It seems that DVD companies have decided to educate us in cinema history as they’ve gone ‘auteur crazy’ with a number of box sets and new releases containing the greatest work of some of the most famous and influential directors of the past hundred years. So if your DVD collection is mostly populated by the films of Steve Guttenberg and Pauly Shore, then you’d better read Special Edition # 19 to learn how to make your disc shelf that little more impressive. And guess what? Laurence Boyce also looks at a new Doctor Who release. That’s not like him...
There's a real air of independence with Special Edition # 17 as there’s no Hollywood blockbusters in sight. Instead there are movies from across the world, which show the real diversity of things available to movie goers nowadays. Whether it’s French horror, some classic documentaries or a curious Sci-Fi film then Laurence Boyce is here to show you can find just about anything to keep you amused. And, as always, there are also plenty of TV releases and the usual gratuitous references to Doctor Who. Ahhhh, it really feels like spring…
starting to become an interesting time to be a DVD fan. With an
increasing number of movies being released on the format for a second
time (watch out in the next column for a review of the upcoming
‘Definitive Edition’ of Fight Club which might gall the thousands who
bought the already extra laden DVD only a – comparatively - scant few
years ago) and talk of Blu-Ray and the like, there’s never been a more
obvious opportunity for people to make money out of the consumer for
the same thing over and over again. Then again, DVD has allowed a
number of films and unknown TV shows to finally fight their way out of
dusty vaults and into the living rooms of those who would love and
cherish them. As Special Edition #15 (and most of the rest of
the columns) shows there’s an eclectic wide range of films new and old
that are being introduced to a whole new set of film fans. Where else
can Laurence Boyce get excited about Hitchcock going via the Queen of
France and some hard edged TV drama outside of a crazy man’s dream?
Look out as the heavy hitters from Cannes 2006 are starting to make their way onto DVD as Special Edition # 14 contains reviews two of the very best from last year’s festival. Laurence Boyce also sees that DVD producers are suddenly suffering from outbreaks of common sense, as numerous great –and forgotten – TV shows are unleashed on the buying public. There’s even a little bit of a TARDIS traveller and his spin off show for those so inclined. Its enough to make you a shut in for the rest of the month (don’t joke though: how do you think that I reviewed these?
Laurence Boyce takes time out of his busy schedule (well, takes time out of watching DVDs) to bring you the latest round of the DVDs that should either rock your world or destroy your faith in humanity in Special Edition # 12. Note that there's one film he doesn't like at all. I wonder if you'll be able to tell which one it is...
As the nights begin to draw in and the weather becomes increasingly cold (well, at least here in the jolly old UK - you could be reading this anywhere across the world whilst basking in tropical sunshine for all I know) what better time to curl up be the fire and purchase some DVDs to keep you company.
But what DVDs should you buy? Thank goodness that Special Edition # 11 is here to tell what's what. And, as you will see, this time around it's a bit of a monster.