• The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Kino Lorber; Adventure; $24.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Tommy Kelly, Ann Gillis, May Robson, Walter Brennan. The story’s familiar to you, right? I figured. Produced by David O. Selznick in the still young three-strip Technicolor process and sparked by a memorable “cave” designed by the immortal William Cameron Menzies, the capable … Continue reading “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”

  • Tully

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street Date 7/31/18; Universal; Drama; Box Office $9.23 million; $29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray; Rated ‘R’ for language and some sexuality/nudity. Stars Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass, Ron Livingston. Tully re-teams the writer/director pairing of Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman with actress Charlize Theron to present a raw, unflinching look at motherhood, postpartum … Continue reading “Tully”

  • I Walk Alone

    BLU-RAY REVIEW; Street Date 7/24/18; Kino Lorber; Drama; $19.95 DVD, $24.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Lizabeth Scott, Wendell Corey. The first Burt Lancaster-Kirk Douglas teaming occurred in 1947 almost a full decade before same-producer Hal Wallis’s Gunfight at the O.K. Corral finally paired them again for an even truer launchpad for … Continue reading “I Walk Alone”

  • If I Had a Million (Si j’avasts un million)

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: All-Region French Import; Elephant; Comedy; $39.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars W.C. Fields, Gary Cooper, George Raft, Charles Ruggles. Paramount was always my favorite Hollywood studio up until its last two or three decades of predominant artistic futility, and this would, of course, include the 1930s. No one could come close to touching it … Continue reading “If I Had a Million (Si j’avasts un million)”

  • Ready Player One

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Street 7/24/18; Warner; Sci-Fi; Box Office $137.02 million; $28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $34.99 3D BD, $44.95 UHD BD. Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of sci-fi action violence, bloody images, some suggestive material, partial nudity and language. Stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Lena Waithe, Hannah John-Kamen. In … Continue reading “Ready Player One”

  • Let’s Make Love

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via ScreenArchives.com; Twilight Time; Drama; $29.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand, Tony Randall. Justifiably taken seriously by then husband Arthur Miller but also by director John Huston, Marilyn Monroe was able to “go out on” that collaborative duo’s The Misfits (speaking in career terms, that is) — just as co-star … Continue reading “Let’s Make Love”

  • The Colossus of Rhodes

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Drama; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Rory Calhoun, Lea Massari. OK, so you’re Lea Massari, and it’s obvious to see that you’d look mighty nice in a tunic, toga or $2.98 “street dress” I recently saw advertised in an ancient newspaper ad for Murphy’s Department Store. But you’ve … Continue reading “The Colossus of Rhodes”

  • The Curse of the Cat People

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Shout! Factory; Horror; $22.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Simone Simon, Ann Carter, Kent Smith, Jane Randoph. One can assume that even had The Godfather or The Sound of Music carried a moniker like The Curse of the Cat People, most of both Oscar winners’ huge “bases” (as our president likes to say) would have rather cleaned … Continue reading “The Curse of the Cat People”

  • 2 Weeks in Another Town

    BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via Warner Archive; Warner; Drama; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson, Cyd Charisse, George Hamilton. Adapted from a novel by Irwin Shaw, whose before-and-after work fared better on screens both big and small, 1962’s 2 Weeks in Another Town is somewhat more fascinating than it seemed at the time, … Continue reading “2 Weeks in Another Town”