Classics and Other Films on DVD (Mar. 3, 2014)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Airplane!

Dustin Freeley @ MoviesAboutGladiators.com

Battle of the Japan Sea

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: Sweeping in scope but essayed essentially as a series of interlocked vignettes held together by Toshiro Mifune’s star presence, Battle of the Japan Sea is an awkward but intermittently strong film that seeks to sustain a simultaneously grand, but also nuanced approach to the subject matter: for a film about a great national victory, this is a surprisingly thoughtful, restrained work.

Big Wednesday

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: If the filmmaker lurches into sentimentality during brief voice-over philosophizing about God and where the wind comes from, it’s a forgivable affectation that honors a personal belief-system authentic to the surf culture of the era.

Clueless

Dustin Freeley @ MoviesAboutGladiators.com

The Long Goodbye

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: Robert Altman’s odd, modern and much misunderstood The Long Goodbye has been getting a lot of attention lately, presumably because of a re-release on DVD and Blu-ray, which got me wondering, “Is it not only the best adaptation of a Raymond Chandler novel, but one of the greatest films ever made?”

Michael Collins

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: By an odd coincidence, I watched Braveheart on the same day as Michael Collins, which offered, by way of contrast, a useful insight into why Neil Jordan’s influential biopic of one of the heroes of Ireland’s fight for independence just doesn’t work.

Napoleon (1927)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Night of Generals

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Peter O’Toole is ferocious in The Night of the Generals, a fascinating and very neglected film, one of the most singular by-products of the era’s tumultuous screen culture. Produced on a lavish scale by Sam Spiegel, who had fostered O’Toole’s stardom in producing Lawrence, it’s a big-budget war movie with scarcely any combat. Rather, it’s essentially military noir, combining an early variation on the serial killer hunt motif with a typically ’60s fascination for antiheroic and antiauthoritarian narratives.

Salvatore Giuliano

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Salvatore Giuliano influenced directors like Gillo Pontecorvo, Glauber Rocha, Francis Ford Coppola, and Martin Scorsese. It is truly a seminal film whose innovative cinematic inventions breed insight into a complicated cultural reality splintered into many contentious factions.

The Seven-Ups

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: The Seven-Ups isn’t quite a classic, but it stands on its own two feet as a gritty drama of the period, and after an awkward first half-hour begins to hum.

Something Evil

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: Young Steven Spielberg’s direction of this early telemovie chiller, as in immediate predecessor Duel, certainly looks and feels cinematic, not particularly hampered by a more visually and conceptually limited format and quietly ebullient in technique.

Strange Deception

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Recent Home Video Releases

20 Feet from Stardom

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: This must-see documentary for any fan of modern pop music introduces us to the extraordinary women you didn’t know were behind some of the songs you know by heart.

British Transport Films Collection Vol. 12: The Driving Force

Michael Pattison @ idFilm

Classe Tous Risques

Michael Pattison @ idFilm

The Counselor

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

The Grandmaster

Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters

Memory of the Dead

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Oldboy (2013)

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: The blu-ray’s features suggest that Lee made a better film than what was released theatrically

Oldboy (2013)

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Other Reviews from 2011 and earlier

Breathless (Combo Pack)

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Danton

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Knightriders

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Lion of the Desert

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Reality Bites: 20 year anniversary

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

Valentino (1977)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

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