DVD Reviews

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Great

Billy Liar (DVD)

There’s something of Billy Fisher in all of us; the perpetually fantasist who daydreams their way out of the real world and into their own private one. No? Oh ...

8

Great

Blue Blood (DVD)

Riley’s excellent documentary focuses on the perhaps unlikely subject of university boxing — or, rather, Varsity boxing; the annual, not-terribly-well-known outside Oxbridge boxing tournament between Oxford and Cambridge.With Cambridge bringing...

8

Great

The Ramones: It's Alive 1974-1996 (DVD)

From early scratchily-taped performances at legendary venue CBGBs, to playing on British stalwart pop shows like The Old Grey Whistle Test and Top of the Pop, this is a fantastic...

8

Great

Zodiac (DVD)

This is not the first film to be made based on the infamous San Francisco serial killer who caled himself Zodiac — that honour goes to 1971's The Zodiac Killer...

6

Fair

My Best Friend (DVD)

When you think of a loner, what kind of person comes to mind? Geeky? Talking about things that make them snort but which don’t amuse anyone else? A bit smelly?...

6

Fair

One Last Dance (DVD)

A soulful lead performance by Francis Ng as a disillusioned hit man is the main reason to see One Last Dance, a Singapore-set tribute to Hong Kong gangster movies from...

8

Great

28 Weeks Later (DVD)

Every so often, a sequel comes along that is better than the original. Yes, I know, it's a rare event, but it does happen — just look at The Godfather...

4

Poor

Fast Food Nation (DVD)

Based on Schlosser’s best-selling exposé of the fast food industry, Fast Food Nation is a fictional interpretation of the dodgy practices behind that multi-billion-dollar business.

9

Excellent

Jindabyne (DVD)

Ray Lawrence’s follow-up to his excellent Lantana had a lot of expectation riding on its shoulders. Happily, it’s every bit as good as you’d hope.

6

Fair

Magicians (DVD)

A rather inauspicious leap to the big screen for British TV favourites Mitchell & Webb (Peep Show, That Mitchell & Webb Look) actually works much better on DVD.