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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 »

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Earlier today we were talking about the anniversary of Jurassic Park, released on this day in 1993. But in mid-1990, director Steven Spielberg wasn’t yet set to film Michael Chrichton’s novel, which hadn’t been released. Having made Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Spielberg had grown up a bit with the romance Always, released six months after the third Indy picture, and was poised to take over another film related to growing up: 1991′s Hook.

So this 1990 interview catches Spielberg in what looks now like a transitional phase, before the staggering success of Jurassic Park and the first flowering of the digital effects age and the opening of the DreamWorks era. The director talks about many aspects of his career: his non-blockbuster choices (The Color Purple, Always, Empire of the Sun) and lack of Oscar nominations for some of his work. He talks about his desire to make Rain Man, which took director Barry Levinson to the Oscars in 1989, and which Spielberg directed before commitment to Indiana Jones interceded.

This is a candid half hour with a man who was already one of the biggest directors in the world, but who also has many successes in front of him. It’s a great conversation with which to cap off your afternoon. Read More »

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