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That Hamilton Woman

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 12, 2009 8:23 AM
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I remember this movie being good, but I have to admit that I may have underrated it. What’s more, the commentary track and interview material on the new Criterion release add immeasurably to one’s enjoyment of the film and understanding of its place in history. As a piece of entertainment, it is exemplary, showcasing two great stars—who were still newlyweds at the time of the film’s release—at the height of their beauty and skill. Vivien Leigh (by this time a star to American audiences,...

Sita Sings the Blues

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 12, 2009 7:20 AM
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I must confess I am very late in joining the parade of fans that filmmaker Nina Paley has attracted with her charming animated film. I just purchased a DVD from her website, where you can also download the feature and even purchase Sita merchandise. I wanted to support the independent filmmaker, who has taken to giving away her movie to protest...

Wagon Master

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 12, 2009 7:01 AM
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One of John Ford’s personal favorites among his films, Wagon Master (1950) is a film of modest ambition and enormous charm. It afforded the director an opportunity to showcase two of his “discoveries,” wrangler-turned-actor Ben Johnson and Harry Carey, Jr., the son of his old friend and colleague from...

The Panic Is On

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 12, 2009 6:56 AM
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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 12, 2009 6:50 AM
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Fans of the escapist adventures of the 1940s Maria Montez and Jon Hall favor Arabian Nights, which also features Sabu, or the very campy Cobra Woman, but this straightforward presentation of the Ali Baba story isn’t bad at all—just a bit prosaic. What makes it worth watching, especially on the new DVD release...

Fats Waller: This Joint Is Jumpin'

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 12, 2009 6:46 AM
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I was happy to revisit this vintage British television documentary, one of several such pieces reissued on DVD by MVD Visual. It incorporates every piece of Fats Waller footage extant (all of his Soundies plus his appearances in the feature films Hooray for Love, King of Burlesque, and Stormy Weather) along with lively...

Cleopatra 75th Anniversary Edition

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 12, 2009 6:43 AM
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Cecil B. DeMille’s incredibly lavish production of Cleopatra has never looked as good as it does on this beautiful DVD, mastered from the UCLA Film and Television Archive’s 35mm restoration. If you already have Universal’s Cecil B. DeMille Collection (released in 2006) you have...

Pre-Code Hollywood Collection

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 12, 2009 6:00 AM
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Cheers to Universal for releasing six rarely-seen Paramount titles of the 1930s that haven’t been on home video before, in exquisite transfers from the original negatives. In years past I’ve seen most of these in museum or archive showings, often in 16mm, and they’ve never looked so good.

The Lost & Found RKO Collection

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  • December 12, 2009 4:51 AM
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Disney’s Nautilus Replicated

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 12, 2009 4:42 AM
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