New on DVD

Some very intriguing indie films of some renown, a "musical" unlike any you've ever seen and a cool batch of anime are just some of the many highlights of this week's new releases. (And a few of the lowlights we just skipped right over. Hope you agree with us.)

Blog entry 05/06/2008 - 11:50am

New DVDs, and old, from around the globe, are reported on in this week's installment of DVD Spotlight. Including this bit:

Silent Ozu


"Ozu made a lot of films in the 30s, many of which are silent, some of which are lost, and these early films are seldom screened, so the new Eclipse series release, Silent Ozu: Three Family Comedies, is valuable in that it lets us see the genesis of his refined late style," writes Dan Callahan at the House Next Door.


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Blog entry 04/30/2008 - 1:22pm

This week's batch of new releases includes one of the year's most acclaimed films, as well as a group of children's classics courtesy of Criterion, alongside plenty o'anime and much, much more. Come on inside and take a look around:

Blog entry 04/29/2008 - 11:14am

Sakes alive, this is one helluva new releasing week. Everything from good mindless horror to more thought-provoking dramas and comedies, to Criterion classics, and oodles more. Click on for the full smösbord of tasty treats.

Blog entry 04/22/2008 - 11:15am

(Cross-posted with GreenCine Daily.)

Daisy Kenyon For James Wolcott, Daisy Kenyon "is a fascinating chamber drama shot in deep-volumed noirish black and white (every room looks like a cove), with dialogue that tears through sentimentality with sharp little teeth and a clutch of tough, wary, ultra-observant performances by Joan Crawford, Dana Andrews (even more prickly with postwar dissatisfaction than in The Best Years of Our Lives), and a deceptively easy-going Henry Fonda.... If you haven't seen Daisy Kenyon (and you probably haven't, being so buried under the backlog of all your Wire and Battlestar Galactica DVDs), you really must give it a dark whirl."

"As with pre-codes, a lot of smaller musicals along the lines of Born to Dance had to wait until the emergence of TCM before fans could really enjoy them again," writes John McElwee at Greenbriar Picture Shows. "DVD release has done the rest. Warner's Classic Musicals From The Dream Factory series has been the fulfillment of dreams for fans who've waited lifetimes to see these favorites truly showcased as they deserve."


Blog entry 04/22/2008 - 10:48am

The Rabbit Is Me At Movie Morlocks, Jeff reviews First Run's DEFA Collection. Related: James Van Maanen at the Guru on The Rabbit Is Me and Robert Horton's "East German Cinema Guide." Somewhat related browsing: Iron Curtain Call.

"Grand Guignol does not get much grander than in Inside, one of the latest in a new wave of extremely violent horror films coming from France," writes Dave Kehr in the New York Times. More from Steve Erickson in the City Paper: "Directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo may have made it as a réméadder - their next project is a remake of Clive Barker's Hellraiser - but they don't lack ambition or talent."

"Forget what anyone else says, Night and the City (1950) is Jules Dassin's finest film," insists Anthony Frewin. "It's a noir masterpiece, no ifs or buts."


Blog entry 04/15/2008 - 1:03pm

Great acting and very original plotting highlight the best of this week's new releases, which will take you all over the world, and back again. A lost noir classic from Criterion and the Oscar-winning original screenplay are just a couple of this week's many fine offerings. Step on inside to check 'em out.

Blog entry 04/15/2008 - 11:55am

Today's jam-packed, high quality slate of new releases makes up for last week's relatively week batch, we'll say that much. From an Oscar-winning oily drama to Bette Davis, enviro docs to cool anime, martial arts to music biopic satire to family fare, there's literally something for everyone this week. Check it out.

Blog entry 04/08/2008 - 12:05pm

Classic Musicals From the Dream Factory Volume 3 From GreenCine Daily...

"Warner's new nine-film box set Classic Musicals From the Dream Factory Volume 3 features four Eleanor Powell films, and they are a reminder of just what audiences attended musicals for," writes Sean Axmaker.

Wishing King Kong a happy 75th: Robert Cashill and Ted Pigeon.

Blog entry 04/08/2008 - 6:51am

As befitting the date, perhaps, today's slate of new releases is a bit thin, but certainly not lacking in quality. Classic melodramas, an Oscar-winning horror-musical (not too many of those around), a quirky HBO series, dramas from the UK, Italy and all over the world, anime and much more. Enjoy!

Blog entry 04/01/2008 - 11:25am

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