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Jonathan Melville - Reeltime

Over the years I've had a love/hate relationship with 1949's Whisky Galore, which returns to cinemas this week in a brand new digital version and makes its way to Blu-ray for the first time.

Jonathan Melville - Reeltime

THERE'S been a buzz on Twitter this week regarding tonight's screening of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo at the Filmhouse. It's not so much about the fact that it's a classic film, but because they're showing a 70mm print.

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Jonathan Melville - Reeltime

IT'S amazing what you can find when you're not looking for it. This week, while researching film-related Edinburgh Festival events, I stumbled upon Happy Go Lovely, a 1951 David Niven film set in Edinburgh. I'd struggle to call it a classic, but it has its charms.

Jonathan Melville - Reel Time

REMEMBER the days before the internet when, if you wanted to know who starred in a certain film or find out the year it was made, you asked whoever was sitting next to you or hoped you had a copy of Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide to hand?

Jonathan Melville - Reeltime

IT was just last year that a previously lost Scottish film, 1953's Laxdale Hall, arrived on DVD to offer an insight into our cinematic past, overshadowed by constant TV screenings of Local Hero and Whisky Galore.

Jonathan Melville - Reeltime

THE recent news that Quentin Tarantino has finished the script for his latest film, Django Unchained, was enough to make an old Western fan's heart leap, even if just for a moment.

Jonathan Melville - Reeltime

THE internet went crazy this week with the release of one of the most anticipated movies of the year, the romantic comedy Green With Envy.

Jonathan Melville - Reeltime

"FORGET state of the art, go for state of the heart."

Jonathan Melville - Reel Time

TAKE a walk along Hollywood Boulevard today and the evidence of modern cinema is impossible to miss.

Jonathan Melville - Reeltime

GRAB your garlic, sharpen your stakes and check under the bed one more time - horror movies are returning to Edinburgh with a vengeance over the next few weeks.

Jonathan Melville - Reeltime

"WE used to joke that if we weren't having fun at work by 11 o'clock in the morning we were going to go home."

Jonathan Melville - Reel Time

MORE news broke this week about the future of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), when it was announced that the three leading lights charged with ensuring its bold new look had now departed.

Jonathan Melville - Reeltime

Akira Kurosawa may be best known today for classics such as The Hidden Fortress and The Seven Samurai, which in turn inspired Star Wars and The Magnificent Seven, but as a new DVD collection proves, his career started rather modestly.

Jonathan Melville - Reeltime

WHAT would you do if the only way you could see a film was to buy it on DVD?

Jonathan Melville - Reeltime

MUCH as I enjoy watching a film at the cinema or on DVD, there's usually a slight drawback - they cost money. Which is where the internet can come in useful these days.

Jonathan Melville - Reeltime

STOP for a moment and consider the worst movie you've ever seen.

Jonathan Melville - Reeltime

MARILYN MONROE, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn. On Sunday, I was lucky enough to meet someone who worked with each of those names.

Jonathan Melville - Reel Time

THE anniversary of the death of Boris Karloff 42 years ago this month may not sound the cheeriest of dates to celebrate, but given the actor's association with the gruesome and the horrific during his Hollywood heyday, it does seem somewhat apt.

Jonathan Melville - Reel Time

TREMORS is probably the greatest movie in the Universe and The Society For The Proper Appreciation of Timothy Dalton's 007 are just two of the film-related Facebook groups I've joined in an attempt to connect with other fans around the globe.

Jonathan Melville - Reel Time

THERE'S a silent revolution taking place in our cinemas and for once Edinburgh is taking the lead over Hollywood.

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