If you don't remember all the way back to the dawn of the DVD (my God...), "The Matrix" from the Wachowskis was the first disc you had to own. It justified the entire medium.
It's only fitting that the "Best of Warner Bros" 50-film box set include "The Matrix," since it is being sold as a way to instantly start a Blu-ray collection, and the magic of popping in the DVD is still present in the present in the HD upgrade.
Throughout the medium's history, a handful of Blu-rays have stood-out as exemplars of what the high-definition disks are capable of, making decades-old movies look like they were made yesterday. The Warner Bros restoration of Stanley Kubrick's seminal horror classic "The Shining" is easily one of them.
The adaptation of Stephen King's novel of a father suffering from writer's block and the strange goings-on at the Overlook Hotel is included in the 50-film "Best of Warner Bros" collection in the same edition that hit the market a few years ago with the rest of Kubrick's work. The clarity of the restoration still stands out and matches the beautiful photography of the original film.
By Scott Neumyer
Although 19-years-old, Ezra Miller has been acting for several years, the young actor really made his name playing the titular character in Lynne Ramsay's horrifying and excellent 2011 drama "We Need To Talk About Kevin."
Last year, Miller took on one of YA literature's most beloved characters when he signed on to play the part of Patrick in Stephen Chbosky's adaptation of his own blockbuster book "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (out on Blu-ray and DVD now). Hailed by critics as one of 2012's best films and certainly the most authentic and heartfelt teen films in many years, "Perks" is a beautiful and poignant coming of age tale starring Miller, Logan Lerman, Mae Whitman, and Emma Watson.
MTV recently spoke with Miller to discuss bonding with his fellow cast members, the terrifying prospect of messing up the adaptation, and feeling infinite.
As much as we loved last year's animated hit, "Wreck-It Ralph," and the world Disney built for it, the movie leaves with you a longing to travel to the other games in the arcade. What else is out there?
To celebrate the home video of "Wreck-It Ralph," we get you give you a small answer to that question. Included on the deleted scenes from the film is an entirely new game world, "Extreme Easy Living 2," where a very different-looking Ralph travels to a social, "Sims"-like game in an earlier version of the movie during a low-point in his adventures.
The filmmakers eventually cut the game from the movie, but some previz work is included on the Blu-ray and DVD.
You can watch the scene above, and after the jump, we spoke with director Rich Moore about "Extreme Easy Living 2," what led to it being cut, and whether it might end up in a sequel.
Few movies can be credited with setting the stage for the current state of big-budget film making quite like Richard Donner's "Superman." The 1978 adaptation of the Man of Steel starred Christopher Reeve in the role that would define his career, and as the first major superhero film in the post-"Jaws" world of blockbuster films, it created the blueprint for the genre entries that would come after it.
The movie's inclusion on the "Best of Warner Bros" set feels entirely appropriate not only because of its own merits as an inventive, big film, but as a precursor to the superhero revival that would lead to the studio's most recent and biggest hits, Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Trilogy."
For as formulaic as a James Bond movie might seem, making a great 007 film is no easy feat, especially considering when how old the series is. The proof is in the less-than-memorable entries in the series, but for "Skyfall," the filmmakers understood the challenges of threading the needle and constructing a classic Bond for the modern age.
In an exclusive look at a featurette from the upcoming Blu-ray release of "Skyfall" called "Shooting Bond 007 DC," director Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig talk about getting the character right while keeping the actual film interesting.
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Writing about a movie will always fall short of the experience of sitting down and watching set film in the viewing mode of your choice. I could describe a single scene as elegantly and thoroughly as possible, and I would still be nowhere close to replicating the thrill and the craft of a well-made movie.
That's the problem when trying to write about "Bullitt," Steve McQueen, and Peter Yate's direction.
There's enough mood and style in the opening credits of the 1968 story of a San Francisco cop who's tough as nails and can drive like nobody's business to justify an immediate viewing of "Bullitt," but if you happen to pick up "The Best of Warner Bros" box set and instantly collect the 50 films of the collection, you can do just that.
On the first day of "Intro to Film," the professor walked into the classroom, turned to the class, and said "Hi. Welcome to 'Intro to Film.' Today, we're going to watch 'Singin' in the Rain' because it's perfect and it makes me happy." With that, the movie started, and it was perfect.
There's a reason that given a choice of essentially any movie he could think of the professor chose Gene Kelly's ode to the Busby Berkeley era of musicals in the 1930s. It's because "Singin' in the Rain" is just about everything a movie should be.
Here's a great way to spend 100 minutes.
Come home after a hard day on the job. Loosen that tie or take off those heels. Pour yourself a stiff drink (if you are of age). Turn off all of the lights, plunk yourself down on the nearest couch, and travel back in time.
John Huston's adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon," one of the 50 films featured on "The Best of Warner Bros" collection, is more or less a perfect movie. The term "film noir" gets thrown around a lot without a lot of people knowing what it means or where it all started, and this movie has your answer.
"The Wizard of Oz" has really entered a one-of-a-kind stratosphere of pop culture recognition. There's the ruby slippers, the songs. Even the Wicked Witch of West's musical cue is burned in the brains of the children who grew up on the MGM classic. Most people know it beat for beat, so why is its inclusion on a Blu-ray set worth pointing out?
When that set is the recently released "Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection," it's absolutely worth taking note. As the name of the package implies, the collection brings together some of the most beloved films from the studio's 90-year history. Everything from "The Grand Hotel" to "The Hangover" can be found in one box.
So what is an MGM classic doing in the box?