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The Manchurian Candidate: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

Review by: Robert Trate Starring: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva, James Gregory, Leslie Parrish, John McGiver Directed by: John Frankenheimer Written by: Richard Condon (based upon a novel by), George Axelrod (screenplay) Original Year of Release: 1962 Run Time: 126 Minutes Rated: Approved Spine# 803

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Today in Movie History: March 18

Funniest movie of all time or high point of western civilization? We’ll leave that debate for the ages, but one thing is clear: if you want comedy, you can’t do better than Mel Brooks’ The Producers, which opened today in 1968. If you prefer kick-ass cowboys to dancing Hitlers, there’s Howard Hawks’ Rio Bravo, starring John Wayne, Ricky Nelson and Dean …

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Today in Movie History: March 11

There’s nothing quite like a villain, and nobody could do them like William Shakespeare. I confess I prefer Ian McKellen’s take on his bloodiest king, Richard III, but Laurence Olivier had his own version of it, and it’s well worth a look. It opened today in 1956. And hey, if scheming kings are your thing, then you get a double dose today. Peter …

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Today in Movie History: March 4

Before Gary Oldman, before Christopher Lee, before even Bela Lugosi, there was Max Schreck, whose repellant rat-like appearance in the original Nosferatu turned a barely disguised rip-off of Bram Stoker’s most famous creation into the stuff of cinematic legend. Stoker’s widow successfully sued the producers for plagiarism — and let’s be honest, she had a case — and killed the …

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The Graduate: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

Review by: Robert Trate Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross Directed by: Mike Nichols Written by: Buck Henry (screenplay), Charles Webb (novel) Original Year of Release: 1967 Run Time: 106 minutes Rated: PG Spine #800 Mike Nichols’ The Graduate (1967) is a film we all discover at some point in our lives. You don’t necessarily have to have seen it in the …