Seen on DVD

DVD picks from a vault-dweller/horror geek

When I saw the Divimax release of George Romero’s Day of the Dead on the shelf, I knew that it was something special. More than simply an enhanced widescreen version of the film, this fold-out ...

Excalibur, A Knight’s Tale

Excalibur was released when I was rekindling my interest in armor that began when I was ten. Excalibur’s “look” departed from earlier films: the armor had weight, affected the actors’ movements.... Excalibur treated armor respectfully ...

Ivanhoe, Kingdom of Heaven

When I was a kid I remember seeing Ivanhoe — starring Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, and Joan Fontaine — when I was home sick from school. The jousting scene was the first time I had ...

Joan of Arc, Knights of the Round Table

In 1948, Hollywood cast Ingrid Bergman as the title character in Joan of Arc, about the famous French folk heroine and saint who led the French army to several victories During the Hundred Years’ War. ...

Spirited Away, A Beautiful Life

Spirited Away is Hayao Miyazaki’s opus. The film offers masterful storytelling and brilliant animation. Ten-year-old Chihiro, or “Sen” as she’s known after a witch steals her name, inadvertently finds herself in a secret world at ...

Ordinary People, Bionic Woman Season 2

Ordinary People is a profoundly moving and unsentimental look at a family spiraling out of control after the death of one of their sons. The themes of unconditional love and forgiveness, or lack thereof, propel ...

Hellboy, The Seventh Seal

Guillermo Del Toro’s films are about being in awe of the monster. Pan’s Labyrinth is in my all-time top ten. But my DVD pick for a Del Toro film would have to be Hellboy, with ...

The Wire: The Complete Series, Harakiri

While the primary driving force of The Wire is Baltimore’s drug trade and the subsequent epidemic of violence, viewers are challenged to consider the larger circumstances at play in this portrait of a city. Some ...

Boogie Nights, The Shining

Boogie Nights is a classic from director Paul Thomas Anderson. The commentaries alone are worth the purchase. This is a must have for fans of P.T. Anderson and aspiring filmmakers. Great picture quality and bonus ...

I’m Not There, The Complete Black Books

I’m Not There: I really like movies that are less woven together and more tied in knots. This isn’t the story of Bob Dylan but rather a nonlinear exploration of his essence, identity, and how ...

The American Scream and The Town That Dreaded Sundown

The American Scream is a thoughtful and intimate look into the lives of several families who take their love of Halloween a step further. The film quickly became one of my all-time favorite documentaries. Having ...