Review Archive: June 2002

Burial Ground

Tiffany Bradford has reviewed the Region 1 release of Burial Ground Andrea Bianchi's zombie cult classic receives a very good DVD treatment from Media Blasters.

Highlander - Immortal Edition

Mark Davis has reviewed the Region 1 release of Highlander - Immortal Edition. There is no doubt tha...

Demolition Man

Mark Davis has reviewed the Region 2 release of Demolition Man. A classic no-brainer action movie th...

Lantana

Tiffany Bradford has reviewed the Region 1 release of Lantana. The winner of 7 Australian Film Institute Awards, Lantana is a complex interlocking character study and murder mystery released on a semi-barebones DVD from Lions Gate.

The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue

Mark Davis has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue. Another great ...

Inspector Morse Vol 3: Last Seen Wearing / Settling Of The Sun

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 2 release of Inspector Morse Vol 3: Last Seen Wearing / Settling Of The Sun. The towering presence of John Thaw atones for some dodgy plotting and dodgier acting on a rather disappointing double DVD from Carlton.

Quills

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of Quills. Directed by Philip Kaufman and featuring a brilliant performance by Geoffrey Rush as the Marquis de Sade, Quills is a fictional yet fascinating account of the vulgar writer's sexually-obsessed lifestyle.

Martin

Mark Davis has reviewed the Region 1 release of Martin. Some people forget that George Romero made s...

Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3

Mark Davis has reviewed the Region 1 release of Star Trek : The Next Generation Season 3. Paramount keep chruning these sets out at an impressive rate. This time it is the superlative third season and the discs are almost worthy of the content.

Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone. The big adaptation of the year (discounting Lord Of The Rings) is given a bizarre DVD release that will surely infuriate as much as it pleases.

Y Tu Mamá, También (Italian Release)

Colin Polonowski has reviewed the Region 2 release of Y Tu Mamá, También (And Your Mother Too). A film from Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón about a journey of self discovery by two teenage boys and an older woman. The film's excellent but presented on a fairly average DVD.

The Believer

Mark Boydell has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Believer, a very good independent film by Henry Bean, featuring an outstanding performance by Ryan Gosling as a Jewish Neo-Nazi which won the Best Picture award at last year's Sundance festival.

Grand Canyon

To mark the end of his week-long writer's block, Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of Grand Canyon. The confused film from Lawrence Kasdan that signified the end of the director's fine run of films.

Not Another Teen Movie

Colin Polonowski has reviewed the Region 1 release of Not Another Teen Movie - hit and miss parody of pretty much every teen high-school movie in the last 25 years.

Bandits

Maria Waters has reviewed the Region 2 release of Bandits.

Scarfies

Five students move into an abandoned house and get more than they bargained for when they find a stash of marijuana in the basement, in Scarfies, a very promising first feature from New Zealand. Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 4 release from Magna Pacific, which has decent picture and sound and extras but a few shortcomings let it down.

Traffic (Criterion Collection)

Alexander Larman has reviewed the Region 1 release of Traffic: Criterion Collection. After a couple of lacklustre releases, this fine, Oscar-winning film is finally given the treatment it deserves from Criterion, with some very detailed extras indeed.

Vampire Princess Miyu (Volume 1)

Bex's anime marathon concludes with a review of the Region 1 release of Vampire Princess Miyu (Volume 1). It's an atmospheric tale that deals with banishing demons and the eponymous vampire princess.

Riding Bean

Bex has had the dubious privilege of watching the Region 1 release of Riding Bean. Her thoughts on this adventure are detailed in the review.

Otaku no Video

Bex has reviewed the Region 1 release of Otaku no Video, a classic mockumentary done half as anime and half in 'real' interview format.

Oh My Goddess! (Volume 2)

Bex has also reviewed the second and final volume of the Region 1 release of Oh My Goddess!. This disc features the dramatic conclusion to this 5-part anime series.

Oh My Goddess! (Volume 1)

Bex has reviewed the first volume of the Region 1 release of Oh My Goddess! by AnimEigo. It's a sweet tale of a young college boy who happens to live with a goddess - read the review for more details.

Billy Liar

Alexander Larman has reviewed the Region 2 release of Billy Liar. A seminal 60s comedy is released on a technically decent disc, with no extras; however, it is extremely cheap, unlike the Criterion version

Katie Tippel

The third in his series of reviews covering the work of filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, Alan Daly has reviewed the Region 1 release of Katie Tippel, a disappointing early work from the director that earned him the first bad reviews of his career.

Liam

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 2 release of Liam, a well-made drama set in 30s Liverpool, from director Stephen Frears and writer Jimmy McGovern. Artificial Eye's DVD release is up to their usual standards.

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