Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
The Night of the Hunter
- 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)
- 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)
A Woman Under the Influence
Recent Home Video Releases
Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq
Cousin Jules | Blu-ray Review
- 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
- 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.