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Sion Sono's Tokyo Tribe comes to UK cinemas in May
news | 27 Feb 2015
The maverick director of Love Exposure, Cold Fish and Land of Hope returns with one of his wildest films yet, a hip-hop yakuza gangster musical. Eureka! are distributing in the UK and Eire and have released the poster image.
Night Will Fall
dvd review | 25 Feb 2015
The story of a great and important wartime documentary that took almost 70 years to complete is explored in André Singer's powerful Night Will Fall. Slarek reviews the film, salutes the BFI DVD, and explores the issue of reframing archive imagery.
Rabid
blu-ray review | 20 Feb 2015
After a gap of several years, Slarek returns to a favourite from his youth in the shape of David Cronenberg's 1977 Rabid and discovers that it looks and plays even better than he remembers, particularly on the Blu-ray in Arrow's excellent new dual format release.
Bosch
Currently only available on Amazon Prime, this mini-series based on Michael Connelly's novels is another fine example of modern American TV crime drama. Titus Welliver is spot on as dogged but trouble-magnet detective Harry Bosh, and the supporting cast is terrific. Blu-ray release, please!
Night Will Fall
André Singer's gripping, sobering documentary exploring the film record made during the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, and the fate of the film that was commissioned to be made from it. There's only one thing about it that niggles, which we'll cover in our review of the BFI DVD to be posted soon.
The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
A saddening, maddening, but ultimately inspiring story of how a young genius was crushed by his government for fighting for freedom of information access. Made with sensitivity and commitment to the case by Brian Knappenberger, director of the splendid We Are Legion, it comes to UK DVD next month from Spectrum. Full review soon.
Reviewers vs. Blu-ray encryption
news | 24 Nov 2014
In his first blog for a while (he's not particularly talkative), Slarek outlines why for the immediate future at least, our Blu-ray reviews will be bereft of screen grabs.

Top 5 Prison and Prison Themed Movies
high 5 | 20 September 2014
Inspired by Arrow’s recent Blu-ray release of Jules Dassin’s superb 1947 Brute Force, genre fans Camus and Slarek each pick five of their all time favourite prison movies and prison-themed dramas.

27 Feb 2015
Mine Own Executioner and My Brother Jonathan on DVD/Blu-ray in March
Network have announced two more titles for home entertainment release as part of 'The British Film' collection, both on DVD, from the 1940s and remastered from the original film elements, and one on Blu-ray.
24 Feb 2015
12 MGM Hollywood Classics on UK DVD in March from Simply Media
Simply Media have announced 12 DVD releases from March from MGM's Hollywood Classics collection, including films from John Cassavetes, Jonathan Demme, John Frankenheimer, George Roy Hill and Anthony Mann.
23 Feb 2015
50s drama Pacific Destiny joins 'The British Film' collection in March
Denholm Elliot, Susan Stephen and Michael Horden star in a 1950s South Sea Island drama from Village of the Damned director Wolf Rilla, on UK DVD in March from Network as part of 'The British Film' collection.
19 Feb 2015
Sam Fuller's Pickup on South Street on dual format in May
Richard Widmark plays an opportunist pickpocket in Cold War America in one of maverick director Sam Fuller's very finest films, which will have a UK dual format release in May from Masters of Cinema.
18 Feb 2015
Snow in Paradise & Still Life on DVD in April
Two recent and critically acclaimed British films from Andrew Hulme and Uberto Pasolini are coming to UK DVD only in April from Curzon Film World and Artificial Eye.
18 Feb 2015
Retitled horror American Ghost Story on DVD in March
A hybrid of gritty crime thriller and Lovecraftian horror gets a title change from Devil's Mile for its UK DVD release, which takes place in March courtesy of Metrodome Distribution.
17 Feb 2015
60s BBC TV series Sherlock Holmes on DVD in March
One of the all-time great portrayals of of Arthur Conan Doyle's master consulting detective, Douglas Wilmer stars as Sherlock Holmes in the 1965 BBC TV adaptation, making its UK DVD debut in March from the BFI.
12 Feb 2015
Arrow Video announce its May Blu-ray and DVD releases
Arrow Video have announced its May Blu-ray and DVD releases, and they're as fab as ever. British gangster classics, a John Frankenheimer great, a cult horror favourite, a yakuza thriller, and a video nasty. Great!
11 Feb 2015
The Manchurian Candidate on dual format in February
John Frankenheimer’s classic 1962 Cold War suspense thriller starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh and Angela Lansbury comes to UK dual format this month from Arrow.
11 Feb 2015
Peccadillo announce their 2nd quarter home entertainment releases
Peccadillo have announced their DVD, Blu-ray and on-demand releases for April to June 2015, which include 2 horror titles, a comedy, a Dutch mystery and more.
11 Feb 2015
Waterfront and The One That Got Away from Network in March
Network have announced two more film, both from the 1950s, as part of of 'The British Film' collection, one on DVD and Blu-ray, the other Blu-ray only, both out in March.
10 Feb 2015
WW1 true story Field Punishment No.1 on DVD in April
The story of the fate that befell New Zealand's conscientious objectors during the First World War is the subject of TV movie Field Punishment No. 1, which comes to UK DVD in April from Odyssey.
10 Feb 2015
Robin Campillo’s Eastern Boys on Blu-ray and DVD in March
A tender love story, a frightening home-invasion drama and a tense hide-and-seek thriller, Robin Campillo’s acclaimed feature Eastern Boys comes to UK DVD and Blu-ray in March from Peccadillo.
10 Feb 2015
John Schlesinger's 1965 Darling on Blu-ray, DVD and EST in March
Julie Christie, Laurence Harvey and Dirk Bogarde star in John Schlesinger's style-setting romantic drama, on Blu-ray, DVD and digital in March to mark its 50th Anniversary from StudioCanal.
16 Feb 2015

The Comedy of Terrors

Gort revisits The Comedy of Terrors, a comedy-horror favourite from his younger days. He didn't laugh quite as much as he once did, but found that there is still plenty to relish, particularly looking as good as it does on its new UK Blu-ray incarnation from Arrow Video.
14 Feb 2015
The Manchurian Candidate
Director John Frankenheimer’s CV is dotted with notable films. Standing tallest (up against The Birdman of Alcatraz and the sequel to The French Connection) is a tale of brainwashing and fear of the Red menace. Camus is transfixed.
12 Feb 2015
Throwback
Two friends in search of lost gold in the Australian outback fall out and find themselves hunted by a sasquatch-like creature known as a Yowie. Gort didn't quite connect with the film itself, but is impressed as hell with the filmmakers and the Monster Pictures DVD.
4 Feb 2015
Ganja & Hess
Planned as a blaxploitation vampire movie, Bill Gunn's first feature evolved into an fascinating arthouse exploration of addiction. Restored to its original form in 1998, it was recently released on UK dual format by Masters of Cinema. Slarek takes a hit.
29 Jan 2015
Tales of the Grim Sleeper
Documentarian Nick Broomfield's latest film explores the case of accused serial killer Lonnie Franklin and paints a sobering picture of the prejudice and abuse suffered by the women who were targeted as his victims.
28 Jan 2015
Into the Woods
Composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim's genius remains unjustly under fêted. He scores triumphantly with Into the Woods and Chicago's director Rob Marshall does Sondheim's work proud. Camus delights in the fairytale...
20 Jan 2015
Two for the Road
Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney take us on non-linear road trip through twelve years of a troubled relationship in Stanley Donen's wonderful 1967 comedy romance Two for the Road. Slarek is entranced by both the film and its Masters of Cinema Blu-ray incarnation.
20 Jan 2015
The Imitation Game
Yes, it's been out a few weeks now but if the almost full cinema in which Camus saw The Imitation Game is any indication, the Oscar buzz is giving it legs. The Alan Turing biopic features a superb performance by the actor du jour.
18 Jan 2015
Thief
Michael Mann has always been one of America’s more interesting directors. Thief, an overlooked gem, is Mann’s first feature from the early 80s, now on Blu-ray. Camus revels in a safe cracking example of a 70s-style crime drama, and Slarek reviews Arrow's new Blu-ray.
11 Jan 2015
Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead
Colonel Herzog and his brood of undead Nazis are back to wreak even more spectacular mayhem in a sequel that actually surpasses the original in every respect. Gort tools up and joins the Zombie Squad for Entertainment One's Blu-ray.
6 Jan 2015
Hours in the day: 2014 in review
A few days late and as long-winded as ever, Slarek muses on the future of this very web site and looks back at the a few of his personal favourite film, TV, DVD and Blu-ray experiences of 2014.
1 Jan 2015
Perfect! Let's do one more
We all know roughly what they do, how dependent on others their work is and any cineaste worth their salt will know the greats from the not-so-greats. But what makes a ‘great’ director? Camus ponders the ineffable.
29 Dec 2014
Les Misérables
In the second of our catch-up reviews of recent Masters of Cinema releases, Slarek joins the revolution in Raymond Bernard's superb 289 minute adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel, Les Misérables.
21 Dec 2014
Sofia's Last Ambulance
In the first of our catch-up reviews of recent Second Run DVDs, Slarek takes a ride on Sofia's Last Ambulance, Ilian Metev's captivating, intimate and revealing documentary portrait of a hard pressed Bulgarian ambulance crew.
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