Review Archive: May 2005

Good Morning, Night (Buongiorno, Notte)

Looking at the 1978 kidnapping of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro from the eyes of one of his captors, Marco Bellocchio's film examines the social and political climate of a turbulent period in Italian history. Another fine release from Artificial Eye.

Pickpocket

Noel Megahey reviews UK DVD release of Robert Bresson's 'Pickpocket', released in a superb 2-disc edition by Artificial Eye.

Chanthology: Charlie Chan in the Secret Service / Charlie Chan in the Chinese Cat

Anthony Nield has reviewed Charlie Chan in the Secret Service and Charlie Chan in the Chinese Cat, two titles which make up the first disc in MGM's Region 2 Chanthology box-set.

House of Flying Daggers

D.J. Nock takes a swipe at Zhang Yimou's follow-up to Hero, now available on Region 1 through Sony. The fight scenes, plush scenery, and Ziyi Zhang all look beautiful here, with a perfect 5.1 track making your rig thump. But how does it fare against Edko's foreign release?

The Woodsman

Matt Day has taken a look at the R1 release of The Woodsman, in which Kevin Bacon stars as a sex offended fresh out of prison, trying to make his way in a world he's been away from for 12 years. Unsurprisingly the film has grabbed a few headlines, but aside from the touchy subject matter, is there anything worth talking about?

Black

Stephen Horne has reviewed the Yash Raj Films DVD release of the songless Bollywood film Black, an enchanting period drama starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Muhkerji that is tipped to be Indian cinema's ticket to victory at the 2006 Oscars.

Western Union

Anthony Nield has reviewed the Region 2 release of Western Union, an early Technicolor Western from Fritz Lang that is sadly let down by its presentation quality.

Ma Mère

Christophe Honoré directs the screen version of Georges Bataille's controversial novel, starring Isabelle Huppert as a depraved mother who leads her 17 year-old son, Louis Garrel, into a life of perversity and debauchery.

Joy of Madness

Filmed by 14 year-old Hana Makhmalbaf, this documentary charts the progress of her sister Samira’s attempt to make a film in post-war Afghanistan and in its own right tells us much about the circumstances of the Afghan people after the fall of the Taliban.

Switch Killer

Anthony Nield has reviewed the Region 0 release of Switch Killer, a trashy exploitation pic involving strippers and serial killer.

Drunken Master 3

Anthony Nield has reviewed Optimum Asia's Region 2 release of Drunken Master 3, a disappointing effort despite having Lau Kar Leung behind the camera and Andy Lau in front.

Gad Guard: Volume 5 - Acquaintances

The series turns around a little and things begin to look positive as we near toward the end of the series. Kev takes a look at Geneon Entertainment's fifth volume in studio GONZO's adventure series

I Heart Huckabees

I Heart Huckabees is a love-it-or-hate-it "existential comedy". Fox's Region 2 film presents the film very well but there's plenty of filler amongst the extras. Review by Gary Couzens

True Heart

Gary Couzens has reviewed True Heart, a bland family adventure about a brother and sister lost in the Canadian wilderness. This minor entry in the then fifteen-year-old Kirsten Dunst's filmography becomes a typical MGM back-catalogue disc.

Birth

Nicole Kidman stars in Jonathan Glazer's film as a bereaved woman who believes her dead husband has been reincarnated in the body of a 10 year-old boy. Noel Megahey reviews the Region 1 DVD release.

Adventures of Mini-Goddess (Volume 2: The Belldandy Files)

Bex takes a peek at this month's R2 release of Adventures of Mini-Goddess (Volume 2: The Belldandy Files) by MVM, tracking yet more antics and mayhem by Belldandy, Urd, Skuld, and the temple rat Gan-chan.

Electra Glide in Blue

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 1 release of Electra Guide in Blue, a cult movie from 1973 starring Robert Blake. Visually the DVD is up to scratch, but this disc has a slightly edited version of the film and a remixed mono soundtrack. Extras include a commentary and introduction from James William Guercio, whose only film as director this is.

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

Jim Carrey is up to his usual delightful tricks once again. Kev takes a look at Paramount's 2-disc special edition, released on April 26th.

Loch Ness

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 2 release of Loch Ness, a pleasant if mild family film starring Ted Danson and Joely Richardson, which gets a standard MGM back-catalogue edition on disc.

The Toolbox Murders (2003)

The box art for this slasher remake proudly proclaims it as being "from the director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist...". Can Tobe Hooper reclaim his horror crown? D.J. Nock tries to decide, as he reviews Anchor Bay's 2-disc "Special Edition".

Get Backers (Volume 1: G & B on the Case)

Bex has reviewed the R2 release of Get Backers (Volume 1: G & B on the Case) by ADV Films. Meet Gingi and Ban, two young men who run a 'recovery' business out of their car. If it was taken, they'll get it back!

MPD-Psycho: Volume 2

More Miike madness with "MPD-Psycho". Wanna see a crazy guy with an eyeball sewn to his tongue? Then look no further than volume 2, courtesy of Film 2000.

When the Last Sword Is Drawn

This epic period drama hit Japanese cinemas in the winter of 2003 and quickly established itself as a modern classic by sweeping the boards at the Japanese Oscars. Matt Shingleton checks out Tartan's R2 release, which should be in stores come Monday.

Spaceballs

Anthony Nield has reviewed the two-disc Region 2 release of Spaceballs, the latest Mel Brooks spoof to receive the special edition treatment.

The Alcohol Years

Anthony Nield has reviewed the Region 2 release The Alcohol Years, a powerful and disquieting documentary by Carol Morley into her less than savoury past.

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