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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

January 27, 2009

 Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

In the 1970s, Roman Polanski’s career was at its zenith with classics like The Tragedy of Macbeth (1971) and Chinatown (1974) but his personal life was in shambles. His wife, model-turned-actress Sharon Tate had been brutally murdered by the Charles... 

Magnificent Obsession: Criterion Collection

January 26, 2009

 Magnificent Obsession: Criterion Collection

Technicolor melodramas don’t get much better than the ones Douglas Sirk made: All That Heaven Allows (1955), Written on the Wind (1956) and Imitation of Life (1959). It was Magnificent Obsession (1954), however, that paved the way for those later masterpieces.... 

Surfer, Dude

January 20, 2009

 Surfer, Dude

With his laid-back, bohemian reputation, cultivated by his break-out performance in Dazed and Confused (1993), being cast a professional surfer seems like the role of a lifetime for Matthew McConaughey. Surfer, Dude (2008) was a personal, pet project... 

Funny Face: Centennial Collection

January 16, 2009

 Funny Face: Centennial Collection

Funny Face (1957) started as a 1927 Broadway musical starring Fred Astaire with songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Paramount Pictures decided to remake it into a film starring Astaire and based on an unproduced musical play by Leonard Gershe. MGM was originally... 

Supercop: Two-Disc Ultimate Edition

January 12, 2009

 Supercop: Two-Disc Ultimate Edition

Supercop (1992) is the North American name given to the third installment of the popular Police Story series starring international action movie star Jackie Chan. It was the first film in the franchise not to be directed by Jackie but instead by Stanley... 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Centennial Collection

January 9, 2009

 Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Centennial Collection

Based on the novella by Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) is one of those classic, quintessential New York City films, like Sweet Smell of Success (1957), The World of Henry Orient (1964), and Manhattan (1979). These films are all snapshots... 

White Dog: Criterion Collection

January 6, 2009

 White Dog: Criterion Collection

White Dog (1982) was Samuel Fuller’s last Hollywood film and arguably his most controversial. No easy feat from the man who tackled racism with Shock Corridor (1963), patriotism with Pickup on South Street (1953), and made deeply profound anti-war films... 

Eagle Eye: 2-Disc Special Edition

January 5, 2009

 Eagle Eye: 2-Disc Special Edition

Eagle Eye (2008) sees Shia LaBeouf reunited with director D.J. Caruso and producer Steven Spielberg, both of whom helped put him on the map with Disturbia (2007). That film liberally ripped off Rear Window (1954) and this new one takes on the paranoid... 

Mamma Mia! becomes the biggest selling DVD ever!

January 1, 2009

 Mamma Mia! becomes the biggest selling DVD ever!

Mamma Mia! has become the biggest selling DVD ever in the UK, outselling the previous record holder ‘Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl’. It’s also the fastest selling DVD ever, selling quicker than Titanic. After being released... 

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