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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian: 3-Disc Special Edition

December 22, 2008

 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian: 3-Disc Special Edition

With the success of the first Chronicles of Narnia film, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005), a sequel was inevitable but could Disney get everyone back who made the original so memorable? For the most part, the answer is yes but seeing as how... 

Burn After Reading

December 19, 2008

 Burn After Reading

As they did with Fargo (1996), the Coen brothers followed up the Academy Award-winning crime thriller No Country For Old Men (2007) with a comedy, in this case Burn After Reading (2008), a farce set in Washington, D.C. The Coens have adhered to the pattern... 

The Lady Vanishes: Criterion Collection

December 18, 2008

 The Lady Vanishes: Criterion Collection

The Lady Vanishes (1938) marked Alfred Hitchcock’s last British film before he made the move to Hollywood and greater fame and fortune. It also demonstrated what the Master of Suspense could do with very little money. Once in America, he would have... 

Europa: Criterion Collection

December 15, 2008

 Europa: Criterion Collection

Most people associate Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier with the kitchen sink realism of Dogme films Breaking the Waves (1996) and Dancer in the Dark (2000), or the minimalist theatricality of Dogville (2003) and Manderlay (2005). However, before these... 

Bottle Rocket: Criterion Collection

December 12, 2008

 Bottle Rocket: Criterion Collection

Bottle Rocket (1996) saw the auspicious debut of a uniquely talented filmmaker with his own distinctive cinematic worldview. Wes Anderson made a very personal film with several of his friends starring in it, most notably brothers Luke and Owen Wilson,... 

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold: Criterion Collection

December 9, 2008

 The Spy Who Came in From the Cold: Criterion Collection

Based on John le Carre’s best-selling novel of the same name, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1965) is a classic example of the cold war espionage tale. It also provides a decidedly sober, more realistic antidote to the James Bond films that were... 

The Day the Earth Stood Still: 2-Disc Special Edition

December 8, 2008

 The Day the Earth Stood Still: 2-Disc Special Edition

One good thing that comes out of completely unnecessary Hollywood remakes of cinematic classics is that the original is usually given the deluxe treatment on home video. This year, Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly star in a remake of the science fiction... 

Fanfan la Tulipe: Criterion Collection

December 5, 2008

 Fanfan la Tulipe: Criterion Collection

Adapted from a beloved French story dating back to an 1819 song, Fanfan la Tulipe (1952) is a French swashbuckling bodice-ripper, an action-adventure film as if written by Oscar Wilde – in other words, all kinds of amusing double entrendes and bawdy... 

Sunset Boulevard: The Centennial Collection

December 3, 2008

 Sunset Boulevard: The Centennial Collection

After directing cinematic masterpieces Double Indemnity (1944) and The Lost Weekend (1945), Billy Wilder took on Hollywood with Sunset Boulevard (1950) as seen through the eyes of a washed-up silent movie star obsessed with returning to the big screen.... 

Sabrina: The Centennial Collection

December 2, 2008

 Sabrina: The Centennial Collection

Based on Samuel Taylor’s play, Sabrina Fair, Sabrina (1954) was Audrey Hepburn’s follow-up to Roman Holiday (1953), her very successful Hollywood film debut. On this next one, she would be directed by Billy Wilder and starring alongside Humphrey Bogart... 

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