DVD

Here's a short list of some of the most exciting recent TV offerings on DVD. These are sets you can still order and receive in time for the holidays — and regardless, they're perfect to dive into over the vacation period, enjoying an episode or two a night.

WHV Home Entertainment

“The mystery of faith” is a phrase heard every week by millions of Catholics at Mass, just before the sacrament of Holy Communion. The words describe something indescribable, really. There are some teachings of the Church that are above reason, hence the word “mystery.”

WHV Home Entertainment

“A man has to be what he is,” Shane (Alan Ladd) tells young Joey (Brandon De Wilde) at the close of George Stevens’ Oscar-winning Western. “[He] can’t break the mold.” 

Kino Lorber

 

Long, long before it was a bumpy night for the guests of Margo Channing (“All About Eve”), and even before “Now, Voyager,” Bette Davis appeared in dozens of films as a rising actress. Two of her early films, “Hell’s House” and “Of Human Bondage,” are newly available on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber, in what is touted as an “archival restoration.”

Courtesy the Criterion Collection.

It’s really a shame that any review of “On the Waterfront” is colored by Elia Kazan’s infamous friendly testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee. By some accounts, including Kazan’s own on occasion, “On the Waterfront” was the director’s defiant gesture toward his critics. Now sixty years later, can it stand outside the controversy? I believe it can, as it’s a great film and an American classic. As brilliantly played by Marlon Brando, Terry Malloy stands up for what is right, not what his so-called friends would muscle him into doing. It’s as American as “Mr.

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