Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD from 2011 and earlier.
- Excerpt: Denis never drives [anything] home, instead letting [feelings] arise slowly from the surface of the film. The result is a remarkably rich viewing experience that is embedded with more sophisticated ideas, evocative images, and mysterious juxtapositions in 90 minutes than many directors accomplish in their entire careers.
The Dust of Time
Face to Face
Grave of the Fireflies
Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]
- Excerpt: Evoking the mysterious power of mutually destructive attraction, “The Isle” is a movie that just might get its hooks in you—although hopefully not as literally as it gets its hooks inside its characters.
Les Misérables (1998)
- Excerpt: Neeson’s is an outstanding, memorable Jean Valjean who does a mighty job of anchoring this film and keeping its drama earthy and humane.
- Excerpt: No, not THAT Lincoln, but the filmmaker and actor born Fred Perna, professionally known as Fred Lincoln, Fred J. Lincoln or F. J. Lincoln. There is, however, a guy with a stovepipe hat, in Serena: An Adult Fairy Tale.
Lost Horizon (1937)
A Man Vanishes
- Excerpt: As it ends, you will be left with little more explanation than what you began with and a ton more questions. How much of the preceding two hours was real, and how much was an expertly executed philosophical provocation?
- Excerpt: Disney has done little to make Peter Pan a must-own Blu-ray, but the 60-year-old film has that covered itself.
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
- Excerpt: There are enough fun ideas in The Seven-Per-Cent Solution to look beyond its somewhat lackluster mystery and pedestrian execution. Fans of Sherlock Holmes and Sigmund Freud are most likely to appreciate it, but all viewers should find some entertainment here.
The Sex Thief
- Excerpt: Who would have guessed that the debut feature of Martin Campbell, director of Casino Royale, Goldeneye, The Mask of Zorro and Green Lantern would be such a randy piece of work?
Sleepy Eyes of Death – Collector’s Set Volume 3
- Excerpt: While Castle Menagerie was probably not intended to be the last film in the Kyoshiro Nemuri series, there is still a satisfying sense of closure with the final shot of Raizo Ichikawa, back turned to the camera, walking into the distance.
Vengeance is Mine
The Wedding Singer
- Excerpt: A satisfying presentation of one of Lugosi’s most indelible roles, now saved from the public domain bargain bin by its clearest presentation ever.