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New Digital Features for 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' -- Flipbook and Essay on Single Dads in Films

Along with the new Blu-ray and DVD release of Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Twentieth Century Fox has created a couple of interactive features to accompany the film. The first is a "Hushpuppy Digital Flipbook," and the second is the mini-essay "Single Dads in Films," which focuses on the father-daughter/son relationship in contemporary cinema.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 6, 2012 4:13 PM
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Kino Releases 5-Film David O. Selznick Collection on Blu-ray & DVD

Kino Classics will release the "David O. Selznick Collection" for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD on November 13. The collection focuses on the golden-age mogul's earlier productions and includes the Freddie Bartholomew classic "Little Lord Fauntleroy," the original 1937 version of "A Star is Born" starring Janet Gaynor...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 9, 2012 2:22 PM
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Kino Brings D.W. Griffith's 'Abraham Lincoln,' Starring Walter Huston, to Blu-Ray

Honest Abe's surge in popularity continues with Kino Classics' release of D.W. Griffith's "Abraham Lincoln" on Blu-ray (November 13), starring Walter Huston (father of John, grandfather of Anjelica) as the 16th president.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 7, 2012 2:46 PM
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Rating 'Psycho,' Behind-the-Scenes 'Hitchcock' and the Universal Hitchcock Fifteen

I got over the awful HBO "The Girl," starring Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock and Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren, by watching the entire Dick Cavett Hitchcock interview. I had more fun with Thursday night's AFI FEST world premiere of Sacha Gervasi's light-hearted "Hitchcock," starring a superb ensemble led by Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren as the master auteur and his collaborator and wife Alma Reville, who the director thanked when he won his AFI Achievement Award, but I confess that I'd rather stick with the real thing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 2, 2012 2:23 PM
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Garland & Astaire Classic Musical 'Easter Parade' Coming to Warner Bros. Blu-ray in 2013

The Fred Astaire-Judy Garland classic "Easter Parade" will be coming to Blu-ray for the first time on February 19, 2013. Featuring a wonderful collection of songs from Irving Berlin, the film follows an againg dancer (Astaire) whose relationship has gone sour with his current dance and romance partner. Enter up-and-comer...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 24, 2012 2:06 PM
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Twentieth Century Fox Launches DIGITAL HD, Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Available Now

In a sign of the changing times, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has launched DIGITAL HD, which allows people to download or stream movies on HDTVs, tablets and smartphones. Over 600 titles from the Fox library, including "Prometheus" (three weeks before the Blu-ray and DVD release), are now available in high-definition from Amazon, CinemaNow, Google Play, iTunes, PlayStation, VUDU, Xbox Live and YouTube.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 18, 2012 2:51 PM
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James Bond Turns 50, Throws Worldwide Party (VIDEO)

Mark your calendars: this year, October 5 will be Global James Bond Day in honor of 50th anniversary of the the famous MI6 agent's film debut. "Dr. No", the first Bond film, premiered on October 5, 1962, and Albert Broccoli's EON Productions (the company behind the Bond films from "Dr. No" to this year's "Skyfall") are partnering with MGM, Sony and Fox Home Entertainment for a day of worldwide events celebrating the spy's life in film.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 29, 2012 1:19 PM
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Universal Celebrates 100th Anniversary with 25-Film DVD & Blu-Ray Set, from 'To Kill a Mockingbird' to 'Bourne'

As Universal's centennial celebration continues, the studio announces the release of the "100th Anniversary Collection" on Blu-ray and DVD. The 25-film box set includes...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 17, 2012 12:12 PM
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Now and Then: Hitchcock's First Classic, and an Underrated Modern Descendant

Alfred Hitchcock had been working as a director for more than a decade when he made "The 39 Steps" (1935), a film that's half trench coats, street lamps, and foreign agents. The other half is English wit, a marriage plot, and a MacGuffin: the first proof, long before his later masterworks, that he was a maestro of the unbalancing act.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • June 26, 2012 2:53 AM
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'Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection': Universal Continues to Celebrate 100 with 15-Film Box Set

Well, this is exciting. To continue Universal's year-long 100th anniversary celebration, the studio is releasing "Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection." The box set has a whopping fifteen of the Hitch's films, with thirteen newly and never before on Blu-ray...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 22, 2012 12:23 PM
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