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Digital Masters

Digital filmmaking is widely seen as the inferior, low-budget cousin of shooting on film. Nothing, goes the argument, can substitute for the rich depth and texture of actual celluloid. Admittedly, the two have distinct looks and feels to their images and until recently, shooting in a digital format often meant sacrificing an amount of clarity and quality of the image.

But with the rapid pace of developing technology, some filmmakers have picked up the digital gauntlet and made strikingly beautiful and moving films that otherwise might never have seen the light of day. They have even begun to explore the possibilities digital formats offer that film never could. For example, Russian Ark, a feature-length film done in one continuous take, could never have been made on film since it would require changing film cannisters or using the largest cannister ever!

Digital formats have also started levelling the playing field, with Slumdog Millionaire winning 8 Oscars. Now major studios have begun incorporating digital formats (it was only a matter of time) but they are only following the lead of these adventurous forerunners.


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Slumdog Millionaire

$11.95 | 120 minutes

British director Danny Boyle takes another intriguing career turn with this heartfelt underdog tale. Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) is a street kid (or "slumdog") who has landed an appearance on India's version of the hit TV game show WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE? Jamal exceeds expectations on the show, and the producers alert the police after…

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28 Days Later

$11.95 | 113 minutes

Danny Boyle (SHALLOW GRAVE, TRANSPOTTING) directs this post-apocalyptic thriller set in London after a deadly, Ebola-like virus has swept through the city. Jim (Cillian Murphy), a bicycle messenger who was in an accident just days before the outbreak, is one of very few survivors who awakes 28 days later to a city that has been evacuated…

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Manderlay

$16.95 | 139 minutes

The second film in Lars von Trier's American trilogy, picking up where DOGVILLE left off, is another technically audacious, gleefully brash condemnation of American society, this time focusing on the horrific legacy of slavery. in MANDERLAY, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard, replacing Nicole Kidman) and her father (Willem Dafoe, replacing James&hellip…

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Dogville

$10.95 | 177 minutes

Set in the 1930s during the Great Depression in the Rocky Mountains, DOGVILLE is Lars von Trier's comment on Americana and his uniquely perverse view of small town life. With period costumes, a narrative that reads like a naughty OUR TOWN, and flashes of THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER--which is being read by one of the characters--von Trier&hellip…

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