Devil To Pay (1930/Samuel
Goldwyn/Warner Archive DVDs)/Game
Blu-ray w/DVD)/Kansas City
Archive DVD)/Will &
Grace: The Revival - Season One
(2017/Universal DVD Set)
C/C/B+ & B-/C/C Sound: C/C/B & B-/C/C+ Extras:
C-/D/C/D/C Main Programs: C+/C+/C+/C-/C+
DVDs are now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner
Archive series and can be ordered from the link below.
our latest group of comedies for you to know about, all of which are
set in the city, at least at some point...
B. Seitz's Absolute
(1936) has Lionel Atwill as a rich guy with a heart attack who needs
rest, relaxation, low stress and what the title of the film suggests,
but two escaped convicts (Bernadette Hayes and Wallace Ford) pick his
place at random to hide out in when they escape the authorities for
murder and severely ruin his recovery program. Yes, this is a
comedy, though not too much like a sitcom and things get wackier when
a plane crash-lands outside the ill man' mansion (the criminals would
not turn the landing lights on) and they get more company.
Loring, Raymond Walburn, Stuart Erwin and Louis Hayward round out the
cast in this comedy/drama with some mystery going for it from MGM
that has its moments and some suspense coming from both sides of the
genres it represents. Definitely worth a look, it has been imitated
a bit since.
only extras is an Original Theatrical Trailer.
Devil To Pay
(1930) is a sometimes charming Samuel Goldwyn-produced film where
rich, wacky playboy Ronald Coleman keeps burning through money, but
suddenly finds himself in a sort of love triangle between Loretta
Young and Myrna Loy! Coleman is constantly being nutty and this is
some good work between three fine talents (those used to Young's
1950s persona will again be surprised how sexy and energetic she is
here) in what is a fun, brisk 72 minutes worth seeing at least once.
You'll see why they all became big stars.
also see how Goldwyn more than thrived after leaving MGM (who kept
his name forever despite his departure) and how he understood good
filmmaking before most. Nice to see this one again after a very long
are no extras, but anything would have been interesting.
Bateman and Rachel McAdams star in Game
(2018) a new R-rated comedy with a story that's at least original.
While not without its funny moments (many of which rely on dramatic
tension), the film gets to be a little predictable as it messes with
the heads of its audience with its many twists and turns. Some
things about it are pretty far fetched, but it doesn't really slow
down once it starts and is sure to make you laugh at least a couple
film also stars Kyle Chandler, Billy Magnussen, and Jesse Plemons to
name a few.
simple game night for a married couple (Bateman and McAdams) and some
friends turns into a suspenseful and action packed journey! When
Bateman's brother (Chandler) ends up hosting a game night that
quickly goes awry, he ends up getting kidnapped by a group of
gangsters. Thinking they are playing a game but actually fighting
for his life, the group of friends split ways in an effort to find
Unforgettable Evening: Making Game Night
(1934) is one of the worst comedies of its time, its decade and
manages to waste Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell and Robert Armstrong
in a badly-written tale about money-grubbing working gals who get
entangled with a gangster-type and eventually enlist in a Girl
Scout-variant to get away from trouble, oddly leading them to a rich
guy who has not idea how wacky they are.
nothing here is funny, he script restricts its talents worse than
you'd think, the pace is bad, the twists highly unlikely and the
result is a like a bad sitcom episode no one wants to remember. The
actors survived this dud, but you might not.
are fortunately no extras.
in the 1970s into the early 1980s, if a hit TV show was hot in
syndication or was very popular and not being seen enough, the trend
was to do a TV movie revival, treat it like an event and see if the
ratings would be big. This usually meant most or all of the cast
would be brought back and often, it led to big ratings. Cable TV
sort of killed this for a variety of reasons, but then a curious
thing happened. Hit shows were being revived as new shows (What's
and even if the shows were not as good as their originals, cable was
desperate for new programming and the shows lasted a few seasons.
the U.K., revivals on TV tend to be better and now, the major TV
networks have decided to revive major hits of more recent vintage and
among those hits are Will
& Grace: The Revival - Season One
(2017), which is also the ninth season overall of the hit show. In
its time, it was a surprise to have positive, progressive, openly gay
characters on a regular TV show in the U.S. of any kind was
surprising, but the show admittedly broke some ground in this
respect, if not being ground-shaking in this regard. Now its back,
but the world has changed a good bit since it was cancelled and where
does that leave the show?
has to rely on the chemistry of its four leads (Debra Messing, Eric
McCormack, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes) and fortunately for fans,
they are able to pick up playing their characters as if the show was
never cancelled and save their slight aging, you would never know the
difference between the show then and now. On the other hand, I was
never a fan of the show and it never stayed with me or worked despite
the on camera talent, so there is little difference to a non fan
seem to be happy enough as it is a hit again and has another season
coming up, but anyone expecting something surprising or
groundbreaking in any way, shape or form will be disappointed. You
could do much worse than the 16 half-hours here, but it is also sad
that this is one of the better TV shows of its season and that shows
how bad network TV has become. So much for the new so-called golden
include a few featurette clips and a Gag Reel.
Blu-ray/DVD combo pack presents the film in 1080p high definition
with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a standard English
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless track, both of which meet the
expected playback standard for Blu-ray. The film has a surprising
bit of action and few chase sequences which are tightly edited and
sound good in this mix. The film primarily takes place at night and
is shot cleanly with little gripes about the transfer. Also included
is a compressed, anamorphically
standard definition DVD with a lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital mix and a
image on all four DVD-only releases are more problematic than
expected with the 1.33 x 1 black & white image on the three
Warner Archive releases softer than they should be, having print
damage or needing other work. The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1
image on the new HD-shot Will
shows might look good in HD, but are just too soft for their DVD
presentations and a show so new, but the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1
sound on each show is not bad for the old compressed audio format.
The lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono on the three Warner Archive DVDs are
also down a generation or so, so be careful of high playback volumes
and volume switching. Otherwise, they are passable.
order any of the three Warner Archive DVDs above, go to this link for
them and many more great web-exclusive releases at:
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