Championed as Woody Allen's comeback film, <b>Match Point</b> has already won rave reviews and performed strongly at the box office but does it really live up to the hype? The DVD certainly doesn't.
Louis Malle's acclaimed film about a preocious adolescent's coming-of-age is finally brought to DVD by Criterion. The film is is available either individually or in a box-set with two of Malle’s other films: <b>Lacombe, Lucien</b> and <b>Au Revoir Les Enfants</b>. All deal with the transitional period of adolescence but of the three <b>Murmur of the Heart</b> is comfortably the most light-hearted.
<b>The Red Squirrel</b> is a magnificently fabulist love story; it is also a mystery - much in the manner of its magnetic female protagonist. It also provides an interesting comparison piece to director Julio Medem’s later, rather less successful, film <b>Sex and Lucia</b>. Tartan’s DVD is adequate but unexceptional.
Already a favourite of the critics, <b>Junebug</b> is now available on R1 DVD (UK cinemagoers will have to wait until March). The film exhibits both the best and worst tendencies of indie cinema, and although the result is ultimately unsatisfying the calibre of the acting <i>almost</i> holds it together. The DVD itself is passable but nothing to write home about.
<b>The Island</b> is a competent summer blockbuster, albeit one that might have benefited from less frenzied action sequences and more attention to its intriguing sci-fi elements. The film died a death at this year's box office but Alex Hewison discovers, to his surprise, that the film is actually quite good. The DVD is light on extra features but the A/V qaulity is beyond reproach.
<b>Millions</b> is a refreshing example of crowd-pleasing cinema being done <i>well</i>: smart, funny and on occasion genuinely quite moving, it's entertainment in its purest form. The plot concerns two young brothers who happen upon a bag full of money and the inevitable complications that ensue. The disc from 20th Century Fox is good, although the extras are a little flimsy.
<b>The Company of Wolves</b> is a delirious mixture of fantasy and horror: taking the fables of the Brothers Grimm and magnifying and embellishing their darker undertones. It's among the inimitable Neil Jordan's best films and is well served by a good DVD release from Granada Ventures.
The second season is already dominating the American TV ratings, so now would perhaps be a pertinent occasion to ask just what is all the fuss about? Well, to give the short answer: plenty. Buena Vista’s box-set is excellent, though not without its imperfections, and should satisfy the newcomer and as much as it does the devotee.
Alex Hewison reviews Woody Allen’s latest film, <b>Melinda and Melinda</b>. The film inventively offers two different interpretations of the same story (one humorous, the other sad). It's an intelligent and well-crafted tragicomedy with some great acting to admire. Fox’s DVD isn’t too bad but fails to provide anything in the way of extra features.
Another day, another Asian horror movie. <b>Koma</b>, however, is concerned with the urban legend of organ thefts as opposed to ghouls or murderous psychopaths. The film is quite entertaining and zips along nicely, however Tartan’s disc is pretty poor for such a recent release.
Alex Hewison reviews the critically adored <b>Show Me Love</b>, a brilliant Swedish film about the pain of first love and the frustrations of adolescence. It's also rigidly unsentimental and bleakly amusing. Released as part of the Lukas Modysson box-set, Metrodome's DVD is sadly rather unimpressive.
Alex Hewison reviews <b>Dynasty: The Complete First Season</b>, the once hugely popular TV Drama that focused upon the extremely complicated life of the wealthy Carrington family. The DVD set is good enough but the extras are less than stellar.
Alex Hewison reviews Catherine Breillat’s immensely controversial latest effort, <b>Anatomy of Hell</b>. The film intends to be a graphic, yet symbolic, polemic about the sufferance of women at the hands of men. The end result, however, is a grotesque embarrassment to all concerned. Tartan’s DVD provides the movie with a better presentation than it deserves.
Following on from Nat's appraisal of three of Patrice Leconte's acclaimed earlier films, Alex Hewison reviews his latest effort: <b>Intimate Strangers</b>. It's a disappointingly lacklustre work comprised of tendentious sex talk and lingering camera shots. Pathé's disc is rudimentary and includes only a trailer by way of extra features.
Park Chan-Wook's much anticipated and highly controversial Korean revenge flick is given a meticulously detailed 2-disc DVD release by Tartan. The film is a stylish blend of arthouse invention and Charles Bronson-esque brutality that ultimately falls short of expectations. Alex Hewison reviews.
Neil Jordan's modern classic <b>The Crying Game</b> finally receives a DVD that befits its quality with this excellent Collector's Edition. A brilliant mix of romance, thriller and drama the film defies expectations and proves to be nothing short of remarkable. Alex Hewison reviews.
The most entertaining <b>Harry Potter</b> film yet, this episode sees - amongst other things - Harry being pursued by the dangerous Sirius Black and the arrival of a brilliant but enigmatic defence against the dark arts teacher. Insofar as it goes, the DVD is impressive, offering good picture and sound quality whilst the extras should satisfy the undemanding viewer.
After a three year wait, Anchor Bay finally gives <b>Heathers</b> the special edition treatment it so richly deserves. This highly controversial satire on peer pressure and teen suicide provided up and coming starlet Winona Ryder with her breakthrough role, and the film remains as fresh and engaging as it did upon its original release.
The much anticipated <b>The Bourne Supremacy</b> arrives on DVD on the 24th January. In advance of its release Alex Hewison takes a look at a film that features exhilarating action and an unflagging pace, all of which is complemented by an extensive - if not slightly lacking in real detail - range of DVD extras.