Classics and Other Films on DVD

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

Babo 73

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Bedlam

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: A weak end to a great career [for producer Val Lewton], but not, in and of itself, a bad movie.

Black Sunday

Brent McKnight @ Pop Matters

Bugs Bunny Superstar

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: The subversive ‘toons, which feature a variety of Looney Tunes personalities though the beloved, titular Bugs most of all, comprise three-quarters of the film’s 90-minute runtime. The documentary footage is of greater interest here, which is undoubtedly the opposite of what the original audience’s sentiment likely would have been.

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: Whipping up the energy to dislike it seems entirely disproportionate to how trivial and disposable the product is.

The Candidate (1972)

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: It gets a vote of confidence.

Conan the Barbarian (1982)

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: A more sophisticated barbarian than most would concede.

Dark Star

John J. Puccio @ Movie Metropolis

  • Excerpt: Finally, we get a frame-by-frame digital restoration of the film, presented in Blu-ray high definition. That’s saying a lot for a cult film made on a shoestring.

French Cancan

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Lonesome

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Long Day’s Journey into Night

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

Moulin Rouge!

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: Sensual ravishment, indeed.

My Son John

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Pirate

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: The Pirate isn’t so alien that you’ve no clue what it’s trying to do, but as you watch it, you get the idea that something just isn’t right.

Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 2

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: compiling these recent efforts together reveals that what is a fun novelty before a film or on its DVD doesn’t necessarily add up to outstanding entertainment when watched in succession. While some of Volume 2’s shorts are very good, many are just all right.

Possession

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The film could be seen as a metaphor for women’s liberation, the battle between the sexes, idealization of one’s lover, faith vs. fate and/or a political statement, but even for those who couldn’t care less about underlying meaning, “Possession” is very effective as straight up, very stylish horror.

The Postman Always Rings Twice

John J. Puccio @ Movie Metropolis

  • Excerpt: The film projects an undercurrent of barely disguised passions and sexuality.

Quantum of Solace

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: An abominable action movie.

The Ring

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …an effective fright machine; it’s the only Hollywood remake of a J-horror hit that’s capable of standing on its own against the Asian original.

Sunset Blvd.

Brian Holcomb @ Cinemablend.com

  • Excerpt: One of the great joys of the film is watching the way in which William Holden’s naturalistic performance clashes with an actress and performance style from an earlier age.

Three Wicked Melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

Where Now Are the Dreams of Youth?

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

World on a Wire

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: The movie’s sanity-questioning themes may have been shopworn even in 1973, but rarely have they been delivered with such depth and artistry.

You Only Live Twice

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: Watching the schizoid You Only Live Twice—satisfying in some respects, frustratingly comic in others—is instructive in explaining why Connery was getting fed up with the series and how the Bond movies would eventually stray quite far from their source material before its triumphant reboot decades later.

Zorns Lemma

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …we judge experimental films by a different set of criteria than commercial films, or even art films; we don’t hope to enjoy them so much as to see our expectations of what a ‘film’ can be challenged and expanded. In that sense, “Zorns Lemma” is worth encountering for students of cinema at its most basic level.

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