Classics & More on DVD (Oct. 26, 2015)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Aladdin

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: Review of the new Blu-ray.

The Cat and Canary (1939)

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The Ghost Breakers

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The Invisible Woman (1940)

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Island of Lost Souls

Rob Gonsalves @ efilmcritic

Recent Home Video Releases

Blind Chance

Dusty Somers @ World Cinema Paradise

  • Excerpt: An early narrative work from Krzysztof Kieslowski, the film displays ingenious technical brilliance, but only hints at the metaphysical masterpieces that would come in The Double Life of Véronique (1991) and The Three Colors Trilogy (1993-1994).

Heart of Midnight

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: I have to respect Matthew Chapman for making a film that makes no attempt to appeal to popular tastes. And Jennifer Jason Leigh’s performance is worthy of greater attention than has been given to this otherwise little seen film.

The Honeymoon Killers

Dusty Somers @ Cinema Sentries

  • Excerpt: The only film ever directed by opera composer Leonard Kastle, The Honeymoon Killers wears its influences on its sleeve, but never feels derivative or carbon-copied.

Jauja

Dusty Somers @ World Cinema Paradise

Jurassic World 3D

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: Review of the new Blu-ray.

Kwaidan

Carson Lund @ Slant Magazine

  • Excerpt: Kobayashi’s directorial control of these milieus is total, which is apropos given the fact that Hearn’s stories feature characters in thrall to the whims of outside forces. For what ultimately amounts to slim (in incident, if not necessarily in length) and predictable tales of ghostly infringement on quotidian life whereby the arcs and the outcomes are more or less the same, it’s the complete harmoniousness of the mise-en-scène that keeps them engrossing on a moment-to-moment level.

Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970

Dusty Somers @ World Cinema Paradise

  • Excerpt: It hardly feels presumptuous to label Flicker Alley’s new experimental film box set a strong contender for release of the year, even taking into account a few forthcoming heavy hitters, like Arrow’s Rivette box and Criterion’s long-awaited Apu Trilogy.

Mister Johnson

Dusty Somers @ World Cinema Paradise

  • Excerpt: Released alongside Breaker Morant (1980) by Criterion, Mister Johnson is the decidedly less acclaimed work from Australian filmmaker Bruce Beresford. It’s not a forgotten masterpiece, but it’s a fairly worthy discovery or rediscovery with an impressive debut performance at its center.

My Own Private Idaho

Jordan M. Smith @ IONCINEMA.com

Northern Limit Line

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

La Sapienza

Dusty Somers @ World Cinema Paradise

  • Excerpt: It might take a little bit for one to get used to the very precise formalism of La Sapienza, the latest feature from U.S.-born French filmmaker Eugène Green. Green’s frames are often painstakingly symmetrical, placing the subject in the exact center, and his shot-reverse shot sequences are bracing, if discomfiting, sometimes facing each person head-on, the camera encroaching with each cut.

Testament of Youth

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: Review of the new Blu-ray.

Wer

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Other Reviews from 2014 and earlier

Burnt Offerings

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Offering a few creepy moments along the way, the movie crawls to a non-surprise ending.

Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell/The Living Skeleton

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Leaving Las Vegas

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Mr. Jones

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

Poltergeist

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The Spirit of ’45

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog Film Reviews

Varan the Unbelievable

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘Varan The Unbelievable’ – One Of The Toho Avengers’ Minor Characters

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