JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS On Blu-ray. Simply Stunning.


Sony Pictures’ new Blu-ray release of the Ray Harryhausen spectacular JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS is a joy to behold. The film has never come close to looking this good in any previous home release. Colors are vibrant yet never pushed and flesh tones appear natural. From first frame to last, JASON wows with its imageryContinue reading “JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS On Blu-ray. Simply Stunning.”

DNR Madness. Fox’s New PREDATOR Blu-ray Offends


Fox’s new Blu-ray release, PREDATOR: ULTIMATE HUNTER EDITION, sadly tries to correct complaints that the previous Blu-ray release was a bit too grainy by overcompensating and making this 1987 film look like it was shot on modern HD video. For those interested in their films actually looking like film, this is not good news. DNR,Continue reading “DNR Madness. Fox’s New PREDATOR Blu-ray Offends”

1776: RESTORED DIRECTOR’S CUT


1776: The Restored Director’s Cut, while not yet available on Blu-ray, is thankfully available on Standard DVD. Though based on the popular Broadway show with music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone (who also wrote the screenplay here), the film was not well received at the time of its release.Continue reading “1776: RESTORED DIRECTOR’S CUT”

CONTACT On Blu. Worthy Despite A Few Stumbles.


Warner’s 1080p VC-1 Blu-ray release of Robert Zemeckis’ CONTACT is a healthy improvement over its earlier DVD counterpart. That said, there is still a somewhat noticeable amount of DNR applied, though not as distracting as some other recent titles (e.g. Universal’s SPARTACUS). Film grain is still present, but one gets the feeling there should beContinue reading “CONTACT On Blu. Worthy Despite A Few Stumbles.”

THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD On Blu-ray & Local Exhibit


The 7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD is universally considered one of the best of all the Sinbad films. And a large part of the reason for that is the masterful effects work by Ray Harryhausen. Anyone who saw this film as a child knows that the images and effects are unforgettable, burned into our collective psyches.Continue reading “THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD On Blu-ray & Local Exhibit”

LEGION a waste of celluloid that looks great on Blu


There is good news and bad news when it comes to Sony Screen Gems’ Blu-ray release of LEGION. The good news is the MPEG-4 AVC 1080P picture and DTS-HD Master 5.1 audio is pretty spectacular. Framed at 2.40:1, the image is sharp and clean and flesh tones appear natural. The sound mix will give yourContinue reading “LEGION a waste of celluloid that looks great on Blu”

Grateful Dead Philadelphia 1989 Comes To DVD In CRIMSON, WHITE & INDIGO


Rhino’s newest Grateful Dead concert release, “Crimson, White & Indigo” is a DVD/CD combo set, this time from Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium on July 7, 1989. This was the last event at the old stadium before it was torn down and the Dead seemed intent on making her final moments memorable. And so they were. Somewhat past theirContinue reading “Grateful Dead Philadelphia 1989 Comes To DVD In CRIMSON, WHITE & INDIGO”

Two Versions of “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” Heading To Blu-ray From Kino International


Kino International has officially announced their upcoming July 6th Blu-ray release of Buster Keaton’s classic “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” After the stunning operation they performed on the Blu-ray release of Keaton’s “The General,” it is not unwarrented for enthusiasts and fans to be expecting this Kino title to look downright magnificent. And we don’t get just oneContinue reading “Two Versions of “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” Heading To Blu-ray From Kino International”

Josef von Sternberg Classics At The Egyptian And On Criterion


This Sunday May 23, the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood will be presenting director Josef von Sternberg’s pre-code tale of infidelity and mother-love, “Blonde Venus,” starring Marlene Dietrich, Herbert Marshall and Cary Grant. In honor of the anniversary of both von Sternberg and Marshall’s birthdays, film and photography author Mark A. Vieira will be on hand at 3PMContinue reading “Josef von Sternberg Classics At The Egyptian And On Criterion”

Ang Lee’s RIDE WITH THE DEVIL Director’s Cut Comes To Criterion Blu


Ang Lee’s “Ride With The Devil” may be one of the most overlooked films of the past 20 years. Perhaps right alongside Ang Lee’s “Lust, Caution.” Why this prolific and much-lauded filmmaker should have two staggeringly accomplished films so completely disregarded here in the States is a mystery to puzzle even the likes of SherlockContinue reading “Ang Lee’s RIDE WITH THE DEVIL Director’s Cut Comes To Criterion Blu”