Classics and Other Films on DVD

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

The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

  • Excerpt: Its stunts are incredible, its moves are fierce, and its combat packs a wallop that time hasn’t weaked one bit.

The Best Years of Our Lives

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The term ‘courageous’ is wildly overused in film. However, ‘courageous’ is the only term appropriate for Harold Russell’s performance.

Brewster McCloud

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Cloak and Dagger

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Comfort and Joy

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Deathtrap

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: A film well-versed in the ways of audience members itching to stay one step ahead…

The Devil and Miss Jones

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: n efficient, unadorned comedy, The Devil and Miss Jones is a delight from start to finish, inviting viewers to invest in its characters and cheer for their every success. By the climax, I was howling with laughter and reassessing my cynical opinions about my fellow man.

Easter Parade

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

  • Excerpt: With at least some forward thinking going on beneath the show tunes and ritzy costumes, it comes off as mildly misguided more than genuinely shallow.

Empire of the Sun

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: The best mix in his directorial career between typical Spielbergian flourishes of audience-friendly spectacle and seriousness of intent.

Fast, Cheap and Out of Control

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Morris’ unique, experimental documentary is thought provoking—and although it’s organic and seems unplanned, it’s not nearly as out-of-control as its title implies.

Fireworks (1947)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

  • Excerpt: …the movie gives viewers a truly rough-and-tumble thriller that looks every bit as authentic as it sets out to be.

The Grifters

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: The Grifters is an esteemed and relatively well-made film that didn’t have as much power and dexterity as I hoped.

Gypsy (1962)

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Musicals may be the pinnacle in escapist, suspend-your-disbelief cinema, but there’s having a good time, and then there’s “Gypsy” fiddling while its plot goes up in a blaze.

The Hudsucker Proxy

A.J. Hakari @ DVDActive

  • Excerpt: The Hudsucker Proxy is one daffy and affectionate film that I had a blast getting to know all over again.

The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: I like the idea of calling it a trifle because The Importance of Being Earnest is easy to consume, delightful for its duration, and altogether delectable. Not unlike the layered dessert which bears the same name.

Infamous

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Jurassic Park

Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer

Kay Kyser Double Feature

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: The “Kay Kyser Double Feature” is corn to the core, but the two fun flicks it boasts wouldn’t have it differently.

Lightning Over Water

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

A Message to Garcia

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: The Spanish-American War story from 1936 is entertaining enough, with a decent amount of action and a smidgen of romance. The latter is largely sold by an excellent performance from Barbara Stanwyck, who even at this early stage of her career is already showing the star quality that would sustain her as a major Hollywood performer for the next four decades.

The Miniver Story

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

  • Excerpt: But respectfully crafted in the original’s tear-jerking spirit though it may be, this movie’s dramatic punch is noticeably weaker…

Nathalie…

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Philo Vance Murder Case Collection

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Though popular in his time, history has rendered Philo Vance a most humble of screen detectives.

Seven Samurai

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: It’s now a cliché to describe Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Seven Samurai’ as the father of modern action cinema. Undoubtedly its DNA, whilst not entirely original in itself, has since colonised genre cinema on a worldwide scale. But ‘Seven Samurai’ is, of course, far more than a blueprint for recycled multiplex fare.

A Slight Case of Murder (1938)

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: …what’s sort of remarkable about “A Slight Case of Murder” is how it doesn’t feel stagebound, how cleverly it sidesteps having the actors recite their lines on a single set and with the bare minimum of camera movement.

The Squid and Whale & Running with Scissors

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: In what appears to be the best-case scenario for a Mill Creek Double Feature Blu-ray, this one includes one great movie (The Squid and the Whale) and one merely okay one (Running with Scissors).

Taxi!

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Taxi! The film is fairly typical fare from Warner Bros.: action-packed, urban, socially conscious, a scrappy central love affair between the lead performers, a comic secondary love affair between two character actors. Yet it has some interesting characteristics well worth closer examination: the toolbox acting techniques James Cagney developed from real life, the Irish-Jewish connection so common in the early decades of cinematic history, and scenes that harken back to the days before moving pictures talked.

That Thing You Do!

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: A great choice for family movie night. Call it a sanitized version of The Commitments.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Who Framed Roger Rabbit is neither a barrel of laughs nor an investable mystery, but it manages to win you over with a compelling universe and a knowing reverence towards the heyday of cartoon shorts.

Woochi

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Choi may not yet be as familiar a name as several other South Korean filmmakers, but all four of his films have been popular, as well as critical, successes, and for good reason – the guy knows how to make an entertaining film.

Woochi The Demon Slayer

Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood

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