Review Archive: October 2001

Swordfish

Andy Hall has reviewed the Region 1 release of Swordfish. The movie was pulled prematurely from UK cinemas due to scenes and plot which unfortunately echoed the terrorism of September 11th, so if you missed it you can now catch up with it on DVD, which is itself a little on the basic side.

Coma

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 1 release of Coma. A clever and intelligent medical horror thriller directed by Michael Crichton. The film is excellent with OK audio and visual qualities, let down by a lack of extras.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 1 release of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Tobe Hooper's inferior 1986 sequel to his groundbreaking 1974 original, mainly notable for being banned in the UK until this year. MGM's DVD is nothing very special either.

Phantom of the Opera (1943)

Noel Megahey has reviewed the Region 1 release of the 1943 Universal horror classic Phantom Of The Opera starring Claude Rains as the opera violinist turned ‘homicidal maniac’. A stunning Technicolor presentation of this excellent film.

Theatre Of Blood

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 1 release of Theatre Of Blood....

Ginger Snaps (Collector's Edition)

”Dreadful” Dave Foster has reviewed the Region 1 Canadian release of Ginger Snaps. Following today’s earlier Region 2 Review of this werewolf based Horror film I have looked at the superior R1 Canadian release while also offering an alternative opinion on the film itself.

101 Reykjavik

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 2 release of 101 Reykjavik, a self-conscious and self-indulgent slacker comedy from Iceland. Metrodome's DVD has good picture quality but minimal extras.

Angel Heart

Alan Daly has reviewed the Region 2 release of Angel Heart, an effective supernatural horror/detective mystery story on a good but flawed disc.

The Craft

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Craft , an engaging, surprisingly intelligent and well-done film about teenage witches, starring Fairuza Balk and Robin Tunney, given an excellent "Collector's Edition" by Columbia TriStar.

Dolores Claiborne

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 2 release of Dolores Claiborne, a gripping psychological thriller based on Stephen King's novel, starring Kathy Bates as a woman accused of murdering her employer. This being a Warners back-catalogue disc, you can expect a good picture and sound, but little in the way of extras besides a commentary and a trailer.

The Night Flier

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Night Flier, a routine film with occasional flashes of talent, based on a second-rank Stephen King story. Mosaic's DVD has a few extras, but nothing outstanding.

Ginger Snaps

Mark Davis has reviewed the Region 2 release of Ginger Snaps. This is an unusual modern horror as it tries to take itself seriously. The disc from Mosaic is pretty decent but the extras let it down badly.

Witchfinder General

Alexander Larman has reviewed the Region 2 release of Witchfinder General. A strange, flawed but compelling horror film is released on a not-bad disc from Metrodome, with some interesting extras

Day of the Dead

Mark Davis has reviewed the Region 2 release of Day of the Dead....

Ravenous

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of Ravenous. An underrated and irreverent vampire/cannibal movie set in nineteenth century American West. A good film on a good DVD, and certainly worth a look.

The Matrix

Colin Polonowski has taken a retrospective look at the Region 1 release of The Matrix. This review replaces the one that was originally in our database and focuses on the film and disc two years after it first made a big splash in the DVD world.

The Godfather Part III

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Godfather Part Three.

Bedazzled

Andy Hall has reviewed the Region 2 release of Bedazzled. A very average remake of an old Pete and Dud movie from the sixties, the disc is of reasonable quality after a long period of featureless rental-only in region 2.

Heathers

Mark Davis has reviewed the Region 1 release of Heathers. The classic 80's teen black comedy gets a ...

Shivers

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of Shivers. One of the first movies from dire...

Cape Fear

Alexander Larman has reviewed the Region 1 release of Cape Fear . A career highpoint for virtually any other director but Scorsese is presented on a very good, although not great, disc

Goodbye Charlie Bright

Mark Boydell has reviewed the Region 2 release of Goodbye Charlie Bright, an enjoyable albeith flawed Britflick about growing up on a south London estate. Paul Nicholls plays Charlie - an ambitious teenager who wants to get away from the estate but feels pressured to not abandon his friend - the comfused and angry Justin - to a life of petty crime on the estate.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Special Edition)

Alexander Larman has reviewed the Region 1 release of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. A comedy classic has finally received the treatment it deserves, and then some

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Three

Colin Polonowski has reviewed the Region 2 release of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Three. Another good release of this series from Fox with adequate presentation of one of the best seasons of the series so far.Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Three is available to buy from 29 October retailing at £79.99

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

A 1995 Deutsch Opera recording of Richard Wagner's opera, starring Gösta Winbergh, Wolfgang Brendel and Eva Johansson. Released by Arthaus.

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