Classics and Other Films on DVD

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

All Night Long

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: All Night Long taps the grand master of British playwrights, William Shakespeare, as a loose adaptation of Othello. he long list of British musicians who contribute their talents to the film includes Keith Christie, Bert Courtley, John Dankworth, Ray Dempsey, Allan Ganley, Tubby Hayes, Barry Morgan, Kenny Napper, Colin Purbrook, and John Scott.

Animal Factory

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Boris Karloff Triple Feature

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: …the “Boris Karloff Triple Feature” proves what a powerhouse performer the man was, no matter what the genre.

The Chatge at Feather River

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

City Beneath The Sea

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Dark of the Sun

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

  • Excerpt: It’s set in great part on and paced like a freight train ride, gradually picking up steam before careening towards an explosively intense finale.

Dumbo

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Fire Within (Le feu follet)

Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

A.J. Hakari @ DVDActive

  • Excerpt: …a handsomely-mounted — if terribly stiff at times — production that jests not once at its protagonist’s expense.

Hard Times

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

  • Excerpt: Few actors were better at playing pensive tough guys than Charles Bronson, and few of his films exemplified this type better than 1975’s “Hard Times.”

Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: If the film ends up being an outlier among late-’80s slashers, it is still *part* of the late-’80s slashers, and that’s just not a very great place to be.

The Ice Storm

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Though dark and broody, The Ice Storm gains considerably from repeat viewing and reflection. It emerges from those processes as the kind of indie film that all can enjoy.

In the Heat of the Night

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: The film’s flatly descriptive approach to exploring race in America probably felt a bit more intense and meaningful in thick of the Civil Rights Era than it does now.

Jumper

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

The Missing Juror

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Oliver & Company

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: While it is a bit dated and not quite up there with the company’s very best works, the film never fails to entertain me to a greater degree than many of the animated features between Walt’s Golden Age and the imminent Eisner Era Renaissance.

Pajama Party

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: [Lacks] bounciness, the poppy energy that tends to make the utterly trivial nonsense in all of these movies seem like charmingly simplistic fun and not just careless trash.

Quicksilver

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: I love me some cheesy 1980s entertainment, but Quicksilver is just a bit too cheesy to enjoy. Maybe it’s because this movie takes its bike messenger street drama completely seriously or maybe it’s because none of its ideas (from bizarre staredowns to unclear stock market trading scenes) really pays off, but this emerges as one of the more embarrassing and less lovable pieces of ’80s cinema.

A Rage in Harlem

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

A Return to Salem’s Lot

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: It’s a dark satire with some neat ideas that simply has no business being a “Salem’s Lot” successor…

Robin Hood (1973)

Patrick Bromley @ DVD Verdict

Rock All Night

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: A burlesque that makes fun of its own junk-movie vicissitudes, and starts to feel like the truest mission statement Corman ever composed, by way of his ever-lucid, sly-witted regular scribe Charles B. Griffiths.

The Snorkel

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: …it gets the job done, enough so that you wish it had found less repetitive ways of padding out its one-hour premise to an extra thirty minutes.

Spy Game

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: Capably anchored by [Robert] Redford giving the spunkiest, most alive performance he gave in a decade in either direction.

The Sword in Stone

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Sleepy and sloppy, The Sword in the Stone is one of Disney Animation’s lesser efforts. I believe you’d have to journey back twenty years or forward around forty to find another entry in the studio’s canon as utterly disappointing as this.

The Vanishing (1988)

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

  • Excerpt: What “The Vanishing”…does so well is communicate not only how easily terror can strike in the most seemingly harmless places but how a perpetrator of such evil can find his actions totally justified.

Versus

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Young People Fucking

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

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