Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced a special Mad Max Trilogy Blu-ray tin package set for release this June 4th. All three films were released between 1979 and 1985 and are classic period pieces from the canon of Mel Gibson’s career. This new set is well worth the purchase.
The three films – Mad Max (1979), Mad Max Road Warrior (1982) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) – are all set in the near-future in Australia. From the very first film, Oscar-winner George Miller (Happy Feet, 2006) proved a master at creating the gritty, bleak dystopian world and staging the incredible car stunts and crashes in the era when stuntmen, not computers, achieved the effects. All three movies starred Mel Gibson, virtually unknown until after the second film, as Max Rockatansky, a highway cop traveling through the Outback in a society descending into chaos. The films started Gibson on his road to international superstardom, led to his signature Lethal Weapon series, and later two Academy Awards for his roles as producer and director of Braveheart (1995).
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Aero Theatre set to screen a 35mm print of Mel Stuart’s ‘Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory’ | Film News
Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre has become one of the premiere locations for film print cinema screenings, showcasing many events with special guests that have given their programming a very special purpose. Diving into the archives, regardless of how deep it may be, is a main goal for the team at Aero and their presentation of Mel Stauart’s Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factor (1971) is one film screening through them that we are absolutely thrilled about. Scheduled to screen June 1st at 4PM, Aero proudly presents a 35mm print of this classic story for the big screen. Full details from Aero below.
From Aero Theatre
1971, Warner Bros., 100 min, USA, Dir: Mel Stuart
“Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation and 2% butterscotch ripple.” Gene Wilder stars as mysterious pied piper Willy Wonka in this truly wondrous musical adaptation of writer Roald Dahl’s children’s classic, as five lucky holders of the Golden Tickets (Veruca Salt! Augustus Gloop!) and their parents venture inside the enchanted Wonka Chocolate Factory. Glorious, candy-colored direction by Stuart is matched by the iridescent score by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley (DR. DOLITTLE). With Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum and Roy Kinnear.
Cincinnati, Ohio born director Steven Speilberg was destined to be a part of film since his youth, creating full on DIY home shot and actor included productions before he even entered high school. His legacy surpass many of the established great directors with film after film in his canon that will forever hold a place of greatness in their respective genres. Speilberg’s Jaws (1975) remains a cult classic film that will never fade or die in appeal and was one of his first major success pieces. Nuart in Los Angeles is taking the film back to its origins of 1975 with a special 35mm print version that will screen on July 5th. This is a must see screening for anyone who loves the first Jaws and wants to experience a screening how audiences did upon the first release. Full details from Nuart and Landmark below.
From Landmark Theatres | http://www.landmarktheatres.com/
7/5: JAWS- 35mm!
Steven Spielberg’s thriller is generally considered one of the scariest movies ever made. The tourist season of a New England resort island is devoured by a great white shark, causing panic in the water. An ensuing “fishing trip” to catch the monstrous man-eater is filmed with power and suspense and plenty of scares that has had audiences jumping out of their seats for decades. Based on the book by Peter Benchley. Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss star.
The V/H/S series returns with a second installment, set to release in theaters in the second week of July. This is definitely a genre defining series and something we can’t wait to see. Full details below along with the red band trailer. Check out the green band trailer here for a slightly less graphic version.
On Demand 06/06 and In Theatres 07/12 from Magnet Releasing
From Magnet Releasing | http://www.magnetreleasing.com/
Inside a darkened house looms a column of TVs littered with VHS tapes, a pagan shrine to forgotten analog gods. The screens crackle and pop endlessly with monochrome vistas of static—white noise permeating the brain and fogging concentration. But you must fight the urge to relax: this is no mere movie night. Those obsolete spools contain more than just magnetic tape. They are imprinted with the very soul of evil.
From the demented minds that brought you last year’s V/H/S comes S-VHS, an all-new anthology of dread, madness, and gore. This follow-up ventures even further down the demented path blazed by its predecessor, discovering new and terrifying territory in the genre. This is modern horror at its most inventive, shrewdly subverting our expectations about viral videos in ways that are just as satisfying as they are sadistic. The result is the rarest of all tapes—a second generation with no loss of quality
‘The Dance of Reality’, premiered at Cannes Festival, warmly welcomes back Alejandro Jodorowsky | Film News
“People are prejudiced about my age, they think you become an idiot. But to have more years is to become more wise. They say I am old, but to me 84 is young. I think I can make four or five more pictures. I am not in a hurry.” -Jodorowsky
After a nearly 25 year hiatus since 1990’s Rainbow Thief, Chilean surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky proudly returns to the big screen with The Dance of Reality, which chronicles Jodorowsky’s life and past through the likes of “psychological time travel”. The film, which was shot in Jodorowsky’s desert hometown of Tocopilla, Chile, premiered yesterday at the ongoing 2013 Cannes Film Festival, ironically paired with Frank Pavitch’s sci-fi documentary, Dune, on the famous cult playwright and filmmaker.
The Dance of Reality preserves Jodorowky’s autobiography and homage by featuring costume design by his wife, Pascale Mantondon, and co-starring Jodorowsky’s three sons including Brontis, who also appeared as the child in El Topo. Film critic, Scott Foundas from Variety, claims that the film “features no shortage of the bizarro imagery and willful atonalities that have long been his stock-in-trade, but it all seems to stem from a more sincere, coherent place this time than in the flamboyant head movies (“El Topo,” “The Holy Mountain”) that made him a star of the 1970s midnight movie scene.”
According to The Los Angeles Times, Jodorowsky, regarding contemporary filmmaking, humbly states the following:
“Movies were the hope of human culture. The Surrealists thought it was the real new art of the century, but now it’s the worst. The first illness is the producer, and the second illness is stars. They kill the art, the big, big egos who believe in nothing.”
Now at the age of 84, Alejandro Jodorowsky continues to maintain his career as a notable, well respected, and cult-classic surrealist. Bravely known for his psycho-western midnight flick, El Topo, Jodorowsky has a dazzling and bewildered filmography under his belt including other popular and mystified classics, The Holy Mountain, Fando y Lis, and Santa Sangre. The Dance of Reality plans to be internationally premiered in Tocopilla, Chile, the film’s location, on June 7, 2013 and will soon hopefully see a wide release. Thus, Jodorowsky’s boldly resists retirement just yet as he now preps for the long-awaited El Topo sequel, Abel Cain.
To read more on the Dance of Reality press and reviews, and general Cannes film festival coverage, check out the following articles:
Groundbreaking documentary by Oscar®-nominated Director Robert Stone
Opens June 14, 2013 at Nuart-Los Angeles
Impact Partners and CNN Films present PANDORA’S PROMISE, the groundbreaking new film by Academy-Award®-nominated director Robert Stone, opening June 14, 2013 at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles, for a limited one week engagement.
The atomic bomb and meltdowns like Fukushima have made nuclear power synonymous with global disaster. But what if we’ve got nuclear power wrong? An audience favorite at the Sundance Film Festival, PANDORA’S PROMISE asks whether the one technology we fear most could save our planet from a climate catastrophe, while providing the energy needed to lift billions of people in the developing world out of poverty. In his controversial new film, Stone tells the intensely personal stories of environmentalists and energy experts who have undergone a radical conversion from being fiercely anti to strongly pro-nuclear energy, risking their careers and reputations in the process. Stone exposes this controversy within the environmental movement head-on with stories of defection by heavy weights including Stewart Brand, Richard Rhodes, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas and Michael Shellenberger. Undaunted and fearlessly independent, PANDORA’S PROMISE is a landmark work that is forever changing the conversation about the myths and science behind this deeply emotional and polarizing issue.
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In the next few decades, humankind will need to double, or even triple energy production as billions of people in the developing world lift themselves out of poverty and begin to live modern lives. Unless the energy of the future is clean and non-CO2 emitting, the risk of triggering global climate catastrophe is almost certain. With the world’s unquenchable thirst for energy and its resulting threat to our environment, the stakes may be nothing less than the survival of the planet. This monumental dilemma, and the limitations of solutions like wind and solar, have left the mainstream environmental movement on the verge of utter disarray.
Tackling this challenge head-on comes PANDORA’S PROMISE, the highly anticipated and debated new work by internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Robert Stone. Three years in the making and filmed on four continents, this meticulously researched and beautifully crafted film asks whether the one energy source that has the ability to completely replace fossil fuels might be the one technology that environmentalists fear the most: nuclear power.
Uniquely positioned to explore this question, Stone began his filmmaking career directing one of the great anti-nuclear documentaries, the Oscar®-nominated Radio Bikini. In 2009, his celebration of the rise of the modern environmental movement, Earth Days (Sundance Closing Night Film), established him as one of the great chroniclers of environmentalism.
With a no-holds-barred approach to nuclear power’s troubled past, Stone opens PANDORA’S PROMISE with a trip inside the “exclusion zone” at Fukushima, accompanied by British climate expert Mark Lynas. He moves on to revisit and meditate on the iconic accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. Investigating the genesis of our collective anti-nuclear psyche – from the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the shadow of nuclear weapons testing and the entire baby boomer generation coming of age during the Cold War – Stone reveals that much of what passes for common knowledge about nuclear energy turns out to be based on a false premise: the conflation of nuclear power with nuclear weapons.
Intrigued by the story of a growing number of environmentalists who have had a fundamental change of heart about nuclear energy, Stone elegantly juxtaposes the personal narratives of five extraordinary individuals – Stewart Brand, Richard Rhodes, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas and Michael Shellenberger – to explore how and why they have come to see advanced nuclear power as humankind’s greatest hope. Tracing their transformations, Stone turns to science, taking viewers along for the ride on his subjects’ intellectual odyssey. The film also reveals the career trajectories of two pioneering scientists who led the development of a safer and very different nuclear energy technology than what the world has come to know.
Rather than being dismissed after Fukushima, nuclear power is now gaining traction, with President Obama cheering the U.S. Department of Energy’s purchase of small modular reactors, China and India aggressively pursuing a dramatic expansion of their reactor fleet with advanced nuclear designs, and climate scientist James Hansen’s recent scientific paper focusing on the promise of nuclear energy as our best hope for dramatically reducing CO2 emissions.
As a new generation looks beyond the ideological orthodoxy that has commanded mainstream environmental thinking on climate and energy – on both the Left and the Right – nuclear power will inevitably be a part of this critical debate.
Everyone thinks they know the story of Pandora’s Box: she opens the box and all the terrors of the world come flying out. But what most people forget, or perhaps never learned, is that the story does not end there. For according to the myth, at the bottom of the box, Pandora found hope.
PANDORA’S PROMISE opens June 14, 2013 at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre, showing through Thursday, June 20, 2013 for an exclusive one-week engagement. Show times are tbd. Landmark’s Nuart Theatre is at 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, just west of the 405 Freeway, in West Los Angeles. Program information: 310-281-8223; www.landmarktheatres.com
Official Selection 2013- Sundance Film Festival
“Whatever your stance, Stone’s compelling film opens Pandora’s Box and promises to change the conversation for years to come.” –Sundance Film Festival
“When was the last time you saw a documentary that fundamentally changed the way you think? Pandora’s Promise is built around what should be the real liberal agenda: looking at an issue not with orthodoxy, but with open eyes.” –Owen Glieberman, Entertainment Weekly
“A good, politically charged documentary often seizes on what the audience already believes and throws fuel on the fire. A better such documentary tries to convince its audience that what it takes for granted is flat-out wrong. Pandora’s Promise does just that. It makes the utterly convincing case that anyone who considers themselves an environmentalist or takes climate change seriously should favor more nuclear power.” –Tim Wu, Slate Magazine
Sony and Columbia Pictures has taken on the Paul Greengrass film Captain Phillips, a biopic on ship Captain Richard Phillips cargo ship hijacking and how he was taken for ransom by a small crew of Somalian pirates. Starring the legendary Tom Hanks, this one of those riveting and emotionally shaking films that dives into worlds stripped away from computer graphics and reprises a disturbing reality of Western dominance, greed, money and violence. Somalia was experiencing a high degree of waste dumping and other land destructive forces by corporate companies who had global stakes and has become one reason some of these kidnappings began to take place. Greed from the sheer amount of money these pirates secured would also become a catalyst to this unforgivable way of being. The first official trailer for Captain Phillips has premiered this month and has become a highly anticipated film in the canon of Tom Hanks’ acting career.
September 6th, the world is seeing the release of Riddick, the third movie in a modern epic sci-fi series focused on lead actor Vin Diesel. Known a Riddick, his position as one of the most dangerous and wanted convicts in the world is matched by the other worldly presence of creatures that dwell in the darkness an the planet the two share together. Bounty Hunters are sent to kill Riddick and to their fear of the unknown, join ranks with him to survive the harsh reality of the planets hours of darkness.Vin Diesel is not only the lead actor but is a producer, lending his support in many areas of Riddick for its completion.
Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick have become pivotal sci-fi and action adventure films of the 21st century, providing Vin Diesel an entirely different scope of acting then his most popular endeavor, the Fast and The Furious series. With the debut Riddick trailer premiering this week, we have no doubt it will be live up to the name of its legacy and become another favorite of ours in this years canon of sci-fi epics.
From Universal Pictures
Riddick, the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000’s hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx). Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.
The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.
The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy.
On July 12th, fans of movies with monsters/aliens and science fiction will get a chance to experience the new cinematic presentation of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. Set into a world where aliens deep beneath the sea rise to the surface to wreck havoc on the entire population, humans create their own monsters of exponential proportions to combat this extinction level event. An epic state of duality where cg and new energy in the acting world are propelled to a sensational platform, this looks to be one of the most crowd pleasing pieces of work this year. Guillermo del Toro has been become a master at many crafts in cinema and this is yet another new pathway for the valiant auteur. Various trailers have released for Pacific Rim this year and Warner Bros. Studios have launched the full and final trailer for this sci-fi epic this week. The previous trailers were good, but this one really catches our attention and will have us at the theaters week of release. Check out the Pacific Rim full trailer below.
In theaters July 12th.
From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes “Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ Pacific Rim.”
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
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Director Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Harry Potter) has taken on one of his most ambitious projects to date in October’s sci-fi thriller Gravity, with screenplay co-written between his son and himself. Teaming up with Warner Bros. Studios and leading actors George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, the plot leaves one to wonder many questions. Two astronauts are doing a routine space shuttle walk and their craft is destroyed, leaving the two tethered together and suspended into space. What happens after this is a mystery and will surely live up to its sci-fi tag. The arrival of the first trailer – with musical accompaniment by the illustrious Arvo Pärt – has hit the public this month and it looks to be a blockbuster hit. Gravity opens in theaters October 4th. View the trailer from IMBD or stream it directly below.
Astronauts attempt to return to earth after debris crashes into their space shuttle, leaving them drifting alone in space.
From Warner Bros. Studios
Academy Award® winners Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side,” “The Proposal”) and George Clooney (“Up in the Air,” “Syriana”) star in “Gravity,” a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. The film was directed by Oscar® nominee Alfonso Cuarón (“Children of Men”).
Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.
The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left.
But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
“Gravity” was written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón. Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman (the “Harry Potter” films) are the film’s producers. Stephen Jones (“Knowing”) served as executive producer with Nikki Penny (“Clash of the Titans”) co-producing.
The behind-the-scenes team includes multiple Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (“Children of Men,” “The New World”), production designer Andy Nicholson (supervising art director “Alice in Wonderland”), editor Mark Sanger (VFX editor “Alice in Wonderland”), and costume designer Jany Temime (the “Harry Potter” films). The effects were handled by Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Timothy Webber (“The Dark Knight”) and Oscar®-winning special effects supervisor Neil Corbould (“Gladiator”).
“Gravity” was filmed entirely at Shepperton Studios in London, England.
A Warner Bros. Pictures production, “Gravity” will be released in 3D and 2D and distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is expanding on their 15 disc Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection launched in November of last year with the release of a 5 Blu-ray disc Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection, scheduled to release this June 4th. Containing 5 films from the recognized master of suspense with Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), Psycho (1960) and The Birds (1963), The Essentials Collections offers newcomers to the world of Hitchcock and those who couldn’t afford the price tag on the comprehensive set a means to own these ground breaking pieces of cinema in the highest quality possible. Digitally restored from the highest resolution film elements remaining, every source is an upgrade to any version you may have seen prior to the Masterpiece Collection. Pre-order a copy of Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection by Clicking Here
The legendary Alfred Hitchcock is recognized for directing some of the most unforgettable and groundbreaking films of all time. Now, for the first time ever, five of the most iconic films from The Master of Suspense are available together in Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection including Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho and The Birds. Starring Hollywood favorites James Stewart, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Tippi Hedren, Eva Marie Saint, Kim Novak and Rod Taylor, this essential collection captures the most memorable moments in the career of a true cinematic master.
Special Features for all of the selected titles in the collection
Rear Window, DTS-HD Master Audio Mono 2.0, Special Features:
- Rear Window Ethics: An Original Documentary
- A Conversation with Screenwriter John Michael Hayes
- Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of the Master
- Breaking Barriers: The Sound of Hitchcock
- Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
- Masters of Cinema
- Feature Commentary with Author John Fawell
- Re-Release Trailer Narrated by James Stewart
Vertigo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Special Features:
- Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock’s Masterpiece
- Partners in Crime: Hitchcock’s Collaborators
- Hitchcock / Truffaut
- Foreign Censorship Ending
- The Vertigo Archives
- Feature Commentary with Film Director William Friedkin
- Restoration Theatrical Trailer
- 100 Years of Universal: The Lew Wasserman Era
North by Northwest, Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Special Features:
- Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest
- North by Northwest: One for the Ages
- The Master’s Touch: Hitchcock’s Signature Style
- Cary Grant: A Class Apart
- Feature Commentary by Screenwriter Ernest Lehman
- Stills Gallery
- Trailer Gallery
Psycho, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Special Features:
- The Making of Psycho
- Feature Commentary with Stephen Rebello
- Psycho Sound
- In The Master’s Shadow: Hitchcock’s Legacy
- Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
- Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho
- The Shower Scene: With and Without Music
- The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass
- The Psycho Archives
- Lobby Cards
- Behind-the-Scenes Photographs
- Production Photographs
- Re-release Trailers
The Birds, DTS-HD Master Audio Mono 2.0, Special Features:
- Deleted Scene
- The Original Ending
- The Birds: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie
- All About The Birds
- Storyboard Sequence
- Tippi Hendren’s Screen Test
- Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
- The Birds Is Coming (Universal International Newsreel)
- National Press Club Hears Hitchcock (International Newsreel)
- Production Photographs
- 100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics
- 100 Years of Universal: The Lot
Raro Video U.S. has inked a multi-year distribution deal with Kino Lorber and has already begun the promotion phase of their first projects together. Releasing in two weeks is the Di Leo’s film Il poliziotto è marcio a.k.a Shoot First, Die Later, a thrilling crime/police based piece of cinema that was originally screened in 1974 to public theaters. Based around a cop played by Luc Merenda, known for his roles in who is pressured into being paid off, he gets revenge in one of the most clever and twisted ways. The reissue has been remastered from the original 35mm print negatives and is included with a plethora of special features that is scheduled for a May 28th release. Pre-Order a copy of the Blu-ray or DVD deluxe reissues by Clicking Here. Full details from Raro and Kino Lorber below.
Desperately sought after, the tough, exciting, dramatically potent, action packed film Shoot First, Die Later is known as one of the most impressive Italian crime/police movies ever made. Luc Merenda gives the performance of his career as a highly regarded police detective who is taking syndicate money in exchange for departmental favors. His father, a simple man, also works for the department but on a lower rung; he isn’t jealous of his son, but rather proud of him, little knowing that he’s a crooked cop. A series of events leads the young detective to ask his father for a favor (he wants a certain police report that is desired by the syndicate) and it doesn’t take long for the detective’s father to realize his son is on the take…which leads to numerous complications.
- New HD Transfer from original 35 mm negative print
- Digital restored
- New and improved English subtitle translation
- Fully illustrated booklet
- Documentary Master of the Game (Il Padrone del Gioco)
- Documentary The Second Round of the Game (La Seconda Mano del Gioco)
- Original Italian and English trailer