• The Banana Splits Movie

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street Date 8/27/19; Warner; Horror; $19.98 DVD, $24.98 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for horror violence and gore. Stars Dani Kind, Finlay Wojtak-Hissong, Romeo Carere, Steve Lund, Sara Canning, Eric Bauza. The line between comedy and horror is often a fine one, as attempting to build a mood of genuine fright can often be undone … Continue reading “The Banana Splits Movie”

  • From the Earth to the Moon

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: HBO; Drama; $39.99 Blu-ray; Not rated; Stars Tom Hanks, Lane Smith, Nick Searcy, Stephen Root, Mark Harmon, Tony Goldwyn, David Andrews, Tim Daly, Bryan Cranston, Dave Foley, Paul McCrane, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Cary Elwes, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Brett Cullen, Tom Verica, Tom Amandes, Adam Baldwin, Gary Cole, Dan Lauria, Dan Butler, Joe Spano, … Continue reading “From the Earth to the Moon”

  • Klute

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Criterion; Drama; $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R.’ Stars Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Roy Scheider, Charles Cioffi. Released in relatively stealth fashion during a unforgettable movie summer in 1971 that put and puts the last 10 (at least) to shame, Alan J. Pakula’s Klute is a psychological drama wrapped in thriller/mystery trappings rather than a … Continue reading “Klute”

  • The Leopard Man

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Shout! Factory; Horror; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Dennis O’Keefe, Margo, Jean Brooks. Directed by Jacques Tourneur shortly after he and producer Val Lewton turned The Cat People into one of the most profitable sleepers of the entire World War II movie era, 1943’s The Leopard Man was the third of nine creepy features Lewton made … Continue reading “The Leopard Man”

  • Avengers: Endgame

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street Date 8/13/19; Disney/Marvel; Action; Box Office $857 million; $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and some language. Stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict … Continue reading “Avengers: Endgame”

  • Long Shot

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street Date 7/30/19; Lionsgate; Comedy; Box Office $30.32 million; $29.95 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for strong sexual content, language throughout and some drug use. Stars Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Andy Serkis, June Diane Raphael, Lisa Kudrow, Bob Odenkirk, Alexander Skarsgård. The often crude but usually charming Long Shot reframes … Continue reading “Long Shot”

  • The Wild Heart/Gone to Earth

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino Lorber; Drama; $19.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Jennifer Jones, David Farrar, Cyril Cusack. One movie, two edits and three strikes on David O. Selznick, if you ask me. Kino Classics’ cover art trumpets The Wild Heart, but the perpetually snakebitten Gone to Earth (indisputably the main event here) continues its … Continue reading “The Wild Heart/Gone to Earth”

  • Bandolero!

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Western; $29.95 Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG-13.’ Stars James Stewart, Dean Martin, Raquel Welch, George Kennedy.  Say, what did mom and dad look like? This is the unavoidable stumper posed by 1968’s Bandolero! when we’re handed the proposition of James Stewart and Dean Martin cast as brothers — this, apparently, … Continue reading “Bandolero!”

  • Shazam!

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street Date 7/16/19; Warner; Action; Box Office $140.24 million; $28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $44.95 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for intense sequences of action, language, and suggestive material. Stars Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Djimon Hounsou, Faithe Herman, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Marta Milans, Cooper Andrews, Meagan Good, … Continue reading “Shazam!”

  • A Patch of Blue

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Drama; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Sidney Poitier, Elizabeth Hartman, Shelley Winters, Wallace Ford. Of all the “Super Sidney” screen showcases that Sidney Poitier headlined during the 1960s, A Patch of Blue remains my favorite — which isn’t to deny the lasting impact of In the Heat of … Continue reading “A Patch of Blue”