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    In Criterion's New Boxed Set, Bergman and Rossellini Make Love Among the Ruins

    In 1947, Ingrid Bergman dashed off an admiring letter to Italian director Roberto Rossellini. Inspired by his neorealist classics "Rome, Open City" and "Paisan," she suggested he might use her multilingual talents. "I am ready to come and make a film with you," she wrote, as though it were destined ...

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    What to Rent/Buy This Week on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Room 237,' The First Gruesome Season of 'Hannibal' and More

    VOD is all the rage right now, and for good reason (check out our September list HERE). 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 yo...

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    Exclusive Video: How Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij Made 'The East' Look Like a Big Budget Studio Thriller

    Two years after "Another Earth" and "Sound of My Voice" catapulted her to indie-icon status at Sundance, Brit Marling reunited with her "Sound of My Voice" director and co-writer Zal Batmanglij for the Fox Searchlight thriller "The East," now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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    New On DVD/VOD - 'Oversimplification Of her Beauty,' 'Gimme The Loot,' 'Bless Me Ultima'

    New On DVD/VOD - 'Oversimplification Of her Beauty,' 'Gimme The Loot,' 'Bless Me Ultima'

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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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    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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    DVD Is The New Vinyl: Famous Pimps, Infamous Early Fassbinder & 'Q: The Winged Serpent'

    “Truthfully, DVD is not the new vinyl," a reader recently confronted me, arguing that the beloved analog qualities of records (the richer, warmer recording; that nostalgic hiss and crackle) are fetishized in ways that most movies on digital discs are not. Sure, the latter may be closer in spirit to ...

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    September DVD Release Dates Set For 'The We & The I,' 'My Brother, The Devil,' & '1/2 Revolution'

    Virgil Films & Entertainment has announced the home video (DVD/Blu-ray) releases of 3 S&A-covered titles: Michel Gondry's The We And The I, British/Egyptian drama My Brother The Devil, and Egyptian revolution documentary, 1/2 Revolution.

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    New On DVD/Blu-ray: 'A Band Called Death' (Recommended) & 'Olympus Has Fallen' (Not-So Much)

    2 films debuting on DVD and Blu-ray this week that you should know about... one I recommend; the other, not-so much.

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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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