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The Sony Movie Channel


Launched in 2010, Sony Movie Channel is a television channel owned by the Sony Pictures Television subsidiary of Sony Corporation. Naturally, because of this its programming consists entirely of films from the Sony Pictures Entertainment library (including content from Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures and Sony Pictures Classics among others), which are broadcast unedited, and re-mastered in 1080i high definition.

Purely speaking, the Sony Movie Channel is not all about cinema classics. On the contrary, offering a highly curated collection, on air and on demand, the Sony Movie Channel describes itself as bringing viewers a high energy, unapologetically entertaining movie experience. Well, there's nothing wrong with that. But what it does mean for the classic movie fan is that they'll have to check the listings regularly to find films from an era that's more than a decade old. However, the point is that they do show old movies. Even though the true classics are spread out among the rather recent productions, or relegated to early morning time slots, special event programming pops up from time to time including all day birthday tributes (such as for Bill Murray last August) and an annual Christmas Day Western Marathon that features films starring James Stewart, Audie Murphy, and Randolph Scott, among others.

Most recently, the network put the spotlight on the premiere of the rarely seen 1964 war drama ATTACK AND RETREAT on Wednesday, March 8, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Entertainment icons Arthur Kennedy and Peter Falk star in this little-known true story, as Italian soldiers in Mussolini’s army on a suicide mission to invade Russia during the Second World War. Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Giuseppe De Santis, the film gained acclaim for its exceptional realism—presenting the harrowing events from the perspective of the men in the squadron and painting a vivid picture of what life was like for the soldiers during this time, as inspired by the memories and journal entries of actual veterans. It may not be the type of film you're going to see at a festival, but the cast certainly makes this old movie worth a view. And many more such rare opportunities are regularly available on the Sony Movie Channel. So, if you're looking for that property that's Sony owned that just doesn't show. up anywhere else, then this is the place for you.

Sony Movie Channel is available on AT&T U-verse, CenturyLink, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and Playstation Vue. For more information, visit one of the following sites: SonyMovieChannel.com, Facebook, or Twitter @SonyMovieCh. For a complete schedule of films and times, visit the official site by using the image above as a link.

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