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Victor Fleming, John Ford

This week in the New York Times, a look at Warner Home Video’s shiny new Blu-ray edition of “The Wizard of Oz,” which includes a documentary on Victor Fleming among its copious extras, and and anti-climactic review of WHV’s no less handsome standard definition disc of John Ford’s superb “Wagon Master” — the latter […]

Carne, Litvak, Clement

Francois Truffaut’s 1954 “A Certain Tendency of the French Cinema” really was the atomic bomb of movie reviewing, obliterating an entire artistic landscape in one blast. To this day we are feeling the effects of Truffaut’s diatribe against the directors and screenwriters of the “Tradition of Quality,” to the point where any release of […]

Lars von Trier, New Season

This Sunday’s issue of Arts and Leisure in the New York Times is devoted to the upcoming season, so there’s no DVD column from me — though I do have an interview with the redoubtable Lars von Trier on the subject of his upcoming “Antichrist,” as well as a scrupulously unopinionated list of all […]

New DVDs: Jacques Demy, Nikkatsu Noir

Sony has slipped out Jacques Demy’s rare and beautiful “Model Shop” as part of their latest batch of “Martini Movies” — a concept I’m still not clear on, but any excuse to smuggle a forgotten gem like this onto DVD is a good one in my book. A review, plus a quick glance at […]