Massive Spielberg movie festival coming in March

2014-02-04 18:00
Cape Town – A massive Steven Spielberg movie festival which includes more than 50 movies as well as miniseries will be shown in March when the M-Net Movies Showcase (DStv 108) channel on DStv will unspool box office hit after hit of the Hollywood uber director.

Spielberg and his popular popcorn blockbusters – now regarded as the template for the modern Hollywood blockbuster – once struggled to find the recognition he deserved from his peers but he’s is now an Academy Award winner and the highest grossing filmmaker of all time.

On Sunday evening M-Net on-air promo’ed that a massive Spielberg movie festival, entitled “The Big Spielberg Experience” is coming to DStv subscribers in March on the M-Net Movies Showcase channel.

Some of these movies include the Jurassic Park films, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, War Horse, the Indiana Jones movies, War of the Worlds, The Color Purple, Hook, Catch Me If You Can, Men in Black and many more.

Some, like Close Encounters of the Third Kind, will be the special director’s cut from Spielberg which has not been broadcast on South African television before.

Unprecedented 31 day Spielberg experience’

M-Net confirmed to Channel24 that "in March M-Net Movies Showcase will be screening more than 50 films by Steven Spielberg, undoubtedly the greatest filmmaker of all time".

According to M-Net "an unprecedented 31 day Spielberg experience is awaiting M-Net Movies Showcase viewers in the month of March".

"Having so many Spielberg films on a movie channel in one month is an extra-ordinary feat," said Lani Lombard, M-Net's head of publicity.

"This is the biggest Spielberg extravaganza ever, and the results of more than two years of planning and hard work on the side of our M-Net movie team."

"In the late nineties M-Net ran a Steven Spielberg movie festival that captured the imagination of our viewers.This one is way bigger and a comprehensive update of his massive oeuvre. It's a mega-treat for movie lovers."

M-Net Movies Showcase will have at least one Steven Spielberg movie per day during March in primetime, or some days more than one.

"While some viewers will dip into the schedule to watch their favourite Spielberg movies again or find out what the fuss was about, some others – cinema-buffs – will  be able to track in detail the way movies changed over the years, the Spielberg way," said Lombard.

DStv subscribers will also be able to watch the acclaimed Spielberg mini-series The Band of Brothers and The Pacific on M-Net Movies Showcase during March.

Here is the list of movies from Steven Spielberg which will be shown during March on M-Net Movies Showcase.

ET: The Extra-Terrestrial
Jurassic Park
The Lost World – Jurassic Park
The Color Purple
Saving Private Ryan
The Terminal,
The Adventures of Tin Tin: Secret of the Unicorn
The Twilight Zone
Schindler's List
AI Artificial Intelligence
War of the Worlds
War Horse
Sugarland Express
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Empire of the Sun
Minority Report
Catch me if you can

Here is the additional list of movies which will be on M-Net Movies Showcase during March in which Spielberg was the executive producer or producer:

Men In Black
Men In Black II
Men In Black III
Cowboys& Aliens
Monster House
Jurassic Park III
The Flintstones
Cape Fear
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Back to the Future
Back to the Future II
Back to the Future III
The Goonies
Land Before Time
Batteries Not Included
American Tail: Fievel Goes West
Money Pit


Band of Brothers (10 part mini-series)
The Pacific (10 part mini-series)

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