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dvd review: Stagecoach

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 24, 2010 6:56 AM
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(Criterion Collection)

The Italian Straw Hat

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 18, 2010 6:11 AM
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How can a film that’s more than eighty years old seem fresh and modern? That’s the marvel of Rene Clair’s silent gem The Italian Straw Hat (1927), which has been lovingly restored by producer David Shepard for DVD release through Jeffery Masino’s Flicker Alley. If you’ve never seen the picture, you owe it to yourself to experience its wit and charm, which is comparable to the finest work of Ernst Lubitsch…yet it is distinctly, unmistakably French. While its source material (an emblematic stage farce written in 1851) was already well-worn by the late 1920s, Clair put his own stamp on it by changing—

DVD review: Hail, Hail Freedonia—And Leo McCarey

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 12, 2010 5:03 AM
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Leo McCarey poses with ZaSu Pitts and Charles Laughton on the set of Ruggles of Red GapIf he had made only the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup, Leo McCarey would have a place in the pantheon of American comedy. He did much more, of course, from a superb series of silent two-reelers with Charley Chase and some of Laurel and Hardy’s finest comedy shorts to such great feature films as The Awful Truth and Love Affair. His name isn’t invoked as often as other giants of his era, perhaps because his later films became sentimental (Going My Way and The Bells of St. Mary’s, both giant hits with Bing Crosby) and then political (My Son John, Satan Never Sleeps). But somehow, in this year of 2010, as some of us shake our heads over signs that civilization—

Great Films You Can't Find on DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 24, 2010 4:00 AM
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With the long-awaited release of The African Queen on DVD this week, film buffs can check another prominent title off their want lists. That’s the good news…but there are still a surprising number of movies from every decade of the 20th century that aren’t commercially available.

DVD review: The African Queen

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 22, 2010 7:29 AM
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If ever a movie was worth waiting for on DVD, it’s The African Queen. Because the film’s ownership was split among a handful of companies, on both sides of the Atlantic, and because it required an expensive restoration, it’s taken much longer than it should have to reach the marketplace…but now it’s here, and it’s great.

dvd review—Forgotten Stars

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 16, 2010 5:54 AM
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The Norma Talmadge Collection (Kino) The Constance Talmadge Collection (Kino)

dvd review: Bad Girls of Film Noir

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 23, 2010 7:35 AM
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(Volumes 1 and 2)

Johnny Mercer: The Dream's On Me

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 28, 2009 4:20 AM
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If you missed this documentary special on Turner Classic Movies, it’s a must-see for anyone who loves the Great American Songbook and the era in which it flourished. It’s now been released on DVD with a second disc of bonus material. Produced by Clint Eastwood (who first paid tribute to Mercer in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which took place in the songwriter’s home town of Savannah, Georgia) and directed by Bruce Ricker, the program compresses...

North By Northwest

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 13, 2009 7:22 AM
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Funny, I thought the last DVD release of this Alfred Hitchcock gem was definitive, with an excellent hour-long documentary hosted by its leading lady, Eva Marie Saint, and a commentary track by its articulate screenwriter, Ernest Lehman. How lucky for us that Warner Home Video decided that the movie’s 50th anniversary warranted the investment of returning...

The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 7 – 1952-1954

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 13, 2009 4:46 AM
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