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In the past few days our good friends at Eureka! Entertainment have announced a bevy of new titles, which they will be releasing in the coming months. Chief among these are new additions to their Masters of Cinema series, including Ken Loach’s seminal tale of working class adolescence in Northern England, Kes, which arrives on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK on 7 November. Before that, Robert Aldrich’s Twilight’s Last Gleaming, starring Burt Lancaster and Richard Widmark, gets a dual-format release on 17 October. These titles join the previously announced Fedora from Billy Wilder, starring William Holden, which also gets the dual-format treatment on 19 September, with Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory arriving on Blu-ray the same day, while another Aldrich classic, Flight...
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Billy Wilder’s Buddy Buddy (1981) might be one of the most obvious go-to examples in the annals of conventional wisdom when it comes to the cinephile’s parlor game of pointing out a great director’s greatest foible. Upon release the movie was summarily dismissed by critics and ignored by audiences—it managed a paltry $7 million domestically, three million less than its production budget.
Roger Ebert, in his review, called Buddy Buddy “a comedy without laughs,” one apparently so vile that it could inspire not only audience indifference but also one of the revered reviewer’s laziest pieces of criticism. Ebert’s short piece quickly degenerates into name-calling-- “This movie is appalling” is the first sentence of the review, and the movie’s name goes unmentioned until the second paragraph—sans much in the way of actual insight. And unfortunately the critic’s disdain ends up functioning as a substitute »
- Dennis Cozzalio
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