Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.
Reviews of Classic Films
- Excerpt: If Bertolucci’s screenplay, adapted by the director from a novel by Alberto Moravia, is complex and fascinating, it is the visuals of this movie that make the most enduring impression. The cinematography is by the great Vittorio Storaro.
From Dusk Till Dawn
- Excerpt: …a curious failure that has been surprisingly overrated by people who remember the vampire-stabbing fun of the pre-dawn finale, but forget the incongruous and unpleasant pre-dusk sequences.
- Excerpt: “Goldfinger” set in stone the formula for what would become cinema’s longest running and most reliably entertaining franchise. Regardless of how many installments have come since, “Goldfinger” retains its reputation as the best of the bunch.
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
- Excerpt: Gene Fowler’s little universe proliferates with ingenious fragments of surrealist destabilisation, which often pack a sneaky thematic wallop.
- Excerpt: A drama that’s slow to start, but which gradually drags you in with its rich, imaginary synthesis of pagan and Christian traditions, and with the fate of its quietly sad and oddly named adolescent protagonist.
Recent Home Video Releases
- Excerpt: With commentary from co-writer Bob Gale
Billion Dollar Brain
- Excerpt: Ken Russell’s bracing Billion Dollar Brain gets a solid, if unspectacular, transfer (and little in the way of extras) from Kino Lorber.
La Dolce Vita
- Excerpt: An undisputed masterpiece of modern cinema that saw Fellini shift from neo-realism to something much more thematically rich and narratively weird, La Dolce Vita showed us the 1950s “good life” at it’s most unscrupulous and commented on our fantastical obsession to know the inner lives of those in the public eye, and yet we cannot help but celebrate its accomplishments by partaking in exactly what it disparages. As always, life imitates art, no?
La Dolce Vita
Nightbreed – The Director’s Cut
- Excerpt: Clive Barker’s vision is finally realized
Venus in Fur
- Excerpt: Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur is a deceptively simple two-hander. Superficially, the film seems to unfold as a textbook study of role reversal (that staple of the psychodrama) in the tragicomic mode.
Other Reviews from 2012 and earlier
The Legend of Suram Fortress
The Mysterious Doctor
- Excerpt: Cheap, brief, daft, and blissful fun for old B-movie spelunkers, The Mysterious Doctor is jerry-built pulp fiction from the midst of WW2, combining mild horror spun from already long-hoary story tropes and regulation wartime messaging.
The Night of Generals
Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series
Portrait of Jason
The Queen of Spades
- Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Presents ‘Shock’ – An Entirely Different Kind Of Vincent Price Movie