Classics & More on DVD (Oct. 9, 2018)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2016 Film Reviews

Bottle Rocket

Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]


Michael Reuben @

  • Excerpt: The film’s depiction of technology is hopelessly dated, but as usual with writer/director Michael Crichton, his instincts about where we were heading were uncannily accurate.

A Matter of Life and Death

Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters

  • Excerpt: Powell and Pressburger’s witty wartime classic about a British airman who goes to court in heaven to appeal his death is a celebration of the human spirit that separates romanticism from sentimentality.

Scarlet Diva

Michael Reuben @

  • Excerpt: Scarlet Diva has the raw emotional intensity of a creator and main character who is not embarrassed to reveal the depth of her feelings and the extent of her follies. The film deserves to be seen and appreciated “as is”, and Film Movement’s Blu-ray delivers that experience as effectively and accurately as possible.

Seven Servants

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: The canon of surreal cinema is filled with weirder films, and filled with better films, but there are few films whose very existence is as improbable as ‘Seven Servants.’

Si Mamad

Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]

The Spiral Staircase

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: The story of a mute servant girl and an unknown serial killer in a small New England town, trapped in a mansion with the possibility of the killer somewhere near, still holds up after seventy years.

The Swarm

Michael Reuben @

  • Excerpt: The next time someone tells you that a recent film is the worst movie ever made, ask them if they’ve seen The Swarm.

The Virgin Spring

Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters

Waking Life

Andrea Chase @

  • Excerpt: Trees palpate, houses disarticulate into a vibrating dance, words and ideas, as befits a film about them, are made manifest and hang in the air as a sometime sardonic antiphony to the text.

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