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    January's Relationship Roundup

    Posted by Mike Finnegan on

    The New Year’s arrival is always greeted with personal resolutions aimed at self-improvement, whether they concern weight control, fortifying one’s health, bonding more solidly with spouses and loved ones, and even, what the hell, jazzing up one’s sex life. So in the spirit of trying to be our better selves, Twilight Time’s marvelous four-title, 46-year-spanning January release slate might be seen as either comical or chilling commentaries on marriages and/or family relationships in both period and contemporary dress, wherein open honesty might set you free – or just plain unsettle you – and sinister hidden secrets might enmesh you in terror and fear for your life. As ever, the starpower is glamorous, the talent roster is formidable (including four Academy Award®-nominated supporting performances and two Oscar®-nominated screenplays) and the moviemaking craft on view is undeniable. TT’s ongoing resolution is always to provoke and please the film-loving faithful – and always in crisp 1080p hi-def clarity.

    Arriving January 23 are: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), starring Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould and Dyan Cannon, directed by Paul Mazursky, score by Quincy Jones; Dragonwyck (1946), starring Gene Tierney, Walter Huston and Vincent Price, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, score by Alfred Newman; Husbands and Wives (1992), starring Woody Allen, Blythe Danner, Judy Davis, Mia Farrow, Juliette Lewis, Liam Neeson and Sydney Pollack, directed by Woody Allen; and My Cousin Rachel (1952), starring Olivia de Havilland, Richard Burton and Audrey Dalton, directed by Henry Koster, score by Franz Waxman. Details of each release will follow in December.

    Moscow's Merits

    Last week’s announcement of the RAISE (Reforming American Immigration for Stronger Employment) Act, a Senate bill that proposed a “merit-based” overhaul of the U.S.’s legal immigration system to earmark English-language familiarity, educational and job-skills proficiency, and financial earnings responsibility as components of a “points-based” merit system to attain green card status, drew sharp and quick responses from those on both [...]

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    Murphy's Interests

    A familiar screen face for 50 years, Michael Murphy, who celebrates his 79th birthday today, takes his various screen personas in stride. As he told Filmmaker Magazine interviewer Vadim Rizov two years ago, when evaluating his rich gallery of characters in 13 Robert Altman film and television projects across 51 yearsor his iconic adulterers in Paul Mazursky’s An Unmarried [...]

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    Melting Pots

    In advance of this week’s hi-def arrival of Robin Williams as a Moscovite musician who decides to defect to America while shopping in Bloomingdale’s Manhattan flagship store in Paul Mazursky’s soulful and open-hearted comedy/drama Moscow on the Hudson (1984), other richly rendered tales of émigrés facing hardship and blowback in their adoptive lands woven into the Twilight Time Blu-ray tapestry [...]

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    Eighty Years Young

    Born 80 years ago today in Brooklyn, NY, Allan Stewart Konigsberg, known to the world as Woody Allen, has built up quite a lifetime of entertainment triumphs and failures, as well as personal controversies and mundanites. David Evanier, who has authored biographies of Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin and other showbiz greats, recently published Woody, an analytical stroll through the award-winning comedian/moviemaker’s [...]

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