The DVD Report #675

A Midnight Clear has finally been given a U.S. Blu-ray release by Shout Select.

The anti-war film directed by former actor Keith Gordon (Dressed to Kill) has been a cult favorite ever since its debut in April 1992. Taken from the novel by William Wharton (Birdy, Dad) with a screenplay by Wharton and Gordon, the story about American and German soldiers coming together just before the end of World War II, is based on a true story in which the names have been changed “to protect the guilty” according to Wharton.

The film is narrated by Ethan Hawke who stars in the film with Kevin Dillon, Gary Sinise, Peter Berg, Frank Whaley, Arye Gross, and John C. McGinley. The commentary track by Gordon and Hawke is imported from a previous release. “A New Look Back at A Midnight Clear” with Gordon, Hawke, Whaley, and Gross is provided as an extra.

Shout Select has also released an upgraded Blu-ray of Sidney Lumet’s last film, 2007’s Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead about family dynamics involved in a robbery gone wrong. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke star as brothers with Albert Finney as their father, Rosemary Harris as their mother, Marisa Tomei as Hoffman’s wife, and Amy Ryan as Hawke’s ex-wife with Michael Shannon and Brian F. O’Byrne in key supporting roles.

Lumet’s commentary and a making-of documentary from the previous Blu-ray release are included. The director, whose films ranged from 12 Angry Men to The Verdict, died in 2011. New extras include “Best Last Film,” an interview with Ethan Hawke, and “A Dark Story,” an interview with screenwriter Kelly Masterson (Snowpiercer).

Paramount has released long overdue Blu-rays of Atlantic City and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.

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This Day in Oscar History: June 2 (2020)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Died

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Poll: Remaking Best Original Score, 2006

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Remaking Best Original Score, 2006

In our latest pass of the Oscar nominees from 1997 through 2016, we take a look at the nominees for Best Original Score. In light of the pandemic, we’re going to shift this feature to daily until cinemas across the nation are open again and wide releases are common. Each day, we’ll present a list of contenders from which you can select five to make up the Best Original Score slate. There will be an “Other” option, but you can only use this once and you’ll have to specify your other in the comments. Now on to the game: Best Original Score.

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Trailer Watch: Tenet (2020) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Tenet, updated

Preview Link: CLICK HERE for all of the new content as well as the original.

93rd Oscars: Upcoming Precursors – June

Precursors to the Academy Awards come in many different types and they can appear all year from festivals and national awards to critics groups and other organization. Each month, we’ll take a look at all of the upcoming events that could have some small impact on the Oscars so you can plan out what to keep an eye on.

It should be noted that a lot of awards programs are suspending production for the foreseeable future. It is not certain if any or all of these will be postponed.

June

Nominations

Friday, Jun. 12 – Teen Choice Awards (Nominations) (Unconfirmed)

Awards

Wednesday, Jun. 17 – MTV Movie Awards (Awards) (Unconfirmed)
Friday, Jun. 26 – Saturn Awards (Awards) (Unconfirmed)

Oscar-Related

Saturday, Jun. 20 – Sci-Tech Awards (Official)

This Day in Oscar History: June 1 (2020)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Remaking Best Original Score, 2005

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Remaking Best Original Score, 2005

In our latest pass of the Oscar nominees from 1997 through 2016, we take a look at the nominees for Best Original Score. In light of the pandemic, we’re going to shift this feature to daily until cinemas across the nation are open again and wide releases are common. Each day, we’ll present a list of contenders from which you can select five to make up the Best Original Score slate. There will be an “Other” option, but you can only use this once and you’ll have to specify your other in the comments. Now on to the game: Best Original Score.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 31 (2020)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

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Poll: Remaking Best Original Score, 2004

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Polls

Remaking Best Original Score, 2004

In our latest pass of the Oscar nominees from 1997 through 2016, we take a look at the nominees for Best Original Score. In light of the pandemic, we’re going to shift this feature to daily until cinemas across the nation are open again and wide releases are common. Each day, we’ll present a list of contenders from which you can select five to make up the Best Original Score slate. There will be an “Other” option, but you can only use this once and you’ll have to specify your other in the comments. Now on to the game: Best Original Score.

Cinema Sight Asks: Which Hopefuls Should Have Been Nominated for Best Original Score (select up to 5)?

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This Day in Oscar History: May 30 (2020)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

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Poll: Remaking Best Original Score, 2003

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Polls

Remaking Best Original Score, 2003

In our latest pass of the Oscar nominees from 1997 through 2016, we take a look at the nominees for Best Original Score. In light of the pandemic, we’re going to shift this feature to daily until cinemas across the nation are open again and wide releases are common. Each day, we’ll present a list of contenders from which you can select five to make up the Best Original Score slate. There will be an “Other” option, but you can only use this once and you’ll have to specify your other in the comments. Now on to the game: Best Original Score.

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Film Preview: Babyteeth (2020)

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(May 24, 2020) Original

Release Date:

June 19, 2020

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “When seriously ill teenager Milla falls madly in love with smalltime drug dealer Moses, it’s her parents’ worst nightmare. But as Milla’s first brush with love brings her a new lust for life, things get messy and traditional morals go out the window. Milla soon shows everyone in her orbit – her parents, Moses, a sensitive music teacher, a budding child violinist, and a disarmingly honest pregnant neighbour – how to live like you have nothing to lose. What might have been a disaster for the Finlay family instead leads to letting go and finding grace in the glorious chaos of life. Babyteeth joyously explores how good it is not to be dead yet and how far we will go for love.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: It’s a simplistic design that doesn’t speak at all to the film’s narrative. Having designs that don’t do much heavy lifting is part of being a poster designer apparently.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: Indie cinema has told many stories over the years. Most of them are fairly similar and the trailer presents imagery that is on par with those other films. The problem is that it doesn’t provide sufficient information about the film’s premise and why we should care.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 21, 2020)

Every week, we’ll take a look back in 5-year intervals at the box office past to explore how Oscar’s nominees were doing at the box office each weekend historically. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office (as well as a section looking at the inflation-adjusted numbers). The third section is an alphabetical list of those films and the categories in which they were nominated. And to start each week off, we’ll be looking at the films releasing over the weekend that have the best chance of getting Oscar nominations and specifying the categories where we think they have the best shots at this stage of the game. If you have any suggestions for more data you’d like to see, please let us know.

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

None

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The Friday Face-Off Round Two #6

Below are our ten face-offs for this week. Each category requires you to select a certain number of films to save. For more information on how the game works, click here.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 29 (2020)

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