Review Archive: May 2004

What Have You Done to Solange?

Who is Solange? What was done to her, and by whom? Michael Mackenzie continues his trek through the weird and wonderful world of the giallo in his review of the R1 USA release of What Have You Done to Solange?, a highly regarded 1972 film by Massimo Dallamano.

Fausto 5.0

Another unusual Spanish film graces Fox's Cinema Latino collection - Fausto 5.0 is highly experimental but also quite compelling and visually astounding. The DVD comes with an excellent 5.1 mix and a good enough transfer.

The Wild Geese

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Wild Geese, made in 1978 and a good example of the type of all-star action movie they don't often make like they used to. Mosaic's DVD has a good picture and Dolby Surround soundtrack. This DVD is released tomorrow.

Prétear (Volume 2)

Bex has reviewed the region 2 release of Prétear (Volume 2) by ADV Films. Building on the promise of the first instalment, the DVD sees the action of this entertaining magical girl show escalating rapidly.

I Spit On Your Grave: Millennium Edition R1

D.J. Nock takes a look at the ever-controversial "classic" I Spit On Your Grave, released on Region 1 DVD as a "Millennium Edition".

Rashomon

Anthony Nield has reviewed the Region 2 release of Rashomon, Akira Kurosawa's 1950 classic. Credited as introducing international audiences to the delights of Japanese cinema, the film refuses to feel dated - its multi-layered narrative paved the way for The Usual Suspects, Memento and, more recently, 21 Grams.

Guerreros (Warriors)

Mark Boydell takes a look at the first film in the R1 Cinema Latino series due to be released on Monday. Guerreros is an interesting yet flawed film on a group of Spanish soldiers who wind up stranded between enemy lines and feautures the Iberian hearthrob Eduardo Noriega (The Devil's Backbone, Open Your Eyes).

Open Range

Can this be the return of the Western? Kevin Costner hopes so, acting and directing in this morality tale of justice and vengeance, set during the height of the Wild West. Rik Booth reviews the Region 2 DVD that is released on Monday.

Robocop Trilogy

Mike Sutton has reviewed the upcoming region 1 release of the Robocop Trilogy. The original is still great, the first sequel is an interesting mess and the second sequel is just a mess. The DVD presentation is generally immaculate.

Diva

A postman with a passion for opera gets in trouble when a bootlegged recording gets mixed-up with a tape from a police investigation. The cult-classic first feature from the director of Betty Blue is finally released to DVD in the UK.

Zatoichi

'Beat' Takeshi resurrects Zatoichi for a new generation. Is it any good? Why yes, yes it is.

Najica Blitz Tactics: Volume 2

The following review contains panty shots. You don't have to look though if you don't want to.

Angelic Layer - Volume 2: On a Wing and a Player

Misaki continues on her path to self discovery in ADV's second volume of Angelic Layer.

Najica Blitz Tactics: Volume 1

Kev reviews Ultra Panty Adventure anime!

Angelic Layer - Volume 1: Divine Inspiration

No sooner does Misaki Suzuhara arrive in Tokyo, she becomes involved in the latest craze, Angelic Layer - The most advanced game ever devised that pits battle dolls against each other, controlled through the mind of their user.

Year of the Dragon

Mike Sutton has reviewed the much-anticipated Region 0 DVD release of Michael Cimino's Year of the Dragon. A beautifully directed but extremely flawed thriller is presented on a barebones disc that is reasonably good but not as impressive as it could have been.

Kannathil Muthamittal (A Peck on the Cheek)

Noel Megahey takes a tentative step into the world of Tamil cinema with a bit of a musical blockbuster from Mani Ratnam. A young girl travels to war-torn Sri Lanka to find her real mother. It's the Sound of Music meets Black Hawk Down!

Sonic Underground Volume 1

The craze of Sonic The Hedgehog is resurfacing again having had a hit console game in the form of Sonic Heroes and the brand new cartoon Sonic X. Anchor Bay are taking full advantage of this by releasing the first volume of Sonic Underground, one of three previous Sonic The Hedgehog cartoons, on DVD. Iain Boulton reviews the region 2 release of this old Sonic cartoon.

GO

Phil Gardner takes a look back at the Region 2 release of Director Doug Liman (Swingers) 'hip' black comedy "GO". Missed this when it came out? Or been holding off picking up a copy? Take a look here to see if this is worth taking a spin in your DVD player.

Cadfael: The Complete Series 2

Bex has reviewed the recent Carlton release of Cadfael: Series 2, containing the episodes The Virgin in the Ice, A Morbid Taste for Bones and The Devil's Novice.

Runaway Jury

Released in cinemas back in January, Runaway Jury is the latest adaptation of a John Grisham novel. Starring John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman and Rachel Weisz, it's a stylish and very enjoyable thriller - presented here on a strong Region 2 DVD. Take a look inside for Rik Booth's detailed analysis.

Full Metal Yakuza

Takashi Miike’s Yakuza drama with a science-fiction twist is released today in America through Artsmagic DVD. Dave Foster takes a look at their R2 offering that debuted earlier this year...

Ran

Released as a 2 disc special edition, Akira Kurosawa's epic samurai version of King Lear looks more spectacular than ever. Noel Megahey reviews the new Warner Bros Region 2 release.

Rocketeer

Whooooosh!

Six-String Samurai

Buddy Holly lookalike, Elvis wannabe rocker samurai, with whiney kid in tow vs. russian army in bizzare deserty film.

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