Classics and Other Films on DVD (Feb. 10, 2014)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Black Cat, White Cat

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …the kind of script Leonard Elmore might have written if he’s been born a Bosnian gypsy.

Black Rain

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Man in the Dark 3D

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: An entertaining B-grade noir, Man in the Dark may have started off as a gimmick picture to capitalize on 3D, but the 1953 thriller holds up as a sometimes strange, fast-moving crime narrative.

Man of Iron

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Naked Jungle

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: The Naked Jungle is, for most of its length, squarely and as unabashedly as you could get in the ’50s, about sex.

Passing Notes…On Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets

Carson Lund @ In Review Online

  • Excerpt: If The Big Shave, Scorsese’s microbudget short film from 1967, can be said to foreground the director’s defining concerns in miniature, can we say that Mean Streets lays a more comprehensive roadmap for the future, and if so, in what ways?

The Saragossa Manuscript

Donald Levit @ R

Sex Hunter

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Terror of Mechagodzilla

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Recent Home Video Releases

Justice League: War

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Other Reviews from 2011 and earlier

The Broken Circle Breakdown

Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Con la estructura de una canción de bluegrass, donde hay tiempos para bailar, esta película belga cuenta una historia de amor de forma original y sensible

Carnal Knowledge

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Carnal Knowledge is a dart aimed squarely at the confusions and conceits of the hairy ape that was the bourgeois American male during the 1950s and ’60s.

Maniac Cop (UK Import)

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Maniac Cop 2

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Night of the Demons

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Poltergeist

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: An interesting artistic collaboration . . .

Poltergeist II: The Other Side

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: Sound and fury signifying nothing . . .

Poltergeist III

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: The nay-bob of horror sequels.

The Suspended Step of the Stork

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Thief

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: All of the macho stuff–the gunfights, the stealing–is superfluous; it all still comes back to character. The best material in Thief is what happens away from the job.

Witchboard

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

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