Review Archive: April 2003

Best Seller

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 2 release of Best Seller. An excellent B-Movie thriller made special by the talents of James Woods and Brian Dennehy.

Alexander The Great

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 2 release of Alexander The Great. A mediocre epic from a good director, this is a typically average back catalogue release from MGM.

All or Nothing

Barry Woodcock has reviewed the Region 2 release of All or Nothing, the latest film from British director Mike Leigh.

Thank God He Met Lizzie

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 4 release of Thank God He Met Lizzie, a middling romantic comedy on an okay disc from Magna Pacific, but worth a look to see three big names (Richard Roxburgh, Cate Blanchett, Frances O'Connor) before they were famous.

Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets

Eamonn McCusker has reviewed the Region 2 release of Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets. The second Harry Potter film is certainly darker, more able and more technically proficient but somehow less satisfying that the first. On a franchise this big, does it really matter?

Zhou Yu's Train

Noel Megahey has reviewed the Hong Kong Region 0 release of the Chinese romantic and poetic melodrama Zhou Yu's Train. Gong Li stars as Zhou Yu, a woman torn between two lovers, who travels the long journey across the lush Northern Chinese countryside that separates them.

The Message

Mark Campbell has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Message.

L' Amour à Mort

Noel Megahey has reviewed the French Region 2 release of L' Amour à Mort. After a near-death experience, a man feels life has lost its meaning. A sombre and experimental film from the French Alain Resnais boxset.

I Want To Go Home

Noel Megahey has reviewed the French Region 2 release of I Want To Go Home, an English language comedy from the French Alain Resnais boxset.

Fargo (Special Edition)

Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 2 release of Fargo (Special Edition). The Oscar winning Coen Brothers tale is given a welcome Special Edition treatment by MGM and is just enough to warrant a fans re-purchase.

Werewolf Shadow

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 0 release of Werewolf Shadow. A popular Spanish horror film given a good release by the reliable Anchor Bay.

Dead Of Winter

Alan Daly has reviewed the Region 1 release of Dead Of Winter, an enjoyable but disappointingly run-of-the-mill thriller from acclaimed director Arthur Penn.

Flaming Brothers

Dave Foster has reviewed the Region 2 release of Flaming Brothers. Available to buy through Hong Kong Legends from Monday is their latest ‘Heroic Bloodshed’ title starring Chow Yun-fat. Read on to find out how the movie has been treated for this release and of course to see if its any good.

Vampire Princess Miyu (TV Volume 5: Dark Love)

Bex has reviewed the Region 1 release of Vampire Princess Miyu: Dark Love (TV Volume 5) by TOKYOPOP. This next-to-last DVD release in the Miyu television series sees a mix of both tried-and-true formats as well as several satisfying character development pieces focusing on Miyu and Reiha.

The Ref

Alan Daly has reviewed the Region 1 release of The Ref, a funny and enjoyably mean-spirited Christmas comedy that features bickering families, a drunken, pissed-off Santa and a sardonic burglar having the worst night of his life.

Killing Me Softly

Noel Megahey has reviewed the Region 2 release of Killing Me Softly, an erotic thriller starring Heather Graham, Joseph Fiennes and Natascha McElhone.

Torpedo Bombers

Michael Brooke has reviewed the Region 0 release of Torpedo Bombers, a low-key but moving study of the impact of war on the inhabitants of a snowbound marine airbase: both the pilots and their loved ones on the ground.

Whistle and I'll Come To You

Eamonn McCusker has reviewed the Region 0 release of Whistle and I'll Come To You, Jonathan Miller's 1968 adaptation of the chilling MR James short story, issued as part of the BFI's Archive Television series.

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Eamonn McCusker has reviewed the Region 0 release of Whistle and I'll Come To You, Jonathan Miller's...

Pirates of the 20th Century

Michael Brooke has dug up another Soviet blockbuster generally unknown in the West in the form of the Region 0 release of Pirates of the 20th Century. But fascinating though it is to see a high-speed Soviet thriller with plenty of fast-paced action, once you remove the historical and cultural context you're sadly left with a pretty mediocre action flick of no great distinction as far as Western genre fans are concerned.

Singles

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 2 release of Singles. Cameron Crowe's engaging though flawed romantic comedy comes to DVD in a standard Warners back-catalogue release: good picture and sound, with a few extras.

Night Warriors Volume 1: Darkstalkers' Revenge - Alpha

Dave Foster has reviewed the Region 1 release of Night Warriors Volume 1: Darkstalkers' Revenge - Alpha. Released through VIZ is the first volume of Nightwarriors, an anime based upon the Capcom beat-em up of the same name.

Event Horizon

Eamonn McCusker has reviewed the Region 2 release of Event Horizon, director Paul WS Anderson's sci-fi horror and a film that develops an unsettling and disturbing atmosphere but which fails to conclude satisfactorily.

A Cruel Romance

Michael Brooke continues his trawl through some of the Soviet Union's biggest domestic blockbusters with the Region 0 release of A Cruel Romance, a splendidly nasty costume drama in the Dangerous Liaisons mould, whose title is all too accurate.

Samba Traoré

Mark Boydell has reviewed the Region 0 release of Samba Traoré - a sort of African Western by Idrissa Ouedraogo which gets a decent release and comes with optional English subtitles.

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