by Rob Vaux Posted: February 11th, 2013 at 5:26 pm
Double-dipping is a dirty word among movie fans, who have grown increasingly weary of shelling out more money for a multiple versions of a given film. There can be a benefit to the practice, however, especially for consumers eager to pick up multiple movies quickly and efficiently without a lot of fuss. Warner Bros – one of the most notorious practitioners of double-dipping – has recently dived into its archives for a series of “Best of” DVD Collections. Their Best Picture compilation – consisting of 20 films that snagged the top trophy their respective years – ranks as one of the most reliable, marred by a few embarrassing hiccups. Hit the jump for my full review.
Today only, Amazon is offering 22 movies you can download to own for $5 each in HD, and $4 each in SD. Per Amazon, “Purchased videos will be stored in Your Video Library where you can access them whenever you want; watch on your PC, Kindle Fire, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or more than 300 HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and set-top devices.” Hit the jump for the list of films (which includes titles such as The Dark Knight, Casablanca, The Goonies, 300, The Town, The Departed, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Matrix) or click here for the full list on Amazon.
Before you gather up your baseball bats and pitchforks in search of the person who has conceived of a Casablanca sequel, let’s go through all of the details first. There have been attempts at a sequel to the exceptionally popular and beloved film for over 70 years, and it’s actually astounding that the studios have shown restraint in the matter, opting to wait for what would make for a truly great treatment (of course, why everything has to have a sequel in the first place is another issue).
There were a few ill-fated forays into television that attempted to be prequels or sequels, but neither critics nor audiences were having it at the time. Naturally, that spooked the studios into caution when it came to potentially continuing the story. However, Casablanca‘s original screenwriter, Howard Koch, worked on his own sequel idea in the 1980s, planning to include Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart returning as parents. For more on the planned sequel plot, hit the jump.
“You must remember this…” Calling Casablanca a classic is something of an understatement. It’s the machinery of Hollywood in the 40’s at its pinnacle. It’s got great direction from Michael Curtiz, a witty and fast paced script, and stars. Stars like stars should be – indelible – and a cast of memorable supporting players who pop in brief appearances. Huphrey Bogart plays Rick, the owner of a bar in Casablanca whose life gets shaken up by the appearance of Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), his long lost love. But she’s now married to a leading resistance fighter, and there’s a war on. Our review of the 70th Anniversary edition of Casablanca on Blu-ray follows after the jump.
Casablanca is a Top 5 of All Time movie for me. So you can bet I will be in my local theater on March 21 for a digital presentation of Casablanca to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the 1942 release. Even better, every cinephile’s favorite television channel Turner Classic Movies is hosting the event. That means each screening begins with TCM host Robert Osborne “taking audiences behind the scenes of this epic love story in a special original production showcasing stories from those who were on set and those who simply admire this timeless classic.” From my experience, an introduction by Osborne improves the viewing experience by 10-20%.
A three-disc Blu-ray/DVD release will follow on March 27, but how can you resist seeing one of Hollywood’s great classics on the big screen? Hit the jump for details and a trailer for the anniversary re-release.
Now here’s a subway we’d all like to take. It seems a website called Vodkaster has created “The Best Movies Of All Time Map” much in the vein of those Lord of the Rings Flow Charts/Maps that circulated around the web a few months ago (we missed it). It’s incredibly cool and detailed, even if the stops along the way don’t exactly make the most sense.
Starting with a series of “Universally Acclaimed Masterpieces” in the middle, such as Seven Samuari, Star Wars and Citizen Kane, it then branches off into sub genres such as the broad “Drama” and “Comedy,” to more specific ones like “Masterpiece about show business” and “Drama about tolerance.”
Hit the jump to look at the huge image.