Category: Blu-ray / DVD Film Review

BR: Yakuza, The (1974)

BR: Yakuza, The (1974)

June 30, 2017 | By

Derived from a story and originally scripted by brothers Leonard and Paul Schrader, respectively, producer-director Sydney Pollack, fresh off The Way We Were (1973), had Robert Towne (Chinatown) attenuate the action and violence and put a greater emphasis on the culture clashes between east and west…

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BR: Stone Killer, The (1972)

BR: Stone Killer, The (1972)

June 16, 2017 | By

Reportedly the only film among the Charles Bronson-Dino De Laurentiis films never to make it to DVD, The Stone Killer took the cops uncovering a mass-criminal training scheme from John Gardner’s novel, replaced the multiple bank heist finale with a multiple mob hit, and swapped London for Los Angeles, but still leaving New York City as a key location where Dirty Harry variant Lou Torrey (Bronson) hops back & forth…

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DVD: X-15 (1961)

DVD: X-15 (1961)

June 16, 2017 | By

Richard Donner’s feature film directorial debut is a mixed blessing, an attempt at docu-drama that combined nascent space exploration through NASA’s early pilot-controlled, rocket-powered spacecraft and the fetishizing of aircraft gear & procedures…

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Film: Sacred (2016)

Film: Sacred (2016)

June 11, 2017 | By

Somewhat inferred in promo materials as a cinema first, Thomas Lennon’s Sacred is comprised of curated footage tied to aspects of faith, grouped into three chapters using footage shot by 40 teams of directors & cinematographers from around the world…

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DVD: Bodysong (2003)

DVD: Bodysong (2003)

June 11, 2017 | By

Since winning a BAFTA Interactive Award and Best British Documentary / British Independent Film Award, Simon Pummell’s ground-breaking feature debut still packs a punch, easing from abstract and mysterious to concrete themes tied firmly to the evolution and psychosis of the human body…

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Film: Score – A Film Music Documentary (2016)

Film: Score – A Film Music Documentary (2016)

June 5, 2017 | By

Film scoring hasn’t been wholly ignored by documentarians, but most works have been isolated to specific composers (Bernard Herrmann, Max Steiner, Toru Takemitsu) and produced primarily for TV, making Matt Schrader’s feature-length theatrical release rather bold…

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BR: Fortune Cookie, The (1966)

BR: Fortune Cookie, The (1966)

May 23, 2017 | By

The hook in The Fortune Cookie is simple and sweet: after getting smacked and back-flipped while covering a football game, CBS cameraman Harry Hinkle (Jack Lemmon) wakes up in a hospital to find brother-in-law / personal injury lawyer Willie Gingrich (Walter Matthau) has already set in motion a perfect plan to sue…

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BR: Moby Dick (1956)

BR: Moby Dick (1956)

May 22, 2017 | By

Reportedly shot in 1954 and released two years later after a tumultuous production history, John Huston’s film of Herman Melville’s classic 1851 novel may have been poo-pooed by critics, with great disapproval levied on Gregory Peck, but time has been very kind to the film…

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Film: Mandala Beats (2016)

Film: Mandala Beats (2016)

May 19, 2017 | By

Montreal-based photographer Rebekah Reiko makes her directorial debut with this brisk 44 min. documentary on Israel’s Yossi Fine, branded by some as ‘the Jimi Hendrix of the bass guitar.’ Half Lithuanian and Caribbean, Fine soon discovered Indian roots on his mother’s side…

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Film: Heir, The  / L’heritier (2017)

Film: Heir, The / L’heritier (2017)

May 11, 2017 | By

Edith Jorisch’s hour-long documentary draws from her family’s very personal story of her late grandfather’s quest to seek out three paintings he recalls from his childhood home in Austria, last seen in 1939 before the family’s children were sent to Belgium the day before the Nazis drove tanks into the country…

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