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Category: Classics and Other Reviews

Classics & More on DVD (Feb. 1, 2016)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Carnal Knowledge

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Gilda

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Gilda is a bundle of conflicted emotions. It’s a film where the characters all insist that they make their own luck, but then proceed to consistently act against their best interests.

Labyrinth

Hugo Gomes @ Cinematograficamente Falando …

The Last Detail

Clark Provence @ 365 Movie Guy

  • Excerpt: The Last Detail is technically a comedy (and a consistently funny one, at that), but it starts on an angry note and just grows more bitter as it proceeds.

A Man For All Seasons (1966)

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: There have been many films made about noblemen. A Man For All Seasons is, however, a film about a noble man, one who stood by his principles and convictions at the cost of his life.

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

  • Excerpt: An important document of what David Bowie represented (and–perhaps inadvertently–who he actually was) during this stage of his career.

Marty (1955)

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Honestly, if by the end of Marty you don’t fall in love with Marty and Clara, there’s flat-out something wrong with you.

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Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 25, 2016)

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Reviews of Classic Films

Blu-ray Review: Hiroshima Mon Amour

Ben Nicholson @ CineVue

  • Excerpt: Resnais had a preoccupation with time throughout his career – his next feature Last Year at Marienbad would step outside of it almost almost entirely – and Hiroshima Mon Amour drifts backwards and forwards through it to groundbreaking expressive effect.

Buraikan

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Conspirators of Pleasure

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Svankmajer’s essay on the erotic and ridiculous nature of creativity is funny, fascinating and, at the end, quite disturbing.

Escape from the ‘Liberty’ Cinema

Ben Nicholson @ CineVue

  • Excerpt: Polish director Wojciech Marczewski was no stranger to his country’s censors – giving up film direction altogether after 1981’s Shivers due to the return of martial law and film censorship. He exploited his experiences to the full in his fabulous absurdist comedy, Escape from the ‘Liberty’ Cinema.

Fando y Lis

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Here, Jodorowsky has found, but not perfected, his unique voice: it’s as if he’s working with individual sentences, rather than complete paragraphs.

Safety Last!

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Speedy

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Titanic

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Titanic hasn’t aged so well, it’s true. Yet it still leaves you with the sense that, for better and worse, you’ve just had the kind of experience for which the movies were invented.

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Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 25, 2016)

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Reviews of Classic Films

Blu-ray Review: Hiroshima Mon Amour

Ben Nicholson @ CineVue

  • Excerpt: Resnais had a preoccupation with time throughout his career – his next feature Last Year at Marienbad would step outside of it almost almost entirely – and Hiroshima Mon Amour drifts backwards and forwards through it to groundbreaking expressive effect.

Buraikan

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Conspirators of Pleasure

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Svankmajer’s essay on the erotic and ridiculous nature of creativity is funny, fascinating and, at the end, quite disturbing.

Escape from the ‘Liberty’ Cinema

Ben Nicholson @ CineVue

  • Excerpt: Polish director Wojciech Marczewski was no stranger to his country’s censors – giving up film direction altogether after 1981’s Shivers due to the return of martial law and film censorship. He exploited his experiences to the full in his fabulous absurdist comedy, Escape from the ‘Liberty’ Cinema.

Fando y Lis

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Here, Jodorowsky has found, but not perfected, his unique voice: it’s as if he’s working with individual sentences, rather than complete paragraphs.

Safety Last!

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Speedy

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Titanic

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Titanic hasn’t aged so well, it’s true. Yet it still leaves you with the sense that, for better and worse, you’ve just had the kind of experience for which the movies were invented.

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Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 18, 2016)

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Reviews of Classic Films

All That Heaven Allows

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: You laugh that someone could ignore pure love to retain status, but what’s shown onscreen is as serious as can be underneath the soap opera theatrics. There’s no better transition than watching the joyous grins disappear from Kay and Ned’s faces after their mother announces that her fiancé is not the man they think.

Confession (1937)

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The Freshman

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Jaws

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

The Public Enemy

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: This lack of mugging for the camera elevates Keaton’s work for me and makes these movies extremely watchable. Steamboat Bill, Jr. isn’t winning any screenplay awards, but it’s a priceless cinematic gem nonetheless.

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Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 18, 2016)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

All That Heaven Allows

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: You laugh that someone could ignore pure love to retain status, but what’s shown onscreen is as serious as can be underneath the soap opera theatrics. There’s no better transition than watching the joyous grins disappear from Kay and Ned’s faces after their mother announces that her fiancé is not the man they think.

Confession (1937)

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The Freshman

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Jaws

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

The Public Enemy

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: This lack of mugging for the camera elevates Keaton’s work for me and makes these movies extremely watchable. Steamboat Bill, Jr. isn’t winning any screenplay awards, but it’s a priceless cinematic gem nonetheless.

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Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 11, 2016)

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Reviews of Classic Films

Blind Woman’s Curse

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …an odd stir-fry of yakuza, samurai and ghost story genres with psychedelic seasoning.

The Complete Lady Snowblood

Thomas Spurlin @ DVDTalk.com

The Graduate

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

Japanese Summer: Double Suicide

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Ôshima’s surrealistic Sixties satire carves out a unique space somewhere between a Buñuelian joke and an extended zen koan.

The Jazz Singer

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 11, 2016)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Blind Woman’s Curse

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …an odd stir-fry of yakuza, samurai and ghost story genres with psychedelic seasoning.

The Complete Lady Snowblood

Thomas Spurlin @ DVDTalk.com

The Graduate

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

Japanese Summer: Double Suicide

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Ôshima’s surrealistic Sixties satire carves out a unique space somewhere between a Buñuelian joke and an extended zen koan.

The Jazz Singer

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 4, 2016)

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Reviews of Classic Films

42nd Street: Iconic Musical of Depression Era

Emanuel Levy @ www.EmanuelLevy.com

  • Excerpt: 42nd Street, the 1933 Oscar nominee, may not be the best backstage musical but sure is the most iconic and best known of the early Depression era

Chimes at Midnight

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 4, 2016)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

42nd Street: Iconic Musical of Depression Era

Emanuel Levy @ www.EmanuelLevy.com

  • Excerpt: 42nd Street, the 1933 Oscar nominee, may not be the best backstage musical but sure is the most iconic and best known of the early Depression era

Chimes at Midnight

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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Classics & More on DVD (Dec. 28, 2015)

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Reviews of Classic Films

Babes in Toyland (1961)

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

A Day in the Country

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: …does exactly what a short film should: it draws its audience into its setting, orients them to the situation, and then leads them to a certain revelation or question, its compactness allowing for the storyteller to be simultaneously more direct and more ambiguous.

Hitler’s Children

Paul Mavis @ DVD Drive-In

  • Excerpt: Home-grown Nazi horrors and doomed romance as Nancy Drew’s fertility is threatened by the Fuehrer.

Miracle on 34th Street

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Two Men in Town

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

You Can’t Take It With You

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

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