DVD and Blu-ray Reviews

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'47 Ronin' Blu-ray Review

'47 Ronin' Blu-ray Review

An attempt to modernize the story of the 47 Ronin turns this film into a cloudy mess, failing to stay true to the way of the samurai as it goes against the story's roots and tries to turn it into a fantasy blockbuster.

'City Lights' (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray Review

'City Lights' (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray Review

Charlie Chaplin in City LightsNOTE: The image above is not a screen capture from this Blu-ray release.Charlie Chaplin's films have stood the test of time not necessarily because they are funny, at least not in today's terms of what classifies a film as a "comedy", but because the best of them are amusing, clever, witty,... Read more »

'La Notte' (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray Review

'La Notte' (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray Review

La Notte (1961) is the first film from Michelangelo Antonioni I've seen more than once. Outside of L'Eclisse and The Passenger, I've seen all of what I presume most would call his "classics" -- L'Avventura, Il Grido, Red Desert and Blow-Up -- though I'm no Antonioni scholar as much as I am a fan. His... Read more »