This sterling Blu-ray transfer is occasion for reconsidering the film as more than a minor entry in producer Val Lewton’s body of work.
Men at Work is patient zero for the plague of Charlie Sheen movies that infected the 1990s.
Another baroque example of the tragic fatalism inherent in heist films comes from Robert Siodmak’s Criss Cross, later remade by Stephen Soderbergh as The Underneath.
It achieved a unique relevance for a “spaceman” movie by unambiguously advocating for peace and grounding its pulp story in social reality.
This classic's new package has all a fan needs save for a model ship.
Any film connoisseur worth their salt knows that the purveyors of this genre aimed low but shot high.