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

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Blood Feast

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Die Hard

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Hangmen Also Die

Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: Even after all this time, Hangmen Also Die is a potent film, and it’s up there with some of Fritz Lang’s best

Haxan

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

La Dolce Vita

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Fellini’s film has a large reputation, but you’ll find that when watching La dolce vita, the reputation is inadequate. The movie itself is larger still.

Le Jour Se Lève (Daybreak)

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Serious film fans will appreciate the 4K restoration of this 1939 French melodrama, which has been all but unseen for 75 years.

Sundays and Cybele

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: The movie’s central difficulties aren’t easy to dismiss, but then, neither are all the other possibilities the script raises. Nor can one ignore the honesty of the emotions on display, which is what makes Sundays and Cybèle so genuinely intriguing.

The Fog

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Few film titles have ever reaped such totemic power or attention-getting frisson as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Recent Home Video Releases

Absentia

Jeremy Kibler @ Diabolique Magazine

  • Excerpt: Technically uneven but effective in its guttural response, “Absentia” is ultimately very worthwhile, making up for its budgetary constraints with disturbing, maturely handled themes and well-drawn characterization.

Lake Placid

Jeremy Kibler @ Diabolique Magazine

  • Excerpt: How can you dislike a movie where our heroes lure the big croc with a cow hanging from a helicopter?

Nightbreed’ Director’s Cut Blu-Ray Review

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: This is the release ‘Nightbreed’ fans have been waiting for.

Squirm

Jeremy Kibler @ Diabolique Magazine

  • Excerpt: Squirm might not be shocking anymore, but it is certainly worth a watch for its practical craftsmanship, which will induce more cringing than any of today’s CG effects.

Stunt Squad

David Bax @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: It’s not that there isn’t a market for this kind of movie. It’s that there are plenty of them better than Stunt Squad.

The Vincent Price Collection II

Budd Wilkins @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: The Vincent Price Collection II trumps the sophomore slump through the inclusion of several top-notch films, an overall excellent audio-visual presentation, and a bevy of bonus materials from Shout! Factory.

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

1941

Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Pretension

  • Excerpt: The most entertaining and frustrating aspect of 1941 is that it leaves its smarts in pre-production, trading them in for a big, loud, zany mess.

Anaconda

Kristen Lopez @ Cinema Sentries

Body Count

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Decoding Annie Parker

Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]

Exorcist II: The Heretic

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Four decades out from its theatrical debut, the sense of outrage over the betrayal of William Friedkin’s horror classic has subsided, and more viewers are now willing to let ‘The Heretic”s hypnotic camp spell wash over them.

Exorcist II: The Heretic

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: What’s most striking about the film now, decades after its release, is how staggeringly dull it is; Boorman is a fine director, but it’s at though no one bothered to tell him he was making a horror movie. Instead, it’s 118 minutes of endless flashy-light hypnotism, staggeringly terrible locust effects, and Richard Burton wandering around what appears to be Tatooine.

Hack-O-Lantern

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘Hack-O-Lantern’ – A Halloween Occult Grave Robbing Slasher With A Beat

Let Us Live

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Prince of the Night

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Tenebrae

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

Two Lives

Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]

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