Anchors Aweigh

Anchors Aweigh (1945)

We conclude Gene Kelly week a bit disappointed. On the Town was a charming musical taking three separate stories, separated and combined them, presenting a solid, albeit thin tale in a well paced ninety minutes. Now imagine reducing that story to two sailors and one girl, adding in a love triangle, Jose Iturbi, Tom and…

Brigadoon

Brigadoon (1954)

Originally published March 16th, 2015 The addition of a wide-screen format can provide a grander sense of scope for particular films. The best example I always use is the phenomenal Todd-AO transfer of Oklahoma!¬†But, as much as a wider screen allowed for, what was presumed to be, a grander filmgoing experience, worthy of trumping the…

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The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde’s tale of immortal youth and blinding excess, has been recounted in several adaptations throughout the decades, none best remembered as well as Albert Lewin’s 1945 take. Warner Archive’s recent Blu-ray release allows audiences the opportunity to indulge in Dorian’s adventures, even if the whole affair plays a bit…

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Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

I understand the appeal of the 1950s CinemaScope adventure movies like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in 80 Days. While their special effects are dated, the practical effects are always spellbinding to see in a world gone to CGI and the actors take it seriously. However, these same movies suffer from…

Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol (1938)

Charles Dickens’ 1843 Christmas classic is such well tread territory it’s paved into the brains of audiences everywhere. Countless adaptations of the book abound on the small and silver screens, and both Warner and VCI are releasing their respective versions on Blu-ray. VCI is releasing the better known 1951 version starring Alistair Sim, but Warner…