A few words about...™ Dietrich & von Sternberg in Hollywood -- in Blu-ray
On July 3, Criterion is releasing their new Blu-ray set of the six Hollywood (Paramount) productions that came from the talents of Marlene Dietrich, under the direction of Josef von Sternberg.
A few words about...™ Hilda Crane -- in Blu-ray
Make no mistake. Hilda Crane, which Twilight Time is now offering on Blu-ray, is a soap opera.
But it's a good one.
With a screenplay by Philip Dunne, (How Green Was My Valley, The Last of the Mohicans, Forever Amber) and...
A few words about...™ The Birth of a Nation (1915) -- in Blu-ray
Mr. Griffith's 1915, The Birth of a Nation, which in many ways helped to further the language of cinema, has been seen on every known video format, since the early days.
A quick count, shows, 347...
A few words about...™ Die Hard -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray
It's difficult to imagine that we've had John McTiernan's Die Hard, with us for thirty years.
After all that time, it has not lost one iota of it's thrills or pleasure.
Is it a perfect film?
Brought to 4k UHD...
The Best Value Loudspeaker Available? Meet ELAC's New Debut B6.2 by Andrew Jones
I spent last weekend in the chilly environs of Chicago, attending AXPONA 2018 and listening to all that is new in the world of audio. On the first morning, I was fortunate enough to stumble into...
A few words about...™ Grease -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray
Note: A keen-eyed viewer has noted a digital anomaly, probably caused by auto-cleanup, that never should have made it through (hopefully) multiple layers of QC. There may be more. Collect the whole set!
A few words about...™ Joan of Arc -- in Blu-ray
Victor Fleming's 1948 Technicolor Joan of Arc is an interesting film.
Produced with a very large budget, and with three superb cinematographers at the helm, it's a gorgeous film to look at.
As a production, it's big on process...
A few words about...™ While the City Sleeps -- in Blu-ray
At the end of his very long career, the great Fritz Lang, made a few noir films for RKO. To me, his last great film was The Big Heat, for Columbia, in 1953.
The two final American productions, both 1956, were While the...
A few words about...™ Lady and the Tramp -- in Blu-ray
I've been trying with the Disney animated classics.
Trying to like the new Blu-rays.
I really have.
I've even reviewed them well, hoping for something to change.
For about a decade, I've been forgiving them their...
The Silence of the Lambs Blu-Ray Review (Criterion)
Crafted with a gift for capturing the layers of complex characters, investigative pursuit, and the tightening screws of tension, The Silence of the Lambs builds its effective psychological horror. It is mesmerizing cinema...
A few words about...™ Crooked House -- in Blu-ray
For those few, who may not know their Agatha Christie works, the great lady of detective stories had two major series based upon two disparate characters, the extrararodinary Hercule Poirot, most recently experienced in Kenneth...
Lets dig into the Klipsch Heritage HP-3 Headphones. Some of you may not have heard that beloved speaker manufacturer Klipsch is now in the headphone game, releasing the Heritage HP-3 headphones in December. The HP-3 is an interesting product, because unlike many Klipsch speakers that cater to...
few words about...™ Raw Deal (1948) -- in Blu-ray
Another beautifully produced Blu-ray from Classic Flix.
A gorgeous black & white production, directed by Anthony Mann, and photographed by John Alton -- starring Dennis O'Keefe, Claire Trevor and Marsha Hunt.
A few words about...™ The Hanging Tree -- in Blu-ray
The Hanging Tree is an interesting, and under-appreciated film, that I enjoy simply as a Gary Cooper picture, and as the film which introduced me to the term "sluice robber."
It's also the first time a cinema audience got...
Jackie Gleason Show Single DVD Release coming out on 2/6/2018
Just spotted this on a few websites while doing a search on this program and it seems that some stores will be releasing a single version DVD of the main TL set that will be out come February 6, 2018, as B&N and...
Studios and Manufacturers announce HDR10+ Technology
20th Century Fox, Panasonic and Samsung Gain Momentum for
Best Possible TV-Viewing Experience with HDR10+ Technology
LAS VEGAS, NV – January 5, 2018 – 20th Century Fox, Panasonic Corporation and Samsung Electronics today...
A few words about...™Young Mr. Lincoln -- in Blu-ray
Cinematographer Bert Glennon's work, shines through in Criterion's most recent release via their agreement with Fox.
John Ford's 1939 black & white production, with Henry Fonda in the lead, not only stands the test of time...
While we wait for A few words about...™ The Greatest Showman -- in Blu-ray
HTF is a decidedly non-political website. A place where many come to not be involved in politics, so I'm not going to go there.
Not directly, in any case.
But there are words that need to be said...
A few words about...™ The Garden of Allah -- in Blu-ray
Shot in early 1936, and released in October, Richard Boleslawski's The Garden of Allah, was an extremely important film in the history of cinema.
It was one of only five three-strip Technicolor productions released in...
A few words about...™ Terminator 2 -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray
Terminator 2, directed by James Cameron is a Carolco film, which may, or may not, have something to do with what I’m seeing.
An important film for fans, and something that should be important to the overall lay of 4k...
"IMAX" vs Dolby Cinema: Your experiences?
I am familiar with the new scaled-down IMAX that have proliferated cinemas the last ten years and have seen many movies in them, but just this past month, our local AMC installed a "Dolby Cinema" theater that seems very much to...
A few words about...™ Spider-Man Limited Edition Collection -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray
I've got to be honest.
As someone who normally doesn't track the comings and goings of comic book characters in cinema, I found the latest 4k offerings from Sony to be extremely confusing...
Doctor Dolittle (1967) Blu-ray Review
More creative and entertaining than its flawed reputation allows, Richard Fleischer’s Doctor Dolittle is a whimsical fantasy a bit overlong and lacking precocity, but the music is lilting and the actors first-rate.
Sayonara Blu-ray Review
A measuredly-paced look at interracial romantic entanglements amid the bigotry of the post-World War II era in Japan, Joshua Logan’s Sayonara captures both the comic and tragic sides of the story spread among six or seven major characters in a beautifully...