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Beauty and the Beast Blu Ray Special Features and Release Date Details!!!

 

Beauty and the Beast, Emma Watson, Belle, Beast

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Trailer Time: Beauty and the Beast Trailer #2 (2017) *Final Invitation*

This is just stunning.  The teaser and the two trailers for this film have been clinics on how to sell a film to an audience.  The only criticism I can lay is I can’t imagine that any other rendition of the original Beauty and the Beast anthem that’s played over this trailer can equal the original, but so much looks so good that I’m going into this expecting something very special.  Beauty and the Beast opens March 17, 2017. Continue reading Trailer Time: Beauty and the Beast Trailer #2 (2017) *Final Invitation*

Trailer Time: Beauty and the Beast Trailer #1 (2017) *Be Our Guest*

Well, no sooner than I said earlier today that we should be getting a full trailer for Beauty and the Beast soon, and it appears!  This is just stunning.  So true to the animated film (my second favorite of Disney’s), and every touch seems right.  Unlike The Jungle Book, this should be a musical, and in Alan Menken’s hands, with this cast, and Oscar-winning director Bill Condon…I think it may just give Mowgli and crew a run for their money. Continue reading Trailer Time: Beauty and the Beast Trailer #1 (2017) *Be Our Guest*

Beauty & The Beast Official Poster and More Stills Released

Emma Watson, Belle, Beauty & the Beast

Before this year’s Jungle Book, I was of the opinion that the Disney live action remakes of their animated catalog was a money grab.  The live action film division of Disney is the last bastion of the hucksterism that drove that company for the longest time.  Bombs like the Pirate sequels, The Lone Ranger, and Tomorrowland have continued to come forth from its depths while the rest of the company has become synonymous with quality.  Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, and the resurrected animation department have made the studio the best in Hollywood, and now, after being utterly dumbfounded by how good The Jungle Book was, I look upon next year’s Beauty & the Beast as one of the first films of 2017 that is absolutely must-see.  Disney has released more stills showing the Beast, Gaston, more of Emma Watson as Belle, and while I think the Beast looks a little dodgy….I’m so in.  You’ve probably already seen the teaser a million times, but I don’t know if you’ve realized that it is shot-for-shot a remake of the teaser for the 1991 animated film.  Seeing them side-by-side and hearing Alan Menken’s haunting piano theme begin to play, you sense that this is going to be as special as our visit to the jungle was this year.  Check out the new pictures and this comparison trailer.  Beauty & the Beast will release March 17, 2017. Continue reading Beauty & The Beast Official Poster and More Stills Released

Top 5: Scenes from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (IMDB Top 250 #11)

Lord of the RIngs

Every month (or so…..I swear they’re coming more regularly) we take a look at a movie on the Internet Movie Database’s List of the TOP 250 FILMS OF ALL-TIME.  These are movies that transcend a simple “My Favorite Scene” column.  These are movies that are hard to just pry five gems from, but we do and examine the film overall.  We’re on our eleventh installment in this series.  Click on the links for The Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Dark Knight, Pulp Fiction , Schindler’s List, 12 Angry Men, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, The Return of the King, and Fight Club to check out previous installments.

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Having made it through the top 10, we come to #11 on the IMDB Top 250: the opening chapter in Peter Jackson’s flawless adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.  Taking Tolkien’s masterpiece from the province of literary scholars and the kids who sat alone at lunch in high school, Jackson showed the whole world the scope of Middle-Earth (to such extent that New Zealand, where both the LOTR and Hobbit films were shot, pretty much considers itself Middle-Earth).  The Lord of the Rings is my favorite film, and I treat it as one 12 hour epic, not three parts, but this works out to my advantage as all three chapters are in the top 15 and I get to showcase fifteen scenes instead of just five. Continue reading Top 5: Scenes from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (IMDB Top 250 #11)