By Bob Nelson
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Brace yourself! The Blu-ray video format is coming out with some popular vintage features.
The year was 1952 when Robert Walker and Helen Hayes starred in director Leo McCarey’s powerful Cold War drama, My Son John, dealing with a young man whose Communist sympathies clash with those of his parents.
It was Walker’s final performance, made at the tragic age of 32. This is a long overdue Blu-ray release.
Blu-ray also has brought to life Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy in the 1983 feature War Games, about a computer hacker who almost sparks World War III.
The Blu-ray format also has made available the bizarre western Johnny Guitar from 1954, featuring Joan Crawford as a pistol-packing saloon owner persecuted by a small-minded lynch mob led by harpy Mercedes McCambridge.
Then there’s a limited-edition Blu-ray release from Twilight Time, featuring Ann-Margret’s rendition of “Bye Bye, Birdie,” which they said almost stopped the show before it even began.