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Eight more titles announced for Network's The British Film: Phase II
news | 18 April 2019
Network Distributing has announced a further eight titles as part of its The British Film: Phase II strand, featuring a number of notable performers and spanning the years 1934-1972, all on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD.
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Ikarie XB 1
Ikarie XB 1
blu-ray review | 14 April 2019
Jindřich Polák's 1963 science fiction film was an influence on Star Trek and 2001: A Space Odyssey, and now looks as good as it did on its original release in a new 4K restoration from the Czech National Film Archive. Slarek revisits a visionary work on Second Run's recently released and impressive Blu-ray.
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18 Apr 2019
The Best of the British Transport Films restored on Blu-ray in May
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the British Transport Films this year, the BFI is releasing a 2-disc Blu-ray in May set that gathers together 21 restored films representing the cream of the celebrated BTF collection.

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16 Apr 2019
Toshaiki Toyoda's high school drama Blue Spring on dual format in May
A belter of a selection of titles has been announced for June release by Indicator, with richly featured Limited Edition Blu-rays of Black Joy, The Missionary, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne and Alan Clarke and Roy Minton's brilliant Scum.

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12 Apr 2019
Hold Back the Dawn / Crime and Punishment from Arrow Academy in July
A belter of a selection of titles has been announced for June release by Indicator, with richly featured Limited Edition Blu-rays of Black Joy, The Missionary, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne and Alan Clarke and Roy Minton's brilliant Scum.

7 Apr 2019
Psyche 59
A dark and unspecified past event is eating away at friendships and relationships in Psyche 59, a stylishly directed and compellingly acted but rarely talked about British drama from 1964. Slarek is discomforted by a film it's worth being discomforted by, especially looking so good on Indicator's recent Blu-ray.

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5 Apr 2019
The Holy Mountain, Under Fire & John Woo double from Eureka in June
A belter of a selection of titles has been announced for June release by Indicator, with richly featured Limited Edition Blu-rays of Black Joy, The Missionary, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne and Alan Clarke and Roy Minton's brilliant Scum.

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5 Apr 2019
Four iconic titles from the 70s and 80s on Indicator Blu-ray in June
A belter of a selection of titles has been announced for June release by Indicator, with richly featured Limited Edition Blu-rays of Black Joy, The Missionary, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne and Alan Clarke and Roy Minton's brilliant Scum.

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2 Apr 2019
"The tyres were exploding!" – a tribute to Shane Rimmer
Actor Shane Rimmer died on Friday, a man whose distinctive voice impacted on the childhoods of at least two of us here. Camus offers a brief but heartfelt remembrance and appreciation of a busy and talented performer.

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30 Mar 2019
A seductive range of cult genre titles on Blu-ray from Arrow in June
June looks to be a great month for fans of cult genre movies, with Arrow's Blu-ray slate set to include The Andromeda Strain, Def-Con 4, The Sender, Double Face and the three-film set, American Horror Project Vol 2.

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26 Mar 2019
Merchant Ivory's Shakespeare Wallah on Blu-ray & iTunes in April
In their second April release of acclaimed films from director James Ivory and producer Ismael Merchant, scored by Satyajit Ray and with cinematography from Ray regular Subrata Mitra, the BFI are releasing Shakespeare Wallah on Blu-ray & iTunes.

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26 Mar 2019
The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire on Blu-ray & vinyl in April
A gloriously excessive giallo that boasts a rogues gallery of perverse characters, violent, fetishized murders, and one of the genre’s most nonsensical, red-herring laden plots lands a UK Blu-ray and soundtrack LP release in April from Arrow.

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26 Mar 2019
Merchant Ivory's Heat and Dust on BFI Blu-ray and iTunes in April
Adapted for the screen by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from her own Booker Prize-winning novel, the 1983 James Ivory-Ismael Merchant production of Heat and Dust comes to UK Blu-ray with substantial extras from BFI in June.

22 Mar 2019
Irma la Douce
Everyone is locked into their own eras, even the great writer/director Billy Wilder. Can a hugely successful comedy from the early sixties still tickle ribs fifty-six years later? Camus visits the all too clean and colourful world of Parisian prostitutes…

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21 Mar 2019
Peter Sellers' Mr Topaze lands a BFI Flipside dual format release in April
The feature film directorial debut of Peter Sellers, who also stars alongside his future Pink Panther nemesis Herbert Lom, makes its UK Blu-ray and DVD debut in a well-featured dual format edition in April as part of the BFI's Flipside strand.

Film review
21 Mar 2019
Captain Marvel
A month before the (one hopes) glorious end to The Avengers movie series, one that needs to be satisfying and not a reset button, comes a film that may have a significant bearing on its narrative. Camus has seen Captain Marvel’s female empowerment before...

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20 Mar 2019
Sink the Bismarck!
The true story of how British forces took on the most powerful ship in the German navy is the subject of Lewis Gilbert's impressively low-key but still exciting WW2 drama, Sink the Bismarck!. Slarek salutes a very fine film and the superb transfer on Eureka's recently released Blu-ray.

Blog
11 Mar 2019
Family issues and Eastern promise
And once again the site has ground to a halt. In a blog that was due to be posted yesterday, Slarek outlines why family issues and an impending trip to far-away lands has led to a recent lack of reviews and stories, and looks forward to more activity in the near future.

5 Mar 2019
Dawson City: Frozen Time
Drawing on a treasure trove of partially preserved silent films unearthed in Dawson City in the Yukon, Decasia director Bill Morrison has created a mesmerising documentary study of the region, early cinema and the strange beauty of decay. Slarek has his senses electrified by the film on Second Run's superb Blu-ray.

25 Feb 2019
Take a Girl Like You
Some movies are so locked into their time, there’s no skeleton key to prise their bones out of the closet. Take A Girl Like You, based on the Kingsley Amis novel of 1960, is an intriguing slice of a society we have long since shuffled off. Camus’ eyebrows go north…

23 Feb 2019
The Last Movie
Setting a new record even for us due to unforseen circumstances, Slarek has delivered his month-late (re-) assessment of Dennis Hopper's much-maligned but fascinating second feature, which has been restored and released on a wonderfully featured Blu-ray by Indicator.

15 Feb 2019
My Name is Julia Ross
The film that put Gun Crazy director Joseph H. Lewis on the map is a tight and terrific gothic noir drama in which a young woman finds herself the victim of a forced identity change. Slarek salutes the film and is seriously impressed with the restoration and transfer on the new Arrow Academy Blu-ray.

11 Feb 2019
Climax
A company of dancers mark the completion of rehearsals for their latest routine with an evening of partying, which descends into madness when their sangria is spiked in Gasper Noé's compelling, thrilling and ultimately terrifying latest. Slarek submits to the film and salutes Arrow's excellent new Blu-ray.

8 Feb 2019
Gardens of Stone
Francis Coppola's second Vietnam War themed film is very different to his first. It's taken four viewings for Slarek to completely make up his mind about a work whose qualities outweigh its shakier elements, and it looks and sounds great on the recently released Indicator Blu-ray.