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Red Sundown ( Red Sun down )
Red Sundown ( Red Sun down )
Dvd ~ Rory Calhoun
Offered by GREAT4DVD
Price: £9.30

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, very good!, 12 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Red Sundown ( Red Sun down ) (DVD)
When his companion (James Millican) is killed in a shoot out, a gunfighter (Rory Calhoun) keeps his promise to him that he would abandon that life and settle down to honest work. But in a new town, he finds the only job open to him is that of a deputy to the sheriff (Dean Jagger). But will he be able to live down his past? The director Jack Arnold is justifiably noted for his fine work in the sci-fi genre with films like CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN and IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE. But he also made some excellent if minor westerns, notably NO NAME ON THE BULLET, MAN IN THE SHADOW and this "B" western which while simply done, provides a strong introspection at a lifestyle without the pat summary. The male characters are nicely drawn especially Grant Williams who gives a finely etched portrayal of a cold blooded gunman. Alas, the women don't fare as well, more stereotypes (Martha Hyer's prim daughter, Lita Baron's hot Mexican with a past) than anything else. A definite find for western buffs. With Robert Middleton, Leo Gordon and John Doucette.

The DVD from Spain via Llamentol is a handsome anamorphic wide screen (2:00) with both English and Spanish language tracks and optional Spanish subtitles.


Incorrigible ( L'Incorrigible ) [DVD]
Incorrigible ( L'Incorrigible ) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jean-Paul Belmondo

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough but it could have been better, 9 Dec. 2012
Soon after being released from prison, a con man and master of disguise (Jean Paul Belmondo) goes back to his old ways, namely selling things (like homes and boats among other things) that don't belong to him. But when the new social worker (Genevieve Bujold) assigned to him catches his fancy, it puts a crimp in his criminal activities. In the 1960s, the comedies of Philippe De Broca found great favor with art house audiences with films like THAT MAN FROM RIO and KING OF HEARTS (THE DEVIL BY THE TAIL is a personal favorite). But he seems to have fallen out of fashion in recent years. L'INCORRIGIBLE is a frantic farce that gets a boost from Belmondo's energetic performance and Bujold's engaging presence but it's never as funny as it seems to think it is and more than once I wished Blake Edwards would come just take it over. The melodic score is by Georges Delerue. With Capucine (who isn't given enough to do), Andrea Ferreol and Daniel Ceccaldi.

The French DVD from Studio Canal is in anamorphic wide screen (1.66) in either French, English and Spanish language versions. There are no subtitles of any kind.


Two Rode Together [DVD]
Two Rode Together [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Stewart
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £14.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The ghost of The Searchers hangs over the film but still worthwhile, 29 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Two Rode Together [DVD] (DVD)
A sheriff (James Stewart) and an Army Major (Richard Widmark) are sent by the U.S. Army to retrieve the surviving white captives held by a Comanche chief (Henry Brandon) for the past nine years. But it's not an easy task as some of the survivors, perhaps sensing the hostilities of the white community, refuse to return. Directed by John Ford, the specter of his classic THE SEARCHERS hovers over the film. Granted, it had been only five years since THE SEARCHERS had been released but the film had not yet (at least in this country) been acknowledged as one of great American films. If THE SEARCHERS had not existed then perhaps this effort would have fared better but honestly, it's just not as good. Stewart's character is a pale imitation of Wayne's Ethan Edwards but the film does paint a darker picture of white captives being accepted back into the fold. While there's a happy ending for THE SEARCHER's Debbie, the fate of the white boy (David Kent) here is much grimmer. Still, an essential film for the Fordians. Based on the novel COMANCHE CAPTIVES by Will Cook. With Shirley Jones, Linda Cristal (THE ALAMO), John McIntire, Jeanette Nolan, Andy Devine, Paul Birch, Mae Clarke and the usual Ford stock company: Andy Devine, Woody Strode, Anna Lee, Olive Carey, John Qualen, Ken Curtis and Harry Carey Jr.

The Sony DVD is a nice anamorphic wide screen (1.85) transfer.


The Song Of Songs [DVD]
The Song Of Songs [DVD]
Dvd ~ Marlene Dietrich
Price: £4.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overwrought melodrama with an erratic Dietrich performance, 28 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: The Song Of Songs [DVD] (DVD)
A rather naive young country girl (Marlene Dietrich) moves to Berlin to live with her miserly aunt (Alison Skipworth, DANGEROUS). There, she falls in love with a sculptor (Brian Aherne), she poses nude for him, who abandons her thus leaving her in the hands of the crude and decadent Baron (Lionel Atwill) who will transform her. This excessive gaudy melodrama, directed by Rouben Mamoulian, is entertaining in its own flamboyant way but its artistic pretensions are not to be taken seriously. The film is divided into three parts: Dietrich the country girl, Dietrich the bruised Baroness, Dietrich the slut. Curiously, Dietrich is most effective as the trusting country maid though there's nothing rustic about her! Surprisingly, her performance seems to get progressively worse as her character becomes more sophisticated. Innocence, betrayal, suffering, decadence: all the things fans of 30s kitsch could ask for in one movie though one may wonder that this came from the same director who gave us the elegant LOVE ME TONIGHT the year before. With Helen Freeman and Hardie Albright.

The Universal DVD is an adequate transfer.


Company [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Company [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best!, 24 Nov. 2012
On his 35th birthday, a confirmed bachelor (Neil Patrick Harris) finds himself feted by his friends, five married couples. Reflecting on his mutual friendships with the couples as well as three young ladies, he examines his inability to commit to a relationship and hopefully, a breakthrough that will allow him to commit to that one special person. Barely released in 2011 to a very limited amount of movie theaters, this filmed version of a live performance is probably as close as we'll ever get of a movie of Stephen Sondheim's musical COMPANY. The fragmented concept of a series of vignettes as conceived is such a theatrical piece that of all Sondheim's shows, it proves the most difficult to translate in cinematic terms. Still, if this is all we'll ever get, I'm eternally grateful because it's terrific "film". Though sole writer's credit is given to the original author George Furth, I've seen two professional productions of COMPANY (including the original cast) and I stand to be corrected but Furth's book seems to have been tweaked and honed and for the better. This production is every bit as good as and dare I say it, perhaps better than the original? It was a real pleasure to see Tick Tock restored to its place as most revivals eliminate the dance number. Directed by Lonny Price. Harris is excellent and you couldn't ask for a better ensemble cast: Patti LuPone (who gives a real depth to The Ladies Who Lunch), Martha Plimpton, Jon Cryer, Stephen Colbert, Craig Bierko, Anika Noni Rose, Katie Finneran, Chryssie Whitehead and Christina Hendricks (MAD MEN) who comes as close to stealing the movie as anyone.

Far superior to the "let the actors double as the orchestra and save money" 2008 release.

The region one Image DVD is a pristine anamorphic wide screen (1.85) transfer.


THE MACOMBER AFFAIR (1947) Gregory Peck, Joan Bennett - Region 2
THE MACOMBER AFFAIR (1947) Gregory Peck, Joan Bennett - Region 2

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Hemingway adaptation., 23 Nov. 2012
A hunting guide (Gregory Peck) takes rich adventurers on safari in Kenya. When he takes an unhappily married couple (Joan Bennett, Robert Preston) into the wilds, it's quite possible they may be more dangerous than the wild animals they hunt. Based on the Ernest Hemingway short story THE SHORT HAPPY LIFE OF FRANCIS MACOMBER, this is one of the few Hemingway adaptations that do him justice. I suppose it helps that it's based on a short story rather than a novel but the screenplay by Casey Robinson (NOW VOYAGER) and Seymour Bennett is a compact and lean vision that approximates the lean writing style of Hemingway. Though Peck is top billed and he's just fine, it's Bennett and Preston as the battling couple (right out of an Albee play) who grab our attention. It's certainly Preston's finest pre-MUSIC MAN hour on film, his Francis Macomber is both poignant and repulsive and Preston keeps you properly ambivalent toward his character. Neatly directed by Zoltan Korda (1942's THE JUNGLE BOOK) with a potent Miklos Rozsa score. With Reginald Denny and Jean Gillie, so memorable in DECOY.

The Regasa DVD I received from Spain was not a pressed DVD but a DVDr so be forwarned. That being said, the transfer was an adequate but nothing more.
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How Sweet It Is [DVD] [1968] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
How Sweet It Is [DVD] [1968] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £13.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wholesome sex comedy!, 21 Nov. 2012
When a photographer (James Garner) gets an assignment to shoot a group of teenage girls on a European tour (Mexico subs for the French Riviera), he brings along his wife (Debbie Reynolds) and teenage son (Donald Losby). But when a Frenchman (Maurice Ronet), notorious for his reputation as a lothario, plots to seduce the wife, complications ensue. If there's such a thing as a wholesome sex comedy for the whole family, this is it. The film comes across as an attempt to turn Reynolds' wholesome image around: see Debbie naked in bed with James Garner, see Debbie in a skimpy bikini, see Debbie mistaken for a prostitute, etc. while never being offensive. Garner and Reynolds are exceedingly appealing performers and match well together so it's a pity that this tarted up sitcom was their only on screen pairing. Sensing that the material won't hold up under close scrutiny, the director Jerry Paris zips things amiably along. The songs are by Jimmy Webb. Based on the novel THE GIRL IN THE TURQUOISE BIKINI by Muriel Resnick (ANY WEDNESDAY). With Terry Thomas, Paul Lynde, Elena Verdugo, Alexandra Hay, Marcel Dalio, Ann Morgan Guilbert and Penny Marshall.

The Warners Archives MOD DVD-r is a handsome anamorphic wide screen (2.35) transfer.


Dark Mirror [DVD] [1946] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dark Mirror [DVD] [1946] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by AllGoodDealz
Price: £12.90

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong performance by De Havilland elevates psychological thriller, 15 Nov. 2012
After a doctor is found murdered, the chief suspect is a woman (Olivia De Havilland) identified by several witnesses at the scene. But the detective (Thomas Mitchell) assigned to the case discovers that she has an identical twin sister (also De Havilland) which begs the question ..... which one is the murderess? The director Robert Siodmak (THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE) and De Havilland tip their hand fairly early in the film so that we know who the murderer is so the suspense comes from how will they find out and will they find out before she commits another killing. Siodmak provides the requisite moody atmosphere and De Havilland does an excellent job of differentiating between the two sisters, it's really one of her best performances. Lew Ayres is the psychiatrist who attempts to find out which is the twisted sister through psychological means and ends up falling in love with one of them. The screenplay is by Nunnally Johnson who would return to the subject again nine years later with THREE FACES OF EVE. The effective underscore is by Dimitri Tiomkin. With Richard Long and Ida Moore.

The Olive region one DVD is a handsome B&W transfer in the appropriate 1.33 aspect ratio.


Outcast Of The Islands [DVD] [1951]
Outcast Of The Islands [DVD] [1951]
Dvd ~ Trevor Howard
Price: £12.13

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful piece of film making from Carol Reed, 13 Nov. 2012
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Set on an unnamed island in the northern Indian ocean, when a scandal causes a man (Trevor Howard) filled with moral rot to be shunned, he's taken by a benefactor (Ralph Richardson) to a hidden village on another island. But his lust for a native beauty (Kerima) not only destroys whatever decency was left in him but his treachery reaches beyond his own ken. Based on the novel by Joseph Conrad, this is a superior piece of film making. Watching it you feel the exhilaration that you get when you know you're watching a great film. From 1947 to 1951, director Carol Reed had an incredible run of first rate films: ODD MAN OUT, THE THIRD MAN, FALLEN IDOL and this jewel. The film subtly examines the colonial mindset of the white man and his questionable sense of superiority (a native asks, "Does the white man think he knows what's best for us") but like Conrad's LORD JIM, Howard's Peter Willems is a man who must redeem himself but unlike that Conrad novel, the results are different. Is there anyone who still doubts that Trevor Howard is one of the great English actors? He may not have the Shakespearean pedigree of an Olivier, Gielgud or Richardson but anyone who can give a performance like this one or in SONS AND LOVERS, HEART OF THE MATTER or ROOTS OF HEAVEN is an actor to be reckoned with. The impeccable supporting cast includes Wendy Hiller (who displays a lifetime of invisibility in minimal screen time), Robert Morley, Wilfrid Hyde White and George Coulouris.

The Studio Canal DVD is a nice B&W transfer in the appropriate 1.33 ratio.


Something Big [DVD] [1971] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Something Big [DVD] [1971] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £11.32

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful comedy western, 7 Nov. 2012
An outlaw (Dean Martin) and his gang need a Gatling gun in order to rob the treasure of an infamous Mexican bandit (Jose Angel Espinosa). To this end, he makes a deal with a grungy and lonely bandit (Albert Salmi) to get him a woman (women are scarce in the territory) in exchange for the gun. Martin holds up a stagecoach and kidnaps a woman (Honor Blackman, GOLDFINGER) for the lonely outlaw. The problem is ... she's the wife of a Colonel (Brian Keith) in command of the regional cavalry. Comedy westerns are hard to pull off unless they are of the satire/parody kind like THE PALEFACE and BLAZING SADDLES so it's a pleasant surprise to discover this engaging sleeper. It manages to balance its subtle humor without making a shambles of the genre. I don't want to overpraise it, it's rather modest in its aims and execution but I can't deny I was quite taken with it. Martin, playing it fairly straight, is at his most appealing and Keith brings his own brand of solid magnetism while the leading ladies (Blackman, Carol White) are charming. There's a terrific title song by Burt Bacharach and Hal David that the film's composer Marvin Hamlisch incorporates generously into his underscore. With Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr., Denver Pyle, Paul Fix and Joyce Van Patten and Judi Meredith are hilarious as a pair of dangerous, man hungry sisters.

The Paramount region one DVD is a handsome anamorphic wide screen (1.85) transfer.


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