• Next Stop, Greenwich Village

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Drama; $29.95 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R.’ Stars Lenny Baker, Ellen Greene, Christopher Walken, Lois Smith, Shelley Winters. Blume in Love has always been my favorite achievement from writer-director Paul Mazursky’s treasured output spanning (mostly but not exclusively) 1969 to 1978. But after seeing Next Stop, Greenwich Village for the first time in … Continue reading “Next Stop, Greenwich Village”

  • Criss Cross (Pour toi j’ai tué )

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: All-Region French Import; Elephant; Mystery; $29.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Burt Lancaster, Yvonne DeCarlo, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally. Even in terms of the lowlife-laden melodramas Burt Lancaster made right out of the career gate, Criss Cross seems somewhat undervalued, at least relative to its merit. The Killers and Brute Force are probably the early Burts that … Continue reading “Criss Cross (Pour toi j’ai tué )”

  • Peter Pan: Signature Collection

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Disney; Animated; $39.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘G.’ Voices of Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Paul Collins, Tommy Luske. One thing Disney has been doing more frequently with its Blu-ray re-releases of its animated classics is making the legacy bonus material available through the digital edition, for which a code is included with the … Continue reading “Peter Pan: Signature Collection”

  • Annihilation

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Paramount; Sci-Fi; Box Office $32.73 million; $25.99 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality. Stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Benedict Wong, Oscar Isaac. Director Alex Garland is settling into a nice niche making deliberate, thought-provoking science-fiction films that defy the … Continue reading “Annihilation”

  • Gun Crazy

     BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Drama; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars John Dall, Peggy Cummins. Paul Schrader, who should know, wrote an essay decades ago listing 10 or so titles that defined film noir, and the ‘B’-with-better-than-‘B’ talent initially known as Deadly Is the Female ended up making the cut. Yet even on … Continue reading “Gun Crazy”

  • Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino Lorber; Documentary; $29.95 DVD, $34.95 Blu-ray; Not rated.  Direct from its 96% Rotten Tomatoes huzzahs (and you’d have to be a real prune not to take to it), Alexandra Dean’s Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story deftly walks the dividing line between chronicling the actress/raving beauty’s screen career and — now much more … Continue reading “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story”

  • Red Sparrow

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Fox; Thriller; Box Office $46.83 million; $29.99 DVD, 34.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘R’ for strong violence, torture, sexual content, language and some graphic nudity. Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Joely Richardson, Ciarán Hinds, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeremy Irons. Based on the same-titled 2013 novel by Jason Matthews, Red … Continue reading “Red Sparrow”

  • Game Night

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Warner; Comedy; Box Office $68.85 million; $28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for language, sexual references and some violence. Stars Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Jesse Plemons, Chelsea Peretti, Danny Huston, Michael C. Hall, Kyle Chandler. The premise behind Game Night is simple yet solid: A … Continue reading “Game Night”

  • Cleopatra (1934)

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Universal; Drama; $19.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon, Joseph Schildkraut, C. Aubrey Smith.  I can remember back in early 1963, when everyone was wondering if the still not released Taylor-Burton Cleopatra would do to 20th Century-Fox what Heaven’s Gate later did to United Artists (which, by way, it … Continue reading “Cleopatra (1934)”