Review Archive: October 2004

The Girl Who Knew Too Much

To conclude this year's Halloween special, Michael Mackenzie has reviewed the R0 US release of The Girl Who Knew Too Much, a seminal thriller by Mario Bava that is regarded by many as the first ever giallo film.

The Sect

The Halloween festivities continue as Michael Mackenzie reviews Cecchi Gori's R2 Italian release of La Setta (The Sect), the third film by Dellamorte Dellamore director Michele Soavi and his last co-production with Dario Argento.

Thirst

Continuing the Halloween weekend at DVD Times, Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 0 Thirst, an intriguing modern-day vampire film starring Chantal Contouri and David Hemmings, made in Australia in 1979. Umbrella Entertainment's "Oz Classics" release presents the film well. This review compares it with the Region 0 NTSC release from Elite Entertainment.

The Church

Michael Mackenzie has reviewed The Church, the second film to be made by Dellamorte Dellamore director Michele Soavi and his first of two collaborations with Dario Argento. The Church is presented on a bare-bones but slick R0 USA DVD by Anchor Bay.

Eight Legged Freaks

Spiders. Great big ones. Lots of them! Gary Couzens reviews the Region 2 edition of Eight Legged Freaks. Arachnophobes beware!

Taste The Blood Of Dracula R1

Mike Sutton's reviews for Halloween continue with a look at "Taste The Blood Of Dracula", one of the most interesting Hammer Horror films, presented on a technically impressive, if extras-lite, disc.

Dracula Has Risen From The Grave R1

In another review for Halloween, Mike Sutton has taken a look at the Warner R1 release of Hammer's "Dracula Has Risen From The Grave", an interesting but overrated instalment in the long-running vampire series. The DVD looks very nice indeed but has few extras.

Long Weekend

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Australian Region 0 release of Long Weekend, a creepy tale of nature fighting back. This release, in Umbrella Entertainment's "Oz Classics" series, has some informative extras but the picture quality could be better.

All the Colors of the Dark

This Halloween, Michael Mackenzie gets Satanic and reviews All The Colors Of The Dark, or Day Of The Maniac, or They're Coming To Get You, or whatever the hell it's called today. This review compares both the mediocre but serviceable R0 German DVD and the newly released R1 US version.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Kev reviews what is undoubtedly one of the most important films of the last 100 years. Robert Wiene's "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" is available through Kino Video - re-released on October 5th.

Dawn of the Dead (2004): Unrated Director's Cut

Was it really necessary? Michael Mackenzie has reviewed the R1 unrated director' cut of Universal's big budget remake of "Dawn of the Dead", and delivers the definitive verdict on whether Romero's classic needed to be "re-imagined".

The Believers

Mike Sutton continues his contribution to the DVD Times Halloween Special with a review of "The Believers", a very well made but rather unpleasant film from British director John Schlesinger. The DVD has a great picture but no extras.

Audrey Rose

Mike Sutton has reviewed the recent MGM R2 release of "Audrey Rose", a very serious and terminally dull account of purported reincarnation. The DVD is nothing special.

Scream 3: Collector's Edition

The trilogy ends, and not before its time, as Michael Mackenzie reviews Scream 3, a glossy but bland retread that fails to capture what made the original film so enjoyable. Scream 3 is presented on a solid R1 US DVD by Buena Vista.

Scream 2: Collector's Edition

Michael Mackenzie has reviewed Scream 2, the enjoyable but inferior sequel the the box office slasher smash, presented here on a solid R1 USA DVD by Buena Vista.

Die Monster Die

In another review for the Halloween Special, Mike Sutton takes a look at "Die Monster Die", an ambitious but unsuccessful attempt to do for H.P.Lovecraft what earlier AIP films did for Poe. MGM's Region 2 disc is basic, to say the least.

Breeders

Mike Sutton continues DVD Times's Halloween Special with a review of a surprisingly diverting piece of SF/Horror trash called "Breeders". Fans of sleazy horror rubbish in which gratuitously naked women perform aerobics will probably want to give it a look.

The Pit And The Pendulum

In the first of a number of reviews for Halloween, Mike Sutton has ventured into AIP's Corman/Poe series, "The Pit And The Pendulum". The film is great fun but the R2 disc is disappointing compared to MGM's American release.

Love Letters Of A Portuguese Nun

"How do you solve a problem like Maria?" Well, Reverend Mother, were she in this movie, you'd prefer a swift course of nipple-twisting, torture, violent penetration and a burning at the pyre over a couple of months with the von Trapp family...

Alexander The Great

Mike Sutton has updated his review of Robert Rossen's disappointing "Alexander The Great" to cover the recently released Region 1 disc.

Straw Dogs

Despite the presence of a number of very fine versions on the market already, MGM has released a bare-bones R1 of the 1971 classic shocker 'Straw Dogs', reviewed here by Natski.

Young Thugs: Nostalgia

Matt Shingleton takes a look at the R1 release of Young Thugs: Nostalgia, one of his undiscovered gems here in the west finally given a DVD release by ArtsmagicDVD. It's an affectionate look back at childhood life in the Japanese fishing district Osaka and Miike's personal favourite from his filmography.

Young Thugs: Innocent Blood

ArtsmagicDVD continue their R1 output of Japanese maestro Takashi Miike's back catalogue with the Young Thugs films. First up is Innocent Blood, a sentimental look back at the tricky process of adolescence delivered with all the verve we've come to expect from Miike san.

The Saddest Music in the World

A failed Broadway impresario, a cuckolded father, an amnesiac nymphomaniac with a talking tapeworm, a hypochondriac Serbian cellist with a heart in a jar of tears and musicians from every corner of the world all take part in musical duels and get bathed in vats of beer, competing to win the title of The Saddest Music in the World. Noel Megahey reviews MGM’s Region 1 DVD release of eccentric Canadian director Guy Maddin's latest venture into absurdity.

Millennium: The Complete Second Season

Bex takes a look at Region 2 release of the second season of Millennium, starring Lance Henriksen as Frank Black, criminal profiler extraordinaire.

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