Classics and Other Films on DVD

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

10,000 BC

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: Not nearly as galling as it should be.

3 Bad Men

Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephiles

  • Excerpt: John Ford’s 3 Bad Men from 1926 is an undeniably solid work of silent filmmaking that spins a warm, rousing tale of Western gallantry, dotted with rumpled frivolity and bittersweet moments

All The Vermeers in New York

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Ballad of Narayama

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • Excerpt: A fascinating find – a moving portrait of aging and loss that uses theatre as a weapon for truth.

Batman: Black and White

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: No Joel Schumacher-scale misfire here — “Batman: Black and White” does just right by Bob Kane’s legendary guardian of the night.

Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Best Pictures

Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood

Boat People

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: This is a film that in 2005 was considered by the Hong Kong Film Association to be the eighth best Chinese language movie in the past one hundred years. At the time of its initial release, this was the film that brought Hui her first awards as a director.

Buster Keaton at MGM Triple Feature

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: …doesn’t necessarily boast Buster’s best material, but the films contained within hold many a laugh for students of old-school slapstick.

Days of 36

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Death Of A Salesman

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Doctor Who and the Dalieks

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Dreams of a Life

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Grand Hotel

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Ice Palace

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: Stodgy, set-bound action and miscast actors don’t help the enervated, haplessly artificial proceedings. And yet, Ice Palace is moderately enjoyable; it’s not art, and it isn’t even really well-fashioned trash, but it is busy, corny, occasionally amusing in its badness, top-heavy with talents, and altogether attractively phony, in the best Hollywood tradition that occasionally illuminates aspects of reality.

The Invader

Phil Hall @ Film Threat

Jealousy is My Middle Name

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Martin Scorsese mentions Jealousy is My Middle Name in his preface to the book, Virtual Hallyu, about recent Korean cinema. He describes the film as, “subtle and emotionally complex”.

Man of Marble

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

My Beautiful Laundrette

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

On the Waterfront

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Peter Pan

Bob Cashill @ Popdose.com

  • Excerpt: Disney, classic and contemporary, on Blu-ray.

Runaway Bride

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: Julia Roberts delivers one of her best comic performances in this predictable romantic comedy.

Senseless

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: While nothing out of the ordinary, Senseless is harmless as far as campus comedies go.

Sleepy Eyes of Death 3: Full Circle Killing

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

  • Excerpt: …a decent chambara piece that’s just not the dark character study it should be.

Somewhere

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Sorry, Thanks

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Teknolust

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

White Zombie

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: A middling indie success in pre-code Hollywood, and a cult hit that gained in reputation in the decades that followed, the infamous Bela Lugosi-vehicle White Zombie is newly restored for high-def and now available on DVD. Released in 1932, director Victor Halperin’s creepy horror film is perhaps most known for being the first major zombie movie, establishing a lot of what would later be genre clichés, including the slow-moving, brainless, vacant-eyed demeanor that would become the undead standard.

Wild at Heart

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Wings (1927)

Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live

  • Excerpt: Don’t let its age fool you — “Wings” is no rickety antique. Wellman’ s aerial battle scenes remain impressive, even in the digital age.

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