• American Masters: Sammy Davis, Jr. — I’ve Gotta Be Me

    DVD REVIEW: Street Date 2/19/19; PBS; Documentary; $24.99 DVD; Not rated. Featuring Kim Novak, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis. Finding a bigger Rat Pack fan than I during that assemblage’s roughly 1960-64 heyday was no easy assignment, so Sammy Davis Jr., always got a pass from me despite my general lack of … Continue reading “American Masters: Sammy Davis, Jr. — I’ve Gotta Be Me”

  • Beat the Devil

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Drama; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Robert Morley. As one of screen history’s most ticklish of  answers to that oft-asked question, “What did you do on your vacation?”, John Huston’s artfully ramshackle Beat the Devil is propelled by one its era’s most … Continue reading “Beat the Devil”

  • La Verite (The Truth)

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 2/12/19 Criterion; Drama; $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Brigitte Bardot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel, Sami Frey. Understandably marketed as The Truth when, for obvious reasons, this Columbia Pictures pickup of a 1960 film got wider U.S. distribution in 1961 than most imports, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s La Verite is the movie … Continue reading “La Verite (The Truth)”

  • Men Must Fight

    DVD REVIEW: Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Drama; $21.99 DVD; Not rated. Stars Diana Wynyard, Lewis Stone, Phillips Holmes, Robert Young, May Robson. So OK, here’s another political wild one originally released by MGM the same year as Gabriel Over the White House — or wild enough, anyway, to make one wonder if someone at … Continue reading “Men Must Fight”

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 2/12/19; Fox; Drama; Box Office $210.68 million; $29.98 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for thematic elements, suggestive material, drug material and language. Stars Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Allen Leech, Tom Hollander, Mike Myers. In telling the history of the legendary … Continue reading “Bohemian Rhapsody”

  • The Front Runner

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 2/12/19; Sony Pictures; Drama; Box Office $2 million; $30.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for language including some sexual references. Stars Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Alfred Molina, Sara Paxton, Mamoudou Athie, Spencer Garrett, Ari Graynor, Kaitlyn Dever, Steve Zissis, Bill Burr, Mike Judge, Kevin Pollak, Tommy Dewey, Molly Ephraim, … Continue reading “The Front Runner”

  • The Heroes of Telemark

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Sony Pictures; Drama; $24.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Ulla Jacobsson, Michael Redgrave. There’s no accounting for what memory can preserve from a movie not seen in decades, and with 1966’s The Heroes Telemark (aside from its convincing portrayal of incessantly frigid temperatures), it’s always been the nifty sweaters Kirk … Continue reading “The Heroes of Telemark”

  • Reap the Wild Wind (Les Naufrageurs des mers du sud)

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: All-Region Import; Elephant Films; Adventure; $45 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Ray Milland, John Wayne, Paulette Goddard, Raymond Massey, Susan Hayward, Robert Preston. My most educated guess is that Cecil B. DeMille’s Reap the Wild Wind may have been Paramount’s third-highest grosser of Hollywood’s entire World War II era, given that the starry mountain’s … Continue reading “Reap the Wild Wind (Les Naufrageurs des mers du sud)”

  • Reign of the Supermen

    Completing the adaptation of the classic 1990s “Death of Superman” comic books, Reign of the Supermen pays off the storyline began in last year’s The Death of Superman with some solid action sequences and some nice character moments that will be appreciated by fans of the DC Universe animated movies. BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 1/29/19; … Continue reading “Reign of the Supermen”

  • Forty Guns

    Director Samuel Fuller’s action-packed Western features Barbara Stanwyck doing her own stunts as a ruthless landowner seeking to keep her drunken brother out of trouble when lawmen ride into town in search of a gunman under her employ. BLU-RAY REVIEW: Criterion; Western; $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Dean Jagger, … Continue reading “Forty Guns”