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‘Citizen Kane’ Coming to Blu-ray

June 13, 2011 Citizen Kane, one of the most acclaimed movies of all time, will premiere on Blu-ray on Sept. 13 with a 70th anniversary collector’s edition. The movie, frequently cited as the best American movie ever made and the movie chosen by the American Film Institute as the No. 1 film of all time, was co-written, directed and produced by then 25-year-old Orson Welles, who also starred in the pic, which told the life of a controversial publishing tycoon.

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Warner Bros. MPI Facilitates Fast Finish for “Red Riding Hood”

April 2011 Color is not only in the title but also at the core of Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood, and the director worked with the film’s cinematographer, Mandy Walker, ACS, and colorist, Maxine Gervais of Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging, to achieve what she had in mind. Hardwicke suggests the trio’s close collaboration was particularly crucial in light of the picture’s short schedule: 43 days of principal photography and 10 weeks’ less post time than originally planned.

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The New York Times Introduces Film Club

Nov 22, 2010 Red-carpet screenings of Hollywood classics and new movie previews for members NEW YORK, Nov 22, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) – The New York Times debuts today The New York Times Film Club, a membership-based club created for an audience passionate about movies. The club offers exceptional opportunities for members to attend screenings of digitally restored classic films and new movie previews in New York and Los Angeles.

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Hitchcock’s North by Northwest Screened in 4K

Nov 14, 2010 Held at the famed Mann Chinese theater complex in Hollywood, California, the movie was projected with a Christie Solaria CP4230. The film was meticulously restored by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging with a process that included the highest available scanning resolution and played back using an Integrated Media Block from Doremi Cinema.

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Behind the Blu: The Video

October 19, 2010 As fans look forward to The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Blu-ray, some people might not realize what it takes to bring this film, and other catalog titles, into the HD realm. SchawnBelston, 20th Century Fox’s Senior Vice President of Library and Tech Services, spoke to the Official Fan Club about this process.

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Afghan Oscar Contender Aims to Show More than War

Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:54am EDT KABUL (Reuters Life!) – Afghanistan’s contender for the Oscars premiered on Thursday in a cinema once the site of pitched gunbattles, but its director wants viewers to see past the violence to the richness of Afghan culture and traditions. “Black Tulip” explores the struggles of a Kabul family who set up a restaurant with an open-mic poetry corner, after the ouster of the hardline Taliban government in 2001. “I didn’t want to focus just on the war. I wanted to tell a real story about the people who dream and who hope the way we do,” said director Sonia Nassery Cole in a statement.

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A Director’s Many Battles to Make Her Movie

Sept 21, 2010   LOS ANGELES — Sonia Nassery Cole knew that shooting a movie on location in Afghanistan could get her killed. The most vivid reminder came a few weeks before filming, she said, when militants located her leading actress and cut off both of her feet.   But Ms. Cole, an Afghan expatriate with a flair for the dramatic and a history of not taking no for an answer, had her mind made up. Unable to find another actress to take the part — the film is overtly critical of the Taliban — Ms. Cole, 45, decided to play the role herself.   “Come hell, come shine, I was going to make this movie,” said Ms. Cole, a novice filmmaker whose primary job is running the Afghanistan World Foundation, a charity focused on refugees and women’s rights.

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‘Dr. Zhivago’ Undergoes Full Restoration

May 27, 2010 Doctor Zhivago is the latest instance of digital restoration saving a film classic, and it’s a beauty to behold on high-definition Blu-ray – the better to appreciate David Lean’s visually poetic adaptation of Boris Pasternack’s Nobel Prize-winning novel about the obliteration of love and individuality during the Russian Revolution. The disc was released May 4 by Warner Home Video.

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Restoration Comedy – Our Life in Film

April 30, 2010 On www.nomeanerplace.com, I recently wrote about the magnificent restoration of “The African Queen,” just released for the first time on DVD and Blu-Ray. As an extra, Paramount commissioned a documentary produced by Nicholas Meyer and directed by Eric Young entitled “Embracing Chaos: The making of ‘The African Queen,’” which documented the events prior to, during, and after the filming of this classic. Seeing this film again, along with the delicious documentary, reminded me of how much a part of my life movies have always occupied.

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A Restoration Fit for a ‘Queen’

April 23, 2010 Was it worth the wait for The African Queen on DVD here in the US, let alone on Blu-ray? Definitely yes. John Huston’s 1951 Technicolor adventure in the Belgian Congo starring an Oscar-winning Humphrey Bogart and a fearless Katharine Hepburn has never looked sharper and more vibrant.

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