ALFRED HITCHCOCK: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION

ALFRED HITCHCOCK: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION Universal Studios Home Entertainment October 2017   I’ve been a fan of Alfred Hitchcock for a long time. I think my first Hitchcock movie experience was THE BIRDS and I was hooked. As a teenager I bought books about him and studied them. In the early 90s I joined the Time Life Hitchcock club and got a movie every 6 – 8 weeks. I know there are some earlier movies I haven’t seen but I think I’ve seen at least 45 of the 53. Over the years I’ve run across various collections. Many are just cheap set of the older movies and the movies look terrible and have not been cleaned up. It’s ok if that’s the only...

Home Entertainment Release Recap for February 10th...

This week features the surprisingly dramatic directorial debut of The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart as well as films based on the workds of Daphne du Maurier and Robert Heinland DON’T LOOK NOW (1973) New 4K digital restoration, approved by Roeg, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New conversation between the film’s editor, Graeme Clifford, and film writer. Bobbie O’Steen; “Don’t Look Now, Looking Back,” a short 2002 documentary featuring Roeg, Clifford, and cinematographer Anthony Richmond; “Death in Venice,” a 2006 interview with...

DVD Review: A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES

A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES Universal Studios Home Entertainment I’ve seen movies base on Lawrence Block books before, and while Eight Million Ways To Die was an OK movie, the only thing they got right was Matthew Scudder and his drinking problem. Don’t even get me started on Whoopie Goldberg as Bernie Rhodnebar in Burglar. I was however optimistic about Tombstones, Mr. Block seemed happy with what they were doing and Liam Neeson in the right role can be great. Well we finally watched the movie as it just came out on DVD and I was very happy. They paid close attention to not only the book, but also the characters of Scudder and TJ. It was...

Home Entertainment Release recap for January 20th,...

Just a couple of notable crime releases today: THE DROP (based on a Dennis Lehane short story) and Luc Besson’s LUCY. THE DROP (2014) Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Featurettes: “Keeping it Real,” “Making of The Drop,” “Making Brooklyn Your Own,” “Rocco the Dog,” “Character Profile: James Gandolfini”; deleted scenes; commentary by director Michael R. Roskam and screenwriter Dennis Lehane. (Fox). This Crime drama follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of...

Art, detail for TOUCH OF EVIL: Limited Edition rel...

Universal Home Entertainment has announced the release of TOUCH OF EVIL: Limited Edition on April 15th. Directed by Orson Welles, Touch of Evil is a film noir masterpiece whose Hollywood backstory is as unforgettable as the movie itself. Starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and Orson Welles, this dark portrait of corruption and morally compromised obsessions tells the story of a crooked police chief who frames a Mexican youth as part of an intricate criminal plot. Featuring three versions of the film – the Preview version, the Theatrical version and the Reconstructed version based on Orson Welles’ original vision, Touch of Evil is a “a...