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  1. Robert Harris

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

    As a Woody Allen film, his 1978 Interiors, was a bit of an anomaly. It wasn't a comedy, but rather headed in the direction of Ingmar Bergman. As Julie Kirgo notes in her excellent monograph, Mr. Allen was coming off of Annie Hall, and could do no wrong. And he didn't. It's just that...
  2. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Robocop 2 & 3 -- in Blu-ray

    What fans of the Robocop series receive via Scream Factory's new releases, are quality extras, and quite a few of them. As far as imagery goes, it's a been there - done that sort of thing, even though Robocop 2 proclaims "a new 2k scan of the interpositive." There's nothing wrong here, but I...
  3. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Poltergeist 2 & 3 -- in Blu-ray

    The original 1982 Poltergeist was a huge hit, and naturally has spawned offspring, and while the children of Poltergeist received neither the reviews nor acclaim of the first, there is a fan base. This is where Scream Factory enters the fray. Like any other licensee of MGM product, they could...
  4. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review Stanley & Iris Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough Stanley & Iris Blu-ray Review Martin Ritt’s Stanley & Iris isn't the masterpiece that tighter, more succinct writing and more intensively portrayed emotions might have made it, but it's a quiet cinematic gem of some dramatic force and containing such beauty that it can't be...
  5. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review Comes a Horseman Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough Comes a Horseman Blu-ray Review Character building is at the forefront and truly forms the heart of Alan J. Pakula’s Comes a Horseman. [review] Read more.
  6. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review Nicholas Nickleby (2002) Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough Nicholas Nickleby (2002) Blu-ray Review One of the greatest of English language novels, Charles Dickens’ The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby comes colorfully to the screen in Douglas McGrath’s 2002 adaptation Nicholas Nickleby. [review] Read more.
  7. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review The Barefoot Contessa Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough The Barefoot Contessa Blu-ray Review A bittersweet tale of a free spirited life brought prematurely to an end leaves a bit of a sour aftertaste in Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s The Barefoot Contessa. [review] Read more.
  8. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review Stardust Memories Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough Stardust Memories Blu-ray Review There’s the touch of the autobiographical in many of Woody Allen’s films but probably none more so than in Stardust Memories, a philosophical comedy that veers in and out of the surreal but stays rooted in reality long enough to tell an only...
  9. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A few words about...™ The Magnificent Seven (2016) -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    Antoine Fuqua's remake of the great 1960 original by John Sturges, in turn, based upon Kurosawa's 1954 The Seven Samurai, is a fun film. Unlike its predecessors, it's never a great one. Nice performances from a superb group of players, beautiful cinematography by Mauro Fiore, and a score...
  10. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Ben-Hur (2016) -- in Blu-ray

    Is the latest incarnation as bad as the reviews, 41? I don't believe so. Some decent, but never great performances, some very nice digital work, especially in the creation of the Roman era, beautifully shot. What's the problem, then... 41? The film feels as though it has no soul. It's a...
  11. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review Moby Dick (1956) Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough Moby Dick (1956) Blu-ray Review John Huston’s 1956 adaptation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick does quite a remarkable job retaining both the story and the essence of the book without being slavish to its meanderings and philosophizing. [review] Read more.
  12. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review I Want to Live! Blu-ray Review

    Matt Hough I Want to Live! Blu-ray Review I Want to Live!, Robert Wise’s riveting docudrama about the life of convicted murderer Barbara Graham, only gets more impressive with age. [review] Read more.
  13. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Moby Dick (1956) -- in Blu-ray

    Reviewing this particular release is a difficult task, as there is far more going on behind the scenes than will ever be evident on screen. There were a myriad of problems, beginning in pre-production, with the decision to produce 35mm dye transfer prints with a unique appearance, mimicking...
  14. Garysb

    Later MGM Musicals At BAM 11/18 to 12/8/16

    For those in the New York City Area BAM will be showing MGM musicals from the 1950's and 1960's and a few even later. Astaire, Kelly, and Reynolds are the most prominently featured. Many but not all in 35MM. http://www.bam.org/film/2016/thats-entertainment-mgm-musicals-part-ii Nov 18—Dec 8...
  15. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review Boxcar Bertha Blu-ray Review

    matt-hough Boxcar Bertha Blu-ray Review In his second feature film Boxcar Bertha, director Martin Scorsese attempts to bring a kind of Bonnie and Clyde vibe to a rather uninteresting true story of depression life. [review] Click here to read the original article.
  16. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review The Train: Encore Edition Blu-ray Review

    matt-hough The Train: Encore Edition Blu-ray Review A riveting and sadly under-appreciated World War II caper adventure made with great intelligence and heart behind the filmmaking, John Frankenheimer’s The Train holds its own with all films based on events coming from that conflict...
  17. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review Runaway Train Blu-ray Review

    matt-hough Runaway Train Blu-ray Review Andrei Konchalovsky’s tough-as-nails prison escape picture Runaway Train is a thriller of rare and curiously majestic tone, quite a surprise coming from the Cannon Group which usually packaged cheap exploitation pictures of no great merit. [review]...
  18. Robert Harris

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

    The master provided to Twilight Time for John Frankenheimer's 1964, The Train, is one of the nicest they've delivered in ages. As a gorgeously shot black & white production, we're treated to a Blu-ray with rich coarse grain, inky blacks and shadow detail (where required) to beat the band. The...
  19. Robert Harris

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

    Barbara Hershey was on a roll by the time she made Boxcar Bertha for Martin Scorsese in 1972. It was her eighth film in five years, and she was only beginning. Unfortunately, for fans of Ms Hershey, as well as those of the director, one could only own a decent DVD for home viewing purposes...
  20. Robert Harris

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

    For years, Andrei Konchalovsky's 1985 Cannon Group "B" programmer, Runaway Train, has received short shrift from the home video world. Except for a Region B Blu release, it's been available only via collectible DVDs. Thanks to Twilight Time, the film can now be seen in an almost beautiful...
  21. Robert Harris

    A few words about...™ Road House -- in Blu-ray

    Rowdy Herrington's 1989 Road House, is a film starring Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, and Ben Gazzara, as citizens of a small town in the south, with Mr. Swayze, the best and baddest bouncer in the business. This is one of Shout's initial Select releases, so I'm presuming that the film has a...
  22. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Carrie (1976) -- in Blu-ray

    Scream Factory has created an incredible product with their Blu-ray Collector's Edition of Brian De Palma's 1976 classic, Carrie. It apparently all began with a 4k scan of the original camera negative by MGM. But what does that mean, exactly? The concept of working from the camera original...
  23. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Your, Mine and Ours -- in Blu-ray

    Melville Shavelson's Yours, Mine and Ours is another of those huge extended family films (think Cheaper by the Dozen, Belles on Their Toes et al), and in this case, is an interesting revisitation of the late 1960s. Don't like the '60s, there's the 2002 re-make. Take Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda...
  24. Robert Harris

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

    Frank LaLoggia's Lady in White, is a wonderful ghost story, that captured my imagination upon its release in 1987. It's decidedly low-budget. It's effects are basic and obvious, but it has a real kick to it, with a superb performance by young Lukas Haas. Finally, we have a proper Blu-ray...
  25. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins Blu-ray Review

    matt-hough Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins Blu-ray Review Based on a long series of pulpy adventure novels, Guy Hamilton’s Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins obviously was intended to be the first in a film dynasty that never materialized. [review] Click here to read the original article.
  26. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review Murphy's Law Blu-ray Review

    matt-hough Murphy's Law Blu-ray Review J. Lee Thompson’s Murphy’s Law is a nasty piece of goods, a violent and not-well-thought out revenge story with its protagonist as the victim rather than as the attacker. [review] Click here to read the original article.
  27. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review From Noon Till Three Blu-ray Review

    matt-hough From Noon Till Three Blu-ray Review A decidedly offbeat change of pace for star Charles Bronson, Frank D. Gilroy’s From Noon Till Three works in fits and starts, a love story that passes into legend with some unquestionably nasty aftereffects. [review] Click here to read the...
  28. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia: Encore Edition Blu-ray Review

    matt-hough Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia: Encore Edition Blu-ray Review A labor of love for its director, Sam Peckinpah’s Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is a difficult movie to love for some of the rest of us. [review] Click here to read the original article.
  29. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review The Glory Guys Blu-ray Review

    matt-hough The Glory Guys Blu-ray Review Arnold Laven’s The Glory Guys combines a slice-of-life look at post-Civil War cavalry duty with a fictional preparation for what would turn out to be Custer’s Last Stand. [review] Click here to read the original article.
  30. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review Theatre of Blood Blu-ray Review

    matt-hough Theatre of Blood Blu-ray Review With a cunning conceit at its core and a cast of the choicest of character actors, Douglas Hickox’s Theatre of Blood combines the genres of Grand Guignol and black comedy into a timelessly clever concoction. [review] Click here to read the...