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Slumdog Millionaire

Studio: Fox

Mar 31, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

Danny Boyle’s followup to his Freddy Krueger-in-space epic Sunshine ended up winning Hollywood’s most prestigious award, an Oscar for Best Picture. More

Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter

Studio: Warner Premiere

Mar 31, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

By now, the Watchmen movie has come and mostly gone. It was a decidedly mixed bag, ambitious as all get-out, but unfortunately crippled by its slavish devotion to the original source material, as exemplified by wooden dialogue and a cheesy sex scene—not to mention some of the lamest music usage in recent memory. In order to make back all the money that was spent on the movie, several tie-in products are being released to coincide with all of the hype. More

Mar 31, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

The Toronto Peace Festival must have been something back in 1969, with artists such as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Gene Vincent, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and the titular star of this DVD, Little Richard. More

What We Do Is Secret DVD

Studio: Peace Arch/ Rhino

Nov 01, 2008 DVDs Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

The story of Darby Crash, lead singer of L.A. punk band The Germs, is held under a microscope in Rodger Grossman’s What We Do Is Secret. Shane West plays lead singer Darby Crash, a drug using, self-abusing, promiscuous rock star; in other words, a cliché that we’ve seen a thousand times. More

Irma Vep: Essential Edition DVD

Studio: Zeitgeist Video

Nov 01, 2008 DVDs Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

French auteur Oliver Assayas’ smart and clever sendup of the French film industry, Irma Vep, finally arrives in special edition form on DVD some 10+ years after its release. More

Gunnin’ for That #1 Spot Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories

Nov 01, 2008 DVDs Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Adam Yauch (aka Beastie Boys’ MCA) directs this lively if inconsequential documentary about eight high-school basketball players competing in a national contest to show off their skill set at the legendary Rucker Park in Harlem. More

The Go-Getter DVD

Studio: Peace Arch Entertainment

Nov 01, 2008 DVDs Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Writer/director Martin Hynes (who played George Lucas in George Lucas in Love) takes on directionless youth in The Go-Getter. There’s not much here to separate this film from other, better road movies—a genre that has been covered several times over. More

Nov 01, 2008 DVDs Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

With the understandable excitement about Criterion going Blu-ray with new releases Bottle Rocket and Chunking Express, it might be easy to over look the release of Lars von Trier’s masterpiece Europa (or Zentropa as it’s commonly referred to in the United States). More

Nov 01, 2008 DVDs Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Paul Newman’s recent passing was a tremendous loss to the film world. The recent special edition release of one of his signature movies, Cool Hand Luke, is a great tribute to the larger-than-life actor. More