Category: Blu-ray / DVD Film Review

BR: Piranha 2 – The Spawning (1981)

BR: Piranha 2 – The Spawning (1981)

September 12, 2018 | By

The differing versions of Piranha 2 are almost as fascinating as the making of James Cameron’s first feature as director, and Shout’s new Blu-ray rights a lot of wrongs for a sequel that’s almost as fun of the 1978 original…

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Tucker: The Man, the Car, and Coppola’s Dream

Tucker: The Man, the Car, and Coppola’s Dream

September 5, 2018 | By

Review and examination of the film + extras in Lionsgate’s new Blu of Francis Ford Coppola’s sublime Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988).

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BR: Tucker – The Man and His Dream (1988)

BR: Tucker – The Man and His Dream (1988)

September 5, 2018 | By

Originally conceived as a musical (!) but shelved for several years until friend George Lucas asked ‘Hey, whatever happened to that movie about Preston Tucker?’ Francis Ford Coppola’s deeply personal biopic…

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BR: Revolt of Mamie Stover, The (1956)

BR: Revolt of Mamie Stover, The (1956)

August 25, 2018 | By

Jane Russell’s final film for Twentieth Century-Fox is this supposedly steamy tale of a prostitute booted out of San Francisco and settling into an upscale but nevertheless exploitive ‘hotel’ run by a Madame and her woman-smacking henchman…

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Film: Fuzzy Pink Nightgown, The (1957)

Film: Fuzzy Pink Nightgown, The (1957)

August 25, 2018 | By

This odd-titled comedy and poke at Hollywood fame represents Jane Russell’s attempt (with husband Robert Waterfield) at steering her career away from formal studio productions, and her last feature film for 7 years…

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BR: My Sister Eileen (1955)

BR: My Sister Eileen (1955)

August 8, 2018 | By

With colour and CinemaScope, the 1955 version of Ruth McKenney’s tales retains most of the same characters from the original film, with some unique modifications. Gone is the setting of WWII and the need to economize, as are opening scenes in which sisters Ruth (Betty Garrett) and Eileen (Janet Leigh) make it clear…

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DVD: My Sister Eileen (1942)

DVD: My Sister Eileen (1942)

August 8, 2018 | By

Although based on the stage play by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov (and derived from Ruth McKenney’s short stories), the first film version of the play is a classic screwball comedy that benefits immensely from the casting of Rosalind Russell…

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BR: Let’s Make Love (1960)

BR: Let’s Make Love (1960)

July 26, 2018 | By

Marilyn Monroe’s final film for 20th Century-Fox is a sort-of remake of the studio’s 1937 Irving Berlin-penned musical On the Avenue, augmented with different classic songs by Jimmy Van Heusen & Sammy Cahn…

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DVD: On the Avenue (1937)

DVD: On the Avenue (1937)

July 26, 2018 | By

Boasting songs by Irving Berlin and top crooners Dick Powell and Alice Faye, On the Avenue has aged extraordinarily well, perhaps because of a crucial combination of amiable top-level talent…

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BR: My Gal Sal (1942)

BR: My Gal Sal (1942)

July 10, 2018 | By

In this highly sanitized musical biography of musician-composer Paul Dresser, Victor Mature follows the young teen’s life as musician to itinerant performer with a medicine vending troupe, and later & greater success in New York City after enjoying a series of hit songs in popular musicals…

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