The Leopard

There’s nothing new in the way of extras on Criterion’s new Blu-ray upgrade of “The Leopard,” but the hi-def transfer is a stunner. The colors are so warm that you can practically feel the heat of the Sicilian summer on your face, and the climactic ball sequence now extends into infinite depth and detail. [...]

Hits from the Blitz

Thanks to Criterion and VCI, here are two more titles from the British cinema’s finest hour — World War II and its difficult aftermath. Carol Reed’s 1940 “Night Train to Munich,” an entertaining follow-up to Hitchcock’s “The Lady Vanishes” from the screenwriters Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, opened just days before the German bombing [...]

Happy Birthday, Norman

“Psycho” turns 50 today, and J. Hoberman has a fine appreciation on the Village Voice website that includes Andrew Sarris’s 1960 review — his first published work in the Voice.

Charlie Chan at Monogram

It’s good to see Warner Home Video digging into their Monogram/Allied Artists holdings, even if there are no undiscovered masterpieces among the four titles in WHV’s recent “Charlie Chan Collection.” Most of the auteur interest here is concentrated in the stylish opening sequence of Phil Karlson’s 1946 “Dark Alibi”; otherwise, you get Terry Morse’s [...]

Upstream (John Ford, 1927)

Below are a few images from the John Ford film that’s been discovered in New Zealand — part of a nice haul of 75 or so silent films that are currently being brought back to the US by the National Film Preservation Foundation. I’ve got a piece about the find here in the New York [...]

The Cat and The Canary

A new Bob Hope box set from Universal packages the long unavailable 1939 version of “The Cat and the Canary,” directed by Elliott Nugent, along with two other early Hope comedies not previously released on DVD: George Archainbaud’s 1938 “Thanks for the Memory,” a follow-up to Hope’s star-making turn in Mitchell Leisen’s “Big Broadcast [...]