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

Raiders Comes to IMAX This Weekend

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In anticipation of Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures debuting on Blu-ray (Paramount Home Media., Sept. 18), Raiders of the Lost Ark will bow in IMAX for one week starting today. There will additionally be a marathon of all four Indy films on 69 AMC screens on Sept. 15. Tickets and a list of participating theaters are available at www.imax.com. Tweet #ImaxIndy for a chance to win prizes. Read more

Oct. 5 Marks Global Bond Day

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Oct. 5 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. No opening in London, so it’s been designated as Global James Bond Day. MoMA launches a 22-film retrospective all month with new 35mm prints; the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor Bond’s music, hosted by Jon Burlingame, author of The Music of James Bond (Oxford University Press); and a new documentary will be released about Bond producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman and Ian Fleming: Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, directed by Stevan Riley from from MGM, Columbia Pictures, Passion Pictures, and Red Box Films. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Disney Classics

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Several animated classics have gone Blu from Disney Home Entertainment, including The Aristocats, The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under, Pocahontas, and The Tigger Movie, and shine in HD. Read more

Clipping Alternate Avengers Opening

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A more somber, post-9/11 vibe underscores this alternate opening to The Avengers (available as “Maria Hill Investigation” on the Blu-ray/DVD combo Sept. 25 from Disney Home Ent.) Incidentally, blockbuster superhero movie returns to theaters Labor Day weekend for a one-week run. Read more

Kubrick Gets LA Retrospective, 25th Full Metal Jacket Blu-ray

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LACMA and The Academy are co-presenting the Stanley Kubrick retrospective Nov. 1 to June 30, 2013. Meanwhile, Warner Home Video has released a dazzling Full Metal Jacket 25th anniversary Blu-ray set. Read more

50th Anniversary Vlog with Bond Producers

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Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli discuss iconic James Bond moments in honor of the 50th anniversary and the release of the upcoming Golden Anniversary Blu-ray collection on Sept. 24 featuring all previous 22 movies. Read more

Diving into Finding Nemo 3D

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I went up to Pixar and saw Finding Nemo 3D and discuss my impressions and speak with co-director Lee Unkrich and the stellar stereoscopic team for my TOH/Indiewire column. It platforms theatrically Sept. 14 at the El Capitan and elsewhere before surfacing Dec. 4 on Blu-ray & Blu-ray 3D from Disney Home Entertainment). It’ll be interesting to see how the nine-year-old Nemo performs in light of Disney racking up a record $94.2 million for The Lion King (in 3D) last year and Titanic 3D generating $57.8 million this year. Read more

Trailering Partysaurus Rex

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I was up at Pixar last week covering¬† Finding Nemo 3D and Partysaurus Rex, the latest “Toy Story Toon” short that will screen in front of the stereoscopic Nemo in a limited theatrical engagement on Sept. 14. The trailer has been released and is indicative of the hilarious fun. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Jaws

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Jaws goes Blu today from Universal Home Ent. and the results are dazzling. I’ve never seen Steven Spielberg’s first blockbuster looking this sharp, clear, and colorful (image above courtesy of DVD Beaver). It’s a wonderful digital representation and we’re reminded once again what a great movie it is from the golden age of the ’70s. And the documentary by Laurent Bouzereau provides informative and entertaining context.¬† Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: The Lorax

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Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax came out on Blu-ray this week from Universal Home Ent. The hit from Chris Meledandri looks gorgeous, showing off the outstanding work from Illumination Mac Guff in France. In addition to a deleted scene (see below), there’s also the mini-movies: Wagon-Ho!, Forces of Nature, and Serenade. Read more