Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie is a beautifully designed, darkly comedic, family ready, and heartfelt homage to the Universal B-movie horror classic and the Gothic horror classic of Hammer Studios.
These cult punk mockumentaries arrive on Blu-ray with reasonably solid transfer. The original film is a classic dark comedy that mirrors the destructive hardcore punk lifestyle, but the sequel is complete unnecessary.
Warner Archive Collection’s Blu-ray release of Sydney Lumet’s Deathtrap offers a satisfying if far from perfect transfer of this dark comedy/mystery.
Terry Gilliam’s Orwellian dark comedy masterpiece, Brazil, gets the Criterion treatment in this 2-disc Blu-ray edition.
Weekend is Jean Luc Godard’s frontal assault on the foibles of the middle class and their values or lack thereof. The Criterion Collection offers this restored version featuring decent if not outstanding sight and sound. Current viewers may find this film’s heavy-handed political agenda to be tough sledding.
The Criterion Collection has remastered Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Trilogy that reinvents classic tales from the Decameron, Canterbury Tales, and Arabian Nights. A mixed cast of professional and amateur actors provide mostly entertaining and amusing vignettes with generally excellent cinematography. Viewers should be aware that these films contain prodigious amounts of nudity, explicit sex and homoeroticism.
A despicably tasty look at love turned sour, The War of the Roses is a classic dark comedy from Danny DeVito that comes to Blu-ray in this feature-rich Filmmakers Signature Series edition from Fox.
Moonrise Kingdom recycles some of Wes Anderson’s most common traits as a filmmaker for an uneven yet still ultimately enjoyable film about first love.
Paul Bartels takes dead aim at the subculture of sex-seeking swingers in Eating Raoul. Nicely resurrected by The Criterion Collection, this film is campy yet enjoyable, but may not appeal to those who are put off by softcore porn.
Wes Anderson takes viewers through the life and times of the dysfunctional Tenenbaum family, featuring an all-star cast, with great videography and soundtrack. For those expecting “Modern Family,” hold on to your seats as the ride is both bumpy and quirky.