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Carmen Jones Blu-ray Review
Carmen Jones Blu-ray Review
Carmen Jones Blu-ray Review

Carmen Jones Blu-ray Review

The film opens with the credits and the Carmen theme, before turning to a dirt track road and a nice young girl arriving at the army centre where her boyfriend is waiting to be graduated to flying school. Cindy Lou (Olga James)...
 
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Fedora Blu-ray Review
Fedora Blu-ray Review
Fedora Blu-ray Review

Fedora Blu-ray Review

In the opening prologue of Billy Wilder’s classic film Sunset Boulevard (1950) we hear the narrator, the hero of the story (played by William Holden), telling us that what you are seeing is his dead lifeless corpse in the...
 

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Slugs Blu-ray Review
Slugs Blu-ray Review
Slugs Blu-ray Review

Slugs Blu-ray Review

What a nasty little film Slugs is! Well after all it was made by Juan Piquer Simón, the director behind another nasty and visceral cult horror from the 1980s, Pieces (1983) (also released by Arrow Video). Slugs has a few preced...
 
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Woody Allen: Six Films - 1971-1978 Blu-ray Review
Woody Allen: Six Films - 1971-1978 Blu-ray Review
Woody Allen: Six Films - 1971-1978 Blu-ray Review

Woody Allen: Six Films – 1971-1978 Blu-ray Review

The word genius is perhaps a moniker that is too readily given to individuals with talent. But in Woody Allen’s case it perhaps can’t be helped but be said not only in a literal sense, but maybe also in a tongue-in-cheek one, i...
 

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Kickboxer: Vengeance Review
Kickboxer: Vengeance Review
Kickboxer: Vengeance Review

Kickboxer: Vengeance Review

We are at the point now where we are remaking Van Damme movies – and Kickboxer is first under that limelight.  But the surprise is that the film is getting a short cinema release, and features some fairly prolific talent. The b...
 
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Paths of Glory Blu-ray Review
Paths of Glory Blu-ray Review
Paths of Glory Blu-ray Review

Paths of Glory Blu-ray Review

Stanley Kubrick was a game changer as a director. What he did with different genres was to take cinema and the genres he played with took cinema into areas previously untrodden, whether it was science-fiction (2001: A Space Ody...
 

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Psychomania DVD Review
Psychomania DVD Review
Psychomania DVD Review

Psychomania DVD Review

Newly released on the BFI Flipside label is yet another long forgotten gem. I am not suggesting that Psychomania is a good film – indeed in places it is unclear whether it is intentionally or unintentionally funny. It is ...
 
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Dead End Drive-In Blu-ray Review
Dead End Drive-In Blu-ray Review
Dead End Drive-In Blu-ray Review

Dead End Drive-In Blu-ray Review

The latest release from Arrow Video is a classic piece of Ozploitation, as 80s a film as can be imagined; albeit a now forgotten classic B movie. Directed by classic cult director and apparently a Quentin Tarantino favourite, B...
 

Cinema Reviews
 
The Magnificent Seven Review
The Magnificent Seven Review
The Magnificent Seven Review

The Magnificent Seven Review

We have an onslaught of remakes at the moment hitting theatres. Blair Witch, Kickboxer: Vengeance and this big Hollywood polish of The Magnificent Seven featuring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke. It’s a fairly st...
 
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The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years

Eight Days A Week is, by and large, the story of how The Beatles ceased to be, and is such a must watch for any fan. Director Ron Howard has taken archive footage, some never before seen, and brought us the life on the road sto...
 

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Blair Witch Review
Blair Witch Review
Blair Witch Review

Blair Witch Review

Nobody was expecting, or even wanting, another sequel to The Blair Witch Project when Adam Wingard’s film “The Woods” was announced.  But sudden interest was perked when it was revealed that “The Woods” was actually a BWP seque...
 
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Matinee Blu-ray Review
Matinee Blu-ray Review
Matinee Blu-ray Review

Matinee Blu-ray Review

The latest release from Arrow Video, Matinee encompasses a lot of what the label is about, but is a relatively mainstream film for the label but deals with the subject of B movies. Directed by 80s/90s cult favourite Joe Dante, ...
 

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The Flight of the Phoenix Blu-ray review
The Flight of the Phoenix Blu-ray review
The Flight of the Phoenix Blu-ray review

The Flight of the Phoenix Blu-ray review

As the 1960s developed the budgets of Hollywood films became massive with each film arriving on the screen seeming to be more like a blockbuster with an all-star cast. Think of The Longest Day (1962), How the West Was Won (both...
 
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Conversation Piece Blu-ray review
Conversation Piece Blu-ray review
Conversation Piece Blu-ray review

Conversation Piece Blu-ray review

Luchino Visconti was always a very literal director. Take his little seen adaptation of Albert Camus’ existential novel, ‘The Stranger’ (released in Italy as Lo Straniero in 1967) in which Visconti was at pain...
 

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Cry of the City DVD Review
Cry of the City DVD Review
Cry of the City DVD Review

Cry of the City DVD Review

Victor Mature made two film noirs in the late 1940s. Kiss of Death made in 1947 and Cry of the City, now released by BFI and made the following year in 1948 is the other. Mature in many ways was the Sylvester Stallone of his da...
 
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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Blu-ray review
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Blu-ray review
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Blu-ray review

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Blu-ray review

At the beginning of August Republican Presidential hopeful Donald J. Trump asked a foreign policy adviser that if the US has nuclear weapons “Why can’t we use them?” Comments like this only highlight how relev...
 

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The Bloodstained Butterfly Blu-ray review
The Bloodstained Butterfly Blu-ray review
The Bloodstained Butterfly Blu-ray review

The Bloodstained Butterfly Blu-ray review

The latest Blu-ray and DVD dual format release from Arrow Video presented in gorgeous new 4K transfer is The Bloodstained Butterfly, a relatively little known giallo thriller from Italy. Directed by Duccio Tessari, a director b...
 
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The Purge: Election Year
The Purge: Election Year
The Purge: Election Year

The Purge: Election Year

The third entry into The Purge series sees the return of Frank Grillo as Leo Barnes, one of the only characters to make the transition from one film to the next. But The Purge: Election Year isn’t about him, but something...
 

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Women in Love Blu-ray Review
Women in Love Blu-ray Review
Women in Love Blu-ray Review

Women in Love Blu-ray Review

One of the extras on the new BFI release, Women in Love explains that a film set in the past (or in the future for that matter) tells us more about the time we live in than the time is supposed to be set. This is certainly true...
 
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The Complete Buster Keaton Blu-ray Review
The Complete Buster Keaton Blu-ray Review
The Complete Buster Keaton Blu-ray Review

The Complete Buster Keaton Blu-ray Review

Breaking it down I would argue that there are two giants among the myriad of silent comedians. The word genius is probably a moniker that it is used all too readily, but this title can certainly be levelled at the likes of Char...
 

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The Killing Joke Blu-ray Review
The Killing Joke Blu-ray Review
The Killing Joke Blu-ray Review

The Killing Joke Blu-ray Review

Finally Warner Animation has got round to doing The Killing Joke. Many of the well known Batman graphics novels have been covered including Year One and the Dark Knight returns. Both of which say the animation style adopt the s...
 
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Akenfield Blu-ray Review
Akenfield Blu-ray Review
Akenfield Blu-ray Review

Akenfield Blu-ray Review

Akenfield is a state of mind and a rare gem of a film. What initially starts as a seemingly dull picture with non-professional actors becomes a gently hypnotic drama. It is a bucolic pastoral based off a 1969 novel by Ronald Bl...
 

Cinema Reviews
 
Jason Bourne Review
Jason Bourne Review
Jason Bourne Review

Jason Bourne Review

It’s been close to a decade since we last saw Matt Damon in the role. He insisted (and probably quite rightly) that he wasn’t going to come back without director Paul Greengrass. And we do get both back, and both are wanting to...
 
Cinema Reviews
 
Star Trek Beyond Review
Star Trek Beyond Review
Star Trek Beyond Review

Star Trek Beyond Review

Star Trek hits its 50th anniversary this year and thankfully they have a good Star trek film with which to celebrate. JJ Abrams has left the Director’s chair, although clearly never letting go of any franchise he gets his claws...
 

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Cocoon Blu-ray review
Cocoon Blu-ray review
Cocoon Blu-ray review

Cocoon Blu-ray review

Following in the wake of the 1970s, the Star Wars phenomenon and the likes of wunderkind directors Steven Spielberg the science-fiction film genre headed in a direction targeted at family audiences that would also appeal to adu...
 
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Queen of Earth Blu-ray review
Queen of Earth Blu-ray review
Queen of Earth Blu-ray review

Queen of Earth Blu-ray review

Alex Ross Perry is a director who has been feted by Eureka! who, despite only having made a couple of low budget indie films went out on a limb with Listen Up Philip released last year and released it on their Masters of Cinema...
 

Cinema Reviews
 
Ghostbusters Review
Ghostbusters Review
Ghostbusters Review

Ghostbusters Review

We can talk about the online trolls, the backlash to the announcement two years ago, the venomous hate that seeped out of Twitter and cascaded around everything surrounding this release. We can mention how the world is unfair a...
 
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The Ox Bow Incident Blu-ray review
The Ox Bow Incident Blu-ray review
The Ox Bow Incident Blu-ray review

The Ox Bow Incident Blu-ray review

Westerns had, and for some still have a simplistic moral of good guys against bad guys and the frontier with its rules of engagement (or lack of) where the gun rules. These are still rules that hold sway in the USA today. Just ...
 

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That Cold Day in the Park Blu-ray review
That Cold Day in the Park Blu-ray review
That Cold Day in the Park Blu-ray review

That Cold Day in the Park Blu-ray review

A recent release by Eureka! in their Masters of Cinema series is a relatively little known and dare I say smaller offering from cinema maestro Robert Altman. That Cold Day in the Park was a film made in 1969 and its style is ve...
 
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Highlander 30th Anniversary Blu-ray

Highlander comes to Blu-ray again, this time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the films release – but also to provide us with a 4K restoration of the film. Highlander in its tenure spawned no less than 4 sequels, an animate...