Classics and Other Films on DVD (Oct. 27, 2014)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

The Conformist

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: If Bertolucci’s screenplay, adapted by the director from a novel by Alberto Moravia, is complex and fascinating, it is the visuals of this movie that make the most enduring impression. The cinematography is by the great Vittorio Storaro.

From Dusk Till Dawn

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …a curious failure that has been surprisingly overrated by people who remember the vampire-stabbing fun of the pre-dawn finale, but forget the incongruous and unpleasant pre-dusk sequences.

Goldfinger

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “Goldfinger” set in stone the formula for what would become cinema’s longest running and most reliably entertaining franchise. Regardless of how many installments have come since, “Goldfinger” retains its reputation as the best of the bunch.

I Married a Monster from Outer Space

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Gene Fowler’s little universe proliferates with ingenious fragments of surrealist destabilisation, which often pack a sneaky thematic wallop.

Madeinusa

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: A drama that’s slow to start, but which gradually drags you in with its rich, imaginary synthesis of pagan and Christian traditions, and with the fate of its quietly sad and oddly named adolescent protagonist.

Recent Home Video Releases

1941

Bob Cashiil @ Popdose.com

  • Excerpt: With commentary from co-writer Bob Gale

Billion Dollar Brain

Budd Wilkins @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Ken Russell’s bracing Billion Dollar Brain gets a solid, if unspectacular, transfer (and little in the way of extras) from Kino Lorber.

Crazy Dog

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

La Dolce Vita

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: An undisputed masterpiece of modern cinema that saw Fellini shift from neo-realism to something much more thematically rich and narratively weird, La Dolce Vita showed us the 1950s “good life” at it’s most unscrupulous and commented on our fantastical obsession to know the inner lives of those in the public eye, and yet we cannot help but celebrate its accomplishments by partaking in exactly what it disparages. As always, life imitates art, no?

La Dolce Vita

Oktay Ege Kozak @ DVD Talk

Nightbreed – The Director’s Cut

Francis Rizzo III @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: Clive Barker’s vision is finally realized

Venus in Fur

Budd Wilkins @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur is a deceptively simple two-hander. Superficially, the film seems to unfold as a textbook study of role reversal (that staple of the psychodrama) in the tragicomic mode.

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

Evilspeak

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Kapo

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Legend of Suram Fortress

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Mahjong

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Miss Lovely

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

The Mysterious Doctor

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: Cheap, brief, daft, and blissful fun for old B-movie spelunkers, The Mysterious Doctor is jerry-built pulp fiction from the midst of WW2, combining mild horror spun from already long-hoary story tropes and regulation wartime messaging.

The Night of Generals

Stacia Kissick Jones @ ClassicFlix

Night Warning

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Portrait of Jason

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Possession

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

The Queen of Spades

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Shock

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘Shock’ – An Entirely Different Kind Of Vincent Price Movie

Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

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