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Destino: Walt’s Dream, Then Roy's

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 2, 2010 2:45 AM
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dvd reviewIt took sixty years for Salvador Dali’s unfinished Walt Disney project, Destino, to reach fruition. In comparison, the seven years it’s taken for a home video release doesn’t seem so bad, but the process has been frustrating. And even now, the opportunity to own the Oscar-nominated film comes with a hitch:

dvd review: Fantasia Revisited—And Revealed

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 2, 2010 2:30 AM
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I have good news and bad news about the new DVD/Blu-Ray release of Walt Disney’s Fantasia. First, the good news. As someone who’s still lingering on the sidelines of the Blu-Ray revolution, I must tell you that the high-definition restoration of Walt Disney’s Fantasia looks breathtaking—even on standard DVD. Using the latest digital technology to scan the original nitrate negatives at 4K resolution has yielded a remarkable result. If you have a gigantic screen, or use a projector, you might detect a difference on Blu-Ray, but the plain ol’ DVD looks pretty great to my eyes.

Leslie Nielsen And ‘Forbidden Planet’

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 30, 2010 2:29 AM
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dvd reviews: DISNEY DOCS FINALLY ON DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 29, 2010 5:30 AM
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Two significant Disney-related documentaries, Walt & El Grupo, the story of Walt Disney’s sojourn to South America in 1941, and The Boys, the life story of the songwriting Sherman Brothers, are being released on DVD tomorrow, along with the story of the animation department’s fall and rise and fall, Waking Sleeping Beauty. Even if you were lucky enough to see these films in their extremely limited theatrical release, the DVDs have bonus material that makes them a must for any Disney buff.

BRIGHTENING THE PICTURE

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 26, 2010 5:32 AM
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Even though we’re in our fifth season on the air, and beamed into more than 50 million homes, ReelzChannel is still building its audience. Not long ago the powers-that-be decided to commission new sets, not only to make them more attractive,

film review: King's Speech

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 25, 2010 5:30 AM
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I sometimes recoil when people start spreading Oscar buzz about a movie I haven’t seen—or even had a chance to see—yet, but I’m willing to forgive this year’s campaign for The King’s Speech because it’s such a terrific movie. There are times when I look around me and get the feeling that civilization, as I know it, is coming to an end. Then a film like this arrives on the scene and restores my faith, not only in movies but in humankind itself.

film review: TANGLED

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 24, 2010 5:36 AM
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I approach each new Disney film with a combination of eagerness and apprehension: will it be as good as I want it to be? Can “the new guys” carry the torch lit by Walt and his colleagues so many years ago? Where Tangled is concerned, I knew within minutes that the answer was yes. I could tell from the look and sound of the film that it had the qualities people have always sought in a Disney animated fairy tale. I felt like I was home. Yet Tangled is a completely contemporary film that puts its own spin on the source material, with clever staging, hip humor and spectacular action scenes.

film review: Love And Other Drugs

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 24, 2010 5:35 AM
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film review: Burlesque

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 24, 2010 5:30 AM
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The people behind Burlesque did at least a few things right. First, Cher has an amazing screen presence, and a way with dialogue that seems absolutely effortless. (I’ll admit, it takes some adjustment to accept her now-frozen face, but one either accepts Cher as it or not at all.) Then they hired Stanley Tucci to play her gay best friend and right-hand man, essentially reprising the role he essayed so well in The Devil Wears Prada. No matter—he brightens every scene he’s in, and delivers his lines with the panache of a true master. But these old pros have to swim up-tide against a screenplay that’s so hokey and weather-beaten you have to wonder how it got approved by a major studio.

A Community Comes Together

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 22, 2010 3:35 AM
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It’s easy to find cynical views of Hollywood in the press, and even in fictional films and TV shows. The venal industry depicted in Entourage seems all too credible to insiders and civilians alike. Turner Classic Movies’ Moguls and Movie Stars series reminds us that scandal has been a part of Hollywood since the silent era. But it’s rare for anyone to write or talk about the human side of this company town. I saw that aspect of Hollywood this past week in the wake of a terrible tragedy when longtime publicist Ronni Chasen was murdered Monday night.
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