Mike’s Picks: ‘Ruby Gentry’ and ‘Madigan’

Ruby Gentry

Street 4/24/18
Kino Lorber, Drama, $19.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Jennifer Jones, Charlton Heston, Karl Malden, Tom Tully.
1952. It’s been suggested that King Vidor was a greater director of individual scenes than sustained movies, and there are redeeming bits here and there that transcend what is at heart an amusingly trashy time at the movies.
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Japanese Region A Import
King Records, Drama, $48 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Inger Stevens, James Whitmore.
1968. 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 that may or may not ever get a domestic Blu-ray release, so here’s a fairly handsome but not-cheap Japanese alternative (with no extras).
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