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Catfight (2016) Blu-ray Review
Catfight (2016) Blu-ray Review
Catfight (2016) Blu-ray Review

Catfight (2016) Blu-ray Review

For the theatrical release poster for Catfight we see a blooded and bruised Anne Heche face to face with an equally battered and bruised Sandra Oh. The cover to the new Arrow release of the film illustrates a comic strip fight ...
 
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The Informer (1929) Blu-ray Review
The Informer (1929) Blu-ray Review
The Informer (1929) Blu-ray Review

The Informer (1929) Blu-ray Review

A newly restored version by BFI of a hitherto little seen film is quite a surprise. Released as a dual format disc the film is shown in both the shorter part-talkie version with the original synchronised sound and the (better) ...
 

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Drunken Master (1978) Blu-ray Review
Drunken Master (1978) Blu-ray Review
Drunken Master (1978) Blu-ray Review

Drunken Master (1978) Blu-ray Review

In the Police Academy films, the character of Larvell Jones’s (played by Michael Winslow) schtick is to mimic sounds, accents and voices. In one such scene he mocks the martial arts films with his mouth moving differently...
 
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City of the Dead (1960) Blu-ray Review
City of the Dead (1960) Blu-ray Review
City of the Dead (1960) Blu-ray Review

City of the Dead (1960) Blu-ray Review

The City of the Dead opens in Massachusetts on 3rd March 1692. A witch called Elizabeth Selwyn (Patricia Jessel) is being burnt at the stake by Protestants; she is seen hissing and cursing at her persecutors. This scene is surp...
 

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The Goddess (1934) DVD Review
The Goddess (1934) DVD Review
The Goddess (1934) DVD Review

The Goddess (1934) DVD Review

The Goddess is an at times hard to watch and sad universal tale led by an outstanding performance by a popular actress from the ‘Golden Age of Chinese Cinema’, Ruan Lingyu. It is the story of a woman living in a big...
 
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The Life of Oharu (1952) Blu-ray Review
The Life of Oharu (1952) Blu-ray Review
The Life of Oharu (1952) Blu-ray Review

The Life of Oharu (1952) Blu-ray Review

Kenji Mizoguchi’s The Life of Oharu (1952) perhaps should have been expanded to the title ‘The Tragic Life of Oharu’. Based off a novel by Ihara Saikaku, ‘The Life of an Amorous Woman’ (written in ...
 

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The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972) Blu-ray Review
The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972) Blu-ray Review
The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972) Blu-ray Review

The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972) Blu-ray Review

Classic giallo. A family curse is underscored by a painting on a wall in which a black queen holds a dagger over her sister dressed in red. This is the telling of a family curse as relayed by the wheelchair bound grandfather to...
 
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The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971) Blu-ray Review
The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971) Blu-ray Review
The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971) Blu-ray Review

The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971) Blu-ray Review

Yet another giallo thriller from Italy released on Arrow Video. This time it has been given the gothic horror treatment. Made in 1971, The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave was part of a two film box-set Arrow Video had releas...
 

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We Still Steal the Old Way (2016) DVD Review
We Still Steal the Old Way (2016) DVD Review
We Still Steal the Old Way (2016) DVD Review

We Still Steal the Old Way (2016) DVD Review

2014’s We Still Kill the Old Way was an entertaining and nasty gangster film that pitted young street gang kids against old school gangsters. The acting was ropey throughout but was exciting none the less. It was Harry Br...
 
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The German Concentration Camps Factual Survey Blu-ray Review
The German Concentration Camps Factual Survey Blu-ray Review
The German Concentration Camps Factual Survey Blu-ray Review

The German Concentration Camps Factual Survey Blu-ray Review

As the Allies advanced through Europe in the last days of the war, with the Soviet Union advancing from the East through Poland and Germany and the British, American and Commonwealth forces from the West, the Allies were uncove...
 

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Shut In (2016) DVD Review
Shut In (2016) DVD Review
Shut In (2016) DVD Review

Shut In (2016) DVD Review

Following her journey into horror films with the Ring films Naomi Watts once again returns to a similar type of personality, playing an intelligent and educated woman and mother who is trying to understand and investigate the n...
 
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Dead or Alive Blu-ray Trilogy Review
Dead or Alive Blu-ray Trilogy Review
Dead or Alive Blu-ray Trilogy Review

Dead or Alive Blu-ray Trilogy Review

Extreme. That is the best way to describe most of Takashi Miike’s films. They are raw, vulgar and even crude, yet they have a style that is unique to this director. Less than a couple of months ago Arrow Video released Mi...
 

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Ludwig (1972) Blu-ray Review
Ludwig (1972) Blu-ray Review
Ludwig (1972) Blu-ray Review

Ludwig (1972) Blu-ray Review

The running theme through all of Luchino Visconti’s later films is the decadence among opulent old money and aristocracy. In Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) (1963), a Sicilian nobleman tries to preserve his fiefdom during the...
 
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Stake Land 2 (2016) DVD Review
Stake Land 2 (2016) DVD Review
Stake Land 2 (2016) DVD Review

Stake Land 2 (2016) DVD Review

Released in the US in it’s original title The Stakelander, Stake Land II is a follow-up to the 2010 original film, Stake Land. This and the original film are a post apocalyptic dystopian horror. There have been a whole su...
 

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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) DVD Review
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) DVD Review
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) DVD Review

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974) DVD Review

Way back in 1980 BBC2 ran a season of films they titled the Great American Picture Show. These were a series of films from America all made in the early to mid 1970s and included among other great films shown were The Last Pict...
 
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House: The Complete Collection Blu-ray Box-Set
House: The Complete Collection Blu-ray Box-Set
House: The Complete Collection Blu-ray Box-Set

House: The Complete Collection Blu-ray Box-Set

The first House film was made in 1985 and made as a comedy horror. For horror fans the comedy element in horror films does not always necessarily work. Sometimes it works really well and in the early 1980s some genuinely good e...
 

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Fright Night (1985) Blu-ray Review
Fright Night (1985) Blu-ray Review
Fright Night (1985) Blu-ray Review

Fright Night (1985) Blu-ray Review

Made in 1985, Fright Night sits right in the middle of the 1980s. It is a horror film very much of its decade with lots of gore, melting bodies, prosthetics and terrorised suburban High Schoolers. Yet it also consciously wanted...
 
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Who's That Knocking at My Door? (1968) DVD Review
Who's That Knocking at My Door? (1968) DVD Review
Who's That Knocking at My Door? (1968) DVD Review

Who’s That Knocking at My Door? (1968) DVD Review

Martin Scorsese’s very first film showcases this Italian American’s precocious talent as a director. Released by BFI on dual format discs on 27th March, Who’s That Knocking at My Door does in places look like ...
 

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Pieces (1982) Blu-ray Review
Pieces (1982) Blu-ray Review
Pieces (1982) Blu-ray Review

Pieces (1982) Blu-ray Review

This schlocky horror from Spain draws in many elements from other horror films. There is a killer running around with a chainsaw (I don’t think I need to name that reference) as well as proper bogey man horrors like the H...
 
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Lone Wolf and Cub Box-Set Review on Blu-ray
Lone Wolf and Cub Box-Set Review on Blu-ray
Lone Wolf and Cub Box-Set Review on Blu-ray

Lone Wolf and Cub Box-Set Review on Blu-ray

Back in the early days of video as home entertainment back in the late 1970s and early 1980s many of the popular films that were released were those that were cult horror and martial arts films such as The Exorcist, The Texas C...
 

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Property is No Longer a Theft (1973) Blu-ray Review
Property is No Longer a Theft (1973) Blu-ray Review
Property is No Longer a Theft (1973) Blu-ray Review

Property is No Longer a Theft (1973) Blu-ray Review

As the title would suggest, Property is No Longer a Theft (1973) is a film with a Marxist Socialist agenda. The story centres on a young bank worker, a cashier who looks after the bank’s safe. He wears gloves in his job a...
 
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Multiple Maniacs (1970) Blu-ray Release
Multiple Maniacs (1970) Blu-ray Release
Multiple Maniacs (1970) Blu-ray Release

Multiple Maniacs (1970) Blu-ray Release

“Yes folks, this isn’t any cheap X-rated movie or any 5th rate porno play, this is the show you want! Lady Divine’s cavalcade of perversions, the sleaziest show on earth! Not actors, not paid impostors, but re...
 

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The Chamber DVD Review
The Chamber DVD Review
The Chamber DVD Review

The Chamber DVD Review

Studiocanal’s latest release is a small low budget claustrophobic British thriller that had originally been screened at last year’s Frightfest film festival. Despite this and the suggestion the title sounds like a t...
 
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Story of Sin (1975) DVD Review
Story of Sin (1975) DVD Review
Story of Sin (1975) DVD Review

Story of Sin (1975) DVD Review

Walerian Borowczyk’s Story of Sin is set at the turn of the 20th century. It opens with a young teenage woman in a confessional being chastised by a priest for her ‘impure thoughts and feelings’. And so it goe...
 

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Two Rode Together (1961) Blu-ray Review
Two Rode Together (1961) Blu-ray Review
Two Rode Together (1961) Blu-ray Review

Two Rode Together (1961) Blu-ray Review

At face value and at the start Two Rode Together (1961) seems to be one of John Ford’s more light hearted westerns. The first part of the film would suggest as such at any rate. But as soon as the film gets to the meat of...
 
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The Creeping Garden Blu-ray Review
The Creeping Garden Blu-ray Review
The Creeping Garden Blu-ray Review

The Creeping Garden Blu-ray Review

The Creeping Garden is a real curiosity. No, this is not a mocumentary but a project about an area of biology hitherto not often researched, plasmodial slime. The documentary draws in field biology science, histories of macro s...
 

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Metropolis (2001) Blu-ray Review
Metropolis (2001) Blu-ray Review
Metropolis (2001) Blu-ray Review

Metropolis (2001) Blu-ray Review

No, this time it’s not Fritz Lang’s 1927 ambitious and first real sci-fi classic Metropolis but the 2001 Manga version based off Osamu Tezuka’s 1949 comic book. Newly released by Eureka! in both dual Blu-ray a...
 
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Three
Three
Three

Three

Johnnie’s To’s latest action thriller is set entirely within the confines of a Hong Kong hospital. In his native Hong Kong To is a very prolific director, but his films do not get such a wide distribution in the Wes...
 

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Mildred Pierce (1945) Blu-ray Review
Mildred Pierce (1945) Blu-ray Review
Mildred Pierce (1945) Blu-ray Review

Mildred Pierce (1945) Blu-ray Review

Mommie Dearest. Joan Crawford arguably made her best film mid-career with Mildred Pierce (1945). Her career spanned some 45 years. Mildred Pierce is about a hard working single mother who struggles to bring up two daughters but...
 
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Cul-de-Sac (1966) Blu-ray Review
Cul-de-Sac (1966) Blu-ray Review
Cul-de-Sac (1966) Blu-ray Review

Cul-de-Sac (1966) Blu-ray Review

In 1965 Polish director Roman Polanski made his first film outside of Eastern Block Poland, Repulsion. The film starred French star Catherine Deneuve and is the story of a young beautiful and innocent French woman living in Che...