Classics and Other Films on DVD (Feb. 23, 2015)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Amistad

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant is at once mysterious and bare, entangling the audience in its extensive drama, which itself is a manifestation of one interior life exposed on a single set. Rainer Werner Fassbender is melding 1950s melodrama with the dark explorations of his European predecessors, most notably Ingmar Bergman, all inspired by and in tribute to the great master of the “women’s picture,” Douglas Sirk.

Carmen Jones

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Deer Hunter

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: The Deer Hunter is actually a form of myth-making. Cimino and Washburn offer a Sophoclean tragedy where earthly, communal lessons and the invocation of fate repeatedly enfold the young heroes. The pure trio of youth, Mike, Nick, and Steven could readily have stumbled out of any point in history for an anthem of doomed youth and gone off to fight in any war.

Executive Action

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Goke’ may be a B-movie in form, but with its convoluted plot, stabs at social relevance, and cosmic imagery that verges on the surreal, its content transcends its genre origins.

Leolo

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …could be one of the most despairing films ever made.

Lost Horizon

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: If you’ve seen Lost Horizon over the years on television, see it again. Chances are you saw it at a low ebb in its fortunes. This is a movie that has lived through adventures as exciting and harrowing as its plot.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1927)

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Recent Home Video Releases

Audrey Rose

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Black Sunday (AIP Version)

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Cult of the Damned

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Dolls: Collector’s Edition

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Memphis

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …while there are moments of unquestionable beauty, its vast empty spaces make it a real wristwatch checker.

Nekromantik 2

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

No Tears for the Dead

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Panic Button

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

Le Pont du Nord

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee
David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Even as Rivette’s Paris takes on a more mythic stature toward the film’s end, its elements remain as commonplace as they are grand. The same can be said for his protagonists.

Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

The Purple Rose of Cairo

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Rape Shot: Momoe’s Lips

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Schoolgirl Report Volume #13

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

StageFright: Aquarius

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Ten Seconds to Hell

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

White Comanche

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

The Bitch

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Blue Ruin

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: Blue Ruin does indeed have an artistic way of telling an uncomplicated tale.

Body of Evidence

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: There’s plenty of flesh, and the props are wielded semi-convincingly, and the goal of this odd period in her career is achieved: you get ample opportunity to see what Madonna looks like having sex, or at least what she wants you to think she looks like in those private moments. But none of the sex scenes are particularly sexy, not really, because they’re all so goddamn glum.

La Cienaga

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: La Ciénaga is mysterious and beguiling. Lucrecia Martel’s breakthrough has an intangible elegance, hinting at meaning, compelling the viewer to stay rooted and watch.

Crash

Kenneth Morefield @ 1More Film Blog

  • Excerpt: Do you think Crash gets a bad rap–or does the mere mention of the title set your teeth on edge?

eXistenZ

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘eXistenZ’ – The Last Of David Cronenberg’s Cronenbergian Movies

He Walked by Night

Edgar Chaput @ Sound on Sight

My Winnipeg

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: It’s fun and intriguing and just generally delightful to watch. My Winnipeg is an autobiography unburdened by reality or truth, and thus far more emotionally honest and revealing than most tracts that try to tell it like it “really is.”

Pina

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: This documentary about one of the giants of German modern dance, Pina Bausch, was the first film Wim Wenders shot in 3D. Pina is an interesting, often beautiful film that shows the learning curve for 3D cinematography is a sometimes steep and bumpy one.

Sanshiro Sugata

Edgar Chaput @ Sound on Sight

Swamp Thing

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘Swamp Thing’ – A Fond Farewell To Louis Jourdan, The Quintessential Moustache-Twirling Villain

Sword of Doom

Edgar Chaput @ Sound on Sight

Union Station

Edgar Chaput @ Sound on Sight

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