Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jun. 2, 2014)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: There are moments of pure craziness in Sam Peckinpah’s 1974 bloodbath Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia. It’s a revenge picture where the revenge only emerges by circumstance and changes course regularly, making friends of a severed head in a bag and the man who went looking for it, hoping to get paid by taking down the lout who just happened to sleep with his woman.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Five Fingers

Bob Cashill @ Cineaste

  • Excerpt: James Mason in an Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s underrated spy thriller.

Glen or Glenda

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: ‘Glen or Glenda’ is as much legend as movie. Watching it is like being initiated into a secret cult of coolness.

Recent Home Video Releases

The Biggest Bundle of Them All

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

Like Someone in Love

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: This makes Like Someone in Love one of those movies that defies traditional narrative and instead mimics the rhythms of real life. And yet, this too is a construct, a fiction that the filmmaker establishes and then tricks us into buying into–at least in the sense that he uses the simulacrum of realism to inspire us to invest in the happenings in a completely different way.

The Max Linder Collection

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

The Rose and the Jackal

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

Two by Alain Robbe-Grillet

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

The Ballad of Ramblin’ Jack

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: Lord, he was born a rambling man, but a man who rambles too much is a man that you can’t pin down. He was a folk singer, a man whose soul could whip up the most heartfelt music you ever heard, yet he never seems to have had a commitment to anything.

Chicago Calling

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Cool As Ice

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: Never has one man done so much with so little. Vanilla Ice – whose assumed stage name was apparently an improvement over Robbie Van Winkle – built his public persona on a square-jawed, white-as-an-eggshell rapper who could dance like Hammer and lay down some made rhymes, whatever that means.

The Doll Squad

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Evilspeak

M. Enois Duarte @ High-DefDigest.com

Evilspeak

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Hell to Eternity

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Home in Indiana

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Henry Hathaway’s 1944 family drama Home in Indiana is fine on the surface, but there are no hidden revelations lurking underneath. The story offers nothing surprising, original, or inspiring, it only serves to teach its own moral lesson–one its inherent racism renders somewhat moot.

Lynch’s Affinity for Laura Palmer

Tony Dayoub @ To Be Cont’d

  • Excerpt: Each time we’re made privy to Laura’s circumstances, Lynch and Lee remind us Laura is not the shallow Madonna/Whore cipher she was on TV.

Revenge of the Nerds

M. Enois Duarte @ High-DefDigest.com

Sleepaway Camp

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Twister (1989)

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: This shambolic mass of quivering quirk is for fans of the cast only—specifically, for fans of Crispin Glover, who, bullwhip in hand, is acting somewhere near the acme of his Crispin Glover-ishness here as a fey would-be artist.

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