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Wanted: More Fleischer Cartoons

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 3, 2013 1:22 PM
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  • 7 Comments
The good news: Betty Boop has never looked better, thanks to Olive Films’ new DVD and Blu-ray releases "Betty Boop: The Essential Collection," Volumes 1 and 2, mastered in 4K from original 35mm materials.

‘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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  • 8 Comments
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.

A Hidden Gem Emerges On DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 29, 2013 5:17 PM
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  • 5 Comments
As I wrote some months ago, 20th Century Fox is digging into its vaults to release a cornucopia of titles from the 1930s through the 1960s on made-to-order DVDs.

Movie Master Classes On DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 1, 2013 2:39 PM
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  • 4 Comments
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.

MORE CHARLEY CHASE ON DVD (AND EDGAR KENNEDY, TOO)

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 28, 2013 12:00 AM
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Charley Chase is a favorite of comedy connoisseurs but for years, it was difficult to see his best two-reel comedies from the 1920s. They seemed to exist only in scattered 16mm prints, until Kino (drawing on the LobsterFilm archives) and Milestone released their welcome collections.

Oz The Great And Powerful

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 8, 2013 1:05 AM
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  • 9 Comments
No movie ever can, or will, replace 1939’s "The Wizard Of Oz," but taken on its own terms, this eye-filling fantasy is an entertaining riff on how the Wizard of that immortal film found his way to Oz.

THE EXTENDED DISNEY FAMILY AND PETER PAN

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 4, 2013 3:02 PM
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The new Blu-ray/DVD/Digital release of Walt Disney’s "Peter Pan" includes the bonus features from previous DVD releases plus a few additions, including "Growing up with Nine Old Men," a short documentary in which Ted Thomas, the filmmaker and son of top Disney animator Frank Thomas, checks in with the children of the other artists who were nicknamed the Nine Old Men.

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.

CURE FOR A MOVIE HANGOVER

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 4, 2013 1:00 AM
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I love watching movies, but it becomes challenging during December when the year’s lengthiest and most ambitious films arrive all at once. By the time I’m done digesting, writing about and voting for them, I need a breather. That’s when I start reading, for pleasure, and watching vintage B movies—even while exercising. I’ll review some of the show-business books I read during the next week, but I also took a tip from "The New Yorker’s" Anthony Lane in his review of "Killing Them Softly."

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.

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