Classics and Other Films on DVD (May 19, 2014)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Applause (1929)

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Bad Dreams / Visiting Hours

M. Enois Duarte @ High-DefDigest.com

Before Dawn (1933)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Burden of Dreams

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Les Blank’s haunting documentary about the four years Werner Herzog spent making “Fitzcarraldo” is such an essential companion piece to the actual film that it seems irresponsible for any would-be audience member to view only one of the two.

The Burglar (1957)

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: The Burglar is a bizarre, almost impressionistic take on the usual small-time heist drama. I say almost, as you’d be hard-pressed to make a case for its disjointed quirks being intentional. When it comes down to it, The Burglar is a bit of a mess.

Die, Monster, Die!

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

For You I Die

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

From Beyond the Grave

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Godzilla (1998)

A.J. Hakari @ Attack from Planet B

Godzilla: Final Wars

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Green Lantern: The Animated Series

A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Hideaways

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

I, Monster

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

A King in New York

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

King Kong vs. Godzilla

M. Enois Duarte @ High-DefDigest.com

Madman

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Master of the House

M. Enois Duarte @ High-DefDigest.com

Monkey Business (1931)

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Morning Glory (1933)

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Night of Dark Shadows

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Pennies from Heaven (1981)

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Pharoah (Faraon)

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: None of us will ever have the chance to experience life in ancient Egypt, but thanks to Pharoah, we can at least imagine this remote world and its concerns. Moreover, Kawalerowicz has given the world another approach to epic filmmaking that allows our empathy and participation.

Public Speaking

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Real Blonde

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

The Retrieval

Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit

  • Excerpt: It’s no 12 Years a Slave but this is you how make a good film on a small budget

Revenge of the Nerds

M. Enois Duarte @ High-DefDigest.com

The Room

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: All of this nonsensicality would have resulted in a forgettably awful movie if not for the odd screen presence of Wiseau, whose incongruous anti-charisma adds a layer of perverse fascination.

The Satan Bug

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Scream, Blacula, Scream

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

The Spiders

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: Here are the common roots of the serials made by Republic Studios, James Bond, Indiana Jones, and just about any other adventure movie where a dashing hero battles gangs of evildoers, trots the globe, and makes escapes by the skin of his teeth.

The The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe declines to overtly inflect Defoe’s work with Luis Buñuel’s twists and tweaks: it is, on the surface, a very faithful retelling of Daniel Defoe’s novel. Buñuel digs and investigates Defoe, however, noting his blind spots as well as amplifying his best, half-latent ideas.

Think Fast, Mr. Moto

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Tobor the Great

A.J. Hakari @ Attack from Planet B

Trans-Europ-Express

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …a pioneering work of cinematic meta-fiction that prefigures the work of Charlie Kaufman (among others) by putting a fictional author inside of the movie, one who supposedly writes the script in real time as we watch.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Tony Dayoub @ To Be Cont’d

  • Excerpt: Lynch makes TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME a corrective to the series. The horror that could once be explained away by the show’s more surreal elements becomes more mundane. And much of the groundwork for this is laid in the Deer Meadow chapter.

Recent Home Video Releases

The Legend of Hercules

M. Enois Duarte @ High-DefDigest.com

Ship of Theseus

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Special ID

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

The Truth About Emanuel

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Though lacking what often feels like essential components for the psychologically rocky narrative to completely hold together, Francesca Gregorini’s The Truth About Emanuel is at times captivating and consistently beautiful to watch. Kadya Scodelario and Jessica Biel deliver wonderful performances of two women dealing with loss in their own way, creating a convincing rapport that the script never fully capitalizes on.

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

Une Femme est une femme

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Godard’s strong romanticism is the secret lode of Une Femme est une Femme, coexisting with and battling his ruthless analysis and overpowering male gaze turned on Karina

Too Sane for This World

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: An an open-minded, of oddly short (at 63 minutes), documentary that introduces us to a handful of very interesting, and very bright, people who live day to day with autism, something that most us don’t completely understand. What we learn, to our surprise, is that they don’t seem to fully understand it either.

Vivre sa vie

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Godard’s vow to create a true tragic vehicle for her talents produced Vivre sa Vie, but it didn’t satisfy Karina’s desires. Indeed, it could be called an anti-tragedy, consciously cutting away catharsis and questioning the usual linkages that define the actions in tragedies.

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