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  1. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about…™ Dance, Girl, Dance – in Blu-ray

    The name Dorothy Arzner may not be at the fore of many younger cinephile's minds, but it should be. A career going back to the silent era, as an editor on Too Much Johnson (1919). The film was re-made in 1938 any another filmmaker. The first woman director in the DGA, and then there's that...
  2. Robert Harris

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

    Underwater probably has more interest historically than as a film. It wasn't very good in 1955, and hasn't exactly turned Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White over the ensuing decades. It's a very minor work for director John Sturges, who had the ability (The Great Escape) to create films that...
  3. Dick

    Dear WAC: Please Keep Those RKO Classics Coming!

    You are doing a splendid job of giving us classics from the RKO library, and somehow making them look as good as they probably did when first released to theaters. Here are some I'd love to see you or someone get around to: ANGEL FACE BACK TO BATAAN BEDLAM* BOY WITH GREEN HAIR (Color) BRINGING...
  4. Robert Harris

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

    New from Warner Archive, and another Blu-ray toward getting closer - we'll never get there - to having a compleat collection of John Ford films, Wagon Master is a gorgeous black & white production, as seen through the lens of Bert Glennon. RKOs can be iffy, but this one is a beautiful...
  5. Robert Harris

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

    Mention the name of Val Lewton to any fan of the cinema, and you'll generally receive a knowing smile or nod, as he was one of the unsung B picture heroes of the 1940s at RKO. Between 1942 and 1946, he was the man behind a series of horror/thrillers that are little gems of his field. Nine of...
  6. Robert Harris

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

    Back in 1933, after appearing in Dancing Lady for M-G-M, Fred Astaire, who received 6th billing, just beneath Winnie Lightner, made a move to RKO, and so began a series of classic musicals that fans have been waiting to appear on Blu-ray. There were ten films in the series, and the first to...
  7. Robert Harris

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

    I'm a huge Val Lewton fan. There's never been anyone quite like him for intelligent, atmospheric horror. Scream Factory's new Blu-ray of Robert Wise's (his second film in the series, after The Curse of the Cat People) 1945 The Body Snatcher, has everything going for it. Boris Karloff Bela...
  8. Robert Harris

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

    Quintessential Hitchcock Selznick Cary Grant Ingrid Bergman Claude Rains Finally in a gorgeous Blu-ray presentation From Criterion, with a cornucopia of extras No need to give this one a great deal of thought Belongs in every serious collection Image - 5 Audio - 5 Pass / Fail - Pass...
  9. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Thing from Another World -- in Blu-ray

    The 1951 version of The Thing was an interesting production for RKO. Produced by Howard Hawks, shot by Russell Harlan, and with a score by Dimitri Tiomkin, it was a big deal. James Arness, at 6'6", and not quite settling upon a screen name, played the alien creature. He would still...
  10. Robert Harris

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

    H.C. Potter's 1947, The Farmer's Daughter is a quintessential Selznick production, released via RKO. It's part of Kino Lorber's agreement with Disney to make available the Selznick productions, previously held by ABC, and is a nice step above some of the others in the series in terms of...
  11. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Curse of the Cat People -- in Blu-ray

    The concept worked. Create a great, catchy title, and build a film around it. And it probably worked for no one better than for Val Lewton, the king of the horror/thrillers at RKO from 1942 to 1946. A period during which he produced nine extraordinary low budget films, and left an indelible...
  12. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Joan of Arc -- in Blu-ray

    Robert Harris 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...
  13. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ While the City Sleeps -- in Blu-ray

    Robert Harris 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...
  14. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ On Dangerous Ground -- in Blu-ray

    Nicholas Ray's 1951, On Dangerous Ground, with Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond and Ed Begley, is one of the little black & white miracles from the RKO library, now at Warner Bros. Somehow, it has survived from the nitrate era, with both the original picture and track negatives intact, and...