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What About That Criterion Release? Paramount Snaps Up Home Video Rights To Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2014 2:15 PM
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Boyhood
Given The Criterion Collection's longstanding relationship with both IFC Films and director Richard Linklater (they've issued "Slacker" and "Dazed & Confused"), it seemed like a no-brainer that the filmmaker's widely praised "Boyhood" would get the custom treatment. But alas, it's not be (sorry DVD and Blu-ray fetishists who require a wacky C logo on their boxes).

A Good Day To Cry Hard: 'The Fault In Our Stars' Extended Edition On The Way

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2014 2:18 PM
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Fault in Our Stars
While I haven't had the chance to see it yet, almost everyone I know who caught the teen weepie "The Fault In Our Stars" not only liked the movie, but admitted they reached for their hankies. Even our own Kimber Myers wrote in her review, "it's an above-average entry into the genre, broadening its appeal beyond just teenagers, fans of the original novel and those who love a good cry." Next week, you'll be able to cry longer.

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Extended Cut Confirmed For 2015

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2014 3:28 PM
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X-Men: Days of Future Past
Even with home video sales continuing on a downward trajectory, Hollywood seems bound and determined to follow the same playbook they have used since the early '80s introduction of the VCR. So even though "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" will be available digitally on September 23rd and on Blu-ray on October 14th, Fox has just announced that you're better off not bothering with either if you want the extra bells and whistles.

Watch: Stan Lee Tries Really Hard To Make You Excited For The 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Electro Collector's Edition

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2014 4:45 PM
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
You almost feel bad for Sony at this point. The studio's relaunch of everyone's favorite webslinger has gone poorly, trailing the Sam Raimi films both commercially and critically, and the fanboys have delivered a thumbs down verdict. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is a mess of a movie that managed to be both overstuffed and underdeveloped, earning the least amount of money of any Spider-Man movie to date. Sony has now been forced to push "The Amazing Spider-Man 3" to 2018, to move "Sinister Six" up 2016, and to quietly take "The Amazing Spider-Man 4" off the calendar. But there is still product to sell, so they've turned to the ever enthusiastic Stan Lee to pitch you on the Collector's Edition of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."

Watch: 50-Minute Tribute To The Films Of Steven Spielberg; Blu-Ray Box Of Director's Movies Coming This Fall

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2014 11:52 AM
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Steven Spielberg Diego Luna The Terminal
Where and how does one even begin to encapsulate the massive career of Steven Spielberg? He's pretty much done everything you can imagine, from summer blockbusters, to harrowing dramas, to sci-fi journeys, to family entertainment, to historically based tales. So trying to summarize his filmography in a supercut will require a bit more than the few minutes usually granted to the format, and indeed, someone has decided that nearly a full hour is needed.

Watch: DVD Trailer For 'True Detective' Reminds You What All The Fuss Was About

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 11, 2014 8:59 AM
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True Detective
Time, as we all know by now, is a flat circle. And so, nearly three months on from the conclusion of "True Detective," we're starting to loop back around. Casting rumors are already gearing up for the second season of Nic Pizzolatto and HBO's wildly acclaimed crime show, and we should be hearing much more about it in the weeks to come, especially with the series likely to be a behemoth in the upcoming Emmy nominations.

Sergio Leone's Extended Director's Cut Of 'Once Upon A Time In America' Coming To Blu-Ray

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 9, 2014 10:41 AM
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Once Upon A Time In America
If DVD is indeed going the way of VHS in the next few years, with everything soon to be stored in the nebulous "cloud," the upcoming "Once Upon A Time In America" set may be one you'll want to physically own before that's no longer possible. But first, let's go through a quick history of where this movie has been.

Director Ti West Says Pay For Movies, Don't Pirate Them, As VOD Sales Grow & Blu-Ray Purchases Slow

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 9, 2014 10:03 AM
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As an independent film’s opening weekend approaches, audiences are increasingly faced with a new consideration. What happens when you see the words “VOD and iTunes” next to a film’s theatrical release date, as with this weekend’s “The Double”? Does it not matter, or does it dissuade you from that multiplex ticket? Director Ti West has immersed himself in the issue since his first film “House of the Devil," and now he’s penned an update on the status of indie filmmaking as he sees it.

Exclusive: Graham Parker Talks Creating "Locals Girls" In Clip From From Documentary 'Don’t Ask Me Questions'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2014 11:02 AM
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Don’t Ask Me Questions
There are underappreciated musical legends, and then there is Graham Parker. If you're blanking on who he is, the singer/songwriter was featured in "This Is 40," with Paul Rudd's record executive hoping to revive this career and give him the spotlight he's long deserved. And now the musician is getting another an opportunity to shine with the documentary "Don't Ask Me Questions: The Unsung Life Of Graham Parker And The Rumor." And today we have a peek at the film.

"DVD Is the New Vinyl" Podcast: Featuring Tilda Swinton, Alessandro Nivola & Lili Taylor

  • By Aaron Hillis
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  • March 21, 2014 1:45 PM
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"DVD Is the New Vinyl" Podcast: Featuring Tilda Swinton, Alessandro Nivola, Lili Taylor
While recuperating from a deep-fried, ever-boozy, never-sleepy nine days at the SXSW Film Festival (a shout-out here to senior programmer Jarod Neece, whose delicious book "Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day" resolved at least two hangovers), your indefatigable DVD guru still managed to power through a month's worth of new discs. Two of this month's highlights, as noted in the "10 Worth a Spin" intro, were SXSW 2013 premieres, which goes to show that there's still life to be found for festival indies beyond traditional theatrical or VOD distribution. One question, though: how does anyone in Austin get their DVDs to play without smudging them up from greasy burrito fingers?

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