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The Touch (1971) Dual format Review
The Touch (1971) Dual format Review
The Touch (1971) Dual format Review

The Touch (1971) Dual format Review

To celebrate BFI’s widely publicised retrospective of the career of Ingmar Bergman BFI have released two of the lesser known films by the celebrated Swede. One is Bergman’s take on The Magic Flute (1975). The other ...
 
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Cure (1997) Dual format Review
Cure (1997) Dual format Review
Cure (1997) Dual format Review

Cure (1997) Dual format Review

It’s about time Kiyoshi Kurosawa had some recognition. And no, he is not to be confused with the maestro, Akira Kurosawa, director of Seven Samurai (1954), but is a quality director in his own right. His 2008 film Tokyo S...
 

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The Super Inframan (1975) Blu-ray Review
The Super Inframan (1975) Blu-ray Review
The Super Inframan (1975) Blu-ray Review

The Super Inframan (1975) Blu-ray Review

Crazy. Zany. Frankly, nuts. The Shaw Brothers excel themselves with this Superhero fantasy film. The Super Inframan (1975), in the Chinese language titled Zhong guo chao ren, which is translated literally into English as ‘...
 
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Lies We Tell (2017) DVD Review
Lies We Tell (2017) DVD Review
Lies We Tell (2017) DVD Review

Lies We Tell (2017) DVD Review

Were it not for the fact this film stars Gabriel Byrne with a cameo from Harvey Keitel (although given the publicity anyone would be forgiven for thinking that he was the star) this sleeper may have passed unnoticed. For the fi...
 

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Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years - Vol. 2 Border Crossing: The Crime and Action Movies dual format Box-Set
Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years - Vol. 2 Border Crossing: The Crime and Action Movies dual format Box-Set
Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years - Vol. 2 Border Crossing: The Crime and Action Movies dual format Box-Set

Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years – Vol. 2 Border Crossing: The Crime and Action Movies dual format Box-Set

This is the second volume released by Arrow Video of the early films directed by Japanese genre director, Seijun Suzuki. The format is the same as before, a collection of 5 of his early films presented with an introduction to a...
 
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Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) Blu-ray Review
Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) Blu-ray Review
Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) Blu-ray Review

Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) Blu-ray Review

Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) was released under several names including Communion and Holy Terror. The slip case and the title is generally known on the new fantastic release by 88 Films as Alice, Sweet Alice, although the version...
 

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Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988) Blu-ray Review
Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988) Blu-ray Review
Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988) Blu-ray Review

Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988) Blu-ray Review

The 1980s were full of crazy, zany and eccentric films and few were as eccentric or zany as Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988). The film’s premise and title are as ridiculous as they sound. The basic story has smoochin...
 
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Offerings (1989) Blu-ray Review
Offerings (1989) Blu-ray Review
Offerings (1989) Blu-ray Review

Offerings (1989) Blu-ray Review

For those who have seen Offerings (1989) it would hardly be a revelation to state that this film is directly influenced by and copied the formula of Halloween, which of course was made some 12 years previous to Offerings, which...
 

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The Bone Yard (1991) Blu-ray Review
The Bone Yard (1991) Blu-ray Review
The Bone Yard (1991) Blu-ray Review

The Bone Yard (1991) Blu-ray Review

The Bone Yard (1991) was released when the market for horror films was becoming so saturated they were being released at a fast rate direct to VHS. What better label to revive long dead horror films from the VHS age than 88 Fil...
 
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Blade of the Immortal (2017) Blu-ray Review
Blade of the Immortal (2017) Blu-ray Review
Blade of the Immortal (2017) Blu-ray Review

Blade of the Immortal (2017) Blu-ray Review

Much has been made in the publicity for Blade of the Immortal (2017) that this is director Taskashi Miike’s 100th film. According to IMDb at any rate. Taskashi Miike came to prominence to western audiences, even notoriety...
 

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Terrifier (2017) DVD Review
Terrifier (2017) DVD Review
Terrifier (2017) DVD Review

Terrifier (2017) DVD Review

Over recent years, clowns have become conduits for nightmare creatures, villains or bogeymen. Most obviously of course there are the two It! films (1990 and 2017) based off the Stephen King novel, the Killjoy films, the laughab...
 
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McCabe and Mrs Miller (1971) Dual Format Release
McCabe and Mrs Miller (1971) Dual Format Release
McCabe and Mrs Miller (1971) Dual Format Release

McCabe and Mrs Miller (1971) Dual Format Release

By the 1970s Westerns became more realistic and gave a more naturalistic interpretation of the Old West than say that of the The Three Mesquiteer Western serials of the 1930s or even the romanticised West of John Ford’s f...
 

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Badlands (1973) Dual Format Review
Badlands (1973) Dual Format Review
Badlands (1973) Dual Format Review

Badlands (1973) Dual Format Review

Back in 1980 BBC2 ran a series of films on Sunday nights called ‘The Great American Picture Show’, showcasing films made between 1969-1975. These films were the modern classics about life in America, particularly fi...
 
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Amazon Women of the Moon (1987) Blu-ray Review
Amazon Women of the Moon (1987) Blu-ray Review
Amazon Women of the Moon (1987) Blu-ray Review

Amazon Women of the Moon (1987) Blu-ray Review

Released by 101 Films is an almost forgotten film from the 1980s, Amazon Women on the Moon (1987). It is an anthology piece with few connections, coherent ones at any rate. The men who brought the project together were both dir...
 

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Sacha Guitry Four Films 1936-1938 Blu-ray Review
Sacha Guitry Four Films 1936-1938 Blu-ray Review
Sacha Guitry Four Films 1936-1938 Blu-ray Review

Sacha Guitry Four Films 1936-1938 Blu-ray Review

Today Sacha Guitry is not an actor, director or playwright that is well remembered. As a filmmaker he is not up there among the ranks of Jean Renoir, René Clair or Julien Duvivier as one of the great 1930s French directors. Nev...
 
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An Actor's Revenge (1963) Blu-ray Review
An Actor's Revenge (1963) Blu-ray Review
An Actor's Revenge (1963) Blu-ray Review

An Actor’s Revenge (1963) Blu-ray Review

Kon Ichikawa was one of Japan’s leading film directors. He was a very prolific director, working with different styles and types of dramas, with arguably his two best known films being The Burmese Harp (1956) and Fires on...
 

Cinema Reviews
 
Sea Fog (2014) Blu-ray Review
Sea Fog (2014) Blu-ray Review
Sea Fog (2014) Blu-ray Review

Sea Fog (2014) Blu-ray Review

Time and again South Korea prove that the slew of popular films from produced in the early 2000s were not a flash in the pan. The popular films from the beginning of the 21st century, including the films of Kim Ki-duk and Park ...
 
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One-Armed Swordsman (1967) Blu-ray Review
One-Armed Swordsman (1967) Blu-ray Review
One-Armed Swordsman (1967) Blu-ray Review

One-Armed Swordsman (1967) Blu-ray Review

Released by 88 Films, the 15th title in their Asia Collection, the importance of One-Armed Swordsman (1967) cannot be overstated in the history Hong Kong martial arts cinema. Many of the martial-arts genre directors were highly...
 

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The Dragon Missile (1976) Blu-ray Review
The Dragon Missile (1976) Blu-ray Review
The Dragon Missile (1976) Blu-ray Review

The Dragon Missile (1976) Blu-ray Review

No, The Dragon Missile (1976) is not the new name for a new secret weapon by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but the latest of 88 Films releases of genre classics from Hong Kong’s Shaw Brothers studio. Released at the sa...
 
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The Enchanting Ghost (1970) Blu-ray Review
The Enchanting Ghost (1970) Blu-ray Review
The Enchanting Ghost (1970) Blu-ray Review

The Enchanting Ghost (1970) Blu-ray Review

Beware – spolier alert! The Enchanting Ghost (1970) is an early Asian ghost story, not the blood and guts that some of the more extreme Japanese horror films that would later emerge or even the cover would suggest. The ho...
 

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Legend of the Mountain (1979) Blu-ray Review
Legend of the Mountain (1979) Blu-ray Review
Legend of the Mountain (1979) Blu-ray Review

Legend of the Mountain (1979) Blu-ray Review

Released by Eureka Entertainment in a new 4K transfer, Legend of the Mountain (1979) is King Hu’s late masterpiece. Although not a highly prolific filmmaker, King Hu is best known for his wuxia films, a type of swordplay ...
 
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A Pistol for Ringo and The Return of Ringo (1965) Blu-ray Review
A Pistol for Ringo and The Return of Ringo (1965) Blu-ray Review
A Pistol for Ringo and The Return of Ringo (1965) Blu-ray Review

A Pistol for Ringo and The Return of Ringo (1965) Blu-ray Review

Following the success of Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars (1964) which starred Clint Eastwood, Europe went mad for what became known as ‘Spaghetti Westerns; in Italy at first before the rest of the world caught u...
 

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Images (1972) Blu-ray Review
Images (1972) Blu-ray Review
Images (1972) Blu-ray Review

Images (1972) Blu-ray Review

An Anglo-American co-production and filmed in Ireland, Images (1972) is one of director Robert Altman’s lesser known films. It is a psychological horror thriller with two clear influences from the mid-1960s: Roman Polansk...
 
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Shirley: Visions of Reality (2013) Blu-ray Review
Shirley: Visions of Reality (2013) Blu-ray Review
Shirley: Visions of Reality (2013) Blu-ray Review

Shirley: Visions of Reality (2013) Blu-ray Review

Gustav Deutsch’s Shirley: Visions of Reality (2013) is an interesting experimental film which takes 13 of Edward Hopper’s iconic paintings and along with the likes of Norman Rockwell and Grant Wood are some of the m...
 

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Re:born (2016) Blu-ray Review
Re:born (2016) Blu-ray Review
Re:born (2016) Blu-ray Review

Re:born (2016) Blu-ray Review

For those who love a kick-ass action film can’t go too wrong with Re:born (2016). Directed by Yûji Shimomura, only his second feature in the director’s seat (his first, Death Trance was made 11 years ago), his backg...
 
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The Barefoot Contessa (1954) Blu-ray Review
The Barefoot Contessa (1954) Blu-ray Review
The Barefoot Contessa (1954) Blu-ray Review

The Barefoot Contessa (1954) Blu-ray Review

In 1950 Joseph L. Mankiewicz scored a hit with 6 Academy Awards winner All About Eve (1950). He attempted to repeat the success of that film about the stage with one about a movie star, The Barefoot Contessa (1954). Much was ex...
 

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The Toolbox Murders (1978) Blu-ray Review
The Toolbox Murders (1978) Blu-ray Review
The Toolbox Murders (1978) Blu-ray Review

The Toolbox Murders (1978) Blu-ray Review

A true classic slasher and appropriate for 88 Films to release in their Slasher Classics Collection. Released in 1978, The Toolbox Murders sells itself and frames the story as if based off a true story of events that happened s...
 
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer FAQ
Buffy the Vampire Slayer FAQ
Buffy the Vampire Slayer FAQ

Buffy the Vampire Slayer FAQ

Authors: David Bushman and Arthur Smith …or to use the book’s full title, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Sunnydale’s Slayer of Vampires, Demons, and Other Forces of Da...
 

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Woodfall Box-set released by BFI
Woodfall Box-set released by BFI
Woodfall Box-set released by BFI

Woodfall Box-set released by BFI

‘Woodfall: A Revolution in British Cinema’ box-sets will feature: Look Back in Anger (1959) Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) The Entertainer (1960) A Taste of Honey (1961) The Loneliness of the Long Distance...
 
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Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018) Blu-ray Review
Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018) Blu-ray Review
Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018) Blu-ray Review

Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018) Blu-ray Review

About 18 months ago the remake and re-boot of the original Kickboxer (1989) was released as Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016) starring Alain Moussi in the role of Kurt Sloane, the character that made the Muscles From Brussels himself...