4 Classic Movies Being Released on Blu-ray in…

A list of some of the classic movies releasing on Blu-ray in April, including a suspense thriller from Alfred Hitchcock and a heartbreaking romance by David Lean.

A Closer Look at 'Where Eagles Dare'

Everything you need to know about the classic World War II thriller starring Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton.

4 Great Films Featuring Angela Lansbury

A gifted actress best known for her Emmy-winning TV series ‘Murder, She Wrote’, Angela Lansbury first gained attention as a young actress in the mid-1940s. She made a big splash right out of the gate, earning an Oscar nomination in her debut film and following up with another nod just a year later. But after signing a contract with MGM, Lansbury was relegated to B-movie status and languished in a string of forgettable films that made the actress increasingly dissatisfied. Once she was free from the studio, however, Lansbury bounced back and delivered one of the most powerful performances of the 1960s, playing a manipulative mother and Communist agitator in the great political thriller, ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ (1962). Though international fame came much later in her career, Lansbury was long praised by critics and was a favorite supporting actress of many top directors. Here are four classic movies featuring British star Angela Lansbury.

Classic Movies on Blu-ray for September 2013

Lots of great classic movies are being released on Blu-ray this September. Among those making the transfer are Hitchcock’s last film made before his noted decline; a classic paranoid thriller from Hollywood’s Second Golden Age; an excellent spy film starring Richard Burton; the horror classic that turned Boris Karloff into a star; and the first film to earn Joseph L. Mankiewicz the Oscar for Best Director.

8 Great Classics Starring Doris Day

A sensation both as an actress and as a singer, Doris Day typified the All-American girl next door whose shining virginal persona onscreen belied a private life plagued by abuse and multiple marriages. As an actress, Day delivered exuberant performances in a string of musicals and comedies, ultimately becoming the top box office star in the early 1960s thanks to a trio of collaborations with Rock Hudson. Though she tried subverting her virginal image with the occasional thriller, where she displayed considerable chops as a dramatic actress, Day found her greatest success with fluffy romantic comedies that eventually fell out of favor during the sexual revolution of the mid-1960s. Still, Day was fondly remembered by legions of classic movies decades after she retired and today remains one of the era’s most popular performers. Here is a list of eight fantastic movies starring Doris Day.

7 Great Alfred Hitchcock Movie

Alfred Hitchcock’s career spanned across six decades and over 50 feature films. The acknowledged “Master of Suspense” practically invented the thriller and was a brilliant technician who deftly blended sex, suspense and humor into the genre.

Classics on Blu-ray May 2013 Part I

Usually I’m hard-pressed to find enough movies for this article, but this month there are tons of classics being released on Blu-ray. In fact, there are so many that I need two lists. Those making the transfer in part I are a classic World War II action thriller; an iconic biblical musical; a searing courtroom drama starring Paul Newman; an experimental thriller from Alfred Hitchcock starring James Stewart; a biopic of a Mexican revolutionary with Marlon Brando; and a psychological Western adapted from an early Elmore Leonard short story. As always, these releases make for great gifts for casual fans and classic movie buffs alike.

Kim Novak Named Guest of Honor at Cannes Film Festival

Next month, actress Kim Novak will be the guest of honor at the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival, where she will help honor the restoration of Alfred Hitchcock ‘s classic romantic thriller, Vertigo (1958). … Read Full Post

Paranoid Thrillers

A direct descendant of the film noirs from the 1940s and 1950s, the paranoid thriller was a subgenre that first began to emerge in the 1960s amidst the fear of Communism during the the Cold War. But the paranoid thriller didn’t come into full bloom until the early 1970s when distrust in and fear of our own government was at an all-time high thanks to Watergate, Vietnam and the CIA. While such movies have waned in recent years, the paranoid thrillers made in the 1960s and 1970s remain popular.

Fred Zinnemann Movies

A former aspiring musician and law student born in Austria, Fred Zinnemman found himself in Hollywood in the early 1930s, where he made a number of B-movies before scoring a hit with ‘The Seventh Cross’ (1944) and earning his first Academy Award nomination for ‘The Search’ (1948). But it wasn’t until the next decade that he hit his stride with his revisionist Western ‘High Noon,’ and went on to direct highly acclaimed and commercially successful films for the next two decades, several of which have become all-time classics. Over the course of the next three decades, he would direct stunning films in genres as varied as thrillers, Westerns, film noir and even musicals. The winner of two Oscars and director of some of Hollywood’s biggest hits, Zinnemann left behind a legacy as one of cinema’s most accomplished filmmakers.