Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Recent Home Video Releases
Argo: Extended Edition
- Excerpt: Affleck adds about nine minutes of footage to the film, almost all of it dealing with Tony Mendez’s family life…. The additions fill out the character of Tony Mendez and what’s on the line for him personally as he undertakes yet another covert mission.
- Excerpt: Byzantium is rich with metaphor and sexual politics, almost overwhelmingly so. It’s a Gothic tale with a twist of conspiracy and a radically different take on vampirism as ancient earth force tightly controlled by a male cabal who treat the transformation like a birthright.
Insidious: Chapter 2
The Sound of Music Live!
Phil Hall @ Film Threat
- Excerpt: You’ll want to “climb ev’ry mountain” to get away from this mess!
Spinning Discs: In With the New
- Excerpt: Reviews of new DVDs and Blu-rays.
Static – 3D
- Excerpt: …takes on the genre with the swoony rush and sloppiness of a lovesick preteen.
Other Reviews from 2011 and earlier
Beauty of the Devil
- Excerpt: René Clair’s playful take on the Faust legend stirs whimsy into the classic tragedy of a scholar who sells his soul to the devil.
The Big Gundown
The Black Swan
- Excerpt: Henry King is one of the sturdiest of Fox’s directors and has a strong hand when it came to shaping movie stars to character parts… but was consistently better with brawny action within a dramatic scenes than with the flamboyant set pieces that define a swashbuckler like this.
Caesar Must Die
- Excerpt: Caesar Must Die is an interesting exercise, toying with the fourth wall and creating a fictional world within a real-life location in a way that blurs the line between documentary and crafted narrative.
Catch Me If You Can
- Excerpt: Gran Spielberg y gran DiCaprio.
Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
- Excerpt: Compliance nos cuestiona acerca de lo que puede pasar cuando obedecemos ciegamente a la autoridad
Cry of the City
- Excerpt: Imagery and style aside, what makes this such classic noir is the world of corruption and betrayal and desperation.
Godzilla vs. Hedorah
Hanging for Django
House on Straw Hill
Jock Cinema: The Klansman
Pet Shop Boys’ Avant-Garde, Anti-Thatcher Refrain: It Couldn’t Happen Here
- Excerpt: A look at the Pet Shop Boys’ ill-fated, rare 1988 experimental anti-Catholic, anti-Thatcher, AIDS wasteland musical.
Shout at the Devil
Throne of Blood
- Excerpt: Frank Borzage’s 1932 motion picture Young America is an interesting take on the street urchin drama, casting the rebellious delinquent as a misunderstood do-gooder with an overly strident moral relativism.