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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.

DVDs: Nyuck! Nyuck! The Three Stooges Get Their Due

Michael Giltz | Posted 08.20.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The Three Stooges were always the blue collar comedians of live action comedy shorts. They nyucked-nyucked their way through 190 group shorts, some 28 solo shorts and a couple of feature films. That's a lot of poked eyes.

Understanding Pay-To-Play Academics

Charles Ferguson | Posted 07.22.2012 | Business
Charles Ferguson

Over the last thirty years, in parallel with deregulation and the rising power of money in American politics, significant portions of American academia have deteriorated into "pay to play" activities. No where is this more pronounced than in the realm of economics.

On the Culture Front: Belle de Jour Comes to Blu-ray and Anthony Minghella's Madama Butterfly Returns to the Met

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.06.2012 | New York
Chris Kompanek

I never quite understood the thrill of Blu-ray until I watched Criterion's new release of Luis Bunuel's Belle de Jour.

DVDs: Zombies Attack in The Walking Dead

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

You just know AMC is kicking itself for only ordering six episodes. So while they and we wait for a longer season two to start in the fall, new fans can catch up with the first zombie series.

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...

DVDs: Keep Your Eyes On The Prize and Superman (Not That One) And More

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

No matter how much you think you know about the civil rights battle, it's jaw-dropping to see the waves of violence and the angry mobs hurling epithets at little children trying to go to school in Eyes on the Prize.

DVDs: The Forgotten Classic Middletown and the Great Allan King

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Two DVD sets that came out in the fall are exceptionally good and worth the time of any film/tv/documentary lover. One is a collection of movies by the late Canadian Allan King. The other is a forgotten TV classic.

DVDs: Prime Suspect, Dueling Everlys, Disney and More

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

No question about it, Detective Jane Tennison is one of the great TV characters of all time. And if you say "one of the great female TV characters," then you're little better than the casually sexist men she has to deal with.

DVDs: "Twilight Zone," "Cuckoo's Nest," "Withnail" And More

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

THE TWILIGHT ZONE SEASON 1 ($99.98 on BluRay; Image/CBS) -- You don't need me to tell you about this show, do you? It's landmark television, one of ...

On the Culture Front: Early Kurosawa Films From Criterion and Trust

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Chris Kompanek

A couple weeks ago, Criterion released a box set of four early films by Akira Kurosawa that have remained relatively unknown until now.

DVDs: Latest Foyle, Best Alice, Last Station

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

This week's post includes reviews of the BluRay versions of the gloriously bad camp classic Showgirls and John Ford's archetypical 1939 Western Stagecoach.

Sixteen New DVDs You Must Check Out

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Here are 16 DVD releases that are the best of the best from the first four months of 2010. Rent them, buy them, stream them; do whatever you want. Just don't miss them.

DVDs: Japanese Noir? Hai!

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Movie and television reviews of DVDs, from little-known Japanese classics to The Office "Season Five."

DVDs -- Celebrate Moon Landing With Little Known Classic For All Mankind

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Filmmaker Al Reinert breaks a lot of rules. He depicts an idealized journey from the earth to the moon, grabbing footage wherever he found it.

DVDs: 21 -- The Latest Stealth Hit Movie

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

With The Dark Knight shredding one box office record after another, it's easy to forget that some movies can still slip under the radar, pile up money and turn into box office hits when no one is looking.