• Downsizing

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Paramount; Sci-Fi Comedy; Box Office $24.45 million; $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $34.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘R’ for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity and drug use. Stars Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Udo Kier, Rolf Lassgård, Jason Sudeikis. Director Alexander Payne’s Downsizing is a premise in search of a … Continue reading “Downsizing”

  • Great Balls of Fire!

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Olive; Drama; $24.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG-13.’ Stars Dennis Quaid, Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, Trey Wilson.  Nobody pulled too many muscles remastering Orion Pictures’ cartoonish Jerry Lee Lewis biopic for Blu-ray release, but curio seekers may want to be reminded — because I had totally forgotten myself — that Alec Baldwin plays … Continue reading “Great Balls of Fire!”

  • Running Wild (1927)

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino Lorber; Comedy; $19.95 DVD; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars W.C. Fields, Marie Shotwell, Mary Brian, Barnett Raskin.  Getting a simultaneous release with Kino’s Blu-ray release of the W.C. Fields-Louis Brooks pairing It’s the Old Army Game from 1926 — which arrived too late to include here, though it’s long been a personal … Continue reading “Running Wild (1927)”

  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 3/20/18; Sony Pictures; Adventure Comedy; Box Office $400.25 million; $30.99 DVD, $34.99 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, Bobby Cannavale, Rhys Darby, Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, Ser’Darius Blain, Morgan Turner. Whatever misgivings may … Continue reading “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”

  • Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 3/27/18; Disney/Lucasfilm; Sci-Fi; Box Office $619.6 million; $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of sci-fi action and violence. Stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Benicio … Continue reading “Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi”

  • Justice League

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street 3/13/18; Warner; Action; Box Office $229.01 million; $28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $44.95 3D BD, $44.95 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of sci-fi violence and action. Stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams, J.K. Simmons, Amber Heard, Connie Nielsen, Diane Lane, Billy … Continue reading “Justice League”

  • Night of the Living Dead: Criterion Collection

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Criterion; Horror; $39.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman. In any form, the opening shot seems exactly right: a moving car finessing all the twists and turns of a pastoral setting that turns out to be a graveyard entrance that its sibling passengers would have … Continue reading “Night of the Living Dead: Criterion Collection”

  • The L-Shaped Room

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Drama; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Leslie Caron, Tom Bell, Brock Peters. Buoyed by surprise lead casting that worked at the time and still does, The L-Shaped Room fairly seamlessly smooshes one of those British kitchen-sink dramas that a lot of critics diss (but I rather like) with an unwed … Continue reading “The L-Shaped Room”

  • I, Tonya

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 3/13/18; Universal; Comedy; Box Office $29.51 million; $29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for pervasive language, violence, and some sexual content/nudity. Stars Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Walter Hauser. The darkly funny I, Tonya isn’t so much a docu-drama about a moment of historical infamy as … Continue reading “I, Tonya”