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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Orfeu Negro [a.k.a. Black Orpheus] (1959)


In the heady atmosphere of Rio's carnival, two people meet and fall in love. Eurydice, a country girl, has run away from home to avoid a man who arrived at her her looking for her. She is convinced that he was going to kill her. She arrives in Rio to stay with her cousin Serafina. Orfeo works as a tram conductor and is engaged to Mira - as far as Mira is concerned anyways. As Eurydice and Orpheus get to know one another they fall deeply in love. Mira is mad with jealousy and when Eurydice disappears, Orfeo sets out to find her. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Buck Benny Rides Again (1940)

Jack Benny resists the entreaties of bandleader Phil Harris to journey to Nevada, where Phil's sweetheart, Brenda Tracy, is waiting for her divorce, until Jack meets Joan Cameron, one of a trio of singing sisters. Believing that the only real men hail from the West, Joan spurns Jack's advances even though her sisters encourage the courtship. Realizing that Jack's infatuation presents the bait to lure him West, Phil tells Joan that Jack owns a ranch in Nevada, and when Fred Allen's press agent broadcasts the story, all of New York starts talking about Jack's ranch. To save face, Jack, determined to prove that he is a true son of the West, travels to Nevada. After Joan and her sisters arrive to perform at a nearby plush dude ranch, Jack poses as the owner of Andy Devine's spread. To impress Joan, Jack pays Andy's ranch hands to stage fights with him, but his plot backfires when he mistakes two real outlaws for Andy's patsies. Meanwhile, Joan overhears Rochester, Jack's butler, discussing Jack's ruse, and hires the outlaws to hold Jack up, but when she learns that Fred Allen's press agent is in town, she warns Jack. When the outlaws hold up the hotel, Jack, believing that the robbery is a fake, rushes to the rescue and, with the help of his pet bear Carmichael, captures the bandits and saves Joan.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Black Dragon's Revenge (1975, Blu-Ray Edition by The Film Detective)

For the first time in High Definition, The Black Dragon’s Revenge (1975)

BD-R | 1975 | 90 min | Color | Not Rated | 2.35:1 | Region Free | Trailer |Dolby Digital Sound | Closed Captioning

Code Red DVD’s edition of The Black Dragon’s Revenge (now out-of-print) was long considered the superior digital transfer of this title, but no longer.

The Film Detective’s edition is as detailed as the film’s celluloid will allow, features accurate color rendition and a 2.35:1 aspect ratio with an even slightly wider field of view by comparison. We recommend this as a worthy successor to all previous home video releases, as the current “Definitive Edition” of The Black Dragon’s Revenge.

Available to purchase this Tuesday! 

-Michael R. Gibson-