Classics & More on DVD (Dec. 21, 2015)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Emma (1932)

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: I find it a pity that both Marie Dressler and Emma are not as well-remembered as they should be, given how moving both were in the film. Sometimes it stumbles slightly, but I think it’s pretty impossible not to react emotionally to its gentle tale of a good woman surrounded with bad people.

The Entertainer

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The Entertainer is a tragedy about a man wrecked by his own devices. Archie Rice, this flawed, foolish, failure, is a highpoint of (Laurence) Olivier’s extraordinary career.

Johnny Guitar

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Weird and “really weird” are pretty accurate definitions to Johnny Guitar, with some really strange inferences one can draw from the story. This isn’t to say Johnny Guitar is bad. It’s just really, really weird.

Lady on a Train

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: It’s hard to tell when watching Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? whether it is either a parody or a very long in-joke that everyone (contemporary audiences included) is in on. It’s a nice film that does what it set out to do: laugh and laugh at itself.

Recent Home Video Releases

Amorous

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

Burroughs: The Movie

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

Burroughs: The Movie

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

The Garbage Pail Kids Movie

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Hitler’s Madman

Paul Mavis @ DVD Drive-In

  • Excerpt: Hitler’s Madman mixes director Douglas Sirk’s complex subtextual concerns with straight-ahead (for its time) horror, in a B shocker that still packs a considerable punch.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: 25th Anniversary Edition

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

The Quay Brothers: Collected Short Films

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

The Sentinel

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Speedy

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

Speedy

Christopher Long @ DVDBlu Review

  • Excerpt: Harold Lloyd’s final silent feature, in which he meets the ultimate Babe.

Thundercrack!

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: George Kuchar was responsible for the most notorious coupling here, no doubt inspired by a screening in his youth of Curt Siodmak’s Bride of the Gorilla from 1951. In this case, Kuchar plays the part of the bride.

Zoolander (Wal-mart Exclusive Steelbook)

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Other Reviews from 2014 and earlier

Anatomy of a Psycho

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘Anatomy of a Psycho’ – A Different Kind Of Psycho

Despite the Gods

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Khartoum

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: Nearly alone amongst epic films of its time, Khartoum feels bizarrely immediate in its political relevance, although it was made nearly fifty years ago and depicts events from the 1880s.

Lonesome

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

Nebraska

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Nightfall

Kenji Fujishima @ Brooklyn Magazine

Point Break

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: It isn’t so-bad-it’s-good; it’s just nostalgic bro-love to the nth degree. Kudos to Kathryn Bigelow and company for keeping us entertained, though, since many 90s action flicks can’t even say that.

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Tremors

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

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