The Sugarland Express: Steven Spielberg’s First Theatrical Film

While Duel later got edited for a theatrical release, The Sugarland Express marked the first theatrical film for Steven Spielberg. In celebration of The Fabelmans entering wide release, I did a rewatch of the earliest Steven Spielberg films. One thing to note about this film in particular is that it marks the beginning of Spielberg’s relationship with John Williams. Williams composes such a memorable theme for the film that recurs throughout its almost two-hour runtime.…

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Duel: The First Steven Spielberg Feature Film

Duel is the made-for-TV Hitchcock-esque thriller on the road that started it all for Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg. I meant to watch the film ahead of The Fabelmans premiering in Toronto. Instead, my rewatch comes just before the film expands into a wide release. It’s funny to think that we owe a Playboy magazine for his first foray as a feature filmmaker. And yet, it is a Richard Matheson short story that would lead to…

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: 40th Anniversary Edition

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: 40th Anniversary is now available for audiences to bring home on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital. Retailers should have non-limited editions available but the following are strictly limited editions of the new 40th anniversary edition in 4K UHD. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERESTRIAL 40TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION GIFT SET (4K UHD + Blu-ray™ + Digital): Includes movie, collectible tin tote, thermos, booklet and certificate of authenticity (Amazon Exclusive) E.T. THE EXTRA-TERESTRIAL 40TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED…

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The Fabelmans – Toronto 2022

In bringing The Fabelmans to Toronto, Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg unveiled yet another masterpiece in cinema. Steven Spielberg has always had a way with the camera but what this film does is show audiences just how this love of filmmaking came to be. If you’ve watched Spielberg on HBO or read Joseph McBride’s book, you’re already at an advantage. It’s why none of the film came to me as a surprise because I was already…

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Oscars Watch: Awards Season Is Upon Us

With the launch of Venice, Telluride and Toronto, awards season is officially upon us in the newest Oscars Watch column. I’m not attending Venice or Telluride but I will be on the ground during the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. Judging by their pedigrees, a number of films have an opportunity to break out as a Best Picture contender. Nobody wants to enter the fest season with a highly anticipated film and end up turning…

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Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous – Season 5

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous launches its fifth and final season on Netflix with a thrilling conclusion to the Nublar Six’s saga. The past few years have been both fun and thrilling. For Jurassic Park/World fans such as myself, the animated series has provided a way to hold fans over until Jurassic World Dominion‘s release. While I wasn’t as high on the fourth season as the previous seasons, it’s been one heck of a ride. Even…

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Light & Magic Tells The Rich History of ILM

Light & Magic is a 6-part documentary series that goes back into the archives to give us the deep history of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). The history of ILM cannot be told without George Lucas, John Dykstra, Ken Ralston, Richard Edlund, Dennis Muren, Robert Blalack, Joe Johnston, Phil Tippett, Steve Gawley, Lorne Peterson, and Paul Huston. It’s because of them that filmmaking would change as a result of a sci-fi film, Star Wars. Dennis Muren would also join the list of…

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Raiders of the Lost Ark Gets Standalone 4K UHD

After the release of last year’s Indiana Jones 4K UHD set, Raiders of the Lost Ark is getting a standalone 4K UHD release sans bonus features. The difference between this Limited-Edition SteelBook release and last year’s set comes down to what you get. Basically, you’re just getting the film, a digital copy, and an exclusive mini-poster reproduction. If you’re a fan of bonus features, the box set is where it’s at. SteelBooks are fine but…

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West Side Story Arrives on Digital, Streaming

While the Oscar-nominated Steven Spielberg film is on Disney+ and HBO Max, West Side Story is now available to purchase on Digital. For the time being, Laurent Bouzereau’s The Stories of West Side Story is only available to watch as a bonus feature via Digital and the upcoming physical 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD release on March 15. Laurent Bouzereau is one of the best in the business so I’m looking forward to watch…

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War Horse: World War I Epic Marks 10 Years

Steven Spielberg’s World War I epic War Horse remains one of the best films to come out in 2011 as the film marks its tenth anniversary. First a book and then a stage play, Spielberg successfully translates the source material into a feature film. He’s no stranger to World War II but this marks his first time tackling the Great War. An interesting thing about this film is that Spielberg doesn’t consider it a war…

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