Classics & More on DVD (Nov. 16, 2015)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

The Brood

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

The Learning Tree

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Gordon Parks’s adaptation of his semi-autobiographical novel is a rich melodrama about the plight of blacks living in 1920s Kansas, where racism reigns supreme.

Man Bites Dog

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Self-reflexive social satire rarely comes with such a hilarious fury of black humor as it does in this ingenious mockumentary about filming a serial killer’s pursuits.

My Own Private Idaho

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …feels like an interesting story that keeps getting interrupted by a high school class’ Shakespeare rehearsal.

Rocky

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] “Rocky” struck a nerve with American audiences at the time because it spoke directly to a ‘70s era lower middle-class dream of success that has since been exploded into a billion pieces.

Star Wars

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Vivre sa vie

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: Vivre sa vie is one of Godard’s most moving and soberest films.

Recent Home Video Releases

Darling Lili

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

Hustle

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

Phase IV

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

Other Reviews from 2014 and earlier

12 Years a Slave

Hugo Gomes @ http://cinematograficamentefalando.blogs.sapo.pt [Portuguese]

20.000 Days on Earth

Hugo Gomes @ http://cinematograficamentefalando.blogs.sapo.pt [Portuguese]

22 Jump Street

Hugo Gomes @ http://cinematograficamentefalando.blogs.sapo.pt [Portuguese]

3 Days to Kill

Hugo Gomes @ http://cinematograficamentefalando.blogs.sapo.pt [Portuguese]

300: Rise of an Empire

Hugo Gomes @ http://cinematograficamentefalando.blogs.sapo.pt [Portuguese]

Alice in the Cities

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: This is where Wenders strikes gold because Alice in the Cities isn’t some cute odd couple pairing for antics or heartwarmingly revelatory meaning of life epiphanies. They are kindred spirits, lonely and longing to be seen and heard when everyone else has pushed them aside.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Hugo Gomes @ http://cinematograficamentefalando.blogs.sapo.pt [Portuguese]

American Sniper

Hugo Gomes @ http://cinematograficamentefalando.blogs.sapo.pt [Portuguese]

Annabelle

Hugo Gomes @ http://cinematograficamentefalando.blogs.sapo.pt [Portuguese]

Army of Darkness: Collector’s Edition

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Automata

Hugo Gomes @ http://cinematograficamentefalando.blogs.sapo.pt [Portuguese]

Back to the Future Trilogy: 30th Anniversary Edition

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Dear White People

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: Funny, angry, fair and complex, Dear White People is a very promising debut for Simien and an important intervention about race in America.

Divergent

Hugo Gomes @ http://cinematograficamentefalando.blogs.sapo.pt [Portuguese]

Hammer Horror Classics: Volume 1

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (Extended Edition)

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Bids Farewell To Gunnar Hansen With ‘Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers’ – His ‘Other’ Chainsaw Movie

Miss Meadows

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Founds itself on a coarse irony, then fails to do much with the premise you couldn’t find in a one-sentence logline.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The sequel is clunky, sluggish, poorly cast (hey, opening credits: no appearance by Clu Gulagher is a “special appearance”), not funny, and worst of all, not scary. But the picture is a fascinating curio nonetheless, for one simple reason: it is packed to the gills with gay subtext, so much so that it’s been embraced by the LGBT community and made over into something resembling a cult classic.

Out 1

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Out 1 subtly pivots into a more reflective mode for its final hours, one that officially dissolves the concrete details into ciphers and red herrings and redirects attention to the sources of the anxieties driving them. It’s here that the film most deeply fascinates, where it digs into the hitherto unclear connections between its various wandering souls and insinuates the faiths and fears that either brought them together or drove them apart.

Paperhouse

Henry Stewart @ Brooklyn Magazine

  • Excerpt: There really are no other movies like this one.

Pieces

Henry Stewart @ Brooklyn Magazine

  • Excerpt: There’s little to “get”—just lots of unrestrained madness to relish.

Pillaged

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

She’s Funny That Way

Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Una comedia de enredos que nos hace recordar títulos más afortunados de no hace mucho tiempo.

Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

Twice Upon a Time

Rob Gonsalves @ efilmcritic

Watership Down

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Those caveats certainly don’t diminish Watership Down’s impact. The storytelling is still quite strong, and some of the choices are daring even without placing Watership Down in its historical context.

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