Classics & More on DVD (Aug. 24, 2015)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

The Clock

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: I don’t think of The Clock as a forgotten film. I think of The Clock as undiscovered treasure, a sweet, gentle movie that works and that is still relevant today (if perhaps a bit dated and not as believable due to technological advances).

Foreign Intrigue

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Fountainhead

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: I found that The Fountainhead has a great idea for a plot and some beautiful visuals. It also has at least two strikes against it: some lousy directing and some heavy-handed writing, which threaten to derail the film.

The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Housekeeping

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Housekeeping strikes as delicate a balance in its storytelling as Sylvie maintains in her restless, preoccupied mind. While fashioning a rather clichéd story of conventionality versus free-spiritedness, Forsyth and his appealing and talented cast offer something more akin to fable.

The People Under the Stairs

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Queen of Outer Space

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Everything you might think about Queen of Outer Space is true: it’s badly acted, it has silly sets and a pretty silly plot. However, I found it a great pleasure (guilty, perhaps, but a pleasure nonetheless).

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Recent Home Video Releases

The Babysitter

Kristen Lopez @ Cinema Sentries

British Noir

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: The five films in this package may not all fit but the loosest definition of film noir, but they all are entertaining.

Ghosts and ghouls abound in this week’s releases

Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal

  • Excerpt: This week’s releases include a couple of noteworthy horror movies; a semi-conventional buddy comedy; a modern fairy tale; and proof Jackie Chan still has it.

Navajo Joe

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: While Reynolds’s stunt casting surely adds a degree of pulpiness, Corbucci’s own spin on the spaghetti western offers a tougher and more concentrated snapshot of frontier violence than was present within the nihilistic bombast of Leone’s contemporaneous epics. Rather than bombard the viewer with stylized gunplay and killings so frequent that they diminish in impact, Corbucci favors a suggestive atmosphere of accumulating malice.

Still of the Night

Kristen Lopez @ Cinema Sentries

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

Adventureland

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: A film so tuned in to the pre-collegiate experience — a film that remembers so clearly the experiences of a) working a terrible summer job, b) falling in love for the first time, c) being terrible to the person you’re in love with, and d) being young in the late ‘80s — that scenes which play as comedy to some audiences will land as harrowing tragedy to others.

Autómata

Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Una cinta de ciencia-ficción que consigue varios logros narrativos, a pesar de los baches de su guión y sus limitados recursos económicos.

Cake

Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Una película que podría haber sido buena, si hubiera encontrado el tono adecuado para ser narrada.

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Good People

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

King Kong (2005)

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: At the moment, I can’t decide whether it was genuine love or total hubris on Peter Jackson’s part, but here is what I can say: after seeing it both in theaters and for this retrospective, this King Kong made the much-derided 1976 version seem downright brilliant.

The Last Dragon

Oktay Kozak @ DVD Talk

The Lost Boys

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘The Lost Boys’ – The Movie That Defined A Generation Of Bloodsuckers

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