Review Archive: December 2005

Don's Party

Meanwhile, the party continues at the Henderson's, as Gary Couzens reviews the Region 0 release of Don's Party, a classic Australian comedy given a fine two-disc release from Umbrella Entertainment.

Abigail's Party

It's the time of year for a party, so let's go to Beverley and Don's at Number 13. Theme: Seventies. Gary Couzens reviews the Region 2 release of Mike Leigh's classic black comedy Abigail's Party.

Dark Water - The Darker Cut

Mike Sutton looks at the unrated R1 DVD of Walter Salles' "Dark Water", an intelligent and disturbing drama which deserves a much wider audience.

The Mighty Celt

Anthony Nield reviews Metrodome's forthcoming release of The Melty Celt, a kind of Irish Kes starring Gillian Anderson and Robert Carlyle sadly let down by its lack of extras.

Ray Charles: The Genius of Soul

Anthony Nield takes a look back at Ray Charles: The Genius of Soul, a 1991 TV documentary opportunistically released by Metrodome earlier in the year as a means of cashing-in on the success of Ray.

Arahan

Anthony Nield takes a look back at Optimum's Region 2 handling of Arahan, a kind of Korean equivalent to Stephen Chow's Kung Fu Hustle.

The Idiot

The second of the two early Akira Kurosawa titles made for Shochiku during the 1950s was an attempt by the director to make a faithful adaptation of the Fyodor Dostoevsky novel. The film was heavily cut and was not a success, but is a key film in Kurosawa’s breakthrough period coming between Rashomon and Ikiru. It is released on DVD as part of the Eureka/Masters of Cinema range.

Haibane Renmei (Volume 4: Day of Flight)

Bex rounds out her coverage of the superb anime series Haibane Renmei with MVM's upcoming R2 release of the fourth and final volume, 'Day of Flight'.

The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave

Long condemned to grimy bootleg releases, Emilio P. Miraglia's cult giallo The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave has finally been granted a legitimate release, uncut and in its original aspect ratio. Michael Mackenzie has reviewed NoShame's R2 Italian DVD, which is bare-bones but boasts a solid transfer.

The Amazing Race: The Seventh Season

Bex takes a look at the recent R1 release of The Amazing Race: The Seventh Season, which sees another 11 teams race around the world and plunge themselves into stressful situations while trying to win $1 million.

Scandal

The first of two early Akira Kurosawa titles brought to DVD by Eureka/Masters of Cinema, 'Scandal' sees Toshiro Mifune challenge the new post-war freedoms of the celebrity gossip tabloids. The film also takes on a more human interest side with a terrific performance from Kurosawa's other great leading actor Takashi Shimura. Noel Megahey reviews.

Charmed: The Complete Third Season

Bex has reviewed the region 1 release of the third season of popular TV show Charmed.

Under The Greenwood Tree

You may well have watched this last night and should you have enjoyed it, this DVD is available as of the 2 January...

Long Weekend

Anthony Nield review Colin Eggleston's Long Weekend, an effective if a little too blatant Aussie chiller from the seventies soon to be released in the UK by Optimum.

Morons From Outer Space

Anthony Nield takes a look at MGM's Region 2 handling of Morons from Outer Space, an interesting if deeply unfunny sci-fi comedy from the pens of Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones.

One From the Heart

Anthony Nield takes a look back Buena Vista's Region 2 handling of One From the Heart. Francis Ford Coppola's fascinating little folly from 1982, the film arrives here in slightly altered 2003 form and oddly lacking a sizeable number of its promised extras...

Sin City: Recut and Extended

Booze, broads and bullets - the perfect combination for the festive season! Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have crafted one of the years best in Sin City, which finally gets the deluxe package it deserves. D.J. Nock takes a look at the R1 Canadian release, and is happier than a "Yellow Bastard" with the results...

Classic Kurosawa

Anthony Nield takes a look at the BFI's Region 2 Classic Kurosawa boxed set, a collection of five examples of the director's work. Not all classics mind, but each deserves its inclusion in its own way.

Red Beard

Another of the BFI's Kurosawa titles to be re-released as part of their Classic Kurosawa boxed set, Anthony Nield takes a look at 1965's Red Beard.

Star Wars: Clone Wars - Volume 2

Kev reviews the second and final volume of the animated series, charting the gap between Episodes II and III.

Green Street

Anthony Nield takes a look at the soon to be released Region 2 offering of Green Street from Universal. A look at football hooliganism from a primarily American perspective, it ends up, hardly surprisingly, as an interesting mess: a combination of godawful cockney accents, blurs of Burberry and an overall sense of complete and utter glorification. One for the less discerning post-pub crowd.

It Happened Here

Anthony Nield reviews Film First's latest release, a Region 2 offering of Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo's superb war movie It Happened Here.

Samurai Champloo Vol.03

The mood gets a little more serious for Mugen, Jin, and Fuu as they slowly make their way to Nagasaki. This third volume may not be as whacky as the two previous releases, but Matt Shingleton discovers it’s every bit as good. Out Now on R1 DVD.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Mike Sutton looks at the Unrated R1 DVD of "The Exorcism of Emily Rose", a visually elegant but unsatisfying combination of legal drama and horror flick.

Gallipoli: 2-Disc Anniversary Edition

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 4 two-disc anniversary edition of Gallipoli, which contains a considerably different set of extras to the Region 1 version reviewed earlier today.

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