Classics and Other Films on DVD

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

Bamboozled

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Beach Blanket Bingo

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: Easily the most consistently entertaining movie in the [beach party] series.

Blue Collar

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Building A Broken Mousetrap

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Cavalcade

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: As an early winner of the Best Picture Oscar, Cavalcade is one of the weaker films to hold a place in film history books.

Deadball

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: I’d rather watch an A-Rod at bat than see “Deadball” again; they both cheat the audience, but at least Rodriguez is trying.

Demon Seed

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Devil’s Backbone

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Dive Bomber

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: This is a docudrama at best, and that director, with those actors, was not the right man to make a docudrama.

East of Sumatra

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: This is what comic-book movies look like when they’re not blown up into $200 million monstrosities: friendly and eldritch and kinda cosy even in the middle of outrageous escapades.

Foolish Wives

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

From Beyond

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: … pales a bit in comparison to its immediate predecessor—and it would have taken a miracle to recreate “Re-Animator”‘s mix of carnage, black comedy and general outrageousness—this one is still a good time for horror fans looking for cheap thrills delivered with a otherworldly panache.

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

Clark Douglas @ DVD Verdict

The Happy Sad

Bill Weber @ Slant

  • Excerpt: Sexual “experimentation” is rendered largely as a symptom of insecurity rather than a sensual quest.

Heavy Traffic

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: There’s not much of a story, and what plot there is turns needlessly nasty, but as a series of visual experiments “Heavy Traffic” is a success.

The Incredible Melting Man

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Jaws 3-D

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Jaws: the Revenge

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: The recently restored silent film, based on the best-selling 1913 novel by Marie Belloc Lowndes, establishes in one package all of Hitchcock’s major obsessions—the wrong man, blondes, voyeurism, and the threat of nature.

Love And Death

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Love Me Tender

Clark Douglas @ DVD Verdict

Ministry Of Fear

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

The Muppet Movie

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Without anything to model itself after, the 1979 film debut does an incredible job of blazing new trails.

Orpheus

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: Cocteau’s vision is intoxicatingly poetic, and his effects are ingenious. The pace is sometimes slow, but for a viewer willing to surrender to it, the film is magic.

Robin Hood (1973)

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: When judged within Disney’s animated canon, Robin Hood clearly falls in the middle of the pack and probably at the lower end of the class. But it’s a film with no desire to be any better than the easygoing diversion it is.

Rumble Fish

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Samurai Pirate

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

The Satanic Rites of Dracula

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Seconds

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: As it approaches its fiftieth anniversary, John Frankenheimer’s Seconds remains a creepy movie with the power to unsettle.

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: …it is this double-life that the private Hudson kept quiet for so many years that truly enhances his performance as Tony Wilson né Arthur Hamilton.

Bill Weber @ Slant

  • Excerpt: A despairing John Frankenheimer funhouse of paranoia.

Since You Went Away

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: “Since You Went Away” has a definitively pro-America approach to its style, but it effectively conveys the hardships and dangers fraught with serving your country even while focusing on the stalwart matriarch of a damaged family.

Swing High, Swing Low

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: This is first-rate melodrama that is very shrewd about the character flaws and incompatibilities that were bound to cause trouble sooner or later. The attention to this detail is indicative of the entire enterprise, certainly a labor of love for the relatively untested director, Mitchell Leisen.

That Touch of Mink

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: t’s fluffy, but then, mink is supposed to be fluffy and soft and only harmful to the animals that gave up their fur, so that That Touch of Mink is kind of innocuous and anemic is sort of okay.

Tucker: The Man and His Dream

Tony Dayoub @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: For Coppola, it is among his most personal films, not only because it spent the longest time in gestation, but because it’s the closest the filmmaker has ever come to a confessional about the professional betrayals he’d contended with in his career…

Walk Cheerfully

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Wild Side

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

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