Classics and Other Films on DVD (Sep. 1, 2014)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Another Life

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

The Birdcage

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Easy Rider

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: he problem with taking a purely skeptical view of Easy Rider — which is easy to do, once you start picking at the picture’s scabs — is that so much of the movie that still has a pulse, still vibrates with such manic energy that you can shut out the rest and understand why it got everyone’s hair up back in ’69.

The Exorcist (Director’s Cut)

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Gold Diggers

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Lawrence of Arabia

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: It is safe to say that there has never been a more electrifying career launch in movie history than Peter O’Toole’s in Lawrence of Arabia.

Murder, My Sweet

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: It doesn’t boast the star power of The Big Sleep, but it doesn’t need that with a story and acting as good as it gives.

Oldboy (2003)

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

Somebody Up There Likes Me

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: http://journeysinclassicfilm.com/2014/08/19/somebody-up-there-likes-me-1956/

Y Tu Mamá También

Mario Alegre @ Primer Hora [Spanish]
Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The further we get from ‘Y Tu Mamá,’ the more it feels like a standalone work, a nakedly personal film from a director whose films lean more toward universal experience and spectacle.

Recent Home Video Releases

All That Jazz

Mario Alegre @ Primer Hora [Spanish]
Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: ALL THAT JAZZ’s Oscar-winning editing, by Alan Heim, brilliantly uses repetition and rhythm to elicit emotions in the same way a dancer like Fosse would.

Baby Blues

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Ghost Bird

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Go For Sisters

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

Locke

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: While the story itself doesn’t entirely justify the tedium that occasionally arises from Knight’s exercise, it does present Hardy an opportunity to impress us once again.

Love Streams

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

Manakamana | Blu-ray Review

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: In theory, the film sounds like a heady slog of documentary slow cinema, but the resulting two hour feature is a charming bit of ethnographic observation that challenges us to consider the implications of technology on traditional cultures and religious rituals.

On the Beach

Nicholas Bell @ IONCINEMA.com

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

Mario Alegre @ Primer Hora [Spanish]
Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: Imagine a telenovela, the ubiquitous melodramas of Spanish-language TV, bathed in lurid splashes of color (thanks to cinematographer José Luis Alcaine) and a Herrmann-esque suspense score (by Ennio Morricone). You’ll still only get a hint of why Almodóvar is often held up as the Spanish Hitchcock.

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

Triad

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

Arrowsmith

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

Bandido

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Blessed Event

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Conquest of Space

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: SEE! the amazing trek of the heroes to collect rock samples! THRILL! as these pioneers of the stars collect…more rock samples!

The Full Monty

Oktay Ege Kozak @ DVD Talk

Howard the Duck

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: If you try to summarize the events of Howard the Duck — and after a couple of stabs at this futile enterprise, I’m electing not to — you just sound like a crazy person, because if Howard the Duck has one outstanding characteristic, it is not the neon ‘80s aesthetic or the corresponding crimped and teased hairdos or the utter creepiness of the titular duck himself. It is the film’s total lack of any logic.

I’ve Always Loved You

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: It’s a story of high drama, one that should be as fevered and intense as the music it revolves around, but like its uptight conductor, I’ve Always Loved You has a little too much starch in its collar. Borzage’s realization of the story is too consistent in tempo.

Madhouse

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Outpost in Malaya

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Riff-Raff/Raining Stones

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

The Wizard of Gore

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘The Wizard of Gore’ – A Splattery Flick From The Godfather Of Gore, Herschell Gordon Lewis

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