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Topic: Warner archive

7 Faces of Dr. Lao

A heady piece of fantastic fantasy.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
In a true tour-de-force performance, the late, great Tony Randall takes on seven roles in this long-beloved, charming 1964 fantasy from legendary sci-fi producer George Pal. After a too-long period of being out of print, it's back from Warner Archive.
 
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Carey Treatment

Pro-life or pro-choice, you've gotta be pro-Coburn.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Here's the Michael Crichton movie you've never seen, probably because you may not have realized it was based on Crichton at all.
 
Friday, November 11, 2011

No Blade of Grass

If Al Gore made an apocalyptic action film ...


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Actor-turned-director Cornel Wilde (“The Naked Prey”) was way ahead of his time, as his 1970 eco-thriller “No Blade of Grass,” now out from Warner Archive, shows.
 
Friday, November 11, 2011

Hollywood Party / The Lost Stooges

Back when your grandparents called them 'picture shows.'


Comedy

Rod Lott
From 1934, "Hollywood Party" is exactly the kind of movie they don't make anymore, the kind of movie they can't make anymore, what with star salaries now stratospheric.
 
Friday, November 18, 2011

Night Watch

Liz goes loopy.


Thriller

Rod Lott
It's fitting that a movie about being haunted by the ghost of a former spouse stars the woman who did more to destroy the so-called "sanctity of marriage" than Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor.
 
Friday, November 18, 2011

Around the World Under the Sea

‘By this time, my lungs were aching for air ... still.’


Action

Rod Lott
Four years after his long run on TV’s “Sea Hunt” ended, Lloyd Bridges was back in the water for 1966’s big-screen adventure “Around the World Under the Sea,” but IN COLOR!
 
Thursday, December 1, 2011

Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion

Cute movie, and that’s no ‘Lion.’


Family

Rod Lott
I’m too young to have caught “Daktari” in its three-year run on TV in the late 1960s, but I knew of its existence. What I didn’t know is was based on a movie, the 1965 obscurity “Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion,” now available from Warner Archive.
 
Monday, December 5, 2011

Period of Adjustment / Tall Story

Before she was a serious actress, Jane Fonda was seriously fun.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Now available from Warner Archive, 1962's "Period of Adjustment," is very much of its time: one where people would "drink a bicarb" for sour stomachs, where spouses slept in separate beds, where Jane Fonda was quite the cutie, despite near-beehive hair.
 
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Steel Trap

Bank on it!


Thriller

Rod Lott
Not to be confused with 2007’s Steel Trap, 1952’s The Steel Trap is an obscure slice of semi-noir in a Leave It to Beaver world. That’s exactly why I liked it, and it’s made an overdue DVD debut courtesy of Warner Archive, which probably still has vaults overflowing with this sort of stuff.
 
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Split / The Slams

Jim Brown breaks ground in these two cinematic ball-breakers.


Action

Rod Lott
He’s not all that visible today, but in the 1960s, Jim Brown enjoyed a record-breaking career in the NFL, followed by a trailblazing one in Hollywood. He doesn’t get enough credit for it, but he arguably was the movies’ first African-American action star.
 
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
 
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