Classics and Other Films on DVD (Dec. 23, 2013)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Recent Home Video Releases

Elysium

Phil Villarreal @ COED.com

JFK: A New World Order

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Kick-Ass 2

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

The Lone Ranger

Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight

Standing Up

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Toad Road

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Other Reviews from 2011 and earlier

35 Shots of Rum

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Much like Sex Panther, Fantana’s odiferous cologne of choice, sixty percent of the time, “Anchorman” works every time.

The Big Gundown

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: One of the reasons why anyone would want to see Sergio Sollima’s original version is to see how the characterizations are better fleshed out, especially in establishing the sense of fair play on the part of the bounty hunter, played by Lee Van Cleef.

The Blue Angel

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: With such a strong tale (adapted from Heinrich Mann’s novel Professor Unrat) behind Sternberg’s layered visual style, it becomes his most dramatically driven and intense sound film, and his most tragic.

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: Director Gordon Hessler (a horror veteran of garish Hammer Films knockoffs) seems barely present through most of the film, letting performances slip every which way and staging dramatic scenes so sloppily that you can’t always tell what’s even going on. Until one of Harryhausen’s creations appears, that is …

The Housemaid

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: … a wildly melodramatic story of middle class ambition set almost entirely in a two-story home that becomes something of a prison as the web of desire and anxiety and loathing and social standing closes in on them.

Level Five

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Mary Poppins

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: As someone who has seen most of Disney’s live action films, it’s tough to dispute that “Mary Poppins” is the best of its kind.

Mindwarp

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Ms. 45

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: Ms. 45 is not a feminist revenge film. It is, however, an intelligent and confident piece of exploitation filmmaking marinated in helplessness and anger and heated up to furious vengeance turned psychotic retribution, and one that resists exploiting the woman at the center of it.

Nashville

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: A celebration of ’70s styles, values, sensibilities, and music, “Nashville” is a fascinating snapshot of America that is much better than subject matter or synopsis would indicate. Altman and his screenwriter Joan Tewkesbury, one of his collaborators on “Thieves Like Us”, give us all kinds of interesting material to sink our teeth into.

The Nature of Genius

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

The Other

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Prince of Darkness

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …weaves back and forth across the thin line that separates intriguing from goofy.

Russian Ark

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …tour de force filmmaking, it’s worth seeing for the curious and cultured, and a must-see for film school types. The film’s only drawback is that its high art, highly Russophilic preoccupations make it unavoidably stuffy at times…

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: The film is a bit sluggish and director Sam Wanamaker, a better actor than director, manages to let Seymour, who was quite assured in Live and Let Die, come off awkward and amateurish.

The Snake God

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Son of Godzilla

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

A Walk on the Moon

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Whip and Body

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: Shot in delirious color and accomplished with lush style, this is a ghost story wracked with guilt, sadism, and mad passions.

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