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The Sword in the Stone: 45th Anniversary Edition

June 25, 2008

 The Sword in the Stone: 45th Anniversary Edition

While not regarded as one of Walt Disney’s animated masterpieces, The Sword in the Stone (1963) is the 18th animated feature in the Disney animated features canon and still a highly regarded film in its own right. This film is the Disney-fied version... 

The Spiderwick Chronicles: Two-Disc Field Guide Edition

June 24, 2008

 The Spiderwick Chronicles: Two-Disc Field Guide Edition

Like The Golden Compass (2007), The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) is an adaptation of a series of popular children’s novels and made in the hopes of kick-starting a lucrative franchise a la Harry Potter. The film received mostly positive reviews and... 

The Thief of Bagdad: Criterion Collection

June 4, 2008

 The Thief of Bagdad: Criterion Collection

Filmed in gorgeous Technicolor, The Thief of Bagdad (1940) is a rich, epic fantasy tale that captivated audiences and influenced a generation of filmmakers, chief among them Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, and Martin Scorsese, and authors of fantastical... 

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

March 3, 2008

 Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007) champions classic toys and the stores that used to carry them before the proliferation of chain stores like Toys R Us and Wal-Mart made them virtually extinct. In this age of crass commercialism, this film celebrates... 

Beowulf: Unrated Director’s Cut

February 29, 2008

 Beowulf: Unrated Director’s Cut

After leaving behind live-action motion pictures for the computer-animated adaptation of The Polar Express (2004), Robert Zemeckis utilized the same technology for another adaptation – Beowulf (2007). With the help of author Neil Gaiman and screenwriter... 

Stardust

December 18, 2007

 Stardust

Novelist and comic book writer Neil Gaiman hasn’t had much success with getting his work adapted into films. Terry Gilliam has been trying to get Good Omens made for years and Hollywood has been circling his most famous creation, Sandman, for some time.... 

Neverwas

July 19, 2007

 Neverwas

Neverwas (2005) is one of those cinematic oddities that somehow managed to slip under the radar despite its star-studded cast. For whatever reason (usually internal politics), Miramax bought the film two years ago and decided not to get behind it. Reviews,... 

Night at the Museum

May 15, 2007

 Night at the Museum

With the escalating budgets of tent-pole Hollywood studio films, the big budget comedy is an endangered species. Several recent ones with big movie stars attached have been scuttled because of their large budgets and the fear that they will be unable... 

The Lost Room

May 14, 2007

 The Lost Room

Originally airing on the Sci Fi Channel, The Lost Room (2006) is a mini-series that blends The X-Files with David Lynch in an intriguing way. Detective Joe Miller (Krause) investigates a bizarre double homicide with his partner. They track down a witness... 

Spider-Man 2.1

April 30, 2007

 Spider-Man 2.1

In a blatant attempt to cash in on the theatrical release of Spider-Man 3 (2007), the powers that be have revisited Spider-Man 2 (2004), added eight minutes and re-released it on DVD with the nifty 2.1 moniker and a few new extras so that Spidey completists... 

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