Are We Not Men?

Rivaled only by Tod Browning’s “Freaks” as the most perverse and extreme of the early 30s cycle of horror films, Erle C. Kenton’s 1932 “Island of Lost Souls” has been mysteriously absent from home video — at least, in a licensed version — since a Laserdisc release sometime in the last century. The new […]

Ringo Redux

Being an appreciation of the other “Stagecoach,” the one in color and CinemaScope directed in 1966 and newly released, for the first time in anamorphic widescreen, by the boutique label Twilight Time, including some observations on how the unassuming Douglas makes the material its own, nudging it from Ford’s self-consciously mythic vision toward something […]

Red Dawn

Flicker Alley’s “Landmarks of Early Soviet Film” is a box set of eight remastered titles from the Soviet cinema’s most exuberantly experimental period comprised of two fiction films by Lev Kuleshov, “The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks” (1924) and “By the Law” (1926), Boris Barnet’s freewheeling comedy “The […]

Dead and Deader

An unintentionally morbid double bill this week, with Elio Petri’s op-pop black comedy of 1965, “The Tenth Victim” and Victor Sjostrom’s somber, spiritual masterpiece of the Swedish silent cinema, “The Phantom Carriage,” both turning up in excellent Blu-ray editions. My New York Times review is here.

It’s that time of the year again, […]