Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 11, 2016)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Blind Woman’s Curse

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …an odd stir-fry of yakuza, samurai and ghost story genres with psychedelic seasoning.

The Complete Lady Snowblood

Thomas Spurlin @ DVDTalk.com

The Graduate

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

Japanese Summer: Double Suicide

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Ôshima’s surrealistic Sixties satire carves out a unique space somewhere between a Buñuelian joke and an extended zen koan.

The Jazz Singer

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Recent Home Video Releases

The Captive City

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: The narrative elements are of some historical interest, but what really makes makes The Captive City ripe for reconsideration is that visually, this is Robert Wise at his most Wellesian. There are a couple of shots where a character breaks into the frame in close-up, with the other characters positioned in the back.

Memories of the Sword

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Nightmares

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Scream and Scream Again

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Other Reviews from 2014 and earlier

Antboy

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Blue Ruin

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: It’s a dark film, with a sicko sense of humor, that’s not for all tastes. But the talented director knows how to keep things tense, taut and exciting.

Brewster’s Millions

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: Brewster’s Millions is just a light-hearted escape. While hilarious, this attitude squanders its immense potential.

The Dark Crystal

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: While an alien world of violent, vulture-like Skeksis and peaceful, monk-like Mystics was far from the public’s consciousness, it surely cemented Henson’s genius and his puppetry company’s boundless imagination as elite. The plot may mirror so many other fantastical hero journeys, but none had ever quite looked like this.

The Last Horror Film

Paul Mavis @ DVD Drive-In

  • Excerpt: …or: The Quentin Tarantino Story

Li’l Quinquin

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: There’s enough at play for me to understand why so many people absolutely love what Dumont has brought to life—at times I loved it too. Luckily the characters are unique if not entirely complex and thankfully those who seem like dullards that no one should respect actually don’t receive any from their superiors or those being “helped”.

Listen Up Philip

Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]

  • Excerpt: Il film di Perry non è certo uno di quei tipici film da Sundance ed è molto lontano anche dall’universo chiuso e nostalgico di Baumbach, a cui pure si avvicina almeno per il milieu intellettuale e newyorkese di partenza.

Man in the Wilderness

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

Nude Area

Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit

  • Excerpt: Wordless, sensual film overcomes a few awkward pauses

Red Army

Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist

  • Excerpt: Red Army is a valuable document on a bygone era when sports matches could stand for the ideological conflict on which the world might pivot.

The Sadist

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘The Sadist’ – The First Feature From The Late Great Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond

Theeb

Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit

  • Excerpt: An arab boy grows up fast in the deadly desert

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