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Coming to Bookshelves: ‘We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy’

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In June, 2015, Plume Books will release We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy by Caseen Gaines.

The book covers the genesis of each film, including never-before-seen photographs and production art, and new interviews with director Robert Zemeckis, producer Bob Gale, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Huey Lewis, and dozens of others involved with the making of the trilogy.

“Caseen Gaines has written a very compelling and enjoyable history of our trilogy,” said Bob Gale. “For me, reading it was like going back in time. And – Great Scott! – there were even a few anecdotes that I’d never heard!”

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“Working on this book has been an exhilarating ride – probably just as exciting as trying a steam engine up to 88mph or trying to harness 1.21 gigawatts of lightning,” said author Caseen Gaines. “My goal was to tell stories that haven’t been told before, so fans will discover something new, whether they haven’t seen the movies in a while or have studied every detail over the past thirty years. Those who love the franchise are going to enjoy all the new material covered in the book.”

“We Don’t Need Roads is the truly fascinating story of how one of America’s greatest movie franchises came to be”, said Adam F. Goldberg, creator of ABC’s The Goldbergs. “Caseen Gaines’ in-depth research and unprecedented look at Robert Zemeckis’ series proves that the journey to make a perfect movie is anything but perfect. It’s a must read for any true Back to the Future lover and anyone who wants to peek behind the curtain to see how films get made.”

To pre-order We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy click HERE.

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Scream! Factory to Release ‘Stigmata,’ ‘Food of the Gods,’ ‘Frogs’ and More

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In a surprise announcement via their Facebook page, Scream Factory revealed that they will release the 1999 film Stigmata on Blu-ray. The disc will be available on May 12th.

No information about the disc’s bonus features have been announced. However, the company stated that…

… you can expect most (if not all) extras that were on the prior 2000 MGM DVD release to be ported over. We will keep you posted closer to street date. Pre-order links will go up next month.”

In addition to Stigmata, Scream Factory revealed the cover art and announced the release dates for two more Blu-ray double features: Food of the Gods / Frogs and Empire of the Ants / Jaws of Statan. Both discs will be available on May 26th.

Kino Lorber to Release Roger Corman’s ‘Tales of Terror’ on Blu-ray

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The team over at Kino Lorber Studio Classics has a terrific new release set for April … Roger Corman’s 1962 film Tales of Terror, starring Vincent Price and Peter Lorre. The title will be released on both Blu-ray and DVD.

Having just finalized and announced the discs’ bonus features, the release will include…

  • New Interview with Producer/Director Roger Corman
  • Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
  • Audio Commentary by Vincent Price Historian David Del Valle and Actor David Frankham
  • Trailers from Hell by Roger Corman
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’: Kevin Smith and Mark Hamill on Seeing the Millennium Falcon Set

The Millennium Falcon under construction last year at Pinewood Studios outside London.
The Millennium Falcon under construction last year at Pinewood Studios outside London.

On the subject of What’s It Like To Actually Walk Onto The Millennium Falcon, director Kevin Smith shared his experience with a somewhat detailed description of his visit to the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Check it out here…

And now we have a brief recollection of visiting the Falcon from Mark Hamill.

Mr. Hamill spoke with Extra correspondent Adam Weissler at a special preview screening of Kingsmen: The Secret Service (in which Mr. Hamill appears)…

First of all, it’s interesting to see someone at the helm who was a fan for the original, with JJ. And it’s really about setting it up for a new generation. But again, the deja vu of walking on the Mellenium Falcon, which again, I’m remembering all these details which they got exactly right from photographs and old blueprints. I can’t describe the feeling. Even now it seems surreal to me. It doesn’t really … it seems hard to believe it’s actually happening.”

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Mark Hamill and Colin Firth in ‘Kingsmen: The Secret Service

The Criterion Collection’s Title Announcements for April, 2015

The Criterion Collection has announced their new title releases for April, 2015 – Preston Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels (1941), Carol Reed’s Odd Man Out (1947), Jean Renoir’s The River (1951), Peter Yate’s The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973), Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le silence de la mer (1949), and Eplise 42: Silent Ozu – Theree Crime Dramas.


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SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS – Blu-ray & DVD Editions
Tired of churning out lightweight comedies, Hollywood director John L. Sullivan (The Palm Beach Story’s Joel McCrea) decides to make O Brother, Where Art Thou?—a serious, socially responsible film about human suffering. After his producers point out that he knows nothing of hardship, Sullivan hits the road disguised as a hobo. En route to enlightenment, he meets a lovely but no-nonsense young woman (I Married a Witch’s Veronica Lake)—and more trouble than he ever dreamed of. This comic masterpiece by Preston Sturges (The Lady Eve) is among the finest Hollywood satires and a high-water mark in the career of one of the industry’s most revered funnymen.

1941 • 90 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Audio commentary from 2001 by filmmakers Noah Baumbach, Kenneth Bowser, Christopher Guest, and Michael McKean
Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer (1990), a 76-minute documentary made by Bowser for PBS’s American Masters series
• New video essay by film critic David Cairns, featuring filmmaker Bill Forsyth
• Interview from 2001 with Sandy Sturges, the director’s widow
• Interview with Sturges by gossip columnist Hedda Hopper from 1951
• Archival audio recordings of Sturges
• PLUS: An essay by critic Stuart Klawans

TITLE: SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (BLU-RAY EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2466BD
UPC: 7-15515-14371-4
ISBN: 978-1-60465-974-0
SRP: $39.95
PREBOOK: 3/17/15
STREET: 4/14/15

TITLE: SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (DVD EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2467DDVD
UPC: 7-15515-14381-3
ISBN: 978-1-60465-975-7
SRP: $29.95
PREBOOK: 3/17/15
STREET: 4/14/15


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ODD MAN OUT- Blu-ray & DVD Editions
Taking place largely over the course of one tense night, Carol Reed’s psychological noir, set in an unnamed Belfast, stars James Mason (Lolita) as a revolutionary ex-con leading a robbery that goes horribly wrong. Injured and hunted by the police, he seeks refuge throughout the city, while the woman he loves (Kathleen Ryan) searches for him among the shadows. Reed and cinematographer Robert Krasker (who would collaborate again on The Fallen Idol and The Third Man) create images of stunning depth for this intense, spiritual depiction of a man’s ultimate confrontation with himself.

1947 • 116 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Postwar Poetry, a new short documentary about the film
• New interview with British cinema scholar John Hill
• New interview with music scholar Jeff Smith about composer William Alwyn and his score
Home, James, a 1972 documentary featuring actor James Mason revisiting his hometown
• Radio adaptation of the film from 1952, starring Mason and Dan O’Herlihy
• PLUS: An essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith

TITLE: ODD MAN OUT (BLU-RAY EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2468BD
UPC: 7-15515-14391-2
ISBN: 978-1-60465-976-4
SRP: $39.95
PREBOOK: 3/17/15
STREET: 4/14/15

TITLE: ODD MAN OUT (2-DVD EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2469DDVD
UPC: 7-15515-14401-8
ISBN: 978-1-60465-977-1
SRP: $29.95
PREBOOK: 3/17/15
STREET: 4/14/15


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THE RIVER – Blu-ray & DVD Editions
This entrancing first color feature from Jean Renoir (The Rules of the Game)—shot entirely on location in India—is a visual tour de force. Based on the novel by Rumer Godden, the film eloquently contrasts the growing pains of three young women with the immutability of the holy Bengal River, around which their daily lives unfold. Enriched by Renoir’s subtle understanding of and appreciation for India and its people, The River gracefully explores the fragile connections between transitory emotions and steadfast creation.

1951 • 99 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.33:1 aspect ratio

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• High-definition digital transfer from the 2004 Film Foundation restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Archival introduction to the film by director Jean Renoir
Around the River, a 60-minute 2008 documentary by Arnaud Mandagaran about the making of the film
• Interview from 2004 with Martin Scorsese
• Audio interview from 2000 with producer Ken McEldowney
• New visual essay by film writer Paul Ryan, featuring rare behind-the-scenes stills
• Trailer
• PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ian Christie and original production notes by Renoir

TITLE: THE RIVER (BLU-RAY EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2470BD
UPC: 7-15515-14411-7
ISBN: 978-1-60465-978-8
SRP: $39.95
PREBOOK: 3/24/14
STREET: 4/21/15

TITLE: THE RIVER (DVD EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2471DDVD
UPC: 7-15515-14421-6
ISBN: 978-1-60465-979-5
SRP: $29.95
PREBOOK: 3/24/14
STREET: 4/21/15


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THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE – Blu-ray Edition
In one of the best performances of his legendary career, Robert Mitchum (The Night of the Hunter) plays small-time gunrunner Eddie “Fingers” Coyle in an adaptation by Peter Yates (Breaking Away) of George V. Higgins’s acclaimed novel The Friends of Eddie Coyle. World-weary and living hand to mouth, Coyle works on the sidelines of the seedy Boston underworld just to make ends meet. But when he finds himself facing a second stretch of hard time, he’s forced to weigh loyalty to his criminal colleagues against snitching to stay free. Directed with a sharp eye for its gritty locales and an open heart for its less-than-heroic characters, this is one of the true treasures of 1970s Hollywood filmmaking—a suspenseful crime drama in stark, unforgiving daylight.

1973 • 102 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.85:1 aspect ratio

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• Restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Peter Yates, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
• Audio commentary from 2009 featuring Yates
• Stills gallery
• PLUS: An essay by critic Kent Jones and a 1973 on-set profile of actor Robert Mitchum from Rolling Stone

TITLE: THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE (BLU-RAY EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2476BD
UPC: 7-15515-14471-1
ISBN: 978-1-60465-984-9
SRP: $39.95
PREBOOK: 3/31/15
STREET: 4/28/15


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LE SILENCE DE LA MER – Blu-ray & DVD Editions
Jean-Pierre Melville began his superb filmmaking career with this powerful adaptation of an influential underground novel written during the Nazi occupation of France. An idealistic, naive German officer is assigned to the home of a middle-aged man and his grown niece; their response to his presence—their only form of resistance—is complete silence. Constructed with elegant minimalism and shot, by the legendary Henri Decaë (The 400 Blows), with hushed eloquence, Le silence de la mer is a fascinating tale of moral ambiguity that points the way toward Melville’s later films about resistance and the occupation (Léon Morin, Priest; Army of Shadows) yet remains a singularly eerie masterwork in its own right.

1949 • 99 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In French with English subtitles • 1.33:1 aspect ratio

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
24 Hours in the Life of a Clown (1946), Melville’s seventeen-minute first film
• New interview with film scholar Ginette Vincendeau
• Interview with Melville from 1959
• New English subtitle translation
• PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien

TITLE: LE SILENCE DE LA MER (BLU-RAY EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2478BD
UPC: 7-15515-14491-9
ISBN: 978-1-60465-986-3
SRP: $39.95
PREBOOK: 3/31/15
STREET: 4/28/15

TITLE: LE SILENCE DE LA MER (2-DVD EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2479DDVD
UPC: 7-15515-14501-5
ISBN: 978-1-60465-987-0
SRP: $29.95
PREBOOK: 3/31/15
STREET: 4/28/15


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ECLIPSE 42: SILENT OZU—THREE CRIME DRAMAS DVD Edition
The great Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu (Late Spring) is best known for the stately, meditative domestic dramas he made after World War II. But during his first decade at Shochiku studios, where he dabbled in many genres, he put out a trio of precisely rendered, magnificently shot and edited silent crime films about the hopes, dreams, and loves of small-time crooks. Heavily influenced in narrative and visual style by the American films that Ozu adored, these movies are revelatory early examples of his cinematic genius, accompanied here by new piano scores by Neil Brand.

3-DVD BOX SET INCLUDES:

WALK CHEERFULLY
In Yasujiro Ozu’s Walk Cheerfully, which gracefully combines elements of the relationship drama and the gangster story, small-time hood Kenji, a.k.a. Ken the Knife, wants to go straight for good girl Yasue but finds that starting over isn’t as simple as it sounds. This was the Japanese master’s first true homage to American crime movies, and it is a fleetly told, expressively shot work of humor and emotional depth.

1930 · 96 minutes · Black & White · Silent · Japanese intertitles with English subtitles · 1.33:1 aspect ratio

THAT NIGHT’S WIFE
In noirish darkness, a man commits a shocking robbery. But, as we soon learn, this seeming criminal mastermind is actually a sensitive everyman driven to commit desperate deeds for the sake of his family. Unfolding over the course of one night, Yasujiro Ozu’s That Night’s Wife combines suspense with the emotional domestic drama one associates with the filmmaker’s later masterpieces and employs beautifully evocative camera work.

1930 · 66 minutes · Black & White · Silent · Japanese intertitles with English subtitles · 1.33:1 aspect ratio

DRAGNET GIRL
This formally accomplished and psychologically complex gangster tale pivots on the growing attraction between Joji, a hardened career criminal, and Kazuko, the sweet-natured older sister of a newly initiated young hoodlum—a relationship that provokes the jealousy of Joji’s otherwise patient moll, Tokiko (The Life of Oharu’s Kinuyo Tanaka). With effortlessly cool performances and visual inventiveness, Dragnet Girl is a bravura work from Yasujiro Ozu.

1933 · 100 minutes · Black & White · Silent · Japanese intertitles with English subtitles · 1.33:1 aspect ratio

TITLE: ECLIPSE 42: SILENT OZU—THREE CRIME DRAMAS
CAT. NO: ECL192DVD
UPC: 7-15515-14511-4
ISBN: 978-1-60465-988-7
SRP: $44.95
PREBOOK: 3/24/15
STREET: 4/21/15

Sony Expedites Home Video Release of ‘The Interview’

 James Franco, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen on set of Columbia Pictures´ 'The Interview.'

James Franco, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen on set of Columbia Pictures´ ‘The Interview.’

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is moving quickly with The Interview. In the wake of the film’s much-publicized theatrical and VOD release, Sony has set February 17th for the debut of The Interview on Blu-ray and DVD.

The disc, subtitled The Freedom Edition, will have a suggested retail price of $19.99 for the Blu-ray and $14.99 for the DVD.

As for bonus features, the disc will include a commentary by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Franco; an episode of the Discovery Channel’s “Naked and Afraid” featuring Seth Rogen; a gag reel; and Randal Park’s (Kim Jog-un) audition tape.

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First Trailer and Photos from Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Spy’

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20th Century Fox has released the first trailer (both Red Band and Green Band versions) and a few photos from director Paul Feig’s Spy starring Melissa McCarthy. The film is scheduled for release on May 22, 2015.

Red Band Trailer…

The Green Band trailer…

Photo gallery…

Director: Paul Feig
Written by: Paul Feig
Producers: Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Miranda Hart, and Jude Law

Synopsis: Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.

David Fincher and Ben Affleck Re-team for ‘Strangers on a Train’ Remake

Director David Fincher on the set of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Director David Fincher on the set of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

In an exclusive report via Deadline Hollywood, word arrives that director David Fincher and Ben Affleck will re-team (their prior collaboration being Gone Girl, which debuts on Blu-ray and DVD this week) for a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1951 thriller Strangers on a Train. The new film is simply titled Strangers.

Gone Girl novelist and screenwriter Gillian Flynn will write the script. And Mr. Affleck will produce the film via Pearl Street, his production company which is under contract with Warner Bros.

Deadline reports…

…The twist here is a compelling one. Affleck will play a movie star–in the middle of a campaign for an Oscar during awards season–whose private plane breaks down and is given a ride to LA on another plane by a wealthy stranger.

‘Run All Night’ Trailer: Liam Neeson Is Your Only Hope for Survival

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Warner Bros. has released the trailer for the Liam Neeson action/thriller Run All Night. The film opens nationwide on April 17, 2015.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Writer: Brad Ingelsby
Producers: Roy Lee, Brooklyn Weaver, Michael Tadross
Executive Producer: John Powers Middleton
Cast: Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D’Onofrio, Bruce McGill, Genesis Rodriguez, Boyd Holbrook, Holt McCallany, with Common, and Ed Harris

Summary: Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Liam Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days. Longtime best friend of mob boss Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris), Jimmy, now 55, is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. Lately, it seems Jimmy’s only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass. But when Jimmy’s estranged son, Mike (Joel Kinnaman), becomes a target, Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago. With Mike on the run, Jimmy’s only penance for his past mistakes may be to keep his son from the same fate Jimmy is certain he’ll face himself…at the wrong end of a gun. Now, with nowhere safe to turn, Jimmy just has one night to figure out exactly where his loyalties lie and to see if he can finally make things right.

‘Dog Soldiers’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Release Delayed

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The crew over at Scream Factory announced that they’ve opted to delay their Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of Dog Soldiers. In an update via their Facebook page, the company stated that the release date is now June 23rd, 2015.

Why the delay? …

The film’s Director, Neil Marshall, has recently found potentially better film elements for us to work with so that we can create a new HD transfer. In order for us to do this, we need more time and which is why a delay was prompted.

Scream Factory added…

We really debated postponing this underrated gem again but we know that many of you have requested a new transfer (better than the previous Blu-ray release) and we want to exhaust every avenue to bring one to you. Once we look at the elements, we’ll keep you posted on the status of it. We hope you understand our position on this and we appreciate your patience.

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