Classics and Other Films on DVD (Oct. 20, 2014)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

All That Jazz

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …doesn’t really start high-kicking until the heart attack strikes and Gideon’s anesthesia-induced musical fantasies kick in.

Black Sunday

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The Brides of Dracula

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: A fiercely concentrated and lushly executed work of Hammer’s peculiar brand of Technicolor Gothic.

Grace Kelly Collection

Paul Mavis @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: The few times her directors were able to tap into that certain…something true movie stars possess, her visceral effect was palpable. However, as an actress….

Hiroshima Mon Amour

Budd Wilkins @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Like the anonymous entwined bodies glimpsed in its opening moments, things tend to commingle in Alain Resnais’s revolutionary first feature, Hiroshima Mon Amour.Being essentially a film for two voices, Hiroshima Mon Amour lends itself to the monologue or solo recitative.

The Kid

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “The Kid” is significant in cinema history because it is one of the first films to combine comedy and drama as a succinct filmic form.

Rubin and Ed

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Crispin Glover playing something very near the Crispin Glover-iest character ever written.

Recent Home Video Releases

The Devil’s Business

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Nekromantic

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Salvador

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: It’s kind of amazing to think that this and Platoon were released within months of each other, both garnering critical acclaim and Academy attention, yet Salvador, lacking the distance and cultural attention of Vietnam, seems to have been somewhat forgotten about. It’s high time this film found an appreciative audience.

Violette

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

The Adventures of Marco Polo

Paul Mavis @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: Frequently amusing comedy/romance masquerading as a big-budget swashbuckler.

Air Patrol

Paul Mavis @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: Crisp and clean-looking…but rather dull in the end police actioner from executive producer Robert Lippert’s Associated Producers, Inc..

Cannibal Holocaust

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘Cannibal Holocaust’ – A Legendary Faux-Documentary That Did Its Job A Little Too Well

Elmer, the Great

Paul Mavis @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: Joe. E. Brown is brilliant in creating a uniquely American comedic character: the annoying, infuriating showboat who doesn’t seem to know what’s what…but who can back up his mouth in the end and make us like him.

The Evil Dead

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Fay Grim

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Fighting Back (1948)

Paul Mavis @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: An intriguing noir dealing with a little-covered subject–convicts who exchanged their prison sentences for a WWII uniform–turns into Blondie Meets an Ex-Con.

Local Boy Makes Good

Paul Mavis @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: Some pre-Code enforcement sex talk enlivens this genial college comedy.

Lolly-Madonna XXX

Paul Mavis @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: Strange, hypnotic doom and gloom Southern cult classic, with a one-of-a-kind cast.

The Lusty Men

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

Mona Lisa

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Moonshine War

Paul Mavis @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: A flat-out disaster–and an especially disappointing one–considering the promising set-up.

Oregon Passage

Paul Mavis @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: Drab, dull cavalry oater.

The Portuguese Nun

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Raffles Double Feature

Paul Mavis @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: A charming early talkie caper featuring the prototypical “gentleman thief”…and its lesser remake.

A Very Honorable Guy

Paul Mavis @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: Fast-paced, funny Damon Runyon/Joe E. Brown caper.

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