Classics and Other Films on DVD

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD from 2010 and earlier.

Adventures in Babysitting

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Though it can be embarrassing to admit some of the movies we considered favorites in our youth, my enduring love for Adventures in Babysitting involves no shame. Sure, this is a silly bit of escapism that cynical adults who did not grow up in the 1980s might easily declare contrived and far-fetched. No serious film historian or critic has ever singled out this film as one of the great works of its time. And yet, I love it so.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

The Arsenal Stadium Mystery

John J. Puccio @ Movie Metropolis

  • Excerpt: The movie has more than a few good qualities, most notably the presence of Leslie Banks as the wonderfully droll police inspector. He pretty much makes the show.

The Big Lebowski

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Bourne Supremacy

Kenneth Morefield @ 1More Film Blog

  • Excerpt: It’s not that every new movie needs to be read as a commentary on the United States’ military involvement in Iraq, but when the main character spends the last thirty minutes of a movie trying to put himself in a position where he can apologize to a woman whose family was the victim of his sanctioned violence, it is hard not to use his actions as a jumping off point for talking about America’s ambivalence at being the last superpower.

Bunraku

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Bus Stop

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Down By Law

Dusty Somers @ dustysomers.com

Forever Marilyn

Dusty Somers @ Blogcritics

  • Excerpt: Five Marilyn Monroe films come to Blu-ray for the first time in this seven-disc box set.

The Freshman (1925)

A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice

Full Metal Jacket

John J. Puccio @ Movie Metropolis

  • Excerpt: Full Metal Jacket may not be the best film Kubrick ever made, but it’s still Kubrick, meaning it’s better than almost anything else in cinema.

The Great Madcap

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

  • Excerpt: The Great Madcap is the second of Luis Buñuel’s commercial Mexican efforts (following the light musical Gran Casino) and the first to point convincingly towards Buñuel’s future, even if it’s a somewhat rigid and lopsided screwball comedy, a film with only fractions of the satiric bile and mad logic he dropped in L’âge d’or and would eventually unload later in his career.

Jaws

John J. Puccio @ Movie Metropolis

  • Excerpt: You’re gonna need a bigger TV if you want to enjoy “Jaws” in all its glory. (Blu-ray edition)

The Last Days of Disco

Dusty Somers @ Cinema Sentries

The Legend of Lylah Clare

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Lobster Man From Mars

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

  • Excerpt: Got no money? Want to make a hit film? Seen The Producers? Then, like the producer in this film, you might think that investing in a bad movie is a good move – or, like its directors, you might gamble on telling that story again. Lobster Man From Mars wears its low budget on its sleeve. This never looks as clever as it hopes but, largely by accident, it still succeeds in entertaining.

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

Rich Cline @ Shadows on the Wall

  • Excerpt: This silent film is far more textured and expressive than almost any police thriller in recent memory. And the BFI’s restoration is simply gorgeous

Man On Wire

Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor

May

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: It’s an above average horror outing sporting superior performances, but it’s not a revolutionary genre movie; and, given the film’s socially ghoulish first two thirds, there is a sense of a missed opportunity to do something truly special.

Metropolitan

Dusty Somers @ Blogcritics

The Misfits

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: Such a fantastic acting showcase that it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that a top-shelf talent like John Huston directed.

The Philadelphia Story

Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie reviews

The Prince and the Showgirl

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: A perky, upbeat comedy full of ’80s music and essentially transplanting one of ’90s television’s funnier characters is not easy for me to dislike and I can appreciate if you classify Romy and Michele as harmless fun. It basically is, as long as you have a generous definition of “fun” and are not genuinely hurt by poor structure, stupid jokes, or paper-thin storytelling.

Singin’ in the Rain

Dusty Somers @ Blogcritics

Sound of Noise

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: If David Lynch directed the Swedish cast of STOMP in an action-comedy, I think it might go a little something like this…

Spaceballs

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: If someone had to make a Star Wars spoof, one of the more agreeable people to do so was Mel Brooks. In the 1980s, Brooks was, as he is now, revered as comedy royalty. He had already put his spin on classic horror (Young Frankenstein), westerns (Blazing Saddles), Broadway (The Producers), silents (Silent Movie), Hitchcock (High Anxiety), and epics (History of the World: Part I). Spaceballs gave him a chance to have fun with the blend of state-of-the-art science fiction with classic matinee adventure that had made George Lucas richer and more powerful than he ever could have imagined.

The Spy Who Loved Me

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: The best combination of japery and seriousness, without descending into the clowning that would be a part of all but one of Moore’s subsequent adventures [as Bond].

Story of a Prostitute

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Tarzan Escapes

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Terminator: Salvation

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Bale brings his Batman intensity (occasionally along with his Batman voice), but John Connor is almost an afterthought.

The Thin Red Line

Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor

The Thing

Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor

Total Recall (1990)

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: Minor Verhoeven, well-above-average Schwarzenegger, and as well-made as any action movie from around the turn of the 1990s you could name.

Walking And Talking

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The main problem is that this ISN’T an origin story in the same way Batman Begins or Iron Man are. It’s just a routine action film, right down to the clichés.

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