Classics & More on DVD (Sep. 28, 2015)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Cria Cuervos

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Wonders in the Dark

  • Excerpt: It is often through the eyes of children that we are able to see our own corruption, and even more horribly, how that corruption is handed down through the generations. In learning about her mother’s limitations, Ana’s sociopathy may eventually dissipate, or she may fulfill the proverb from which the film gets its title: Raise crows, and they will peck your eyes out.

The Lady Eve

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

The Man Who Could Cheat Death

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Pornographers

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Although the story is based in realism, the film’s tone is melodramatic and dreamily erotic—but, ironically, hardly pornographic at all.

Psycho

Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com

  • Excerpt: To put it mildly, Alfred Hitchcock was a man of complex psychology. Hitchcock the director, whether he intended to or not, disclosed a fair amount about Hitchcock the man in his movies and “Psycho” is no exception.

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Repo Man

Rob Gonsalves @ efilmcritic.com

Spring in a Small Town

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Often voted the greatest film ever made in China, Spring in a Small Town was, much like its characters, almost a victim of history’s heedless motion. One of the last works produced before the ascent of the Communist government, director Mu Fei’s movie was controversial right from its first screening because of its subject matter, and soon was buried and reviled as a petty, indulgent distraction for decades.

Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Recent Home Video Releases

The Best of Everything

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The Destructors

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Man with the Gun

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: This was the directorial debut of Wilson, a former assistant to Orson Welles. Wilson also had a hand in the screenplay, and plays a bit with genre conventions.

Moonrise Kingdom

Francis Rizzo III @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: Another modern classic from Wes Anderson

Pitch Perfect 2

Francis Rizzo III @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: Back for more mouth fun with the Bellas

The Sentinel

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Other Reviews from 2014 and earlier

A Escondidas

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Birdman

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]

Fateful Findings

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: Fateful Findings doesn’t feel like a film made by people with no experience of making a film, it feels like a film which has been made by people who have never seen a film before. It’s highly probable that Neil Breen is the first filmmaker since the Lumière Brothers to have directed more films than he’s watched.

Happy Birthday to Me

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘Happy Birthday to Me’ – Six Of The Most Bizarre Murders You Will Ever See…Or At Least Three Of Them

The Last Dragon

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: a mix of blaxploitation and kung fu tropes performed in the innocent style of ‘The Karate Kid’ that blooms with camp pleasures.

Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Moonrise Kingdom

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

The Night Caller

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

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