MY DARLING CLEMENTINE: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

John Ford’s “My Darling Clementine” arrives in a Criterion Blu-ray release with a 4K digital restoration and a full menu of bonus features that include a slightly longer pre-release version, a new commentary track, a new interview about infamous lawman Wyatt Earp, and much more.


Posted on October 20, 2014 by

ERASERHEAD: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 89 minutes

Criterion has issued David Lynch’s surreal debut, “Eraserhead,” in a single-disc Blu-ray that includes a restored copy of the movie along with copious bonus features. Five of Lynch’s short films are also included, along with a rather thick booklet (by Criterion standards) that contains a lengthy Q&A with him about the movie…


Posted on September 29, 2014 by

THE BIG CHILL: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY + DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 105 minutes

This re-release of “The Big Chill,” just a year past its 30th anniversary, includes a remastered copy of the movie along with a 1998 documentary, deleted scenes (but no Costner; boo), a Q&A discussion from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and a new introduction by co-writer/director Lawrence Kasdan. It’s a worthy acquisition for fans of the film.


Posted on August 7, 2014 by

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: VOLUME XXX (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 480 minutes

“Mystery Science Theater 3000″ Volume XXX offers up another helping of four very funny episodes from the popular series, but the bonus features aren’t quite up to the standard set by Shout! Factory during its long run with the show. They’re not awful, though — they’re just “meh.”


Posted on July 29, 2014 by

SCANNERS: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY + DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 103 minutes

“Scanners” arrives from Criterion in a set that includes the film and the bonus materials on one Blu-ray and two DVDs. The movie has been restored, and the extra stuff includes a smattering of new and old material, including director David Cronenberg’s first movie, “Stereo.”


Posted on July 27, 2014 by

DIAGRAM FOR DELINQUENTS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 108 minutes

“Diagram For Delinquents” details a dark chapter in American comic book history that many may not know about. And even if you’re familiar with Wertham, “Seduction of the Innocent,” and the CCA, you’ll likely learn a few new things from this documentary, as I did.


Posted on July 26, 2014 by

JODOROWSKY’S DUNE (BLU-RAY + DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 90 minutes

“Jodorowsky’s Dune” digs into what has been called “the greatest science-fiction film never made.” Certainly, it was an avant garde project with a lot of potential, but Jodorowsky made some questionable choices in trying to bring it to the screen…


Posted on July 8, 2014 by

THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 118 minutes

The upside: This is a straight port of the previous two-DVD release, with stellar video and audio quality. The downside: No new bonus features were thrown in, so if an A/V bump isn’t important to you, there’s nothing to see here.


Posted on May 27, 2014 by

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CLASH (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

Contemporary and archival interviews from the band members, as well as friends, critics, and others, paints a conflicted portrait of who’s to blame, although nearly all fingers are pointed at manager Bernard Rhodes, who was not interviewed. Unfortunately, there are no extras on this disc…


Posted on May 10, 2014 by

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: VOLUME XXIX (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 480 minutes

The latest set in this long-running series from Shout! Factory features four episodes from the classic TV series, divided equally between the Joel and Mike years, with one from the first season with J. Elvis Weinstein. The bonus features offer a nice selection of historical pieces and interviews, including a Q&A with Walter G. Alton, Jr., the very serious star of “The Pumaman” who does not seem pleased that Mike and the bots dared to soil his fine work…


Posted on March 27, 2014 by

THE HIDDEN FORTRESS: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY + DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 126 minutes

This new Blu-ray + DVD release of “The Hidden Fortress” from Criterion serves up remastered video, an alternate soundtrack on the Bu-ray disc, a rehash of the George Lucas interview from the original DVD, a making-of documentary from 2003, and a new commentary by film historian Stephen Prince. All the bonus content is found on both discs, which is nice.


Posted on March 20, 2014 by

A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY + DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

This Criterion release of Errol Morris’ classic documentary “A Brief History of Time” features a remastered film transfer as well as new interviews with the director and his DP, John Bailey. A booklet rounds out the set…


Posted on March 19, 2014 by

FANTASTIC MR. FOX: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 87 minutes

This DVD+Blu-ray release of “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is part of Criterion’s effort to have all of Wes Anderson’s movies in its catalog. In addition to an Anderson-approved copy of the film, this set offers copious amounts of bonus features, including an Anderson commentary, plenty of making-of materials, and an excellent hour-long documentary about Roald Dahl’s life…


Posted on March 1, 2014 by

MULTI-COUNTRY ODYSSEY OF “BAREFOOT”: INTERVIEW WITH SCREENWRITER STEVE ZOTNOWSKI

When Steve Zotnowski sold his screenplay “Barefoot” nearly a decade ago, little did he know that it would begin a multi-country odyssey that would see the script turned into a movie twice, with some unprecedented litigation along the way…



Posted on February 24, 2014 by

DARKMAN: COLLECTOR’S EDITION (BLU-RAY)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 96 minutes

This isn’t the first time “Darkman” has arrived on Blu-ray, but it is the first time it has shown up with plenty of bonus features. Shout! Factory will make fans of this film happy because they not only ported over all the old stuff but they also shot new interviews with stars Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand, among others. If you’ve never seen this movie, it’s worth a view just to see how you make a superhero film when you don’t have the rights to any existing superheroes.


Posted on February 18, 2014 by

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