• At the Drive-In

    DVD REVIEW: MVD; Documentary; $19.95 DVD; Not rated.  Filmmaker Alexander Monelli’s At the Drive-In is such an affectionate doc about one community’s approach to cinemania that it has potential to become a fan favorite, though I suspect it already is one to those who’ve seen it. This would only be fitting because this real-life story … Continue reading “At the Drive-In”

  • The Whole Town’s Talking

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Comedy; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Edward G. Robinson, Jean Arthur. Released during one of John Ford’s typically hectic ’30s years where he also directed Steamboat Round the Bend at Fox and The Informer at RKO, 1935’s The Whole Town’s Talking (from Columbia) is more obscure than it … Continue reading “The Whole Town’s Talking”

  • Wanda

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Criterion; Drama; $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG.’ Stars Barbara Loden, Michael Higgins. Barbara Loden went from small-town, Southern-bred model to winning a Tony for Arthur Miller’s After the Fall, a controversial play full of Marilyn Monroe under-and-overtones that was directed by Loden’s real-life husband, Elia Kazan. Before that, she was also memorable … Continue reading “Wanda”

  • Phantom Lady

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: MVD/Arrow; Drama; $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Franchot Tone, Ella Raines, Alan Curtis, Thomas Gomez. Known earlier in his career as co-director of a German-cinema milestone on which seemingly every future Hollywood émigré legend labored (People on Sunday), Robert Siodmak enjoyed a mostly terrific and certainly prolific Hollywood run from about 1944 to … Continue reading “Phantom Lady”

  • The Body Snatcher

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Shout! Factory; Horror; $29.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Henry Daniell, Russell Wade. The Body Snatcher from 1945 finds the young Robert Wise in his career breakout (or something close), adapting a Robert Louis Stevenson story that does not have celestial seed pods nor Dana Wynter in a cocktail dress … Continue reading “The Body Snatcher”

  • Road to Utopia

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Kino Lorber; Comedy; $24.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Douglass Dumbrille. The “Road” pictures were famous for breaking the fourth wall in what at the time were radically innovative ways, but No. 4 Utopia — filmed during mid-war but not released until 1945 (and ’46 in the U.S.) … Continue reading “Road to Utopia”

  • Bumblebee

     BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 4/2/19; Paramount; Sci-Fi; Box Office $127.2 million; $29.99 DVD, $31.99 Blu-ray, $34.99. UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of sci-fi action violence. Stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon, Stephen Schneider, Glynn Turman, Len Cariou. Voices of Dylan O’Brien, Angela Bassett, Justin Theroux, Peter … Continue reading “Bumblebee”

  • Aquaman

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 3/26/19; Warner; Action; Box Office $334.52 million; $28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $44.95 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for language. Stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Ludi Lin, Nicole Kidman, Temuera Morrison. It’s a bit amazing to … Continue reading “Aquaman”

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street Date 3/19/19; Sony Pictures; Animated; Box Office $189.87 million; $30.99 DVD, $38.99 Blu-ray, $45.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG’ for frenetic sequences of animated action violence, thematic elements, and mild language. Voices of Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Zoë Kravitz, John Mulaney, … Continue reading “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

  • Mary Poppins Returns

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 3/19/19; Disney; Musical; Box Office $171.69 million; $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG’ for some mild thematic elements and brief action. Stars Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Nathanael Saleh, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Julie Walters, David Warner, Jim Norton, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, … Continue reading “Mary Poppins Returns”