Classics and Other Films on DVD

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

Les Anges Exterminateurs

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Attenberg

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Boris Karloff Triple Feature

Bob Cashill @ Cineaste

  • Excerpt: Review of Warner Archive DVD-R set with West of Shanghai, The Invisible Menace, and Devil’s Island

The Boys From Fengkuei

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Fados

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Fairy in a Cage

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: What makes Fairy in a Cage notable is that it is simultaneously an exploitation movie centered on sadomasochism and bondage, while also functioning as a harsh critic of the excesses Japanese government and the military during World War II.

The Girl by the Lake

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: The worst film ever to win the Oscar for Best Picture. I’ve had dry heaves that gave me more pleasure.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame & The Hunchback of Notre Dame II

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: In the grand scheme of things, Hunchback’s shortcomings are minor, but enough to earn the film “good, not great” classification.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame 2 Movie Collection

James Plath @ Movie Metropolis

  • Excerpt: Unlike its lighter, child-friendly direct-to-video sequel, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” is a mostly adult movie with plenty of dark and somber moments.

In Search of Memory

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: In his lauded work, Eric Kandel has displayed the power of the human brain. In his life, he displays that of the human spirit.

Jack Smith and The Destruction of Atlantis

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: It’s compelling, but it’s not exactly about Emile Zola.

The Lost Weekend

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Love in the Time of Cholera

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Muay Thai Warrior

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Hopefully the generic English language title given to this film won’t be too big an obstacle.

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: Proof that one great performance can elevate mediocre material.

Operation Eichmann

Bob Cashill @ Cineaste

  • Excerpt: Review of Warner Archive DVD-R.

The Passion of the Christ

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

  • Excerpt: Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” is both more and less than a movie. In one sense, it is less a movie than the heartfelt prayer of a gifted film-maker and devout Catholic who has had some very public struggles with sin. In another it is a narrow and harrowing perspective on a story that, no matter what your faith, is bigger than any attempt to portray on film.

Polytechnique

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Samson and Delilah

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Arriving ten years after Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz took bold strides, though, this film doesn’t do all that much to advance the medium. Much of Samson relies on static conversations conducted on small, artificial sets.

The Sting

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: A perfectly calibrated machine designed to be as entertaining as possible in as many ways as possible.

Stoker

Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee

  • Excerpt: Park Chan Wook finally gets 2013 going with a twisted tale of American Gothic.

Tess

Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live

  • Excerpt: Tess offers some beautiful filmmaking and a restrained, yet emotionally powerful, performance from Nastassja Kinski.

The Vanishing (US)

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

The Wedding Planner

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Westworld

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

A Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee

  • Excerpt: I often wonder how well our pop culture touchstones stand the test of time. There’s no better barometer than getting someone who has never seen it to finally give it a watch.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: Watching Who Framed Roger Rabbit is like spending a weekend locked in a room with the looniest Looney Tunes characters.

The Yellow Brick Road and Beyond

Marina Antunes @ Row Three

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