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7 film Blu-ray collection World of Wong Kar Wai from Criterion in May
news | 20 February 2021
The Criterion Collection and Sony Picture Home Entertainment have announced a lavish Blu-ray box set featuring seven key early works from Hong master Won g Kar Wai, ranging from As Tears Go By to 2046 and including some of the director's finest works.
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Pulse
Pulse
blu-ray review | 24 February 2021
The only feature from writer-director Paul Golding, Pulse is an unjustly overlooked 1988 tech-horror twist on the haunted house movie, in which a home is invaded by a malevolent electrical force. Genre fan Gort is astonished he's never caught this one before, and salutes Eureka's new Blu-ray.
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18 Feb
2021
Iranian-American psychological thriller The Night on digital in April
The outstanding debut feature from Iranian American writer/director Kourosh Ahari, described by rogerebert.com as a "remarkable evocation of Kubrickian horror," psychological thriller The Night is to be released in the UK on digital platforms in April by Vertigo releasing.

17 Feb
2021
Columbia Noir #2
Indicator has followed its excellent collection of noir titles from Columbia Studios with the appropriately titled Columbia Noir #2, another terrific six-film set of lesser-seen but quality noir titles, all with commentaries and other supplemental features. A delighted Slarek steps back into the shadows.

13 Feb
2021
Breeder
Social commentary meets torture porn in screenwriter Maria Møller Christoffersen and director Jens Dahl's well made, well acted but uneven mix of up-to-date concerns and too-familiar horror tropes. Slarek gets medical with Montage Pictures' new Blu-ray.

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13 Feb
2021
Neo-noir crime thriller Romeo is Bleeding on BFI Blu-ray in March
Gary Oldman, Leno Olin, Annabella Sciorra, Juliette Lewis and Roy Scheider star in a 1993 no-noir crime thriller directed by Peter Medak from a screenplay by Hilary Henkin, which comes to UK Blu-ray in March from the BFI.

1 Feb
2021
Light Sleeper
Willem Dafoe plays a lonely courier who works for a high class drug dealer played by Susan Sarandon in Paul Schrader's arresting, richly textured and compellingly performed 1992 character study. Slarek revists a too-often overlooked film on Indicator's impressive new Blu-ray.

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10 Feb
2021
Sergio Martino's 1975 crime drama Silent Action on Blu-ray in March
Silent Action, an explosive and provocative Italian crime drama from Torso and All the Colours of the Dark director Sergio Martino, is coming to UK Blu-ray in a feature-packed Limited Edition in March from Fractured Visions.

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9 Feb
2021
Dawn of the Dead Blu-ray and 4K UHD Standard Editions in March
Following the huge success of its lavish Limited Edition box sets released in Autumn 2020, Second Sight have announced the March release of Standard Editions of its acclaimed 4K UHD and Blu-ray releases of George Romero's genre-defining Dawn of the Dead.

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9 Feb
2021
Bassam Tariq's Mogul Mowgli on BFI Blu-ray in February
Following its UK premiere at the London Film Festival and its cinema and BFI player release in November to widespread critical acclaim and starring Riz Ahmed in one of his finest roles, Mogul Mowgli comes to UK Blu-ray later this month from the BFI.

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3 Feb
2021
Columbia Noir #3 and Someone to Watch Over Me from Indicator in May
Indicator has announced its May Blu-ray releases, the cream of which is the third in its ongoing Noir collections, the six-film Columbia Noir #3, which is joined by Ridley Scott's erotic thriller Someone to Watch Over Me and a standard edition of John Huston's Fat City.

31 Jan
2021
Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea
A bonkers Czech comedy about Nazis time traveling to deliver an H-bomb to Hitler and the man pretending to be his own twin in order to inadvertently save the world comes to Blu-ray via Second Run. Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea is reviewed by clydefro.

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30 Jan
2021
The BFI announces its second quarter 2021 Blu-ray and DVD releases
The BFI has announced its April-June Blu-ray and DVD release, which include a welcome second volume of Play for Today titles, notable past works from Spike Lee, Chris Petit and Mira Nair, another cult title on the Flipside label, and more.

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29 Jan
2021
Cult favourites, exploitation classics & more from Arrow in April
The April releases from Arrow Video have been announced, which include Blu-ray special editions of Death Has Blue Eyes, Clapboard Jungle and Switchblade Sisters, a Blu-ray Steelbook of Elvira: Mistress of the Dark and 4K UHD special editions of Battle Royale and Donnie Darko.

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28 Jan
2021
Karloff, Lugosi, Ford and Russian Raid on Eureka Blu-ray in March/April
Eureka has announced its April Blu–ray releases, which include a six-film collection of Boris Karloff films, a welcome re-release of the excellent Bela Lugosi/Edgar Allen Poe three-film set, and a double-bill of lesser seen John Ford westerns, plus a late March release of a recent Russian action movie.

25 Jan
2021
Link
Camus was at director Richard Franklin’s side all through pre-production, production and some post-production of his anthropological thriller Link, shot in the UK in 1985. After an attempt at a dispassionate Blu-ray film review, a few behind the scenes stories…

24 Jan
2021
The Valdez Horses
Charles Bronson gives one of his finest performances as a mixed-race horse trader who forms a bond of friendship with a young boy who turns up at his door looking for work in a captivatingly understated and gently paced 70s western. Slarek is completely caught out by the poetry of a film he might not have seen were it not for Indicator's fine new Blu-ray.

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21 Jan
2021
The Valachi Papers
Charles Bronson plays real-life mafia foot soldier and whistleblower Joe Valachi in this engaging chronicle of his life of crime. Slarek is surprised just how faithful the film is to actual events, and learns a lot about Valachi, his criminal career and the making of the film from the excellent special features on Indicator's new Blu-ray.

16 Jan
2021
The Don is Dead
One of the first of the mob-themed crime films to appear in the wake the wake of the success of The Godfather, The Don is Dead is a neat little gangster movie whose qualities easily eclipse its small flaws. Slarek mobs up for a film whose director and cast are worth the price of admission alone and which looks great on Eureka's new Blu-ray.

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10 Jan
2021
Saint Maud
In cinemas last October, the assured little gem, Saint Maud suffered, like every one else, from the Covid effect. It becomes available on digital, DVD and Blu-ray on the 1st February… Camus has seen a review screener and urges you to seek it out.

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5 Jan
2021
The end of the f***ing world: 2020 films, discs and life in review
In our first posting of the first lockdown of 2021, Slarek picks some of his favourite films and Blu-ray releases from 2020, reflects on how the pandemic has impacted him and goes off on one about governmental corruption and incompetence.

29 Dec
2020
A Soldier's Story
Howard E. Rollins Jr. plays a Captain investigating the murder of the sergeant of an all-black company in WW2 in Norman Jewison's compelling film adaptation of Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Slarek revisits an important film on Indicator's typically impressive new Blu-ray.

19 Dec
2020
Devil in a Blue Dress
Denzel Washington stars as an out-of-work WW2 veteran who is drawn into a dangerous world of crime and subtefuge in Carl Franklin's stylish and hugely enjoyable neo-noir. Slarek revisits one of his favourites from the 1990s, which looks and sounds superb on Indicator's new Blu-ray.

14 Dec
2020
Road Games
Before director Richard Franklin hit the Hollywood big time with Psycho II, he made a road movie inspired by Rear Window in which a truck driver on the famous east-west highway cutting across Australia’s vast Nullarbor Plain, is convinced he is following a serial killer. Camus plays Road Games

13 Dec
2020
Goodbye, Dragon Inn
The final screening at a run-down Taipei cinema is the venue for Tsai Ming-Liang's poetic, touching and intermittently humorous example of 'slow cinema'. Slarek becomes absorbed by the film's lingering focus on suggestion and small character details and salutes the quality of Second Run's recent Blu-ray release.

5 Dec
2020
Columbia Noir #1
Indicator has released its first collection of noir thrillers and dramas from Columbia's back-catalogue and it's a a beautiful thing, with six terrific films and a slew of excellent special features. Slarek emerges from the shadows a happy and satisfied man and looks enthusiastically forward to volume 2.

25 Nov
2020
Sweet Charity
Based on a successful Broadway musical, Sweet Charity tells the tale of a young lady looking for love in Manhattan in the 60s. The movie was unsuccessful. Bob Fosse’s feature debut almost sank Universal Pictures. But hey, it’s still Bob Fosse… Camus spends a little time on the Blu-ray…