• Cimarron (1960)

     BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Western; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Glenn Ford, Maria Schell, Anne Baxter, Arthur O’Connell, Russ Tamblyn. MGM’s large-scale remake of screen history’s deadliest Best Picture Oscar winner looks so impressive on a big screen TV that I pleasurably breezed through its 2 hour, 38 minutes in one interrupted … Continue reading “Cimarron (1960)”

  • Jungle Fever

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino Lorber; Drama; $29.95 Blu-ray; ‘R’ for sensuality, strong language, drug content, and for violence. Stars Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Samuel L. Jackson, John Turturro, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee. A whole big bunch of things are much easier to accomplish than figuring out just what the genre of this ambitious 1991 Spike Lee … Continue reading “Jungle Fever”

  • Ford v Ferrari

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 2/11/20; Fox; Drama; Box Office $116.38 million; $29.99 DVD, $37.99 Blu-ray, $45.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for some language and peril. Stars Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Ray McKinnon. Director James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari provides an immensely entertaining look at an … Continue reading “Ford v Ferrari”

  • Black Angel

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: MVD/Arrow; Mystery; $39.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Dan Duryea, June Vincent, Peter Lorre, Broderick Crawford. Was there something in the cinematic vapors during the late and immediately post-World War II years when it came to big-screen chippies getting murdered in their apartments, leaving their innocent husbands or lovers to be pursued by the … Continue reading “Black Angel”

  • Kitten With a Whip

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Universal; Drama; $21.98 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Ann-Margret, John Forsythe, Richard Anderson, Peter Brown, James Ward. Either Ann-Margret’s agent was trying to pull off an image-inversion to prove the budding star’s versatility, which is what I think happened, or he simply ignored the risks of inking a brief deal with Universal Pictures, which, … Continue reading “Kitten With a Whip”

  • Doctor Sleep

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Warner; Horror; Box Office $31.58 million; $28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $44.95 UHD BD; Rated ‘R’ for disturbing and violent content, some bloody images, language, nudity and drug use. Stars Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Cliff Curtis, Carl Lumbly, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Bruce Greenwood. It’s not exactly a secret that Stephen … Continue reading “Doctor Sleep”

  • Parasite

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Universal; Comedy; Box Office $35.47 million; $22.98 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for language, some violence and sexual content. In Korean with English subtitles. Stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Lee Jung-eun, Chang Hyae-jin. Writer-director Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite became something of a media darling for its clever … Continue reading “Parasite”

  • The Great McGinty

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Kino Lorber; Comedy; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not Rated. Stars Brian Donlevy, Muriel Angelus, Akim Tamiroff, William Demarest. Few traditions are more eternal than political corruption no matter the country in question, and even as we speak, Americans are seeing it in Imax three-camera Cinerama with 96-track stereo sound, just to mix some exhibition metaphors. … Continue reading “The Great McGinty”

  • Watergate

    DVD REVIEW: Region 2 British Import; Dogwoof/History Channel; Documentary; $15 DVD.  For an alternative screen look at political corruption (and one, appropriately, less whimsically sanguine), here’s one I’ve just taken a flying leap at: the two-disc Brit release of Charles Ferguson’s four-hour, 21-minute documentary on what at least used to be the American Presidency’s most … Continue reading “Watergate”

  • House by the River

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino Lorber; Drama; $19.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Louis Hayward, Lee Bowman, Jane Wyatt, Dorothy Patrick. When a gothic late 19th-century murder melodrama is titled House by the River, it can really get off on the wrong foot if the river itself doesn’t look very sinister when it predictably provides the … Continue reading “House by the River”