What's Under Your Mask?
What’s Under Your Mask? is a series of prints created by German illustrator Adrian Pavic honoring the masked icons in Western society, ranging from Darth Vader, to Point Break, to Spider-Man. No word on if Pavic will be making his prints available for public purchase, but you can view some of the art in the series, after the jump. I’d love to see Chop Shop produce a t-shirt based on this series.
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Hollywood vs. New York: Four Decades of Destruction

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Goodie Bag has created a fantastic video called “Hollywood vs. New York”, featuring four decades of celluloid New York annihilation distilled into one musical montage. Watch the destruction now after the jump.
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Cool Stuff: Rorschach Obama Parody T-Shirt

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Today’s t-shirt on the tee-a-day website TeeFury is a Watchmen parody takes the Rorschach character and gives him the Shepard Fairey treatment, capping it off with the single word “WATCH”. The T-shirt will be available all day on Thursday, November 19th 2009 for only $9 plus shipping. But like all Teefury shirts, after the clock strikes midnight, the t-shirt will never be available again. Full t-shirt design image, and a word from the artist, after the jump.

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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

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(Available as single-disc DVD, 2-Disc Deluxe Edition DVD, and 4-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Pixar is not a boon to cinematic originality. Their formulas are just as heavily recycled as any simple-minded rom-com, or any trashy horror flick. Pixar’s success lies not in the bare story arcs of their films, but in the way they tell the story. This is what differs them from so many of Dreamworks’ past efforts: they respect the art of storytelling. Up exemplifies this notion perfectly. The film displays a comfortable familiarity in its conflicts and character arcs, from the bitter protagonist seeking redemption to the boy in desperate need of a father figure to the idol-turned-villain ‘twist’ (if you can call it that), and so on and so forth. While in a lesser film, plot beats like these might act as a detriment, Pixar’s usage of formulas is actually one of its greatest assets. Rather than break free from the mold established by countless classic tales before it, they embrace those elements. Doing so not only provides their films with a rewarding accessibility that the whole family can enjoy, but by taking those ubiquitous movie tropes and making their inclusion feel organic to the story, the process also allows them to illustrate just why exactly those formulas work so well. It feels new to us because Pixar makes it feel new, as every familiar plot point is treated with only the utmost heartfelt sincerity and intelligence. Instead of Carl Fredricksen’s loss toward the beginning of the film acting as merely a way to facilitate the adventure that later ensues, Pixar takes the time to show us why we should care. And holy hell does Pixar know how to make you care. If you’re not choking back tears in the first 15 minutes, you’re probably not watching the right movie. When the film isn’t busy leaving you an emotionally devastated wreck, it captivates your senses with the pure winsome wonder of its visuals, and then thrills you with some of the most exhilarating action sequences to grace the screen since Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not to mention, you’ll likely spend most of the experience grinningly stupidly due to the non-stop hilarity of the film’s wonderful band of characters (Dug the dog is an obvious highlight, but it’s Kevin the bird who truly won my heart). There’s a rhythm and pace to the film that’s simply flawless, resulting in the rare film that will have you glued to the screen for every second of its runtime. It may be formulaic, sure, but you’ll be too busy loving the film to care.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: 2-Disc DVD – Commentary by director Pete Docter and co-director Bob Peterson, “Dug’s Special Mission” short film, “The Many Endings of Muntz” featurette, “Partly Cloudy” short film, “Adventure is Out There” documentary, and a digital copy. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as Cine-Explore, Geriatric Hero, Canine Companions, Russell: Wilderness Explorer, Our Giant Flightless Friend Kevin, Homemakers of Pixar, Balloons and Flight, Composing for Characters, Married Life, and the single-disc DVD.

BEST DVD PRICE*
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$15.99 $15.99 $15.77
Amazon – $14.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $19.99 at Fry’s and Amazon, and $22.99 at each of the other listed stores.

BEST BLU-RAY PRICE
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$26.99 $23.99 $19.95
Amazon – $19.99

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Cool Stuff: Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut

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Warner Bros Home Video has officially announced the expected double dip, Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut, which hits store shelves on November 3rd 2009.. More cover art and details after the jump.

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Snoop Dogg appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 10th Anniversary Special and is asked a $50,000 question about Zack Snyder’s movie adaptation of Watchmen. But it turns out Snoop fell asleep while watching the movie and might not know the answer. Thanks to movieboy for the tip. Watch the video embedded after the jump.

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Leave the King of the Monsters alone. He’s content at the bottom of the sea resting atop shipwrecked boxes of Asahi. Sure, Baby Godzilla wants him to pay for college, but so what? The kid is a disgrace better ignored and very likely egg-bodied for life. But today, according to Bloody Disgusting, Hollywood has dialed the King’s oceanic partyline in hopes of making another Americanized Godzilla movie.

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In this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley compare the Watchmen: Director’s Cut with the theatrical version, get excited about the distribution prospects for Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass, and remember the passing of a great talent. Special guest Matt Singer joins us from IFC News.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next Monday at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review District 9.

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