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Blu-ray Review: THE PHILADELPHIA STORY Classes Up Criterion

Despite harboring a healthy love for classic Hollywood’s great works, there’s something about the 1940 comedy The Philadelphia Story that’s always presented a barrier to me. Is it the class presentation? It’s a film about extremely wealthy Americans doing extremely...

Criterion in November 2017: LE SAMOURAI, DESERT HEARTS, JABBERWOCKY, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

New digital restorations are the main attractions for four titles that will be arriving via the Criterion Collection in November 2017. Le Samourai is the one that caught my eye first. Jean-Pierre Melville's work has been influential upon more than...

Blu-ray Review: HIS GIRL FRIDAY From Criterion Is Black and White and Read All Over

Trumpeted even today, well beyond its 75th anniversary, Howard Hawks' 1940 newspaper-centric screwball comedy is an undeniable keeper.  It’s also warped and batty with something of a dark streak. People throw themselves out of windows, morbidity that doesn’t stop the...

Blu-ray Review: ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS Soars Via Criterion

In 1939, that powerhouse year in cinema history so often called its greatest, the indomitable Howard Hawks, made what may well be his most defining picture, Only Angels Have Wings. A nail-biting aviation actioner, Only Angels Have Wings soars on the...