(2017/*both Corinth DVDs)/Husbands
Zone Inn (2018/IndiePix
(1981/Lorimar/Warner Archive Blu-ray)/Wuthering
(1953/MVD/Liberation Hall DVD)
B/C+/C+/B/B-/B/C Sound: C+/C/C/C+/B-/C+/C Extras:
D/D/C-/B/D/C-/D Main Programs: C+/C+/C+/B/C/C+/B-
Blu-ray is now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner
Archive series and can be ordered from the link below.
wide range of dramas, including a classic, are up next...
stars Azize Diabate Abdoulaye as the title character, a 12 year old
boy who goes in search after his brother leaves the village to prove
he is a man. He follows his brother who has joined as a soldier over
seas to fight in the war, as he travels further and further away he
learns how vast and more to the world than his village. He meets
people and sees different places, but never giving up, and determined
to find and bring his brother home.
come from a small village in the cliffs of Africa. He has been
raised that they should never leave or venture beyond the cliffs,
those who do are never to return. Adama's brother, tired of the
village and elder's traditions, sneaks off and joins the army
dreaming of becoming a soldier and hero. Adama chases after his
brother stowaway on a ship, hitchhiking and anyway to find his
brother, along the way he see the wonders of westernization,
modernization, meeting people, he is robbed and he also sees the ugly
side of humanity. As he gets closer to the war he does find his
brother, but by then both of them has lost their innocence, but
suddenly when a bomb is just about to hit them, a crazy old man who
journeyed with Adama shoves them down a hole and they are burred
beneath the earth. Adama and his brother wake up and find themselves
magically transported to the caves in the cliffs near their home and
they return to their village.
was an interesting animation with a mix of painting style and 3D CGI
visual effects. The story is like a fairytale and a coming of age
story about 2 boys who want to seek their fortune beyond the walls
and safety of their village. By the end of the tale... Well, you'll
have to see the rest. Extras include trailers.
(2016) involves the sad story of a family who gets into a car wreck
and all of them die except Yves (Noe Ricklin) who is certainly not
well and has a goofy aunt who would not help matters, so child
psychologist Eliane Hess (Eleni Haupt) steps in to take care of the
young boy, but there are things even she does not know about and
there will be more work in solving things than it already appears.
acting is good here, this is well paced and takes the audience
seriously, but I did not think it all added up and some of it was a
little predictable. It is apparently based on a popular novel, but
the film has to stand on its own. Running 114 minutes, the
Swiss/German production is not bad, but maybe it could have tried a
few things differently. Still, those interested should consider
are no extras.
(2017) isa set at the beginning of the Georgian Civil War and has a
story we've seen before of a woman in a regressive society 'promised'
to a man she does not want to be with, but in this case, she is more
interested in being with his best friend. Apparently based on a true
story that is believable enough, some of the twists and turns are
believable, but others just obvious or predictable, so the dilemma is
do you change the story for more impact or even political points, or
leave it as is?
one runs a tight 97 minutes and does take us to a place we have not
been before, so seeing that is a plus and the actors are good, while
the directing is not bad, but it did not stay with me as much as I
would have liked it to. Still, it is decently done for what it is
and you might want to see it if interested in the set-up.
trailer is the only extra.
(1970) can be a very difficult film to watch for some, spending
almost 2.5 hours focusing on three married men who never grew up, are
insanely loyal to each other and are from from good at being what the
title of the film is. With that said, it was a revelation when it
arrived 50 years ago, showing men in their early 40s being so toxic
and careless, even if they were also funny while being crude. It is
only because Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara and Peter Falk play the three
leads that they get away with what they do here, already very popular
for their commercial success on TV, et al.
Cassavetes wanted to push the limits of acting and improvisation in
elongated, extended form and knowing this could wear thin for the
length of film he wanted to have, Cassavetes makes the smart move of
have the trio go to London, England to be obnoxious there too!
the narrative, it can get rough, but with some ironic distance, these
actors show that they are some of the best of their generation and
maybe of all time, coming up with all kinds of interesting,
unforgettable and even shocking moments. By today's standards, some
of this is simply not politically correct, but it influence as a sort
of streetwise answer to Ingmar Bergman would influence and join such
incredible work by Martin Scorsese (Mean
Francis Coppola (Godfather,
Robert Altman (California
Michael Cimino (Deer
Arthur Penn (Night
and so many others at the time. No doubt it is a must-see classic,
but be prepared for the long haul.
include a high quality paper pullout in the Blu-ray case with
technical information and a solid essay by filmmaker Andrew Bujalski,
while the disc adds a feature length audio commentary track by from
2009 featuring critic Marshall Fine, New interviews with producer Al
Ruban and actor Jenny Runacre, New video essay featuring audio
recordings of John Cassavetes in his own words exploring the
actor-director's spirited approach to acting,
The Story of "Husbands" - A Tribute to John Cassavetes
(2009), a half-hour program featuring Ruban, actor Ben Gazzara, and
cinematographer Victor J. Kemper, a hilarious episode of The
Dick Cavett Show
from 1970 featuring Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara, and actor Peter Falk
acting nuts for its 45 minutes placement and an Original Theatrical
known as Senza Distanza, the Italian drama/comedy Time
Zone Inn (2018)
takes place in a B&B where every room is designed like a
different city with that city's timezone. As couples experience
these rooms together, the test begins to see if their bonds can
withstand being distant from one another. The film explores many
themes about love and relationships and was a hit on the film
festival circuit with many accolades and is a clever concept.
film stars Giovanni Anzaldo, Elena Arvigo, Marco Cassini and is
directed by Andrea di Iorio.
only special feature is a trailer.
Zone Inn is very philosophical and looks at love from many
different perspectives and has a very surreal dream-like quality to
it even if it does tend to be a bit slow at points.
(1981) has the legendary director still able to make big commercial
films and gets to pair a still risk-taking Sylvester Stallone with
Michael Caine and soccer/European football legend Pele (who was
playing for Warner Bros. own soccer team at the time) in a WWII tale
where the Nazis decide to stage a game with their elite players
versus whomever the Allied prisoners of war can piece together.
After what happened between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. At the winter
olympics of the time, you can see why the makers thought this might
be timely commercially.
Von Sydow plays the lead Nazi official hoping the game will go the
fixed way imagined to show how 'superior' the Nazis are and this has
a few good moments including when Stallone used to try to act.
However, it is a little predictable and maybe the Nazis are portrayed
in ways that are considered too kind and pat. Now you can see for
yourself and at least the film is ambitious if a bit flawed.
Original Theatrical Trailer is the only extra.
finally, a very different version of Emily Bronte's Wuthering
that was made in 1953 and has no less than Richard Burton in its
lead. However, this was made for live TV (The
DuPont Show Of The Month
series) directed by solid journeyman Daniel Petrie and produced by
David Susskind. So its Heathcliff versus Edgar Linton for the
affections of Catherine, but instead of a pretentious overly-costumed
melodrama that might lean towards stuffiness, the limited budget and
being studio-bound means the actors have to focus on performance and
Burton is in good form here, joined by Patty Duke, Denholm Elliott
and Rosemary Harris, making this a very welcome change of pace from
the more recent versions that do not always work and get to the point
of the story (depending on how much of the book you think they cover
or not) in a good 90 minutes that is never dull. Thus, it is a
little gem worth seeing, especially if you love the book, actors and
are curious how they pulled this off.
all the controversy with DuPont recently, we see several commercials
for only their products and some are fine, though all of the episodes
of this show are haunted by the disaster that was Teflon (hurting and
killing a whole bunch of people, the environment and even animals!)
and then, it also occurred to me that the company was making movie
film at the time and this whole show is highly likely shot on their
own film stocks. They even made one special for kinescope recording.
are sadly no extras, unless you want to count the commercials.
for playback performance. The 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High
Definition image on Husbands is from a new 4K scan that makes
the film look really good and sometimes great from the intimate room
scenes to location work from New York City to London, with some great
color to boot as lensed on 35mm color film by Director of Photography
Victor J. Kemper, A.S.C.. This looks as good as anything on the list
and the PCM Mono (from magnetic and optical sound sources) may show
its age, but sounds as good as it ever did or will.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Victory
is also newly restored from the original 35mm anamorphic Panavision
negative (lensed by Director of Photography Gerry Fisher, B.S.C.) and
looks as fine as it can with solid MetroColor and the
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mix does cut back on the
music by Rocky
veteran Bill Conti (who did the far superior score for the James Bond
film classic For Your Eyes
Only the same year), but
this also sounds as good as it ever will.
Zone Inn is presented in anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1
widescreen in lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Italian Stereo with English
subtitles. While the image is compressed (as is native in the
format,) the overall presentation is fine and the film is eloquently
and very cinematically shot.
1.33 X 1 black & white image transfer with lossy Dolby Digital
2.0 Mono sound on Wuthering is the poorest presentation here
by default as the program was recorded on kinescope equipment
(meaning the film an old analog black and white TV picture tube of
the time with all of its flaws!) so it is only going to look so good,
but it is fine for what we get and most dialogue is audible.
remaining three of the DVDs offer anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1
images (Adama a little better than the rest) with lossy Dolby
Digital 2.0 Stereo sound (Adama barely better than the others,
all in their respective languages), so they all play fine for recent
productions and are passable for the older DVD format. If they ever
get issued on Blu-ray, we'll have to see how much of an improvement
we get in each case.
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Nicholas Sheffo, Ricky Chiang (Adama)