Review Archive: January 2006

Doctor Who: The Beginning

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 2 release of Doctor Who: The Beginning, the first three serials (and a reconstruction of the now-lost fourth) in an excellent three-disc box set.

The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things

Anthony Nield takes a look at Tartan's just released Region 0 handling of The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, Asia Argento's adaptation of J.T. Leroy's cult novel.

Adventures of Mini-Goddess (Volume 4: The Skuld Files)

Bex sits down to review the final volume of the generally-charming Adventures of Mini-Goddess series, and decides she's pretty much covered her cuteness quota for the coming year. Maybe the next few, even.

Sha Po Lang

Hong Kong martial arts superstars Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung star in this explosive crime thriller from director Wilson Yip. Dave Foster decides if SPL is worthy of the hype in this review of the R3 DVD courtesy of sponsor YesAsia.

Sky High

In a nod to The Incredibles as well as young Mr Potter, Sky High features a bunch of high school kids who, through their special abilities, are admitted to the Sky High School for Superheroes. Except for Will, son of the two most famous superheroes in the world, who doesn't have any powers at all...

Saraband

Likely to be the 86 year-old director’s last film, Ingmar Bergman returns to the familiar characters and subject matter of his Scenes From A Marriage made 30 years ago and shows he has lost none of his powers in the intervening years. Noel Megahey reviews the US Region 1 release.

Asylum

Anthony Nield has reviewed the Region 2 release of Asylum, a film which gathers the talents of David Mackenzie, Patrick Marber, Patrick McGrath and Ian McKellen, yet oddly turns in a very low-key result, one matched by the disc itself.

The Mitchell and Webb Situation

Due for release on Region 2 from Eureka, Anthony Nield takes a look at The Mitchell and Webb Situation, a hit-and-miss sketch show made for now defunct channel UK Play by David Mitchell and Robert Webb before they found success in Peep Show.

The Perfect Catch (aka Fever Pitch)

Nick Hornby's beloved Arsenal become the Boston Red Sox in this hop across the Atlantic for his debut novel...

Deuce Bigalow European Gigolo

Anthony Nield does the heroic thing and makes his way through not only Rob Schneider's latest opus Deuce Bigalow European Gigolo - coming soon to Region 2 - but also its ridiculously lengthy series of extras.

Junebug

Already a favourite of the critics, Junebug is now available on R1 DVD (UK cinemagoers will have to wait until March). The film exhibits both the best and worst tendencies of indie cinema, and although the result is ultimately unsatisfying the calibre of the acting almost holds it together. The DVD itself is passable but nothing to write home about.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Complete Fifth Season

Yes, Season 5 features a finale directed by Quentin Tarantino. And yes, it's worth seeing. But there's more to these 25 episodes than meets the eye, as Grissom and co. attempt to solve various grisly cases. D.J. Nock puts on his gumshoes, in his look at the Region 1 box set...

Nowhere Man: The Complete Series

Bex gets caught up in the conspiracies of little-known '90s science fiction series Nowhere Man, released at the end of last month as a substantial 9-disc R1 boxset by Image Entertainment.

Alien Nation: The Complete Series

Kev fondly looks back at one of the best written Sci-Fi shows of all the time, of which the complete series is now available to own on DVD thanks to Fox.

Kinky Boots

Anthony Nield takes a look at Buena Vista's forthcoming release of Kinky Boots, another film in a similar vein to Brassed Off, The Full Monty and the rest, but also really quite entertaining in its own unfussy way.

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

Bex takes a trip to the underworld with the R1 DVD release of Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (Widescreen Edition) by Warner Home Video.

Spare Parts (Rezervni Deli)

Safe within the borders of the EU, we're far removed from what goes on daily in a country that borders it. Damjan Kozole's film is a drama about human trafficking, the desperate people who take extraordinary chances to get into the EU and the ordinary men who make up a small part of the chain...

Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. 2nd Gig: Volume 1

Section 9 is back! Kev reviews the first volume in the ongoing political adventures of the world's best intelligence service....or is that honour about to be compromised? Find out as 2nd Gig makes its way to the UK on a wonderful disc. It's nice to be able to say that for a change.

Porco Rosso

Released on the same day as Pom Poko, Porco Rosso, or the Crimson Pig, is a bounty hunter working in the Adriatic, whose pursuit of the air pirates who operate in the area has them putting a bounty on his head...

Pom Poko

From Studio Ghible comes this tale of the tanuki who wage a war on humankind, feeling under threat from the suburbs of Tokyo that are encroaching on their forest...

Till Human Voices Wake Us

Guy Pearce and Helena Bonham Carter star in Till Human Voices Wake Us, an intriguing but not entirely satisfying mood piece. Two different versions of the film with commentaries on each make this two-disc Region 0 release from Madman Entertainment the best available. Review by Gary Couzens

Head On (1998)

Head On features twenty-four hours in the life of Ari (Alex Dimitriades), a young Greek-Australian gay man, in Ana Kokkinos's confronting and explicit first full-length feature. It receives a good Region 0 release in Australia from Palace Films, and is reviewed on Australia Day by Gary Couzens.

Da Kath N Kim Code

After three successful series, Australia's most 'effluent' comedy pairing branch out into a full-len...

Bliss

Australia Day continues with Ray Lawrence's Bliss, a surreal black comedy from 1985 from the director of Lantana. Roadshow's Region 4 has two discs, with two versions of the film. Review by Gary Couzens.

Barry McKenzie Holds His Own

On Australia Day, Gary Couzens reviews an upstanding Aussie fillum, a production that makes one proud to...er no, actually it's Barry McKenzie Holds His Own in which Bazza hits Paris and Edna Everage is mistaken for the Queen of England and kidnapped by the vampire president of Transylvania. Umbrella Entertainment's Region 0 DVD release is very good. The film may well improve after a few cans of Fosters.

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