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08.16.2010 | | Posted at 11:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
On one level, Escape from New York (1981) was a revenge fantasy for the sort of people who nowadays would affiliate themselves with the Tea Party. Set in futuristic 1997, the film (reissued in a DVD/Blu-ray set) imagines un-American Manhattan transformed into a giant Alcatraz for hardened criminals. The guards are stationed outside the prison zone; within, a confederacy of multi-ethnic street ga...
08.21.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
It was a clever idea for television. �The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes� was a series based on detective stories by Arthur Conan Doyle�s less-remembered contemporaries, all of them set in late Victorian England and featuring eccentric sleuths. The 1971 first season is out Sept. 1 on DVD. The 13 episodes were filmed on the tightly budgeted stage sets endemic to British TV of that time, and the...