Classics and Other Films on DVD

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

Boogie Nights

Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor

Children of Paradise

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Devil’s Needle and Other Tales of Vice and Redemption

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Kino brings together three early examples of exploitation films under the banner of The Devil’s Needle and Other Tales of Vice and Redemption. The three silent movies, released originally between 1913 and 1916, profess a social conscience but wrap their cautionary tales in heightened melodrama.

Dororo

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …offbeat enough to catch your eye, and lovely enough to keep it trained on the screen. And hey, in what other movie can you watch a samurai kill a winged demon while flamenco music plays?

A Few Good Men

Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor

Glitter

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: Too washed-out and worthless to even be so bad it’s good.

Histoires du Cinema

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Hocus Pocus

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

I Was Born, But…

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Innerspace

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Jaws

Bob Cashill @ Popdose.com

  • Excerpt: Review of the JAWS and JERSEY SHORE SHARK ATTACK Blu-rays.

Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Scamp’s Adventure takes two of the approaches that pervaded the studio’s direct-to-video output of the time, both focusing on the youthful offspring of lead characters and flipping an idea from the original film.

Les Vampires

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Long before there were “comic book movies,” and indeed, some time before comic books really became what they are today, French filmmaker Louis Feuillade was making silent film serials that predicted the best of true comic book storytelling…Now considered one of the crowning achievements of early moviemaking, Les Vampires is a salacious crime picture, full of twists and turns and a deliciously freeform sense of storytelling.

Lisztomania

Dusty Somers @ Cinema Sentries

The Lodger

Joshua Brunsting @ CriterionCast

Lonesome

Joshua Brunsting @ CriterionCast

Man On Fire

Joshua Brunsting @ CriterionCast

Million Dollar Baby

Dustin Freeley @ Movies About Gladiators.com

Once

Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee

  • Excerpt: Five years later, I still find myself smitten by the story of a guy, a girl, and the beautiful music they make.

Once Upon a Time in the West

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Pocahontas & Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: An epic film that uses history to tell a romance must tread carefully and the hokiness of such a design stands out all the more when instead of an epic you have a standard kid-friendly Disney animated film upholding all of the form’s hallmarks: a short runtime, brisk pacing, infectious songs and wacky animal sidekicks.

Post Mortem

Joshua Brunsting @ CriterionCast

La Promesse

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Whenever self-important reviewers such as myself complain about the preponderance of blockbusters and their dominance over ticket sales at multiplexes, it’s because there are films like La promesse that, with a tiny budget and a persistence of vision, communicate so much more that most massive special effects spectacles ever could.

Dusty Somers @ Cinema Sentries

Red Beard

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Red Shoes

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

The Rescuers & The Rescuers Down Under

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: If there was no such thing as Disney animated films outside of this one, it’d be hailed as a special kind of entertainment. When placed in the long tradition that began with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, however, and compared to such works as Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, and The Jungle Book, The Rescuers seems considerably more ordinary and unspectacular.

Route Irish

Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor

The Royal Tenenbaums

Dusty Somers @ Blogcritics

School of Rock

John J. Puccio @ Movie Metropolis

  • Excerpt: It’s great fun. It’s like one of those inspirational sports movies where you want to stand up and cheer at the end.

Snowman’s Land

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Something’s Gonna Live

Kenneth Morefield @ 1More Film Blog

  • Excerpt: A good documentarian who had access to these men could not help but making a fulfilling and instructive art process story, extracting valuable tidbits about the production history of some of Hollywood’s most beloved films.

Strangers On A Train

Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor

They Made Me a Fugitive

Dusty Somers @ Blogcritics

Tokyo Story

Adam Batty @ Hope Lies at 24 Frames Per Second

  • Excerpt: It is perhaps appropriate that Kojun Saitō’s beautiful and iconic score sets the tone for the picture that follows. Saitō’s opening overture is one of the few genuinely extravagant elements of Yasujirô Ozu’s Tokyo Story, with the soaring piece of music almost at odds with the restrained nature of the rest of the film.

Touch Of Evil

Adam Batty @ Hope Lies at 24 Frames Per Second

  • Excerpt: To liberally borrow from the title of the Louis Malle film, Orson Welles’s Touch Of Evil is a film which is balanced between two ‘lifts to the scaffold’.

Weekend

Joshua Brunsting @ CriterionCast

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