Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
- Excerpt: Much of “Airplane!’s” success can be attributed to its casting of well-established older television actors in eccentric roles. Most of them were dramatic actors that had never done comedy before.
The Americanization of Emily
Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Season 1
Bringing Out The Dead
Death Occurred Last Night
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Fastest Guitar Alive
A Flintstone Christmas Collection
Free and Easy / Estrellados
- Excerpt: This was the first film Bud Cort made, almost five years after Harold and Maude. Even with facial hair, Cort’s wide eyes and baby face hadn’t changed much since his onscreen fling with Ruth Gordon.
High School Musical: China
Kill Bill Volume 2
- Excerpt: Ten years ago, Tarantino provided closure on the Bride and her tale of revenge.
The Lonely Man
- Excerpt: Henry Levin’s 1956 western The Lonely Man is a lost treasure of the prairie. This surprising, emotional cowboy drama stars Jack Palance as the feared gunman Jacob Wade, a mean customer who returns home after years on the run to discover his wife is dead and his son a sensitive child full of hate for the old man who ditched him.
Master of the House
- Excerpt: Although it ends with an overwrought climax, topped off with a laughably banal cliché that unites the workers with their greedy overlord, “Metropolis” is filled with stunning archetypal imagery and grand-scale spectacle.
Perry Mason: The Original Warner Bros. Movies Collection
The Pleasure Seekers
- Excerpt: Charming performances makes The Pleasure Seekers worth a look, but this remake of Three Coins in the Fountain is otherwise dull and lacking in legitimate romance.
The Public Defender
The Reign of Naples
Riot In Cell Block 11
The Shawshank Redemption
- Excerpt: Shawshank is brimming with moments where the human soul triumphs over adversity in the most inspiring way.
South Seas Adventure
Stranger on Horseback
- Excerpt: Portending the narrative backbone of Joseph H. Lewis’ Terror in a Texas Town (1958), Stranger on Horseback pits a rational outsider against a delusional community, chronicling the attempts made by the outsider to shake the town out of their groupthink.
Tim Holt Western Classics Collection: Vol. 1
Touch of Evil
The Unholy Three (1925 and 1930)
War of the Gargantuas
Who’s That Knocking At My Door
Who’s That Knocking At My Door
William Powell at Warner Bros.
Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo
Recent Home Video Releases
Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses
In Your Eyes
- Excerpt: Joss Whedon wrote and produced a sweet little supernatural romance for your geeky pleasure, and you don’t even have to pirate it: he released it instantly on Vimeo.
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier
Here Comes the Devil
SpongeBob SquarePants: It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!
Waking the Dead
- Excerpt: This film, though fairly conventional in its attitudes, can awaken the romantic in all of us, but especially those of us who have lived in heady times and loved with all our hearts.