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Classics & More on DVD (Jun. 29, 2015)

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Reviews of Classic Films

Around the World with Orson Welles

Sean Axmaker @ Keyframe

  • Excerpt: Welles foregrounds the machinery of moviemaking, reminding us that he’s brought a crew with him, and he manipulates his documentary footage as aggressively as he does in his fictional storytelling.

The Bridge

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Day of the Outlaw

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: ne of the toughest, most tension-filled pictures from Andre de Toth, a studio filmmaker who could be counted on to bring a savage edge to his assignments.

The Fisher King

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Killer Cop

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: The northern capital of Milan, the symbol of modernity and progress in the Italian cinema of the 50s and 60s, is the epitome of official corruption and the urban mob in the crime cinema of the 70s.

Man, Pride and Vengeance

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: Man, Pride and Vengeance (1967), from director Luigi Bazzoni and star Franco Nero, is a respectable find.

A Master Builder

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Premature Burial

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: Like most of Corman’s Poe films, the script (this one by Charles Beaumont and Ray Russell) borrows little more than the central idea and the title from Poe. This one owes a debt to Gaslight and Diabolique…

Le Silence de la Mer

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: Melville called it an “anti-cinematic” film, and he creates the expressiveness in what remains unspoken, the glances and gestures that take on grand drama in the minimalist presentation.

Spider Baby

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Stunning Debuts: Terrence Malick’s Badlabds

Emanuel Levy @ www.EmanuelLevy.com

  • Excerpt: Terrene Malikc made a stunning debut in 1973 with Badlands, which world-premiered at the N.Y. Film Fest, announcing the arrival of a major artist

The Trial (1961)

Sean Axmaker @ Keyframe

  • Excerpt: The legal system is a literal maze in Welles’ visualization and the disparate locations all lead back to one another.

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Classics & More on DVD (Jun. 22, 2015)

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Reviews of Classic Films

Arizona Dream

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Werid Movies

  • Excerpt: Quirkiness magnified to a metaphysical level.

The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Brecht meets Douglas Sirk and Joseph Mankiewicz (“All About Eve”) in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s delectable adaptation of his five-act stageplay, an exploration of a lesbian triangle of role-switching polarities between dominance and submission.

Dreaming in Technicolor: Rope

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Next Projection

Far from the Madding Crowd

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Visually lush and powerfully acted by a quartet of England’s finest actors, John Schlesinger’s “Far From the Madding Crowd” is admirable in spite of its scattered narrative focus and flaws in its direction.

The Freshman

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Immortal Love

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

The Milky Way

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

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Classics & More on DVD (Jun. 15, 2015)

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Reviews of Classic Films

El Cid

Rick Aragon @ http://rickscafetexan.blogspot.com/

  • Excerpt: El Cid, given current events, is a remarkably insightful film about not just Islamic extremism, but about human compassion and the understanding that not all Muslims are threats. It mixes epic and intimate extremely well, with Heston and Loren towering over the proceedings.

Daughters of the Dust

Kenji Fujishima @ The L Magazine

Jurassic Park

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Now that I’m older and more open, it’s easier to appreciate ‘Jurassic Park’ for what it is — a first-rate piece of action/horror craftsmanship, an exquisitely composed and assembled popcorn picture, and in many ways (hi there, shared ‘JP’ theme park/movie logo) a sly commentary on the business of the blockbuster. But more than anything, a recent viewing served as a reminder that it was one of the first major movies to use CGI — and still one of the few to use it properly.

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jun. 8, 2015)

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Reviews of Classic Films

The Blues Brothers

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: Over time The Blues Brothers has grown in stature to become a cult classic. Separated from the storied Hollywood backstory it’s easy to see why.

The French Connection

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

Harakiri

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Imitation of Life

Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: You may snicker at the endless succession of designer clothes and designer interiors, the hairdos that greet the morning with indomitable perfection, some of the equally styled-and-lacquered dialogue, but there is a throbbing sincerity and a dazzling artistry at work here.

Mamele

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Mamele is a classic and important work for a number of reasons. It is the last Yiddish film shot in Poland, made just a year before the Nazis occupied Poland and began the destruction of the way of life depicted in the film. Mamele also stars “Queen of the Yiddish Musical” Molly Picon.

Up the Sandbox

Phil Hall @ Examiner.com

  • Excerpt: Review of the 1972 Barbra Streisand comedy

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jun. 1, 2015)

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Reviews of Classic Films

The Dark Crystal

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Destino

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Salvador Dalí’s only moving canvas… This dream of a Disney princess trapped in Dalí’s delirious desert is something we will not see the likes of again in our lifetimes.

The Goddess

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The Goddess is an extremely beautiful, emotional film, and Ruan’s performance is one of the most moving I’ve seen in a film, silent or sound.

The Human Condition

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Poltergeist

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

  • Excerpt: There’s a definite need for a particular strain of horror that’s aimed at kids, and Poltergeist proves that it can be done effectively, without pulling punches or watering things down.

Rosemary’s Baby

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Rosemary’s Baby, for me, is a bit like the original Dracula. It isn’t ‘scary’ in that I was frightened. However, it was highly atmospheric, creepy, and more suspense than pure gore.

Sparrows

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: There was just an extraordinary beauty to Pickford, and a fine example of that is Sparrows, a story that mixes both horror and hope, that has really exciting moments and which stands the test of time.

Total Recall

Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (May 25, 2015)

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Reviews of Classic Films

Macbeth

Phil Hall @ Examiner.com

  • Excerpt: An appreciation of Orson Welles’ 1948 Shakespeare film.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: Randle McMurphy and Nurse Ratched play a game of one-upmanship while we sit and watch, basking in the glory of their finely tuned characters.

Paint Your Wagon

Phil Hall @ Examiner.com

  • Excerpt: An appreciation of the 1969 musical

Stronghold

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Victory at Sea

Phil Hall @ Examiner.com

  • Excerpt: A review of the 1954 documentary.

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (May 18, 2015)

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Reviews of Classic Films

42nd Street

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

Adam’s Rib

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Beauty and the Beast

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: There is no movie before or since that manages to strike the same tone of dreamy believability as ‘Beauty and the Beast.’

Blade Runner

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: The powerful spell of Blade Runner—and also why it’s often proven so divisive over the years—can be attributed to the film’s prizing of atmosphere and textured emotion above suspense and action: in many ways it was cinema’s first multimillion-dollar mood piece.

Doctor Zhivago

Kristen Lopez @ ClassicFlix

Duel in the Sun

Phil Hall @ Examiner.com

  • Excerpt: The first film profiled in Phil Hall’s new classic films series is the 1946 Western epic.

Over the Edge

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

  • Excerpt: A seminal and dark teen drama.

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (May 11, 2015)

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Reviews of Classic Films

The Apu Trilogy

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Blue Velvet

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Just as Jeffrey will never see the world the same way after peering through the slats in Dorothy’s closet, we can never see movies quite the same way after we’ve experienced ‘Blue Velvet.’

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Barbary Coast

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

Goodfellas

Jeremy Kibler @ Diabolique Magazine

  • Excerpt: GoodFellas turns 25 this year. It still is the quintessential mobster film of all time and just one of the greatest films, and that’s without hyperbole.

The McKenzie Break

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

Black Zoo

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)

Jordan Richardson @ Canadian Cinephile

  • Excerpt: Still relevant and still more than “black enough,” Cotton Comes to Harlem is a genre must-see for fans of 1970s cinema.

Sorcerer

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Both Sorcerer’s initial failure and slow rehabilitation probably stem equally from the film’s specific and spiky nature, a thrilling adventure film that is nonetheless notably defined by a downbeat attitude.

Top Secret!

Kenji Fujishima @ The L Magazine

Classics and Other Films on DVD (May 4, 2015)

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Reviews of Classic Films

Design for Living

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Lacombe, Lucien

Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit

  • Excerpt: A generation after WWII, Louis Malle shed light on French collaborators

Metropolis

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Its layers of allegorical resonances, together with its astounding Futurist visuals and melodramatic leaps in logic, help the movie feel monumental, even when its explicit message seems pedantic and naive.

Ride the Pink Horse

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: The film is both tough and touching, with crackling dialogue (scripted by the great Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer) and stylized scenes…

The Spook Who Sat by the Door

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: The sometimes violent clashes between the black communities in Ferguson, Mo., New York City, and, most recently, in Baltimore are historic, as in déjà vu all over again. This 1973 film on the National Film Registry, cowritten and coproduced by Sam Greenlee from his 1969 novel of the same name, includes scenes that could have been footage from dozens of news reports made within the past week.

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Classics and Other Films on DVD (Apr. 27, 2015)

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Reviews of Classic Films

The House of Hate

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Live Flesh

Cole Smithey @ Colesmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Live Flesh represents one of the flamboyant Pedro Almodovar’s clearest manifestations of his signature melodramatic style in a personalized homage to Spanish culture during and after Francesco Franco’s dictatorship.

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