Classics and Other Films on DVD

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Published on: February 4, 2013

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD from 2011 and earlier.

Beau Travail

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

  • 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

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Face to Face

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Foreigner

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Grave of the Fireflies

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

The Isle

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • 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)

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • 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.

Lincoln

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • 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.

Lonesome Cowboys

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

Lost Horizon (1937)

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews


A Man Vanishes

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • 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?

Peter Pan

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • 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

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • 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

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • 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

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • 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.

Sunrise

Peter Gutierrez @ Twitch

Vengeance is Mine

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

The Wedding Singer

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

White Zombie

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • 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.
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