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The Senator (2017) DVD Review
The Senator (2017) DVD Review
The Senator (2017) DVD Review

The Senator (2017) DVD Review

Released in the UK by Signature Entertainment as The Senator (2017), the original US title is Chappaquiddick which was probably changed as it might have confused many viewers in the UK as to what this film was about, let alone ...
 
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Arcadia (2017) DVD Review
Arcadia (2017) DVD Review
Arcadia (2017) DVD Review

Arcadia (2017) DVD Review

Released theatrically in June, Arcadia (2017) is Paul Wright’s arthouse documentary journey through the strange relationship between the British people (mostly the English here it would seem) and their communion with natu...
 

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Apprentice to Murder (1988) Blu-ray Review
Apprentice to Murder (1988) Blu-ray Review
Apprentice to Murder (1988) Blu-ray Review

Apprentice to Murder (1988) Blu-ray Review

Apprentice to Murder (1988) is a horror film… of sorts. It certainly has many of the tropes of a horror film, one of a theological bent common among possession horror movies, but remains ambiguous throughout as to whether...
 
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Amazonia: The Catherine Miles Story (1985) Blu-ray Review
Amazonia: The Catherine Miles Story (1985) Blu-ray Review
Amazonia: The Catherine Miles Story (1985) Blu-ray Review

Amazonia: The Catherine Miles Story (1985) Blu-ray Review

Of course for any fans of Italian popular cinema, exploitation or so-called video nasties, it will come as no surprise that the cannibal exploitation films bought a whole series of horrors films that begun with The Man From Dee...
 

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Von Ryan's Express (1965) Blu-ray Review
Von Ryan's Express (1965) Blu-ray Review
Von Ryan's Express (1965) Blu-ray Review

Von Ryan’s Express (1965) Blu-ray Review

After World War II there were many prison of war films coming out of Great Britain that showed how the plucky Brit survived in PoW camps, attempted to escape and keep the stiff upper lip firmly in place. Of course these films w...
 
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Iris: The Movie (2010) Dual format Review
Iris: The Movie (2010) Dual format Review
Iris: The Movie (2010) Dual format Review

Iris: The Movie (2010) Dual format Review

‘Iris’ is a hugely successful TV series in South Korea that begun begun transmitting in 2009. If you imagine ‘CSI’ and double the success of that show, you’d have some idea of the success of that s...
 

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Tideland (2005) Blu-ray Review
Tideland (2005) Blu-ray Review
Tideland (2005) Blu-ray Review

Tideland (2005) Blu-ray Review

“Many of you will not like this film, many, thankfully, will love it” so says Terry Gilliam in his introduction to his strange Tideland (2005), the latest release on Arrow Video. He’s not wrong there. Tideland...
 
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The Vengeful Beauty (1978) Blu-ray Review
The Vengeful Beauty (1978) Blu-ray Review
The Vengeful Beauty (1978) Blu-ray Review

The Vengeful Beauty (1978) Blu-ray Review

More exciting chopsocky action from 1970s Hong Kong available for you to get your teeth in to. Once again directed by Meng Hua Ho, the man who brought you many a classic from Hong Kong popular cinema, including The Mighty Pekin...
 

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Flesh + Blood (1985) Blu-ray Review
Flesh + Blood (1985) Blu-ray Review
Flesh + Blood (1985) Blu-ray Review

Flesh + Blood (1985) Blu-ray Review

We’ve all heard of  von Sternberg and Dietrich, James Stewart and Hitchcock and Ingmar Bergman and Max von Sydow as movie actor/director collaborations. It is often forgotten what a strong collaboration there was between ...
 
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Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) Blu-ray Review
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) Blu-ray Review
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) Blu-ray Review

Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) Blu-ray Review

There have been very few actors who have demonstrated such humanity with a facial expression as Burt Lancaster. He proved this time and again throughout his career whether he played a gangster in his first feature film, The Kil...
 

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Street Mobster (1972) Blu-ray Review
Street Mobster (1972) Blu-ray Review
Street Mobster (1972) Blu-ray Review

Street Mobster (1972) Blu-ray Review

Street Mobster (1972) is a tough, violent and gritty yakuza action drama. It was directed by Kinji Fukasaku, a filmmaker who became the leading master for films of this genre and in many ways this film set the path for Fukasaku...
 
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Rollercoaster (1977) Blu-ray Review
Rollercoaster (1977) Blu-ray Review
Rollercoaster (1977) Blu-ray Review

Rollercoaster (1977) Blu-ray Review

The 1970s was a decade of many-a blockbuster disaster movie. Rollercoaster (1977) was toward the end of a run that at least saw another couple of years of disaster films, at least until the end of the decade. Rollercoaster does...
 

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The Third Murder (2017) Blu-ray Review
The Third Murder (2017) Blu-ray Review
The Third Murder (2017) Blu-ray Review

The Third Murder (2017) Blu-ray Review

The Third Murder (2017) represents a fresh departure for Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda. Already this year Arrow Academy have released a box-set of three of his films: I Wish (2011), Like Father, Like Son (2013) and After ...
 
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Fanged Up (2017) DVD Review
Fanged Up (2017) DVD Review
Fanged Up (2017) DVD Review

Fanged Up (2017) DVD Review

Blood cells, or should I say bloody cells are the order of the day in this prison based horror comedy. There have been a number of down and gory British horror comedies over the last few years, many of them drawing on tradition...
 

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It Happened Here (1964) Blu-ray Review
It Happened Here (1964) Blu-ray Review
It Happened Here (1964) Blu-ray Review

It Happened Here (1964) Blu-ray Review

There have been many films and dramas that have toyed with the WHAT IF notion of what would happen if the Nazis had successfully invaded Britain in the planned Operation Sea Lion. There are two very well known films about the N...
 
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Hansel and Gretel (2007) Blu-ray Review
Hansel and Gretel (2007) Blu-ray Review
Hansel and Gretel (2007) Blu-ray Review

Hansel and Gretel (2007) Blu-ray Review

East Asian cinema continues to prove time and again that this part of the world are leaders in ghost stories and ghost storytelling. This stems from before the rise of J-Horror in the early 2000s. Japanese films such as Kwaidan...
 

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Bad Dreams (1988) Dual format Review
Bad Dreams (1988) Dual format Review
Bad Dreams (1988) Dual format Review

Bad Dreams (1988) Dual format Review

A Nightmare on Elm Street was made in 1984 by horror maestro Wes Craven. That film was a game changer for the horror slasher, taking it in a different direction for the genre with the bogeyman now appearing in your dreams. Fred...
 
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Doom Asylum (1987) Blu-ray Review
Doom Asylum (1987) Blu-ray Review
Doom Asylum (1987) Blu-ray Review

Doom Asylum (1987) Blu-ray Review

Doom Asylum (1987) is one of a myriad horror slashers and comedies that were released direct to video and made their ways to Blockbuster Video stores in the 1980s and early 90s. That is reflected by the presentation on the disc...
 

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King of Hearts (1966) Blu-ray Review
King of Hearts (1966) Blu-ray Review
King of Hearts (1966) Blu-ray Review

King of Hearts (1966) Blu-ray Review

The 1960s was in every sense of the word a decade of international films. Hollywood, British, French and Italian stars acted in international productions whether it was Clint Eastwood in the Spaghetti Westerns, Sophia Loren in ...
 
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The Human Goddess (1972) Blu-ray Review
The Human Goddess (1972) Blu-ray Review
The Human Goddess (1972) Blu-ray Review

The Human Goddess (1972) Blu-ray Review

The Human Goddess (1972) is one of the most unusual releases by 88 Films. It has everything in it. At one moment its a ‘Bewitched’ kind of light hearted piece of fantasy kitsch, it’s a comedy, while elsewhere ...
 

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Tale of Cinema & Woman is the Future of Man: Two Films by Hong Sang-soo Blu-ray Review
Tale of Cinema & Woman is the Future of Man: Two Films by Hong Sang-soo Blu-ray Review
Tale of Cinema & Woman is the Future of Man: Two Films by Hong Sang-soo Blu-ray Review

Tale of Cinema & Woman is the Future of Man: Two Films by Hong Sang-soo Blu-ray Review

Hong Sang-soo is a South Korean director not so well known in the UK. His films are highly praised by film critics but still rarely seen in this country. Good, therefore that Arrow Academy are releasing at least two of the dire...
 
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Allure (2017) DVD Review
Allure (2017) DVD Review
Allure (2017) DVD Review

Allure (2017) DVD Review

On the surface Allure (2017) might appear the perfect film to celebrate Pride, the story of an obsessive relationship between a damaged young woman and her love for a 16-year-old girl, but Allure is a very dark and complex film...
 

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Dark Crimes (2016) DVD Review
Dark Crimes (2016) DVD Review
Dark Crimes (2016) DVD Review

Dark Crimes (2016) DVD Review

Now, a serious dark neo noir thriller set in a concrete Eastern European city is not what you’d expect a heavily bearded Jim Carrey to appear in. Carrey normally has a face that’d make you laugh, but here he doesn&#...
 
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The Endless (2017) Review
The Endless (2017) Review
The Endless (2017) Review

The Endless (2017) Review

The Endless (2017) is the 2nd feature from the young filmmaking pair of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead, following their first film, Resolution (2012) in which it shares many similarities, not least its UFO story line. There ...
 

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The Addiction (1995) Blu-ray Review
The Addiction (1995) Blu-ray Review
The Addiction (1995) Blu-ray Review

The Addiction (1995) Blu-ray Review

In the 1990s there was a resurgence of vampire movies. There was in the mainstream Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) and Interview with a Vampire (1994), Quentin Tarantino’s action vampire pic From Dusk till Dawn (1996) ...
 
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The Children's Hour (1961) Dual Format Review
The Children's Hour (1961) Dual Format Review
The Children's Hour (1961) Dual Format Review

The Children’s Hour (1961) Dual Format Review

Pride is with us again this month and is celebrated and marked by the LGBT community this time every year. For anyone who is gay, bi-sexual or believe they are not the gender they were born with, ‘coming out’ is a b...
 

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Jackals (2017) DVD Review
Jackals (2017) DVD Review
Jackals (2017) DVD Review

Jackals (2017) DVD Review

The opening titles of Jackals (2017), the latest home invasion horror thriller, tells us that it is March 1983 and is “inspired by true events”. We’re not really fooled by these being told that the tale is bas...
 
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Mind Ripper (1995) Blu-ray Review
Mind Ripper (1995) Blu-ray Review
Mind Ripper (1995) Blu-ray Review

Mind Ripper (1995) Blu-ray Review

When you attach Wes Craven’s name to a film as a part of the title (Mind Ripper, 1995 is also known as Wes Craven Presents Mind Ripper) you know there is a desperation to get bums on seats or rentals from Blockbuster. The...
 

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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 Britain at any rate. Punk meant different thing to different people: to ...
 
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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 ...