Category: Blu-ray / DVD Film Review

DVD: Conqueror, The (1956)

DVD: Conqueror, The (1956)

October 5, 2018 | By

As the legend goes, in spite of protestations from director Dick Powell, himself a former actor and song & dance man (On the Avenue), Wayne insisted on making his last film for RKO The Conqueror, and with Howard Hughes still at the helm of the studio, what could go wrong?

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BR: Underworld U.S.A. (1961)

BR: Underworld U.S.A. (1961)

September 21, 2018 | By

Sam Fuller’s early years as a crime reporter and flair for tabloid stories are especially pungent in Underworld U.S.A., a supposedly cautionary tale Everyone Must See! to alert themselves of the “threat to a nation” – criminal underworld profiting from drugs, extortion, and murder…

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BR: Don’t Bother to Knock (1952)

BR: Don’t Bother to Knock (1952)

September 21, 2018 | By

Before her career exploded, Marilyn Monroe appeared in a very low-key suspense drama, playing a deeply disturbed woman whose uncle foolishly thinks is cured and perfectly suited for babysitting the daughter of a wealthy couple…

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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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