New DVDs: Friedkin, Pennell, Otomo

Two pieces in the New York Times today, and boy are my fingers tired: Revisiting “The French Connection” in the company of William Friedkin (whose controversial remastering of the film for Blu-ray arrives this Tuesday) and the usual bunch of reviews, including the influential 1978 indie “The Whole Shootin’ Match” from the spectacularly self-destructive [...]

New DVDs: Saville, Oboler, Lean

Odds and ends this week: Victor Saville’s stylized 1954 Biblical epic “The Silver Chalice,” with a young Paul Newman, a scene-stealing Jack Palance and an intractable Virginia Mayo; Arch Oboler’s early apocalyptic fantasy “Five” (1951) and David Lean’s 1954 comedy “Hobson’s Choice,” in which Charles Laughton gets his comeuppance at the hands of Brenda [...]

New DVDs: Two by Bunuel

From the Criterion Collection, two long unavailable films by Luis Bunuel — “The Exterminating Angel” and “Simon of the Desert” — provide a spiritually appropriate transition to my new home in the Sunday New York Times Arts and Leisure section. That’s me, in the photo above, giving thanks. The web link is here.

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New DVDs: Peter Sellers and Alec Guinness

A slew of new releases starring Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers prompts some comparing and contrasting of these two great British comedians; my New York Times column is here.

This, by the way, will be the column’s last appearance on Tuesday. Beginning this Sunday, Feb. 8, I’ll be moving to the weekend Arts and [...]