The latest DVDs and Blu-rays are given the once-over by our writers. Read first before reaching for your credit card.
The worst thing about this film is its lack of unpredictability. The entire story, ending and all, is laid out to you within the first 20 minutes. The mystery surrounding Ernessa could not have been more obvious if she jumped through the screen and knocked you over the head with it. (That would have been more interesting, though.)
After churning out a bundle of cheap and cheerful B-movies in the '50s, Roger Corman went legit in the '60s with a cycle of lavish Cinemascope adaptations of Poe, beginning with The Fall of the House of Usher (1960). As a group, they're famous for, among other things, their vivid lava lamp colours, but actually this first one is quite a sombre affair. Well, as sombre as any film can be that features Vincent Price with silver hair and a scarlet frock coat.
François Ozon is one of those quintessential contemporary French directors whose films continue to merit our attentions and affections. A sharp mind with a keen wit, Ozon’s reputation is striking; yet he continues to steer his camera and pen into new pastures. Fresh from the breezy yet satirical charms of Potiche (2010), the Parisian turned his attention to Juan Mayorga’s play The Boy in the Last Row, personally adapting it into ‘Dans la Maison’ – In The House.
There are only three safe topics of conversation when meeting a stranger for the first time: the weather, the fastest route to take when planning on driving long distances, and the best sweets that they don't make any more. Until recently, the most likely outcome of such a chat would be that the weather was disappointing but better than expected, that the route you'd been planning was impossibly convoluted, and that the best discontinued confectionary was Vice Versas.
If you are completely unfamiliar with Raimi's delirious 1981 splatter movie, its madcap sequel, or the Harryhausen-esque third film, you can walk into Evil Dead without burden. If you are a fan of the series, fear not, it does not taint the classic originals the way fans so often fear with remakes. Regrettably, it also has a habit of forcing comparisons at the expense of doing something exciting and new with the property.