Classics and Other Films on DVD

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

Badlands

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View
Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: There is definitely potential for the subject matter to render Malick’s debut sensationalistic or distasteful, like a Natural Born Killers only with real murder victims at the foundation. However, any inkling of that reaction fades as you are swept up by the distinct and confident arrival of an important filmmaker.

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Being Human

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

City of Pirates

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

College

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Buster Keaton’s College is a note-perfect send-up of university comedies, and in a funny way, an early critique of how motion pictures so regularly hire older adults to play young ones. Old Stone Face as a new high school graduate?

Dirty Sanchez: The Movie

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Fighting Friends

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Heaven With a Barbed Wire Fence

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: This slice-of-life story on the road is a piece of American populism with a different brand of optimism and pluck than the sentimental Capra-corn of “Meet John Doe.”

I Killed My Mother

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • Excerpt: Now, at long last, Dolan’s first film comes to American screens thanks to the folks at Kino Lorber, who snatched up the rights from Regent after languishing for years in their back catalogue.

Jazz on a Summer’s Day

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Jazz on a Summer’s Day is an extraordinary film, featuring some legendary performances that would make anyone fall in love with this distinctly American art form and see that above all else, good music is something to be enjoyed for its own sake.

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View
Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • Excerpt: Considered by some to be the greatest British film ever made, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp has at long last been given the Blu-ray treatment it deserves by The Criterion Collection.

Nanook of the North

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

Prospero’s Books

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Your high school English teacher would not approve. This is acid Shakespeare.

Sandra

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Slacker

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …may be the most passionate and invigorating movie about doing nothing ever made.

Streets of Fire

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

Thank You for Smoking

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Unfaithfully Yours

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Preston Sturges’ 1948 release, Unfaithfully Yours, is probably his darkest comedy, but it also has a heart of pure romance.

Wind Across the Everglades

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Yellow Line, Flesh Pier and Vampire Bride

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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