Review Archive: December 2009

The Gold Diggers

Sally Potter's debut feature from 1983, The Gold Diggers, starring Julie Christie, is released on DVD by the BFI today. Review by Gary Couzens.

The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, is one of the best films of the year. Gary Couzens reviews Lionsgate's DVD, which is released today.


Anthony LaPaglia stars in Balibo, the true story of Roger East and his investigation of the deaths of five journalists in East Timor in 1975. Review of a two-disc set from Madman by Gary Couzens.

District 9

Mike Sutton updates Matt Shingleton's review of this popular SF movie with a look at Sony's DVD rele...

The Complete Lone Wolf & Cub Boxset

The bloody, bodycount-busting epic film series from the early seventies comes to the UK in beautifully remastered shape, and the result is nothing short of stunning.

The Last Days of Disco

Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale star in Whit Stillman's third feature, from 1998, set in New York in the early 1980s. Gary Couzens reviews Criterion's DVD release.

Cousin Cousine

The French comedy Cousin Cousine, made in 1975, was an international hit in its day, was nominated for three Oscars, and had a 1989 US remake as Cousins. Gary Couzens reviews Arrow's DVD release.

Mon père, ce héros

Gérard Depardieu stars in Mon père, ce héros, a comedy which saw a US remake as My Father the Hero. Gary Couzens reviews a barebones disc from Bluebell Films.

3 Men and a Cradle (3 hommes et un couffin)

In the first of three reviews of French films remade in the US, Gary Couzens reviews Coline Serreau's 1985 hit comedy 3 Hommes et un couffin, in a Region 2 disc from Tartan.


Artemisia is the story of 17th-century painter Artemisia Gentileschi, widely regarded as the first great female artist, in this well-made if romanticised biopic from 1997. Review by Gary Couzens of a barebones DVD from Bluebell Films.

Naruto the Movie 3: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

The third Naruto film finally hits UK shores, which has the plucky boy-ninja becoming an escort to the spoilt princes of the Moon Country. Matt Shingleton reviews Manga UK's upcoming christmas release.

Naruto Unleashed Series 8:1

The Star Village arc comes to a not-so-thrilling conclusion as Series 08 of Naruto commences. Matt t...

Blind Love

Following on from A Lonely Cow Weeps at Dawn, Kev takes a look at the latest Daisuke Goto film from ...

X - Volume 3

The OVA of the CLAMP manga approaches the Final Days of the Earth with more spiritual conflict and tragedy than action. Noel Megahey reviews.

The Hangover

One of the funniest comedies of the year gets a functional but basic DVD release from Warner Brothers.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Kev finds out if G.I. Joe really is the greatest hero of them all.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Year Six at Hogwarts and the dark forces are rising... Gary Couzens reviews Warners' DVD of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, released today.

Passion and Poetry: The Ballad of Sam Peckinpah

A great documentary and a great region-free DVD. A dead-cert for every movie-lover's Christmas list, although be aware that at the moment it's only available as an import from Germany.

Red Dwarf: Back To Earth - The Director's Cut

In the light of news of a new series coming next year, James casts his mind back to Easter's revival...

Wake in Fright

A schoolteacher, marooned in an Outback town, discovers a whole dark side to himself in Wake in Fright, also known as Outback, a landmark Australian film from 1971. Once thought lost, it has now been restored. Gary Couzens reviews Madman's DVD.

Jeanne Dielman 23, quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

Chantal Akerman's groundbreaking, and highly influential, feminist epic from 1975 is released in a two-disc edition by Criterion. Review by Gary Couzens.