17th Apr2019

‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey, Michael Been, Verna Bloom, Harry Dean Stanton | Written by Paul Schrader | Directed by Martin Scorsese After The Color of Money had proven a box office hit, Martin Scorsese shifted his attention a couple of thousand years, to the life and death of Jesus Christ (Willem Dafoe). […]

12th Apr2019

‘Welcome to Marwen’ Blu-ray Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Steve Carell, Eiza González, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Janelle Monáe | Written by Caroline Thompson, Robert Zemeckis | Directed by Robert Zemeckis Robert Zemeckis’ recent cinematic entities have entailed one single word if anything else is “mediocre”. The one-time directing king of spectacle with Cast Away, Back to the Future, Forrest Gump etc., has, in […]

10th Apr2019

‘Before Dawn’ Blu-ray Review (101 Films)

by Dan Woolstencroft

Stars: Dominic Brunt, Joanne Mitchell, Eileen O’Brien, Nicky Evans, Alex Baldacci | Written by Mark Illis, Joanne Mitchell | Directed by Dominic Brunt There’s unlikely to be a review of Before Dawn written that doesn’t mention director and star Dominic Brunt’s Emmerdale connection. Brunt has starred as Paddy Kirk on the long running soap since […]

09th Apr2019

‘Aquaman’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison, Ludi Lin, Michael Beach, Randall Park, Graham McTavish | Written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, Will Beall | Directed by James Wan Directed by James Wan (Furious 7), Aquaman is the latest DC superhero to get the solo […]

08th Apr2019

‘Devil Hunter’ Blu-ray Review (88 Films)

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Al Cliver, Antônio do Cabo, Antonio Mayans, Bertrand Altmann, Gisela Hahn, Ursula Buchfellner, Werner Pochath | Written by Jess Franco, Julian Esteban | Directed by Jess Franco Its hard to believe, but growing up I thought Jess Franco was a horror-filmmaking god; even though I’d never seen a single one of his genre films. […]

08th Apr2019

Competition: Win horror ‘Iguana with the Tongue of Fire’ on Blu-ray!

by Phil Wheat

To celebrate the release of The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire – available on Blu-ray April 8th from Arrow Video – we’re giving away a copy. One of several ‘animal-in-the-title’ cash-ins released in the wake of Dario Argento’s box-office smash The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire is […]

01st Apr2019

‘Detour’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Edmund MacDonald, Claudia Drake | Written by Martin Goldsmith | Directed by Edward G. Ulmer Thanks to its absurd plotting and an even more absurd running time (it’s not even seventy minutes long), Detour is a breeze of a watch. Essentially a noir road movie, it’s fast, funny, grimy and […]

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25th Mar2019

‘To Sleep With Anger’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Danny Glover, Mary Alice, Richard Brooks, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Paul Butler | Written and Directed by Charles Burnett Made in 1990, the title To Sleep With Anger may make it sound like a straight-to-VHS domestic abuse thriller but this film is actually a sensitive, sad and funny drama about an African-American community in Los […]

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25th Mar2019

88 Films to unleash ‘Pets and ‘Star Time’ on UK Blu!

by Phil Wheat

Formerly only available via import, 88 Films are set to release to exploitation “classics” on Blu-ray this June  24th- Pets, from director Raphael Nussbaum and Star Time, the magnum opus from writer/director Alexander Cassini. Full details and artwork for both release are below; and you can pre-order both films at the following links: Pets | […]

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25th Mar2019

‘Creed II’ Blu-ray Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu, Russell Hornsby, Wood Harris, Milo Ventimiglia, Robbie Johns, Andre Ward, Brigitte Nielsen | Written by Sylvester Stallone, Cheo Hodari Coker | Directed by Steven Caple Jr. Steven Caple Jr.’s Creed II, the long-anticipated follow-up to Ryan Coogler’s 2015 film Creed, itself […]

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19th Mar2019

Competition: Win ‘Blood Hunger: The Films of Jose Larraz’ on Blu-ray from Arrow Video!

by Phil Wheat

To celebrate the release of Blood Hunger: The Films of Jose Larraz – available on Blu-ray March 25th from Arrow Video – we’re giving away a boxset. One of the most underrated and oft-neglected genre filmmakers of his generation, Spanish-born director José Ramón Larraz (Symptoms) finally receives his due with this collection of his work, […]

19th Mar2019

‘Death in Venice’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Björn Andrésen, Marisa Berenson, Mark Burns, Silvana Mangano | Written by Nicola Badalucco, Luchino Visconti | Directed by Luchino Visconti Thomas Mann’s 1912 novella Der Tod in Venedig focused on a German writer named Gustav von Aschenbach, who decides to take a holiday to Venice, where he falls in love. The greatest change in Luchino […]

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18th Mar2019

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Blu-ray Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Johnny Depp, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, Wolf Roth, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Derek Riddell, Ezra Miller, Cornell John | Written by J.K. Rowling | Directed by David Yates [NOTE: With the film now out to buy, here’s a reposting of our review of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of […]

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18th Mar2019

‘La Verite’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Sami Frey, Paul Meaurisse, Charles Vanel, Marie-José Nat | Written by Henri-Georges Clouzot, Véra Clouzot, Simone Drieu, Jérôme Géronimi, Michèle Perrein, Christiane Rochefort | Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot A mighty success at the time, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1960 thriller La Vérité was the film to make a serious actor of Brigitte Bardot. A big part […]

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14th Mar2019

Competition: Win ‘Royal Rumble 2019′ on Blu-ray

by Phil Wheat

To celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD release of Royal Rumble 2019 (available to buy from Monday 18th March) – we are giving away a Blu-ray to one lucky winner! It’s the Royal Rumble – the first major event of 2019 for WWE, the most anticipated match of the year, and the first stop on the […]

12th Mar2019

‘Slaughterhouse Rulez’ Blu-ray Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Finn Cole, Asa Butterfield, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Michael Sheen, Margot Robbie, Hermione Corfield, Jo Hartley, Jamie Blackley, Isabella Laughland, Tom Rhys Harries, Kit Connor, Hanako Footman, Jane Stanness | Written by Crispian Mills, Henry Fitzherbert | Directed by Crispian Mills Slaughterhouse Rulez, directed by Crispian Mills, is the first produced joint venture between Simon Pegg […]

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11th Mar2019

‘The Grinch’ Blu-ray Review

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Features the voices of: Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones, Pharrell Williams, Tristan O’Hare, Kenan Thompson, Angela Lansbury | Written by Michael LeSieur, Tommy Swerdlow | Directed by Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed […]

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07th Mar2019

‘Possum’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Sean Harris, Alun Armstrong, Simon Bubb, Andy Blithe, Charlie Eales, Ryan Enever, Raphel Famotibe, Joe Gallucci, Pamela Cook | Written and Directed by Matthew Holness “Can you spy him deep within? Little Possum. Black as sin.” That’s just part of the creepy children’s poem that accentuates the sheer bloody terror in Possum, a supremely […]

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05th Mar2019

‘Ugetsu’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Masayuki Mori, Eitaro Ozawa, Kinuyo Tanaka, Mitsuko Mito, Machiko Kyō | Written by Matsutarō Kawaguchi, Yoshikata Yoda | Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi Kenji Mizoguchi was one part of the Holy Trinity of directors – alongside Akira Kurosawa and Yasujirō Ozu – spearheading the Golden Age of Japanese cinema in the 1950s. Released in 1953, […]

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27th Feb2019

Vestron Video: ‘Class of 1999′ Blu-ray Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Bradley Gregg, Traci Lind, Malcolm McDowell, Pam Grier, John P. Ryan, Stacy Keach, Patrick Kilpatrick | Written by C. Courtney Joyner | Directed by Mark L. Lester Ever wondered what Mark L. Lester did after Commando? Well, he directed a terrible John Candy comedy called Armed and Dangerous. But then he made this bizarre […]

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26th Feb2019

Vestron Video: ‘The Unholy’ Blu-ray Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Ben Cross, Hal Holbrook, Ruben Rabasa, Ned Beatty, Trevor Howard, Jill Carroll | Written by Philip Yordan, Fernando Fonseca | Directed by Camilo Vila In the church of St Agnes, the ageing Father Dennis (Ruden Rabasa) is seduced by a nude woman with enormous ‘80s hair. Three years later, young Father Michael (Ben “Sarek” […]

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25th Feb2019

Vestron Video: ‘Parents’ Blu-ray Review

by Rupert Harvey

Stars: Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, Sandy Dennis, Bryan Madorsky | Written by Christopher Hawthorne | Directed by Bob Balaban “Real grown-ups don’t get upset,” reckons Michael Laemle (Bryan Madorsky), a young boy trapped in an idyllic 1950s condo with his creepily conventional parents. It’s a comment that betrays his increasingly twisted thinking. He suspects […]

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