Now Out On Blu-ray
The Boss (2016) (* ½) (Universal) is basically best described as nepotism run amok, with star Melissa McCarthy awarding her husband, Ben Falcone, the directing/co-writing chores of this atrocious ‘comedy’ about an industry titan’s (McCarthy) attempt to rebrand herself. Extras include deleted scenes, gag reel and alternate ending.
The Dresser (2016) (***) (Anchor Bay) is a well done made for cable remake of the 1983 Oscar nominee about an aging actor and his dresser during WWII. Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellan take over the roles originally essayed by Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney. Extras include featurettes.
Criminal (2016) (* ½) (Summit) stars Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones in this half-baked tale of a dead CIA agent whose skills are transferred to the body of a death row inmate. Extras include deleted scenes, two featurettes and a music video.
Green Room (2016) (** ½) (Lionsgate) stars the late Anton Yelchin in one of his final roles. In the suspense/horror film, a rock band witnesses a murder in the club where they are playing and must fend for their lives when the thuggish club owner (Patrick Stewart) decrees that the witnesses must die. Extras include featurette and commentary.
The In-Laws (1979) (Criterion) (*** ½) is one of the great comedies of the 70s. In the film, two soon to be in-laws, a dentist (Alan Arkin) and a CIA hit man (Peter Falk), wind up on a twist filled adventure the duo never could have imagined. The deluxe edition includes a beautiful 2K transfer of the film, an essay booklet, commentaries and several documentaries.
Everybody Wants Some (2016) (***) (Paramount) Director Richard Linklater’s quasi follow up to his beloved film Dazed and Confused is a character-based piece that takes place during the last weekend before the start of college in August 1980. The period detail is impeccable. Extras include deleted scenes, and several featurettes.
Woody Allen in Zelig
Miles Ahead (2016) (** ½) (Sony) is actor/director/co-writer Don Cheadle’s take on a chapter in the life of famed jazz musician, Miles Davis. Cheadle’s performance makes up for what is lacking in the film’s narrative. Extras include commentary and two featurettes.
Cuba (1979) (**) (Kino) stars Sean Connery and Brooke Adams as two former lovers who get entangled once again during the Cuban revolution of 1959. The film moves in fits and starts but does contain great cinematography by David Watkin, well captured here in this Blu-ray transfer.
Where’s Poppa (1970) (***) (Kino) is one of Carl Reiner’s best films as a director. This is a dark tale that manages to take the not so funny topic of senility and turn it into a successfully comedic premise that works. Extras include alternate ending and trailer. George Segal stars in the film as a lawyer who is being driven crazy by his senile mother (Ruth Gordon).
Twilight Time, whose releases are limited to a pressing of 3000 units for each of their titles, has issued a new batch of classics during the month. Their product can be ordered via www.twilighttimemovies.com and www.screenarchives.com. This month’s offerings include the following titles:
The Black Stallion Returns (1983) (** ½) is the sequel to the highly touted 1979 film in which the beloved title character is kidnapped and the now teenaged Alec (Kelly Reno) travels to Morocco on a quest to retrieve his beloved horse. The film has a much quicker pace and has its charms but is less contemplative and lacking the depth/nuance of the first film. Extras include the film’s trailer and an isolated score track.
The Gang’s All Here (1943) (***) is director Busby Berkeley’s first musical in Technicolor, which alone makes it worth a viewing. The film stars Alice Faye, Phil Baker and Carmen Miranda and features the famed musical sequence involving a troupe of dancers bearing bananas. Extras include Documentaries, isolated score track, the original trailer for the film and a deleted scene.
Miss Sadie Thompson (1953 (**) features a great performance by Rita Hayworth as the title character who raises the pulse on servicemen all over the South Pacific. The film manages to tackle such subjects as religion, abortion and prostitution but loses all credibility with a ridiculously contrived happy ending that was a hallmark of too many films made during its period. This release presents the film in 3-D and features commentary track, trailer and isolated music track.
Zelig (1983) (*** ½) is one of Woody Allen’s finest achievements of the 1980s. It’s a mockumentary about Leonard Zelig, also known as the human chameleon, for his ability to seamlessly blend in with his surroundings and the people that inhabit them. The film is a technical marvel, flawlessly placing the Zelig character into historical footage of the early 20th century. Extras include isolated score track and trailer.
The Russia House (1990) (** ½) is one of the many adaptations of the novels of John Le Carre. In this one, a publisher (Sean Connery) attempts to track down a manuscript that could have a serious impact on world affairs. Michelle Pfeiffer is stunning as the Russian beauty, with whom he becomes involved. Extras include a featurette, trailer and isolated score track.
Coming in August: The Lobster, A Hologram For the King, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai, Midnight Run, Whoever Slew Auntie Roo and City on Fire.
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