Classics & More on DVD (Nov. 2, 2015)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Apur Sansar

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: It’s a testament to Ray’s skills—and those of Bandyopadhyay—that I actually thought Apu escaped what seemed a cursed existence for no reason other than fatefully bad luck. His conclusion may ultimately reveal itself as bittersweet and hopeful, but the path there proves as emotionally ravaging as any he’s taken during the course of his first two chapters.

The Brood

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …an experimental therapy by David Cronenberg to elicit a cinematic manifestation of his own traumatic divorce.

Day of Wrath

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: The question posed is whether or not to believe witches exist as more than a paranoia-infused excuse for bloodlust. Dreyer only confirms that it’s difficult to retain faith in your own innocence when those you love look upon you with horror.

Dracula

Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com

  • Excerpt: Lugosi’s iron elegance is riveting. Even on gigantic sets he dominates. And that voice! When he quietly and slowly says: “There are far worse things awaiting man…than death,” I defy you not to feel a shivers down your spine.

Dracula

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Mad Max

Edgar Chaput @ PopOptiq

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Edgar Chaput @ PopOptiq

The Mummy

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: The Mummy’s mood of subliminal obsession is mediated through intensely rhythmic visual and editing patterns, particularly the recurring images of Imhotep, swathed in shadow, chanting Anck-es-en-Amon’s name or reciting killing curses, alternately pathetic in his longing or terrible in his malevolence.

The Mummy (1932)

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: One distinctive quality of the Universal horror brand was that it upheld the notion that horror as a genre was essentially tragic, by concentrating on monsters and antiheroes who are often essentially cursed with existence, doomed to exist outside of the world and often prey on it.

The Old Dark House

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Pretty Baby

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Road Warrior

Edgar Chaput @ PopOptiq

A Special Day

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

A Special Day

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: A Special Day seems particularly crucial as a rediscovery today, when the political divide that splits many nations is so strong, there seems to be little by way of common ground. Or at least empathy and common understanding.

Them!

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Them! is the greatest atomic monster movie. Made with machine-like skill and chitinous beauty, it’s one of the very few sci-fi classics of the 1950s that feels scarcely dated.

Vagabond

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: For some reason this girl who should be begging for escape is happier than them and it’s scary. Her anonymous death isn’t therefore a tragedy—it’s validation that their existential suffering is worth not dying alone.

Recent Home Video Releases

Alleluia

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Angel

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Deutschland 83

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Immoral Tales

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Oblong Box

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Skull

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Tu dors Nicole

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Other Reviews from 2014 and earlier

Behind Locked Doors

Edgar Chaput @ PopOptiq

Dementia

Edgar Chaput @ PopOptiq

Dog Soldiers

Edgar Chaput @ PopOptiq

The Funhouse

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Kansas City Confidential

Edgar Chaput @ PopOptiq

Kung Fu Master!

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

A Life at Stake

Edgar Chaput @ PopOptiq

The Life of Party (1920)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case

Sarah D Bunting @ Previously.TV

The Midnight Hour

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘The Midnight Hour’ – An Eighties Halloween Television Movie That Is More Treat Than Trick

Mr. Boogedy

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The October Man

Edgar Chaput @ PopOptiq

Parole Inc.

Edgar Chaput @ PopOptiq

The Phantom of Opera (1925)

Edgar Chaput @ PopOptiq

The Phantom of Opera (1962)

Edgar Chaput @ PopOptiq

Phantom of the Opera (1943)

Edgar Chaput @ PopOptiq

Phantom of the Opera: The Motion Picture

Edgar Chaput @ PopOptiq

Picture Mommy Dead

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Port of New York

Edgar Chaput @ PopOptiq

Quicksand

Edgar Chaput @ PopOptiq

Sensation Hunters

Edgar Chaput @ PopOptiq

Shock

Edgar Chaput @ PopOptiq

They Made Me a Killer

Edgar Chaput @ PopOptiq

The Transporter

Edgar Chaput @ PopOptiq

Transporter 2

Edgar Chaput @ PopOptiq

Transporter 3

Edgar Chaput @ PopOptiq

The Whispering City

Edgar Chaput @ PopOptiq

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