If you’re like me, you’ve had the DVD for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Magnolia for over a decade. The film was released 1999 and the DVD arrived a year later. And while it was kind of bare bones in terms of extras, one extra was simply stunning. It’s called That Moment, and is a 72 minute diary/documentary by Mark Rance about the making of the film.
On its own, that’s not really a huge deal. Making of documentaries on DVDs are a dime a dozen. But for a filmmaker like Paul Thomas Anderson, it’s a massive deal. This, and the director commentaries on the Boogie Nights DVD, are a film fan’s best resource into the brain of the shy filmmaker.
So why are we talking about this in 2014? While That Moment has obviously been available for almost 15 years on DVD, it wasn’t readily available online. That’s now changed. Below, watch the entire Magnolia documentary That Moment. Read More »
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It’s safe to say that I am unreasonably excited about the upcoming Twin Peaks blu-ray box set. Rumors of new Twin Peaks material have always seemed both unrealistic and unappealing — the show’s ship has sailed, and we’ve all got to accept that. But the reveal of deleted scenes shot between 1989 and 1992 is something else altogether. That’s a holy grail, a set of artifacts from when the story was really alive.
The blu-ray set has a bunch of deleted material — almost a feature-length set of scenes and outtakes from the feature film Fire Walk With Me, and also some scenes cut from the TV series. We’ve seen a glimpse of some of that stuff via the first trailer for the box set. Below, we have the first full deleted scene to share. It’s a short bit from the TV series, specifically from the pilot, showing a thing we’ve never seen before: the moment when Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) meets Donna Hayward (Lara Flynn Boyle) for the first time. Read More »
Here’s your first look at newly remastered footage from the ’60s Batman TV series. This fall, the show comes to Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download for the first time ever, thanks to the resolution of rights conflicts between Fox and Warner Bros. The set packs in 120 episodes, remastered in HD, with a suite of extra features. The set has been dated for November, but you can get a first look at the remastered Batman TV series trailer below, and the footage is as colorful and clear as you’d hope.
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Years ago, Steven Spielberg was known for being resistant to Blu-ray. His lesser films got released, but his classics took a long time to make it to the format. Even today, several of Spielberg’s movies aren’t available on Blu-ray. That’ll change in October though when Universal releases the Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection. It includes Blu-rays of Duel, The Sugarland Express, Jaws, 1941, E.T., Always, Jurassic Park and The Lost World, four of which have never been on Blu-ray before. (Duel, Sugarland, 1941 and Always). See the full box art and read the details below. Read More »
The first time I experienced a film in a movie theater with surround sound I remember thinking to myself that the home theater experience would never be able to replicate that immersion. Of course, cut to a few years later at a party at my rich uncle’s house where he’s playing movies on his home television in 5.1 surround sound.
Nowadays surround sound systems are more common than not and movie theaters are trying to invent new premium cinema experiences different enough to make the trip and ticket prices worth it. Some of these premium experiences like 3D have already made their way to the home theater, while others like a huge screen (IMAX) or 4Dx (which we reviewed about this morning) are too ridiculous to replicate on a modest budget.
One of the big innovations filmmakers have been pushing recently is Dolby’s Atmos system, which is an immersive surround set-up which involves the sound now only surrounding you but also a series of speakers mounted overhead. Again, another set-up I would have assumed we wouldn’t see replicated in home theaters. That said, Dolby has announced they are brining Dolby Atmos sound to Blu-ray releases. More details on Dolby Atmos Blu-ray after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s The Lego Movie was such a big hit when it opened back in February that Warner Bros. ordered not just a sequel, but also a spinoff. And while Ninjago won’t be here for another couple of years, it’s never too early to get the marketing machine fired up. So the latest ad for the Lego Movie Blu-ray also teases the impending Ninjago.
Watch the first sorta-kinda Ninjago promo after the jump.
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A cryptic tease hit the movie press corp on Thursday: an image featuring a single pink Lego brick, and the name of Wes Anderson’s latest masterpiece, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Many – myself included – began wildly speculating about a collaboration between the indie filmmaker and massive toymaker on a consumer set. Alas, that’s not the case.
Instead, to help promote the June 17 Blu-ray release of the film, Fox Searchlight hired Lego builder Ryan Ziegelbauer and his team to create a huge version of the hotel to put on display. The result took 575 hours, is made of more than 50,000 bricks, weights 150 pounds, stands 7 feet tall and stretches 6.5 feet wide. It’ll be on display at The Grove in Los Angeles June 14 and 15 and we’ll have some more details photos over the weekend.
For now, check out a video of the impressive build of The Grand Budapest Hotel Lego. Read More »
The second 2014 film from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, 22 Jump Street, doesn’t have much material that counts as serious. The movie is almost two hours long, but is wall-to-wall jokes, sight gags, action sequences, and deadpan comedy. As an experiment, and ultimately a winking way to emphasize the degree to which the movie is a long string of jokes, Lord and Miller have crafted what they’re calling the “dramatic and unfunny” cut. It is ten minutes long. That, along with a host of deleted scenes, will appear on the 22 Jump Street blu-ray. Get the details below. Read More »
“You’ve been dead for around 25 years now.” So begins this interview between Twin Peaks co-creator David Lynch and Leland Palmer. Specifically, that’s Lynch speaking not to the actor Ray Wise, but to Wise in character as his Twin Peaks alter-ego. It’s part of what is sure to be the strangest bonus feature on the upcoming Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery Blu-ray set, in which Lynch speaks to the Palmer family as they exist now. (Or something.) Now you can watch a clip of the interview below. It’s the first new legit Twin Peaks material in many years, and that alone warrants a look. Read More »