Review Archive: September 2002

The Fury

Mark Davis has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Fury. Kirk Douglas stars in this Brian DePalma mystery/sci-fi/horror. The disc from Fox is a little lack-lustre but fans will want to pick this up.

Grave of the Fireflies (Collector's Series)

Bex has reviewed the Region 1 release of Grave of the Fireflies (Collector's Series) by Central Park Media (U.S. Manga). An exceptional release of this landmark antiwar film, the two-disc set is widescreen anamorphic and well-provided with special features.

The Crying Game

Bex has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Crying Game, a relatively bare bones MGM release of this classic Neil Jordan movie.

Koyaanisqatsi

Noel Megahey has reviewed the Region 1 release of Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi. A brilliant fusion of Reggio’s concept, Ron Fricke’s cinematography and Philip Glass’s music create one of the most original and striking films ever made. MGM’s budget release does the film justice.

Powaqqatsi

Noel Megahey has reviewed the Region 1 release of Godfrey Reggio's Powaqqatsi, the sequel to the ground-breaking Koyaanisqatsi. Another brilliant fusion of image and music with a serious theme and message and another very impressive disc from MGM.

The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 1 release of The Count Of Monte Cristo. An entertaining old-fashioned grand adventure based on the classic Dumas novel, directed by Kevin Reynolds and starring Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce, and released on a decent DVD from Touchstone.

A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

Mark Boydell has reviewed the Region 2 release of A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, a minor Woody Allen which gets the usual competent bare-bones release from MGM .

Resident Evil

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 1 release of Resident Evil. The classic video game is translated to the big screen surprisingly successfully, directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and starring Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez. Released on a good DVD by Columbia Tristar.

The Fourth Man

Continuing his series of reviews covering the work of filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, Alan Daly has reviewed the Region 1 release of The Fourth Man, an excellent black comedy thriller that finds the director at the height of his talents.

The Long Goodbye

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 1 release of The Long Goodbye. The revisionist counter-culture take on Chandler's Marlowe directed by Robert Altman and starring Elliott Gould in an excellent performance. Released by MGM, the budget release is a fine DVD.

Ocean's Eleven (2001)

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 1 release of Ocean's Eleven (2001). The enjoyable Steven Soderbergh remake of the cool Rat Pack flick, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia and a host of star names.

Black Hawk Down (2 Discs)

Mark Davis has reviewed the Region 2 release of Black Hawk Down SE. Ridley Scott's technically brilliant film is an indepth look into a US operation in Mogadishu. This lavish 2-disc set is one of the best I've seen and helps to raise the film to greater heights.

Postcards From The Edge

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of Postcards From The Edge. A fictional account of the writings of Carrie Fisher, that dealt with her drug dependency and clashes with her mother Debbie Reynolds, starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.

Smokey And The Bandit

Eamonn McCusker has reviewed the Region 2 release of Smokey And The Bandit. Was your town overrun in the late-70's with CB, black Capri's, cowboy boots and moustaches? Then blame this film!

Audition

Dave Foster has reviewed the Region 1 release of Audition. As I have already reviewed both the Tartan R0 and Rapid Eye Movies R0 offerings of Takeshi Miike’s excellent horror Audition, I decided to take a look at the recent R1 release from Ventura Distribution and offer a comparison of all three. Read on to find out if the German REM release has been dethroned...

Hart's War

Mike Sutton has reviewed the R2 release of Hart's War starring Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell. Not a particularly good film but an entertaining POW camp courtroom drama on a pleasing disc from MGM.

What About Bob?

Daniel Stephens has reviewed the Region 1 release of What About Bob?. Richard Dreyfuss’ Unwanted Gue...

Down And Out In Beverly Hills

Daniel Stephens has reviewed the Region 1 release of Down And Out In Beverly Hills. Richard Dreyfuss...

Hotel

Noel Megahey has reviewed the Region 2 two-disc release of Mike Figgis's Hotel. Weird sex and cannibalism in a Venetian hotel where an all-star cast are making a modern Dogme film of a Jacobean tragedy. Great DVD, but a very strange film that will obviously not be to everyone’s taste.

Impostor

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of Impostor, an uninspired sci-fi adaptation of a Philip K. Dick short story starring Gary Sinise, Vincent D'Onofrio and Madeleine Stowe.

Saving Private Ryan

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of Saving Private Ryan. Any film that can be shown twice in one week on Channel 5 clearly needs a DVD review, and as this DVD possesses one of the greatest feature film presentations why not treat yourself?

My Lucky Stars

Dave Foster has reviewed the Region 2 release of My Lucky Stars. Available to buy from September 23rd via Hong Kong Legends is this Sammo Hung directed action comedy that features the burly fellow himself alongside Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao. An impressive line up you say but just what did I make of the film? Read on to find out along with my thoughts on the first BBFC cut HKL DVD for some time...

Stargate SG-1: Season 1

Mark Davis has reviewed the Region 2 release of Stargate SG-1 Season 1.I believe this is the first review anywhere of this new set, due for release on October 21st. The series itself is a cracking one and despite it's slightly patchy first season there is plenty here for TV Sci-fi fans to get their teeth into.

Mulholland Dr.

Mark Boydell has reviewed the Region 2 release of David Lynch's latest opus Mulholland Dr. which gets a few extras and a very good transfer but is sadly lacking the R1 DTS track.

Frailty

Daniel Stephens has reviewed the Region 1 release of Frailty. Bill Paxton makes his debut as directo...

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