Mike’s Picks: ‘Up in Smoke’ and ‘The Woman in the Window’

Up in Smoke

Paramount, Comedy, $12.99 DVD, $16.99 Blu-ray, ‘R.’
Stars Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Stacy Keach, Tom Skerritt.
1978. For all its raggedness, Cheech & Chong’s screen debut has well enough that attention must be paid — which is the same advice one might give to protagonists Pedro and “The Man” when they’re behind the wheels of motorized vehicles.
Extras: Includes interviews with the stars and some deleted scenes.
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The Woman in the Window

Street 6/19/18
Kino Lorber, Mystery, $19.99 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Raymond Massey.
1944. As with a lot of fellow nitpickers whose starting position should be that we’re still talking about a very good movie, Fritz Lang’s The Woman in the Window from 1944 has always been problematic because it has one of the shakier wrap-ups of the big-screen ’40s
Extras: Historian Imogen Sara Smith’s commentary is tight and well thought-out, offering the expected bios of the key actors and personnel but also giving weight to alternative interpretations of key events in ways that soften the negative impact of the weak wrap-up.
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