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James Dean Box Set

James Dean Films to Make Blu-ray Debut

James Dean Box SetAt long last, all three films made starring 1950s icon James Dean will finally be released on Blu-ray in the James Dean Ultimate Collector’s Edition box set.

Distributed by Warner Home Video, the set will contain Dean’s auspicious starring debut in East of Eden (1955), directed by Elia Kazan. The film was an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel and featured Dean as a miscreant youth seeking acceptance from his lettuce farmer father (Raymond Massey) and his so-called good brother (Richard Davalos). It was the only film released in Dean’s lifetime.

Also in the set is Dean’s most recognized film, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), where he delivered a legendary performance as Jim Stark, a troubled youth battling the loneliness, isolation, and frustration of growing up in post-war America. Released barely a month after his tragic death in 1955, Rebel Without a Cause was a landmark film that defined a generation of disillusioned teenagers.

His final film, Giant (1956), featured Dean as a Jett Rink, a laconic ranch hand who competes with a wealthy Texas ranch owner (Rock Hudson) for the love of a beautiful socialite (Elizabeth Taylor). Once again portraying a disenfranchised loner, Dean’s stellar performance earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, making him the first actor to receive such an honor posthumously.

Warner Bros. seems to have put great care into the release of this box set by adding a number of choice extras, including several behind-the-scenes documentaries, wardrobe and screen tests, deleted scenes, interviews with key players, footage from the premiere of East of Eden, and theatrical trailers.

The box set will street on Nov. 5, 2013.

Cover for the ”James Dean Ultimate Collector’s Edition’ box set/Warner Bros.

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Review: Paul McCartney and Wings – ‘Rockshow’

The last time you could see this concert video was when it was released on home video on the long extinct Betamax format in 1981, or in movie theaters the year before. The film was shot during the US leg of the Wings world tour in 1976. Most of the songs on the video were heard on the only live Wings album made, Wings Over America, a 27-song 3-LP package released at the end of 1976.

Four years would pass before Rockshow was produced and released, and another 33 years until it was released on DVD and Blu-ray back in June. The original film was restored, the audio was remastered, and several songs that had not been included in the original video were added, making this the first time all of the songs on the tour set list can be seen.

Having heard the album many times, but having never seen the film, I was especially interested in seeing Rockshow. As you might expect, it’s an entirely different experience, decidedly much more like actually being there (with a couple of minor exceptions.)

Review: Paul McCartney and Wings – Rockshow

Cover art courtesy Eagle Rock Entertainment

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Doris Day Pillow Talk

Happy Birthday, Doris Day

Doris Day Pillow TalkWhile her exact age remains unknown – some say she was born in 1923, others in 1924 – there is no doubt that today April 3rd is Doris Day’s birthday.

She had a remarkable life and career that had its share of ups and downs. Day started as a big band singer who branched out as a solo artist at the same time she became an actress. During the 1950s and the first half of the 1960s, Day was one of the biggest stars Hollywood, and was known for her all-American looks, pristine voice and virginal image.

Behind the scenes, however, her personal life was the exact opposite of her public image. Day had a knack for marrying the wrong men, as evidenced by the psychotic and physically abusive jazz musician, Al Jorden, with whom she had her one and only child, Terry.

Day had a brief marriage to insecure band leader, George Weidler, and had a much longer marriage to manager, Marty Melcher, who adopted Terry as his own, only to leave Day deeply in debt in 1968 after squandering her vast fortune.

Through it all, Day managed to persevere and had a career that most performers could only relish. In 1959, she was at the height of her fame with Pillow Talk, the first of three collaborations with her old friend, Rock Hudson, whose death from AIDS-related illness in 1985 left her both shocked and devastated.

After retiring from show business in 1973, Day became a committed animal rights activist and lived in relative seclusion in Carmel, CA. She even stopped going by Doris Day in favor of the more innocuous Clara Kappelhoff. As of today, she steadfastly remains out of the public eye.

Happy Birthday, Doris.

Doris Day and Rock Hudson in ‘Pillow Talk’ (1959)/MCA Home Video

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Lorex LIVE Connect

Remote Video Monitoring

Sometimes it’s nice to check in on what’s happening at home or in your place of business. That’s where home video monitoring solutions come in.

Lorex LIVE Connect

Read my full review of the Lorex LIVE Connect home video monitoring system to see if it’s time to try out a remote video system.


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The Sting

Happy Birthday, Charles Durning

For over 50 years, veteran character actor Charles Durning has been turning in one memorable performance after another. He turns 89 years old today and shows no signs of slowing down.

The StingDurning was born on Feb. 28, 1923 in the small town of Highland Falls, NY, which is adjacent to the United States Military Academy at West Point. At 21, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and fought in World War II with the 398th Infantry Regiment and later the 386th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion. He received a Silver Star and three Purple Hearts, and participated in both the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge.

Upon his return to the states, Durning was treated for injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. After finding work as a ballroom dancer, he used the G.I. Bill to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and began a long stage career that soon segued to television.

Dog Day AfternoonIt wasn’t until the 1970s that Durning began to appear in movies with regularity. He delivered a memorable supporting turn as a creepy deputy opposite Gregory Peck in 1970′s I Walk the Line, before delivering his breakthrough performance as a corrupt 1930s cop in pursuit of two con men (Paul Newman and Robert Redford) in the classic heist movie, The Sting (1973).

In his most popular role, Durning earned considerable praise for his turn as Det. Moretti, a hotheaded New York cop talking down bank robbery and hostage taker Sonny Wortzik in Sidney Lumet’s classic crime drama, Dog Day Afternoon (1975).

Muppet MovieLater, Durning delivered notable comic turns in North Dallas Forty (1979), Starting Over (1979), The Muppet Movie (1979) and Tootsie (1982). He also earned Academy Award nominations as Best Supporting Actor for his work as a song-and-dance governor in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) and Col. “Concentration Camp” Ehrhardt in Mel Brooks’ remake of the Ernst Lubitsch classic, To Be or Not to Be (1983).

While he appeared more on television later in his career, most notably the popular FX series Rescue Me, Durning continues to be a regular presence on the big screen in a wide array of roles.

Durning confronts Robert Redford in ‘The Sting’/Universal Pictures

Durning talks down Sonny in ‘Dog Day Afternoon’/Warner Bros.

Durning and Kermit the Frog in ‘The Muppet Movie’/Buena Vista Home Video

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New DVD Releases – February 21, 2012 and February 24, 2012

There are some appealing DVDs coming out on Tuesday and there’s bound to be something you’ll have a terrific time watching. However, if you want to see the Oscar-nominated film Puss in Boots, you’ll have to wait until later in the week. You can learn more about what is new on DVD in my feature. Read it here: New DVD Releases – February 21, 2012 and February 24, 2012.

Puss in Boots DVD Cover Art – © Warner Home Video

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Spartacus

TCM: What to Watch on President’s Day

SpartacusTurner Classic Movies continues 30 Days of Oscar with a great line-up for President’s Day.

The morning is jam-packed with classic epics, starting with Mervyn LeRoy’s massive Academy Award-nominated look at the reign of the evil Roman Emperor Nero, Quo Vadis, starring Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr and Peter Ustinov.

Following that is Cecil B. DeMille’s 1934 version of Cleopatra, with Claudette Colbert in the title role, and Stanley Kubrick’s 1960 classic Spartacus, starring Kirk Douglas as slave who leads a revolt against ancient Rome. The day of epics concludes with the greatest one of all, William Wyler’s Ben-Hur, starring Charlton Heston.

In the afternoon, be sure to check out 1966′s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and 1931′s The Smiling Lieutenant, before an evening of suspense with 1949′s The Third Man.

AmadeusNight owls will be able to see Milos Foreman’s Oscar-winning biography, Amadeus (1984), as the wee-hours give way to 1949′s The Red Danube and the 1940 musical, Bitter Sweet, starring Jeanette MacDonald and Ian Hunter.

Kirk Douglas leads the slave revolt in ‘Spartacus’/Universal Studios

Tom Hulce shows off his genius as ‘Amadeus’/HBO Home Video

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‘Contagion’ DVD Review

I thoroughly enjoyed this intelligent and well-crafted film. Find out more about Contagion on DVD in my review. You can find it here: Contagion DVD Review.

Contagion Cover Art – © Warner Home Video

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New DVD Releases – January 3, 2012

Because I’m an admirer of the work of Steven Soderbergh, the new release I’m particularly looking forward to is Contagion. Of course, there are many more new DVDs coming out Tuesday. My feature will inform you about what is new on DVD this week, and you can read it here: New DVD Releases – January 3, 2012.

Contagion Cover Art – © Warner Home Video

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‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams’ Blu-ray Review

I admire the intelligence of Werner Herzog’s work. Although Cave of Forgotten Dreams is not a perfect film, the haunting beauty of the artwork inside the Chauvet Cave along with Herzog’s ability to lead me through the experience and guide into me to thinking about it deeply made watching this documentary on Blu-ray deeply satisfying. Find out more about Cave of Forgotten Dreams on Blu-ray in my review. You can find it here: Cave of Forgotten Dreams Blu-ray Review.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams Cover Art© MPI Home Video / IFC

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