Review Archive: July 2002

Delirious

Daniel Stephens has reviewed the Region 2 release of Delirious. Not one of John Candy's better effor...

Don't Bother to Knock

Mark Boydell has reviewed the release of Don't Bother to Knock, a minor Monroe which is given a decent bare-bones release. This DVD will be released as part of the 'Marilyn Monroe Diamond Collection'.

Alphaville (Criterion Collection)

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 0 release of Alphaville (Criterion). The New Wave, science-fiction classic directed by Jean-Luc Godard and dealing with a society in which individual creativity has been replaced by logic, and context has eroded. A barebones Criterion effort, but the feature presentation is strong.

Don't Look Now

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 2 release of Nic Roeg's stunning horror film, Don't Look Now. A ...

Storytelling

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of Storytelling. Todd Solondz's follow-up to Happiness is a hilarious and offbeat satire on the use of reality and exploitation to serve a story. Released on a barebones disc by Entertainment In Video.

Let's Make Love

Noel Megahey has reviewed the Region 2 release of Let's Make Love, featured in the forthcoming 'Marilyn Monroe Diamond Collection'. Monroe's presence elevates a rather average musical. The DVD features a good quality restoration of the original Cinemascope presentation.

Inspector Morse Vol 4: Last Bus To Woodstock / The Ghost In The Machine

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 2 release of Inspector Morse Vol 4: Last Bus To Woodstock / The Ghost In The Machine.

Orange County

Daniel Stephens has reviewed the Region 1 release of Orange County. This little comedy didn't quite find its audience at the box office due to it not falling into the tight guidelines that make up the stereotypical bad teen comedy of today. There's much to enjoy, and it is presented on a technically superb disc.

Swamp Thing

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 1 release of Swamp Thing. A bare-bones release from MGM that has now become a rare item and has caused huge prices on Ebay after the release was recalled by MGM over complaints from Blockbuster that it contained nude sequences despite being a PG.

Doctor Who: The Ark in Space

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 2/4 release of Doctor Who: The Ark in Space, the second adventure featuring Tom Baker's Doctor, and one of the best. Once again the BBC have provided a well-thought-out DVD.

There's No Business Like Show Business

Noel Megahey has reviewed the Region 2 release of the colourful musical There's No Business Like Show Business as part of the Marilyn Monroe Diamond Collection. Not the best film with Monroe in it, but certainly some of the best of Monroe in a film. The DVD release boasts a superbly restored Cinemascope presentation.

Lolita (1962)

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of Lolita (1962). The classic Stanley Kubrick early sixties effort dealing with a middle-aged man's obsession with a young teenage girl. Released on a barebones but technically strong disc from Warner.

Aliens: Special Edition

Daniel Stephens has reviewed the Region 4 release of Aliens: Special Edition. I ended up with this version of my favourite film, and even though there aren't a whole heap of extras, the disc is technically almost flawless.

Monkey Business

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 2 release of Howard Hawks' disappointing comedy Monkey Business. Part of the Fox "Marilyn Monroe Collection" but the radiant Marilyn only features for about 20 minutes.

A One and a Two (Yi Yi)

Mark Boydell has reviewed the Region 2 release of A One and a Two (Yi Yi), an excellent Taiwanese movie which gets a great release by ICA Projects.

Bus Stop

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of Bus Stop. The second review of Marilyn Monroe films taken from the forthcoming boxset release, Bus Stop is a weak and light-hearted comedy concerning a naive rodeo cowboy looking for a wife.

River of No Return

To kick off a series of reviews of the Marilyn Monroe Diamonds Boxset, Mark Boydell takes a look at the Region 2 release of River of No Return, a musical western which had probably endured over the years thanks to the casting of Mitchum opposite Monroe. The film has been substantially restored for this DVD release but is sadly given little more than a bare-bones release.

Das Experiment

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of Das Experiment, a German film basing itself on the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment of 1971, and without much success.

Our Man Flint

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 1 release of Our Man Flint. A mediocre Hollywood attempt to create an American Bond, with James Coburn giving the impossible task. Released simultaneously with its sequel In Like Flint on a barebones disc.

Now and Then, Here and There (Volume 1: Discord and Doom)

Bex has reviewed the all-region DVD release of Now and Then, Here and There (Volume 1: Discord and Doom) by Central Park Media (U.S. Manga). An amazing and disturbing story of a totalitarian state in a ruined future Earth, this animé series is a lot darker than one would assume from looking at the child characters that populate it.

Inspector Morse (Volume 5: The Last Enemy / Deceived by Flight)

Bex has reviewed the Region 2 release of Inspector Morse 5: The Last Enemy / Deceived by Flight.

Project A-ko: Collector's Series (Enhanced)

Bex has reviewed the all-region DVD release of Project A-ko: Collector's Series (Enhanced) by Central Park Media (U.S. Manga). Generally considered the king of animé parodies, this show dates back to 1986.

The Towering Inferno

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Towering Inferno. A classic seventies' disaster movie packed with a host of stars lead by Steve McQueen and Paul Newman, the film has been given a barebones release by Warner.

Doctor Who: The Tomb of the Cybermen

In the first of three reviews of Doctor Who DVDs, Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 2/4 release of The Tomb of the Cybermen. Once feared lost, this classic adventure featuring the Second Doctor appears on DVD. Picture and sound quality are as good as it's likely to get, and as usual the BBC have provided a well-thought-out set of extras.

Big Wednesday

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 1 release of John Milius's surfing epic Big Wednesday. One of the best films of the seventies given a pretty good DVD release by Warners.

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