GrouchoReviews.com: Blu-Ray Video Reviews http://www.grouchoreviews.com/ Sat, 14 Feb 2015 19:30:06 GMT Film/DVD reviews, interviews and features. 101 Dalmatians (1961) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4767 /reviews/4767 Then and now, Disney fans of all ages have thrilled to the animation-ambitious sight of the titular pack, and chilled at the villainy of mad diva Cruella De Vil. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 23:48:00 GMT Peter Canavese Porco Rosso (2015) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4766 /reviews/4766 Though the story touches on politics and even profundities of the human experience, Miyazaki‘s light touch and overriding sense of fun promise that children of all ages will give themselves over to ninety-four minutes of fantasy that do a heart good. Thu, 05 Feb 2015 20:37:48 GMT Peter Canavese Need for Speed (2014) [* 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4656 /reviews/4656 Like throwing a pile of car parts at the wall to see what‘ll stick. Spoiler: nothing. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 07:57:00 GMT Peter Canavese Fading Gigolo (2014) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4676 /reviews/4676 At times thuddingly earnest...at times, jazzily, goofily endearing...Turturro‘s romanticism keeps undercutting the humor before it has a chance to get satisfyingly irreverent. Call it comoedia interruptus. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:27:00 GMT Peter Canavese Operation Petticoat (1959) [** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4702 /reviews/4702 Hasn‘t aged especially well. Still, on the strength of Grant and co-lead Tony Curtis, Edwards‘ film remains a diverting enough escape from reality. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:20:08 GMT Peter Canavese Radio Days (1987) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4706 /reviews/4706 [A] ridiculously entertaining nostalgia exercise...Radio Days emerged from a highly fertile period for [Woody] Allen, and the film bubbles with creativity and Allen hallmarks. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:33:32 GMT Peter Canavese Le Week-End (2014) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4705 /reviews/4705 Little satisfies more at the movies than the relatively cheap special effect catalyzed by putting together a couple of great actors and letting them (figuratively speaking) dance a lengthy pas de deux. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:02:15 GMT Peter Canavese Blue Ruin (2014) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4700 /reviews/4700 A hauntingly memorable, even thoughtful shoot-‘em-up. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:54:02 GMT Peter Canavese An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4701 /reviews/4701 Thrilling…you are there at the inception of Doctor Who!…and deeply poignant, sometimes at the same time...with actors like Bradley and Cox in place, it‘s difficult to imagine a better treatment. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:54:00 GMT Peter Canavese Rio 2 (2014) [**] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4667 /reviews/4667 Rio was pretty generic to begin with, and the follow-up doesn‘t fly far from the nest...[it‘s the] vocally virtuosic amorous aria, ‘Poisonous Love,‘ that is the picture‘s hands-down highlight. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:22:00 GMT Peter Canavese A Hard Day‘s Night (1964) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4698 /reviews/4698 It‘s more than a movie; it‘s a key artifact (minus must or muss) of a cultural phenomenon. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:55:00 GMT Peter Canavese Masters of Sex: Season One (2013) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4694 /reviews/4694 Like Bill Condon‘s seriocomic film Kinsey, Masters of Sex takes a sociohistorical perspective on a subject of inherent fascination to us all. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:36:00 GMT Peter Canavese Star Trek: The Next Generation…Chain of Command (1992) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4693 /reviews/4693 Considerably ahead of the curve in taking on the character and meaning and consequences of torture as a fruitless and brutal human rights abuse...shows The Next Generation operating at the top of its game. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:58:01 GMT Peter Canavese Star Trek: The Next Generation…Season Six (1992) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4692 /reviews/4692 By its sixth season, Star Trek: The Next Generation had figured out how to maximize its cast and characters. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:11:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Honeymooners: Classic 39 Episodes (1955) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4673 /reviews/4673 Sincere in enobling the working class, and there‘s something magical and poignant in the way these ‘low-rent‘ stories came on each week to the tune of the romantic, impossibly swanky ‘You‘re My Greatest Love‘... Tue, 27 May 2014 19:38:00 GMT Peter Canavese The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1 (1960) [*** 1/2] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4674 /reviews/4674 A network sitcom with predictable conflicts meandering their way to ‘all‘s well that ends well‘ resolutions, but the show…starting out on its now-historic eight-year run…functions not unlike its bucolic setting: it‘s a nice place to visit. Tue, 27 May 2014 18:27:06 GMT Peter Canavese Two Rode Together (1961) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4679 /reviews/4679 Ford may have made it for a quick buck…or perhaps as a favor to Columbia chief Harry Cohn…but the impact of the resulting film is far more that of a provocative drama than a tossed-off oater. Tue, 13 May 2014 00:13:50 GMT Peter Canavese I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season 1 (1951) [****] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4672 /reviews/4672 There‘s never been a comedian quite like Lucille Ball before or since: with beauty she was entirely willing to contort for laughs and phenomenal comic instincts...the redheaded star was and remains impossible not to love. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 04:42:00 GMT Peter Canavese Star Trek: Enterprise…Season Four (2001) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4669 /reviews/4669 If not everything works in Enterprise‘s Season Four, it‘s certainly the most consistently entertaining and well-written season of the show, a bitter irony for a show that was doomed to cancellation. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:29:00 GMT Peter Canavese August: Osage County (2014) [***] [Blu-Ray] [DVD] http://www.grouchoreviews.com/reviews/4634 /reviews/4634 Absent the electricity of live-wire live performance, the play‘s paucity of depth becomes more obvious. What‘s left to carry the day are a nasty streak of black comedy and the redoubtable acting ensemble. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:53:00 GMT Peter Canavese