• Madigan

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Japanese Region A Import; King Records; Drama; $48 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Inger Stevens, James Whitmore. As a rare Universal Pictures standout from a roughly five-year era when the studio was primarily palming off glorified TV movies as theatrical features, Madigan is precisely the kind of cult classic (a … Continue reading “Madigan”

  • The Commuter

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 4/17/18; Lionsgate; Action Thriller; Box Office $36.34 million; $29.95 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $42.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for some intense action/violence, and language. Stars Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Jonathan Banks, Elizabeth McGovern, Sam Neill. The success of Taken paved the way for something of a cottage industry: The Liam Neeson … Continue reading “The Commuter”

  • Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Street 4/10/18; Warner; Animated Action; $19.98 DVD, $24.98 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘R’ for strong bloody violence throughout, sexual content, brief graphic nudity, and some drug material. Voices of Christian Slater, Billy Brown, Liam McIntyre, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Gideon Emery, Tara Strong, Vanessa Williams, C. Thomas Howell, Dania Ramirez, James Urbaniak, … Continue reading “Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay”

  • King of Jazz

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Criterion; Musical; $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Paul Whiteman, John Boles, Laura La Plante, The Rhythm Boys (with Bing Crosby).  Even if all of them currently existed, at all or in ideal form, you likely wouldn’t have to sit through many of the early-talkie screen musical revues to realize that King … Continue reading “King of Jazz”

  • Underworld U.S.A.

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Drama; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Cliff Robertson, Dolores Dorn, Beatrice Kay.  I wish all the procrastinators who hold up movie lines over an eight-inch seating differential when making their picks on box office seating charts could find a way to work as fast as the late Samuel … Continue reading “Underworld U.S.A.”

  • Molly’s Game

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 4/10/18; Universal; Drama; Box Office $28.78 million; $29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for language, drug content and some violence. Stars Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O’Dowd, Bill Camp. With its exploration of the tawdry world of underground gambling, not to mention a tour of the … Continue reading “Molly’s Game”

  • While the City Sleeps

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Drama; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, Ida Lupino, George Sanders, Vincent Price, John Barrymore Jr. Fritz Lang’s While the City Sleeps was the first movie I ever saw by a director in Andrew Sarris’ Pantheon who wasn’t named John Ford or Alfred Hitchcock, though … Continue reading “While the City Sleeps”

  • Don’t Bother to Knock

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Drama; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Elisa Cook Jr.  Filmed on three or four simple sets and clocking in at just 76 minutes, Don’t Bother to Knock is an unusual movie for Marilyn Monroe to have made just as she was on … Continue reading “Don’t Bother to Knock”

  • Downsizing

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Paramount; Sci-Fi Comedy; Box Office $24.45 million; $29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $34.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘R’ for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity and drug use. Stars Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Udo Kier, Rolf Lassgård, Jason Sudeikis. Director Alexander Payne’s Downsizing is a premise in search of a … Continue reading “Downsizing”