Classics and Other Films on DVD (Apr. 6, 2015)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Cries and Whispers

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

How to Be Loved (Jak byc kochana)

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The hugely affecting Krafftówna crafts two radically different sides of the same coin, all symbolically set to variations of ‘Swan Lake.’

A Letter to Three Wives (1949)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Noose (Petla)

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: You can already see the auteurist imprint of cowriter (with Marek Hlasko)/director Wojciech Has on his first feature, 1958’s “The Noose (Petla).”

Recent Home Video Releases

The Imitation Game

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Love Hunter

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Mark of the Devil

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Vincent and Theo

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Known for scene-scanning telephoto shots that seek to dissolve the traditional limitations of the frame, Robert Altman might have seemed a counterintuitive filmmaker to take on a film about painting, which must always work within a static canvas. But Van Gogh, of course, is no ordinary painter.

We Live Again

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

Woman of Straw

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

Cemetery Gates

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Empire Records

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: It’s just crazy enough to make you smile . . . and it has a killer soundtrack.

How Strange to Be Named Federico: Scola Narrates Fellini

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Anyone interested in learning all about Fellini’s life and career should look elsewhere. Scola privileges impressions, memories, and imagination in offering some background on the director. In particular, Scola pays tribute to the camaraderie he experienced with Fellini.

The Last Horror Movie

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

New on Blu-ray and DVD (March 31, 2015)

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

Phantom Ship

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘Phantom Ship’ – A Speculative Account Of The Final Voyage Of The Mary Celeste

Without a Clue

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: It’s a PG-rated light comedy that tries for slapstick at times and satire other times and often gets caught in-between. The result is a kind of tongue in cheek (or maybe bubble-pipe in mouth) parody that has a warm, tea cozy feel to it.

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