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The Panic Is On

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 12, 2009 6:56 AM
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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 12, 2009 6:50 AM
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Fans of the escapist adventures of the 1940s Maria Montez and Jon Hall favor Arabian Nights, which also features Sabu, or the very campy Cobra Woman, but this straightforward presentation of the Ali Baba story isn’t bad at all—just a bit prosaic. What makes it worth watching, especially on the new DVD release...

Fats Waller: This Joint Is Jumpin'

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 12, 2009 6:46 AM
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I was happy to revisit this vintage British television documentary, one of several such pieces reissued on DVD by MVD Visual. It incorporates every piece of Fats Waller footage extant (all of his Soundies plus his appearances in the feature films Hooray for Love, King of Burlesque, and Stormy Weather) along with lively...

Cleopatra 75th Anniversary Edition

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 12, 2009 6:43 AM
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Cecil B. DeMille’s incredibly lavish production of Cleopatra has never looked as good as it does on this beautiful DVD, mastered from the UCLA Film and Television Archive’s 35mm restoration. If you already have Universal’s Cecil B. DeMille Collection (released in 2006) you have...

Pre-Code Hollywood Collection

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 12, 2009 6:00 AM
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Cheers to Universal for releasing six rarely-seen Paramount titles of the 1930s that haven’t been on home video before, in exquisite transfers from the original negatives. In years past I’ve seen most of these in museum or archive showings, often in 16mm, and they’ve never looked so good.

The Lost & Found RKO Collection

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 12, 2009 4:51 AM
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (diamond edition)

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 11, 2009 8:31 AM
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I find as I get older I appreciate Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs more and more. Part of this is intellectual; I marvel at what Walt Disney and his team of artists accomplished, with no one to guide them into uncharted territory except Walt’s amazing instincts for...

Julie & Julia

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  • December 11, 2009 12:06 AM
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Pinocchio: 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 10, 2009 5:52 AM
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It’s a pleasure to report that everything about the new DVD release of Walt Disney’s Pinocchio is first-class. That includes the breathtaking restoration and the bonus features that fill a second disc. (I can’t review the commentary track because I’m on it, along with animator Eric Goldberg and Disney historian JB Kaufman, but I can tell you...

Gasoline Alley and Friends

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 10, 2009 5:49 AM
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