Review Archive: February 2009

Quiet Chaos

Nanni Moretti stars in Antonello Grimaldi's film, as a man trying to cope with the death of his wife by taking up residence outside his daughter's school. Noel reviews New Wave Films UK DVD release.

A Lonely Cow Weeps at Dawn

Kev takes a look at the second of Pink Eiga's titles for this month: Daisuke Goto's poignant tale of...

Doctor Who: The Rescue/The Romans

The First Doctor gets a new companion in the shape of Vicki in Doctor Who: The Rescue/The Romans, two stories from 1965 released as a box set. Review by Gary Couzens.

To Get To Heaven First You Have To Die

A young man, recently married and unable to physically prove himself a man, goes to the big city to cure his problem in an unexpected manner. Djamshed Usmonov's film is released in the UK by Trinity.

Naruto Unleashed Series 5:2

Naruto, Shikamaru, and Kiba are in hot pursuit of Sasuke, but with 3 formidable Sound ninjas standin...

Alone Across the Pacific (Masters of Cinema)

The brave journey that took a young man from Osaka to San Francisco in just a small sailboat is explored with great precision in director Kon Ichikawa's fine film, reviewed here by clydefro.

Carnival of Souls

Network give the world another DVD release of the classic limbo spookfest. Another budget disc, anot...

Kamikaze Girls

Before kicking up a storm with 'Memories of Matsuko', Tetsuya Nakashima turned his sights toward mod...

Stranger On The Run

Optimum's Western Classics line continues with this surprisingly good TV Western from the reliable Don Siegel.

Hellsing Ultimate Volume 03

The Wild Geese join the Hellsing organisation, and their leader Pip Bernadotte is immediately assigned to an investigative mission to Brazil alongside Alucard and Ceras that quickly becomes an international bloodbath. Matt Shingleton checks out MangaUK’s R2 release of Volume 03.

7-49 Up

James reviews this week's release from Network of the complete collection of Michael Apted's ground-breaking documentary series.

Warm Spring

Through a gentle heart-warming tale of a homeless orphan taken in by an old farmer, Tana Wulan's film considers Chinese attitudes to parenting. Noel Megahey reviews the UK release from Escapi.

Sexy Battle Girls

Well there's a title that's bound to draw attention, and it's none other than Kev who gets to dig in...

Kokoro (Masters of Cinema)

Kon Ichikawa's film about the psychological torment of a man weighed down by guilt and unhappiness following the loss of a friend is ushered into the Masters of Cinema line.

The Wong Kar-wai Jet Tone Collection

Three films not by Wong kar-wai, but which have much in common with his work - The Eagle Shooting Heroes, First Love: Litter in the Breeze and Christopher Doyle's directorial debut Away With Words.

Doctor Who: The E-Space Trilogy

In which the Doctor meets lions and spiders and vampires, oh my!...

The Honey Pot

A millionaire invites three of his former mistresses to his home in Venice in an elaborate trick that turns into a murder mystery in The Honey Pot, written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz in 1967. Gary Couzens reviews the DVD release from Optimum.

Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

To celebrate this week's debut of Joss Whedon's new series Dollhouse, James sings along to his last ...

36th Chamber of Shaolin

Gordon Liu must learn the way of Shaolin to take on the evil Chings. We look at the Momentum release of the kung fu classic

Thunder Bay

Mike Sutton takes a look at an Optimum Western Classic release which is neither a Western nor a Clas...

The Devil and Daniel Webster (Masters of Cinema)

Faster! Faster! Walter Huston's devilish performance is unleashed on UK home viewers by the Masters of Cinema line. The film is a small masterpiece of Americana and the dangers of shortcuts.

The Ruling Class

Peter O'Toole stars as a mad Earl who thinks he's Jesus Christ in The Ruling Class, a cult black comedy from 1972. Gary Couzens reviews the new Region 2 release from Optimum.


From the director of City of God and The Constant Gardener comes a drama about a sudden outbreak of blindness and the effects it has on those afflicted. The film hits R1 DVD this week.

High Spirits

An Irish castle is home to some real ghosts in Neil Jordan's fantasy/comedy from 1988, High Spirits, starring Peter O'Toole, Daryl Hannah and Steve Guttenberg. Gary Couzens reviews the Optimum DVD release.


Belgium's most famous son robs a post office? Life is hard for Jean Claude......

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