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The Ape Woman
Marco Ferreri's 1964 The Ape Woman 4K restoration on Blu-ray in October
news | 16 September 2021
Deemed too challenging for the 1964 Cannes Film Festival, at which it was then nominated for the Palme D'Or, Marco Ferreri's controversial 1964 The Ape Woman makes its world Blu-ray debut in a 4K restoration of the original director's cut from CultFilms in October.
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Duel to the Death
Duel to the Death
blu-ray review | 23 September 2021
The debut feature from A Chinese Ghost Story director Ching Siu-Tung is a blistering martial arts masterwork built around some superb acrobatic swordplay battles and an even-handed approach to its lead characters. Long-time genre fan Slarek gets excited for Eureka's new Blu-ray release of the film.
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22 Sep
2021
After Love
Aleem Khan’s debut feature film as writer and director, showcasing a fine performance by Joanna Scanlan, comes to Blu-ray from the BFI and is reviewed by Gary Couzens.

19 Sep
2021
The Fifth Horseman is Fear
A former doctor in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia is persuaded to assist an injured resistance fighter in Zbyněk Brynych's beautifully handled 1965 gem. Slarek discovers yet another reason to fall in love with Czech New Wave cinema, thanks to Second Run's recently released Blu-ray.

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14 Sep
2021
Acclaimed rape-revenge drama Violation on Blu-ray & Digital in September
Described in Sight & Sound as "a daring and referential debut that questions the nature of revenge," directors Madeleine Sims-Fewer (who also stars) and Dusty Mancinelli's acclaimed and unsettling Violation comes to UK Blu-ray and Digital this month from Acorn Media and Shudder.

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14 Sep
2021
No Man of God on DVD and Limited Edition Blu-ray in October
Elijah Wood plays FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier, who is charged by his boss with the task of interviewing notorious serial killer Ted Bundy before he is executed in Amber Sealey’s No Man of God, which comes to UK Blu-ray, DVD in October from 101 Films.

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13 Sep
2021
Surreal fantasy gem The Singing Ringing Tree on Blu-ray in October
A surreal and vividly imaginative fantasy from 1957 East Germany became the stuff of childhood nightmares for a whole generation of children. Now it been remastered in high definition for its first ever UK Blu-ray release in October from Network.

12 Sep
2021
The River
Made in 1951, Jean Renoir filmed Rumer Godden’s The River in India, producing one of the great colour films of its era. It is released by the BFI on a two-disc Blu-ray edition, reviewed by Gary Couzens.

12 Sep
2021
Mr. Klein
Alain Delon plays an opportunistic art dealer in 1942 Paris who becomes mixed up with a mysterious doppelganger of the same name in the 1976 Mr. Klein, a remarkable late career from Joseph Losey. Slarek falls in love with a work that understands the power of economy and subtlety on a new Blu-ray from StudioCanal.

10 Sep
2021
Corruption
Peter Cushing plays a surgeon who turns to murder to procure the biological materials needed to treat his fiancé's facial disfigurement in one of the wildest British horror works of the late 1960s. Gort dons a surgical gown and dives headlong into the wonderful madness of Corruption on a very special edition Indicator Blu-ray.

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10 Sep
2021
Terminator 2: Judgement Day UHD, Blu-ray & 3D in 3 Editions in December
StudioCanal has announced the December release of three 30th Anniversary Editions of Terminator 2: Judgement Day – a Steelbook Edition. a Vinyl Edition and a Limited Edition Zavvi exclusive with an Endo Skull sculpture – each containing UHD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D versions of the film.

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10 Sep
2021
The Dark Eyes of London & The Monster on Blu-ray & DVD in October
Two very different horror titles have been announced for an October release on Blu-ray and DVD by Network – the 1939 The Dark Eyes of London, starring Bela Lugosi, while Joan Collins stars in the 1975 The Monster, aka I Don't Want to Be Born.

News story
7 Sep
2021
Six-film Blu-ray collection Toshiaki Toyoda: 2005-2021 in October
Six films directed by filmmaker Toshiaki Toyoda between 2005 and 2021, none of which have have had a physical release outside of their native Japan before, have been brought together in a Limited Edition 3-disc Blu-ray box set for October release by Third Window Films.

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3 Sep
2021
Children’s Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 3
For three and a half decades, Children’s Film Foundation productions were a mainstay of Saturday morning picture shows across the UK. Nine of them are in this third box set from the BFI, reviewed by Gary Couzens.

3 Sep
2021
The People Next Door
Screenwriter J.P. Miller and director David Greene's feature film remake of their own groundbreaking TV play about addiction in middle class American families gets a fine Blu-ray release from Indicator. Slarek talks drugs, dependence and the appeal of just occasionally getting a little high.

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3 Sep
2021
Martial arts swordplay classic Duel to the Death on Blu-ray in September
Another upcoming treat for fans of Chinese martial arts cinema arrives later this month when Eureka Classics is releasing Ching Siu-tung's visually dazzling and superbly choreographed debut feature, Duel to the Death, on UK Blu-ray.

News story
3 Sep
2021
The Best of British Transport Films Volume 2 on Blu-ray in September
Later this month, the BFI is releasing a second Blu-ray compilation that brings together 20 British transport films made between 1950 and 1982, representing the cream of the esteemed BTF library.

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31 Aug
2021
Great Noises That Fill the Air
A selection of Arts Council-funded films based on music, poetry and performance, featuring Linton Kwesi Johnson, John Cooper Clarke and others, Great Noises That Fill the Air, newly released on DVD by the BFI, is reviewed by Gary Couzens.

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29 Aug
2021
News of the World
One of the UK’s most gifted mainstream filmmakers, Paul Greengrass, takes his foot off the Jason Bourne gas pedal and focusses on a story that seems more relevant to the divided world we find ourselves living in. Camus adores the heart and simplicity of News of the World

28 Aug
2021
Prophecy
Occasional reviewer Gort returns to take a second look at John Frankenheimer's 1979 eco-horror Prophecy, a film he once dismissed but that this time around found a lot more to like than he was expecting, and he's certainly happy with Eureka's recently released Blu-ray.

25 Aug
2021
The Bingo Long Travelling All-Stars & Motor Kings
Director John Badham started his Hollywood career with an enormously entertaining story of an all-black traveling baseball team in the 30s. To use the vernacular, he knocks it out of the park as Camus finally catches… up with The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings

24 Aug
2021
Black Girl + Borom Sarret
In a companion review to his coverage of the StudioCanal Blu-ray release of celebrated Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene's second feature, Mandabi, SilverBlueSnow looks back at the still available 2015 BFI release of Black Girl + Borom Sarret, which pairs Sembene's first feature with one of his earlier shorts.

22 Aug
2021
Jagged Edge
In 1985, director Richard Marquand was hot off the hardly surprising success of the third in the original Star Wars trilogy, Return of the Jedi. The murder mystery Jagged Edge was to be his last film released in his all too short lifetime. Camus tees up his typewriter…

21 Aug
2021
Mandabi
In the first of two reviews examining early features by acclaimed Senegalese filmmaker, Ousmane Sembene, SilverBlueSnow looks at his second feature, Mandabi, which was recently released on Blu-ray in the UK by StudioCanal.

15 Aug
2021
The Pawnbroker
The Pawnbroker is a major film in the career of both director Sidney Lumet and lead actor Rod Steiger, now released on Blu-ray and DVD in a Dual Format Edition by the BFI and reviewed by Gary Couzens.

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15 Aug
2021
Old
M. Night Shyamalan was straitjacketed, after his enormous success with The Sixth Sense, as the ‘twist’ guy. There’s a lot going on under the hood of most of his output and his latest movie Old showcases a number of curious ideas. Camus returns to the cinema at last…

8 Aug
2021
Invincible
Jewish blacksmith Zishe Breitbart accepts an invitation to join a variety show in Berlin tun by mesmerist and clairvoyant Erik Jan Hanussen shortly before Hitler's rise to power in Werner Herzog's undervalued 2001 return to dramatic fiction after a ten-year break. Slarek finds himself hypnotised by the film on Indicator's recently released Blu-ray.

4 Aug
2021
Ingmar Bergman: Volume One
Ingmar Bergman: Volume One is the first of four eight-film Blu-ray sets from the BFI, covering the career of one of cinema’s greatest writer-directors, and is reviewed here by Gary Couzens.