kino classics

  1. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Doctor Cyclops & Cobra Woman - in Blu-ray

    Among some other very interesting titles, Kino Lorber is releasing two early three-strip Technicolor productions, Doctor Cyclops (1940) and Cobra Woman (1943, released in '44.) We've not had great luck with the quality of Universal / Paramount Technicolor of late, and I was very pleasantly...
  2. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Last Year at Marienbad - in Blu-ray

    It was with great trepidation, that I popped Alain Resnais' extraordinary Last Year at Marienbad into my Blu-ray player. Not because I don't like, or respect the film. I do. But rather, because I had been forced to view it ad nauseam in film classes, along with L'Avventura, and the Best of...
  3. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Legend of the Lost -- in Blu-ray

    Legend of the Lost is an odd one. Directed by legendary Henry Hathaway, it's a rather bland adventure film, starring John Wayne, and strangely, featuring Sophia Loren and Rossano Brazzi. Much of it was gorgeously shot on location, in Libya, and that along with its cinematographer and process...
  4. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Fritz Lang: The Silent Films -- in Blu-ray

    Fritz Lang: The Silent Films is an interesting re-packaging by Kino Classics. They've created a quality assortment of Mr. Lang's best silent works, inclusive of one written, but not directed by the master filmmaker, by bringing together nine titles previously available on Blu-ray via the Kino...
  5. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Since You Went Away & I'll Be Seeing You -- in Blu-ray

    Whether producing for his own entity, Selznick International, or via one of his earlier relationships with studios, David O. Selznick is generally considered to be one of the great showmen, and producers of extremely high quality films. With a career going back to the early 1920s, he came into...
  6. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Last Laugh -- in Blu-ray

    For those among you, who have taken cinema classes, (but more for those who have not) some of the films that were run again, and again, and again, were titles like Metropolis, Broken Blossoms, Birth of a Nation, The Seventh Seal, The Last Laugh, 8 1/2, La Strada and L'Avventura. Kino's Classics...
  7. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Variete -- in Blu-ray

    I've viewed E.A. Dupont's Variety numerous times over the decades, usually in 16mm public domain prints, beginning in film school, but have never seen it looking anything like it does in Kino's new Blu-ray. Derived from 35mm elements, and with beautifully rendered tinting, cinematographer Karl...
  8. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Anatahan -- in Blu-ray

    Kino Classics has released Josef von Sternberg's final work via The Library of Congress, and while it's a necessity to own for Sternberg fans, it may not be a worthwhile investment as entertainment. Apparently from a variety of image sources, most appear very nice, and uprez to 4k beautifully...
  9. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Enemy Below -- in Blu-ray

    The Enemy Below, a 1957 cat 'n mouse drama between an American destroyer and Nazi sub, has arrived from Fox via Kino Studio Classics. Directed by Dick Powell -- yes, that Dick Powell -- the film holds a certain charm, but doesn't truly stand the test of time. As a Blu-ray it's a mixed bag...
  10. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler -- in Blu-ray

    The availability via Kino Classics, of examples of Fritz Lang's silent work, is akin to a master's class in film history. This 1922 min, released in two parts, runs 270 minutes. Derived from generally high quality 35mm elements, Dr. Mabuse, is a bit of an oddity today. Reconstructed and...