Classics and Other Films on DVD (Dec. 9, 2013)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Recent Home Video Releases

Night Across the Street

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Different permutations of the story coexist, overlapped onscreen: it’s a surreally garbled tale of murder, a young boy’s ominous premonitions of the future, an old man’s dying dream, a self-conscious metafiction, and the memoirs of a ghost, all at the same time. It ends as a haunted house tale set in a cursed boarding house, a place where the ghosts are haunted by their own meta-ghosts.

Saving General Yang

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Most of the time though, Saving General Yang plays like Yu’s Lawrence of Arabia, only with a shorter running time and better action sequences.

Spinning Discs: Rebel Yell

Bob Cashill @ Popdose.com

  • Excerpt: Blu-ray and DVD reviews of new releases

Other Reviews from 2011 and earlier

Enjo

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: In an interview with Joan Mellen, Kon Ichikawa discussed his own change to the source novel, by making a connection between economic poverty and what he describes as spiritual poverty.

Ghost

Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Ghost es una película muy sencilla, muy poco sutil, muy entretenida, y muy efectiva, de ahí su enorme éxito.

Giant

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: …a classicist like George Stevens probably had his hands full tamping down the Method-y exuberance of rising star James Dean…

Ikarie XB 1

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Invasion of Astro-Monster

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Investigation of a Person Above Suspicion

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

Nashville

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: …feels at once both of its time and still extremely relevant.

The Scarlet Letter (1934)

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdyon Films

  • Excerpt: Silent star Colleen Moore’s last film is a respectable telling of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famous tale of guilt and revenge in Puritan New England, a fine career capper for Miss Moore.

Schindler’s List

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: Not so important socially as it thinks it is, perhaps, but even more important aesthetically and thematically.

A Subversive John Carpenter Sci-Fi Masterpiece Lives

Carson Lund @ In Review Online

  • Excerpt: Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer spoke way back in 1944 of the standardized mass culture and its ability to numb an unsuspecting populace into passive victimhood, but for John Carpenter to wear this message so loud and proud from within the Hollywood industry all the way in 1988 makes it no less confrontational, the time amassed between the two objects not dulling the impact of their ideas one bit.

Tequila Sunrise 25 year anniversary

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

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