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DVDs: The Long Strange Journey Of "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.09.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Loads of DVDs and BluRays to tackle as the last wave of titles come out before the holidays. A few of the releases below hit stores on December 17 but most are out now.

DVDs: Boo! A Halloween Roundup of Scary New DVDs and BluRays

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

When Halloween rolls around, you probably have some of your favorite scary movies already in your library. Here's a roundup of new releases: spruced up editions of classics and new ones hoping to join them in your Halloween queue.

DVDs: Great Blimp, Badlands, Buster Keaton & More

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.30.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Let's catch up with some reissues of classic -- and not so classic -- movies, with a few documentaries tossed in at the end for good measure.

DVDs: Ripper Street, Borgen, Foyle's War and More Great TV

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.29.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Great TV keeps flooding the DVD shelves because great TV is all over the airwaves. Here's a rundown of some recent releases.

DVDs: Masterful The Master, How to Survive a Plague and Hidden TV Gem Garrow's Law

Michael Giltz | Posted 04.30.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

One of the best films of the year, it's almost a shame to see The Master in your home rather than in gorgeous 70mm in a movie theater.

DVDs: Downton Abbey Fans Better Brace Themselves

Michael Giltz | Posted 04.03.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

This week I cover the new season of Downton Abbey (without any spoilers), some new releases including Adam Sandler's biggest hit in years, another excellent Criterion release, a John Ford gem and a round-up of (mostly) British TV. Enjoy.

DVDs: And the Winner Is... Alfred Hitchcock by a Landslide!

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Here's one poll you can trust: whenever film buffs vote on the best directors of all time, Alfred Hitchcock will score highly. If you're looking for a distraction on Election Day until the results are in, check out my reviews of a new boxed set of Hitch and other releases.

DVDs: Not Crazy About Mad Men, The Very Cool Peter Gunn, Goofy Carol Burnett And More

Michael Giltz | Posted 12.31.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Here's a rundown of some terrific sets that came out just in the last two or three weeks. It's impossible to put them in order of preference: many of these are gems we've been waiting a long time for.

DVDs: Indiana Jones, The Avengers, American Horror Story and More

Michael Giltz | Posted 12.06.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The Indiana Jones quartet on BluRay for the first time. Raiders looks better than it has, but is it possible this film needs a full restoration? I couldn't help thinking it should look even better throughout.

Finally! A 3D Printer That You Can (Almost) Afford

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 11.13.2012 | Technology

Want to print yourself a filigreed bracelet? How about an action figure? Or a tiny to-scale model of the Eiffel Tower? All this and more could be your...

DVDs: Catch Up With Emmy Hits 'Homeland' and 'Modern Family'

Michael Giltz | Posted 11.27.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

In the last four weeks we've had an avalanche of TV releases, including some of the best shows on television.

DVDs: Why Dr. Seuss Movies Suck

Michael Giltz | Posted 10.07.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

There's no question you'll get much more value out of watching and rewatching The Cat In The Hat than the latest stab at puffing up a Seuss tale into a movie.

DVDs: God Save the Queen

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.03.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Have you been soaking up all the hoopla over Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee? Well, until they release a DVD set of all the goings-on in the UK, here are some other titles to tide you over.

DVDs: Scorsese Stumbles, Cruise Soars and Much More

Michael Giltz | Posted 08.01.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Madonna's career will surely inspire countless documentaries and studies in the future. But the Truth Or Dare film -- which might have been a concert throwaway -- is in fact a pretty enduring look at media manipulation and how she exploited the spotlight.

DVDs: War Horse Stumbles

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.18.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

War Horse is based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, a solid young adult novel with classic status in the UK. It was turned into a brilliant bit of theater (really, you should see it if at all possible). But Spielberg's film fails on every level.

DVDs: Harry Potter Finale Arrives, Now Where's Pottermore?

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.13.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 ($35.99 BluRay combo pack; Warner Bros.) -- So the Harry Potter film series deserves to win the Most Imp...

WATCH: 'Paul' The Musical

Posted 10.11.2011 | Arts

Behind the scenes features on the new 'Paul' Blu-Ray DVD include a hilarious and impromptu musical. The movie, which includes stars Kristen Wiig, Jaso...

Netflix's New Pricing Model Makes Sense if You Use Other Services for Newer Content

Larry Magid | Posted 09.13.2011 | Technology
Larry Magid

Like all businesses, Netflix needs to have a model that's sustainable and I believe them when they say that they can't afford to mail you a DVD for only $2 a month over the streaming only service.

DVDs: Birdemic -- The Worst Movie Of The Year?

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR ($29.98 BluRay and $24.98 regular DVD; Severin) -- Okay, enough blather about the best movies of the year. Let's talk abo...

Black Friday Sales To Look Out For: Top 10 Finds

Switched | Chris Morris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Traditionally, Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving for the uninitiated) is when retailers truly slash prices. Early birds can shave hundreds, if ...

Mr. Skin Uncovers Unknown Celeb Nudity With Blu-Ray

Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Mr. Skin (real name: Jim McBride) runs a website called MrSkin.com that meticulously catalogs celebrity nudity in movies, from the mainstream to the a...

State of the Union

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Dean Bottrell

If the new SAG leadership doesn't rapidly start taking all the painful, but necessary steps to merge with AFTRA, we are fucked.

DVDs: I Heart "Firefly"

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Firefly is quirky, with the offbeat and clever dialogue we expect from Whedon. But it's also wholly satisfying and fun from episode one

Blu-Ray DVDs: Loved Up? Watch A Bug's Life

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

This column today is dedicated to Blu-ray DVDs. I'll talk about the title and whether it's worth owning or upgrading if you already own the regular DVD.

DVDs -- Get Ready for Star Trek

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

If you're chomping at the bit for the May 8 premiere of Star Trek, perhaps the best way to prepare is Star Trek: The Original Series Season 1.