Hatari (1962) (BD)Hatari! is Swahili for "danger"-and also the word for action, adventure and broad comedy in this two-fisted Howard Hawks effort. Joh n Wayne sta rs as the head of a daring Tanganyka-based group which captures wild ani mals on behalf of the world's zoos. Hardy Kruger, Gérard Blain and Red Buttons are members of Wayne's men-only contingent, all of whom are redu ced to jello when the curvaceous Elsa Martinelli enters the scene. In tr ied and true Howard Hawks fashion, Martinelli quickly becomes "one of th e guys," though Wayne appa rently can't say two words to her without spa rking an argument. The second half of this amazingly long (159 minute) f ilm concerns th e care and maintenance of a baby elephant; the barely cr edible finale is devoted to a comic pachyderm stampede down an urban Afr ican street, ending literally at the foot of Martinelli's bed. The othe r scene worth mentioning involves comedy-relief Red Buttons' effo rts to create a fireworks-powered animal trap. Not to be taken seriously for a minute, Hatari is attractively packaged and neatly ti ed up with a danc eable-pranceable theme song by Henry Mancini.]]>
Giant (BD)Director George Stevens' sweeping saga of family conflict and social consciousness based on Edna Ferber's best seller is presented here for the first time on Blu-ray. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards®, with a win for Stevens*, and starring Rock Hudson as rancher Bick Benedict, Elizabeth Taylor as his wife Leslie and James Dean (in his final film role) as nouveau oil baron Jett Rink, this tale of three generations of Texans remains both grand and intimate.]]>
Welcome to the Western only Mel Brooks could create. Voted #6 on AFI’s 100 Years...100 Laughs, this comedy classic stars Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder as a sheriff and sharpshooter defending a small town from villains Slim Pickens and Harvey Korman. Featuring a brilliant cast that includes Brooks and an Oscar®-nominated Madeline Kahn and loaded with one-liners, gags and cameos, this breakthrough parody still breaks the rules, breaks stereotypes and breaks wind, all in one sitting. See it again and be offended like it’s the first time!