DVD & Blu-Ray Reviews

The Tiger of Eschnapur & The Indian Tomb: Two Films by Fritz Lang

The Tiger of Eschnapur & The Indian Tomb: Two Films by Fritz Lang

Fritz Lang wasn't known for his Technicolour epics, but watching these two lost classics make you wish he were.
Burlesque

Burlesque

A fancy production doesn't hide the fact that 'Burlesque' by-the-numbers musical with by-the-numbers musical numbers.
The Tourist

The Tourist

'The Tourist' goes to show that even with top stars, great locations and impeccable behind-the-camera talent, the script should always come first.
The Doors

The Doors

Val Kilmer will never top this role. As Jim Morrison in 'The Doors' he delivers a performance even larger and more scattershot than Oliver Stone's wild direction.
The Bicycle Thieves

The Bicycle Thieves

Neo-realism at its finest (and paciest), 'The Bicycle Thieves' is a film aching in emotion that culminates in an unforgettable coda.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Unlike Johnny Depp, Gene Wilder nails the role of the weird and wonderful chocolate magnate Willy Wonka by never being too sickly sweet.
Meet the Parents: Little Fockers

Meet the Parents: Little Fockers

'Little Fockers' treads the path of dozens of naff movies, but few have a cast this talented fronting its clich├ęd script. Decide for yourself if that's a good thing.
The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

The ultimate sword and sorcery satire. It'd be inconceivable if 'The Princess Bride' didn't make you smile.
Summer Wars/The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Summer Wars/The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Fantastic technology and low key relationship woes are dazzlingly fused together in these two acclaimed slices of Anime from director Mamoru Hosoda. A modern great intro to Japanese animation.
Coraline

Coraline

'Coraline' is hardly a children's film. Instead it's a dark, twisted, intriguing and very welcome return to stop-motion animation that dares to invert a genre famed for being upbeat.
The Lighthouse (Mayak)

The Lighthouse (Mayak)

A beautiful, hypnotic stumble through a crumbled town as war threatens to pierce the dream, 'The Lighthouse' is a perplexing challenge.
Early Kurosawa (BFI Collection)

Early Kurosawa (BFI Collection)

This BFI set proves that Kurosawa's genesis is as solid, and as forgettable, as Alfred Hitchcock's. Still, this is a fascinating glimpse to before his winning partnership with Toshiro Mifune.
Rubber

Rubber

82 minutes of a killer tyre set to arthouse pretensions. An ambitious journey, but one which is about an hour too long, and quickly deflates.
Make Way for Tomorrow

Make Way for Tomorrow

The "saddest movie ever made" is actually one of the most life-affirming and tenderly acted lost classics, now rediscovered on Blu-ray.
Mad Men Season 4

Mad Men Season 4

TV's most compelling and cool series returns in blistering form on Blu-ray.
Boudu Saved From Drowning

Boudu Saved From Drowning

The original 'tramp disrupts a tidy home' scenario, played to perfection by Michel Simon in the lead role, now looking great for its age on Blu-ray.
The American

The American

George Clooney expertly channels his inner samurai for this slow, contemplative and somewhat dull assassin thriller
Minnie & Moskowitz

Minnie & Moskowitz

Bold acting and shoestring budget shooting give Cassavete's take on a romantic comedy a gritty street charge, bolstered by the casting of his wife and friend in the lead roles.
The Man Who Fell to Earth

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Less of an exploration of David Bowie's titular alien, Roeg's often misunderstood sci-fi classic is a harsh, stylised condemnation of Earth's own far from welcoming people who ply the E.T. with our vices to capture his secrets. Incredible.
Somewhere

Somewhere

Sofia Coppola's 'Somewhere' feels like it should've come before her own 'Lost in Translation', not after. Not as accomplished and touching similar themes, it's still impressive but not as essential.

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