UK dvd releases Feb 2007
There are certainly a few re-releases during the first week of this short cold month, either with greatly reduced prices or (hopefully) better quality transfers:
Evil - Ondskan (2003) Directed by Mikael Hfstrm:
Reduced price, Metrodome. Based on a true story, I was unimpressed by the o.t.t. levels of sensationalist violence. I'm sure hengcs reviewed this but I couldn't find the link.
L`Appartement The Apartment (1996) Directed by Gilles Mimouni:
Previously distributed by Artificial Eye, re-released by Optimum, I would assume there would be improvements, maybe an anamorphic transfer but since I have the original release, I wont be rushing to purchase it.
Lovers Of The Arctic Circle Los Amantes del Crculo Polar (1998) Directed by Julio Medem:
Optimum take distribution duties again but this time theres plenty of scope for improvement from the original Tartan Video release, hopefully the subtitles in particular will be far clearer with this release.
Pusher (1996) Directed by Nikolas Winding Refn:
Well known Danish drug, crime drama, another cheap as chips re-release from Metrodome.
Somersault (2004) Directed by Cate Shortland:
Highly rated Aussie coming of age drama, with a unique feel and a stunning performance from Abbie Cornish. A worthy buy particularly at such a low price, distributed by Metrodome.
Man Push Cart (2005) Directed by Ramin Bahrani Distributed by Altra Pictures.
Currently doing the art-house circuit, has anyone seen it yet?
Marronnier (2004) Directed by ? Kobayashi - Distributed by Terra.
Descibed as a Japanese Dolly Dearest. If that doesnt put you off, nothing will.
Nor Chor (2002) Directed by Manop Janjarasskul - Distributed by Terra.
Violent Thai prison drama, mediocre IMDB rating.
Volver (2006) Directed by Pedro Almodovar Distributed by Pathe.
Mixed reactions to this one, ranging from exuberance to indifference, whatever the opinion, Penelope Cruz is captivating.