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-- Federico Fellini
Oct 052020
New DVD and Blu-ray Releases for the Week of Oct. 6

This Week’s Best Bets In the period between American Bandstand and MTV, there were several shows that tried to bring new music to television, but it wasn’t until “The Midnight Special” premiered on August 19, 1972, that live music found a home on the air. Burt Sugarman, producer of Grammy Awards telecasts, was frustrated by … More

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Sep 282020
New DVD and Blu-ray Releases for the Week of Sept. 29

This Week’s Best Bets “Ivansxtc” (2009), starring Danny Huston, Peter Weller and Lisa Enos, is a biting satire that goes behind-the-scenes of the Hollywood film industry, with all its drink and drug-fueled excess, from director Bernard Rose (“Candyman,” “Paperhouse”). Opening with the death of its titular protagonist, ivansxtc goes back in time to chart the … More

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Sep 202020
New DVD and Blu-ray Releases for the Week of Sept. 22

This Week’s Best Bets An elegy of exile and an epic immersion into the world of rural Italy during the Mussolini years, Francesco Rosi’s sublime adaptation of the memoirs of the painter, physician, and political activist Carlo Levi, “Christ Stopped at Eboli” (1979) brings a monument of 20th-century autobiography to the screen with quiet grace … More

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Sep 142020
New DVD and Blu-ray Releases for the Week of Sept. 15

This Week’s Best Bets “Alejandro Jodorowsky: 4K Restoration Collection” is a deluxe box set that includes the latest film by the great Chilean-French artist/filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, “Psychomagic, A Healing Art,” as well as “Fando y Lis,” “El Topo” and “The Holy Mountain” restored in 4K on Blu-ray, along with new bonus features and CD soundtracks … More

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Sep 072020
New DVD and Blu-ray Releases for the Week of Sept. 8

This Week’s Best Bets In “Graveyards of Honor” (1975/2002 — Japanese) Two peerless masters of Japanese cinema – Kinji Fukasaku (“Battles without Honor and Humanity,” “Battle Royale”) and Takashi Miike (“Dead or Alive,” “Audition”) – present their own distinctive adaptations of yakuza expert Goro Fujita’s gangster novel “Graveyard of Honor,” each tapping into the zeitgeist … More

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Aug 312020
New DVD and Blu-ray Releases for the Week of Sept. 1

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s: Written and directed by Jon Stewart, “Irresistible” (2020), starring Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Chris Cooper, Mackenzie Davis, Topher Grace and Natasha Lyonne, is a comedy about what happens when a small Wisconsin town becomes the main attraction of our political circus. After the Democrat’s top strategist Gary (Carell) sees a video of … More

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Aug 232020
New DVD and Blu-ray Releases for the Week of August 25

This Week’s Best Bets In 1934, Jean Renoir stepped off the soundstage and headed to the South of France, where he captured vivid human drama amid the bucolic splendor and everyday social rituals of the countryside. Based on a true story and set in a community of immigrants living, working, and loving on the margins … More

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Aug 162020
New DVD and Blu-ray Releases for the Week of August 18

This Week’s Best Bets “Gamera: The Complete Collection Limited Edition Blu-ray Boxset” is a limited collectors’ edition package, housed in a large-format rigid box, fully illustrated by Matt Frank; case bound, fully-illustrated disc book containing eight Blu-ray discs; High Definition (1080p) versions of all 12 films (“Gamera the Giant Monster,” “Gamera vs. Barugon,” “Gamera vs. … More

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Aug 102020
New DVD and Blu-ray Releases for the Week of August 11

This Week’s Best Bets The Criterion Collection is celebrating the boundless creative vision of Agnès Varda with a comprehensive collection of her genre-blurring, culture-shaping films. Bringing together all 39 of her features, shorts, and documentaries for the first time, the 15-Blu-ray box set “The Complete Films of Agnès Varda” also contains extensive special features – … More

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Aug 032020
New DVD and Blu-ray Releases for the Week of August 4

This Week’s Best Bets In “Shanghai Triad” (1995 — China), starring Wang Xiaoxiao, Gong Li and Li Baotian, naive teenager Shuisheng, hired to be a servant to pampered nightclub singer and mob moll Xiao Jinbao, is thrust into the glamorous and deadly demimonde of Shanghai’s crime syndicates in the 1930s. Over the course of seven … More

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