Welcome to the 100th Classic Coming Attractions column. This time out, I'm featuring a profile of Roy Rogers, 2011 being the 100th anniversary of his birth. A number of brief reviews of different companies' holdings of his films available on DVD are included (particularly 13 titles available from VCI and 20 titles from Alpha) as is a complete filmography. In keeping with this western theme, I also have reviews of a number of recent DVD and Blu-ray western releases: The Comancheros (BD from Fox); Wild West Collection: Rio Conchos/Take a Hard Ride (DVD from Shout! Factory); The Phantom Empire and The Gene Autry Show: The Complete First Season (both DVD from Timeless Media Group); Vera Cruz (BD from MGM); and Big Jake, Rio Lobo, and A Man Called Horse (all BD from Paramount).
In this edition of High Definition Matters, I've got 10 reviews for you: Le cercle rouge and Smiles of a Summer Night (from Criterion); Le Mans and Beverly Hills Cop (from Paramount); The King's Speech and The Way Back (from Alliance Canada); Grand Prix and Maverick (from Warner Bros.); The Terror (from Virgil Films); and Houdini/Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies (from Legend Films). I also have a few brief comments on Paramount's A.I: Artificial Intelligence, MGM's Fiddler on the Roof, and Sony's Taxi Driver.