DVD & Blu-Ray Reviews

Day for Night  (La Nuit américaine)

Day for Night (La Nuit américaine)

One of Truffaut's most vibrant and self-aware pictures, Day for Night could well be the ultimate film about filmmaking.
The Lion in Winter

The Lion in Winter

Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn are magnificent figureheads to The Lion in Winter, injecting modern power into this equally regal and brutal 12th century historical drama.
Don't Look Back

Don't Look Back

A trailblazing rock music documentary about a trailblazing music icon, Bob Dylan needed Don't Look Back as much as Don't Look Back needed Bob Dylan.
The A-Team: The Complete Blu-ray Collection

The A-Team: The Complete Blu-ray Collection

A fistful of charming nostalgia, the time to relive The A-Team's greatest hits and forgotten bits has arrived.
The Emigrants / The New Land

The Emigrants / The New Land

Warming and enlightening, Jan Troell's Atlantic crossing double header The Emigrants and The New Land grants us a duo of incredible cinematic journeys.
Money Monster

Money Monster

Dog Day Afternoon for the social media generation, Jodie Foster's hostage thriller / social commentary delivers engaging performances and takes no prisoners.
The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys

Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe are the perfect fronts for Shane Black's crime comedy masterwork that plays like Chinatown meets Withnail & I. This generation's Big Lebowski.
Fedora

Fedora

A curious pseudo sequel to Sunset Boulevard that reteams master filmmaker Billy Wilder and star William Holden with surprisingly flat results.
Cat People

Cat People

A horror movie with something to say, a noir with experimental bite, a melodrama with mystique... Cat People has its claws in plenty of expertly executed ideas. A risk-taking and enduring classic.
Early Murnau: 1921-1925

Early Murnau: 1921-1925

Murnau helped turn cinema from a flash in a pan to an artistic wildfire. Collected in this wonderful set are five his earliest, brightest sparks that helped transform film into a storybased artform.
The Human Condition Trilogy

The Human Condition Trilogy

Not just one of Japanese cinema's most enduring classics but also one of film's most searing endictments of war from any source.
Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory

Not just one of the best (anti-)war films but one of cinema's very finest statements full stop. Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory is a relevation that has endured the harsh battlefield of time.
The Pedro Almodóvar Collection

The Pedro Almodóvar Collection

The early classics of one of world cinema's most dynamic and instantly recognisable talents. The Pedro Almodóvar Collection is a must for fans of Spanish film.
The Blue Dahlia

The Blue Dahlia

Raymond Chandler's only original screenplay credit, The Blue Dahlia lacks the pop of his hardboiled crime novels but still makes for brooding noir entertainment.
The Glass Key

The Glass Key

Dashiell Hammett all but founded the hardboiled detective novel and this early film adaptation of one of his best books hits the mark.
The Flight of the Phoenix

The Flight of the Phoenix

A vintage action classic with a top drawer cast, The Flight of the Phoenix still soars over half a century on.
The Samurai Trilogy

The Samurai Trilogy

A true epic and milestone in Japanese cinema, Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai Trilogy cuts to the heart of what film can aspire to be.
Saul Bass: 20 Iconic Film Posters (book review)

Saul Bass: 20 Iconic Film Posters (book review)

You know when you're looking at a Saul Bass design (or someone ripping him off). The deceptively simple style, the direct focus, the twisted shapes, the solid colours, the striking fonts, the fact that you've been staring at it for way too long as the...
Sid and Nancy

Sid and Nancy

30 years on, Sid and Nancy is addictive, repulsive and extraordinary as one could hope for. One of Gary Oldman's finest performances.
The Bloodstained Butterfly

The Bloodstained Butterfly

Seldom seen these days but an absolute treat, The Bloodstained Butterfly is a must for fans of giallo and Italian crime/low budget cinema in general.

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