NIGHT MOVES (1975) New to Blu-ray with a 2017 1080p HD Remaster – Gene Hackman stars as Hollywood private detective Harry Moseby whose pursuit of a runaway teenaged girl (Melanie Griffith) takes him to the Florida Keys and into a labyrinth of crime, mystery and murder. Arthur Penn’s brilliant post-Kennedy assassination reinvention of Film Noir is as sun-drenched as it is ambiguous, as we discover that our mid-life/existential crisis crime-solver may not be seeing the moves he needs to checkmate a conspiracy. Thanks to a scan from the original camera negative, this masterpiece of Seventies cinema looks fitter and finer than ever. Screenplay by Alan Sharp. 16×9 Letterbox
MY BLUE HEAVEN (1990) New to Blu-ray with a 2017 1080p HD Remaster – Steve Martin and Rick Moraines make for an altogether different odd couple in this mobster-out-of-water crime comedy classic. Inspired by the life of Henry Hill (also the source for Scorcese’s quite different take in GoodFellas), Nora Ephron pens a delightful ensemble of characters for director Herbert Ross. Both cast against type, Moranis is the by-the-book FBI lifer tasked with keeping Martin’s goombah-tastic made man alive in witness protection while Joan Cusack’s single mom DA steals the show with an abundance of slow-burn sincerity. The scrubbed lawns of suburban San Diego show up looking as fresh as today thanks to this sparkling HD transfer. 16×9 Letterbox
KATE THE GREAT BACK IN PRINT*
MORNING GLORY (1933) Back on DVD Katherine Hepburn crackles (and gets an Oscar) in this pre-Code backstage as an eager actress clawing her way to the top. Co-stars Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Adolphe Menjou.Directed by Lowell Sherman.
SYLVIA SCARLETT (1935) Back on DVD Hepburn co-stars with Cary Grant in this fanciful romantic comedy about a woman on the run disguised as a man who joins a troupe of merry rovers. Co-starring Brian Aherne and Edmund Gwenn. Directed by Hepburn fave George Cukor.
DRAGON SEED (1944) Back on DVD Pearl Buck’s stirring war-time tale of a young Chinese woman inspiring her village to stand up to the Japanese occupation. With Walter Huston and Aline MacMahon. Directed by Harold S. Bucquet & Jack Conway.
WITHOUT LOVE (1945) Back on DVD Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy team yet again in this tale of a pair of mature and sober adults who marry without benefit of affection, only to fall prey to passion. Co-starring Lucille Ball and Keenan Wynn. Directed by Harold S. Bucquet.
UNDERCURRENT (1946) Back on DVD Hepburn takes a turn in the shadows of noir in this suspense of suspicion co-starring Robert Taylor and Robert Mitchum. Directed by Vincente Minnelli.
THE CORN IS GREEN (1979) Back on DVD Cukor directs Hepburn for the last time in this sprightly made for TV adaptation of the Ellyn Harris classic about a teacher’s time with a Welsh mining town. 16×9 Widescreen
*Note: these are single titles, not a Collection.