Film Reviews by Adam Long

New to Streaming:

Crisis (2021) Nicholas Jarecki’s followup to his successful 2012 film, Arbitrage, is a look at the opioid crisis told via three interlocking stories. Gary Oldman and Evangeline Lilly head the large cast.

Crisis

Gary Oldman in Crisis

 

Thunder Force (2021) Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer star as childhood friends turned super heroes when one of them invents a serum with the ability to grant super powers to mortals. McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, writes/directs which should be a clue (or perhaps a warning) as to what to expect.

Honeydew (2021) A young couple experiences all sorts of weird metaphysical manifestations after being taken in by an elderly couple and their strange son in this thriller directed by Devereux Milburn.

New to Disc:

Criterion:

History is Made at Night (1937) A businessman (Colin Clive) gets into some hot water when he sends his chauffeur to spy on his unhappy wife (Jean Arthur) in this screwball comedy from Frank Borzage. Extras include audio of director Borzage, new conversations and interviews with film historians and a radio adaptation.

Kino:

Spaceballs (1987) Mel Brooks’ beloved Star Wars spoof makes its way to disc for the first time in the 4K format. All of the previous extras have been ported over along with a few new ones.

The Producers (1968) Mel Brooks’ hysterical film debut as writer/director is getting its second Blu Ray issue in a new edition with a brand new transfer. Older extras are included along with some new ones.

The Wild Life (1984) Chris Penn, Eric Stoltz, Randy Quaid, Rick Moranis and Lea Thompson star in writer Cameron Crowe’s follow-up to Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Extras include a new commentary by the late Mike McBeardo McPadden and Ian Christie, radio spots and new interviews.

North Shore (1987) Matt Adler is a surf champ hailing from Arizona who travels to Hawaii to conquer the waves in the locale of the film’s title. Gregory Harrison and Nia Peeples co star. Extras include commentary, interviews, alternate ending, deleted scenes and trailer.

Dynasty (1977) A emperor’s son winds up in the fight of his life after being accused of treason in this martial arts favorite. This title is being issued in a new 3-D format compatible on all systems.

September 30, 1955 (1977) Richard Thomas and Dennis Quaid star and James Bridges (The China Syndrome) directed/wrote this moving take on the effect that actor James Dean’s death has on a couple of teens growing up in small town USA.

Warner Archive:

Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space: The Complete Series (1972) The beloved Hanna Barbera series makes its high definition debut in this two disc set. 

RLJ Entertainment:

Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist (2020) The director of the iconic horror film reflects on its legacy in this intriguing and informative documentary from last year.


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