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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?

Criterion's June Lineup Adds 'A Hard Day's Night' & 'Judex,' Refreshes 'Picnic At Hanging Rock' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 18, 2014 9:23 AM
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A Hard Day's Night Picnic At Hanging Rock
Well folks, it’s time to start picking up some extra shifts or sign up for some primo medical experiments because everybody’s favorite home video boutique label has released their sizzling slate for the month of June.

"DVD Is The New Vinyl" Podcast: Chuck Klosterman, Alex Ross Perry, J.T. Petty

  • By Aaron Hillis
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  • February 26, 2014 1:00 PM
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"DVD Is the New Vinyl" Podcast: Chuck Klosterman
Here's your Martha Stewart-esque craft tip for the month, physical media lovers: Did you know that a scratched DVD can be polished with just a dab of toothpaste? Stay away from extra-whitening product (you don't want to bleach your Criterions!), but when mixed with water and wiped clean with a microfiber cloth, a smudge of Colgate will make your discs sparkle and Sandra Bullock will stop freezing before she's torn apart by space wolves at the end of "Gravity." Sorry, was that a spoiler? We'll be more careful in the February podcast below...

‘Anchorman 2′ Blu-Ray Release Will Feature 3 Cuts Of The Movie Including Super-Sized R-Rated Version

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 24, 2014 2:28 PM
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Anchorman: The Legend Continues
It took nearly 10 years for a sequel to “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” to arrive. And it’s interesting to note, despite all the fan buzz, online news over the years and supposed clamoring for a sequel, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” proved its cult status by only becoming a marginal box-office hit—the sequel only grossed $39.8 million more than its predecessor and capped out at $169 million worldwide.

Howard Hawks' 'Red River' & Abbas Kiarostami's 'Like Someone In Love' Hit Criterion In May, 'Life Aquatic' Goes Blu

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 18, 2014 6:01 PM
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Red River Like Someone In Love
Another month, another reason to break open the piggy bank as The Criterion Collection unleashes another slate of films. And this May, they are unveiling their usual mix of classic titles, foreign fare and contemporary faves.

Watch: Learn How The Criterion Collection Restores Classic Movies In 6-Minute Short Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2014 1:25 PM
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Each month, The Criterion Collection drops their latest slate of releases, which leaves us weeping for the beating our bank account will be taking. And while the DVD world in general has seen both sales and prices fall as customers turn toward digital, the boutique label still thrives selling physical discs, at a premium price. But it's not just content that drives the cost of The Criterion Collection releases, but the often meticulous work that goes into restoring a film from a battered print into a high def Blu-ray platter.

Finally! 'The Wonder Years' Complete Series Is Coming To DVD

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 13, 2014 10:43 AM
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The Wonder Years
We have some good news for fans of “The Wonder Years.” After years of waiting, the entire series will finally be available on DVD later this year. Thanks to StarVista Entertainment, we will all get to relive the adventures of Kevin Arnold as he grows up during the late ‘60s/early ‘70s. Even better news? Virtually every song that originally appeared in the show will be included as well.

Watch: The Criterion Collection Trailer For Wes Anderson's 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' Introduced By Jarvis Cocker

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2014 2:30 PM
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Fantastic Mr. Fox
Can't wait for "The Grand Budapest Hotel"? After seeing it at the Berlin Film Festival, we don't blame you (our review). But if you want a bounty of Wes Anderson in your life, and soon, hit your local video store or online retailer or wherever you buy DVDs, because there's a treat coming.

"DVD Is The New Vinyl" Podcast: Paul Dano, Bobcat Goldthwait & Josh Johnson

  • By Aaron Hillis
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  • January 30, 2014 1:32 PM
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DVD Is the New Vinyl Podcast: Paul Dano, Bobcat Goldthwait & Josh Johnson, DVD Is the New Vinyl Podcast: January 2014
Yeah, yeah, this month's nearly over and all the best film news has come and gone: Sundance happened, the Golden Globes were half-boozy and half-boring as usual, and what got nominated for all the Oscars this season? (Yawn.) But while you were busy refreshing your Twitter feed anyway, another crop of essential titles hit the home-video shelves. Speaking of must-haves—in my first guest segment this month, a question arises that I now ask you: of all the DVDs and Blu-rays you currently own, what are your most coveted treasures that would have to be pried from your cold, dead hands? Feel free to answer in the comments below.

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