DVD & Blu-Ray Reviews

Three Days of the Condor

Three Days of the Condor

A classic of 1970s American cinema - the conspiracies, paranoia and silenced whistleblowers, it's all here in Sydney Pollack's riveting Three Days of the Condor.
Three Brothers (Tre fratelli)

Three Brothers (Tre fratelli)

Francesco Rosi's moving Oscar nominated drama Three Brothers finally gets the home video treatment a quarter of a century on. It was worth the wait.
Black Mama, White Mama

Black Mama, White Mama

An excellent release of an overlooked Pam Grier cult classic, blaxploitation fans will want to check out Arrow's Blu-ray of Black Mama, White Mama.
Fear Eats The Soul

Fear Eats The Soul

Definitive Fassbinder, Fear Eats The Soul is melodrama with genuine substance.
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

A key drama in Fassbinder's enviable canon, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant is claustrophobic budget cinema at its best.
Farewell My Concubine

Farewell My Concubine

At once both achingly beautiful and quietly devastating, Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine is a milestone in Chinese cinema.
Black Mass

Black Mass

A riveting crime drama with epic ambitions, Black Mass is a return to form for Johnny Depp who delivers his most intense work to date.
Bande À Part

Bande À Part

One of the all time French New Wave classics, Godard's Bande À Part still joyfully plays away with our expectations to a truly resonant coda.
Eureka

Eureka

A twisted Citizen Kane-esque exploration of greed and power, idiosyncratic director Nic Roeg's Eureka falls victim to an idiotic ending that undoes cinematic gold.
Rocco and his Brothers

Rocco and his Brothers

Tied with The Leopard in the rankings of Luchino Visconti's greatest contributions to Italian cinema, Rocco and his Brothers is a masterpiece worthy of any cinephile's time.
PIMP (Book review)

PIMP (Book review)

Twisted hardboiled with an acid jazz, scattershot tongue, PIMP sings.
Underground

Underground

BFI's Blu-ray of Underground represents the definitive version of Emir Kusturica's sprawling, beguiling madcap war epic.
Hawks and Sparrows AND Pigsty

Hawks and Sparrows AND Pigsty

Far from essential Pasolini, these two off the wall satires of sorts are hard to watch and far from rewarding. However, established fans will want to upgrade to the Masters of Cinema's glowing Blu-ray.
Fixed Bayonets!

Fixed Bayonets!

If there's ever a director you can rely on for brutal economy and shattered characters, it's Sam Fuller. His snowbound war flick Fixed Bayonets! hits the mark.
Wild Orchid

Wild Orchid

What Fifty Shades of Grey should've been - a woman's sensual odyssey into the unknown that combines sleaze with style and doesn't take itself too seriously.
Irrational Man

Irrational Man

One of Woody Allen's most delicious plothooks in years, a tragi-comic take on Crime and Punishment, benefits from a breezy pace and an excellent lead performance from Joaquin Phoenix.
Five Dolls for an August Moon

Five Dolls for an August Moon

Mario Bava's Five Dolls for an August Moon is an easy and sleazy homage to Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. Delicious, but may induce indigestion.
MacBeth

MacBeth

Sumptuous and gritty, this beautifully photographed and strongly acted take on Shakespeare's ultimate war tragedy is a modern classic.
Jean-Luc Godard: The Essential Blu-ray Collection

Jean-Luc Godard: The Essential Blu-ray Collection

The perfect introduction to French cinema's definitively cool director Jean-Luc Godard - there isn't a bad or non-essential picture in this superb Blu-ray box set.
A Touch of Zen

A Touch of Zen

King Hu's definitive martial arts picture A Touch of Zen dazzles via one of the finest vintage film restorations you're ever likely to see.

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