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Chelsea's Legendary Alan's Alley Video Reopens... Here's Why It Matters

Christopher Lee Nutter | Posted 08.15.2014 | New York
Christopher Lee Nutter

Alan's Alley is more than a store -- it's a real New York experience, and a precious Chelsea treasure. If you are a New Yorker -- and especially if you live downtown -- here's why you should drop by the new location.

DVDs: Is Tom Hanks the Most Popular Star of All Time?

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.13.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

A lot of stars had lengthy careers with many box office hits. Box office is a rough estimate, sure, even if you adjust for inflation (which I don't). But by some estimates, Tom Hanks has the all-time worldwide box office total.

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.

Gift The Gift Of 'Breaking Bad' For The Holidays

AP | FRAZIER MOORE | Posted 12.03.2013 | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — Tired of staring at your Christmas tree or flickering menorah — or at legions of rival shoppers at the mall? Here, in no particul...

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.

Welcome to Today's Totally Modern Library: No 'Shushing' Allowed!

Peter Mandel | Posted 11.18.2013 | Books
Peter Mandel

Call me a Luddite if you like, but I keep wondering if it might not make some sense to have at least one outpost left in our over-wired world that just says no to glittering disks and glowing screens.

What Netflix Doesn't Want You To Know About Its Movies

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 07.19.2013 | Technology

If you've spent enough time watching cable television, it's a notification you've read a hundred times: "This film has been modified from its original...

The Faithful Shopper: Sounds of Summer

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 08.27.2013 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Maybe it's the memories of summers gone by, with barbecues and our trusty stereos at our side - or the fact I know a lot of people sorting their album...

DVDs: Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Paul McCartney and More!

Michael Giltz | Posted 08.25.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Richard Pryor made some great movies. But he also made a lot of crappy ones, especially later on in his career. So it's good to have this boxed set putting the spotlight back on what he did best: stand-up.

DVD: China Beach Is Finally Available for Binge Viewing

Michael Giltz | Posted 07.27.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

China Beach is the latest show fans have been eagerly anticipating to finally get the boxed set it deserves. But many more shows are still waiting.

DVDs: Fresh Wuthering Heights, Classic Bruce Lee, Lame Lindbergh

Michael Giltz | Posted 07.04.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Emily Bronte's masterpiece Wuthering Heights has been filmed umpteen times. But like a classic play, it's well worth revisiting again and again.

Life's a Beach: China Beach Series Released

Doug Bradley | Posted 06.15.2013 | TV
Doug Bradley

I'll place my China Beach order on Monday and, within a few days, will begin to wend my way through all 62 episodes. I know there were be moments, probably a lot of them, when I'll be angry at how "wrong" the show is about "my" Vietnam.

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: Horrible Hobbit, Great Day-Lewis, Treacly Life of Pi and More Oscar Faves Hit Stores

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.27.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

A flood of Oscar winners, nominees and those that should have been hit stores in the last few weeks. Here's a rundown of recent new films that have just debuted on DVD and BluRay.

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.

The Items I Find Impossible To Open

John Blumenthal | Posted 04.01.2013 | Fifty
John Blumenthal

OK, you just bought a jar of kosher pickles and you're dying to put one on the burger you just barbecued. You should be able to just unscrew the lid easily, remove the juicy pickle from its briny bathwater and slap it on the meat. This used to be easy. Not anymore.

DVDs: Woody, Spike and Wim Wenders Keep 'Em Coming

Michael Giltz | Posted 03.23.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

It's never easy to make a movie, much less one not geared toward the masses. Here's a rundown of new movies, documentaries, TV shows and classics getting a reissue, including one of my all-time favorite romantic dramas on BluRay.

DVDs: Lawrence of Arabia Still Dazzles With Intelligence

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.29.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

It was two in the morning and I just wanted to check out the picture and sound quality of this new restoration. Almost against my will, I was mesmerized once again by one of the most intelligent, complex and fascinating depictions of an historical figure on film.

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: Strippers, Miners and the Twee Wes Anderson Strikes Again

Michael Giltz | Posted 10.25.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

At this point, either you find director Wes Anderson's sensibility tiresome and twee or you used to like it but can't bear the cult of personality around his body of work or you're in all the way. I'm in all the way.

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: 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.