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The Terror by Eric Cotenas (20th February 2024)

Having drifted far from the rest of his regiment and severely parched, Lieutenant Andre Duvalier (The Passenger's Jack Nicholson) is led to a fresh water source by mysterious beauty Helene (The Tower of London's Sandra Knight). Before he can speak to her, she walks into the sea and he nearly drowns trying to save her when he is attacked by a hawk. Andre comes to in the shack of witch Katrina (The Undead's Dorothy Neumann) who claims that there is no such girl and that he must have hallucinated the experience. Her seemingly mute handyman Gustaf (Vice Squad's Jonathan Haze), however, has a voice and tells him that Helene can be found at...


The Wages of Fear by James-Masaki Ryan (17th February 2024)

"The Wages of Fear" ("Le salaire de la peur") (1953) In a rural South American town, the Southern Oil Company employs the locals as well as European and American expats who are looking for work. Frenchman Jo (played by Charles Vanel) arrives new into town looking to work together with his old American pal O'Brien (played by William Tubbs) who is the boss of the oil company branch, though he finds that getting a good opportunity with his friend does not go accordingly. Fellow Frenchman Mario (played by Yves Montand) who has been in town for some time helps out Jo in getting settled and finding work, but with one more person looking for work means limited amount of work for the rest of the people. Tragedy and opportunity strikes when an explosion occurs in one of the oil fields and thirteen local workers were killed. Before anyone can go back to the site for work the fire must be put out, but water is not enough. O'Brien needs to recruit four workers to make a dangerous delivery - canisters of nitroglycerin to deliver to the ...


Carrie (Blu-ray 4K) by Paul Lewis (16th February 2024)

Carrie (Brian De Palma, 1977) Seventeen year old Carrietta White (Sissy Spacek) experiences her first period in the school showers after a physical education class. The event takes place in front of Carrie’s classmates, and she is mocked ruthlessly by her peers. It soon becomes clear to Carrie’s teacher Miss Collins (Betty Buckley) that Carrie’s repressive upbringing by her evangelically Christian mother has led to Carrie being deeply unprepared for both her changing body and the social rituals of adolescence. However, as Miss Collins is reminded by the headteacher of the school, the school practises a policy of non-interference in the religious beliefs and principals of its students’ families. At home, Carrie’s evangelical mother (Laurie Piper) rails against the sins of the world and suggests Carrie’s maturing body is an index of her association with sin, cruelly locking Carrie in a closet where she must pray and atone for her perceived sins. However, Carrie soon begins to evidence telekinetic powers, which she researches and which begin to escalate. Meanwhi...


The Third Part of the Night/The Devil - Standard Edition by Eric Cotenas (13th February 2024)

"An uncompromising visionary and a true maverick of European cinema, the Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Andrzej Żuławski’s first two films on Blu-ray." Third Part of the Night: His health having deteriorated supporting his wife Marta (The Deluge's Malgorzata Braunek) and child in the city by "feeding lice" to help produce a typhus vaccine, law student-turned-salesman Michal (With Fire and Sword's Leszek Teleszynski) is convalescing at the country residence of his parents when Nazi troupes raid the area and execute his wife, son, and mother (Halina Czengery). Michal and his father (Jerzy Golinski) escape back to the city where the younger man is driven to join the resistance in spite of ...


The Third Part of the Night/The Devil - Standard Edition by Eric Cotenas (13th February 2024)

"An uncompromising visionary and a true maverick of European cinema, the Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Andrzej Żuławski’s first two films on Blu-ray." Third Part of the Night: His health having deteriorated supporting his wife Marta (The Deluge's Malgorzata Braunek) and child in the city by "feeding lice" to help produce a typhus vaccine, law student-turned-salesman Michal (With Fire and Sword's Leszek Teleszynski) is convalescing at the country residence of his parents when Nazi troupes raid the area and execute his wife, son, and mother (Halina Czengery). Michal and his father (Jerzy Golinski) escape back to the city where the younger man is driven to join the resistance in spite of ...


On the Silver Globe - Standard Edition by Eric Cotenas (13th February 2024)

On a dystopian future Earth where scientists live underground and the dwellers above ground have reverted to tribal hunting bands, a pair of scientists living above the ground in the ruins of a Polish palace – subduing and placating the local band with a supply of hallucinogenic chemicals and trinkets – are presented by one of the hunters with a satellite device that is at least fifty years old but the hunter claims has only just fallen from the sky. The scientists take it below ground to decode the signal and discover that it is the record of a rocket mission of rebel scientists searching for a new planet to start over. The rocket has crashed, killing the captain and gravely injuring chief engineer Tomasz (Leszek Dlugosz), but the atmosphere is breathable and the three survivors set about building a shelter. Marta (Wilczyca's Iwona Bielska) is pregnant with Tomasz's child and survivors Jerzy (Ida's ...


Full Body Massage by Eric Cotenas (13th February 2024)

Nina (Someone to Watch Over Me's Mimi Rogers) is a successful art dealer who looks forward to her weekly home massage appointment. This week, however, her regular masseuse Douglas (Twice Dead's Christopher Burgard) has failed to turn up, sending instead Fitch (F/X's Bryan Brown). Nina is caught off-guard by this change and tries to convey what she liked about Douglas without conveying her attraction to the younger, handsome Douglas to the older, frustratingly aloof Fitch; and even more so disarmed when she learns that Douglas has said that she and Fitch would be well-suited to each other, describing Nina as "lost." Over the course of an afternoon inside Nina's ultramodern house and its well-kept grounds, Fitch exposes Nina to a regimen of treatments with an emphasis on spiritual we...


Mexico Barbaro 2 by Eric Cotenas (13th February 2024)

Mexico Barbaro 2 follows up the eight shorts in the previous entry with eight more shorts combining and mutating Mexican folklore and urban legends. "La leyenda de Juan Soldado" from Abraham Sánchez is a period piece depicting the wrongful execution of Mexican soldier Juan Castillo (Uri Meza) for the rape and murder of a girl actually committed by his commander. Learning of his innocence too late, those involved in his execution agree to cover it up under threat of death; however, the devil takes Juan's soul in exchange for allowing him to avenge his death (in the goriest way possible, of course). The short then cuts to real life, present day footage of the Tijuana shrines devoted to "Juan Soldado" who became a folk saint to those crossing the border (and presumably those victimized by authority). Although well-made for likely very little money, if offers nothing new to horror fans as far as "vengeance from beyond the grave" stories go apart from the folk legend source. "Paidos Phobos" from ...


Shine by James-Masaki Ryan (12th February 2024)

"Shine" (1996) “Shine” is a biopic of pianist David Helfgott (played by Alex Rafalowicz as a child, Noah Taylor as a teen, and Geoffrey Rush as an adult), a famed musician whose recognition from the mid-1980s was a long and difficult journey both physically and mentally. Through flashbacks, his struggles with his father Peter (played by Armin Mueller-Stahl) who pushed him hard to master the piano, the abuse and setbacks he encountered, as well as his journey to continue music in England with university mentor Cecil Parkes (played by John Gielgud). Told alongside his struggles with mental illness as an adult that led to time in an institution as well as his rejuvenation to play music again supported by his wife Gilliam (played by Lynn Redgrave), it showcases the many hurdles that David had to challenge himself with over the course of his life. Filmmaker ...


The Shaolin Plot by Eric Cotenas (7th February 2024)

Manchu Prince Dagulen (Aces Go Places's Chan Sing) wants to rule China by mastering the secret techniques of the four great schools. When only one school willingly hands over its secret manuals and the Beggar school sends an assassin (Dirty Tiger, Crazy Frog's Mang Hoi), Dagulen sends hired Tibetan monk warrior Golden Cymbals (Eastern Condors' Sammo Hung) - so named because of his "Flying Guillotine"-styled weapon of choice – to take the manuals by force. He first targets the Wudang school whose master sends his son Little Tiger (Fist of Fury's James Tien) fleeing into the forest with the secret sword manual and torches the rest before he is murdered b...


My Life is Murder: Series 3 by Eric Cotenas (7th February 2024)

After moving from Australia back to her home in Auckland, New Zealand in the previous series, widowed former detective-turned-baker Alexa Crow (Xena: Warrior Princess's Lucy Lawless) found herself back on the job as a consultant to local detective Harry Henare (The Brokenwood Mysteries' Rawiri Jobe), with a roommate in a tech wiz Madison (The Furies' Ebony Vagulans), and a subtle flirtation with barista Ruben Wulf (Ghost in the Shell's Joseph Naufahu) whose shop she supplies daily with home-baked sourdough. With Madison telecommuting from Paris (ostensibly) for a few episodes, Alexa must adjust to the too-enthusiastic input of naval intelligence officer Beth (


Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches: Season 1 by Eric Cotenas (7th February 2024)

When young California neurosurgeon Rowan Fielding (We Have Always Lived in the Castle's Alexandra Daddario) believes she has almost killed a colleague and actually caused an aortic aneurysm in a lecherous donor that killed him, she presses her ailing adoptive mother Elena (Smoke's Erica Gimpel) for information on her birth family. Elena dismisses her daughter's worries as delusions and claims that she has not been able to obtain any information on a "closed adoption" but, behind Rowan's back, she places a call to the paranormal Talamasca Society – a recurring presence in the Anne Rice multiverse first introduced to us cinematically in the underwhelming screen version of Queen of the Damned – with concerns that something might have "changed" in New Orleans. On the other side of the country in an an...


The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line by James-Masaki Ryan (3rd February 2024)

"The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line" Since its founding in 1949, the British Transport Films organization produced more than 700 films. Headed by influential documentary filmmaker Edgar Anstey, the organization’s films ranged from training films, infomercials, travelogues, and safety films, which a number were screened for the public while some were internal films for reference and training for crewmembers or businesses. Many of the films have been archived at the BFI Film Archive, and for the last twenty years they have been given new life on DVD with the films remastered from their original elements. Each volume had a particular theme and showcased the range of films that the organization produced, from friendly narrated commercials for passenger railways to frightening reenactment films to promote safety protocols. “Life on the Line” is the fifteenth volume and sadly the final planned DVD set by the BFI, featuring 14 shorts from BTF plus one bonus BTF video short. The following shorts are included: DISC ONE - “Multiple Aspects” (1969) (20:02) - ...


The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line by James-Masaki Ryan (3rd February 2024)

"The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line" Since its founding in 1949, the British Transport Films organization produced more than 700 films. Headed by influential documentary filmmaker Edgar Anstey, the organization’s films ranged from training films, infomercials, travelogues, and safety films, which a number were screened for the public while some were internal films for reference and training for crewmembers or businesses. Many of the films have been archived at the BFI Film Archive, and for the last twenty years they have been given new life on DVD with the films remastered from their original elements. Each volume had a particular theme and showcased the range of films that the organization produced, from friendly narrated commercials for passenger railways to frightening reenactment films to promote safety protocols. “Life on the Line” is the fifteenth volume and sadly the final planned DVD set by the BFI, featuring 14 shorts from BTF plus one bonus BTF video short. The following shorts are included: DISC ONE - “Multiple Aspects” (1969) (20:02) - ...


The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line by James-Masaki Ryan (3rd February 2024)

"The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line" Since its founding in 1949, the British Transport Films organization produced more than 700 films. Headed by influential documentary filmmaker Edgar Anstey, the organization’s films ranged from training films, infomercials, travelogues, and safety films, which a number were screened for the public while some were internal films for reference and training for crewmembers or businesses. Many of the films have been archived at the BFI Film Archive, and for the last twenty years they have been given new life on DVD with the films remastered from their original elements. Each volume had a particular theme and showcased the range of films that the organization produced, from friendly narrated commercials for passenger railways to frightening reenactment films to promote safety protocols. “Life on the Line” is the fifteenth volume and sadly the final planned DVD set by the BFI, featuring 14 shorts from BTF plus one bonus BTF video short. The following shorts are included: DISC ONE - “Multiple Aspects” (1969) (20:02) - ...


The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line by James-Masaki Ryan (3rd February 2024)

"The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line" Since its founding in 1949, the British Transport Films organization produced more than 700 films. Headed by influential documentary filmmaker Edgar Anstey, the organization’s films ranged from training films, infomercials, travelogues, and safety films, which a number were screened for the public while some were internal films for reference and training for crewmembers or businesses. Many of the films have been archived at the BFI Film Archive, and for the last twenty years they have been given new life on DVD with the films remastered from their original elements. Each volume had a particular theme and showcased the range of films that the organization produced, from friendly narrated commercials for passenger railways to frightening reenactment films to promote safety protocols. “Life on the Line” is the fifteenth volume and sadly the final planned DVD set by the BFI, featuring 14 shorts from BTF plus one bonus BTF video short. The following shorts are included: DISC ONE - “Multiple Aspects” (1969) (20:02) - ...


The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line by James-Masaki Ryan (3rd February 2024)

"The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line" Since its founding in 1949, the British Transport Films organization produced more than 700 films. Headed by influential documentary filmmaker Edgar Anstey, the organization’s films ranged from training films, infomercials, travelogues, and safety films, which a number were screened for the public while some were internal films for reference and training for crewmembers or businesses. Many of the films have been archived at the BFI Film Archive, and for the last twenty years they have been given new life on DVD with the films remastered from their original elements. Each volume had a particular theme and showcased the range of films that the organization produced, from friendly narrated commercials for passenger railways to frightening reenactment films to promote safety protocols. “Life on the Line” is the fifteenth volume and sadly the final planned DVD set by the BFI, featuring 14 shorts from BTF plus one bonus BTF video short. The following shorts are included: DISC ONE - “Multiple Aspects” (1969) (20:02) - ...


The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line by James-Masaki Ryan (3rd February 2024)

"The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line" Since its founding in 1949, the British Transport Films organization produced more than 700 films. Headed by influential documentary filmmaker Edgar Anstey, the organization’s films ranged from training films, infomercials, travelogues, and safety films, which a number were screened for the public while some were internal films for reference and training for crewmembers or businesses. Many of the films have been archived at the BFI Film Archive, and for the last twenty years they have been given new life on DVD with the films remastered from their original elements. Each volume had a particular theme and showcased the range of films that the organization produced, from friendly narrated commercials for passenger railways to frightening reenactment films to promote safety protocols. “Life on the Line” is the fifteenth volume and sadly the final planned DVD set by the BFI, featuring 14 shorts from BTF plus one bonus BTF video short. The following shorts are included: DISC ONE - “Multiple Aspects” (1969) (20:02) - ...


The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line by James-Masaki Ryan (3rd February 2024)

"The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line" Since its founding in 1949, the British Transport Films organization produced more than 700 films. Headed by influential documentary filmmaker Edgar Anstey, the organization’s films ranged from training films, infomercials, travelogues, and safety films, which a number were screened for the public while some were internal films for reference and training for crewmembers or businesses. Many of the films have been archived at the BFI Film Archive, and for the last twenty years they have been given new life on DVD with the films remastered from their original elements. Each volume had a particular theme and showcased the range of films that the organization produced, from friendly narrated commercials for passenger railways to frightening reenactment films to promote safety protocols. “Life on the Line” is the fifteenth volume and sadly the final planned DVD set by the BFI, featuring 14 shorts from BTF plus one bonus BTF video short. The following shorts are included: DISC ONE - “Multiple Aspects” (1969) (20:02) - ...


The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line by James-Masaki Ryan (3rd February 2024)

"The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line" Since its founding in 1949, the British Transport Films organization produced more than 700 films. Headed by influential documentary filmmaker Edgar Anstey, the organization’s films ranged from training films, infomercials, travelogues, and safety films, which a number were screened for the public while some were internal films for reference and training for crewmembers or businesses. Many of the films have been archived at the BFI Film Archive, and for the last twenty years they have been given new life on DVD with the films remastered from their original elements. Each volume had a particular theme and showcased the range of films that the organization produced, from friendly narrated commercials for passenger railways to frightening reenactment films to promote safety protocols. “Life on the Line” is the fifteenth volume and sadly the final planned DVD set by the BFI, featuring 14 shorts from BTF plus one bonus BTF video short. The following shorts are included: DISC ONE - “Multiple Aspects” (1969) (20:02) - ...


The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line by James-Masaki Ryan (3rd February 2024)

"The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line" Since its founding in 1949, the British Transport Films organization produced more than 700 films. Headed by influential documentary filmmaker Edgar Anstey, the organization’s films ranged from training films, infomercials, travelogues, and safety films, which a number were screened for the public while some were internal films for reference and training for crewmembers or businesses. Many of the films have been archived at the BFI Film Archive, and for the last twenty years they have been given new life on DVD with the films remastered from their original elements. Each volume had a particular theme and showcased the range of films that the organization produced, from friendly narrated commercials for passenger railways to frightening reenactment films to promote safety protocols. “Life on the Line” is the fifteenth volume and sadly the final planned DVD set by the BFI, featuring 14 shorts from BTF plus one bonus BTF video short. The following shorts are included: DISC ONE - “Multiple Aspects” (1969) (20:02) - ...


The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line by James-Masaki Ryan (3rd February 2024)

"The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line" Since its founding in 1949, the British Transport Films organization produced more than 700 films. Headed by influential documentary filmmaker Edgar Anstey, the organization’s films ranged from training films, infomercials, travelogues, and safety films, which a number were screened for the public while some were internal films for reference and training for crewmembers or businesses. Many of the films have been archived at the BFI Film Archive, and for the last twenty years they have been given new life on DVD with the films remastered from their original elements. Each volume had a particular theme and showcased the range of films that the organization produced, from friendly narrated commercials for passenger railways to frightening reenactment films to promote safety protocols. “Life on the Line” is the fifteenth volume and sadly the final planned DVD set by the BFI, featuring 14 shorts from BTF plus one bonus BTF video short. The following shorts are included: DISC ONE - “Multiple Aspects” (1969) (20:02) - ...


The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line by James-Masaki Ryan (3rd February 2024)

"The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line" Since its founding in 1949, the British Transport Films organization produced more than 700 films. Headed by influential documentary filmmaker Edgar Anstey, the organization’s films ranged from training films, infomercials, travelogues, and safety films, which a number were screened for the public while some were internal films for reference and training for crewmembers or businesses. Many of the films have been archived at the BFI Film Archive, and for the last twenty years they have been given new life on DVD with the films remastered from their original elements. Each volume had a particular theme and showcased the range of films that the organization produced, from friendly narrated commercials for passenger railways to frightening reenactment films to promote safety protocols. “Life on the Line” is the fifteenth volume and sadly the final planned DVD set by the BFI, featuring 14 shorts from BTF plus one bonus BTF video short. The following shorts are included: DISC ONE - “Multiple Aspects” (1969) (20:02) - ...


The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line by James-Masaki Ryan (3rd February 2024)

"The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line" Since its founding in 1949, the British Transport Films organization produced more than 700 films. Headed by influential documentary filmmaker Edgar Anstey, the organization’s films ranged from training films, infomercials, travelogues, and safety films, which a number were screened for the public while some were internal films for reference and training for crewmembers or businesses. Many of the films have been archived at the BFI Film Archive, and for the last twenty years they have been given new life on DVD with the films remastered from their original elements. Each volume had a particular theme and showcased the range of films that the organization produced, from friendly narrated commercials for passenger railways to frightening reenactment films to promote safety protocols. “Life on the Line” is the fifteenth volume and sadly the final planned DVD set by the BFI, featuring 14 shorts from BTF plus one bonus BTF video short. The following shorts are included: DISC ONE - “Multiple Aspects” (1969) (20:02) - ...


The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line by James-Masaki Ryan (3rd February 2024)

"The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line" Since its founding in 1949, the British Transport Films organization produced more than 700 films. Headed by influential documentary filmmaker Edgar Anstey, the organization’s films ranged from training films, infomercials, travelogues, and safety films, which a number were screened for the public while some were internal films for reference and training for crewmembers or businesses. Many of the films have been archived at the BFI Film Archive, and for the last twenty years they have been given new life on DVD with the films remastered from their original elements. Each volume had a particular theme and showcased the range of films that the organization produced, from friendly narrated commercials for passenger railways to frightening reenactment films to promote safety protocols. “Life on the Line” is the fifteenth volume and sadly the final planned DVD set by the BFI, featuring 14 shorts from BTF plus one bonus BTF video short. The following shorts are included: DISC ONE - “Multiple Aspects” (1969) (20:02) - ...


The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line by James-Masaki Ryan (3rd February 2024)

"The British Transport Films Collection Vol 15: Life on the Line" Since its founding in 1949, the British Transport Films organization produced more than 700 films. Headed by influential documentary filmmaker Edgar Anstey, the organization’s films ranged from training films, infomercials, travelogues, and safety films, which a number were screened for the public while some were internal films for reference and training for crewmembers or businesses. Many of the films have been archived at the BFI Film Archive, and for the last twenty years they have been given new life on DVD with the films remastered from their original elements. Each volume had a particular theme and showcased the range of films that the organization produced, from friendly narrated commercials for passenger railways to frightening reenactment films to promote safety protocols. “Life on the Line” is the fifteenth volume and sadly the final planned DVD set by the BFI, featuring 14 shorts from BTF plus one bonus BTF video short. The following shorts are included: DISC ONE - “Multiple Aspects” (1969) (20:02) - ...


Kill Butterfly Kill by Eric Cotenas (2nd February 2024)

Throughout the mid-to-late eighties, filmmakers/distributors Joseph Lai and Godfrey Ho kept the Grindhouse alive by taking little-seen Taiwanese genre films they had either unsuccessfully distributed or ones that failed to find a distributor in the earlier half of the decade and turning them into martial arts flicks with brand new footage headlining their stable of American and British martial artists and stuntmen interacting with characters in the old footage by way of redubbing and re-editing. Although these composites played theatrically, many of them became known to fans as they glutted the video shelves with such bizarrely irresistible titles like Ninja Terminator, Golden Ninja Warrior, Zombie vs. Ninja, and Scorpion Thunderbolt among many others. What Lai and Ho released in 1988 as ...


Kill Butterfly Kill by Eric Cotenas (2nd February 2024)

Throughout the mid-to-late eighties, filmmakers/distributors Joseph Lai and Godfrey Ho kept the Grindhouse alive by taking little-seen Taiwanese genre films they had either unsuccessfully distributed or ones that failed to find a distributor in the earlier half of the decade and turning them into martial arts flicks with brand new footage headlining their stable of American and British martial artists and stuntmen interacting with characters in the old footage by way of redubbing and re-editing. Although these composites played theatrically, many of them became known to fans as they glutted the video shelves with such bizarrely irresistible titles like Ninja Terminator, Golden Ninja Warrior, Zombie vs. Ninja, and Scorpion Thunderbolt among many others. What Lai and Ho released in 1988 as ...


Gang Tae-ung Animation Collection by James-Masaki Ryan (26th January 2024)

Gang Tae-ung Animation Collection Gang Tae-ung was born in Hwanghae Province, Korea in 1929. Although he enrolled in a law school when he was 17, he dropped out three years later, stowed away on a boat headed for Japan, and enrolling in Nihon University to study film and arts two years later. He would work on assisting in documentary works following graduation, but a major change came in 1956 when he joined the Ningyo Eiga Seisakujo (Puppet Animation Film Studio), a studio established by Tadahito Mochinaga and Kiichi Inamura a year prior. The studio produced animated shorts and feature films by using crafted puppets and shooting them moving one frame at a time. Stop motion animation was a time consuming and laborious project, and Mochinaga had some expertise in the craft during his time working at an animation studio in China during the wartime years and after, and in 1956, the new studio’s short film “Uriko-hime to amanojaku” became the first stop motion animated work made in Japan. This was followed by the shor...


Gang Tae-ung Animation Collection by James-Masaki Ryan (26th January 2024)

Gang Tae-ung Animation Collection Gang Tae-ung was born in Hwanghae Province, Korea in 1929. Although he enrolled in a law school when he was 17, he dropped out three years later, stowed away on a boat headed for Japan, and enrolling in Nihon University to study film and arts two years later. He would work on assisting in documentary works following graduation, but a major change came in 1956 when he joined the Ningyo Eiga Seisakujo (Puppet Animation Film Studio), a studio established by Tadahito Mochinaga and Kiichi Inamura a year prior. The studio produced animated shorts and feature films by using crafted puppets and shooting them moving one frame at a time. Stop motion animation was a time consuming and laborious project, and Mochinaga had some expertise in the craft during his time working at an animation studio in China during the wartime years and after, and in 1956, the new studio’s short film “Uriko-hime to amanojaku” became the first stop motion animated work made in Japan. This was followed by the shor...


TECHNICAL REVIEWS
Impossible Object AKA L'impossible objet AKA Story of a Love Story (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (2nd January 2024)

Directed by John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate), Impossible Object (also released as Story of a Love Story) is a surreal drama starring Alan Bates (A Day in the Death of Joe Egg), Michel Auclair (The Day of the Jackal), Dominique Sanda (The Conformist), and Lea Massari (L’avventura). Harry (Bates), a British author living in France with his wife and family, begins an affair with Natalie (Sanda), who herself is unhappily married to Georges (Auclair). However, Harry is unable to untangle the facts of his life from the fictions which he creates, and the line between fantasy and reality become blurred. Adapted by Nicholas Mosley (Accident) from his own Booker Prize-shortlisted novel, photographed by Claude Renoir (Barbarella), and scored by Michel Legrand (Eve), Impossible Object is a long-overlooked classic of seventies European cinema....


Impossible Object AKA L'impossible objet AKA Story of a Love Story (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (2nd January 2024)

Directed by John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate), Impossible Object (also released as Story of a Love Story) is a surreal drama starring Alan Bates (A Day in the Death of Joe Egg), Michel Auclair (The Day of the Jackal), Dominique Sanda (The Conformist), and Lea Massari (L’avventura). Harry (Bates), a British author living in France with his wife and family, begins an affair with Natalie (Sanda), who herself is unhappily married to Georges (Auclair). However, Harry is unable to untangle the facts of his life from the fictions which he creates, and the line between fantasy and reality become blurred. Adapted by Nicholas Mosley (Accident) from his own Booker Prize-shortlisted novel, photographed by Claude Renoir (Barbarella), and scored by Michel Legrand (Eve), Impossible Object is a long-overlooked classic of seventies European cinema....


Man Who Had Power Over Women (The) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (2nd January 2024)

The dark side of Swinging London is explored in The Man Who Had Power Over Women, starring Rod Taylor (Zabriskie Point), Carol White (Cathy Come Home), James Booth (90° in the Shade) and Keith Barron (The Land That Time Forgot). Womanising talent agent Peter Reaney (Taylor) splits from his long-suffering wife, moves in with his best friend Val (Booth), and promptly starts an affair with Val's wife Jody (White). Added to the complexities of his personal life is his client, wayward popstar Barry Black (Clive Francis), for whom he is asked to cover up a dark secret ... Directed by John Krish (Unearthly Stranger), this release includes extensive interview material with Krish, as well as newly restored versions of two of Krish’s acclaimed short films – Break-In (1956) and the powerful anti-apartheid drama-documentary Let My People Go (1961)....


Desire AKA The Pearl Necklace (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (28th December 2023)

Marlene Dietrich (The Scarlet Empress) and Gary Cooper (Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife) star in Desire, a romantic crime caper directed by Frank Borzage (A Farewell to Arms). When jewel thief Madeleine (Dietrich) leaves Paris with a string of pearls, she conspires to smuggle them across the Spanish border with the unwitting assistance of American mechanic Tom (Cooper). But retrieving the jewels turns out to be harder than she thinks, and she finds herself falling for Tom. Reuniting the leads of Josef von Sternberg’s smash hit Morocco, and co-produced by the great Ernst Lubitsch, Desire was acclaimed by author Graham Greene as the best of Dietrich’s American films....


Frightened Woman (The) AKA Femina ridens AKA The Laughing Woman (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (12th December 2023)

The director of THE FRIGHTENED WOMAN, Piero Schivazappa, praised the version released by Shameless - saying: “... this is the version which you should watch” - when Shameless initially reconstructed and released this version, revealing the film as he’d originally intended. This is the version which is now presented on Blu-ray - pristinely restored from a 4K scan - finally doing justice to the exuberant 60s pop-art images and set design. This definitive edition is further enhanced by a unique new interview with the iconic Dagmar Lassander where she relates the groundbreaking and provocative nature of the film. The captivating Dagmar Lassander shines as Maria, a young journalist working for Dr. Sayer (Philippe Leroy), the head of a philanthropic foundation with peculiar views on humanity's issues. When Maria is drugged and imprisoned by Dr. Sayer, she is subjected to increasingly sadistic acts by her captor, but she endures the horrors of her ordeal and unravels her boss's twisted beliefs and vulnerabilities. Using her intelligence and cunning, she shifts the power balance between them in a scintillatingly stylish game of cat and mouse. This hypnotic exploration of passion and power blurs boundaries delving into gender dyn...


Django (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (12th December 2023)

Three seminal Cult Spaghetti Westerns in one definitive Collector’s Boxset + Artcards, all restored & first time on UK Blu-ray. DJANGO One of the greatest and most influential Spaghetti Westerns ever, Sergio Corbucci’s iconic masterpiece is revered by film critics and fans - none more so than Quentin Tarantino who declares the deep influence that Corbucci had on all his films. Banned for decades, Corbucci’s ground-breaking ultra-violent western stars the legendary Franco Nero as Django, the mysterious lone gunslinger who - dragging a coffin behind him - arrives in a bleak, mud-drenched town where he’ll face two gangs of sadistic evil killers. Presented complete and uncut, from new 4K-restored elements - pristinely faithful to the original film vision. KEOMA, THE VIOLENT BREED Acknowledged as the genre swansong, this late Western masterpiece is directed by Enzo G. Castellari whom Tarantino calls his maestro and regards as a cinematic icon. Screen-legend Franco Nero reprises his relentless deadly gunslinger persona, now as the eponymous Keoma who, returning to his hometown, finds that it is now ruled by a gang of sadistic killers. Aided by an old friend (Woody Strode), Keoma fights the ruthless bunch to the bitter, la...


Bullet for the General (A) AKA Quien Sabe? AKA El Chucho quien sabe? (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (12th December 2023)

Three seminal Cult Spaghetti Westerns in one definitive Collector’s Boxset + Artcards, all restored & first time on UK Blu-ray. DJANGO One of the greatest and most influential Spaghetti Westerns ever, Sergio Corbucci’s iconic masterpiece is revered by film critics and fans - none more so than Quentin Tarantino who declares the deep influence that Corbucci had on all his films. Banned for decades, Corbucci’s ground-breaking ultra-violent western stars the legendary Franco Nero as Django, the mysterious lone gunslinger who - dragging a coffin behind him - arrives in a bleak, mud-drenched town where he’ll face two gangs of sadistic evil killers. Presented complete and uncut, from new 4K-restored elements - pristinely faithful to the original film vision. KEOMA, THE VIOLENT BREED Acknowledged as the genre swansong, this late Western masterpiece is directed by Enzo G. Castellari whom Tarantino calls his maestro and regards as a cinematic icon. Screen-legend Franco Nero reprises his relentless deadly gunslinger persona, now as the eponymous Keoma who, returning to his hometown, finds that it is now ruled by a gang of sadistic killers. Aided by an old friend (Woody Strode), Keoma fights the ruthless bunch to the bitter, la...


Keoma AKA Django Rides Again AKA Desperado (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (12th December 2023)

Three seminal Cult Spaghetti Westerns in one definitive Collector’s Boxset + Artcards, all restored & first time on UK Blu-ray. DJANGO One of the greatest and most influential Spaghetti Westerns ever, Sergio Corbucci’s iconic masterpiece is revered by film critics and fans - none more so than Quentin Tarantino who declares the deep influence that Corbucci had on all his films. Banned for decades, Corbucci’s ground-breaking ultra-violent western stars the legendary Franco Nero as Django, the mysterious lone gunslinger who - dragging a coffin behind him - arrives in a bleak, mud-drenched town where he’ll face two gangs of sadistic evil killers. Presented complete and uncut, from new 4K-restored elements - pristinely faithful to the original film vision. KEOMA, THE VIOLENT BREED Acknowledged as the genre swansong, this late Western masterpiece is directed by Enzo G. Castellari whom Tarantino calls his maestro and regards as a cinematic icon. Screen-legend Franco Nero reprises his relentless deadly gunslinger persona, now as the eponymous Keoma who, returning to his hometown, finds that it is now ruled by a gang of sadistic killers. Aided by an old friend (Woody Strode), Keoma fights the ruthless bunch to the bitter, la...


Doctors (The): Sylvester McCoy Years (The): Behind the Scenes by Rick Curzon (16th November 2023)

This is the definitive set of interviews with the production team who brought Doctor Who to life and sent you “behind the sofa”! These six documentaries are the best in-depth interviews with Ben Aaronovitch (Writer), Ian Briggs (Writer), Stephen Wyatt (Writer), Andrew Morgan (Director), Mike Tucker (Visual Effects Supervisor) and Keff McCulloch (Composer) ever undertaken! Presented by Robert Dick, “Ace” Sophie Aldred and “voice of the Daleks” Nicholas Briggs. For all Doctor Who fans, this special collector’s edition is over 5 hours of pure nostalgia, which will give you a whole new insight into the making of your favourite science fiction series!...


Crimes at the Dark House (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (4th November 2023)

The terrifying talents of Newcastle’s Norman Carter ‘Tod’ Slaughter – the first true icon of British horror cinema – are showcased in this long-overdue box set. Featuring the eight films which ‘Europe’s Horror Man’ made in collaboration with British producer-director George King (Tomorrow We Live), this comprehensive collection also includes a number of rare shorts and newsreel items. Unlike his contemporaries, such as Boris Karloff and Charles Laughton, Tod Slaughter never left his native shores. Instead, he chose to make his mark in Britain by transferring his most sensational theatrical performances to the screen. Portraying every kind of cruel and cunning criminal – from petty thief to mass murderer – he became the first great villain of British horror, at a time before the Grand Guignol of Hammer Films began to take hold, without once donning monster make-up. Criminally overlooked by film historians, and only previously seen in compromised versions, these fascinating films have been newly restored using original film materials preserved at the BFI National Archive, and are accompanied by an array of essential contextualising extras, including archival short films and radio plays presented with optional soundtracks by Br...


Crimes at the Dark House (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (4th November 2023)

The terrifying talents of Newcastle’s Norman Carter ‘Tod’ Slaughter – the first true icon of British horror cinema – are showcased in this long-overdue box set. Featuring the eight films which ‘Europe’s Horror Man’ made in collaboration with British producer-director George King (Tomorrow We Live), this comprehensive collection also includes a number of rare shorts and newsreel items. Unlike his contemporaries, such as Boris Karloff and Charles Laughton, Tod Slaughter never left his native shores. Instead, he chose to make his mark in Britain by transferring his most sensational theatrical performances to the screen. Portraying every kind of cruel and cunning criminal – from petty thief to mass murderer – he became the first great villain of British horror, at a time before the Grand Guignol of Hammer Films began to take hold, without once donning monster make-up. Criminally overlooked by film historians, and only previously seen in compromised versions, these fascinating films have been newly restored using original film materials preserved at the BFI National Archive, and are accompanied by an array of essential contextualising extras, including archival short films and radio plays presented with optional soundtracks by Br...


Maria Marten, or the Murder in the Red Barn (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (4th November 2023)

The terrifying talents of Newcastle’s Norman Carter ‘Tod’ Slaughter – the first true icon of British horror cinema – are showcased in this long-overdue box set. Featuring the eight films which ‘Europe’s Horror Man’ made in collaboration with British producer-director George King (Tomorrow We Live), this comprehensive collection also includes a number of rare shorts and newsreel items. Unlike his contemporaries, such as Boris Karloff and Charles Laughton, Tod Slaughter never left his native shores. Instead, he chose to make his mark in Britain by transferring his most sensational theatrical performances to the screen. Portraying every kind of cruel and cunning criminal – from petty thief to mass murderer – he became the first great villain of British horror, at a time before the Grand Guignol of Hammer Films began to take hold, without once donning monster make-up. Criminally overlooked by film historians, and only previously seen in compromised versions, these fascinating films have been newly restored using original film materials preserved at the BFI National Archive, and are accompanied by an array of essential contextualising extras, including archival short films and radio plays presented with optional soundtracks by Br...


Maria Marten, or the Murder in the Red Barn (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (4th November 2023)

The terrifying talents of Newcastle’s Norman Carter ‘Tod’ Slaughter – the first true icon of British horror cinema – are showcased in this long-overdue box set. Featuring the eight films which ‘Europe’s Horror Man’ made in collaboration with British producer-director George King (Tomorrow We Live), this comprehensive collection also includes a number of rare shorts and newsreel items. Unlike his contemporaries, such as Boris Karloff and Charles Laughton, Tod Slaughter never left his native shores. Instead, he chose to make his mark in Britain by transferring his most sensational theatrical performances to the screen. Portraying every kind of cruel and cunning criminal – from petty thief to mass murderer – he became the first great villain of British horror, at a time before the Grand Guignol of Hammer Films began to take hold, without once donning monster make-up. Criminally overlooked by film historians, and only previously seen in compromised versions, these fascinating films have been newly restored using original film materials preserved at the BFI National Archive, and are accompanied by an array of essential contextualising extras, including archival short films and radio plays presented with optional soundtracks by Br...


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Rick Curzon (4th November 2023)

The terrifying talents of Newcastle’s Norman Carter ‘Tod’ Slaughter – the first true icon of British horror cinema – are showcased in this long-overdue box set. Featuring the eight films which ‘Europe’s Horror Man’ made in collaboration with British producer-director George King (Tomorrow We Live), this comprehensive collection also includes a number of rare shorts and newsreel items. Unlike his contemporaries, such as Boris Karloff and Charles Laughton, Tod Slaughter never left his native shores. Instead, he chose to make his mark in Britain by transferring his most sensational theatrical performances to the screen. Portraying every kind of cruel and cunning criminal – from petty thief to mass murderer – he became the first great villain of British horror, at a time before the Grand Guignol of Hammer Films began to take hold, without once donning monster make-up. Criminally overlooked by film historians, and only previously seen in compromised versions, these fascinating films have been newly restored using original film materials preserved at the BFI National Archive, and are accompanied by an array of essential contextualising extras, including archival short films and radio plays presented with optional soundtracks by Br...


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Rick Curzon (4th November 2023)

The terrifying talents of Newcastle’s Norman Carter ‘Tod’ Slaughter – the first true icon of British horror cinema – are showcased in this long-overdue box set. Featuring the eight films which ‘Europe’s Horror Man’ made in collaboration with British producer-director George King (Tomorrow We Live), this comprehensive collection also includes a number of rare shorts and newsreel items. Unlike his contemporaries, such as Boris Karloff and Charles Laughton, Tod Slaughter never left his native shores. Instead, he chose to make his mark in Britain by transferring his most sensational theatrical performances to the screen. Portraying every kind of cruel and cunning criminal – from petty thief to mass murderer – he became the first great villain of British horror, at a time before the Grand Guignol of Hammer Films began to take hold, without once donning monster make-up. Criminally overlooked by film historians, and only previously seen in compromised versions, these fascinating films have been newly restored using original film materials preserved at the BFI National Archive, and are accompanied by an array of essential contextualising extras, including archival short films and radio plays presented with optional soundtracks by Br...


Crimes of Stephen Hawke (The) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (4th November 2023)

The terrifying talents of Newcastle’s Norman Carter ‘Tod’ Slaughter – the first true icon of British horror cinema – are showcased in this long-overdue box set. Featuring the eight films which ‘Europe’s Horror Man’ made in collaboration with British producer-director George King (Tomorrow We Live), this comprehensive collection also includes a number of rare shorts and newsreel items. Unlike his contemporaries, such as Boris Karloff and Charles Laughton, Tod Slaughter never left his native shores. Instead, he chose to make his mark in Britain by transferring his most sensational theatrical performances to the screen. Portraying every kind of cruel and cunning criminal – from petty thief to mass murderer – he became the first great villain of British horror, at a time before the Grand Guignol of Hammer Films began to take hold, without once donning monster make-up. Criminally overlooked by film historians, and only previously seen in compromised versions, these fascinating films have been newly restored using original film materials preserved at the BFI National Archive, and are accompanied by an array of essential contextualising extras, including archival short films and radio plays presented with optional soundtracks by Br...


It's Never Too Late to Mend AKA Never Too Late to Mend (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (4th November 2023)

The terrifying talents of Newcastle’s Norman Carter ‘Tod’ Slaughter – the first true icon of British horror cinema – are showcased in this long-overdue box set. Featuring the eight films which ‘Europe’s Horror Man’ made in collaboration with British producer-director George King (Tomorrow We Live), this comprehensive collection also includes a number of rare shorts and newsreel items. Unlike his contemporaries, such as Boris Karloff and Charles Laughton, Tod Slaughter never left his native shores. Instead, he chose to make his mark in Britain by transferring his most sensational theatrical performances to the screen. Portraying every kind of cruel and cunning criminal – from petty thief to mass murderer – he became the first great villain of British horror, at a time before the Grand Guignol of Hammer Films began to take hold, without once donning monster make-up. Criminally overlooked by film historians, and only previously seen in compromised versions, these fascinating films have been newly restored using original film materials preserved at the BFI National Archive, and are accompanied by an array of essential contextualising extras, including archival short films and radio plays presented with optional soundtracks by Br...


It's Never Too Late to Mend AKA Never Too Late to Mend (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (4th November 2023)

The terrifying talents of Newcastle’s Norman Carter ‘Tod’ Slaughter – the first true icon of British horror cinema – are showcased in this long-overdue box set. Featuring the eight films which ‘Europe’s Horror Man’ made in collaboration with British producer-director George King (Tomorrow We Live), this comprehensive collection also includes a number of rare shorts and newsreel items. Unlike his contemporaries, such as Boris Karloff and Charles Laughton, Tod Slaughter never left his native shores. Instead, he chose to make his mark in Britain by transferring his most sensational theatrical performances to the screen. Portraying every kind of cruel and cunning criminal – from petty thief to mass murderer – he became the first great villain of British horror, at a time before the Grand Guignol of Hammer Films began to take hold, without once donning monster make-up. Criminally overlooked by film historians, and only previously seen in compromised versions, these fascinating films have been newly restored using original film materials preserved at the BFI National Archive, and are accompanied by an array of essential contextualising extras, including archival short films and radio plays presented with optional soundtracks by Br...


Ticket of Leave Man (The) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (4th November 2023)

The terrifying talents of Newcastle’s Norman Carter ‘Tod’ Slaughter – the first true icon of British horror cinema – are showcased in this long-overdue box set. Featuring the eight films which ‘Europe’s Horror Man’ made in collaboration with British producer-director George King (Tomorrow We Live), this comprehensive collection also includes a number of rare shorts and newsreel items. Unlike his contemporaries, such as Boris Karloff and Charles Laughton, Tod Slaughter never left his native shores. Instead, he chose to make his mark in Britain by transferring his most sensational theatrical performances to the screen. Portraying every kind of cruel and cunning criminal – from petty thief to mass murderer – he became the first great villain of British horror, at a time before the Grand Guignol of Hammer Films began to take hold, without once donning monster make-up. Criminally overlooked by film historians, and only previously seen in compromised versions, these fascinating films have been newly restored using original film materials preserved at the BFI National Archive, and are accompanied by an array of essential contextualising extras, including archival short films and radio plays presented with optional soundtracks by Br...


Ticket of Leave Man (The) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (4th November 2023)

The terrifying talents of Newcastle’s Norman Carter ‘Tod’ Slaughter – the first true icon of British horror cinema – are showcased in this long-overdue box set. Featuring the eight films which ‘Europe’s Horror Man’ made in collaboration with British producer-director George King (Tomorrow We Live), this comprehensive collection also includes a number of rare shorts and newsreel items. Unlike his contemporaries, such as Boris Karloff and Charles Laughton, Tod Slaughter never left his native shores. Instead, he chose to make his mark in Britain by transferring his most sensational theatrical performances to the screen. Portraying every kind of cruel and cunning criminal – from petty thief to mass murderer – he became the first great villain of British horror, at a time before the Grand Guignol of Hammer Films began to take hold, without once donning monster make-up. Criminally overlooked by film historians, and only previously seen in compromised versions, these fascinating films have been newly restored using original film materials preserved at the BFI National Archive, and are accompanied by an array of essential contextualising extras, including archival short films and radio plays presented with optional soundtracks by Br...


Sexton Blake and the Hooded Terror (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (4th November 2023)

The terrifying talents of Newcastle’s Norman Carter ‘Tod’ Slaughter – the first true icon of British horror cinema – are showcased in this long-overdue box set. Featuring the eight films which ‘Europe’s Horror Man’ made in collaboration with British producer-director George King (Tomorrow We Live), this comprehensive collection also includes a number of rare shorts and newsreel items. Unlike his contemporaries, such as Boris Karloff and Charles Laughton, Tod Slaughter never left his native shores. Instead, he chose to make his mark in Britain by transferring his most sensational theatrical performances to the screen. Portraying every kind of cruel and cunning criminal – from petty thief to mass murderer – he became the first great villain of British horror, at a time before the Grand Guignol of Hammer Films began to take hold, without once donning monster make-up. Criminally overlooked by film historians, and only previously seen in compromised versions, these fascinating films have been newly restored using original film materials preserved at the BFI National Archive, and are accompanied by an array of essential contextualising extras, including archival short films and radio plays presented with optional soundtracks by Br...


Sexton Blake and the Hooded Terror (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (4th November 2023)

The terrifying talents of Newcastle’s Norman Carter ‘Tod’ Slaughter – the first true icon of British horror cinema – are showcased in this long-overdue box set. Featuring the eight films which ‘Europe’s Horror Man’ made in collaboration with British producer-director George King (Tomorrow We Live), this comprehensive collection also includes a number of rare shorts and newsreel items. Unlike his contemporaries, such as Boris Karloff and Charles Laughton, Tod Slaughter never left his native shores. Instead, he chose to make his mark in Britain by transferring his most sensational theatrical performances to the screen. Portraying every kind of cruel and cunning criminal – from petty thief to mass murderer – he became the first great villain of British horror, at a time before the Grand Guignol of Hammer Films began to take hold, without once donning monster make-up. Criminally overlooked by film historians, and only previously seen in compromised versions, these fascinating films have been newly restored using original film materials preserved at the BFI National Archive, and are accompanied by an array of essential contextualising extras, including archival short films and radio plays presented with optional soundtracks by Br...


Face at the Window (The) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (4th November 2023)

The terrifying talents of Newcastle’s Norman Carter ‘Tod’ Slaughter – the first true icon of British horror cinema – are showcased in this long-overdue box set. Featuring the eight films which ‘Europe’s Horror Man’ made in collaboration with British producer-director George King (Tomorrow We Live), this comprehensive collection also includes a number of rare shorts and newsreel items. Unlike his contemporaries, such as Boris Karloff and Charles Laughton, Tod Slaughter never left his native shores. Instead, he chose to make his mark in Britain by transferring his most sensational theatrical performances to the screen. Portraying every kind of cruel and cunning criminal – from petty thief to mass murderer – he became the first great villain of British horror, at a time before the Grand Guignol of Hammer Films began to take hold, without once donning monster make-up. Criminally overlooked by film historians, and only previously seen in compromised versions, these fascinating films have been newly restored using original film materials preserved at the BFI National Archive, and are accompanied by an array of essential contextualising extras, including archival short films and radio plays presented with optional soundtracks by Br...


Face at the Window (The) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (4th November 2023)

The terrifying talents of Newcastle’s Norman Carter ‘Tod’ Slaughter – the first true icon of British horror cinema – are showcased in this long-overdue box set. Featuring the eight films which ‘Europe’s Horror Man’ made in collaboration with British producer-director George King (Tomorrow We Live), this comprehensive collection also includes a number of rare shorts and newsreel items. Unlike his contemporaries, such as Boris Karloff and Charles Laughton, Tod Slaughter never left his native shores. Instead, he chose to make his mark in Britain by transferring his most sensational theatrical performances to the screen. Portraying every kind of cruel and cunning criminal – from petty thief to mass murderer – he became the first great villain of British horror, at a time before the Grand Guignol of Hammer Films began to take hold, without once donning monster make-up. Criminally overlooked by film historians, and only previously seen in compromised versions, these fascinating films have been newly restored using original film materials preserved at the BFI National Archive, and are accompanied by an array of essential contextualising extras, including archival short films and radio plays presented with optional soundtracks by Br...


Lips of Blood AKA Lèvres de sang (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (21st October 2023)

One of Jean Rollin’s best-loved films, Lips of Blood (Lèvres de sang) finds the master of the fantastique marshalling all of his obsessions – ruined châteaux, remote beaches, abandoned graveyards, mysterious twins, and female vampires. When a photograph of a decrepit seaside château evokes a childhood vision of an encounter with a mysterious girl, Frederick is compelled to investigate. Soon, he uncovers a surreal and erotic netherworld of vampirism from which he might never return. Starring regular Rollin actors Jean-Loup Philippe (The Rape of the Vampire), Natalie Perrey (The Iron Rose), and twins Cathy and Marie-Pierre Castel (Requiem for a Vampire), Lips of Blood is a tour de force within Rollin’s inimitable oeuvre....


Lips of Blood AKA Lèvres de sang (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (21st October 2023)

One of Jean Rollin’s best-loved films, Lips of Blood (Lèvres de sang) finds the master of the fantastique marshalling all of his obsessions – ruined châteaux, remote beaches, abandoned graveyards, mysterious twins, and female vampires. When a photograph of a decrepit seaside château evokes a childhood vision of an encounter with a mysterious girl, Frederick is compelled to investigate. Soon, he uncovers a surreal and erotic netherworld of vampirism from which he might never return. Starring regular Rollin actors Jean-Loup Philippe (The Rape of the Vampire), Natalie Perrey (The Iron Rose), and twins Cathy and Marie-Pierre Castel (Requiem for a Vampire), Lips of Blood is a tour de force within Rollin’s inimitable oeuvre....


Fascination (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (21st October 2023)

Jealousy, vengeance, obsession, cannibalism, and blood-drinking collide in Fascination, director Jean Rollin’s decadent fantasy of sex and death. When a thief holes up in a remote château, taking two beautiful chambermaids hostage, the arrival of his accomplices and the château’s aristocratic owners leads to an orgy of violence and ritualistic bloodletting. With its standout performance from Brigitte Lahaie (The Night of the Hunted), as the scythe-wielding Eva, and an evocative score from Philippe D’Aram (The Living Dead Girl), Fascination is one of the purest expressions of Rollin’s unique fantastique aesthetic....


Fascination (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (21st October 2023)

Jealousy, vengeance, obsession, cannibalism, and blood-drinking collide in Fascination, director Jean Rollin’s decadent fantasy of sex and death. When a thief holes up in a remote château, taking two beautiful chambermaids hostage, the arrival of his accomplices and the château’s aristocratic owners leads to an orgy of violence and ritualistic bloodletting. With its standout performance from Brigitte Lahaie (The Night of the Hunted), as the scythe-wielding Eva, and an evocative score from Philippe D’Aram (The Living Dead Girl), Fascination is one of the purest expressions of Rollin’s unique fantastique aesthetic....


Singapore (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (30th September 2023)

Universal Noir #2 – the second in Indicator’s series of box sets focusing on the celebrated film noir output of Universal Pictures – collects six crime classics from Hollywood’s golden age. Starring the cream of US and British acting talent – including Deanna Durbin, Ralph Bellamy, Phyllis Calvert, Fred MacMurray, Ava Gardner, Ann Blyth, Jessica Tandy, Cedric Hardwicke, Fredric March, and Barbara Stanwyck – these dark and dangerous dramas feature witnesses to murder (Lady on a Train), family rifts (Time Out of Mind), amnesia and smuggling (Singapore), murderous infidelity (A Woman’s Vengeance), mercy killing (An Act of Murder), and gambling addiction (The Lady Gambles). This indispensable collection marks the UK Blu-ray premiere of all six films, and also features an array of fascinating contextualising extras, including newly recorded commentaries, critical appreciations, rare archival short films, and a 120-page book. Strictly limited to 6,000 individually numbered units....


Lady Gambles (The) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (30th September 2023)

Universal Noir #2 – the second in Indicator’s series of box sets focusing on the celebrated film noir output of Universal Pictures – collects six crime classics from Hollywood’s golden age. Starring the cream of US and British acting talent – including Deanna Durbin, Ralph Bellamy, Phyllis Calvert, Fred MacMurray, Ava Gardner, Ann Blyth, Jessica Tandy, Cedric Hardwicke, Fredric March, and Barbara Stanwyck – these dark and dangerous dramas feature witnesses to murder (Lady on a Train), family rifts (Time Out of Mind), amnesia and smuggling (Singapore), murderous infidelity (A Woman’s Vengeance), mercy killing (An Act of Murder), and gambling addiction (The Lady Gambles). This indispensable collection marks the UK Blu-ray premiere of all six films, and also features an array of fascinating contextualising extras, including newly recorded commentaries, critical appreciations, rare archival short films, and a 120-page book. Strictly limited to 6,000 individually numbered units....


Lady on a Train (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (30th September 2023)

Universal Noir #2 – the second in Indicator’s series of box sets focusing on the celebrated film noir output of Universal Pictures – collects six crime classics from Hollywood’s golden age. Starring the cream of US and British acting talent – including Deanna Durbin, Ralph Bellamy, Phyllis Calvert, Fred MacMurray, Ava Gardner, Ann Blyth, Jessica Tandy, Cedric Hardwicke, Fredric March, and Barbara Stanwyck – these dark and dangerous dramas feature witnesses to murder (Lady on a Train), family rifts (Time Out of Mind), amnesia and smuggling (Singapore), murderous infidelity (A Woman’s Vengeance), mercy killing (An Act of Murder), and gambling addiction (The Lady Gambles). This indispensable collection marks the UK Blu-ray premiere of all six films, and also features an array of fascinating contextualising extras, including newly recorded commentaries, critical appreciations, rare archival short films, and a 120-page book. Strictly limited to 6,000 individually numbered units....


Act of Murder (An) (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (24th September 2023)

Universal Noir #2 – the second in Indicator’s series of box sets focusing on the celebrated film noir output of Universal Pictures – collects six crime classics from Hollywood’s golden age. Starring the cream of US and British acting talent – including Deanna Durbin, Ralph Bellamy, Phyllis Calvert, Fred MacMurray, Ava Gardner, Ann Blyth, Jessica Tandy, Cedric Hardwicke, Fredric March, and Barbara Stanwyck – these dark and dangerous dramas feature witnesses to murder (Lady on a Train), family rifts (Time Out of Mind), amnesia and smuggling (Singapore), murderous infidelity (A Woman’s Vengeance), mercy killing (An Act of Murder), and gambling addiction (The Lady Gambles). This indispensable collection marks the UK Blu-ray premiere of all six films, and also features an array of fascinating contextualising extras, including newly recorded commentaries, critical appreciations, rare archival short films, and a 120-page book. Strictly limited to 6,000 individually numbered units....


Doctors (The): Colin Baker Years (The): Behind the Scenes by Rick Curzon (17th September 2023)

This is the definitive set of interviews with the production team who brought Doctor Who to life and sent you “behind the sofa”! These six documentaries are the best in-depth interviews with Chris Clough (Director), Matthew Robinson (Director), Dominic Glynn (Composer), Wally K Daly (Writer), Philip Martin (Writer) and Glen McCoy (Writer) ever undertaken! Presented by Grant Foxon, Ian Kubiak and “voice of the Daleks” Nicholas Briggs. For all Doctor Who fans, this special collector’s edition is over 5 hours of pure nostalgia, which will give you a whole new insight into the making of your favourite science fiction series!...


King on Screen AKA Stephen King on Screen (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (9th September 2023)

FROM PAGE TO SCREEN, HIS STORIES BECAME CINEMATIC GOLD. STEPHEN KING an icon of horror and best selling author with a career spanning decades has found many of his books and short stories turned into feature films. In STEPHEN KING ON SCREEN meet the directors and creatives who brought unforgettable stories to the big screen from CARRIE to IT, Misery, Stand By Me, CUJO, Children of the Corn and more. Hollywood legends Frank Darabont, Mike Flanagan, Mick Garris, Josh Boone, Tom Holland, Vincent Natali and more discuss their role in bringing unparalleled stories to life....


Rape of the Vampire (The): A Two-Part Melodrama AKA Le Viol du vampire: Mélodrame en deux parties AK by Rick Curzon (8th September 2023)

Jean Rollin’s startling debut feature, 1968’s The Rape of the Vampire (Le Viol du vampire), introduces his unique take on vampirism, establishing the blend of surrealism, eroticism, and horror that would become his trademark. In the film's first part, four strange women living in a decrepit château – and all believing themselves to be ancient vampires – are visited by a psychoanalyst who attempts to rid them of their apparent delusion. In the second, the Queen of the Vampires presides over a diabolical clinic, unaware that the head doctor is plotting against her. With its surreal black-and-white images and riveting free-jazz score by François Tusques, The Rape of the Vampire was released in Paris to a scandalised response during the chaos of May ’68, heralding the arrival of a major new talent in the fantastique cinema. This new edition also includes Rollin’s 1965 short The Far Countries (Les Pays loin) restored in 4K....


 


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