Review Archive: February 2003

The Ring

Daniel Stephens has reviewed the Region 1 release of The Ring. In terms of audio and video, this is an excellent release of a good film, but the lack of extra material suggests a special edition will probably surface sometime in the future.

Of Mice And Men

Mark Boydell has reviewed the Region 2 release of Of Mice And Men - a good but not great adaptation of Steinbeck's classic starring John Malkovich and Gary Sinise. The DVD is the usual barebones effort from MGM but the transfer and the sound are problem free.

God of Gamblers

Dave Foster has reviewed the Region 2 release of God of Gamblers. Released on DVD today is this classic piece of Hong Kong Cinema starring Chow Yun-fat as the mysterious God of Gamblers. Finally available in the UK fully uncut and in its original widescreen format this DVD ranks up there as one of my most wanted but just how does it weigh up?

Carry On Don't Lose Your Head SE

Bex has reviewed the Region 2 release of the special edition release of Carry On Don't Lose Your Head - where the Carry On team take on the French Revolution to comical effect. A great new edition of a fun film.

The Young Master

Barry Woodcock has reviewed the Hong Kong Legends release of Jackie Chan's The Young Master.

Kung Pow: Enter The Fist

Dave Foster has reviewed the Region 2 release of Kung Pow: Enter The Fist. This Martial Arts spoof movie was released by Fox Home Entertainment back on January 20th on a DVD that actually makes up for many of the laughs sadly lacking within the main feature, though I suspect it will still be a rental only disc for the large majority of moviegoers.

The Seventh Seal

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 0 release of The Seventh Seal, The first in a series of reviews of Tartan's Ingmar Bergman collection. The disc looks great but doesn't have much in the way of extras.

Medium Cool

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 1 release of Medium Cool, Haskell Wexler's groundbreaking drama set around and in the 1968 Chicago riots. An excellent commentary distinguishes this Paramount back-catalogue release, but some opportunities for extras have been missed.

Vampire Princess Miyu (TV Volume 3: Illusion)

Bex has reviewed the Region 1 release of Vampire Princess Miyu: Illusion (TV Volume 3) by TOKYOPOP. With four more episodes that further the encapsulated, 'Twilight Zone' format of creepy situations (in this case, with supernatural underpinnings) that show up the weaknesses of human nature, the series continues to be quite entertaining.

Delius - Song of Summer

Jon Robertson has reviewed the Region 0 release of Delius - Song of Summer, a wonderful and nearly forgotten early television film from Ken Russell, presented on a fine DVD.

Real Bout High School (Volume 3: Strange Journeys)

Bex has reviewed the Region 1 release of Real Bout High School - Strange Journeys (Volume 3) by TOKYOPOP. Although there is some continuing character development here and there (and the comedy established in earlier episodes still abounds), the series is unfortunately failing to live up to its potential as it nears its conclusion.

GTO: Outcasts (Volume 3)

Dave Foster has reviewed the Region 1 release of GTO Volume 3: Outcasts from TOKYOPOP. A further five episodes of Onizuka madness are guaranteed to have you curled up with laughter as the show continues in style...

The Hallelujah Trail

Eamonn McCusker has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Hallelujah Trail. Only the performances of Lee Remick and Burt Lancaster could stop this being turned into a shiny, silver ashtray.

Mildred Pierce

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 1 release of Mildred Pierce. A classic film gets a stunning tran...

O

Bex has reviewed the Region 2 release of O, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello, set in an American prep school and involving basketball!

Love Street (Rue des Plaisirs)

Noel Megahey has reviewed the Canadian Region 1 release of Love Street. Set in a Paris brothel in 1945 and starring supermodel Laetitia Casta, 'Rue des Plaisirs' is another off-beat romance from the director of 'The Girl on the Bridge'.

Predator 2

Daniel Stephens has reviewed the Region 1 release of Predator 2. The Predator returns in this worthy sequel, changing location to sunny Los Angeles. Technically the disc is superb, but the lack of additional features disappoints.

The Goonies

Daniel Stephens has reviewed the Region 1 release of The Goonies. Steven Spielberg idea, Chris Colum...

The Tall Guy

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Tall Guy. An excellent romantic comedy on a pre...

Windtalkers

Mark Campbell has reviewed the Region 2 release of John Woo's Windtalkers starring Nicholas Cage and Christian Slater.

Mélo

Noel Megahey has reviewed the Region 2 release of Mélo, from the French Alain Resnais boxset. Based on a stage play, the 1986 film is a brilliantly played romantic melodrama.

The Last Wave

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 0 release of The Last Wave, a flawed but compelling atmospheric fantasy-mystery from 1977directed by Peter Weir. It's not the most extras-heavy of Criterion's releases, but picture and sound quality are as good as you would expect.

Mr Holland's Opus

Mike Sutton has reviewed the MGM Region 2 release of Mr Holland's Opus. A film which is better than ...

K-Pax

Karl Wareham has reviewed the Region 2 release of K-Pax.

On The Occasion Of Remembering The Turning Gate

In the second of Korean director Hong Sang-soo reviews, Noel Megahey takes a look at the Region 3 release of the director's most recent and best film, On The Occasion Of Remembering The Turning Gate, an apparently simple tale of the mechanics of relationships between an out-of-work actor and two women he meets.

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