Classics & More on DVD (Sep. 7, 2015)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Reviews of Classic Films

American Graffiti

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Wonders in the Dark

  • Excerpt: The hot rods, drive-ins, and cruising strip are rendered with such loving detail in the glow of a pleasant California night that George Lucas’ adolescence has become iconic of everyone’s youth, a supposedly more innocent time that tends to meld all of our teen years into “the best years of our lives.”

The Birth of a Nation

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: Even without taking on the sorry race portrayals, The Birth of a Nation is a mixture of the crude and the fine. Portions are undoubted displays of great cinematic effect and art, whilst others drag and slouch.


Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: Nothing is real when everything is staged. “Blow-Up” remains Antonioni’s most enigmatic, and yet broadly accessible film because it comments on consumerist culture so transparently.

Cat People

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Catered Affair

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Great Silence

Rob Gonsalves @

I Walked with a Zombie

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

In the Heat of the Night

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Inglorious Bastards

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: “The Inglorious Bastards” has a cinematic cultural mission too; it resonates against stylized aspects of “Dirty Dozen” that may have been taken too literally or too seriously relative to its historic authenticity at the time of its release.


Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Con “Tiburón” Spielberg encontró su estilo personal: sobresalía preparando momentos, lograba una puesta en escena y una planificación clarísimas, deslumbrantes y muy elegantes, era muy bueno provocando emociones en el espectador, y conseguía grandes actuaciones de su reparto.

The Leopard Man

Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

My Dinner With Andre: The Criterion Collection

Thomas Spurlin @ DVDTalk

Night and the City: The Criterion Collection

Thomas Spurlin @ DVDTalk

On the Waterfront

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Year of Living Dangerously

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

Recent Home Video Releases

Agnès Varda in California

Jordan M. Smith @

The Honey Pot

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: The Honey Pot bears the distinction of being the first theatrical feature Mankiewicz made following the debacle known as Cleopatra, and the last film with his name in the screenplay credit. There isn’t the snap of back to back Oscar winning Letter to Three Wives and All about Eve. Still, there are moments, especially at the end, that it becomes clear just how personal this film is, an acknowledgment by Mankiewicz of his limits as a writer/director.

She Killed In Ecstasy

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def

Shocker: Collector’s Edition

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def

Stray Cat Rock Series

Jordan M. Smith @

Wolf Warrior

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

The Young Lions

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Other Reviews from 2014 and earlier


Thomas Spurlin @ DVDTalk

Bride and Prejudice

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Dirty Dancing

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: This low-budget independent film permeated the culture, which is pretty impressive since, by most reasonable standards, Dirty Dancing is a terrible movie: a dopey, cliché-ridden, anachronistic, woefully predictable across-the-tracks romance.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Next Projection

Force Majeure

Enrique Buchichio @ [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Posee el tipo de complejidad sutil e inteligente de las grandes obras, que por supuesto permanecen en la memoria del espectador. Y es, sin temor a equivocarse, una de las películas imperdibles de este año y probablemente del que viene.

The Forger

Thomas Spurlin @ DVDTalk

Ganja & Hess

Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films

  • Excerpt: It’s tempting to detach Ganja & Hess, with its arty filmmaking, lack of suspense, and overtly symbolic approach to loaded subjects, from horror cinema altogether and regard it as closer in nature to the spacy, interiorised state of mind communicated in many “art” movie works of the period like Zabriskie Point (1970) or The Last Movie (1971). But it fits in with some other horror works of its time with surprising alacrity.

The Harder They Come

Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The Hunger

Thomas Spurlin @ DVDTalk

The Hunger

Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night

Invitation to Hell

James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture

  • Excerpt: Cinema Fearité Remembers Wes Craven By Tuning In To ‘Invitation to Hell’

Killer Legends

Sarah D Bunting @ The Blotter


Thomas Spurlin @ DVDTalk

Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Miss Julie

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Pump Up the Volume

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Volume’ is no quaint time capsule; the details may be period, but in its broad strokes, Moyle’s movie was strikingly prescient about how we — particularly the youngest of us — both consume and create media.

The Road Within

Thomas Spurlin @ DVDTalk


Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: What makes it work… is that tension between continuity and chaos, the seesaw sensation that ‘Schizopolos’ is just about to make sense and reveal its secret agenda, when it’s actually flying off the rails in a wild new direction.

Two Days, One Night

Thomas Spurlin @ DVDTalk

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Thomas Spurlin @ DVDTalk

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