Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Pre-2016 Film Reviews
The Big Country
- Excerpt: The Big Country is perhaps one of the finest Hollywood westerns of the period. Wyler explores themes of violence, pacifism, and the ripple effects of both, asking whether or not violence has any purpose in a modern, civilized world.
- Excerpt: If the film is unfamiliar to western audiences, surely that is because it has been widely unavailable on home video until the release of the new Criterion Blu-Ray that, while relatively light on special features, features a truly stunning 4K digital restoration. It is a bold step into the 21st century for a wuxia classic whose influence continues to be keenly felt in modern cinema.
- Excerpt: A beautifully photographed visual dream-like, original, oblique arthouse film.
A Matter of Life and Death
The Taste of Tea
- Excerpt: …the movie closes with a CGI sunflower engulfing the solar system; a soothing vision of apocalypse as transcendence that fits Tea‘s mood of consoling wonder to… well, to a t.
- Excerpt: One of Hitchcock’s most beautiful films, mostly due to the work of legendary cinematographer, Jack Cardiff (The Red Shoes). Cardiff’s trademark Technicolor brilliance paints the screen with vibrant colors, stunningly rendered in the 4K restoration featured on the new Blu-Ray edition from Kino Lorber, which at last rescues the film from bleary obscurity.