Review Archive: July 2006

The Night of Truth

Anthony Nield takes a look at the recent BFI Region 2 release of The Night of Truth, a small-scale Burkina Faso from debut feature director Fanta Régina Nacro.

She Shoots Straight

Anthony Nield reviews recent Hong Kong Legends release She Shoots Straight, an early nineties effort from the Golden Harvest stable starring Mrs Sammo Hung, Joyce Godenzi.

Forbidden Zone

Anthony Nield reviews Arrow's extras-packed Region 0 offering of Richard Elfman's cult musical from 1980.

The King And The Clown

Recently sweeping all the major Korean film awards, as well as being the highest grossing picture in Korean history, the success of this modest film at the end of 2005 has confounded critics and consequently given it rather a lot to live up to on its DVD release to a wider world audience. Noel Megahey finds both film and Limited Edition DVD Boxset exceed expectations.

St. Francis

This 2002 Italian biographical mini-series on the life of St Francis of Assisi

Out on a Limb

Bex reviews the recent release of Out on a Limb, a British black comedy about a TV chef that gets held hostage in his home.

Always - Sunset on Third Street

From the director of Returner comes the 2005 box office smash hit and winner of twelve awards at the March 2006 Japanese Academy Awards. Kev takes a look and finds a charming film within.

The Eagles - Farewell I Tour

Hotel California...that was their theme and a good deal less exciting than the Southern Californian cannibalistic death cult that I, in my youthful foolishness, suspected it sang of...

Little Fish

Now showing in UK cinemas, Little Fish is a powerful character drama starring Cate Blanchett as an ex-junkie who cannot quite escape her past. Gary Couzens reviews the Region 4 DVD release from Icon, which has some worthwhile extras.

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

When Melquiades Estrada is shot near the US/Mexico border, Pete Perkins honours the promise that he made whilst his friend was alive, to take him home to be buried. But so simple a promise brings with it revenge...

The Collected Adventures of Asterix

Michael Mackenzie reviews The Collected Adventures of Asterix, a 6-disc box set featuring the first six animated adventures of the wily Gaul. Optimum's R2 UK standard definition release leaves something to be desired, to say the very least...

Atash

Winner of the International Critics Prize at Cannes 2004, this Israeli production of the debut film by a young Palestinian filmmaker, is a powerful family drama set in a harsh environment that takes an unusual political view of the region. Noel Megahey reviews Axiom’s UK DVD release of this fine film.

Tony Takitani

Based on a short story by Haruki Murakami, Tony Takitani is a solitary man who, through love, escapes from the prison of his loneliness only to find that the chains of loss and memory are even harder to shake off. Jun Ichikawa’s film adaptation is a beautiful, slow and poetic meditation on the theme of human isolation.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Ultimate Edition)

The final review in DVD Times' complete survey of the new James Bond Ultimate Editions looks at George Lazenby's sole contribution to the franchise and asks the question: Would it have been better if it had happened to the other fella?

Tell Them Who You Are

Gary Couzens has reviewed Tell Them Who You Are, a documentary profile of the great cinematographer Haskell Wexler by his son, released on a barebones DVD by Metrodome.

We of the Never Never

Gary Couzens has reviewed the UK Region 0 release of We of the Never Never, a visually stunning historical drama made in Australia in 1982, released by Infinity Arthouse.

Octopussy (Ultimate Edition)

The penultimate review of DVDTimes' complete survey of the new Ultimate Edition Bonds sees the one with the circus and the egg under discussion. James Gray travels to India with 007 to find a film that satisfies neither as a light hearted thriller nor a serious spy thriller.

Roma Città Libera

Another lost Italian classic rediscovered by No Shame, a group of desperate characters try to survive in the dark post-war streets of Rome, but Marcello Pagliero’s film is more poetic realism than neorealism.

Unknown Chaplin

Anthony Nield takes a look at Network's Region 2 release of Unknown Chaplin, Brownlow and Gill's superb television series on the Little Tramp from 1983.

Just Friends

Anthony Nield takes a look at the latest stage in the downward spiral that is Roger Kumble's directorial career, Just Friends, a dire comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris which is available now on Region 2 in special edition form.

Blissfully Yours

Anthony Nield reviews Second Run's recent Region 0 release of Blissfully Yours, the 2002 feature from Apichatpong Weerasethakul which plays out like a modern day Partie de campagne. Blissful indeed...

Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. 2nd Gig: Volume 4

It's time to find out a little more about some of Section 9's staff in volume 4 of a series that really needs no introduction, right?

Orchestra Rehearsal

An orchestra struggle to overcome internal and external conflicts as they rehearse a piece of music in this latter-period film from Federico Fellini, finally released on DVD by Infinity Arthouse. The 2-disc set includes numerous documentary features on the director.

The Louis Malle Collection: Volume 1

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Louis Malle Collection: Volume 1, a set of four early films from the noted French director, generally well presented by Optimum.

For Your Eyes Only (Ultimate Edition)

Our Bond reviews continue with the one with Julian Glover and Topol. James Gray travels to Greece with 007 but finds it hard to remember anything about the visit in this low key entry into the Bond franchise.

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