Review Archive: April 2002

Stargate SG-1: Volume 20

Andy Hall has reviewed the Region 2 release of Stargate SG-1 Vol 20. Four good episodes from the start of season 5 of one of the best SF shows on television. The disc has very good picture and sound quality, and for a long running series of discs, excellent supplemental material.

Madame Bovary

Noel Megahey has reviewed the Region 2 release of Claude Chabrol's 1991 version of Madame Bovary. An almost line for line adaptation of Flaubert’s scandalous 1856 novel, starring the remarkable Isabelle Huppert.

Woodstock: Three Days Of Peace & Music

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of Woodstock: Three Days Of Peace & Music. The most famous and popular music festival movie of all time is given a technically sound if barebones release from Warner Brothers. At least the Region 2 version isn't a flipper like the Region 1.

Stalker

Michael Brooke has reviewed the Region 0 release of Andrei Tarkovsky's enigmatic sci-fi masterpiece Stalker as created by Ruscico and distributed over here by Artificial Eye, and has mixed feelings: it's fine in terms of visuals and extras, but has quite a few negative points too, most notably an appallingly misjudged 5.1 soundtrack remix (though thankfully the original mono is also included). Fans of the film should snap it up, but others might prefer to wait for the forthcoming Criterion edition.

Rocky Anthology

In light of the recent television coverage of the Rocky series of films, Raphael Pour-Hashemi has revisited (polished) his review of the Rocky Anthology.

Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 2

Mark Davis has reviewed the Region 1 release of Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 2. Here is the much anticipated second box set release from Paramount. It seems the reasonable collection of extras on the first set were not a one off. Also the quality of these early seasons is certainly better than I recall. So good news all round. Not quite a world exclusive this time, but we came close.

The Man Who Wasn't There

Alexander Larman has reviewed the Region 1 release of The Man Who Wasn't There. An excellent, noirish work from the Coen brothers, which represents a welcome return to Fargo and Blood Simple territory, is presented on a technically strong disc with an excellent commentary, but some other very poor extras.

The Man Who Wasn't There

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Man Who Wasn't There. A very clever homage to 1950's B-movies by Joel & Ethan Coen, featuring a very thankless performance by Billy Bob Thornton. The DVD contains some very good and very bad extras, but is technically very good.

Madman

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 0 release of Madman. An enjoyable low-grade slasher flick with more proficiency than usual, given a very good DVD release courtesy of the ever-impressive Anchor Bay

Alice Cooper - Prime Cuts

Mark Boydell has reviewed the Region 0 release of Alice Cooper - Prime Cuts, a 2 disc documentary on the life and times of Alice Cooper, an entertaining rockumentary which is sadly let down by quite poor image quality..

La Fille sur le pont

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of La Fille sur le pont. Renamed 'Girl On The Bridge' for English language audiences, La Fille sur le pont is a charming, often mystical tale of romance and luck starring Daniel Auteil and Vanessa Paradis and directed by Patrice Leconte.

How To Kill Your Neighbor's Dog

Tiffany Bradford has reviewed the Region 1 release of How To Kill Your Neighbor's Dog. Kenneth Branagh stars in a hilariously acerbic little comedy, given a disappointing barebones DVD release from Artisan.

Running Time

Mark Davis has reviewed the Region 1 release of Running Time.Bruce Campbell stars in this ingenious heist movie with a difference. The difference is the entire film is done with one camera and the story runs in real-time.

La Ville Est Tranquille

Mark Boydell has reviewed the Region 2 release of La ville est tranquille, a film which now seems almost prophetic with the recent events in France. AE have given it a decent release although the extras are few and far between.

Eureka

Noel Megahey has reviewed the Region 2 release of Shinji Aoyama's Eureka. Three survivors of bus hijack try to get their lives back together after the traumatic incident.

Sonatine

Dave Foster has reviewed the Region 2 release of Sonatine. Finally released on R2 DVD is Takeshi Kitano's Sonatine, a Yakuza film with a difference and one that any respectable fan of Japanese cinema, or indeed cinema in general should make it a priority to see. But just how does this Tokyo Bullet release from MIA stand up?

Starman

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of Starman. John Carpenter's attempt to outdo Spielberg and make a family film, starring Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen, and featuring a fantastic DVD release considering Region 1 was barebones.

Sleepless

Gary Couzens has reviewed the UK Region 0 release of Sleepless. A return to the giallo for Dario Argento, and a partial return to form, Sleepless has a two-disc DVD release with some good extras but less than wonderful picture quality.

Papillon

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of Papillon. The gripping, powerful prison movie starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman, and released on an acceptable DVD from Columbia Tristar.

Angel: Season Two

Colin Polonowski has reviewed the Region 2 release of Angel: Season Two. Fox once again prove that they are listening to us by providing us with an excellent widescreen transfer to complement an excellent television series.

Thelma & Louise (Special Edition)

Alexander Larman has reviewed the Region 2 release of Thelma & Louise (Special Edition). An excellent film is released on a disc with some fine extras, but surprisingly bad picture quality.

Joy Ride

Tiffany Bradford has reviewed the Region 1 release of Joy Ride. A relaxing cross-country adventure turns into the road trip from hell. Paul Walker and Steve Zahn star in this chilling, jammed-packed w/extras DVD from Fox.

Body Heat

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of Body Heat. The brilliant erotic homage to forties film-noir directed by Lawrence Kasdan and starring William Hurt and the sizzling Kathleen Turner. A barebones release from Warner Brothers.

The Barefoot Contessa

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Barefoot Contessa , a tremendously camp melodrama about the wicked ways of movie folk with an embarrassed Bogart and a radiant Ava Gardner.

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