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    Ophuls' 'The Earrings of Madame de...' on Blu-ray from Criterion: Before the New Wave, a New Woman (VIDEO)

    More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones, Saint Teresa of Avila reputedly opined, but she never met Louise, Madame de... (Danielle Darrieux). For the vain, tragic heroine of Max Ophuls' "The Earrings of Madame de..." (1953), the price of a direct line to the heavens comes in a ...

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    DVD Is The New Vinyl: Rock Hudson Has 'Seconds,' Nazi Escapes & 'Ishtar'

    Before digging into early-to-mid August's disc highlights, I'd like to set the Way Back Machine to two weeks ago and point out some eclectic late-July gems we missed, such as Twilight Time's exquisite Blu-ray edition of Walter Hill's 1978 neo-noir "The Driver," Olive Films' unexpected release of Ant...

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    What to Rent/Buy on Blu-ray This Week: 'The Place Beyond the Pines,' 'Mud' and More

    VOD is all the rage right now, and for good reason (check out our August list). But while it's gratifying to know that you can watch pretty much anything with the simple click of a button, there's something comforting about tearing into a DVD/Blu-ray case and popping the disc into your player. That...

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    Hollywood Whipping Boy Von Stroheim's Decadent 'Foolish Wives' Was First Million Dollar Movie

    Orson Welles is often held up as the most abused child in the history of Hollywood, but Erich von Stroheim was easily his equal as whipping boy: Beginning with “Foolish Wives” -- Hollywood’s first “million-dollar movie,” for which von Stroheim recreated Monte Carlo on the back lot of Universal – the...

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    "DVD Is The New Vinyl": Girls Gone Wild Edition

    As if filmgoers stopped watching DVDs and Blu-rays altogether around the Fourth of July, distributors tend to be a little lighter in early-to-mid July with their number and caliber of releases—though quality documentaries certainly prevail. However, if there's one trend vamping through the first thr...

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    What to Buy/Rent on Blu-ray This Week: 'Trance,' 'Ginger & Rosa,' 'Kiss of the Damned' and More

    VOD is all the rage right now, and for good reason (check out our July VOD list). But while it's gratifying to know that you can watch pretty much anything with the simple click of a button, there's something comforting about tearing into a DVD/Blu-ray case and popping the disc into your player. Tha...

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    What to Rent/Buy on Blu-ray This Week: Season One of 'Orphan Black,' 'Evil Dead' Remake and More

    VOD is all the rage right now, and for good reason (check out our July VOD list). But while it's gratifying to know that you can watch pretty much anything with the simple click of a button, there's something comforting about tearing into a DVD/Blu-ray case and popping the disc into your player. Tha...

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    'Boy' Now Available In US (11-Year-old, His Goat, His "Magician" Brother, His Father & Michael Jackson)

    A film from New Zealander, Taiki Waititi, which we've been following since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010, is now finally becoming available Stateside, on DVD and Blu-ray, so you'll get a chance to check it out.

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    Now and Then: Mizoguchi's Bitter Masterpiece 'The Life of Oharu' Now on Criterion

    Director Kenji Mizoguchi's "The Life of Oharu" (1952), newly available in a high-def digital restoration from the Criterion Collection, teems with contradictions. It's epic yet delicate, set in feudal Japan but animated by modern anxieties, at once a traditional picaresque and a bold feminist classi...

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    30th Anniversary DVD Of Hip-Hop Classic 'Wild Style' Coming Out In October

    In a world a long, long ago, there was Wild Style, the film that can be legitimately called the first hip-hop film ever made.

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