• The Hanging Tree

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Western; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, Ben Piazza, Karl Malden, George C. Scott.  Gary Cooper made three more movies after The Hanging Tree before his death in the spring of 1961, but due to varied limitations in terms of conception and/or execution, none of … Continue reading “The Hanging Tree”

  • Coco

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 2/27/18; Disney; Animated; Box Office $207.56 million; $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $44.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG’ for thematic elements. Voices of Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Gabriel Iglesias, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Edward James Olmos. Pixar’s latest adventure is a visually stunning treat with a … Continue reading “Coco”

  • The Star

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 2/20/18; Sony Pictures; Animated; $30.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG’ for some thematic elements. Voices of Steven Yeun, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Keegan-Michael Key, Kelly Clarkson, Patricia Heaton, Kristin Chenoweth, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey, Aidy Bryant, Anthony Anderson, Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Plummer, Ving Rhames, Gabriel Iglesias, Mariah Carey, Phil Morris, … Continue reading “The Star”

  • Batman: Gotham by Gaslight

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Warner; Animated; $19.98 DVD, $24.98 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘R’ for some violence. Voices of Bruce Greenwood, Jennifer Carpenter, John DiMaggio, Grey DeLisle, Scott Patterson, William Salyers, Yuri Lowenthal, Anthony Head, Tara Strong, Kari Wuhrer. The idea of exploring familiar characters in alternate realities has become a staple of storytelling. This is … Continue reading “Batman: Gotham by Gaslight”

  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: Special Collector’s Edition

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: MVD; Comedy; $34.95 Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG’; Stars David Miller, Stephen Peace, George Wilson, Sharon Taylor, Jack Riley, Eric Christmas, Ernie Meyers. The 1978 farce classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is a perfect fit for the new MVD Rewind Collection, which preserves cult-hit films on Blu-ray with retro-style VHS-inspired packaging and a slew … Continue reading “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: Special Collector’s Edition”

  • Daddy’s Home 2

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 2/20/18; Paramount; Comedy; Box Office $103.89 million; $25.99 DVD, $31.99 Blu-ray, $34.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for suggestive material and some language. Stars Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Alessandra Ambrosio, John Cena, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson. The first Daddy’s Home in 2015 proved to be a pleasant surprise, with the simple … Continue reading “Daddy’s Home 2”

  • A Bad Moms Christmas

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 2/6/18; Universal; Comedy; Box Office $72.11 million; $29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for crude sexual content and language throughout, and some drug use. Stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, Susan Sarandon, Jay Hernandez, Justin Hartley, Peter Gallagher, Wanda Sykes. With the popularity of 2016’s Bad Moms … Continue reading “A Bad Moms Christmas”

  • Raw Deal: Special Edition (1948)

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: ClassicFlix; Film Noir Drama; $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Dennis O’Keefe, Claire Trevor, Marsha Hunt, Raymond Burr. Despite enough prowess shooting in color to have won an Oscar for photographing the ballet sequence in An American in Paris, the still revered John Alton ranks way up there with, say, RKO, real-life … Continue reading “Raw Deal: Special Edition (1948)”

  • Belle Epoque

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Olive; Comedy; $24.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R.’ Stars Jorge Sanz, Fernando Fernan Gomez, Penelope Cruz. A color-drenched period comedy about robustly healthy (i.e., not leering) sex in the physically resplendent Spanish sticks, Belle Epoque won me over in its first-run theatrical engagement for providing an hour/50 of incessant enjoyment — in other … Continue reading “Belle Epoque”