DVD Reviews - R-Z
'True Grit' DVD Review
Read a review of True Grit on DVD and find out why this Coen Brothers' film seems destined to become a classic.
'Senso' DVD Review
Co-written and directed by Luchino Visconti (The Leopard, Death in Venice), the Italian-language Senso (1954) is a beautiful, lush Technicolor film.
'Raging Bull' DVD Review
A review of Raging Bull on DVD.
'Reds' DVD Review
Nominated for 12 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Reds (1981) was co-written, directed and produced by Warren Beatty, who also plays the male lead. Read a review of the 25th Anniversary Edition DVD.
'Saraband' DVD Review
Ingmar Bergman proclaimed that Fanny & Alexander (1984) would be the last film he ever directed, but years later he changed his mind. The result was Saraband (2003), a movie made for Swedish television that I consider to be outstanding. Read a review of Saraband on DVD.
'School of Rock' DVD Review
A review of School of Rock on DVD.
'Seabiscuit' DVD Review
A review of Seabiscuit on DVD.
'Seven Samurai' DVD Review
Ivana Redwine reviews Seven Samurai on DVD.
Sexy Beast DVD Review
Ben Kingsley and Ray Winstone give splendid performances in Sexy Beast, an unconventional, character-driven gangster drama. Read a review of the movie Sexy Beast on DVD.
Sin City DVD Review
Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, and Clive Owen are among the many well-known actors appearing in "Sin City" (2005), a pulpy, noirish movie adapted from Frank Miller's graphic novels. Read a full-length review of Sin City on DVD.
Singin' in the Rain DVD Review
This is one of the best-loved of all films, and it's long been one of my favorites. The movie has received a lot of critical acclaim as well.
Something's Gotta Give DVD Review
This movie is very lightweight. Still, I found this film both romantic and laugh-out-loud funny.
Spellbound DVD Review
I noticed that Spellbound (2002) was one of the nominees at the 2003 Academy Awards for Best Documentary, and I saw the rave reviews it was getting.
Star Wars Trilogy DVD Review
Read a review of the Star Wars Trilogy on DVD.
A review of Syriana on DVD.
Team America World Police DVD Review
I got quite a few big laughs out of this comedy whose characters are puppets.
The 400 Blows DVD Review
Truffaut's The 400 Blows is a lyrical and accessible movie that appears on most lists of great films. Read a review of this movie on DVD.
The Blues Brothers DVD
The Blues Brothers is a 1980 comedy starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd that has become part of American pop culture consciousness. For me, it's the music that gives the movie its exuberance. Read a review of this movie on DVD.
The Da Vinci Code DVD Review
The Da Vinci Code is an entertaining movie for those intrigued by its ideas, and I wasn't bored for a moment by this film based on Dan Brown's novel.
The Decalogue DVD Review
When I reflect on all the movies and television programs I've viewed at home over the years, the DVD version of The Decalogue ranks high among the very best.
The Deer Hunter DVD Review
The Deer Hunter is a powerful drama starring Robert De Niro. The movie was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won five, including Best Picture. Read a review of The Deer Hunter on DVD.
The Dreamers DVD Review
Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers is not as deep or resonant as some of his other movies, but I nonetheless found it reasonably entertaining. I was impressed by the film's beautiful visual style.
The Fog of War DVD Review
I can certainly see why this movie won the Academy Award for Best Documentary.
"The Motorcycle Diaries"
A combination docudrama and travelogue, the Spanish-language Motorcycle Diaries chronicles a long, unhurried, circuitous trip from Buenos Aires to Venezuela that Guevara took when he was in his early twenties. Read more...
The Leopard DVD Review
Ivana Redwine reviews Luchino Visconti's masterpiece The Leopard.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King DVD Review
Read a review of this movie on DVD.
The Manchurian Candidate DVD Review
Denzel Washington stars in The Manchurian Candidate, a political thriller directed by Jonathan Demme. This is an update of the famous 1962 film of the same name that starred Frank Sinatra and was directed by John Frankenheimer.
The Motorcycle Diaries DVD Review
Although the movie drew me in slowly, by the end I was carried away by the high level of craft, including the strong performances by the lead actors, the superb cinematography and music, and the emotional power of the story. Read more...
The Passion of the Christ DVD Review
Read a review of this movie on DVD
The Phantom of the Opera DVD Review
When the film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's blockbuster stage musical finally came out in 2004, roughly two-thirds of the reviews were negative, and I never got around to seeing it on the big screen. But Phantom has been released on DVD, and although it was with trepidation that I sat down to watch it, I have to say I ended up thoroughly enjoying myself.
The Philadelphia Story DVD Review
There are certain films I like to renew my acquaintance with every few years, and one of these is The Philadelphia Story, which stars Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and James Stewart.
The Pianist DVD
The Pianist eschews easy emotional connections and refuses to oversimplify, and I think it is one of the most powerful Holocaust films ever made.
The Return of the King DVD Review
Read a review of the DVD set.
The River DVD Review
"The River" is an English-language Technicolor film that was directed and co-written by the legendary Jean Renoir. While I don't think this movie reaches the level of Renoir's great French-language films "Grand Illusion" and "The Rules of the Game," I nonetheless consider it a splendid cinematic achievement. Read a review of "The River" on DVD.
The Terminal DVD Review
I was flying economy class on a ten-hour flight when The Terminal was shown, and what a welcome diversion it turned out to be. Now DreamWorks has released this comedy on DVD, and when I watched it at home, I enjoyed it even more. Read more...
The Third Man DVD Review
Ivana Redwine reviews this unusual film noir.
THX 1138 DVD Review
Before the Star Wars films and American Graffiti made George Lucas famous, he co-wrote and directed an excellent movie titled THX 1138 (1971) starring Robert Duvall.
Tokyo Story DVD Review
Universal in theme, humanistic, and accessible, Tokyo Story is one of the greatest masterpieces of world cinema. To my mind, this movie's incredible power comes from its seeming simplicity, which allows emotions to build slowly and subtly, much as they do in real life.
Transamerica DVD Review
Ivana Redwine reviews of Transamerica on DVD.
Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story DVD
A review of this movie on DVD.
A review of this movie on DVD.
Vanilla Sky DVD
Ivana Redwine reviews Vanilla Sky on DVD.
Vanya on 42nd Street DVD Review
Vanya on 42nd Street is a richly textured, beautifully acted study of human nature and subtle, complex family dynamics.
Vera Drake DVD Review
Vera Drake is a powerful British drama that was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. As far as I am concerned, the movie was one of 2004's best. Read more...
Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit DVD
Ivana Redwine reviews Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit on DVD.
X2: X-Men United DVD Review
X2 is the sequel to X-Men (2000), and all the main stars return, including Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.
RENO 911! The Complete First Season DVD DVD Review
A review of this TV series on DVD.
Runaway Jury DVD Review
A review of this movie on DVD.
DVD Pick: 'Source Code'
Source Code DVD review, including a review of Source Code the movie, DVD details and bonus materials. Read Ivana Redwine's review of Source Code DVD.
'Somewhere' DVD Review
Winner of the Golden Lion at Venice, Somewhere was written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It is far removed from mainstream Hollywood movies and is much closer in spirit to European classics that young American adults used to go see in art houses. Somewhere is low-keyed to the point where those who don't like it characterize it as inert. But...
DVD Pick: 'Shoeshine'
Vittorio De Sica's 'Shoeshine' is one of the earliest movies of the Italian neorealist. Ivana Redwine reviews 'Shoeshine' on DVD.
DVD Pick: 'Rabbit Hole'
Rabbit Hole was adapted from David Lindsay-Abaire's play that won the Pulitzer Prize. Find out more in this review of Rabbit Hole on DVD.
'The Social Network' DVD Review
Jesse Eisenberg gives a superb performance as a fictionalized version of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, a riveting film that picks up on the zeitgeist of the early 21st century.