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DVD: Disorder / Maryland (2015)

DVD: Disorder / Maryland (2015)

April 26, 2017 | By

Vincent’s suspicions of a looming crisis – an attack, kidnapping, or murder – has him sleeping in 2 hour shifts, monitoring the estate’s lone inhabitants: a cook and servant, the industrilist’s wife Jessie, and her young son Ali…

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DVD: Man on Fire (1987)

DVD: Man on Fire (1987)

April 26, 2017 | By

The first filming of A. J. Quinnell’s novel harkens back to 1987, when French director Élie Chouraqui adapted the tale of a hired gun-tuned-babysitter with Sergio Donati. Veteran indie producer Arnon Milchan perhaps ensured the film had more gloss than its otherwise modest budget, with Italian locations in Rome, Milan…

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BR: Baby Boom (1987)

BR: Baby Boom (1987)

April 20, 2017 | By

Former husband and wife team of Charles Shyer and Nancy Myers (Private Benjamin, Father of the Bride, Father of the Bride Part II) concocted this surprisingly effective update of a classic screwball comedy, and although the pair may not have intended Baby Boom to be a time capsule of mores and conflicts of women juggling career and family in the mid-1980s…

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Little Drummer Girl, The (1984)

Little Drummer Girl, The (1984)

April 20, 2017 | By

The absurdity of John Le Carré’s plot may have been the key attraction for Hill: an American actress working in a London rep theatre is recruited by the Israeli secret service to pretend she’s the lover of the bomber’s brother, acting out the role with her own real background until the bomber’s identified and ultimately neutralized…

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Film: Dante’s Inferno / L’Inferno (1911)

Film: Dante’s Inferno / L’Inferno (1911)

April 9, 2017 | By

What may have helped keep audiences attentive was Dante’s story and risqué material that’s still quite provocative: this first film version of The Divine Comedy features partial nudity and magnificently surreal images which undoubtedly influenced future filmmakers with its vivid mis-en-secene…

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Alan J. Pakula’s Revisionist Western: Comes a Horseman (1978)

Alan J. Pakula’s Revisionist Western: Comes a Horseman (1978)

April 5, 2017 | By

Review of Comes a Horseman (1978), Alan J. Pakula’s revisionist western starring Jane Fonda, James Caan, Jason Robards, and Richard Farnsworth (The Grey Fox), new on Blu from Twilight Time.

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BR: Comes a Horseman (1978)

BR: Comes a Horseman (1978)

April 5, 2017 | By

Comes a Horseman may be regarded as a revisionist western – its setting near the end of WWII offers an interesting series of culture clashes between returning war veterans, locals, traditionalist cow herders, and the emerging postwar economy that would boom with oil and mineral mining in formally pristine environments…

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September Storm Resurfaces in 3D!

September Storm Resurfaces in 3D!

April 1, 2017 | By

The first of a month feature: 3D films on Blu, starting with Byron Haskin’s September Storm (1960), the forgotten 3D classic restored by the 3-D Film Archive, and released on Blu via Kino Studio Classics and Unobstructed View (Canada).

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BR: September Storm (1960)

BR: September Storm (1960)

April 1, 2017 | By

The idea a producer would go to the trouble of filming a 3D movie with underwater gear and see it released flat by studio Fox, then disappear from distribution makes the creation of September Storm an absurdity, and yet in spite of these unintentional mishaps, this orphan film became a high-profile restoration project for the 3-D Film Archive…

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Suburban Tales VI: Stranger Things (2016)

Suburban Tales VI: Stranger Things (2016)

March 29, 2017 | By

Nope, it’s not (yet) on physical media, so here’s a review of Stranger Things: Season 1 (2016), Netflix’s hit series, available only from the burgeoning broadcaster.

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