"* - Frankenheimer's return to form, he shows all those young whipper-snappers how to shoot an action movie. Features arguably the greatest car chase in cinema history (sorry, Bullit). There is a Blu-Ray of this film, but it drops the commentary and featurettes and is only a BD-25, not 50 (half the data space of most BRs). Hopefully they'll make a new BR soon."
"A smart, lightweight little low-budget 1970s period thriller. Stone and Valeria Golino are great, but McCarthy is hopelessly bland. The DVD is dreadful, unfortunately, as it leaves off the subtitles for the many Italian scenes."
"A minor work. A Cold War thriller about a US colonel who starts to lose his grip on reality and play out an increasingly dangerous series of games with his Soviet counterpart across the border. Set in West Germany, but shot on the cheap in Canada and looks it. For completists only."
"Only available on a long-out-of-print VHS. A strange but interesting film about an American (Scott Glenn) hired to steal a priceless samurai sword, who finds himself drawn to the master teacher who owns the sword (Toshiro Mifune). Glenn soon switches sides and trains with the master to defeat the baddies who hired him."
"My personal favorite. This epic action film involves a real Goodyear blimp being hijacked to blow up a real Super Bowl. It could never be filmed today, the fact that all the corporate entities involved even signed off on it then boggles my mind. A nail biting thriller with a sweeping score John Williams wrote just weeks before STAR WARS."
"For absolute completists only. A highly stylized mess that's both a gangster movie and a parody of gangster movies, and doesn't work as either. Impenetrable and incomprehensible, though with a certain mod/pop art appeal."
"A flawed but fascinating film, shot partly on location in Afghanistan in 1970. Intended to be a three-hour epic, the studio cut the budget halfway through filming, resulting in a choppy two hour film with gorgeous moments."
"An odd little film about a small town Southern sheriff who falls in love with a moonshiner's daughter. Rescued from video oblivion by the success of the musical biopic Walk The Line, this was issued for the first time ever on video."
"* - An undiscovered gem of a film, which Frankenheimer called one of his best and one of his favorites. A team of skydivers arrives in a small Midwestern town and has a huge impact on the inhabitants."
"Also only available on an ancient VHS. An interesting period piece about a Russian Jew who dreams of a better life outside the Shtetl, but finds his social striving rewarded with endless suffering and persecution. Unfortunately the film was shortened greatly from what Frankenheimer intended and suffers a lot, as it's extremely choppy and more than a bit confusing."
"This uneven film mixes the most exciting car racing footage ever shot, on gorgeous 70mm stock, with tedious soap-opera-y love stories about the various cardboard characters that play out between the races. Still, the racing sequences are widely acknowledged as the best ever filmed and they look jaw-dropping on Blu-Ray."
"* - This stunning high-octane action flick about a trainload of artwork being stolen from France by the Nazis manages to subtly set up a powerful visual argument about how the value of works of art can be measured against the lives of the innocent civilian hostages the Germans have taken to stop the Resistance from foiling their plot."