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DVD Screenings: From Paul Muni To John Wayne

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 2, 2014 12:00 AM
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Howard Hawks-Red River
I’ve been exploring a variety of recent DVD releases, including Howard Hawks’ 'Red River,' Joseph Losey’s 'Stranger on the Prowl,' and a World War II oddity called 'The Boy from Stalingrad.'

Underrated Hitchcock

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 26, 2014 12:00 AM
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"Foreign Correspondent" is one of my all-time favorites and it’s been given deluxe treatment in a terrific new Blu-ray/DVD release from The Criterion Collection.

‘To Be Or Not To Be’ Is Better Than Ever

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 30, 2013 12:01 AM
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When Ernst Lubitsch’s "To Be Or Not To Be" opened in the spring of 1942, just months after America went to war, it was repudiated and even reviled by many critics who thought it was in poor taste to juxtapose comedy against the backdrop of Poland’s invasion by the Nazis.

Movie Master Classes On DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 1, 2013 2:39 PM
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It’s understandable when someone doesn’t want to re-purchase a film he already owns on DVD, but the Criterion Collection makes it hard to resist by adding such outstanding bonus material.

Studio Vaults Open—On DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 25, 2013 12:00 AM
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  • 20 Comments
Many of the major studios no longer want to be in the DVD (or Blu-ray) business; they’d rather stream or download their films. There are some notable exceptions, however, and they spell good news for serious buffs and collectors.

DISCOVERING ANOTHER 'LES MISÉRABLES'

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 28, 2012 1:00 AM
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I grew up on the 1935 Hollywood version of 'Les Misérables' that starred Fredric March and Charles Laughton, and I still think of it fondly. I also like the Claude Lelouch film of 1995, a variation on Victor Hugo’s novel with Jean-Paul Belmondo in the leading role. But I just viewed an epic three-part French adaptation from 1934 that’s in a class by itself.

Movie Logos I Love

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 28, 2012 8:35 PM
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  • 6 Comments
If you’ve seen 'Skyfall,' you’ve witnessed the wrong-headed update of the venerable MGM logo, zooming out from the iris of Leo the Lion’s eye! Apparently no one reminded the powers that be that “just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”

From Renoir To Ellington: Scanning Recent DVDs

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 12, 2012 1:07 AM
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I haven’t been able to keep up with Twilight Time’s limited-edition DVD and Blu-ray releases since the company launched last year, so it’s ironic that the first disc I’ve spent real time with—Jean Renoir’s 'Swamp Water' (1941)—benefits least from the label’s innovative offering of isolated music tracks. That feature is much more valuable in other Twilight Time releases with scores by Bernard Herrmann, Franz Waxman, Hugo Friedhofer, et al., as well as 'Picnic', which I’ll discuss in a moment.

Film History On A Platter—DVD reviews

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • August 15, 2011 4:30 AM
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If you believe major studio spokespeople, the DVD business is dying, to be replaced by downloading and cloud storage of films and TV shows. But the business-related news stories that repeatedly state these facts don’t take account of smaller companies like Criterion, Flicker Alley, and Kino that cater to film buffs and still provide a valuable product that can’t be replicated online.

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