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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.

Recent Home Video Releases

The American Friend

Robert Cashill @ Popdose.com

Among Ravens

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Assassin

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: For those who may not have had the opportunity to see The Assassin theatrically, rest assured that the blu-ray keeps the 4:3 aspect ratio, with the exception of the “zither scene”. The extraordinary use of color is here as well.

Bitter Rice

Robert Cashill @ Popdose.com

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Robert Cashill @ Popdose.com

The Look of Silence

Robert Cashill @ Popdose.com

Sonny Boy (Blu-ray)

Paul Mavis @ DVD Drive-In

  • Excerpt: Intriguingly weird and off-beat to start…but fades away by final fade-out.

Straight Outta Compton

Robert Cashill @ Popdose.com

Other Reviews from 2014 and earlier

Aimée & Jaguar

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Aimée & Jaguar describes an intense pas de deux of love, but maintains a strong foothold in the world of its time. Its rich performances and balanced approach to its central couple make it a nourishing experience.

Army of Darkness

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: Its silliness is still better than “silly” films today proving mean-spirited and bigoted rather than funny. Army of Darkness avoids that route because the situation itself is so absurd that Raimi and company never need to mock anything else.

Buzzard

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …an outside-the-box indie with a unique slacking-class take on American society.

The Canal

Hugo Gomes @ Cinematograficamente Falando … [Portuguese]

Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine is neither clever or particularly hilarious. However, it is perfectly aware of its own silliness, and the greatness of it is that everyone is in on the joke.

Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs should have been retitled Fabian…And a Bunch of Italians. Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs is one of the Worst Films Ever Made.

House of the Long Shadows

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

The House Where Evil Dwells/Ghost Warrior

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (Blu-ray)

Paul Mavis @ DVD Drive-In

  • Excerpt: Sunny blaxploitation spoof, with enough good feelings and funny bits to smooth over the rough spots…not to mention enough unperturbed racial humor and “macroaggressions” to send even the hardiest college kid crying straight for his or her safe zone.

The Lies of the Victors

Hugo Gomes @ Cinematograficamente Falando … [Portuguese]

Maniac

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘Maniac’ – A Different Kind Of Hammer Horror Tale

Portrait of Jason

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Rampo Noir

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Bugs’ is the only one of the four segments here that could stand on its own, and singlehandedly raises the quality of the anthology from ‘take it or leave it’ to ‘worth watching.’

Sinister

Hugo Gomes @ Cinematograficamente Falando … [Portuguese]

A Town Called Panic (2009)

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: Aubier and Patar could put their tiny stop motion clay figurines into whatever situation imaginable and it’d make sense. They’re playing without rules and it’s delightful.

Velvet Goldmine

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: Bale’s Stuart is initially a known commodity that we want to find answers because he’s likeable and honest. He’s so deceptively written that we hardly notice the moment when he suddenly becomes the film’s centerpiece.

Wings

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: The excitement and romance of serving one’s country in combat is at the core of Soviet filmmaker Larisa Shepitko’s Wings, but one that offers a unique perspective on the familiar subject of the “old soldier,” as well as a telling commentary on Soviet life, by focusing on a female fighter pilot whose glory days are long behind her.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: I really do.
Updated: January 29, 2016 — 7:55 pm

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