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Jubilee (1978) Blu-ray Review
Jubilee (1978) Blu-ray Review
Jubilee (1978) Blu-ray Review

Jubilee (1978) Blu-ray Review

It’s hard to believe that Punk is well over 40 years old, largely heralded by the release of the Sex Pistols ‘Anarchy in the UK’, in the UK at any rate. Punk meant different thing to different people: to the S...
 
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Last House on the Left (1972) Blu-ray Review
Last House on the Left (1972) Blu-ray Review
Last House on the Left (1972) Blu-ray Review

Last House on the Left (1972) Blu-ray Review

Wes Craven was one of the most iconic of horror film makers of the past 50 years. After all he made such cult classics as The Hills Have Eyes (1977) as well as such cineplex classics as the A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream ...
 

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Woodfall: A Revolution in British Cinema Box-Set
Woodfall: A Revolution in British Cinema Box-Set
Woodfall: A Revolution in British Cinema Box-Set

Woodfall: A Revolution in British Cinema Box-Set

The latest release by BFI is a box-set collection, a 9 disc, 7 film collection that should be seen as a celebration, a celebration of some of the greatest films in British cinema history. Woodfall may not have the same househol...
 
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The Spiritual Boxer (1975) Blu-ray Review
The Spiritual Boxer (1975) Blu-ray Review
The Spiritual Boxer (1975) Blu-ray Review

The Spiritual Boxer (1975) Blu-ray Review

It was the nationalist Japanese boxer belief that through their spirituality they could beat off knives and bullets. This sounds like the perfect set-up for a Hong Kong Shaw Brothers film and indeed the opening of the film demo...
 

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The Defiant Ones (1958) Blu-ray Review
The Defiant Ones (1958) Blu-ray Review
The Defiant Ones (1958) Blu-ray Review

The Defiant Ones (1958) Blu-ray Review

Released along with No Way Out (1950) by Eureka Entertainment, another 1950s film that tackles racism and starred Sidney Poitier is The Defiant Ones (1958). This in a very literal sense have two men, one white and one black lit...
 
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Black Magic 2 (1976) Blu-ray Review
Black Magic 2 (1976) Blu-ray Review
Black Magic 2 (1976) Blu-ray Review

Black Magic 2 (1976) Blu-ray Review

Forget what you thought about Italian zombie horror movies and the likes of Lucio Fulci as the originator of splatter zombie movies with all their flesh dripping, worms devouring flesh, decaying flesh and wot not. Released by 8...
 

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No Way Out (1950) Blu-ray Review
No Way Out (1950) Blu-ray Review
No Way Out (1950) Blu-ray Review

No Way Out (1950) Blu-ray Review

In the post World War II there were a number of films that tackled the subject of racism in the United States. This went up to and after the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. In many senses the USA took part in a war that was...
 
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The Mountain of the Cannibal God (1978) Blu-ray Review
The Mountain of the Cannibal God (1978) Blu-ray Review
The Mountain of the Cannibal God (1978) Blu-ray Review

The Mountain of the Cannibal God (1978) Blu-ray Review

Emerging from Italy, there were a spate of  horror exploitation films, a whole new horror sub-genre of films that were simply labelled as cannibal movies. One of the earliest was The Man From Deep River (1972) directed by Itali...
 

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Birth of the Dragon (2016) Review
Birth of the Dragon (2016) Review
Birth of the Dragon (2016) Review

Birth of the Dragon (2016) Review

In 1964 there was an alleged legendary fight in San Francisco between Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man, some 9 years before Lee made the cult classic, Enter the Dragon. It was alleged that Wong was unhappy that Lee was training West...
 
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Smash Palace (1981) Blu-ray Review
Smash Palace (1981) Blu-ray Review
Smash Palace (1981) Blu-ray Review

Smash Palace (1981) Blu-ray Review

Following the recent release of Sleeping Dogs (1977) by Arrow Academy a couple of weeks ago, Arrow have followed this with another early film by Roger Donaldson, Smash Palace (1981) (following this there will be another 1980s f...
 

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Inherit the Wind (1960) Blu-ray Review
Inherit the Wind (1960) Blu-ray Review
Inherit the Wind (1960) Blu-ray Review

Inherit the Wind (1960) Blu-ray Review

Released in dual format by Eureka! and made in 1960, Stanley Kramer’s Inherit the Wind was based off a long running Broadway play written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (no not that one) centered around a trial that...
 
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The Lost Viking (2018) DVD Review
The Lost Viking (2018) DVD Review
The Lost Viking (2018) DVD Review

The Lost Viking (2018) DVD Review

The success of ‘Game of Thrones’ cannot be understated. It is bearing fruit as the progenitor of some fresh new talent. In the case of the new low key historical drama and action film, The Lost Viking (2018) it is t...
 

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Gifted (2014) DVD Review
Gifted (2014) DVD Review
Gifted (2014) DVD Review

Gifted (2014) DVD Review

Over the past few years there have been some very good and interesting films coming out of South Korea, proving that the spate of successful horror films and thrillers made in the wake of some films by the likes of Kim Ki-duk p...
 
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Black Venus (2010) Blu-ray Review
Black Venus (2010) Blu-ray Review
Black Venus (2010) Blu-ray Review

Black Venus (2010) Blu-ray Review

Black Venus was the fifth film for Tunisian born French director Abdelatif Kechiche. Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013) is probably his best known film. Black Venus pre-dated this film and is similar in the manner it tackles dif...
 

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Black Water (2018) Review
Black Water (2018) Review
Black Water (2018) Review

Black Water (2018) Review

The Black Water in the title of the film refers to Blacksites, secret places where people considered enemies of the government, usually suspected terrorists are taken by special rendition and usually interrogated, usually by CI...
 
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The Old Dark House (1932) Blu-ray Review
The Old Dark House (1932) Blu-ray Review
The Old Dark House (1932) Blu-ray Review

The Old Dark House (1932) Blu-ray Review

The release of The Old Dark House (1932) has generated much excitement from horror film fans, me included. It has been available to view on home entertainment for a number of years (including a decent release on Kino Video), bu...
 

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Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973) Blu-ray Review
Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973) Blu-ray Review
Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973) Blu-ray Review

Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973) Blu-ray Review

Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973) (released in the English version as Death Smiles at Murder is an unusual film, but one typical of the tradition in Italian horror films since the 1960s. This film is a hybrid of the gothic horr...
 
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Die Hard (1988) Blu-ray / 4K UHD Review
Die Hard (1988) Blu-ray / 4K UHD Review
Die Hard (1988) Blu-ray / 4K UHD Review

Die Hard (1988) Blu-ray / 4K UHD Review

I’m going to start this review by getting that controversial issue off my chest – Die Hard is not a Christmas film. Set at Christmas, yes, but that don’t make it a Christmas film. There, I’ve said it. Th...
 

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The Bloodthirsty Trilogy DVD Review
The Bloodthirsty Trilogy DVD Review
The Bloodthirsty Trilogy DVD Review

The Bloodthirsty Trilogy DVD Review

When I was a boy I owned several illustrated books on the history of horror cinema written by Alan Frank. These books were my gateway into the wonderful world of horror cinema. In one of those books there was a still from Lake ...
 
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Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms trailer
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms trailer
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms trailer

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms trailer

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms A touching tapestry of the meetings and partings in life. Mari Okada’s directorial debut is a profound human drama and stunning record of an emotional adventure.    
 

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Breakheart Pass (1975) Blu-ray Review
Breakheart Pass (1975) Blu-ray Review
Breakheart Pass (1975) Blu-ray Review

Breakheart Pass (1975) Blu-ray Review

By the mid-1970s the Western genre was winding down following its dominance in Hollywood for so many years, short of a few Westerns by Clint Eastwood that kept the genre ticking over. Another series of films winding down by the...
 
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Irma Vep (1996) Blu-ray Review
Irma Vep (1996) Blu-ray Review
Irma Vep (1996) Blu-ray Review

Irma Vep (1996) Blu-ray Review

Made in 1996, Irma Vep is an anagram of ‘vampire’. At one point in a black and white silent scene towards the end of the film we see the letters dance about to spell “vampire” out of “Irma Vep̶...
 

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Rawhead Rex (1986) Blu-ray Review
Rawhead Rex (1986) Blu-ray Review
Rawhead Rex (1986) Blu-ray Review

Rawhead Rex (1986) Blu-ray Review

Released by Arrow Video on a shiny new 4K restored version that has also extended the edges from the 4:3 aspect ratio when it was more commonly seen on video to the proper full screen. Rawhead Rex (1986) was one of those must s...
 
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Dark Blue (2002) Blu-ray Review
Dark Blue (2002) Blu-ray Review
Dark Blue (2002) Blu-ray Review

Dark Blue (2002) Blu-ray Review

The story of Rodney King became a bi-word for a racist or at least an institutionally racist police force in the United States. Of course, anyone familiar with the news stories coming out of the U.S., those problems still remai...
 

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Grizzly (1976) Blu-ray Review
Grizzly (1976) Blu-ray Review
Grizzly (1976) Blu-ray Review

Grizzly (1976) Blu-ray Review

Nature goes wild! Again. Or, more accurately, creatures of the wild which have been projected onto our psychology and transformed into creatures a little bigger and a lot more aggressive than they are in reality. Grizzly (1976)...
 
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Adult Fairy Tales (1978) Blu-ray Review
Adult Fairy Tales (1978) Blu-ray Review
Adult Fairy Tales (1978) Blu-ray Review

Adult Fairy Tales (1978) Blu-ray Review

The 1970s was a decade for saucy cinema. We’re not talking Carry On films here but films of a more soft core porn nature that nevertheless look tame today. To a modern eye the popularity and box-office success for mainstr...
 

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Acts of Vengeance (2017) DVD Review
Acts of Vengeance (2017) DVD Review
Acts of Vengeance (2017) DVD Review

Acts of Vengeance (2017) DVD Review

While the plot of Acts of Vengeance (2017) resembles many other similar plotlines of action thrillers from numerous efforts from the Steven Seagal potboilers to the slick Liam Neeson action films. Filmed entirely on location in...
 
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Early Technicolor discoveries from the BFI National Archive
Early Technicolor discoveries from the BFI National Archive
Early Technicolor discoveries from the BFI National Archive

Early Technicolor discoveries from the BFI National Archive

This week BFI announced the discovery of a cache of extremely rare Technicolor film fragments from the 1920s held by the BFI National Archive, including previously unseen footage of Louise Brooks dancing in colour. The very ima...
 

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Nightmares (1983) Blu-ray Review
Nightmares (1983) Blu-ray Review
Nightmares (1983) Blu-ray Review

Nightmares (1983) Blu-ray Review

The 1980s was an interesting decade for horror films. Of course there were the biggies such as John Carpenter’s The Thing, Poltergeist (both 1982), An American Werewolf in London (1981) and Hellraiser (1987), as well as a...
 
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The Magic Flute (1975) Dual format Review
The Magic Flute (1975) Dual format Review
The Magic Flute (1975) Dual format Review

The Magic Flute (1975) Dual format Review

This film is in many ways one of Ingmar Bergman’s most unusual films for a number of reasons. It is a filmed version of one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most beloved operas and is much lighter in tone than most of t...