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Doberman Cop (1977) Blu-ray Review
Doberman Cop (1977) Blu-ray Review
Doberman Cop (1977) Blu-ray Review

Doberman Cop (1977) Blu-ray Review

Released for the first time ever in the West, Kinji Fukasaku’s Doberman Cop (1977), is a Yakuza film and was made at a time when the cycle of such films was waning. It, like others it follows on from the cop/crime films t...
 
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The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) DVD Review
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) DVD Review
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) DVD Review

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) DVD Review

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) starts out as the kind of visceral procedural police type drama that David Fincher would enjoy. In fact the first half of the film is mostly focused on the autopsy table. Does that sound dull? Not...
 

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Death in the Garden (1956) Blu-ray Review
Death in the Garden (1956) Blu-ray Review
Death in the Garden (1956) Blu-ray Review

Death in the Garden (1956) Blu-ray Review

Both ends of Luis Buñuel’s long career are well written about. There are his early films and collaborations with fellow Spanish Surrealist, Salvador Dalí: the short Un Chien Andalou (1929) and his first feature, L’A...
 
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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) Blu-ray Review
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) Blu-ray Review
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) Blu-ray Review

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) Blu-ray Review

It is often stated that Dario Argento is the master of the Italian thriller, or giallo. He, as is common in the history of thriller auteurs has been compared to and labelled the Italian Alfred Hitchcock. By the late 1960s and e...
 

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Diaboliques (1955) Blu-ray Review
Diaboliques (1955) Blu-ray Review
Diaboliques (1955) Blu-ray Review

Diaboliques (1955) Blu-ray Review

The shadow of Alfred Hitchcock is long, far and wide. Indeed, even this film, based off a novel by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac was one that Hitchcock was interested in and can be read as he was envious that he did not ge...
 
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Harmonium (2016) Blu-ray Review
Harmonium (2016) Blu-ray Review
Harmonium (2016) Blu-ray Review

Harmonium (2016) Blu-ray Review

Over the past couple of years there have been some very good Japanese films set in suburbs, where the banality and normality of existence is either disturbed or something disquieting takes place. I am thinking of such films as ...
 

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One-Eyed Jacks (1961) Blu-ray Review
One-Eyed Jacks (1961) Blu-ray Review
One-Eyed Jacks (1961) Blu-ray Review

One-Eyed Jacks (1961) Blu-ray Review

In the introduction to the film by Martin Scorsese he states that there is no other western like this and is unique in the western genre (although arguably Marlon Brando was an even stranger western with 1976’s The Missou...
 
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Madhouse (1981) Blu-ray Review
Madhouse (1981) Blu-ray Review
Madhouse (1981) Blu-ray Review

Madhouse (1981) Blu-ray Review

A lesser known slasher from the early 1980s, this was made in a very healthy period for horror films when there were many releases a week thanks to video. Of course that is not to say that many of them were any good, but the ge...
 

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Spotlight on a Murderer (1961) Blu-ray Review
Spotlight on a Murderer (1961) Blu-ray Review
Spotlight on a Murderer (1961) Blu-ray Review

Spotlight on a Murderer (1961) Blu-ray Review

In 1959 George Franju made his second film, the poetic terror film (not a horror film as Franju was keen to state), Eyes Without a Face (original title: Les yeux sans visage). The film was well received and demonstrated the poe...
 
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Klown (2010) DVD Review
Klown (2010) DVD Review
Klown (2010) DVD Review

Klown (2010) DVD Review

The USA is not the only country that have a market cornered in gross out comedy. The Danes can be bloody funny too. Think the Farrelly Brothers meets Stephen Merchant’s character in ‘Hello Ladies’ and Todd Sol...
 

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Evil Ed (1995) Special Ed-ition DVD Review
Evil Ed (1995) Special Ed-ition DVD Review
Evil Ed (1995) Special Ed-ition DVD Review

Evil Ed (1995) Special Ed-ition DVD Review

There have been several films made about filmmakers and their obsession with filmmaking, blurring the boundary between obsession to their craft and blurring the distinction between reality and illusory: think of Tim Robbins as ...
 
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Mulholland Drive (2001) DVD Review
Mulholland Drive (2001) DVD Review
Mulholland Drive (2001) DVD Review

Mulholland Drive (2001) DVD Review

When ‘Twin Peaks’ finished its second season in 1991 Agent Cooper said that he would return to Twin Peaks in 25 years. Well true to his word (and David Lynch and Mark Frost’s) ‘Twin Peaks’ has retu...
 

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Daughter of the Nile (1987) Blu-ray Review
Daughter of the Nile (1987) Blu-ray Review
Daughter of the Nile (1987) Blu-ray Review

Daughter of the Nile (1987) Blu-ray Review

Many writers and commentators have compared Taiwanese director Hou Hsao-Hsien’s films to French New Wave and most particularly the early films of Francois Truffaut. Indeed the restrained slow pace and studied look at the ...
 
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Phenomena (1985) Blu-ray Review
Phenomena (1985) Blu-ray Review
Phenomena (1985) Blu-ray Review

Phenomena (1985) Blu-ray Review

The mantle of leading Italian giallo director was handed down to Dario Argento from Mario Bava following Argento’s critical and cult success with Suspiria in 1976. That film was intended to have been the start of a trilog...
 

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Bonded by Blood 2 (2017) DVD Review
Bonded by Blood 2 (2017) DVD Review
Bonded by Blood 2 (2017) DVD Review

Bonded by Blood 2 (2017) DVD Review

In 1995 a Range Rover was discovered in the countryside outside of Rettendon, Essex with its occupants murdered at close range by shotguns. The names of the occupants have gone down in local mythology. Among them were Tony Tuck...
 
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Cops vs Thugs (1975) DVD Review
Cops vs Thugs (1975) DVD Review
Cops vs Thugs (1975) DVD Review

Cops vs Thugs (1975) DVD Review

Released soon by Arrow Video is the box-set Battles Without Honor and Humanity trilogy. Cops vs Thugs (1975) was made by the same director, Kinji Fukusaku and exploits similar genre themes. This is an in your face violent crime...
 

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Madame de... (1953) Blu-ray Review
Madame de... (1953) Blu-ray Review
Madame de... (1953) Blu-ray Review

Madame de… (1953) Blu-ray Review

Three years before French director Max Ophuls made his penultimate film, Madame de… he made La Ronde (1950). In that film, based off Arthur Schnitzler’s fin-de-siècle play, the plot is a Viennese set drama opening w...
 
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Wolf Guy (1975) DVD Review
Wolf Guy (1975) DVD Review
Wolf Guy (1975) DVD Review

Wolf Guy (1975) DVD Review

Part action movie, part martial-arts film, part horror film and even has elements of a B version of a James Bond film to it, Wolf Guy (1975), the latest release from Arrow Video is all of these things but more importantly is th...
 

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The Climber (1975) DVD Review
The Climber (1975) DVD Review
The Climber (1975) DVD Review

The Climber (1975) DVD Review

If after viewing the Italian film The Climber (1975) it seems all too familiar that’s because the film was the basis for Brian de Palma’s Scarface (1983). The plot is virtually the same, only the locations have now ...
 
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The Olive Tree (2016) Blu-ray Review
The Olive Tree (2016) Blu-ray Review
The Olive Tree (2016) Blu-ray Review

The Olive Tree (2016) Blu-ray Review

A recent film from Spain and released on the Eureka! label, The Olive Tree is a very sensitive and touching film. It speaks of Spain’s past and rural industry, globalisation and generational difference and similarity. The...
 

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Brain Damage (1988) Blu-ray Review
Brain Damage (1988) Blu-ray Review
Brain Damage (1988) Blu-ray Review

Brain Damage (1988) Blu-ray Review

No one should ever take Frank Henenlotter’s films seriously. They are cheaply made, grotesque, sleazy, gooey and with plenty of misfired sick humour. It is surprising to find therefore, especially for Arrow Video aficiana...
 
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My Life as a Dog (1985) DVD Review
My Life as a Dog (1985) DVD Review
My Life as a Dog (1985) DVD Review

My Life as a Dog (1985) DVD Review

Lasse Hallström began his career directing Abba videos. Abba, still hugely popular and one of Sweden’s greatest exports was a band that appealed to young and old alike. Today, many of an older generation remember Abba wit...
 

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Melody (1971) Blu-ray Review
Melody (1971) Blu-ray Review
Melody (1971) Blu-ray Review

Melody (1971) Blu-ray Review

‘Coming of age’ drama sounds something of a cliche and they aim to be relevant to an audience who can relate to the different emotions taking place or tap into our own memories of growing up. Yes, the film is of its...
 
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Born Free Blu-ry Review
Born Free Blu-ry Review
Born Free Blu-ry Review

Born Free Blu-ry Review

Opening with John Barry’s sweeping score across the Kenyan grasslands, Born Free is a classic family film, popular to families of a particular age and perhaps has less appeal now than it did when I was growing up (when it...
 

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Phantasm Box-Set Blu-ray Review
Phantasm Box-Set Blu-ray Review
Phantasm Box-Set Blu-ray Review

Phantasm Box-Set Blu-ray Review

Phantasm quickly became a popular cult classic when it was released in 1979. Arrow Video have released all 5 of the Phantasm films on a box-set which includes, as is typical with the label a whole host of extras including Makin...
 
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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...