Classics and Other Films on DVD

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

3:10 to Yuma (1957)

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: …a mean little western gem that again demonstrates Daves’ unsung auteurial strengths as well as the true dynamism of Ford’s low-key acting.

Appointment in Bray

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Atlantis: The Lost Empire / Atlantis: Milo’s Return

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: You really have to give them credit for attempting such a grand-scale adventure in animation. For the most part, it works.

Batgirl: Year One

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: …edited with a snappiness that makes a great match for the cowled cutie’s spunky attitude.

The Batman Adventures: Mad Love

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: It only scratches the surface in regard to one of the most notoriously abusive relationships in all of comics, but it’s not without substance or dark humor to secure your interest.

Blood and Black Lace

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

  • Excerpt: It’s a flawed film, and how effectively it holds up decades later is up for debate, but the drive to arm horror with more bite than what was previously afforded shines through like a well-polished blade.

Captain America

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Captain America (1990)

Patrick Bromley @ DVD Verdict

Cleopatra

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Death Weekend

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: [Not] a great thriller, just one that is more intelligent and dignified than you would ever imagine, sight unseen.

The Howling

Patrick Bromley @ DVD Verdict

The Hypnotic Eye

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: …a transparent potboiler that so swiftly spills the beans on what’s going on, calling it a “mystery” is a massive misnomer.

Jubal

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: As lean and spare in its dramatic setup as it is grandiose in its majestic Jackson Hole setting…

Kentucky Kernels

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: Though there’s not much of a narrative in the first place, “Kentucky Kernels” has remarkably few moments where it feels hung up on having to play out a skit to kill time.

The Magician

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: Tremendously important Bergman, even it it doesn’t have the instant cachet of his more famous and direct movies.

Marquis

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Although you could consider it a porno puppet shock show or a misanthropic fable concerning man’s animal nature, perhaps the best way to look at Marquis is as a buddy picture about the misadventures of a canine aristocrat and his pet penis.

Medium Cool

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Ministry of Fear

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

  • Excerpt: There are plenty of twists, turns, close calls, and whatnot, but it never comes to grip you like it should…

Moon

Dan Jardine @ Cinemania

  • Excerpt: Equal parts Solaris, Blade Runner and Silent Running, Moon is a film with a head and a heart

One Night, A Train

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Pyaasa

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Rabbit Hole

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Slaughterhouse-Five

John Nesbit @ Old School Reviews

  • Excerpt: provocative…holds up over time

Star Trek: Insurrection

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: The problem with Insurrection [isn’t] that it’s like a two-part episode. The problem is that it’s like a one-part episode that was more than doubled in length without having nearly enough drama.

Star Trek: Nemesis

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: Feels, unmistakably, like Paramount and everybody involved was trying to get through it as fast as possible, dumping the series in an alley to let the rats gnaw at the body.

Summer Wars

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: …the restraint it shows when things do get peculiar is actually one of its greatest strengths.

Superman: Brainiac Attacks

A.J. Hakari @ DVDActive

  • Excerpt: …a staggeringly forgettable, by-the-numbers outing…

Superman: Red Son

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: …an effective demonstration of how different things might have turned out if the blue boy scout had set up shop elsewhere on the globe instead.

The Swarm

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: …this bugs-on-the-loose thriller is as big, bloated, and boring as spectacle cinema can get.

The Telephone Book

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …a sex comedy dirty enough for David F. Friedman but avant-garde enough for Robert Downey, Sr. In its seedy black and white universe, subway flashers, lesbian predators, and nymphomaniacs exist alongside surrealism, social satire, and cameos from Warhol superstars.

Upstream

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Valerie

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

The Werewolf Vs. The Vampire Woman

Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online

  • Excerpt: The kind of film you enjoy late at night, especially after a few drinks, but you don’t really respect it in the morning.

What! No Beer?

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: …even with a pair of vintage funnyman all-stars as its headliners, the flick barely summons enough pep to putter along…

Wild Strawberries

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Wild Strawberries is a rich and thoughtful film ahead of its time.

Zeta One

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: When there are no naked women on the screen, you may try to entertain yourself during Zeta One by musing about Robin Hawdon’s mustache and its role in the plot.

Zotz!

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: …this comedic fantasy is still incredibly limp and lame, its only virtue being its overall inoffensiveness.

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