• The Naked Prey

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Criterion; Drama; $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Cornel Wilde, Ken Gampu, Gert van den Bergh. On balance, Cornel Wilde may have ended up being a more interesting presence behind the camera than he was facing it, though that gonzo accent he took out for a joy ride playing the injured trapeze artist in … Continue reading “The Naked Prey”

  • The Adventures of Hajji Baba

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com Twilight Time; Drama; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars John Derek, Elaine Stewart, Amanda Blake, Thomas Gomez. I’ve always been a looney-tunes sucker for Arabian adventures in which caliphs, emirs and peasants look like someone you might see working a Motel 6 desk at 3 a.m. Thus, it was a personal … Continue reading “The Adventures of Hajji Baba”

  • Christopher Robin

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street Date 11/6/18; Disney; Family; Box Office $98.87 million; $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG’ for some action. Stars Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss. Voices of Jim Cummings, Brad Garrett, Nick Mohammed, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Okonedo, Toby Jones. Disney’s live-action version of “Winnie the Pooh” takes a cue from Hook … Continue reading “Christopher Robin”

  • Art School Confidential

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street Date 11/6/18; MVD; Comedy; $24.95 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for language including sexual references, nudity and a scene of violence. Stars Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent. Something of a halfway follow-up to Ghost World, which thoroughly ambushed me in 2001 by becoming my favorite movie of the past 20 years … Continue reading “Art School Confidential”

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Olive; Sci-Fi; $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, King Donovan, Carolyn Jones, Larry Gates. Whether viewed as the sci-fi/horror classic it justifiably is, or as an example of inept studio suits sabotaging their own picture, or as an early example of a theatrical underachiever subsequently “made” by television showings, or … Continue reading “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”

  • Shampoo

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Criterion; Comedy; $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Jack Warden, Lee Grant.  Once perceived and basically sold as a sex comedy conceived to trade in on star/co-producer Warren Beatty’s then real-life rep as Hollywood’s predominant anti-monk, Shampoo now looks amazingly prescient and, thus, a whole lot … Continue reading “Shampoo”

  • Queen of Outer Space

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Sci-Fi; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eric Fleming, Dave Willock, Laurie Mitchell. OK — Twilight Time has John Ford’s take on Edwin O’Connor’s The Last Hurrah (one of my favorite books of childhood); Arrow has Terence Davies’ Distant Voices, Still Lives; and I’m late on Criterion’s … Continue reading “Queen of Outer Space”

  • Ant-Man and The Wasp

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street Date 10/16/18; Disney/Marvel; Action; Box Office $216.42 million; $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for for some sci-fi action violence. Stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, … Continue reading “Ant-Man and The Wasp”

  • The Landing

    DVD Review:  Random Media; Mockumentary; $14.95 DVD, $24.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Don Hannah, Warren Farina, Jeff McVey, Cindy Lou Adkins, Page Hannah, Arlene Hughes-Martinez, Craig Stepp, Joe Santaniello, Robert Pine. Part of the fun about the history of NASA is to look over the scope of canceled projects to imagine what might have been. … Continue reading “The Landing”