Review Archive: August 2003

Poison

Gary Couzens has reviewed the US Region 0 release of Todd Haynes's controversial first feature, Poison, three stories in one, inspired by the work of Jean Genet. Fox Lorber's disc is of average visual quality but has an excellent commentary.

Spooks: Season One

Michael Mackenzie has reviewed the Region 2 release of Spooks: Season One, the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed spy drama series that aired on BBC1.

Like Mike

Anthony Nield has reviewed the Region 2 release of Like Mike, yet another godawful kiddie sports movie.

The Magdalene Sisters

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 2 release of Peter Mullan's stunningly powerful The Magdalene Sisters. A very impressive film has received an equally impressive DVD release from Momentum. The disc is released on the 1st September.

Wallace & Gromit's Cracking Contraptions

Anthony Nield has reviewed the Region 2 release of Wallace & Gromit's Cracking Contraptions, a collection of ten shorts spun-off from Nick Park's Oscar winning films.

Nickelodeon

Anthony Nield has reviewed the forthcoming Region 2 budget release of Nickelodeon.

Rurouni Kenshin (Volume 6: The Flames of Revolution)

Bex has reviewed the Region 1 release of Rurouni Kenshin (Volume 6: The Flames of Revolution) by Media Blasters. The last volume before the legendary Kyoto arc begins, this instalment nicely wraps up the introductory portion of the series with a pair of brief stories, the first concerning Sanosuke's past and the second involving, yes, pirates.

The Shootist

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 2 release of John Wayne's last film The Shootist. Not a great film but a fine tribute to the greatest of all movie stars. Paramount's DVD is adequate but not much more.

Seeing Double

Like...it's S Club! Eamonn McCusker, a self-confessed fan who admits preferring Jo over Rachel, completes his comprehensive collection of S Club output with the Region 2 release of Seeing Double. Another Spice World or a Catch Us If You Can?

You're Under Arrest (Collector's Box 2)

Bex has reviewed the Region 1 release of You're Under Arrest (Collector's Box 2) by AnimEigo. Clear proof that just when you think you've got a show pegged, it can still break the mould and become something even better... this action/comedy series about two policewomen in near-future Tokyo develops unexpected depth over the course of this second box set.

The Man Who Loved Women

Mark Boydell has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Man Who Loved Women, an interesting but not really outstanding Truffaut flick which follows the life of Bertrand, France's answer to Casanova, but with a leather jacket and a taste for books... MGM gives the film an average release with less-than-brilliant image and no real extras.

Un couer en hiver

Barry Woodcock has reviewed the Region 2 release of Un couer en hiver. Daniel Auteuil, Emmanuelle Béart and André Dussollier star as three corners of a romantic triangle in Claude Sautet's penultimate film.

The Brittas Empire Series One

Dave Foster has reviewed the Region 0 release of The Brittas Empire Series One. With the second series recently announced it seemed an appropriate time to offer some thoughts on last months release of The Brittas Empire from Eureka Video.

Reversal Of Fortune

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 2 release of Reversal Of Fortune. A deservedly Oscar winning performance from Jeremy Irons distinguishes this entertainingly trashy look at a real life scandal. Typically, MGM's DVD release is nothing special.

Bulletproof Monk

Anthony Nield has reviewed the Region 2 release of Bulletproof Monk, Chow Yun-Fat's finest American film to date.

The Ring

Eamonn McCusker has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Ring, an effective if slightly lo-cal remake of Hideo Nakata's chilling Ringu.

C'était un rendezvous

Anthony Nield has reviewed Spirit Level Film's Region 0 release of Claude Lelouch's infamous C'était un rendezvous. Finally released on DVD, the film looks great though is sadly handicapped by a hefty price tag.

M

Ahead of its 6th October release, Noel Megahey takes an advance look at the fully restored Special Edition Region 2 release of Fritz Lang's M, a chilling depiction of a child murderer on the streets of Berlin.

Rurouni Kenshin (Volume 5: Renegade Samurai)

Bex has reviewed the Region 1 release of Rurouni Kenshin (Volume 5: Renegade Samurai) by Media Blasters. Now approaching the end of the show's first season, this DVD sees modest improvements in every department save special features.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Eamonn McCusker has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (Original Cut), the stunning second part of Peter Jackson's adaptation of JRR Tolkien's literary classic, which continues Frodo's journey into Mordor to destroy the Ruling Ring.

The World of Apu

Mark Boydell has reviewed the Region 2 release of The World of Apu - the final film of Ray's blinding trilogy and the third disc from Artificial Eye's excellent boxset. Image and sound are very good considering the source and the extras are also top-rate.

Two Moon Junction

Eamonn McCusker has reviewed the Region 2 release of Two Moon Junction, a terrible slice of pornography from Zalman King, supplier-in-chief of soft-focus movie nudity.

Thief

Eamonn McCusker has reviewed the Region 2 release of Thief, Michael Mann's debut feature and one that was evidently used to sketch the themes that would remain consistent throughout his later work.

The Evil Dead Trilogy

Anthony Nield has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Evil Dead Trilogy, probably the finest DVD release of a trilogy since Paramount's The Godfather Collection.

Siouxsie and the Banshees: The Seven Year Itch

Anthony Nield has reviewed the Region 0 release of Siouxsie and the Banshess: The Seven Year Itch, a wonderful document of the band's Shepherd's Bush concert of last year.

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