CineSavant Column

Tuesday July 28, 2020

Hello !

While the world continues to crumble without, we at CineSavant continue with the essential job of (cough) reviewing home video discs. Is another distraction from the global catastrophe a good thing right now?  I hope so. I’m still happy when propagandizing for the world of quality home video.

Whatever else is happening out there, the discs continue to flow. Kino Lorber is still inundating us with the sheer volume of its output. I have Charlie Largent interested in reviewing a set of Audie Murphy westerns (The Duel at Silver Creek, Ride a Crooked Trail, No Name on the Bullet) while I’m finishing up notices on three Tony Curtis comedies (The Perfect Furlough, The Great Imposter, Forty Pounds of Trouble). From Left to right in the image from The Perfect Furlough (just above  ) are Janet Leigh, Linda Cristal, Elaine Stritch and Tony Curtis.

I’m also keen to catch up with Kino’s Old Boyfriends, in which Talia Shire re-contacts old beaus Keith Carradine, John Belushi, and Richard Jordan. It’s one of those shows like today’s Raggedy Man that most of us remember from cable television. Criterion offers the deep-dish divorce ordeal Marriage Story while Paramount has dished up a new edition of the crazy comedy Airplane!  Charlie is at present tackling the gonzo jungle epic Slave of the Cannibal God (with Ursula Andress & Stacy Keach ) The tireless Mr. Largent will hopefully take on the perilous job of reviewing Universal’s Technicolor wartime fantasies Arabian Nights and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Jon Hall, anyone?

Thanks for reading. — Glenn Erickson