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Ken Richardson  |  Nov 23, 2011  |  0 comments

2011 Gift Guide to Blu-ray Box Sets

Scarface or Superman? Jurassic Park or Planet Earth? Star Wars or Looney Tunes? Tom Cruise or Sophia Loren? (Hmmm.) The Lord of the Rings or Pirates of the Caribbean? Ben-Hur, Citizen Kane, Harry Potter, or Willy Wonka?! Check your list twice, or even thrice: There’s plenty to go around. (Note: Prices listed for these and all other boxes are suggested retail. Look for discounts!)


2011 Gift Guide to DVD Box Sets

Yes, only on DVD: 62 discs of Smallville and 104 discs of Law & Order. Plus, modest but no less enjoyable affairs for the likes of Laurel & Hardy, Tracy & Hepburn, and Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends. And more.




2011 Gift Guide to CD Box Sets: Expanded Pop/Rock Albums

These days, the 1970s rule — judging from the number of that decade’s classic albums getting super-duper reissues, including Layla, Aqualung, What’s Going On, Europe ’72, Quadrophenia, Some Girls, and both The Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here. But there are many more opportunities for giving, from Nirvana to Pearl Jam, and from Ozzy Osbourne to George Michael to Alicia Keys. Meanwhile, in keeping with the retro outlook, some titles include a version of the album on vinyl LP.

Rad Bennett  |  Dec 03, 2007  |  0 comments
Movie •••½ Picture •••½ Sound •••• Extras •••

It's not often that, in the DVD extra

Michael Berk  |  Mar 02, 2012  |  0 comments

As we've been saying for a while now, 7.1's coming of age - and, with increasing frequency and utility, it's coming to home theaters.

With a growing list of releases taking advantage of those extra channels, why not take a chance with us and get yourself a copy of Puss in Boots on Blu-ray.

Laura Evenson  |  Feb 18, 2002  |  0 comments

No wonder people have fallen in love with DVD extras. Increasingly, releases have a little something for everybody, going beyond the usual deleted scenes, commentary tracks, and "behind the scenes" documentaries to include games, Web links, and elaborate featurettes on things like costume design and special effects.

Josef Krebs  |  Apr 03, 2006  |  0 comments
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In Ingmar Bergman's 1973 "hit" Scenes from
Rad Bennett  |  Jun 15, 2011  |  0 comments

Fairy tales have been reinterpreted throughout history, often with great success. Little Red Riding Hood has been updated by artists from Tex Avery to Stephen Sondheim; it was even presented as a very funny Fractured Fairy Tale on the Rocky and Bullwinkle show. Unfortunately, Catherine Hardwicke’s new version doesn’t belong in such high-class company.

Mike Mettler  |  May 10, 2007  |  0 comments
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Twin Peaks fans have been waiting (im)patiently for this, the
Ken Korman  |  Apr 05, 2008  |  0 comments
3:10 to Yuma Lionsgate
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Josef Krebs  |  Oct 07, 2002  |  0 comments

The Ratings: Movie: 4.5 stars out of 5 DVD: 4.5 stars out of 5
Accept it. If you buy this set, containing a film that is three hours long and a whole separate disc of extras, you will be compelled to get one of the four-disc extended editions.
Ken Korman  |  May 09, 2006  |  0 comments

The most surprising Oscar winner for Best Picture in decades, Crash (Lionsgate; Movie •••½, Picture/Sound •••½, Extras ••½) has a couple of secret weapons that quietly recommended it to members of the Academy. First, it captures the true look and feel of Los Angeles, where the majority of Oscar voters live.

Josef Krebs  |  Nov 09, 2006  |  0 comments
This is the first Disney HD title I've viewed, and sadly it wasn't a particularly auspicious launch. On standard-definition DVD Eight Below seemed fine, but with the higher resolution of Blu-ray, there just doesn't seem to be enough detail.
Brandon Grafius  |  Jul 15, 2007  |  0 comments

Michael Gaughn  |  May 31, 2008  |  0 comments
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With serial killers all the rage (in both fiction and reali

Rad Bennett  |  Dec 09, 2005  |  0 comments
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To coincide with the theatrical release of Wallace & Gromit's first feature, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit<