Vivi from Final Fantasy IX

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Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars Art

Source: http://collider.com/ralph-mcquarrie-dead/

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Seven Samurai

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Original Star Wars Posters

I LOVE THE ORIGINAL STAR WARS POSTERS AND I’M A FAN OF ANY ORIGINAL MOVIE POSTERS.
SO I HAD TO POST THEM AND I’LL PROBABLY POST SOME MORE HERE AND THERE.

ENJOY

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Fantastic Mr. Fox Blu-ray Movie Review by Blu-ray.com

Fantastic Mr. Fox Blu-ray Movie Review
A Cussin’ Masterpiece

Reviewed by Brian Orndorf February 13, 2014

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When most directors repeat themselves, it’s typically a sign of artistic exhaustion or perhaps unshakable fixation. In Wes Anderson’s case, his visual repetition has become an irresistible thumbprint, and one of the great moviegoing joys I’ve encountered in recent years is the opportunity to watch this supremely gifted filmmaker use his leather-bound imagination to impart varying stories of eccentric outsiders and their enduring emotional wounds, with each picture connected by exotic aesthetic degrees of detail-oriented splendor. Now Anderson takes his cinematic language to the hand-woven field of stop-motion animation for “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” and, yet again, the helmer shapes a breathtaking cinematic marvel; he finds a magnificent home nestled firmly in the lush textures of the animation, the dancing vocal performances, and delicious wry tone that makes for stunningly fanciful cinema.

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Taking a day job as a newspaper columnist to support wife Felicity (voiced by Meryl Streep) and son Ash (Jason Schwartzman), Mr. Fox (George Clooney) has grown tired of suppressing his animal instincts. Planning to infiltrate the chicken and cider farms of the feared Boggis, Bunce, and Bean (Michael Gambon), Mr. Fox and opossum partner Kylie (Wallace Wolodarsky) spring into action, finding the thrill of the steal irresistible. When the heavily armed Bean vows revenge on Mr. Fox, the gruff corporate farmer tears the countryside apart looking for his sly enemy. Digging into the ground, Mr. Fox drags the locals into the fight, leaving the wolf-fearing hero responsible for the community, pushing him to come up with a plan to outwit the unrelentingly combative humans.

Emerging from the divine mind of author Roald Dahl (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach”), “Fantastic Mr. Fox” offers Anderson a hefty slice of whimsy to work with. The filmmaker sticks surprisingly close to Dahl’s plot, showing enormous reverence for the author’s dark tones and natural animal behaviors. Where Anderson’s imagination deviates from Dahl is in the neurotic delivery.

Taking idiosyncratic motifs established in such pictures as “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” to the family film arena, Anderson unveils a sure gift for the genre. That’s not to suggest the helmer has watered down his sense of mischief to make a PG animated feature; in fact, “Fantastic” retains a nice edge — think “Wallace and Gromit” but with flicked cigarettes, dance parties, shoot-outs, and severed fox tails. Anderson conforms to the softer side of the material, having the characters cuss by actually stating the world “cuss” when the mood strikes, and investigating young Ash’s malformed sense of purpose, aggravated by the appearance of cousin Kristofferson (Eric Chase Anderson), a fox of the same age who can do no wrong.
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Anderson, scripting with Noah Baumbach, leans into the merry attitude of Mr. Fox, arranging an adventure effort teeming with the sort of frame minutiae the filmmaker is well known for. The world of stop-motion animation only emboldens Anderson’s design fetishes, indulging in this vast world of miniature animals living in miniature homes, fitting Dahl’s characters for new clothes and a hipper soundtrack (which includes The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, and “Love,” a cut from the other major fox family film, Disney’s “Robin Hood”), taking his primary colored American Empirical conceptualization to an exhilarating level of visual elasticity and creativity. The animation is stunning to behold, not only for its playfulness and brilliant fluidity, but also for the soft fur textures of the characters, which almost require a reflexive reach toward the screen to sate curiosity. It’s 3-D with 2-D tools, molding a resplendent storybook visual handle to a clever, urban comedy. The ornate decoration goes beyond the animals to the entire “Fantastic” world, teeming with design particulars that will require weeks of study, just to digest how much wit and affection Anderson has crammed into the vast corners of this outstanding picture.

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Clooney’s spirited voice work pulls “Fantastic” in a few unexpected directions, humorously teetering between Mr. Fox’s domesticated leadership skills and his feral nature, typically unleashed around food and homestead containment. Anderson’s stocked the rest of the roles with a dynamic range of vocal personalities, with Streep offering a velvety counterpoint to Clooney’s gravely enthusiasm, and Schwartzman and Anderson enjoying the battle of popularity and Whack-Bat skills as the disgruntled child and his more Zen relative. Anderson’s even called in a few favors from old friends (Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, and Brian Cox also appear) to help personalize the piece.

Sean Connery is James Bond

I can’t get enough of the Sean Connery James Bond movies. Don’t get me wrong I like pretty much all the Bond films but the Connery ones are, in my opinion, the best.

Dr. No

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From Russia With Love

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Goldfinger

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Thunderball

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You Only Live Twice

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Diamonds Are Forever

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Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection

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Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray]

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Below is a breakdown of what to expect from each disc:

Saboteur:
•Saboteur: A Closer Look behind-the-scenes featurette
•Storyboards for the “Statue of Liberty” setpiece
•Alfred Hitchcock’s sketches
•Production photographs
•Theatrical trailer

Shadow of a Doubt:
•Beyond Doubt: The Making of Hitchcock’s Favorite Film behind-the-scenes featurette
•Production drawings by art director Robert Boyle
•Production photographs
•Theatrical trailer

Rope:
•Rope Unleashed behind-the-scenes featurette
•Production photographs
•Theatrical trailer

Rear Window:
•Commentary with Hitchcock’s Rear Window: The Well-Made Film author John Fawell
•Masters of Cinema featurette
•Rear Window Ethics: An Original Documentary
•A Conversation with Screenwriter John Michael Hayes
•Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of The Master
•Breaking Barriers: The Sound of Hitchcock
•Hitchcock-Truffaut interview excerpts
•Production photographs
•Theatrical trailers
•Re-release trailer narrated by James Stewart
•BD Live and Pocket Blu (BD Exclusive)

The Trouble with Harry:
•The Trouble with Harry Isn’t Over behind-the-scenes featurette
•Production photographs
•Theatrical trailers

The Man Who Knew Too Much:
•The Making of The Man Who Knew Too Much behind-the-scenes featurette
•Production photographs
•Trailers

Vertigo:
•Commentary: Filmmaker William Friedkin
•Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock’s Masterpiece
•Partners in Crime: Hitchcock’s Collaborators
•The Vertigo Archives feature
•Hitchcock-Truffaut interview excerpts
•Foreign censorship Ending
•100 Years of Universal featurette: The Lew Wasserman Era
•Theatrical trailer
•Restoration theatrical trailer
•BD Live and Pocket Blu (BD Exclusive)

Psycho:
•Commentary with Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho author Stephen Rebello
•The Making of Psycho
•Psycho Sound
•In The Master’s Shadow: Hitchcock’s Legacy
•Breakdowns of the “Shower Scene” setpiece: with and without music, storyboards by Saul Bass
•The Psycho Archives feature
•Vintage newsreel: The Release of Psycho
•Hitchcock-Truffaut interview excerpts
•Posters and Psycho ads
•Lobby cards
•Behind-the-scenes photographs
•Production photographs
•Theatrical trailer
•Re-release trailers

The Birds:
•The Birds: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie (BD Exclusive)
•All About The Birds
•The Birds Is Coming Vintage Newsreel
•Suspense Story: National Press Club Hears Hitchcock Vintage Newsreel
•Tippi Hedren’s screen test
•Hitchcock-Truffaut interview excerpts
•Deleted scene
•Original ending
•Storyboards Production photographs
•Restoring the Classics
•The Lot Theatrical trailer
•BD Live and Pocket Blu (BD Exclusive)

Marnie:
•The Trouble with Marnie behind-the-scenes featurette
•The Marnie Archives feature
•Theatrical trailer

Torn Curtain:
•Torn Curtain Rising behind-the-scenes featurette
•Selected scenes scored by Bernard Herrmann
•Production photographs
•Theatrical trailer

Topaz:
•Alternate endings
•Topaz: An Appreciation with film historian and critic Leonard Maltin
•Storyboards for “The Mendozas” setpiece
•Production photographs
•Theatrical trailer

Frenzy:
•The Story of Frenzy behind-the-scenes featurette
•Production photographs
•Theatrical trailer

Family Plot:
•Plotting Family Plot behind-the-scenes featurette
•Storyboards for the chase scene
•Production photographs
•Theatrical trailer

North by Northwest:
•Commentary by screenwriter Ernest Lehman Destination
•Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest
•North by Northwest: One for the Ages
•The Master’s Touch: Hitchcock’s Signature Style
•Cary Grant: A Class Apart
•Music-only audio track
•Stills gallery
•Theatrical trailers and TV spot

This massive collection also comes with a 50-page book featuring rare stills, storyboards,sketches,notes and correspondence.