Classics and Other Films on DVD

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

An American Hippie in Israel

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

The Awful Dr. Orlof

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

A Bay Of Blood

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Belle Toujours

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Casque d’Or

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Draped in the manners of fin de siècle in Paris, writer-director Jacques Becker’s 1952 milestone of romantic drama is a snapshot of French social mores at the turn of the 20th century.

The Chronicles of Riddick

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: Makes absolutely no sense in its theatrical cut and still feels awfully messy in Twohy’s director’s cut.

Clean, Shaven

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Intense as hell, with a soundtrack that can induce headaches and bloody visuals that will make you squirm, ‘Clean, Shaven’ is nevertheless a fundamentally humane movie.

Crimson Gold

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Dark Angel

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Day of the Dead (1985)

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Rarely have exposed brains and filleted foreheads looked this great.

Don’t Look Now

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: It’s a wonder that Alfred Hitchcock didn’t lay claim to Daphne du Maurier’s short-story “Don’t Look Now.”

Five Dolls For An August Moon

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Frontier Pony Express

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Frozen Dead

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: The Frozen Dead is the confused marriage of a low-rent exploitation movie and a big studio production based on some pulpy bestseller.

Going Hollywood

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

  • Excerpt: …it’s the sort of swoony fluff you found everywhere in that era, nice as can be but just barely memorable.

Hildegarde Withers Mystery Collection

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: …six RKO features featuring this character have returned for amateur gumshoes to dive into once more.

Iedereen Beroemd!

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Juarez

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Leaving Las Vegas

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Leaving Las Vegas” (1995) is a remarkably potent romantic drama that permanently altered the careers of many of the people involved in its creation.

Macbeth

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Roman Polanski’s cinematic response to the shattering heartbreak he suffered after his pregnant wife Sharon Tate was brutally murdered by Charles Manson’s cult members, is an audacious adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest plays.

New On Blu-ray: the Bava Collection

Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie

  • Excerpt: If you have never sampled Italian horror from its heyday of the 60s and 70s then you are missing out on some audacious cinema that assaults your senses with a splatterfest of blood, gore, and over the top style.

Nightmares Come At Night

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Pitch Black

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: A solid creature feature, but not at all a revelatory one.

The Proud Rebel

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Psycho II

Patrick Bromley @ DVD Verdict

Q: The Winged Serpent

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Rebel Without a Cause

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Rebel Without a Cause” (1955) is a pivotal film for many reasons — each as important as the next.

The Shining

Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Personalmente, me parece con muchísima diferencia la mejor película de Stanley Kubrick; y junto a “El exorcista” (1973), de William Friedkin, y “Alien, el octavo pasajero” (1979), de Ridley Scott, la mejor película de terror de la historia del cine.

The Testament of Orpheus

Donald Levit @ FilmSnobbery

Three Colors: Red

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: No better swan song to such a rich, weighty career has yet been filmed.

The Vault of Horror

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

  • Excerpt: Every segment, all the shock endings, and the wraparound story are stock to the core.

A Virgin Among The Living Dead

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

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