Classics and Other Films on DVD

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

Adventure in Iraq

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford

Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor

Battle Circus

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Humphrey Bogart stars as a rebellious surgeon in the Korean War, looking to woo a pretty nurse and to save lives even when his orders otherwise demand he take the safe path. No, it’s not the original version of M*A*S*H, but it very well could have been.

The Birds

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: After nearly fifty years, Hitchcock’s monster movie just doesn’t fly.

Brick

Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor

The Brothers Bloom

Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor

Cell 2455, Death Row

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Confidential Agent

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Dave

John J. Puccio @ Movie Metropolis

  • Excerpt: …an affable, good-natured comedy, thanks to its stars and director, who never push it too far beyond gentle political and social satire and light romance.

The Demoniacs

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: The Demoniacs explores a new aesthetic for Jean Rollin, one that I’d dub “beach Gothic”: there are scenes set in a ship cemetery, a battered girl in a nightgown crawling along the shoreline past a congregation of carefully arranged crabs, and a pirate’s tavern decorated with bat wings and death’s heads.

Dr. Who and the Daleks

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Framed (1975)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Green Slime

Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer

  • Excerpt: It’s at or near the pinnacle of cheapo effects, like a discounted 50’s monster movie injected with borrowed cool 60’s style.

Gymkata

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Applied to death-defying action expertly staged by Spielberg, accompanied by a classical hero’s theme by John Williams, and personified by traditional movie star Harrison Ford, these fairly ordinary traits elevate to iconicity. To not know Indiana Jones is to not know cinema or American culture or historical fiction.

Invictus

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

It Happened One Night

Dustin Freeley @ Movies About Gladiators.com

Little Otik

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: There’s something seminal about this freaky film that mixes black comedy with dashes of horror and flecks of surrealism…

The Living Daylights

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: Dalton gets a chance to demonstrate a fascinating, if slightly too actorly take on [James Bond].

Lone Wolf and Cub

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Heads are split open, torsos are cut in two, but the movies themselves are uncut.

Lonesome

Dusty Somers @ Blogcritics

Mamma Roma

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Moving Mountains: The Story of the Yiu Mien

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: This 1989 documentary is extraordinary in its prescient advice for current waves of refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Navigator

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • Excerpt: One of Keaton’s best and most beloved films.

The Navigator

Dusty Somers @ Blogcritics

Osaka Elegy

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

Pet Sematary

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Pet Sematary is a film designed to scare audiences, to make children burst out in tears and later be haunted by nightmares.

Pet Sematary

John J. Puccio @ Movie Metropolis

  • Excerpt: …one of the most witless horror movies I’ve sat through, essentially a zombie ghost story that’s wholly predictable throughout.

Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: A transgression against the bear of little brain.

Pursued

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Raoul Walsh’s genre-spanning 1947 western “Pursued” is pure Old Hollywood. Starring Robert Mitchum as a troubled rancher trying to sort out his past and be with the woman he loves, “Pursued” combines romance, action, and melodrama to make for one heck of an entertaining picture.

Resident Evil: Afterlife

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: The action is so relentlessly repetitive that it ceases to be as cool as the director plainly imagines it to be a very long time before the end of the movie .

The Ring (1927)

Jordan Richardson @ Canadian Cinephile

Robocop

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Rosetta

Dusty Somers @ Blogcritics

Rough Magic

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Sisters of the Gion

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

La Strada

Dan Jardine @ Cinemania

  • Excerpt: La Strada has an unmistakable other-ness to it as well, as it is an early precursor to the sort of magical realism the would take hold in Fellini’s late-career efforts.

Tupac: Resurrected

Dan Jardine @ Cinemania

  • Excerpt: Tupac’s evolution as an artist showed us a young man who was an activist, involved in the community, who showed signs of becoming a more self-aware and self-critical artist, as his music moved from the political to the personal.

WALL-E

Dustin Freeley @ Movies About Gladiators.com

The World Is Not Enough

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Denise Richards as a nuclear scientist is, shockingly enough, the LEAST of The World Is Not Enough’s problems.

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