• The Major and the Minor

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: MVD/Arrow; Comedy; $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Rita Johnson, Diana Lynn, Robert Benchley. Standard histories have it that Billy Wilder decided to become a director to “protect his screenplays” (which, at that time, were co-written with Charles Brackett) after he didn’t like what Mitchell Leisen did to 1941’s Hold … Continue reading “The Major and the Minor”

  • The Set-Up

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Drama; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias, Alan Baxter. To some extent overlooked when it came out the same year (1949) as Kirk Douglas’s star-making rival boxing drama Champion, Robert Wise’s The Set-Up finally attained the rep it deserves after many years. Even … Continue reading “The Set-Up”

  • Toy Story 4

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street 10/8/19; Disney; Animated; Box Office $433.06 million; $39.99 Blu-ray/DVD, $44.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘G.’ Voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Joan Cusack, Bonnie Hunt, Kristen Schaal, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, June Squibb, Carl Weathers, Jeff Garlin. While the … Continue reading “Toy Story 4”

  • Local Hero

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Criterion; Comedy; $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG.’ Stars Peter Reigert, Burt Lancaster, Denis Lawson, Jenny Seagrove. Better than any movie of its era, Bill Forsyth’s Local Hero comes closest to pulling off full-fledged whimsy — or at least, that’s what I thought in 1983 and up to about a week ago. But … Continue reading “Local Hero”

  • Whirlpool

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Drama; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Gene Tierney, Richard Conte, Jose Ferrer, Charles Bickford. As movie-related tantalizers go, Whirlpool’s casting of a young Jose Ferrer as a sociopathic quack astrologer easily tops most, and it’ll continue to do so until the day when concession stands once again begin … Continue reading “Whirlpool”

  • Spider-Man: Far From Home

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 10/1/19; Sony Pictures/Marvel; Action; Box Office $389.86 million; $30.99 DVD, $38.99 Blu-ray, $45.99 UHD BD; Rated’PG-13’ for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments. Stars Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, Martin Starr, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Angourie Rice, Tony Revolori, Peter Billingsley, … Continue reading “Spider-Man: Far From Home”

  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Fox; Action; Box Office $65.85 million; $29.99 DVD, $37.99 Blu-ray, $45.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action including some gunplay, disturbing images, and brief strong language. Stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jessica Chastain. … Continue reading “X-Men: Dark Phoenix”

  • Man Without a Star

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino Lorber; Western; $29.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Crain, Claire Trevor, William Campbell, Richard Boone. Despite a fun supporting cast (look: there’s Jay C. Flippen again) and a keen balance of humor aside from some ugly barbed-wire injuries you’d only wish on a few, 1955’s Man Without a Star is a … Continue reading “Man Without a Star”

  • 10 North Frederick

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Drama; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Gary Cooper, Diane Varsi, Suzy Parker, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ray Stricklyn. Despite my initial enthusiasm to view the Twilight Time Blu-ray of 10 North Frederick that’s now been available for a couple months, I had to be re-nudged to take a fresh look at a … Continue reading “10 North Frederick”

  • Wagon Master

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Western; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Ben Johnson, Joanne Dru, Harry Carey, Jr., Ward Bond. For a Western that’s in all ways modest (quality excepted), 1950’s Wagon Master is rated extraordinarily high in the John Ford canon by people who know or knew. Joseph McBride, author of Searching … Continue reading “Wagon Master”