Josef Krebs

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Josef Krebs  |  Nov 09, 2006  |  0 comments

When he first landed in the U.S. in 1961, British agent John Drake went mostly unnoticed. But when this Danger Man reappeared 4 years later - with a new name, a new theme song, and a visa extended from 30 minutes to an hour - he made quite a stir.

Josef Krebs  |  Jun 01, 2003  |  0 comments

Are movies more important than life? Are women magic? These two questions, repeatedly posed in François Truffaut's Day for Night (1973), often seem to be at the heart of French cinema, especially in a big batch of recent DVD releases.

Josef Krebs  |  Oct 02, 2005  |  0 comments

"She ... the meaning of my life is she," crooned Charles Aznavour in his tribute to les femmes back in the early 1970s, when male French filmmakers were still inspired by that unfathomable sphinx: woman. French cinema doesn't have the same power today, and equality has normalized relations between the sexes (somewhat).

Josef Krebs  |  Dec 07, 2005  |  0 comments

Film Special Editions

Ben-Hur Collector's Edition (Warner, 4 discs)

Sin City Recut & Extended Edition (Dimension, 2 discs)

The Sound of Music 40th Anniversary Edition (20th Century Fox, 2 discs)

Josef Krebs  |  Jun 09, 2006  |  0 comments

In Match Point (DreamWorks; Movie •••½, Picture/Sound •••½, Extras: None), Woody Allen creates a Shakespearean tale of ambition, passion, and madness that can only end in tears, and he does so in a uniquely cinematic way. By usual DVD standards, the quality of the picture and sound might seem lacking.

Josef Krebs  |  Jan 14, 2006  |  0 comments

It's amazing how many ways a story can be told. Byron Haskin's 1953 version of THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (Warner; Movie ••••, Picture/Sound ••••, Extras ••••) has a completely different focus and tone than Steven Spielberg's gloomy take on the H. G. Wells fantasy.

Josef Krebs  |  Jun 09, 2008  |  0 comments
Disney Blu-ray Disc
Movie ••••½ Picture •••• Sound •••• Extras ••••½

In this inspired homage

Josef Krebs  |  Nov 04, 2016  |  0 comments
A godlike eye in the sky that can send down hellfire; fake-fly-on-the-wall drones capable of entering anyone’s home to observe their most intimate moments; militia and religious police who, in the name of God, watch, search, and regulate every aspect of a person’s existence or end it with guns and explosive. In a place with no privacy, your life is not your own.
Josef Krebs  |  Jul 05, 2006  |  0 comments
First bout in the HD DVD tournament: Man vs. Baby. (This is a fair fight, so all ratings are relative to other HD discs, not to standard-definition DVDs.)

The story of Cinderella Man (Universal; Movie ••½, Picture/Sound •••) delivers a one-two punch: The Depression was, well, depressing, and in a fight it's probably better to win.