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Anton van Beek  |  Feb 26, 2018  |  0 comments

While the huge influence his Night of the Living Dead/Dawn of the Dead/Day of the Dead trilogy had on horror cinema ensures that the late George A. Romero will always be remembered as the 'father of the zombie film', his 40-year career as a filmmaker understandably dealt with more than just the undead.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 24, 2018  |  0 comments

Following a lengthy gap with no new UK releases, fans of Hammer Studios' classic output are currently enjoying a Blu-ray bonanza. First came four solo titles from Studiocanal (Blood from the Mummy's Tomb, Demons of the Mind, Fear in the Night and Scars of Dracula), and now we have the first in a series of four volumes of Hammer boxsets planned by indie label Indicator.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 22, 2018  |  0 comments

Now in its penultimate season, HBO's epic fantasy series has moved far beyond where author George R. R. Martin has got to with the source novels and is carving its own path to a suitably big finale.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 20, 2018  |  0 comments

In the weeks leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall, MI6 operative Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) arrives in the snow-covered city to track down a confidential list of undercover agents before it falls into the wrong hands. Aiding Lorraine in her assignment is eccentric local MI6 agent David Percival (James McAvoy) – although it isn't long before she starts to suspect that he may have his own plans for the list. And where does the mysterious woman (Sofia Boutella) who keeps tailing her everywhere fit into things?

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 14, 2018  |  0 comments

The Summer of 1982 saw the release of two films that flopped at cinemas, but which have since gone on to be seen as classics of their respective genres. One was Ridley Scott's Blade Runner and the other was this, John Carpenter's horrifying remake of The Thing from Another World (1951).

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 10, 2018  |  0 comments

Enjoyably silly creature-feature It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955) kicks off this three-film boxset in fine style with its story of a giant radioactive octopus attacking San Francisco. While the human characters are as dull as you'd expect, Harryhausen's beast is an absolute triumph – even if it does only have six tentacles because the budget wouldn't stretch to animating eight of them.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 28, 2018  |  0 comments

When it comes to the Evil Dead franchise, there's nothing that Bruce Campbell won't put himself through. Over the course of three films and two seasons of this belated TV spin-off, the actor has been bruised and abused on a regular basis.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 25, 2018  |  0 comments

When American intelligence officer Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes near the island of Themyscira, hidden home to the Amazonian race of warrior women, he is rescued by Diana (Gal Gadot), demigod daughter of Zeus and Amazon queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen). Learning of the war that currently ravages the outside world, Diana is sure that it can only be the work of Ares, God of War, and vows to accompany Steve back to 'Man's World' and restore peace.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 23, 2018  |  0 comments

When the ancient, soul-sucking mummy of Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) is freed from her tomb in Iraq and unleashed in present-day England, the only people that stand in her way are treasure-hunting US soldier Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and archaeologist Jennifer Halsey (Annabelle Wallis). But Ahmanet has her own plan for Nick, one that could release an even greater evil on the world…

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 21, 2018  |  0 comments

A small group of highly skilled mercenaries are brought together in France by an Irish operative to steal a mysterious briefcase. What follows is a modern action classic of the kind they sadly don't make any more…

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 19, 2018  |  0 comments

Loosely based on Sarah Waters' 2002 Victorian crime novel Fingersmith (previously adapted for TV by the BBC in 2005), The Handmaiden relocates the story to the Japanese-ruled Korea of the 1930s and transforms it into an outrageously sexy yet curiously heartfelt thriller that is surely director Park Chan-wook's most accomplished work to date.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 15, 2018  |  0 comments

Based on Masamune Shirow's legendary late '80s manga series of the same name, this Hollywood production of Ghost in the Shell follows the exploits of the Major (Scarlett Johansson), a highly-advanced cyborg working for counterterrorist taskforce Section 9. The first of her kind, the Major is an entirely artificial body housing a brain rescued from a dying young woman.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 12, 2018  |  0 comments

Set 30 years after the events of its dystopian predecessor, Blade Runner 2049 finds that things have only gotten much worse for everyone in the interim. Pollution is more pronounced, a 10-day electronic blackout has left a gaping wound in humanity’s digital history, mass-starvation was only averted through the development of bug farms and the new breed of Nexus replicants developed by the Wallace Corporation (which has taken over from the defunct Tyrell Corp) are treated little better than slaves by society.

Team HCC  |  Dec 08, 2017  |  0 comments

Warner Bros. has announced the US home entertainment release date for Blade Runner 2049. According to the official announcement from Warner Bros. director Denis Villenueve's spectacular science-fiction sequel will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and DVD on January 16. The lack of any mention of Dolby Vision (something that was specifically referenced in the same studio's recent announcement for the 4K release of Stephen King's IT) would appear to indicate that the 4K platter will only offer HDR10. Dolby Atmos soundtracks will be featured on both the 4K and Blu-ray versions of the film.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 01, 2017  |  0 comments

Based on the popular French comic book series Valérian and Laureline (1967-2010), Luc Besson's long-awaited return to outer space is a madcap explosion of imagination and spectacle that serves up more weird aliens and gimmicks than all of the Star Wars films combined.