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The BFI announces its Blu-ray/DVD releases for July and August
news | 6 May 2021
The BFI has announced its July-August Blu-ray and DVD release slate, which includes Julian Henriques' Babymother, Aleem Khan’s After Love, Sidney Lumet's The Pawnbroker, Jean Renoir's The River and the return of An Unflinching Eye: The Films of Richard Woolley.
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Play for Today: Volume 2
Play for Today: Volume 2
blu-ray review | 11 May 2021
Play for Today was a landmark drama series, running from 1970 to 1984. The BFI’s second Blu-ray box set, Play for Today: Volume 2, brings together six of them. In his first review for Cine Outsider, Gary Couzens takes a look.
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5 May
2021
Karloff at Columbia
Six films made by Boris Karloff for Columbia have been brought together in one delicious Blu-ray package by Eureka, complete with commentaries, galleries and radio plays. Slarek dives headlong into the world of mad scientists and is reminded just how good this talented but often underrated actor could be.

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30 Apr
2021
Demonic delirium, Tarantino and a giallo masterwork from Arrow in July
Arrow has announce a seriously impressive set of Blu-ray and UHD titles for July, including Italian horror favourites Demons and Demons 2, The Daimajin Trilogy, a collection of 4 spaghetti westerns, a definitive edition of True Romance and Argento's giallo gem The Cat O' Nine Tails.

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29 Apr
2021
Ingmar Bergman: Volume 1 Blu-ray box set from the BFI in July
The BFI has announced the July release of the first in a planned series of 4 box sets that will contain an eventual total of 32 films by the great Ingmar Bergman. This first set contains 7 films from the start of Bergman's film career in new 2K restorations.

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29 Apr
2021
Dogs Don't Wear Pants & The Walebone Box on Anti-Worlds Blu-ray in June
Anti-Worlds has announced its June Blu-ray releases, Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää's Dogs Don't Wear Pants [Koirat eivät käytä housuja] and Andrew Kötting's The Whalebone Box, plus a limited edition LP of The Whalebone Box soundtrack.

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27 Apr
2021
Dee Rees, Howard Hawks and Andrei Tarkovsky on Criterion Blu-ray in July
The UK Blu-ray releases from the Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have been announced – Dee Rees' ay coming-of-age drama Pariah, screwball comedy classic Bringing Up Baby and Tarkovsky's haunting and poetic Mirror.

25 Apr
2021
Irréversible
Gaspar Noé's reverse-narrative rape-revenge movie starkly divided critics and audiences on its original release and still has the power to stun a viewer into shocked silence today. 19 years later, Slarek steps back into the abyss to revisit the film on Indicator's brilliant new 2-disc Blu-ray release.

23 Apr
2021
Raw
A young vegetarian in her first year at veterinary school starts to undergo a disturbing transformation following her first small taste of meat during the school's hazing ritual in director Julia Ducournau's terrific drama-body horror feature debut. Slarek revisits one of his favourite films of recent years on a superb new Second Sight Blu-ray.

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23 Apr
2021
The Babadook Limited Edition UHD/Blu-ray from Second Sight in June
The Nightingale director Jennifer Kent's riveting debut, a multi-layered study of loss, depression and the trials of single parenthood dressed up as a terrifying haunted horror tale, is to be released as a Limited Edition 4K UHD/Blu-ray package in June by Second Sight.

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23 Apr
2021
Play for Today, Volume 2 on 3-disc Blu-ray from the BFI in May
Following on from its acclaimed Blu-ray collection of plays from the BBC's prestigious Play for Today, the BFI has announced a second, 3-disc and 7-play set for May, that includes Stocker's Copper, The Spongers, Victims of Apartheid and The Elephants' Graveyard.

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23 Apr
2021
Spike Lee's Jungle Fever on 30th Anniversry BFI Blu-ray in May
Spike Lee's provocative examination of interracial relationships in the United States in the early 1990s, starring Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra and Samuel L Jackson, comes to UK Blu-ray to mark its 30th anniversary in May from the BFI.

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23 Apr
2021
Sequin in a Blue Room on DVD, Blu-ray & On-Demand in May
Samuel Van Grinsven’s stylish debut feature is an uncompromising exploration of sex in a cyber space, Sequin in a Blue Room, is to be released on UK Blu-ray, DVD and Digital On-Demand in May by Peccadillo Pictures.

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21 Apr
2021
Christopher Petit's Radio On comes to BFI Blu-ray and Digital in May
Former film critic Christopher Petit's striking debut feature, a haunting blend of mystery story and existential road movie, one featuring an absolute blinder of a soundtrack, comes to UK Blu-ray, iTunes and Amazon Prime in May from the BFI.

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21 Apr
2021
1981 Belfast-based drama Maeve on BFI Blu-ray and Digital in May
A previously unavailable and powerful take on feminism and nationalism and an overlooked gem of 1980s independent film, Pat Murphy, John Davies and Robert Smith's 1981 Maeve comes to Blu-ray, iTunes and Amazon Prime from the BFI in May.

18 Apr
2021
Straight Shooting & Hell Bent: Two Films by John Ford
Two once thought lost westerns from the early days of the career of a then young John Ford have been restored by Universal and brought together in a new two-disc Blu-ray package from Eureka's Masters of Cinema series. Slarek saddles up for two highly enjoyable rides with Cheyenne Harry.

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16 Apr
2021
Promising Young Woman
Something tells me that Promising Young Woman is not on Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s ‘must see’ list. It’s a career highlight from actress Carey Mulligan as she attempts to serve justice to potential and bona fide sexual predators. Camus is impressed.

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14 Apr
2021
Zack Snyder's Justice League
It's rare that a film that undergoes an enforced transformation in production receives the necessary funding for the director to realise his original vision, but that's just what happened with Zack Snyder and Justice League. Longtime absent reviewer Lord Summerisle returns to evaluate the changes made.

10 Apr
2021
I Was at Home, But...
A woman still recovering from a previous family trauma struggles to cope when her young son shows up are mysteriously disappearing for a week in Angela Schanelec's cinematically minimalist drama. An initially uncertain but ultimately absorbed Slarek rediscovers the importance of small moments on Second Run's typically strong new Blu-ray.

3 Apr
2021
Twentieth Century
John Barrymore and Carole Lombard are a riot as a Svengali-like playwright and his protégée in one of the films that gave birth to the screwball comedy subgenre. Howard Hawks directs from a script by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, leaving Slarek to just sit back and enjoy the show on Indicator's new Blu-ray release.

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29 Mar
2021
The Mauritanian
Imagine having some shady friends who may or may not be involved in a world-changing event that plunges the biggest world power into a global war with a noun. How would that power treat you? Camus tours the Gitmo gift shop (it’s for real) of The Mauritanian

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27 Mar
2021
Fandango at the Wall
What the world needs now… are talented musicians on both sides of the dividing wall separating Mexico from the United States. Varda Bar-Kar’s Fandango at the Wall is a celebration of what can unite us when the world seems so torn apart. Camus lets loose his inner percussionist…

26 Mar
2021
The Criminal Code
Walter Huston is a District Attorney who takes change of the prison to which he previously sent a young man who unintentionally killed the son of a wealthy individual in The Criminal Code, a compelling early sound film from Howard Hawks. Slarek shares jail time with a first-rate cast on Indicator's newly released Blu-ray.

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25 Mar
2021
Rose: A Love Story
Text and subtext are in sublime balance in Jennifer Sheridan's assured and compelling Rose: A Love Story, in which a couple have chosen to live in isolation to protect a secret whose exposure could destroy their relationship. We're reposting this London Film Festival review in advance of the film's welcome5 April UK release from Signature Entertainment.

21 Mar
2021
Things Change
Revisiting a film that has fallen off your radar after a twenty year gap can find you wondering why you so liked it in the first place, but not so with Slarek and David Mamet's unexpectedly warm delight of a second feature, Things Change, which is released on a fine Blu-ray tomorrow by Indicator.

19 Mar
2021
Viy
After an unfortunate encounter with a witch, a young seminary student is called upon to say the last prayers of the women the witch transformed into in the 1967 Soviet supernatural horror, Viy. Slarek falls for a film on a terrific 2-disc Blu-ray set from Eureka that includes a second feature adaptation of the same story.

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18 Mar
2021
The Dig
Infrequently - which is why it’s such a lovely surprise - a film comes along that is directed in such a novel way, you are transported by the freshness of its vision. A true, albeit melancholy story of a famous historical find, The Dig is a superbly acted gem. Camus uncovers this treasure…

13 Mar
2021
Crimewave
All but disowned by director Sam Raimi, his comical follow-up to his smash indie debut The Evil Dead was plagued by production problems and studio interference, but for some of us it's still a hugely entertaining and imaginative work. Slarek visits an old favourite on Indicator's warmly welcomed and impressively featured new Blu-ray.