May was “Get to Know Your Library DVD Collection” month, which probably kept me from spending a lot of $$$. So maybe I can help you save some $$$ as well. I hope you’ll find something of interest here:
If we weren’t before, we’re definitely in full comics and graphic novel mode here at the blog. Recently, Derek and I recorded our June Webcomics episode, where we discussed Hans Rickheit’s Ectopiary, Jen Lee’s Thunderpaw, and several horror short stories from Split Lip. I hope you’ll check out our discussion of these titles, then check out the webcomics themselves.
The Fallen Idol (1948)
Directed by Carol Reed
Produced by Phil Brandon, Alexander Korda, Carol Reed
Screenplay Graham Greene with additional dialogue from Lesley Storm and William Templeton
Based on a Graham Greene short story “The Basement Room” (1935)
Cinematography by Georges Périnal
Criterion Collection DVD (library), OOP
Is The Fallen Idol a film noir? I’m not sure, but I am sure that it’s an exceptional film, one that often takes a backseat to Reed’s most famous work, The Third Man. I’m also beginning to think that of the two, The Fallen Idol may be the better film.
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
Directed by Sidney Lanfield
Produced by Gene Markey, Darryl F. Zanuck
Screenplay by Ernest Pascal
Based upon the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Cinematography by Peverell Marley
MPI Media Group Blu-ray
I’ve had several leanings towards all things Sherlock Holmes during the past few years, re-reading some of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fiction, watching the BBC show Sherlock and enjoying the graphic novel Watson and Holmes: A Study in Black by Karl Bollers and Rick Leonardi. I’d also been eyeing Blu-ray box set Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection since it was released in 2011. The price of that set – which includes all 14 of the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce films – has now dropped below $50, so I jumped on it.
…I’m really not hiding in a cave somewhere. I’ve been swamped lately with work, vacation planning and tons of reading for podcasts, but I am still watching movies and plan to report on some of them soon, including…
Film noir Blu-ray releases this month are practically non-existent, with only a couple of films that could be considered neo-noir or neo-noirish. But thanks to Warner Archive, we’re getting some pretty nifty DVD releases. If you know of any June releases I’ve missed, please let me know.