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Big Month for TV DVDs!

August 26th, 2010 · Movies

Missed your favorite TV show while it was on the air last season? Good news! Several of the most popular TV series have new seasons coming out on DVD within the next month. Here’s a quick peek at the lineup:

August 31
house_6 House M.D. Season 6
brothers_4 Brothers and Sisters Season 4
September 14
greys_6 Grey’s Anatomy Season 6
September 21
30 rock_4 30 Rock Season 4
desperate_6 Desperate Housewives Season 4

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A Must-See Movie

August 16th, 2010 · Movies

templeLooking for a fascinating true story of an amazing woman?  Look no further than this made-for-TV biopic about this advocate for autism and innovator in the field of animal care.   Claire Danes plays the central character and real life remarkable person, Temple Grandin.  Using movie-magic, the viewers see the world through the eyes of Dr. Grandin, a woman with autism who has spent her life creating methods to improve the lives of livestock.

Temple Grandin has received 15 Emmy nominations and has the crititcs raving!  It comes out on DVD on Tuesday, August 17.

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Blu-ray Day!

August 2nd, 2010 · Movies

blu-rayIt’s Blu-ray Day here at the Wilton Library!  Our brand new collection of Blu-ray discs are on the shelves near the DVD collection.  Our list of titles can be found here.  We are starting off small with only ten titles, but we will add new feature films on Blu-ray each month.  If you have a HDTV you will love this new high-definition media for movies at home!

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Ready for Blu-ray?

July 14th, 2010 · Movies

blu-rayGet ready for amazing high-definition movies here at the Wilton Library!  Starting August 1, we will have a brand new collection of feature films on Blu-ray.

Blu-ray discs are the next generation of film media.  You will need a Blu-ray player (these discs don’t work in DVD players) and an HDTV in order to have the highest-quality picture available.  Keep your eyes on this blog and the shelves in the Media collection for this exciting new way to watch movies!

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The Dragon Has Arrived.

July 2nd, 2010 · Drama, Movies

dragon_tattooThe most popular book of the last year is now a movie! The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a Swedish film based on the international bestselling novel by Stieg Larsson.  The film, set in Sweden in the bleak winter, is a thriller, a mystery, and includes some action.  What people are drawn to most about this story is the intriguing main character, Lisbeth Salander.  Lisbeth is a goth hacker, emotionally unavailable, and clearly affected by violent experiences in her past.  She sticks out like a sore thumb among the conservative men in suits who populate the story.  The film follows Lisbeth and Mikael, a disgraced journalist, as they are hired to solve a 40 year-old mystery.   Hollywood is already planning an American remake of this intense film, which comes out on DVD on July 7.

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It’s Not Brand New, But It’s Great

June 23rd, 2010 · Foreign Films, Movies

brokenAlthough Broken Embraces was released on DVD in March, it is still considered a “new” movie and should not be missed.  Starring the incomparable Penelope Cruz and directed by one of Spain’s foremost talents, Pedro Almodovar, this film has many layers, many time frames, and many thought-provoking moments.  The story begins with a blind screenplay writer who hears of the death of an old enemy.  The enemy was the former lover of the writer’s former lover.  Confused?  The confusion unwinds as the story unfolds, taking us back and forth in time.  The acting is wonderful, the story is well-constructed, and the visuals are striking.  Those of you who have seen Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown will enjoy references to that film.  If you enjoy good foreign films you can’t miss this one.

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Like Asian Films?

June 19th, 2010 · In Theaters, Movies

NYAFF2010June is a slow month for DVD releases, so if you are looking for a great movie, head down to New York for the 2010 New York Asian Film Festival.  This wildly popular annual event is chock full of new films from East Asia, ranging from the silly to the serious.  Most of the screenings sell out, so buy your tickets while you can!   Then look in our collection next year for some of these great films when they are released on DVD.

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It’s Almost Here!

June 15th, 2010 · Drama, Movies

last_stationEver since Christopher Plummer visited our library in April, people have been asking for this film.  The Last Station stars Helen Mirren, James McEvoyAnne-Marie DuffPaul Giamatti, and our neighbor in Weston, Christopher Plummer.  The film depicts twilight years of Leo Tolstoy, already famous as a writer in his own lifetime.  Focusing on the relationship between Tolstoy and his wife Sofya, the movie brings to light the pressures and opposing opinions in the Tolstoy house.  Set in beautiful scenery and brought to life by amazing actors, The Last Station should not be missed.  It comes out on DVD on Tuesday, June 22.

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Looking for a creepy movie?

June 9th, 2010 · Action and Adventure, Drama, Movies

shutter_islandThe fourth collaboration of Director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, Shutter Island is a creepy atmospheric thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  Based on the book by Dennis Lehane, Shutter Island is about two U.S. Marshalls who must go to the ominous hospital for the criminally insane which is located on  a craggy island off the Massachusetts coast.  There to investigate the dissappearance of an inmate, the Marshalls encounter strange hospital staff, vertigo-inspiring views, and in the case of DiCaprio’s character, unwanted memories.  Shutter Island is available on DVD at the library.

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A Frightening World

May 24th, 2010 · Drama, Movies

roadBased on the bestselling book by Cormac McCarthy, The Road is a captivating film.  The story follows a man and his son in a post-apocalyptic landscape as they struggle to survive.  The pair follow the road, hoping to get to an unknown destination where life may be easier.  They encounter terrifying bands of cannibals, shells of buildings and cars,  and live with constant fear.  Starring Viggo Mortenson, this movie is not for the faint of heart.

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