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    Wanted: More Fleischer Cartoons

    The good news: Betty Boop has never looked better, thanks to Olive Films’ new DVD and Blu-ray releases "Betty Boop: The Essential Collection," Volumes 1 and 2, mastered in 4K from original 35mm materials.

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    ‘To Be Or Not To Be’ Is Better Than Ever

    When Ernst Lubitsch’s "To Be Or Not To Be" opened in the spring of 1942, just months after America went to war, it was repudiated and even reviled by many critics who thought it was in poor taste to juxtapose comedy against the backdrop of Poland’s invasion by the Nazis.

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    A Hidden Gem Emerges On DVD

    As I wrote some months ago, 20th Century Fox is digging into its vaults to release a cornucopia of titles from the 1930s through the 1960s on made-to-order DVDs.

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    Movie Master Classes On DVD

    It’s understandable when someone doesn’t want to re-purchase a film he already owns on DVD, but the Criterion Collection makes it hard to resist by adding such outstanding bonus material.

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    MORE CHARLEY CHASE ON DVD (AND EDGAR KENNEDY, TOO)

    Charley Chase is a favorite of comedy connoisseurs but for years, it was difficult to see his best two-reel comedies from the 1920s. They seemed to exist only in scattered 16mm prints, until Kino (drawing on the LobsterFilm archives) and Milestone released their welcome collections.

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    Discworld: Fritz Lang Gets Paranoid, Sleazy Sexploitation, Fast and Furious Koreans, and Buñuel on Blu

    With apologies, this week's column was delayed due to the whirling, queso-and-beer-and-movies dervish called the SXSW Film Festival. In fact, tonight in Austin there will be a special screening of Dave Grohl's rock-doc crowd pleaser "Sound City," which dropped on DVD and Blu-ray this week. Grohl and...

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    Oz The Great And Powerful

    No movie ever can, or will, replace 1939’s "The Wizard Of Oz," but taken on its own terms, this eye-filling fantasy is an entertaining riff on how the Wizard of that immortal film found his way to Oz.

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    THE EXTENDED DISNEY FAMILY AND PETER PAN

    The new Blu-ray/DVD/Digital release of Walt Disney’s "Peter Pan" includes the bonus features from previous DVD releases plus a few additions, including "Growing up with Nine Old Men," a short documentary in which Ted Thomas, the filmmaker and son of top Disney animator Frank Thomas, checks in with t...

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    CALL THE MIDWIFE – Season One

    Guest column by Alice Maltin - I watched the first episode several months ago. Screaming women giving birth in squalid conditions in the poorest part of London was not my cup of tea. Looking for a pleasant escape, I turned off the DVD. Then, on a rainy Sunday afternoon with nothing to do, I watched ...

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    CURE FOR A MOVIE HANGOVER

    I love watching movies, but it becomes challenging during December when the year’s lengthiest and most ambitious films arrive all at once. By the time I’m done digesting, writing about and voting for them, I need a breather. That’s when I start reading, for pleasure, and watching vintage B movies—ev...

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