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Godzilla movies are considered to be something of a joke to mainstream audiences in the States. Most people here probably haven’t even seen the original Godzilla from 1954, and only get their knowledge of the character from watching bits and pieces of the cheesy and innumerable sequels that used to get constant play on late night cable — and some people might even only know the radioactive monster from that abysmal reboot that Roland Emmerich made in the late nineties. God forbid. Because of all this, when you mention Godzilla to most people in Middle America, the first things that pops into their heads are actors in cumbersome rubber suits stumbling around in ridiculous-looking models of cityscapes, and cutaways to overly acted reaction shots from shrieking citizens inserted here and there. And heck, even people in the U.S. who have seen the original Godzilla from 1954 probably haven’t seen the actual Japanese version (called Gojira). Because, when it was released over here, they cut out 40 minutes of footage and inserted a subplot where Raymond Burr played a journalist caught up in all of the destruction, so that American audiences wouldn’t be asked to have to identify with people of another culture or something.

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Lawrence of Arabia Restoration Trailer

Director David Lean’s sweeping tale of the life of British intelligence officer T.E. Lawrence is one of the most beloved films of all time. Lawrence of Arabia is packed full of iconic images, unforgettable performances, instantly recognizable music, and it just may be the greatest epic that Hollywood ever produced. But, unfortunately, many of us have only had the opportunity to watch it on our little TVs at home, and not projected up on the big screen like God (Lean) intended. The last time the film saw a big re-release, it was for the debut of the director’s cut, and that was all the way back in 1989. We’ve all got another chance to change that coming up, however, as a 4K digital restoration of the film has been done to commemorate its 50th anniversary, and this fall Sony Pictures will not only be putting the restored version out on Blu-ray, but they’re also going to be giving it a run in theaters.  Which, finally, gives those of us too young to see it on the big screen either the first or second time around the opportunity to take in the Arabian desert in all its glory.

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Once upon a time, about twenty years ago or so, Disney didn’t have to rely on Pixar to keep their legacy as King of children’s entertainment going.  A new generation of hand drawn Disney classics like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast were breaking box office records, earning critical acclaim, and winning awards. Then came The Lion King in 1994, a film that to this day holds the record as being the highest grossing hand drawn animated feature of all time. The Lion King was perhaps the crowning achievement of Disney’s second golden age, and in order to remind you of their past accomplishments, Disney is going to celebrate by selling it to you all over again.

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AMC Theaters have been doing a lot of promotional re-releases of films lately. They brought Back to the Future back to the theaters for its 25th anniversary, and then did the same for Top Gun a little bit later. They even screened 48-hour marathons of every Best Picture Nominee leading up to The Oscars. With all of the focus on huge blockbusters and opening weekend grosses that plagues the film industry these days, giving people the chance to see old favorites back up on the big screen is a pretty cool move from a corporation as huge as AMC. Their latest bit of promotion is for the Blu-Ray release of the extended editions of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. On three subsequent Tuesdays leading up to the release of the discs, AMC will screen one of the films, in their full extended versions, at select theaters. The Fellowship of the Ring will play on June 14th, The Two Towers on June 21st, and Return of the King on June 28th.

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