Lion Is In The Streets
Without A Cause 4K
(1955/Warner 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Red
(1951/*both Warner Archive Blu-ray)
Ultra HD Picture: B+ Picture: B/B/B/B+/B Sound: B/B-/B-/B+/B-
Extras: C+/C/B/C+/C Films: C/C+/B/B/C+
Lion Is In The Streets
Blu-rays are now only available from Warner Bros. through their
Warner Archive series and can be ordered from the link below.
for a mix of new dramas over the years, with the older entries
(2022) has Woody Harrelson as a basketball coach who wants to be in
the NBA, but keeps letting his character flaws get in the way, which
reaches a new low of incompetence when he accidentally hits a police
car and has to do community service for it. However, he is assigned
an amateur basketball team whose members happen to have to deal with
remake of a Spanish feature film hit, it has its moments and the
actors who play the team with the Syndrome actually have it and are
actually very good here, but even they, Harrelson and solid turns by
Ernie Hudson and Cheech Marin cannot overcome the formulaic nature
and predictability of the underdog sports cycle the film comes from.
Nice to see the name actors try for something different, but Farrelly
can only do so much, so it is only worth a look for those interested.
Basketball fans might find this more interesting, but this has been
done dozens of times since at least the original Bad
in the 1970s.
include 12 Deleted Scenes, a feature length audio commentary track by
director Farrelly and three Making Of featurettes.
Lion Is In The Streets
(1953) stars James Cagney as a man trying to help people by running
for Governor in the 1920s Deep South, with the usual bigotry,
prejudice and ignorance getting in the way. Revealing how a local
cotton business is ripping off everyone, he has a shot winning
election, but the pettiness of others he would expect to be grown up
adults adds to the difficulties and troubles.
solid portrait of such awfulness by a gutsy filmmaker like Walsh, the
film has always had some sad-but-necessary predictability and in
recent years, his points about people who will not grow up and love
living in ignorance has sadly become very relevant again. It is
worth visiting and revisiting for all the good work here, including a
supporting cast that includes Anne Francis, Barbara Hale, John
McIntire, Lon Chaney, Warner Anderson, Frank McHugh, Warner Anderson,
Oslow Stevens, James Millican and Jeanie Cagney, so everyone should
see this one at least once. Franz Waxman's music scorer is a plus.
include the classic Warner animated short Duck!
(looking great, but sadly in lossy Dolby Mono) and Original
Without A Cause 4K
(1955) is one of the true classics of the 1950s, a film that broke
ground in portraying the youth culture of the time that still
resonates today, a film that deals with teens and alienation from a
time when being a teen (think post-WWII) was suddenly a new thing
with the idea of childhood attached, but that does not always work
out as the film show.
Dean became an instant icon as an angry loner with a broken, toxic
family life where he is even feels alone when they are around. We
see this life, that suburban life is only so great, school and teens
getting raw and even violent. He lands up falling for a pretty gal
(Natalie Wood in one of her great performances) and they have a good
friend (Sal Mineo, also becoming an icon in more than one way) facing
uncertainty. Dennis Hopper shows up as one of the gang members, as
do great future character actors like Jack Grinnage (Kolchak:
The Night Stalker)
and Jim Backus (Mr.
is the emasculated, hen-packed husband in Dean's home.
created one of the most famous, biggest and most imitated films of
its time and as relevant as ever. The film is a time capsule, yet
parts of it are as relevant as ever and in some ways, sadly, more so
than it has been in a few decades. Everyone is in top form, but it
is Dean who carries the film and reminds us that we not only lost him
way, way too soon. We also lost one of the greatest actors in cinema
history. For Warner Bros. 100th Anniversary, it is one of the THE
key films to upgrade and reissue. Also, with Grease
getting a prequel TV series, that is yet another reason for this film
to return. Though some parts do not work for me, most of it does and
it is a must-see for all serious film fans,
include a feature length audio commentary track by Douglas J.
Rathgeb, author of The
Making Of Rebel Without A Cause
on both discs, while the regular Blu-ray adds Addition Scenes
(silent, some in color, others in black & white only), an
Original Theatrical Trailer,
Without a Cause: Defiant Innocents
Hopper: Memories From The Warner Lot
featurettes, three Screen Tests, Wardrobe Tests and three Behind the
by Yasuzo Masumura (Giants
(1966) is a war drama that captures the 1939 Japanese war with China
in horrific black and white detail. The heavy hitting film is
beautifully made and transports the viewer into a grim world based on
fact that is hard to believe existed. In the film, a nurse helps a
man with a morphine addiction along the backdrop of a horrible war.
The film would be interesting to be remade as a beautiful love story
amidst a world of horror.
film stars Ayako Wakao, Shinsuke Ashida, and Yusuke Kawazu.
new feature length audio commentary by Japanese cinema scholar David
filmed introduction by Japanese cinema expert Tony Rayns
All Angels Have Wings,
a new visual essay by Jonathan Rosenbaum
a Reversible Sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
by Tony Stella
we have Stuart
is the surprise hoot (from the Reagan Warner DVD set we reviewed a
long time ago), with the soon-to-be gutsy director Richard Brooks
co-writing this wild drama about the evils of the Klu Klux Klan. In
a role the Left still climbs the walls over, Reagan is the D.A.
[!?!?!?!] who intends to nail the Klan over murder. This begins with
a brutal murder witness by a woman (no less than Ginger Rogers) that
could put a real dent in the organization if she could successfully
testify. Doris Day is her sister and Ned Glass also stars in this
one-of-a-kind film that never ceases to shock with its ideas of
reality and the amusing ways in which the film tries to approach
them. You have to see it to believe it!
include the classic Warner animated short Bunny
(also looking great, but sadly in lossy Dolby Mono,) live action
Warner short One
Who Came Back
and Original Theatrical Trailer.
for playback performance. The 2160p HEVC/H.265, 2.55 X 1, HDR (10;
Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image on Rebel
looks the best it has ever looked on home video, better than the
1080p version here, which still looks good but cannot resolve the
Video Red anywhere nearly as well and does not have the clarity,
depth or detail of the 4K disc version. Though East
got a Technicolor dye-transfer release, this film (also a older
CinemaScope film made by Warner Bros.) was only issued in Eastman
Color sometimes credited as WarnerColor. The original 4-track
magnetic stereo sound has been updated to Dolby Atmos 11.1 (Dolby
TrueHD 7.1 mixdown for older systems) for the 4K release, though the
regular Blu-ray only offers a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless
mix. The differences between the two are not extreme, but the Atmos
does a little bit better of a job of updating and clarifying the
original soundtrack and the remixers from the restoration team have
done the best job possible, so it was worth the effort. This is
likely the best the film will ever sound.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image on Champions
is a little on the soft side, but some of it is the style chosen, but
some of it is the camera(s) chosen. The
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is more consistent and well
recorded, so the combination is not bad.
1080p 1.33 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers on both Lion
(three-strip, dye-transfer Technicolor) and Storm
(black & white) are from new HD masters (likely 4K) as Warner's
restoration work continues to ever impress. Storm
more than outdoes the old DVD we covered eons ago. You can show the
age of the materials used, but any issues are limited. Both have
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mixes form their original
theatrical optical monophonic sound and sound as good as they likely
ever will, though Lion
might be a decibel or two down, so be careful of volume switching and
high playback levels as it just makes its letter grade rating.
is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with an MPEG-4
AVC codec, a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and a Japanese LPCM
Mono mix with a black and white image. The film has been nicely
restored but shows its age with beautiful scope cinematography by
Setsuo Kobayashi (Fires
on the Plain,
Arrow Video continues to do an outstanding job with their transfers
and this is no exception.
Lion In The Streets
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