Christine Edzard's 1983 Biddy comes to UK DVD in January
news | 20 Dec 2014
A largely unseen and previously hard to track down family drama from 1983 gets a long overdue UK DVD release in January from Network as part of 'The British Film' collection.
blu-ray review | 15 Dec 2014
For the first of our late reviews of recent Masters of Cinema Blu-ray releases, Slarek marvels at the technical brilliance and sheer entertainment value of Fritz Lang's superb 1928 spy thriller, Spione.
The Haunted Palace [Six Gothic Tales]
blu-ray review | 10 Dec 2014
For our final review from Arrow's Six Gothic Tales Blu-ray box set, Slarek falls for one of the best but least discussed of Roger Corman's Poe cycle, the seriously unsettling, H.P. Lovecraft inspired The Haunted Palace.
Sofia's Last Ambulance
Ilian Metev's documentary portrait of the crew of one of the few ambulances operating in the Bulgarian capital is a compellingly intimate work, one that bonds us to the trio of likeable protagonists and slyly paints a troubling picture of the country's crumbling helath service. Now available on a typically fine Second Run DVD.
The Babadook
A single mother inadvertently releases dark forces when she reads from a sinister pop-up book to her difficult young son, who was born on the night her husband was killed. The debut feature of former actress turned director Jennifer Kent marshals familiar elements into a genuinely unsettling horror film with solid subtextual undercurrents.
The Haunted Palace
In some ways the odd one out of Corman's Poe cycle in that the story is more H.P. Lovecraft than Edgar Allan Poe, and the tone is that of mid-season Hammer (you can't help thinking John Gilling must have loved this). Dark, creepy and rewarding.

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.

Alexander Korda's The Thief of Bagdad on Blu-ray in January
news | 18 Dec 2014
Just a couple of months after the Masters of Cinema release of the Douglas Fairbanks silent version, Network have announced the UK Blu-ray of Alexander Korda's fabulous 1940 The Thief of Bagdad.
George Breakston's 1954 The Golden Ivory on DVD in January
news | 18 Dec 2014
Also known as Outlaw Safari and The White Huntress, director George Breakston's 1954 safari adventure comes to UK DVD in January from Network as part of 'The British Film' collection.
The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands on Blu-ray and DVD in January
news | 18 Dec 2014
One of the finest films of the British silent era, a dramatic reconstruction of two decisive naval battles from the Great War, comes to UK DVD and Blu-ray n January from the BFI.
Nicolas Roeg's Bad Timing on Blu-ray in January
news | 17 Dec 2014
One of maverick director Nic Roeg's most divisive films, starring Art Garfunkle and Theresa Russell, comes to UK Blu-ray in January as part of Network's 'The British Film' collection.
Controversial 60s drama Baby Love on DVD in January
news | 17 Dec 2014
A rarely seen and once controversial drama that launched the careers of actress Linda Hayden and director Alastair Reid comes to UK DVD in January from Network as part of 'The British Film' collection.
Neo-noir favourite The Last Seduction on Blu-ray in January
news | 16 Dec 2014
John Dahl's superb neo-noir crime thriller from 1994, featuring a dynamite performance from Linda Fiorentino, comes to UK Blu-ray in January from Network Distributing.
Polish spy thriller Jack Strong on DVD in February
news | 16 Dec 2014
Polish cinema takes on Hollywood at its own game in the shape of Wladyslaw Pasikowski's acclaimed spy thriller, coming to UK DVD in February from Metrodome Distribution.
70s psychological horror The Other on dual format in February
news | 16 Dec 2014
Robert Mulligan's seriously creepy 1972 film adaptation of actor turned author Tom Tyron's psychological horror novel comes to UK dual format in February from Eureka! Entertainment.
Into the Blue & Intimate Relations on DVD in January
news | 12 Dec 2014
Network Distributing's ongoing 'The British Film' collection continues in January with a 1950 comedy starring Michael Wilding and a 1937 romantic comedy starring Garry Marsh.
In Order of Disappearance on DVD in February
news | 11 Dec 2014
The Coen brothers meet Tarantino in the snowy wastes of Norway in Hans Petter Moland's blackly comic revenge thriller, coming to UK DVD in February from Metrodome.
Eiji Uchida's Greatful Dead on Blu-ray and DVD in January
news | 11 Dec 2014
Writer-director Eiji Uchida's Japanese stalker curio Greatful Dead (and yes, that is the correct spelling) comes to UK Blu-ray and DVD in the new year from Third Window Films.
Early Hitchcock trio on Blu-ray in January
news | 10 Dec 2014
Three of Hitchcock's early greats – The Man Who Knew Too Much, Young and Innocent and The Lady Vanishes come to UK Blu-ray from Network as part of 'The British Film'.
Shoah (and 4 Films After Shoah) on Blu-ray in January
news | 10 Dec 2014
Claude Lanzmann's brilliant, definitive 9-hour-plus Holocaust documentary has been teamed with 4 of his subsequent films on the subject for a UK January Blu-ray release from Masters of Cinema.

The Fall of the House of Usher [Six Gothic Tales]
blu-ray review | 9 Dec 2014
Next up from Roger Corman’s Six Gothic Tales box set is The Fall of the House of Usher, a creepy tale of family madness and hereditary super sensitivity once again starring the inimitable Vincent Price. Camus is spooked.
The Tomb of Ligeia [Six Gothic Tales]
blu-ray review | 7 Dec 2014
In the fourth of our reviews from Arrow's superb Six Gothic Tales Blu-ray box set, Gort recalls what makes The Tomb of Ligeia such a strong film for the Corman Poe series to end on, and salutes another fine set of extra features.
The Raven [Six Gothic Tales]
blu-ray review | 5 Dec 2014
Producer/director Roger Corman continues his trail through the works of Edgar Allan Poe and gathers together a remarkable gathering of eclectic and iconic talents for his less than respectful movie of Poe’s most famous poem, The Raven.
Tales of Terror [Six Gothic Tales]
blu-ray review | 3 Dec 2014
The second of our reviews from Arrow's Six Gothic Tales Blu-ray box set celebrates the sometimes underrated Poe anthology, Tales of Terror, in which two handsomely mounted horror stories bookend a genuine comic gem.
Pit and the Pendulum [Six Gothic Tales]
blu-ray review | 2 Dec 2014
The first of our reviews from Arrow's Six Gothic Tales Blu-ray box set is actually a repost of the stand-alone release of the film, but the presentation and extra features are the same and they are on the version in the set.
Six Gothic Tales
blu-ray overview | 2 Dec 2014
Slarek provides an overview of a limited edition Blu-ray box set from Arrow containing six of Roger Corman's Poe adaptations, all restored in HD and plastered with extras. Individual disc reviews will follow soon.
The Thief of Bagdad
blu-ray review | 27 Nov 2014
Douglas Fairbanks stars, produces and delights in the gloriously entertaining 1924 silent version of The Thief of Bagdad, released of UK dual format this week by Masters of Cinema. Slarek jumps on his magic carpet enjoys the ride.
Diary of a Lost Girl
blu-ray review | 24 Nov 2014
Slarek revisits a downbeat, adult themed and gorgeously realised work of German silent cinema from the dynamite team of director G.W. Pabst and actress Louise Brooks, looking better than ever on Masters of Cinema's new Blu-ray.
Tony Benn: Will and Testament
dvd review | 23 Nov 2014
Slarek salutes Skip Kite's documentary portrait of one of the most committed and respected figures of 20th century British politics, a film that became a worthy cinematic epitaph, recently released on UK DVD by Praslin Pictures.
The Day the Earth Caught Fire
Blu-ray review | 16 Nov 2014
A favourite from childhood and beyond, The Day The Earth Caught Fire is that all too rare a beast, a first class, realistic, British science fiction film and one of great resonance. As the Earth heats up, Camus sweats it out…
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre – 40th Anniversary Restoration
Blu-ray review | 16 Nov 2014
Slarek and Camus re-examine what makes Tobe Hopper's seminal independent horror movie 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre a horror masterpiece, and celebrate Second Sight's definitive 40th Anniversary Blu-ray.
Youth of the Beast
blu-ray review | 7 Nov 2014
Shishido Jô is a lone wolf on a mission in Seijun Suzuki's 1963 breakthrough gangster thriller, Youth of the Beast, recently released on UK Blu-ray by Eureka! as part of the Masters of Cinema series. Gort gets a tattoo and hangs with the yakuza.

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Darlings, All – A Tribute to Richard Attenborough
article | 25 Aug 2014
There are very few consummate filmmakers out there with a CV to rival the late Richard Attenborough. From teen actor to national treasure, he always stood up for the little guy. Camus and Slarek acknowledge his passing.
Waving and Drowning
article | 25 July 2014
Who decides what's cool, what’s 'in', what’s fundamentally good? There used to be a select stratum of people who greenlit a film's production or a book's publishing. Camus asks "Do we still need so-called 'tastemakers'?"
The profundity of the primal: a tribute to H.R. Giger
article | 13 May 2014
On the day that the sad news of Swiss surrealist artist H.R. Giger's death was announced, Camus and Slarek pay brief but heartfelt tribute to his unique talent.
"'Ere, 'old up, where's Victoria?": A tribute to Bob Hoskins
article | 2 May 2014
From On The Move’s adult literacy TV shows in the 70s via a huge diversity of roles to the twinkle-in-his-eye, shop steward of Made In Dagenham, we’ve always had a soft spot for the sadly late Bob Hoskins.
Interview with Darren Stein & Michael J. Willett
interview | 22 March 2014
Timothy E. RAW speaks to director Darren Stein and star Michael J. Willett about G.B.F., a watershed moment in the history of the teen film, and puts them both to the test, presenting them with several pairs of world-renowned divas and asking, "Who's Gayer?"
Interview with DVD/Blu-ray producer Daniel Bird
interview | 21 February 2014
Slarek talks to disc producer Daniel Bird about Polish director Walerian Borowczyk, the logistics of restoring his films, and the upcoming Borowczyk DVD & Blu-ray set from Arrow Films.
Interview with writer-director Don Coscarelli
interview | 5 February 2014
With the release date of Eureka's UK Blu-ray and DVD of John Dies at the End fast approaching, we talk to its director and Phantasm creator Don Coscarelli.
Slarek: Review of the Year
article | 16 January 2014
It's late, it's long, and it kicks of with the usual extended political moan, but Slarek has finally turned in his very personal pick of the audio-visual pleasures of 2013.
Touched by Light
article | 15 December 2013
Has life-changing cinema been irrevocably diluted by the ubiquity and immediacy of media? Content, and indeed the means by which it’s consumed, are everywhere. Camus asks "Can a movie still profoundly affect you?"
Interviews with Francesca Gregorini, Kaya Scodelario and Aneurin Barnard
interview | 26 November 2013
Available on the US iTunes store from today, this surrealistic psychological drama was one of the best of the Sundance UK 2013 line-up and it’s there that Timothy E. RAW talked to writer-director Francesca Gregorini and stars Kaya Scodelario and Aneurin Barnard.
Interview with Nicole Holofcener
interview | 17 October 2013
Timothy E. RAW meets the woman solely responsible for restoring some dignity to the modern rom-com. She tells him about the jauntily sweet Enough Said and working with the late James Gandolfini.
Interview with Matthew Fox
interview | 5 October 2013
Leading man Matthew Fox talks to Timothy E. RAW about his WWII thriller Emperor, which is on limited UK cinema release now from The Works.