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Our friends at Milestone Film & Video are engaging on a major restoration project for Portrait of Jason, a ground-breaking documentary by Shirley Clarke that was one of the first no-holds-barred films about LGBT life.
DVD Review STORAGE WARS: SEASON ONE
The first season of one of the hottest and most imitated shows on cable finally makes its way to DVD. What could possibly be lurking in that box in this abandoned storage locker? Who doesn't love a treasure hunt?
DVD Review LOST KEATON
Fans of Buster Keaton can rejoice, for Kino has brought to DVD all 16 of the rarely-seen short films Buster Keaton made for Educational Pictures in the mid-1930s. Despite the studio's name, there's nothing educational here, except lessons in comedy timing from the Great Stone Face himself.
DVD Review BLACK NARCISSUS (BLU-RAY)
Conflicts of many kinds are present in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's Black Narcissus, set against the beauty and danger of the Himalayas. These include the shock of Anglo-Catholic nuns set in the midst of the mountains among natives who speak no English, the struggle between flesh and the spirit, between medicine and superstition, between vows and longing for a different life, and between the monied classes and the impoverished. The new Blu-ray Disc from The Criterion Collection brings a splendid film-like appearance to the ravishing visuals.
Peter Jackson's towering achievement is one of those you-love-it-or-you-hate-it pictures; few viewers are indifferent. But into which category will the Blu-ray disc version of the original theatrical releases of the trilogy fall?
DVD Review THE GENERAL (BLU-RAY)
There's a sense that Blu-ray is just an improvement for recenet effects-laden extravaganzas. Bucking that trend, Kino offers up the first Blu-ray presentation of a silent film in America (the British disc of Sunrise having beaten it to the punch. But can an 85-year old film hold up in the HD era?
DVD Review GAUMONT TREASURES 1897-1913
Although the Gaumont studio is not a household word in America, it was at the very forefront of motion pictures in the early years. This amazing set from Kino brings to home video over 100 seldom-seen movies from the dawn of cinema by three of the leading creators at Gaumont. One DVD each is devoted to the directors Alice Guy, Louis Feuillade and the little-remembered L╚once Perret, giving the viewer a fascinating cross-section of these early silents, with some amazing treasuresˇwould you believe color and sound movies in 1905?
The memory of silent screen star John Gilbert is not helped at all by the fact that so many of his pictures are no longer extant. But this new set from Flicker Alley helps correct that, with recently-discovered prints of two of Gilbert's major films, which happen to be the only ones of these films known to exist. We're very lucky indeed to have these long-hidden classics unearthed and brought to DVD in lovely restorations.
DVD Review TEMPEST
The fall of the Tsars has proven to be fertile ground for filmic drama, but one of the earlier of these efforts was John Barrymore's Tempest, produced only a decade after the events depicted. With a story written by a Russian, and a screenplay co-written by an uncredited Erich von Stroheim, it certainly promises to be interesting.
DVD Review FOR ALL MANKIND (BLU-RAY)
Just in time for the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, Criterion brings the lunar experience to us via Blu-ray.
DVD Review THE GHOST (AATMA)
What do you get when you take Exorcist-style goings-on and send them to Bollywood? Well, let's just say that dance numbers pop up in the strangest places.
DVD Review THE UNINVITED (BLU-RAY)
Rehashes of Asian horror movies are becoming commonplace, but given the right treatment, they can be effective. Case in point: this American reworking of the Korean picture A Tale of Two Sisters, which manages to keep a lot of the creepy atmosphere of the original while successfully dumbing it down for us Yanks. A brisk pace and a brief running time help keep it from wearing out its welcome.
DVD Review LITTLE BRITAIN USA
The wildly rude humor of Little Britain makes its way to the USA. Not much is lost in translation, as no one is safe from their skewers.
DVD Review AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (BLU-RAY)
It's hard to imagine a picture that features a ton of George Gershwin music, Gene Kelly dancing and striking Technicolor photography being messed up, but the grossly-overrated 1951 Oscar-winner for Best Picture certainly does what it can to be appalling, grating and tedious all at once. Dragged down by a moronic plot, lack of chemistry between the leads, excruciating casting, and shockingly poor integration of the music into the story, it's unfathomable how this movie retains its reputation.
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