• When We Were Kings

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Criterion; Documentary; $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG’ for images of violence, brief nudity and some language. Featuring Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Norman Mailer, George Plimpton. “No. No way. I’m not going to do it. I’m not going to pay that much money to watch Ali get killed in the ring.” That was … Continue reading “When We Were Kings”

  • The Return of Martin Guerre

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Cohen; Drama; $22.98 DVD, $39.98 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Gerard Depardieu, Nathalie Baye. You don’t need stolen credit card numbers or bank information to engage in identity theft, a reality that extends backwards in screen history well beyond “Mad Men” icon Don Draper to possibly even French tillers of land. And it’s this … Continue reading “The Return of Martin Guerre”

  • The Lion King (2019)

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Disney; Family; Box Office $543.2 million; $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG’ for sequences of violence and peril, and some thematic elements. Voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, James Earl Jones. Director Jon Favreau’s new version of The … Continue reading “The Lion King (2019)”

  • The Tall Men

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Western; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Clark Gable, Jane Russell, Robert Ryan, Cameron Mitchell. A substantial hit in its day that made Clark Gable give a damn because he took a percentage deal against his already meaty salary, The Tall Men is a combination cattle drive drama/wagon train … Continue reading “The Tall Men”

  • There’s Always Tomorrow (Demain est un autre jour)

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: All-Region French Import; Elephant; Drama; $39.99 Blu-ray/DVD; Not rated. Stars Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Joan Bennett. Douglas Sirk’s 1955 entry There’s Always Tomorrow had been previously filmed under the same title in the 1930s, but it couldn’t have offered the same trenchant observations of what at times can be maddeningly rigid suburbia — … Continue reading “There’s Always Tomorrow (Demain est un autre jour)”

  • The Major and the Minor

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: MVD/Arrow; Comedy; $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Rita Johnson, Diana Lynn, Robert Benchley. Standard histories have it that Billy Wilder decided to become a director to “protect his screenplays” (which, at that time, were co-written with Charles Brackett) after he didn’t like what Mitchell Leisen did to 1941’s Hold … Continue reading “The Major and the Minor”

  • The Set-Up

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Drama; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias, Alan Baxter. To some extent overlooked when it came out the same year (1949) as Kirk Douglas’s star-making rival boxing drama Champion, Robert Wise’s The Set-Up finally attained the rep it deserves after many years. Even … Continue reading “The Set-Up”

  • Toy Story 4

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street 10/8/19; Disney; Animated; Box Office $433.06 million; $39.99 Blu-ray/DVD, $44.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘G.’ Voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Joan Cusack, Bonnie Hunt, Kristen Schaal, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, June Squibb, Carl Weathers, Jeff Garlin. While the … Continue reading “Toy Story 4”

  • Local Hero

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Criterion; Comedy; $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG.’ Stars Peter Reigert, Burt Lancaster, Denis Lawson, Jenny Seagrove. Better than any movie of its era, Bill Forsyth’s Local Hero comes closest to pulling off full-fledged whimsy — or at least, that’s what I thought in 1983 and up to about a week ago. But … Continue reading “Local Hero”