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The Bullet Train and Creeping Horror on Eureka Blu-ray in April
news | 26 January 2023
Eureka! Entertainment today announced its April Blu-ray releases, which are tense 1975 Japanese thriller The Bullet Train, starring Takakura Ken, and a four-film volume of Universal horrors titled Creeping Horror.
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Royal Warriors
Royal Warriors
blu-ray review | 25 January 2023
Michelle Yeoh firmly established her star credentials with Royal Warriors, a sister film to her 1985 career launcher Yes, Madam! and a blistering showcase for the talents of all involved. Genre fan Slarek delights in its many pleasures on this new Eureka Blu-ray release.
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25 Jan
2023
Wanda and Mystery Train on UK Criterion Blu-ray in April
As the UK releases from the Criterion Collection settle on just two titles a month instead of the previous three (boo!), the April slate has been announced as Barbara Loden's 1970 indie classic Wanda and Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train.

24 Jan
2023
The Juniper Tree
Recently restored, The Juniper Tree is a folk-horror film from 1989, based on a Grimm fairytale, written and directed by Nietzchka Keene, which marked Björk's screen debut. The BFI's Blu-ray is reviewed by Gary Couzens.

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21 Jan
2023
Electric Dragon 80000v and Punk Samurai on Blu-ray in March
Third Window Films are to release world Blu-ray debut of Sogo Ishii's punk classic Electric Dragon 80000v as well as the first ever physical release outside of Japan of his most recent film Punk Samurai in March.

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18 Jan
2023
The Menu
As a terrific example of a new sub-genre in film (rich assholes go to an island to have their power stripped from them), The Menu is broadly satirical, funny and defiantly metaphorical. Camus enjoys what’s in and on the menu…

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17 Jan
2023
Ingmar Bergman Volume 4 on Limited Edition Blu-ray in January
The fourth and final of the BFI's Blu-ray boxsets of key films by Swedish maestro Ingmar Bergman is to be released in the UK at the end of this month, and includes classic titles like Cries and Whispers, Autumn Sonata and the film and TV versions of Fanny and Alexander.

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16 Jan
2023
The Final Programme on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital in February
Jon Finch stars as Jerry Cornelius in Robert Fuest's 1973 big screen adaptation of science fiction legend Michael Moorcock's The Final Programme, which comes to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital in February in a new restoration from Studiocanal.

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13 Jan
2022
Cinema Speculation book review
A book review, on Outsider? What is Camus thinking? Wait. Inside the covers of this tome lies the essence, the very spirit of this particular web site, one that unleashes a passion that invites and drives readers to appreciate cinema in all its forms, especially its outsider gems. Camus revels in Cinema Speculation…

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12 Jan
2023
Ernst Lubitsch, James Whale and Frank Capra from Indicator in March
Indicator has announced the details of its March 2023 Blu-ray releases in the shape of Ernest Lubitsch's Broken Lullaby and Bluebeard's 8th Wife, James Whale's The Kiss Before the Mirror, and Frank Capra's State of the Union.
 
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10 Jan
2023
Nietzchka Keene's The Juniper Tree on BFI Blu-ray in January
Björk made her big screen debut in this haunting 1990 film from director Nietzchka Keene, a medieval folktale drawn from stories by the Brothers Grimm, which comes to Blu-ray later this month from the BFI.

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6 Jan
2023
Shingle wiped male: Slarek's review of 2022
Late again, Slarek looks back at another year in which luck was not really on his side, muses briefly on the incompetence and corruption that is destroying the country, and shares some of his picks for favourite films and discs from 2022.

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6 Jan
2023
A Swedish policier, a French Road movie & Todd Solondz in March
Adventurous new label Radiance Films has announced three new titles for Blu-ray release in March, Swedish policier The Man on the Roof, French road movie Fill ‘er Up With Super, and Todd Solondz’s Welcome To The Dollhouse.

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4 Jan
2023
George Romero's vampire gem Martin on 4K UHD and Blu-ray in February
Second Sight is to release George Romero's 70s revisionist vampire masterpiece Martin in a new 4K restoration on feature-packed Limited Edition UHD, Standard Edition UHD and Blu-ray in February.

18 Dec
2022
Nil by Mouth
Gary Oldman's first and so far only film as director, inspired by his family background, is released on Blu-ray in a new restoration for its twenty-fifth anniversary. Review by Gary Couzens.

18 Dec
2022
The Cat and the Canary & The Ghost Breakers
Slarek is transported back to his childhood days by two glorious horror-comedy gems starring Bob Hope and Paulette Godard, The Cat and The Canary & The Ghost Breakers, which have been packaged together with some excellent special features as part of the Eureka Classics range.

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16 Dec
2022
Spanish horror, classic noir and Richard Linklater from Arrow in March
Arrow has announced its March UK disc releases, which will include Spanish horror work The House That Screamed, a four-title box set of film noir classics, and Richard Linklater's groundbreaking Boyhood on Blu-ray and UHD.

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15 Dec
2022
The Draughtsman's Contract
Peter Greenaway's breakthrough feature film, The Draughtsman's Contract, has been reissued on Blu-ray by the BFI, and is reviewed here by Gary Couzens.

8 Dec
2022
Adift in Tōkyō
A debt collector offers a financially strapped law student a tidy sum to accompany him on a long walk through the streets of the capital city in Adrift in Tōkyō [Tenten], a delightfully quirky road movie from director Miki Satoshi. Slarek revisits a too-little seen oddball gem on Third Window's new Blu-ray.

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7 Dec
2022
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Art and entertainment collide to startling effect in Robert Weine's 1920 expressionist masterpiece, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, which has received a 4K upgrade from Eureka as part of the Masters of Cinema series. Slarek revisits a world of waking nightmares on UHD.

6 Dec
2022
The Ballad of Tam Lin
The Ballad of Tam Lin, Roddy McDowall's only film as director, starring Ava Gardner and Ian McShane, sat on the shelf for a few years and was a flop when it finally appeared, in more than one edit and title. It has since gained a cult following and is now released on Blu-ray by the BFI in its Flipside line, reviewed by Gary Couzens.

4 Dec
2022
Ghost Stories for Christmas, Volume One
A decade after their release on DVD, the BFI have remastered the first four of the BBC’s much-loved Christmas supernatural tales on Blu-ray, complete with all of the previous special features and new commentaries. An overjoyed Slarek revisits some of the finest TV hauntings, for the first time in high definition.

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22 Nov
2022
She Said
A journalistic investigation on a genre and structural par with All The President's Men, She Said follows the ignition of the downfall of producer Harvey Weinstein as two determined New York Times reporters gather together the threads of his undeniably, unspeakable crimes. She spoke. Camus goes on the record.
 
22 Nov
2022
Universal Noir #1
Criminally delayed by the still-ongoing horrors of postherpetic neuralgia, Slarek takes a deep dive into Universal Noir #1, a first volume of film noir titles from Universal Studios, recently released on a typically delicious 6-disc Blu-ray set by Indicator.

16 Nov
2022
Spotswood
Starring Anthony Hopkins, Spotswood (aka The Efficiency Expert) is a low-key comedy-drama released by Umbrella Entertainment on its Sunburnt Screens line. Review by Gary Couzens.

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15 Nov
2022
Connecting the unfortunate dots of chance
In a slightly overdue blog, a wincing Slarek looks back on a week of spectacular back luck and injury, notes how it has affected site productivity, and applies a bit of chaos theory to explore how the arrival of the UHD format ultimately led to him clutching his face in pain.

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14 Nov
2022
Living
Director Oliver Hermanus set himself the giant task of remaking an Akira Kurosawa classic, Ikiru. That he succeeded in transplanting the story from Tokyo to London is surprising enough but despite the similarities, Living is its own film with a towering central performance. Camus salutes the inimitable Bill Nighy…

5 Nov
2022
Dragon's Return
The citizens of a mountain village are panicked by the unexpected return of a man they all clearly have a troubled history with in Eduard Grečner’s haunting and beautifully executed 1968 drama, Dragon's Return [Drak sa vracia]. A shingles-battered Slarek welcomes the opportunity to revisit the film on Second Run’s recently released Blu-ray.

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4 Nov
2022
London Film Festival dispatch #6
Winner of this year’s LFF Best First Feature award, Manuela Martelli’s 1976 takes a sideways glance at Chile’s brutal Pinochet dictatorship. When grouped with Santiago Mitre’s Argentina 1985 and Patricio Guzmán’s My Imaginary Country, it offers fascinating insight into the trajectory of Latin American fascism. As Jair Bolsonaro clears his desk in Brazil, Jerry Whyte sifts the sands of history.

2 Nov
2022
Ingmar Bergman Volume 3
The third of the BFI’s four Blu-ray box sets, Ingmar Bergman Volume 3, takes us to Ingmar Bergman’s major works of the 1960s (and a couple of distinctly minor items). Review by Gary Couzens.