January Blu-Ray Releases
The Accountant (2016) (** ½) Ever wonder what would happen if the 1988 film, Rain Man, was crossed with a Schwarzenegger action flick from the 80s? With The Accountant you have your answer. Ben Affleck stars as an autistic savant running a dirty accounting business who is also an indestructible action hero. Extras include three featurettes.
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Wait Until Dark (1967) (*** ½) The ‘world’s champion blind lady’ (Audrey Hepburn) squares off against three thugs lead by Alan Arkin in an effort to locate a heroin laced doll that the woman possesses. The nail biting finale is still terrific in this adaptation of Frederick Knott's play. Extras include two trailers and a featurette.
Gimme Danger (2016) (***) Jim Jarmusch directs this documentary portrait of punk icons Iggy Pop and The Stooges. There are no extras.
Inferno (2016) (**) The third adventure featuring author Dan Brown’s symbologist, Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks again) is the least of the three as he races against time to stop a lethal virus. Extras include deleted scenes and 6 featurettes.
Jerry Maguire (1996) (****) Director/writer Cameron Crowe’s portrait of a sports agent (Tom Cruise) facing a life crisis is as good as ever thanks to great performances and its timeless themes. New extras on the 20th Annversary Edition include 90 minutes of bonus material featuring a 3 part retrospective and 60 minutes of deleted scenes. Previous extras also included.
XXX (2002) (**) Vin Diesel’s first go-round as agent Xander Cage is being reissued in time to coincide with the latest chapter in the franchise. This 15th anniversary edition includes a new interview with star Vin Diesel and a featurette. Previous extras also included.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) (**) Fans of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels will be disappointed with this lame sequel which finds Reacher (Tom Cruise) proving his innocence after a wrongful murder charge. Extras include five featurettes and a bonus book.
Deepwater Horizon (2016) (** ½) Director Peter Berg reunites with frequent collaborator Mark Wahlberg in this dramatization of the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Indistinguishable but fairly engrossing. Extras include five featurettes.
The Monster (2016) (* ½) The title tells all as a mother and daughter attempt to fend off a monster on a secluded stretch of highway. That’s pretty much it. Extras include one featurette.
The Girl on the Train (2016) (** 1/2) Emily Blunt’s performance is the best thing about this adaptation of the best selling novel. Blunt stars as a recently divorced woman in the throes of alcoholism who may or may not have committed murder. Extras include deleted/extended scenes, commentary and two featurettes.
Death Race 2050 (2016) The belated follow up to the 1975 film, Death Race 2000, offers loads of satire for those in the right frame of mind. It’s a reworking of the first film wherein a national road race in which pedestrians are deliberately killed is all the rage. (** ½) Extras include four featurettes and deleted scenes.
Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number (1966) (** 1/2) is known as one of star Bob Hope’s notoriously bad films from the sixties but isn’t nearly as bad as reputation suggests. Hope is a husband/father who accidentally becomes entangled with a movie star (Elke Sommer) after dialing the wrong number after which slapstick shenanigans ensue. No Extras.
Hooperman (1987-89) (Ratings of episodes vary) Steven Bochco’s fondly remembered ABC series revolving around the day to day exploits of a plain clothes cop (John Ritter) makes its home video debut in two separate volumes. Extras include a bonus pilot.
Kino Lorber Studio Classics:
Scavenger Hunt (1979) (** ½) The fifteen heirs of a recently deceased millionaire (Vincent Price) go on a wild goose chase in order to claim the man’s inheritance of $200 million. The film features a huge roster of iconic character actors in various roles. Extras include director commentary, trailers and interviews.
Who? (1973) (** ½) An FBI agent (Elliot Gould) is sent to get to the bottom of the disappearance of a prominent scientist in this interesting whodunit. Extras include director commentary and trailers.
His Girl Friday (1940) (*** ½) Director Howard Hawks’ classic comedy is as funny as ever thanks to its sparkling dialogue and great casting.
Tom Hanks & Felicity Jones in Inferno
An estranged husband/wife newspaper team (Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell) attempt to get the scoop of a lifetime while also dealing with their relationship baggage. A remake of The Front Page (1931), extras include a bonus disc with the original film, new interview with scholar David Bordwell, booklet, featurettes and archived interviews with director Howard Hawks.
Fox and His Friends (1975) (***) Prolific filmmaker, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, writes/directs/stars in this tragic tale of a man who wins the lottery only to be unfairly taken advantage of by his so called friends. Extras include two new interviews, booklet, two archived interviews and a trailer.
Note: Twilight Time’s releases are limited to 3,000 copies, and can only be ordered online via www.screenarchives.com and www.twilighttimemovies.com. Each also contains a nice booklet featuring an essay by Julie Kirgo.
Stanley and Iris (1990) (***) Terrific performances abound in this tale of an illiterate man (Robert De Niro) who is tutored by a working class widow (Jane Fonda) with problems of her own. Martin Ritt (Norma Rae) directs. Extras include audio commentary, trailer and isolated score track.
Comes a Horseman (1978) (** 1/2) Two small time ranchers (Jane Fonda, James Caan) take on a cattle baron (Jason Robards) intent on putting the two out of business. Gordon Willis cinematography is tops here. Extras include isolated score track and trailer.
Two For the Road (1967) (*** ½) The bittersweet tale of the beginning, middle and possible end of a marriage as seen via flashbacks and flash forwards. This stylishly made affair from director Stanley Donan features splendid work from Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney as the couple at the film’s center. Extras include director commentary and commentary with historians Julie Kirgo/Nick Redman, Movietone Newsreel, isolated track and theatrical trailer.
The Mad Magician 3-D (1954) (** ½) features star Vincent Price doing what he does best as an illusionist obsessed with vengeance. Extras include two Three Stooges shorts in 3-D, isolated score track, commentary, a featurette and original trailer.
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