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Classics & More on DVD (Feb. 1, 2016)

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Reviews of Classic Films

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Carnal Knowledge

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Gilda

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Gilda is a bundle of conflicted emotions. It’s a film where the characters all insist that they make their own luck, but then proceed to consistently act against their best interests.

Labyrinth

Hugo Gomes @ Cinematograficamente Falando …

The Last Detail

Clark Provence @ 365 Movie Guy

  • Excerpt: The Last Detail is technically a comedy (and a consistently funny one, at that), but it starts on an angry note and just grows more bitter as it proceeds.

A Man For All Seasons (1966)

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: There have been many films made about noblemen. A Man For All Seasons is, however, a film about a noble man, one who stood by his principles and convictions at the cost of his life.

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

  • Excerpt: An important document of what David Bowie represented (and–perhaps inadvertently–who he actually was) during this stage of his career.

Marty (1955)

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Honestly, if by the end of Marty you don’t fall in love with Marty and Clara, there’s flat-out something wrong with you.

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Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 25, 2016)

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Reviews of Classic Films

Blu-ray Review: Hiroshima Mon Amour

Ben Nicholson @ CineVue

  • Excerpt: Resnais had a preoccupation with time throughout his career – his next feature Last Year at Marienbad would step outside of it almost almost entirely – and Hiroshima Mon Amour drifts backwards and forwards through it to groundbreaking expressive effect.

Buraikan

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Conspirators of Pleasure

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Svankmajer’s essay on the erotic and ridiculous nature of creativity is funny, fascinating and, at the end, quite disturbing.

Escape from the ‘Liberty’ Cinema

Ben Nicholson @ CineVue

  • Excerpt: Polish director Wojciech Marczewski was no stranger to his country’s censors – giving up film direction altogether after 1981’s Shivers due to the return of martial law and film censorship. He exploited his experiences to the full in his fabulous absurdist comedy, Escape from the ‘Liberty’ Cinema.

Fando y Lis

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Here, Jodorowsky has found, but not perfected, his unique voice: it’s as if he’s working with individual sentences, rather than complete paragraphs.

Safety Last!

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Speedy

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Titanic

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Titanic hasn’t aged so well, it’s true. Yet it still leaves you with the sense that, for better and worse, you’ve just had the kind of experience for which the movies were invented.

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Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 18, 2016)

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All That Heaven Allows

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: You laugh that someone could ignore pure love to retain status, but what’s shown onscreen is as serious as can be underneath the soap opera theatrics. There’s no better transition than watching the joyous grins disappear from Kay and Ned’s faces after their mother announces that her fiancé is not the man they think.

Confession (1937)

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The Freshman

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Jaws

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

The Public Enemy

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: This lack of mugging for the camera elevates Keaton’s work for me and makes these movies extremely watchable. Steamboat Bill, Jr. isn’t winning any screenplay awards, but it’s a priceless cinematic gem nonetheless.

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Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 11, 2016)

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Blind Woman’s Curse

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: …an odd stir-fry of yakuza, samurai and ghost story genres with psychedelic seasoning.

The Complete Lady Snowblood

Thomas Spurlin @ DVDTalk.com

The Graduate

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

Japanese Summer: Double Suicide

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: Ôshima’s surrealistic Sixties satire carves out a unique space somewhere between a Buñuelian joke and an extended zen koan.

The Jazz Singer

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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Classics & More on DVD (Jan. 4, 2016)

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42nd Street: Iconic Musical of Depression Era

Emanuel Levy @ www.EmanuelLevy.com

  • Excerpt: 42nd Street, the 1933 Oscar nominee, may not be the best backstage musical but sure is the most iconic and best known of the early Depression era

Chimes at Midnight

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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Classics & More on DVD (Dec. 28, 2015)

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Babes in Toyland (1961)

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

A Day in the Country

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: …does exactly what a short film should: it draws its audience into its setting, orients them to the situation, and then leads them to a certain revelation or question, its compactness allowing for the storyteller to be simultaneously more direct and more ambiguous.

Hitler’s Children

Paul Mavis @ DVD Drive-In

  • Excerpt: Home-grown Nazi horrors and doomed romance as Nancy Drew’s fertility is threatened by the Fuehrer.

Miracle on 34th Street

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Two Men in Town

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

You Can’t Take It With You

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

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Classics & More on DVD (Dec. 21, 2015)

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Emma (1932)

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: I find it a pity that both Marie Dressler and Emma are not as well-remembered as they should be, given how moving both were in the film. Sometimes it stumbles slightly, but I think it’s pretty impossible not to react emotionally to its gentle tale of a good woman surrounded with bad people.

The Entertainer

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The Entertainer is a tragedy about a man wrecked by his own devices. Archie Rice, this flawed, foolish, failure, is a highpoint of (Laurence) Olivier’s extraordinary career.

Johnny Guitar

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Weird and “really weird” are pretty accurate definitions to Johnny Guitar, with some really strange inferences one can draw from the story. This isn’t to say Johnny Guitar is bad. It’s just really, really weird.

Lady on a Train

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: It’s hard to tell when watching Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? whether it is either a parody or a very long in-joke that everyone (contemporary audiences included) is in on. It’s a nice film that does what it set out to do: laugh and laugh at itself.

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

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A Child is Waiting

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Count Yorga, Vampire

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Downhill Racer

Matt Brown @ TwitchFilm

Downhill Racer

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

Harold and Maude

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Harold and Maude is a classic tale of outsiders, a black romantic comedy of misfits.

Ikiru

Matt Brown @ TwitchFilm

Ikiru

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

The Lady from Shanghai

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: Its saving grace is a fantastic climactic exchange inside an amusement park’s hall of mirrors that’s become legendary in noir history. But even its escalating intrigue of shattered glass portraits jumping from one to the next until the first character falls from bullet is a shadow of its true self.

Touch of Evil

Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews

  • Excerpt: Credit Welles for one of his career’s best performances while also keeping the complicated plot cogent. From the breathtaking opening shot of a bomb timer spun before following the car housing it through customs to the edge-of-your-seat finale of tape-recorded confessions and knee-jerk murder, Touch of Evil rightfully earns its top spot in the annals of film noir.

White of the Eye

Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema

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Classics & More on DVD (Dec. 8, 2015)

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The Crowd

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: When I finished The Crowd, I did not get the sense that there was any ‘downbeat’ ending. If anything, I finished The Crowd not with a sense of despair, but with a sense of hope.

Greed

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Even in this ‘short’ version, Greed remains of the greatest silent films and among the Great Films in All Cinema, its visual impact and story of the corrupted nature of man still powerful and relevant today.

I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: I Am A Fugitive from a Chain Gang is a devastating picture, and I think it is one of the best examples of using sound in early talking pictures.Modern filmmakers take note: THIS is how a message gets delivered.

Kwaidan

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

London After Midnight

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Judging the reconstruction, London After Midnight isn’t a bad picture, certainly elevated by Lon Chaney’s dual performance.

Star Wars – Episode One: The Phantom Menace (1999) / Episode Two: Attack of the Clones (2002) / Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: I was and still am bewildered by the level of invective the prequel trilogy receives. In some ways, I even prefer those films today.

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Classics & More on DVD (Nov. 30, 2015)

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Reviews of Classic Films

The Apu Trilogy

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

Breaker Morant

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: Classic Blu-ray review

Catch My Soul (1974)

Phil Hall @ Examiner.com

  • Excerpt: The long-unseen 1974 “Othello”-inspired musical is finally on DVD.

Don’t Look Back

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: Classic Blu-ray review

The Empire Strikes Back

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

The Honeymoon Killers

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: Classic Blu-ray review

Ikiru

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: Classic Blu-ray review

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Ikiru goes to plenty of emotional depths and ponders the darkness with an unflinching courage; yet, it is never dull, much less morose. You’d think watching an old man waiting to die would feel a little bit like death itself, but Takashi Shimura has a sympathetic face and an undeniable screen presence that makes it impossible not to watch and wait to see how it turns out.

In Cold Blood

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

  • Excerpt: Anyone who thinks we’ve become desensitized to film violence hasn’t seen this movie recently.

Kwaidan

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: Classic Blu-ray review

Return of the Jedi

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Two Women

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Two Women is the most solid proof possible that Sofia Loren is a legitimate actress. This is one of the most moving, heartbreaking, emotionally shattering performances I’ve seen from any actress, let alone one known for her extraordinary beauty.

The Wind

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The Wind may perhaps not be the last great silent film made, but it is no doubt one of the last great silent films made. Breathtaking visually, with an absolutely stunning performance from Lillian Gish, The Wind is a most fitting swan song to silent films.

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