Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jun. 23, 2014)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

The Night of the Hunter

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Although cinephiles may weep for all the movies Charles Laughton never made, in a way it is appropriate that “Night of the Hunter” is his only directorial effort. It cements this masterpiece’s singularity and highlights its legendary qualities.

Night Train (Pociag)

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Newly restored Polish classic examines travelers on an overnight train to a seaside resort. Emotions seethe, but the film does not seem anxious to give up its secrets—like any group of strangers sharing a space by necessity, no one is presented as an open book.

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

The Shining

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

A Woman Under the Influence

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Spectrum Culture Online

Recent Home Video Releases

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

The Attorney

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Cousin Jules | Blu-ray Review

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: Benicheti’s debut remains his only credited complete feature, yet between those seemingly silent forty years Benicheti busied himself with not only the technical aspects of film production while working in labs, but also behind the camera, lensing a lengthy little list of cinematic shorts in various mediums, many in 3D, not to mention that he was also tapped to teach documentary film production at Harvard and went on to work in the school’s Jefferson Laboratories of Experimental Physics and the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, supposedly tinkering with a humanoid automaton. Credits be damned, the guy was certainly no slouch, and the one film now known once again is a formalistic masterwork of early experimentation within the documentary form.

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: For all its subtly warm and faintly romantic interactions between Kerr’s pure hearted nun and Mitchum’s nearly solid gold soldier, John Huston’s Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison falls short of the strikingly similar odd couple entertainment that came just before it in The African Queen. Downplaying the comedic for a more realistically low key slow burning melodrama, the film never finds the balance between gravitas and sentimentality to rise to the virtuosic poignancy Huston seemed to be attempting.

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

Asylum (1972)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Babe: Pig in the City

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Bloodsucking Freaks

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Death Wish 3

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

Mado

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Night of the Comet

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

The Perfume of the Lady in Black

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Since You Went Away

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone

Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!

The Story of G.I. Joe

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

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