Classics and Other Films on DVD

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD from 2011 and earlier.

1

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: constantly fresh, surprising and amusing… “1” is baffling, but its surprises are almost always rewarding.

26 Vues du Pic Saint Loup

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Airport 1975

Phil Hall @ FilmSnobbery.com

America, America

Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]

As Long as You’ve Got Your Health

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: …an anthology picture, featuring a quartet of lengthy skits showcasing the clown’s penchant for visual gags and physical slapstick…As Long as You’re Healthy is presented as pure entertainment, framed only by the conceit that we, as the audience, are watching it in our own theater.

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: This collaboration between Russ Meyer, who had risen slowly from independent sexploitation productions to signing a three-picture contract with 20th Century Fox, and Roger Ebert, a Midwestern film nerd with a literate intelligence blended with hip, ruthless wit that was later carefully leavened by his later persona as cuddly advocate, could only have happened in 1970.

Brother Bear & Brother Bear 2

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Though not widely recognized as it, Brother Bear is one of Disney Animation’s best movies from the early 2000s. It may be derivative, but it’s a plenty entertaining film on its own merits.

Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death

Kenji Fujishima @ My Life, at 24 Frames Per Second

Cromwell

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: ‘Cromwell’ is an entertaining and substantial ride through a great epoch, but the great film about that epoch is yet to be made.

The Evil Dead [1981]

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: A great, genuinely unnerving horror movie.

Four Sons

Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephiles

  • Excerpt: In addition to Ford’s astonishing ease with a complex, world-spanning story, it’s the terrific little moments that make Four Sons a pleasure, turning run-of-the-mill Silent Era drama into something more indelible.

Gigante

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

The Hidden Dimension

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

Phil Hall @ FilmSnobbery.com

In Old Chicago

Phil Hall @ FilmSnobbery.com

Jurassic Park

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: [Looks] better not only than effects-driven movies of the same period, but better, frankly, than half of what gets released nowadays.

Jurassic Park III

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: More than half an hour shorter than The Lost World, so at least there’s a lot less of it to suffer through.

Land of Milk and Honey

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

Last Chants for a Slow Dance

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Le Grand Amour

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: Readily the worst thing Steven Spielberg has ever made.

Mean Streets

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Ministry of Fear

Matthew Sorrento @ Film International

The Murderer Lives At Number 21

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Parent Trap

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Portrait of Jason

Phil Hall @ Film Threat

Primer

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The River’s Edge (1986)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Shallow Grave

Jean-François Vandeuren @ Panorama-cinema.com [French]

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Success is the Best Revenge

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

The Wild Cat

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

You Only Live Twice

Dustin Freeley @ Movies About Gladiators.com

  • Excerpt: Bond’s inconsequential death somehow leads him to Asia, where he either illustrates American racism or diplomacy mending.

Yoyo

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Great comedy always has a bit of sadness, and Pierre Étaix is a clown who has the soul of a poet. Laughter is a sign of one’s health and humanity, and like the character he portrayed, this performer’s commitment to entertaining others, regardless of where he pursued it, was never more obvious or essential.

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