proving that ‘toons could be hip again theatrically, that they weren’t just for kids, and that hand-drawn 2D could hold its own dramatically — and culturally — with live-action. Read more