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Ken Loach, Ronald Neame and Gasper Noé on Indicator Blu-ray in April
news | 14 January 2021
The April Blu-ray releases from Indicator have been announced, which will consist of Ronald Neame's 1964 film of Enid Bagnold’s play The Chalk Garden, an underseen Ken Loach double of Fatherland and Carla's Song, and Gasper Noé's controversial Irreversible.
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The Don is Dead
The Don is Dead
blu-ray review | 16 January 2021
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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11 Jan
2021
Brandon Cronenberg's Possessor on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital in February
One of our favourite films from 2020, Brandon Cronenberg's dark, violent, complex, long-awaited and frankly superb follow-up to his ace debut feature, Antiviral, comes to UK Blu-ray, DVD and Digital in February from Signature Entertainment.

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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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10 Jan
2021
Ujicha's Violence Voyager & The Burning Buddha Man on Blu-ray in January
Two pieces of Gekimation from the weird and wonderful mind of Japanese director Ujicha, the 2018 Violence Voyager and the 2013 The Burning Buddha Man, some to UK Blu-ray in January from Third Window Films.

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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.

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22 Dec
2020
Richard Fleischer's The Don is Dead on Eureka Blu-ray in January
Anthony Quinn leads a powerhouse cast that includes Robert Forster, Frederic Forrest, Al Lettieri, Joe Santos, Victor Argo and Sid Haig in Richard Fleischer's pulp 70s crime drama, which comes to UK Blu-ray on the Eureka Classics label in January.

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22 Dec
2020
Kagemusha, Lost in America & Defending Your Life from Criterion in March
The March 2021 UK Blu-ray releases from The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have been confirmed as Kurosawa Akira's epic Kagemusha and an Albert Brooks double of Lost in America and Defending Your Life.

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20 Dec
2020
Tony Richardson's final feature Blue Sky on BFI Blu-ray in January
Tommy Lee Jones and an Oscar-winning Jessica Lange star in Blue Sky, a thrilling whistle-blower drama that proved to be director Tony Richardson's final film, and it's coming to UK Blu-ray for the first time in January from the BFI.

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.

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18 Dec
2020
Bloodhounds, werewolves, noir and invisible men from Arrow in March
The March Blu-ray releases from Arrow have been confirmed as a double-bill of Brute Force and The Naked City, Japanese duo The Invisible Man Appears and The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly, Patrick Picard's The Bloodhound and a Limited Edition Steelbook of An American Werewolf in London.

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16 Dec
2020
Marlene Dietrich at Universal 1940-1942 on BFI Blu-ray in January
Four classics from the Golden Age of Hollywood starring the timeless Marlene Dietrich and produced at Universal are coming to Blu-ray in a new 4-disc box set from the BFI in January following a season of Dietrich's films at the BFI Southbank in December.

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.

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9 Dec
2020
Jennifer Kent's The Nightingale on Limited Edition Blu-ray in February
The brilliant and brutal second feature from The Babadook's Jennifer Kent, and one of our favourite cinema releases of the last couple of years, finally gets the Blu-ray release we were waiting for in a feature-packed Limited Edition from Second Sight Films.

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9 Dec
2020
Social horror Relic on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD in January
One of our favourite films from this year's London Film Festival, Natalie Erika James' gripping and ultimately moving blend of horror movie and social drama comes to UK Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from Signature Entertainment in January.

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.

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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…

23 Nov
2020
The Fu Manchu Cycle 1965-1969
In a late and weighty review that has taken some time to complete, Slarek dives into the world of Chinese supervillain Fu Manchu and the five films bearing his name starring Christopher Lee, which have been brought together by Indicator in an extraordinary, feature-crammed Blu-ray box set.

22 Nov
2020
The Painted Bird
Jerry Whyte welcomes Eureka’s impatiently awaited Blu-ray release of one of the bravest, most disturbing films of recent years: Václav Marhoul's The Painted Bird. This limpid monochrome depiction of the depredations of war digs deep in the cesspit of human cruelty to retrieve hope from horror.

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17 Nov
2020
Lockdown lovely box set blues
It's happening again with no new reviews posted for two weeks, but it's not for the want of trying this time. In a postponed blog, Slarek muses on why richly featured, multi-film box sets are great for film fans but huge time hoggers for disc reviewers.

3 Nov
2020
Eve
Tyvian is an author whose first book has brought him fame and fortune and whose life is turned upside-down by his obsession with a manipulative temptress in Joseph Losey's riveting and multi-layered 1962 drama Eve. Slarek is knocked out by the film and Indicator's terrific Blu-ray release.

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1 Nov
2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7
It may not be too hyperbolic to state that November 3rd may be a decisive turning point in millions of people’s lives. Writer/Director Aaron Sorkin’s new film reminds us that so-called freedom has a high price. Camus lawyers up for The Trial of the Chicago 7

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25 Oct
2020
Rose: A Love Story
Text and subtext are in sublime balance in Jennifer Sheridan's assured and compelling Rose: A Love Story, in which a couple have chosen to live in isolation to protect a secret whose exposure could destroy their relationship. Slarek is captivated by another fine social horror-themed debut features at this year's BFI London Film Festival.

23 Oct
2020
976-EVIL
With the only safe way to mark Halloween being to stay indoors and watch a few good horror movies, genre devotee Gort returns to revisit a quirky low-budget treat from the late 1980s in the shape of Robert Englund's directorial debut, 976-EVIL, newly released on a very fine Eureka Blu-ray.

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21 Oct
2020
Another Round [Druk]
Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round takes life in the round, steering a middle course between mischievous exuberance and contemplative sobriety. Jerry Whyte appreciates the balance struck and delights in one of the wonders of the London Film Festival.

18 Oct
2020
I, Monster
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde get a name change and a dollop of Freud in this otherwise largely faithful 1971 adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novella from writer Milton Subotsky and director Stephen Weeks. Slarek takes time out from the London Film Festival to appreciate Indicator's excellent Blu-ray.