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Best Blu-ray/DVD 2013: Shawn Stone

by Shawn Stone on December 24, 2013 · 1 comment

1. The Big Parade

A stunning presentation of King Vidor’s World War I epic. (Warner Home Video)

2. The Man Who Knew Too Much

In one of the Blu-ray/DVD extras, Guillermo del Toro persuasively argues that this is the film in which Hitchcock became “Hitchcock.” (Criterion)

3. The Quiet Man

The Oscar-winning Technicolor cinematography is gloriously restored to John Ford’s expert Irish blarney. (Olive Films)

4. To Be or Not To Be

Ernst Lubitsch’s comedy about Polish actors using their theatrical chops to best the Nazis in occupied Warsaw is about as good as it gets. (Criterion)

5. Intolerance

A beautiful restoration of D.W. Griffith’s sprawling epic. (Cohen Media Group)

6. Safety Last

This is the one where the guy with the glasses (Harold Lloyd) hangs off the clock. It’s wonderful. (Criterion)

7. Love is a Racket

William Wellman’s precode drama about a Broadway columnist with questionable ethics crackles with energy. Sex, jealousy, crime—and someone gets away with murder. (Warner Archive)

8. Hard Times

Walter Hill’s drama about bare-knuckle boxing in 1930’s New Orleans is flinty and charming, much like stars Charles Bronson and James Coburn. (Twilight Time)

9. The Hudsucker Proxy

Screwball comedy proved a good fit for the Coen brothers in this forgotten 1994 comedy. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Charles Durning steal the show. (Warner Archive)

10. Cloak and Dagger

Fritz Lang’s tense spy drama delivers the thrills and still conveys the agony, despair and waste of war. (Olive Films)