Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
The Big Sleep
- Excerpt: The Big Sleep, as its weird, pithily poetic title suggests, is far from realistic. It is indeed one of the most fervently delirious works from classic Hollywood.
The Bride of Frankenstein
Call Her Savage
- Excerpt: The 1932 melodrama Call Her Savage proved an excellent vehicle for the original “It Girl,” Clara Bow. Directed by John Francis Dillon (Man About Town) from a novel by Tiffany Thayer (Thirteen Women), it gives Bow the opportunity to be many things: the wild child, the heartbroken lover, the grieving mother, the bossy rich lady, and ultimately, the reformed woman.
The Children’s Hour
- Excerpt: This may be Audrey Hepburn’s finest dramatic performance. She offers strength and sympathy, but also heartbreak.
- Excerpt: It’s a Classic Film, and Chaplin deserves his spot in the pantheon of comics.
- Excerpt: Stylistically, Donkey Skin is fascinating. Demy establishes a kind of shabby chic.
- Excerpt: The only western that Audrey Hepburn ever made, The Unforgiven pairs the actress with co-star and producer Burt Lancaster and legendary director John Huston for a decent if not dazzling cowboy drama.
The Wind Will Carry Us
- Excerpt: As with most of Abbas Kiarostami’s signature work, it’s as inscrutable as it is involving, relying on the audience’s powers of observation as much as that of the auteur.
Recent Home Video Releases
The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad/Fun and Fancy Free
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
The Children’s Hour
- Excerpt: In the end, The Children’s Hour is about human frailty. As much as we all believe we’ll stand up for friends if we hear horrible rumors about them, the niggling desire to confirm or deny will always be there
Criterion Collection: Y Tu Mamá También | Blu-ray Review
- Excerpt: Though Y tu mamá también is very much about the fine line between adolescence and maturity, it’s powerhouse emotional core rests in the notion that living in the moment – in the sun, on the road, amongst friends, lovers and laughter – is what life is truly about.
Joy Ride 3: Road Kill
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers
Muppets Most Wanted
Phantom of the Paradise
Rosemary’s Baby (2014)
The Single Moms Club
We Won’t Grow Old Together
When I Saw You
Y tu mama tambien
Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier
Bonnie and Clyde
- Excerpt: It’s as if I said to you, ‘people are inherently vicious,’ and then proved my point by punching you in the nose. You’d probably be more angry at me than convinced of my theory, which is how I feel about ‘Cannibal Holocaust.’
Hell of the Living Dead / Rats: Night of Terror
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)
Return of Daimajin
The Secret Heart
- Excerpt: Leonard’s movie is a light drama that pours a lot of armchair psychology into a vessel ill equipped to handle the extreme emotions. June Allyson proves a weak link when it comes to portraying the pouty child, possibly because she was already approaching 30 when she was cast as the 17-year-old Penny.
Sorry, Wrong Number
- Excerpt: Sorry, Wrong Number admirably builds tension, helped by a grand performance from Barbara Stanwyck. Had the plot conventions not inflated and dampened the tension, it could have been perfect.