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DVD Talk reviews for Monday, February 4th, 2019

Television's Lost Classics Volume One (Blu-ray)
by DVD Savant

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

John Cassavetes springs forth as a major 1950s talent in these two 'Primetime Special' dramatic plays broadcast live on ABC and CBS. Crime in the Streets is the Reginald Rose classic directed by Sidney Lumet; No Right to Kill is a 'culture for the masses' adaptation of Crime and Punishment. Cassavetes' co-stars are Robert Preston, Glenda Farrell, Terry Moore and Robert H. Harris.

So far the best set of 'classic' Live TV greats is a Criterion disc called The Golden Age of Television, which includes Marty, Patterns, No Time for Sergeants, A Wind from the South, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Bang the Drum Slowly, The Comedian and Days of Wine and Roses. Just last year, VCI and Jeff Joseph/Sabucat launched a new Blu-ray project called ...Read the entire review »

by Francis Rizzo III

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Live-action supernatural horror cartoon fun

Reviewer's Bias*

Loves: Synth scores, Paul Scheer
Likes: Fun horror, Zazie Beetz, Chance Bennett
Dislikes: DVD-only releases
Hates: Disappointing clima...Read the entire review »


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Glastonbury Fayre: 1971 The True Spirit Of Glastonbury (Blu-ray)
by Ryan Keefer

The Movie:

There were a lot of concert documentaries on various rock megaconcerts from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s which generally puts Woodstock at the top of most lists that rank these things, but it also begs the question of damn, how many concerts like this could you see as a kid? Glastonbury was one of those events, which is still going on today but back in 1971, was only in its sophomore year, and was the subject of a documentary by Nicolas Roeg (Performance).

The concert was developed as a way to avoid the excessive commercialization of North American shows and held in Great Britain. The 1971 show was held on the summer solstice (June) and held near Stonehenge, and featured artists such as Joan Baez, David Bowie, Traffic and othe...Read the entire review »


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Wild Women (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

Not so wild, Wild Women is a 1970 TV-movie Western as tame as your average episode of Little House on the Prairie. Heaven knows why Kino chose to release it to Blu-ray, complete with audio commentary yet. Maybe the success of The Night Stalker and its TV-movie sequel was a factor. Maybe somebody at Kino is a big Hugh O'Brian fan, or maybe has the hots for co-stars Anne Francis or Sherry Jackson - fetching, certainly, but hardly big-name draws.

Made by Aaron Spelling Productions, there's really nothing to recommend this almost painfully middling show. Actor-turned-director Don Taylor was alternating between theatrical features and TV-movies around this time, following a dozen-plus years helming series television of every genre. Unlike, say, Andrew V. McLaglen and Ted Post, contemporaries who could make their TV Westerns look like features, Taylor had no visual style, his directio...Read the entire review »

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