Classics and Other Films on DVD (Apr. 14, 2014)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Badlands

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Terrence Malick’s self-penned feature debut is a haunting road movie pitched in ‘50s Americana. The film’s razor-sharp tone of poetic irony is unique. Its inquisitive mood and regard for natural imagery suggest a childish quest for a utopia that already exists but somehow goes unrecognized.

Bang The Drum Slowly

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

The Bold and Brave

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Even if The Bold and the Brave might not be good enough to be accorded classic status, it’s worth seeing as a high point in a very long career. In the best of his performances, Mickey Rooney conveyed his own experiences as someone who knew well both the pinnacle of success and the depth of failure.

Cairo Road

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: A worthy deep cut from the archives of British crime cinema.

Cry Danger

Stacia Kissick Jones @ ClassicFlix

The Death of Maria Malibran

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Eika Katappa

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Happy Mother’s Day, Love George

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: The lone feature film directed by TV star Darren McGavin, Happy Mother’s Day, Love George is something of a lost, unpolished gem amidst the enormous panoply of ‘70s horror cinema.

The Immortal Story

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Clocking in at barely an hour, Orson Welles made the film for French television, and it was intended to be part of a longer anthology of Dinesen adaptations…What remains, then, is a short curiosity in the great director’s canon, far from his best work and possibly the most dispassionate movie he ever directed.

Impact

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Man in the Dark

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Paid

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Run Lola Run

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Werid Movies

  • Excerpt: Stylized within a heartbeat of its life, ‘Lola’ is as proudly and defiantly artificial as Franka Potente’s Strawberry-Shortcake-with-her-head-on-fire dye job.

Recent Home Video Releases

Bad Milo

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: By being more thoughtful and probing than the usual movie about butt-monsters, it passes up a lot of scatological opportunities, which may explain why it failed to wow the midnight movie crowds. This is a case where the movie might benefit from a less tasteful approach.

Bastards

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: [Denis]’s story shards are so refracted there is no emotional stake to grasp onto

Confession of Murder

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Dark House

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

The Hidden Fortress

Matthew Sorrento @ Film International

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action!

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Throne of Blood

Matthew Sorrento @ Film International

Too Sane for This World

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: An enlightening portrait of 12 adults from across the autistic spectrum that sheds some much needed light on a subculture that could do with some demystifying.

A Touch of Sin

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

Choses Secrètes

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Jean-François Vandeuren @ Panorama-cinema.com [French]

Primal Fear

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Spectrum Culture Online

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