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The Masque of the Red Death
The Masque of the Red Death extended cut on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital in January
news | 30 November 2020
Widely considered to be the finest and most visually ravishing of Roger Corman's Edgar Allen Poe's adaptations, The Masque of the Red Death has been restored in 4K and is to be released on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital in an extended cut in January by StudioCanal.
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Sweet Chariry
Sweet Charity
blu-ray review | 24 November 2020
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…
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27 Nov
2020
Demons, El Duce, the return of Re-Animator & more from Arrow in February
Arrow has announced its disc releases for February, which take the shape of the third film in the Re-Animator series, Beyond Re-Animator, incendiary documentary, The El Duce Tapes, a richly featured double-bill of Demons and Demons 2 on Blu-ray & UHD, and Ishii Teruo's shocking portmanteau film, Shogun's Joy of Torture.

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26 Nov
2020
A bumper collection of horror and martial arts from Eureka in the new year
Eureka has announced a slew of horror and martial arts themed Blu-ray titles for February and March: Jens Dahl's Breeder; Paul Leni's The Last Warning; VHS favourite Pulse; Steve Barnett's Mindwarp; a horror double-bill of Nightwing & Shadow of the Hawk; Russian classic Viy and martial arts trilogy The Lucky Stars Collection.

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24 Nov
2020
The Ascent, Charade & The Grand Budapest Hotel from Criterion in February
The UK Blu-ray releases from The Criterion Collection for February 2021 have been announced in the shape of Larisa Shepitko's extraordinary final film, The Ascent, Stanley Donen darkly comic 60s classic, Charade, and Wes Anderson's star-studded and delightful The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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.

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14 Nov
2020
Howl's Moving Castle 15th Anniversary Collector's Box Set in December
Following on from its Special Edition releases of Studio Ghibli favourites My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service, StudioCanal has announced a pricey but richly featured 15th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD box set of Howl's Moving Castle.

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13 Nov
2020
6-film Columbia Noir #2 Blu-ray box set from Indicator in February
Following on from the six-disc box set that we;re about to start work on another gargantuan review of, Indicator has announced the February Blu-ray release of a second collection of Noir thrillers made at Columbia that focuses on the world of undercover detectives.

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13 Nov
2020
Liliana Cavani's The Night Porter on Blu-ray & Digital in November
Liliana Cavani's controversial 1974 story of obsessive passion and tragic destiny, starring Charlotte Rampling and Dirk Bogarde, has received a 4K restoration and will be released on UK Blu-ray and digital later this month by CultFilms.

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12 Nov
2020
Denis Villeneuve's 2009 Polytechnique on Blu-ray and Digital in December
A dramatisation of the 1989 Montréal massacre, when a gunman opened fire in a Canadian engineering school, this award-winning early film from Sicario and Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve comes to UK Blu-ray and Digital in December from the BFI.

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10 Nov
2020
Hollywood classics, cult titles and more on BFI Blu-ray/DVD in the new year
We're a bit late with this one due to extenuating circumstances, but the BFI has announced its first quarter BFI/DVD releases, which include four Marlene Dietrich delights, an LGBTIQ+ landmark title, a cult indie classic, and more.

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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30 Oct
2020
Horror collection Short Sharp Shocks on BFI Flipside Blu-ray in November
The BFI has announced the November release of a collection that that revisits the heyday of the supporting programme with a compendium of eerie and eccentric British short films, presented in HD for the first time on a Limited Edition 2-disc Blu-ray.

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30 Oct
2020
Melville's Le Cercle Rouge on UHD Blu-ray, DVD & Digital in November
Jean-Pierre Melville's classic 1970 heist movie, Le Cercle Rouge, starring Alain Delon and Yves Montand is coming to UK UHD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital platforms in November in a new 4K restoration from StudioCanal.

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28 Oct
2020
La Haine restored on Digital and Limited Edition Blu-ray in November
25 years after Mathieu Kassovitz’s second feature as a director changed the cultural landscape of French cinema, the new 4K restoration of La Haine is coming to Limited Edition Blu-ray from the BFI in November, with simultaneous BFI Player, iTunes and Amazon Prime.

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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.

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16 Oct
2020
Wolfwalkers
Cartoon Saloon’s latest feature, Wolfwalkers, which recently screened at this year's BFI London Film Festival, is a bewitching, beguiling and ethereally beautiful tour de force. Jerry Whyte is astonished by its complexity and depth.

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15 Oct
2020
The Social Dilemma
Four years after the stupefying election victory of a man preposterously ill-suited for the highest calling of the US, a documentary airs on Netflix with a significantly important message for us all.  Movies don’t or rarely change people. The Social Dilemma needs to, ventures Camus.

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12 Oct
2020
BFI London Film Festival review roundup #1
In his first roundup of capsule reviews from this year's BFI London Film Festival, Slarek looks at Koreeda's A Day-Off of Kasumi Arimuya, Ekwa Msangi's Farewell Amor, Farnoosh Samadi's 180º Rule and the Ross Brothers' Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets.

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10 Oct
2020
Siberia
Likely to be one of the most divisive films in this year's London Film Festival, maverick director Abel Ferrara's hallucinatory head-scratcher stars Willem Dafoe as a recluse trying to come to terms with his past, his present and his inner self. Slarek is confused, but strangely compelled by Siberia.

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10 Oct
2020
Mangrove
Steve McQueen’s Mangrove challenges the official, expurgated version of British history by reclaiming a vital moment in the ongoing struggle against police brutality and institutional racism. Jerry Whyte is impressed with the film’s political passion and cinematic mastery.

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8 Oct
2020
You've Been Trumped / You've Been Trumped Too
In a blend of review and political analysis, Jerry Whyte considers Anthony Baxter’s You’ve Been Trumped and You’ve Been Trumped Too and wonders how the forthcoming US presidential election might shake down.