Classics and Other Films on DVD

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

Annie

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: The upbeat, innocent Annie is an easy target for ridicule, but it’s also a reliable source of musical entertainment that is capably transferred to the big screen.

Autopsy

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Autopsy is over the top within its first few minutes, and as such, is something of a masterpiece of excess and dubious taste.

Billy Bathgate & Blaze

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: It isn’t hard to figure out how Billy Bathgate and Blaze wound up sharing one of these Double Feature Blu-rays. Both Touchstone Pictures films are adult period dramas made at the turn of the 1990s with a seasoned movie star taking top billing.

Dead Heat (1988)

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: Dead Heat is dumb, but it’s a dumb well worth sharing with friends.

Demons 2

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: Bloodhounds will get what they want out of “Demons 2”; there’s just a daunting amount of filler to sift through beforehand.

Die Another Day

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: An old Bond for a new century, in which 50-year-old Brosnan, just starting to show his age, has to share time with an amazing glut of awful CGI.

Eclipse

Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor

Evil Dead Trap

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: A gnarly darling of the Asia shock scene once upon a time, “Evil Dead Trap” has found its tired self supplanted by more clever flicks that know how to marry cuckoo visuals with some semblance of story and logic.

Father Hood & Life with Mikey

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: This pairing of Father Hood and Life with Mikey illustrates the dilemma that Mill Creek’s Double Feature Blu-rays are bound to pose to some customers, which is: Do you like one film enough to overlook the other?

Fear and Desire

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • Excerpt: While Fear and Desire may not be an essential piece of the Kubrick canon, it is certainly an essential piece of film history.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …a tragedy about disillusionment disguised as a comedy about rebellion.

Frankenstein (1931)

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: Celebrating Halloween with a look back at a monster movie classic…

The Funhouse

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

I, Madman

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: The cult appeal of “I, Madman” is understandable, but why the film came to give its own plot an indifferent shrug is not.

It Happened One Night / The Awful Truth

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

  • Excerpt: For the soon-to-be-lovers in It Happened One Night as well as Leo McCarey’s The Awful Truth, reverting to childish behavior is not a way of evading emotional truths as much as it is part of a process of revealing them.

Jason X

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

The Lair of the White Worm

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: The story’s various pieces just don’t fit together entirely well, and the AWFUL, music video-y hallucinations that like popping up unannounced yank you out of the atmosphere lickety split.

Lisa and the Devil

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: At its best it plays like the dream of a mad ghost; but overall this sepulchral tale is too lifeless for a general recommendation.

The Mummy (1932)

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: Celebrating Halloween with a look at Boris Karloff’s OTHER iconic horror creation.

Pet Sematary

Brent McKnight @ Pop Matters

  • Excerpt: Sometimes dead is better.

Playtime

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: The care and attention on display throughout the film is phenomenal. Tati and his team created a perfect example of a faceless, identikit world in which everything and everyone looks and acts the same, and the film is closer in spirit to Fritz Lang’s Metropolis than it is most other comedies.

Punch-Drunk Love

Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor

Rosemary’s Baby

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: The Criterion Collection’s Blu-ray release of one of the greatest horror movies ever made prompts celebration and sky-high expectations.

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

Scarecrow (1973)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Sister Act & Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Both Sister Act movies are feel-good escapist fun that has brightened many a childhood and sick day over the past twenty years. I’m glad and a little surprised to find that these two light comedies hold up as well as I remember them.

Sitting Pretty

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Sunset Boulevard

John J. Puccio @ Movie Metropolis

  • Excerpt: Hollywood never made a better film about the industry eating its own.

Sweet Home Alabama

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: If an alien came to our planet unfamiliar with but intrigued by the notion of a modern romantic comedy, this would be, along with The Proposal, one of your best bets to demonstrate the format in its most typical form.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A Family Portrait

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: …having the bad guys discuss the toll playing their roles had on their minds and careers unveils a whole other fascinating level.

There Will Be Blood

Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor

This Is Cinerama

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Three Secrets

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

The Tigger Movie

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: The Tigger Movie is a nice, blank children’s movie; it is a dismaying betrayal of Tigger himself.

Visiting Hours

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: …a film that would have been better off going for cheap thrills instead of introducing social commentary it never bothers developing anyway.

Wake in Fright

Don Lewis @ Film Threat
Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The World Is Not Enough

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: One of the worst James Bond movies ever.

The Wrath of God (1972)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

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