Archive for November 11th, 2009

by Sam Juliano

     As per information relayed to me yesterday by our very good friend John Greco of Twenty Four Frames, which has since been confirmed, Barnes & Noble will be offering up every single Criterion DVD and Blue Ray title in stock at the same 50% off price point that they offered back in August for the highly-successful sale that no doubt fueled this encore.  The sale is scheduled to run until the end of the year, or until supplies run out, and will include every title released though the end of December, including all Eclipse sets scheduled for that duration. 

     The most recent Criterion blu-ray release was James Ivory’s Howards End, which is of course available as is upcoming releases like Gommorah, Wings of Desire and A Christmas Tale, as well as non-blu-ray titles like Downhill Racer and the Golden Age of Television.  Many Criterion collectors again have the opportunity to acquire numerous titles that to this point they have not pulled the trigger on.

     None of our wallets are safe.

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Toy Story (no 25)

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(USA 1995 80m) DVD1/2

Falling with style

p  Ralph Guggenheim, Bonnie Arnold  d  John Lasseter  w/story  Joss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen, Joe Ranft, John Lasseter, Pete Docter  m  Randy Newman  art  Ralph Eggleston

VOICES BY:- Tom Hanks (Woody), Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear), Don Rickles (Mr Potato Head), Jim Varney (slinky dog), Wallace Shawn (Rex), John Ratzenberger (Hamm), Annie Potts (Bo Peep), John Morris (Andy), Laurie Metcalf (Andy’s mum),

Toy Story remains a phenomenon, a film that was feared by many to be merely an exercise in computer animation possibilities.  Instead it was so much more than that, a dark and perceptive family film which wasn’t afraid to have meaning and a really entertaining plot to match the technical virtuosity (it took several years to make).  Looked back upon from a decade ago some may see it as a little old hat after the underwater artistry of Finding Nemo.  But that Pixar outing was just what we feared Toy Story would be, an ultra-slim exercise in telling its audience “hey, guys and gals, look what we can do now!”  No-one will ever level such an accusation about Pixar’s debut feature.  It’s pretty darn perfect. (more…)

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