Warner Archive Blu-Ray Review: Tex Avery Screwball Classics Volume 1

The most anticipated Blu-ray release of 2020 lives up to the hype. In February, Warner Archive Collection released Tex Avery Screwball Classics Volume 1, finally bringing the animation master’s work to Blu-ray. While some of his Looney Tunes works are available in the Looney Tunes collections, this is (hopefully) the first of a comprehensive collection… Read More Warner Archive Blu-Ray Review: Tex Avery Screwball Classics Volume 1

Warner Archive Review: George Cukor’s ‘Our Betters’

The funniest aspect of Our Betters is its title. Released in February 1933, the RKO Pre-Code film is a straightforward adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s play of the same name. It centers on a group of British aristocrats and the American heiress who takes advantage of their surprisingly loose morals. These people are all supposed… Read More Warner Archive Review: George Cukor’s ‘Our Betters’

Warner Archive Blu-Ray Review: ‘The World, The Flesh And The Devil’

The best science fiction does not always involve aliens and monsters. They just need a unique premise to explore human nature by throwing regular people in bizarre situations. That is how Ranald MacDougall’s underrated thriller The World, The Flesh and The Devil works. This bizarre picture, headlined by fantastic performances from Harry Belafonte, Inger Stevens… Read More Warner Archive Blu-Ray Review: ‘The World, The Flesh And The Devil’

Warner Archive Blu-ray Review: William Wyler’s ‘The Letter’

In The Letter, Warner Bros.’ 1940 adaptation of the same W. Somerset Maugham play filmed in 1929 with legendary stage actress Jeanne Eagels, director William Wyler plays the role of mood conductor and Bette Davis is his lead instrument. The Letter is a rare “art film” from the Golden Age of Hollywood, in that Wyler… Read More Warner Archive Blu-ray Review: William Wyler’s ‘The Letter’

Warner Archive Blu-Ray Review: George Cukor’s ‘Gaslight’

“Gaslighting” is thrown around a lot today, but some are probably not aware of the term’s origin. It comes from the 1944 MGM melodrama Gaslight, in which a husband torments his wife in an elaborate scheme to steal her family’s jewels. The wife is played by Ingrid Bergman, who won her first Best Actress Oscar… Read More Warner Archive Blu-Ray Review: George Cukor’s ‘Gaslight’

Warner Archive Blu-Ray Review: ‘Footlight Parade’ Starring James Cagney

The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios didn’t start with a scene from a Technicolor epic or a majestic view from a beloved musical. It began in bubbles, with a fountain made of women, a vision only Busby Berkeley could dream up. It’s a scene from the Depression-era musical Footlight Parade, a towering achievement… Read More Warner Archive Blu-Ray Review: ‘Footlight Parade’ Starring James Cagney