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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.

DVD Is The New Vinyl: Famous Pimps, Infamous Early Fassbinder & 'Q: The Winged Serpent'

  • By Aaron Hillis
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  • August 28, 2013 5:10 PM
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Dvd is the new vinyl, fassbinder, body double, more
“Truthfully, DVD is not the new vinyl," a reader recently confronted me, arguing that the beloved analog qualities of records (the richer, warmer recording; that nostalgic hiss and crackle) are fetishized in ways that most movies on digital discs are not. Sure, the latter may be closer in spirit to CDs and don't get any better with age like ye olde phonographs, but tell that to Twilight Time, the below-the-radar, two-man boutique label that has been making cineaste tongues wag over their limited-edition, lovingly remastered Blu-rays of film classics like "The Big Heat," "Bonjour Tristesse" and "Enemy Mine."

DVD Is The New Vinyl: Rock Hudson Has 'Seconds,' Nazi Escapes & 'Ishtar'

  • By Aaron Hillis
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  • August 6, 2013 3:06 PM
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Before digging into early-to-mid August's disc highlights, I'd like to set the Way Back Machine to two weeks ago and point out some eclectic late-July gems we missed, such as Twilight Time's exquisite Blu-ray edition of Walter Hill's 1978 neo-noir "The Driver," Olive Films' unexpected release of Anthony Mann's 1958 brazen, quasi-hicksploitation melodrama "God's Little Acre," and the Warner Archive re-release of 1998's eccentrically funny "Zero Effect," starring Ben Stiller and Bill Pullman as a socially stunted private investigator. From Europe, Raro Video lived up to their name with a rare trilogy of gritty moralist thrillers in "Fernando di Leo: The Italian Crime Collection (Volume 2)," Music Box Films stressed us out with the terrifically icy German thriller "The Silence," and sci-fi didn't get more provocative than the erotic Lithuanian curiosity "Vanishing Waves" (which Artsploitation lovingly packaged as a two-DVD set that includes director Kristina Buozyte's feature debut "The Collectress"). Are you caught up? Super, let's push on...

"DVD Is The New Vinyl": Girls Gone Wild Edition

  • By Aaron Hillis
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  • July 24, 2013 9:59 AM
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Video Free Brooklyn. DVD Column, july
As if filmgoers stopped watching DVDs and Blu-rays altogether around the Fourth of July, distributors tend to be a little lighter in early-to-mid July with their number and caliber of releases—though quality documentaries certainly prevail. However, if there's one trend vamping through the first three weeks of notable discs this month, it's wild women! From Rick Springfield's rabid fanbase of shrieking cougars to neo-Nazi teen girls, nymphomaniac trannies, nefarious lesbian prank callers, and Harmony Korine's bad bevy of bikini babes, let these ladies have their way with you...

Batman Returns: 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy Gets Another Boxset With New Featurettes, Toys & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2013 4:30 PM
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Is this a double dip or a triple dip? Maybe somewhere in between? You already own all the films in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" trilogy. Or maybe you waited and sprung for the "The Dark Knight" Trilogy Limited Edition (lol) Giftset last year. Well, Warner Bros. wants to pry a few more Bat-dollars out of superfans, so they are taking one more crack at the apple...

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