‘The Visitor’ Blu-ray Giveaway – Name Your Favorite Film!

The Visitor (Cinedigm)

The Visitor, a 1979 cult classic which features director/actor John Huston as an intergalactic warrior who teams up with another cosmic do-gooder to fight a demonic, eight year old, is now out on Blu-ray and DVD, and we’re giving away Two (2) Blu-ray copies! The giveaway ends Sunday, March 9 at 9 pm et.

The Visitor (Drafthouse Films)The sci-fi horror film, which is graced by a collection of Hollywood legends (Glenn Ford, Shelley Winters, director Sam Peckinpah) as well as go-to character actor Lance Henriksen (aka Frank Black from TV’s Millennium) contains the following special features:

  • Interviews with Lance Henriksen, screenwriter Lou Comici, and DP Ennio Guarnieri.
  • Theatrical trailer
  • 16-page booklet
  • Digital download.

To enter the Giveaway contest please follow these simple steps:

  1. Follow us on Twitter: @Deepestdreaming
  2. Please comment below and name a film you love from any of The Visitor actors. Briefly explain why you dig the movie. If you pick John Huston or Sam Peckinpah, you can choose a movie they directed.
  3. Finally, email your name and address to editor@deepestdream.com.
  4. The randomly chosen winners will be immediately notified by email

Again – the giveaway ends Sunday, March 9 at 9 pm pt so there’s no time to waste! I haven’t seen The Visitor, but the trailer is extremely surreal. And who doesn’t love surreal?

Alexander The Ultimate Cut Readies for June Blu-ray Debut

 

 

Alexander: The Ultimate Cut celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the film’s release, and this ambitious, Oliver Stone directed epic heads to Blu-ray on June 3. The new version clocks in at 3 hours and 26 minutes with an intermission. Ironically, the Ultimate Cut is 8 minutes shorter than Stone’s 2007 version and it also has a different structure.

“I’ve tried throughout this process to achieve what I believe is the appropriate balance between the inner and outer journeys undertaken by this extraordinary man,” said Stone. “Free from earlier constraints, I’ve continued to pursue this great story, and I think I have at last achieved a film that tells a story as it has never been told.”

I haven’t seen the 2007 cut, but I’ll definitely give it a look to see if Stone’s latest and “ultimate” version enhances my overall appreciation of the project. Although the original 2 hour and 55 minute version had its share of flaws, it’s hard not to fault the filmmaker for pushing his creativity to the limits.

A new documentary titled The Real Alexander and the World He Made, as well as an Ultimate Cutcommentary from Stone are among special features on the Blu-ray.

Are you excited for Alexander: The Ultimate Cut or is this just ho-hum news to you? Feel free to comment below!

Jared Leto Praises “Tireless” & Oscar Winning Hair & Make-Up Artists

 One of the few reasons why I enjoy the Oscars is that the event, amidst all the bloated production and self-congratulatory glad handing, actually contains a few nuggets of true emotion. Jared Leto, upon winning his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club, spent most of his acceptance speech thanking his mother. During the backstage interviews, Leto talked about his the importance of having his family at the Academy Awards.

“I thanked my mother because she’s everything,” said Leto. “She has inspired me in ways that I could talk about for days. So I was really proud to bring my mom tonight, to bring my brother tonight. (They’re the) two most important people in my life and (I) was really fortunate to be able to thank them in a unique and grand way.”

Leto also gave props to hair and makeup artists Adruitha Lee and Robin Matthews. Although they had a $250 budget for Dallas Buyers Club, they took home Oscars for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

Click on the media bar to hear Leto talk about the makeup team’s “tireless” work ethic on Dallas Buyers Club:

Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong’o Allows The Impossible To Be Possible

Lupita Nyong’o was honored Sunday evening with the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her work in director Steve McQueen’s epic drama 12 Years a Slave. The project would also take home Best Film and Screenplay honors, but it’s the heartfelt acceptance speech delivered by Nyong’o which served as the Oscars’ most memorable moment.

“When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid,” said the Kenyan actress as she finished her speech. “Thank you.”

She was equally as memorable backstage as she answered various journalists’ questions. “I know I mean a lot to my countrymen and I am so grateful for that kind of support – from the entire world actually,” said Nyong’o. “The entire world did not have a say in whether I got this or not but the fact that I won in so many people’s hearts, that is incredible. And I am so grateful to that.”

Click on the audio below to hear Nyong’o talk about the importance of “allowing the impossible to be possible.”

Matthew McConaughey Brings Good Medicine To “Dallas Buyers Club”

It’s a pretty huge weekend for Matthew McConaughey, as he’s up for an Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club and another episode of the acclaimed HBO series True Detective,  which has the actor playing an all too obsessive investigator, also airs Sunday evening.

Dallas BuyersClub, directed by Jean-Marc Valée, effectively balances drama and a few light touches of levity. During the interviews for the film, McConaughey explains why he and the director didn’t want to make a one-dimensional, preachy take on Ron Woodroof’s life.

“We got some good medicine that also tastes good,” said McConaughey. “And it’s fun. And it’s rock ‘n roll. The humor brings forth the humanity.”

Click on the audio below to hear McConaughey talk about why not going “deep into the hardcore sentiment” of the narrative was an important element to the success of Dallas Buyers Club.

Here’s a pretty solid interview of McConaughey conducted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center:

Oscar Sunday begins 7 et on ABC.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t add an episode 7 preview of True Detective:

Zack Snyder Comes “Full Circle” With ‘300: Rise of an Empire’

During the 300: Rise of an Empirepress conference Zack Snyder admitted that the original 300 was designed to appeal to a specific audience. Obviously, that film, which effectively merged the grand scale visions of Snyder and Frank Miller, far exceeded expectations.

“When we made 300, in truth, the movie was also created through a lot of economic restrictions,” said Snyder, who also helmed last year’s blockbuster hit Man of Steel“…We thought it was a movie for kind of a small audience that would be into this kind of crazy, comic book-y, sword and sandals movie. It really was a genre that didn’t exist. There’s sword and sandals movies. There’s comic book movies. And Frank (Miller) had done it in the comic book.”

Filmmaker Noam Murro effectively achieved the balance of putting his own aesthetic stamp on 300: Rise of an Empirewhile also staying true to the initial spirit of Snyder and Miller’s collaboration.

Click on the audio below to hear Zack Snyder, who also co-wrote the new film with screenwriter Kurt Johnstad, explain why the latest installment helped everything come “full circle” for the 300 director.

300 Rise of an Empire, which stars Eva Green and Sullivan Stapleton, opens March 7.

‘American Idol’ Singer Kristen O’Connor To Continue Music Dreams

Kristen O'Connor (FOX, CR: Michael Becker)Kristen O’Connor was eliminated last night on American Idol, and although it’s understandably a total downer for the singer, she handled her exit with grace and appreciation. During her exit interview, the singer reflected on her American Idol journey.

“I gained so much from this whole experience,” said O’Connor, who sang an inspired rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Beautiful Disaster’ this week. “My whole life I have been singing, but this is the first time in my life that I’ve had people be objective with me. For the first time I’ve had people who’ve made it in the industry tell me ways that I can improve.”

The mentor section of American Idol also left O’Connor with great memories. “Working with Chris Daughtry, I think that might have been a highlight of my life,” added O’Connor. “He told me my voice is sick. He said I gave him chills. That was amazing and it’s definitely something I’ll take with me forever. And (with) Adam Lambert I got to talk to him for a long time. He gave me great advice and he’s an awesome guy.”

Click on the Soundcloud audio to hear O’Connor, who just received her nursing license, talk about her plans post-Idol:

American Idol judge Harry Connick Jr. also said that O’Connor handled her elimination with “great dignity and class.”

Click on the audio to hear Connick Jr. explain why he really didn’t need to give advice to the talented singer.

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