Classics and Other Films on DVD (Mar. 2, 2015)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

The Connection

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

My Winnipeg

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Relentlessly subjective, Guy Maddin’s ‘My Winnipeg’ is about 90% ‘My’ and only 10% ‘Winnipeg.’

Recent Home Video Releases

Black Sunday

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: Absent all the gore and the more outré subject matter, Black Sunday still kicks along at a devilish pace and overflows with eerie beauty. Even with the shock value that typifies his work removed, Bava remains a masterful filmmaker.

The Bride Wore Black

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: As the film rolls on, a quote from Kill Bill in Hattori Hanzo sums up Kohler’s increased dawdling – “Revenge is never a straight line. It’s a forest, And like a forest it’s easy to lose your way… To get lost… To forget where you came in.” Yet, that sense of conflicted reluctance does not come to fruition in the complex way one might hope.

Kiss Me, Stupid

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: In 1964, with American cinema’s popularity in limbo as radical new forms lurked on the horizon, this sparse aesthetic patina might have looked bleakly televisual, and Kiss Me, Stupid’s meager box-office returns and damning critical notices only substantiate this suspicion. But Wilder, too clever a craftsman to employ a directorial strategy wantonly, uses the production’s artifice to his advantage, cultivating a hermetic atmosphere in sly correlation to the film’s commentary on the vacuity of domestic life and the folly of star worship.

Spinning Discs: An Animated Discussion

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: Disc reviews from The Zero Theorem to 101 Dalmatians.

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

Banshee Chapter

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

The Book of Life

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online

Dark City

Edgar Chaput @ Sound on Sight

Major Dundee

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Major Dundee’s scope is encompassing, a commentary on both the history of the western genre Peckinpah so loved, as well as the proper commencement of his deconstruction of it. It is also a veritable stab at writing a creation myth for modern America, commenting on the state of the union circa 1965 as much as 1865, replete with overtones not just of Melville and Shakespeare, but also Greek sagas—not for nothing is one character named Priam.

Man of Tai Chi

Edgar Chaput @ Sound on Sight

A Measure of the Sin

Daniel Lackey @ Cinema Axis

Ragewar

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘Ragewar’ – A Not-Really-An-Anthology Anthology Movie From Charles Band

The Wild Affair

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

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