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Black Friday Week: Home Video Deals for Tuesday, November 21st

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The Black Friday DVD, Blu-ray, and Uhd deals have already started rolling out across the web and in some stores, and over the next few weeks I’ll be gathering my picks for the best deals here on the site in daily updates.

I’ll be gathering deals over the course of the day, and updating this post as things come and go.

These are all affiliate links, and a portion of any sales made will go to helping the CriterionCast.

Deals at Amazon TVs Tcl 32S305 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart Led TV (2017 Model) $149.99 $199.99 2 new from $149.99 2 used from $169.50 Buy Now amazon.com Free shipping Tcl 43S405 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart Led TV (2017 Model) $299.99 $379.99 4 new from $299.99 1 used from $329.99 Buy Now amazon.com Free shipping Tcl 49S305 49-Inch 1080p Roku Smart Led TV (2017 Model) $349.99 $389.99 14 new from $349.99 Buy Now amazon.com Free shipping Sony XBR55X900E 55-Inch 4K Ultra
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Warrior Starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton Available on 4K Ultra HD October 24th

Warrior Will be available for the First Time on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack on October 24 from Lionsgate.

Directed by Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant, Miracle) (Story by Gavin O’Connor & Cliff Dorfman, Screenplay by Gavin O’Connor & Anthony Tambakis & Cliff Dorfman), relive the epic Oscar®-nominated* fight that pins brothers against each other when Warrior arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) for the first time on October 24 from Lionsgate (*Best Actor in a Supporting Role). See Oscar®-nominee Tom Hardy (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, The Revenant, 2015) square off against Golden Globe®-nominee Joel Edgerton (Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, Loving, 2016) as brothers Tommy and Brendan in this edge-of-your-seat action drama. Experience every hard-hitting punch in Dolby Vision™ high-dynamic range (Hdr) and enjoy the thrills of the ring in four times the resolution of Full HD. Also starring Nick Nolte, who
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Ed Skrein’s Bold Move to Opt Out of ‘Hellboy’ Over Whitewashing Concerns Ratchets Up Pressure

Ed Skrein’s Bold Move to Opt Out of ‘Hellboy’ Over Whitewashing Concerns Ratchets Up Pressure
Reversing Hollywood’s decades-long practice of casting white actors in Asian roles has proved vexing. Boycotts haven’t worked. Op-eds have drawn attention to the issue, and social media has magnified the scrutiny of the lack of diversity and inclusion on the big screen.

But last week’s stunning decision by British actor Ed Skrein to drop out of playing a Japanese-American character in the upcoming “Hellboy” reboot is likely to put pressure not only on casting directors but actors themselves, as well as film companies and studios.

Skrein, who declined an interview request, said in a statement that when he accepted the role, he was unaware that the character of Ben Daimio was of Asian heritage. He said the casting announcement caused “understandable upset” and “intense conversation” that prompted him to do what he felt was right. The response to his move has been largely positive, with many people on social media pledging to support other
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Wonder Woman Blu-Ray and DVD Release Date, Details Announced

  • MovieWeb
Celebrate the wonder when Wonder Woman arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. Gal Gadot returns as the DC Super Hero in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (Monster, AMC's The Killing). The Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, and Blu-ray Combo Pack will include an all-new bonus scene never before seen in theaters. Wonder Woman will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray for $44.95, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98.

The Ultra HD Blu-ray features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the theatrical version in 4K with Hdr and a Blu-ray disc also featuring the theatrical version. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition and hi-definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features
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Wonder Woman Lassos a September DVD Date

  • Comicmix
Burbank, CA, August 10, 2017 – Celebrate the wonder when Wonder Woman arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. Gal Gadot returns as the DC Super Hero in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (Monster, The Killing).

The Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, and Blu-ray Combo Pack will include an all-new bonus scene never before seen in theaters.

Wonder Woman will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray for $44.95, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. The Ultra HD Blu-ray features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the theatrical version in 4K with Hdr and a Blu-ray disc also featuring the theatrical version. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition and hi-definition; the Blu-ray Combo
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Fox Reportedly “Reassessing” Future of the ‘Alien’ Franchise in Wake of ‘Alien: Covenant’

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Fox Reportedly “Reassessing” Future of the ‘Alien’ Franchise in Wake of ‘Alien: Covenant’
It appears the future of the Alien franchise is once again uncertain. Anticipation was mighty high for director Ridley Scott’s return with 2012’s Prometheus, and indeed despite some mixed reviews, the sci-fi pic grossed a hearty $403.3 million worldwide. Scott intended for Prometheus to relaunch the franchise in an intriguing way, but while he was busy making Exodus: Gods and Kings and The Martian, filmmaker Neill Blomkamp convinced Fox to give his own separate idea for an Alien movie a go. However, as soon as Scott got wind of this, he forged ahead with Prometheus 2, …
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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: ‘Wonder Woman,’ 1970s Cinema, ‘Alien: Covenant,’ and More

We are knee-deep into a summer of dreary sequels, kids’ fare, and a few whip-smart outliers. If you’ve already seen the likes of The Beguiled and Baby Driver, perhaps staying home with a book is a better idea than trekking to the cinema. Let’s dive into some worthy film-centric reads.

Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film by Sharon Gosling (Titan Books)

Patty JenkinsWonder Woman is one of the biggest superhero success stories, and it deserves that designation. The classification makes reading a book like Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film feel like a celebratory affair. After a brief account of the character’s comics history, we delve into designs for Themyscira, concept art of Dr. Maru’s laboratory, and somber depictions of battle. What stands out, however, are drawings and photographs showing the film’s winning costume designs. It is illuminating,
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Bad Idea Alert: Rumor Claims Tom Hardy Wanted As Jafar in Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’

  • Slash Film
Bad Idea Alert: Rumor Claims Tom Hardy Wanted As Jafar in Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’
You’d think after the uproar that arises over every whitewashing debacle — Ghost in the Shell, Aloha, Pan, Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Last Airbender, and more that I could list but it would take approximately 10 years to do so — Hollywood would stop doing it. Or at least, stop and think, “Hey, maybe […]

The post Bad Idea Alert: Rumor Claims Tom Hardy Wanted As Jafar in Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ appeared first on /Film.
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‘Alien: Covenant’ Crash Landing: Why Ridley Scott’s Box-Office Blunder Could Put The Series in Jeopardy

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Crash Landing: Why Ridley Scott’s Box-Office Blunder Could Put The Series in Jeopardy
After eight films over nearly four decades, Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” may be proof positive that the time for this franchise has passed. Ridley Scott plans at least two more sequels to the “Prometheus” portion of the “Alien” saga, but current returns make that look like a risky proposition.

Alien: Covenant” will be one of the franchise’s lowest-grossing entries, second only to 2007’s “Aliens Vs. Predator – Requiem,” which made $52 million domestic in adjusted numbers. Three weeks in, “Alien: Covenant” is at $67 million domestic against a $97 million budget; after Japan and China open, expect it to hit about $300 million worldwide, which means theatrical won’t be enough for it to break even.

Reviews weren’t great for “Alien: Covenant,” but neither were reviews for 2012’s “Prometheus” — Scott’s return to the series after directing “Alien” in 1979 — and that one made over $400 million worldwide. In adjusted numbers,”Prometheus” earned about
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'Wonder Woman' VFX Pro on Her "Empowering" Experience on the Film

'Wonder Woman' VFX Pro on Her
Wonder Woman broke ground in more ways than audiences know.

While supervisor roles in the VFX industry are still dominated by men, Jessica Norman was tapped to serve as VFX supervisor for Mpc’s portion of the effects on Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment's Wonder Woman, which debuted to $103 million at the domestic box office over the weekend and was the first female-fronted superhero movie in more than a decade.

For the Patty Jenkins-directed tentpole, VFX houses included Mpc, Double Negative, Pixomondo and Upp, with the VFX led by overall VFX supervisor Bill Westenhofer.

Previously, Norman has worked as Mpc London’s VFX supervisor on titles including Exodus: Gods and Kings, World...
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Alien: Covenant Movie Review – To “Ridley Scott” Will Soon Enter Common Usage

It’s been five years since Prometheus, and while the bonkers Exodus: Gods and Kings and The Counsellor didn’t offer a lot of hope that Ridley Scott was going to improve on the sad and boring road he’d taken the Aliens universe down, The Martian did manage to ignite a spark of hope. Unfortunately, it seems The Martian had enough source material behind it, and owes its positives far more to Andy Weir, Drew Goddard, and Matt Damon.

Alien: Covenant manages to redouble all the misguided efforts of Prometheus, and worse still, is even more convinced that audiences are both brain dead and have never seen any other films.

We kick off with the hapless crew of the colony ship Covenant, who are en route to a well-researched planet where they plan to offload some 2,000 colonists to start a new life. The familiar android Walter (Michael Fassbender) patrols the ship,
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Madrid Has a Cinematic Shooting Past

Since the late 1950s countless large and sometimes legendary Hollywood films have been shot in or near Madrid.

Samuel Bronston-produced blockbusters, Anthony Mann’s “The Fall of the Roman Empire” and Nicholas Ray’s “55 Days at Peking” partially shot near crag-strewn La Pedriza, 30 miles north of Madrid. Charlton Heston’s “El Cid” lensed in the castle of Manzanares El Real.

In 1960, Stanley Kubrick located “Spartacus” in Alcalá de Henares, Colmenar Viejo and Navacerrada, which also hosted Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Conan the Barbarian” in 1982.

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Film Madrid Energizes Shooting Support

In 1964, the medieval square of Chinchón, southeast of Madrid, hosted Henry Hathaway’s John Wayne-starrer “Circus World,” which also turned Madrid’s El Paseo de Coches in El Retiro Park into Paris’ Champs Elysées.

Denise O’Dell, one of Hollywood’s favorite Spain-based producers, who ran shingle Kanzaman before launching Babieka, co-produced 2006’s “Goya’s Ghosts”: Shoots included
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The Preview Reel: Can a Wimpy Kid Take on Aliens and Everything?

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Welcome to the “Preview Reel” column, where we look at this week’s upcoming wide release movies. This week features a trio of new releases, with one of them poised to knock Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 off the top spot. Alien: Covenant should debut at number one since it continues the popular and long-lasting Alien franchise, while Diary of the Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul looks to please the family crowd, and Everything, Everything goes after the teen romance crowd.

Alien: Covenant

What we are excited about: It’s another Alien movie. It’s directed by Ridley Scott. Michael Fassbender (arguably the best part of Prometheus [2012]) returns. As a fan of the Alien films, what more do you want? The trailers seem to show that the film is going back to its original horror roots, which is very exciting given the middling response some of the more recent
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The Limehouse Golem: first trailer for new horror

Simon Brew May 10, 2017

Bill Nighy headlines The Limehouse Golem, which threats to spook the nation this September. Here's the trailer...

British cinema screens are currently being treated to a bit of Bill Nighty action with Their Finest, that’s currently playing and well worth seeking out. He’s going to be back in your multiplex later this year too, thanks to the new horror The Limehouse Golem. Penned by Jane Goldman and directed by Juan Carlos Medina, the cast for this one also includes Olivia Cooke, Douglas Booth and Eddie Marsan.

A first trailer and official synopsis have been release for the movie, and we’ve got them both right here. As tradition dictates, we’ll do them in the order in which you’re interested.

Here’s the trailer…

And here’s the synopsis…

A serial killer stalks the Limehouse streets of Victorian London in 1880, the terrified population of
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Alien: Covenant movie review: game over, man

MaryAnn’s quick take… A rote disappointment. There is nothing shocking or even mildly unexpected here. But there is an ironic weakening of the power of the xenomorphs to terrify. I’m “biast” (pro): love Alien and Aliens

I’m “biast” (con): wasn’t crazy about Prometheus

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It’s difficult to imagine that there will ever be a movie scene as unexpected and as shocking as that bit in Alien — yeah, that bit — when a tiny horrifying alien creature, all teeth and slither, bursts out of poor John Hurt’s chest and slowly gawps around as if to say, “That’s right, meatbags: I, your worst nightmare, have arrived.” We sure as hell are not going to see a replication of the paralyzing terror those of us in the cinema darkness shared with the human onlookers onscreen if no
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The Loved One / Broken Arrow

The Loved One

Blu-ray

Warner Archives

1965 / B&W / 1:85 / / 122 min. / Street Date May 9, 2017

Starring: Robert Morse, Jonathan Winters, Anjanette Comer.

Cinematography: Haskell Wexler

Film Editor: Hal Ashby, Brian Smedley-Aston

Written by Terry Southern, Christopher Isherwood

Produced by Martin Ransohoff (uncredited), John Calley, Haskell Wexler

Directed by Tony Richardson

Funeral Director: Before you go, I was just wondering… would you be interested in some extras for the loved one?

Next Of Kin: What kind of extras?

Funeral Director: Well, how about a casket?

Mike Nichols and Elaine May – The $65 Dollar Funeral

That routine, a classic example of what was known in the early 60’s as “sick humor”, was nevertheless ubiquitous across mainstream variety shows like Ed Sullivan and Jack Paar. It also popularized the notion of a new boutique industry, the vanity funeral. The novelist Evelyn Waugh, decidedly less mainstream, documented the beginning of that phenomenon over a decade earlier with The Loved One,
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The Limehouse Golem UK trailer lands online

Lionsgate UK have released The Limehouse Golem UK trailer ahead of its release this coming September.

A serial killer stalks the Limehouse streets of Victorian London in 1880, the terrified population of this squalid district of the East End believe that the “Golem”, a monster from Judaic mythology, is responsible. Inspector Kildare of Scotland Yard is handed the impossible task of solving these heinous crimes and his investigations lead him on a race across the capital from The Old Bailey, to Newgate Prison, to the music halls of London and the British Museum. His chief suspects are music hall superstar Dan Leno, political agitator Karl Marx, writer and philosopher George Gissing and journalist John Cree. Kildare believes that famed performer Little Lizzie Cree, who is almost certainly destined to hang for the poisoning of her husband, holds the key to the identity of the real Golem. Kildare must solve the case and in doing so,
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Bill Nighy ventures to 1800’s London in search for a Golem in The Limehouse Golem

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Author: Zehra Phelan

The beloved Bill Nighy is set to wow again after his latest stint in Their Finest as he takes the lead in 1880’s London on the search for a mythological beast who is believed to be a serial killer in the forthcoming The Limehouse Golem. Watch the new trailer below which has just been released alongside a poster.

Related: Bill Nighy interview on Their Finest

The Limehouse Golem is another big screen offering which is based on a novel, 1994’s ‘Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem’ to be precise. A period thriller in which there are no signs of the Pokemon Golem whatsoever, however the Golem in this tale is based the animated anthropomorphic being from Jewish folklore. Bill Nighy takes the reins in a story set before the murders of Jack the Ripper, where a monster of the same magnitude is on the loose slaughtering all
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Ridley Scott: His best films to date

Late last week, I got a chance to see Ridley Scott’s latest film, the franchise outing Alien: Covenant. A sequel to Prometheus and prequel to Alien, it is still a few weeks out, but 20th Century Fox is clearly feeling bullish about it. You’ll see what think in detail later on this month, but with it fresh in my mind, I wanted to take a look at Scott’s career on the whole. A few years ago I ranked his ten best movies, and I’m going to be doing that again today, just wish an added twist. Scott is fairly prodigious with his outings, so this can be a fairly consistent thing. There’s always some new coals in the fire for him. Before I get to the top ten list, I figured I’d do a full ranking of total filmography, up until those best ones,
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Film Review: Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien: Covenant’

Film Review: Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien: Covenant’
Forty years ago, two movies rewrote the rules for science fiction. The first, of course, was 1977’s “Star Wars,” which made every child dream of space, introducing cuddly, nonsense-spouting aliens that could be brought home as toys. Two years later, Ridley Scott took the opposite approach, conjuring a nightmarish worst-case scenario of the unknown life — and death — that might be awaiting us out there in the void in “Alien.” The franchise has gone through a number of permutations since, but “Alien: Covenant” is, if nothing else, a return to form for both Scott and the series: a hard-r horror movie, featuring ferocious, acid-dripping space crustaceans, a tough female lead and a bunch of dead-meat crew members.

In short, it’s more of the same, which is both a relief to fans and a letdown to those hoping it might pave new ground. The personal enjoyment you derive from the film
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