Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jul. 21, 2014)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Atlantic City

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Atlantic City” is full of compact social editorializing that elevates its seemingly run-of-the-mill trappings into something sublime by way of its emotionally dependent characters.

The Big Chill

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: nd yet, again, I must stress, The Big Chill is an enjoyable movie. I don’t think it’s a very good one, but it’s pretty easy to watch.

Fort Apache

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

It Happened One Night

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

  • Excerpt: Mr. Deeds Goes to a Town is a heartwarming slice of Americana with picture-perfect performances from Jean Arthur and Gary Cooper.

Paris Blues

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Martin Ritt’s 1961 jazz-infused drama Paris Blues is one of those films that, once you’ve seen it, you’re kind of shocked that people don’t talk about it more. A joint vehicle for Sidney Poitier and Paul Newman, Paris Blues is a Kazan-like social narrative that juxtaposes new Hollywood method with old Hollywood romanticism and somehow let’s both win without compromising either.

Pink Flamingos

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: John Waters’s second movie not only set the low bar for just how gross a midnight movie could be in 1972, “Pink Flamingos” remains to this day the most cogently transgressive and anarchic film ever made.

Separate Tables

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Delbert Mann’s cinematic adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s Separate Tables is a terrific drama that grapples with some heavy issues with a delicate touch and sensitive insight. An all-star cast, including Oscar-winners David Niven and Deborah Kerr, as well as a forceful performance by Burt Lancaster, brings the varying population of a British hotel to life.

Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

To Catch a Thief

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: Over the years, however, the film achieved the status as a cult film and is now widely accepted as an outright classic. It’s easy to see why.

You Can’t Take It With You

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Recent Home Video Releases

Born Yesterday

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

  • Excerpt: Holliday and Holden act as the student and teacher of a brave new world where people shouldn’t be afraid to gain a bit of intelligence.

Five Dances

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Noah

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

  • Excerpt: To watch it as simply another Bible story is to miss the fact that Aronofsky reminds audiences of the flood myth’s lasting effect as a parable, or better yet as an ancient allegory in which we see our contemporary world conveyed.

Nymph()maniac Vol. I + II | DVD Review

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Nymph()maniac props its sexual indulgences upon the dense thematic support of gender politics, dry humor, and the philosophical challenges inherent in the freedom of flesh from emotion.

The Suspect

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Wolf Creek 2

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

20 Years Later: True Lies

Bill Clark @ From The Balcony

All That Heaven Allows

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

American Madness

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Bus Stop

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Congo

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Deathdream

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Gidget

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Hell Night

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Love in the Afternoon (1957)

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

The New York Ripper

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Scanners

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Some Came Running

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Thelma & Louise

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

The Visitor (1979)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

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