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‘Wings’ Takes Flight—On DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 25, 2012 2:51 PM
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While it’s fitting that Paramount Pictures should unveil its masterful restoration of Wings on the studio’s 100th birthday, it’s a shame we had to wait this long. It is, in fact, the last Academy Award-winning Best Picture to be released on DVD and Blu-ray—an unintended irony, since it was the first film to receive that honor. (Fox’s Cavalcade was the other longtime holdout, and even now it can only be obtained as part of a big, expensive Fox tribute package.)

Haywire—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 20, 2012 1:00 AM
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In the old days a film like this would have been called a “programmer” and fulfilled its modest ambitions as the second feature on a double bill. Alas, we don’t have double features or programmers anymore; every movie carries weight, and expectations, with it. Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire has all the trappings of an “A” movie, including a big-name cast and impressive international locations, but it never rises above the level of a “B.”

War Horse—movie review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 23, 2011 6:17 AM
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I don’t like pigeonholing films, and I’ve never been fond of the term “chick flick,” but I’d be less than candid if I didn’t tell you that several women I know and respect (including my wife) were moved to tears by 'War Horse', while I was lukewarm about it. Normally, I’m a sucker for this kind of picture, which has a great deal of sentiment built into it—but I found its execution too blatant and—if I’m not making a pun—on-the-nose.

From Curly To Cobra Woman, On DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 11, 2011 8:14 PM
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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).

Animation, Old And New

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 7, 2011 4:08 PM
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Whatever your taste in animation, a handful of new DVD and Blu-ray releases offer stimulating and even jubilant experiences. If you like edgy, experimental work I heartily recommend Nine Nation Animation from New Yorker Films, a compilation of recent short subjects that range from the odd to the sublime, and encompass a variety of filmmaking techniques. I’m especially drawn to the deadpan humor of Flatlife by Jonas Geirnaert of Belgium, in which we observe people in four apartments—two on one floor and two below— whose actions affect one another without really meaning to. Other films...

Addictive British Mysteries—dvd reviews

  • By Alice Maltin
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  • November 28, 2011 1:00 AM
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I love a good mystery and this DVD set includes a number of stories I’ve never seen. While we are all familiar with the adventures of Agatha Christie’s famous crime-solving characters, Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot, the real “find” here is 'Tommy & Tuppence, Partners In Crime'.

A Classic is Born...on Masterpiece Contemporary

  • By Darwyn Carson
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  • November 7, 2011 11:14 PM
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PBS Thriller Page Eight now available on DVD/Blu-ray.

Sarah’s Key Revisited

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 4, 2011 4:27 AM
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Finally! Laurel & Hardy On Dvd

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 3, 2011 3:00 AM
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  • 9 Comments
It’s a cultural crime that the greatest comedy team of all time has been so forsaken on DVD…until now. Therefore, I’m happy to report that Laurel & Hardy The Essential Collection (Vivendi) fully lives up to its name. It includes all of the team’s talkie shorts—including the ones they made in foreign languages for the international market—and most of their feature films for producer Hal Roach. (A handful of these films were released several years ago, but in slipshod fashion, using syndicated TV masters with fade-outs for commercial breaks!)

Under The Radar No More: Nora’s Will—dvd review

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 18, 2011 6:00 AM
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Last year I became an advocate for a Mexican import called Nora’s Will that, I’m happy to say, is now available on DVD. It first came to my attention because I put considerable stock in Menemsha Films, the small, dedicated distributor that acquired it for U.S. release. Company founder Neil Friedman was so convinced that it would be a word-of-mouth success that he opened it in New York and Los Angeles—and did better business the second weekend than he did the first (despite a lone negative review from The New York Times.

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