Filmmaking

Remembering Roger Ebert and Siskel And Ebert

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Growing up the young film buff that I was it wasn’t easy finding information on movies. Before the internet you couldn’t find anything with a few simple key strokes but instead your source was the books available in the film section at the local library or bookstore, a couple of film magazines if you were lucky enough to have a store that carried them, the film reviews in your local paper, and whatever might happen to be on television. So anything you could get was like mana from heaven. You cherished it. You cut out reviews and movie ads from the paper and made scrapbooks. You recorded anything that might have an interview with a filmmaker or, if you were lucky, a behind the scenes look at a film being made, and you watched it over and over. When you wanted film discussion you didn’t have message boards, Facebook, or […]

Geek

Restoring Colonel Blimp

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I absolutely love hearing about films being restored. I am fascinated by the process and giving new life to old films so they aren’t lost or forgotten. Here Martin Scorsese talks about the restoration of ‘The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp‘ which is coming out from Criterion.  

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Indiana Jones And The Search For IMAX And Blu-ray

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Last week I was lucky enough to catch one of my favorite films on the big screen. And I mean really big screen as in IMAX. On the heels of the blu-ray release there was a limited run in IMAX theatres of ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark‘. In the last couple of years I have seen it in theatres three times. The first was as a midnight show of an old print which brought out fans and was a full audience cheering it on. The other was last year as part of its 30th anniversary screening in 2K digital. And now in full IMAX. Definitely one of those titles I think I have owned on every format including VHS, laserdisc, DVD, and come tomorrow, blu-ray. Here is the trailer for the IMAX release. Here is the trailer for the blu-ray collection.

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Jaws Restored And Coming To Blu-ray

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I’m sure everyone knows by now that ‘Jaws‘ is being restored and finally getting released on Blu-ray on August 14th. One of my favorite films and one I have been waiting to come out on Blu-ray for a long time. The restoration they’re doing looks to be very intensive (video below) and I am really happy Steven Spielberg is as involved in it as he is. I can’t wait to finally have this on Blu-ray. Here is the Blu-ray trailer. Here is a really great video on the restoration.

Games

Early Video Games And Arcades

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I have a fascination with the birth of the video game and the arcade. I think because I was around for part of it (even though I was a wee one), mainly the early 80’s arcade boom and the Atari craze, that it has a nostalgia thing for me. Also because video games today are such a huge part of our lives that it’s fascinating to see the dawn of it. Back in the early days of the G4 channel there were a lot of great shows. The channel today is, in my opinion, become a little too Mtv in that it has lost some of its original intent. In the beginning, about ten years ago, it was completely video game based and their shows were pretty great. Albeit very low on production value as it was obvious they didn’t have major backing yet. But what they lacked in pizzazz […]