Ryan Gosling stars in the sequel to the sci-fi cult classic, Denis Villeneuve directs

‘Blade Runner 2049’ on VOD and Blu-ray/DVD

35 years after the original Blade Runner changed the landscape of big screen science fiction, Blade Runner 2049 (2017) dared build on the dystopian portrait of the ecologically devastated urban imaged on screen by director Ridley Scott and his team of designers and artists. Just as in the original, this film is as much about […]

Blu-ray: ‘DC Universe 10th Anniversary Collection’ on Warner

DC Universe 10th Anniversary Collection (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Blu-ray) Warner Bros. is struggling to create its own live-action superhero universe on the big screen to compete with the huge, interconnected Marvel Comics Universe, and mostly falling short. But for the past decade, Warner Home Video has been producing a steady series of direct-to-disc animated […]

Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, and Kenneth Branagh star in Christopher Nolan's World War II drama

Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ on VOD and Blu-ray/DVD

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan called in his favors from Warner Bros., where made the hit Batman / Dark Knight trilogy as well as Inception and Interstellar, to make Dunkirk (2017), a big-budget World War II drama that would never have been financed on the scale Nolan envisioned without his clout behind it. Warner may have been […]

Silents Please: ‘Fritz Lang: The Silent Films’ on Kino Classics Blu-ray

Fritz Lang: The Silent Films (Kino Classics, Blu-ray) Fritz Lang was a towering giant of silent cinema, legendary for his ambitious, epic scope and the imagination and grandeur of his visual storytelling. Kino has been releasing glorious new editions of his silent films as restored by The Murnau Institute in Germany for years: eleven silent […]

Alain Demon in Jean-Pierre Melville's French crime classic

Criterion Blu-ray: Alexander Payne’s savagely funny ‘Election,’ plus ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me,’ ‘Le Samouraï,’ and ‘Jabberwocky’

Election (Criterion, Blu-ray, DVD) A wicked satire of power and (social) politics set in the overheated incubator of a high school student body election, Election (1999) is as sharp and perceptive now as it was in 1999. The confident second feature from director Alexander Payne and his screenwriting partner, Jim Taylor (coming off the critical […]

James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood in HBO's 'Westworld'

TVD: ‘Westworld’ reborn, ‘American Gods’ debuts, the beginning of the end of ‘Game of Thrones’

Westworld: Season One – The Maze (HBO, Blu-ray, DVD) Michael Crichton’s 1973 film Westworld was a clever science fiction thriller about a theme park that provided interactive adventures with robotic hosts. The 2016 series developed and produced for HBO by Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest) and his creative partner and wife Lisa Joy uses the […]

Claire Foy in the Netflix series 'The Crown.'

TVD: ‘The Crown: Season 1,’ the return of ‘Gilmore Girls,’ ‘This is Us’ begins

The Crown: The Complete First Season (Sony, Blu-ray, DVD) The most expensive Netflix original series to date follows the life of Queen Elizabeth in a lavish drama expected to ultimately span six or more seasons, focused on a decade or so per season. Claire Foy plays the Elizabeth in The Crown: The Complete First Season […]

Blu-ray: ‘Alfred Hitchcock: The Ultimate Collection’ on Universal

Alfred Hitchcock: The Ultimate Collection (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Blu-ray) – The box set of 15 Alfred Hitchcock pictures made between 1942 and 1976 (featuring films from Paramount, Warner Bros, and MGM as well as Universal Studios) expands on the 2012 Blu-ray box set Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection with two bonus DVDs highlighting Hitchcock’s […]