Blu-ray Pick: 5 Reasons To Love ‘Freebie and the Bean’

Freebie and the Bean - James Caan, Alan Arkin (Warner Archive)
Warner Archive continues to dig gems out of its vault. Freebie and the Bean, a Grade-A buddy cop flick starring Alan Arkin and James Caan, is a prime example. If you’re a fan of 48 Hrs. or Lethal Weapon, please give this film (which btw is beloved by Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick and Edgar Wright) a shot. Five reasons to love this flick is below!!

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Blu-ray Pick: 5 Reasons To Love ‘To Have and Have Not’

 

The comparisons to Casablanca were inevitable, as To Have and Have Not has resistance fighters, a memorable piano player (Hoagy Carmichael), and smoldering chemistry between the leads. But even then and now 72 years later, To Have and Have Not is a classic that stands on its own, and Warner Archive Collection has done a great job with this Blu-ray release. Below are five reasons to love To Have and Have Not.

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DVD Review: ‘The Woman In White’ Gets Mysterious With Eleanor Parker

 

Eleanor Parker gives a standout performance in “The Woman In White,” a movie that’s available as a Manufactured on Demand (MOD) title from the Warner Archive Collection. The picture, based on Wilkie Collins’ 1859 novel, may not be a household name but it’s a flick that’s not to be missed. Here’s 5 reasons to watch “The Woman In White.”

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DVD Pick: 5 Reasons To Love ‘Pretty Maids All In A Row’

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Featuring a gumbo pot of talent and a salacious storyline, Pretty Maids All In A Row has garnered a cult following since its 1971. Rock Hudson is Tiger, a high school football coach and guidance counselor who seduces the most alluring teenagers at his school and kills them once they get a bit too serious for his own good. Angie Dickinson is Miss Smith, a sexually frustrated teacher who’s caught under Tiger’s spell, and John David Carson is Ponce de Leon Harper, a high school senior who’s desperate to lose his virginity. Below are five reasons why Pretty Maids All In A Row is worth a look.

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Review: ‘Cry of the Hunted’ Is Swamp Filled Film Noir From Warner Archive

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One of the distinct pleasures of scouring through the Warner Archive Collection is discovering its extensive library of forgotten and overlooked films, and thankfully they have brought much needed spotlight to “Cry of the Hunted.” Though director Joseph H. Lewis is best known for the 1949 film noir classic “Gun Crazy,” “Cry of the Hunted” reaches similar cinematic heights.

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DVD Review: “Black Patch” Is A Sterling Western From Warner Archive

Black Patch - Warner Archive
Just to break things up a bit review wise, I won’t be doing a traditional review of the Warner Archive title Black PatchSince there’s so many things to love about this movie, I’ll start with a plot summary and then list 5 reasons why you, dear reader, should check out Black PatchThis is my first stab at the approach, so here goes:

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DVD Review: “The Stranger Collection” Spotlights Top-Notch Spaghetti Western Trilogy

It’s easy to lump Spaghetti Westerns as a genre simply owned by director Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood. The Man With No Name isn’t the only inhabitant of the Wild Wild West, however, as evidenced by Warner Archive’s top-notch release The Stranger Collection.

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DVD Review: Barry Sullivan Joins The “Bad Men of Tombstone”

"Bad Men of Tombstone" (Warner Archive)
Warner Archive has a ton of stellar Westerns in its extensive library, and part of the collection’s allure lies in picking out obscure titles that may be worth a look. Such is the case with the 1949 feature Bad Men of Tombstonea Western starring Barry Sullivan, Marjorie Reynoldsand Oscar winning actor Broderick Crawford (All The King’s Men).

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DVD Review: William Shatner Cowboys Up in “White Comanche”

 

The easy play would be to trivialize White Comanche, as the thought of William Shatner playing twin brothers in a Western (one’s a bloodthirsty Comanche, the other is a quickdraw drifter named Johnny Moon) should elicit some laughter (and depending where you stand on Mr. Shatner’s acting skills, either derision or unabashed affection). Since I’m a biased fan of the Star Trek icon, White Comanche was definitely a guilty pleasure.

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