• Aladdin (2019)

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 9/10/19; Disney; Fantasy; Box Office $354.53 million; $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG’ for some action/peril. Stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, Numan Acar. Disney’s live-action version of Aladdin is essentially a beat-by-beat reconstruction of the animated classic, with … Continue reading “Aladdin (2019)”

  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! The Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary Mystery Mansion

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 9/3/19; Warner; Animated; $89.99 Blu-ray; Not rated; Voices of Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Stefanianna Christopherson, Heather North, Nicole Jaffe, Pat Stevens. Warner Bros. is celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Scooby-Doo” in fine fashion with a gorgeous high-def presentation of the series that started it all. The Blu-ray set includes … Continue reading “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! The Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary Mystery Mansion”

  • Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation

    DVD REVIEW: PBS; Documentary; $24.99 DVD; Not rated. Depending on your own history and experience from 1969, I suppose you could make a case that the first moon shot, the release of The Wild Bunch, the Stonewall riots, the Miracle Mets or Portnoy’s Complaint defined the applicable generation just as much (and the last one … Continue reading “Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation”

  • Easy Living

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino Lorber; Comedy; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, Ray Milland, Luis Alberni. I’ve seen plenty of Easy Living title confusion in TV-listing screwups over the years, so let’s clarify. This version, here on a welcome new Blu-ray from Kino Classics, is Mitchell Leisen directing a great screwball cast in … Continue reading “Easy Living”

  • Men in Black: International

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street Date 9/3/19; Sony Pictures; Sci-Fi; Box Office: $79.66 million; $30.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, $45.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for sci-fi action, some language and suggestive material. Stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, Laurent Bourgeois, Larry Bourgeois, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson. The fourth film in the “Men in … Continue reading “Men in Black: International”

  • Brightburn

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Sony Pictures; Horror; Box Office $17.3 million; $30.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, $38.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘R’ for horror violence/bloody images, and language. Stars Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones, Meredith Hagner, Emmie Hunter, Gregory Alan Williams, Annie Humphrey. The common description of Brightburn paints the film as something of a … Continue reading “Brightburn”

  • Footlight Parade

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Musical; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell.  Footlight Parade was 1933’s third Busby Berkeley extravaganza released by Warner Bros. in a seven-month period, but this one had a surprise. Of all people, given his screen-gangster resumé, here was James Cagney headlining … Continue reading “Footlight Parade”

  • Wild in the Country

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:   Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Drama; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated.  Stars Elvis Presley, Hope Lange, Tuesday Weld, Millie Perkins. Underseen even by curiosity seekers who might be tempted to take a look purely on a what-the-hell? level, 1961’s Wild in the Country was a major crossroad in Elvis Presley’s movie career — maybe even the major … Continue reading “Wild in the Country”

  • The Banana Splits Movie

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street Date 8/27/19; Warner; Horror; $19.98 DVD, $24.98 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for horror violence and gore. Stars Dani Kind, Finlay Wojtak-Hissong, Romeo Carere, Steve Lund, Sara Canning, Eric Bauza. The line between comedy and horror is often a fine one, as attempting to build a mood of genuine fright can often be undone … Continue reading “The Banana Splits Movie”