October 7, 2019
The Major and the Minor
MVD/Arrow, Comedy, $39.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Rita Johnson, Diana Lynn, Robert Benchley.
1942. In the first Hollywood directorial outing from Billy Wilder, a grown woman posing as a 12-year-old meets and gradually falls for a kindly and thoroughly aboveboard Army major — who probably isn’t even aware that he’s on the road to reciprocating her feelings.
Extras: Includes a taut and nicely crafted voiceover commentary from film scholar Adrian Martin; a half-hour interview with British critic and academic Neil Sinyard; and a 30-minute Ray Milland interview.
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Available via Warner Archive
Warner, Drama, $21.99 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias, Alan Baxter.
1949. To some extent overlooked when it came out the same year as Kirk Douglas’s star-making rival boxing drama Champion, Director Robert Wise’s The Set-Up finally attained the rep it deserves after many years.
Extras: The Blu-ray includes separate commentaries from Wise and Martin Scorsese.
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Mike's Picks: 'Trapeze' and 'Never So Few'
Trapeze Street 9/25/18 Kino Lorber, Drama, $19.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR. Stars Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida, Katy Jurado, Thomas Gomez. 1956. Trapeze was a big deal at the time for boomer kids who wanted to see real stars,…
Mike's Picks: 'No Down Payment' and 'Moonrise'
No Down Payment Available via ScreenArchives.com Twilight Time, Drama, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR. Stars Joanne Woodward, Tony Randall, Jeffrey Hunter, Sheree North, Barbara Rush, Cameron Mitchell, Pat Hingle, Patricia Owens. 1957. A time-capsule movie that also captures the members of its…
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…
Mike's Picks: 'Panique' and 'The Last Command'
Panique Criterion, Drama, $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray, NR. Stars Viviane Romance, Michel Simon, Paul Bernard, Max Dalban. 1946. Director Julien Duvivier’s Panique, a French-language adaptation of a Georges Simenon novel just after the end of World War II, features Michel Simon…