Classics and Other Films on DVD

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

The Bad & Beautiful

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Minus the framing device of the flashback, The Bad and the Beautiful is a strong portrait of an ugly business where a good idea trumps such things as morality.

Buster Keaton Collection – 14-Disc Set Blu-Ray Review

Tyler Foster @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: The sheer amount of classic comedy content and a mountain of extras make this no less than an encyclopedia of Keaton’s career.

Capsule Reviews: Entry #1

Danny King @ The King Bulletin

Capsule Reviews: Entry #2

Danny King @ The King Bulletin

Doughboys

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

  • Excerpt: …this military farce gave us a Buster who was visibly more confident marrying his trademark slapstick with the sound era’s demands.

Empire of Passion

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: By embracing a more typical genre story, Oshima found a nice balance between traditional storytelling and the extreme impulses that made me think some of his other work was a tad adolescent. Here he manages to walk a carefully drawn line, spinning a good yarn while also addressing his usual thematic concerns and even finding room for at least one shocking scene.

The Great Escape

Marcio Sallem @ Cinema com Crítica [Portuguese]

Gypsy Blood

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Haunted Palace

Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephiles

  • Excerpt: Its story problems aside, The Haunted Palace is nonetheless an entertaining work of camp horror, chock-a-block with shockingly gorgeous widescreen visuals and a typically lip-smacking (if lesser) performance from Price.

High Art

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: In her memorable feature debut, director Lisa Cholodenko offers Cholodenko offers a look at lesbians leading lives that contain as much love, dysfunction, ambition, and familial relationships as any other way of life.

Hollywood Ending

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: …as both silly farce and clever satire, “Hollywood Ending” has weakened a decade down the line, amusing in patches but disconnected and half-cocked on the whole.

Innocence

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

  • Excerpt: Sharing, and ultimately putting to shame, her spouse Gaspar Noé’s penchant for oblique storytelling and enveloping symbology, Lucile Hadzihalilovic relates a simple, streamlined tale about young girls housed in a bare-bones boarding school whose lives are dictated by a small group of female headmasters and the rituals they impart on their students.

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Killer’s Kiss

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: “Killer’s Kiss” sees Kubrick seemingly more at home in the precincts of Manhattan he had spent his teenaged years haunting as a photographer, to the point where the film often feels less like a narrative movie than a photographic record and portfolio showing off the manifold attractions, both glitzy and seamy, of the cityscape.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: …a sloppy drama that neither criticizes or sympathizes with its lead character in any meaningful way.

Les Misérables [1952]

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: It is not much of a good movie… What strength it has comes largely from the strength inherent to the material.

Les Misérables [1978]

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: Even if it’s mostly one for the Les Misérables completionists, they’re not likely to walk away disappointed.

Letter Never sent

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Minnesota Clay

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Mrs. Miniver

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: William Wyler creates a moving wartime family drama in “Mrs. Miniver”, a transcendent piece of motion picture propaganda, one that puts a very human face on World War II.

A Page Of Madness

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

The Psychopath

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Teorema

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: True to its name, “Teorema” is a dry theoretical film that’s more interesting to discuss afterwards than it is fun to watch.

Titanic (1953)

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • Excerpt: It’s pure Hollywood melodrama, and a pretty goofy one at that.

Wild Strawberries

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Wonder Woman (1974)

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: …this “Wonder Woman” plays it safe and suffers for it, supplying a dreary spy game that’s the very antithesis of “super.”

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