Saturday, June 06, 2009

"iReel" Gets Real With Major Releases...

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iReel is a new web-based streaming VOD, SVOD, DTO service, offering HD movies viewable directly from a special player on site. The iReel service, available in Canada and the US, is noted as the only online movie service that does not require a downloadable player.

With no cost to join, film content includes major studio, classic and independent features, with a "focus on ease of use and high quality..."

This week's major studio iReel pick is "Revolutionary Road", directed by Sam "American Beauty" Mendes, starring actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet of "Titanic" fame.

Screenplay by Justin Haythe is based on the 1961 novel by author Richard Yates, set in 1955, following 'Frank' (Leonardo DiCaprio) and 'April Wheeler '(Kate Winslet) as they move to 'Revolutionary Road' located in one of New York City's wealthiest Connecticut suburbs, where they life a life, have a daughter and a son, and challenge each other with bitter arguments and physical abuse...

This week's classic iReel movie pick is director Sergio Leone's 1968 feature "Once Upon A Time In The West".

Starring actor Henry Fonda in a chilling performance as the villain 'Frank', the film also stars Charles Bronson as 'Harmonica', Jason Robards as the 'Cheyenne' bandit and Claudia Cardinale as 'Jill', a widowed homesteader with a past as a prostitute.

Screenplay was written by Leone and Sergio Donati, from a story devised by Leone, with former film critics Bernardo Bertolucci and Dario Argento.

Widescreen cinematography is by DP Tonino Delli Colli, with Ennio Morricone providing a haunting film score.

In Europe, the film was a substantial box office success, playing for multiple years in some cities.

The film is now generally acknowledged as a western masterpiece...