SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

League Of Gen­tle­men-ish Dan­ish film MeN aNd CHICKeN (out now, Blu-ray/DVD) sees two broth­ers trav­el­ling to a re­mote is­land af­ter dis­cov­er­ing they’re not their late dad’s bi­o­log­i­cal off­spring. We said: “Its grotesque odd­ity will de­light and dis­turb in equal mea­sure.” Jonathan Nolan’s techno thriller con­tin­ues with Per­SON OF INtereSt SEA­SON FOUR (5 Septem­ber, Blu-ray/DVD) which has a run of episodes mid-run that all feel like sea­son fi­nales, as two po­ten­tially om­nipo­tent AIs go into bat­tle. The twist rate is ex­hil­a­rat­ing, and one episode, “If-Then-Else” – the clever­est Ground­hog Day episode you’ll ever see – is worth buy­ing the box set for alone. Read­ers old enough to re­mem­ber Mon­key may also have fond mem­o­ries of tHe Wa­ter Mar­GIN (22 Au­gust, Blu-ray/DVD). Based on a 14th cen­tury Chinese novel, this mar­tial arts saga (with mi­nor fan­tasy el­e­ments) sees a bunch of rene­gades tak­ing on a tyran­ni­cal gov­ern­ment. The DVD re­lease of the English dub that came out over a decade ago fea­tured nu­mer­ous trims for a teatime slot; now all 26 episodes have been re­stored, and the deleted scenes re­in­stated. Fi­nally, there’s a 25th an­niver­sary edi­tion of fan­tasy-com­edy drOP dead Fred (29 Au­gust, Blu-ray/DVD), in which the imag­i­nary friend of a young girl re­turns to wreak havoc once the grown woman loses her hus­band and job. Mix­ing black com­edy about men­tal ill­ness with toi­let hu­mour and slap­stick, it’s an odd mix, but Rik May­all’s livewire turn as the an­ar­chic Fred en­sured a cult fol­low­ing.

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