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Anton van Beek  |  Aug 27, 2015  |  0 comments

Best known for playing the superhero Birdman in a series of Hollywood blockbusters a decade earlier, washed-up actor Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is out to reinvent himself on Broadway. To this end, he has written a stage adaptation of a Raymond Carver short story, which he is also directing and starring in. However, as opening night looms, Riggan must contend with both his brilliant-but-volatile co-star Mike Shiner (Edward Norton) and recovering addict daughter, Sam (Emma Stone). And there's also the fact that Birdman himself keeps turning up to mock and criticise him…

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 07, 2013  |  0 comments

Considering the sizeable challenges the restoration team faced with Mario Bava's legendary horror anthology, this Blu-ray release of Black Sabbath is nothing short of miraculous. Both the Italian and US edits of the film boast wonderfully rich colour palettes and pleasingly natural levels of film grain throughout. The only extras on the HD platter are a chat-track and a fascinating featurette examining the differences between the two versions of the film. However, additional interviews and trailers can be found on the DVDs included in the set.

Anton van Beek  |  Nov 09, 2014  |  0 comments

Set several decades before the events depicted in Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel Treasure Island, this cracking new period drama follows the exploits of Captain James Flint (Toby Stephens) and his crew of pirates – including a scheming new cook called John Silver (Luke Arnold).

Anton van Beek  |  May 26, 2015  |  0 comments

When commercial submarine operator Robinson (Jude Law) is abruptly fired from his job with a salvage company, an old friend approaches him with a tempting offer: in 1941 a Nazi U-boat loaded with gold bars sank in the Black Sea – and he knows exactly where it lies.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 31, 2013  |  0 comments

This beautifully restored release of Mario Bava's 1960 horror debut Mask of Satan is yet more proof that there are very few other labels that treat cult films with as much care as Arrow Video. Its HD platter kicks off with both the uncut 87-minute version under its original title and the 83-minute US re-edit (re-titled Black Sunday). Adding to the comprehensive feel of the package is the inclusion of Italian and English language tracks for Mask of Satan, and extras including an audio commentary, the complete 1956 film I Vampiri (in SD) and a 54-minute trailer reel for Bava's other work.

Anton van Beek  |  May 16, 2011  |  0 comments

Black Swan might be about ballet, but that doesn’t make it a chick-flick. Mixing together elements from All About Eve, Dostoevsky’s The Double, early Polanski psycho-drama, Cronenbergian body horror and even a splash of Dario Argento’s Suspiria, Darren Aronofsky’s latest finds Natalie Portman giving an award-winning turn as a ballerina who must battle with rivals and her own repressive nature when she wins the lead role in a production of Swan Lake. But the further she goes in trying to get in touch with her dark side for the role of the Black Swan, the more her life spirals out of control.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 12, 2015  |  0 comments

Michael Mann's latest stars Chris (Thor) Hemsworth as Nicholas Hathaway, a former cyber-crook released from jail in order to aid a joint U.S.-Chinese investigation into a cyber terrorist who has used some of Hathaway's old code to bring down a nuclear reactor in Hong Kong. As the team cautiously track the mysterious reactor hacker through Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia, they find themselves a target in his ongoing campaign of terror.

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  |  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.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 16, 2013  |  0 comments

Whether your prefer 2007's Blde Runner: The Final Cut, 1992's Director's Cut, the 1982 US Theatrical Cut, the 1982 International Cut or the original Workprint, Ridley Scott's blend of sci-fi and film noir remains as philosophical, enigmatic and absorbing as ever. An unmissable movie.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 13, 2017  |  0 comments

The Blair Witch Project (1999) is one of the major cinematic milestones of the past two decades. But any attempt at turning it into a franchise was killed stone dead by the diabolical Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows (2000). Or so we thought…

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 29, 2015  |  0 comments

A masked killer starts knocking off beautiful models at a haute couture fashion house in Mario Bava's eye-popping 1964 proto-slasher Blood and Black Lace (aka Six Women for the Murderer).

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  |  Mar 08, 2018  |  0 comments

Hammer's fourth and final Mummy movie dispenses with the bandage-clad baddy altogether in favour of a buxom Egyptian queen preserved in a state of suspended animation as she awaits her rebirth.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 19, 2013  |  0 comments

While not as well known as the Hammer films of the same era, this period shocker about a Satanic cult that takes hold of the children in a 17th Century village is one of the better British genre films of the 1970s. Stunningly directed by Piers Haggard, this literate and chilling film also benefits from a superb central performance from Linda Hayden as nubile cult leader Angel. This Blu-ray release delivers a beautifully restored AVC 1.85:1 1080p encode alongside a fabulous LPCM mono mix that gets the best out of the film's haunting score. Extras include a 20-minute Making of… and a pair of chat-tracks.