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'Boy Meets World' and 'Saved By The Bell' coming to DVD

Ready to feel old?

Just in time for the 20th anniversary (!!) of Boy Meets World premiering on ABC, all seven seasons of the show are coming to DVD as a boxed set for the first time. This means that for those who haven’t yet discovered the wonders of YouTube all your favorite footage — from Adam Scott guest appearances to The Feeny Call — is all in one place. A behind-the-scenes feature “Back To the Beginning” will also be included and features the cast talking about their characters; it’s not clear if this was taped recently or put together from archival footage.

If that’s not enough to quench your ’90s nostalgia, the entire run of Saved By the Bell is also coming to DVD. Relive your favorite Bayside High moments — and decide when exactly Screech was at his creepiest — when that program makes its boxed set debut. Special features include a documentary about the creation as well as featurette about how the show changed what was shown on Saturday mornings. READ FULL STORY

'Prometheus' Blu-ray teases connection to Ridley Scott's 'Blade Runner,' but why stop there?

For the last few days, the fanboy Interwebs have been buzzing thanks to a Reddit screengrab from the Prometheus Blu-ray (out in stores today) that teases a possible connection between Ridley Scott’s Alien semi-prequel and his other seminal masterwork of sci-fi cinema, 1982’s Blade Runner. It comes in the form of a text-based communique of sorts from Peter Weyland, the man played in Prometheus (and a viral promotional video) by Guy Pearce who bankrolled the expedition at the heart of the film. You can read an excerpt below:  READ FULL STORY

Spot Inspection: What TV show are you marathoning before Fall TV kicks in?

With the fall TV season on the horizon, chances are  you’re feeling under the gun to marathon a certain show. Either you want to be caught up by the time it starts its new season or, if it’s an older show, you simply want to finish it before you have to turn your attention to returning favorites and figuring out which new series warrant a season pass. Which show is it? READ FULL STORY

'The Hunger Games' too tame for you? Check out 'Battle Royale'

As this weekend’s early box-office receipts start to pour in, it’s quickly becoming clear that The Hunger Games is about to be a huge hit. And I have no reason to doubt that hardcore fans of Suzanne Collins’ bestsellers will get their minds blown by all the teen-on-teen mayhem and melodrama. Still, I can’t help thinking how much more pumped I would be to see the film if it was rated R instead of PG-13. I mean, how do you even make a PG-13 movie that stays true to the novel’s bloody bodycount plot?! I guess I’ll just have to buy a ticket and find out….

In the meantime, allow me to recommend another film with a strikingly similar story that was made with such giddy, gory gusto that there’s no way in hell it would ever earn a PG-13  — the 2000 Japanese cult classic Battle Royale. READ FULL STORY

Contrarian Corner: I've had it with video stores!

I am very disappointed in myself right now for many reasons (intense cold-weather reclusion, strong identification with Charlize Theron’s character in Young Adult, weight gain), but at the top of the list is confirmation of my recent aversion to video stores.

I’m supposed to appreciate these relics, the sprawling box-like storefronts that just seem to bleed out smaller and smaller rectangles — 99-cent outdated movie posters, clunky VHS tapes the stores will practically pay you to remove, DVDs-for-purchase that no one will ever open again. Every few days during the late ’90s, I moped around the Garden Market Blockbuster (now out of business, though my mom just told me it became a costume warehouse for two weeks this October; so tragic) and Video 66 on Joliet Rd. (still there! possibly due to Honey Fluff Donuts next store?) (Update: just drove by and I was wrong; it’s now a vacant-again storefront that says FUN TAN, ugh) — because what else would I do with my life? And then whenever I was back home over the holidays or the summers throughout the late 2000s, I would mope around the same stores again, just in different sweatpants. I’m sure the Video 66 guy appreciated my upgrade from “flannel” to “yoga.” READ FULL STORY

Netflix/Qwikster: I guess this is good-bye


Dear Netflix,

We’ve had some good times together. I remember when your red envelopes first freed me from the authoritarian grasp of Blockbuster, where friendly employees were as abundant as NC-17 movies. One of the first films I ordered through your service was Battleship Potemkin, the 1925 silent classic that would have been impossible to find in a Blockbuster store that carried 125 copies of Van Helsing. That’s why we cinephiles gravitated toward Netflix — you offered films we couldn’t rent anywhere else, and you provided an experience that was simple and cool.

And then you had to go and ruin a beautiful thing. READ FULL STORY

Is 'Citizen Kane' REALLY the greatest American movie of all time?

Christmas came early last week. That’s when I finally received my advance copy of Citizen Kane on Blu-ray in the mail. For months, I’ve had its September 13th release date circled in red ink on my calendar. What can I say? Some folks have to be the first person they know with Madden 2012. Some camp out in sleeping bags to be the first to see the latest Harry Potter movie. Me, I’m a mouth-breathing drooler when it comes to Orson Welles’ 1941 classic. And if that doesn’t sound nerdy enough, then there’s this: I couldn’t wait to check it out in all of its 1080-p/hi-definition glory.

Hold on a sec while I wipe the spittle from my chin…

Now, I realize that declaring one’s undying love for Citizen Kane is pretty much the most obvious, least daring thing you could do. It’s the cinematic equivalent of rooting for the New York Yankees to win the world series or pulling for the latest Pixar confection to win Best Animated Film at the Oscars. Over the years, I’ve probably seen Kane twenty or thirty times. But before this new Blu-ray showed up, it had been a while. And I wanted to know if it would hold up…or if it even could hold up. After all,  no other movie as hyped up and overpraised as this one.

It wasn’t always that way, of course. Welles’ dizzying, ground-breaking, totally brilliant faux biopic about a William Randolph Hearst-esque media magnate (made when Welles was twentyfrigginfive!) was actually snubbed by the Hollywood establishment when it came out. Yes, it was nominated for nine Oscars including Best Picture, but amazingly it won only one, for its screenplay. Since then, of course, it’s been hailed and hyped to the heavens. People just accept its greatness as gospel. So when the American Film Institute polled a jury of 1,500 filmmakers, critics, and historians to rank the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time a while back, no one batted an eye when Kane landed at the top of the list. They just hit the snooze button and moved on to the rest of the Top 10.

For the record, here it is:

10. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

9. Vertigo (1958)

8. Schindler’s List (1993)

7. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

6. Gone With the Wind (1939)

5. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

4. Raging Bull (1980)

3. Casablanca (1942)

2. The Godfather (1972)

And, of course, No. 1…

All in all, it’s a solid, if predictably vanilla, list. These sorts of things usually are. You can quibble with a few of the Top 10 — but nothing you’d go and start a bar fight over. There are plenty of movies I’d watch any day over Singin’ in the Rain or Schindler’s List. Like, for example, Jaws, The Maltese Falcon, Pulp Fiction, A Clockwork Orange, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Psycho, The Empire Strikes Back, Double Indemnity, Chinatown, All About Eve, Annie Hall, His Girl FridayAll the Presidents Men, Dog Day Afternoon, UnforgivenBlade Runner, hell, even John Carpenter’s The Thing. I could go on.

But, as uncontroversial as it is to say it, Citizen Kane at No. 1 just feels right to me. It felt even more right after I popped in the Blu-ray a couple of days ago and got those familiar goosebumps as Welles’ scratchy, “News on the March” faux-newsreel came on at the beginning. It’s probably the greatest ten minutes anyone’s ever put on celluloid. Mainly because you can feel Welles, the boy wonder director, having a frickin’ blast experimenting and breaking rules. Every time I watch the film, I see new things in it. Is it the greatest American movie of all time? Yeah, I think so.

But enough about me. What do you think is the greatest American movie ever made?

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