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Alien invasions, indie horror and true crime on Arrow Blu-ray in October
news | 1 August 2020
Arrow Video and Arrow Academy have announced their October Blu-ray titles, and there are more treats for cult movie fans: Cédric Klapisch's debut Little Nothings, the Adams Family's The Deeper You Dig, Koji Shima’s Warning From Space and Fhiona-Louise's Cold Light of Day.
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Five Graves to Cairo
Five Graves to Cairo
blu-ray review | 10 August 2020
Billy Wilder's second American feature as director is deserving of more recognition than it sometimes gets, a superbly written and performed character-driven war story on a typically fine Masters of Cinema Blu-ray. Slarek braves the summer heat and spends time with the Desert Rats.
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5 Aug
2020
Pandemonium
The Long Read. Jerry Whyte reflects on the pandemic, policing and racism in the UK and US with reference to two pivotal years, 1940 and 1968, and with the unlikely assistance of J.B. Priestley’s Postcripts and Peter Whitehead’s The Fall.

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27 Jul
2020
The documentary Donald Trump tried to block lands a worldwide release
A film that the Trump Organization threatened cinemas for showing, which tells the story of 96-year-old Scottish widow Molly Forbes, who lost her water supply during the construction of Trump's luxury golf course near Aberdeen, is being released digitally worldwide by Journeyman Pictures.

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27 Jul
2020
Four Blu-ray Blu-ray and DVD titles confirmed for October release by the BFI
The BFI has confirmed an eclectic mix of Blu-ray and DVD titles for release in October, with a 4-disc collection of plays from the BBC's prestigious Play for Today series, John Parker’s 1955 Dementia, Fyzal Boulifa's Lynn + Lucy and a double-pack of Tales From the Hood I & II.

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27 Jul
2020
David Lynch, Mike Leigh & Robert Epstein on UK Criterion Blu-ray in October
The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have announced three Outsider favourites for UK Blu-ray release in October: Robert Epstein's Oscar-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk, David Lynch's feature debut Eraserhead and Mike Leigh's glorious Topsy-Turvy.

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25 Jul
2020
Sidney Lumet's film of Peter Shaffer’s Equus on Blu-ray in August
Sidney Lumet's multi-Oscar nominated film adaptation of Peter Shaffer's Tony Award-winning play, starring Richard Burton and Peter Firth, comes to Limited Edition Blu-ray (with some DVD extras) in August from the BFI.

24 Jul
2020
Three Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations Starring Bela Lugosi
Three classic Universal horror films based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe and starring Bela Lugosi – The Murders of the Rue Morgue, The Black Cat and The Raven – have been released on Blu-ray in a superb Masters of Cinema set. Slarek hangs out with black cats, ravens and murderous gorillas.

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23 Jul
2020
5-film Christopher Lee Fu Manchu Blu-ray box set from Indicator in October
In what may or may not prove to be an awkward bit of timing, Indicator has announced an October release of a luxurious-looking Blu-ray box containing all five Hammer films starring Christopher Lee as Chinese supervillain Fu Manchu.

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21 Jul
2020
La Haine back on the big screen in a new 4K restoration in September
Mathieu Kassovitz's explosive mid-90s French crime thriller, starring Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé and Saïd Taghmaoui and has been restored in 4K and is returning to British cinemas in September courtesy of the BFI.

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15 Jul
2020
Tanaka Seiji's debut feature Melancholic on dual format in September
Winner of several festival awards, including Best Director at the Tokyo International Film Festival, the auspicious debut from writer/director Tanaka Seiji comes to UK Dual Format in September from Third Window Films.

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14 Jul
2020
Three world premiere Blu-ray titles from Anti-Worlds in September
A second slate of Blu-ray titles have been announced for a September release by new label Anti-Worlds: Richard Kovitch’s Penny Slinger: Out of the Shadows, Paul Duane’s Best Before Death and Ben Rivers and Anocha Suwichakornpong's Krabi 2562.

13 Jul
2020
Criss Cross
The depths of lust are ably explored in Robert Siodmak's Criss Cross, starring Burt Lancaster and Yvonne De Carlo and out now on Blu-ray from Masters of Cinema. Wading through flashbacks, clydefro remembers why he fell in love with the darkness all over again.

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5 Jul
2020
Misbehaviour
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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5 Jul
2020
The Guinea Pig on Dual Format in July, on iTunes & Amazon Prime in August
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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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 Jul
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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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.

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.

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.

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.