• Gaslight

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Mystery; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Dame May Whitty. Though this couldn’t have been the intention unless some ornery jester inside the Warner Archive brain trust was plotting mild mischief, the new Blu-ray of Gaslight’s additional inclusion of the 1940 Brit original serves … Continue reading “Gaslight”

  • Mother Wore Tights

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Musical; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Betty Grable, Dan Dailey, Mona Freeman, Connie Marshall. For the big-screen mogul who most immortalized the casting couch, Darryl Zanuck certainly made more than his share of movies that promoted family values back when he was running 20th Century-Fox (and about as … Continue reading “Mother Wore Tights”

  • High Life

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 7/9/19; Lionsgate; Sci-Fi; Box Office $1.23 million; $19.98 DVD, $24.98 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for disturbing sexual and violent content including sexual assault, graphic nudity, and for language. Stars Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth.  With a title more evocative of a stoner comedy than a ponderous science-fiction film, the … Continue reading “High Life”

  • Gotham: The Fifth and Final Season

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Warner; Action; $24.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Morena Baccarin, Chris Chalk, Cameron Monaghan, Shane West. Also available with Gotham: The Complete Series $99.99 DVD, $112.99 Blu-ray The “Gotham” in this final batch of … Continue reading “Gotham: The Fifth and Final Season”

  • Can’t Stop the Music

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Shout! Factory; Musical; $29.95 Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG.’ Stars Bruce Jenner, Valerine Perrine, The Village People, Steve Guttenberg. Around the time mainstream movies belatedly began paying heed to the “Gay Zeitgeist” (now there’s a rock-group moniker in the making), feel-good Can’t Stop the Music was shooting on location very close to where William Friedkin’s … Continue reading “Can’t Stop the Music”

  • Rider on the Rain

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino Lorber; Thriller; $29.95 Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG-13.’ Stars Charles Bronson, Marlene Jobert. Despite a scene in which Charles Bronson dispatches a trio of polished punks in an upscale brothel, the onetime sleeper arthouse hit Rider on the Rain often emphasizes the actor’s sweeter side. What, you say? Well, OK, this isn’t to deny … Continue reading “Rider on the Rain”

  • Dumbo (2019)

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street Date 6/25/19; Disney; Family; Box Office $114.03 million $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG’ for peril/action, some thematic elements, and brief mild language. Stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins. With a running time of just 64 minutes, Disney’s original 1941 … Continue reading “Dumbo (2019)”

  • Between the Lines

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street Date 6/18/19; Cohen; Comedy; $29.98 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R.’ Stars John Heard, Lindsay Crouse, Jeff Goldblum, Gwen Welles. As an easygoing, era-specific comedy that both lauded and poked mild fun at the disillusioned hip, Joan Micklin Silver’s Between the Lines (with a knowing script by Fred Barron) also had at least a couple … Continue reading “Between the Lines”

  • Warlock

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Western; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn, Dorothy Malone. Warlock has surprised me in recent years by showing up in multiple chat room discussions I’ve stumbled across that deal in particular or in passing with underrated Westerns. The surprise comes from my having … Continue reading “Warlock”