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  • DVD review: Criterion rears restored 'Children of Paradise'

    DVD review: Criterion rears restored 'Children of Paradise'
    Marcel Carne's unforgettable "Children of Paradise" ("Les Enfants du Paradis") — widely (and justly) considered one of the masterpieces of world cinema — showed up in theaters a few months ago in a remarkable restored version. At the time I hoped that the restoration and release foreshadowed an upcoming Blu-ray, which Criterion has now issued (along with an updated DVD version).
  • DVD review: Warner Bros. doubles up on Bugs and Co.

    DVD review: Warner Bros. doubles up on Bugs and Co.
    For some of us, classic Warner Bros. cartoons handily trump the Disney animation from that era (roughly 1933 to 1960). Basically, if you want beautiful pictures and emotional involvement, you go Disney; if you want laughs, more laughs, and milk-out-your-...

    DVD review: In the mood for beauty

    In principal, all films should be seen on the big screen; barring that, on Blu-ray; then DVD, laserdisc, VHS, and on down. But some films more urgently demand the best exhibition: Sue me, but many informational documentaries lose little when seen on...

    DVD review: 'They Live' has legs

    DVD review: 'They Live' has legs
    After his 1978 breakthrough film “Halloween” — which had (and still may have) the highest earning/cost ratio of all time — John Carpenter spent a decade making mostly higher budgeted films like “The Thing,” “...

    DVD review: 'Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol'

    DVD review: 'Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol'
    The fourth “Mission: Impossible” is arguably the best in the series and the best action film of 2011. Paramount Home Entertainment has just released the video version in the U.S. It has a gorgeous transfer (on Blu-ray disc, at least), rich...