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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.

Exclusive: James Ponsoldt Talks Going Widescreen In 'The Spectacular Now' Featurette Plus Win The Film On DVD

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2014 4:16 PM
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The Spectacular Now
2013 is behind us, and 2014 lies ahead, but there are likely still a handful of movies from the past year you haven't yet caught up on. And one worth making room for is James Ponsoldt's "The Spectacular Now."

William Friedkin's Restored 'Sorcerer' Finally Coming To DVD & Blu-ray This April

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2014 3:55 PM
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Sorcerer
"I sued Universal and Paramount to determine who owns the rights because both studios, through their legal affairs department, claimed they didn't own the rights and I don't know what's happened, I think it has fallen between the cracks. So I'm suing these guys to save the afterlife of the film," director William Friedkin told us in 2012 about the legal issues surrounding his 1977 film "Sorcerer." And the tactic paid off. Just over a year later, a fully restored "Sorcerer" premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and now, folks will be able to see a crisp and clean cut of the movie from the comfort of their own home.

Unrated Extended Cut Of Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor' Coming To Blu-ray in February

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2014 10:09 AM
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The Counselor
Back in October, we pored over Cormac McCarthy's script for "The Counselor" and compared it to the theatrical cut of Ridley Scott's film—and there was a lot left on the cutting room floor. While we dug into The 5 Best Deleted Scenes from the movie, there is ton more, and now you're going to see it all.

"DVD Is The New Vinyl" Podcast: David Lowery, James Gray & Buck Angel

  • By Aaron Hillis
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  • December 30, 2013 12:08 PM
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"DVD Is the New Vinyl" Podcast: David Lowery, James Gray & Buck Angel
As we close out 2013, it seems like every film writer and reader has a list (Santa even checked his twice) with their Favorite [insert number] Films of the Year, the Most Underrated Performances and Overrated Directors, the Best Top 10 List of Lists, et cetera. (Check out ours). But woe, the pitiable December DVD and Blu-ray releases, overlooked by the masses in favor of year-end catching up and frazzled holiday-brain distractions. Even if you don't believe in 2014 resolutions, do yourself a favor with those gleaming new Amazon gift cards (thanks, Grandma Carol) and splurge on these 13 recommendations.

10 New Horror Blu-rays To Haunt Your Halloween

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 28, 2013 3:03 PM
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10 New Horror DVDs
Halloween is a holiday that practically demands that at least at some point during the lead-up to the actual night, you stay in and watch some of your favorite horror movies. Not only has the weather just changed, facilitating an urge to stay indoors, but there always seems to be old school classics that are finally released from their vault to reign terror anew. That's certainly the case this year, with a whole host of scary movies making their way to the high definition Blu-ray, so that every frame of horror can terrify you with additional clarity. We've decided to run down a list of ten horror movies worth trick-or-treating for. Beware! It's spooky!

DVD Review: Neil Barsky's Documentary On New York City Mayor Ed 'Koch'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2013 7:57 PM
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New York City in the mid-to-late 1970s was both a cultural happening and crumbling metropolis. While hip-hop, punk and new wave burbled from the creative corners of the city, elsewhere it was falling apart. The Bronx burned, crime soared, the Son Of Sam was on the loose, everything was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and an election for mayor loomed. Anyone who wanted the job would be faced with the largely thankless task of rebuilding the city. It would be a ruthless gig, it probably wouldn't make you popular and there would be opposition every step of the way. Still, there were more than a half dozen candidates putting their hat in the ring to be the next face for one of the greatest cities in America, and perhaps it's fitting that in the narrative of New York that it was an underdog who eventually took the job: Ed Koch. A combination of personality, savvy and bullheadedness helped him win the election and usher him into office 1978, but it was staying true to who he was that kept him there for three straight terms.

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