Classics and Other Films on DVD

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD from 2010 and earlier.

After Life

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Altered States

John J. Puccio @ Movie Metropolis

  • Excerpt: Think of it as an extravagant and exhilarating, if over-the-top, piece of filmmaking that’s silly, to be sure, but engrossing at the same time.

Batman [1989]

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: Only minor Burton, with hindsight on our side, and its chief merits and flaws are as one of the formative texts of superhero cinema.

Batman Returns

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: Kind of a lousy Batman film, and also kind of a great Burton film.

Batman Forever

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: The gulf between the dark universe Burton’s film set up and the tremendously silly camp world that Schumacher and Goldsman were hunting for was too great to hybridise the two.

Batman & Robin

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: Among the worst wide-release films of the 1990s, offering virtually nothing in the way of positive compensation other than an excellent chance to mock it with a cadre of like-minded, drunk friends.

Chariots of Fire

Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor

Cherry Bomb

Patrick Bromley @ DVD Verdict

The Clan of Cave Bear

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: A goofy and ill-made movie that wants to be deadly serious and acts incredibly daft, and the average between these two points is of a joyless, dull nothing.

Coma

John J. Puccio @ Movie Metropolis

  • Excerpt: …a genuinely suspenseful mystery thriller, with a conspiracy angle unfolding in due course without a lot of fuss and bother.

Crime Does Not Pay

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: This series is a mix of procedural, with detectives doing proto-CSI work to solve the crimes, and morality tale with terrible ends for the criminals. And while they are clearly low budget, they feature better production values than a lot of B movies and generally move at a driving pace…

The Dark Knight

Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies

Deliverance

Alan Bacchus @ Daily Film Dose

Diamonds Are Forever

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: Makes the disastrous, franchise-altering decision to underscore how fusty Bond is by diving right into campines.

Dirty Pretty Things

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: when Miramax released this British thriller in the US in the summer of 2003, it did so with “Amélie”s star Audrey Tautou alone claiming above-the-title billing and the poster art in a seemingly undressed state.

Down by Law

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Jim Jarmusch’s original black and white drama tells the story of three strangers in New Orleans who wind up sharing a cell in prison, from which they together escape.

The Face of Another

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Fantastic Planet

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: The Terry Gilliam-meets-Salvador Dalí-in-space animation combined
    with the acidic prog-rock soundtrack encourages (or even precipitates) altered states of viewing, but “Fantastic Planet” is more than JUST an astral trip.

Flash Gordon

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

The Game

Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor

The Great Gatsby (1974)

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: It’s the kind of adaptation that future generations of high schoolers will be condemned to watch and make them think all books are boring.

Gunga Din

Alan Bacchus @ Daily Film Dose

Highlander

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

  • Excerpt: Key to the film’s success is its casting. Fresh from Luc Besson’s cult hit Subway, Lambert brings an edgy presence to the lead role. His acting is not exactly refined but he’s intensely watchable, whether in action or sizing up his foes with a stare he later put down to being short sighted and robbed of his glasses on set. He’s ably matched by the inimitable Brown, who makes no attempt to pretend this is a serious film and throws himself into the villain’s part with exuberant relish. It’s a rare actor who can be that OTT and yet genuinely scary at the same time, but Brown, convincingly unhinged, pulls it off.

Highlander II: The Quickening

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

  • Excerpt: There are plenty of low budget science fiction films with weak acting, bad scripts and tacky plots that remain great fun to watch. This isn’t one of them. Its desperation is apparent in a scene where a jarred jukebox suddenly blasts out Queen. If this is a kind of magic, it’s Paul Daniels after several sherries too many.

The Living Daylights

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Mark of Zorro

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: It took Fairbanks to bring his sensibility and his personality to the genre to infuse it with fresh blood, boyish enthusiasm, and joie-de-vivre. Fairbanks made action fun.

Newsies

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Drubbed by critics and avoided by the public, the period musical was an epic flop…and yet, these days, those who know it tend to love it.

No Greater Glory

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Based on a beloved Hungarian children’s book, The Paul Street Boys, this 1934 family film about two boys clubs fighting over a playground doubles as a subtle antiwar statement from humanist director Frank Borzage.

No Time For Love

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Out-of-Towners

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Outside Man

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: Though set and shot in Los Angeles, with a largely American cast… and a distinctive score with funky soul guitar and wah-wah pedal, this gangster movie turned cat-and-mouse thriller is a French production with a European sensibility shot on the streets of Los Angeles.

Planet B-Boy

Alan Bacchus @ Daily Film Dose

Predator/I Come in Peace

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

Pusher II

Jean-François Vandeuren @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Pusher III

Jean-François Vandeuren @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Ransom

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Featured in every TV ad and trailer, “Give me back my son!” is the one line everyone remembers and it is about all you need to know in terms of plot.

Red Dawn

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

Requiem For A Vampire

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Saphead

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • Excerpt: Kino continues its devotion to Keaton’s oeuvre with yet another excellent presentation, even if the film in question is ultimately a minor work.

Shut Up And Kiss Me

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

  • Excerpt: It’s an interesting attempt to blend the gay relationship genre with the mainstream romcom, and Ben’s close friendships with straight people, very naturally drawn, allow for discussions about contemporary masculinity and what men are expected to want,.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Alan Bacchus @ Daily Film Dose

Step Up

Patrick Bromley @ DVD Verdict

The Tall T

Alan Bacchus @ Daily Film Dose

Tokyo Story

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Very Bad Things

Daniel Kelly @ eFilmCritic

Via Dolorosa

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Weird Science

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

  • Excerpt: It’s hard, however, to argue in defence of Weird Science, a severely dated and unpleasant comedy in which a grown woman continually offers sex to a couple of 15-year-old boys.

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