• Murder, He Says

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 4/7/20; Kino Lorber; Comedy; $24.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Fred MacMurray, Helen Walker, Marjorie Main, Jean Heather, Porter Hall. Other than 1948’s Miss Tatlock’s Millions, which falls just short of being a brother-sister incest farce while getting all jocular about mental illness, Murder, He Says is the most twisted Hollywood comedy … Continue reading “Murder, He Says”

  • Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino/Zeitgeist; Documentary; Box Office: $0.06 million; $29.95 DVD, $34.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. There’s almost certainly a link between a certain kind of genius and a certain kind of madness, which is one of the themes of Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project — director Matt Wolf’s graphically sophisticated documentary about a most unusual woman … Continue reading “Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project”

  • 1917

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Universal; Drama; Box Office $ 159.23 million; $29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray, $44.98 UHD BD; Rated ‘R’ for violence, some disturbing images, and language. Stars George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch. Director Sam Mendes’ 1917 puts viewers in the midst of World War I with a … Continue reading “1917”

  • Uncut Gems

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Lionsgate; Thriller; Box Office $50 million; $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for pervasive strong language, violence, some sexual content and brief drug use. Stars Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, Julia Fox, Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel, Eric Bogosian, Judd Hirsch. A disturbing and offbeat thriller from the Safdie brothers, Uncut Gems offers what is … Continue reading “Uncut Gems”

  • Jumanji: The Next Level

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Sony Pictures; Adventure Comedy; Box Office $316.83 million; $30.99 DVD, $38.99 Blu-ray, $45.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for adventure action, suggestive content and some language. Stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Awkwafina, Alex Wolff, Morgan Turner, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Danny Glover, Danny DeVito, Colin Hanks, Rhys Darby, … Continue reading “Jumanji: The Next Level”

  • Beau Brummell

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Drama; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Stewart Granger, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Ustinov, Robert Morley. To my very pleasant surprise, Warner Archive has given 1954’s Beau Brummell the full treatment with a 4K scan off the original negative for a payoff of such vivid reds and dark blues on … Continue reading “Beau Brummell”

  • Canyon Passage

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino Lorber; Western; $24.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Dana Andrews, Brian Donlevy, Susan Hayward, Ward Bond, Hoagy Carmichael, Patricia Roc, Lloyd Bridges. So it’s sometime in the mid-late 1960s, and one of the local TV stations was giving my adolescent self his first chance to see Canyon Passage, a Walter Wanger-Jacques Tourneur Western … Continue reading “Canyon Passage”

  • Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street Date 3/31/20; Disney/Lucasfilm; Sci-Fi; Box Office $515.2 million; $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for sci-fi violence and action. Stars Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Carrie … Continue reading “Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker”

  • A Little Romance

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Drama; $21.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG.’ Stars Laurence Olivier, Diane Lane, Thelonious Bernard, Sally Kellerman, Arthur Hill. It was spring of 1979 when 12-year-old Diane Lane made the cover of Time magazine back when that really meant something — ostensibly as part of a cover story on “Hollywood’s Whiz … Continue reading “A Little Romance”

  • Salesman

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Criterion; Documentary; $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Salesman was the documentary feature debut that put the Maysles Brothers (David and Albert) on the map along with Charlotte Zwerin, whose subtle editing choices here are, with good reason, the kind often termed as “invisible,” though we subliminally sense that they’re there. The team’s real breakthrough, … Continue reading “Salesman”