After six months and a few hundred repeats since its original airing back in September, Sharktopus is coming to DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday, March 15.
Walter Seltzer, producer of The Naked Edge, The Omega Man and Soylent Green and long-time fundraiser for the Motion Picture and Television fund, died Friday in Los Angeles at the age of 96.
On Feb. 22, the critically lauded Last Train Home finally finds a home on DVD thanks to distributor Zeitgeist Films; a Blu-ray date is still unclear. Even more exciting is the dual DVD/Blu-ray release of the first of the pair of Vincent Cassel crime thrillers based on the turbulent life of Jacques Mesrine, Mesrine: Killer Instinct. The date of release coincides with the free streaming of the film available on Netflix.
2011 is already shaping up to be a good year for fans of cinema’s old masters. Particularly, it has to be said, those living in Europe. Eureka’s ‘Masters of Cinema series’ recently let it be known that they’ll be providing the first English-friendly releases of Antonioni’s early films, La signora senza camelie (1953, The Lady Without Camelias) and Le amiche (1955, The Girlfriends) for home viewing. If that weren’t enough to whet the appetite of film fans both will be in full high-definition to boot[…]Following a full cinematic retrospective of all of Ozu’s available films in London back in early 2010 [the BFI] announced they would be releasing them all on DVD and, where the masters made it feasible, on Blu-Ray too.
So the answer is obvious and there’s no logic behind it. Studios believe they can recapture the past. But we know the truth: there’s no going back. We’ve changed things, and not just because of technological innovations. They’ve only sped up the rise of a creature the studios have hated and despised since they first discovered its existence: the hardcore fan.
Coinstar, the company that owns Redbox (and all those machines that count your change you see near the Customer Service counters in grocery stories), announced that the movie industry plan to stop them from being the next Netflix is working… though probably not for the reasons you’d like.
With worldwide Moneygeddon now entering its third year, DVD sales have contracted to a modest $8 billion a year, inspiring mass pants-wetting throughout the entertainment industry.
With many a film fan salivating at the chance to own the newly reconstructed and restored edition of Fritz Lang’s landmark 1927 feature Metropolis on Blu-Ray a certain soap opera has emerged between the film’s distributors in the US and the UK, Kino Lorber and Eureka respectively.
Due to the immense popularity of Seven Samurai (apparently the top seller for Criterion among Kurosawa’s work) the Criterion Collection has decided to release the epic, period drama masterpiece by Akira Kurosawa on Blu-ray.