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Eye on Warner Archive: Jul. 15, 2014

Here are some highlights of the recent releases to the Warner Archive Collection. DVD's and Blu-rays are manufactured on demand. They also have a streaming service. Before you visit Warner Archive to check out their selection, check out the selections below an a few of my thoughts.

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The DVD Report #370

NorthStarFrom the 1930s through the early 1960s, film distribution was different than it is now. Instead of major films opening in wide release, all major films, not just a select few, would have limited initial releases followed by wide distribution in neighborhood theatres. In New York City, neighborhood theatres were primarily owned by RKO and Loew’s. RKO theatres would get 20th Century-Fox; Warner Bros., Universal, Republic and RKO releases when they finished their initial runs, accompanied by a minor film that could be from one of those studios or one of the minors such as Monogram or Allied Artists. RKO was also the distributing arm of Walt Disney and Samuel Goldwyn as well as films made at RKO itself. Loew’s, originally owned by MGM, would get MGM, Paramount, Columbia and United Artists films. Films that played neighborhood theatres would generally run their double features for seven days, Wednesday through Tuesday. Occasionally, however, when a weak major film would play the theatres, the chain would substitute a lesser program from Sunday to Tuesday or just on Monday and Tuesday to close out the week.

In September, 1957, Fox’s Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? and its co-feature was withdrawn after four days and another program substituted for an unusual Sunday through Wednesday run, to be replaced by Warner Bros.’ The Curse of Frankenstein and a co-feature that would run from Thursday through the following Tuesday. This program consisted of two films from NTA (National Television Associates), which was not a theatrical film distribution company but a distribution company for television. The two films on the program were two previously released films the company had purchased for future broadcasting. They renamed them Battle Stripe and Armored Attack.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 22 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born


Died

Released


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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “Sex Tape”

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Trailer Watch: Gone Girl, updated (2014)

New Trailer (#2)

Gone Girl, updated

Preview Link: CLICK HERE for link to the trailer, more posters (if available) and other commentary not featured here.

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 18-20, 2014

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

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The Morning After: Jul. 21, 2014

Welcome to The Morning After, where I share with you what movies I've seen over the past week. Below, you will find short reviews of those movies along with a star rating. Full length reviews may come at a later date.

I did not watch anything new this week.

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Review: A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Rating

Director
Seth MacFarlane
Screenplay
Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
Length
116 min.
Starring
Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman
MPAA Rating
R for strong crude and sexual content, language throughout, some violence and drug material
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This Day in Oscar History: July 21 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died


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Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (Aug. 2014, Wide)

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The Inbox (Jul. 12-18, 2014)

Every week, I get several press releases, screening invitations and other notifications from a handful of studio contacts. While I won't be sharing any information regarding my screening invites, some of the press releases might be of interest to my readers, so I thought I'd start sharing them in toto with all of you. These could include new image galleries for various films or important updates to upcoming releases from various smaller studios and art house production companies.

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Gallery: Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)

Below is a gallery for the upcoming film Hector and the Search for Happiness.

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Weekend Preview: Jul. 25-27, 2014

Below are eight previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: Very Good Girls (2014)

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Trailer Link

Release Date:

July 25, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Two New York City girls make a pact to lose their virginity during their first summer out of high school. When they both fall for the same street artist, the friends find their connection tested for the first time."

Poster: C-

Review: If you've seen one indie drama poster design, you've seen them all and this is one of them. Fruitless. Lifeless. Boring.

Trailer: C

Review: Apart from being virgins, what makes these characters "very good girls?" On top of that, the narrative fireworks are lightly suggested in the trailer, but none of them are uniquely individual or compelling, which might make it hard for the film to find an audience.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(July 20, 2014) Original

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Film Preview: A Most Wanted Man (2014)

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Release Date:

July 25, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror."

Poster: B

Review: Sometimes, even if you've seen a similar poster design before, the end result is visually appealing enough that it transcends that which it duplicates. This is a perfect example of that.

Trailer: B

Review: Apart from the fun accents, something one should never rate a trailer on, the thrilling plot does seem engaging and there's enough suggestion of intrigue that it could be one of those films that turns out better than it looks. It could also turn out much worse than it looks.

Oscar Prospects:

There will most definitely be talk of Phillip Seymour Hoffman getting a posthumous Oscar nod for this and he's more likely to score here than in his other two 2014 efforts. The film seems to be an otherwise traditional thriller, which doesn't fare well with the Academy.

Revisions:

(July 20, 2014) Original

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