Classics and Other Films on DVD

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

12 Monkeys

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: One of the best-looking and smartest sci-fi films of the modern era.

Babes in Toyland

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Walt Disney is quoted as saying that he made movies “for the child in all of us, whether we be six or sixty.” But Babes in Toyland seems like one film that was strictly for the kids.

Beloved Infidel

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: There is very little reason for anyone to sit through “Beloved Infidel”. If you aren’t a fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald, actually, there is probably zero appeal when the film is presented at face value.

Black Line

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

City Lights

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Among the many genius works of renaissance man Charlie Chaplin, City Lights stands as a singular achievement. City Lights is, as its name suggests, lit from within because of the emotional depth of the connection between The Tramp and The Girl.

The Day After Tomorrow

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: Trite really isn’t doing justice to the degree to which [the film] has not a single thought, character, or line of dialogue that hadn’t been run into the ground.

Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Dr. Strangelove helped to define something about the modern world that has survived even as the Cold War has faded. The apocalyptic anxiety it diagnosed and treated with mockery and gallows humour has hardly vanished, but has rather faded to the background static in our daily lives.

Dust Devil

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: …we get a crybaby running from a cowboy who needs a shower.

Finding Nemo

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: If this was somehow Pixar’s only film, we would all hold it up as the masterpiece by which all modern animation is measured. Since it is not and instead represents a small, ever-shrinking sliver of the studio’s oeuvre, it is a lot easier and more tempting to point out minor quibbles, like the fact that relatively few of the film’s many characters make a lasting impression on us.

Gypsy

Clark Douglas @ DVD Verdict

Happy Birthday to Me

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: A great deal more complex than it has any right or reason to be.

Jericho

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

Les Misérables (1998)

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Victor Hugo’s intimate epic unfolds a lot more convincingly with spoken word than with live-recorded song.

Liverpool

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: The spectacle is ramped up here more than in the preceding two movies combined.

On the Beach

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: The scenario – one of the best in Stanley Kramer’s filmography – is uniquely human in the annals of post-nuclear cinema.

Our Beloved Month of August

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Passion in the Desert

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: A very strange love story indeed.

Reign of Fire

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: Dragons, man. That’s all we’re really here to see, and they do not disappoint in the slightest.

Sanders of the River

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

The Shop Around the Corner

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Yellow Line

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

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