Mike Sutton has reviewed the new Anchor Bay R2 release of the powerful true-life drama A Sense of Freedom. The disc offers only an average transfer but is graced by an excellent documentary.
Michael Mackenzie has reviewed the R2 Italian release of Il Gatto a Nove Code (The Cat O' Nine Tails), Dario Argento's second film and his personal least favourite.
Released back in November, Frasier: The Complete First Season is now available at heavily discounted prices from a number of retailers. Dave Foster offers his thoughts on the premiere season of this respected television series starring Kelsey Grammer as Dr Frasier Crane.
Dave Foster has taken a look at the sixth and final volume of this entertaining anime series that was released on 16th February.
Barry Woodcock has reviewed the Premier Asia Region 2 release of Volcano High, an action-comedy from South Korea that translates the over-the-top style and action of Anime into a live-action movie.
With the Premier Asia DVD out this week Dave Foster has decided to take a look at the alternative, full-length Korean cut offered on the R3 Cinema Service DVD, and compare the two in the process.
Jumping in at the deep end Dave Foster has taken a look at Volume 5 in this supernatural anime series released by MVM.
In China, a biologist drops a flask. When the plague reaches England, it leaves only one in ten thousand people alive. For the survivors, what will that first week be like? And the next, and the next? Series 1 of Terry Nation's most serious television show gets an excellent release by DD Video, reviewed here by Graham Nelson.
As Denys Arcand's new film The Barbarian Invasions opens in UK cinemas, Gary Couzens takes a look at the UK Region 0 release of his earlier success, Jesus of Montreal. It's a case of good film but poor DVD.
Mike Sutton has reviewed Ingmar Bergman's The Serpent's Egg, a powerful and underrated film which forms part of the recalled MGM boxset but is also available separately.
Rik Booth has reviewed the latest Bruce Willis action thriller, in which he plays a Navy SEAL sent into Africa to rescue a stranded US citizen - and in doing so ends up attempting to rescue a group of refugees and avoid dangerous rebels intent on killing them. A fairly enjoyable film presented on a strong Region 2 DVD, the full review can be found inside.
Wackiness ensues as Michael Mackenzie reviews the French collector's edition release of Les Triplettes de Belleville, Sylvain Chomet's crazy animated masterpiece (known in the UK as Belleville Rendez-vous).
Just hitting the cinemas this week, Pieces of April is also hitting the shelves in North America. Despite being marketed as a madcap comedy, Pieces of April is a subtle comedy-cum-drama about familial tensions and mortality with Katie Holmes playing the lead role. The DVD comes with a small but worthy amount of extras, along with a good transfer and sound. Out tomorrow and showing across the UK.
Included with the five Herzog/Kinski films in the Anchor Bay boxset is Herzog's documentary on the turbulent, yet productive relationship between the director and the actor who came close to murdering each other.
Klaus Kinski, in an increasingly unstable condition, made his final film with Werner Herzog in 1988, playing the outlaw Cobra Verde, who is sent to West Africa to re-establish a lucrative slave trade with a troublesome African king. Released on DVD as part fo the Herzog Kinski bozset collection.
On Charlotte Church's eighteenth birthday, Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 2 release of her cinematic debut, I'll Be There. A very mild comedy directed by and also starring Craig Ferguson gets a quite decent DVD release from Warners.
Mike Sutton has reviewed the Region 1 MGM release of Manic, yet another film about messed-up teenagers which is likely to leave most adults remarkably unmoved.
Despite the enormous production difficulties involved in shooting a major film in the Amazon, Fitzcarraldo stands testament to Herzog’s strength and determination as a director, managing even to coax out an extraordinary and sensitive performance from Kinski as the man who has a dream to build an opera house in the Amazonian jungle and drags a steamboat across a mountain to achieve his dream.
Only 5 days after completing Nosferatu, Herzog collaborated again with Kinski on Woyzeck, shooting the whole film in seventeen days and editing it in four. Based on fragments of an 1836 play by Georg Büchner, Kinski plays a put-upon army private who finally buckles when he finds out that his wife is cheating on him.
Noel Megahey has reviewed the Region 2 release of Intolerable Cruelty, a delightfully funny comedy from the Coen Bros, with a charming George Clooney as the ruthless lawyer out to "get" the ruthless millionaire grabber, Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Released as part of the Herzog/Kinski boxset collection from Anchor Bay, Nosferatu was the second collaboration between Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski - a moody, stylised remake of Murnau's silent horror classic.
A group of Spanish conquistadors in 1560, risk the dangers of the Amazonian jungle in search of El Dorado. Released as part of the Herzog/Kinski boxset collection from Anchor Bay, Aguirre is the first and possibly best film of a successful partnership between director Werner Herzog and the volatile actor Klaus Kinski.
Dave Foster has reviewed the Dutch Region 0 DVD release of Kichiku, an intriguing student film from Japan that caused quite a stir when screened on the festival circuit due to the promising talent the director showed and the extremely detailed acts of violence depicted on screen.
Mariah Carey in not crap movie shocker! That doesn't mean to say that it's great, but it's a masterpiece compared with "Glitter". Andy Hall continues to monitor the acting career of Ms Carey by looking at this passable crime story about Italian restaurants, waitresses and mobsters. The DVD is released on February 23rd 2004.