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    DVD Review: Neil Barsky's Documentary On New York City Mayor Ed 'Koch'

    New York City in the mid-to-late 1970s was both a cultural happening and crumbling metropolis. While hip-hop, punk and new wave burbled from the creative corners of the city, elsewhere it was falling apart. The Bronx burned, crime soared, the Son Of Sam was on the loose, everything was teetering on ...

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    Watch: Trailers For 9 Of The 16 Werner Herzog Films Being Remastered & Reissued By Shout! Factory

    The heroes over at Shout! Factory have recently announced that they'll be remastering and releasing 16—count 'em, 16—films by Werner Herzog in several formats both physical and digital. Shout! will be releasing titles chiefly from Herzog's 70s and '80s back catalog, when the Bavaria-born director wa...

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    Director's Cut Of Clive Barker's 'Nightbreed' Officially Coming To Home Video In 2014 Via Shout! Factory

    One of the more nagging "lost" movies in horror cinema has been the longer director's cut of Clive Barker's seminal monster mash "Nightbreed." The tale of an underground city of mutant creatures, sort of like a punk rock version of "X-Men," the film was heavily truncated before its theatrical releas...

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    DVD Review: Swedish Crime Series 'Annika Bengtzon, Crime Reporter'

    Over the past few years, Scandinavian crime fiction has been hot both at home and abroad. "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" has obviously been the biggest cultural crossover, but so too have books by folks like Jo Nesbø, Henning Mankell and Karin Fossum, along with TV shows like "Wallander," "The Ki...

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    DVD Review: 'Benda Bilili' (Kinshasa Band w/ Global Following Comprised of Homeless Handicapped Artists)

    To be honest, I was in two minds as to whether to actually go and see this. The film description starts:"Staff Benda Bilili are a band of homeless, disabled Congolese and street children playing both conventional and improvised instruments, and rise from desperate circumstances to international accl...

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    Paramount Makes Moves Toward the Digital Future

    As much as many of us bewail the studios' pokey moves into the digital future, the truth is, they are not stupid. What they are doing--and why they can be counted on to make many ill-advised decisions going forward--is thinking about how to buttress their bottom line, satisfy stockholders, and cove...

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    DVD Review: Pema Tseden's 'Old Dog,' a Powerful Political Allegory of Modern Tibet (TRAILER)

    Forget Uggie. My favorite canine companion in recent cinema is the shaggy, steadfast nomad mastiff of Tibetan writer-director Pema Tseden's contemplative and ultimately wrenching "Old Dog" (2011), available today on DVD from Icarus Films Home Video/dGenerate Films Home Video Collection.

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    Johnny Depp Loves Buster Keaton: Check Out the Great Silent Comedian (MANY CLIPS)

    Great Silent director-star Buster Keaton is revered by the likes of Jackie Chan and Johnny Depp, who channels him in "The Lone Ranger" and even borrows some of his train stunts from his classic "The General." Orson Welles once stated that "The General" is "the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest...

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    DVD Review: ‘Borgen’ Season 2 Is A Reminder That This Is Still The Best Show You're Not Watching

    There is no doubt that right now, viewers have a feast of great programming on American television. It seems that just as one season of a show comes to an end, another must-watch season of something else begins, and that's not counting whatever you still have pending on your DVR or in your Netflix a...

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