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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie on 4K UHD, Blu-ray & DVD in June
news | 17 May 2022
One of master surrealist and provocateur Luis Buñuel's most celebrated films has been newly restored in 4K and is to be released in selected cinemas and on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms in June by Studiocanal.
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Murphy's War
Murphy's War
blu-ray review | 18 May 2022
A potential hit with an A list star and A list director and producer stumbled at the box office in 1971. But Peter Yates’ rousing Murphy’s War is a gung-ho, full-throttled adventure that has much to commend it. Camus reviews Indicator’s new Blu-ray of a tale of revenge best served bold…
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17 May
2022
Revolver
Oliver Reed is at his restrained best as a prison warden forced to facilitate a jailbreak in order to save his wife in Revolver, Sergio Sollima’s rivetingly handled 1973 crime drama. Slarek explores the film on Eureka’s new Blu-ray, and adds another favourite to an increasingly long list.

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17 May
2022
De Palma's The Untouchables comes to 4K UHD & Blu-ray SteelBook in June
One of the key American mainstream films of the 1980s and an enduring gangster movie classic, Brian De Palma's The Untouchables, starring Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro and Sean Connery, arrives on a Collector's Edition UHD/Blu-ray SteelBook in June.

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17 May
2022
François Truffaut's La peau douce come to BFI Blu-ray in June
François Truffaut’s subtle, humane 1964 account of the relationship between married literary publisher the air stewardess he meets on a conference trip to Lisbon, La peau douce, arrives on UK Blu-ray in June from the BFI.

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12 May
2022
Cult favourite Red Sonja restored on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD in July
Brigitte Nielsen, Sandahl Bergman and Arnold Schwarzenegger star in Richard Fleischer's 80s cult favourite, Red Sonja, which arrived, newly restored, on 4K UHD, 4K UHD Limited Edition Steelbook, Blu-ray and DVD in July from Studiocanal.

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12 May
2022
Truffaut's The Last Metro on Blu-ray, iTunes and Amazon Prime in May
Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu star in François Truffaut’s acclaimed and award winning late-career wartime drama, The Last Metro, which comes to UK Blu-ray and digital later this month from the BFI.

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7 May
2022
Bresson, Bergman, Shabazz, Dineen, Shabazz, Hodges and more from BFI in July-September
The BFI has announced its third quarter disc releases, which will include a third volume of films from Ingmar Bergman, a trio of films from Robert Bresson, a fourth volume of works from Molly Nineen, and a British gangster classic on Blu-ray and 4K UHD.

4 May
2022
One for the Road
Four men on an alcohol awareness course drink and delude themselves in Chris Cooke’s perceptive, energetic and darkly amusing debut feature, One for the Road. Slarek revisits a fondly remembered film whose deliberately unpolished aesthetic is something to be treasured in the era of antiseptic HD.

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4 May
2022
Getting my teeth stuck into delayed reviews
In his first blog in three months, Slarek outlines in unnecessarily unpleasant detail just why some reviews that were due to be posted recently have been so delayed and why things should soon be back to normal on that front.

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4 May
2022
Okja, Pink Flamingos and Summertime on Criterion Blu-ray in July
The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have announced that their UK Blu-ray releases will be Bong Joon Ho's witty satire Okja, John Waters' notorious Pink Flamingos, and David Lean's romantic drama Summertime.

1 May
2022
The Wrong Arm of the Law
Peter Sellers plays the head of a crime syndicate whose operatives are being robbed of their spoils by a trio of conmen posing as policemen in The Wrong Arm of the Law, one of the best British comedies of the post Ealing period. Slarek takes a trip back to early 1960s London to revisit a personal favourite on Studiocanal’s new Vintage Classics Blu-ray.

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1 May
2022
A Tribute to Gavin Millar
When an important broadcaster and critic and took an interest in your adolescent career goals, it mattered. It really mattered. To a 17 year old, having the attention and support of the BBC’s Arena Cinema’s host was like a golden ticket to Wonka’s Chocolate factory… Camus plays tribute to mentor Gavin Millar.

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30 Apr
2022
Enzo G. Castellari and Walter Hill on StudioCanal Blu-ray in June
StudioCanal has announced the three new Blu-ray titles for June, with two from legendary director Enzo G. Castellari – the Poliziotteschi crime thriller High Crime and the iconic Spaghetti Western Kill Them All and Come Back Alone – and Walter Hill's action thriller Extreme Prejudice.

29 Apr
2022
Play for Today: Volume Three
Six more Plays for Today have been released in a Blu-ray box set by the BFI, including such classics as Edna the Inebriate Woman and Bar Mitzvah Boy. The set is reviewed by Gary Couzens.

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29 Apr
2022
Uncanny, occult, slasher & giallo horrors on Arrow Bluy-ray & 4K in July
Arrow has announced its July Blu-ray and UHD releases, which include a 4K Limited Edition of Dario Argento's Tenebrae, brooding occult horror The Righteous, the uncanny and unsettling The Sacred Spirit, and a three-film Blu-ray box set, Giallo Essentials.

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28 Apr
2022
Running out of Time & Universal Terror on Eureka Blu-ray in July
Two new Blu-ray releases have been announced by Eureka for release in July, a two-film set featuring both of Johnnie To's Running Out of Time thrillers, and a three-film collection of Universal horror titles starring Boris Karloff.

25 Apr
2022
Jules et Jim
François Truffaut's third feature, Jules et Jim, remains one of his best. It is released on Blu-ray by the BFI and is reviewed by Gary Couzens.

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28 Apr
2022
Marlon Brando's debut feature The Men on Blu-ray/DVD in May
Featuring a powerhouse performance from Marlon Brando in his first feature film, Fred Zinnemann's landmark examination of masculinity and disability, The Men, lands a Dual Format release in May from the BFI.

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24 Apr
2022
Vampyr
Carl Theodor Dreyer’s poetic, surrealistic and haunting Vampyr may be less widely seen than its genre-defining contemporary, Dracula, but as an artistic achievement it leaves that simultaneously produced Universal vampire movie in the dust. Slarek revisits one of the great works of early horror cinema in a new restoration on a superb Masters of Cinema Blu-ray.

24 Apr
2022
The 400 Blows
François Truffaut’s debut feature, The 400 Blows [Les quatres cents coups] kickstarted not just his own career but also the French New Wave. It is released on Blu-ray by the BFI and is reviewed by Gary Couzens.

20 Apr
2022
Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror
In a late review, Slarek takes an enthusiastic trip back to the 1940s and 50s for three horror-laced science fiction works from Universal’s second wave, each built around very different threats and all handsomely presented in Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror, a delicious 2-disc Blu-ray set from Eureka.

15 Apr
2022
Faithless
Faithless, directed by Liv Ullmann from an Ingmar Bergman script, is a powerful drama of infidelity and its consequences. The BFI’s Blu-ray release is reviewed by Gary Couzens.

13 Apr
2022
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954)
George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four has become a key work of twentieth-century literature, its themes as relevant as ever, much of its iconography having passed into the language. This 1954 BBC adaptation, highly controversial in its day, is a television landmark and is now released in dual-format by the BFI. Reviewed by Gary Couzens.

11 Apr
2022
Coach to Vienna
In WW2 Czechoslovakia, two German soldiers order a woman to transport them to the Austrian border, unaware that her husband was killed by their comrades the previous day. Slarek is utterly gripped by Coach to Vienna [Kočár do Vídně], director Karel Kachyňa’s impeccably handled wartime drama, which is splendidly served by Second Run’s impressive Blu-ray.

7 Apr
2022
Shoot the Messenger
Shoot the Messenger, starring David Oyelowo and directed by Ngozi Onwurah, was controversial on its broadcast in 2006 in its look at a black teacher and his attempts to look out for black boys in education. It's released on Blu-ray by the BFI and is reviewed by Gary Couzens.

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3 Apr
2022
The Camera is Ours: Britain’s Women Documentary Makers
There was a golden age of British documentaries, but the women who contributed to it have often been neglected or overlooked. The Camera is Ours: Britain’s Women Documentary Makers showcases ten films made by women directors from the 1930s to the 1960s, on a two-disc DVD release. Review by Gary Couzens.

31 Mar
2022
A Time for Dying
The final fictional feature from western legends Budd Boetticher and Audie Murphy, the 1969 A Time for Dying was born out of slump in the careers of both men. It sometimes feels like an oddly incomplete blueprint for a more ambitious work, but a second viewing of Indicator's recently released Blu-ray enabled Slarek to more fully appreciate its offbeat merits.

27 Mar
2022
Mothering Sunday
Mothering Sunday, adapted for the screen by Alice Birch from Graham Swift’s short novel and directed by Eva Husson, comes to Blu-ray from Lionsgate and is reviewed for Mother's Day by Gary Couzens.

21 Mar
2022
The Phantom of the Monastery
The second Mexican horror film of the early sound era may well be the best, a richly atmospheric, compellingly made and acted other-worldly chiller from director and co-writer Fernando de Fuentes. Slarek finds much to love about The Phantom of the Monastery and Indicator’s new Blu-ray, including a belter of a restoration and some excellent special features..

18 Mar
2022
La Llorona
The legend of The Wailing Woman is the basis for the first Mexican horror film of the sound era, director Ramón Peón’s 1933 La Llorona. Slarek is intrigued by a film that tackles adult themes more openly than its Hollywood equivalent of the day, and salutes the restoration and special features on Indicator’s Blu-ray.