Remember the 7-part “Moguls & Movie Stars” documentary Turner Classic Movies aired in 2010? Tonight TCM debuts an even more expansive history of movies—this one on a global scale, the US premiere of Mark Cousins’ acclaimed 13-part series, “The Story of Film: An Odyssey.” Moreover, it will serve as the centerpiece for a slate of 119 features and dozens of shorts (representing 29 countries) broadcast over the next 15 weeks—an unprecedented celebration of cinema.
The latest work of Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese master of animation, highlights new and recent Asian DVD releases. “From Up on Poppy Hill,” written by Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa, was directed by Hayao’s son Goro Miyazaki—the first feature collaboration between the two. The Studio Ghibli release (available this week in a special edition Blu-ray+DVD 2-pack, DVD and Cable VOD), is one of several animated features brought to home video by GKIDS and Cinedigm.
The striking, hand-drawn “Poppy Hill” is set in 1963 Yokohama, amidst Japan’s run-up to hosting the Olympics, and contrasts a hopeful young generation with the country’s troubled past. The all-star cast of the English language version includes Gillian Anderson, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern and Chris Noth.
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Cinecon 49 returns to Hollywood Labor Day, silent movie comics everywhere
Japanese & Finnish films on DVD, American lit on stage and screen http://www.examiner.com/article/japanese-finnish-films-on-dvd-american-l...
‘French Masterworks’ on DVD, recent French, Portuguese films http://www.examiner.com/article/french-masterworks-on-dvd-recent-french-...
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You could well be forgiven for being unaware that there’s such a thing as Tibetan cinema, but that’s changing—thanks partly to filmmakers like Pema Tseden, the first director in China to make his movies entirely in the Tibetan language. His third feature, “Old Dog” (released last week on DVD by Icarus Films) is a tragicomic allegory about a family on the Himalayan plains who discovers their pet dog is worth a fortune.
Finally, you might enjoy a pair of Korean films from CJ Entertainment America, distributed by Inception Media Group. “Masquerade,” an acclaimed historical drama which broke box office records in Korea (released on DVD in June), was inspired by the true premise of 15 days mysteriously missing from the recorded annals of the Chosun Dynasty.
“Hindsight” (a 2012 DVD release) is about a retired mob boss who enrolls in a cooking class in hopes of making a fresh start as a restaurateur. When he finds himself drawn to a quirky lady in cooking class, he’s unable to erase his criminal past as easily as he’d like.
More from Jordan:
Disney’s ‘Peter Pan’ on Blu-ray, ‘Oz’ here, there and everywhere http://www.examiner.com/article/disney-s-peter-pan-on-blu-ray-oz-here-th... …Flaherty’s ‘Nanook’ on Blu-ray, Holocaust, Broadway docs on DVD http://www.examiner.com/article/flaherty-s-nanook-on-blu-ray-holocaust-b...
Lina Wertmuller on DVD & Blu-ray, Doodles Weaver's 100th birthday http://www.examiner.com/article/lina-wertmuller-on-dvd-blu-ray-doodles-w...
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