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Wagon Master Blu-ray Review

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“Wagon Master” is a good old fashioned John Ford western. Continue reading

September 1, 2019 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , | Leave a comment

Young Mr. Lincoln Blu-ray Review

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“Young Mr. Lincoln” is a memorable John Ford film. Continue reading

January 15, 2018 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , | Leave a comment

She Wore A Yellow Ribbon Blu-ray Review

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John Wayne carries “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon.” Continue reading

January 14, 2018 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , | Leave a comment

My Darling Clementine Blu-ray Review

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“My Darling Clementine” is not John Ford’s best work. Continue reading

October 21, 2014 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , | Leave a comment

The Quiet Man Blu-ray Review

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While a bit on the cheesy side, “The Quiet Man” is another fine John Ford/John Wayne production. Continue reading

February 19, 2013 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , | Leave a comment

Two John Wayne Classics: The Horse Soldiers/The Comancheros

The Horse Soldiers cover “The Horse Soldiers” is an overlooked John Ford/John Wayne classic that debuts on blu-ray with a less then pristine transfer.

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May 27, 2011 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Errol and Olivia:Ego and Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood by Robert Matzen

Errol and Olivia book coverWe usually don’t write book reviews here at the corner but film buffs will be delighted at this just released coffee table sized book about two of Hollywood’s biggest stars; Errol Flynn and Olivia De Haviland, still going strong in her 90’s.  The author Robert Matzen, is no stranger to Hollywood or Flynn: he wrote a previous book about the infamous house Flynn built in Hollywood,, entitled “Errol Flynn Slept Here”.

The book delves deeply into both stars backgrounds and their encounters both on and off the screen; carefully examining their personal and professional relationships in all their films together, from Flynn’s first starring role in Captain Blood to their last, touching scene in  “They Died With Their Boots On” an historically inaccurate accounting of Custer’s Last Stand.  Along the way, we are treated to some of the best stories surrounding both stars, their squabbles, and how De Haviland has since gone on to become the Grand Dame of cinema. Continue reading

November 2, 2010 Posted by | News | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fox and MGM rerelease movie adaptations of literary classics

Moby Dick coverIn a marketing scheme, Fox and MGM have rereleased dvds based on literary classics.  Titles include “The Grapes of Wrath”, “Moby Dick”, “Of Mice and Men”, “Henry V”, and others made by the studios over the years.  What you should know is that while these films are great, none of them were remastered or redone for this series.  MGM/Fox has simply included a new laminated bookmark over the original packaging.  Most disappointing for me was the “Moby Dick” release, which has never been released in its original aspect ratio and deserves better.  A great cast led by Gregory Peck, Richard Baseheart and Orson Welles, directed by John Huston, with screenplay by Huston and Ray Bradbury, this 1956 release is the best adaptation of the Herman Melville classic. Other than a trailer, this disc is bare bones.

Also worth mentioning in this rerelease list is “The Grapes Of Wrath”, John Steinbeck’s accounting of one family during the Dust Bowl years with stellar performances from Henry Fonda and Jane Darwell, directed by John Ford and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  This one has commentaries, newsreel footage and a restored picture.  (It was restored for the original dvd release, not for this rerelease).

If you don’t have these two dvds in your collection, now is a good time to pick them up.  Same low price (under $15 each) and heck, you get a free bookmark.

Added note by Nick:

As I have received the MGM DVD “Richard III” for review, I thought I would chime in with my two cents on this repackaging issue. Personally, I find these re-issues to be pointless because the titles are not in demand at all. Additionally, I have to wonder what’s the point in re-releasing catalogue titles such as this one with an exclusive bookmark? If  MGM wanted to re-issue these titles, why not just add more extras, update the transfers, or in this case of this disc, get rid of the flipper disc and just have the option of playing the film in widescreen or fullscreen at the menu screen like most discs these days. Now, I’m not knocking the film itself. ‘Richard’ is an interesting spin on William Shakespeare’s classic play set during an alternate 1930’s period in Britain. Ian McKellen in particular gives a riveting, tour-de-force performance as the title character, but there’s also a great supporting cast featuring the likes of Robert Downey Jr. (Lord Rivers), Annette Bening (Queen Elizabeth), Jim Broadbent (Duke Of Buckingham), Kristin Scott Thomas (Queen Anne), and Maggie Smith (Duchess Of York). It’s a must see for Shakespeare fans, but if you already own it, there’s no need to double-dip here.

October 15, 2010 Posted by | News | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment