The Disc Report 

Best of Youth, Worst of Hitch

Ahh what becomes of Love? Its moist excitement becomes encrusted on folded tissue paper in peep show booths and hardens into the icy stares of middle-aged couples across breakfast tables bought on layaway. But maybe that’s just me.

Celebrity Mix (TLA) Worried your short film will disappear into festival oblivion? Hire a celebrity. That’s the concept behind this comp featuring B+ and A- listers David Hyde Pierce, Jim Belushi, Taye Diggs and the hilarious Lewis Black. The Football Factory (Image) A bit of the ultra-violence — ‘ooligan style. Lost Embrace (New Yorker) Critics have been drooling over this bittersweet comedy set in Buenos Aires’ Jewish community. Young Mr. Lincoln (Criterion) Battle of the republic’s icons. John Ford takes on honest Abe. Metropolitain (Criterion) Seems like the 98-pound weakling among Criterion’s other titles. Emergency! Season Two (Universal) Seeing the bushy-sideburned square-jawed rescue workers in action on this 70s show, I used to think, ‘I wanna do that.’ Marnie, Torn Curtain (Universal) Two rare missteps from late-career Hitch. The Absent-Minded Professor (Disney) It’s symptomatic of American entertainment habits that Fred MacMurray went from playing heavies in noir dramas to neutered TV dads. Hee Haw: 10th Anniversary Celebration (Time Life) Cornball TV variety show that branded stereotypes onto the American psyche and gave young boys their first glimpses of gingham-enrobed cleavage. A Slightly Pregnant Man (Koch) Starring notorious womanizer Marcello Mastroianni — funny. The American version with social-climber Arnold Schwarzenegger — sad.

Picks
Family Plot, The Man Who Knew Too Much (Universal) Plot plods and digresses, but Hitch’s last is still an entertaining curiosity, while the ‘56 remake of Man has some problems but outshines the original. How I’d like to remake some of my earlier missteps. The Richard Pryor 4-Movie Collection (Universal) Bustin’ Loose and Car Wash headline. Even the mediocre film work betray san eerily likeable personality. Shadow of A Doubt (Universal) Lifts the veil on Hitch’s true darkness for American audiences. Made possible by the brief mood of stateside nihilism in the wake of WW II. Batman The Complete First Season (Warner Bros) The ambiguously gay-duo got away with stuff that clueless network execs probably shrugged off as “youth culture.” The Unbearable Lightness of Being: The Special Edition (Warner Bros) Probably not as good as you remembered but still, who can resist the combination of political repression and sexual liberation, Slavic style? Best of the Electric Company (Shout! Factory) PBS before it sold its soul. Best of Youth (Miramax) 6 and 1/2 hour epic spanning four decades X-rays Italian culture through a pair of brothers. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Paramount) Ought to be remade with Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the Hepburn role. Cary Grant Box Set (Sony) Includes Holiday, and His Girl Friday, Mr. Suave glides his way into cinema history. Wallace & Gromit the Curse of the Were Rabbit (DreamWorks) Not just an elegy to cheese — many a filmmaker can learn from its sense of story, dialog, and Keatonesque silent star.

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