Review Archive: March 2009


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


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

They Wait

"Scary as Hell!" says the box. "Scary as Helen Daniels!" says this viewer!...

Merlin: Volume 2

In which Mordred warns us about what is to come......

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.

Thérèse Raquin

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

Deadly Sweet

Cult Epics release Tinto Brass' thriller from 1967 starring Jean Louis Trintignant and Ewa Aulin. Jo...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death

Or their misadventures with the Cereal Killer!...

Doctor Who: Image Of The Fendahl

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

Tooth & Nail

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

Simon of the Desert

Luis Bunuel's incomplete and final Mexican film gets the Criterion treatment......


"Enraha! Enraha!"

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.

King Boxer (Five Fingers of Death)

The excellent Dragon Dynasty releases finally get released in the UK courtesy of Momentum......

The Venture Bros. Season One

A review presented in Glorious Extra Colour......

Journey To The Center Of The Earth

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

Tokyo Gore Police

Well the title's certainly apt. ...

Bleach Series 03 Part 01

Rukia’s execution is rapidly approaching and Ichigo goes into training mode to face Kuchiki Byakuya ...

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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