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Blu-ray Review: Superman: The Movie (1978) (4K Ultra HD)
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Superman The Movie (1978) Blu-ray review

Superman: The Movie
4K Ultra HD | Blu-ray | DVD
Directed by Richard Donner
Written by Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman, Robert Benton
Starring Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Valerie Perrine, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Glenn Ford, Phyllis Thaxter, Marc McClure
Warner Brothers
PG | 143 minutes
Release Date: November 5, 2018

This year celebrated the 80th anniversary of the creation of maybe the iconic comic character in American history, Superman. It’s also the 40th anniversary of the seminal film by Richard Donner that for many still holds up as the one true film version of Superman. Played by the late great Christopher Reeve, the film details the demise of alien planet Krypton as Jor-El, Oscar winner Marlon Brando sends his child off to planet Earth. Kal-El (Reeve) grows up to become mild mannered reporter Clark Kent of the Daily Planet, who must balance his time between wooing his colleague Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), and saving the world from the plans of corrupt tycoon Lex Luthor, (Gene Hackman). Now you can take the Man of Steel home with you on a brand new 4k Ultra Blu-Ray combo pack.

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The Epic Masterpiece ‘The Godfather’ Celebrates Its 45th Anniversary
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The Godfather, which is not only one of the greatest mob movies ever made but also one of the greatest American films ever made regardless of genre, celebrates its 45th anniversary this week.

Premiering only in New York City on March 15, 1972 and then opening nationwide on March 24th, 1972, The Godfather remains a true bonafide classic in every sense of the word. The film’s rich storytelling, which is based on the original story by famed literary scribe Mario Puzo, almost borderlines on pulp fiction, yet is raised to a level of fine art by the surefooted and sharp and watchful eye of director and mastermind Francis Ford Coppola. Add to that the cinematography by Gordon Willis, which put blacks and whites and shades into a pioneering new light; the memorable, sweeping music, led by the iconic theme song; the acting by an ensemble cast led by Marlon Brando and supported by actors who wound up becoming legends in their own right, The Godfather is many things to many people and a masterpiece of a film to all.

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Trailer For Marlon Brando Documentary ‘Listen To Me Marlon’
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Marlon Brando in Listen to Me Marlon Trailer

A theatrical trailer has been released for the documentary/biography Listen to Me Marlon, a unique look into the private life of legendary actor Marlon Brando described as the “definitive Brando in his own words.”

The documentary is directed by Stevan Riley (Fire in Babylon, Everything or Nothing), who created it with the full support of the Brando estate using audio tapes of the actor from press interviews, therapy and hypnosis sessions, his own private recordings, and more.

Click on over to the other side to check out the trailer for Listen to Me Marlon.

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Streaming Review: Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey Of Richard Stanley’s Island Of Dr. Moreau
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Lost Soul

Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau
Amazon Instant Video
Directed by David Gregory
Starring Richard Stanley, Fairuza Balk, Marco Hofschneider, and Rob Morrow
Severin Films
Not Rated | Running Time: 97 Minutes
Release Date: February 27, 2015

Twenty years ago, the visionary South African filmmaker Richard Stanley, adored by cult and horror audiences around the world for his uncompromising features Hardware and Dust Devil, ventured into a lush, remote region of Australia to make a film version of a book he had cherished since his youth: The Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells. The finished film was released in the summer of 1996, the time when the alien invasion blockbuster Independence Day ruled the box office, but what audiences saw was radically different from what Stanley set out to make. That’s because he didn’t direct a single frame of the film.

The more experienced journeyman John Frankenheimer (Ronin, The Manchurian Candidate) was called in to replaced Stanley only a few days into principal photography for reasons that have since become legend. David Gregory‘s new documentary Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau aims to tell as much of the horrific story behind the operatic unmaking of Stanley’s grandiose and grotesque vision for the latest cinematic iteration of the classic Wells novel as the living participants are willing to recall.

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Remembering Iconic Actor Marlon Brando On His Birthday
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Today is the birthday of the late Marlon Brando, one of the great American actors in the entire history of cinema, who crafted a kind of acting style based on a term called method, and wound up parlaying that boundless craft into some of the biggest and renowned Hollywood films of all time, like On the Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire, 1978’s Superman, where he played the biological father of the Man of Steel, and of course the larger than life titular character of The Godfather, a film that has as much iconic status as the man himself, still has a influential shadow and presence over any actor who pushes himself to limits no acting schools could have ever have taught them.

There’s definitely two kinds of Marlon Brando that most people remember. One is a mumbling and reckless outlaw style figure, an original bad boy who later contemporaries like Mickey Rourke and Brad Pitt would attempt to emulate in their worlds away from the Hollywood soundstage, who sported a voice that was endlessly imitated, but with a passion that ran as high as the peaks of Mount Everest; then there’s Brando the actor, who went to areas in his acting styles where he literally morphed into his characterizations, with a brash, bold, fearless ego that ran to the rafters, kind of like from the camp of a Richard Burton, but without much of that man’s excess. Marlon Brando almost blended the raw nerves of the most naked theater portrayals of honest, anguished characters and fused them with a verve and confidence that made anything he did, especially in his early years of his career, so magnetic and powder keg rich, that he stood way above a Golden Age of actors pack.

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Blu-ray Review: Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology
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Superman Blu-ray Anthology

Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology
Blu-ray
Starring Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey
Release date: June 7, 2011

With all the superhero movies that have been made over the last few decades, the first Superman movie is still by far my favorite. Based on the DC Comics character, the 1978 film was the superhero film for all ages, not just children, and set the bar for all comic book movies to follow.

Now, all four original films, which starred Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel, along with the 2006 sequel/reboot hybrid Superman Returns starring Brandon Routh, are now collected in high definition in Warner Home Video’s new offering Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology Blu-ray Edition.

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Russell Crowe Set To Play Superman’s Father In ‘Man Of Steel’
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The cast for Warner Brothers’ reboot of the Superman franchise, titled Man of Steel, has been impressive so far, bringing in a collection of interesting names for the many iconic roles available. But they’re not done yet.

According to Variety, the movie—which is being “godfathered” by The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan and directed by Zack Snyder—has chosen Russell Crowe to play the role of Jor-El, the father of Superman once played by the late, great Marlon Brando in the 1978 film starring Christopher Reeve as the superhero.

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DVD Review: The Godfather – The Coppola Restoration (Blu-ray)
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GodfatherThe Godfather – The Coppola Restoration
Blu-ray edition
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, John Cazale, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach, Robert De Niro
Paramount Home Entertainment
Release Date: September 23, 2008

Everyone knows the Corleone family and its members on a first name basis. Everyone speaks the family’s language. Some people even try to make their homemade sauce like them and fail miserably in trying. If I were to say the words ‘toll booth,’ ‘cannoli,’ ‘Sicily’, and ‘horse’s head’ you would know what I was talking about. These characteristics are what make Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather arguably the greatest film ever made.

When watching, whether for the first time or the 100th time, it is like we are entering the Corleone’s dinning room. Their setting is dark, but it’s still inviting, the feeling is intimidating but once we become familiar with it it turns into intimacy. It’s a film that is told entirely from the inside. The outside world of the Corleone family bears little consideration. From the film’s opening lines, “I believe in America,” The Godfather paints an exact replica of American capitalism but adds a few more colors that makes this capitalism seem OK in society. It’s a vivid view of a powerful Mafia family, which wakes up one morning to find their enterprise isn’t as powerful as it once was.

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