Although I’d hesitate to say Domino is a terrible film, it is certainly not at all very good either and a complete misfire from the legendary filmmaker Brian De Palma who utilizes his usual visual style but with little effect.
I wasn’t nearly as impressed with Dressed to Kill as others have since it doesn’t offer much mystery and the psychological elements which De Palma is normally a master of (look no further than Blow Out), isn’t very enticing either. I guess Angie Dickinson and Nancy Allen excelled in their roles as Michael Caine, while not entirely remarkable, still manages to turn in a sufficient (and unique) performance.
of the Paradise is a well made and quirky adaptation of the classic opera. The performances, both sung and acting, were good headlined by William Finley and Jessica Harper. The Blu-ray released by Shout Factory and offers up great high-definition audio and videos transfers while the features are packed and spread across two discs.
The Bonfire of the Vanities was a critical and financial flop when it was released back in 1990 and considering its cast with Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis, it should have been better. For me, I don’t think it was that bad though I’ve never read the novel it was based upon so taking at face value, it’s at least an average, and biting, satirical drama-comedy.
Aside from my issue with plot, Blow Out is a film that should be seen along with Coppola’s similarly themed The Conversation starring Gene Hackman which came out in 1974. This release continues The Criterion Collection’s success of outputting excellent video and audio transfers to some great classics that otherwise might not have made the high-def format.