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Adventures in Blu-Ray: FM (1978)

Under the leadership of program director Jeff Dugan (Michael Brandon), L.A.’s QSKY soon becomes the #1 radio station in the market, with a dedicated staff of jocks that believe it’s the music that defines QSKY.  When Dugan accepted the job, his intention was to make his bosses at Billings Radio Corporation pleased with QSKY’s progress...but… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-Ray: FM (1978)

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Adventures in Blu-Ray: Hold Back the Dawn (1941)

“History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes” is a well-known aphorism often attributed to Mark Twain...even though there’s scant evidence to show that Twain actually said it.  But it’s such a witty little maxim that it seems like the sort of remark the humorist would make, and I couldn’t help but think of it the other… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-Ray: Hold Back the Dawn (1941)

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Adventures in Blu-Ray: Noir Archive Volume 2: 1954-1956

It seems like it was just last April—come to think of it...it was last April—when I borrowed some bandwidth on the blog to talk about a collaborative Blu-ray effort between Mill Creek Entertainment and Kit Parker Films/The Sprocket Vault featuring nine movies previously released to MOD DVD as part of Sony’s Choice Collection.  That compendium… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-Ray: Noir Archive Volume 2: 1954-1956

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Book Review: Identifi Yourself: A Journey in F**k You Creative Courage

From June 5, 1981 to December 30, 1988, The USA Network was the home of Night Flight—one of television’s most innovative attempts at capturing the pop culture zeitgeist.  Created and directed by Stuart S. Shapiro, Night Flight was a four-hour program comprised of music videos (featuring mainstream and alternative artists), cult movies (it's where I… Continue reading Book Review: Identifi Yourself: A Journey in F**k You Creative Courage

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Adventures in Blu-ray: The Big Clock (1948)

How did it come to this?  Within 36 hours, George Stroud (Ray Milland), editor of the popular Crimeways magazine, finds himself trapped in the tower of an enormous clock located in a prominent part of the Janoth Publications building.  In flashback, Stroud explains how a disagreement with his autocratic boss, Earl Janoth (Charles Laughton), was the catalyst for the series of events… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: The Big Clock (1948)

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Adventures in Blu-ray: Noir Archive Volume 1: 1944-1954

In Jacobellis vs. Ohio (1964), a U.S. Supreme Court case addressing the First Amendment (an Ohio movie theatre banned the 1958 Louis Malle film Les Amants because they believed it to be “obscene”), Justice Potter Stewart made a famous observation about obscenity that has become a colloquial expression today.  “I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Noir Archive Volume 1: 1944-1954

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Adventures in Blu-ray: Phantom Lady (1944)

After a spat with the wife, civil engineer Scott Henderson (Alan Curtis) decides to have a little gin with his misery and bellies up to the bar in a dive called Anselmo’s.  He makes the acquaintance of a mysterious woman wearing a rather distinctive hat...and seeing that she’s just as despondent as he is, asks… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Phantom Lady (1944)