Classics and Other Films on DVD (May 5, 2014)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

4 (Chetyre)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Ace in the Hole

Philip Concannon @ Mostly Film

The Age of the Medici

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Baby Face Nelson

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: An attempt by the late Mickey Rooney to redefine himself as a pugnaciously plebeian, gritty character actor, this is one of the brighter nuggets to be found in the silt of his mid-career.

The Beast of Hollow Mountain

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

Billy Rose’s Jumbo

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

The Candy Snatchers

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Christmas in July

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Crescendo

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Crocodile Dundee / Crocodile Dundee II

James Plath Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: My family loved the first film but only thought the second half of the sequel entertaining. The first half, it was as if the filmmakers couldn’t quite figure out what to do with Dundee.

D.O.A.

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] A high-concept movie before there was such a thing, “D.O.A.” foreshadowed the poisoning of (possibly) Yasser Arafat and (definitely) Alexander Litvinenko — via polonium-210 — by a half-century.

Destroy All Monsters: “Back to the Future” and The Power of Love

Matt Brown @ Twitch

Dracula: Prince of Darkness

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

Frankenstein Created Woman

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Goodbye Uncle Tom

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: This strange and audacious condemnation of American slavery, made by controversial Italian shockumentarians Jacopetti and Prosperi… is equal parts outrage and exploitation, with a side of absurdity.

Hot Water

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

I Was A Teenage Werewolf

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Mask of Dimitrios

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

The Neanderthal Man

A.J. Hakari @ Classic Movie Guide

Northfork

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …displays the trappings of spirituality, but it doesn’t have a real spiritual message to convey.

Quentin Durward

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: Quentin Durward is a fun, loose adventure film, one that works well on something very close to a self-satirising level for star Robert Taylor and director Richard Thorpe.

The Ten Commandments

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: It presents its subject with such unrestrained grandiloquence that at times, the exhibition verges on pageantry. Nevertheless the drama is an unqualified success.

Think Fast, Mr. Moto

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radich

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Recent Home Video Releases

Big Bad Wolves

Brent McKnight @ Pop Matters

  • Excerpt: ‘Big Bad Wolves’ is a fairy tale designed to terrify parents instead of children.

Commitment

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: The South Korean action picture Commitment offers a solid helping of martial arts, gunplay, and a little romance.

Escape from Tomorrow

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Whatever the technical intrigue of a film shot guerilla-style at Disney World, the would-be surreal midlife crisis that ended up onscreen doesn’t work… at all.

The Selfish Giant

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: Writer/director Clio Barnard makes her feature debut with a fable spawned from an Oscar Wilde children’s story but plays more like a pint sized “Of Mice and Men.”

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

Final Exam

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

The Thing

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: TheThing080 One of the greatest qualities of The Thing, however, is its embrace of ambiguity in the situation not merely to excite the audience with mystery but as a dramatic end—and not in that schematic manner of more gimmicky films.

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