3 Godfathers ’48 + Three Godfathers ’36 04/09/24

The Warner Archive Collection
Blu-ray

John Ford’s outlaw trio rescues an orphaned baby, evoking the sentimental innocence of silent-era westerns. With John Wayne, Ward Bond and Pedro Armendáriz on board, and photographed in blazing Technicolor by Winton Hoch, little else is needed to wow Ford fans. Plus hymns, home cooking, genuine Death Valley locations and a Christmas miracle. It’s a double-bill disc: the 1936 Chester Morris – Walter Brennan version is here as well. It’s very different, and just as good. On Blu-ray from The Warner Archive Collection.
04/09/24

Snapshot 04/09/24

Powerhouse Indicator
Blu-ray

Pegged as a slasher-type horror, Simon Wincer’s drama hews closer to the emerging ‘artful’ trend in Australian filmmaking — with some of the bigger names associated with fancier exploitation fare, too: Everett De Roche, Brian May. Chantal Contouri gets top billing but the film is carried away by the magnetic Sigrid Thornton, who would later receive plenty of U.S. cable play in the ‘Man from Snowy River’ movies. Also making a solid impression is Hugh Keays-Byrne, in a role much different than the ones he played for George Miller. The disc includes a longer director’s cut. On Blu-ray from Powerhouse Indicator.
04/09/24

They Drive By Night 04/06/24

The Warner Archive Collection
Blu-ray

Warners star power triumphs in a patched-together screen classic about the hard life of truckers on the road — that turns into a murder ‘n’ madness melodrama. It’s a special picture in terms of career advancement for Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino. The somewhat sexist dialogue feels edgy for 1940, and Ann Sheridan is at her most adorable. Does director Raoul Walsh deserve special credit for keeping this one on its feet?  Even George Raft comes across with a good performance. On Blu-ray from The Warner Archive Collection.
04/06/24

Suits: The Complete Series 04/06/24

Universal Home Video
Blu-ray

It was slick, glamorous, sexy — the cable series tickled TV viewers with fantasies of Wall Street wealth and power, adding extra fun with a gate-crashing imposter and his photographic memory. This is how the one percenters wished they lived: beautiful people in killer fashions, in a law firm that settles most disputes out of court — they’re too cool and too talented. When Netflix picked it up in mid-pandemic, there was no surprise that its ratings skyrocketed … a major role had been played by the future Duchess of Sussex, now one of the best-known women on the planet. On Blu-ray from Universal.
04/06/24

The Panther Women — The Bat Woman 04/02/24

Powerhouse Indicator
Blu-ray

Lucha libre lives!  Mexican matinee madness goes daffy-surreal!  Already reeling from masked wrestlers, Aztec mummies and carboard robots, the screen reels from a pair of director René Cardona’s pop-thrillers featuring luchadoras enmascaradasthat battle monsters, gangsters, and mad doctors. The Bat Woman is a jaw-dropping provocation to DC copyrights, while The Panther Women pits two lovely luchadorasagainst a squad of female assassins. The well-researched extras offer substantial background information. Who else but Charlie Largent could interpret this wealth of cinematic treasure?  On Blu-ray from Powerhouse Indicator.
04/02/24

The Dresser 04/02/24

Viavision [Imprint]
Blu-ray

Directed by Peter Yates and performed with great finesse by Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay, Ronald Harwood’s adaptation of his own play is great entertainment. Touring the provinces in wartime, an eccentric Shakespearian legend is falling apart in mind and body; only the star’s dedicated, put-upon dresser can get him into a mental shape allowing the show to go on. The approach isn’t satirical or ironic, but affecting and compassionate. The freqently hilarious show is also a worthwhile account of a long-gone slice of British theatrical history. On Blu-ray from Viavision [Imprint].
04/02/24