Review Archive: February 2002

Greenfingers

Alexander Larman has reviewed the Region 2 release of Greenfingers. An enjoyable little British comedy about gardening prisoners is presented on a technically unexceptional disc, with no extras to speak of

The Fly (1958) / Return Of The Fly (1959)

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Fly (1958) / Return Of The Fly (1959). The original classic science-fiction / horror banded together in a two disc set with its inferior black-and-white sequel. Starring Vincent Price.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Alexander Larman has reviewed the Region 1 release of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. The 'final, absolutely definitely last' instalment in the adventures of New Jersey's favourite stoners is presented on a disc with fine technical values and some extensive extras

Spaced - Series One

Kim Wolstenholme has reviewed the Region 2 release of Spaced - Series One. Remember “No one can be told what Spaced is; you have to see it for yourself”

The Dogs Of War

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Dogs Of War. The excellent old-fashioned actioner directed by John Irvin and based on a Frederick Forsyth novel. Starring Christopher Walken and Tom Berenger, the DVD has good picture and sound quality but is another MGM bare-bones release.

Glitter

Andy Hall has reviewed the Region 1 release of Glitter. Yes, it really is that bad.

Fanny and Alexander

Noel Megahey has reviewed the full 5 hour Region 2 release of Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander. Nothing less than a masterpiece, it is a pity the film gets such an indifferent transfer to DVD.

Black Angel, The

Dave Foster has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Black Angel. Released today is the latest film on the Tokyo Bullets label, The Black Angel. This is another fine title from Gonin director Takashi Ishii but how does the disc weigh up in light of their previous efforts?

Mona Lisa (Anchor Bay)

Bex has reviewed the Region 2 release of Mona Lisa released tomorrow by Anchor Bay. The film, featuring sterling performances by Bob Hoskins, Michael Caine and Cathy Tyson, is an engaging personal journey set in the heart of Soho. The DVD treats this 1986 classic admirably with an enjoyable set of extras. The review of the Criterion DVD of this film can be found here.

American Movie

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 1 release of American Movie. The critical acclaimed documentary of the hilarious struggle for drop-our dreamer Mark Borchardt to finish his ultra low budget horror flick. Featuring excellent extras and good picture and sound quality.

Not One Less

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 2 release of Not One Less, Zhang Yimou's award-winning film about a 13-year-old substitute teacher who goes alone into the city in search of one of her missing charges. Columbia's DVD has a good picture and sound, but minimal extras.

Gray's Anatomy

In the second of two reviews of Steven Soderbergh films, Gary Couzens has reviewed the US Region 0 release of Gray's Anatomy. The third film of a Spalding Gray stage monologue, it's witty and a pleasure to listen to. Soderbergh's direction serves the material well, though it's a minor item in his filmography. Fox Lorber's DVD is efficient if basic.

Golgo 13: The Professional

Dave Foster has reviewed the Region 2 release of Golgo 13: The Professional. A desperately average anime is released on an equally average DVD from Manga UK as part of their February line up.

The Musketeer

Alexander Larman has reviewed the Region 1 release of The Musketeer. A weak and redundant attempt at making a classic book 'cool for the kids' is presented on a technically adequate disc that is utterly lacking in extras

Complex Of Fear

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 2 release of Complex Of Fear. A totally uninteresting TV movie o...

The Emperor and the Assassin

Noel Megahey has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Emperor and the Assassin, an epic film set in ancient China, worthy of comparision with the best of Kurosawa.

The Castle of Cagliostro

Bex has reviewed the UK Region 2 release of The Castle of Cagliostro. The story follows master thief Lupin and his right-hand man Jigen as they take some time out from thieving to save a damsel in distress. This lighthearted anime film was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service). Also read the review of the R2 version as well as the R1 version of this DVD, which can be found here

Broadway Danny Rose

Continuing on our series of Woody Allen reviews, Mark Boydell has reviewed the Region 2 release of Broadway Danny Rose, an obscure Allen film but still worthwhile viewing. MGM gives it another one of their bare-bones release with an average transfer.

Celebrity

Continuing a series of reviews of Woody Allen DVDs, Noel Megahey has reviewed the Region 2 release of his 1998 film Celebrity. Kenneth Branagh’s impersonation of the director has somewhat overshadowed what is actually a very underrated film.

American Ninja

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 2 release of American Ninja....

Turkish Delight

In the first of a short series of DVD reviews exploring the work of controversial director Paul Verhoeven, Alan Daly has reviewed the Region 1 release of Turkish Delight, one of the Dutch filmmaker's first films.

Branded to Kill

Dave Foster has reviewed the UK Region 0 release of Branded to Kill. In the second of my reviews based around Japanese Director Seijun Suzuki’s work I have taken a look at the forthcoming UK DVD release of Branded to Kill which is due on February 25th.

Tokyo Drifter

Dave Foster has reviewed the UK Region 0 release of Tokyo Drifter. In the first of two reviews based around cult Japanese Director Seijun Suzuki’s work I have taken a look at his colourful classic Tokyo Drifter. Second Sight will release both Tokyo Drifter and Branded to Kill on February 25th with an Ł19.99 RRP.

Wall Street

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 1 release of Wall Street. Oliver Stone's cutthroat tale of corruption and greed amongst capitalist eighties stocks and shares. The DVD features some good extras, and is virtually identical to the R1 version. Starring Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Darryl Hannah, Martin Sheen.

Traffic

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 2 release of Steven Soderbergh's Oscar-winning multi-story drama Traffic, exploring many aspects of the drug problem. EIV's disc is soon to be surpassed by the forthcoming USA Films/Criterion edition, but remains a more than worthwhile and probably cheaper alternative, despite some minor shortcomings.

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