Tag: Hugo Friedhofer

BR: Vera Cruz (1954)

BR: Vera Cruz (1954)

April 1, 2020 | By

By the early 1950s, Burt Lancaster had substantially grown from movie star to producer, forming the famous Hecht-Hill-Lancaster and Hecht-Lancaster productions, and Vera Cruz was their second collaboration with director Robert Aldrich, with whom they’d made the well-received Apache…

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DVD: Soldier of Fortune (1955)

DVD: Soldier of Fortune (1955)

November 25, 2019 | By

Upon it’s original theatrical release, Clark Gable’s first picture after being ‘dumped’ by longtime studio MGM wasn’t well appraised by critics, and although the passing years may have enhanced the film’s curio value…

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DVD: Bandit of Sherwood Forest, The (1946)

DVD: Bandit of Sherwood Forest, The (1946)

January 6, 2019 | By

With a good 8 years having passed since Errol Flynn portrayed the definitive Robin Hood in Warner Bros.’ 1938 Technicolor blockbuster, Columbia probably sensed it was safe to do a kind of follow-up without making the famous outlaw the central hero…

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Gregory Peck, Henry King, and The Bravados (1958)

Gregory Peck, Henry King, and The Bravados (1958)

October 20, 2018 | By

Review + additional thoughts on Fox’ A-level talent in the brooding western THE BRAVADOS (1958), new on Blu from Twilight Time.

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BR: Bravados, The (1958)

BR: Bravados, The (1958)

October 20, 2018 | By

Based on the novel by Frank O’Rourke  (The Professionals, The Great Bank Robbery), The Bravados is one of the darkest westerns produced during 1950s by Hollywood. The premise of a husband hunting down the rapists & killers of his wife isn’t unique to genre…

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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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Tales of Undersea Treasures: Boy on a Dolphin (1957)

Tales of Undersea Treasures: Boy on a Dolphin (1957)

January 31, 2017 | By

Updated review of Boy on a Dolphin (1957), a personal favourite among Fox’s CInemaScope releases, and recently released by KINO on Blu featuring a stunning HD transfer.

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A Hope Lange Double-Header: The Best of Everything + The Young Lions on Blu

A Hope Lange Double-Header: The Best of Everything + The Young Lions on Blu

August 7, 2015 | By

Reviews of two classic films with underrated actress Hope Lange – Jean Negulesco’s The Best of Everything (1959) + Edward Dmytryk’s The Young Lions on Blu via Twilight Time.

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BR: Young Lions, The (1958)

BR: Young Lions, The (1958)

August 7, 2015 | By

The classic film version of Irwin Shaw’s somewhat autobiographical novel about three sets of characters struggling through the dramatic arc of WWII finally arrives on Blu-ray via Twilight Time in a stellar transfer that features a true surround sound mix (more stereo than directional effects, but very clean) and an isolated score of one of Hugo Friedhofer’s greatest scores, taken from the original recording sessions…

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The Rains Came to Ranchipur

The Rains Came to Ranchipur

February 1, 2013 | By

Just up is a review of Twilight Time’s sparking Blu-ray of Jean Negulesco’s The Rains of Ranchipur (1955), the second film version of Louis Bromfield’s 1937 novel. Also added: a review of the 1939 original The Rains Came, plus some genuine editorial blather.

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