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John Williams Turned Down Scoring 'Heaven's Gate' & More Learned From The Criterion Edition Of Michael Cimino's Cult Film

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • November 29, 2012 10:59 AM
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A critical re-assessment of "Heaven's Gate" is now underway thanks in no small part to the Criterion Collection, who just released on DVD and Blu Ray the new 2K restoration of the controversial 1980 Michael Cimino-directed western. The film's notoriously troubled production history, scathing first-run reviews and poor initial box office is the stuff of “movie disaster” legend, and understandably downplayed in this new, director-approved release.

DVD Review: Alain Delon Shines In Otherwise Campy, Goofy 1975 'Zorro'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 26, 2012 2:57 PM
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As long as there as been cinema, there has been Zorro. From the silent era to the multiplex, from Douglas Fairbanks to Gael Garcia Bernal, the masked hero has caught the imagination of both filmmakers and audiences. But of course, there are the forgotten films and versions of the character as well, and Duccio Tessari's 1975 "Zorro" is certainly a curiosity. Starring famed French thesp Alain Delon in the lead role, surrounded by a mostly Italian supporting cast with everyone getting dubbed later into English, perhaps the best way sum up the experience of the film is point out that the man who provided the wigs, Grazia Miccinelli, gets his own credit.

Review: 'The Rolling Stones Under Review 1975-1983' A Compelling Examination Of An Overlooked Era

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2012 10:00 AM
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As The Rolling Stones tumble into their fiftieth year, it's easy to be cynical about the aging band, as they desperately try to stay relevant, even as rock 'n roll has evolved and moved on. Oh sure, nostalgia will sell out stadiums, as will the fact that they are living legends, but it's easy to forget that at one time they were the biggest and arguably most important rock 'n roll band on the planet. The lengthily titled documentary "The Rolling Stones Under Review 1975-1983: The Ronnie Wood Years Pt. 1" (phew) is the latest in an ongoing series of docs about the band (this is the first one I've seen), that tracks their journey a few years at time in great detail. And when we catch up with them in 1975, it could be said the band was likely in no greater peril at any other time in their history.

Marvel's Delayed Phase One Box Coming In 2013 With Phase Two Tease & More Deleted Scenes Including 'Thor' Alternate Ending

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 20, 2012 10:40 AM
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Back in September, Marvel was getting ready to drop an elaborate box set, including all the Phase One films, housed in a fancy briefcase featuring a replica of the Tesseract (see above). But there was a small problem. The design of the briefcase was copyrighted by a German luggage company and the paperwork and rights hadn't been cleared by the comic company for use in this kind of packaging. The result was a delay on the set, and lots of unhappy faces this Christmas. But, there is a silver lining -- the set is now back on track and will feature even more for fans.

8 Things Learned About 'Sunset Boulevard' Now Out On Blu-Ray/DVD

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 16, 2012 11:04 AM
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Man, you gotta love the wit and bite of Billy Wilder. It's hard to pick a best film from the great Austrian-born American filmmaker who made an indelible mark on Hollywood in the '40s, '50s and '60s, making major contributions to American cinema with "Some Like It Hot," "Stalag 13," “The Apartment,” the rediscovered acidic gem "Ace In The Hole," “Double Indemnity” and “The Lost Weekend,” to name just a few (you can dive into our full-blown retrospective to get our take on all his work). But if you had to choose one picture to represent the greatness of Wilder you might be forced to acknowledge the sheer brilliance of perhaps his best known film, "Sunset Boulevard,” his last collaboration with his screenwriting partner Charles Brackett.

Watch: Trailer For New Quentin Tarantino Box Set Highlights Its Missed Opportunities

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 9, 2012 8:59 AM
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A new trailer for the "Quentin Tarantino XX" Blu-ray box set has debuted, and while it might look great on the outside, promising 5 hours of bonus features and more, what becomes clear is that this package is a bit of a missed opportunity with some odd choices of what to include.

Artwork & Extras Confirmed For North American Blu-ray Release Of 'Prometheus,' Will Come In 2 Different Editions

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2012 10:57 AM
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Whether you loved the film, hated it or found yourself somewhere in the middle, there's no doubt that people are still talking about Ridley Scott's return to sci-fi with "Prometheus." And even months before the home video release, fans were digging for info on what deleted scenes would be included, and over the past few weeks, deleted scenes, viral clips and concept work have all found their way online. Well, 20th Century Fox has finally unveiled the final artwork and details for the North American Blu-ray release -- or rather, releases -- for the film.

September DVDs You Should Know About Including 'The Game,' A Trio of Mario Bava Horrors & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 13, 2012 12:58 PM
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Another month, another slab of worthwhile home video titles gunning for your hard-earned American dollars. This month's slate is an eclectic bunch, featuring cult classics, revenge thrillers, forgotten French films at one point lauded for their complexity and artistry, oh, and Michael Douglas. Read on for the best best in home video for the release of September!

5 August DVDs You Should Know About Including 'Jaws,' 'Quadrophenia,' and A Pair of Derek Jarman Films

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 7, 2012 9:14 AM
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As summer starts to fade, the big Hollywood blockbusters are replaced with more modest and arty fare, while on home video, long overdue titles finally make their way to disc. This month, we have new-to-DVD titles from Derek Jarman, Andrzej Wadja, and Ken Russell, plus deluxe reissues of two favorites – "Quadrophenia" and (of course) "Jaws." Just when you thought it was safe to go into the video store… Whether it's the first time you've seen these titles or the fiftieth, these new discs are sure to please.

5 July DVDs You Should Know About, Including ‘Barbarella,’ ‘White Sister,’ ‘Altered States,’ ‘Singin in the Rain’ & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 13, 2012 10:01 AM
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Summer is heating up, so thank god there are a bunch of totally cool new DVDs and Blu-rays to chill out with. This month we get Blu-ray editions of classics from Roger Vadim, Ken Russell, and Stanley Donen, plus some weird-ass obscurities that finally get a home video release. Plus a whole lot more.

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