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Anton van Beek  |  Oct 31, 2012  |  0 comments

Once upon a time the BBC used to delight in terrifying Christmas audiences with adaptations of classic ghost stories – several based on the work of M.R. James. These two volumes celebrate this with four James adaptations. The first houses 1968 and 2010 takes on Whistle and I’ll Come to You, while the second offers up 1971’s The Stalls of Barchester and 1972’s A Warning to the Curious – each a masterpiece of small-screen supernatural scares.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 01, 2012  |  0 comments

Doctor Who: Revisitations 1 is the first of three planned boxsets collecting together a trio of classic Doctor Who stories that have already been released on DVD in the past, but given new and improved transfers, plus a wealth of additional bonus material.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 30, 2012  |  0 comments

The Incredible Hulk is a film made for those who felt cheated by Ang Lee’s cerebral (not to mention underrated) take on Marvel’s not-so-jolly green giant.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 03, 2012  |  0 comments

It’s not easy being a Breaking Bad fan in the UK. Not only has the show all but disappeared from the airwaves, but the UK branch of Sony Pictures is almost a year behind its US counterpart in bringing it to DVD – and doesn’t even offer a Blu-ray version on this side of the Atlantic. Thankfully, this four-disc release goes some way to making up for all of the difficulties.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 18, 2012  |  0 comments

Harvey Spector is a charismatic high-flying lawyer. Mike Ross, his new junior associate, is a college drop-out who has never even studied law, but has helped a lot of people cheat their way through the exams. How’s that for a high concept? Well, while Suits is sometimes a little too smug for its own good, for the most part it’s a well-written show with excellent performances. It certainly left this reviewer interested to see how the concept develops across a second season.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 16, 2012  |  0 comments

Yûdai Yamaguchi’s latest is basically the Story of Ricky of baseball movies. Tak Sakaguchi stars as a rebellious youngster whose deadly baseball skills find him serving time in a prison run by Neo Nazis (don’t ask). What follows is a deliriously bad taste mix of slapstick splatter and hilariously awful CG effects – and it had me laughing like a drain throughout.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 31, 2012  |  0 comments

Obviously created to cash-in on the Twilight-inspired trend for supernatural romance, this MTV-produced show should be awful. And for its first few episodes it teeters on the brink of failure. But then something unexpected happens – as the central mystery hits high-gear it starts to really embrace its horror roots and becomes downright enjoyable.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 16, 2012  |  0 comments

Newcomer 88 Films continues to unearth the gems in the Full Moon Pictures library with this latest release. Reuniting director Stuart Gordon with his Re-Animator stars Jeffrey Combes and Barbara Crampton, Castle Freak draws upon another Lovecraft story (The Outsider), only this time filtered through references to the Italian Giallo.

Anton van Beek  |  May 12, 2012  |  0 comments

The animated adventures of CIA agent Stan Smith and his extended family may have been running since 2005, but based on this seventh DVD volume (confusingly, home to the entirety of the show's sixth season) it's showing no signs of slowing down. Indeed, for my money, the 19 episodes in this three-disc set include some of the very best in the show's history - proving that American Dad! is just at confident in exploring the psychology of its characters as it is in making jokes about farts.

Anton van Beek  |  Apr 26, 2012  |  0 comments

It’s a good time to be a fan of classic Doctor Who right now. Not only did we have the news about the rediscovery of two missing episodes at the end of last year, but the DVD range is also getting closer to the end, with fewer than 15 complete serials still awaiting release at the time of writing.

Anton van Beek  |  Apr 17, 2012  |  0 comments

Scream queens are the bread and butter of the horror genre, dating back at least as far as Fay Wray’s iconic performance in the 1933 smash King Kong. All an actress needs to do to qualify for the title is become associated with the genre through a notable appearance in a major horror movie or through a series of appearances in a variety of movies. Thanks to films like Halloween, The Fog and Friday the 13th, the late ‘70s/early ‘80s saw the likes of Jamie Lee Curtis, Adrienne Barbeau and Betsy Palmer all being crowned scream queens.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 17, 2012  |  0 comments

'So he caresses her bosom and perhaps she does the same with him'

While this boxset's title (and those of the films it contains) conjures up cheerful images of light, saucy frolics, the contents prove to be a much more serious proposition. Of the six films included, three are actually sex education movies, while the three fiction films on offer centre on 'damaged' women caught up in games of sex, control and power.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 16, 2012  |  0 comments

Spin-off shows are difficult things to get right. For every Angel that comes along there seems to be about 10 Joeys - and nobody wants any more of them. All of which means that things didn't look too promising when Seth MacFarlane announced that Cleveland Brown would be leaving Family Guy and getting his own animated series.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 23, 2012  |  0 comments

My history with this particular classic serial dates back to my childhood in the late '70s and a Doctor Who card game I used to own. In amongst the hand-drawn pictures of such popular characters from the series as Davros, the Cybermen, Annie Oakley and Thor (seriously, half of the set was made up of spurious historical and mythological figures) was one that meant absolutely nothing to me - the Sensorites.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 19, 2011  |  0 comments

The slow drip-feed of animated TV sensation The Simpsons on DVD continues with this latest four-disc boxset, collecting together all 22 episodes from the show's 2002-2003 14th season. By this point in the show's life many were already claiming that The Simpsons was past its best, having peaked around seasons six and seven and having been on a downward spiral ever since. But despite some fairly vocal criticism, this particular season was actually one of the show's most critically lauded.

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