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Blu news from blu-ray.com:






For Oct. 26th: *Back to the Future Trilogy* , and for Sept. 7th: *Tommy* and *In Cold Blood* (which had been on Blu combined with Capote, but now available by itself).


Back to the Future Trilogy extras:


U-Control (BD-exclusive):

Setups & Payoffs: As you watch each of the three films, each "set up" showcases items in the scene that prepare you for a future plot point. When you get to that moment in the film, the "payoff" is shown to complete the correlation.

Storyboard Comparison: Compare key scenes in the movie with the original storyboards.

Trivia Track: Get inside trivia and facts while you watch the movies

Q&A commentaries with director Robert Zemeckis and producer Bob Gale

Feature commentaries with producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton

Back to the Future Night: hosted by Leslie Nielson, this original 30-minute special aired on NBC prior to the first television screening of the Back to the Future (new, BD-exclusive)

Tales from the Future: new six-part retrospective documentary featuring interviews with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Director Robert Zemeckis, Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton, plus Executive Producer Steven Spielberg

In the Beginning...: Delve into the genesis of the project, casting, re-casting, the DeLorean, sets and overall pre-production.

Time to Go: Production stories through the release of the first film.

Keeping Time: The score and the songs of the Back to the Future Trilogy.

Time Flies: Learn more about how the sequel came about, the futuristic look, the special and visual effects, recreating 1955 and more.

Third Time's the Charm: Learn about building a western town, Doc Brown's love story, the casting of Mary Steenburgen, the train sequence and completing the Trilogy.

The Test of Time: Back to the Future becomes a phenomenon! President Reagan quotes the film, the Back to the Future ride opens at Universal Studios theme park and fans rebuild the iconic DeLorean. The film's cast and crew take a look back and discuss why these beloved movies live on.

The Physics of Back to the Future: A discussion with celebrity best-selling author and physicist Dr. Michio Kaku about the overall appreciation of the science in the Back to the Future Trilogy

Nuclear test site ending storyboard sequence: Storyboard sequence of the original proposed ending of the film.

Sixteen deleted scenes

Michael J. Fox Q&A

Archival featurettes:

Making the Trilogy: Chapters One, Two & Three: Original 2002 DVD documentary that takes a look back in time.

The Making of Back to the Future Part I, II & III: Provides a vintage and historic first look at the making of all three films.

The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy: a televised special hosted by Kirk Cameron addressing fans unanswered Back to the Future questions.



Original makeup tests

Production design


Designing the DeLorean

Designing time travel

Hoverboard test

Designing Hill Valley

Designing the campaign

Back to the Future: The Ride

Music Videos:

Huey Lewis and the News "Power of Love"

ZZ Top "DoubleBack"

Photo galleries, including production art, additional storyboards, photographs, marketing materials and character portraits

Theatrical trailers


My Scenes

pocket BLU: USHE's pocket BLU app uses iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Blackberry, Android, Windows and Macintosh computers and more to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray player and offers advanced features such as:

Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live functions with ease.

Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in their favorite episode.

Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray? discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there's a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy exclusive content on the go, anytime, anywhere.

Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.

Keyboard: Enter data into a Blu-ray player with your device's easy and intuitive keyboard.

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Updated news on the Maltese Falcon and Treasure of Sierra Madre Blus I mention a little ways back with the cover photos...


Special features include:


*The Maltese Falcon*

Commentary by Bogart Biographer Eric Lax

Featurette: The Maltese Falcon: One Magnificent Bird

Breakdowns of 1941: Studio Blooper Reel

Makeup tests

Becoming Attractions: The Trailers of Humphrey Bogart

Warner Night at the Movies 1941 ? Short Subjects Gallery:

- Newsreel

- Musical Short: The Gay Parisian

- Two Classic Cartoons:

- Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt

- Meet John Doughboy


- The Maltese Falcon

- Sergeant York

- Satan Met a Lady (1936 previous Falcon movie adaptation)

Audio-Only Bonus: Three radio show adaptations ? two featuring the movie's original stars, plus another starring Edward G. Robinson


*The Treasure of the Sierra Madre*

Commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax

Featurette: Discovering Treasure: The Story of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Feature-length documentary profile: John Huston


Classic Cartoon: 8 Ball Bunny

Warner Night at the Movies 1948 ? Short Subjects Gallery:

- Newsreel

- Joe McDoakes Comedy Short: So You Want to Be a Detective

- Classic Cartoon: Hot Cross Bunny


- The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

- Key Largo

Audio-Only Bonus: Radio show adaptation featuring the movie's original stars

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WB has announced a DVD release for Oct. 12th of The Essential Bugs Bunny. It?s described as a 2-DVD set with 17 classic cartoons with a few new featurettes (3 cartoons new to DVD). Here?s a promo on it with details:





I really don?t like the cover art, at all. It looks like one of those quickie job DVDs released by public domain DVD manufacturers. Also, I think they should be releasing more volumes in the Golden Collection, rather than recycling the same material.

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Here is a sweet possibility...apparently, Criterion will be releasing *Sweet Smell of Success* . Likely in DVD, and hopefully on Blu-ray. A photo on the Criterion Facebook page showed them at work on a film and the image was from Sweet Smell of Success.




Edited by: filmlover on Jul 1, 2010 6:59 AM

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*More is on the way from Olive Films with the today's announcement of two 60's dramas. First up is 1964's _Where Love Has Gone_ starring Susan Hayward and Bette Davis. The second is 1965's bio-pic _Harlow_ starring Carroll Baker.*



Each DVD will retail for $24.95 each, but are available at ClassicFlix.com for only $17.99. Bonus features are not expected.



*_Where Love Has Gone_ (1964)*



Based on Harold Robbins? dexterously salacious bestselling novel, a young woman, Danny (Joey Heatherton) has murdered a man, who was the latest lover of her mother (Susan Hayward). Danny?s father, Luke Miller (Mike Connors) describes the events that led to the tragedy.


Bette Davis plays Danny?s domineering grandmother and Jane Greer plays her sympathetic probation officer. The stellar cast also includes DeForest Kelley (Star Trek), George Macready (Gilda), Anne Seymour and Anthony Caruso. Directed by Edward Dmytryk (The Carpetbaggers), Screenplay by John Michael Hayes (Peyton Place) and costumes by legendary designer Edith Head.






*_Harlow_ (1965)*


Hollywood in 1928 is a land of milk and honey, magic and fantasy. Jean Harlow?s spectacularly controversial and tragic career begins with bit parts in movies while she?s living with her mother and opportunistic stepfather. When Hollywood agent, Arthur Landau (Red Buttons), spots her on a film set, he gets her a series of comedy roles and soon realizes he has a gold mine in Miss Harlow (Carroll Baker). She becomes an overnight sensation and critics hail her as the next great sex symbol.



This film documents the rise and fall of a true Hollywood Legend. Directed by Gordon Douglas, screenplay by John Michael Hayes (Peyton Place) and costumes by legendary designer Edith Head.





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*I can't wait for _Where Love Has Gone_ ...I have only see it 2xs on VHS.*



What makes _Where Love Has Gone_ interesting is that .... Although Robbins and the studio refused to acknowledge a connection, some publications such as Newsweek noted the similarities between the movie and the real-life case of Cheryl Crane, the daughter of actress Lana Turner, who in 1958 stabbed and killed her mother's boyfriend, Johnny Stompanato, claiming that she was defending Turner from attack. Newsweek wrote that the case seemed to have influenced the "foolish story" and described it as "a typical Harold Robbins pastiche of newspaper clippings liberally shellacked with sentiment and glued with sex".





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Olive Films is pricing these titles much too high. I have pre-ordered DARK CITY but for $17.99. Actually all the titles they are releasing should list for $14.99. Much of what this company is leasing from Paramount are not exactly classics. Both HARLOW and WHERE LOVE HAS GONE are pretty much trash despite the all-star casts.

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Olive Films is pricing these titles much too high. I have pre-ordered DARK CITY but for $17.99. Actually all the titles they are releasing should list for $14.99. Much of what this company is leasing from Paramount are not exactly classics. Both HARLOW and WHERE LOVE HAS GONE are pretty much trash despite the all-star casts.

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Now, here is some news to get excited about. French independent studio Carlotta is going to be releasing three classics by Frank Borzage on Blu-ray on November 3rd: *7th Heaven* (1927), *Street Angel* (1928), and *Lucky Star* (1929). No details yet of languages, extras, or region playability.








They will also release F.W. Murnau's *Sunrise* and *City Girl* on December 8th on Blu-ray (both already available from the UK).







Both directors will have box sets of the titles, too:





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I was so disappointed until I noticed Sunrise and City Girl further down. Carlotta region coded their Blu-ray for Fellini's Casanova but the fact that they're also doing Sunrise and City Girl, both Eureka Masters of Cinema titles, means that Masters of Cinema might be doing the Borzage films in the future. Those would in all likelihood be region free. That's exactly what I want.


Gonna cross my fingers!

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Speaking of the BFI, for over a year they have said *The Innocents*, starring Deborah Kerr, would be coming out on Blu-ray. Well, it's now got a new date, August 23rd.


BFI will also be releasing *The Edge of the World*, the 1937 film directed by Michael Powell, on Blu-ray, on the same day...along with the 1970 Tony Scott-helmed Loving Memory, and A Zed and Two Noughts (from 1985).





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*SEVENTH HEAVEN* is one of the greatest Silent films, but it still hasn't been on TCM. *STREET ANGEL* is another Masterpiece. It's good news that these are being released on Blu-ray abroad, because the prints in the Fox set's are relatively disappointing. Despite the claim they are from the best surviving materials, that just isn't true. The Museum of Modern Art has better prints, and the longer Road Show Edition of *SEVENTH HEAVEN.*

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A short blurb from blu-ray.com:


The Blu-ray release of Alien Anthology, just announced, is only one aspect of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment's yearlong campaign to honor the studio's 75th birthday. Select Fox fan-favorites are coming out on Blu-ray this year, and have just gone up for preorder (albeit without a date): The Last of the Mohicans, Moulin Rouge!, The Rocky Horror Picture Show...and The Sound of Music.


The Sound of Music will initially be available in a Limited Edition Collector's Set, probably in the vein of recent ultimate collector's editions such as The Wizard of Oz.




And here are the special features coming up for the BFI's release of *The Innocents* on Blu-ray:


- Full-feature commentary by Professor Christopher Frayling

- Filmed introduction by Christopher Frayling, on location at Sheffield Park House ? where The Innocents was shot ? on the making of the film

- The Bespoke Overcoat: Jack Clayton's 1955 award-winning short, adapted from Gogol's The Overcoat, follows a haunted tailor as he comes to terms with a friend's death

- Naples is a Battlefield: Clayton's rare (and un-credited) directorial debut, made for the RAF film unit, is a documentary account of the wartime destruction and reconstruction of Naples.

- Original US trailer

- Designed by Motley: Gallery of costume designs for The Innocents by prolific British designers Motley. With introduction and audio captions.

- Illustrated booklet with sleevenote essay by the League of Gentleman's Jeremy Dyson, an on-set report, director biography and more

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Cowabunga!!! Criterion has released its October list and there are some great titles on there (especially for Blu-ray):


*The Magician* October 12th on Blu-ray and DVD

Extras include:

New visual essay by Bergman scholar Peter Cowie

Brief 1967 video interview with director Ingmar Bergman about the film

Rare English-language audio interview with Bergman, conducted by filmmakers Olivier Assayas and Stig ****?rkman

A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoff Andrew, a reprinted essay by Assayas, and an excerpt from Bergman's autobiography Images: My Life in Film


*Paths of Glory* Oct. 26th on Blu-ray and DVD

Extras include:

New audio commentary by critic Gary Giddins

Television interview from 1979 with star Kirk Douglas

New video interviews with Kubrick's longtime executive producer Jan Harlan, Paths of Glory producer James B. Harris, and actress Christiane Kubrick

Excerpt from a French television program about real-life World War I executions similar to the events dramatized in Paths of Glory

Theatrical trailer

An essay by Kubrick scholar James Naremore


*Seven Samurai* Oct. 19th on Blu-ray

Extras include:

Two audio commentaries:

Film scholars David Desser, Joan Mellen, Stephen Prince, Tony Rayns, and Donald Richie

Japanese film expert Michael Jeck

A 50-minute documentary on the making of Seven Samurai, part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create i>

My Life in Cinema, a two-hour video conversation between Akira Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshima produced by the Directors Guild of Japan

Seven Samurai: Origins and Influences, a new documentary looking at the samurai traditions and films that impacted Kurosawa's masterpiece

Theatrical trailers and teaser

Gallery of rare posters and behind-the scenes and production stills

A booklet featuring essays by Peter Cowie, Philip Kemp, Peggy Chiao, Alain Silver, Kenneth Turan, Stuart Galbraith, Arthur Penn, and Sidney Lumet and an interview with Toshiro Mifune


*The Darjeeling Limited* Oct. 12 on Blu-ray and DVD

Extras include:

Anderson's short film Hotel Chevalier (part one of The Darjeeling Limited), starring Natalie Portman, with commentary by Anderson

Audio commentary featuring Anderson and cowriters Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola

Behind-the-scenes documentary by Barry Braverman

Anderson and filmmaker James Ivory discussing the film's music

Anderson's American Express commercial

On-set footage shot by Coppola and actor Waris Ahluwalia

Audition footage, deleted and alternate scenes, and stills galleries

Original theatrical trailer

A booklet featuring an essay by critic Richard Brody and original illustrations by Eric Anderson


*House* Oct. 26th on Blu-ray and DVD

Extras include:

Constructing a House, a new video piece featuring interviews with director Nobuhiko Obayashi, story scenarist and daughter of the director Chigumi Obayashi, and screenwriter Chiho Katsura

Emotion, a 1966 experimental film by Obayashi

New video appreciation by director Ti West (House of the Devil)

Theatrical trailer

An essay by Chuck Stephens

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*This is so cool. Click on the link for the pictures!*



*Celebrate 'The Goonies' 25th Anniversary With The Collector's Edition DVD*




By Perri Nemiroff

Jul 18th 2010




*Has it really been 25 years since Mikey and the gang found One Eyed Willy's treasure? So it has and even if that makes you feel as old as Willy himself, it still calls for a celebration. On November 2nd, Warner Home Video will release The Goonies 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition on DVD and Blu-ray.*



It's a special edition, so of course it's going to cost you a hefty penny, but it's The Goonies we're talking about here; even if your family was facing foreclosure at the expense of a country club, it still might be worth the cash. DVD Active has all of the details in terms of special features and they're quite impressive ? for those who don't already own a copy of the film at least.



Both versions come with commentary with director Richard Donner and the cast, a making of the movie documentary, the Cyndi Lauper music video "The Goonies 'R Good Enough," deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer.


*In terms of non-digital specs, the set will come with _a new board game_, collective storyboard prints, a 1985 souvenir magazine and a reprint of a 2009 article with updates on the cast, producer Steven Spielberg and Donner.*



As an obsessive fan of the film, I'm definitely tempted to drop some cash on this one, just to see the box sit on my shelf alone. The game, magazine and storyboard prints are appealing too, but let's face it, eventually they'll just end up in a drawer collecting dust. The box however is adorned with stellar new artwork guaranteed to give you chills every time you glance in its direction. But don't worry, the good old image of the gang on top of the gold and jewels is still preserved inside.


As exciting as it may be, I think I'm going to have to take a pass on this on account of my junk drawer being too full. Is this Collector's Set going to find a place on your shelf?




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