Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jan. 13, 2014)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Recent Home Video Releases

Argo: Extended Edition

Sean Axmaker @ Turner Classic Movies

  • 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.

Byzantium

Sean Axmaker @ Turner Classic Movies

  • 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.

Don Jon

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Insidious: Chapter 2

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

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

Bob Cashill @ Popdose.com

  • Excerpt: Reviews of new DVDs and Blu-rays.

Static – 3D

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Upside Down

Norm Schrager @ Meet In the Lobby

  • 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

Sean Axmaker @ Turner Classic Movies

  • 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

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

The Black Swan

Sean Axmaker @ Turner Classic Movies

  • 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

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • 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

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

  • Excerpt: Gran Spielberg y gran DiCaprio.

Compliance

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

Sean Axmaker @ Turner Classic Movies

  • Excerpt: Imagery and style aside, what makes this such classic noir is the world of corruption and betrayal and desperation.

Faust (2011)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Godzilla vs. Hedorah

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Hanging for Django

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Himalaya

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

House on Straw Hill

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Il Sorpasso

Bill Weber @ Slant

Jock Cinema: The Klansman

Sarah D Bunting @ Sports On Earth

The Message

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Nightmare City

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Pet Shop Boys’ Avant-Garde, Anti-Thatcher Refrain: It Couldn’t Happen Here

Glenn Dunks @ Glenn Dunks, Writing

  • Excerpt: A look at the Pet Shop Boys’ ill-fated, rare 1988 experimental anti-Catholic, anti-Thatcher, AIDS wasteland musical.

Predator

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Shout at the Devil

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Throne of Blood

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Young America

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • 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.

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