Category Archives: DVD Blu-Ray Review

Bette Davis, Girl Reporter! FRONT PAGE WOMAN (1935) from Warner Archive

Bette Davis might hate me for saying this, but I love her early films. Movies like THREE ON A MATCH (1932), THE PETRIFIED FOREST (1935), and even the misguided SATAN MET A LADY (1936) are all eminently watchable, even if … Continue reading

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Silent Film Evangelist Kickstarts Restorations of Classics

Spike Lee, Zach Braff, and Ben Model? Like some elite entertainment industry players whose names may be better known, Model, the Manhattan-based musician and composer, is using the crowd-funding website Kickstarter to finance a film release. But there are a … Continue reading

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Dive into the 1960s with HELLO DOWN THERE on DVD from Warner Archive

On June 25, 1969, Paramount Pictures released HELLO DOWN THERE, a family oriented film about a teenaged rock band that performs infectiously hummable bubblegum pop songs. A month later, RCA Records released “Sugar, Sugar,” an infectiously hummable bubblegum pop song … Continue reading

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WOMEN IN BONDAGE (1943) from Warner Archive: Hitler Wants Your Baby!

If Lifetime had made movies during World War II, they might have resembled WOMEN IN BONDAGE (1943), a heavy-handed hybrid of soap opera, war movie, and women-in-prison picture from Poverty Row powerhouse Monogram. This rarely seen programmer recently made its … Continue reading

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What I Learned From ROSEMARY’S BABY

You can learn a lot from ROSEMARY’S BABY, the 1968 film adaptation of Ira Levin’s novel, available on DVD and Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection. But here’s the most important lesson: never date an actor. If only someone had warned … Continue reading

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The Best Warner Bros. Musical Warner Bros. Never Made

Confession: I have a man crush on 1930s crooner Dick Powell. Although he was pushing 30 when he made his film debut for Warner Bros., Powell seemed perpetually boyish and unspoiled by the harsh realities of Depression Era adulthood. In … Continue reading

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Rarely Seen Jack Benny Film Makes DVD Debut

The title character in Sidney Lanfield’s comedy THE MEANEST MAN IN THE WORLD  (1943) is not particularly mean, nor is he particularly funny. But he is portrayed by the otherwise hilarious Jack Benny, with support from radio sidekick Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, and … Continue reading

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