• The Far Country

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: MVD/Arrow; Western; $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars James Stewart, Ruth Roman, Corinne Calvet, Walter Brennan. Though his infectious smile directed mostly at Walter Brennan goes a long way to defuse this perception, 1954’s The Far Country surprises a little by casting James Stewart as a real hard-ass with some unattractive traits, given that … Continue reading “The Far Country”

  • The Bells of St. Mary’s

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Olive; Drama; $27.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers. Christmas has arrived early for Old Mikey this year, what with Olive Films’ much appreciated “Signature” upgrade of The Bells of St. Mary’s, a lovely visual rendering that features exactly the right person for its voiceover commentary: Bing Crosby biographer … Continue reading “The Bells of St. Mary’s”

  • Angel Has Fallen

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Lionsgate; Action; Box Office $69.03 million; $29.95 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $42.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘R’ for violence and language throughout. Stars Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lance Reddick, Tim Blake Nelson, Nick Nolte, Danny Huston. The unassuming “Fallen” action franchise becomes a trilogy in Angel Has Fallen, which continues the adventures … Continue reading “Angel Has Fallen”

  • Hustlers

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street Date 12/10/19; Universal; Drama; Box Office $104.88 million; $29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray, $44.98 UHD BD; Rated ‘R’ for pervasive sexual material, drug content, language and nudity. Stars Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Cardi B, Mercedes Ruehl, Lizzo, Frank Whaley. On the surface, Hustlers would seem to be … Continue reading “Hustlers”

  • Farscape: The Complete Series — 20th Anniversary

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Sony Pictures; Sci-Fi; $95.99 Blu-ray — 21 Discs; Not rated. Stars Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Virginia Hey, Anthony Simcoe, Gigi Edgley, Paul Goddard, Lani Tupu, Wayne Pygram, Jonathan Hardy, Tammy MacIntosh, Raelee Hill, Melissa Jaffer, David Franklin, Rebecca Riggs. This new 20th anniversary re-release of the complete “Farscape” offers a convenient way for fans … Continue reading “Farscape: The Complete Series — 20th Anniversary”

  • Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Shout! Factory; Documentary; $24.97 Blu-ray; Not rated. Features Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, Etta James. Keith Richards wanted to give Chuck Berry a backup band he deserved for once as part of a splashy St. Louis tribute concert that Taylor Hackford then filmed — and in doing so, gave rock’s … Continue reading “Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll”

  • Christmas in July

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 11/26/2019; Kino Lorber; Comedy; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Dick Powell, Ellen Drew, William Demarest, Raymond Walburn. As the funniest, and likely only screen treatment of a familiar premise to exhibit a little depth on the side as well, Preston Sturges’ 1940 Christmas in July is widely regarded as that revered … Continue reading “Christmas in July”

  • Dora and the Lost City of Gold

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Paramount; Family Adventure; Box Office $60.48 million; $25.99 DVD, $31.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG’ for action and some impolite humor. Stars Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria, Jeff Wahlberg, Nicholas Coombe, Madeleine Madden, Temuera Morrison, Adriana Barraza, Benicio del Toro, Danny Trejo. It would be easy to assume that a movie based … Continue reading “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”

  • Days of Wine and Roses

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Drama; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford, Jack Klugman. When I finally got around to seeing it for the first time maybe 25 years ago, the toughness of Days of Wine and Roses in its original “Playhouse 90” TV incarnation from 1958 really surprised … Continue reading “Days of Wine and Roses”