Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jan. 20, 2014)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Recent Home Video Releases

Barbara

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Hell Baby

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Other Reviews from 2011 and earlier

Blind Date

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Breakdown

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

  • Excerpt: Mostow’s project is not to ridicule or punish Jeff for his endangerment, but rather to cling intimately to his perspective as he pursues the rehabilitation of order in his now lopsided universe—as such, Breakdown is one of Hollywood’s most skillful exercises in empathetic engagement.

Cat People (1982)

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Ed Wood

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

  • Excerpt: La obra maestra de Tim Burton.

The Hot Nights of Linda

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Late Ray

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: By the time master Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray made his 1984 film The Home and the World, he had been directing movies for nearly thirty years. This film, and the others that make up the trio of movies in the 40th Eclipse Series boxed set Late Ray, show the confidence of all those years of experience, even if maybe the passion in the story doesn’t come through with the same kind of vivacity as it might have previously.

Mega Shark in the Malibu

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Ms. 45

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Despite the film’s low rent look, Ferrara has an eye for detail and style.

Robot Monster

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Where on the graph do “apocalyptic alien invasion” and “happy little bubble machine” meet?

Spirala

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Subversive Saturday: The Act of Killing (2012)

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing is a rare mix of documentary and narrative elements that attempts to reconstruct the events surrounding the purge of communism from Indonesia in the mid 1960s by allowing the perpetrators of the transgressions against humanity to tell their story as they attempt to live the rest of their lives knowing the irreconcilable atrocities can never be washed from their souls.

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

  • Excerpt: Sunrise shows us that the problems inherent in lifelong commitment to another person are universal as we all have our money-lenders and lecherous souls that would seek to rob us of that which we hold most precious. Like the ebbs and flows of love itself, Sunrise lives in a misty dream reality that is both fantastical and filled with heartache but positing a sublime optimism that one day the sun will once again rise for the hearts of wayward lovers and hopeless romantics.

Thief

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: Mann’s first theatrical feature, THIEF is the Rosetta Stone that deciphers the majority of the filmmaker’s work.

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