Classics and Other Films on DVD

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

Abu, Son of Adam

John Nesbit @ Old School Reviews

  • Excerpt: graceful, gentle reminder about basic human goodness

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

Bananas

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: It’s willfully, deliriously daft, but also probably the part of the film that makes the most sense as satire since, at its heart, the scene is about the rabid paranoia of Cold War America, treated as something which is truly deranged and farcical.

Black Sunday

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Caravaggio

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Centurion

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Centurion, although fast-paced and structured with elegant simplicity, is also littered with some of the most arresting and well-framed images in recent cinema.

Circle of Danger

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Death Race 2000

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: A movie that has a little bit of everything, and it’s easily the best version of itself that could possibly be put together.

Electric Button

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Even though Tanada is a fan of the Farrelly brothers, the banter between Mayama and Tadokoro reminded me more of some Hollywood comedies from an earlier era.

From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

The Front Page

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: Of the various adaptations, Milestone’s is one of the weaker efforts, but it still stands as an interesting landmark in the evolution of comedy on film. It feels very much like it was made at a time when people were still figuring out how to make sound and movement work together seamlessly, in the process creating films which were dependent on script and chemistry to make up for the perfunctory execution.

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg easily emerges as the definitive documentary on a compelling subject you may or may not already know about. No interest in baseball or history is needed to appreciate this human and accessible portrait and celebration of an admirable hero who triumphed over adversity.

The Life of Emile Zola

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Madadayo

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: It would take a psychoanalyst to parse out every possible meaning of the final dream sequence, but emotionally, there is a sense of quiet wonder at the beauty of ever-shifting light, one which just feels right as the final image left by a man who spent over five decades shaping light so beautifully.

A Man Escaped

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • Excerpt: There are few films in the history of cinema that can claim to be as suspenseful or as nail-biting as Robert Bresson’s 1956 masterpiece, A Man Escaped.

Miami Connection

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Somewhere at the intersection of So Bad They’re Good and Unintentionally Funny on our little Venn Diagram are the bad movies ideal for group viewing — films that can only be braved in numbers, and whose ham-fisted dramatics and tin-eared dialogue become fodder for years of random quotes and inside jokes. And in this spirit, Flavorwire brings you a new feature, monthly recommendations for Bad Movie Night.

Mildred Pierce

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: While Mildred Pierce is, on the surface, a mix of noir and melodrama, it’s primarily concerned with sex, in both senses of the word, and class.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Dustin Freeley @ Movies About Gladiators.com

  • Excerpt: The most, and rightfully, overlooked film in the Bond franchise.

Once More, With Feeling!

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Solid performances make the tepid Once More, with Feeling! fairly watchable, even if the movie never really gathers the steam its plot requires.

Ship of Fools & Lilith

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Stanley Kramer’s at sea drama is not the most enduring of films and makes for quite a laborious watch today, but it does hold interest for a number of reasons, among them it being the final film of Vivien Leigh. Lilith falls more in line with today’s tastes and fairly easy to enjoy on its own merits in addition to its fascinating parade of talented young actors with long careers ahead of them.

Stray Dog

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Strictly Ballroom

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Strictly Ballroom, the first film written and directed by Baz Luhrmann, makes its Blu-ray debut. The timing is opportune for a number of reasons.

The Suitor

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

That Obscure Object of Desire

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Werid Movies

Variety Lights (1950)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Weekend (1967)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

White Nights (1957)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

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