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It’s 2013!   A new year of movies and a new year of Video Vaults!  Why don’t we start it off right with a movie that celebrates the movies, 1997’s box office disaster, Cats Don’t Dance!  The only film ever produced by Turner Feature Animation Studio (before being absorbed in the

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This week Video Vault plugs in to David Cronenberg‘s eXistenZ (1999).  Despite garnering a slew of film festival nominations and awards, I think I know one other person who has seen this Inception-y romp.  Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ian Holm, and Willem Dafoe star in the reality jumping horror

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The history of maverick filmmaker Ralph Bakshi‘s 1992 return to feature length films, Cool World, is the quintessential example of a studio’s complete disregard for artistic vision, maximization of profits, pandering to the powerful, double dealings, manipulation, and Hollywood nepotism.  The film marked the end of a 9 year movie

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During the lively Walt Disney Studios panel today at Comic Con, Sam Raimi debuted the first trailer for his James Franco starring Oz The Great and Powerful!  As any readers of my weekly Video Vault column know, I am one of the biggest fans of all things Oz, especially Disney’s

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Allow me to paint a picture of 1995:  animal conservation is all the rage, ZooNews is one of America’s most popular monthly publications and infomercials, Indiana Jones is still relatively fresh in movie-goers consciences, Communist China’s doors have only recently been open to foreigners, and Free Willy, Andre, and Homeward Bound are already proven hits.  Thus the stage is

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Depending on what side of town we were doing errands in, sometimes we would rent movies from the public library instead of Video Vault.  The selection at the video store was always preferred, but there was one thing that the library had that could not be found anywhere else:  The Chronicles of

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The last time 1977’s Race for You Life, Charlie Brown received an official release was in 1995, on VHS and laserdisc.  This is an inconceivable crime!  It was a staple of my childhood and is a fondly remembered installment in the Peanuts canon by many fans. Written by Charles Schulz and directed by Bill Melendez, Race for Your Life, Charlie

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Children’s entertainment is filled with stories of kids stumbling in to magical and imaginary lands; one of my favorite of those lands is the Kingdom of Wisdom from Norton Jester’s literary masterpiece The Phantom Tollbooth.  While the novel is often essential elementary school reading, legendary Looney Tunes animator Chuck Jones’s 1970 musical cinematic adaptation

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The film that I am looking forward to the Blu-Ray release of most has got to be Disney’s The Three Caballeros (1945). During childhood it was a frequent VHS rental from my local Video Vault and remains one of my all-time favorite animated features.   Unfortunately, I do not think the film has ever received

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My love of all things cinema can be traced back to my preschool days when we would make a stop at the local video rental store, Video Vault, after being dragged on a grocery trip. I have many fond memories of Land Before Time sequels and Vons deli rotisserie chicken.

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