Review Archive: July 2003

Bleeder

Eamonn McCusker has reviewed the Region 2 release of Bleeder. Reissued as part of a 2xDisc set in mid-July with Nicholas Winding Refn's earlier film, Pusher, this is an awful presentation of a great film.

Blue Crush

Noel Megahey has reviewed the Region 2 release of Blue Crush, a fairly lightweight teenage romance film with some impressive surfing sequences. The DVD is packed with extra features, but is lacking the picture and sound it really deserves.

Gokudo (Volume 5: Lover Extraordinaire)

Bex has reviewed the Region 1 release of Gokudo: Lover Extraordinaire (Volume 5) by Media Blasters. Marred only by a slightly weaker plot and more jumbled backstory, the episodes of this fifth and penultimate plot arc may not be quite as funny as what came before, but are without a doubt still entertaining.

My Wrongs #8245-8249 & 117

To coincide with Channel Four's screening tonight Anthony Nield has reviewed the Region 2 release of My Wrongs #8245-8249 & 117.

Solaris

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 2 release of Steven Soderbergh's ambitious and fascinating Solaris (2002). A very interesting, if not totally successful, film presented on a technically excellent disc with a superb commentary track.

Ghost Ship

Eamonn McCusker has reviewed the Region 2 release of Ghost Ship, an awful film that promises much through an intriguing opening but which subsequently reveals that's all there is.

Final Destination 2

Matt Day has reviewed the Region 2 rental release of Final Destination 2, which carries all the features of the upcoming retail release due on 20th October 2003 through Entertainment in Video.

China Moon

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 2 release of China Moon. A pretty dire would-be noir which has, for some reason, been given a lovely visual transfer from the erratic MGM.

Chelsea Walls / Tape

Mark Boydell has reviewed the Region 2 release of Chelsea Walls / Tape - the first disc of a 2-disc ...

Catch Me If You Can

Eamonn McCusker has reviewed the Region 2 rental release of Catch Me If You Can, Steven Spielberg's light-as-the-ether comedy about fraud in the sixties and inspired by the story of Frank Abagnale Jr. The retail version of this DVD, which includes a second disc of extras that are not reviewed here, is on general release from today.

Bright Lights Big City

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 2 release of the incredibly tedious Bright Lights Big City, a Michael J. Fox vehicle from 1988 which should have stayed buried in the vaults.

American Psycho 2

Just why was one of the best films of the last five years followed up with one of the worst? Anthony Nield finds out with his review of the Region 2 release of American Psycho 2.

Harrison's Flowers

Noel Megahey has reviewed the Region 2 release of Harrison's Flowers and is feeling quiet ill after the experience...

The Animatrix

Anthony Nield has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Animatrix; a cynical marketing ploy or a worthy piece of cinema in its own right?

The Shield: Season 1

Eamonn McCusker has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Shield, Season One, a raw and often shocking detective series from the FX cable network in the US that made a star of Michael Chiklis as Vic Mackey. This Region 2 release features the same range of superb extras as the Region 1 but has been transferred in 1.78:1 as opposed to 1.33:1.

The Wogboy

To tie in with a showing on BBC2 tonight, Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 4 release of The Wogboy. A mildly amusing comedy from Down Under that is probably much funnier to Aussies than anyone else is released in a not-so-special edition from Fox.

The Dream Team

Daniel Stephens has reviewed the Region 1 release of The Dream Team. Four mental patients lose their doctor and have to fend for themselves on the streets of New York. Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd, and Peter Boyle star in this enjoyable comedy.

The Transporter

Eamonn McCusker has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Transporter, a ludicrous action movie that recalls the finest moments from Golan and Globus' Cannon Films.

Frida

Tiffany Bradford has reviewed the Region 1 release of Frida, the beautiful love story of Mexican Artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, given a fantastic DVD treatment by Miramax on an extras-packed 2-disc set.

Lock, Stock...: The Complete Series

Anthony Nield has reviewed the Region 2 release of the Lock, Stock... TV series to find out whether the British gangster film can make the transition to the small screen.

Punch-Drunk Love

Barry Woodcock has reviewed the Region 2 release of Punch-Drunk Love. Adam Sandler stars in this unusual romantic comedy from Magnolia and Boogie Nights director Paul Thomas Anderson.

The Cars That Ate Paris

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Cars That Ate Paris. Given that it's part of Pathe's new range with a RRP of Ł5.99, the fact that it's a bare-bones disc is acceptable. The fact that it's in the wrong aspect ratio is not.

Gokudo (Volume 4: Witches Extraordinaire)

Bex has reviewed the Region 1 release of Gokudo: Witches Extraordinaire (Volume 4) by Media Blasters, in which Gokudo & Co add two feisty witches, a magical panda, and a talking tree to the core party of adventurers... before being sent directly to Hell (do not pass 'Go', do not collect Ł200).

Nell

Matt Day has reviewed the Region 2 release of Nell. A promising story of a true wild child raised in the American wilderness that features an award winning performance from Jodie Foster, with Liam Neeson providing a touch of romance.

Munchhausen

Noel Megahey has reviewed Eureka's Region 2 release of the original 1943 version of Munchhausen, a bold and colourful extravaganza given a nice restoration.

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