• I, Jane Doe

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino Lorber; Drama; $19.95 DVD, $24.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Ruth Hussey, John Carroll, Vera Ralston, John Howard. Even by the standards of shaky ‘A’-picture melodramas, Republic Pictures’ I, Jane Doe is a whopper packed with wall-to-wall coincidences and improbabilities right up to its final courtroom histrionics — though I’m happy, of course, … Continue reading “I, Jane Doe”

  • Black Peter

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: All-Region British Import; Second Run; Comedy; $34.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. In Czech with English subtitles. Stars Ladislav Jakim, Pavla Martinkova, Vladimir Pucholt, Pavel Sedláček.  It’s only occasionally that celebrity deaths hit me really hard, but the passing of Jonathan Demme and then Milos Forman in successive years really did a bullseye number on … Continue reading “Black Peter”

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street Date 8/14/18; Disney/Marvel; Action; Box Office $678.11 million; $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, language and some crude references. Stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul … Continue reading “Avengers: Infinity War”

  • The Death of Superman

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street Date 8/7/18; Warner; Animated; $19.98 DVD, $24.98 Blu-ray, $39.99 Blu-ray gift set, $39.99 UHD BD. Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of violence and action including some bloody images. Voices of Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Rainn Wilson, Jason O’Mara, Rosario Dawson, Shemar Moore, Nathan Fillion, Matt Lanter, Christopher Gorham. The Death of Superman packs … Continue reading “The Death of Superman”

  • Super Troopers 2

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Fox; Comedy; Box Office $30.62 million; $29.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for crude sexual content and language throughout, drug material and some graphic nudity. Stars Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Rob Lowe, Brian Cox, Rob Lowe, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Tyler Labine, Will Sasso, Hayes MacArthur, Lynda Carter. Fans … Continue reading “Super Troopers 2”

  • A Matter of Life and Death

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Criterion; Fantasy; $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars David Niven, Kim Hunter, Roger Livesey, Raymond Massey. You say it’s the Criterion banner hanging over Sony’s ace restorer Grover Crisp and his colleagues — after they’ve put their all into one of the end-all-be-all’s of three-strip-Technicolor achievements? If so (and it is), you’re … Continue reading “A Matter of Life and Death”

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino Lorber; Adventure; $24.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Tommy Kelly, Ann Gillis, May Robson, Walter Brennan. The story’s familiar to you, right? I figured. Produced by David O. Selznick in the still young three-strip Technicolor process and sparked by a memorable “cave” designed by the immortal William Cameron Menzies, the capable … Continue reading “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”

  • Tully

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 7/31/18; Universal; Drama; Box Office $9.23 million; $29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for language and some sexuality/nudity. Stars Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass, Ron Livingston. Tully re-teams the writer/director pairing of Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman with actress Charlize Theron to present a raw, unflinching look at motherhood, postpartum … Continue reading “Tully”

  • I Walk Alone

    BLU-RAY REVIEW; Street Date 7/24/18; Kino Lorber; Drama; $19.95 DVD, $24.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Lizabeth Scott, Wendell Corey. The first Burt Lancaster-Kirk Douglas teaming occurred in 1947 almost a full decade before same-producer Hal Wallis’s Gunfight at the O.K. Corral finally paired them again for an even truer launchpad for … Continue reading “I Walk Alone”

  • If I Had a Million (Si j’avasts un million)

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: All-Region French Import; Elephant; Comedy; $39.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars W.C. Fields, Gary Cooper, George Raft, Charles Ruggles. Paramount was always my favorite Hollywood studio up until its last two or three decades of predominant artistic futility, and this would, of course, include the 1930s. No one could come close to touching it … Continue reading “If I Had a Million (Si j’avasts un million)”