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DVD Spotlight: 4/22.

(Cross-posted with GreenCine Daily.)

Daisy Kenyon For James Wolcott, Daisy Kenyon "is a fascinating chamber drama shot in deep-volumed noirish black and white (every room looks like a cove), with dialogue that tears through sentimentality with sharp little teeth and a clutch of tough, wary, ultra-observant performances by Joan Crawford, Dana Andrews (even more prickly with postwar dissatisfaction than in The Best Years of Our Lives), and a deceptively easy-going Henry Fonda.... If you haven't seen Daisy Kenyon (and you probably haven't, being so buried under the backlog of all your Wire and Battlestar Galactica DVDs), you really must give it a dark whirl."

"As with pre-codes, a lot of smaller musicals along the lines of Born to Dance had to wait until the emergence of TCM before fans could really enjoy them again," writes John McElwee at Greenbriar Picture Shows. "DVD release has done the rest. Warner's Classic Musicals From The Dream Factory series has been the fulfillment of dreams for fans who've waited lifetimes to see these favorites truly showcased as they deserve."

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The Orphanage: DVD Giveaway Contest!

Haunting secrets of the past resurface when a child mysteriously disappears in the supernatural thriller The Orphanage [also on Blu-ray], a spinetingler with a jaw-dropping twist that will take your very last breath away! "A fastidiously grim ghost story that rattles the bones of the haunted-house genre and finds plenty of fresh (but not too bloody) meat." (Justin Chang, Village Voice) Produced by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) and directed by J. A. Bayona, The Orphanage is now out on DVD. And now, thanks to New Line Home Entertainment and GreenCine, you can win a copy of The Orphanage yourself if you're one of 5 (five) lucky winners.

To enter the drawing, send an email to contest@greencine.com, including your name, email address and, if you're a GreenCine member, your username in the email, and "The Orphanage" in the subject header. Entries without all this information will not be considered. (You will not be added to a mailing list!)

Winners will be selected at random from all valid entries. The deadline is Friday, May 9. Winners will be notified by e-mail and announced in future editions of the GreenCine Dispatch newsletter.

PS: Don't miss our interview with the film's director and screenwriter here >> 

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Top 10 Environmental Documentaries That Don't Rhyme With A Schminconvenient Schmuth.

Rivers and Tides

By Erin Donovan

"Yeah yeah yeah, we all love Al Gore and his jaunty powerpoint presentation but Inconvenient Truth is not the only fruit, dear viewers. Here I suggest a few other environmentally-focused documentaries to make you laugh, cry, act - and seethe with anger."

With the release of The 11th Hour and Sharkwater today, and the notoriety received by a certain Oscar-winning doc about global warming last year, Erin Donovan brings us recommendations for some other environmental documentaries you need to see.

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The 11th Hour: DVD Giveaway Contest

"The 11th Hour" is the last moment when change is possible. The film The 11th Hour, now out on DVD, explores how we.ve arrived at this moment -- how we live, how we impact the earth's ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course. It features gorgeous photography along with ongoing dialogues with experts from all over the world, including former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, former head of the CIA R. James Woolsey and sustainable design experts William McDonough and Bruce Mau in addition to over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders who discuss the most important issues that face our planet and people. Produced and narrated by actor Leonardo DiCaprio, The 11th Hour is "essential viewing," wrote the NY Times' Manhola Dargis, "an unnerving, surprisingly affecting documentary." The DVD is packaged with 100% certifiably renewable resources. And now, thanks to Warner Brothers and GreenCine, you can win a copy of The 11th Hour yourself if you're one of 3 lucky winners.

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Ten Ridiculously Long Movies (That You Still Need to See*)

Shoah

By Monica Peck

When filmmaking and film viewing get out of the hands of studios and distributors, conventional constraints go the way of the bathwater. One recent trend is longer films - even longer versions of previously released films - and with DVD we have a better way of appreciating them. As Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz explained in a recent interview with Green Cine: "There are different concepts of viewing now. My films are just like paintings that are just there. Nothing changes. You can watch it for eight hours, and you can have a more fulfilling experience. Or you can leave the house, go to work, and when you come home, it is still there."

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Forbidden Hollywood Collection Vol. 2: More pre-code delights

forbidden

Reviewer: Jeffrey M. Anderson
Rating (out of 5): ****½

The pre-code era reigned in Hollywood roughly from the end of the silent era to the middle of 1934 when the Hays Code began cracking down on certain aberrant behavior in movies. In 2006, Warner Home Video released the tantalizing Volume One of its Forbidden Hollywood Collection, featuring two different cuts of the ultimate pre-code movie Baby Face (1933). That was a keeper, but pre-code fans know that there are dozens more films out there, and many not yet available on video or DVD. Forbidden Hollywood: Volume 2 has finally surfaced with -- count 'em -- five new films. Each one is more seductive than the last, though I'm afraid none of them quite rank with the astonishing Baby Face.

The new set begins elegantly with two Oscar-winning Norma Shearer films, The Divorcee (1930) and A Free Soul (1931).

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New and Coming Releases: February 19, 2008

So many great titles out this week, and certainly some of them are timed in tandem with this Sunday's Academy Awards, but there is much more to be excited about too. Francophiles will delight in previously unreleased Alain Resnais works and a Criterion edition of a Godard classic. All this and a lot more, so step on inside to take a look.

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New and Coming Releases: February 12, 2008

Re-issues, indies, anime and Oscar-winning 'toons, Hollywood fare with great ensembles highlight this week's valentine of new releases.

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Red Scream Films Contest!

red scream Jim Hemphill wrote: "Once the carnage is unleashed, Prison of the Psychotic Damned delivers the goods. The gory set pieces are truly disturbing and convincing, and they're aided by flashes of the terminal's past that recall some of David Lynch's more frightening work in Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive. Williams and Kann use surreal, nightmarish imagery not as a substitute for content but as an expression of it, making their movie the rare low-budget terror flick that owes more to Bunuel than Friday the 13th."

And now Red Scream Films and GreenCine proudly announce a cool new contest. All you have to do is post at least twice on GreenCine's new Horror forum, sponsored by Red Scream, and you'll be automatically entered to win a copy of Prison of the Psychotic Damned on DVD.

Please send an email to contest@greencine.com, including your name, email address and your GreenCine username, and Red Scream Contestin the subject header. We'll scan the Horror boards to make sure you posted there, pick one winner and send you a note along with the DVD! Entries without all this information will not be considered. The deadline is January 31st. Winner will be notified by e-mail and announced in a future edition of the GreenCine Dispatch newsletter.

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New and Coming Releases: January 8, 2008

The new year is ushered in for real this week with a full blast of cool new releases. From Midwestern farms to New Zealand goofballs, from the Sun to the old West, this week's eclectic batch of DVDs travels far and wide - and right into your living room. Enjoy.

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