Blu-ray Review: 1984 (Criterion Collection)

Michael Radford’s 1984 is a rather faithful retelling of George Orwell’s novel of the same name. Published in 1948, 1984 predicts the fall of Western Culture. In the year 1984, civilization has been decimated by war and civil unrest. Oceana is the last thriving totalitarian superstate in the world. Ruled by the Party under the …

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Blu-ray Review: Aladdin (Signature Collection) (1992)

Once again, Disney has opened the vault for a re-release of the 1992 film, Aladdin on Blu-ray as the tenth title in their ‘Signature’ line. Video has been remastered and is now Presented in a different aspect ratio than the Diamond Edition, 1.66:1, versus 1.85:1, while audio appears unchanged. As is often the case, this …

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The Arrangement (1969)

DVD Review: The Arrangement (1969)

Written and directed by Elia Kazan (A Face in the Crowd), The Arrangement, released in 1969, was based on his own bestselling novel of the same name. Having read Kazan’s A Life, it quickly becomes clear that Kazan saw something of himself in the film’s protagonist, Eddie Anderson, a high-flying advertising executive. So, perhaps he’s …

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The Harder They Come

Blu-ray Review: The Harder They Come (Collector’s Edition)

Credited with bringing reggae to the world, and lauded for its soundtrack, The Harder They Come stars Jimmy Cliff as Ivan Martin, a small-town Jamaican who travels to Kingston in hopes of making it as a reggae singer. It turns out that breaking into the music industry is next to impossible and finding regular work …

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Magnificent Obsession

Blu-ray Review: Magnificent Obsession (Criterion Collection)

Released in 1954, Magnificent Obsession was directed by Douglas Sirk. While not the German émigré’s first Hollywood film, it would later be recognized as the first to demonstrate what could be called the “Sirkian” style. By the end of the decade, Sirk would release a series of films–All That Heaven Allows (1955), Written on the …

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V (1983)

Blu-ray Review: V – The Original Miniseries

Created by Kenneth Johnson (The Bionic Woman) V, inspired by Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 anti-fascist novel It Can’t Happen Here, first aired over two nights in 1983, proved to be a huge hit with viewers. With over sixty speaking characters, V was truly an epic event. Flying saucers appear in the sky over Earth’s Fifty major …

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Blu-ray Review: Jezebel (1938)

It’s been widely reported that Bette Davis (All About Eve) wanted to play Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind. When the role went to Vivian Leigh, she was very disappointed. Sometimes described as a consolation prize, Davis played Julie Marsden in Jezebel, winning an Academy Award for Best Actress. Directed by William Wyler (Mrs. …

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The Practice (1976-77)

DVD Review: The Practice – The Complete Series

One of America’s most beloved comedians, Danny Thomas’ success on television was surpassed only by his well-known philanthropy. Most know him best as the creator and star of Make Room for Daddy (also known as The Danny Thomas Show) which ran from 1953-1964. The series garnered 26 Emmy nominations over the course of its run, …

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