Classics & More on DVD (Nov. 19, 2019)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2017 Film Reviews

Bad Day at Black Rock

Tynan Yanaga @ (1955)

Black Cat Mansion / The Ghost of Yotsuya

Roderick Heath @ Film Freedonia (1958 / 1959)

  • Excerpt: Nabuo Nakagawa shared distinct traits with his major western counterparts of the same period, Terence Fisher, Mario Bava, and Roger Corman. Like them he developed an intensely atmospheric visual style, and tried to invest horror cinema with new aesthetic force and style to fit in with an era of widescreen and blazing colour.

Border Incident

Tynan Yanaga @ (1949)

The Fearless Vampire Killers

Roderick Heath @ Film Freedonia (1967)

  • Excerpt: The familiar heroic figure of the Van Helsing-type vampire slayer, the iron-willed and well-versed enemy of evil, is perverted into an extended and acerbic joke about intellectual dilettantes, taking on monolithic evil with tunnel-visioned confidence and book learning.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers / Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Roderick Heath @ Film Freedonia (1956 / 1978)

  • Excerpt: Most good films detailing the eruption of the fantastic amidst the familiar hinge upon the question as to just when what’s logical – in the sense of what conclusion about a situation that can be reasonably deduced from the facts – ceases to obey one set of presumptions and dictates another.

The Man Who Laughs

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture (1928)

Peeping Tom

Roderick Heath @ Film Freedonia (1960)

  • Excerpt: The funny thing about Peeping Tom is that it’s a thriller without thrills.

Riot in Cell Block 11

Tynan Yanaga @ (1954)

Sátántangó

Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com (1994)

  • Excerpt: You don’t just watch Sátántangó, Hungarian director Béla Tarr’s 7.5-hour paean to slow cinema. It seeps into your bones.

Son of Dracula

Roderick Heath @ Film Freedonia (1943)

  • Excerpt: Son of Dracula is probably the best of the works Universal made in the 1940s. Although it lacks the tragic stature of The Wolf Man, it makes up for it in the beauty of its imagery, the sly perversity of its story, and the clear imprint of a fraternal creative team, Carl and Robert Siodmak.

Thieves’ Highway

Tynan Yanaga @ (1949)

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