• Up in Smoke

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Paramount; Comedy; $12.99 DVD, $16.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R.’ Stars Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Stacy Keach, Tom Skerritt. I’m running late on this vibrant-colored commemorative 40th anniversary paean to cannabis capers — and given the specifics of one gag that opens it, plus the disoriented and judgmentally addled states of its two protagonists, detractors … Continue reading “Up in Smoke”

  • The Woman in the Window

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 6/19/18; Kino Lorber; Mystery; $19.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Raymond Massey. As with a lot of fellow nitpickers whose starting position should be that we’re still talking about a very good movie, Fritz Lang’s The Woman in the Window from 1944 has always been problematic … Continue reading “The Woman in the Window”

  • Pacific Rim Uprising

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 6/19/18; Universal; Sci-Fi; Box Office $59.19 million; $29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray, $37.98 3D BD, $37.98 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and some language. Stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Jing Tian, Cailee Spaeny, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona, Max Zhang, Charlie Day. The original Pacific Rim … Continue reading “Pacific Rim Uprising”

  • Death Wish (2018)

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Fox; Action; Box Office $34.02 million; $29.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for strong bloody violence, and language throughout. Stars Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Dean Norris, Kimberly Elise, Beau Knapp, Camila Morrone. A knee-jerk reaction to director Eli Roth’s new version of Death Wish in these politically charged times is that … Continue reading “Death Wish (2018)”

  • Next Stop, Greenwich Village

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Drama; $29.95 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R.’ Stars Lenny Baker, Ellen Greene, Christopher Walken, Lois Smith, Shelley Winters. Blume in Love has always been my favorite achievement from writer-director Paul Mazursky’s treasured output spanning (mostly but not exclusively) 1969 to 1978. But after seeing Next Stop, Greenwich Village for the first time in … Continue reading “Next Stop, Greenwich Village”

  • Criss Cross (Pour toi j’ai tué )

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: All-Region French Import; Elephant; Mystery; $29.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Burt Lancaster, Yvonne DeCarlo, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally. Even in terms of the lowlife-laden melodramas Burt Lancaster made right out of the career gate, Criss Cross seems somewhat undervalued, at least relative to its merit. The Killers and Brute Force are probably the early Burts that … Continue reading “Criss Cross (Pour toi j’ai tué )”

  • Peter Pan: Signature Collection

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Disney; Animated; $39.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘G.’ Voices of Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Paul Collins, Tommy Luske. One thing Disney has been doing more frequently with its Blu-ray re-releases of its animated classics is making the legacy bonus material available through the digital edition, for which a code is included with the … Continue reading “Peter Pan: Signature Collection”

  • Annihilation

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Paramount; Sci-Fi; Box Office $32.73 million; $25.99 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality. Stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Benedict Wong, Oscar Isaac. Director Alex Garland is settling into a nice niche making deliberate, thought-provoking science-fiction films that defy the … Continue reading “Annihilation”

  • Gun Crazy

     BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Drama; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars John Dall, Peggy Cummins. Paul Schrader, who should know, wrote an essay decades ago listing 10 or so titles that defined film noir, and the ‘B’-with-better-than-‘B’ talent initially known as Deadly Is the Female ended up making the cut. Yet even on … Continue reading “Gun Crazy”

  • Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino Lorber; Documentary; $29.95 DVD, $34.95 Blu-ray; Not rated.  Direct from its 96% Rotten Tomatoes huzzahs (and you’d have to be a real prune not to take to it), Alexandra Dean’s Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story deftly walks the dividing line between chronicling the actress/raving beauty’s screen career and — now much more … Continue reading “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story”