Category: Blu-ray / DVD Film Review

BR: Blue Movie / Session in Amsterdam (1971)

BR: Blue Movie / Session in Amsterdam (1971)

March 20, 2019 | By

The frankness within Blue Movie is quite astonishing – full frontal male & female naughty bits, with active handling & touching on camera, as filmed by a young Jan de Bont…

Read More

DVD: Phantom Light, The (1935)

DVD: Phantom Light, The (1935)

March 12, 2019 | By

In 1935, Michael Powell directed 7 films, and The Phantom Light (1935) is among the few of his early quota work to make it to DVD. For North Americans familiar with his more daring artistic experiments with Emeric Pressburger (such as The Red Shoes, or Black Narcissus)…

Read More

BR: Vanishing, The  / Keepers (2018)

BR: Vanishing, The / Keepers (2018)

March 8, 2019 | By

Based on the still-unsolved Flannan Isle Mystery in which three lighthouse keepers vanished from an isolated isle without a trace in 1900, Joe Bone and Celyn Jones’ script unravels like a classic thriller in which isolation + greed drives men mad…

Read More

BR: Satan Never Sleeps (1962)

BR: Satan Never Sleeps (1962)

March 8, 2019 | By

Whether Pearl S. Buck’s first screenplay required heavy work by Claude Binyon isn’t known, but the author of The Good Earth (published in 1931, and made into a film in 1937 by MGM) reportedly wrote China Story around 1950…

Read More

DVD: Man in the Middle (1964)

DVD: Man in the Middle (1964)

March 8, 2019 | By

A whydunnit transposed to a WWII military courtroom in India, this adaptation of Howard Fast’s novel deals with a U.S. lieutenant facing the death penalty after shooting a British colleague in cold blood…

Read More

BR: Adventures of Hajji Baba, The (1954)

BR: Adventures of Hajji Baba, The (1954)

February 15, 2019 | By

When Monogram Pictures morphed into Allied Artists around 1953, the poverty row studio took several cracks at B+ and the odd A-level picture during the mid-1950s, including their first foray into CinemaScope…

Read More

DVD: Arabian Nights (1942)

DVD: Arabian Nights (1942)

February 15, 2019 | By

Inspired by the success of Rank’s Technicolor extravaganza The Thief of Bagdad (1940), producer Walter Wanger set up a sweet deal to produce films for Universal, and the first production to benefit from the studio’s talent and cash pool was Arabian Nights…

Read More

BR: Mile 22 (2018)

BR: Mile 22 (2018)

February 5, 2019 | By

Action dramas about characters struggling to get from point A to B within a set time frame aren’t new – Richard Donner tackled one in 13 Blocks, although it helped shutter his lengthy, box office-friendly career after 2006 –  but they’re rarely successful when the script fails…

Read More

BR: Peppermint (2018)

BR: Peppermint (2018)

February 5, 2019 | By

Peppermint is the latest revenge thriller in which a mature actor plays a character whose family is either endangered (Taken) or dead, or whose own life is part of a larger scheme to hush an opponent permanently (The Gunman)…

Read More

BR: Sunshine (1973)

BR: Sunshine (1973)

January 19, 2019 | By

Based on the published journals by Jacquelyn Helton, Carol Sobieski’s adaptation follows the basic chronology of a young mother diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, and her decision to dictate personal thoughts, articulate feelings, and provide advice for the daughter and husband destined to lose her at age 20…

Read More

banner ad
banner ad