Review Archive: October 2006

The Little Mermaid: Platinum Edition

One of Disney's most popular animated classics has finally been given a re-release on DVD, getting the deluxe 2-disc Platinum Edition treatment. Michael Mackenzie reviews the R1 US release of The Little Mermaid, due out on October 3rd, which unfortunately features a decidedly substandard restoration.

Electric Dragon 80,000V: Limited Edition

Kev reviews Sogo Ishii's 2001 masterpiece: an experimental assault on the senses starring Asano Tadanobu and Nagase Masatoshi. Electric Dragon 80,000 V is available to own on DVD now courtesy of Discotek Media.

Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut)

Ridley Scott's preferred cut of Kingdom of Heaven makes it to Region 2 in this four-disc set...

The Long Good Friday (25th Anniversary Edition)

Mike Sutton reviews the new Anchor Bay SE of the brilliant thriller "The Long Good Friday" - still one of the two best crime films ever made in Britain.

X-Men: The Last Stand (Two-Disc Special Edition)

The Phoenix rises in this third and supposedly final film in the X-Men series...

The Cave Of The Yellow Dog

From the director of The Story of the Weeping Camel comes another charming story of a nomadic family in the beautiful locations of Mongolia. Noel Megahey reviews Tartan's UK DVD release.

Burst City

Kev reviews Sogo Ishii's breakthrough feature, and one that went on to influence some of today's greatest Japanese directors. Available to own now care of Discotek Media.

The Booze Cruise Collection

So long as there's booze to be bought, treasure to be hunted and a dead woman's ashes to scatter, these booze cruisers make a most unlikely crowd in this release of the ITV Sunday-night comedy-dramas...

The King

Gael Garcia Bernal's English language debut is a compelling religious allegory directed by British helmer James Marsh. Richard Booth reviews this excellent film which has been given impressive treatment by Tartan.

Blade Runner: The Director's Cut

Ridley Scott's masterpiece and possibly the greatest science fiction film ever made, is restored and remastered and presented on a limited edition release before next year's 25th Anniversary Edition. Noel Megahey reviews the Region 1 release.

Poseidon (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Upside-down, wet, dirty, badly injured and unconscious...it's not only the survivors on the Poseidon who have spent a New Year's Eve that way...

Jigoku: Criterion Collection

Kev reviews Nobuo Nakagawa's classic horror tale of sin and morality, recently released by Criterion with an all new transfer and exlusive extras.

Brainiac (El Baron Del Terror)

Brain-sucking terror through time and space!

Black Pit Of Dr. M (Misterios De Ultratumba)

Can a man freely cross over the boundaries between life and death? Or does it exact a terrible price? Such are the questions posed in this Mexican horror...

Masters Of Horror: Takashi Miike - Imprint

Banned from cable television in America the final installment of season one's "Masters of Horror" is finally released on DVD courtesy of Anchor Bay. Now horror fans can see what all the fuss was about in Takashi Miike's disturbing Imprint.

Sgt. Bilko: The Phil Silvers Show - 50th Anniversary Edition

Paramount present a 3-DVD set of one of the funniest television series ever made from the classic era of 1950’s American situation comedy, starring Phil Silvers as Sgt. Bilko.

Quadrophenia

We are the mods! We are the mods! We are, we are, we are the mods!

Countess Dracula SE

One of Hammer's attempts to move into the 1970s, "Countess Dracula" is distinguished by the wonderful Ingrid Pitt. Mike Sutton looks at Network's new Special Edition.

The Spirit Of The Beehive (Criterion Collection)

Set in Spain in the 1940s, two young girls lives are changed when they attend a screening of James Whales' movie Frankenstein. Noel Megahey reviews the Criterion Collection 2-disc edition of Victor Erice's slow-moving, difficult, but sublime movie from 1973.

The Dalek Collection

Two films, two discs and a psychedelic adventure on Skaaro and another in London for Peter Cushing's Doctor Who...

Spooks: Season 4

As Spooks' fifth season gets underway on BBC1, Michael Mackenzie reviews Contender Home Entertainment's recently released Region 2 UK DVD set for Season 4, containing all 10 episodes across 5 discs, with a variety of extras.

Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. 2nd Gig: Volume 5

Kuze's intentions are made clear when Section 9 uncover some stuff about him in volume five of Manga Entertainment's 2nd Gig, available to own now.

The Professor's Beloved Formula

Mathematics becomes the medium through which a housekeeper forms a deep bond with a maths professor whose memory rests every 80 minutes in this charming character drama from Takashi Koizumi. Matt Shingleton takes a look at the Japanese DVD release.

Pretty In Pink: Everything's Duckie Edition

Ferris Bueller's Day Off might well run it close but this remains John Hughes' best film, a Romeo and Juliet-inspired tale of love across a divide, of a best friend feeling down and of some truly ghastly clothes...

The Wild

Alex the Lion and Marty the Zebra...no, wrong film!

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