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 MGM programmer from the socially conscious Dory Schary years, featuring Spencer Tracy as an alcoholic attorney, some workman-like direction from John Sturges, and some of John Alton’s wildest noir cinematography (Warner Archive); and Robert Mulligan’s hauntingly slow and sensitive “The Nickel Ride,” an elegiac crime film from 1974 featuring Jason Miller and the gently stylized cinematography of Jordan Cronenweth (Shout! Factory).
My old friend (and frequent contributor to this space) Tom Brueggemann has begun a weekly box office report for goldderby.com. There’s no fixed url for his column, but as you can see from this week’s example, this is uncommonly — perhaps even uniquely — sharp, informed, insightful and independent work in a genre that is too often dominated by would-be power players and studio toadies. Congratulations, Tom, and keep up the excellent work.