Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD from 2011 and earlier.
An American Hippie in Israel
The Awful Dr. Orlof
A Bay Of Blood
- Excerpt: Draped in the manners of fin de siècle in Paris, writer-director Jacques Becker’s 1952 milestone of romantic drama is a snapshot of French social mores at the turn of the 20th century.
The Chronicles of Riddick
- Excerpt: Makes absolutely no sense in its theatrical cut and still feels awfully messy in Twohy’s director’s cut.
- Excerpt: Intense as hell, with a soundtrack that can induce headaches and bloody visuals that will make you squirm, ‘Clean, Shaven’ is nevertheless a fundamentally humane movie.
Day of the Dead (1985)
- Excerpt: Rarely have exposed brains and filleted foreheads looked this great.
Don’t Look Now
- Excerpt: It’s a wonder that Alfred Hitchcock didn’t lay claim to Daphne du Maurier’s short-story “Don’t Look Now.”
Five Dolls For An August Moon
Frontier Pony Express
The Frozen Dead
- Excerpt: The Frozen Dead is the confused marriage of a low-rent exploitation movie and a big studio production based on some pulpy bestseller.
- Excerpt: …it’s the sort of swoony fluff you found everywhere in that era, nice as can be but just barely memorable.
Hildegarde Withers Mystery Collection
- Excerpt: …six RKO features featuring this character have returned for amateur gumshoes to dive into once more.
Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
Leaving Las Vegas
- Excerpt: “Leaving Las Vegas” (1995) is a remarkably potent romantic drama that permanently altered the careers of many of the people involved in its creation.
- Excerpt: Roman Polanski’s cinematic response to the shattering heartbreak he suffered after his pregnant wife Sharon Tate was brutally murdered by Charles Manson’s cult members, is an audacious adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest plays.
New On Blu-ray: the Bava Collection
- Excerpt: If you have never sampled Italian horror from its heyday of the 60s and 70s then you are missing out on some audacious cinema that assaults your senses with a splatterfest of blood, gore, and over the top style.
Nightmares Come At Night
- Excerpt: A solid creature feature, but not at all a revelatory one.
The Proud Rebel
Q: The Winged Serpent
Rebel Without a Cause
- Excerpt: “Rebel Without a Cause” (1955) is a pivotal film for many reasons — each as important as the next.
- Excerpt: Personalmente, me parece con muchísima diferencia la mejor película de Stanley Kubrick; y junto a “El exorcista” (1973), de William Friedkin, y “Alien, el octavo pasajero” (1979), de Ridley Scott, la mejor película de terror de la historia del cine.
The Testament of Orpheus
Three Colors: Red
- Excerpt: No better swan song to such a rich, weighty career has yet been filmed.
The Vault of Horror
- Excerpt: Every segment, all the shock endings, and the wraparound story are stock to the core.