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  • On the Town: The story of the real Fairy Godmother

    On the Town: The story of the real Fairy Godmother
    At the stroke of midnight on October 2, Disney released the Blu-ray Diamond Edition of the studio’s 1950’s classic, “Cinderella.” The offering includes a bonus feature, “The Real Fairy Godmother,” that tells the tale of long-time Burbank residents Ken O’Connor, who served as the art director of the film, and his wife, Mary Alice O’Conner, who was the inspiration for the Fairy Godmother character. Just hours before the release, a very special gathering took place at the O’Connor family home as Ken and Mary Alice’s daughter, Joan Patricia “J.P.” O’Connor, and her husband, Cotton Thompson, hosted a pre-release premiere screening and dinner party.
  • DVD review: 'Hunger Games' a pleasant surprise

    DVD review: 'Hunger Games' a pleasant surprise
    Writer/director Gary Ross' adaptation of Suzanne Collins' hugely popular novel — a teen book that crossed over to the adult market — is one of this year's nicest surprises so far. Lionsgate's video release is also a pleasant surprise: They'...

    DVD review: 'Quadrophenia' gets remixed

    DVD review: 'Quadrophenia' gets remixed
    The Who released their “Quadrophenia” double album in 1973; six years later, they collaborated with director Franc Roddam (“The Bride,” “The Lords of Discipline”) on a film version — now newly restored and being...

    DVD review: 'Cat Run' has some sharp extras

    DVD review: 'Cat Run' has some sharp extras
    This overly violent but otherwise frequently enjoyable film showed up briefly in theaters more than a year ago, to little notice. It may have suffered from comparison to “Red,” the Bruce Willis/Helen Mirren/Morgan Freeman/John Malkovich action...

    DVD review: 'The 39 Steps' worth taking

    DVD review: 'The 39 Steps' worth taking
    Alfred Hitchcock's very free 1935 adaptation of John Buchan's novel was almost certainly the calling card that got him invited to make films in America. As a work of pure entertainment, it out-Hollywoods Hollywood. The plot is that of a thriller. But...