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End of Summer Sale

Some odds and ends as the summer season draws to a close: a fine new Blu-ray edition of Sergei Eisenstein’s first feature, “Strike,” from Kino International; Eugene Lourie’s stately, somber 1958 science-fiction film “The Colossus of New York” (a monster movie as the Comedie Francaise might have produced it); and from VCI Entertainment, a […]


The widespread assumption that “every movie ever made is available on the internet” crumbles pretty quickly when you actually look at the offerings on Netflix Instant Streaming, Hulu Plus and their slowly multiplying brethren: According to the highly useful resource currently offers a grand total of 26 films from 1939, of which 11 […]

Raul Ruiz 1941-2011

Le Monde is reporting that Raul Ruiz died Friday, August 19 in Paris, where the exiled Chilean filmmaker had made his home since 1973. The cause of death was a pulmonary infection. The seemingly indefatigable filmmaker was still hard at work: “He was in the midst of finishing the editing of a film he […]

Crime Marches On

A new batch of crime films from the Warner Archive Collection suggests how styles in anti-social behavior change over the course of a decade, from the rise of the autonomous, inexplicable psycho-killer in the wake of World War II (in Felix Feist’s “The Threat” and Richard Fleischer’s “Follow Me Quietly,” from 1959) to the […]

The CinemaScope Sunset of Michael Curtiz

The good people at Twilight Time have put out their first Blu-ray, a fine edition (limited to 3,000 copies, as are all of their discs) of Michael Curtiz’s 1954 “The Egyptian.” Photographed by the great Leon Shamroy (“Leave Her to Heaven,” “Skidoo”), it’s a handsome film, with a crisp, widescreen De Luxe Color image […]

The Landis Has Eagled

In an attempt to recover some dignity after devoting a column to “Skidoo,” this week I cover two undisputed classics of the New American Cinema, both freshly issued on Blu-ray: John Landis’s “Animal House” (1978) and “The Blues Brothers” (1980). Funny then, funny now, funny on the far side of the Apocalypse.

In […]