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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid - Ultimate Collector Edition DVD

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The (Mostly) True Story Of The West's Most Charming Outlaws

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid CENTURY CITY, Calif. – As outlaws, Butch is a man of vision, but “the rest of the world wears bifocals,” and Sundance is man of action, “except, of course, for swimming.” Making the most of this irresistible charm and playful patter, the Old West's most notorious outlaws work together relieving banks and trains of cumbersome payrolls in Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid Collector's Edition , riding back into town as an all-new, two-disc set on June 6 from Fox Home Entertainment. Featuring the undeniable chemistry of silver screen icons Paul Newman (The Hustler, Cool Hand Luke) and Robert Redford (All The President's Men, The Natural), Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid earned Academy Awards® for Best Cinematography (by the legendary Conrad Hall), Best Score and Best Original Song (Hal David and Burt Bacharach's lilting “Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head”), as well as Best Original Screenplay for William Goldman's fast and fanciful script. Featuring unforgettable supporting performances by Katharine Ross (The Graduate) and Strother Martin (Cool Hand Luke), the film's lively exuberance is as infectious today as it was in 1969.

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid The two-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition DVD features exclusive new interviews with Paul Newman and Robert Redford, includes director and producer commentaries, production notes, an alternate credit roll, a 2005 documentary entitled All Of What Follows Is True: The Making of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, and more.

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Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid Synopsis: Experience this Academy Award®-winning masterpiece as never before! Featuring exclusive new interviews with Paul Newman and Robert Redford and over two hours of never-before-seen footage, this two-disc collector's set is the definitive edition of one of the most legendary and iconic films of all time! Notorious outlaws Butch Cassidy (Newman) and the Sundance Kid (Redford) once ruled the dusty towns and breathtaking vistas of the Old West. But when a relentless “superposse” picks up their trail, they realize their days are numbered. With Sundance's girlfriend, Etta (Katharine Ross), they flee to Bolivia. But old habits die hard, and when their thieving ways continue, Butch and Sundance find themselves outgunned, outnumbered and in for the fight of their lives.

William Goldman's screenplay is smart, fun, informed and propulsive, the necessary document for just a flat-out good old time at the movies. It's well served by director George Roy Hill, whose clean style and appreciation of his cast never flag; and there's extraordinary work from cinematographer Conrad Hall, which gives us both stunning vistas of the landscape and generous, flattering, expressive close-ups of the actors. Particularly notable, too, is the film's score, most famous for Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head—it's a nice song, all right, but some of the Burt Bacharach score feels particularly dated. The film moves relentlessly to its climax, a shootout that's the stuff of legend, both historically and cinematically, and it's the rightful apex of a movie jammed with wisecracks and one-liners used to fend off the characters' sense of doom. It's about as much fun as any movie you'll ever watch, and all of what you've just read is true.

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid DVD Special Features: The Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid Collector's Edition DVD is presented in widescreen and features English Stereo and Mono Sound as well as French Mono.

Bonus materials include:

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid Disc One:
-Widescreen Feature
-Commentary By Director George Roy Hill, Lyricist Hal David, Associate Producer Robert Crawford And Cinematographer Conrad Hall -Commentary By Screenwriter William Goldman
-1994 Documentary – The Making Of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid Disc Two:
-2005 Documentary – All Of What Follows Is True: The Making Of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
-The Wild Bunch: The True Tale Of Butch And Sundance
-History Through The Lens: Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid : Outlaws Of Time
-1994 Interviews -Alternate Credit Roll
-Theatrical Trailer #1
-Theatrical Trailer #2
-Theatrical Trailer #3
-The Films Of Paul Newman

Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid Collector's Edition DVD Price: $26.98 U.S./$37.98 Canada Street Date: June 6, 2006 Total Running Time: 110 minutes U.S. Rating PG Canadian Rating: PG Closed Captioned: Yes

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid Review: Disc one's featurette on he Making Of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid is one of the better 'making of's' that I have seen. The director is unrehearsed and you get a real feel as to how production went. It is a real treat to see the actors ham it up a bit, particularly when Redford covers his head with branches because the director is always 'Shooting' thru things, like bushes etc.

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I always like "The making of...." because you get the behind the scenes view of how the movie is made coupled with seeing your favourite stars... in this case, the legendary Paul Newman and Robert Redford... two of the most prolific and professional actors of the day. What's interesting, is that the special effects are done with simple in mind... 'dust' pellets for bullets, etc. However, Robert Redford actually did ride 'twixt' the horse and the mule... director Hill took a chance with that as if he got injured, production would have been set back, and the film would have taken longer than the year and three months it did take.

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Disc two, features the 2005 Documentary – All Of What Follows Is True: The Making Of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid where we get the rare chance to see both stars as they are today. After all - The film was made in 1969 and with the Vietnam War going on, the two stars recollect how the movie was received. Both stars had aged, but you can still see the twinkle in their eyes when they talk about the times shared during the filming. Westerns were changed forever, and George Roy Hill's style is also evident. He wanted to make a 'modern' western and he succeeded. The movie is still timeless, which is more than I can say for a lot of other movies!

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You also get to hear fresh thoughts from William Goldman. He gives an insight in to the time period and makes it worth watching. My favourite part was the Fact or Fiction section of bonus disc 2 The Wild Bunch: The True Tale Of Butch And Sundance. It provides a very interesting point of view into real life and areas that Goldman juiced up for the movie. In any case, these mythical or real outlaws captured everyone's attention.

'Burt Reynolds is your host for the featurette History Through The Lens: Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid: Outlaws Out of Time , was made in 2000, and features many of the filmmakers—it's clear that they've been telling these same stories for years now, though the historical images of the West here are especially interesting. What are labeled as vintage interviews date in fact from 1994—perhaps the dates were flopped with the original making-of documentary?—and you'll find discussions with Newman, Redford, Ross, Goldman and Bacharach, along with Maybe Some of What Follows Is True, a compilation of conflicting memories of the production, complemented by All of What Follows Is True, in which fondness for the project is unanimous.

Most tantalizing is a deleted scene, even if it's got only subtitles, because the original audio has been lost—it features Butch and Sundance watching an early film about themselves and shouting back at the screen for getting things wrong, and assembled on an optional audio track are comments from Hill on the scene, and why ultimately it was cut. Production notes include a raft of correspondence, including story memos and budget projections. Three original trailers accompany a Newman trailer gallery; and finally, an alternate credit roll for the end of the film was discarded as a bit too generic.'*

This collector's set is chock full of extras that will satisfy even the most hard-core fans of Paul Newman and Robert Redford, as well as preserving forever, a truly remarkable, timeless picture.

*Jon Danziger, Digitally Obsessed


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Friday, June 23, 2006

Garfield: A Tail Of Two Kitties

Garfield Starring: Bill Murray, Brecklin Myer

It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times.

Sorry, couldn't help it. With a title like Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, the bad Dickens puns are irresistible - and in this case, apropos.

Bill Murray is back in this part-animated, part-live-action sequel to 2004's Garfield, inspired by the Jim Davis comic strip, again providing the voice of America's best-known overfed cat.

Despite his droll delivery and a couple of amusing lines here and there, Murray can't wring many laughs out of the mostly lame script from returning writers Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow. (Garfield plays air guitar and sings along to Ted Nugent's blaring Cat Scratch Fever, for example. Kids might like it, but adults will be bored.)

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Tim Hill, whose credits include Muppets from Space and Max Keeble's Big Move, is the director; his filmography should tell you all you need to know about his fondness for subtlety.

This time, Garfield follows his owner, Jon (Breckin Meyer), to England to try to stop him from proposing to his girlfriend _ a famous veterinarian with an important speaking engagement played by Jennifer Love Hewitt. (OK, that part IS pretty funny.)

Having stowed away in a carry-on bag with Jon's dimwitted dog, Odie, Garfield proceeds to visit all the obligatory London tourist sites and make tired, smart-alecky remarks along the way.

But while he's there, he's mistaken for a big, orange cat who looks just like him (voiced by Tim Curry) who just happens to be a prince named Prince.

Billy Connolly gamely plays the buffoonish nephew trying to oust Prince and take over the castle the royal cat has just inherited. Meanwhile, Bob Hoskins, Jane Leeves, Rhys Ifans and Jane Horrocks are among the actors whose talents are wasted lending their voices to talking barnyard animals.

Babe, it ain't. But Winston the sad-faced bulldog, who was Prince's right-hand man, looks so ridiculous speaking through his droopy, drooly underbite in Hoskins' thick British accent, he's good for a laugh every time.

Then again, so was Mr. Beefy, Adam Sandler's subversive bulldog in Little Nicky _ which didn't exactly help that movie qualify as great cinema, either.

But Garfield does have one vaguely redeeming quality: An extended cooking sequence in the castle's elaborate kitchen will make you hungry for lasagna, the feline's favorite dish.

*Review by Christy Lemire, Associated Press


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Thursday, June 22, 2006


Pixar/Disney's Animated Car Movie


After taking moviegoers magically into the realm of toys, bugs, monsters, fish, and superheroes, the masterful storytellers and technical wizards at Pixar Animation Studios ('The Incredibles,' 'Finding Nemo,' 'Monsters, Inc.'), and Academy Award®-winning director John Lasseter ('Toy Story,' 'Toy Story 2,' 'A Bug's Life'), hit the road with a fast-paced comedy adventure set inside the world of cars. Lightning McQueen (voice of OWEN WILSON), a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs.

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On route across the country to the big Piston Cup Championship in California to compete against two seasoned pros, McQueen gets to know the town's offbeat characters –including Sally (a snazzy 2002 Porsche voiced by BONNIE HUNT), Doc Hudson (a 1951 Hudson Hornet with a mysterious past, voiced by PAUL NEWMAN), and Mater (a rusty but trusty tow truck voiced by LARRY THE CABLE GUY) – who help him realize that there are more important things than trophies, fame and sponsorship. The all-star vocal cast also includes free-wheeling performances by racing legend Richard Petty and. Fueled with plenty of humor, action, heartfelt drama, and amazing new technical feats, CARS is a high octane delight for moviegoers of all ages.

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"Cars," the seventh animated feature to be created by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures, is a high octane adventure comedy that features a wide assortment of cars as characters who get their kicks on Route 66. In addition to Paul Newman, the voice cast includes NASCAR legend Richard Petty, as well as Owen Wilson ("Shanghai Knights," "The Royal Tenenbaums"), Bonnie Hunt ("Monsters, Inc."), and Dan Whitney (Bravo's "Larry the Cable Guy"). "Cars" is being produced by Darla K. Anderson ("A Bug's Life," "Monsters, Inc.

Pixar's Lasseter added, "Paul Newman is an acting and racing legend. He is one of the greatest actors of all time, and his love and close association with automobiles makes him the perfect choice for our film. I can't wait to see him beat his own record at Daytona and he'll have a lot fans here at Pixar cheering him on."

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Dick Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, said, "It's always a great pleasure working with the incredible team at Pixar. 'Cars' is going to deliver just what audiences have come to expect from them -- great storytelling, cutting edge animation, and superb acting from the animated characters and the actors who play them. Having Paul Newman and Richard Petty providing voices is inspired casting and will add to the fun. All of us at Disney are also excited to be co-sponsoring Paul's car at Daytona and know that he'll do us proud."

Review: Pixar’s done it again. Director John Lasseter adds yet another winner to his impressive string of blockbuster hits with Cars, a vibrant, emotionally engaging, entertaining trip down memory lane courtesy of anthropomorphic cars. Stunning graphics and a first-rate voice cast infuse the adorable autos with real personality and set Cars apart from the recent slew of mediocre animated offerings.

Lasseter’s Cars is a touching homage to the bygone days of family road trips. Cars evokes memories of a time when one of the most popular ways to spend vacation days was to pack up the kids and travel leisurely around America, stopping in little out-of-the-way towns filled with friendly folks and spending quality time enjoying the wonders of life on the road. A nostalgic look back at small town America, Cars contains none of the real silliness of recent animated films (there aren't any talking animals anywhere to be seen in Cars, but there are a couple of fart jokes) and never fails to make each and every character come alive on the screen.
The story follows Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson), a rookie racing sensation whose life in the fast lane has left him little time for friends. On his way to what could possibly be the most important race in his young life, Lightning runs into some trouble with the law and finds himself forced to spend time in Radiator Springs, a tiny town located off of the legendary Route 66.

Life in Radiator Springs moves at a much slower pace than Lightning’s used to, and the citizens who make up the little blip on the map have nothing better to do with their time than to watch Lightning lay down blacktop and offer unsolicited advice on life. Among the cars who inhabit Radiator Springs are a 51 Hudson Hornet named Doc Hudson (Paul Newman), a pretty little Porsche (Bonnie Hunt), a low-rider who runs a body shop (Cheech Marin), Guido (Guido Quaroni) and Luigi (Tony Shalhoub) the tire store guys/Italian racing enthusiasts, and Mater the Tow Truck (Larry the Cable Guy) who considers himself Lightning McQueen’s new best friend.
Cars is the first CGI creation from the talented crew at Pixar that doesn’t feature a world within our world. In the totally make-believe land of Cars, there’s nary a human in sight. The cars drive themselves, man gas stations and diners, and even hold down jobs as TV reporters. This is a universe created just for autos, by a director who was inspired to create the film while vacationing with his family and tooling around America.

It’s obvious Lasseter put his heart and soul into Cars. What he’s created, along with the rest of the crew and the incredible voice cast, is an incredibly sweet film bound to be one of those movies kids love to watch over and over and over on DVD. Even with the slightly long running time of 116 minutes, Cars keeps the attention of even the youngest audience members.
I confess to having been a little worried about this particular Pixar film. The premise of Cars just didn’t sound that interesting and I’m not a fan of racing, so it was with more than a little trepidation that I sat through the screening of Disney and Pixar’s latest collaboration. For those of the same mindset, let me set your worries aside. You absolutely, positively do not have to be into watching cars circle a track to get into this nifty little feel-good film.

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Every voice fits and every scene works. From tractor tipping to the actual racing sequences to miniature Volkswagen Beetles flitting around windows like flies, Cars never hits a bump in the road. Even the soundtrack’s catchy. If it weren’t for the ridiculous price of gasoline, Cars is so charming it would probably inspire a whole new generation of families to hit the road on a quest to rediscover America.

*Review by Rebecca Murray, Your Guide to Hollywood Movies.



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Wednesday, June 21, 2006


Starring: Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, Henry Winkler, David Hasselhoff, Julie Kavner, Jennifer Coolidge, Sean Astin, Jake Hoffman, Sophie Monk

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Synopsis: Adam Sandler portrays Michael Newman, a family man whose busy career as an architect doesn’t leave much time for his wife, Donna (Kate Beckinsale), and two kids. Unable to figure out which of his many remotes turns on the television, he goes shopping for a universal remote and finds the perfect device through Morty (Christopher Walken), who gives him a one-of-a-kind remote with magical powers. With each click, Michael is able to control his career and personal life. But complications arise when the remote starts to overrule his choices.

Click also stars David Hasselhoff as Michael’s boss, Henry Winkler and Julie Kavner as his parents, and Sean Astin.

Review: While the concept is high on the fun metre, the result is a mediocre Adam Sandler comedy that wavers between slapstick, gross-out, and some unexpectedly dark themes about life and death. It's predictable, often tedious, and sounds funnier than it plays. Just like the movie Multiplicity canvassed the notion of having multiple versions of yourself to cope with daily tasks and expectations, Click goes one step further and suggests skipping over life's tedious moments, and simply zooming in on the good parts. Like the orgasm without the foreplay, the promotion without the hard yards. But although the film's moral reminds us it's all about the journey, the journey of this Hollywood fantasy is limited to only a few rewarding pit stops along the way.

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Admittedly, having one's life neatly compacted as a DVD, with menu, pause, mute and fast forward options offers comic opportunities. There is a flash back option to check out old girlfriends, an audio commentary (by James Earl Jones) and a pre-conception sneak-peak. Being able to selectively miss the traffic and the family rows definitely has appeal. And Sandler delivers his own style of laid-back comedy with his usual whiney, monotone-coloured delivery. To his credit, the storyline pushes the boundaries of syrupy escapism, but his character is never endearing or likeable, so there is little at stake. Even the casting of a rather wooden Christopher Walken fails to bring the desired effect. Kate Beckinsale is little more than decorative in the comedy wife-role that Tea Leoni has perfected. However, I did warm to the pairing of David Hasselhoff's egotistic boss with Jennifer Coolidge's over-the-top floozy.

Like Michael, who loses control of his own life, screenwriters Steve Koren and Mark O'Keefe (Bruce Almighty), seem to have lost control of the characters. They are cardboard cutouts and caricatures that fail to click with us.

*Review by Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile

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Monday, June 19, 2006

'Cars' retains lead at the box office

NEW YORK (AP) -- Animated autos retained the pole position as "Cars" came in No. 1 at the box office for a second weekend with $31.2 million, holding off the wrestling comedy "Nacho Libre" and another car tale, "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift."

"Cars," from Disney and Pixar, beat a rush of new movies, lifting its 10-day domestic total to $114.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

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Paramount's "Nacho Libre," starring Jack Black as a cook at a Mexican orphanage who takes up wrestling to buy better food for the kids, debuted in second place with $27.5 million.

The third in the "Fast and the Furious" racing franchise, Universal's "Tokyo Drift" opened at No. 3 with $24.1 million. The movie stars Lucas Black as a speed freak who gets caught up in Japan's illegal racing scene.

"Speed" co-stars Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock reunited for the Warner Bros. romantic drama "The Lake House," which took in $13.7 million to place fourth. The time-bending tale casts Reeves and Bullock as pen pals corresponding with each other two years apart.

The weekend's other new wide release, 20th Century Fox's "Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties," opened weakly with $7.2 million, coming in sixth. The live-action and animated sequel features the voice of Bill Murray as the comic-strip fat cat.

"Garfield" had been competing for the same family audience as "Cars," whose voice cast includes Owen Wilson and Paul Newman in a comedy about a race car that learns the value of slowing down.

"I guess the family audience picked their favorite and decided that this is what it was going to be," said Chuck Viane, head of distribution at Disney, which recently bought its animation partner Pixar, the maker of "Finding Nemo," "The Incredibles" and the "Toy Story" movies.

The week's two sequels came in well below their predecessors. "The Fast and the Furious," with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, opened with $40.1 million in 2001, and Walker's 2003 followup "2 Fast 2 Furious" debuted with $50.5 million.

"Garfield: The Movie" took in $21.7 million over opening weekend in 2004.

In limited release, the IFC Films crossword-puzzle documentary "Wordplay" opened solidly with $34,959 at two New York City theaters. The film, featuring interviews with such crossword enthusiasts as former President Bill Clinton, comic Jon Stewart and the musical duo the Indigo Girls, expands to more theaters Friday.

Hollywood's overall business rose for the fifth-straight weekend. The top 12 movies took in $139.1 million, up 7 percent from the same weekend last year, when "Batman Begins" opened with $48.7 million.

Estimated ticket sales were for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. "Cars," $31.2 million.

2. "Nacho Libre," $27.5 million.

3. "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," $24.1 million.

4. "The Lake House," $13.7 million.

5. "The Break-Up," $9.5 million.

6. "Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties," $7.2 million.

7. "X-Men: The Last Stand," $7.15 million.

8. "The Omen," $5.35 million.

9. "The Da Vinci Code," $5 million.

10. "Over the Hedge," $4.05 million.


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