From the Big Screen:
This Week’s Highlights:
From The Criterion Collection this week comes two classic films, one from America, one from France. One of the fastest, funniest, and most quotable films ever made, “His Girl Friday” (1940) stars Rosalind Russell as reporter Hildy Johnson, a standout among cinema’s powerful women. Hildy is matched in force only by her conniving but charismatic editor and ex-husband, Walter Burns (played by the peerless Cary Grant), who dangles the chance for her to scoop her fellow newswriters with the story of an impending execution in order to keep her from hopping the train that’s supposed to take her to Albany and a new life as a housewife. When adapting Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s smash hit play “The Front Page,” director Howard Hawks had the inspired idea of turning star reporter Hildy Johnson into a woman, and the result is an immortal mix of hard-boiled newsroom setting with remarriage comedy. Also presented here is a brand-new restoration of the 1931″ The Front Page,” the famous pre-Code adaptation of the same material, directed by Lewis Milestone. On DVD and Blu-ray, with a new high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray … “The 400 Blows “ (1959) was François Truffaut’s first feature and also his most personal. Told from the point of view of Truffaut’s cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), “The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups)” sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. The film marked Truffaut’s passage from leading critic to trailblazing auteur of the French New Wave. On DVD and Blu-ray, in a restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray … For a sweet, innocuous, teen angst coming-of-age romantic comedy, check out “Hickey” (2017), starring Troy Doherty, Flavia Watson, Raychel Diane Weiner, Zedrick Restauro and Tommy “Tiny” Lister Jr. Brilliant but insecure Ryan Chess (Doherty) has spent the entire summer trying to decide where to go to college. He has a full ride to MIT, but staying in town and attending UCLA would keep him close to longtime crush Carly (Watson), who works at the same electronics store as him. But when the branch is ordered to be closed, Ryan and the rest of his co-workers have one day to save the store …and give him the chance to win the heart of the girl he loves. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Gravitas Ventures.
From TV to DVD:
“Broad City: Season Three” (2016) is a two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series that follows two women throughout their daily lives in New York City, making the smallest and mundane events hysterical and disturbing to watch, all at the same time. This season Abbi, Ilana and a lineup of special guests find true love (or one-night stands), get high on life (among other things) and show New York City how it’s done. From Paramount … “Homeland Season Five” (2015) is a four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray set with all 12 episodes. Now working at a private security firm in Berlin, Carrie (Claire Danes) is trying to start a new life, but she soon discovers she can’t escape her past. Blindsided by stunning betrayals, and without Saul (Mandy Patinkin) and Quinn (Rupert Friend) to rely on, Carrie must uncover a deadly conspiracy that puts thousands of lives at risk, including her own. From Fox … “Mr. Robot: Season 2” (2016) is a four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray set with all 12 episodes of the series that follows Elliot Alderson, a young cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group fsociety, after being recruited by their mysterious leader. Following the events of fsociety’s 5/9 hack on multi-national company Evil Corp, the second season explores the consequences of that attack as well as the illusion of control. From Universal … The Original King of Late Night is back and better than ever with this new-to-retail DVD series, featuring the very best episodes from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Each DVD features full episodes — including original commercials — that showcase an amazing talent and true American icon who, across 30 years and 4,000 shows, paved the way for a late night TV revolution in memorable fashion. The inaugural release — “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny and Friends (Featuring Jerry Seinfeld)” (2017) — contains three complete episodes starring the inimitable Seinfeld before his eponymous sitcom re-wrote TV history. After his first appearance (May 6, 1981), Carson was impressed and Seinfeld became a frequent guest on “The Tonight Show”. In 1989, Seinfeld debuted on NBC, and by its fourth season, it had become the most popular and successful sitcom on American television. This “Johnny And Friends” release features three pre-Seinfeld episodes, June 27, 1985; February 21, 1986 and June 9, 1988. Also appearing: Arnold Schwarzenegger, an 18-year-old Andre Agassi, and Oprah Winfrey in her first “Tonight Show” outing. From Time Life.