Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jan. 27, 2014)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Recent Home Video Releases

I Used to Be Darker

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Co-writer and director Matt Porterfield has a keen eye for behavior, and he peppers his movie with lots of insightful moments. The only downside is they never really add up to a complete something.

Other Reviews from 2011 and earlier

Aaltra

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Amityville 3-D

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: Like an old Kleenex, disgusting and disposable.

The Amityville Horror

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: It all started here . . . that’s not good news.

Amityville II: The Possession

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: Just don’t think and you’ll be okay.

Bad Lieutenant

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Alongside “Reservoir Dogs,” Able Ferrara’s 1992 tour-de-force crime drama provides an epic showcase for Harvey Keitel’s impressive acting abilities.

Brutalization

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

City Lights

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Clear and Present Danger

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Erotic Blackmail

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

The General

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Himatsuri

Peter Gutierrez @ Twitch

The Hunt for Red October

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Iron Doors

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: … asks the gross, but mesmerizing, question: if you were locked inside of a concrete room for days with no hope of escape, how long would it take before you started drinking your own urine and eating maggots to survive?

The Leopard

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: An inadvertent precursor to Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1976 masterpiece “1900,” Luchino Visconti’s magnificent 1963 adaptation of Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s only novel is a historically rich tale of a generational shift during the Italian Revolution in Sicily circa 1860 – This is Italy’s version of “Gone With the Wind.”

Many Wars Ago

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: An effective, potent, and still-relevant war movie from Italy in 1970, Many Wars Ago tells a straightforward tale of things going all crooked out on the front lines of WWI.

Middle Of The Night

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Ms. 45

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Ms. 45 is a guilty pleasure, cheesy camp and a true cult item.

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Abel Ferrara’s funky and nasty 1981 cult über thriller is a feminist take on the good-old-bad-old days of ’70s and ’80s Manhattan that gave rise to films like “Death Wish” and “Taxi Driver.” Screenwriter Nicholas St. John teaches his own school of dramatic form with an unprecedented double inciting incident that will blow your mind.

Nostalghia

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Nostalghia is deliberately paced, demanding its audience’s attention, yet providing much to pay attention to.

Odd Obsession

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Patriot Games

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

The Princess Bride

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: Rob Reiner’s glorious comedy adventure is a delightful tribute to vintage fairy tales of old. Almost 30 years later and the picture has lost none of its luster.

Raging Bull

Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]

Rififi

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: However much associated as a classic film noir, Jules Dassin’s adaptation of Auguste Le Breton’s pulp novel serves more accurately as the premiere caper film. John Huston’s “The Asphalt Jungle” (1950) was a telling precursor to “Rififi,” but Dassin’s unforgettable centerpiece safecracking sequence — devoid of music or dialogue — gave birth to a new subgenre of movies, the heist film.

Rocky

Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]

Sorcerer

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: William Friedkin leveraged the influence he accrued with the enormous box office successes of “The French Connection” and “The Exorcist” — both films also won Oscars — to live out his dream of remaking Henri-Georges Clouzot’s groundbreaking 1955 thriller “Le Salaire de la Peur” (“Wages of Fear”), albeit with a sharper socio-political-corporate commentary and an even tougher visual style.

The Sum of All Fears

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

The Tale Of Zatoichi

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

To Be Alive!

Phil Hall @ Film Threat

  • Excerpt: The 1965 Academy Award winning documentary short

Wichita

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

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