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Thursday, 27 August 2015 11:57

The Biggest Movie Story in America

I had to sit on maybe the biggest movie story in America. For a long time. And now that it’s been completed and is over, I’m shocked that the whole thing hasn’t been on the front page of The New York Times.

I’ve perhaps casually mentioned that I helped create (didn’t get in the way of) a film school here in Oklahoma City, actually at Oklahoma City Community College. The idea was, unlike film degrees that are based on watching and studying themes and points of view and reading scripts, the creative side, so to speak, to offer a technical, hands on degree program, why a community college was selected in the first place. And to enhance the experience, we got the finest equipment in the world – Avid editors and cameras and lenses and lights and then, through a lot of hard work from a lot of good people, here came the ultimate – a full end studio, built to the specs of an actual Hollywood soundstage. If another state funded school has a facility like this, I’d like to see it.  [Read on here...]

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First things first today... we’ve got another great new catalog Blu-ray review from our own Jim Hemphill. He’s taken a look at King Vidor’s Solomon and Sheba (1959), now available on Blu-ray from Twilight Time. Do give it a read.

For you Star Wars fans this afternoon, there’s a new Korean trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens circulating around the Net today, though it appears to have only one or two new shots. Still, you can watch it below.  [Read on here…]

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All right, sorry for the absence there for a couple days. I got hit by some kind of flu on Tuesday night and figured it would pass quickly. Instead it just got worse each day – throbbing headache, fever, body aches, lungs full of muck – the whole smash. I spent all of Wednesday and Thursday in bed in a haze of sleep, cold sweats, and flu meds. Finally, today, I’m functional again and feeling more like a human being. Moral of the story is: Avoid this flu at all costs if you can. It’s no fun.  [Read on here…]

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All right, first things first today: Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past – The Rogue Cut is now available for Blu-ray pre-order on Amazon.com for release on 7/14. And yes, that IS the official cover artwork there. Click below or on the title link to pre-order (and support The Bits in the process).

Now then... we have a LOT of announcement news today, including a great catalog title announcement update. Let’s get to it...

First, Warner Home Video has announced the release of some new TV titles on Blu-ray and DVD including Person of Interest: Season Four and Vampire Dairies: Season Six on 9/1, and Arrow: Season Three, The Flash: Season One, and Gotham: Season One. (street date TBA). All are available for pre-order now from Amazon – just click on the titles.  [Read on here…]

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(Photo by Robin Holland Photography)

Robert Altman said his last “that’s a wrap,” can you believe it, some eight or nine years ago and it seems as though any hope of mainstream studio films with emotional weight, sharp characters, social satire and natural, cliché free dialogue was buried right next to him.

Every Hollywood director since the beginning of the medium owes a debt to Robert Altman. His style was so distinctive, so fresh and so natural that people would say to themselves, “Oh that’s what directors do.”  [Read on here...]

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We have a pair of new Blu-ray Disc reviews for you today. Doogan has checked out a bit of an Japanese live-action oddball from Drafthouse Films called R100 (2013). And Tim has given Scream Factory’s Phantom of the Opera: The Motion Picture (1989) a look too. Both reviews are well worth your time.

Speaking of reviews, Warner’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and Paramount’s Interstellar are both now in hand, so watch for my own reviews of them in the next few days.  [Read on here…]

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Now where was I?

Sorry, I’ve not been here. I missed a bit – I’ll admit it and it for sure wasn’t to do with health or disinterest or a lack in passion. I just had to do stuff. But now I’m back.

But I come with good stories. Specifically regarding how movie awards season works.  [Read on here...]

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We’re closing out the first week of 2015 with a big wave of Blu-ray release announcements featuring great classic and catalog film titles. Let’s jam right into it…  [Read on here…]

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We’re back as promised today with a very quick update, including my in-depth look at CBS’ Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season Seven Blu-ray release. It’s a fitting swan song to what’s been an amazing effort by the folks at CBS to remaster the series in HD and load these discs up with great new extras too. Don’t miss it!   [Read on here…]

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Afternoon, folks. Hope you all had a great holiday weekend.

Today’s update is going to be a quick one, as we’re working on a big new View from the Cheap Seats column from our own Bud Elder that we expect to have up tomorrow afternoon. So be sure to watch for it. [Read on here…]

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