Review Archive: March 2005

The Manchurian Candidate

Anthony Nield has reviewed the Region 2 release of Jonathan Demme's remake of The Manchurian Candidate. A far better - and more interesting - film than could be expected, Paramount have given it a fine presentation and a healthy supply of extras.

Gad Guard Vol.01: Lightning

When a young courier activates a mysterious metal cube it gives birth to a powerful mechanoid robot that will obey only his command. Together the duo will fight crimes and solve the mystery of this cube in this ultra stylish anime. Matt Shingleton reviews ADV’s UK release.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Anthony Nield has reviewed the Region 2 release of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The cinematic debut of Elia Kazan, this film may not rank amongst the director's very finest, but is a welcome release nonetheless, especially given its fine presentation.

The Final Cut

While he is cutting a film from the memory chip of a client, which has the recorded footage of his whole life, Alan Hakman discovers a clue to a secret in his own past. Noel Megahey reviews the Region 1 release of Omar Naim's debut feature - a science fiction thriller of memories and perceptions starring Robin Williams, Mira Sorvino and Jim Caviezel.

The Money Pit

The second in a trilogy of reviews looking at 80s comedy films that set-up ultimate disaster for their hapless characters. The year is now 1986, and Tom Hanks is buying a house in Richard Benjamin's The Money Pit. Daniel Stephens reviews.

Hustle: Series One

To coincide with the first episode of its second series, Anthony Nield has reviewed the forthcoming Region 2 release of Hustle : Series One, the BBC's enjoyable, but essentially vapid con artist TV series.

Gregory Horror Show: The Nightmare Begins

Talking rats, gunslinging cacti, zombie cats, insane chefs, scales of justice, mummfied dogs, fortune telling frogs and even Death himself are just a part of the crazy line up of guests at Gregory's House. Kev enters the hotel of lost souls.

Angel Guts: The Nikkatsu Series

Nikkatsu became famed throughout the 70's for their Roman Porno output. During the late 70's they teamed up with manga-ka and director, Takashi Ishii where they produced five movies based upon his work "Angel Guts". For the first time on DVD Arts Magic bring us these movies, released as a collection today.

Summer Rental

The second part of a trilogy of reviews focussing on 80s film where the everyday subject matter sets up ultimate disaster. This time it's 'Vacation' in Carl Reiner's Summer Rental. Daniel Stephens reviews.

New Getter Robo: Volume 1 - Rude Awakenings

Kev takes a look at the latest in Go Nagai's "Getter Robo" series, distributed by Geneon Entertainment. Featuring plenty of blood soaked mayhem and robots you can be sure have a little fun whiling away an hour or so.

Panic In The Streets

Mike Sutton reviews the R1 release of "Panic In The Streets", a brilliantly effective thriller from the new Fox Noir collection.

The Sword of Doom

Dedicated to Okamoto Kihachi: 1923-2005

Carmen

Nat Tunbridge reviews Momentum's R2 DVD of Carlos Saura's superb flamenco film.

Orpheus in the Underworld

Anthony Nield has reviewed the Region 2 release of Orpheus in the Underworld. The latest in Metrodome's strand of 'Ovation' filmed theatre releases, it's a rather disappointing piece that's a little too broad in its comedy and performances. That said, for the fans, its presentation quality is quite surprisingly good for an early eighties television production.

Easter Parade

Noel Megahey reviews the single-disc Canadian edition of MGM's colourful 1948 Irving Berling musical starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland.

Popotan Vol.02: Enigma

Hot Spring resorts, time-travelling and a sinister silver-haired gigolo are the latest introductions to the genre melting pot of Popotan, as Volume Two sees a marked increase in plot and character developments. Matt Shingleton reviews.

The Incredibles

Michael Mackenzie has reviewed the R2 UK release of The Incredibles, Pixar Animation Studios' sixth consecutive hit, released in an excellent 2-disc set by Buena Vista.

Three Sisters

Anton Chekhov's seminal drama directed by Laurence Olivier in his National Theatre production from 1970, brought to the screen for the American Film Theatre. Noel Megahey reviews the UK Region 0 DVD.

Intimate Strangers

Following on from Nat's appraisal of three of Patrice Leconte's acclaimed earlier films, Alex Hewison reviews his latest effort: Intimate Strangers. It's a disappointingly lacklustre work comprised of tendentious sex talk and lingering camera shots. Pathé's disc is rudimentary and includes only a trailer by way of extra features.

Full Metal Panic: Mission.03

There's a great big Behemoth in this one!

The Ring (2002): Collector's Edition

With the up-coming release of The Ring 2, you might want to lament this double dip of Gore Verbinski's remake as a "cash-in". Indeed it is, but for those looking forward to the sequel, this Collector's Edition has some value. D.J. Nock finds out.

Doctor Who: The TV Movie

As we begin the countdown to the new series, now is a good moment to look back at the last attempt to bring Doctor Who back to our screens. James Sampson takes a look at the TV Movie that gave us an Eighth Doctor, a new TARDIS and Eric "Frelling" Roberts.

Godsmack: Changes

Anthony Nield has reviewed Coming Home Studio's Region 2 release of Godsmack : Changes. Irrespective of the music - a generally agreeable brand of muscular metal - the piece, which follows the band on their 2003 to 2004 tour, fails as a documentary and as such is likely only to appease the hardcore fan base.

The Early Films of Peter Greenaway 1

Anthony Nield has taken a look back at the BFI's Region 2 release of The Early Films of Peter Greenaway 1. Though lesser known than his subsequent work as a feature film director, the six films compiled here represent a body of work in their own right, and a fully rewarding one at that. The disc also comes with some noteworthy extras.

George Washington

Anthony Nield has taken a look back at the BFI's Region 2 release of 'George Washington'. The feature debut of David Gordon Green, the film is a flawed but promising work, and one that comes with an exemplary set of special features.

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