Swing Time (1936)

Blu-ray Review: Swing Time (Criterion Collection)

Over a span of sixteen years–1933 to 1949–Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers made sixteen films together. Released in 1936, Swing Time their sixth pairing, is considered by many to be their best. The wait to see them dance is a special kind of torture, but as director George Stevens (Shane, The Diary of Anne Frank) …

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The Running Man

Blu-ray Review: The Running Man (1963)

Highly respected for a trifecta of films from the late 1940’s–Odd Man Out (1947), The Fallen Idol (1948), and The Third Man (1949)–few truly questioned Carol Reed’s talent. However, by 1962, following a decade of up and downs, and perhaps most shockingly, having been fired from Mutiny on the Bounty the year before, Reed’s confidence …

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Nixon (1995)

Blu-ray Review: Nixon (3-Disc Special Edition)

Kino Lorber Studio Classics recently released a three-disc Special Edition of Oliver Stone’s 1995 film, Nixon. It contains both the original 191-minute Theatrical Cut (premiering for the first time in HD on a Blu-ray disc) and the extended 212-minute Director’s Cut (which was only on the two-disc Disney/Buena Vista Election Year Blu-ray released in 2008). …

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Blu-ray Review: Boom!

By 1968, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were one of the most famous couples in the world, their glamorous lifestyle documented in newspapers and magazines. However, both were dealing with dimming film careers due to recent box office disappointment. Naturally, they hoped their latest big screen pairing would turn things around. Both had starred in …

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Earthquake 1974

Blu-ray Review: Earthquake (Collector’s Edition)

Throughout much of the 1970’s, disaster movies ruled the box office. The zenith came in 1974, when three genre films–The Towering Inferno, Airport 1975 (the first sequel to the movie that started the trend) and Earthquake were big hits. The Towering Inferno and Earthquake were both nominated for multiple Academy Awards. In the 1970’s, it …

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