Classics and Other Films on DVD (Jan. 26, 2015)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” is a remarkable outlier in the teen movie genre even if tone-deaf critics like Roger Ebert panned the film upon its release in 1982.

It Happened One Night (1934)

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def

Lawrence of Arabia

Emanuel Levy @

  • Excerpt: Five decades later, David Lean’s Oscar winning epic is just as impressive as it was in 1962

The Man With the Golden Arm

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: The intent is to force us to give up on trying to process the narrative and imagery in the conventional sense, and simply submit to its beauty.

Port of Flowers/The Living Magoroku

Jamie S. Rich @ Criterion Confessions

The Ruling Class

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: It’s a blasphemous eulogy for the English class system, a shovelful of disrespectful dirt thrown on its grave. At the same time, it’s a warning that the ghosts of that ancient order still roam the countryside.

A Serbian Film

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: The escalating incidents of pedophilia, incest, and necrophilia that follow reflect a country traumatized by otherwise unspeakable acts of violence committed under the auspices of war. We witness the disgusting underbelly of a broken civilization where human values no longer exist.

Time Bandits

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def

Vengeance is Mine

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: “Vengeance Is Mine” is much more than a true-crime movie in the vein of “In Cold Blood.” Rather the film is a richly woven polemic that encompasses turbulent generational shifts in Japanese identity caused by World War II.

Recent Home Video Releases

The Blob (1988)

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def


Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: Boyhood (Paramount, Blu-ray, DVD, VOD) is arguably the movie of 2014. Even if you don’t think it’s the best film of last year, it dominated Top Ten lists and critics groups awards and it offered a different and daring kind of cinematic experience, something rare enough in American popular cinema.

Creature 3D

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

The Dark Half

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def

The Fortune

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: The timing wasn’t planned but it is fortuitous. The Fortune (Twilight Time, Blu-ray), a screwball comedy directed by Mike Nichols, debuts on Blu-ray a month after Nichols passed away.

Inherit The Wind

Jordan M. Smith @

Kinoshita and World War II

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: Japanese director Keisuke Kinoshita made 50 films in a 50-year career…. Kinoshita and World War II (Eclipse, DVD) presents his first five films and offers a rare glimpse into the propaganda films made in Japan during World War II.

Left Behind

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The effects are hilarious, the sets are rinky-dink, and the character names are funnier than a full season of ‘Big Bang Theory’: Rayford Steele, Chloe Steele, Buck Williams, Hattie Durham, Shasta Carvell. Yet ‘Left Behind’ is utterly fascinating as a bit of would-be mainstream entertainment that’s transparently attempting to function as stealth proselytizing, yet plays like we can’t see right through it.

Lord of Illusions: Collector’s Edition

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def

Middle of Nowhere

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: As Selma opens wide to great reviews, Ava DuVernay’s second feature comes to disc, a small story about a woman who put her aspirations on hold when her husband goes to prison.

The Pirates

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

The Strange Little Cat

Jordan M. Smith @

Tales From the Crypt/Vault of Horror

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def

The Twilight Saga: Extended Editions Triple Feature

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def

Videophiled Best of 2014 on Blu-ray and DVD

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier

Bad Girls

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

Burn After Reading

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation


Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

Runner, Runner

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

Smash His Camera

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

White Reindeer

Sarah Ward @ artsHub

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