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article imageWarner Brothers celebrates 90 years of Best Pictures Special

By Earl Dittman     Feb 3, 2013 in Entertainment
To commemorate its ninth decade as one of the most prolific film studios – and with Oscar night looming – Warner Bros has released 20 Best Pictures Collection on DVD. Leonardo DiCaprio, Swank and Wood offer up their Best Picture memories.
Although the oldest Wonskolaser brothers, Albert, Harry and Sam (rechristened "Warner" when they emigrated to North America from their Czarist Russia-ruled Polish homeland in the late 1800's) began a moving picture projection company in 1903 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – and opened Warner Brothers Studios in Hollywood, California in 1918 – it wasn't until April 4, 1923 that the four siblings (who had been joined by the youngest son of the family, Canadian-born Jack) officially incorporated Warner Brothers Pictures. Ninety years later, Warner Brothers Pictures Incorporated, is the most iconic and still one of the biggest motion picture studios on planet Earth.
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Albert, Harry, Sam and Jack - the Warner brothers
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Having survived the advent of "talkies," the Great Depression and a handful of years where garnering big office hits was difficult for almost every Hollywood studio – created during the Golden Age of motion pictures in the 1920s – that was still in the business of releasing movies, Warner Brothers Pictures has remained a financially viable film company, and more importantly, has continued to release creative cinematic masterpieces. This year, at the Academy Award ceremonies, if all the predictions are correct (and the SAG, DGA and Golden Globe wins are an accurate barometer) Warner Brothers Pictures Incorporated should have another Best Picture Oscar to add to their impressive collection of winning films when director, star and producer Ben Affleck takes home a gold-plated Academy Award statuette (along with co-producer George Clooney), in a few weeks, for the brilliant, Best Film of 2012 – Argo. But, that's a whole another story.
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To celebrate nine decades of making some of the greatest films in the history of movie-making, the home entertainment division of the studio (now a part of the Time-Warner corporation) is releasing a slew of special commemorative DVD and Blu-ray box set collections under The Best Of Warner Brothers banner.
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With the 2013 Academy Award ceremonies just weeks away, one of the first anniversary sets to be made available to movie fans is the impressive and reasonably-priced 20 Film Collection: Best Pictures DVD set. The impressive 23-disc compilation package includes twenty Warner Brothers-released motion pictures that received an Academy Award for Best Picture of the Year since the studio's 1923 inception.
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Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable and Olivia de Haviland in a scene from the 1939 Best Picture 'Gone With The Wind'
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Who could deny that the iconic Gone With The Wind, Casablanca, An American In Paris or Ben Hur are not some of the best films of all-time, made before the '60s? Over the past half-century, Warner Brothers has also released such undeniable Best Picture winners as One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, Driving Miss Daisy, Million Dollar Baby, The Departed and one of the films from the cinematic film trilogy adapted by director Peter Jackson from author J.R.R. Tolkein's epic written masterworks – 2003's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
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In total, the 20 Film Collection: Best Pictures set houses all the following Academy Award-winning films (in three large jewel boxes, dated to display the era in which the films won the coveted Oscar):
1929-1942 (A New Era)
The Broadway Melody (1929), Grand Hotel (1932), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), The Life of Emile Zola (1937), Gone With The Wind (1939), Mrs. Miniver (1942) and Casablanca (1942/43)
1946-1959 (The Golden Years)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), An American in Paris (1951), Around the World in 80 Days (1956), Gigi (1958) and Ben-Hur (1959).
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Jack Nicholson in 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest'
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1975-2006 (The New Classics)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Chariots of Fire (1981), Amadeus: Director's Cut (1984), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Unforgiven (1992), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Million Dollar Baby (2004) and The Departed (2006).
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Leonardo DiCaprio portrays Billy Costigan in the 2006 Best Picture 'The Departed' - directed by Martin Scorsese
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Multiple award-winning actor – and all-around internationally-known and loved Hollywood star – Leonardo DiCaprio, a one-time cast member of The Departed, was especially satisfied with the film's Best Picture win because he felt as though it was a long overdue honor that should have been bestowed upon filmmaker Martin Scorsese (who also scored a Best Director nod for his duties on The Departed) long before 2006. "Marty had made so many great pictures before The Departed, so it was really gratifying to finally see him take home an Oscar for all his years of hard work. He's an incredible director for any actor to work, and he has quite a list of accomplishments to show for it," DiCaprio said in an earlier interview, referencing such Scorsese classics as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Casino.
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Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Departed'
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In the 2006 Best Picture, The Departed, DiCaprio portrays Billy Costigan, a cop who grew up in crime. That makes him the perfect mole, the man on the inside of the mob run by boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). It's his job to win Costello's trust and help his detective handlers (Mark Wahlberg and Martin Sheen) bring Costello down. Meanwhile, SIU officer Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) has everyone's trust. No one suspects he's Costello's mole. Martin Scorsese directs this visceral tale of crime and consequences that's searing, can't-look-away filmmaking: like staring into the eyes of a con – or a cop – with a gun.
DiCaprio – who recently starred in the Quentin Tarantino-directed Django Unchained – is well acquainted with Scorsese's directorial abilities, having worked with the filmmaker on other outstanding motion pictures such as Gangs Of New York, The Aviator and Shutter Island. "It's really pretty simple, Martin Scorsese is the most consummate director of, at least, my generation, if not everyone else's," the Titanic leading man declared. "And, I'm very lucky to have gotten to work with him as much as I have. We were always on the same page together, on every film we did together.
Director Martin Scorses with DiCaprio and Matt Damon on the set of  The Departed
Director Martin Scorses with DiCaprio and Matt Damon on the set of 'The Departed'
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"He has a similar relationship that was forged with another actor in his films – Robert DeNiro," Leo continued. "Very early on in Marty's career, his work with Bob (DeNiro) and the relationship that they had together not only made some of the most memorable and powerful films in cinema history, but it forged something where I believe whatever actor that he hires, whoever that might be, he gives full responsibility to them to create the character. Through that performance, through what the actor is trying to search for, he's also simultaneously creating the narrative. Marty looks towards the actors that he works with to create the tone of the film that he's making. To me, that's a partnership. That dynamic. If there are differences or if there's a difference of opinion, I'm allowed to or any other actor is allowed to play those things out and go through that experience. There's no wrong choice to make. Marty will be there subtly steering the ship at the end of the day, but he allows you to sit in your character's shoes and make those choices. That is empowering as an actor, and it helps to make great movies like The Departed."
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Director Clint Eastwood in a scene with two-time Oscar-winning Best Actress Hilary Swank from the 2004 Best Picture 'Million Dollar Baby'
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Actress Hilary Swank shares equally fond memories and countless kudos for legendary actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood, the director of Warner Brothers' 2004 Best Picture Million Dollar Baby. "It was hard work getting ready for the film, but luckily, Clint was always there to give you that little extra you needed to help you pull off a credible performance," Swank (who scored her second Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Million Dollar Baby) explained shortly after the film's release. "If it wasn't for Mr. Eastwood's love for fellow actors and his desire to get the best performances out of the people he works with, the movie wouldn't have been as good as it is."
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Hilary Swank in 'Million Dollar Baby'
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"I don't train girls," trainer Frankie Dunn growls in Million Dollar Baby. But something's different about the spirited boxing hopeful who shows up daily at Dunn's gym. All Maggie wants is a fighting chance. Clint Eastwood plays Dunn and directs, produces and composes music for this acclaimed, multi-award-winning tale of heart, hope and family. Hilary Swank plays resilient Maggie, determined not to abandon her one dream of becoming a successful boxer. Morgan Freeman is Scrap, gym caretaker and counterpoint to Dunn's crustiness. An absolute creative knockout, Million Dollar Baby examines the agonies and ecstasies of what happens when you grab for your dreams and come out swinging.
"It's one film I'll never forget doing," explained Swank, an actress who also possess an Oscar for her riveting portrayal of a gender-confused teen in Boys Don't Cry. "The whole experience of making Million Dollar Baby and working with Clint really taught me so much as an actress. When you are acting, you learn something new every time you do a film. But, when you do an Eastwood film, something incredible happens. I don't know how to exactly explain it, but he teaches his actors things they will probably never learn from any other director. He's that good. That's why all of his movies (including Warner Brothers' 1992 Best Picture Unforgiven) are so relevant and great to watch. Clint Eastwood is a great filmmaker – period."
Hilary Swank has gone on to make such other important films as Freedom Writers, Amelia, The Black Dahila and P.S. I Love. Later this year, she can be seen in the George C. Wolfe-directed drama You're Not You (based on the best-selling novel). However, shortly after the premiere of Million Dollar Baby, Hilary wondered if Eastwood had not helmed the picture, would it still have been an award-winning, box office-winning Best Picture it became. "Who knows how the film would have come out if another director had made it? I can't," Swank admitted during a more recent tête-à-tête. "What happened during the making of Million Dollar Baby was, for lack of a better word, magical."
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Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins in 2003's Best Picture 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King'
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When it comes to conjuring up cinematic magic, no one knows how to make spectacular, intense, fantasy-filled epics any better than New Zealand-born filmmaker Peter Jackson. As aforementioned, Jackson transformed J.R.R. Tolkien's literary work into a trilogy of hit, award-winning movies - The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King - at the turn of the century. Directed, produced and co-written by Jackson, all three films were nominated for Best Picture and each won quite a number of Academy Awards, but 2003's The Return Of The King would, ultimately, be the one installment of the trilogy that would take home the Best Picture honor.
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Frodo (Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) in a scene from 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King'
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"It's hard to say why The Return Of The King was the one of the three to win, because they were all great, to me," remarked Elijah Wood – the actor that portrayed the lead character of the Hobbit Frodo Baggins in the mystical cinematic adventures – in a recent chat. "Something about The Return Of The King really captured the imagination of everyone, including the Academy. I can't really say why the people who vote on Best Pictures chose the final one, because doing all three, again, for me, was equally incredible."
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Mortenson, Bloon, McKellan and Wood in 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King'
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With a stunning cast that also includes Ian McKellan, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Brad Dourif, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis and Liv Tyler, the Jackson-directed The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King depicts the final battle for Middle-earth. Frodo (Wood) and Sam (Astin), led by Gollum (Serkis), continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring. Aragorn (Mortensen) struggles to fulfill his legacy as he leads his outnumbered followers against the growing power of the Dark Lord Sauron, so that the Ring-bearer may complete his quest.
Having spent close to a year filming all three The Lord Of The Rings films Down Under, under Jackson's tutelage, Elijah Wood remembered it was period of his acting career that will be forever imprinted on his memory. “I spent a whole chunk of my life making those films, but I loved every minute of it,” Wood recalled. “We were all in a bit of a cocoon while making the three movies, but it was such an incredible time. If I didn’t think I was an actor before the Ring films, I certainly felt like one afterwards. What made it an even more enjoyable time was that Peter was so passionate about the story and the film. It rubbed off on everyone, it was contagious. When Peter is excited about something, it’s going to be great, and the Ring pictures and his love for the material really paid off for everyone. It taught me how to be a better actor and it showed the world what a genius Peter Jackson really is.”
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Martin Freeman portrays Bilbo Baggins the Peter Jackson-directed prequel 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'
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Peter Jackson continues to dazzle movie-goers the world over. Although it was not nominated for Best Picture this year at the Oscars, Jackson’s latest film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (released at Christmas-time), the first installment of a new trilogy of films –prequels to The Lord Of The Rings – is expected to end up being one of the largest-grossing films of last year. Having developed new technology to project the three new film’s in 3D movie theaters across the planet (HFR- High Frame Rate - a brilliant hi-tech way to show films at 48 frames per second versus the traditional frame rate of 24 frames per second) if history repeats itself, one of the next two installments – this year’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and 2014’s The Hobbit: There and Back Again – could also score a Best Picture Oscar. “I hope so,” Wood, who returns as Frodo in the prequels, said enthusiastically. “I know it sounds cliché, but everything Peter touches eventually turns to gold.”
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The Paley Center World Premiere screening of the feature-length documentary 'Tales from the Warner Bros'
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Last week, Warner Brothers officially kicked off the 90th Anniversary celebration at the Paley Center for Media in New York City with the World Premiere screening of the feature-length documentary Tales from the Warner Bros, an inside look at the workings of the legendary studio and its history.
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The documentary is part of two new just-released Warner Brothers box sets, The Best of Warner Bros. 100 Film DVD Collection and The Best of Warner Bros. 50 Film Blu-Ray Collection, the largest ever collections of their kind in the history of home entertainment. Plans for additional 20 Best Film Collections were also announced. Stay tuned to the column for more details on the upcoming releases of DVD/Blu-ray box sets celebrating the house that Albert, Harry, Jack and Sam Warner built.
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20 Film Collection: Best Pictures DVD Bonus Features: Many of the film’s in the box set contain the original special features introduced during their initial DVD release. A good example would be the disc for Gigi, its extra features include: Commentary by Historian Jeanine BasingerIf with Leslie Caron; Vintage Short The Million Dollar Nickel; Classic Cinemascope Cartoon The Vanishing Duck and the Theatrical Trailer.
If you would like to purchase the 20 Film Collection: Best Pictures go directly to the Official WB Shop @ http://bit.ly/WB90-WBSBestPictures. To become a fan of Warner Brothers 90th Anniversary celebration visit their Facebook Page @ http://on.fb.me/WXgAeN. If you would like to follow WB on Twitter, the official hashtag for the 90th Anniversary is #bestofwb
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b]Seven Psychopaths
From Oscar-nominated writer and director Martin McDonagh (Best Original Screenplay, In Bruges, 2008) comes a star-studded, blood-drenched black comedy. Marty (Colin Farrell) is a struggling writer who dreams of finishing his screenplay Seven Psychopaths and all he needs is a little focus and inspiration. Billy (Sam Rockwell) is Marty's best friend, an unemployed actor and part time dog thief, who wants to help Marty by any means necessary. Hans (Christopher Walken) is Billy's partner in crime, a religions man with a violent past. Charlie (Woody Harrelson) is the psychotic gangster whose beloved dog Billy and Hans have just stolen. Charlie is unpredictable, extremely violent and wouldn't think twice about killing anyone or anything associated with the theft. Marty is going to get all the focus and inspiration he needs, just as long as he lives to tell the tale. Blu-ray (Blu-ray + UltraViolet) Bonus Features: "Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths"; "Crazy Locations"; "Woody Harrelson Is Charlie"; "Colin Farrell Is Marty Layers" and "Seven Psychocats."
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Nobody Walks
Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Best Dramatic at Sundance 2012, the subtle, smart, sexually charged film, Nobody Walks, written by Russo-Young and Emmy nominee-Lena Dunham (Girls, Tiny Furniture), features an all-star cast including John Krasinski (Promised Hoffman, The Office, Away We Go), Olivia Thirlby (Being Flynn, Juno), Rosemarie DeWitt (Promised Land, United States of Tara, Rachel Getting Married), Justin Kirk (Weeds), India Ennenga (Treme, The Woman) and Golden Globe-winner Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story: Asylum, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower). Peter (Krasinski) is a Hollywood sound designer that has agreed to help Martine (Thirlby) with her experimental art film as a favor to his wife (DeWitt). When Martine comes to stay in the family’s pool house at their posh Silver Lake home to work on her film, strong emotions and sexual desires are charged throughout the house. As a result of the newfound friendship, everyone in the family is forced to confront these new and intense feelings. Blu-ray Bonus Features: "Making of Nobody Walks" and the Theatrical Trailer.
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Paranormal Activity 4
Paranormal Activity 4 continues the shocking story of the evil surrounding Katie and her nephew Hunter as a new family begins experiencing unexplained events that quickly turn deadly. When Katie disappeared with her nephew Hunter, there were no survivors. Five years later she's returned with a mysterious boy, ready to target new victims with her demonic rage. Now, a family's young daughter will capture every one of the terrifying occurrences, beginning with her new neighbors' arrival. It all leads to an ending so intense, it will leave you shaking. Paranormal Activity 4 Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet + Digital Copy) Bonus Features: Original Theatrical Version of the Film (HD); Unrated Version of the Film (HD) and "The Recovered Files" - nearly 30 minutes of found footage.
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The Awakening
All the children are gone... except one. They say, the boy was scared to death. When the death of a child at a boarding school is blamed on a ghost, hoax exposer Florence Cathcart is certain that science and reason can explain it. But the truth she discovers is more terrifying than she could ever imagine, and soon the ghost hunter becomes the hunted. Starring Rebecca Hall (The Town), Dominic West (John Carter) and Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter), Directed and written by Nick Murphy, The Awakening is a terrifying mystery filled with haunting twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Blu-ray Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes Introduced By Nick Murphy; "A Time For Ghosts"; "Anatomy Of A Scene: Florence And The Lake"; "Anatomy Of A Scream"; "Behind The Scenes" and an Extended Interview with Nick Murphy.
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Hotel Transylvania
Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed. Hotel Transylvania is the story of Dracula and his daughter, Mavis, and their life inside a remote hotel that caters to monsters of all kinds. Mavis is about to celebrate her 118th birthday when Jonathan, a pesky human dude, stumbles onto the hotel grounds. Dracula and the hotel staff move into action, determined to protect Mavis, as well as the lavish resort sanctuary where monsters can vacation in safety far away from humans. This family monster box-office hit features the voice talents of Adam Sandler (Grown Ups), Selena Gomez (Wizards of Wavery Place), Andy Samberg (SNL), Kevin James (Here Comes the Boom), Fran Drescher (Happily Divorced), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Molly Shannon (SNL), David Spade (Rules of Engagement) and CeeLo Green (The Voice). Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + UltrViolet) Bonus Features: "Goodnight Mr. Foot" Mini-Movie - Directed and animated by Genndy Tartakovsky; Three Deleted Scenes; "Problem (Monster Remix)" Music Video by Becky G featuring will.i.am; Behind-the-Scenes of "Problem (Monster Remix)"; DVD-ROM link to Hotel T website; Commentary with Director Genndy Tartakovsky, Producer Michelle Murdocca, and Visual Effects Supervisor Daniel Kram; "Meet the Staff and Guests: Voicing Hotel Transylvania" & "Making the Hotel" and three Progression reels.
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The Liability
From an executive producer of Snatch comes a new action packed film, The Liability. The Liability is a suspenseful story about a young man whose life is dramatically changed when he becomes the target of a hit man. Starring Academy Award-nominee Tim Roth (Rob Roy, Actor in a Supporting Role, 1995), Jack O'Connell (United),Talulah Riley (Pirate Radio) and Peter Mullan (War Horse). After wrecking his stepfather's car, Adam, in need of a job to pay him back, starts working as a driver for a hit man, Roy. His first day on the job takes him into a world of murder and revenge, as he is privy to Roy's hits. Intrigued and wanting to take part of the action Adam suddenly realizes what started as a hit could end with a bang as he becomes Roy's next target. DVD Bonus Feature: "Making The Liability" featurette - including cast and crew interviews.
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Pan Am: The Complete Series
The Jet Age just hit full swing and leading the way are Pan Am's elite stewardesses who can navigate any culture and overcome any challenge. From New York City to the edge of the world, they will discover romance, natural dangers and exotic intrigue in a lush recreation of 1963 that will take your breath away. Christina Ricci (Penelope, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) leads an accomplished cast including Karine Vanasse (Midnight in Paris), Kelli Garner (The Aviator), Margot Robbie (Neighbours), Mike Vogel (The Help) and Michael Mosley (The Proposal). Join the journey in all foruteen exciting episodes collected in this complete edition of the original Jack Orman-directed series Pan Am. DVD Bonus Features: "Becoming A Pan Am Stewardess"; "The Berlin Set"; "The Life Of A Stewardess"; "The Plane Set" and Interview with former Pan Am stewardess & Executive Producer Nancy Hult Ganis.
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Out In The Open
Following the historic reelection of President Barack Obama and marriage equality advancing in four more states, comes the release of Matthew Smith's Out in the Open, a documentary comprised of a collection of interviews with successful figures who openly identify with their sexual orientation. This documentary targets at-risk youth across the world, as well as their families, friends, and teachers. Out in the Open presents that no single person is the same and that all people should be celebrated. Out in the Open interviews celebrities, politicians, and everyday allies, straight and gay, who openly celebrate the LGBTQ community. These figures will discuss how they coped with stereotypes attached to their sexual orientation by sharing personal experiences of coming to terms with their sexuality. Featured in Out in the Open are gay and allied celebrities such as Queer Eyes star Carson Cressley, Oscar-nominee Eric Roberts and his wife Eliza, Olympic gold medal diver and activist Greg Louganis, Broadway star Josh Strickland, and musician Keaton Simons among others. These figures will discuss how they coped with stereotypes attached to their sexual orientation by sharing personal experiences of coming to terms with their sexuality. Out in the Open is aimed to guide the LGBTQ youth who struggle with bullying, ostracism and suicide in their communities.
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The Obscure Object Of Desire
That Obscure Object of Desire is a masterpiece of world cinema co-written and directed by two-time Academy Award-nominee Luis Buñuel (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie). Nominated for two Academy Awards – including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Writing, and nominated for one Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film – That Obscure Object of Desire stars Fernando Rey (The French Connection) and Carole Bouquet (For Your Eyes Only). This sexy romantic drama centers on an aging Frenchman who falls in love with a young woman who repeatedly frustrates his romantic and sexual desires. Luis Buñuel's final film explodes with eroticism, bringing full circle to the director's lifelong preoccupation with the darker side of desire. Buñuel regular Fernando Rey plays Matthieu, an urbane widower, tortured by his lust for the elusive Conchita. With subversive flare, Buñuel uses two different actresses in the lead role – Carole Bouquet, a sophisticated French beauty and Angela Molina, a Spanish coquette. Drawn from Pierre Louys' 1898 novel, La Femme et le Pantin, That Obscure Object of Desire is a dizzying game of sexual politics punctuated by a terror that harkens back to Buñuel's brilliant surrealistic beginnings. Blu-ray Bonus Features: "Arbitrary Desire" (interview with Jean-Claude Carrière); Interview with Carlos Saura; "Double Dames" (interview with Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina) and "A Portrait of Luis Bunuel" (interview with Pierre Lary and Edmond Richard).
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Nature Calls
On-screen siblings do not get any wackier than Patton Oswalt and Johnny Knoxville in Nature Calls. Todd Rohal (The Catechism Cataclysm, The Guatemalan Handshake) directs a comedic pantheon lead by Oswalt and Knoxville with Rob Riggle (Wilfred), Maura Tierney (News Radio, Liar Liar), Darrell Hammond (Saturday Night Live) and, in his final role, Patrice O’Neal (Head of State), in the story of a Scoutmaster’s (Oswalt) combative relationship with his brother (Knoxville) and their escalating struggle for the hearts and minds of an apathetic Scout troop. Blu-ray Bonus Features: Commentary; AXS TV: "A Look at Nature Calls" and Theatrical Trailer
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Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff
Nothing is off limits for Amy Schumer in her first original one-hour stand-up special. Before a live audience at the historical Fillmore in San Francisco, Schumer airs every hilarious, messed-up detail of her dating and sex life, from encounters with unexpected body parts to hate-filled personal grooming appointment. In her matter-of-fact raunchy style, at odds with her self-described “Cabbage Patch Kid” appearance, Schumer tells stories of a boyfriend who makes dirty requests over dinner, the way she outsmarts her birth control, and shocking ending to a seemingly innocent cab ride. DVD Bonus Features: Pre-Show with Amy and her sister; Amy’s Extended Performances From: "The Roast of Charlie Sheen" and "The Roast of Roseanne Barr."
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Fascination Coral Reef: Mysterious Worlds Underwater + Amazing Ocean 3D +Fascination Coral Reef 3D
Fascination Coral Reef: Mysterious Worlds Underwater 3D: Often referred to as "The Pearls in the Indian Ocean," the Maldives' true treasures are to be found beneath the waves: the coral reefs. See breathtaking colorful coral forests. Observe turtles searching for food as they swim by. Duck your head as huge swarms of colorful fish take refuge in the numerous caves and crevices. Wonder at the incredible diversity of life on the coral reef.
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Amazing Ocean 3D: Let yourself be amazed by little schools of fish that swim right into your living room! See squid and the elusive octopus up close, along with the magnificent manta ray, and experience dolphins and turtles that visit you in your living room. Shot in stereoscopic 3D, Amazing Ocean 3D, is a breathtakingly beautiful experience for your whole family.
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Fascination Coral Reef 3D: Enter the fascinating world of the coral reefs and experience breathtaking flora and fauna up close and in 3D. Enjoy watching an entire ecosystem of marine species including blowfish, porcupine fish, goliath groupers, giant morays, sea turtles and whale sharks, as well as the play of colors of the many different coral and anemone species. Let yourself get caught up in the wonders of the deep. All in glorious 3D! PLEASE NOTE: These titles includes a Blu-ray 3D disc, which is only compatible with 3D Blu-ray players and Playstation 3. A standard Blu-ray is also included which will play on all standard Blu-ray players. Bonus Feature: Subtitles - English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, Thai, Arabic, Dutch, Swedish, Castilian, Hungarian, Czech, French-Canadian, Norwegian, Danish, Greek, Icelandic, Finnish and Turkish.
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