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New on Disc: 'Sullivan's Travels' and more …

4 May, 2015 By: Mike Clark

Sullivan’s Travels

Criterion, Comedy, $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest.
Sullivan’s Travels is a strange movie of contradictions, just as director Preston Sturges was himself. The movie has at least two distinct moods, which is what throws some people – yet this is also what makes it worth so many viewings.
Extras: A sharp essay by The Nation’s Stuart Klawans rounds out a lot of good material in the bonus section, which includes Kenneth Bowser’s first-rate “American Masters” documentary Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer, an interview with widow Sandy Sturges and a new David Cairns video essay. Another treat carried over from the earlier DVD is a commentary by documentarian Bowser, filmmaker Noah Baumbach, plus Christopher Guest and Michael McKean.  
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Blue Sky

Olive, Drama, $24.95 DVD, Blu-ray $29.95, Rated ‘PG-13’
Stars Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones, Powers Boothe, Chris O’Donnell.
Here’s another of Olive’s barebones transfers, though one certainly better than the old DVD; more vivid color intensity does make something of a difference in how the garb that Oscar winner Jessica Lange wears has an emotional effect on the viewer.
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