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Trailers from Hell: 'The Prize' with Paul Newman

Joe Dante leads us through Cold War melodrama "The Prize" (1963), starring Paul Newman, Edward G. Robinson and Elke Sommer. Adapted by Ernest Lehman from the Irving Wallace potboiler set during the Nobel Prize ceremonies in Stockholm, Lehman borrows liberally from his own Hitchcock classic "North by Northwest," which also stars Leo G. Carroll.
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  • October 17, 2012 7:19 PM
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Kino's 'Slapstick Encyclopedia' Now Cheap Enough for a Tramp

Silent cinema diehards, take note: Kino's DVD box set "The Slapstick Encyclopedia Videobook" was made available September 25 on Amazon for the frankly unbelievable price of $11.68. Any buyers of the company's previous VHS and DVD iterations of the high-quality, impressively-programmed collection know this is jaw-dropping.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 5, 2012 1:42 PM
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'Lawrence of Arabia' 50th Anniversary 4K Restoration Hits Theaters October 4

On October 4, "Lawrence of Arabia" will celebrate fifty years with this Sony Pictures' Colorworks restoration by playing at over six hundred theaters throughout the country. Special matinee screenings will include an introduction from star Omar Sharif...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 26, 2012 3:57 PM
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TCM 2012 Classic Film Festival To Launch in Space

Turner Classic Movies has set April 25-28 2013 as the dates for its fourth-annual TCM Classic Film Festival. To open the festival, TCM takes this year's theme, Cinematic Journeys: Travel in the Movies, to an extreme: TCM teamed up with NASA for an "extra-terrestrial screening" of the cult sci-fi flick "Forbidden Planet" on Saturday October 13...
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 26, 2012 11:35 AM
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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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Pablo Larraín's 'Post Mortem' Coming to DVD August 24, Second Piece in 'Tony Manero,' 'No' Trilogy

Now that Chilean director Pablo Larraín's most recent film "No," a likely Oscar submission, was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics in Cannes and will show in Toronto, the director's 2010 film "Post Mortem" will be released on Blu-ray and DVD by Kino Lorber on August 24.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 30, 2012 4:57 PM
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Animated Oscar-Nominee 'Chico & Rita' Limited Edition Collector's Set Releases September 18

Cinedigm is releasing Fernando Trueba and Javier Marisca's Oscar-nominated animated film "Chico & Rita" on DVD, Bluray and VOD September 18, and digitally August 21. The Limited Edition Collector's Set also includes the soundtrack and a 16-page excerpt from the graphic novel. The Spanish film celebrates the music of Cuba via an epic love story.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 30, 2012 2:27 PM
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Disney Screens 'Finding Nemo' in 3-D for Olympic Swim Team; Hits Theaters September 14, Followed by Blu-Ray

"While the blogosphere rips apart Pixar for selling out for earmarking a "Finding Nemo" sequel for humbled writer-director Andrew Stanton's return to filmmaking--which is absurd, as Pixar can be counted on to produce better sequels than most, i.e. "Toy Story" 2 and 3--I will be sitting in a theater on September 14 to see the 3-D version of "Nemo."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 20, 2012 7:28 PM
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Now and Then: The Extraordinary Kenneth Lonergan, 'Margaret' & 'You Can Count on Me'

Rare are squabbles over production and distribution as fraught as those that accompanied the long gestation and brief theatrical life of Kenneth Lonergan's second feature. It would seem that a film must be something special to elicit such strong feelings, and "Margaret" is that film and then some. It's extraordinary.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 10, 2012 3:15 PM
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Now and Then: The False Promise of Kiarostami's 'Certified Copy'

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's 2010 Cannes entry "Certified Copy," which won Juliette Binoche the festival's Best Actress prize, is out today on Blu-ray and DVD from the Criterion Collection. Given that he debuted his latest effort on the Croisette this week, the timing is felicitous. I wish I could say the same about the movie.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • May 22, 2012 7:17 AM
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