James Colt Harrison
Film reviewer, The La Jolla Village News
The sparkling Funny Face offers a Fred Astaire-Audrey Hepburn musical set in Paris. Nobody was as good as Astaire as a film dancer. Miss Hepburn proves to be a formidable partner, calling on her former ballet training. Meet Me in St. Louis was a tour de force for singer Judy Garland at her peak at 22. She was lovingly directed by Vincente Minnelli, who would later marry her. Filmed in an innocent time about an even more innocent time, 1903, the film was a bouquet to the American family and ideals.
The Alice Faye Collection has four of the great Fox musical star's best films: On the Avenue, Lillian Russell, That Night in Rio, and The Gang's All Here. My favorites are the last two because they are brightened by the Brazilian bombshell Carmen Miranda. Miss Faye exuded the charm and innocence our boys were fighting for in World War II.
Funny Face (50th Anniversary Edition)
(USA) 1957, Paramount
Meet Me In St. Louis (Two-Disc Special Edition)
(USA) 1944, Warner Home Video
The Alice Faye Collection (That Night in Rio / Lillian Russell / On the Avenue / The Gang's All Here)
(USA) 1937-43, Twentieth Century Fox
Betty Jo Tucker
Editor and lead film critic, ReelTalkReviews.com
Almost everything in 42 Story House is hysterically funny. This gem of a DVD contains 42 unique comedy shorts illustrating filmmaker Todd Langen's deliciously wacky sense of humor. I love the way he uses everyday things like printers, wastebaskets, and breakfast cereals as props to make his comic points! Langen's sound effects still have me chuckling. Try making your voice sound like a depressed egg or a household appliance in heat and you'll see how difficult that must be.In contrast, the very serious In Search of Mozart amazed me with its beautiful music and new revelations about the human being behind the music.
Finally, as a mockumentary fan, I had a great time watching Dr. Ravi & Mr. Hyde. It follows a real-life physician who tries to solve his midlife crisis by making a movie about being a doctor. Then he becomes obsessed with the filmmaking process. What fun!
42 Story House(USA) 2007, 42storyhouse.com
In Search Of Mozart
(England) 2006, Seventh Art Productions
Dr. Ravi & Mr. Hyde
(USA) 2007, Inecom
Film reviewer, classicmovieguide.com
I love reviewing classic movies for my site. I not only get a taste of Hollywood history, but many are better than today's films. After watching the new, impressive 3:10 to Yuma with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, I watched the recently remastered DVD of the original. Glenn Ford and Van Heflin pull off this psychological and character-driven film that stands as one of the best westerns of the 1950s. Another character-driven oldie I enjoy is Morning Glory, part of the 100th Anniversary Katharine Hepburn Collection. A young Hepburn plays a star-struck stage actress who impresses the right man (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) to make it to the top. Hepburn is so good as the naive young starlet. She never appears to be acting.
Classic TV fans will find that the new Hopalong Cassidy DVD set dramatically recaptures William Boyd's thrilling ride as an iconic cowboy in all 52 episodes.
3:10 to Yuma (Special Edition)
(USA) 1957, Sony Pictures
Katherine Hepburn OSCAR Winning DVD Collection (Lion In Winter, On Golden Pond, Morning Glory, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner) 4 DVD Set
(USA) 1933, Warner Home Video
Hopalong Cassidy: Complete Collection
(USA) 1952-54, Infinity Entertainment