Two Blu-ray debuts this week: John Huston’s long out-of-circulation 1951 “The African Queen,” now with Technicolor worthy of its great cinematographer, Jack Cardiff (unfortunately, there are no digital techniques available to tone down those two cornball performances), and Nicholas Ray’s pioneering 1956 study in male hysteria, “Bigger Than Life” — now in a gorgeous edition from Criterion that makes those Yellow Cabs practically jump off the screen. My New York Times review is here.
Steve Legget of the Library of Congress passed along this link from the British silent movie site, The Bioscope, concerning the ambitious Media History Digital Library project. The aim is to scan and post some 300,000 pages of early movie magazines, including “The Moving Picture World” and “Photoplay,” and their first batch, taken from the collection of the Pacific Film Archive, is now online here , including six volumes of “Photoplay” covering July 1925 through June, 1930. It’s an amazing resource, and needless to say, quite a time sink once you start digitally leafing through those sepia-toned pages.