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Ousmane Sembène and Richard Linklater on Criterion Blu-ray in June
news | 6 April 2024
The June UK Blu-ray releases from the Criterion Collection and Spirit Entertainment have been confirmed as the box set, Three Revolutionary Films by Ousmane Sembène, and Richard Linklater's American indie favourite, Slacker.
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The Panther Women
blu-ray review | 12 April 2024
In the second of his reviews of recent Indicator Blu-ray releases of multi-genre lucha libre films from director René Cardona, Gort goes ten rounds with The Panther Women, a surprisingly effective and enjoyable blend of luchadora and old-school satanic creature horror.
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9 Apr 2023
Santo vs. the Riders of Terror
Six patients escape from a leper hospital and are approached by bandits with a plan to prey on the fear of nearby townspeople, prompting the local sheriff to call on the help of a masked outsider in the 1970 Santo vs. the Riders of Terror. Gort jumps in the ring for a curious but entertaining hybrid on Indicator's ace new Blu-ray.

8 Apr 2023
Snapshot
Snapshot, a thriller from 1979 starring Sigrid Thornton as a model under threat, is released by Indicator on Blu-ray and 4K UHD. Gary Couzens looks at the pictures.

7 Apr 2023
Elegant Beast
The Japanese New Wave is one of the great film movements, and the 1962 film Elegant Beast by Yūzō Kawashima is a fascinating example. Radiance Films brought this lesser known gem to light on a late 2023 Blu-ray release that is reviewed here by SilverBlueSnow.

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4 Apr
2024
Claire Denis' Chocolat on BFI Blu-ray, iTunes & Amazon Prime in April
Claire Denis' semi-autobiographical exploration of the colonial power struggle in Cameroon, Chocolat, is coming to Blu-ray, iTunes and Amazon Prime in a new 4K restoration approved by Denis from the BFI later this month.

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3 Apr
2024
Ashby, Truffaut, Reeves and tough noir from Radiance in July
Five new Blu-ray titles have been announced by Radiance for release this July, with tough crime dramas Eighteen Years in Prison and Tchao Pantin, François Truffaut's Mississippi Mermaid, Hal Ashby's The Landlord, and Michael Reeves' Revenge of the Blood Beast.

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2 Apr
2024
Three more Director's Company titles from Third Window in May-June
Third Window has announced its second wave of titles from Japan's The Director's Company for release in Ma, June and July, with director Sōmai Shinji's Luminous Woman and Love Hotel, and Gakuryu Ishii's The Crazy Family.

30 Mar 2023
Tony Arzenta
Alain Delon plays a mob hitman who wants to retire for the sake of his family, a decision that does not impress his criminal employers in director Duccio Tessari's moodily compelling Eurocrime drama from 1973. Slarek takes a ride with a hired gun on the vengeance trail on this new Blu-ray from Radiance.

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28 Mar
2024
Madman, Mute Witness, Nightsiren and Withnail & I from Arrow in June
Arrow Video has announced its June releases as hack 'n' slash favourite Madman and cult black comedy gem Withnail & I on 4K UHD, Hitchcokian thriller Mute Witness on 4K UHD and Blu-ray and spellbinding drama Nightsiren on Blu-ray

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28 Mar
2024
The Valiant Red Peony: Red Peony Gambler I-III on Blu-ray in June
The first three films in the Red Peony Gambler series, starring Sumiko Fuji and directed by Kōsaku Yamashita, Norifumi Suzuki and Tai Katō, are coming to Blu-ray in June in a single package on Eureka's Masters of Cinema label..

27 Mar 2023
Patrick
Richard Franklin's suspense thriller from 1978, Patrick, is the first of a series of Ozploitation films to be released on Blu-ray and UHD by Indicator. Gary Couzens is anything but comatose.

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26 Mar
2024
Giallo mystery thriller Footprints on Blu-ray and Digital in April
Shameless has announced the April Blu-ray and digital release of Footprints [Le orme], a giallo-tinged mystery thriller from director Luigi Bazzoni with striking cinematography by the great Vittorio Storaro.

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26 Mar
2024
Yuen Woo-ping's The Miracle Fighters on Eureka Blu-ray in June
The Miracle Fighters, the 1982 kung fu fantasy classic from the legendary choreographer/director Yuen Woo-ping, is coming to UK and US Blu-ray in June from Eureka Entertainment.

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26 Mar
2024
Two Films by Yasujirō Ozu on BFI Blu-ray in April
The BFI has announced a further volume of films by influential Japanese master Yasujirō Ozu, featuring two lesser-seen titles, the 1932 I Was Born, But…, and the 1942 There Was a Father.

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25 Mar
2024
Aki Kaurismäki’s Fallen Leaves on DVD and Blu-ray from MUBI in April
The latest film from the Finnish master of deadpan, Aki Kaurismäki, the César award winning, Palme D'Or and Golden Globe nominated Fallen Leaves, comes to Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms from MUBI in April.

20 Mar 2023
The Village Detective: a song cycle
The chance recovery of four cans of decomposing film from the ocean floor launches filmmaker Bill Morrison on an voyage of cinematic discovery in his latest feature, The Village Detective: a song cycle. Slarek is bewitched by decay and learns about a major star of Soviet cinema on Second Run’s recently released Blu-ray.

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20 Mar 2023
Beautiful Thing
Beautiful Thing, written by Jonathan Harvey from his play and directed by Hettie Macdonald, is a key British love story and coming-out film, optimistic in defiance of the climate of its time, released by the BFI on Blu-ray. Gary Couzens sees rainbows.

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13 Mar
2023
Dune: Part Two
An obvious passion project from one of the top three directors still delivering the mainstream goods, Dune: Part Two arrives with critical fanfares strewn ahead of it. There’s a very good reason for that. Director Denis Villeneuve has delivered a nuanced and yet epic masterpiece. Camus revels in an all too politically pertinent blockbuster…

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7 Mar
2024
Blog: Stalled content in problematic times
Breaking the recent unplanned silence, site editor Slarek pops his head above the personal issues parapet to explain the recent absence of new reviews and news stories on the site and why things may take a while to return to normal.

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28 Feb 2023
The Wages of Fear
Four desperate men are hired to transport two lorryloads of nitro-glycerine along treacherous mountain roads to stem an oil well fire in Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1953 masterpiece of sustained suspense. Slarek hods his breath and reviews the new BFI 4K UHD release of one of his favourite films.

25 Feb 2023
Getting it Back: The Story of Cymande
A band whose influence – on hip-hop, house and other genres of black music – far exceeded its commercial success, Cymande has its story told in Getting It Back, released on Blu-ray from the BFI. Review by Gary Couzens.

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25 Feb 2023
Paths of Glory
The 1957 Paths of Glory remains one of director Stanley Kubrick’s finest achievements and a still devastating anti-war drama. It’s still available on Blu-ray from Eureka, so is the label’s new, identically featured UHD upgrade worth a buy? Slarek walks the trenches to find out.

16 Feb 2023
I, the Executioner
A serial killer is targeting a group of Tōkyō women in director Katō Tai's smart, well directed but deeply discomforting 1968 drama, which makes its UK Blu-ray debut courtesy of Radiance Films. Slarek takes a walk on the dark side and discovers that there's a lot more to the story here than its confrontational opening scene suggests.

14 Feb 2023
Werner Herzog: Radical Dreamer
An entry-level look at the life and career of Werner Herzog, including testimonials from friends, family and colleagues, Radical Dreamer comes to Blu-ray from the BFI. Review by Gary Couzens.

8 Feb 2023
Death Occurred Last Night
Two Milan police detectives embark on a search for an office worker's missing daughter in Duccio Tessari's 1970 Death Occurred Last Night. Slarek is gripped by this intelligent and gripping melding of multiple police and crime subgenres, which looks terrific on this new Blu-ray from Radiance Films.

3 Feb 2023
Impossible Object
Alan Bates stars as an English author living with his family in France whilst having an affair with young married woman in John Frankenheimer’s criminally overlooked Impossible Object. Slarek is intrigued by a film that demands multiple viewings, a task made pleasurable by Indicator’s impressively featured Blu-ray.

24 Jan
2023
When Taekwondo Strikes
The queen of first wave martial arts cinema teams up with the father of American Taekwondo to fight the Japanese forces occupying pre-WW2 Korea in the 1973 When Taekwondo Strikes. A thrilled Slarek is once again transported happily back to his early teens with Eureka's new Blu-ray release.

24 Jan
2023
The Eternal Daughter
Joanna Hogg’s ghost story The Eternal Daughter, with a dual performance from Tilda Swinton, comes to Blu-ray from the BFI. Gary Couzens looks at the disc on a dark and stormy night.