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Ju-on: The Grudge
The Leech, Silent Running, Ju-on and more from Arrow in December
news | 30 September 2022
Arrow Video's December releases have been announced as Christmas horror The Leech, 80s eco-horror Nightmare at Noon, and UHD and Blu-ray editions of Silent Running, Croupier and the 5-disc Ju-on: The Grudge Collection.
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Burning an Illusion
Burning an Illusion
blu-ray review | 30 September 2022
Burning an Illusion was the second British film from a black director to be released in the UK, the only dramatic feature from its writer/director, the late Menelik Shabazz. A key film in the history of black British cinema, it's released on Blu-ray by the BFI and is reviewed by Gary Couzens.
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30 Sep
2022
Horror-comedies, classic expressionism & girls with guns from Eureka in December
Eureka has announced its December home entertainment titles, which will include horror comedy gems The Cat and the Canary and The Ghost Breakers, Hong Kong actioner Yes, Madam! and a 4K UHD of expressionist classic The Cabinet of Dr Caligari.

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29 Sep
2022
London Film Festival dispatch #1
Slarek's first dispatch from this year's London Film Festival examines two documentaries, a genre that is well represented this year. The films – Ahsen Nadeem's Crows Are White and Kristian R. Hill's God Said Dive 'Em Drum Machines – differ in content, style and subject matter, but both really deliver in their own way.

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28 Sep
2022
Don't Worry Darling
Director Olivia Wilde is at the start of a very promising directing career after finishing her second feature. Well known as Dr. Remy '13' Hadley in House M.D. for five years, she acted in a number of features before turning her attention to calling the shots. Camus is intrigued by advance word on her Don't Worry Darling

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26 Sep
2022
Chaplin, Mira Nair and Todd Haynes on Criterion Blu-ray in December
The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have confirmed that their December UK Blu-ray releases will consist of Charlie Chaplin's City Lights, Mira Nair's Mississippi Masala and Todd Haynes' The Velvet Underground.

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24 Sep
2022
Crimes of the Future
After an eight-year feature film hiatus, David Cronenberg is back with a thematically and visually dark but strangely mesmerising return to the body horror works with which he first made his name. A post-operative Slarek is seduced by the film's tone and ideas and is given plenty of troubling food for thought.

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21 Sep
2022
Folk horror The Ballad of Tam Lin on BFI Flipside Blu-ray in October
Starring Ava Gardner, Ian McShane, Stephanie Beacham and Cyril Cusack, the only film directed by actor Roddy McDowall, the unjustly overlooked 1971 British folk horror The Ballad of Tam Lin will be released on Blu-ray by the BFI in October.

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19 Sep
2022
See How They Run
Every so often a movie comes along that allows its audience to simply indulge in having some pure escapist fun. While unspectacular and almost unassuming, there’s a great deal of gentle pleasure to be mined from Tom George’s See How They Run. Camus delights in a satisfying cross genre whodunit…

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18 Sep
2022
Kuhle Wampe, or Who Owns the World?
Kuhle Wampe, directed by Slatan Dudow and cowritten by Bertolt Brecht has survived censorship and a total ban by the Nazis. Now reissued by the BFI on a dual-format release, it is reviewed by Gary Couzens.

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15 Sep
2022
New label Radiance Films launches with two Blu-ray titles in January
Radiance Films, a new Blu-ray label dedicated to releasing the best in world cinema, cult classics and rediscovered gems, launches in January with the Palme d’Or winning The Working Class Goes to Heaven and yakuza classic Big Time Gambling Boss.

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14 Sep
2022
1953 Mickey Spillane noir I, the Jury on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital in October
I, the Jury, a 1953 film noir adaptation of the first in the classic Mike Hammer novel series by Mickey Spillane, is coming to UK Blu-ray, DVD and Digital platforms in a new 4K restoration from Studiocanal in October.

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14 Sep
2022
George A. Romero's long lost The Amusement Park on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital in October
Once thought lost but since rediscovered and restored, horror master George A. Romero's nightmarish and allegorical 1975 film The Amusement Park is coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Shudder and Acorn media.

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14 Sep
2022
Four spooky tales of 60s and 70s TV on Blu-ray and DVD in October
Network are releasing 4 separate spooky tales from late 60s and 70s British television on Blu-ray and DVD in October in the shape of The Owl Service, Tales of Unease, The Intruder, and Come Back Lucy: The Complete Series.

12 Sep
2022
Robin Hood at Hammer: Two Tales from Sherwood Forest
The legend of Robin Hood and his Merry Men has inspired a whole slew of movies, two of which have been brought together on Blu-ray by Indicator as a richly featured 2-disc package. Slarek dons his Lincoln green threads, joins the rebels and heads into the woodland…

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7 Sep
2022
Pleasure & Bergman's Island on Blu-ray & DVD from Mubi in September
MUBI has announced the release of two acclaimed titles on Blu-ray and DVD, with Ninja Thyberg’s Pleasure, a look at feminism and sex work in a male-dominated industry, and Mia Hansen-Løve’s Palme d'Or nominated Bergman Island.

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7 Sep
2022
Son of the White Mare & The Dead and the Deadly on Blu-ray in November
Eureka! Entertainment has confirmed its November Blu-ray release titles as legendary Hungarian animator Marcell Jankovics' masterpiece Son of the White Mare and horror-action-comedy-special effects extravaganza The Dead and the Deadly.

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5 Sep
2022
A series of unfortunate events
With the site seriously stuttering for the second time in two months, a post-operative Slarek recalls how he was tripped up, first by corporate software issues, and then by a large incision made into his lower abdomen, and how both have impacted on his productivity.

28 Aug
2022
Madigan
Richard Widmark plays a New York detective who has lost his gun and is given 72 hours by Police Commissioner Henry Fonda to arrest the man responsible in Don Siegel's compelling 1968 cop drama. Slarek revisits a tightly made and solidly acted sign of changing times for the genre on Indicator's fine new Blu-ray.

26 Aug
2022
All My Friends Hate Me
Invited to a friend’s for his birthday party, Pete spends a weekend finding out more than a few uncomfortable home truths in All My Friends Hate Me, released in dual-format by the BFI. Review by Gary Couzens.

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25 Jul
2022
Nope
A sucker for science fiction and the work of talented, independently-minded directors, Camus investigates Jordan Peele’s Nope, a film with an intriguing title and a premise to boggle the mind. Let the chimps fall where they may and let apparent loose ends be forever debated…

25 Aug
2022
Hiroshima mon amour
SilverBlueSnow came late to Alain Resnais' mesmerising rethink of the romantic drama, Hiroshima mon amour, and in a retrospective review he discusses the film and its presentation on Criterion's excellent Blu-ray, which is available in the UK as well as the US.

22 Aug
2022
Man Without a Star
Kirk Douglas stars as a sharpshooting drifter who finds work with a morally bankrupt cattle baron in King Vidor’s intriguing 1955 western, Man Without a Star. Genre fan Slarek finds much to enjoy (and speculate about) in this relatively unsung work, which looks dandy on Eureka’s new Blu-ray.

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17 Aug
2022
The Molly Dineen Collection Volume 4
The BFI’s fourth set of Molly Dineen’s documentaries includes two films from either end of her career: her student film Sound Business and her 2018 film Being Blacker. Review by Gary Couzens.

16 Aug
2022
Creatures the World Forgot
Sometimes referred to as "the one without the dinosaurs," Creatures the World Forgot is the oft-maligned final entry in Hammer's 'Cave Girl' film series. Slarek slaps on a loin cloth and huddles close to the fire for a film that's a lot more interesting than its past critical dismissal suggests, and is really impressed by Indicator's new Blu-ray.

11 Aug
2022
L'Argent
Robert Bresson's final film L'Argent [Money] is the last of three to be released on Blu-ray by the BFI and is reviewed by Gary Couzens.

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11 Aug
2022
The Flying Scot
A well-made, briskly paced, low budget British B-movie heist thriller from 1957, The Flying Scot, gets off to a superb start, and while it tips its narrative hand far too quickly, it’s still peppered with effective sequences. Slarek jumps on board for a film that he’s still in two minds about, but which looks terrific on Studiocanal’s new Blu-ray.

8 Aug
2022
The Trial of Joan of Arc
Robert Bresson’s 1962 film The Trial of Joan of Arc is the second of three Bresson films to be released by the BFI on Blu-ray. Review by Gary Couzens.

7 Aug
2022
Diary of a Mad Housewife
Married to a bullying husband raising two brattish kids, Tina seeks solace in the arms of a narcissistic lover in the 1970 Diary of a Mad Housewife, Eleanor and Frank Perry’s timely riposte to the falsely wholesome image of the happy American homemaker. Slarek is reminded of even glummer times for women on Indicator’s recently released Blu-ray.

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1 Aug
2022
Get Carter
Michael Caine is at his absolute best as a London gangland hitman who ignores the advice of his bosses and travels to Newcastle to investigate his brother's death in Mike Hodges' riveting debut feature, Get Carter. After a gap of several years, Slarek revisits a favourite film on the BFI's glorious new 2-disc 4K UHD release and is frankly bowled over by the results.