Classics and Other Films on DVD

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD from 2011 and earlier.

Amelie

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: … twice as tickly and almost as substantial as the bubbles rising off a glass of Dom Perignon.

Anatahan

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Dan Jardine @ Cinemania

  • Excerpt: An even better film than the more lauded No Country For Old Men

Come out and Play

Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit

  • Excerpt: Creepy, troubling idea drains away through a gaping plot hole

The Deathmaker

Carson Lund @ MUBI: The Daily Notebook

  • Excerpt: Until a brief appearance of two prison guards and a final-act injection of a young victim and a visiting doctor, The Deathmaker distills its ensemble to three members, one of whom never utters a word: Prof. Dr. Ernst Schultze (Jürgen Hentsch), death-row inmate Fritz Haarmann (Götz George), and a passive, unnamed scribe (Pierre Franckh). The film is a series of lengthy dialogues—some taking the form of conversations, others resembling confessionals and ruthless depositions—between Schultze and Haarmann, the infamous child murderer that was first loosely dramatized in Fritz Lang’s M.

From Russia with Love

Dustin Freeley @ Movies About Gladiators.com

Goldfinger

Dustin Freeley @ Movies About Gladiators.com

  • Excerpt: Goldfinger is the first film that gives us what we knew of Bond for the first forty-five years.

Guilty

Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit

  • Excerpt: A visceral thriller that pushes your “injustice” buttons

India: Matri Bhumi

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: …representative of Powell and Pressburger’s disregard for conventional storytelling, structured as a complex flashback with digressive tonal shifts galore. If one can assign any overriding emotion to COLONEL BLIMP it is wistfulness. In this way it reminds me a lot of a deeply flawed picture that’s still very dear to me, Orson Welles’ THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (1942).

M

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: The Munich Film Archive print of M represents the film in its most complete form, quite possibly the edit that Lang originally intended. Though the running time is not much longer than the version Criterion released in 2004, it is substantially different in that the newly discovered nitrate has allowed the restoration team to fix jittery cuts and drop-outs and maintain a more consistent picture throughout.

Monsieur Verdoux

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: It’s not exactly a gutbuster, but Monsieur Verdoux has a jaunty likability that works in concert and in opposition to its murderous intent, and proves as impressive and thought-provoking as Chaplin’s previous effort, The Great Dictator.

On Approval

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: ailed as one of the best films of 1944, On Approval is an intelligent, witty comedy featuring two British couples trying to get it together over a month on holiday, trying to decide if marriage is right for them. Clive Brook not only adapted the material and directed the film, but he also stars as George, the down-on-his-luck Duke of Bristol and a drinker with the sharpest of tongues.

The Order

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

The Sandlot

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: Is there a better way to kick off baseball season . . . other than PLAYING baseball?

Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Ti-mine, Bernie pis la gang…

Jean-François Vandeuren @ Panorama-cinema.com [French]

We Can’t Go Home Again

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

A Wednesday

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: Aggressively and obnoxiously telegraphs its intention to only impress and entertain very small children. Indiscriminate ones.

Zero for Conduct

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

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