45 Years (Blu-ray) Criterion

Do we really know our loved ones?

Interiors (Blu-ray)

“I feel the need to express something, but I don’t know what it is I want to express.”

Queen of Katwe (Blu-ray)

One girl’s triumphant path to becoming a chess champion.

Incarnate (Blu-ray)

Faith has failed us.

David and Bathsheba (Blu-ray)

For this woman… he broke God’s own commandment!

Loving (Blu-ray)

All love is created equal.

Moby Dick (Blu-ray)

The whale is feeling Peckish John Huston’s legendary telling of Herman Melville’s classic story of blubber and metaphors lands on a Twilight Time Blu-ray, which, of course, means that by the time you read this all available copies will have long since left retail, only to be later found somewhere buried deep within the submerged catacombs of Oak Island. You know the story: Ishmael is the lone survivor of a lost whaling vessel. He brings back with him the unbelievable story of a violent encounter with an ill-tempered white whale–as well as the saga of pathological, one-legged vengeance in the form of Captain Ahab (Gregory Peck). Through storms and whale hunting and oil boiling and blubber harvesting the crew of the Pequod power through, willing to follow their maniacal captain to the gates of watery Hell. They, of course, get their wish eventually as Ahab leads them right into the teeth of the fearsome Moby Dick. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Moby Dick, but this one holds up well. The sense of adventure on the high seas is present and accounted for, even if it is obvious that much of the whale-on-man action was filmed with miniatures in a water tank. But, hey, there’s something cool about this practical, nuts-and-bolts movie-making. And the final confrontation with the great whale still manages to be a thriller (even if it’s obvious it’s dolls in a tub). Of course, it’s all about Gregory Peck, who brings a gravitas and a half to the role of Captain Ahab. The guy cuts a mean figure with his pegleg and nautical beard and unbridled desire deliver all of his dialogue with a salty, guttural bellow. His final descent into madness in the final battle is still a sight to behold. Solid presentation from Twilight Time: 1.66:1, 1080p and a 1.0 DTS-HD Master Audio are joined by a featurette on the creation of Moby Dick (the whale), an isolated score track, a film historians commentary. THE VERDICT Thar she blows. Not Guilty. Save

Two for the Road (Blu-ray)

They make something wonderful out of being alive!

Nocturnal Animals (Blu-ray)

When you love someone you can’t just throw it away.

From Dusk Til Dawn: Season Three (Blu-ray)

To save their lives, and their fortune.

Mildred Pierce (Blu-ray) Criterion

A mother’s love leads to murder.

Nicholas Nickleby (Blu-ray)

Every family needs a hero.

American Pastoral (Blu-ray)

A radically ordinary family.

Denial (Blu-ray)

“More women died on the back seat of Senator Edward Kennedy’s car at Chappaquiddick than ever died in a gas chamber at Auschwitz.” –David Irving.

The Barefoot Contessa (Blu-ray)

“In Hollywood, it is not easy to become a star.”

The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Blu-ray)

Intimate in scale, but epic in scope.

The Black Society Trilogy (Blu-ray)

Among the prolific director’s finest works!

Comes A Horseman (Blu-ray)

“Flushin’ cows out of this timber is like tryin’ to teach an elephant to use a typewriter.”

Fox and His Friends (Blu-ray)

A fool and his money are soon parted.

Black Girl (Blu-ray) Criterion

“A harrowing human drama as well as a radical political statement.”

Snowden (Blu-ray)

The only safe place is on the run.

Something Wild (Blu-ray) Criterion

“What’s happened has happened, mother.”

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