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blog | 24 May 2020
In a flipside follow-up to his previous blog, Slarek takes a look at a few of the positive things he will take from the current enforced lockdown and makes note of a few things he genuinely has to be grateful for.
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Watermelon Man
Watermelon Man
blu-ray review | 19 May 2020
Movies tackling race head on walk a very fine line. If they are comedies, they walk an even finer line. Just before his extraordinary breakthrough movie Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, Melvin Van Peebles directed Watermelon Man. Camus joins the race…
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23 May
2020
Jessica Hausner’s Little Joe on Dual Format and streaming in June
Following its theatrical release by the BFI on 21 February, Jessica Hausner’s first English language feature, Little Joe, comes to UK Dual Format, BFI Player, iTunes, Amazon Prime and Curzon Home Cinema, also from the BFI in June.

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23 May
2020
Marriage Story, The Lady Eve & Taste of Cherry from Criterion in August
The August UK Blu-ray releases from the Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have been confirmed: Noah Baumbach's acclaimed Marriage Story, Preston Sturges' comedic masterpiece The Lady Eve, and Abbas Kiarostami's Palme d'Or-winning Taste of Cherry.

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22 May
2020
The Game, Toto the Hero & Bicycle Thieves from Arrow Academy in Summer
The July/August releases on the Arrow Academy have been announced: David Fincher's edge-of-your-seat thriller The Game, Jaco Van Dormael's debut feature Toto the Hero and Vittorio De Sica's seminal work of Italian neorealism, Bicycle Thieves.

17 May
2020
John Ford at Columbia 1935-1958
Slarek has finally completed his inexcusably late but detailed review of John Ford at Columbia 1935-1958, a special features-packed box set from Indicator that handsomely showcases four lesser discussed films by one of America's most respected and influential filmmakers.

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15 May
2020
Ozu's masterpiece Tokyo Story on BFI Blu-ray in June
One of the genuinely great works of world cinema and possibly the finest work from one of the true masters, Ozu Yasujirō’s beautifully nuanced exploration of filial duty, expectation and regret comes to UK Blu-ray with a new restoration from the BFI in June.

14 May
2020
The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse
The belated third film in Fritz Lang's Mabuse trilogy may not reach the heights of its celebrated predecessors but it still has plenty to recommend it. Slarek revisits the film looking better than ever on this new Masters of Cinema Blu-ray from Eureka.

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10 May
2020
Lockdown slowdown
In a much-delayed blog, Slarek reflects on some unexpected effects of the current lockdown, its impact in his health, how that has led to a delay in the posting of reviews, and why digging out his tools and some wood to build a plinth has really helped. Oh, and why you should never trust this government on anything...

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8 May
2020
Flash Gordon on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital & UHD Collector's Edition in August
Mike Hodges ' 1980 cult big screen adaptation of a favourite space opera comic strip, is coming to Blu-ray, DVD, Digital, Steelbook and a whopping 5-disc UHD Collector's Edition from a newly restored transfer in August from Studiocanal.

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7 May
2020
Bela Lugosi Poe trio and horror-comedy Mr. Vampire on Blu-ray in July
Eureka has announced two very tasty looking Blu-ray titles for July, Ricky Lau's influence horror-comedy Mr. Vampire and a 3-film box set of Edgar Allen Poe films starring Bela Lugosi consisting of Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Black Cat and The Raven.

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7 May
2020
Amicus horror, wartime action and social satire from Indicator in June
Indicator has announced its June Blu-ray titles: the final horror film Amicus The Beast Must Die; a 2-disc Special Edition of wartime action adventure sequel Force 10 From Navarone; and the final film in Lindsay Anderson's Mick Travis Trilogy, Britannia Hospital.

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6 May
2020
Ozu's The Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice on Dual Format & Digital in May
One of hugely influential Japanese master Ozu Yasujirō's most beautiful domestic sagas, The Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice comes to UK Blu-ray and DVD in a Dual Format Edition, and on iTunes and Amazon Prime this month from the BFI.

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6 May
2020
50s British comedy Laughter in Paradise on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital in June
A killer cast that includes Alistair Sim, George Cole, Fay Compton, Guy Middleton and Hugh Griffith is just one of the delights of the 1951 British black comedy Laughter in Paradise, which comes to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital in June from StudioCanal.

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5 May
2020
Funeral Parade of Roses on 2-disc Blu-ray and Digital in May
Matsumoto Toshio's kaleidoscopic classic of 60s queer cinema makes its UK Blu-ray debut in a 2-disc edition from the BFI this month, with the simultaneous release iTunes and Amazon Prime and a BFI Player release in the summer.

29 Apr
2020
The Strange One
Ben Gazzara is terrific as a manipulative and empathy-free military academy cadet in the sharply written and superbly acted 1957 The Strange One, the first of only two dramatic features made by Actors Studio director Jack Garfein. Slarek stands to attention for Indicator's typically strong Blu-ray.

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26 Apr
2020
Kwaidan
Perhaps the most visually striking cinematic ghost story collection is also one of the genre's very best, and Kobayashi Masaki's mesmeringly supernatural masterpiece Kwaidan looks better than ever on this new Masters of Cinema Blu-ray. Slarek revisits Japanese curios, with sundry cobwebs.

21 Apr
2020
Curling
There's a lot going on beneath the surface of Canadian writer-director Denis Côté's 2010 Curling, a deceptively low-key study of an over-protective father and his lonely daughter, newly released on Blu-ray by Second Run. Slarek pulls on a coat and scarf and takes an intriguing trip to wintry Quebec.

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16 Apr
2020
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man got caught in its mid-theatrical run by the closures of cinemas worldwide. Studios had no choice but to offer selected titles on streaming services. So, are high charges for rental with conditions justified? Camus samples the criminally unseen.

15 Apr
2020
Hammer Volume Five: Death & Deceit
Just when we thought Indicator had finished with its Hammer box sets, it delivers a fifth containing four rarely-seen non-horror works. Slarek finds good and not-so-good in the films themselves, but has had an absolute ball with the wealth of special features..

9 Apr
2020
Singin' in the Rain
Hollywood perfection is very rare. And who’s to judge? There are moments in great cinema that astound but rarely are there films that could boast consistent gems in almost every scene. Camus argues that Singin’ in the Rain comes damn close to flawless…

7 Apr
2020
Rio Grande
John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara are terrific in the final film in John Ford's rightly celebrated Cavalry Trilogy, which has just been released on Blu-ray by Eureka as part of the Masters of Cinema series. Not everything works perfectly in it for Slarek, but it's still an absolute must for genre fans.

1 Apr
2020
The Mad Magician
Vincent Price plays a humiliated wannabe magician who snaps and turns his elaborate tricks on his tormentors in the 1954 The Mad Magician. Slarek finds much to enjoy in the film and even gets to view it in 3D on Indicator's excellent new Blu-ray.

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23 Mar
2020
Here's to you, Mr. Robinson
So what now, imprisoned as we are with ‘social distancing’ having denied the warmth of human interaction? Many of us have realised that this enforced lifestyle is a little too familiar. So, home entertainment! Camus has a recommendation that has kept him laughing for a good few hours…

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22 Mar
2020
Going Viral
In these unprecedented times, Slarek takes a moment to reflect on the impact the Covid-19 virus is having on society, cinema and the two isolated individuals who are currently keeping Cine Outsider ticking over.

20 Mar 2020
Syncopation
A potentially groundbreaking tale exploring the origins of jazz becomes an engaging but unsurprising story of white musicians falling in love and learning to follow their dreams in the 1942 Syncopation. Non-jazz fan Slarek finds his toes tapping nonetheless.

10 Mar 2020
Relaxer / Buzzard
American low-budget independent filmmaker Joel Potrykus specialises in witty and imaginative slacker movies, two of which have been packaged in a richly featured 2-disc Blu-ray set by new label Anti-Worlds. Slarek hangs loose with the oddly compelling double-bill of Relaxer and Buzzard.