Monster Coverage

Friday, October 31 2014
Monster Coverage

With a huge monster as its star, Godzilla was always going to stand tall above the rest of the week’s releases and it stood out like a behemoth among the reviews in national press according to our regular round up of newspaper coverage of home entertainment titles.

The Gareth Edwards-helmed big budget monster flick picked up across the board coverage, alongside, at the opposite end of the scale, The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared, the impossibly lengthily titled Swedish film based on a bestseller.

On the TV side, Arrow’s move into Italian cop show, in the shape of Gomorrah, saw it picking up plenty of column inches while HBO’s release of the second series of The Newsroom showed its continued clout, and homegrown Our Zoo also broke out of the cage to garner decent coverage.

We’ll start with The Sun and its DVD Of The Week slot was given over to Artificial Eye’s Two Days, One Night (“searching for the spirit in insignificant little lives, this lifts itself from above the daily grind”), with further coverage for eOne’s 3 Days To Kill (“this one’s ready for its pipe and slippers”) and Warner’s Oculus (“this grindingly sully supernatural effort doesn’t reflect well at all”).

Over in the Evening Standard, Solo Media’s “morally murky Aussie drama” Felony led the way ahead of Warner’s Godzilla (“tip: watch it loud”), it was backed up by further reviews for Koch’s All This Mayhem (“bracing, tragic and gripping”), Metrodome’s Spandau Ballet doc Soul Boys Of The Western World (“great archive footage makes it”), Hide Your Smiling Faces (Matchbox) and The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared (Studiocanal).

That same, lengthily titled film, The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared, was the main title in the Daily Star, with a competition and five-star review (“laughter, not logic, is the name of the zany game and the ams is hilarious”). Also earning maximum mark was Godzilla (“the biggest, most exciting epic man vs monster thriller fantasy action show in years… a must”), and four stars for Animal Farm (Network( and Fox’s Robin Williams Collection.

DVD Of The Week in the Daily Mirror’s The Ticket supplement was Godzilla, while the normally stingy newspaper giving it a full five stars, concluding: “Not just a solidly enjoyable and exciting flick – with not one second of sag – it’s also a strikingly beautiful piece of work.” It was back to normal for the rest of the reviews, with both eOne’s 3 Days To Kill (“undermined by sheer familiarity”) and Universal’s The Anomaly (“there’s a yawning gap between ambition and end result with dodgy acting and an overdose of unconvincing slo-mo fight scenes”) earning a mere two stars apiece, while Eureka’s excellent Blacula: The Complete Collection (“a kitsch time capsule”) faring slightly better.

The Daily Express kicked off with Animal Farm (“it remains an impressive achievement, especially in high definition… landmark of British cinema”), moving through to Felony “meaty satisfying Australian thriller”) and The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared (“a winningly absurd Swedish variation on Forrest Gump”).

The Vulture column in the Daily Mail (“the Mail critics’ pick of the week’s must-see events”) featured, as a DVD pick, Godzilla.

The regular Your Next Box Set column in the Guardian took a timely look at Arrow’s Gomorrah, just ahead of its home entertainment bow. It was, it noted, “easily this year’s most compelling foreign language drama”, before signing iff with the line: “I say: if anyone doesn’t like Gomorrah, sod ‘em.”

Saturday and mentions of forthcoming releases and competitions were liberally scattered across the tabloid telly supplements, taking in the Daily Express’ Saturday magazine (Disney’s Maleficent as one of its must-see selections and a competition offering prizes of EV’s Walking On Sunshine to give away), the Daily Mail’s Weekend (BBC Worldwide’s Our Zoo), the Daily Mirror’s We Love TV (a competition offering prizes of Our Zoo) and The Sun’s TV Magazine, which had Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie (Universal) and The Newsroom Season 2 (HBO) as its DVD and box set of the week selections.

On to the quality press and The Times’ Review section had Soul Boys Of The Western World, 4DVD’s “oddly revealing insight” 20,000 Days On Earth and The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared.

The Independent’s Radar supplement featured Godzilla, 20,000 Days On Earth (“a cut above the average music documentary”), Grand Piano (Icon), Soul Boys Of The Western World and The Newsroom Season 2 (“for the most part, commendably high-brow telly”). The same magazine also featured an interview with Joel Edgerton, flagging the on-demand release of Solo’s Felony.

The Guardian’s Guide had a review for Grand Piano, with mentions for Maleficent, Northern Soul, Walking On Sunshine and 20,000 Days On Earth.

Sunday and the Sunday Mirror kicked off with Walking On Sunshine on its Staying In page.

The Sunday People had Our Zoo on its TV page, with a further selection ofThe Adventurer: The Curse Of The Midas Box, The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared, Godzilla and The Anomaly, the latter with a competition, on its film page.

The Daily Star kicked off with Godzilla (“monstrously entertaining”), Warner’s Oculus (“classy, mind-bending low budget horror”), Soul Boys Of The Western World and “classy US drama” The Newsroom Season 2 (HBO).

Our Zoo clocked up another appearance in the Mail On Sunday’s Event magazine, alongside both Godzilla and Northern Soul on its Staying In page. Its DVD page had a varied selection, moving from The Art Of Steal (SPHE), Hide yYour Smiling Faces (Matchbox), Hour Of The Lynx (Arrow) and The Anomaly.

The Independent On Sunday reviewed Godzilla, Soul Boys Of The Western World and Oculus, while its regular The Watch list column covered films directed by pop stars tying in with the release of God Help The Girl (Metrodome), helmed by that bloke out of Belle And Sebastian (his real name is Stuart Murdoch, incidentally). There was a further competition giving away copies of The Smoke (Signature).

It’s always good to see The Observer’s Guy Lodge kicking off his column with a TV title, which he did with Gomorrah, saying: “It’s a grower, one that requires a couple of episodes to get the hang of its knotty storytelling and heaving ensemble, but its eventual payoff, at once grimy and operatic, rewards patience.” There were further reviews for Godzilla, Hide Your Smiling Faces, Mystery Road (Axiom), Manuscripts Don’t Burn (Studiocanal), The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared, All Cheerleaders Die (Altitude) and a mention for the Vimeo availability of the short film Monster directed by The Babadook’s Jennifer Kent.

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