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    DVD Review: 'Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick' on the Life of William Wellman a Welcome Bio-Doc (CLIPS)

    Kino Lorber’s upcoming DVD release of “Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick” about the life of director William Wellman, is welcome for a couple of reasons. One: In the Great Filmography of American cinema, Wellman, much like Howard Hawks, is a bit like Zelig. He’s everywhere. He made perhaps THE archetypa...

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    Olive Films To Release "Betty Boop: The Essential Collection"

    Big news for classic cartoon fans: Olive Films, has announced a July release for Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Vol. 1 (1932-1937).

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    Now and Then: In Two 'Steel Magnolias,' the Times Are Not A-Changin'

    The first thing one notices about "Steel Magnolias" (Herbert Ross, 1989) is the hair. Truvy's Beauty Shop overflows with tight-rolled pastel curlers and foot-high teases, held in place by enough hairspray to commit arson -- a style so far out of fashion it seems historical, as rococo as Marie Antoin...

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    Now and Then: Olivier and the Bard

    "I can smile, and murder while I smile," confides that notorious noble, Richard, Duke of Gloucester (Laurence Olivier), "and frame my face to all occasions." For Olivier, pronouncing "frame" like "feign," it's an auspicious beginning. In Shakespeare's words, he finds his performer's credo.

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    Criterion Announces July Slate, Including Releases From Ang Lee, Kenji Mizoguchi and Guillermo Del Toro

    Already filling in the year with long-awaited films like Terrence Malick's "Badlands," and Alex Cox's cult-classic "Repo Man," renowned home video distributor The Criterion Collection has consistently impressed with its 2013 releases. Now, the company has announced its next crop of releases for the ...

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    Discworld: Isabelle Huppert Drinks Too Much Soju, the Happy Jazzman, Single-Room Ensembles and a Neglected Cannes Winner

    Unless you're jonesing for the new seasons of Kelsey Grammar's "Boss" and BBC's "Merlin," or the stand-up comedy of Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias, it's undeniably a weak week for home-video headliners. Bill Murray's FDR impression is more sit-down (and hold the comedy) in the middlebrow, miscalculated c...

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    Discworld: Daddy Was a Nazi, Red-Light District Grannies, Argentine Hero Priests and Christopher Doyle Shoots 3D

    According to Amazon.com, the most popular DVD and Blu-ray coming out today is "The Bible: The Epic Miniseries," meaning religion will always be good for business, or maybe rubberneckers are too curious about Glenn Beck's goofy claim that the character of Satan in Roma Downey's History Channel hit lo...

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    Clint 'Eastwood Directs' Documentary to Premiere at Tribeca, Followed by Panel with Eastwood and Darren Aronofsky

    WBHE's documentary "Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story" will have its premiere April 27 at the Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28), followed by a panel with Clint Eastwood, moderated by Darren Aronofsky.

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    DVD Review: A Monster in Paris is One of The Most Unique Animated Features of Recent Years

    I have to admit that I didn't know what to expect from A Monster in Paris, a French production that combines story elements from The Phantom of the Opera, Hugo, Frankenstein, King Kong, Moulin Rouge and La Vie En Rose. If that sounds like a mixed bag, it is, but somehow director Bergeron and screenw...

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    Discworld: Swedish Underworld Thrills, Lovecraftian Horror and a Double Dose of Coney Island Nostalgia

    Spielberg disciples can order up this week's "Lincoln" like it were a combo meal. There's a small, DVD-only package, or your can up-size for the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, even a mega four-disc combo edition with a gold border and enough superfluous material to bore a history teacher. At least Dreamwor...

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