Remember the Neediest

This week in the New York Times, I get back to three discs of note that slipped by me in the rush of holiday releases: the first-ever watchable release of William Wellman’s much-abused public domain comedy “Nothing Sacred,” in a high-def transfer from David O. Selznick’s personal print (Kino); “The People against O’Hara,” an [...]

Sweetly Standing in Careless Grace

Warner Home Video has just released that most serenely secular of holiday films, Vincente Minnelli’s 1944 “Meet Me in St. Louis,” in a Blu-ray edition that comes as close as contemporary technology will allow to majesty of Minnelli’s palette. But any excuse is a good one to return to this beautiful and profound film, [...]

Je vous salue, Jean-Luc

Just in time for holiday giving, Olive Films has at last released an American edition of Jean-Luc Godard’s decades-in-the-making (or at least, decades-in-the-rights-clearing) “Histoire(s) du cinema” — 266 minutes of Godardian goodness assembled from a dizzying array of sources cinematic, literary, musical and painterly. Flashes of lightning like coherence burst through billowing cloud banks [...]