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David Paterson: The Journey to Terabithia

"It likely goes without saying that Bridge to Terabithia is not the sort of movie you'd generally find discussed on this site. Clearly, no self-respecting cineaste would squander their time on a movie supposedly made for families, right? Why, then, are we running an interview with the co-screenwriter/co-producer of this film? Because David Paterson is (to borrow a memorable piece of dialogue from Freaks) 'one of us'." Jonathan Marlow recently spoke with David Paterson about the film adaptation of his mother's novel, Bridge to Terabithia.

Terabithia is now out on DVD.

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New on DVD: June 19, 2007

A decent selection of titles release in this first week of summer - comedies, anime, period dramas, Criterion cult classics, and more. Enjoy!

Click on for titles both out today and coming soon.

 

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New on DVD: June 12, 2007

Better late than never with the updated list of new releases and titles coming soon. This week's batch featured some surprisingly dark stuff, considering we're approaching summertime, but a few good 'uns in that group. Click on for more.

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Days of Glory: Unsung heroes

 

Days of Glory is a powerful film about an aspect of WWII previously neglected, Algerians who served heroically for France in WWII. "A kind of a North African Saving Private Ryan," wrote the LA Times' Kenneth Turan, " a taut, involving film that delivers all the things we look for in war movies and does so with intelligence and integrity." GreenCine reviewer Craig Phillips thinks the Private Ryan comparison misses the film's more powerful subtext about racism. "Here it's more moving because the subtext is these men were not given any acknowledgment for their heroism, and the ending while equally emotional, is that much more bitter." Read the rest of his four-star review on Guru.

See also: GreenCine Daily's recap of reviews >>

D.K. Holm on the film (from Portland International Film Fest write-up). 

 

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The Two of Us

Claude Berri's wonderful 1967 film The Two of Us (Criterion) was inspired at least in part by Berri's own life story. In 1944, in occupied Paris, a Jewish boy is sent away to live with gentiles, who would claim him as one of their own and protect him from deportation and death. The film features one of the great French actors in one of his final performances, Michel Simon, as the anti-semitic old man who develops a fondness for the boy.

The (director-approved) special features on this new Criterion disc include:

New, restored high-definition digital transfer; Le poulet (1962), director Claude Berri’s Oscar-winning short film; New video interviews with Berri and actor Alain Cohen; Interviews from 1967 with Berri and Michel Simon; An excerpt from “The Jewish Children of Occupied France,” a 1975 French talk-show segment featuring Berri and the woman who helped secure his family’s safety during World War II; Original theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation.

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Rory Kennedy: Disturbing the Ghosts of Abu Ghraib

Interviewed by Michael Guillen

Rory Kennedy's probing HBO documentary Ghosts of Abu Ghraib now debuts on DVD today. As David Courier wrote, introducing the film when it premiered at Sundance in January, Kennedy "explores how, given the right circumstances, typical boys and girls next door can commit atrocious acts of violence...."

Michael Guillen spoke with Rory Kennedy about the unique and unsettling experience of shooting at the Abu Ghraib prison facility in Iraq.

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Maxed-Out: James D. Scurlock

Interview By Hannah Eaves

"If you think of debt collectors and sellers as sleazy hucksters with the morals of a used car salesman, James D. Scurlock's Maxed-out will do nothing but rev on your hatred. If you don't even know what a debt seller is, it's about time you saw this film. Lending is one part of the financial industry that touches nearly everyone, probably more so even than health insurance (especially if recent coverage studies are to be trusted). In fact, scary as it is, many people even buy their health coverage with credit."

If you liked this interview check out In Debt We Trust, another fine doc on the state of consumer debt in America.

Maxed-Out arrives on DVD today.

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Cabinet of Dr. Caligari v.2.0

 

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari: What's this? A remake of the silent German expressionist classic? David Lee Fisher didn't so much remake it as reshoot and reimagine the original, and "surprise!" says the NY Post's VA Musetto, it's "a remarkable achievement, technically and artistically." Adds Film Journal: "Fisher has enriched it with an added depth of which the original filmmakers, one can't help but think, would have approved." Pan's Labyrinth's physically gifted Doug Jones stars.

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New on DVD: June 5, 2007

We've singled out separately a few of the more interesting titles releasing this week, a quiet one for "blockbusters" but still some good stuff. Also: The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai (absurdist Japanese "pink" film and future cult item); Fail_Safe (George Clooney's recent live TV version adapting Cold War era thriller); Fired!; Ghidorah: Three-Headed Monster; The Messengers; Robin Hood: Season One. Click below for more!

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Duck You Sucker: a.k.a. A Fistful of Dynamite

Sergio Leone's largely neglected oddball socio-political Western Duck You Sucker had been chopped to bits in initial release but gets a new life in a restored DVD out today. The film starred Rod Steiger as a Mexican peasant (!; don't think about it too hard) who meets Irish revolutionary James Coburn; the two of them plot to rob a bank in Arizona, only to discover it's actually being used as a political prison. This handsome transfer restores the film to all its lengthy glory.

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