Classics and Other Films on DVD (Aug. 25, 2014)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

The Big Sleep

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: The Big Sleep, as its weird, pithily poetic title suggests, is far from realistic. It is indeed one of the most fervently delirious works from classic Hollywood.

The Bride of Frankenstein

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Next Projection

Call Her Savage

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

The Children’s Hour

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: This may be Audrey Hepburn’s finest dramatic performance. She offers strength and sympathy, but also heartbreak.

City Lights

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: It’s a Classic Film, and Chaplin deserves his spot in the pantheon of comics.

Donkey Skin

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Stylistically, Donkey Skin is fascinating. Demy establishes a kind of shabby chic.

Marty (1955)

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

The Unforgiven

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: The only western that Audrey Hepburn ever made, The Unforgiven pairs the actress with co-star and producer Burt Lancaster and legendary director John Huston for a decent if not dazzling cowboy drama.

The Wind Will Carry Us

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: As with most of Abbas Kiarostami’s signature work, it’s as inscrutable as it is involving, relying on the audience’s powers of observation as much as that of the auteur.

Recent Home Video Releases

The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad/Fun and Fancy Free

Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

The Children’s Hour

Kristen Lopez @ ClassicFlix

  • Excerpt: In the end, The Children’s Hour is about human frailty. As much as we all believe we’ll stand up for friends if we hear horrible rumors about them, the niggling desire to confirm or deny will always be there

Criterion Collection: Y Tu Mamá También | Blu-ray Review

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Though Y tu mamá también is very much about the fine line between adolescence and maturity, it’s powerhouse emotional core rests in the notion that living in the moment – in the sun, on the road, amongst friends, lovers and laughter – is what life is truly about.

Fading Gigolo

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

Hercules

Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

Joy Ride 3: Road Kill

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers

Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

Muppets Most Wanted

Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

Phantom of the Paradise

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

Rigor Mortis

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Rosemary’s Baby (2014)

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

The Single Moms Club

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Tarzan

Josh Spiegel @ Movie Mezzanine

We Won’t Grow Old Together

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

When I Saw You

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Worm

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Y tu mama tambien

Oktay Ege Kozak @ DVD Talk

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

14 Blades

Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine

Bloody Birthday

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Body Double

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

Bonnie and Clyde

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Cannibal Holocaust

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: It’s as if I said to you, ‘people are inherently vicious,’ and then proved my point by punching you in the nose. You’d probably be more angry at me than convinced of my theory, which is how I feel about ‘Cannibal Holocaust.’

Coogan’s Bluff

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Daimajin

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Distant Drums

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Down Periscope

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Hell of the Living Dead / Rats: Night of Terror

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Hot Saturday

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Kamikaze 1989

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Motel Hell

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Return of Daimajin

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

The Secret Heart

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Leonard’s movie is a light drama that pours a lot of armchair psychology into a vessel ill equipped to handle the extreme emotions. June Allyson proves a weak link when it comes to portraying the pouty child, possibly because she was already approaching 30 when she was cast as the 17-year-old Penny.

Sorry, Wrong Number

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: Sorry, Wrong Number admirably builds tension, helped by a grand performance from Barbara Stanwyck. Had the plot conventions not inflated and dampened the tension, it could have been perfect.

Student Bodies

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

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