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Production and Technical Credits
May 30th, 2011
It's getting to be that time of year again when the cable networks debut the new seasons for their summer shows. As a result, there are a lot of TV on DVD releases coming out to help promote the new season. One of the biggest such shows is True Blood, which just arrived on my desk. Clearly, it takes longer than an afternoon to review a full season TV on DVD release, so the review will have to wait; however, given the competition, there is an excellent chance it will be the Pick of the Week. Its main competition is the Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection Blu-ray and it really is down to a coin toss between the two.
May 30th, 2011
This week, a couple John Wayne westerns are making their debuts on Blu-ray. Both Big Jake and Rio Lobo were made in the 1970s, meaning they were at the tail end of John Wayne's career, and are not among his ten best, or most well-known films. Also, in the 40 years since they were made, tastes have changed drastically. On the other hand, for a lot of people, second-tier John Wayne is still better than a lot of films coming out today. So are these films worth (re)discovering, or have times changed too much? And do they shine on Blu-ray, or are they placeholder releases till a worthy special edition comes out?