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Aisle Seat 3-3: Twilight Time, Shout, Warner Archive
Posted By: Andy Dursin 3/2/2015 - 9:00 PM
One of the most beautifully shot films of its era, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD (***½, 171 mins., 1967) is a leisurely, yet richly told, adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel that follows Bathsheba Everdene, a feisty young woman (Julie Christie) who inherits her uncle’s farm and subsequently navigates between a trio of suitors in rural, southwest England.
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Aisle Seat 2-24: Olive, Big Hero 6, Watership Down
Posted By: Andy Dursin 2/23/2015 - 9:00 PM
Lifted by one of Bill Murray’s more memorable and believable performances, Theodore Melfi’s ST. VINCENT (***½, 103 mins., 2014, PG-13; Anchor Bay) might be formulaic, but its earnest and warmhearted story makes it a refreshing change of pace for viewers disappointed with the likes of Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” and other, recent assaults on the senses coming out of Hollywood.
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Aisle Seat 2-17: February Blizzard Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 2/16/2015 - 9:00 PM
Just before Roger Ebert passed away, I was emailed by one of his assistants, who had watched a video I uploaded on Youtube of one of Siskel & Ebert’s “Holiday Gift Guides.” These annual shows – wherein the critics stepped outside the balcony to review home theater equipment, tech gadgets and the occasional video games – were among the tapes I had saved recording Gene and Roger’s show growing up, and her email enabled me to get in contact with the ailing Pulitzer Prize-winning author before his death.
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Aisle Seat 2-3: Twilight Time, Olive Winter Releases
Posted By: Andy Dursin 2/2/2015 - 9:00 PM
Tom Holland’s FRIGHT NIGHT (***½, 106 mins., R, 1985) was released at the tail end of summer 1985 and became an instant sleeper hit. Not just a silly “teen vampire flick,” “Fright Night” captivated many critics who appreciated the film’s characters and sense of humor, along with its salute to old-fashioned horror, particularly at a time when slasher films had become all the rage. With Richard Edlund’s special effects giving the film a modern sensibility, the film bridged the gap between the old and the new, and remains a viewer favorite in the genre nearly 30 years after its original release.
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Aisle Seat 1-27: Jean De Florette, Manon of the Spring, The Judge
Posted By: Andy Dursin 1/26/2015 - 9:00 PM
Not just one of the great French imports of the 1980s but a glistening cinematic accomplishment that possesses a timeless quality, Claude Berri’s adaptations of Marcel Pagnol’s JEAN DE FLORETTE and MANON OF THE SPRING (****, 123 mins./113 mins., 1986, PG) have at last arrived in a beautiful Blu-Ray double feature this week from Shout Factory.
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Aisle Seat 1-20: Winter Chill Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 1/19/2015 - 9:00 PM
Last year’s passing of Mike Nichols adds a bittersweet component to Fox’s Blu-Ray release of one of his most satisfying films, WORKING GIRL (***½, 113 mins., 1988, R). This splendidly performed late ‘80s comedy launched Melanie Griffith’s career thanks to her Oscar-nominated turn as Tess McGill, a Staten Island secretary trying to work her way up Wall Street.
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Aisle Seat 1-13: A New Year's Celebration
Posted By: Andy Dursin 1/12/2015 - 9:00 PM
Mark Rydell’s 1981 filming of the Ernest Thompson play ON GOLDEN POND (***, 109 mins., PG) kicks off Shout Factory’s 2015 slate of releases, with its New England summer setting functioning as a perfect antidote to the cold, icy winter that’s settled in across the nation.
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Aisle Seat 12-23: A Holiday Extravaganza
Posted By: Andy Dursin 12/22/2014 - 9:00 PM
From the Aisle Seat offices here in Rhode Island to you and yours, I’d like to wish everyone around the world a Merry Christmas and a most beneficial New Year ahead. Below you’ll find the final disc spins from 2014 including Twilight Time’s last batch of the year, assorted new releases and the most recent Warner Archives titles. Remember to join us on the always-open Aisle Seat Message Boards for festive conversations and the latest news, and we’ll see you on the other side in 2015!
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Aisle Seat 12-16: Holiday Buyer's Guide Part 2
Posted By: Andy Dursin 12/15/2014 - 9:00 PM
Norman Lear’s groundbreaking sitcom THE JEFFERSONS (1975-85, Complete Series DVD, Shout!) remains a classic TV comedy. After premiering in January 1975, CBS brought “The Jeffersons” back in the fall of that same year, running it on Saturday nights before shifting it to Mondays in January of ’76. While the show took some time finding its audience (CBS kept shuffling it around the schedule during its first few seasons), “The Jeffersons” continued to keep the laughs on coming as it further settled in, developed its ensemble cast and premise of an African-American drycleaner named George Jefferson (Sherman Hemsley) whose success enabled him to “move on up” to a deluxe apartment on Manhattan’s East Side.
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Aisle Seat 12-9: A Cinerama Spectacular
Posted By: Andy Dursin 12/8/2014 - 9:00 PM
Some of the most exciting home video restorations of recent years has been the work of David Strohmaier on the original Cinerama features produced for the groundbreaking widescreen format in the 1950s. Flicker Alley released three of the restorations on Blu-Ray and DVD – “This is Cinerama,” “Cinerama Holiday” and “South Seas Adventure” – with additional work undertaken on “Windjammer,” which was shot using a similar, three-camera process known as “Cinemiracle.” Now Mr. Strohmaier is back with three more spectacular Blu-Ray releases, including two of the remaining Cinerama travelogues produced and hosted by Lowell Thomas.
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