Armchair Cinephile

Carlos Saura’s Flamenco Trilogy

Spanish director Saura has devoted much of his career (up to his latest film, Fados) to becoming one of the foremost alchemists of music, dance, and film. This famed triptych from the ’80s weaves ballet and opera material together with new settings and narratives, drenching the screen in Flamenco passion.

The Jazz Singer
(Warner Bros.)

This landmark from the dawn of talkies (not to be confused with the Neil Diamond vehicle) has astonishingly (though, given its use of blackface, not inexplicably) never been released on disc ’til now. Warner goes whole hog, adding two full discs of precious material, both vintage shorts and new docs, about the introduction of sound to movies.

Crazy Love

The true — if difficult to believe — story of a guy whose idea of courtship was to blind his love by throwing lye in her face, and the woman who eventually succumbed to his efforts.

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
(Warner Bros.)

TV scribe Aaron Sorkin, after creating Sports Night and The West Wing, has earned the benefit of the doubt, so it’s a shame he didn’t get more than a single season to try to make his latest series work. Obviously, competing with the zip-zam delights of the similarly-themed 30 Rock didn’t help his chances.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Season Three) (Universal) More twists and chills from the master, all the better to set the pre-Halloween mood.


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