I’ve been making a concerted effort to cut back on my DVD/Blu-ray purchases...but to borrow a line from a classic broadcast of The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show: “It ain’t been easy, Clyde...” To illustrate: Kino Lorber has an August 2018 Studio Classics Sale in progress right now (it ends August 28), and when I went… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Road to Rio (1947)
It’s another all-nighter for Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Zack Stewart (Kenneth Tobey), who’s got a full slate of cases in his inbox. His primary investigation is tracking down the whereabouts of fugitive Joe Walpo (Joe Bassett)—a law-breaking miscreant already wanted for gunning down a gas station attendant (William Schallert!) a few days earlier. Stewart’s… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Down Three Dark Streets (1954)
The blog has been fallow for a few days, so I regret the lack of activity...but as we were welcoming in July I received a notice in the mail that Oglethorpe County requested my presence as a Superior Court “traverse juror” the week of August 7. Yes, it’s the time-honored practice of drawing jury duty;… Continue reading A little housecleaning
In May, I received an e-mail from ClassicFlix asking me to contribute the back liner notes for a DVD collection that I knew would generate waves of enthusiasm throughout the classic film and movie comedy communities I associate with on Facebook. All 21 of the two-reel Hal Roach Studio comedies starring Thelma Todd and Patsy… Continue reading “That’s liable to happen to anyone!”
Alpha Video released another volume in their “Rediscovered Comedies of Edgar Kennedy” series about two weeks ago (July 24)—though again, for those of us dues-paying members in The Order of the Slow Burn (check out the Facebook page here) we’ve been aware of their existence for quite some time—and for a mere bag of shells,… Continue reading Slow burn-ing memory
With the end of The Great War (WWI), Baltimore housewife Elizabeth MacDonald (Claudette Colbert) hopes to welcome home her husband of one year, John Andrew MacDonald (Orson Welles). This reunion will not take place: Elizabeth receives a telegram informing her that John was killed in battle. Returning to her job at the Hamilton Chemical Works—where… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Tomorrow is Forever (1946)
A documentary or two (or three, even!) courtesy of downloads from Epix Vault on Demand: Under the Gun (2016) - On December 14, 2012, with the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT that left 20 children and six adults dead, I convinced myself that this would be the time when this… Continue reading What’s up, docs?