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The Guinea Pig
The Guinea Pig on Dual Format in July, on iTunes & Amazon Prime in August
news | 5 July 2020
A young Richard Attenborough stars in this ground-breaking drama of youth and social change from the Boulting Brothers, which premieres on Blu-ray and DVD in a Dual Format edition in July from the BFI, and on iTunes and Amazon Prime in August.
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Misbehaviour
Misbehaviour
film review | 5 July 2020
If there is a target ripe with a chance to stir the emotions more readily than most, it’s our ugly history and comparing older attitudes to today’s. Right now we may be slipping back into that past. Misbehaviour reminds us what we must never forget… Camus goes back to 1970…
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3 Jul
2020
Crime Thriller The Good Die Young on Blu-ray & DVD from the BFI in July
A stellar cast that includes Laurence Harvey, Gloria Grahame, Joan Collins, Stanley Baker and Richard Basehart feature in director Lewis Gilbert's taut, tough crime thriller from 1954, which lands a UK Dual Format release in July from the BFI.

1 Juk
2020
Britannia Hospital
Director Lindsay Anderson occupies a singular niche in British Cinema and Britannia Hospital is the third in his ‘Mick Travis’ trilogy after If.... and O Lucky Man!. Camus is befuddled, amused and bemused by this really odd, little science fiction film…

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1 Jul
2020
Original TV adaptation of The Woman in Black on Blu-ray in August
Nigel Kneale’s spine-tingling original TV adaptation of Susan Hill’s gothic novel The Woman in Black, directed by I, Claudius's Herbert Wise, has been restored from the original film elements and is coming to featured Blu-ray from Network in August.

30 Jun
2020
Takeshi Kitano Collection
Three terrific early features by one of modern cinema's finest directors – Violent Cop, Boiling Point and Sonatine – have been given welcome Blu-ray upgrades and brought together into a single, rather lovely box set by the BFI. A very happy Slarek revisits three personal favourites.

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26 Jun
2020
Méliès, Fukasaku, 4K Tornatore and more from Arrow in September
The Arrow Academy and Arrow Video titles for September have been announced – George Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon & Autobiograph,Cinema Paradiso on UHD, 2-film set Graveyards of Honor, Ivansxtc and Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway.

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26 Jun
2020
Antonioni's debut Story of a Love Affair on Blu-ray and Digital in July
The monumental debut feature by Michelangelo Antonioni, inspired by James M. Cain's novel The Postman Always Rings Twice, has been treated to a meticulous 2K restoration and is coming to Blu-ray in July from CultFilms.

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24 Jun
2020
Safety Last, Show Boat and Beau Travail on Criterion Blu-ray in September
A nicely diverse trio of Blu-ray releases has been announced by Criterion and Sony for UK release in September, consisting of classic Harold Lloyd comedy Safety Last!, James Whale's enduring film adaptation of the musical Show Boat and Claire Denis' hypnotic Beau Travail.

23 Jun
2020
Force 10 From Navarone
A small team assembles to do a big job. Cinema is awash with films with such a formula. A sequel to an illustrious predecessor, Force 10 From Navarone recasts its leads and showcases the rising star of the day. Camus joins the team…

20 Jun
2020
The Beast Must Die
The werewolf movie meets Agatha Christie in Paul Annett's offbeat and entertaining 1974 blend of horror, action movie and country house mystery gets a richly featured Blu-ray release from Indicator. Slarek revisits The Beast Must Die, a curio of a film that has aged considerably better than he would have predicted.

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16 Jun
2020
Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection from Sony in August
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced a box set of past Columbia favourites – including Lawrence of Arabia, Gandhi and Dr. Strangelove – on 4K UHD and Blu-ray, each remastered and each accompanied by a strong collection of extras.

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11 Jun
2020
Eve, Sweet Charity and I, Monster on Indicator Blu-ray in August
A diverse trio of treats have been announced by Indicator for August Blu-ray release in the shape of Joseph Losey's highly personal James Hadley Chase adaptation Eve, Bob Fosse's directorial debut feature Sweet Charity and Amicus Jekyll and Hyde adaptation I, Monster.

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11 Jun
2020
The BFI announces its July to September Blu-ray & DVD release slate
The BFI's third quarter Blu-ray and DVD releases have been announced and include a Woodfall Films wonder, a Peter Sellers caper, a Frank Capra classic, a film adaptation of an award-winning play and two stand-alone titles from Koreeda Hirokazu.

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9 Jun
2020
3-film Takeshi Kitano Collection on Blu-ray in June, Digital in July
Three of comedian turned filmmaker Takeshi Kitano's first films as director-actor – Violent Cop, Boiling Point and Sonatine – are coming to UK Blu-ray in a single box set from the BFI this month, and on Digital in July.

4 Jun
2020
Distant Journey
A classic Czech film about the Holocaust, made just three years after WWII ended, that also contains some highly interesting experimental and expressionistic forays, Distant Journey finds a definitive Blu-ray edition via Second Run, reviewed here by clydefro.

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4 Jun
2020
Keaton, Wilder and a silent horror classic from Eureka in August
August sees another belting trio of Blu-ray releases coming from Eureka, in the shape of silent horror classic The Man Who Laughs, a third box set of Buster Keaton films containing Our Hospitality, Go West and College, and Billy Wilder's Five Graves to Cairo.

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3 Jun
2020
America as Seen by a Frenchman
In what may be the most unfortunately timed Blu-ray release of the year so far, French documentarian François Reichenbach's poetic love-letter to America and its culture is out this week on Arrow Academy Blu-ray. Slarek takes a trip with the director but can't get the images dominating the nightly news out of his head.

29 May
2020
Cisco Pike
Cisco Pike was a relatively unknown 1972 drama surfing the youth culture tsunami kick started by Easy Rider. It stayed that way until it was released on DVD 34 years after its all but buried cinema run. Camus samples the life of the outlaw...

28 May
2020
Spring Night Summer Night
The work of a first-time feature director and his students and finally restored to its original form, Joseph L. Anderson's Spring Night Summer Night was recently released on a typically excellent Indicator Blu-ray. Slarek takes a trip to rural Ohio and falls for this microburget neorealist gem.

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10 May
2020
You lucky, lucky bastard
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.

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.

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...

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.

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.