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Best of 2012 - Jason Coleman's Top Ten DVD/Blu-ray's

December 27th, 2012 10:00am EST
2012 Top Ten Blu-ray's
 

Ready for another look back at the best of 2012?  Well then, let’s take a short walk down memory lane and examine all things home entertainment this time around.  Yup, it’s a chance to check out most memorable flicks, complete sets and all their delightful extras within – from re-releases of the greats to newbies with distinctive movie and packaging design flair it’s all here.  (And hats off to Shout! Factory for having a whopping four titles on this list!)   Let’s press play and browse over my..."Best of 2012 Top Ten DVD/Blu-ray’s!"

 

 

1. "They Live" (Shout! Factory)

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Helen Mirren: 'Alfred Hitchcock Hated Me'

November 27th, 2012 5:15pm EST
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren has revealed she and Alfred Hitchcock had a mutual dislike for one another after they met in the 1970s.

The veteran actress wasn't a fan of the horror filmmaker when she was considered for a role in his 1972 thriller Frenzy, and he thought she was too high-maintenance to join the cast.

She tells the Huffington Post, "When I was a very young actress, just starting out, I was sent for an audition - or a meeting with him. I don't think he would have auditioned me; I think he either thought you looked right or you didn't. I was arrogant and ignorant and, at that time, he was ju...
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Blu-ray Review: 'Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection'

November 27th, 2012 10:20am EST
Alfred Hitchcock Set
Ready for a little ‘hitch’ in your Blu-ray collection for the holiday season? Then check out the review below of the very large and comprehensive Blu-ray set "Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection" out now from Universal Home Entertainment. The big man and his legacy are reviewed below!

Title: "Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection"

Grade: 4

Cast: Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Anthony Perkins

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 1759 minutes

Release Company: Universal Home Entertainment

Website: www.UniversalHiDef.com

THE FLICKS

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2012 DVD & Blu-ray Holiday Gift Guide

November 22nd, 2012 8:00pm EST
Starpulse holiday gift guide
Hollywood has put out some great home entertainment releases over the past few months, and we have some suggestions for the film lover, TV fanatic, secret santa and more!

Not sure what to buy your picky uncle or reclusive sibling? Do you need something for the office grab bag? Check out our list of this season's must-have DVDs and Blu-ray discs...

FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

THE AVENGERS

The premium 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack provides 5-unique ways to enjoy “Marvel’s The Avengers” (on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy and Digital Download of “Avengers Assembled” Music from and inspired by...
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'Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection' On Blu-ray Is A Must Have For Any Film Afficionado

October 26th, 2012 6:47am EDT
Alfred Hitchcock The Master Piece Collection
"Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection" will be released on Oct. 30, 2012, for a limited time only, featuring 15 of the most acclaimed films by the legendary director.

The collection brings the master of suspense's best work to home audiences as it's never been seen before. The set is digitally restored from high-quality film elements and presented in perfect high-definition picture and sound.

Watch 13 films previously unavailable on Blu-ray, and receive a collectible 50-page book featuring storyboards, costume sketches, correspondence, photographs, and much more. Plus a treasure t...
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HBO Film 'The Girl' Explores Alfred Hitchcock's Obsession With Tippi Hedren

October 19th, 2012 11:00am EDT
'The Girl'
Somehow, 36 years after he made his last film and over three decades since he passed away, Alfred Hitchcock is still a star.

More than any other director in history, Hitch, as he was called by many who worked with him, was as famous as the people he directed in his films. So perhaps it’s not all that surprising that the Master of Suspense is the subject of two big films this year – the first being HBO’s ‘The Girl,’ airing Saturday, Oct. 20.

The well-cast telefilm is about the making of two of Hitchcock’s later works – ‘The Birds’ and ‘Marnie,’ both in the 1960s – and his relationship with...
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Tippi Hedren Stunned By Toby Jones' Perfect Hitchcock Voice

August 4th, 2012 2:12pm EDT
Tippi Hedren
Actress Tippi Hedren froze with terror the first time she heard Toby Jones' pitch-perfect Alfred Hitchcock voice for new movie The Girl - because it brought back awful memories of her time with the movie mogul.

Hedren filmed The Birds and Marnie with Hitchcock and now she's using the new TV biopic about the revered director to reveal all about what a tyrant he was on movie sets - if he didn't get his own way.

The 82-year-old star claims Hitchcock tried to romance her and when she spurned him, he turned life on set into a living hell.

She says, "When I first heard Toby's voice as Alfred H...
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'Vertigo' Bumps 'Citizen Kane' On Best Film List

August 2nd, 2012 9:25am EDT
Vertigo
Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1958 thriller "Vertigo" has topped a new best film list by The British Film Institute (BFI). The adaptation of the French novel "D'entre les morts" weaves an intricate web of obsession and deceit.

Hitchcock broke the rules of suspense with a mid-movie revelation that transforms the film from an eerie mystery into a deeply disturbing story of necrophiliac obsession.

Every 10 years, BFI experts poll movie experts for the best film designation, and for the first time in 50 years "Vertigo" dethrones "Citizen Kane," which dropped to number two on the list.

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Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Acquires Incredible Photo Collection

March 31st, 2012 3:00pm EDT
Alfred Hitchcock presents
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences officials have acquired more than 70,000 photographs from film historian Marc Wanamaker's Bison Archives private collection.

The images feature vintage set and location photographs of legendary directors like D.W. Griffith, John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg.

Many of the photos are the only known images of their subjects, including a group of eight behind-the-scenes color shots of the filming of the opening sequence of Orson Welles' 1958 noir classic, "Touch of Evil."

Academy boss Ric Robertson s...
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Jessica Biel & Scarlett Johansson Join Cast Of 'Alfred Hitchcock And the Making Of Psycho'

March 21st, 2012 11:41pm EDT
Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel and fellow movie pin-up Scarlett Johansson have signed on to play the leading ladies of Alfred Hitchcock's thriller Psycho in a new movie about the making of the classic.

Biel, who is engaged to Justin Timberlake, and Johannson, who was once romantically linked to the pop star after playing his love interest in the steamy "What Goes Around... Comes Around" video, will play Vera Mills and Janet Leigh respectively in Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.

Deadline.com reports James D'Arcy will portray Psycho star Anthony Perkins, while Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren will ...
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Kim Novak Criticized By Rape Groups Over 'The Artist' Comments

January 11th, 2012 8:51am EST
The Artist
Veteran actress Kim Novak has come under fire from charity bosses after she compared The Artist's film score to "rape".

The new silent movie features music used in 1958 Alfred Hitchcock classic Vertigo, in which Novak appeared opposite James Stewart, and she released a statement to insist her "body of work" has been "violated".

She wrote, "I want to report a rape. My body of work has been violated by The Artist. This film took the Love Theme music from Vertigo and used the emotions it engenders as its own."

Novak's comments have now drawn fierce criticism from workers at rape support ...
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Martin Scorsese To Be Honored With BAFTA Fellowship Award

January 4th, 2012 10:54am EST
Martin Scorsese
Director Martin Scorsese will be honored with the prestigious British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Academy Fellowship at the annual prize giving next month.

The Taxi Driver and Raging Bull legend will be presented with the Academy's highest accolade in recognition of his contribution to the film industry - and the 69 year old is thrilled with the award.

He says, "It is a great honor to be recognized by the British Academy and to join the ranks of such an esteemed group of industry colleagues and friends."

BAFTA boss Tim Corrie adds, "Martin Scorsese is a legend in his l...
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Scientists Solve The Mystery Of 'The Birds'

December 30th, 2011 11:06am EST
The Birds
Scientists are confident they've solved a 50-year-old mystery that inspired director Alfred Hitchcock's movie The Birds.

Following years of research into birds attacking humans and losing their bearings mid-flight, the boffins have ruled the creatures ate a form of toxin-making algae that causes amnesia and disorientation.

The 1963 film about the now-explained phenomenon was based on a 1961 event in the Monterey Bay area of northern California, where a flock of disoriented seabirds crashed into homes.

The scientists' findings also help to explain the mysterious deaths of four people o...
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Cary Grant And Grace Kelly Star In Alfred Hitchcock's 'To Catch A Thief' - Debuting On Blu-ray March 6th

December 24th, 2011 8:26am EST
TCAT
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly light up the screen in director

Alfred Hitchcock’s suspenseful and romantic thriller TO CATCH A THIEF, debuting on
Blu-ray March 6, 2012 from Paramount Home Entertainment. A delightful classic filled with star power, witty dialogue, breathtaking scenery and plenty of plot twists, TO CATCH A THIEF garnered three Academy Award® nominations and won the Oscar® for Best Cinematography, Color. Starring Cary Grant as John Robie, a reformed cat burglar, and Grace Kelly as an heiress with whom he becomes romantically entangled, the film takes place on the opulent Fren...
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Anthony Hopkins To Play Alfred Hitchcock In New Biopic

December 8th, 2011 10:01am EST
Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins has signed on to play legendary director Alfred Hitchcock in a new biopic.

"Alfred Hitchcock & the Making of Psycho" is based on Stephen Rebello's book of the same name and the film will be directed by Sasha Gervasi.

Helen Mirren is in talks to play Hitchcock's wife, Alma Reville, according to CinemaBlend.com.

The film will chronicle Hitchcock's experiences while filming the thriller "Psycho" in the late 1950s. The film became an instant classic when it was released in 1960, and many film fans argue it is the director's greatest movie.

The role will mark Hopkins' latest ...
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Tippi Hedren Thrilled That Sienna Miller Will Portray Her In Biopic

December 5th, 2011 10:15pm EST
Tippi Hedren
Actress Tippi Hedren is thrilled by the casting of British actress Sienna Miller in a new film about her relationship with legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock.

The Birds star, who became the owner of a big cat sanctuary after she was attacked by a lion on the set of 1981 film Roar!, has already met with the Alfie star at her Shambala Preserve in California and insists the actress is the perfect choice to play her on film.

Hedren tells WENN, "I'm thrilled and honoured to have such an accomplished actress, a woman who is beautiful, an incredible talent, a humanitarian, and with all of that...
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Silent Hitchcock Film Discovered In New Zealand

August 4th, 2011 11:00am EDT
This will interest any film, history or Alfred Hitchcock buff: A portion of the first film credited to the Master of Suspense has been discovered in a New Zealand archive, 88 years after it was made and long after it was considered lost forever.

Hitchcock didn’t actually direct it, but he is credited on “The White Shadow” as its writer, assistant director, editor and art director. To put it simply, his touch was all over the silent picture.

Directed by Graham Cutts, the film stars Betty Compson as twin sisters – one good, one bad, although it’s probably slightly more complicated than tha...
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Top Ten Memorable 'Movie Moms'

May 6th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Mother poster
Like ‘em, love 'em or hate ‘em, everyone has a mother. The person who carried us for nine months, mended our boo-boos and smothered us with so much love that sometimes it felt like a woolen blanket on an extra hot day. (Wait, maybe that was just mine - kidding mom!) In any case Mother’s Day is coming up on May 8 and Starpulse thought it only respectful to pay a little cinematic love to the ladies who first gave us life. So here is an ever-eclectic list of the funniest, toughest, scariest, strangest and downright quirkiest caregivers to ever grace the silver screen – it’s our...Top Ten M...
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Hitchcock Star Farley Granger Dead At 85

March 30th, 2011 10:32am EDT
Farley Granger
Actor Farley Granger, discovered by a talent scout in a local theater in the early 1940s and thrust into stardom thanks to directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, died at his Manhattan home Sunday at age 85, reportedly of natural causes.

Granger, who considered himself an inexperienced actor at the time, made his film debut in ‘The North Star’ in 1943. After serving in the Army, he took on the role of an intellectual murderer opposite Jimmy Stewart in Hitchcock’s ‘Rope’ in 1948. The 80-minute movie was well-known because it took place in real time in what appeared to be one long take.

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Spotted: Naomi Watts Hailing A Cab With Her Adorable Son

February 17th, 2011 3:00pm EST
Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts bundled up in a thick scarf and long blue coat while walking in Soho with a female friend yesterday. The actress then picked up her son Sasha at his day care where they hailed a cab together.

Naomi stars in the upcoming film "The Birds." The Platinum Dunes remake takes a new spin on Daphne du Maurier's killer bird tale, best remembered from Alfred Hitchcock's horrific version back in 1963.

She will also appear in "Dream House" about a successful New York writer (Daniel Craig) who discovers that the country holds just as much menace as the big city after moving his family to ...
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Christopher Lee Expects Tears At His BAFTA Honor

February 13th, 2011 10:51am EST
Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee will have tissues on hand when he receives a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Academy Fellowship on Sunday, insisting there will be "tears on the night."

The Hammer Horror and Lord of the Rings legend will pick up the Academy's highest accolade for his contributions to the British film industry.

The 88-year-old actor admits he's touched to be recognized, and doubts he will be able to hold back his emotions at the BAFTA Awards ceremony in London.

He tells The Sunday Telegraph's Seven magazine, "It means a lot to me because it is a pat on the back from th...
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Another 'Rear Window' Lawsuit For 'Disturbia'

November 1st, 2010 1:31pm EDT
Disturbia
The makers of Shia LaBeouf's thriller Disturbia are facing a second lawsuit over claims the movie is based on the classic story Rear Window.

A judge recently dismissed a suit which alleged movie bosses stole part of the film's plot from Cornell Woolrich's short story, which was turned into an Oscar-nominated film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1954. And now, just weeks after the copyright infringement suit was wrapped up, the executors of The Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust have filed a new lawsuit in a bid to revive the legal battle.

The trust filed the breach-of-contract claim in Los Angeles Su...
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'Disturbia' Copyright Lawsuit Dismissed

September 22nd, 2010 1:30pm EDT
Disturbia
A judge in the U.S. has dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit which claimed Shia LaBeouf's 2007 movie Disturbia was based on the famous story of Rear Window.

Lawyers representing the trust of late writer Cornell Woolrich filed legal papers claiming DreamWorks movie bosses stole part of the film's plot from her short story, which was turned into an Oscar-nominated film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1954.

Both stories follow a man who spies on a neighbor from his window and becomes convinced they have committed murder. Legal reps alleged studio heads didn't ask permission to turn the short...
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'The Sixth Sense' Tops Movie Twists Poll

July 26th, 2010 7:54am EDT
Bruce Willis
The stunning twist at the end of creepy classic The Sixth Sense has been voted the most shocking movie moment of all time.

The jaw-dropping scene in which Bruce Willis' character learns the truth about his existence has topped a survey of the greatest ever film twists. It beat a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 horror Psycho - when Norman Bates reveals the real identity of his murderous mother - into second place.

Kevin Spacey's unmasking at the close of crime thriller The Usual Suspects is in third, while the revelation about Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back ...
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'The Poseidon Adventure' Adventure Director Dies At 99

June 18th, 2010 2:49pm EDT
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British director Ronald Neame has died at the age of 99 after failing to recover from a fall.

The Poseidon Adventure filmmaker passed away at a Los Angeles hospital on Wednesday, his friend Peter Bowes has confirmed.

Born in London to photographer Elwin Neame and actress Ivy Close, Neame began his career in the film industry as a messenger boy at the U.K.'s famous Elstree Studios, where he first met acclaimed director Alfred Hitchcock.

He became an assistant cameraman on Hitchcock's 1929 movie Blackmail, before working as a cinematographer on 1933 musical comedy Happy.

He turned to dire...
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Anne Hathaway's Boyfriend Apologizes For Taking Street Art

May 12th, 2010 8:36am EDT
Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway's boyfriend Adam Shulman has avoided criminal charges after returning a street mural he walked off with this weekend.

Shulman and an unidentified male friend were caught detaching the large graffiti piece, by street artist Mr. Brainwash, from a construction site barrier in New York's trendy Meatpacking District. H&H Builders president Ken Hart - who is working on the site and considers the mural to be his property - had threatened to report Shulman to the police if the artwork was not returned.

However, on Tuesday, Shulman telephoned Hart and apologized for taking the piec...
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Check Out The 50th Anniversary Edition Of 'North By Northwest'

November 1st, 2009 7:06am EST
North By Northwest
On November 3, Warner Home Video celebrates the 50th anniversary of North by Northwest, Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock's sleek masterwork, with spectacularly restored 50th Anniversary Editions on DVD.

Cary Grant (as the ultimate man-on-the-run in his fourth Hitchcock teaming) gives a superlative performance while Eva Marie Saint (perfect Hitchcock heroine Eve Kendall) is at her sultry and sexy best in this heart-pounding thriller.

Grant plays Manhattan adman Roger Thornhill, who is at once plunged into the world of spies and counterspies, abducted, framed for murder, chased, an...
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Sarah's Cinema Musings: Creative Film Marketing

July 28th, 2009 9:48am EDT
District 9
Film studios have a long history of using alternative, memorable and sometimes guerrilla marketing to promote their films. One of the most famous examples is Alfred Hitchcock's now iconic film, Psycho. The Blair Witch Project also made waves, and Cloverfield's viral campaign took marketing to a new level, paving the way for more questionable advertising. The bomb scare generated from Aqua Teen Hunger Force and The Dark Knight campaigns made filmgoers wonder where the line is in marketing. Is there a line? Should there be one limiting actions?

Check out two new campaigns for Joss Whe...
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Sarah's Cinema Musings: Do Film Critics Matter?

July 3rd, 2009 10:50am EDT
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Posing this question is damning because I critique films and other productions, but it is relevant. This past week, after the release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Public Enemies, the issue of film critics came to a particularly strong head. I do not read film reviews. This is something that happens during the process of studying film. As we critics-in-training collected credit hours watching and analyzing countless "art" films and auteur films (and drooled over the likes of Francois Truffaut and Alfred Hitchcock), we got swelled heads, thinking we knew best.

Like lite...
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Best Space Movies

June 12th, 2009 9:53am EDT
Moon
The subject of space is a difficult one in terms of selecting films. Qualifying elements are somewhat subjective. Does the film have to take place in space? Must it include aliens? Does a mere reference to space, or different planets, make it a "space" film? In short, is it merely a subgenre of science fiction? Space and science fiction, while not mutually exclusive, can occur without the other.

In celebration of the release of one of the newest and most promising space films, Moon, check out a brief list of our favorite space films. What you will find below is a mix of films t...
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