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1995

by Allan Fish

Best Picture Toy Story, US (7 votes)

Best Director John Lasseter, Toy Story (4 votes)

Best Actor Sean Penn, Dead Man Walking (6 votes)

Best Actress Julianne Moore, Safe (7 votes)

Best Supp Actor Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects (6 votes), beating himself for Se7en

Best Supp Actress Kate Winslet, Sense and Sensibility (6 votes)

Best Cinematography Darius Khondji, Se7en (5 votes)

Best Score Randy Newman, Toy Story (4 votes)

Best Short A Close Shave, UK, Nick Park (5 votes)

OK, thank God that one’s behind us…

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by Sam Juliano

Note: This is the first in a new series that will be focusing on individual episodes of classic American anthology television series of the late 50’s through the early 70’s.  The following shows will be well-represented: ‘Boris Karloff’s Thriller,’ the original Outer Limits, The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, One Step Beyond and Rod Serling’s Night Gallery.  Gary Gerani’s seminal volume ‘Fantastic Television’ covered the anthology concept as well, though I will stay clear of sitcoms, and will basically examine the half-dozen or so shows that I have identified above.

The 67 episodes of Boris Karloff’s Thriller, a one-hour horror anthology that ran on network television from 1960-62, were later syndicated and for a number of years were a staple on the popular Sci-fi Channel.  E bay subsequently supported the bootleg sales of various sets that included some of the better know episodes, and in the late 90’s Universal released six shows to VHS and laserdisc, with the LD quality so layered and luminous that some to this day argue it is still incomparable.  While Universal moved forward at a snail’s pace releasing individual seasons of Alfred Hitchcock Presents throughout the first decade of the new millennium, they steadfastly stayed clear of bringing Thriller to DVD, in large measure because the sales on VHS and LD were reportedly very poor.  But Universal has long been tagged with a reputation of indifference when it comes to their classic television holdings, and they opted to lease the series to Image Entertainment, who released all the episodes with generous extras in an August, 2010 box set that can now be had inexpensively.  Image followed up the comprehensive box two years later with a single disc Thriller: Fan Favorites, which offered up ten of the very best episodes of the series on a single disc aimed at tempting neophytes with the larger purchase. (more…)

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