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Crazy Thunder Road
Ishii Sōgo's Crazy Thunder Road on Third Window Blu-ray in February
news | 12 January 2022
Hailed as Japan's Mad Max, Ishii Sogo's high-octane, loud-and-proud breakthrough hit, Crazy Thunder Road, was one of that country's great success stories, and it's coming to UK Blu-ray in February from Third Window Films.
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Girl Stroke Boy
Girl Stroke Boy
blu-ray review | 17 January 2022
When a young man brings an unexpected new partner home for dinner, the underlying prejidices of a middle-class couple are brought to the fore and challenged in this rarely seen but progressive British drama from 1971. Slarek explores the intriguing and ground-breaking Girl Stroke Boy on Indicator's new Blu-ray.
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12 Jan
2021
Hoffman
Peter Sellers and Sinéad Cusack excel in Hoffman, an intriguing, well directed and written drama from 1970 whose suspect gender politics have aged like warm milk. Slarek is made to feel uncomfortable by a film it's worth being made to feel uncomfortable by, which has been revived and restored for Indicator's new Blu-ray.

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12 Jan
2022
Jan Němec's The Party and the Guests on Second Run Blu-ray in January
Second Run is to get 2022 off to a cracking start with the Blu-ray release of Jan Němec's politically dangerous The Party and the Guests, which was 'banned forever' by the Czech authorities, and here is packaged with a strong collection of special features.

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7 Jan
2021
Sixteen going on seventeen: life, movies and politics in 2021
A few days late after taking some much needed time out from reviewing and work in general, Slarek looks back at one of the shittiest years in living memory, wishes he’d seen more movies than he did, has his usual political moan, and picks some of his favourite films and discs from his 2021.

1 Jan
2021
The Brute
Just as powerful now, 47 years after it was made, is a film that confronts you with a graphic story of domestic violence that is not only harrowing to watch but is truly shocking. Camus catches up with the once long lost but ever-relevant, The Brute.

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21 Dec
2021
Pale Flower, Modern Times & Boat People on Criterion Blu-ray in March
The March 2022 UK Blu-ray releases from the Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have been confirmed as Japanese 60s yakuza gem Pale Flower, Charlie Chaplin's silent classic Modern Times, and a key work of the Hong Kong New Wave, Boat People.

20 Dec
2021
The Blockhouse
Sometimes a film comes along that defies a multiverse of logic as to how it even came to exist. The true story on which it’s based is extraordinary, no question but as for its cinematic potential… Camus lights the last candle reviewing The Blockhouse

20 Dec
2021
Mae West in Hollywood, 1932-1943
A week late (what's new?), Slarek reviews what may be Indicator's most ambitious Blu-ray box set to date, one that brings together all ten of the films featuring overtly sensual and boundary-pushing writer and actor Mae West from her golden days as the Queen of Hollywood.

18 Dec
2021
Les enfants terribles
Les enfants terribles, written by Jean Cocteau from his novel, the second feature of Jean-Pierre Melville, is a hothouse drama of the close and eventually suffocating relationship between a brother and sister. It is released on Blu-ray by the BFI and is reviewed by Gary Couzens.

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15 Dec
2021
UHD horror classics, a definitive RoboCop and Japanese fantasy in March
Arrow has announced its March 2022 disc releases, which include 4K UHD Limited Editions of An American Werewolf in London and Robocop, a Blu-ray edition of Kaizo Hayashi's To Sleep so as to Dream, and a 4K UHD of the Kenneth Branagh film of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

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15 Dec
2021
Prano Bailey-Bond's acclaimed Censor on Limited Edition Blu-ray in January
Featuring a mesmerising performance by Niamh Algar, director Prano Bailey-Bond’s widely acclaimed debut feature, a brilliantly dark and disturbing British horror, comes to richly featured, Limited Edition Blu-ray in January from Second Sight.

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13 Dec
2021
West Side Story
Like any Shakespeare play, a classic film may warrant being reinterpreted for a different era and culture. Open mouth. Insert soap. While not equating West Side Story (based on Romeo and Juliet after all) as an evergreen text, Camus was curious what Steven Spielberg would literally make of it…

10 Dec
2021
The Great Silence
Jean-Louis Trintignant plays a mute gunfighter who avenges the moral crimes of a group of bounty hunters lead by an ice-cool Klaus Kinski in Sergio Corbucci's 1968 Italian western masterpiece. Slarek falls in love with a bleak and haunting work on Eureka's impeccable new Blu-ray.

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9 Dec
2021
Mexican horror and offbeat westerns on Indicator Blu-ray in March
The March Blu-ray releases from Indicator have been confirmed as 30s Mexican horror works La Llorona and The Phantom of the Monastery, and offbeat westerns A Time to Die and Mad Dog Morgan.

9 Dec
2021
Out of the Blue
Dennis Hopper’s return to directing after nearly a decade, Out of the Blue captured some of the mood of the punk era and showcases a great performance from Linda Manz. It gets a two-disc Blu-ray release from the BFI, reviewed by Gary Couzens.

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2 Dec
2021
Thriller Midnight and martial arts comedy Odd Couple from Eureka in March
Eureka! Entertainment as has announced two new Blu-ray titles for release in March 2022 in the shape of tense South Korean thriller Midnight and martial arts action comedy Odd Couple, Sammo Hung and Lau Kar-Wing.

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25 Nov
2021
Naked
Made in 1993, Naked established Mike Leigh as one of British cinema’s finest filmmakers of his time. Having had a 4K restoration and limited cinema reissue, it comes to Blu-ray from the BFI. Review by Gary Couzens.

23 Nov
2021
Bleak Moments
Fifty years after it was made, Mike Leigh’s debut feature film, Bleak Moments, has a restoration and Blu-ray release from the BFI, and is reviewed by Gary Couzens.

22 Nov
2021
Cinematic Vengeance: 8 Kung Fu Classics by Joseph Kuo
In an inescapably lengthy and delayed review, Slarek punches, jumps and kicks his way through what may be his favourite box set of the year, Eureka's marvellous old-school martial arts Blu-ray collection, Cinematic Vengeance: 8 Kung Fu Classics by Joseph Kuo.

21 Nov
2021
Deep Cover
Occasional reviewer SilverBlueSnow returns with a look at the Criterion Blu-ray of Bill Duke's 1992 crime thriller Deep Cover, and pays tribute to leading man Laurence Fishburne's performance, vocal delivery and stylish dress sense.

15 Nov
2021
Ingmar Bergman: Volume 2
The BFI’s second of four Ingmar Bergman Blu-ray box sets, with eight films each, reaches the 1950s, the period where he made his first masterpieces and became a major figure in world cinema. Review by Gary Couzens.

10 Nov
2021
Celia
In an unforgivably late review, Slarek is transported back to the freedoms, adventures and conflicts of childhood by director Ann Turner's remarkable 1989 debut feature, Celia, which looks terrific on a splendidly featured and recently released Second Run Blu-ray.

3 Nov
2021
The Seventh Seal
The newly upgraded Slarek makes the BFI's first UHD release his first UHD review, and is delighted by how good the iconic imagery of Ingmar Berman's masterful The Seventh Seal looks in 4K HDR. But with a review of the box set Blu-ray edition also incoming, he elects to focus on a little discussed aspect of one of his favourite films.

2 Nov
2021
MacArthur
A little late (blame a certain sandy planet) Camus reviews MacArthur released on Blu-ray last week by Indicator. In the midst of war, General Douglas MacArthur was a towering figure at the height of his popularity, something presidents don’t appreciate. Camus goes back to darker times…

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28 Oct
2021
Dune
Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction series of novels have defied truly satisfying screen adaptations for being too dense to easily adapt. That is until director Denis Villeneuve rolled up his sleeves. Camus is in no small awe at his astonishing Dune

27 Oct
2021
Short Sharp Shocks Volume 2
A year on from the BFI’s first Short Sharp Shocks collection of short films often touching on horror and the macabre, along comes Volume 2, with ten more films from the 1940s to the 1980s, reviewed by Gary Couzens.

26 Oct
2021
Gray Lady Down
Charlton Heston plays the captain of a submarine that sinks after colliding with a cargo ship in David Greene's 1978 entertaining disaster movie-tinged action-drama, newly released on Blu-ray by Indicator. Slarek dons a wetsuit and reminds himself why a career in the Navy was never on the cards.