Classics and Other Films on DVD (Sep. 8, 2014)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

All That Jazz

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • Excerpt: It was, in many ways, a vibrant and visceral assertion of what it meant to be Bob Fosse. More than that, it’s a full throated exclamation of what it means to be an artist.

Armored Attack!

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

Cotton Comes to Harlem

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: A highpoint of blaxploitation and of 1970s action movies in general, Cotton Comes to Harlem is smart, rollicking crime picture that never takes itself too seriously even while it has very serious things to say.

Cry-Baby

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: As a lightly magical realist comedy, ‘Cry-Baby’ is fairly successful, although of course many Waters fans will miss the nasty grit of the trashpile 1970s movies.

Gigi

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: The social mores and customs are amusingly dated, but that’s really the point now isn’t it? Let’s just say, they don’t make ‘em like this anymore.

The Party

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Built around a short outline by director Blake Edwards, The Party sets Peter Sellers loose to do what he does best: create elaborate situational slapstick. The results are often hilarious, occasionally surprising, and even a little sweet.

Portrait of Jennie

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: The majority of the film is rather bland, mired in romantic conventions, but a sharp and death-defying third act saves it.

The Vanquished

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Vengeance is Mine

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

Recent Home Video Releases

14 Blades

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

All That Jazz

Francis Rizzo III @ DVDTalk.com

  • Excerpt: All That Jazz is filmmaking at its most creative and imaginative

The Buddy Holly Story

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

  • Excerpt: A factual disaster and still wholly entertaining as a sort of performative docudrama that blurs the lines between Holly and Busey, The Buddy Holly Story is no classic, yet its certainly worth a watch for Busey’s Oscar nominated performance alone.

Juggernaut / Forum

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Life For Life: Maximilian Kolbe

Steven Greydanus @ Crux

  • Excerpt: Nearly two decades before his Oscar-winning role as a Jew-hunting Nazi in Quentin Tarantino’s lurid WWII fantasy “Inglourious Basterds,” Christoph Waltz played an Auschwitz survivor whose escape is linked to the death of one of Auschwitz’s most celebrated victims, St. Maximilian Kolbe.

Out of the Past

Kristen Lopez @ ClassicFlix

The Secret of Santa Vittoria

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

  • Excerpt: Twilight Time’s latest release is a diamond in the rough.

The Train

Bob Cashill @ Cineaste

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

Bloody Moon

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Godzilla 2000

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack / Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

The Half Naked Truth

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil

Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]

Leviathan (1989)

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Night Train to Terror

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘Night Train to Terror’ – A Schizophrenically Weird Ride With God and Satan

A Place for Lovers

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Pumpkinhead

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Rebirth of Mothra Trilogy

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Romancing the Stone

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: Romancing the Stone hearkens back to the action/adventure rom-coms of an earlier era but includes the requisite 1980s tropes to stay current.

She Played With Fire

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Successive Slidings of Pleasure

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Edgar Chaput @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Of all the properties from the 1980s to make it big in pop culture, few would have placed bets in favour of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a black and white, somewhat gritty if also comically inclined graphic novel by the writer-artist duo of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.

That’s My Man

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

Two Mules for Sister Sara

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Don Siegel annexed aspects of Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch (1969) and set about stitching together disparate influences with his own viewpoint in satirising the disparity between the individualist, macho hero and the woman who is in some ways tougher and more determined than him.

Une chambre en ville

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

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