Tag: Burt Lancaster

BR: Lawman (1971)

BR: Lawman (1971)

November 7, 2017 | By

As more of Michael Winner’s films emerge on Blu-ray, it’s not hard to pick up on the director’s attraction to tales of disrupted lives and outright nihilistic finales, but what makes Lawman more unique than Winner’s career hit Death Wish (1974) is how whole lives are ruined by the visitation of one man who’s supposed to represent the law…

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BR: Cassandra Crossing, The (1976)

BR: Cassandra Crossing, The (1976)

December 30, 2016 | By

Deliberately peppered with a star-studded international cast for global appeal, The Cassandra Crossing is a ludicrously implausible disaster film / virus thriller that nevertheless manages to entertain and transcended some standout boneheaded scripting and continuity gaffes…

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BR: Scorpio (1973)

BR: Scorpio (1973)

December 18, 2015 | By

Michael Winner’s espionage thriller is really a thinly veiled variation of his prior film, the hitman classic The Mechanic (1970), in which an aged & experienced ace ultimately becomes the target of his younger partner, a cocksure snot eager to raise his own profile and become the top in his profession…

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Burt Lancaster Under Duress!

Burt Lancaster Under Duress!

February 19, 2015 | By

Reviews of two classic films on Blu featuring standout performances by Burt Lancaster: John Frankenheimer’s Birdman of Alcatraz (Twilight Time) + Frank Perry’s The Swimmer (Grindhouse Releasing).

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BR: Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

BR: Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

February 19, 2015 | By

Not unlike The Train (1966), the original director of this adaptation of Thomas Gaddis’ 1955 book about lifer Robert Stroud involved a director being replaced by John Frankenheimer, and as Twilight Time commentators Nick Redman, Julie Kirgo, and Paul Seydor note in unison, the choice of Michael Crichton…

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BR: Swimmer, The (1968)

BR: Swimmer, The (1968)

February 19, 2015 | By

More than 20 years after the release of Frank and Eleanor Perry’s adaptation of John Cheever’s short story, Burt Lancaster was asked by an audience member during the taping of a Phil Donahue talk show of his thoughts on the film. The imposing actor paused for a moment, long enough for a smile to emerge, and he responded by saying he knew the film wasn’t going to be a box office, and yet it remained a special film…

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Burt Lancaster Goes to War!

Burt Lancaster Goes to War!

January 22, 2015 | By

Burt Lancaster stars in Stanley Kramer and Abby Mann’s classic postwar drama Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) + John Frankenheimer’s WII art heist thriller The Train (1964), both on Blu via Twilight Time.

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BR: Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

BR: Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

January 21, 2015 | By

Abby Mann’s original 1959 Playhouse 90 teleplay was a risky venture in spite of being broadcast 15 years after the end of WWII, tackling the subject of Nazi atrocities when the general public (specifically American and European audiences) had little interest in hearing more tales about murdered Jews and details of something called concentration camps…

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BR: Train, The (1964)

BR: Train, The (1964)

January 21, 2015 | By

One of the greatest WWII and caper films most may never have heard of, The Train was based on the autobiographical book Le front de l’art by Rose Valland, a woman charged with cataloguing France’s Parisian art treasures for the Nazis, and whose meticulous record keeping enabled the French to keep a tally of stolen art during the war’s final period as the Nazis attempted to smuggle as much cultural loot to Berlin…

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