Review Archive: January 2004

Non Ho Sonno

Michael Mackenzie has reviewed the Italian R2 release of Non Ho Sonno, the 2001 thriller by Dario Argento, released in the UK as Sleepless.

King of Bandit Jing: Volume One

Dave Foster has taken a look at last weeks R2 DVD release of King of Bandit Jing: Volume 1 from ADV Films. This new anime follows the adventures of a master thief by the name of Jing and his trusted companion Kir in what proves to be a promising start to this four volume series.

Valley of Gwangi

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Valley of Gwangi, a Western crossed with a Monster Movie. Not much good but worth a look for some splendid Ray Harryhausen dinosaurs.

Beast From 20,000 Fathoms

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, an enjoyable showcase for Ray Harryhausen's excellent monster effects.

Looney Tunes All Stars Volume 1

It's the Looney Tunes! Karl Wareham takes a look at Vol 1 of Warner's 2 Volume set...

Gamera: Attack Of Legion

Dave Foster has taken a look at the Region 2 DVD release of Gamera: Attack of Legion, released last week through ADV Films. This fairly recent addition to the kaiju (monster) movie genre that Japan is famous for features a giant turtle that will protect our planet at all costs!

Basic

Matt Day has reviewed the Region 2 DVD release of Basic, a cunning thriller directed by John McTiernan.

Le Mepris

Mike Sutton has reviewed the new R2 release of Jean-Luc Godard's brilliant study of filmmaking and relationships Le Mepris.

Romper Stomper

Gary Couzens concludes his series of reviews for Australia Day with a review of the Region 4 release of Romper Stomper, a highly controversial study of a gang of Australian skinheads.

Idiot Box

Gary Couzens completes his three-film showcase of writer-director David Caesar by reviewing the Region 0 release of his second feature Idiot Box. A noisy, hyperactive crime comedy-drama, it's released on a full-frame DVD with basic extras.

Dirty Deeds

On Australia Day, as part of a series of three films from up-and-coming director David Caesar, Gary Couzens reviews the Region 4 release of Dirty Deeds. Columbia's release has superb image and sound and a lot of extras.

Mullet

On Australia Day, Gary Couzens begins a look at up-and-coming director David Caesar by reviewing the Region 0 release of Mullet. A low-key, charming character comedy, this is probably Caesar's best film to date, and the AV Channel have given it a superb DVD package.

Picnic At Hanging Rock

Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 2 DVD release of Picnic At Hanging Rock which at £5.99 offers a cheap alternative to the superior Criterion edition.

Ned Kelly

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 2 release of Ned Kelly, in which Heath Ledger stars as the legendary Australian outlaw. Universal's DVD has excellent picture and sound but is lighter on extras than it could be. Ned Kelly is released on 2 February 2004.

The Well

Gary Couzens's two-film focus on director Samantha Lang continues with the Region 0 release of her debut feature, The Well, a very well acted and heavily atmospheric psychodrama starring Pamela Rabe and Miranda Otto. The DVD is full-frame with basic extras.

The Monkey's Mask

On Australia Day, Gary Couzens reviews the first of two films directed by Samantha Lang, the Region 0 release of The Monkey's Mask, starring Susie Porter and Kelly McGillis. A lesbian private eye investigates a missing girl and falls for the chief suspect.

Wrong Turn

A group of teens go down to the woods today and get a big surprise in this self-confessed homage to 70s style horror films from director Rob Schmidt. But can it stand up to its forbearers or will it be slaughtered by the opposition? James Sampson investigates.

The Adventures of Indiana Jones: The Complete DVD Movie Collection

Chris Kaye has reviewed the Region 2 version of the Adventures of Indiana Jones: The Complete DVD Collection. This includes Indy’s three adventures; The Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Temple of Doom and the Last Crusade. It also comes with a bonus fourth disc covering the creation of the adventure series.

Underworld

Michael Mackenzie has reviewed the R1 USA release of Underworld, a stylish vampire/werewolf action movie featuring Kate Beckinsale.

Santa Sangre

Barry Woodcock reviews Anchor Bay's excellent Region 2 release of Alejandro Jodorowsky's hallucinogenic horror movie Santa Sangre.

Arabian Nights

Anthony Nield has reviewed the Region 2 release of 'Arabian Nights'. At odds with the usual Hollywood fantasy films, this work concluded Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Trilogy Of Life", his penultimate film before the stark, shocking 'Salo' and his untimely death.

The Decameron

Anthony Nield has reviewed the Region 2 release of 'The Decameron', the first part of Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Trilogy Of Life" which also included The Canterbury Tales and Arabian Nights. A charming film, this will come as a surprise to those who only know the director through better-known works such as 'The Gospel According To St Mathew' and 'Salo'

Standing In The Shadows Of Motown

The Funk Brothers? Never heard of them? But they played on more number one records than Elvis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys combined. It's about time you did hear of them, and here Karl Wareham looks at the film that gives them their long overdue recognition.

Dirty Deeds

Fed up with gangster films? Think the genres run it's course? Karl Wareham takes a look at the Australian release, Dirty Deeds which might just change your mind.

Teenage Kicks - The Story Of The Undertones

Karl Wareham has had a look at the latest release from Sanctuary Music, Teeneage Kicks - The Story Of The Undertones.

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