Articles by Charlie Largent

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer  Blu ray   Kino Lorber Home Video 1938 / 1.33:1 / Street Date July 10, 2018 Starring Tommy Kelly, May Robson, Marcia Mae Jones Cinematography by James Wong Howe Directed by Norman Taurog Though Hemingway suggested “all modern American literature” comes from Huckleberry Finn, a case could be made for The Adventures…

The Incredible Shrinking Man

The Incredible Shrinking Man Blu ray – Region Code: B  Arrow Video 1957 / 1.85:1 / Street Date November 13, 2017 Starring Grant Williams, Randy Stuart Cinematography by Ellis W. Carter Directed by Jack Arnold Richard Matheson’s The Shrinking Man debuted in 1956, published by Gold Medal Books in an economical paperback edition with electrifying cover art…

Smash Palace

Smash Palace Blu ray Arrow Video 1982 / 1.85:1 / Street Date May 28, 2018 Starring Bruno Lawrence, Anna Jemison Cinematography by Graeme Cowley Directed by Roger Donaldson Smash Palace is the wryly grandiose name given to a New Zealand junkyard run by Al Shaw, a tight-lipped workaholic up to his elbows in axle grease…

Female Trouble

Female Trouble Blu ray Criterion 1974 / 1:66 / Street Date June 26, 2018 Starring Divine, Mink Stole, Edith Massey Cinematography by John Waters Directed by John Waters The story of one woman’s odyssey from trash-talking trouble maker to tabloid superstar, John Waters’ Female Trouble assembles a hot-tempered crew of terrorist fame whores ready for…

The Colossus of Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes Blu ray Warner Archive 1961 / 2:35 / Street Date June 26, 2018 Starring Rory Calhoun, Lea Massari, Georges Marchal Cinematography by Antonio Ballesteros Directed by Sergio Leone Fred Astaire once said of an undulating Cyd Charisse, “She came at me in sections.” So does the star of Sergio Leone’s The Colossus…

Au Hasard Balthazar

Au Hasard Balthazar Blu ray Criterion 1966 / 1:66 / Street Date May 29, 2018 Starring Anne Wiazemsky, François Lafarge Cinematography by Ghislain Cloquet Directed by Robert Bresson At moments in his career Robert Bresson, the filmmaker behind The Trial of Joan of Arc and The Diary of a Country Priest, seemed to be directing from…

Suspiria

Suspiria Blu ray Synapse 1977 / 2:35 / Street Date March 13, 2018 Starring Jessica Harper, Alida Valli, Joan Bennett Cinematography by Luciano Tovoli Production Design by Giuseppe Bassan Directed by Dario Argento The story of a ballet school staffed by devil-worshipping harridans, Dario Argento’s Suspiria opened at New York City’s Criterion in the dog days of…

The Bloodthirsty Trilogy

The Bloodthirsty Trilogy Blu ray Arrow Films 1970 – 1974 /2:35 / Street Date May 22, 2018 Starring Yukiko Kobayashi, Chôei Takahashi, Toshio Kurosawa Cinematography by Kazutami Hara, Rokurô Nishigaki Written by Ei Ogawa, Hiroshi Nagano Directed by Michio Yamamoto Hell-raising vampires invade the normally serene confines of  Japanese cinema in three elegant 70’s shockers…