Any film festival dedicated exclusively to the treasures, glories, and the occasional folly of the past is likely to be visited by ghosts.
The political resonance of Frank Sinatra’s sleepwalking through these two films is unsubtly reactionary.
This lively, melancholic, quite prescient Humphrey Bogart film receives a sturdy restoration and an excellent audio commentary.
The title of the film could apply to nearly all of Ray’s other films, as it provides a poetic encapsulation of his governing theme.
As one scholar says in the accompanying documentary, “You could spend a lifetime studying 1939.”
His extensive definition of “exile” draws on the likes of theorists Theodor Adorno, Edward Said, and Salman Rushdie to explain how complex self-expression can become when displaced from one’s homeland.
Four genre-defining gangster touchstones, each featuring an iconic performance, get a solid image and sound touch-up as well as oodles of extras. Maybe not quite top of the world, but pretty damn fine all the same.
Creating this fantasy Sight & Sound ballot felt as much like excavation as photography.
Warner's mega-classic arrives, on a sedan chair, with an alabaster high-definition transfer. Don't drop it on your foot.
The body of Ray’s best work reveals a laudable consistency of viewpoint, thematic cohesion, and aesthetic distinctiveness.
Huston's noir debut gets its fair shake from Warner Bros. via an overall exceptional Blu-ray.
This handsomely packaged box set will please fans and cinema history buffs alike.
The film has a peculiar magic to it, and because of its pace the richness of its sense of detail often goes unnoticed.
The commentary by Film Society of Lincoln Center program director Richard Peña and film historian Ken Bowser is more of an appreciation of the first-rate cast.
The Caine Mutiny is, as Queeg suggests, carried above the level of “standard” by its excellent performances.
It’s an overall beautiful transfer with shimmering black-and-white photography that is only occasionally marred by single-frame speckles or other minute debris.