Bigger Than Life: Criterion Collection

March 19, 2010

Bigger Than Life (1956) is an intriguing work in director Nicholas Ray’s fascinating filmography. He got his start in progressive theater and radio and an interest in social commentary manifested itself in his Hollywood debut assisting Elia Kazan on... 

The Fall of the Roman Empire: Limited Collector’s Edition

April 24, 2008

It’s a cliché to say but they really don’t make films like The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) anymore. Anthony Mann’s magnum opus is part of a grand tradition of big budget historical epics like Ben-Hur (1959), Spartacus (1960), and El Cid (1961).... 

The Verdict: Collector’s Edition

June 21, 2007

The Verdict (1982) came along at just the right time in Paul Newman’s career. He hadn’t had a hit movie in some time or a role that really challenged him (Absence of Malice excepted, natch). This would all change when he signed onto this troubled... 

Alfred Hitchcock Signature Collection

June 1, 2005

The newly released Alfred Hitchcock Signature Collection contains nine of the Master of Suspense’s movies from 1940 to 1959. It’s an intriguing mix of the famous (North by Northwest) and the underrated (Mr. and Mrs. Smith). All of the films in the...