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2001: A Space Odyssey (Ultra HD Blu-ray)
by Michael Zupan

While many films have been given numerous iterations on home video, some have been in dire need of an upgrade. Warner Bros treatment of 2001: A Space Odyssey has left film fanatics scratching their heads for a long time, because despite having a reputation as one of the best science fiction flicks ever made, if not one of the best from any genre, the studio hasn't shown it any love since 2007's simultaneous HD-DVD and Blu-ray releases. Well, those people can finally stop wishing and start watching, because 2001's fiftieth anniversary is being celebrated with a bang. Over six months had been spent cleaning the original negative as a starting point, and after careful cleaning and color-timing had been done based on original notes, those involved wound up with the most stunning presentation of 2001 the world has ever seen. If there's any question if this was the treatment Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece des...Read the entire review »

 

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Suspiria (2018)
by Thomas Spurlin

The realm of remaking classic horror films can be an extremely dangerous place, where it's never clear whether a specific film should be respectful to the original and diligent in hitting certain familiar bulletpoints or whether it should merely borrow the concept and create something entirely new. There's no conventional wisdom to follow there, exactly, but one could argue that those films with more identifiable stamps on them -- be it general aesthetics, notable killers, or unforgettable scenes -- will have a more difficult time in the recreation process than the ones that are iconic for their premise. That's why a wave of apprehension flooded the horror culture upon the reveal that a remake of Dario Argento's Suspiria was in the works, in which the original's vi...Read the entire review »

 

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The Adventures of Hajji Baba (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

Ah, early CinemaScope. The widescreen format, having debuted with The Robe in September 1953, radically altered the movie-making landscape. The enormous box-office success of that and other initial CinemaScope titles resulted in a glut of spectacles during 1954-'55, movies intended to showcase the format's ultra-wide (initially 2.55:1) screen and four-track magnetic stereophonic sound. For a time, even a picture as profoundly silly as The Adventures of Hajji Baba (1954) was all but guaranteed to make money.

Recalling producer Walter Wanger's earlier success for Universal, Arabian Nights (1942), The Adventures of Hajji Baba similarly presents a fairy tale Middle Eastern adventure, minus elements of fantasy found in that and in Universal's subsequent follow-ups (Cobra Woman, Ali Baba and His Forty Thieves, etc.). It's not a good movie by any measure, but it's ...Read the entire review »

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