New DVDs: “The Robe” and John Alton

The first film to be released in CinemaScope, Henry Koster’s 1953 “The Robe” forever altered the way movies looked. Henceforth, Hollywood either released its pictures in authentic anamorphic formats like CinemaScope, which effectively offered an image twice as wide as the old Academy ratio, or by finagling standard methods to produce “widescreen” images in [...]

New DVDs: William Wellman

After cunningly disguising a terrific Delmar Daves collection under the title “Warner Romance Classics,” those crafty folks at Warner Home Video have slipped out a highly cinephilic selection of early William Wellman films under the title “Forbidden Hollywood, Volume 3.” The highlight of the batch is the 1931 “Other Men’s Women,” a drama from [...]

New DVDs: Shimizu and Murnau

Some very nice stuff out this week: a box set from Criterion’s Eclipse line featuring four films by Hiroshi Shimizu, yet another Japanese great almost unknown in the west, and from Kino, a ravishing new version of Murnau’s “Faust,” based on Luciano Berriatua’s restoration of the original German release. It turns out that what [...]

Kent Moves On

IndieWire has some news concerning our colleague Kent Jones, who left his position at the Film Society of Lincoln Center yesterday.

New Yorker Films auction

Here’s hoping that a responsible someone will step up to the plate. (Courtesy of Sasha Berman)

On March 12, 2009, Technicolor, Inc. and certain of its affiliates will be conducting a secured party auction sale of certain of the assets of New Yorker Films. The winning bidder(s) at the auction will purchase some or all [...]

New DVDs: Fleischer and Disney

The great god Coincidence came through this week with the simultaneous release of a dazzling, big budget digital restoration of “Pinocchio” from the Disney empire and a somewhat less impressive, budget edition of the Fleischer brothers’ “Gulliver’s Travels” — providing at least one newspaper hack with the opportunity to evoke the great East Coast/West [...]

New DVDs: Avant Garde Film 1947-1986

This Sunday in the New York Times, a review of the new set from the National Film Preservation Foundation, “Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film 1947-1986,” which includes 26 restored films from such masters of non-narrative filmmaking as Stan Brakhage, Storm De Hirsch, Hollis Frampton, Ken Jacobs and (above, from “Film No. 3: Interwoven”) Harry [...]