Classic Movies on Blu-ray for May 2014

Another month, another slew of great classic movies being released on Blu-ray. Among those making the transfer to the popular format in May are a great satire about journalism that turned out to be Billy Wilder’s first financial flop; George Cukor’s sophisticated comedy starring Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, and Rosalind Russell; Mel Brooks’ great Western spoof starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder; and an underrated murder mystery starring the master of horror Bela Lugosi. Whether one is an avid collector or just an occasional buyer, all these films make for worth additions to anyone’s Blu-ray shelf.

Courtroom Dramas

One of the more popular and versatile sub-genres, courtroom dramas combine mystery, suspense and deeply compelling character despite often being limited to few locations. With most of the action taking place inside a courtroom, these films nonetheless deliver plenty of fireworks in the form of bombastic attorneys, rousing speeches and plenty of plot twists. Here are seven examples of classic courtroom dramas.

‘Bates Motel’ Premieres Tonight

While Hollywood often goes to the remake well to draw new films from previous ones, it’s less common for the small screen to tap into movies of yesteryear for inspiration. But tonight, cable network A&E will air a prequel of sorts to Alfred Hitchcock ‘s classic horror thriller Psycho (1960). … Read Full Post

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor Together Again

This one took me by surprise, too, but seven-time Oscar nominee and Elizabeth Taylor ‘s most famous husband, Richard Burton , will finally receive a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame. Why Burton’s star has been conspicuously absent despite other well-known Welch actors like Ray Milland and Anthony Hopkins receiving theirs has remained a mystery. But a Western Mail campaign in conjunction with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment led the charge by raising the necessary $30,000 to purchase the honor. … Read Full Post

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor Together Again

This one took me by surprise, too, but seven-time Oscar nominee and Elizabeth Taylor ‘s most famous husband, Richard Burton , will finally receive a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame. Why Burton’s star has been conspicuously absent despite other well-known Welch actors like Ray Milland and Anthony Hopkins receiving theirs has remained a mystery. But a Western Mail campaign in conjunction with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment led the charge by raising the necessary $30,000 to purchase the honor. … Read Full Post

Really? A Remake of ‘To Catch a Thief"?

In what seems an unending list of dunderheaded moves to remake fabulous classic movies into mediocre modern films, now comes

A Remake of ‘Charade’

Okay, time for me to get cranky about another classic movie remake. Mark Wahlberg is a fine actor. Cameron Diaz is adorable. But why would anyone think a remake of Charade would be a good idea? … Read Full Post

Basil Dearden’s London Underground – 4 Films on DVD

This collection showcases the talent of the controversial British filmmaker and includes Victim starring Dirk Bogarde, the heist thriller The League of Gentlemen , an interracial murder mystery Sapphire and All Night Long , a jazz version of Othello .

Monster A Go Go: Special Edition – Available for Halloween

Upon its release, it was billed as “The picture that could set our space program back at least 50 years.” Voted “The Worst Movie Ever” by Mystery Science Theater 3000 (and just about everyone else), it’s so bad it’s good!

If Hitchcock Made ‘Inception"

I’m not sure if this is parody, homage or both, but it’s great.  It’s a fan-made trailer for Inception , made in the style of the old trailers for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thrillers , like Vertigo and North by Northwest .  It’s dead-on. … Read Full Post