Tag: Elmer Bernstein

DVD: Buccaneer, The (1958)

DVD: Buccaneer, The (1958)

October 22, 2019 | By

Cecil B. DeMille wasn’t adverse to revisiting a hit property – his 1956 remake of his 1923 spectacular The Ten Commandments ensured the producer-director of Samson and Delilah…

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BR: From Noon Till Three (1976)

BR: From Noon Till Three (1976)

January 21, 2017 | By

Frank Gilroy’s novel may have flowed from comedy to romance, black comedy to semi-tragedy, with an absurdist finale, but his own adaptation and direction resulted in a most peculiar western which was an impossible sell…

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BR: Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

BR: Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

July 13, 2016 | By

Riding on the success of the vicious crime thriller One False Move (1992), Carl Franklin’s follow-up film was the first of a proposed series of films based on Walter Moseley’s former machinist-turned detective Easy Rollins…

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BR: From the Terrace (1960)

BR: From the Terrace (1960)

March 12, 2016 | By

From the Terrace is rife with class issues among differing strata of wealthy families as seen through the experiences of an unwanted son, but it’s also a richly sexual melodrama that fits neatly within Fox’s other grand productions, especially Peyton Place (1957), which like Terrace, was directed by Canadian-born Mark Robson…

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BR: Kings Go Forth (1958)

BR: Kings Go Forth (1958)

February 19, 2016 | By

After winning an Oscar for his work in the WWII drama From Here to Eternity (1954), Frank Sinatra headlined 11 major films before Kings Go Forth, the first of his two war dramas in 1958, followed by Some Came Running…

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DVD: Some Came Running (1958)

DVD: Some Came Running (1958)

February 19, 2016 | By

Film: Excellent Transfer:  Very Good Extras: Good Label:  Warner Home Video Region: 1 (NTSC) Released: May 13, 2008 Genre:  Melodrama / WWII Synopsis: Based on James Jones’ novel, a black sheep returns home after WWII and stirs up trouble in his hated home town. Special Features: Featurette: “The Story of Some Came Running” (20:35) / Theatrical Trailer.     Review:   […]

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BR: World of Henry Orient, The (1964)

BR: World of Henry Orient, The (1964)

August 26, 2015 | By

George Roy Hill directed a mere 14 feature films between 1962-1988, and yet as film historian Julie Kirgo points out in the Blu-ray’s lively and personable commentary track, he’s largely unknown to many film fans, partly because his work doesn’t bear a specific visual imprimatur or share overtly recurring themes…

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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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DVD: McQ (1974)

DVD: McQ (1974)

September 5, 2014 | By

John Wayne’s decision to tackle the popular detective thriller seems like a natural move to extend his tough American hero persona to a related genre, but stepping away from war and western films was also a necessary change as both aging genres had become more cynical under the directorial baton of younger directors, and yet one can argue the cop thriller was a genre steeped in even greater cynicism…

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