Halloween Special: Part One
Our first batch of scary reviews are now up on the site. Throughout the day I'll be creating news items grouping the reviews together...
"Necrotic" Noel Megahey has reviewed the Region 1 release of the 1943 Universal horror classic Phantom Of The Opera starring Claude Rains as the opera violinist turned ‘homicidal maniac’. A stunning Technicolor presentation of this excellent film.
"Mental" Mark Davis has reviewed the Region 2 release of Ginger Snaps. This is an unusual modern horror as it tries to take itself seriously. The disc from Mosaic is pretty decent but the extras let it down badly.
"Ghastly" Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Night Flier, a routine film with occasional flashes of talent, based on a second-rank Stephen King story. Mosaic's DVD has a few extras, but nothing outstanding.
"Ghoulish" Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 1 release of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Tobe Hooper's inferior 1986 sequel to his groundbreaking 1974 original, mainly notable for being banned in the UK until this year. MGM's DVD is nothing very special either.
"Gory" Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 2 release of Dolores Claiborne, a gripping psychological thriller based on Stephen King's novel, starring Kathy Bates as a woman accused of murdering her employer. This being a Warners back-catalogue disc, you can expect a good picture and sound, but little in the way of extras besides a commentary and a trailer.
"Gruesome" Gary Couzens has reviewed the Region 2 release of The Craft , an engaging, surprisingly intelligent and well-done film about teenage witches, starring Fairuza Balk and Robin Tunney, given an excellent "Collector's Edition" by Columbia TriStar.
"Dreadful" Dave Foster has reviewed the Region 0 release of Audition. Another chilling Japanese Horror film is brought to the UK market via the Tartan Video label. While they have bettered previous efforts this disc is still lacking that something extra we have come to expect from the DVD format but the film more than makes up for any of the discs shortcomings.
"Appalling" Alan Daly has reviewed the Region 2 release of Angel Heart, an effective supernatural horror/detective mystery story on a good but flawed disc.
"Rickett-infested" Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the Region 1 release of Coma. A clever and intelligent medical horror thriller directed by Michael Crichton. The film is excellent with OK audio and visual qualities, let down by a lack of extras.