FANTASTIC MR. FOX Criterion Blu-ray Review

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Few filmmakers are better suited to the world of stop-motion animation than Wes Anderson.  The director has fine-tuned his visual aesthetic over the course of his career, bringing quick and stable camera movements, gorgeous set designs, and specific yet vibrant color palettes to the forefront of his signature style.  After a swell run films that made him one of the most exciting directors in the business, Anderson expanded his scope to the sea (Life Aquatic) and international locales (Darjeeling Limited) before diving into the world of stop-motion animation for his 2009 film Fantastic Mr. Fox.

The result is a highlight of an already impressive career, and the impeccable Roald Dahl adaptation is finally a part of the Criterion Collection.  Read my review of the Fantastic Mr. Fox Criterion Blu-ray after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, KEY & PEELE, THE GREAT BEAUTY Criterion, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include Martin Scorsese’s latest, the 2014 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, a long-delayed Dean Koontz adaptation, some very popular TV comedies, a few new additions to the Criterion library, and more.  Briefly:

New to Blu-ray: INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, OUT OF THE FURNACE, THE BOOK THIEF, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the latest, underrated film from the Coen brothers, an unforgivingly dark Christian Bale drama, a Criterion release of director David Gordon Green’s feature debut, and more.  Briefly:

New to Blu-ray: GRAVITY, HARRY POTTER Hogwarts Collection, THOR: THE DARK WORLD, and More

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This week’s bounty of new Blu-ray releases includes a couple of prestigious Oscar nominees, a new box set version of the Harry Potter series, Marvel’s latest superhero pic, and some truly great Criterion Collection additions.  Briefly:

Excellent Criterion Collection Trailer for Wes Anderson’s FANTASTIC MR. FOX

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Wes Anderson has made many good films over the course of his career, but Fantastic Mr. Fox is among his best.  The 2009 stop-motion animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s childrens book is an absolute delight from start to finish, and it’s finally getting a proper Criterion Collection release next week.  In anticipation of the Blu-ray/DVD dual format release, Criterion has put together a swell new trailer that offers a peek at some of the behind-the-scenes material that will be included on the Criterion disc.  The director-approved release includes the film’s digital master as well as a host of extras, including audio commentary, footage of the actors voicing the characters, an hour-long documentary about Dahl, and much more.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to see the full list of extras included on the Blu-ray, and click here to pre-order the disc.  Fantastic Mr. Fox Criterion Collection Blu-ray/DVD will be available starting February 18th.

GREY GARDENS Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

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Documentaries can be odd beasts.  At their most pure, they are exactly what the word implies, a document of life, no judgement or coloring, just capturing their subjects.  Many, if not most, go well beyond that, structured and designed to further a cause or deliver a point.  The other extreme occurs when the “goal” supersedes the concept of being a documentary altogether, thus venturing into the realm of propaganda.  David and Albert MayslesGrey Gardens is a documentary of the purest form.  Hit the jump for my review of the Criterion Collection Blu-ray of Grey Gardens.

Pick Up Criterion’s January Titles IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD Extended Cut, Michael Mann’s THIEF, Kurosawa’s THRONE OF BLOOD, and More

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Criterion has announced its January titles, and there are some great films heading our way.  The releases include a five-disc dual format Blu-ray/DVD of the 1963 comedy classic It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World complete with new commentary tracks and an extended 197-minute version of the film, director Michael Mann’s 1981 feature debut Thief with a new commentary from Mann and star James Caan, filmmaker Akira Kurosawa’s 1957 Macbeth adaptation Throne of Blood, British filmmaker Terence Davies’ 1992 autobiographical feature The Long Day Closes, and many more.

Hit the jump for the full list of titles, including extras details and box art.  And click here for some great Criterion Blu-ray deals on Amazon.

Mondo to Release Criterion Cover Posters for Guillermo del Toro’s CRONOS and THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE

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The covers of Criterion Collection Blu-rays/DVDs are renowned for their stunning artwork, but strangely, they’re almost never turned into posters.  Out of the hundreds of Criterion titles, only 18 have posters you can buy on the Criterion website.  Thankfully, Mondo is picking up a couple of Criterion’s covers by releasing posters for Guillermo del Toro‘s Cronos and The Devil’s Backbone.  The Cronos cover was done by Hellboy artist Mike Mingola, and while The Devil’s Backbone cover looks like Mingola’s work, it’s actually by Guy Davis.  Both pieces are gorgeous, and Mondo will have them on sale tomorrow.

Hit the jump for more details and to check out the posters.  Click here to order the Blu-ray for Cronos and click here to order the Blu-ray for The Devil’s Backbone.

NAKED LUNCH Criterion Blu-ray Review

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To quote Nelson Muntz, “I can think of two things wrong with that title.”

The notion of an unfilmable novel is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. You can film anything. You might film it badly, but you can film it. David Cronenberg proved that in 1991 when he adapted William S. Burrough’s novel Naked Lunch for the big screen. Good or bad doesn’t quite enter into it – to dive into Burroughs is to experience madness in its purest form – but if anything could defy adaptation, that book would be it. And if any director could find a way to crack its code, it would be Cronenberg.  Hit the jump for my review of Naked Lunch on Blu-ray.

Christopher Nolan’s FOLLOWING Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

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First films are often a filmmaker’s worst movie, as they seem to be learning their craft as the film goes on.  That said, they can also be instructive once they have a body of work, as you can often see the seeds of their future work embedded within.  And though Christopher Nolan’s Following is one of his weakest efforts, all things considered, it’s still indicative of a talent that would emerge.  Where in 1998 Nolan’s film may have come across as a clever but small riff on Pulp Fiction and the genre of crime films Tarantino helped launch, now you can see that Nolan was pretty on top of his game from the get go, even if his first film is a minor work.  Our review of the The Criterion Collection’s Blu-ray of Following follows after the jump.

Criterion Collection Teases 2013 Releases with “Name That Movie” Art

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For any film fan, Criterion is the tops as far as home video goes.  It’s always a bit of an event when the Criterion Collection announces new titles as we know that whichever films are released, they’ll be presented in pristine condition with loads of fascinating extras.  To ring in the New Year, Criterion has released a drawing that teases some of their upcoming 2013 titles.  What ensues is a bit of a guessing game as to which pictures correspond to what movies.  We were able to discern David Lynch’s Eraserhead, Guillermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone, Peter Brook’s Lord of the Flies, Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last! and Delmer Daves3:10 to Yuma, but we’re hoping our fine Collider readers can help discern the rest.

Hit the jump to take a look at the teaser art, and leave your guesses in the comments as to which films you think correspond to which drawings.

New to Blu-ray: THE BOURNE LEGACY, DICK TRACY, HEAVYWEIGHTS, TED, and More

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This week on Blu-ray Bourne comes home, a Judd Apatow-produced 90s favorite gets an update, and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s big-screen debut hits home video.  Briefly:

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New to Blu-ray: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 139 days ago

One of the biggest films of the year finally hits home video this week on Blu-ray.  Briefly:

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