Review Archive: March 2009

Exposed

Before Thriller: A Cruel Picture, Christina Lindberg and Heinz Hopf teamed up for this slice of sex ...
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W

Oliver Stone's hugely enjoyable biopic of George W. Bush gets a pleasing release from Lions Gate.
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They Wait

"Scary as Hell!" says the box. "Scary as Helen Daniels!" says this viewer!...
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Merlin: Volume 2

In which Mordred warns us about what is to come......
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The Silence of Lorna

Another emotionally intense social drama from the Dardenne Bros, winner of Best Screenplay at Cannes 2008, is released on DVD from New Wave. Noel Megahey reviews.
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Thérèse Raquin

Carne's modern adaptation of Emile Zola's story stars Simone Signoret as a trapped wife......
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Deadly Sweet

Cult Epics release Tinto Brass' thriller from 1967 starring Jean Louis Trintignant and Ewa Aulin. Jo...
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Patti Smith Dream of Life

Patti Smith Dream of Life is a portrait of the influential singer and songwriter. Gary Couzens reviews the UK DVD from Drakes Avenue, which is released tomorrow.
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They're a Weird Mob

Before Age of Consent, Michael Powell went Down Under to make They're a Weird Mob. Gary Couzens looks back at Roadshow's Region 4 DVD.
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The Films of Michael Powell (A Matter of Life and Death/Age of Consent)

Two films in one box: the 1946 fantasy/romance A Matter of Life and Death and Powell's last feature Age of Consent. Review by Gary Couzens.
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Four Flies on Grey Velvet

Pigs take to the skies and Satan ice skates to work as Dario Argento's long-lost third film, Four Flies on Grey Velvet, finally gets an authorised DVD release, courtesy of Mya Communication.
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To Catch a Thief - Centennial Collection

Cary Grant's a supposedly reformed cat burglar and Grace Kelly is the heiress socialite wanting him to dip his claws into her in Hitchcock's Riviera vacation thinly disguised as a movie.
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Chocolat

Artificial Eye release the 1988 debut feature from Claire Denis, a typically undramatic but intensely moody study of passions between a French family and the natives of Cameroon.
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Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death

Or their misadventures with the Cereal Killer!...
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Doctor Who: Image Of The Fendahl

Mike Sutton reviews an excellent serial from 1977 with Tom Baker as the titular Time Lord.
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Tooth & Nail

People eating each other and more on the end of the world news......
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Simon of the Desert

Luis Bunuel's incomplete and final Mexican film gets the Criterion treatment......
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Happy-Go-Lucky

"Enraha! Enraha!"
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Two young friends...separated by the fence of a concentration camp. John Boyne's bestselling novel The Boy in Striped Pajamas reaches the screen. Review of the Region 1 DVD by Gary Couzens.
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King Boxer (Five Fingers of Death)

The excellent Dragon Dynasty releases finally get released in the UK courtesy of Momentum......
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The Venture Bros. Season One

A review presented in Glorious Extra Colour......
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Journey To The Center Of The Earth

Why bother when, in this made-for-television adaptation, there's so little there?...
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Tokyo Gore Police

Well the title's certainly apt. ...
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Bleach Series 03 Part 01

Rukia’s execution is rapidly approaching and Ichigo goes into training mode to face Kuchiki Byakuya ...
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Polish School of the Documentary: The Black Series

Michael Brooke marks the launch of the Kinoteka Polish Film Festiwal (sic) by beginning a survey of the output of Poland's most adventurous DVD label.

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