Classics and Other Films on DVD (Feb. 2, 2015)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

The Bride Wore Black

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: The Bride Wore Black, Francois Truffaut’s homage to Alfred Hitchcock, is a nicely rendered crime thriller, providing a perfect vehicle for star Jeanne Moreau to subvert her cinematic image while also just being good fun. The story of revenge is coy with the violence, but its underlying emotions make for a wickedly dark film with a plenty more to offer than just a trail of bodies.

By the Bluest of Seas

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Charleston Parade

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Many of the director’s fans seem to think of this slice of Gallic zaniness as an embarrassment that Renoir would probably wish he could take back. I, on the other hand, wish more of the Renoir’s movies were this unhinged.

Lost in Yonkers

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Waterloo Bridge (1931)

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Recent Home Video Releases

Duane Michals: The Man who Invented Himself

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

The Aviator

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Croupier

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

Green Fields

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Most people who have heard of Edgar Ulmer know him as the director of the no-budget noir classic Detour (1945), but Ulmer, a Jewish emigré from Austria-Hungary, was well known to Jewish audiences for his Yiddish-language films. Green Fields channels that peculiar Ulmer magic to elevate this gentle comedy into something more rueful and revealing.

Maid of Salem

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: A good, clean piece of melodramatic storytelling from the days when Hollywood tossed that sort of thing off with casual savvy.

Strange Behavior

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Bids Farewell To Edgar Froese With ‘Strange Behavior’ – David Cronenberg Meets John Hughes With A Soundtrack By Tangerine Dream

A Summer’s Tale

Carson Lund @ Kicking the Canon

  • Excerpt: The Cahiers veteran, a spry 76 when A Summer’s Tale was released, only moves his camera when his characters move, eliminating all expressivity to stare calmly and directly at his romantically entangled youngsters. But that’s not to say that his visual decisions lack variety.

Thief

Edgar Chaput @ Sound on Sight

The Thrill of It All

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Working Girl

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

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