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Anton van Beek  |  Sep 20, 2016  |  0 comments

Despite being a leading light in world cinema since the 1980s, the work of Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar has been under-represented on UK Blu-ray. Indeed, until the arrival of this boxset, only his three most recent films had been released on hi-def platters over here.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 12, 2016  |  0 comments

Welcome to the world of 'Pinky Violence'. The result of mixing together two different aspects of Japanese exploitation cinema –  the brutality of Yakuza crime films and the sensuality of so-called 'Pink' erotic flicks – the 'Pinky Violence' genre blossomed in the 1970s as Japanese studios attempted to woo local audiences into cinemas with something that their TV couldn't give them. Standing tallest of all in this genre was the deadly female convict known by friends and enemies alike as Scorpion.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 01, 2016  |  0 comments

Disney's decision to produce live-action remakes of its beloved animated features continues its winning streak with this visually spectacular blockbuster reworking of The Jungle Book.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 25, 2016  |  0 comments

Anthropomorphic animals have been the key feature of animation since the art form's earliest days. And you only have to look at the longevity and familiarity of characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck to see how important the concept has been to the Walt Disney brand. Never before, though, has the studio approached the subject as subversively as it has with Zootropolis.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 11, 2016  |  0 comments

This steamy 1984 thriller stars Kathleen Turner as Joanna Crane, a fashion designer who moonlights as a prostitute called China Blue. But Joanna's double-life is soon complicated by the arrival of two new men in her life. The first is Bobby (John Laughlin), an unhappily married electronics expert hired to spy on Joanna, who ends up falling in love with her instead. Much more troubling is the obsessive 'Reverend' Peter Shayne (Anthony Perkins), whose idea of 'saving' Joanna/China isn't likely to win him the Samaritan of the Year award...

Anton van Beek  |  Jun 20, 2016  |  0 comments

The 1970s saw the British film industry at its lowest ebb, with the biggest domestic box office hits of the decade coming from TV sitcom spin-offs (1971's On the Buses actually beat out Diamonds Are Forever at UK cinemas) and flaccid sex comedies. But cinema's loss was television's gain, and filmmakers interested in dealing with more challenging and experimental concepts found an outlet for their work on the small screen instead.

Anton van Beek  |  Jun 07, 2016  |  0 comments

Arrow Video's ongoing quest to give every classic Italian giallo it can get its hands on a hi-def makeover continues with this double-pack of terrific murder-mysteries from director Emilio P. Miraglia.

Anton van Beek  |  Jun 01, 2016  |  0 comments

Like several other Roger Corman productions we could name, the story of how Blood Bath came to be is far more interesting than the movie itself...

Anton van Beek  |  May 04, 2016  |  0 comments

Eight months after the Miskatonic Massacre, Doctors Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) and Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) return from serving as medics in a South American civil war to take up jobs at the Miskatonic University Hospital. Moving into a house next door to the cemetery, Herbert continues his experiments re-animating the dead. When he comes across the heart of Dan's former lover Megan in the hospital morgue, he gets the idea of bringing her back to life in a body assembled from disparate parts. As you do.

Anton van Beek  |  May 01, 2016  |  0 comments

When his tomboy cousins mock Max (Emjay Anthony) for writing a letter to Santa, his love of all-things Christmas reaches breaking point and he tears the letter up and scatters it to the wind. The following day, Max's family wake up to discover that the entire area has been hit by a sudden blizzard and they are soon under siege by a horned ghoul and his army of misfit monsters.

Anton van Beek  |  Apr 29, 2016  |  0 comments

Not one of the most prolific Italian filmmakers, Luciano Ercoli demonstrated a sense of cinematic flair and style that makes it hard not to wonder what he might have gone on to create had he not retired after directing just eight films. This is especially true of his two forays into the giallo genre with the actress who would become his wife, Nieves Navarro (credited in these flicks as Susan Scott).

Anton van Beek  |  Apr 28, 2016  |  0 comments

Thirty years have passed since the fall of the Empire and the galaxy is in turmoil once again. Luke Skywalker has disappeared and a new threat calling itself the First Order has risen from the ashes of the Empire, bringing with it a new world-destroying super-weapon. Meanwhile, on the desolate desert planet of Jakku, a spirited young scavenger called Rey (Daisy Ridley) befriends a cute little droid and ends up on the run with former Stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega).

Anton van Beek  |  Apr 18, 2016  |  0 comments

One of William Shakespeare's most iconic plays, Macbeth has been catnip to filmmakers over the decades. Heck, just a few month back we were casting our eye over the Blu-ray release of Justin Kurzel's recent adaptation in the pages of Home Cinema Choice magazine. But one still reigns supreme as the definitive cinematic incarnation – Roman Polanski's The Tragedy of Macbeth (1971).

Anton van Beek  |  Apr 15, 2016  |  0 comments

Picking up exactly where The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 left off, this franchise closer opens in media res, with the realisation of what happened to her former Games teammate Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) giving Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) a new thirst for revenge against President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 07, 2016  |  0 comments

Exactly how many times can HBO's fantasy series pull the rug out from under its viewers? Even in the aftermath of the Red Wedding, it still has the power to shock and surprise audiences and this fifth year is no exception.