Someone’s in the Kitchen | Video Reviews, March 1, 2017

playing with the balance of different cultures and unique foods, viewers will enjoy how these two chefs play with food boundaries

Best Media 2016: DVDs

LJ video reviewer/Fast Scans columnist Jeff T. Dick rounds up his favorite discs in a varied list that necessarily omits streaming-only titles from Netflix, Amazon, et al., and primarily favors recent releases over titles originally shown in the prior calendar year. Documentaries are limited to popular programs in lieu of arguably more worthy educational material. The biggest takeaway this year? Sixteen-plus hours—two miniseries—devoted to O.J. Simpson.

LJ Media Reviews: April 15, 2016

Ivan Doig’s final novel is a lighthearted tale of an orphan hopping the Last Bus to Wisdom; join the millions of fans who can’t get enough of Carole King, naturally

Comedy Classics: It Happened One Night and Tootsie, with Jeeves and Wooster, New Trailers, & More | Video Reviews, May 1, 2015

Newly restored ­reissues cement One Night and Tootsie in the comedy pantheon; Jeeves and Wooster, practically perfect in every way; Vera will hold readers’ attention right up to the last scene.

Downton Abbey, Music and Sports Histories, Vietnam in Pictures, plus New Trailers | Video Reviews, March 1, 2015

The times are definitely changing—Downton has even acquired a wireless! The intertwined histories of rocker Billy Joel, the New York Mets, and Shea Stadium; the history of beloved smoked-fish emporium Russ & Daughters.

Christie’s Poirot Defines an Era, Portraits of Hope and Health Care, plus New Trailers, Fast Scans | Video Reviews, December 2014

Poirot: Series 13 marks the end of an era; a look at the lack of research studies and results for recently developed vaccines; a powerful documentary demonstrates how hope can come from tragedy.

Best Media 2014: Best Video

Digitally restored classic films—domestic and foreign—and television miniseries, especially crime dramas, reign amid fewer but notable documentaries in LJ video reviewer/Fast Scans columnist Jeff T. Dick’s annual best-of list.

Clayton’s Innocents, the Life of Ray Mancini, the Roosevelts, New Trailers, & More | Video Reviews

An “adult ghost story”; former lightweight boxing champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini; the private and public lives of the extraordinary Roosevelt family; a portrayal of the indomitable human spirit.

Sculptor Calder, Voices of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Christie’s Poirot, the Latest Fast Scans | Video Reviews

An introduction to one of America’s most important modern artists, whose influential body of work is so often reduced to only his mobiles; a vision of the “very complex historical narrative” that is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Classic Drama, Where Dreams Come True, A Portrait of Faithfulness and Freedom, Plus New Trailers | Video Reviews

Libraries can expand their film offerings in a hurry and at a good price with Acorn’s Classic Drama Collection, Greasepaint spends less time on jokes and pratfalls and more on what it means to be a family.