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New DVD Releases: July 21 2009

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Coraline
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A high-definition stop-motion animated feature – the first to be originally filmed in 3-D – with spectacular CG effects, based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling book. A young girl (Dakota Fanning) walks through a secret door in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life – only much better. But when this wondrously off-kilter, fantastical adventure turns dangerous, and her counterfeit parents (including Other Mother [Teri Hatcher]) try to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home – and save her family.

Cast: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Ian McShane, Keith David, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French; Directed by: Henry Selick

Special Features:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Making of Coraline
  • Voicing the Characters
  • Feature Commentary with Director Henry Selick
  • Creepy Coraline (Blu-ray)
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    The Watchmen
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    A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock”—which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union—is permanently set at five minutes to midnight.

    When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion—a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers—Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity… but who is watching the Watchmen?

    Cast: Patrick Wilson, Billy Crudup, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan; Directed by: Zack Snyder

    Special Features:

  • Director’s Cut (additional 25 minutes)
  • The Phenomenon: The Comic That Changed Comics
  • Watchmen: Webisodes
  • Warner Bros. Maximum Movie Mode (Blu-ray)
  • Real Superheroes, Real Vigilantes (Blu-ray)
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    SuperHero Movie
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    How many superheroes does it take to save the world? The creators of The Naked Gun and Scary Movie answer this question in hysterical “David Zucker” fashion with the uproarious comedy Superhero Movie.

    Meet Rick Riker. He’s young, he’s cool and he’s got superpowers. Now, if he only knew how to use them… but the world is in danger and no one is safe when Zucker and the gang — headed by the hilarious cast of Drake Bell, Leslie Nielsen, Tracy Morgan, Pamela Anderson, Regina Hall and many others — take aim at some of the biggest blockbusters of our time including Spider-Man, Batman, X-Men, and Fantastic Four, to name a few. On March 28th, learning to fly, spinning a web and busting a gut has never been this much fun.

    Cast: Leslie Nielsen, Pamela Anderson, Christopher McDonald, Tracy Morgan, Regina Hall, Craig Bierko, Marion Ross, Brent Spiner; Directed by: Craig Mazin

    Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Craig Mazin and Producers David Zucker and Robert K. Weiss – Extended Version Only
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Meet the Cast Featurette
  • The Art of Spoofing Featurette
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    Movie Review: The Watchmen

    Saturday, March 7th, 2009

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    “The Watchmen” gets rave reviews from Catharine Monk at Canada.com.

    Despite a double pretzel of a plot, a heavy running time and a sprawling cast of characters who each get their moment in the spotlight, this Zack Snyder adaptation of the Hugo Award-winning Watchmen graphic novel series is entirely entertaining – as well as intellectually stimulating.

    They said it was unfilmable – and whoever “they” were, “they” were right.

    A thickly layered graphic novel that moves back and forth through time to challenge our current assumptions about everything from the laws of physics to the moral boundaries separating right from wrong, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s landmark Watchmen series has so many backstories, characters, conflicts and intricate emotional dilemmas, a cogent screen adaptation seemed highly unlikely, if not outside the realm of the possible.

    But there it is. Undeniably, skilfully and wholeheartedly realized by Zack Snyder, the impossible now exists: Watchmen isn’t just a movie, it’s a great movie.

    Though a hair on the long side at 161 minutes, Snyder’s film pulls you in from the moment the opening credits seize the screen to the rasping strains of Bob Dylan.

    Snyder establishes an alternate universe through a carefully constructed montage that introduces us to The Minutemen, a ragtag group of costumed humans who came together in the 1940s to combat crime, and stay on top of the nascent nuclear threat.

    By the 1980s, when this movie takes place, The Minutemen have morphed into The Watchmen – a group that includes Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson), Ozymandias (Matthew Goode), Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman), Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) and the only “superhuman” of the bunch, Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup), a nuclear scientist who was transformed into a walking illustration of quantum mechanics in an unfortunate accident.

    In this understanding of reality, the Cold War continues, Nixon is entering his third term in office and Dr. Manhattan is considered the world’s primary nuclear deterrent because, as pure energy, he can move through time and space and presumably change the outcome of human actions.

    The only problem is: What happens when your nuclear deterrent and central superhero undergoes a profound existential crisis?

    Dr. Manhattan once loved Laurie Jupiter/ Silk Spectre, but now that he can see strands of energy and unlock the secrets of the universe, corporeal love with a human feels entirely inconsequential. To think things through, he heads off for some serious alone-time on Mars, but while he takes leave of the planet, another potent force threatens to unleash nuclear Armageddon – and without Dr. Manhattan speaking to the cameras affirming his loyalty to God and Country, he’s immediately suspected as a traitor.

    As far as typical superhero plots go, Watchmen does offer up villains and heroes, as well as a dramatic thread concerning the ultimate struggle for world domination.

    But that’s where Watchmen’s genre markers end, because this Hugo Award-winning piece of graphic literature isn’t really all that concerned with the surface elements of plot, and how the alleged good guys stop the supposed bad guys.

    Watchmen is obsessed with inner conflict and the base face of human nature.

    Using the comic book form and its convenient concept of masks and costumes to manifest different sides of the human character, the movie explores the essence of 20th century literary angst.

    Offering a nod to everything from modern psychoanalysis in the ambiguous character of Rorschach, to the Nietzschean concept of Superman via Dr. Manhattan, Watchmen has all the intellectual sophistication of a graduate thesis, but it also has a killer sense of fun.

    Thanks to Snyder’s near-hallucinogenic visuals that revel in smart details and pay homage to everything from Dr. Strangelove to Apocalypse Now, Watchmen is a lot of fun to take in – even when it’s almost impossible to follow.

    The frames are laced with inviting textures, the plot bristles with prickly satire and the actors find a way to sell the whole ball of latex by gravitating to the ambient pathos in every scene.

    The brief encounters with sex and full-frontal male nudity don’t hurt the entertainment factor, either. Better yet, they don’t destroy the feel of the film or come off as gratuitously oily, or gratuitously sexist.

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    New Movie Releases: Friday March 6, 2009

    Friday, March 6th, 2009

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    Well, only one movie matters this weekend. The Watchmen debuts in wide release this, Friday. Enjoy, and let us know what you think.

    The Watchmen (Action/Thriller/Sci-fi/Adventure)

    Synopsis
    A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” – which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion – a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers – Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity…but who is watching the watchmen?

    Cast: Patrick Wilson, Billy Crudup, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan; Directed by: Zack Snyder


    The Watchmen Videos

    Thursday, March 5th, 2009

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    Based on the DC Comics graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” – which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion – a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers – Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity…but who is watching the watchmen?


    The Watchmen Set Visit

    Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

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    The staff of IGN visits The Watchmen’s set and they have some good stuff.

    All it takes is the most cursory stroll through the “brownstone” belonging to Dan Dreiberg (a.k.a. Nite Owl II) to realize that something special is happening on the set of Watchmen.

    Everywhere you look there’s some new, telling detail in the environment of the reluctantly retired, slightly gone-to-seed superhero. Owlish and avian-themed tchokes dominate in the form of clocks, bookends, statuettes and other objects d’art, suggesting that Dreiberg’s costumed alter ego is never far from his mind. Framed photographs and old news clipping line his mantle – not just snapshots of his own adventuring as Nite-Owl, but nostalgic black and white glimpses of the very first superheroes, the Minutemen, that evoke Dreiberg’s enduring nostalgia.

    And next to his reading chair sits a stack of 1985 comic books, authentic to the story’s era, indicating that fantasy and escapism is never more than an arm’s reach away.

    Of course, when Watchmen – the ultimate post-modern take on the superhero phenomenon based on the 1986 comic book miniseries by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, which was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 best novels from 1923 to the present – finally makes its long trek from printed page to the big screen, only a handful of these minute details may get a few seconds of screen time.

    But showing off every nuance in the detail-drenched environment isn’t what director Zack Snyder (300) has in mind. Instead, he’s chosen to soak his set in tiny but evocative minutiae simply because it adds that much more atmosphere to the proceedings – if audiences happen to catch a glimpse in repeated viewings, the same way similar details revealed themselves to readers exploring the book a second, third, tenth time, he’s just fine with that.

    “In this movie there’s so much stuff to photograph, whether it be a button or a Gunga Diner container,” says Snyder, who considers himself just one of the cult of Watchmen worshippers hungry to see the comic book’s world fully realized. “Everything has fetish relevance.”

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    Watchmen Featurette

    Monday, February 9th, 2009

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    Based on the DC Comics graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” – which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion – a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers – Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity…but who is watching the watchmen?

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    The Watchmen Movie Posters

    Thursday, December 11th, 2008

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    Release date: Friday March 6, 2009
    Genre: Action/Mystery
    Director: Zack Snyder
    Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
    Screenplay: David Hayter, Alex Tse
    Producer(s): Deborah Snyder, Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin
    Cast: Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson
    Official Site: watchmenmovie.com
    Rating: R for graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and language
    Available film art: The Watchmen movie posters

    Synopsis
    A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, “Watchmen” is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” – which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion – a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers – Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity…but who is watching the watchmen?


     
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