• Can’t Stop the Music

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Shout! Factory; Musical; $29.95 Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG.’ Stars Bruce Jenner, Valerine Perrine, The Village People, Steve Guttenberg. Around the time mainstream movies belatedly began paying heed to the “Gay Zeitgeist” (now there’s a rock-group moniker in the making), feel-good Can’t Stop the Music was shooting on location very close to where William Friedkin’s … Continue reading “Can’t Stop the Music”

  • Rider on the Rain

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino Lorber; Thriller; $29.95 Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG-13.’ Stars Charles Bronson, Marlene Jobert. Despite a scene in which Charles Bronson dispatches a trio of polished punks in an upscale brothel, the onetime sleeper arthouse hit Rider on the Rain often emphasizes the actor’s sweeter side. What, you say? Well, OK, this isn’t to deny … Continue reading “Rider on the Rain”

  • Dumbo (2019)

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street Date 6/25/19; Disney; Family; Box Office $114.03 million $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG’ for peril/action, some thematic elements, and brief mild language. Stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins. With a running time of just 64 minutes, Disney’s original 1941 … Continue reading “Dumbo (2019)”

  • Between the Lines

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street Date 6/18/19; Cohen; Comedy; $29.98 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R.’ Stars John Heard, Lindsay Crouse, Jeff Goldblum, Gwen Welles. As an easygoing, era-specific comedy that both lauded and poked mild fun at the disillusioned hip, Joan Micklin Silver’s Between the Lines (with a knowing script by Fred Barron) also had at least a couple … Continue reading “Between the Lines”

  • Warlock

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Western; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn, Dorothy Malone. Warlock has surprised me in recent years by showing up in multiple chat room discussions I’ve stumbled across that deal in particular or in passing with underrated Westerns. The surprise comes from my having … Continue reading “Warlock”

  • Game of Thrones: Season 8

    DIGITAL REVIEW: HBO; Fantasy; $19.99 SD; $26.99 HD; Not Rated. Stars Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Liam Cunningham, Nathalie Emmanuel, Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Gwendoline Christie, Conleth Hill, Rory McCann, Jerome Flynn, Kristofer Hivju, Joe Dempsie, Jacob Anderson, Iain Glen. The eighth and … Continue reading “Game of Thrones: Season 8”

  • The Big Clock: Special Edition

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: MVD/Arrow; Drama; $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Ray Milland, Charles Laughton, Maureen O’Sullivan, George Macready. With a larkish approach to drinking straight out of The Thin Man plus several wacky asides in keeping with Elsa Lanchester’s chortle-bait presence in the supporting cast as a bohemian artist, the toned-down 1948 movie of Kenneth Fearing’s … Continue reading “The Big Clock: Special Edition”

  • Baby the Rain Must Fall

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Drama; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Lee Remick, Steve McQueen, Don Murray. Despite a screen career that was then very much on the move, Steve McQueen didn’t have a film in current release throughout all of 1964 thanks to the sometimes oddball exigencies of theatrical distribution (or, hell, … Continue reading “Baby the Rain Must Fall”

  • Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 6/4/19; Warner; Animated; $24.98 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for fantasy violence. Voices of Troy Baker, Darren Criss, Kyle Mooney, Baron Vaughn, Eric Bauza, Rachel Bloom, John DiMaggio, Tara Strong, Tom Kenny, Carlos Alazraqui, Cas Anvar, Keith Ferguson, Brian George, Ben Giroux, Andrew Kishino, Jim Meskimen. The popularity of the … Continue reading “Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

  • The Heiress

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Criterion; Drama; $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins. Leaving aside Marie Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc — a performance as unique as the film it serves — I can’t think of another actress showcase that gets to me more than … Continue reading “The Heiress”