Review Archive: July 2008

The Elephant Man

Optimum offer up some pachyderm pickings as an entrée to the main course of their David Lynch Collection. John asks why the best British films are directed by foreigners...

Shine a Light

Not content just to use The Rolling Stones' music for montages any longer, Martin Scorsese has made a feature length version full of them.

American Dad!: Volume 3

"There should be no more terror...very soon!"

Space Adventure Cobra

Manga release the 1982 feature film of Buichi Terasawa's lusty space pirate. John wonders if he needs a bigger gun...

Four Minutes

A piano teacher finds a remarkable talent in one of the inmates of a woman's prison - the only problem is that the girl in question is a psychopathic murderer. Noel Megahey reviews the UK DVD release of Chris Kraus's feature from Petit Péché.

10,000 BC: Limited Edition Tin

Not dissimilar to the present-day west of Ireland...

Reservation Road

A man goes in search of the hit-and-run driver who killed his son in Reservation Road, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connelly and Mira Sorvino and straight to DVD in the UK. Gary Couzens investigates.

The Long Day Closes

Terence Davies’ follow-up to his prize-winning debut feature "Distant Voices, Still Lives" is released on DVD today through the BFI. Review by Gary Couzens.

The Terence Davies Trilogy

Terence Davies's autobiographical trilogy of short films comes to DVD from the BFI. Review by Gary Couzens.

Eden Log

Beginning in almost primordial ooze, this French sci-fi is a dystopian fantasy. John White knows that "Soylent Green is people"...

Identification of a Woman

Michelangelo Antonioni's final film before a debilitating stroke has been released in the UK by the Mr. Bongo label. Yes that's really the cover art, and those are indeed fingers.

Under The Bombs

French-Lebanese director Philippe Aractingi takes filmmaking to a new level, getting in on the ground and making a film in the midst of the Israeli bombing of south Lebanon. Noel Megahey reviews the film’s UK DVD release from Artificial Eye.

Birds of Prey: The Complete Series

As the whole country goes Batcrazy this weekend, James takes a look at this 2002 spin-off which could have been called The Dark Knight Departs...

The Mummy (1932)

You can't keep Karloff down. Universal tries again to resurrect their romantic horror film on DVD.

101 Dalmatians: Platinum Edition

Better late than never, Michael Mackenzie reviews Disney's Region 1 Platinum Edition release of 101 Dalmatians, a feature-packed 2-disc presentation of one of the studio's most enduring films.

Chok Dee - The Kickboxer

Dida Diafat stars in this fictionalised version of his own rise from a life of crime in the French suburbs to become Thai Kickboxing World Champion. Noel Megahey reviews the UK DVD release from Petit Péché.

EXTE: Hair Extensions

Kev takes a look at Sion Sono's experimental horror/drama type thingy, which is available to own now on R2 DVD, care of Revolver Entertainment. Must...resist...hair joke.

The Odd Couple - The Fourth Season

Felix and Oscar return for another season of Swiss watch comedy and clydefro once again tells you about it.

Garage

Coming across as Father Ted meets Sátántangó by way of Samuel Beckett, Pat Shortt epitomises the humour and misery of life at a garage in a remote Irish country village in the latest feature from Mark O’Halloran and Lenny Abrahamson.

Black Five

The latest rail related release from the BFI, timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the end of steam travel in Britain.

Picnic at Hanging Rock: Deluxe Edition

Gary Couzens reviews Second Sight's Region 2 Deluxe Edition of Picnic at Hanging Rock and finds possibly the definitive SD edition. The three-disc release includes both the director's cut and the longer original version.

James Stewart: The Western Collection (Destry Rides Again/Night Passage/The Rare Breed)

In the final part of his look at Universal's repackaging, clydefro finds Jimmy Stewart with Marlene Dietrich and an accordion. (Not at the same time)

The Cars That Ate Paris

Gary Couzens revisits Peter Weir's first feature, The Cars That Ate Paris. This Region 2 release from Second Sight is the first time the film has been commercially available for home viewing in the UK inits original aspect ratio.

You, The Living

Described as a cross between Ingmar Bergman and Monty Python, Roy Andersson’s film takes a humorously deadpan look at the bleakness of modern life. Noel Megahey reviews the UK DVD release from Artificial Eye.

Bergerac: Complete Series 7

Starring John Nettles, author of Nudity in a Public Place: Confessions of a Mini-Celebrity!

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