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HD DVD review: A Scanner Darkly
A solid presentation of an extremely flawed film, this HD DVD release of A Scanner Darkly should please those who enjoyed the film. While this is not a title that shows off the prowess of high definition to any great extent, it is an undeniable improvement on the standard definition release and, if nothing else, a curious novelty in that it is one of only a tiny number of animated (or, in this case, quasi-animated) titles to be available in HD.
A revolutionary technique or just a gimmick? I ponder Richard Linklater’s curious live action/animation hybrid A Scanner Darkly, released on a solid HD DVD by Warner. Review courtesy of DVD Pacific.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Episode 2: The Long Way Home, Part Two
Written by Joss Whedon; Illustrated by Georges Jeanty
Well, this is better than the first episode - a lot better actually, in virtually every way imaginable, although the first few pages did give me cause for concern. The plot is, initially at least, rather disjointed, flicking between various locations and attempting to draw parallels between the lessons of three different “teachers” to the junior Slayers. The first of these is Giles, who makes a not unwelcome return, although he seems to be both written and drawn more like the Giles of Season 1 than the more rounded, developed character who emerged later during the show’s duration. The second of these is Buffy, who, for some reason, looks rather unlike Buffy in these panels (although she certainly talks like Buffy). The third, alas, is Andrew, who is annoying even in comic book form. Actually, I thought he was Jonathan reincarnated at first, given the manner in which he is drawn, but as soon as he opened his mouth I found myself convulsing in horror as memories of Seasons 6 and 7 came flooding back. Actually, while we’re on the subject, why is Andrew serving as a mentor to the Slayers? Why is he qualified to do this? Why isn’t he in jail yet?
Elsewhere, the army nonsense continues to give me worries that Season 8 is going to be another Season 4-style clumsy amalgamation of science and magic, although it consumes less than three pages in this particular episode. There are some amusing lines of dialogue, and a couple of panels in which Georges Jeanty’s artwork comes impressively close to capturing the essence of the characters as embodied by the actors in the TV series (the manner in which Buffy tucks her hair behind her ear on page 15 is very Gellar-like). There’s also a genuinely unsettling dream sequence which, if filmed, would have been highly effective. Oh, and there’s Giant Dawn taking a bath in a highland loch… although she looks considerably less emaciated than Michelle Trachtenberg.
I’m sufficiently interested in the story now to want to see how it develops. The final panel promises some interesting pyrotechnics in the next instalment (although I’m not quite sure why Willow is dressed as a ye olde medieval wench, Once More With Feeling style). Whedon even has the balls to mention Tara’s name in this episode (in comparison with Season 7, where it took until Episode 7 for that forbidden word to be uttered). There’s also a fan letter at the end of the comic where a young lady named Alissa warns the author, in no uncertain terms, that she will have his head on a pike if he doesn’t bring back her favourite witch. Given that they posted this letter, I have a feeling they’re going to go somewhere with this.
HD my left walnut
As most people will be aware by now, there have been some amazing high definition transfers on both HD DVD and Blu-ray, and some rather less than amazing ones. When you’re working with a native resolution of 1920x1080, you’d better hope that your master is of the highest quality, because little flaws that would go unnoticed in standard definition will stick out like sore thumbs. The two titles most commonly dragged out for a public for a ritual flogging are Sony’s House of Flying Daggers and The Fifth Element on Blu-ray, transfers that are generally regarded to constitute a decidedly miniscule improvement on their DVD counterparts. Indeed, even Sony have apparently realised this, given that they are currently in the process of preparing a new version and setting up a disc replacement programme.
Unfortunately, it seems that the crown for worst HD transfer must pass from Blu-ray to HD DVD. AV Science Forum member Xylon recently started providing side by side comparisons of standard definition and high definition titles, many of which admirably demonstrate the undeniables improvements that are possible in HD with even the least visually inspiring films. Unfortunately for certain less than proficient reviewers, however, these highly effective demonstrations have shown up their amateurish postulating for the sham that it is. These screenshots serve to confirm many of the opinions I’ve been expressing for a while now, e.g. that Batman Begins looks underwhelming, while Serenity looks fucking incredible.
The shit really hit the fan a few days ago when Xylon posted a comparison of Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic, released last September on HD DVD by Universal. When initially released, many people commented that the transfer looked less than stellar. Such individuals were quickly put in their place by being told that Traffic intentionally looked rough and grainy, and that they shouldn’t expect 3D whizz-bang effects and crystal clarity from every title (a sentiment that I fully agree with). Now, however, Xylon’s screengrabs demonstrate the truth that dare not speak its name:
Traffic on HD DVD is a 480i upconvert.
Not only that, it actually looks worse than the DVD, with additional ringing and what appears to be even less fine detail. I really am absolutely flabbergasted, especially given some of the reviews that have emerged. The notorious Peter M. Bracke of High-Def Digest gave the transfer a 4/5 and said this:
Bottom line, this HD DVD transfer delivers. The source material is as good as the film stock allow, with no major defects visible such as print tears or distracting blemishes, though grain is intentionally excessive for much of the film. Black levels are consistent throughout, while contrast is all over the map. Some story threads have whites so blown out that fine detail is all but obscured, while others are bathed in darkness or excessively saturated colors. Thus, there is some noise and smeared hues, but again it appears intentional. Overall detail and depth to the image is about as good as can be expected. No, I was never blown away by the presentation as I’ve been with other HD DVD releases, but then I never anticipated otherwise.
The infamous Joshua Zyber of DVD Talk, meanwhile, rates it 3/5, and claims that
The disc looks exactly like the film is meant to look, and it actually has some fascinating textures, but this just isn’t the type of movie you buy for crystal clear HD image quality. While certain scenes show off the High-Def fairly well (primarily the blue-filtered Michael Douglas segments), on the whole there isn’t much fine object detail or depth. Aside from some minor edge ringing in a few scenes, the disc represents the movie’s intended style faithfully and I can’t fault it for that, but most viewers will probably not find it a huge upgrade over standard DVD.
Sorry, but the comparisons speak for themselves, and, coupled with some additional screen captures from a still crummy-looking but undeniably superior 720p broadcast version, it’s difficult to imagine anyone trying to claim that Universal have done anything other than screw up royally. Unfortunately, this is not the case: Zyber is currently ransacking what little dignity he has left by attempting to poo-poo the screenshots and tell us that what we’re seeing is untrue.
Josh Zyber, Peter Bracke: please consider retracting your reviews. The visual evidence speaks for itself, and not even the most blinkered individual could attempt to claim, based on the screenshots in question, that the Traffic HD DVD is anything other than a standard definition upconvert. Reviews such as these bring this profession into disrepute and mean that prospective buyers cannot make an informed decision about their purchases. Worse, they give lazy distributors ample reason to pump out any old garbage and charge a premium for it rather than spend money on new, decent-quality masters. Based on these phenomenally misguided reviews (and I’m sorry, but in this particular instance, we are talking about fact, not opinion), I highly doubt that I will ever trust a single article from these two writers ever again.
More ill-informed reviews:
One thing that should be remembered, however, is this: as ignorant, ill-informed and damaging as these reviews are, they are the small fry in this debacle. The people who should truly be hanging their heads and grovelling for apologies are Universal, who blew a 480i master up to 1080p, slapped it on a disc and had the nerve to sell it as “The Look and Sound of Perfect”.
Update, April 12th, 2007 09:08 PM: A separate thread has now appeared at AVS, with the topic starter demanding (rightfully so) that Universal acknowledge their screw-up. Unfortunately, Mr. Zyber is continuing to make a fool of himself by refusing to admit the obvious.
HD DVD review: Children of Men
Presenting one of 2006’s best films with a stellar transfer and audio, and some genuinely informative extras, this HD DVD of Children of Men is one of the best high definition releases I’ve seen so far, and one that gets my unreserved recommendation. In fact, I’d even go so far as to recommend that those who are currently not yet HD DVD-ready pick up a copy, if they don’t already have a copy of the DVD, given that the DVD side includes all of the content from the stand-alone release.
One of the most powerful films of the last year arrives in high definition. I’ve reviewed Universal’s HD DVD/DVD combo of Children of Men, given a stellar audio-visual presentation and some insightful extras.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Episode 1: The Long Way Home, Part One
Written by Joss Whedon; Illustrated by Georges Jeanty
It feels weird to be writing a new Buffy review, not least because of the rather drastic change of medium: from television to comic book. In a sense, it’s a good idea: realistically speaking, there’s no way the series can ever continue in televisual form, unless most (if not all) of the characters ended up being recast. At the same time, though, this means that it’s difficult to see the comic as anything more than a poor man’s substitute. That’s perhaps overstating the case a bit, and, to be fair, the graphic novel format does offer some benefits not available to a TV series - for one, the scale and ambition of the locations, monsters and battles is now limited to the author’s imagination and the artist’s ability rather than the budget. That said, it naturally lacks a great deal of what made the show enjoyable, not least the performances of the various regulars.
Not constrained by such bothers as actors’ contractual obligations, Joss Whedon does something a little different with this season premiere, choosing to showcase a limited number of his characters. Buffy, Xander and Dawn are the only three regulars to appear, along with a handful of new character who will presumably be relegated to supporting roles as the “season” develops. Unfortunately, these new characters are all either forgettable or annoying. We have an irritating, clichéd army general, Krull, and a whole gaggle of new Potentials (actually, I suppose they’re technically full-blown Slayers now), who somehow manage to be just as annoying as their live action counterparts. Worse, the extent to which technology is showcased in this season premiere (we are introduced to Buffy and various other Slayers parachuting out of a helicopter, brandishing firearms) is giving me flashbacks to Season 4’s more cringe-inducing moments. The artwork is also not as good as it could have been: it’s technically sound, but the characters don’t really look much like the actors who played them in the show, and the colour palette has a weird “gooey” pink and yellow style (a shame, because the cover art for this and the various upcoming episodes that have been previewed is excellent).
It’s also short. The story is a mere 24 pages, with several large full-page or half-page illustrations, and I read it in less than 10 minutes. Allowing for dramatic conventions and the naturally slower pace of filmed narrative, I suspect that, were this episode filmed, it would last for around 20 minutes at most. Perhaps my expectations were a little high, but the fact that this was marketed as a new “season” did make me think that each “episode” would be something close to the equivalent of a full episode (or at least half of one) of the show. I’m also not that much of a fan of Whedon’s decision to have Buffy and Xander “narrate” much of the episode through their inner thoughts, although I suppose it’s a necessary evil given that, unlike the show, he can’t rely on the performances of the actors to convey what their characters are feeling.
That said, the tone is still clearly Buffy. There are some funny lines, a couple of Buffy’s trademark mid-combat quips, and some nice scenes between Buffy and Xander, and Buffy and Dawn (who has undergone certain, er, transformations since our previous encounter with her, in more ways than one). The final frame also sets up a nice cliffhanger with the reintroduction of a previous character: a certain witch. That’s all I’m saying.
Ultimately, while reading the comic, I did my best to dramatise it in my head as a regular episode of Buffy, and it’s based on this interpretation that I’m going to review it. Had it aired on TV, I would probably have described it as an extremely ambitious and technically impressive but thematically jarring episode. The characters feel like the ones we know and love (or hate, as the case may be), but the situations in which they find themselves feel a bit like a betrayal of the world and rules established by Whedon and his writers in the show. As such, I award it a cautious…
DVD review: Peter Pan: Platinum Edition
It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to consider Peter Pan to be the most disappointing release yet in the Platinum Edition series. While Disney has released other, poorer DVDs, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to expect something more from a line that the studio itself claims delivers “state-of-the-art bonus features” and top-notch audio-visual presentations. Those who don’t already own this title on DVD should pick this release up, if only for the inclusion of the mono audio, but those who have one of the earlier editions would be advised to consider whether it’s worth it in the long run.
Following the the second star to the right, I’ve flown away to Never Land to do battle with the nefarious Captain Hook in a review of Disney’s recent Platinum Edition release of Peter Pan…
DVD review: Asterix and the Vikings
Despite these criticisms, Asterix and the Vikings leaves an overall impression of being one of the better adaptations of the series. We’ve been starved for traditional animation lately, and to see a new film that is not only hand-drawn but also drawn well is a rare treat indeed. Still, if you’re already a fan of the book, don’t expect this adaptation to convey the depth and tone of the source material, although, conversely, it may give you a newfound appreciation for what Goscinny and Uderzo were able to achieve in only 44 pages that the filmmakers struggle to convey in 75 minutes. That said, a new Asterix has been a long time in coming, and I only hope we don’t have to wait another 12 years for the next one.
I’ve reviewed the UK DVD of Asterix and the Vikings, the latest animated feature starring the wily yellow-whiskered Gaul, given a decidedly unimpressive release by Optimum.
Blu-ray review: American Psycho
Looking at this Blu-ray release of American Psycho, I am left with the unshakable feeling that Lions Gate put the least possible amount of effort into it. With a shoddy transfer that should never have been allowed through quality control, and a greatly pared-down array of extras, this disc really should not have been released in its current state.
I’ve provided a review for the transfer, audio and bonus content of Lions Gate’s recent Blu-ray release of American Psycho.
I haven’t reviewed the film itself this time round, just the technical elements of the disc. American Psycho is a film that demands an in-depth treatment which, at the moment, I don’t really have the time, inspiration or motivation to give. Therefore, rather than waffle out a couple of putrid paragraphs, I’ve skipped the film portion of the review so I can get the word out regarding this crummy-looking disc as quickly as possible. If you’re interested in reading about the film itself, I recommend D.J. Nock’s coverage of the standard definition release. It’s an appraisal that I more or less agree with 100%, and it’s better than anything I could have written within a reasonable time frame.
DVD review: Waking the Dead: Series 4
Waking the Dead is one of these shows that can rub people the wrong way. Many viewers dislike the character of Boyd and his temper tantrums, and the manner in which Trevor Eve portrays him (although, in comparison with the most recent series, he is an absolute saint here). Others find it confusing for the sake of being confusing (again, this may be true of later series, but the cases presented here are for the most part, logical). I consider it an excellent series, however, and one which, at least at this stage in its life, could be relied on to deliver solid entertainment week in, week out. It may be resembling CSI more and more with every year that passes (there’s always something slightly painful about an older child aping its younger siblings), but it’s nice to see a home-grown crime series which doesn’t insist on insulting its audience’s intelligence.
With the sixth series of Waking the Dead having recently drawn to a close, I’ve taken a look at the Cold Case Squad’s fourth series, released on DVD by 2 Entertain.
Cold Eyes of Fear
Italy/Spain: Enzo G. Castellari, 1971
A young lawyer, Peter Baddell (Gianni Garko), picks up an Italian party girl, Anna (Giovanna Ralli), during a night on the town, and takes her back to his uncle’s country retreat for a bit of slap and tickle. Once there, however, they find the butler dead and themselves being held at gunpoint by two thugs, Quill (Julian Mateos) and Welt (Frank Wolff), both of whom have unsavoury plans for uncle dearest (Fernando Rey).
This film has been described as Castellari’s only giallo - he tends to be better known for his poliziesco titles, such as Street Law and The Heroin Busters - but that description is a little misleading, as it has more in common with exploitation shockers like The Last House on the Left, Night Train Murders or The House on the Edge of the Park (all of which, incidentally, came along after this) than any of Argento or Martino’s efforts. Indeed, the most traditional giallo moment comes at the very start of the film, in which a knife-wielding killer disrobes a terrified blonde starlet; even this, though, turns out to be nothing more than a play being put on for a crowd of pompous yuppies. Is it just me or is Castellari poking fun at his audience?
As with Aldo Lado’s Night Train Murders, Cold Eyes of Fear observes a tension between superficial consumerism-fuelled lifestyles and brutal, unprovoked acts of cruelty, creating a false air of civility and then tearing it down: it’s the feigned politeness of the two thugs, combined with the occasional sudden burst of violence, that makes them disturbing. On the other hand, they’re never quite as brutal as one would normally expect from an exploitation film of this variety (they give their hostages so many second chances that it becomes a little ridiculous). The film is definitely tense, though (with my copy, cropped to 1.85:1 from its original 2.35:1, arguably even more claustrophobic than Castellari must have originally intended), although it does begin to lag a bit in the second half. Even so, Castellari still manages to overdo the fisticuffs for which his police thrillers are so famous. And, of course, in the end it does the predictable “Who are the real savages?” role reversal for which these films are so well-known.
I’m not sure I’d call this essential viewing by any stretch of the imagination. I liked it, but Castellari’s poliziesco thrillers are better. It ultimately lacks a Franco Nero or Fabio Testi figure to give it that extra kick. 6/10
PS. You can read another review of this film, by Keith Brown, at Giallo Fever.
HD DVD review: Babel
One of the better modern films to see a high definition release gets an excellent presentation on HD DVD. The lack of extras is disappointing, but, given that this sparsity matches the film’s standard definition counterpart, it’s hard in this particular case to feel too short-changed. It may not be the sort of material to show off the full capabilities of your home theatre setup, but it’s a solid representation of its source material, and as such, Babel gets my unreserved recommendation.
Courtesy of DVD Pacific, I’ve reviewed the HD DVD release of Babel, the third instalment in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s loose trilogy of fractured narratives. The film receives an excellent presentation from Paramount.
Blu-ray review: Flightplan
Flightplan is one of the better-looking Blu-ray releases I’ve seen so far, with any visual flaws being inherent in the master rather than the fault of incompetent encoding. Once again, though, HD customers are being short-changed in terms of extras for no apparent reason. With an efficient codec like VC-1, and 50 GB of available space, there should be no reason to lose a few standard definition extras, but Disney have somehow managed to do so anyway. The Blu-ray exclusive extras, meanwhile, are not impressive enough in their own right to entice people to double-dip.
Jodie Foster trades one enclosed space for another, this time becoming trapped in a plane rather than a Panic Room. I’ve reviewed Disney’s Region A release of Flightplan, which, in comparison with the DVD, gains a solid transfer but loses some extras.
DVD review: Perversion Story
Given that more than ten minutes of important material are missing from this release, it’s difficult to call Severin’s DVD of Perversion Story definitive. It is, however, a legitimate cut of the film, and as such it still gets my recommendation, albeit with the warning that, if you are already familiar with the film in its more widely available English form, you are likely to find some of the instances of missing footage rather distracting. Until a more complete edition comes along, though, Severin’s package is probably the best way to view this long-lost giallo gem.
Better known as One on Top of the Other, Lucio Fulci’s long-lost first giallo finally arrives on DVD from Severin Films as Perversion Story. I’ve reviewed their 2-disc release, courtesy of DVD Pacific.
I’ve also made my comparison available in HTML form here, with some handy screen captures to illustrate some of the differences.
DVD review: Masters of Horror: Pelts
Anchor Bay have put together a decent package for Pelts. The film is one of the weakest products to which Argento has ever attached his name, but it’s hard to find fault with the transfer or the quality of the (admittedly somewhat limited) extras. In any event, Argento completists are going to want to own this no matter what, so it gets the strongest recommendation I can give, considering the quality of the film itself.
Dario Argento cashes a pay-cheque with Pelts, his contribution to the second season of Masters of Horror. I investigate Anchor Bay’s R1 DVD, courtesy of DVD Pacific.
Blu-ray review: Enemy of the State
Disney’s Blu-ray release of Enemy of the State screams “catalogue title”. With no additional extras and a transfer based on an old master that really isn’t of an acceptable standard in 2007, this is yet another release that’s difficult to recommend to all but the most ardent fans of the film. While it’s undoubtedly better than the standard definition DVD, it could, and should, have been so much better than this.
Continuing DVD Times’ high definition coverage, I’ve reviewed the Blu-ray release of Enemy of the State, a rather underwhelming disc with paltry extras and a disappointing transfer.
DVD review: This Film is Not Yet Rated
It’s an oft-overused statement, but I’m going to say it anyway: This Film is Not Yet Rated is something that anyone with any interesting films, mainstream or independent, needs to see. The MPAA’s decisions have such an impact on the viewing experiences of every filmgoer, regardless of whether or not they live in the US, that people really should be more aware of just how what they can or cannot see is decided. The documentary does suffer from a handful of oversights, and it doesn’t even pretend to be unbiased, while the DVD itself is hardly a technical masterpiece, but don’t let those provisos dissuade you from seeking it out.
I’ve reviewed the recent R1 release of This Film is Not Yet Rated, a documentary exposing the practices of the notoriously clandestine MPAA.
HD DVD review: Brokeback Mountain
The original DVD of Brokeback Mountain felt rather empty in terms of extras. Even in this more feature-packed variant, it still feels as if the bonus materials are only scratching the surface, providing a strangely superficial look at what is as much a cultural event as a movie. As such, in conjunction with the very disappointing transfer, this release really doesn’t feel as if it’s all that it could have been, although it is undoubtedly the best home video iteration of the film thus far.
Courtesy of DVD Pacific, I’ve reviewed the HD DVD/DVD combo release of Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain, presented here in a package replicating all of the extras from the recent 2-disc Collector’s Edition DVD.
Blu-ray review: Silent Hill
All things considered, Sony has delivered a stellar audio-visual presentation for Silent Hill’s high definition debut, but the complete lack of bonus materials makes it difficult not to feel a bit short-changed. Still, if all you’re after is the best home theatre presentation of the film, this release will not disappoint.
As one of the earliest Blu-ray discs, Sony’s Region 0 release of Silent Hill met with considerable consternation from reviewers. But is it really as underwhelming as was made out? I set the record straight at DVD Times.
I’ve been a bad little boy
What better piece of equipment to play the excellent-looking Silent Hill Blu-ray Disc on than the world’s best Blu-ray Disc player, the Playstation 3? The ugly hunk of junk (and it is really ugly) arrived today, shortly behind a £64.96 customs charge, which I strongly intend to contest, given that the declared value of the package, $129 US (which isn’t what the item cost, I know, but it’s what was listed on the package and invoice, so it’s what Thieves & Excise should have gone by), converts to a mere £65.61 - and I don’t know about you, but £64.96 doesn’t sound like 17.5% (the VAT rate in the UK) of £65.61.
Anyway, despite its alarming obesity and general unattractiveness, the PS3 handles surprisingly nicely. The games don’t interest me in the slightest, but, as an all-in-one media centre, it looks to be impressively versatile, with a slick menu interface and a solid range of features. One slight annoyance is that, in order to get the PS3 Blu-ray remote (which must be purchased separately - I did) to work, you need to update the firmware, but this is easily achieved by simply connecting the machine to the Internet via the Ethernet port. Still, this isn’t much use for those without Internet access (or those without an Ethernet connection). Controls are, on the whole, far more responsive than the Panasonic DMP-BD10 (which Lyris has recently reviewed here), and the price of the PS3, along with its support for picture-in-picture functionality (which none of the currently available stand-alones support), make me wonder why anyone would choose to buy a stand-alone Blu-ray player.
Blu-ray review: Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four arrives on Blu-ray with a superb, demo material certifiable audio track. However, the sheer lack of material contained on this disc, combined with the lacklustre visual presentation, make the £28.99 RRP frankly outrageous. For fans of the film this will no doubt be an essential purchase, despite the loss of several extras in comparison with the DVD release, but probably only once the price is reduced.
For DVD Times’ first ever Blu-ray review, I take a look at 20th Century Fox’s recent Region B UK release of Fantastic Four…
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- Australia BD impressions
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- DVD review: Baba Yaga: The Final Cut
- BD review: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
- DVD review: Four Flies on Grey Velvet
- BD review: Bolt
- The Butterfly Effect BD impressions
- The dead will continue to waken
- Blu-ray review: Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
- In the end, we're all just puppets
- Blu-ray review: Domino
- A very bloody Christmas
- Waking the Dead: Series 6, Episodes 11 and 12: Yahrzeit
- DVD Review: Trial & Retribution: The Fourth Collection
- Waking the Dead: Series 6, Episodes 9 and 10: Double Bind
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- DVD Review: Trial & Retribution: The Third Collection
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- Blu-ray review: The Messengers
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- Just a little something to whet your appetites...
- That was the year that was
- Top 10 HD Transfers of 2008
- Blu-ray review: Wall-E
- Review: the Garnethill trilogy (long post)
- Review: Planescape: Torment (long post)
- La Femme Publique - c'est fantastique! (Part deux)
- Halloween Blu-ray review: The Omen (2006 remake)
- Halloween Blu-ray review: The Final Conflict
- Halloween Blu-ray review: Damien: Omen II
- Waking the Dead: Series 5, Episodes 5 and 6: Subterraneans
- Waking the Dead: Series 5, Episodes 3 and 4: Black Run
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Blu-ray impressions
- Waking the Dead: Series 5, Episodes 1 and 2: Towers of Silence
- Waking the Dead: Series 4, Episodes 11 and 12: Shadowplay
- Blu-ray review: The Omen
- Blu-ray review: Kill Bill: Volumes 1 and 2
- Waking the Dead: Series 4, Episodes 9 and 10: The Hardest Word
- Beware of neo-Nazi teenagers and speeding paramedics
- The spirits without
- Top-rate film gets third-rate treatment
- The depths of insanity
- Waking the Dead: Series 4, Episodes 7 and 8: Anger Management
- DVD review: Spooks: Code 9
- Waking the Dead: Series 4, Episodes 5 and 6: Fugue States
- Another day in bland collect-'em-up world
- Waking the Dead: Series 4, Episodes 3 and 4: False Flag
- Waking the Dead: Series 4, Episodes 1 and 2: In Sight of the Lord
- Waking the Dead: Series 3, Episodes 7 and 8: Final Cut
- Waking the Dead: Series 3, Episodes 5 and 6: Breaking Glass
- Casualty: Series 22 - we have a weak pulse... a very weak pulse
- Waking the Dead: Series 3, Episodes 3 and 4: Walking on Water
- Why Britain will never complete with Boll and Fagrasso
- But... but... grain!
- DVD review: 101 Dalmatians: Platinum Edition
- You must see Wall-E!
- DVD review: The Frightened Woman
- DVD review: Teeth
- No innuendos about electric toothbrushes, please
- Transmission interrupted
- Waking the Dead: Series 3, Episodes 1 and 2: Multistorey
- Blu-ray review: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
- Waking the Dead: Series 2, Episodes 7 and 8: Thin Air
- Waking the Dead: Series 2, Episodes 5 and 6: Special Relationships
- Waking the Dead: Series 2, Episodes 3 and 4: Deathwatch
- Waking the Dead: Series 2, Episodes 1 and 2: Life Sentence
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- Waking the Dead: Series 1, Episodes 5 and 6: A Simple Sacrifice
- Waking the Dead: Series 1, Episodes 3 and 4: The Blind Beggar
- Waking the Dead: Series 1, Episodes 1 and 2: Burn Out
- Waking the Dead: Pilot
- The Waking the Dead Project
- Thoughts on Kiss of Death
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Episode 14: Wolves at the Gate, Part Three
- The power of Allah compels you!
- Dead rising
- Blu-ray review: Juno
- Actually, it really is that bad
- Blu-ray brattiness
- DVD review: Mother of Tears
- DVD Review: Holby Blue: Series 1
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Episode 13: Wolves at the Gate, Part Two
- So many discs, so little time
- DVD review: Waking the Dead: Series 5
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Episode 12: Wolves at the Gate, Part One
- And thus the cycle of grief continues
- I've got the (Holby) blues
- Je ne regrette rien
- DVD review: Tragic Ceremony
- Aw, gimme a break
- A tragedy of a film
- It's funny if it's not you
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Episode 11: A Beautiful Sunset
- Garbage baby garbage
- The Giallo Project #12: The Fifth Cord
- Get thee behind me, Toshiba
- HD DVD review: The Bourne Ultimatum
- Putting the "tosh" in Toshiba
- Day After Day
- I fear to watch, yet I can't look away
- Sex and Death
- The Criterion mind game
- DVD review: Halloween (remake)
- The case for euthanising Tom Green
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Episode 10: Anywhere But Here
- The Giallo Project #11: Death Walks at Midnight
- The DVNR bandits strike again
- The Giallo Project #10: The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh
- DVD review: The Plague Dogs
- I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart...
- The Giallo Project #9: The Frightened Woman
- A $75 million turkey
- The Year in Review, 2007
- Ave Satani indeed...
- It's an Argento kind of Christmas
- FedEx flies
- Bourne again
- Shame on you, Rob Zombie
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Episode 9: No Future For You, Part Four
- HD DVD review: Wolf Creek
- The wonder of Victoria Alexander
- The glory of Dr. Mark Kermode
- The case for euthanising Eddie Murphy
- Ask and ye shall receive
- High definition hootenanny
- Blu-ray review: Ratatouille
- How low can you go?
- HD DVD review: Les Triplettes de Belleville
- HD DVD review: Pan's Labyrinth
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Episode 8: No Future For You, Part Three
- Pan's pipes
- DVD review: The Stendhal Syndrome
- Blu-ray review: Oldboy
- Alan Jones on Mother of Tears
- DVD debacle, Blu-ray bonzana, HD DVD hullabalooza!
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Episode 7: No Future For You, Part Two
- Halloween HD DVD review: Underworld: Extended Cut
- Halloween DVD review: Inferno
- Halloween DVD review: Suspiria: Definitive Edition
- Halloween Blu-ray review: The Descent
- Attention spookmeisters!
- In sickness and in health...
- Halloween: what can you expect?
- Blu-ray bonanza
- I am fury!
- A pretty developed sense of perversion
- DVD review: The Jungle Book: Platinum Edition
- Upcoming review copies
- Aaaaaargh! Not the bees!
- DVD review: Zodiac
- Zodiac's great but the DVD ain't
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Episode 6: No Future For You, Part One
- The Giallo Project #8: One on Top of the Other
- Blu-ray review: Black Book
- Inspector Negro rides again
- HD DVD review: Silent Hill
- The biggest comeback since JR rose from the dead
- Tarantan films presents...
- HD DVD review: Dawn of the Dead (remake)
- DVD review: Spooks: Season 5
- The Giallo Project #7: The Sweet Body of Deborah
- The Giallo Project #6: Naked You Die
- Almost Blue
- The Giallo Project #5: Death Laid an Egg
- The Giallo Project #4: Blowup
- The Giallo Project #3: Blood and Black Lace
- The Giallo Project #2: The Telephone (segment of Black Sabbath)
- The Giallo Project #1: The Girl Who Knew Too Much
- Blu-ray review: The Rock
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Episode 5: The Chain
- Lost in translation
- DVD review: The Secret of NIMH: Family Fun Edition
- The Odessa File
- HD DVD review: The Skeleton Key
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Episode 4: The Long Way Home, Part Four
- HD DVD review: Mulholland Drive
- DVD review: Pan's Labyrinth: Platinum Series
- HD DVD review: The Fountain
- "Ya rotten kids, ya should be locked in cages!"
- Blu-ray review: Casino Royale
- The Historian
- HD DVD review: HDScape: Antarctica Dreaming/Visions of the Sea
- Interesting promotional tactics
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Episode 3: The Long Way Home, Part Three
- Blu-ray review: Dragon's Lair
- Chasing the dragon
- It's a royal flush!
- Third time's a charm
- David Manning rides again
- HD DVD review: A Scanner Darkly
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Episode 2: The Long Way Home, Part Two
- HD my left walnut
- HD DVD review: Children of Men
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Episode 1: The Long Way Home, Part One
- DVD review: Peter Pan: Platinum Edition
- DVD review: Asterix and the Vikings
- Blu-ray review: American Psycho
- DVD review: Waking the Dead: Series 4
- Cold Eyes of Fear
- HD DVD review: Babel
- Blu-ray review: Flightplan
- DVD review: Perversion Story
- DVD review: Masters of Horror: Pelts
- Blu-ray review: Enemy of the State
- DVD review: This Film is Not Yet Rated
- HD DVD review: Brokeback Mountain
- Blu-ray review: Silent Hill
- I've been a bad little boy
- Blu-ray review: Fantastic Four
- DVD review: The Mephisto Waltz
- Slaughter Hotel
- Footprints on the Moon
- DVD review: A Lizard in a Woman's Skin
- A lizard in a pristine new skin
- Tim Lucas on the new Lizard
- HD DVD review: An American Werewolf in London
- Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne
- HD DVD review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Zimmer 13
- The Year in Review
- Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: Legend
- Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos
- HD DVD review: Miami Vice
- Kerbang! Boom! Crash!
- DVD review: My Summer of Love
- Mann oh mann
- HD DVD review: Serenity
- Wolf Creek
- V for Vendetta
- Alias Season 5: there's only one Sydney Bristow
- Pelts: an Argento/PETA co-production
- Lovers, Liars and Lunatics: suburban dystopia
- Disney aspect ratio conundrum
- Home Alone: Family Fun Edition
- Sorry America, we got your Potters!
- Veronica Mars, take two
- La Dolce Morte: a brief review
- Casino Royale: confessions of a layman
- V for Vendetta
- Torn Curtain: North by North Leipzig
- Topaz: Hitchcock fumbles
- Ready, set... go!
- Blood and Bava
- Asterix and the Vikings
- Asterix and the Vikings
- Halloween reviews special: Corpse Bride
- Halloween reviews special: Death Laid an Egg
- Halloween reviews special: The Machinist
- Halloween reviews special: Seven Notes in Black
- Halloween reviews special: Constantine
- Halloween reviews special: Plot of Fear
- Halloween: the countdown begins
- The Exorcist coming to HD DVD
- We used to be friends
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Corpse Bride - Warner finally hits a home run
- The Fox and the Hound: 25th Anniversary Edition
- Delivery deluge
- The Omen (remake)
- Today is Darkplace day!
- Dial M for Masterpiece
- Halloween: what can you expect?
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- The Buffy ratings graph
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7 (2002-2003)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 22: Chosen
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 21: End of Days
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 20: Touched
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 19: Empty Places
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 18: Dirty Girls
- Angel: Season 4, Episodes 13, 14 and 15: Salvage/Release/Orpheus
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 17: Lies My Parents Told Me
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 16: Storyteller
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 15: Get it Done
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 14: First Date
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 13: The Killer in Me
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 12: Potential
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 11: Showtime
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 10: Bring on the Night
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 9: Never Leave Me
- Spread the hate
- How it feels to be wanted
- Garth Marenghi's Darkplace: The Complete Series
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 8: Sleeper
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 7: Conversations with Dead People
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 6: Him
- Fear and Loathing of the State
- The Little Mermaid: Platinum Edition
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 5: Selfless
- Land of the Dead
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 4: Help
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 3: Same Time, Same Place
- The Omen: how to make exactly the same movie twice and ruin it
- The Little Mermaid: Technicolor Digital curls out another one
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 2: Beneath You
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7, Episode 1: Lessons
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6 (2001-2002)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 22: Grave
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 21: Two to Go
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 20: Villains
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 19: Seeing Red
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 18: Entropy
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 17: Normal Again
- Red Dragon
- Red Dragon
- Spooks: Season 4
- Cleaning house
- DVDs section completed
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 16: Hell's Bells
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 15: As You Were
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 14: Older and Far Away
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 13: Dead Things
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 12: Doublemeat Palace
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 11: Gone
- Satan's Slave
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 10: Wrecked
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 9: Smashed
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 8: Tabula Rasa
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 7: Once More, With Feeling
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 6: All the Way