• Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Comedy; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Tony Randall, Jayne Mansfield, Betsy Drake, Joan Blondell, Lisa Gaye. Refashioned and directed by Frank Tashlin from a George Axelrod play whose Hollywood slant Tashlin then modified toward Madison Avenue, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? is of a piece with Tashlin’s The … Continue reading “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?”

  • Year of the Dragon

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Drama; $21.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R.’ Stars Mickey Rourke, John Lon, Ariane. A handsome-plus howler whose saturated colors synch keenly with its Blu-ray presentation, the late Michael Cimino’s violent camp-fest Year of the Dragon remains an ideal culinary companion for the viewing demographic seeking just the right movie to … Continue reading “Year of the Dragon”

  • The Return of Frank James

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Drama; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney, Jackie Cooper, John Carradine. As difficult as this can be to parse, there was a brief period in the early 1940s where the director of M and Metropolis almost could have considered going “Two-Gun Fritz,” given the two … Continue reading “The Return of Frank James”

  • Green Book

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 3/12/19; Universal; Comedy; Box Office $78.32 million; $29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray, $39.98 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for thematic content, language including racial epithets, smoking, some violence and suggestive material. Stars Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Dimiter D. Marinov, Mike Hatton, Sebastian Maniscalco, Iqbal Theba. Sometimes there is great value to … Continue reading “Green Book”

  • Creed II

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 3/5/19; Warner/MGM; Drama; Box Office $115.7 million; $28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $44.95 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for sports action violence, language, and a scene of sensuality. Stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Wood Harris, Andre Ward, Russell Hornsby, Florian Munteanu, Dolph Lundgren. Given the premise used in … Continue reading “Creed II”

  • Desert Fury

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino Lorber; Drama; $19.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Lizbeth Scott, John Hodiak, Burt Lancaster, Wendell Corey, Mary Astor. Sometime in the past month (on a Facebook posting, pretty sure), the Hal Wallis-produced Desert Fury got categorized as “the gayest” of all film noir. Of course, I’d be derelict in duty overlooking … Continue reading “Desert Fury”

  • My Name Is Julia Ross

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: MVD/Arrow; Mystery; $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Nina Foch, Dame May Whitty, George Macready. Somewhere around the time we spot George Macready cutting up women’s clothing with scissors as his elderly mother looks on, the thought is cemented for good that My Name Is Julia Ross isn’t your standard garden-variety ‘B’ from 1940s … Continue reading “My Name Is Julia Ross”

  • Ralph Breaks the Internet

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 2/26/19; Disney; Animated; Box Office $199.89 million; $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $44.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG’ for some action and rude humor. Voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina, Ed O’Neill, Flula Borg. The original Wreck-In Ralph from … Continue reading “Ralph Breaks the Internet”

  • American Masters: Sammy Davis, Jr. — I’ve Gotta Be Me

    DVD REVIEW: Street Date 2/19/19; PBS; Documentary; $24.99 DVD; Not rated. Featuring Kim Novak, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis. Finding a bigger Rat Pack fan than I during that assemblage’s roughly 1960-64 heyday was no easy assignment, so Sammy Davis Jr., always got a pass from me despite my general lack of … Continue reading “American Masters: Sammy Davis, Jr. — I’ve Gotta Be Me”