Review Archive: May 2007

Charlotte's Web

A piglet is saved by the wonderful webs spun by Charlotte in this children's fantasy...
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The Andrei Tarkovsky Companion

Noel Megahey reviews Artificial Eye’s 2-disc collection of three documentaries on Andrei Tarkovsky by Alexander Sokurov, Chris Marker, Tonino Guerra and Tarkovsky himself.
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This Film Is Not Yet Rated

Mike Sutton takes a look at the disappointing R2 release of an excellent documentary.
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Climates

Artificial Eye release the latest film from Nuri Bilge Ceylan, an intense drama that stars the director himself and his wife as a couple who come to the realisation that their relationship is over. Noel Megahey reviews.
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Nuri Bilge Ceylan: Early Works

Noel Megahey reviews Artificial Eye’s collection of two early films by the Turkish director of Uzak and Climates – Kasaba and Clouds of May, two quite beautiful and poetic films on family and small town life.
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Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 1 release of Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier, Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam war epic is reissued in a two-disc edition which includes both the original and Redux cut of the film plus an extensive set of extras.
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Female Yakuza Tale

The sequel to Sex and Fury comes from the mad and sometimes bad Teruo Ishii. John looks at the forthcoming Fabulous Films DVD release
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Hanzo the Razor Trilogy

Produced between 1972 and 1974 By Shinatro Katsu, star of the legendary Zatoichi series, The Hanzo the Razor trilogy also stars Katsu in the role of a disgruntled cop: a man on a mission to protect the good citizens of Edo, who are being trampled on by a corrupt government. It also has lots of blood
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Never Give Up

Ken Takakura stars in this lengthy tale of an ex-Special Forces member who vowes to protect a young amnesic girl who lost her father one year ago in a jungly massacre.
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Straight Time

Continuing his look at Warner's Region 1 "Director's Showcase: Take Two", Gary Couzens reviews Straight Time, a 1978 drama in which ex-con Dustin Hoffman tries to go straight but circumstances conspire against him.
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Afro Samurai: Director's Cut

Kev takes a look at the latest animated epic from Japanese studio GONZO, starring Samuel L. Jackson as the main man, man. Samurai, sex and violence lead the way in this tale of revenge, set to the backdrop of a hip-hoppin' Japan.
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Vengeance is Mine (Criterion)

Criterion's release of Shohei Imamura's Vengeance is Mine has an excellent transfer but is it at the right ratio? John appreciates a great film from the late master.
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Sex and Fury

Fabulous DVD bring Norifumi Suzuki's classic tale of revenge and naked swordplay to the UK. John has a look and compares it with the R1 release.
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Diary Of A Lost Girl

Masters of Cinema release the second remarkable teaming of G.W. Pabst and Louise Brooks following their success on Pandora’s Box – a silent melodrama given incredible force by one of the most remarkable actresses ever to appear on the screen. Noel Megahey reviews.
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Pasolini Volume 2

Tartan’s second collection contains three Pier Paolo Pasolini films from the late sixties - Hawks And Sparrows (1966), Oedipus Rex (1967) and Pigsty. Noel Megahey reviews.
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The Fountain

Darren Aronofsky leaves the drug nightmares of the suburbs for a story about the dream of eternal life...
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The Third Part of the Night

Andrzej Zulawski's debut feature is supposedly a reclaiming of the Nazi occupation of Poland from Communist myths. John White waxes lyrical about the self proclaimed "difficult character"
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Comedy of Power

The FilmDepending on your point of view, Comedy of Power starts with either a fib or a joke when the clearly reality based plot is prefaced with the usual disclaimer about being a work of fiction. The film is clearly taken from the headlines in French pub
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Prince of the City

Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 1 release of Prince of the City, Sidney Lumet's 1981 epic of police corruption, released tomorrow as part of Warners' Director's Showcase: Take Two.
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No Blood, No Tears

Kev revisits Ryoo Seung-wan's (Crying Fist, City of Violence) first mainstream effort, following on from the huge success of Die Bad. No Blood, No Tears is available to own on R2 DVD from May 21st.
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Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Whose Life Is It Anyway? stars Richard Dreyfuss as a quadraplegic man determined to be allowed to die, in this frequently funny and moving drama from 1981. This Region 1 DVD is part of Warner's Director's Showcase: Take Two, to be released on Monday 22 May. Reviewed by Gary Couzens.
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Flags of Our Fathers

Richard Booth belatedly reviews the Region 1 single-disc edition of Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers. Daring in scope and disappointing in execution, it still makes for interesting viewing.
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Pistol Opera

Yume Pictures presents Seijun Suzuki's delightfully colourful follow up to his 1967 cult classic Branded to Kill. Kev reviews it.
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Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman

The final of Shintaro Katsu's Zatoichi films makes it's way to DVD in the uk courtesy of Arrow. John White watches the flashing blade and lives to tell the tale.
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The Last King of Scotland

In 1970s Uganda, a Scottish doctor falls under the spell of the country's dictator Idi Amin, in The Last King of Scotland. Forest Whitaker won the Best Actor Oscar as Amin, and James McAvoy and Gillian Anderson co-star. Gary Couzens reviews the Region 2 DVD from Fox.

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