• Game Night

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Warner; Comedy; Box Office $68.85 million; $28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for language, sexual references and some violence. Stars Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Jesse Plemons, Chelsea Peretti, Danny Huston, Michael C. Hall, Kyle Chandler. The premise behind Game Night is simple yet solid: A … Continue reading “Game Night”

  • Cleopatra (1934)

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Universal; Drama; $19.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon, Joseph Schildkraut, C. Aubrey Smith.  I can remember back in early 1963, when everyone was wondering if the still not released Taylor-Burton Cleopatra would do to 20th Century-Fox what Heaven’s Gate later did to United Artists (which, by way, it … Continue reading “Cleopatra (1934)”

  • A Lady Takes a Chance

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino Lorber; Comedy; $19.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Jean Arthur, John Wayne, Charles Winninger. Maybe it’s not the rollicking pairing that John Wayne and somewhat sassier Ginger Rogers might have been had screen-teaming history played out in a different casting universe, but John Wayne and Jean Arthur will do just fine, … Continue reading “A Lady Takes a Chance”

  • Moonrise

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Criterion; Drama; $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Dane Clark, Gail Russell, Ethel Barrymore, Allyn Joslyn, Rex Ingram, Lloyd Bridges.  Frank Borzage’s Moonrise marks a milestone of sorts, albeit one that’s beyond arcane, as the first movie from Republic Pictures to appear under the Criterion banner. Of course, Olive Films has its … Continue reading “Moonrise”

  • No Down Payment

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Drama; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Joanne Woodward, Tony Randall, Jeffrey Hunter, Sheree North, Barbara Rush, Cameron Mitchell, Pat Hingle, Patricia Owens.  A time-capsule movie that also captures the members of its large cast at interesting career junctures, No Down Payment is based on a John McPartland novel … Continue reading “No Down Payment”

  • Black Panther

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street 5/15/18; Disney/Marvel; Action; Box Office $694 million; $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, 39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for prolonged sequences of action violence, and a brief rude gesture. Stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, … Continue reading “Black Panther”

  • Batman Ninja

    BLU-RAY REVIEW Street 5/8/18; Warner; Anime; $19.98 DVD, $24.98 Blu-ray, $29.98 Steelbook Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of violence and action, and for some suggestive material. Voices of Roger Craig Smith, Tony Hale, Grey Griffin, Tara Strong, Fred Tatasciore, Yuri Lowenthal, Adam Croasdell, Will Friedle, Tom Kenny, Eric Bauza. Batman Ninja isn’t just another high-concept … Continue reading “Batman Ninja”

  • Peter Rabbit

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Sony Pictures; Family Comedy; Box Office $114.6 million; $30.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray $45.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG’ for some rude humor and action. Stars Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne, Sam Neill; Voices of James Corden, Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki, Colin Moody, Sia. The beloved illustrated books by Beatrix Potter are brought to … Continue reading “Peter Rabbit”

  • The Awful Truth

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Criterion; Comedy; $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Ralph Bellamy.  If anything, it’s Irene Dunne who owns the greatest of all screwball comedies — playing off a perfect supporting cast and displaying a no-holds-barred wacky streak that we don’t always associate with lifelong ladylike Republicans (though back then, … Continue reading “The Awful Truth”

  • Singing Guns

     BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Kino Lorber; Western; $19.95 DVD, $24.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Vaughn Monroe, Ella Raines, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond.  If Frankie Laine could show up for a guest shot on TV’s “Rawhide,” albeit much later, then why not Vaughn Monroe in a Republic Western called Singing Guns? Or, for that matter, even a Vaughn/Republic … Continue reading “Singing Guns”