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Gray Lady Down
Gray Lady Down
blu-ray review | 26 October 2021
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.
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Hellfighters
Hellfighters
blu-ray review | 23 October 2021
The biggest movie star of his day (and many other days) with a career spanning fifty years, stars in this action thriller as an oil firefighter. John Wayne has made his fair share of classics. Camus gets close to the heat reviewing Indicator’s new Blu-ray Hellfighters
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21 Oct
2021
The Sabata Trilogy
Lee Van Cleef is skilled gunslinger Sabata, and so is Yul Brynner, and then it's Lee Van Cleef again in three immensely enjoyable Italian westerns from director Gianfranco Parolini. Slarek loses himself in The Sabata Trilogy, a fine Blu-ray box set from Eureka featuring one of the true icons of this distinctive subgenre.

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20 Oct
2021
BFI London Film Festival 2021 – Dispatch #7
Composed primarily from stunning archive images of the titanic clashes on the Eastern Front in World War Two, Sergie Loznita’s devastating documentary Babi Yar: Context honours the many thousands massacred outside Kiev in 1941. Jerry Whyte catches his breath and applauds the harrowing highlight of this year’s London Film Festival.

18 Oct
2021
One of Our Aircraft is Missing
Powell and Pressburger's first film as The Archers, One of Our Aircraft is Missing, gets a Blu-ray release from the BFI with several other wartime films as extras, and is reviewed by Gary Couzens.

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15 Oct
2021
BFI London Film Festival 2021 – Dispatch #6
Jerry Whyte ruminates over a bellicose blockbuster and couple of punchy documentaries (The Harder They Fall, The Taking, All These Sons) and listens to the ideas they exchange on a certain troubling questions about violence, cinema and society.

14 Oct
2021
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Hollywood director Don Siegel (who taught Clint Eastwood a thing or two) was more known as a filmmaker with no discernible personal voice. If he had only directed Invasion of the Body Snatchers, that would be enough for Camus to bow down. After re-checking the greenhouse, he reviews the BFI Blu-ray…

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14 Oct
2021
Indicator announces 4 new year titles and expands into Canada and the US
Indicator has announced that the label is expanding into the US and Canada market with a quartet of lesser-seen British films for January Blu-ray release on both sides of the Atlantic, including two featuring Peter Sellers – Hoffman, Girl Stroke Boy, The Blockhouse and The Brute.

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13 Oct
2021
BFI London Film Festival 2021 – Dispatch #5
In his fifth dispatch from this year's London Film Festival, Slarek spends time with Hungarian WWII drama Natural Light, low-budget British drama with a twist All is Vanity, and Spanish character comedy, The Odd-Job Men.

12 Oct
2021
Best of British Transport Films, Volume 2
All aboard for the BFI’s second volume of the Best of British Transport Films on Blu-ray, twenty films made between 1950 and 1986, reviewed by Gary Couzens.

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11 Oct
2021
BFI London Film Festival 2021 – Dispatch #4
In his fourth dispatch from this year's BFI London Film Festival, Slarek takes an expressionist trip to post-WW1 Vienna in the Austrian crime thriller Hinterland, and is bewitched by conversation and coincidence in Hamaguchi Ryûsuke's Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy.

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10 Oct
2021
BFI London Film Festival 2021 – Dispatch #3
In his third dispatch from this year's BFI London Film Festival, Slarek takes in two very different immigrant stories, the compelling documentary Flee, which tells the story of one man's long difficult journey from Afghanistan to Denmark, and the cultural roots dramedy, Queen of Glory.

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8 Oct
2021
BFI London Film Festival 2021 – Dispatch #2
In his second selection of reviews from this year's BFI London Film Festival, Slarek looks at two very different documentaries. Mothers of the Revolution looks at the history of the Greenham Common peace camp, while Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest documents a feat of potentially dangerous retro-game endurance.

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7 Oct
2021
BFI London Film Festival 2021 – Dispatch #1
In his first round-up of capsule reviews of films screening at this year's London Film Festival, Slarek looks at Turkish drama Brother's Keeper, Burmese tragicomedy Money Has Four Legs, and Mark Cousins' captivating portrait of one our most talented producers, The Storm of Jeremy Thomas.

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5 Oct
2021
Ingmar Bergman Vol. 2 on Blu-ray in October and The Seventh Seal on 4K UHD/Blu-ray in November
The BFI has confirmed the details of the second of its four volumes of films by the great Ingmar Bergman, which will be released at the end of this month, as well as those of its first ever 4K UHD release, the director's iconic masterpiece, The Seventh Seal.

1 Oct
2021
Columbia Noir Vol. 4
Six more noir and noir-tinted features from the 40s and 50s have been brought together in Columbia Noir Vol. 4, another superb, multi-featured Blu-ray box set from Indicator. Slarek dispenses with thing like free time to immerse himself in the shadowy worlds of organised crime and international espionage.

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29 Sep
2021
Short Sharp Shocks Vol. 2 on 2-disc BFI Flipside Blu-ray in October
Following on from the success of BFI Flipside’s Short Sharp Shocks Vol. 1, the chance to return to the heyday of the supporting programme with a second cornucopia of eerie, eccentric and edgy short films, which will be released by the BFI as a 2-disc Blu-ray set in October.

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23 Sep
2021
Duel to the Death
The debut feature from A Chinese Ghost Story director Ching Siu-Tung is a blistering martial arts masterwork built around some superb acrobatic swordplay battles and an even-handed approach to its lead characters. Long-time genre fan Slarek gets excited for Eureka's new Blu-ray release of the film.

22 Sep
2021
After Love
Aleem Khan’s debut feature film as writer and director, showcasing a fine performance by Joanna Scanlan, comes to Blu-ray from the BFI and is reviewed by Gary Couzens.

19 Sep
2021
The Fifth Horseman is Fear
A former doctor in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia is persuaded to assist an injured resistance fighter in Zbyněk Brynych's beautifully handled 1965 gem. Slarek discovers yet another reason to fall in love with Czech New Wave cinema, thanks to Second Run's recently released Blu-ray.

12 Sep
2021
The River
Made in 1951, Jean Renoir filmed Rumer Godden’s The River in India, producing one of the great colour films of its era. It is released by the BFI on a two-disc Blu-ray edition, reviewed by Gary Couzens.

12 Sep
2021
Mr. Klein
Alain Delon plays an opportunistic art dealer in 1942 Paris who becomes mixed up with a mysterious doppelganger of the same name in the 1976 Mr. Klein, a remarkable late career from Joseph Losey. Slarek falls in love with a work that understands the power of economy and subtlety on a new Blu-ray from StudioCanal.

10 Sep
2021
Corruption
Peter Cushing plays a surgeon who turns to murder to procure the biological materials needed to treat his fiancé's facial disfigurement in one of the wildest British horror works of the late 1960s. Gort dons a surgical gown and dives headlong into the wonderful madness of Corruption on a very special edition Indicator Blu-ray.

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3 Sep
2021
Children’s Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 3
For three and a half decades, Children’s Film Foundation productions were a mainstay of Saturday morning picture shows across the UK. Nine of them are in this third box set from the BFI, reviewed by Gary Couzens.

3 Sep
2021
The People Next Door
Screenwriter J.P. Miller and director David Greene's feature film remake of their own groundbreaking TV play about addiction in middle class American families gets a fine Blu-ray release from Indicator. Slarek talks drugs, dependence and the appeal of just occasionally getting a little high.

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31 Aug
2021
Great Noises That Fill the Air
A selection of Arts Council-funded films based on music, poetry and performance, featuring Linton Kwesi Johnson, John Cooper Clarke and others, Great Noises That Fill the Air, newly released on DVD by the BFI, is reviewed by Gary Couzens.

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29 Aug
2021
News of the World
One of the UK’s most gifted mainstream filmmakers, Paul Greengrass, takes his foot off the Jason Bourne gas pedal and focusses on a story that seems more relevant to the divided world we find ourselves living in. Camus adores the heart and simplicity of News of the World

28 Aug
2021
Prophecy
Occasional reviewer Gort returns to take a second look at John Frankenheimer's 1979 eco-horror Prophecy, a film he once dismissed but that this time around found a lot more to like than he was expecting, and he's certainly happy with Eureka's recently released Blu-ray.

25 Aug
2021
The Bingo Long Travelling All-Stars & Motor Kings
Director John Badham started his Hollywood career with an enormously entertaining story of an all-black traveling baseball team in the 30s. To use the vernacular, he knocks it out of the park as Camus finally catches… up with The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings