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Sunday, March 27, 2005

Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards
According to Ain't it Cool News (so it's gotta be true), Quentin Tarrantino not only wants to have John Travolta, Harvey Kietel, Michael Masden and, um, Adam Sandler in his war epic Inglorious Bastards, but Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Bruce Willis as well. Somewhere, Steven Segal is weeping.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 3/27/2005 Comments (2)
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Friday, March 25, 2005

Fox Noir on DVD
My review of Fox's new film noir series of DVDs, including Laura, Call Northside 777, and Panic in the Streets, has just been published in Mindjack. Read it here.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 3/25/2005 Comments (1)
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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Roger Ebert's 7th Overlooked Film Festival
Roger Ebert has unveiled his selections for his 7th annual Overlooked Film Festival. Sadly, I'll be nowhere near it, but if I were I wouldn't miss the screening of the 1925 Phantom of the Opera with live accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra. Their score for Buster Keaton's The General (on the Image DVD) is brilliant.

Here's the full list of films: After Dark, My Sweet, Baadasssss!, Map of the Human Heart, Me and You and Everyone We Know, Murderball, The Phantom of the Opera, Playtime (with a newly restored 70mm print!), Primer, The Saddest Music in the World, The Secret of Roan Inish, Taal, Yesterday.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 3/16/2005 Comments (0)
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Thursday, March 10, 2005

Brando returns as Jor-El in Superman Returns
Well, here's a curious bit of news. According to, Bryan Singer is planning on using footage of Marlon Brando originally shot for Superman II in his upcoming Superman movie, tentatively titled Superman Returns. Brando's footage was never used in Superman II due to now legendary disputes between the film's producers and director Richard Donner, who was eventually fired, leaving us with a much lesser film.

[Via Cinema Confidential]
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 3/10/2005 Comments (0)
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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Slate on Warner DVDs
Fred Kaplan has a great article in Slate on Waner Bros. consistently fantastic DVDs.
People don't pay much attention to the name of the studio on a DVD. (Nobody I know says, for instance, "Let's go rent a Paramount movie tonight.") The single exception, of course, is the Criterion Collection, which has marketed itself as a boutique brand, touted-and deservedly so-for its classic catalog, fastidious transfers, and superb commentaries, booklets, and other "special features."

Now it's time to take note of another logo that almost guarantees high quality-Warner Home Video. At least since 2002, the video division of Warner Bros. has released one great-looking DVD after another. I know of no other label, in fact, whose output has been more consistently spectacular.
One thing Kaplan fails to mention is that Warner's DVDs usually cost a lot less than Criterion's, especially when you can get them in box sets.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 3/01/2005 Comments (0)
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