Classics and Other Films on DVD

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD from 2011 and earlier.

California Split

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Driving Miss Daisy

John J. Puccio @ Movie Metropolis

  • Excerpt: …a sweet, touching, sometimes funny, clearly sentimental motion picture that attempts only what it can reach, but does so with simple ease.

Excalibur

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: Arthur and the sword Excalibur are symbolically interchangeable, bridging man’s pagan past with its Christian future.

Godzilla

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Ishiro Honda’s Godzilla is essentially a combination of the monster and disaster movie genres.

A Guy Named Joe

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: It’s here that director Victor Fleming and screenwriter Dalton Trumbo reveal the underlying idea of the film, the idea that it is imperative that people be willing to sacrifice their personal wants and desires in pursuit of a greater cause, and that the greatest cause of them all is the future.

Happy Together

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: A pretty stark and unvarnished look at a deeply dysfunctional relationship between two people who have very different ideas about what they want from it. Coming from someone known for being swooningly romantic, Happy Together is actually a great film about when love goes sour.

The Kartemquin Films Collection: The Early Years Volume 1

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

The Kartemquin Films Collection: The Early Years Volume 2

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

King: A Filmed Record…From Montgomery To Memphis

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Lisztomania

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: At times, it’s the biography of Franz Liszt if it were directed by Benny Hill working from a script by Federico Fellini. With Nazi golems, Richard Wagner as a vampire, a climax aboard a heavenly spaceship, and a giant phallic musical number, this phantasmagorical biopic is Ken Russell at his ebullient silliest.

Little Caesar

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

The Man Who Knew Too Much

David Bax @ Battleship Pretnsion

  • Excerpt: Those lighter elements and the hints of the darker ones may give to a clue as to why Hitchcock remade The Man Who Knew Too Much. Maybe he was trying to connect the dots between his early and later work, displaying that the same themes and motifs were present in the work of clever young man and the enigmatic, obsessive older one.

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • Excerpt: It’s an impressive set for one of Hitchcock’s most unfairly overlooked accomplishments – a hidden gem in one of the cinema’s most legendary careers.

The Marriage Circle

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Nayak: The Hero

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Putney Swope

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

The Quiet Man

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: John Ford’s 1952 love letter to Ireland is one of those movies that just gets better every time I see it. Or maybe I am just more capable of understanding it, of feeling it, the older I get.

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • Excerpt: If there is such a thing as a definitive release of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, this is it.

Sumurun

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Tin Drum

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: The film is as much about art as politics. More specifically, it’s about the places where the two overlap.

Two Tons of Turquoise to Taos Tonight

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

We of the Never Never

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

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