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Almost Feminist

by Shawn Stone September 24, 2015


  There’s hardly a greater contrast in one Hollywood studio’s house style than Warner Bros. before and after 1935. In the first part of the decade, the films are largely sharp and fast, rarely clocking in ...


Glitter and Grit

by Shawn Stone May 14, 2015


  “Jones and Barry are doing a show!” 42nd Street begins with a montage of show-biz folks excited that a couple of Broadway producers are back in business. No one in 1933 would be surprised at the ...

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Why Be Good?

by Shawn Stone November 13, 2014


  As the last few years have reminded us, media revolutions are not pretty. When the comedy Why Be Good? was released into the marketplace of May 1929, the film biz was in the thick of ...

A Really Big Show

by Shawn Stone September 25, 2014


  After Stanley Kramer’s 1963 smash It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, “big” comedies became the fashion. Traditionally, comedies were usually 90 minutes or less; after Mad squared, Hollywood considered comedy a genre worthy of ...

Show Boat

by Shawn Stone March 12, 2014


  Warner Home Video has been planning to do a Show Boat box set for years. They own all three movie versions of Edna Ferber’s tale of turn-of-the-century riverboat entertainers: an oddball 1929 part-talkie that isn’t ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Blu-ray/DVD

by Shawn Stone December 12, 2013


  The drought of catalog titles on home video ended this year, as the studios either started issuing their own editions again or licensed them to boutique labels. Some did both: Fox issued a lovely Blu-ray ...

Gift Guide: Video

by Shawn Stone December 6, 2012


  First, before we get into the really super stuff for the cinephile in your life, a consumer alert: The retail chains are offering some insane price reductions this holiday season. Wander through Best Buy, and ...

Crime On Demand

by Shawn Stone July 6, 2011


After a slow start, MGM’s manufactured-on-demand (MOD) disc program—which is administered, like their regular Blu-ray and DVD releases, by Twentieth Century Fox—suddenly became very active this year, with, most recently, 29 new releases in June. ...