DVD Reviews - K-N
'Never Let Me Go' DVD Review
This is a faithful adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's acclaimed dystopian novel.
'L'Enfant' DVD Review
L'Enfant (2005) is a French-language drama that won the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Find out more about the movie in this review of L'Enfant on DVD.
'La Strada' DVD Review
While La Strada lacks the complexity and audaciousness of some of Fellini’s later movies, it is nonetheless a charming, accessible, and poetic film that no cineaste should miss, and I’m delighted that Criterion Collection has released it on DVD.
'La Traviata' DVD Review
To my mind, Franco Zeffirelli's dazzlingly cinematic 1982 Italian-language movie version of Giuseppe Verdi's 1853 opera La Traviata is one of cinema's greatest combinations of filmmaking and musical performance. Read more...
'Laura' DVD Review
This is one of the great classic Hollywood movies. It's a stylish film noir with an exceptional cast that includes Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, and Judith Anderson. Read a full-length review of "Laura" on DVD.
'Leave Her to Heaven' DVD Review
"Well, of all the seven deadly sins, jealousy is the most deadly," says one of the characters in Leave Her to Heaven, summing up the theme of this 1945 film noir.
Lost in Translation DVD Review
Outside the hotel room in the corporate-looking Park Hyatt Tokyo lies a teeming, sprawling, neon-lit, high-rise metropolis. Inside, two discontented Americans—a middle-aged man and a woman three decades his junior—watch "La Dolce vita" on television. This is one of several images that stick in my mind from the movie "Lost in Translation" (2003).
March of the Penguins DVD Review
While I don't actively dislike nature documentaries, I invariably find something else to do rather than watch the ones that air on TV. Thus, it came as something of a surprise to me that I so enjoyed March of the Penguins (2005), the hit documentary about the breeding cycle of emperor penguins in Antarctica. I highly recommend this movie to adults and children alike.
Mean Streets DVD Review
Years ago, I saw "Mean Streets" in a theater and loved it. As the years went by, Scorsese became famous for his great films "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull," and "Goodfellas," but I consider "Mean Streets" to be at least as good as any of his movies. His later films are more polished and appeal to a wider audience, but I like the raw, personal feel of "Mean Streets."
Meet Me in St. Louis DVD Review
At last this great classic movie gets the DVD treatment it deserves. Read a review of Meet Me in St. Louis on DVD.
Melinda and Melinda DVD Review
"He's despondent. He's desperate. He's suicidal. All the comic elements are in place." So says a playwright in the film Melinda and Melinda, which was written and directed by Woody Allen. And for me, all the comic elements were in place when I watched this movie on DVD—I got a lot of laughs out of it.
Metallica Some Kind of Monster DVD Review
A heavy metal band with a mission statement and a therapist? According to the behind-the-music documentary, that was the case during the period 2001-2003 for the rock group Metallica. Read more...
Miami Vice DVD Review (Unrated Director's Edition)
Read a DVD review of Miami Vice, a pulpy, operatic, visually stylish crime drama written and directed by Michael Mann.
Million Dollar Baby DVD Review
Read a review of the movie on DVD.
Monsieur Ibrahim DVD Review
Read a review of the film on DVD.
Monster DVD Review
Charlize Theron won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in this downbeat drama.
Mr. Arkadin DVD Review
Mr. Arkadin (1955) is one of the strangest movies I've ever seen, yet it's quite entertaining. Read a review of this movie on DVD.
My Darling Clementine DVD Review
I rate this film as one of the great American classic movies.
No Direction Home DVD Review
No Direction Home has aired on television on both PBS and the BBC, but I watched it on DVD. It's the best music documentary I've seen, and I consider it among the best documentaries of any kind.
Nosferatu DVD Review
I don't consider F. W. Murnau's film to be scary in a panic-inducing sort of way, but I do find it eerie, unsettling, and haunting. Read a full-length review of this movie on DVD.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? DVD Review
A DVD review of this laugh-out-loud-funny comedy from Joel and Ethan Coen.
Millions DVD Review
When I watched this Millions on DVD, I smiled a lot and laughed out loud several times. But the film also brought me close to tears. Find out more in this review of the movie on DVD.
DVD Pick: 'The Kids Are All Right'
DVD Review: The Kids Are All Right
DVD Pick: 'Metropolis' (2010 Version)
The 2010 version is billed as "The Complete Metropolis," although it still seems to be about six minutes shorter than a widely shown 1927 version.
'The King's Speech' DVD Review
Nominated for 12 Oscars, The King's Speech won four: Best Picture, Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Director (Tom Hooper) and Best Original Screenplay (David Seidler). It's an old-fashioned crowd-pleaser about friendship and duty that is impeccably crafted and features marvelous acting.
DVD Pick: 'Madagascar'
'Madagascar' is a documentary that originally aired as three one-hour programs on the BBC in February 2011. In the US, an abridged version was broadcast in May 2011 on Animal Planet as a single two-hour special. But the DVD discs contain the full-up UK version, and the value of the package is considerably enhanced by the inclusion of two...
Marx Brothers Paramount Films
The Marx Brothers were originally a vaudeville act, but in the mid-1920s began doing Broadway plays. They then moved on to make five feature films at Paramount, the first two of which — The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers — were adaptations of their Broadway plays. But the last three Paramount films — Monkey Business,Horse Feathers (1932) and...
DVD Pick: 'The Lincoln Lawyer'
The Lincoln Lawyer is a clever, engrossing, entertaining legal thriller.
DVD Pick: 'The Music Room'
Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray (1921-1992) is most famous for the Apu Trilogy — but he made at least one other masterpiece that has often appeared on lists of the 100 greatest movies of all time. That masterpiece is The Music Room.