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  1. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review The Noose Hangs High Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough The Noose Hangs High Blu-ray Review Though its title suggests possibly a western motif, Charles Barton’s The Noose Hangs High is instead another Abbott and Costello comedy lark this time set in the world of gamblers and bookies. [review]
  2. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review Frankie and Johnny (1966) Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough Frankie and Johnny (1966) Blu-ray Review Frederick de Cordova's Frankie and Johnny, a musical suggested by the old blues chestnut, is basically a film empty of fresh ideas and is decidedly an unimaginative entertainment. [review]
  3. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn Blu-ray Review The Reader’s Digest adaptations of two Mark Twain classics – Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn – may not match one another in quality, but both offer tuneful versions of the familiar stories that fans of the songwriters or the original...
  4. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Devil's Brigade -- in Blu-ray

    The Devil's Brigade, not to be confused with The Devil's Rejects, was directed by Andrew McLaglen. It's one of those films about the need for a crack fighting team, and someone has an idea to use prisoners. Of course, the team turns out to be the best, most perfect, and deadliest team ever...
  5. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Tom Sawyer / Huckleberry Finn -- in Blu-ray

    I'd never seen these two APJAC productions. Arthur P. Jacobs was best known for a little series entitled Planet of the Apes, which arrived in 1968. Tom Sawyer was released in 1973, and Huck Finn a year later. Produced in concert with Reader's Digest, and with quality casts and crew, they're...
  6. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex* Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex* Blu-ray Review Woody Allen's sketch comedy offshoot from the best-selling David Reuben's sexual query digest Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask not only proved to be as popular as the book that...
  7. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Everything you wanted to know about sex* -- in Blu-ray

    Everyone knows that Woody Allen's Eyawtkas* was based upon a humorous self-help book by Dr. David Reuben, which topped the best-seller lists back in 1969. Peopled with some of the tops names in the acting profession, Mr. Allen's take on the book, which is more a series of vignettes than a...
  8. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Terror in a Texas Town -- in Blu-ray

    Welcome to America! Before the turn of the 20th century. A place, especially in the west, where immigrants were welcomed and loved. A place in Texas, where Sven Hansen, a Swede, who had spent his life at sea, saving to purchase a small piece of land that he could one day turn over to his...
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    Predictions for SHOUT FACTORY releases at Comic Con

    Here are my 2017 predictions for SHOUT FACTORY's announcement at Comic Con From Shout Factory: ROBIN HOOD: Prince of Thieves (Westchester/Morgan Creek) HALLELUJAH I'M A BUM (UA/MGM) EARTHQUAKE (Universal, theatrical and TV cuts) FUTUREWORLD (Orion/MGM) From Shout Select: The BEACH PARTY movies...
  10. Robert Harris

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

    Shout Factory has gone upscale with their new release of the Coen brothers Fargo, one of the darkest and funniest films to be added to the noir pantheon of productions, especially in color. Packaged, quite elegantly, in a Steelbook, that will attract certain collectors, this is a release that's...
  11. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review The Bridge at Remagen Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough The Bridge at Remagen Blu-ray Review An overlooked action-filled war film which fell midway between the big hits The Longest Day in 1962 and A Bridge Too Far in 1977, John Guillermin’s The Bridge at Remagen deserves to be better known. [review]
  12. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review The Quiet American Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough The Quiet American Blu-ray Review A gnawingly bitter love triangle and some enigmatic political posturing unfolding against the backdrop of escalating turmoil in 1950s Southeast Asia give Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s The Quiet American a most unique personality. [review]
  13. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review Inspector Clouseau Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough Inspector Clouseau Blu-ray Review Bud Yorkin’s Inspector Clouseau certainly can’t compare to any of the Clouseau efforts starring the legendary Peter Sellers, but on its own it contains enough comic inspiration and a decent enough leading performance to be worth a rental if for...
  14. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Man in the Moon -- in Blu-ray

    I love The Man in the Moon. It's one of the consummate films about growing up, and a child on the edge of adulthood. It's one of those virtually perfect films, along with the fact that we now have a bit better idea of the talents of that 14 year-old girl, who made her first appearance in...
  15. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review The Man in the Moon Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough The Man in the Moon Blu-ray Review A poignant coming of age story set in the late 1950s and concerning sisters vying for the attention of the same boy, Robert Mulligan’s The Man in the Moon treads a careful path between straight out romance and family drama. [review]
  16. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review Who'll Stop the Rain Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough Who'll Stop the Rain Blu-ray Review The utter disillusionment and nihilistic attitudes that were products of the Vietnam War are quite palpably and violently represented in Karel Reisz’s Who’ll Stop the Rain. [review]
  17. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review Year of the Comet Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough Year of the Comet Blu-ray Review A romantic caper film that’s lighter on the caper and the romance than it should have been, Peter Yates’ Year of the Comet offers charming parts for its two young leads but trips heavily when its footing should be feather light as the battle for a...
  18. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review One, Two, Three Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough One, Two, Three Blu-ray Review Billy Wilder’s frenetic Cold War comedy One, Two, Three is a farce of verbal, rather than physical, slapstick. [review]
  19. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Man of La Mancha -- in Blu-ray

    The concept of creating a musical entertainment of Cervantes' windmill tilting creation, during the Spanish inquisition, sounds about as likely as a film about a play set in an insane asylum. As a Hollywood musical, albeit shot in Italy, with Arthur Hiller at the helm, it never seemed to find...
  20. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Fortune Cookie -- in Blu-ray

    It's a good time to be a Billy Wilder fan. Both One, Two, Three, as well as The Fortune Cookie arrive at around the same time. Between the two, came Irma La Douce (not yet released on Blu-ray) and Kiss Me, Stupid, available from Olive. With The Fortune Cookie, Mr. Wilder created a new team --...
  21. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ One, Two, Three -- in Blu-ray

    I'll watch anything that involves Billy Wilder. I'll watch anything that involves James Cagney. One, Two, Three, a Cold War comedy, is Mr. Cagney's penultimate performance, and it's a doozy. For the production, Mr. Wilder returned to Germany. This is an easy one. Buy it. Enjoy it. The...
  22. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review Another Woman Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough Another Woman Blu-ray Review Mid-life crisis hits many of us full-on and very hard, and that’s certainly the case in Woody Allen's Another Woman, an outstanding production that presents several characters wrestling with the restlessness and dissatisfaction that can come to those...
  23. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review The Fortune Cookie Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough The Fortune Cookie Blu-ray Review Writer-director Billy Wilder’s view of human nature takes on an even sourer tone in his 1966 comedy The Fortune Cookie. [review] Read more.
  24. Richard Gallagher

    Blu-ray Review Ride the High Country Blu-ray Review

    Richard Gallagher Ride the High Country Blu-ray Review Sam Peckinpah's Ride the High Country, one of the cinema's classic westerns, is now available on Blu-ray with a gloriously stunning transfer from the Warner Archive. [review] Read more.
  25. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review Baby Boom Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough Baby Boom Blu-ray Review A light romantic farce that goes everywhere you expect it will and goes nowhere you expect it won’t, Charles Shyer’s Baby Boom is a pleasant time passer with just enough of a message to it that it won’t be a turn off to anyone in its audience. [review]...
  26. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Blu-ray Review David Swift's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying emerges as a bright, funny, and slick Big Business satire 1960s style with wryly tuneful songs and enjoyably engaging performances. [review] Read more.
  27. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying -- in Blu-ray

    I'm betting that some readers here may only know Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper of Mad Men. For those folks, be aware that he's been in the business since the 1950s. I "discovered" him in late 1961, when I saw the show on Broadway, with he and the legendary Rudy Vallee in the roles they...
  28. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review What's the Matter with Helen? Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough What's the Matter with Helen? Blu-ray Review The shock machine that brought notoriety and riches to What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte was running a bit low on inspiration by the time of Curtis Harrington’s What’s the Matter with Helen? [review]...
  29. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review Chilly Scenes of Winter Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough Chilly Scenes of Winter Blu-ray Review Annie Hall: meet your kissing cousin: Joan Micklin Silver’s Chilly Scenes of Winter, a bittersweet romantic comedy featuring lovers who meet, have a fun few months together, and part with the male side of the equation desperately and...
  30. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review Interiors Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough Interiors Blu-ray Review A fractured family several of whom are on the brink of self-destruction comes into focus in Woody Allen’s stark Interiors. [review] Read more.