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Yankee Doodle Dandy This week the DVD Savant has a number of new reviews and articles including: Yankee Doodle Dandy - THE most successful all-time patriotic crowdpleaser tells the happy story of George M. Cohan, the toast of Broadway who wrote both songs and plays and performed as well. If he wasn't a legend already, star James Cagney seals the deal in some of the most energy-charged dance scenes ever; The Blob - Chuck Russell and Frank Darabont had a hit with this remake of the 1958 creep 'n' leap classic. No Steve McQueen this time but the same exact story with the addition of a government conspiracy, a willingness to kill off all the interesting characters, and a surfeit of gory blob attacks; and True Confessions - An impressive pairing of actors Robert DeNiro and Robert Duvall elevates this drama of corruption in late- '40s Los Angeles to an unheralded classic. Read all this and more in this week's DVD Savant.

Gone Girl Writer Jason Bailey was able to attend the Wichita, Kansas-based Tallgrass Film Festival this year and had the chance to see some impressive films there. From Little Hope Was Arson, a documentary that digs into the rash of church fires that stunned East Texas a few years back, to the fabulously entertaining and surprisingly sweet A Life in Dirty Movies, there was plenty of quality films to see. Other entries of note include the endlessly likable Sun Belt Express, the story of a would-be idealist supplementing his meager teaching income by working as a coyote-for-hire, and Before I Disappear, an involving and disarmingly unique picture from writer/director/star Shawn Christensen. Read about all this and more in DVD Talk's coverage of the 2014 Tallgrass Film Festival.

Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Complete Series There are some new titles coming out that might make it worth a trip to the video store this week. Check out these recent releases: Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Complete Series [review] - all these years later, the silly fun of this show remains a joy to watch... the quality of the set in high-definition is outstanding and Shout! Factory has loaded it with a fantastic amount of retrospective bonus content; The Vincent Price Collection II [review] - seriously great stuff... this is an excellent selection of some of Price's best and most enjoyed films presented with a very strong array of supplements old and new; and Billy Crystal 700 Sundays [review] - Billy Crystal's autobiographical one-man show about growing up in Long Beach is so vibrant, heartfelt, and delightfully descriptive that it's not hard for our imagination to leave the physical confines of the stage and find ourselves smack dab in the middle of an eccentric yet caring and loving Jewish family's day-to-day lives in 1950s New York. Be sure to check out our DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.

Gone With the Wind: 75th Anniversary Edition Our reviewers have been busy this week, filling the DVD Talk Review Database more great entries. Some new reviews of note include: Gone With the Wind: 75th Anniversary Edition - Old-style Hollywood at its best, right here, and this deluxe edition is a fantastic showcase for this controversial yet gorgeously conceived masterpiece; Steven Spielberg Director's Collection - Universal offers new Blu-rays of several Spielberg titles in conjunction with a couple of shows that fans have most likely already bought but the image and sound quality of what's offered is top-rank; and Nightbreed: The Director's Cut - a legitimate director's cut of the movie, it includes a lot of new footage and corrects the results of studio meddling... the film is immeasurably improved because of it. Other recent reviews include: Nekromantik, Squirm, and The First Power.  Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.

Birdman Before you head off to the cinema this weekend, check out DVD Talk's reviews of the latest releases including: Birdman - Michael Keaton plays a washed up actor who produces a stage play based on the character he made popularized back in the day... the film is uniquely effective as both a drama and comedy; Fury [review #2, review #3] - an incredibly bleak look at battle and one of the more intense war films to come about recently; and The Book of Life - this new animated feature is a wonderful story placed within the context of the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead Other recent films include: Dracula Untold, Gone Girl, Harmontown, A Walk Among the Tombstones, The Maze Runner, Kelly & Cal, The Drop, The Skeleton Twins, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, The November Man, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Guardians of the Galaxy, 22 Jump Street, and How to Train Your Dragon 2. Check out these, and more, in DVDTalk's Theatrical Review section.

The Birthday Boys A recent addition to the sketch-comedy landscape, IFC’s The Birthday Boys, executive produced by Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show) and Ben Stiller (The Ben Stiller Show) , adapts the troupe’s popular Upright Citizens Brigade stage show to television, with a second season kicking off October 17 at 11 p.m. EST. Three members of the group, Dave Ferguson, Mike Hanford and Tim Kalpakis, spent a little time with DVDTalk’s Francis Rizzo III for a delightful little chat about translating the stage to TV, working with Dana Carvey and combating segregation. Read all this, and more, in the latest DVD Talk Interview.

The Equalizer: The Complete Collection Interested in the latest TV on DVD reviews? DVD Talk has you covered! This week's notable entries include: The Equalizer: The Complete Collection - VEI presents another excellent series that has been largely forgotten. This show revolves around a retired British intelligence operative who offers his services to atone for past sins... it's dark, moody, and boldly ambiguous. A show ripe for rediscovery; About a Boy: Season 1 - based on the book by Nick Hornby (and the Hugh Grant film) this sitcom remains a pleasant surprise with terrific leads that have strong chemistry; and Rick and Morty: Season 1 - an animated sci-fi comedy that is so outlandish and reality-bending that it's hard to believe they actually air it... the best new animated show on television. Other shows recently reviewed include:  Martin Clune's Wild Life, Revolution: Season 2, and Bates Motel: Season Two.  Want more?  Check out all of the TV on DVD reviews in the DVD Talk database.

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