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Time Zone Inn by Eric Cotenas (5th April 2020)

Preparing for a long distance relationship, actor Enzo (Marco Cassini) and teacher Mina (The Girl in the Fog's Lucrezia Guidone) arrive at the Time Zone Inn, a bed and breakfast in which the rooms represent different time zones and the guests must adhere to a set of rules according to owner Libera (Tainted Souls's Paolo Perinelli): to diet on the native foods of their time zone, they must never enter each other's rooms, and to spend no more than two hours in each other's company. Mina picks Paris and Enzo picks London, but Big Ben and bangers and mash compare poorly to Notre Dame and hot croissants, and Enzo quickly breaks the rules to visit Mina; whereupon some of the real worries about the future of their relationship come to the fore. Mina has been unable to find work at universities in Italy but has had offers from Paris. She feels guilty about sponging off of her retired parents but wants to know if sh...


Bill Withers: Still Bill by James-Masaki Ryan (5th April 2020)

"Bill Withers: Still Bill" (2009) On March 30th, 2020, singer songwriter Bill Withers passed away from heart complications in Los Angeles, California at the age of 81. Although Withers started his music career when he was 32 years old and was active for only 15 years in the business, he left an undying legacy and a catalog of incredible songs that has rarely been equaled by any other artist. He was a unique and honest artist that left a mark of positivity for listeners, he crossed genre boundaries by doing what he liked, and that resonated with the fans. It's hard to find a music listener that doesn't like Withers or appreciate his works. He may have not recorded any new music after 1985, but through cover songs, remixes, tracks featured in films and television, as well as being passed down from generation to generation, his voice lives on. "Still Bill" is a documentary by filmmakers Damani Baker and Alex Vlack released in 2009, which chronicled Withers' life through newly done interviews with the singer himse...


The Brain by Anthony Arrigo (5th April 2020)

On occasion I have mused about the good ol’ days, spent endlessly perusing the aisles of my local video store and committing to memory a number of awesome VHS covers for films which I never watched. As an adult it’s been fun tracking down some of these titles… though the less fun part that usually follows involves me learning the cover art far exceeds the film itself in terms of quality (shocker). That’s not always the case, though. Sometimes a film manages to, at the very least, capture the vibe given off by its eye-catching art. I’m gonna say “The Brain” (1988) fits that bill. The VHS artwork features the titular organ with a wide, toothy maw and massive dark eyes, partially hidden in shadow. It’s a striking image. You know how it goes with most cover art creatures – the picture sells you and the special FX underwhelms you. But in this instance the eponymous gray matter actually looks fairly spot-on… just so long as it isn’t moving. James Majelewski (Tom Breznahan) is a smart slacker, excelling on paper but causing mischief constantly in his daily life. The kid loves a good prank. After a particularly explosive stunt at school the principal finally has had enough and so, durin...


April Fool's Day: Collector's Edition by Anthony Arrigo (4th April 2020)

Striking the right balance between horror and comedy is a tricky prospect few films can achieve successfully. More often than not it seems the best approach is having the filmmakers write and direct with a focus on horror while the actors to grease up funny bones. Situational humor can be easy to find in horror without making it contrived. One of the best examples of making it work is “April Fool’s Day” (1986), which comes from Frank Mancuso, Jr., a man who had already made his name in the horror business by producing every “Friday the 13th” sequel, from “Part 2” (1981) to “A New Beginning” (1985). Mancuso, Jr. could no doubt see the writing on the walls by 1986: the slasher era was over… but it was ripe for parody – and after staking claim to one infamous calendar date, why not go for another? Muffy St. John (Deborah Foreman) has invited her cousin, Skip (Griffin O’Neal) and a bunch of friends to her family’s island mansion for a weekend of guffaws and gags leading up to the upcoming April Fools’ Day. Everyone is super pump...


Buster Keaton: 3 Films Volume 2 (Limited Edition) by Eric Cotenas (2nd April 2020)

"Presented from stunning 4K restorations, The Masters of Cinema Series presents three more films by the great Buster Keaton in their UK debuts on Blu-ray." National Film Registry (won) - National Film Preservation Board, 2018 Upper class fop Rollo Treadway (Keaton) suddenly gets it into his head to get married, send his butler to arrange for honeymoon passage to Hawaii, and is chauffeured across the street to propose to neighbor Betsy (Midnight Faces's Kathryn McGuire), daughter of John O'Brien (The General's Frederick Vroom) who has just added to his coffers by selling his ship The Navigator to some foreign gentlemen who need to get supplies from America to their country which is at war with their own neighbors. Betsy rejects Rollo's proposal and he returns home dispirited but decides to go on the honeymoon ...


Buster Keaton: 3 Films Volume 2 (Limited Edition) by Eric Cotenas (2nd April 2020)

"Presented from stunning 4K restorations, The Masters of Cinema Series presents three more films by the great Buster Keaton in their UK debuts on Blu-ray." National Film Registry (won) - National Film Preservation Board, 2018 Upper class fop Rollo Treadway (Keaton) suddenly gets it into his head to get married, send his butler to arrange for honeymoon passage to Hawaii, and is chauffeured across the street to propose to neighbor Betsy (Midnight Faces's Kathryn McGuire), daughter of John O'Brien (The General's Frederick Vroom) who has just added to his coffers by selling his ship The Navigator to some foreign gentlemen who need to get supplies from America to their country which is at war with their own neighbors. Betsy rejects Rollo's proposal and he returns home dispirited but decides to go on the honeymoon ...


Buster Keaton: 3 Films Volume 2 (Limited Edition) by Eric Cotenas (2nd April 2020)

"Presented from stunning 4K restorations, The Masters of Cinema Series presents three more films by the great Buster Keaton in their UK debuts on Blu-ray." National Film Registry (won) - National Film Preservation Board, 2018 Upper class fop Rollo Treadway (Keaton) suddenly gets it into his head to get married, send his butler to arrange for honeymoon passage to Hawaii, and is chauffeured across the street to propose to neighbor Betsy (Midnight Faces's Kathryn McGuire), daughter of John O'Brien (The General's Frederick Vroom) who has just added to his coffers by selling his ship The Navigator to some foreign gentlemen who need to get supplies from America to their country which is at war with their own neighbors. Betsy rejects Rollo's proposal and he returns home dispirited but decides to go on the honeymoon ...


Beat the Devil by James-Masaki Ryan (31st March 2020)

"Beat the Devil" (1953) English couple Harry Chelm (played by Edward Underdown) and his wife Gwendolyn Chelm (played by Jennifer Jones) are on a getaway in southern Italy where they meet the charming Billy Dannreuther (played by Humphrey Bogart) and his wife Maria (played by Gina Lollobrigida). The Dannreuthers like the Chelms are at the port town waiting for a boat to Africa. While the Chelms going there for pleasure, Billy is tangled in a scheme to invest in a uranium plantation in Africa, along with a cohort of dangerous and questionable men. They are the heavyweight leader Mr. Peterson (played by Robert Morley), the tall Italian Ravello (played by Marco Tulli), the Argentine settled German O'Hara (played by Peter Lorre), and the Nazi sympathizer Jack Ross (played by ...


Touchez Pas Au Grisbi by Robert Segedy (30th March 2020)

Growing old is difficult even in the best of circumstances. Max le Menteur (Jean Gabin) knows the score better than most; an aging gangster in France’s underworld, he is admired by all. A man of distinction and manners, he is the epitome of class; a sharp dresser, he makes all the hotspots in town, always accompanied by a beautiful woman and his best friend and partner of over twenty years Riton (René Dary). Max has seen and done it all and he now finds life lacking; he dreams of retiring and living an easy life filled with simple pleasures. In order to help fund his retirement, Max has 96 kilos in gold bars stashed away from a recent airport robbery and he simply needs to wait until the heat passes and then he can make his big escape from the criminal lifestyle that has held him captive for many years. At 50 Max is a skilled craftsman; he has never served a single day of time and now he wants out. His weakness is his loyalty to his pal Riton, and there are those who are very much aware of Max’s Achilles Heel. Max’s nemesis comes in the characters of local drug dealer Angelo (...


Standing Up, Falling Down by James-Masaki Ryan (29th March 2020)

"Standing Up, Falling Down" (2019) Scott (played by Ben Schwartz) is a 34 year old that tried his hand at stand up comedy in Los Angeles for the past few years. But as success never came by, he has decided to give it up and return to his parent's home in Long Island. His mother (played by Debra Monk is very loving and welcoming of his return while his father (played by Kevin DunnGrace Gummer) is 30 and still living at home and constantly teases her older brother. Scott sparks up an unlikely friendship with Marty (played by Billy Crystal), a dermatologist in his 60s that makes his rounds frequently at the local bar, is a pot smoker, and alienated from his grown children. The two have little in common but somehow their influences on each other lead to major changes in their lives, for better or worse. "Standing Up, Falling Down" may featu...


Passport to Pimlico by Eric Cotenas (27th March 2020)

Oscar (Best Writing, Story and Screenplay): T.E.B. Clarke (nominated) - Academy Awards, 1950 BAFTA Film Award Best British Film (nominated) - BAFTA Awards, 1950 Pamela, the last unexploded German bomb in England is in Miramont Gardens, Pimlico and due to be moved to a museum for an exhibition on local arts and culture; that is, until another last bomb is discovered, whereupon orders come down to blow Pamela up. The local mischief makers, however, get to it first, accidentally letting a wheel roll down the street and into the pit setting off the explosion. Shop keeper Arthur Pemberton (Brief Encounter's Stanley Holloway), who has been trying to get the town council to agree to develop the blown-up ruins of Miramont Gardens into a park with an open air swimming pool, falls into the pit and finds a gold coin in the rubble. He returns that night with his daughter Shirley (Doctor at Large's


Inherit the Viper by Eric Cotenas (27th March 2020)

For two generations in an Appalachian mill town, the Conley family have been the pill-pushing kingpins with their latest concentration on Oxycontin considering how easy it is to for injured mill workers to get addicted; and daughter Josie (The Deuce's Margarita Levieva) is perfectly willing to exploit that weakness even though her imprisoned father's emphysemic ex-partner Clay (Black Sunday's Bruce Dern) disapproves. Her ex-army sniper brother Kip (Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later's Josh Hartnett) is in on the operation but is looking fo a way out now that his hairdresser girlfriend Eve (Blair Witch's Valorie Curry) is pregnant and his hero-worshipping teenage...


Kwaidan: Limited Edition by Eric Cotenas (25th March 2020)

Oscar (Best Foreign Language Film): Kwaidan (nominated) - Academy Awards, 1966 Jury Special Prize: Masaki Kobayashi (won) and Palme d'Or: Masaki Kobayashi (nominated) - Cannes Film Festival, 1965 From Japan comes a floridly-colored Tohoscope and Fujicolor portmanteau of ghost stories drawn not from Japanese folklore but from Greek/Irish Lafcadio Hearn, an American correspondent living in Japan at the end of the nineteenth century whose published story collections were part of the early twentieth century oriental vogue in America and England. That the film had until the more recent international J-Horror craze following the releases of Ringu and Ju-on: The Grudge been one of the best-known and widely-seen examples of Japanese horror – alongside ...


One Missed Call 2 AKA Chakushin ari 2 (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (25th March 2020)

One Missed Call Trilogy One Missed Call (Miike Takashi, 2003) synopsis: At a gathering of her friends in a restaurant, Yoko (Nagata Anna) receives a mysterious call on her mobile telephone which is signalled by a creepy, childish ringtone. The call, which is from Yoko’s own number, is dated two days in the future. Yoko hears the sound of a level crossing and a woman’s voice, her own, saying, ‘Oh no, it’s raining’ before screaming. Two days later, Yoko is on the telephone to her friend Yumi (Shibasaki Ko); Yumi hears the level crossing, and Yoko speaking the same phrase Yoko heard in the mysterious message. Immediately afterwards, Yoko is attacked by an unseen force that hurls her into the path of a passing train. Yoko’s death is simply the latest in a series of mysterious deaths, all of which are linked by similarly mysterious telephone calls received by the victims in the days and hours before the incidents that claimed their lives. Yumi’s friend Kenji (Ida Atsushi) is the next to receive a similarly mysterious phone ...


One Missed Call 3: Final AKA Chakushin ari final (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (25th March 2020)

One Missed Call Trilogy One Missed Call (Miike Takashi, 2003) synopsis: At a gathering of her friends in a restaurant, Yoko (Nagata Anna) receives a mysterious call on her mobile telephone which is signalled by a creepy, childish ringtone. The call, which is from Yoko’s own number, is dated two days in the future. Yoko hears the sound of a level crossing and a woman’s voice, her own, saying, ‘Oh no, it’s raining’ before screaming. Two days later, Yoko is on the telephone to her friend Yumi (Shibasaki Ko); Yumi hears the level crossing, and Yoko speaking the same phrase Yoko heard in the mysterious message. Immediately afterwards, Yoko is attacked by an unseen force that hurls her into the path of a passing train. Yoko’s death is simply the latest in a series of mysterious deaths, all of which are linked by similarly mysterious telephone calls received by the victims in the days and hours before the incidents that claimed their lives. Yumi’s friend Kenji (Ida Atsushi) is the next to receive a similarly mysterious phone ...


One Missed Call AKA Chakushin ari (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (25th March 2020)

One Missed Call Trilogy One Missed Call (Miike Takashi, 2003) synopsis: At a gathering of her friends in a restaurant, Yoko (Nagata Anna) receives a mysterious call on her mobile telephone which is signalled by a creepy, childish ringtone. The call, which is from Yoko’s own number, is dated two days in the future. Yoko hears the sound of a level crossing and a woman’s voice, her own, saying, ‘Oh no, it’s raining’ before screaming. Two days later, Yoko is on the telephone to her friend Yumi (Shibasaki Ko); Yumi hears the level crossing, and Yoko speaking the same phrase Yoko heard in the mysterious message. Immediately afterwards, Yoko is attacked by an unseen force that hurls her into the path of a passing train. Yoko’s death is simply the latest in a series of mysterious deaths, all of which are linked by similarly mysterious telephone calls received by the victims in the days and hours before the incidents that claimed their lives. Yumi’s friend Kenji (Ida Atsushi) is the next to receive a similarly mysterious phone ...


Long Day's Journey Into Night by Eric Cotenas (22nd March 2020)

Oscar (Best Actress in a Leading Role): Katharine Hepburn (nominated) - Academy Awards, 1963 Golden Globe (Best Actress - Drama): Katharine Hepburn (nominated) - Golden Globes, 1963 Palme d'Or: Sidney Lumet (nominated), Best Actor: Dean Stockwell, Jason Robards, and Ralph Richardson (won), Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn (won) - Cannes Film Festival, 1962 The Tyrone family – faded stage actor James (The Wrong Box's Ralph Richardson), fragile wife Mary (The Philadelphia Story's ...


Toys Are Not For Children by Robert Segedy (22nd March 2020)

Here we have an unusual film by any means; appealing to an exploitation market, but having stronger, almost art house yearnings in some scenes. I was surprised that Arrow was offering this long forgotten gem up, this being more the market for Something Weird Video, but nonetheless Arrow has sourced a brand new 2k restoration from the original film elements and the film looks very good despite its age. I really didn’t know what I was in store for upon viewing this film, but in a way coming into it blind left me open to decide whether or not it worked. This small film is a sad and depressing tale of a young girl with some serious father issues. The topic of incest has been used countless times to “put asses in the seats” of the theaters that used to populate 42nd Street in New York and this film is no doubt a contender for some type of award (most like a twisted after school special award). The film opens up with a young woman Jamie Goddard (Marcia Forbes) pretending to masturbate with a large toy soldier doll and murmuring “Daddy, O Daddy!” No sooner are we siting up straight in our seats when the bedroom door flings open and the girl’s mother, Edna (...


Woman Chasing the Butterfly of Death by Robert Segedy (21st March 2020)

So jaded film goer, do you feel that you have seen it all, that you have searched high and low and that you have waded in the river of desultory cult films and that you are bored and unimpressed by what you have found? Where to turn next? Why not take a walk on the wild side, be a bit risky, and see what gems other countries have to offer? Well, my friend, allow me to introduce you to the surrealistic world of director Ki-young Kim, a maverick film maker who unfortunately left us much too early, but his incredible output still exists to challenge and engage us in some head shaking, thought provoking material nonetheless. The director, who originally started out pursuing a career in dentistry, got sidetracked by an interest in the theater. He was tapped by the U.S. Information Service in 1955 during the Korean War to produce propaganda films and using discarded equipment, he made his first two films which were huge successes. Kim made a number of documentaries for the U.S. Information Service and gave him a hand on education on how to bring in a film under budget and under time while keeping expenses low. Utilizing his success as a filmmaker, Kim went on to found his own productio...


We: Uncut Director's Edition by Robert Segedy (21st March 2020)

How are we to feel when the once shockable is now considered passé? Is it a reflection upon our society, our times, the current state of cinema, or is that we, as viewers, have grown jaded and nonplussed at what we see on the screen? This is what I was mentally debating as I watched this film; so is it just me that is yawning at the been there, done that feeling of the film or is there something much stronger buried in the subtext of Rene Eller’s debut film. Sure, Larry Clark’s scathing film "Kids" (1995) was fairly strong stuff when it first premiered, but since then we have seen plenty of nihilism and teenage sex, so what makes this any better than the whole sordid lot of earlier films? Aside from the gratuitous hardcore sex scenes and the typical teens run amuck hijinks, does Eller really have more to say that the typical ho hum response from the critics? Based on a novel written by Elvis Peeters (actually a pseudonym for the duo consisting of Jos Verlooy and his wife Nicole van Bael) this film is set in a small village in a Belgian-Dutch border area, the plot concerns eight t...


Trial by Fire by Robert Segedy (21st March 2020)

In my opinion, no one presents a better face wracked with anguish than Laura Dern. Dern first caught my eye years ago when I saw her in a film entitled "Smooth Talk" (1985) that made my head spin. In it, Dern portrays a spirited 15-year-old girl that is ready to discover what the world is all about; Treat Williams is a mysterious stranger that shows up at her home while the rest of the family is away for the day. Dern’s performance is amazing and she perfectly captures the restlessness and curiosity of a youngster that is itching to shed her parent’s restrictions. That film was her introduction to me and she won me over with her beauty and talent. She would go one to star in many films, including David Lynch’s classic of demented Americana "Blue Velvet" (1986) and steamed up the screen opposite Nicolas Cage in another Lynch film "Wild at Heart" (1990) and took some wild risks in Lynch’s intense "Inland Empire" (2006), riding a rollercoaster of emotions. Her parents, of course, being actors themselves, ...


Pursuit by Anthony Arrigo (20th March 2020)

In today’s age of infinite media, where thousands of films have been made available via myriad streaming services, it seems downright quaint to imagine a time when the only major alternative to theatrical releases was the once-vaunted Movie of the Week. Viewers would have to turn on the television at a set time – no DVRs back in those days – and sit through endless commercials as the feature unfolded. The small screen attracted big names, too, and it was not uncommon to see big screen actors adding their gravitas to network productions. In the instance of “Pursuit” (1972), the talent comes not only from in front of the camera – Ben Gazzara, E.G. Marshall, Martin Sheen – but behind, too, with Michael Crichton making his directorial debut, helming his own 1972 novel, “Binary”. When a convoy is attacked in the night and its payload stolen, Steven Graves (Ben Gazzara) is brought in to investigate James Wright (E.G. Marshall), a political extr...


The Blob: Collector's Edition by Anthony Arrigo (20th March 2020)

When talk turns to the subject of remakes that got it right, my top three responses are always the same: John Carpenter’s “The Thing” (1982), David Cronenberg’s “The Fly” (1986) and Chuck Russell’s “The Blob” (1988). Of those three, Russell’s film is the only one that could be called underrated - even with a growing legion of horror fans singing its praises. Featuring a screenplay by Russell and Frank Darabont, the nuts & bolts of the story are the same as the original 1958 classic but what elevates this revision are a constant air of danger – nearly every character is fair game to die, as we learn during one of the film’s best moments – and the incredible practical FX work, here courtesy of Tony Gardner and his team. “The Blob” isn’t just one of the best horror remakes out there; it’s one of the best from that hot-again era, the 80's. The small town of Arborville, CA gets a twilight visitor in the form of a meteorite containing ...


The Killer of Dolls by Robert Segedy (20th March 2020)

Prepare yourself for a film experience unlike any that you have ever witnessed! That sounds like a line of classic Ballyhoo, but in this case it is absolutely true. I, for one, cannot imagine going to the drive in and seeing this far out film for a number of reasons: the disturbing sexual undercurrent of the plot, the gender-questionable identity of the protagonist Paul (David Rocha), the bizarre linking of dolls with surgical practices, and the way that the entire film is presented by the director Miguel Madrid (credited under the Pseudonym Michael Skaife). The film opens with director Madrid introducing the film; he tells us that the film will help deepen the fractured psyche of a psychotic; he says this while disassembling a female doll. Our story opens with a young man getting thrown out of medical school because he has an inexplicable fear of blood. Yes, I think that that would certainly be a disability that would interfere with a successful medical practice, but nonetheless that is the case. Paul returns home to Montpellier in France (even though this is a Spanish film) where his father, René (...


The Limits of Control by Robert Segedy (20th March 2020)

Jim Jarmusch, that hip daddy of the uber cool, the man that is more interested in what didn’t happen while the camera was turned on than what did happen when the film was rolling, the master of dead pan humor, the existentialist film maker, the list could go on and on, but really what’s the point? Or is that exactly the point? "The Limits of Control" is a difficult film to critique, largely because it is many things to many people: to some it is a mere empty façade of tiresome antics. To others it is a mystery to be slowly savored and watched carefully, again and again. I recall the first time that I saw it years ago when it was first released on DVD; I watched it and shook my head. What the hell was that all about? Re-watching it now, on Blu-ray for the first time, I was engaged, but still mystified as to the overall reason for the film. And that, I believe, is the way that Jarmusch wants it. It is ultimately his film and no doubt he put a lot of time and thought into the making of it. Whether you like it or not is up to the viewer, but perhaps you need to watch the film several times before passing judgement. Jarmusch is a huge fan of the arts, be it cinema, classical music,...


Scandal by James-Masaki Ryan (20th March 2020)

"Scandal" (1989) Christine Keeler (played by Joanne Whalley) is an 18 year old dancer at an exotic club who catches the eye of Dr. Stephen Ward (played by John Hurt), a man with many connections to the upper class including government officials. He charms her and introduces her to world of the rich and powerful, where sex can be used to gaining stature and secure a comfortable life. Christine also takes 16 year old dancer Mandy Rice-Davies (played by Bridget Fonda) under her wing and the two have various relationships over the years, but when Christine starts an intimate relationship with Secretary of State for War John Profumo (played by Ian McKellen), the affair balloons into a full blown scandal changing the political landscape of the United Kingdom. "Scandal" was based on the notorious Profumo Affair, the sex scandal that brought an end to John Profumo's political career and bringing down the power...


Emanuelle in America by Robert Segedy (18th March 2020)

She is back and in action again. Yes fans, Laura Gemser is back in the role that propelled her to infamy: Emanuelle. This time around we find Joe D’Amato, the king of sleaze, helming the production, but he is also the cinematographer as well going under his real name, Aristide Massaccesi. Let’s face facts here; the only way to review this cinematic wonder is with attitude and that is just what I am going to do. There is no way that I can attempt some serious film criticism without some good natured pandering and since I have previously reviewed all three of the "Emmanuelle" films with very little sarcasm, I feel that I am due a chance to be a tad more rakish this time around, and so without further adieu, let the show begin. Laura Gemser is Emanuelle, an American journalist that travels the globe in search of a good, no make that, great story. This film hit the theaters in 1977 and that was a great time if you were a sleaze hound looking to ogle the flesh on the wide screen. Our friends at Mondo Macabro bring us this cinematic gem uncut and on Blu-ray so that we can enjoy the fruits...


Lucio Fulci's House By The Cemetery: 3-Disc Limited Edition by Robert Segedy (18th March 2020)

Lucio Fulci fans rejoice, because here it is! The third volume in the Lucio Fulci Death Trilogy: "City of the Living Dead" (1980), "The Beyond" (1981), and "House by the Cemetery" (1981). Throw away all your older versions because this edition is processed from a brand new 4k restoration print. Now you can see all the details and depth in this production, and it is literally like seeing the film for the first time! As you may or may not know, this film had been banned in the UK as being one of the 39 films prosecuted under the 1980 Obscene Publications Act. So, rest easy now gore hounds, your deluxe package has arrived. The plot is an unusual one for Fulci as the focus is on the family: Norman (Paolo Malco) and Lucy Boyle (Catriona MacColl) and their son, Bob (Giovanni Freezi) are getting ready to leave NY...


Museo by Robert Segedy (18th March 2020)

"Museo" is an intricate knot of a film; it is a meditation on many things: family, responsibility, friendship, the importance of history, crime and its consequences. At first, I thought that I was about to watch a film about a museum robbery, but ultimately, the film became much more than simply a heist film. In lesser hands this film could have been another exercise in idiocy but thankfully director Alonso Ruizpalacios is a cut above that nonsense, and instead serves up something that is different, and I am one grateful viewer. Before the film starts, we are shown the coda that this is a reproduction of an original incident. The film begins with a slow pan of an ensemble of grade school recorders, at first, they are silent, then the sound of their instruments fills the room. We hear a voice over narration supplied by best friend, co-conspirator, and poor criminal, Benjamin Wilson (Leonardo Ortizgris); he is to be the voice for this tale, and he is recounting what occurred between him and the domineering Juan Nuñez (Gael García Bernal). Wilson fills us in on some facts about his bes...


My Bloody Valentine: Collector's Edition by Anthony Arrigo (18th March 2020)

There are about a hundred-and-one slasher films out there but back in the heyday of the subgenre two of the best came from the Canada: Bob Clark’s “Black Christmas” (1974), a film often credited with starting the movement, and George Mihalka’s “My Bloody Valentine” (1981). The former relies on waves of tension for the terror, with gore taking a backseat to the creepy undercurrent. But Mihalka’s film, though notable for more than just bloodshed, was neutered by the MPAA; every death was trimmed to the bone, resulting in a loss of anywhere from 3-9 minutes depending on whom you ask. The first DVD release from Paramount presented the film in widescreen with nothing more included; the cut footage claimed to be “lost”. Lionsgate acquired the film rights some years later when producing their own 2009 remake and, lo and behold, some of that cut footage was recovered. A Blu-ray release reinstated close to three minutes, though the change in quality between the theatrical cut proper and these “new” scenes was obvious. By com...


TECHNICAL REVIEWS
8½ AKA 8 1/2 AKA Federico Fellini's 8½ AKA Eight and a Half AKA Otto e mezzo (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (2nd April 2020)

Fellini's most acclaimed work, 8½ won two Oscars® including Best Foreign Film. Fellini is unanimously voted by film critics - and notably, by filmmakers - as one of the greatest directors of all time. And Fellini's 8½ is revered as the most important European film ever made and film buffs ultimate film of all time! MARCELLO MASTROIANNI is Fellini's alter ego, Guido, a successful filmmaker who, embarking on his next film, discovers he has a complete director s block : he has no story to tell! Harassed by his producers, his mistress (SANDRA MILO) and his wife (ANOUK AIMEE) while struggling to find the inspiration for his film, he increasingly retreats in dreamy recollections of his life and lovers, until fantasy - personified by the heavenly beautiful CLAUDIA CARDINALE - his memories and reality merge in the director's mind and on screen - in an astonishing, masterful spectacle which culminates in an electrifying triumph of optimism. As Guido, Fellini's alter-ego says at the end of 8½: Life is a party, let's live it together ....


Sword and the Sorcerer (The) by Rick Curzon (30th March 2020)

The prosperous kingdom of Eh-Dan has been invaded by the tyrannical King Cromwell, aided by a powerful sorcerer, Xusia. Cromwell orders the death of the royal family, but the youngest son, Talon, slips from the soldiers' grasp and disappears. Eleven years later, a hulking young rogue would return to the place of his birth, ready to avenge the family he lost. However, in a time of wicked kings and brutal soldiers, it is the sorcerer who is the most powerful of all....


Legend of Boggy Creek (The) (Blu-ray) by (21st March 2020)

The Legend of Boggy Creek was conceived and directed by Arkansas native, Charles B. Pierce. The movie was released independently in 1972, where it initially played in sold-out theaters in the Arkansas and Louisiana areas. In 1973, it was picked up by the film distributor Howco International, who made it widely available in theaters across the country. The Legend of Boggy Creek, which cost around $160k to make, became extremely popular in the 1970s, playing for many years in theaters, drive-ins, and later on television. It made an estimated $25 million dollars by the end of its run. The movie was inspired by true events that happened in the small town of Fouke, Arkansas. When people there began reporting sightings of an agressive sasqsuatch-like creature known as the "Fouke Monster," it caught the attention of Charles Pierce who turned it into a successful film that is still remembered to this day. One of the top-grossing documentaries (docudramas) of all-time, Charles B. Pierce's 1972 classic film is now fully-restored and remastered in 4K. This remarkable TRUE STORY is the first full-length feature film on the subject of BIGFOOT, and sparked an entire genre of film, as well as the burgeoning scientific field of cryptozoolog...


Legend of Boggy Creek (The) by Rick Curzon (21st March 2020)

The Legend of Boggy Creek was conceived and directed by Arkansas native, Charles B. Pierce. The movie was released independently in 1972, where it initially played in sold-out theaters in the Arkansas and Louisiana areas. In 1973, it was picked up by the film distributor Howco International, who made it widely available in theaters across the country. The Legend of Boggy Creek, which cost around $160k to make, became extremely popular in the 1970s, playing for many years in theaters, drive-ins, and later on television. It made an estimated $25 million dollars by the end of its run. The movie was inspired by true events that happened in the small town of Fouke, Arkansas. When people there began reporting sightings of an agressive sasqsuatch-like creature known as the "Fouke Monster," it caught the attention of Charles Pierce who turned it into a successful film that is still remembered to this day. One of the top-grossing documentaries (docudramas) of all-time, Charles B. Pierce's 1972 classic film is now fully-restored and remastered in 4K. This remarkable TRUE STORY is the first full-length feature film on the subject of BIGFOOT, and sparked an entire genre of film, as well as the burgeoning scientific field of cryptozoolog...


Visa to Canton AKA Passport to China (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (13th March 2020)

Hammer Volume Five: Death & Deceit collects four films from the early sixties which found the studio looking beyond the horror genre for its next box-office success. Visa to Canton (1960, released in the US as Passport to China) is a torn-from-the-headlines spy thriller; The Pirates of Blood River (1961), starring Kerwin Mathews (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad) and Christopher Lee (The Face of Fu Manchu), is a swashbuckling adventure; The Scarlet Blade (1963, released in the US as The Crimson Blade) is an English Civil War-set actioner which follows the fortunes of Cromwell’s Roundheads; and The Brigand of Kandahar (1965) takes Hammer to the North-West Frontier for an action-adventure starring Ronald Lewis (Taste of Fear) and Oliver Reed (The System). All four films are presented for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK, while Visa to Canton, The Scarlet Blade and The Brigand of Kandahar make their world Blu-ray premieres. This limited edition box set is strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units....


Pirates of Blood River (The) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (13th March 2020)

Hammer Volume Five: Death & Deceit collects four films from the early sixties which found the studio looking beyond the horror genre for its next box-office success. Visa to Canton (1960, released in the US as Passport to China) is a torn-from-the-headlines spy thriller; The Pirates of Blood River (1961), starring Kerwin Mathews (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad) and Christopher Lee (The Face of Fu Manchu), is a swashbuckling adventure; The Scarlet Blade (1963, released in the US as The Crimson Blade) is an English Civil War-set actioner which follows the fortunes of Cromwell’s Roundheads; and The Brigand of Kandahar (1965) takes Hammer to the North-West Frontier for an action-adventure starring Ronald Lewis (Taste of Fear) and Oliver Reed (The System). All four films are presented for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK, while Visa to Canton, The Scarlet Blade and The Brigand of Kandahar make their world Blu-ray premieres. This limited edition box set is strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units....


Scarlet Blade (The) AKA The Crimson Blade (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (13th March 2020)

Hammer Volume Five: Death & Deceit collects four films from the early sixties which found the studio looking beyond the horror genre for its next box-office success. Visa to Canton (1960, released in the US as Passport to China) is a torn-from-the-headlines spy thriller; The Pirates of Blood River (1961), starring Kerwin Mathews (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad) and Christopher Lee (The Face of Fu Manchu), is a swashbuckling adventure; The Scarlet Blade (1963, released in the US as The Crimson Blade) is an English Civil War-set actioner which follows the fortunes of Cromwell’s Roundheads; and The Brigand of Kandahar (1965) takes Hammer to the North-West Frontier for an action-adventure starring Ronald Lewis (Taste of Fear) and Oliver Reed (The System). All four films are presented for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK, while Visa to Canton, The Scarlet Blade and The Brigand of Kandahar make their world Blu-ray premieres. This limited edition box set is strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units....


Brigand of Kandahar (The) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (13th March 2020)

Hammer Volume Five: Death & Deceit collects four films from the early sixties which found the studio looking beyond the horror genre for its next box-office success. Visa to Canton (1960, released in the US as Passport to China) is a torn-from-the-headlines spy thriller; The Pirates of Blood River (1961), starring Kerwin Mathews (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad) and Christopher Lee (The Face of Fu Manchu), is a swashbuckling adventure; The Scarlet Blade (1963, released in the US as The Crimson Blade) is an English Civil War-set actioner which follows the fortunes of Cromwell’s Roundheads; and The Brigand of Kandahar (1965) takes Hammer to the North-West Frontier for an action-adventure starring Ronald Lewis (Taste of Fear) and Oliver Reed (The System). All four films are presented for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK, while Visa to Canton, The Scarlet Blade and The Brigand of Kandahar make their world Blu-ray premieres. This limited edition box set is strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units....


Peanut Butter Falcon (The) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (1st March 2020)

The Peanut Butter Falcon is a modern Mark Twain-esque adventure starring Shia LeBeouf (American Honey, Fury) as a small time outlaw turned unlikely coach who joins forces with Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome on the run from a nursing home with the dream of becoming a professional wrestler with Dakota Johnson (Susperia, Fifty Shades of Grey) as Zak's loving, but stubborn, carer. From writer / director duo Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz the film also stars Jon Bernthal (Baby Driver, Fury), Thomas Haden Church (Sideways), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), John Hawkes (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and introducing Zack Gottsagen as Zak....


Secret Friends (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (26th February 2020)

Unfairly neglected since its original low-key cinema run, Secret Friends is the only feature to be written and directed by Dennis Potter (Pennies from Heaven, The Singing Detective). Made shortly after his hugely controversial mini-series Blackeyes, the film centres on a writer, played by Alan Bates (A Day in the Death of Joe Egg), who descends into a kind of madness during a train journey as memories, fantasies and psychotic visions collide....


Go Down Death (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (25th February 2020)

Aaron Schimberg’s impressive second feature is his response, as a filmmaker with facial deformity, to cinematic portrayals of disfigured people, from Freaks to The Elephant Man. Simultaneously empathetic and sardonic, Chained for Life’s multi-layered meta-narrative casts Jess Weixler (Teeth) as Mabel, a well-intentioned Hollywood star. She takes the role of a blind woman in a hospital-based horror movie about abnormalities, directed by an egomaniacal German filmmaker. As shooting progresses, Mabel gradually falls for her friendly British co-star Rosenthal, played by Under the Skin actor Adam Pearson....


Chained for Life (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (25th February 2020)

Aaron Schimberg’s impressive second feature is his response, as a filmmaker with facial deformity, to cinematic portrayals of disfigured people, from Freaks to The Elephant Man. Simultaneously empathetic and sardonic, Chained for Life’s multi-layered meta-narrative casts Jess Weixler (Teeth) as Mabel, a well-intentioned Hollywood star. She takes the role of a blind woman in a hospital-based horror movie about abnormalities, directed by an egomaniacal German filmmaker. As shooting progresses, Mabel gradually falls for her friendly British co-star Rosenthal, played by Under the Skin actor Adam Pearson....


Relaxer (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (23rd February 2020)

Set on the eve of Y2K, Relaxer is a mind-bending drama about a young man who is tasked by his overbearing brother to get to level 256 on the classic computer game Pac-Man, and not to leave his couch until he does. Inspired by Luis Buñuel’s absurdist classic The Exterminating Angel, the film premiered at the 2018 South by Southwest festival, and won the Best Actor award at that year’s Fantasia Film Festival....


Buzzard (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (23rd February 2020)

Set on the eve of Y2K, Relaxer is a mind-bending drama about a young man who is tasked by his overbearing brother to get to level 256 on the classic computer game Pac-Man, and not to leave his couch until he does. Inspired by Luis Buñuel’s absurdist classic The Exterminating Angel, the film premiered at the 2018 South by Southwest festival, and won the Best Actor award at that year’s Fantasia Film Festival....


Holiday (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (20th February 2020)

This controversial drama, passed fully uncut by the BBFC, tells the story of the trophy girlfriend of a Danish drug lord who sets a dangerous game in motion when she seeks the attention of another man whilst on vacation in the Turkish Riviera. Included in the Hollywood Reporter’s list of the ‘Best 20 Films from Sundance 2018’, and in IndieWire’s list of Sundance standouts that deserve to find distribution, the film has met with critical acclaim all around the world. Director Isabella Eklöf was also selected in the ‘10 Directors to Watch’ list by IndieWire....


Night Tide (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (15th February 2020)

Presented by Nicolas Winding Refn in a new 4K restoration, Curtis Harrington’s acclaimed fantasy-thriller, featuring Dennis Hopper (The Last Movie) in his first starring role, is an offbeat classic of American cinema. Hopper plays a sailor on shore leave, when he meets a young woman (Linda Lawson) who may not be as she seems… Exclusive to this two-disc set is a bonus Blu-ray devoted to Harrington’s short films, encompassing his seven decades as a filmmaker and featuring experimental works, documentaries, and the two adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher that bookended his career....


Operative (The) by Rick Curzon (10th February 2020)

MUNICH meets HOMELAND in this taught and pacy psychological thriller following an undercover spy. The Operative follows the story of Rachel (Diane Kruger, Inglorious Basterds), a rogue spy from Israel's feared national intelligence force Mossad, vanishes without a trace while attending her father's funeral in London. The only clue to her whereabouts is a cryptic phone call she places to her former handler Thomas (Martin Freeman, The Hobbit Trilogy), who is then summoned from Germany to Israel by Mossad. With Rachel's life immersed in her assignments as part of a vast espionage effort against Iran's nuclear program, Thomas must retrace her steps to determine what threats she may now pose to their operation, while also working to protect her. Based on the hit novel The English Teacher by Yiftach R. Atir, The Operative also stars Cas Anvar (Room, Argo), Yoav Levi (Zero Dark Thirty) and Ohad Knoller (Munich)....


Courier (The) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (2nd February 2020)

Get ready for full throttle thrills and intense action in THE COURIER. Set against a gritty London backdrop, Olga Kurylenko plays a tough motorbike courier whose work is interrupted when she discovers that one of the packages she's transporting is a bomb. It transpires that the gas bomb she carries is set to kill Nick Murch (Amit Shah, Final Score), the only witness able to testify in Washington DC against ruthless crime lord Ezekiel Mannings (Gary Oldman, The Dark Knight). As the British Police and FBI scramble to try and deal with the mess, the mysteriously well-trailed and equipped courier teams up with unlikely partner Nick to evade Manning s heavily armed goons and make sure that justice is delivered. Also starring Dermot Mulroney (Homecoming), William Moseley (Narnia) and Alicia Agneson (Vikings). From the Producer of Darkest Hour. Directed by Zackary Adler...


Courier (The) by Rick Curzon (2nd February 2020)

Get ready for full throttle thrills and intense action in THE COURIER. Set against a gritty London backdrop, Olga Kurylenko plays a tough motorbike courier whose work is interrupted when she discovers that one of the packages she's transporting is a bomb. It transpires that the gas bomb she carries is set to kill Nick Murch (Amit Shah, Final Score), the only witness able to testify in Washington DC against ruthless crime lord Ezekiel Mannings (Gary Oldman, The Dark Knight). As the British Police and FBI scramble to try and deal with the mess, the mysteriously well-trailed and equipped courier teams up with unlikely partner Nick to evade Manning s heavily armed goons and make sure that justice is delivered. Also starring Dermot Mulroney (Homecoming), William Moseley (Narnia) and Alicia Agneson (Vikings). From the Producer of Darkest Hour. Directed by Zackary Adler...


Brothers in Arms by Rick Curzon (1st February 2020)

BROTHERS IN ARMS is a tense and high octane thriller from the producer of Nightcrawler. Cal (Jai Courtney: Suicide Squad) is a by-the-book police officer who, along with his rowdy and inseparable group of childhood friends, makes ends meet as a Marine Corps reservist. When his reckless younger half-brother, Oyster (Nat Wolff: The Fault in our Stars), is arrested after a bar fight and given an unfair prison sentence, Cal – driven by his loyalty to family and fierce code of honour – fights for Oyster (Nat Wolff) in this gripping tale of brotherhood and sacrifice....


Chichinette: The Accidental Spy AKA Chicinette: How I Accidentally Became a Spy by Rick Curzon (1st February 2020)

This is the unbelievable and shocking true story about espionage, war, secret intelligence and a young woman who had her life ripped out from under her. After the liberation of Paris in 1944, a young Jewish nurse enlisted by the French Secret Service and sent to Germany. After 13 failed attempts, she finally manages to cross the border. To stay undercover, she assimilates with the enemy and infiltrates German troop movements to defeat the Nazis. This is her extraordinary story....


Orphans (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (26th January 2020)

Renowned Scottish actor Peter Mullan (Trainspotting, My Name Is Joe) made his feature film directing debut with this fierce jet-black comedy of familial grief shot in and around the streets of Glasgow where he grew up. As four siblings reunite for the funeral of their mother, Orphans blends realist drama, wildly absurdist humour, and moving social observation. Gleefully unsentimental and taking wicked delight in subverting audience expectations, Orphans is a dark, dangerous, funny and extraordinarily touching modern classic of Scottish cinema....


Resurrected (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (25th January 2020)

The extraordinary feature film debut from Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, United 93) is a disturbing and powerful true story of a British soldier (David Thewlis - Naked) injured and lost during the 1980s Falklands conflict. Presumed dead, he’s given full military honours; but on returning he’s treated with distrust and shame, and accused of desertion. Also featuring excellent performances from Rita Tushingham (A Taste of Honey, Doctor Zhivago) and Tom Bell (The L-Shaped Room, The Krays), Resurrected is an intense and provocative drama, a powerful cry against institutional violence and political indifference....


Pillow Book (The) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (24th January 2020)

Inspired by Sei Shōnagon’s first-century diary, Peter Greenaway’s The Pillow Book is an audio-visual tour de force, and a showcase for one of British cinema’s most singular talents. Starring Vivian Wu (8½ Women), Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting) and Ken Ogata (Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters), the film is among Greenaway’s most daring and adventurous works....


Endless Night (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (21st January 2020)

The final feature by Sidney Gilliat, Endless Night capped a career that encompassed screenplays for Alfred Hitchcock and Carol Reed, the anarchic St. Trinian’s comedies, and his own directorial gems such as mystery-thriller Green for Danger. Adapting Agatha Christie’s celebrated novel of the same name, the film reunites the co-stars of cult classic Twisted Nerve, Hywel Bennett (The Virgin Soldiers) and Hayley Mills (Take a Girl Like You) and boasts an impressive supporting cast including Britt Ekland (The Wicker Man), Per Oscarsson (A Dandy in Aspic) and George Sanders (All About Eve)....


Rise of the Footsoldier: Marbella AKA Rise of the Footsoldier 4: Marbella (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (9th January 2020)

ESSEX IS RUNNING LOW ON PILLS. The unstoppable and biggest British crime series returns. And this time the boys are going international in Rise of the Footsoldier 4: Marbella. Fresh out of prison, Pat Tate (Craig Fairbrass) steps right back into his Essex nightclub business. But although the money is good, he can't stop brooding about the man who had him put away. It's not long before he's off to Marbella to find Frank Harris and seek his revenge. But Harris is long dead and the middle-man Terry Fisher (Andrew Loveday) offers Pat the biggest drug deal of his life. All Pat needs is for his pals Tony and Craig to deliver the cash from Essex to close the deal. But Craig being Craig, turns a simple plane trip to a mental road trip. All Tony wants is to make it back in time to support his friend Nigel Benn at the boxing match of his life. But when their cash gets stolen and Pat is threatened by a local firm, he comes up with an audacious plan to get them back to England in time for one of history's greatest fights... Hammers, knives, crossbows and good old-fashioned fists are making their comeback in this iconic British crime thriller starring the original loveable-rogues Craig Fairbrass and Terry Stone in Rise of the Foo...


Beyond (The) AKA E Tu vivrai nel terrore - L'aldilà AKA Seven Doors of Death (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (8th January 2020)

When jaded New Yorker (Catriona MacColl) inherits a New Orleans hotel, she calls on composed local doctor (David Warbeck) to contain the inexplicable and increasingly gory accidents that are plaguing the building and its surroundings. But soon the Gates of Hell themselves open under the hotel, rendering their fight futile as the Dead emerge to walk the earth... SHAMELESS FILMS PRESENTS LUCIO FULCI'S HORROR MASTERPIECE THE BEYOND, FROM A NEW 2K SCAN Additionally, and for the first time ever The Beyond is presented with four different versions of the prologue, seamlessly branched: The now accepted standard sepia The original colour camera footage The B&W version A new fourth-way: presented as an homage to director Lucio Fulci and director of Photography, DOP Sergio Salvati. For this new alternative prologue version, for the 1st time ever, Shameless have used the restored colour camera footage as a base on which a new golden toning was applied in reference to known considerations from DOP Salvati. All other sepia tint were monochrome. The result of applying tone over the newly rediscovered and restored colour footage is that the reds of the gore are now strikingly visible and all the light sources such as the torches...


Winter Kills (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (29th December 2019)

Based on a novel by Richard Condon (The Manchurian Candidate), William Richert’s brilliantly off-kilter conspiracy thriller features an all-star cast, including Jeff Bridges (Jagged Edge), John Huston (Breakout), Elizabeth Taylor (Secret Ceremony), Tomas Milian (The Last Movie), and many other famous faces. This dark vision of political corruption is presented in two cuts from a new 4K restoration....


QT8: Quentin Tarantino - The First Eight by Rick Curzon (18th December 2019)

There will always be blood, brilliance and controversy. This is the legendary story of the legendary Quentin Tarantino. This is the thrilling journey of Quentin Tarantino's first eight movies, and gives its audience an inside look at the celebrated filmmaker's body of work through interviews with former cast members and film industry experts. His films inspire, provoke and challenge us individually and as a society to the utmost extremes, all stemming from his passion for people and continuous exploration of the human condition. Featuring interviews with his contemporaries, former cast members and industry experts, including Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Kurt Russell, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Jason Lee, Lucy Liu, Diane Kruger, Zoe Bell and more. QT8: Quentin Tarantino - The First Eight sheds new light on the life and legacy of Quentin Tarantino, and gives viewers unprecedented access to his vision throughout his career....


QT8: Quentin Tarantino - The First Eight (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (18th December 2019)

There will always be blood, brilliance and controversy. This is the legendary story of the legendary Quentin Tarantino. This is the thrilling journey of Quentin Tarantino's first eight movies, and gives its audience an inside look at the celebrated filmmaker's body of work through interviews with former cast members and film industry experts. His films inspire, provoke and challenge us individually and as a society to the utmost extremes, all stemming from his passion for people and continuous exploration of the human condition. Featuring interviews with his contemporaries, former cast members and industry experts, including Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Kurt Russell, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Jason Lee, Lucy Liu, Diane Kruger, Zoe Bell and more. QT8: Quentin Tarantino - The First Eight sheds new light on the life and legacy of Quentin Tarantino, and gives viewers unprecedented access to his vision throughout his career....


Comic Strip Presents: Completely Bad News (TV) by Rick Curzon (6th December 2019)

The Comic Strip Presents... BAD NEWS! Four hairy musos with a dream to be the next Motorhead. Sure, they have musical differences - all great bands do. But with Colin's PA, Vim's old transit van and the entire back line stacked on HP, what could possibly go wrong? Chart success, adoring fans and excess all areas, it can only be GOOD News surely! Then the unexpected happens. BAD NEWS get picked by Channel 4 television for a fly on the wall documentary about a metal band's quest to make the big time. The film when first broadcast caused immediate outrage not just with metal fans who thought it was "far too heavy", but the band got condemned by the music press who declared them: "the worst thing since Showaddywaddy" or as one smart arse critic wrote "this isn't Metal, it's Heavy Lead". VIM, DEN, COLIN and SPIDER are BAD NEWS! The Comic Strip Presents... BAD NEWS! Four hairy muisos with a dream to be the next Motorhead. Sure they have musical differences – all great bands do. But with Colin's PA ,Vim;s old transit van and the entire back line stacked on HP, what could possibly go wrong ?…. Chart success, adoring fans and excess all areas, it can only be GOOD Newssurely! Then the unexpected happens. BAD NEWS get picked by C...


Comic Strip Presents: Five Go Completely Mad (TV) by Rick Curzon (6th December 2019)

Double DVD set. Three episodes of the 1980s British comedy series. Five Go Mad in Dorset (1982), set in the 1950s, follows the escapades of Julian (Peter Richardson), Dick (Adrian Edmondson), George (Dawn French), Anne (Jennifer Saunders) and their dog Timmy as they visit their aunt and uncle on holiday in Dorset. In Five Go Mad On Mescalin (1983) the group meet an American billionaire and his spoilt son while staying at Hot Turkey Farm. Finally, in Five Go to Rehab (2012) the group reunite in Dorset for Dick's birthday and embark on a new adventure. Also includes bonus material. In the summer of 1982, the Comic Strip made their first film FIVE GO MAD IN DORSET - a spoof of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books enjoyed by millions of children since the 50s. These stories were exciting adventures about four children and their dog who were allowed to wander off in their school holidays, on their own (with no phone) to an unknown destination and get entangled with unshaven criminals stealing our country’s secrets! In satirising the Famous Five, the Comic Strip bluntly highlighted the sexist and casual racism of the period in a way that’s no longer acceptable on TV. In 1982, with The Black and White Minstrel show barely off th...


Eat the Rich AKA Comic Strip Presents: Eat the Rich by Rick Curzon (6th December 2019)

Eat the Rich is a 1987 British black comedy film directed by Peter Richardson. A co-production between Channel Four Films, Iron Fist Motion Pictures and Michael White Productions, it features cast members from the popular television series The Comic Strip Presents... The film stars Lanah Pellay, and Nosher Powell as the Home Secretary, and includes cameos from a number of well-known figures, including: Miranda Richardson and Nigel Planer as vile DHSS clerks, Robbie Coltrane, Rik Mayall as a union boss, Paul McCartney, Shane MacGowan, Jennifer Saunders, Jimmy Fagg, Kathy Burke, Koo Stark, Dawn French, Bill Wyman, Jools Holland, Hugh Cornwell, Adrian Edmondson, Angela Bowie, and Lemmy. The film begins in a high-class London restaurant named 'Bastards' where the protagonist, Alex (Pellay), is a waiter. Subject to the upper-class customers' daily contempt and disgust, Alex is eventually fired for being obnoxious and rude to the clientele. After witnessing a terrorist act on an embassy, he robs a benefits office and goes on the run with his new friend. Meanwhile, Nosher Powell plays the Home Secretary, a menacing, beer-swilling, fornicating, lovable lout who has his own no-nonsense way of dealing with trouble, usually with his fi...


Night Hunter AKA Nomis by Rick Curzon (20th November 2019)

Combining the tense, psychological investigation of killer classics such as Silence of the Lambs and Zodiac with fast-paced twists, turns and edge-of-your-seat action, Night Hunter is one of this year s darkest and most daring thrillers. On the hunt for an elusive serial rapist and murderer, battle-hardened cop Marshall (Henry Cavill: Man of Steel, Mission Impossible: Fallout) crosses paths with vigilante duo Cooper (Ben Kingsley: Gandhi, Sexy Beast) and Julia (Eliana Jones) as they trap online predators and deliver their own extreme methods of justice. When Julia is kidnapped, Marshall, Cooper and the police hunt down the perpetrator but the psychologically damaged man they capture only deepens the mystery surrounding the killings. Good-cop Rachel (Alexandra Daddario: True Detective Season 1) believes the captured killer, who is linked to years of female abductions and murders, is harbouring multiple personalities, one of which may hold answers. But with Marshall taking a harder stance, pressure from the Commissioner (Stanley Tucci: The Hunger Games franchise), and a public out for blood, the plot thickens....


Revenge of Frankenstein (The) AKA I Frankenstein (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (12th November 2019)

Four classic Hammer chillers presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Accompanied by a wealth of new and archival extras – including exclusive new documentaries, audio commentaries, alternative versions, new and archival cast and crew interviews, a series of appreciations of their female stars, analyses of their composers’ scores, and extensive booklets – this stunning limited edition box set is strictly limited to 6,000 units....


 


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