Classics and Other Films on DVD (Apr. 28, 2014)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Airplane!

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Much of “Airplane!’s” success can be attributed to its casting of well-established older television actors in eccentric roles. Most of them were dramatic actors that had never done comedy before.

Airport

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

The Americanization of Emily

A.J. Hakari @ DVDActive

Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Season 1

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Body Bags

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Bringing Out The Dead

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Cinerama Holiday

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

Death Occurred Last Night

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Der Bomberpilot

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Distant

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

The Fall of the House of Usher

Brett Gallman @ Oh, the Horror!

The Fastest Guitar Alive

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Fearless

A.J. Hakari @ DVDActive

A Flintstone Christmas Collection

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Free and Easy / Estrellados

A.J. Hakari @ DVDActive

Hallucination Strip

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: This was the first film Bud Cort made, almost five years after Harold and Maude. Even with facial hair, Cort’s wide eyes and baby face hadn’t changed much since his onscreen fling with Ruth Gordon.

High School Musical: China

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Kill Bill Volume 2

Dustin Freeley @ MoviesAboutGladiators.com

  • Excerpt: Ten years ago, Tarantino provided closure on the Bride and her tale of revenge.

The Lonely Man

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: Henry Levin’s 1956 western The Lonely Man is a lost treasure of the prairie. This surprising, emotional cowboy drama stars Jack Palance as the feared gunman Jacob Wade, a mean customer who returns home after years on the run to discover his wife is dead and his son a sensitive child full of hate for the old man who ditched him.

Marie Antoinette

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Mary Poppins

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Master of the House

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Metropolis

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Although it ends with an overwrought climax, topped off with a laughably banal cliché that unites the workers with their greedy overlord, “Metropolis” is filled with stunning archetypal imagery and grand-scale spectacle.

Moonrise

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Perry Mason: The Original Warner Bros. Movies Collection

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

The Pleasure Seekers

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: Charming performances makes The Pleasure Seekers worth a look, but this remake of Three Coins in the Fountain is otherwise dull and lacking in legitimate romance.

The Public Defender

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

The Reign of Naples

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Riot In Cell Block 11

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

The Shawshank Redemption

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: Shawshank is brimming with moments where the human soul triumphs over adversity in the most inspiring way.

South Seas Adventure

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

Stranger on Horseback

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

  • Excerpt: Portending the narrative backbone of Joseph H. Lewis’ Terror in a Texas Town (1958), Stranger on Horseback pits a rational outsider against a delusional community, chronicling the attempts made by the outsider to shake the town out of their groupthink.

Tim Holt Western Classics Collection: Vol. 1

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

Totem

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Touch of Evil

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

The Unholy Three (1925 and 1930)

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

War of the Gargantuas

A.J. Hakari @ Attack from Planet B

Who’s That Knocking At My Door

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Who’s That Knocking At My Door

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

William Powell at Warner Bros.

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo

A.J. Hakari @ DVDActive

Recent Home Video Releases

Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

In Your Eyes

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Joss Whedon wrote and produced a sweet little supernatural romance for your geeky pleasure, and you don’t even have to pirate it: he released it instantly on Vimeo.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

Here Comes the Devil

A.J. Hakari @ Attack from Planet B

Radioland Murders

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Spectrum Culture Online

SpongeBob SquarePants: It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!

A.J. Hakari @ DVDActive

Waking the Dead

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: This film, though fairly conventional in its attitudes, can awaken the romantic in all of us, but especially those of us who have lived in heady times and loved with all our hearts.

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