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New on Disc: 'The Grapes of Wrath' Blu-ray and more …

25 Jun, 2012 By: Mike Clark

The Grapes of Wrath (Blu-ray)

Fox, Drama, $29.99 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine.
When a movie photographed by Gregg Toland comes to Blu-ray, it is a big deal. The screen version of John Steinbeck’s landmark Depression novel rated a solid 2004 DVD, and this upgrade (which is what it is) is a full mix of movie, commentary, Fox studio chief Darryl Zanuck bio and one of those look-backs hosted by Tom Rothman on the Fox Movie Channel.
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The Color of Money (Blu-ray)

Disney, Drama, $20 Blu-ray, ‘R.’
Stars Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Helen Shaver, John Turturro.
Released a full quarter-century after The Hustler became one of the two or three seminal movies of 1961, Martin Scorsese’s follow-up look at Paul Newman’s Eddie Felson pool shark character occupies a relatively meager place in his directorial canon. The picture has a surprising number of detractors who ought to be grateful for how it kept Scorsese’s career going.
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The Space Children

Olive, Sci-Fi, $24.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Michael Ray, Jackie Coogan.
Whatever else you want to say about a rare Blu-ray release that was previously a “Mystery Science Theater 3000” veteran as well, the photography combines with composer Van Cleave’s sparse scoring to constitute at least a dinky dose of “mood.” And the movie needs it because the dialogue is right out of an entry-level screenwriting course at Ed Wood Correspondence School.
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