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Aleksei German’s Hard to Be a God on Blu-ray & DVD in September
news | 27 Aug 2015
Aleksei German’s modern masterpiece Hard to Be a God, based on the novel by legendary Russian sci-fi authors Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, comes to UK Blu-ray and DVD in September from Arrow Films.
The Town That Dreaded Sundown
blu-ray review | 28 Aug 2015
Precious few based-of-fact, horror-tinged thrillers are as soberly handled and faithful to their source as Charles B. Pierce's 1976 The Town That Dreaded Sundown. Despite some misfired comedy it's compelling stuff, and looks very good indeed on Eureka's Blu-ray.
Overlooked
article | 27 Aug 2015
Reading movies is fun. It can also lurch into astounding silliness. Few modern films have been pored over as much as The Shining and with two specific reference tomes in one hand, Camus knocks on the door of Room 237 with the other.
26 Aug 2015
Belgian thriller The Treatment on Blu-ray, DVD & On-Demand in September
A Belgian twist on the Nordic Noir formula based on the Sunday Times bestselling novel by crime writer Mo Hayder, The Treatment comes to UK Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand in October from Peccadillo Pictures.
26 Aug 2015
Horror thriller The Houses of Halloween on DVD in October
What if beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of haunted house attractions there were something genuinely threatening. Found footage horror The Houses of Halloween comes to UK DVD in October from Kaleidoscope.
25 Aug 2015
British Musicals Of The 1930s: Volume 4 on DVD in September
Four rarely seen vintage musicals – Dance Band, Kathleen Mavourneen, Hold My Hand and Yes, Madam? – feature on the fourth volume of Network's ongoing 'British Musicals of the 1930s', on DVD in September.
25 Aug 2015
1929 romantic drama A Romance In Seville on DVD in September
Alexandre D’Arcy and Marguerite Allan star in a 1929 silent that was re-released the following year with a new soundtrack, and it's coming to UK DVD next month as part of Network's 'The British Film' collection.
25 Aug 2015
Cult sf movie Robinson Crusoe on Mars on dual format in November
One of most intriguing and gripping science fiction films of the 1960s, a futuristic retelling of Daniel Defoe's celebrated novel, arrives in the UK in a dual format edition in November as part of the Masters of Cinema series.
25 Aug 2015
John Ford's Irish comedy-drama The Quiet Man on Blu-ray in November
Boasting one of the longest (and most entertaining) fist fights in film history and a colourful portrait of rural Ireland, John Ford's delightful The Quiet Man makes its UK Blu-ray debut in November from Masters of Cinema.
25 Aug 2015
George Stevens' western masterpiece Shane on Blu-ray in November
In the first of a trio of exciting announcements made today by Eureka Entertainment, George Stevens' magesterial 1953 western masterpiece Shane is coming to UK Blu-ray for the first time as part of the Masters of Cinema series.
24 Aug 2015
Akira Kurosawa's Rashômon on Blu-ray and DVD in September
The film that first opened the eyes of western viewers to the wonders of Japanese cinema, Akira Kurosawa's hugely influential 1950 jidaigeki Rashomon comes to UK Blu-ray and DVD in September from the BFI.
24 Aug 2015
Space 1999 – The Complete Second Series on Blu-ray & DVD in September
Series 2 of Gerry Anderson's cult science fiction series starring Martin Landau and Barbara Bain comes to UK Blu-ray and DVD in September, including a limited edition Blu-ray set available exclusively on pre-order from Network.
20 Aug 2015
Sophie Hyde's 52 Tuesdays on DVD and On-Demand in September
Filmed one day, every week, for a year, director Sophie Hyde's film follows a girl's emotional journey when her mother announces she intends to live as a man, and it comes to UK DVD and On-Demand from Peccadillo.
19 Aug 2015
Anti-Social comes to UK DVD with a soundtrack download in September
Grime stars Devlin and Skepta make their acting debuts in Reg Traviss' crime thriller about two brothers kicking against the system in their own ways, which comes to UK DVD in September from Spirit Entertainment.
18 Aug 2015
Hong Kong action comedy Gangster Payday on DVD in September
A retired gang boss buys a tea house and finds it threatened by developers supported by a rival Triad gang in director Lee Po Cheung's acclaimed action comedy, which comes to UK DVD in September from Terracotta.
18 Aug 2015
John Mackenzie's 1979 A Sense of Freedom on DVD in Octobe
Made for British TV shortly before his most widely acclaimed feature, The Long Good Friday, John Mackenzie's blistering portrait of Scottish gangster Jimmy Boyle comes to UK DVD in October from Odyssey.
17 Aug 2015
The Choir & Beyond the Reach come to UK DVD/Blu-ray in October
Curzon Artificial Eye have announced two October home entertainment titles, François Girard's The Choir on DVD and Jean-Baptiste Léonetti's Beyond the Reach on DVD and Blu-ray.
14 Aug 2015
5 David Cronenberg films you might not have seen
With four of David Cronenberg's early films having been included in Arrow's superb Blu-ray/DVD release of Videodrome, four our first High 5 in a while we look at five of the director's least discussed films.
14 Aug 2015
80s horrors Madman & Nightmare City on dual format in August
Two 80s exploitation favourites in one week! Joe Giannone's 1982 summer camp horror Madman and Umberto Lenzi’s utterly bonkers 1980 Nightmare City come to UK dual format on 24 August from Arrow Video.
20 Aug 2015
Nightmare City
When is a zombie movie not a zombie movie? When it's Umberto Lenzi's energetic, violent and distinctly Italian tale of murderous, radiation-infected humans on the rampage. Gort runs with the contaminated and salutes Arrow's decision to include two prints on their Blu-ray release.
20 Aug 2015
Robbery
Stanley Baker stars and produces and Peter Yates directs the 1967 Robbery, a gripping, true-life inspired crime thriller that has been given a glorious makeover on an impressively featured new Blu-ray from Network. Slarek salutes the film and an excellent disc.
19 Aug
2015
Invoked
Richard Widmark is a cynical pickpocket who inadvertently stumbles into plot to smuggle secrets to the enemy in Sam Fuller's superb 1953 Cold War thriller Pickup on South Street. Slarek revisits the film and reviews the new Masters of Cinema Blu Ray.
16 Aug 2015
Pickup on South Street
Richard Widmark is a cynical pickpocket who inadvertently stumbles into plot to smuggle secrets to the enemy in Sam Fuller's superb 1953 Cold War thriller Pickup on South Street. Slarek revisits the film and reviews the new Masters of Cinema Blu Ray.
11 Aug 2015
Videodrome
Before David Cronenberg hit mainstream respectability, he made body-horror movies that genre fans were happy to call their own. The peak of this part of his career was the startling Videodrome. Camus tunes in, while Slarek trips out on Arrow's new Limited Edition Blu-ray.
6 Aug
2015
War and Peace
On the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Jerry Whyte reviews Anand Patwardhan's deeply moving, politically astute anti-war epic War and Peace, now available in the UK on DVD thanks to much-loved distributors Second Run.
4 Aug 2015
War Book
A group of government officials gather in a Whitehall conference room to explore possible government responses to potential nuclear war. Slarek reviews War Book, a gripping drama set almost exclusively in a single room, in cinemas on Friday and on BBC4 next Monday.
30 July 2015
Cemetery Without Crosses
Robert Hossein directs and stars in a rare French take on the spaghetti western and delivers a compelling and stylish and darkly downbeat example of the sub-genre. In a late review, Slarek holsters up and takes a look at the film and Arrow's worthy Blu-ray.
19 July 2015
Quatermass
The series that marked final outing for Nigel Kneale's most famous creation, the 1979 Quatermass gets a sparkling Blu-ray transfer from Network, but is it a science fiction tale or an expression of the writer's despair at the youth of his day? Slarek enters the stone circle.
19 July 2015
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
Camus and Slarek join forces to salute writer Earl Mac Rauch and director W.D. Richter's glorious cult genre-bending one-off, which gets the Blu-ray release it has for so long deserved from Arrow Video.
16 Jul 2015
The Look of Silence
Jerry Whyte weighs Joshua Oppenheimer’s elegantly restrained new film, The Look of Silence, against his more flamboyant companion piece, The Act of Killing, and wonders where the audience went.
15 July 2015
Mona Lisa
Bob Hoskins and Cathy Tyson are superb in Neil Jordan's compellingly developed story of the relationship that develops between a high class prostitute and the petty criminal who lands a job as her driver. Slarek revisits a fine British film on a typically excellent Arrow Blu-ray.
13 July 2015
Stalag 17
Billy Wilder’s Stalag 17 takes an irreverent look at what must have been a fresh horror in 1953, German concentration camps. With an Oscar winning turn, William Holden shines in a movie juggling drama and humour. Camus braves the barbed wire.
5 Jul 2015
Contamination
Borrowing from a number of American science fiction favourites, Luigi Cozzi's low budget Italian Contamination wins no points for narrative logic but is still a good deal of fun, and has been given royal treatment on Arrow's splendid dual format release. Gort faces the Cyclops.
26 Jun 2015
Milano Calibro 9
A thrilling and exhilaratingly violent 1972 noir gangland thriller from director Fernando Di Leo recently made its UK Blu-ray debut on another fine dual format release from Arrow Video. Gort salutes the best crime film he's seen in some considerable time.
26 Jun 2015
Forty Guns
Sam Fuller proves his worth once again with Forty Guns, a belter of a western from 1957 that's exciting, technically adventurous and peppered with sexual innuendo. Slarek loves the film all the more on Masters of Cinema's exemplary Blu-ray.
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