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Luc Besson's Nikita on Limited Edition 4K 3-Disc Steelbook in September
news | 19 July 2024
Studiocanal and Gaumont have announced a 3-disc, Limited Edition UHD Steelbook release of Luc Besson's 1990 cult favourite Nikita, complete with a new 4K restoration supervised by Besson himself.
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Die, Monster, Die!
Die, Monster, Die!
blu-ray review | 22 July 2024
Die, Monster, Die!, a 1965 adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out of Space” starring Boris Karloff, comes to Blu-ray from the BFI. Gary Couzens keeps out of the way of falling meteorites.
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21 Jul 2023
Single White Female
Psychological thrillers, if they are doing their job, should make you uncomfortable watching certain scenes. If the acting is first class, the more deliciously unbearable it can be. Camus revisits an early 90s cinema trip by watching the sparks fly between Allie and Hedy in Single White Female

17 Jul 2023
Night of the Eagle
A deeply sceptical academic discovers that his wife has been practising conjure magic and takes action that leaves him exposed to sinister forces in director Sidney Hayers' criminally undervalued 1962 Night of the Eagle. Slarek grasps a protective charm or two and revisits a 60s horror gem on Studiocanal's new Blu-ray.

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18 Jul
Tank Girl and Broken Oath on Eureka Blu-ray in October
Eureka has kicked against expectations and tradition with two non-horror titles for October release, the Hollywood live-action adaptation of Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett’s UK comic book, Tank Girl, and a Hong Kong take on Japan’s Lady Snowblood, starring the inimitable Angela Mao, Broken Oath.

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18 Jul
Columbia Horror and El Vampiro from Indicator for Halloween
Indicator has revealed two horror themed box set Blu-ray releases for October just in time for Halloween, with a six-film box set titled Columbia Horror, and a duo of influential Mexican vapire movies, El Vampiro: Two Bloodsucking Tales from Mexico.

15 Jul 2023
Remembrance, one of the earliest Channel 4 productions, comes to Blu-ray as part of the BFI's Flipside line, and is reviewed here by Gary Couzens.

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10 Jul
A feast of international horror on Blu-ray for Halloween from Radiance
Radiance has announced its October Blu-ray releases, and it's a delicious-looking collection of titles arriving just in time for Halloween, with horror titles from Japan, Scandinavia and Italy spanning six decades.

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10 Jul
Cult favourite The Hitcher on Second Sight UHD/Blu-ray in September
Second Sight has announced the September release of Robert Harmon's 1986 cult favourite on Limited and Standard Edition UHD/Blu-ray edition, with a newly restored 4K version from the original camera negative and a strong collection of extras.

7 Jul 2023
A respected psychiatrist fed up with his wife’s philandering decides to take drastic action in director Edward Dmytryk’s smartly written, compellingly performed and seductively gruesome slice of British 40s noir. An admiring Slarek sees a man about a dog on Indicator’s recently released Blu-ray.

2 Jul 2023
The Music Lovers
Richard Chamberlain stars as celebrated Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Glenda Jackson plays his unfortunate wife in Ken Russell’s dynamic, impressionistic and once controversial musical biopic The Music Lovers. After too many years apart, Slarek is reunited with a personal favourite on the BFI’s recently released Blu-ray.

1 Jul 2023
Floating Clouds
Mikio Naruse’s 1955 film Floating Clouds, marks the first UK Blu-ray release of the one of the Japanese master’s films, released by the BFI. Review by Gary Couzens.

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28 Jun
Álex de la Iglesia, Fukasaku Kinji and Riddick from Arrow in September
Arrow has announced its September disc release slate, which will feature a trio of early films by Álex de la Iglesia and a sequel to a cult 2000 science fiction favourite on UHD and Blu-ray, and a Fukasaku Kinji crime drama on Blu-ray.

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28 Jun
Orca, The Killer Whale on UHD, Blu-ray, DVD & Digital in September
One of the most prominent of the post-Jaws creature features, the 1977 Orca, the Killer Whale is coming to 4K UHD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital in a new 4K restoration in September from Studiocanal.

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28 Jun
Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce & Happiness from Criterion in September
The September UK releases from the Criterion Collection have been announced as Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity and Michael Curtiz's Mildred Pierce on 4K UHD/Blu-ray, and Todd Solondz's Happiness as separate 4K UHD/Blu-ray and Blu-ray only editions.

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27 Jun
Louis Feuillade and the Yeun Clan on Eureka Blu-ray in September
Eureka! has announced its September Blu-ray releases, which feature a crazy Taoist double and a kung-fu football comedy from the Yeun clan, an amazing-looking 10-disc box set of Louis Feuillade series, and two re-issues of previously sold out Limited Editions.

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20 Jun
Boris Karloff sf/horror Die, Monster, Die! on BFI Blu-ray in July
Boris Karloff plays a scientist tormented by otherworldly powers beyond his control in the 1965 Die, Monster, Die!, a visually splendid adaptation of H P Lovecraft's weird tale The Colour Out of Space, coming to BFI Blu-ray in July.

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20 Jun 2023
Accidents Will Happen
Not long after explaining how a mysterious jolt to his vision slowed up his reviewing, Slarek has been hit by another, albeit more problematic series of health issues, which began with a text message and nosedived into an accident that left him physically damaged and mentally shaken. But that, it turns out, was just the start of it.

19 Jun 2023
Bandits of Orgosolo
A Sardinian shepherd is mistakenly connected to a trio of bandits and becomes a hunted man in Vittorio De Seta’s extraordinary first feature. A still recovering Slarek is blown away by the film and by Radiance’s superb two-disc Blu-ray release, which comes complete with ten of De Seta’s documentary shorts.

18 Jun 2023
Heavenly Pursuits
A romantic comedy from 1986 with a possibly preternatural bent, starring Tom Conti and Helen Mirren, Heavenly Pursuits comes to Blu-ray from the BFI. Gary Couzens looks for a miracle.

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17 Jun
Àma Gloria
Àma Gloria, Marie Amachoukeli-Barsacq’s tender tale about the loving bond between a spirited six-year-old girl and her wise nanny, considers the dynamics of class and race obliquely while taking us on a journey to Africa. Jerry Whyte is enchanted by its lead actors and delighted by this seemingly slight film’s huge heart and hidden depths.

16 Jun 2023
A Dry White Season
Released in 1989, based on André Brink’s novel, A Dry White Season was the first US major-studio film to be directed by a woman of colour, Euzhan Palcy. It remains a powerful film about South Africa in the apartheid era, centring on one man’s political awakening. Review by Gary Couzens.

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14 Jun
The best documentaries shine a light on a situation or a person whose story is screaming to be told. Released in 2023, Tish made the top ten of a national newspaper’s annual poll. It’s the story of Tish Murtha, as talented as any Magnum photographer in her documenting of Newcastle’s social deprivation under the reign of Margaret Thatcher. Camus is bowled over…

6 Jun 2023
The Song of Songs
The only one of Marlene Dietrich’s first eight sound films not directed by Josef von Sternberg, with Rouben Mamoulian taking the helm, The Song of Songs is often overlooked but is worthy of reassessment in this Indicator Blu-ray. Review by Gary Couzens.

3 Jun 2023
The Boss
Henry Silva pays an ice-cold mob assassin who serves Richard Conte’s Don in The Boss, the twisty, violent and compelling third film in writer-director Fernando Di Leo’s Milieu Trilogy. Slarek finds himself repeatedly unsure who to trust, and tips his hat to the presentation on Raro Video’s recent Blu-ray

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30 May
Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga
Some people might slow down at the age of 79. Clearly this is not director George Miller's plan. Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is a staggering work, set in a cinematic universe that burns away civilisation and, for survival's sake, kicks morality and decency hard where it really hurts. Camus boards the war-rig…

27 May 2023
Future Vision
In a blog that has proved visually challenging to bang out, Slarek explains why, once again, his discs reviews seemed to have once again slowed to a crawl, and why hopefully this is just a temporary, if frustratingly restricting blip.

22 May 2023
Big Banana Feet
Billy Connolly is on tour in Ireland in 1975, captured on film in Big Banana Feet. The film has been unavailable for many years but newly-restored is released on dual-format by the BFI. Review by Gary Couzens.

19 May 2023
Love Me Tonight
Rouben Mamoulian’s classic Pre-Code musical Love Me Tonight, starring Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald and Myrna Loy, comes to Blu-ray from Indicator. Gary Couzens heads off to Paris, Hollywood.