Summary: After the critical success but box office bombing of Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons —which would eventually come to be regarded as two of the best American films of all time—writer, director, actor, and all-around auteur Orson Welles was out to prove that he could find commercial success without entirely sacrificing his artistic vision.
Summary: The immediate post-World War II era in the United States is a really fascinating little interlude to study. The horrors of the war were over physically at least, if they still created emotional scars for many. And for a couple of blissful years, the United States remained the only nuclear nation on the planet, so we hadn't yet arrived at the increasingly manic paranoia of the Cold War and nuclear ages.
Excerpt: You’re in trouble the moment the opening credits give you a headache. As The Stranger begins, we see Stone Cold Steve Austin (Grizzly Adams beard and all) running down the street from some of the worst SWAT team members ever. Grating music blares in the background, while the camera swings side to side blurring lights, objects, and people. The entire thing feels like an exercise in patience, one in which most people will fail… miserably.
Excerpt: Our reviews of Citizen Welles (published February 12th, 2002), The Stranger (1946) (published August 6th, 2007), The Stranger (2010) (published June 11th, 2010), The Stranger (1946) (Blu-ray) (published February 17th, 2011), and The Stranger (1946) (Blu-ray) (published October 9th, 2013) are also available. On the front of the case, we have a picture of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin pointing a pistol with a grim look on his face.
Conclusion: I need to take a shower right about now. Maybe two in a row. I want to get this feeling off of me. This feeling that I may never again see a good film. I may sound melodramatic to you, but imagine if you just had a near-death experience. That's how my cinematic tastebuds feel right about now. 'The Stranger' is so very, very bad, in so many, many ways. This disc is packed with trailers for equally awful films, video that fails, and audio that is pretty damn ho-hum.
Summary: You won't remember any of this because your mind won't let you. What's the best way for a direct-to-video movie to find an audience? Hire an actor who's already got one, and indeed, that's the main selling point with The Stranger . Director Robert Lieberman's ( Fire in the Sky ) latest film stars former WWE wrestler-turned-Action movie star "Stone Cold" Steve Austin ( The Condemned ) as an undercover agent with amnesia, a fitting theme considering that The Stranger...