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Studio Vaults Open—On DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 25, 2013 12:00 AM
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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.

CALL THE MIDWIFE – Season One

  • By Alice Maltin
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  • January 15, 2013 1:00 AM
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Guest column by Alice Maltin - I watched the first episode several months ago. Screaming women giving birth in squalid conditions in the poorest part of London was not my cup of tea. Looking for a pleasant escape, I turned off the DVD. Then, on a rainy Sunday afternoon with nothing to do, I watched an episode…and then another. I couldn’t stop.

MIDSOMER MURDERS – DVD review

  • By Alice Maltin
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  • January 3, 2013 1:00 AM
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When actor John Nettles decided to hang up his badge as Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby and walk into the sunset (or wherever they told us he was going), that ended one of TVs most enjoyable British murder mystery series. Then they had the audacity to return with Neil Dudgeon as DCI John Barnaby—Tom’s cousin! I wished they hadn’t done that…but they did, and you know what? He’s really good.

The Two Faces Of Wallander

  • By Alice Maltin
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  • November 6, 2012 1:00 AM
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Guest column by Alice Maltin: I’ve been lost in the world of Henning Mankell’s 'Wallander' because I’m viewing the British adaptation on TV while simultaneously following the Swedish series on DVD. This is causing some confusion for me. Is that woman the killer or is it the handyman?

Margaret—DVD review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 10, 2012 2:18 AM
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I’m a latecomer to Kenneth Lonergan’s 'Margaret', having missed its brief appearance in theaters last year (after a five-to-six year delay) but it’s not too late for me to sing its praises. It has its flaws, but I defy you to find a more intelligent or impassioned American film this year.

The Magic Of Belle Isle—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 5, 2012 11:43 PM
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  • 7 Comments
Morgan Freeman’s presence generally makes any film worth seeing, and this is no exception. The fact that The Magic of Belle Isle also offers a benign, family-friendly alternative to harsher summer fare is icing on the cake.

Revisiting History: Booker’s Place

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 1, 2012 1:00 AM
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So many documentaries come out every year that it isn’t possible to keep up with them all. I watched 'Booker’s Place' (now open theatrically in New York and Los Angeles, and available nationwide On Demand) because I admire its director, Raymond De Felitta, who most recently gave us the piquantly original comedy 'City Island'. And I’m awfully glad I did.

Acorn TV Expands Streaming Service

  • By Darwyn Carson
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  • January 2, 2012 1:05 PM
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Good news all! Acorn Media Group, the first company to provide live streaming of the best in classic and contemporary British television, recently expanded the service, which launched in July of 2011 with a roster of six series and 40 hours of programming online at any given time. Now viewers have complete episodes of 10 series and 60 hours of programming accessible. There’s so much material—a lot of it never seen before in the States. Two new shows are rotated in weekly...

From Curly To Cobra Woman, On DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 11, 2011 8:14 PM
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  • 12 Comments
While news articles report the decline of the once-robust DVD market, film buffs and collectors have occasion to rejoice. More rare, obscure, and once-unattainable titles are being released now than ever before, from the camp classic 'Cobra Woman' with Maria Montez to Larry Cohen’s 'The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover', not to mention 'Wings' (at last).

The Last Detective and The Commander On DVD (Acorn Media)

  • By Darwyn Carson
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  • November 2, 2009 5:12 PM
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Right off, I admit there's a soft spot in my heart for British-produced mysteries and dramas. 'The Last Detective' is right at the top of my fav's list. This lighthearted BBC TV-fare, based on the 'Dangerous Davies' novels by Leslie Thomas, escaped my attention until last year after Acorn released season four on DVD. I watched it all one weekend and wanted

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