• Salesman

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Criterion; Documentary; $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Salesman was the documentary feature debut that put the Maysles Brothers (David and Albert) on the map along with Charlotte Zwerin, whose subtle editing choices here are, with good reason, the kind often termed as “invisible,” though we subliminally sense that they’re there. The team’s real breakthrough, … Continue reading “Salesman”

  • Charlie’s Angels (2019)

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 3/10/20; Sony Pictures; Action; Box Office $17.8 million; $30.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, $40.99 UHD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for action/violence, language and some suggestive material. Stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks, Djimon Hounsou, Sam Claflin, Noah Centineo, Nat Faxon, Patrick Stewart. As a staple of “Jiggle TV” in the 1970s … Continue reading “Charlie’s Angels (2019)”

  • Jojo Rabbit

    BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Fox; Comedy; Box Office $33.31 million; $29.99 DVD, $37.99 Blu-ray, $45.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for mature thematic content, some disturbing images, violence, and language. Stars Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Alfie Allen, Stephen Merchant, Archie Yates. Writer-director Taiki Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit delivers what may … Continue reading “Jojo Rabbit”

  • The Day of the Dolphin

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino Lorber; Drama; $19.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray; Rated ‘PG.’ Stars George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Paul Sorvino, Fritz Weaver. When I came out of The Day of the Dolphin in 1973, my reaction was akin to that of so many other film folk in that we couldn’t quite figure out what the … Continue reading “The Day of the Dolphin”

  • X … the Unknown

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Shout! Factory; Sci-Fi; $24.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Dean Jagger, Edward Chapman, Leo McKern. Despite what looks like a glorified Ed Wood budget that’s mercifully camouflaged by a lot of nocturnal outdoor shots and a generally zippy pace, X … the Unknown is an affectionally regarded member of the Hammer Films family that’s … Continue reading “X … the Unknown”

  • Knives Out

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 2/25/20; Lionsgate; Mystery Comedy; Box Office $163.71 million; $29.95 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $42.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for thematic elements including brief violence, some strong language, sexual references, and drug material. Stars Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine … Continue reading “Knives Out”

  • Cimarron (1960)

     BLU-RAY REVIEW:  Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Western; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Glenn Ford, Maria Schell, Anne Baxter, Arthur O’Connell, Russ Tamblyn. MGM’s large-scale remake of screen history’s deadliest Best Picture Oscar winner looks so impressive on a big screen TV that I pleasurably breezed through its 2 hour, 38 minutes in one interrupted … Continue reading “Cimarron (1960)”

  • Jungle Fever

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino Lorber; Drama; $29.95 Blu-ray; ‘R’ for sensuality, strong language, drug content, and for violence. Stars Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Samuel L. Jackson, John Turturro, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee. A whole big bunch of things are much easier to accomplish than figuring out just what the genre of this ambitious 1991 Spike Lee … Continue reading “Jungle Fever”

  • Ford v Ferrari

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 2/11/20; Fox; Drama; Box Office $116.38 million; $29.99 DVD, $37.99 Blu-ray, $45.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for some language and peril. Stars Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Ray McKinnon. Director James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari provides an immensely entertaining look at an … Continue reading “Ford v Ferrari”