I’ve always loved the artwork of Wes Anderson‘s brother Eric Chase Anderson, who many of you might recognize as the production designer on The Royal Tenenbaums. Not only did he make all of the rooms in the Tenenbaum house look different and unique, but he created all the drawings and paintings credited to Richie Tenenbaum in the movie. He also created the fantastic cover artwork for the Criterion Collection editions of The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums, as well as some of the inside art.
Many people don’t know this but with the Criterion Collection release of Bottle Rocket, the cover and menu art was created by Ian Dingman. A lot of people confuse the two artists as their artwork looks very much in the same style. This probably also explains why Wes has employed Dingman to create the cover artwork for his future home video releases when his own brother became unavailable. You can read an interview with Dingman in Time Out Chicago. His latest work is the cover and inside artwork for the Criterion Collection edition of The Darjeeling Limited. We now have a first look at the cover art for Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited. Check it out after the jump.
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Warner Bros today announced details for The Goonies 25th Anniversary Collection DVD/Blu-ray box set, due in stores on November 2nd 2010. The new box set includes a new board game, original movie storyboard reproductions, a 1985 souvenir magazine reprint, and reprint of 2009 Empire Magazine article with cast photos and updates. Hit the jump for more information and high resolution cover art.
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20th Century Fox’s highly anticipated Alien Anthology Blu-ray set was officially announced this morning and you can officially pre-order the set on Amazon for $97.99, 30% off the $140 list price. The Blu-ray box set will be released on October 26th 2010, the same day Universal Pictures is releasing the Back to the Future Trilogy on Blu-ray. Read the full press release with full disc details after the jump, along with more photos.
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As you know, last year Warner Bros started release the the Harry Potter films in awesome Ultimate Editions, Blu-ray and DVD collections which included extended cuts of each film along with extensive special features. We posted about Year One and Year Two previously. Warner Bros Home Video has finally announced that the next two installments are set to hit store shelves on October 19th 2010. Full details and cover art, after the jump.
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Last month I received an e-mail from a friend informing me about a screenwriter-focused interview series called The Dialogue. The 70-90 minute long-form interview series features interviews conducted/hosted by Mike De Luca (former president of production at DreamWorks Pictures and New Line Cinema, where he produced American History X, Magnolia, Boogie Nights) and Jay Fernandez, and feauring interviews with some of the most interesting screenwriters today, including:
Stuart Beattie, Sheldon Turner, David Goyer, Paul Haggis, Jim Uhls, Ted Griffin, Ganz Mandel, Jose Rivera, Scott Rosenberg, Callie Khouri, John Hamburg, Nick Kazan, Jonathan Hensleigh, Robin Swicord, Marshall Herskovitz, Nia Vardalos, Billy Ray, Paul Attanasio, Susannah Grant, Bruce Joel Rubin, Kurtzman-Orci, David Seltzer, Simon Kinberg, Jeff Nathanson, Ed Solomon, Peter Tolan, Farrelly Bros and more.
Unlike the how-to books, these interviews focus on how some of the most successful professional screenwriters in the business today create their stories, made it to where they are, and work in the industry.
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Out Today: Warner Bros has released an ultimate 35-film Clint Eastwood retrospective touted as the largest ever DVD box set featuring a single artist. Clint Eastwood: 35 Films, 35 Years at Warner Bros. contains 19-discs (16 of which are double-sided) containing 34 Warner Bros films that Eastwood either headlined and/or directed. The 35th “film” included is Eastwood Factor, a feature documentary film by critic/historian Richard Schickel. The box set also includes a 24-page extract of Schickel’s upcoming book Clint: A Retrospective. The collection contains Eastwood films from 1968′s Where Eagles Dare through last year’s Gran Torino.
I have the set in my hands now and it is a very nice package. Some DVD fanatics will gripe over the two-sided discs, which make up 16 of the 19 DVDs in this set, but that fact doesn’t bother me much. My only complaint is that all the movies are in DVD format, and that Warner Bros is not releasing a Blu-ray version of the collection. Of course, I also understand why they are unable to do this as many of the films are not yet available in high definition. I’ve included a lor more information about the release, after the jump.
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We’ve featured House of the Devil on the site many times over the past six months. Hunter even called the film the best horror film of the year, and one of his top five movies of 2009. The movie tells the story of “a pretty college sophomore, so desperate to earn some cash for a deposit on an apartment that she accepts a babysitting job even after she finds out there is no baby.”An older couple lure Sam out to their creaky Victorian mansion deep in the woods, just in time for a total lunar eclipse, and a night which might end “in a bloody fight for her life…”
One of the great things about the film is that it was shot in the style of a 1980′s horror film. It’s not only shot in the style, features the tone, pacing of an 80′s horror film, but it uses the exact filming techniques and technology of that era. Basically, if I put the movie on television, and told you it was a horror film from 1983, you’d believe me. A little while ago, Dark Sky Films sent out a copy of the movie on VHS to some horror journalists, as part of a viral marketing initiative for the film. At the time they said that the VHS copies were only produced for the viral, and would not be available for sale. It appears they have changed their minds.
/Film reader Drew B pointed me towards an Amazon link, which offers The House of the Devil in an Amazon Exclusive VHS/DVD bundle. The price is only $23.99 for the preorder, which ships on February 2nd 2010. How cool is that? Too bad there isn’t a Blu-ray/VHS combo pack.
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Two recently revealed news bit on upcoming Blu-ray releases seem to have particular interest to the /Film readership, I would guess. First of all, DVD Town have run a list of the Warner Bros. 2010 slate and, besides some of my own must-buys like Three Kings, Mars Attacks and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, there was also a listing for The Goonies: 25th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition. The film has already been given a basic (and region free, thus importable) release in Europe, but so far has yet to hit US shelves. According to the site, there will also be a DVD release, which suggests new special features and not just a HD upgrade.
Meanwhile, there’s also a rumoured release for Jurassic Park on Blu-ray later this year. There’s no info on any special features, but I’d imagine Universal will peg this as a flagship title and push the boat out a little. Interestingly, Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World is also rumoured, but not chapter 3. The story originates on Planete HD, found via Blu-ray.com.
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