With Her Dreams
(1956/Warner Archive Blu-ray)/Do
The Right Thing 4K
(1989/Universal 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Last
Upon A River
(2020/Film Movement DVD)/Symbiopsychotaxiplasm
Ultra HD Picture: A- Picture: C+/B/B/B-/C+/B Sound: C+/B-/A-
& B-/B-/C+/B- Extras: D/C+/B+/D/C+/C+ Films:
Blu-ray is now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner
Archive series and can be ordered at the link below.
a slate of dramas, including a few classics and another that dared to
be different...an be ordered from the link below.
start with Paolo Licata's Alone
With Her Dreams
(2019) set in the late 1960s in Sicily, dealing with how young Lucia
deals with her parents going to France to find work while she stays
with her grandmother. As she gets older (now played by Lucia Sardo)
finds her grandmother difficult, hiding something she does not want
her granddaughter to know.
on the Catena Fiorello novel, it is not a bad film, even if we have
seen some of this before, but the locales, acting, editing, flow and
pace make it a better film than it might have been otherwise. There
is talent here and it never overdoes things like so many imports we
have had to suffer through lately. Overall, those interested should
consider seeing it.
are no extras.
(1956) is the still creepy, Tennessee Williams' penned tale of a
child-like 19-year-old (Carroll Baker) who is still child-like in her
behavior, yet sexually mature enough to be active in the carnal way.
Here, she is the object of the desires of two men (Karl Malden and
Eli Wallach, both looking a little like stereotypical dirty old men,
though they are not that old here) and it is the hot season in the
south and in the same house!
film is honest about lust, desire and forbidden things, which is why
it got pulled from theatrical release at the time, but it still was a
critical success and groundbreaking for its time and its honesty.
The actors are bold and leave no stone unturned, but I bet there are
plenty of people who might find its 114 minutes more than they can
handle to this day. That says something.
the film has been restored, saved and reissued in HD via this solid
Blu-ray. Baker in particular never got the respect she deserved or
enough of the success that would have gone with it, so it is of
particular tribute to her that this endures.
include an Original Theatrical Trailer and featurette: Baby
Doll: See No Evil.
The Right Thing 4K
(1989) is now being released by Universal in the 4K format (as
was, also reviewed on this site) and it is a very welcome back
catalog addition to the format. We just reviewed the Criterion
Blu-ray set of the film at this link:
(which happens to be at that same link) recently, Both films were
issued in both 4K and Criterion editions and both versions in each
case have their strong points. Of course, both Criterion editions
have more extras, but in the case of this 4K Spike Lee release, you
still get plenty of extras, including (as the press release
Brand New Introduction by Director Spike Lee DO THE RIGHT THING: 20
Years Later - Retrospective documentary with the cast and crew,
Deleted and Extended Scenes - Eleven scenes cut from the final
version of the film, Behind the Scenes - Spike Lee's personal video
footage from the set of the film, Making
DO THE RIGHT THING
- In-depth documentary on the making of the film, Editor Barry Brown
- Interview with the editor of DO THE RIGHT THING, The Riot Sequence
- Storyboard gallery of the climatic riot sequence, CANNES, 1989 -
Follow the film's triumphant screening at the prestigious Cannes Film
as DO THE RIGHT THING energizes and astonishes audiences with its
bold message, Trailers/Original Theatrical Trailer and TV spots, 20th
Anniversary edition feature commentary with Director Spike Lee and an
older, but still great Feature Commentary with Director Spike Lee,
Director of Photography Ernest Dickerson, Production Designer Wynn
Thomas, and Actor Joie Lee.
spoken my mind on the film before and impressed with all the extras
here and in the Criterion version, that leaves the technical;
performance further below, but this is one of the best back catalog
4K discs now available and not just because of how well it plays back
or its greatness as a classic, important film, but few 4K discs of
any kind have so many extras. Nice!
Jenkins gives a standout performance in the Sundance award winning
(2020), now available on DVD from Sony. The charming indie film
centers around Stanley (Jenkins) who decides to quit his 35 year end
career working at Oscar's Chicken and Fish. When he has to train his
young replacement Jevon (Shane Paul McGhie), the two instantly clash.
Also featuring Ed O'Neill, Birgundi Baker, and Allison Tolman with
direction by Andrew Cohn (Documentary film - Destination
and producer Alexander Payne.
Upon A River
(2020) stars Kendai Delacerna as a young Native American gal who is
trying to find herself, a place in the world and deal with her young
adult life. Based on the Bonnie Jo Campbell book, the movie is not
bad, has some nice, quiet moment to communicate what it is about and
the acting is all around fine. Locations are not bad either and it
is telling us a tale that is somewhat familiar, yet has some new
things to show.
film is not bad when it ends, of course with limited resolution as
expected, but I just wish it had found a little more to say and show,
no matter what the book originally offered. Still, this is smoothly
ambitious and I was glad I saw it.
featurette on the music is the only extra.
we have an avant-garde film actually directed by aa man of color.
(1968) by William
Greaves, a director here who even plays himself, but you may
recognize from his acting work. This avant-garde film about
filmmaking is part of a cycle of such films and one that has not been
seen as much as others. A group goes to the park to make a film on
the fly, but cannot decide what to make or to do.
of realizing this might be a once in a lifetime opportunity, they
find conflict, some personality clashes, disagreements, debates on
how to best make the most effective film and Greaves plays devil's
advocate to some extent to flush this out all the more so. Not for
everyone, it is an interesting film and I enjoyed its approach, but
it may be jarring for those used to standard narratives. The unknown
cast is not bad and Steve Buscemi backed a 2005 'Take
sequel also included here that is interesting, but only in context to
the first film.
include a high quality booklet with illustration, tech information
and an essay by critic Amy Taubin and production notes by Greaves for
while the disc adds Discovering
a 2006 documentary on Greaves' career, featuring Greaves, his wife
and coproducer Louise Archambault, actor Ruby Dee, filmmaker St.
Clair Bourne, and film scholar Scott MacDonald, an interview from
2006 with actor Steve Buscemi and an Original Theatrical Trailer.
for playback performance. The 2160p HEVC/H.265, 1.85 X 1 HDR (10;
Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image on Thing
looks fine, naturalistic and impresses throughout, just edging out
the impressive regular Blu-ray image on the well-color-graded
Criterion edition, which still has a bit of color and some shade this
version does not have. I like both very much, but this is closer to
the 35mm presentation I saw in theaters and both are better than the
older 1080p Blu-ray also included here. As well, the DTS: X 11.1
lossless upgrade for the sound on the 4K edition easily outdoes the
older DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix on the older Blu-ray included and also the
more impressive DTS-MA 5.1 on the Criterion edition.
1080p 1.85 X 1 black and white digital High Definition image on Baby
is another winning new remaster from Warner Archive, crisp, clean,
clear and vivid throughout, showing once again how fine monochrome
film can look, especially in HD. Composition is impressive and often
confining on purpose to go with how creepy the material gets. The
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mix has been cleaned up
without ruining the sound or adding any kind of compression or
falseness to the presentation. Only so much can be done for older
monophonic sound like this, but this is likely as good as the film
will ever sound.
1080p 1.33 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on
can show the age of the materials used, but this film looks really
good, as sharp and as clear as it can possibly be considering the
time and being on the fly as it is. Flaws were left in on purpose
too and color is very consistent and the PCM 2.0 Mono sound is from
the original optical mono materials and sounds as good as it ever
is presented on DVD with a anamorphically enhanced widescreen aspect
ratio of 2.00:1 and a lossy English Dolby Digital 5.1 mix.
Compressed but native to the aging format, the film is up to par and
looks fine, though would obviously look better in HD.
anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image on the remaining DVDs are
digital shoots that look pretty good for the format and also sound
just fine, though both can have quiet moments, they have different
has a PCM 2.0 Stereo sound mix, while River
offers lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 sound.
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Nicholas Sheffo and James