Tag: John Huston

The Return of Moby Dick

The Return of Moby Dick

May 22, 2017 | By

Review of John Huston’s stirring adaptation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (1956), released on Blu by Twilight Time.

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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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Twilight Time Goes to War, Part 4: Conflicted Nuns!

Twilight Time Goes to War, Part 4: Conflicted Nuns!

November 25, 2014 | By

In Part 4 of Twilight Time Goes to War, we look at two tales of Conflicted Nuns from 1957: John Huston’s underrated drama Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison on Blu-ray + Fox’ DVD of Sea Wife!

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BR: Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)

BR: Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)

November 25, 2014 | By

Between The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958) and The Roots of Heaven (1958), Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957) forms the middle of John Huston’s three-picture deal with Fox, and another film shot in exotic, challenging locations. One could presume that Huston’s fancy for far-off locations was purely for production value…

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DVD: Cardinal, The (1963)

DVD: Cardinal, The (1963)

February 10, 2014 | By

Return to: Home / Blu-ray, DVD, Film Reviews / C . Film: Excellent / DVD Transfer: Excellent/ DVD Extras: Excellent Label: Warner Home Video / Region: 1 (NTSC) / Released: February 25, 2003 Genre: Drama Synopsis: The tormented life of a romantically inclined priest is dramatized in this extravagant production. Special Features:  On Disc 2: Documentary: “Preminger: […]

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VHS: Phobia / Phobia: A Descent into Terror (1980)

VHS: Phobia / Phobia: A Descent into Terror (1980)

January 24, 2013 | By

Film: Poor/ VHS Transfer: Weak/ DVD Extras: n/a Label: Paramount Home Video/ Region: NTSC / Released: n/a Genre: Thriller / Suspense / CanCon Synopsis: Gary Herman, Ronald Shusett (story); Lew Lehman, Jimmy Sangster, Peter Bellwood (script) Special Features: n/a     Review: During Canada’s tax shelter years, a number of major directors with international hits were […]

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CanCon 101 and a Career Nadir: John Huston’s Phobia (1980)

CanCon 101 and a Career Nadir: John Huston’s Phobia (1980)

January 24, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Yes, another installment of CanCon 101, featuring John Huston’s much-maligned tax shelter film Phobia (1980), shot in Toronto, and available nowhere. Also: short Editor’s Blog with nods to EOne’s recent purchase of Alliance Films, and the Canadian film channel Starlight.

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Picnic (1955), The Roots of Heaven (1958), and Twilight Time’s Julie Kirgo

Picnic (1955), The Roots of Heaven (1958), and Twilight Time’s Julie Kirgo

February 27, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

In Part 2 of my profile of home video label Twilight Time, I interview TT’s resident film historian Julie Kirgo, and discuss the virtues of special features content on DVDs and Blu-rays (and their sudden paucity of late). Also reviewed: TT’s sparkling Blu-rays of Picnic (1955) and John Huston’s awesome, awesome The Roots of Heaven (1958), AND a tally of upcoming Twilight Time releases thru June.

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BR: Roots of Heaven, The (1958)

BR: Roots of Heaven, The (1958)

February 26, 2012 | By

Return to: Home / Blu-ray, DVD, Film Reviews / P to R . Film: Excellent/ BR  Transfer: Excellent/ BR Extras: Good Label: Twilight Time/ Region: All / Released: January, 2012 Genre: Drama / Adventure Synopsis: Unable to legally halt the slaughter of the African elephant for its precious ivory, a British eco-warrior goes rogue to force the […]

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John Huston’s Cold War Thrillers

John Huston’s Cold War Thrillers

June 24, 2011 | By

Reviews of two great espionage gems by director John Huston: The Kremlin Letter (Twilight Time), and The MacKintosh Man (Warner Home Video)…

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