Review Archive: December 2001

The Sum of Us

In the second of two reviews of Russell Crowe DVDs, Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 0 release of The Sum of Us, a funny and moving film about a widowed father (Jack Thompson) and gay son (Crowe) both searching for that special someone. Kaleidoscope's DVD does its job but no more than that.

The Big Chill

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Big Chill. An underrated drama involving university friends meeting up years later at one of their friend's funeral. The DVD features a good documentary by DVD veteran Laurent Bouzereau.

Paris When It Sizzles

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of Paris When It Sizzles. A light hearted Audrey Hepburn vehicle that ultimately strives for style over content but is still enjoyable.

Shaft (1971)

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of Shaft (1971). The original Blaxpoitation classic that served to be remade in 2000. Available stand-alone or in a box set with two sequels. Starring Richard Roundtree as the black private dick who's a sex machine to all the chicks.

The Last Seduction

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Last Seduction. An excellent film noir with an excellent 'femme fatale' in sexy Linda Fiorentino. A bare bones Carlton release that can be picked up in may high street sales at around 4.99.

The Player

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Player. In no more than 25 words, a movie about movies directed by Robert Altman and featuring a whole host of star cameos.

Gonin

Dave Foster has reviewed the Region 2 release of Gonin. Despite his presence on the front cover Takeshi Kitano only takes up a supporting role in the second release from the MIA Tokyo Bullets label, Gonin. Released today alongside Violent Cop MIA have treated us to another fine Japanese film but again they have fallen short in the quality department of this DVD offering.

Violent Cop

Dave Foster has reviewed the Region 2 release of Violent Cop. Takeshi Kitano's directorial debut is released tomorrow as the first of two titles on the new MIA label, Tokyo Bullets. This brutally violent film has received one of the most disappointing DVD Releases of the year while its companion (whose review will follow a little later) Gonin has received an equally poor effort. Sadly these releases do not bode well for future titles on the Tokyo Bullets label.

Superman II

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of Superman II. One of the greatest sequels ever made, and certainly a film filled with rip-roaring excitement. Unfortunately, the disc is bare-bones when it comes to extras, but is still worth a look.

Ghosts of Mars

Mark Davis has reviewed the Region 1 release of Ghosts of Mars. Carpenter's latest gets the special ...

Evolution

Andy Hall has compared the Region 1 release of Evolution to the region 2 version that was actually out earlier. It's still a poor movie, but at least this version has all the extra material in place. This disc is officially released on December 26th 2001.

The Time Machine (1960)

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 1 release of The Time Machine. The 1960 Sci-fi classic directed by George Pal and based on the landmark novel by H.G.Wells. This should be of note to anyone interested in the current 2002 remake starring Guy Pearce and Jeremy Irons.

Rush Hour 2

Mark Davis has reviewed the Region 1 release of Rush Hour 2. Tucker and Chan are back for another mismatched cop/buddy comedy. An enjoyable film and a great disc make this one worth a look. Thankyou to Ringos for this review copy and remember to Buy this disc at Ringos.

Kiki's Delivery Service

Dave Foster has reviewed the Japanese Region 2 DVD release of Kiki's Delivery Service, a charming coming-of-age tale with a supernatural spin from master director Hayao Miyazaki.

Bad Taste : Special Edition

Mark Davis has reviewed the Region 1 release of Bad Taste : Special Edition. To coincide with LotR, Peter Jackson's debut gets the special edition treatment from Anchor Bay. It's just a shame that there couldn't be more extras.

Rebecca (Criterion Collection)

Alexander Larman has reviewed the Region 0 release of Rebecca: Criterion Collection. Despite not having the foresight to feature bestiality, hobbits or singing and dancing, Hitchcock's fine film is released on an excellent DVD, with some genuinely fascinating extras

Game of Death 2 (aka Tower of Death)

Dave Foster has reviewed the Region 2/4 release of Game of Death 2 (aka Tower of Death). Although this is an obvious cash-in opportunity Game of Death 2 aka Tower of Death is a fine martial arts film in the traditional style that is unintentionally humorous but all the more entertaining for it. The DVD is superbly put together by the Hong Kong Legends team and offers the same high standard of restoration work and extra features that we have come to expect from them.

The Beast

Michael Brooke has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Beast, Walerian Borowczyk's unclassifiably bizarre blend of French social comedy and bestial hardcore porn (yes, you did read that correctly). Finally passed uncut by the BBFC after 25 years, it's out in R2 on a not-too-bad DVD that's a distinct cut above its R1 rival.

Amelie

UK EXCLUSIVE DVD REVIEW: we have managed to get our hands on a copy of the French release of Amelie which sadly has no English subtitles. Mark Boydell has reviewed this feature-laden special edition of one of the best releases of 2001. All we can do now is hope that most if not all of the extras on it will make it across the Channel!

Angel: Season One

Colin Polonowski has reviewed the Region 2 release of Angel: Season One. This six disc boxset features the entire first season of the show, but are there too many problems with this release?

Heaven's Burning

In the first of two reviews of Australian DVDs starring Russell Crowe, Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 4 release of Heaven's Burning, a watchable but unditinguished lovers-on-the-run thriller. Magna Pacific's disc has indifferent picture and sound but some worthwhile extras.

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht. AKA Nosferatu The Vampire. German Director Werner Herzog's stylish tribute to the silent F.W. Murnau classic. The Region 2 Anchor Bay release comes with two versions, an English version and the superior German version.

The 'Burbs

Daniel Stephens has reviewed the only version on DVD of the underrated Joe Dante gem The 'Burbs.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 1 release of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid. An excellent hybrid of comedy/western/historical conventions, featuring a classic pairing of Robert Redford and Paul Newman and some worthy DVD extras.

Moulin Rouge

Alexander Larman has reviewed the Region 1 release of Moulin Rouge. The first disc to score 10/10 in every department, a rare blend of brilliant film and brilliant disc mesh together to produce what is, probably, the year's finest DVD release

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