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Heaven's Burning by James-Masaki Ryan (14th January 2019)

"Heaven's Burning" (1997) Midori (played by Youki Kudo) and Yukio Tanaka (played by Kenji Isomura) are a newlywed Japanese couple on their honeymoon in Australia. On their final night, Yukio tells Midori that he is looking for them to transfer to Australia with his banking firm and live there for a year, but Midori is less than excited. She flees the hotel pretending to be kidnapped with a plan to rendezvous with her former boss and lover, but he gets cold feet which strands her in the country with no bright future. Meanwhile, driver Colin (played by Russell Crowe) is hired to be the getaway driver for a group of men. But when the bank heist goes wrong, the men escape by taking Midori hostage, who happened to be at the bank at the time. But when robbery leader Mahood (played by Robert Mammone) tries to kill Midori, Colin steps in to save her and the two are on the run - from the police investigating the disappearance and the robbery, Mahood and his family, and Yukio see...


First Man (Blu-ray) by Noor Razzak (12th January 2019)

2014 and 2016 where both very good years for filmmaker Damien Chazelle, blasting onto the scene with "Whiplash" a feature version of his short film of the same name released a year prior, "Whiplash" earned critical praise for both the filmmaker and its cast, was a festival darling taking home top spots at that year's Sundance Film Festival among many other festivals that lauded the film with many awards, it earned numerous Oscar nominations (five in total, and winning three). The film solidified this "kid" (He was 29 when the film was released) as the next big thing in Hollywood. Earning a carte blanche as to whatever his next project would be. That would be 2016's "La La Land" a Hollywood love letter musical which also earned critical praise, a wide release that was successful, and once again more Oscar nominations (fourteen nominations!) the film would go onto win Best Actress in a Leading Role for Emma Stone, Chazelle would win Best Director, and also earned statues for Cinematography, Score, Song, and Production Design. It would famously lose out on Best Picture to Barry Jenkins' su...


The Bounty by Eric Cotenas (8th January 2019)

Lieutenant William Bligh (The Silence of the Lambs' Anthony Hopkins) is called to give testimony to an enquiry into how he came to lose control of the HMS Bounty and to stand trial for court martial. Despite being told multiple times that his crew are not on trial, Bligh insists on portraying them as mutineers, and the accused leader to be Fletcher Christian (Mad Max's Mel Gibson), the Master's Mate and once his own personal friend. Given the assignment of harvesting Breadfruit in Tahiti and transporting it by ship to Jamaica, Bligh – who has not made Captain at his age – sees the expedition as an opportunity to make his name by rounding Cape Horn and circumnavigating the globe which he justifies to Sailing Master Fryer (The Age of Innocence's Daniel Day-Lewis) as a shorter route. Bligh...


Once Upon a Time in China Trilogy by Eric Cotenas (5th January 2019)

"Tsui Hark’s phenomenal Once Upon a Time in China trilogy finally arrives on Blu-ray in the UK from brand new 4K restorations! Starring Jet Li as the real life Cantonese folk hero, Wong Fei-hung, a physical embodiment of traditional Chinese values and moral incorruptibility, this martial-arts epic charts China’s transition into the modern-world as it gradually abandons its old traditions and begins to accept the inevitable encroach of Western cultures. With action sequences choreographed by the legendary Yuen Woo-ping, the Once Upon a Time in China series is a glorious high-point in martial-arts filmmaking, and Eureka Classics is proud to present Tsui Hark’s original trilogy, as well as Once Upon a Time in China and America (which saw Jet Li return to the Wong Fei-hung role after a four year gap) for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK in a special Limited Edition Box Set loaded with extra content." Once Upon a Time in China: The trainer of the Black Flag Army, Wong Fei Hung (Fearless' ...


Once Upon a Time in China Trilogy by Eric Cotenas (5th January 2019)

"Tsui Hark’s phenomenal Once Upon a Time in China trilogy finally arrives on Blu-ray in the UK from brand new 4K restorations! Starring Jet Li as the real life Cantonese folk hero, Wong Fei-hung, a physical embodiment of traditional Chinese values and moral incorruptibility, this martial-arts epic charts China’s transition into the modern-world as it gradually abandons its old traditions and begins to accept the inevitable encroach of Western cultures. With action sequences choreographed by the legendary Yuen Woo-ping, the Once Upon a Time in China series is a glorious high-point in martial-arts filmmaking, and Eureka Classics is proud to present Tsui Hark’s original trilogy, as well as Once Upon a Time in China and America (which saw Jet Li return to the Wong Fei-hung role after a four year gap) for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK in a special Limited Edition Box Set loaded with extra content." Once Upon a Time in China: The trainer of the Black Flag Army, Wong Fei Hung (Fearless' ...


Once Upon a Time in China Trilogy by Eric Cotenas (5th January 2019)

"Tsui Hark’s phenomenal Once Upon a Time in China trilogy finally arrives on Blu-ray in the UK from brand new 4K restorations! Starring Jet Li as the real life Cantonese folk hero, Wong Fei-hung, a physical embodiment of traditional Chinese values and moral incorruptibility, this martial-arts epic charts China’s transition into the modern-world as it gradually abandons its old traditions and begins to accept the inevitable encroach of Western cultures. With action sequences choreographed by the legendary Yuen Woo-ping, the Once Upon a Time in China series is a glorious high-point in martial-arts filmmaking, and Eureka Classics is proud to present Tsui Hark’s original trilogy, as well as Once Upon a Time in China and America (which saw Jet Li return to the Wong Fei-hung role after a four year gap) for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK in a special Limited Edition Box Set loaded with extra content." Once Upon a Time in China: The trainer of the Black Flag Army, Wong Fei Hung (Fearless' ...


Once Upon a Time in China Trilogy by Eric Cotenas (5th January 2019)

"Tsui Hark’s phenomenal Once Upon a Time in China trilogy finally arrives on Blu-ray in the UK from brand new 4K restorations! Starring Jet Li as the real life Cantonese folk hero, Wong Fei-hung, a physical embodiment of traditional Chinese values and moral incorruptibility, this martial-arts epic charts China’s transition into the modern-world as it gradually abandons its old traditions and begins to accept the inevitable encroach of Western cultures. With action sequences choreographed by the legendary Yuen Woo-ping, the Once Upon a Time in China series is a glorious high-point in martial-arts filmmaking, and Eureka Classics is proud to present Tsui Hark’s original trilogy, as well as Once Upon a Time in China and America (which saw Jet Li return to the Wong Fei-hung role after a four year gap) for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK in a special Limited Edition Box Set loaded with extra content." Once Upon a Time in China: The trainer of the Black Flag Army, Wong Fei Hung (Fearless' ...


A Simple Favor by Robert Segedy (3rd January 2019)

Sarcasm, I’m all for it, bring it on in fact, but this film only made me laugh once, making me feel like I wasn’t in on the jokes somehow. And I know that Paul Feig is a funny b**tard, hell, I even read his book, "Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence" (2002) and I howled through that one and yes, he has directed a number of notable films including "Bridesmaids" (2011) and that wasn’t bad, so what is the problem here? Perhaps my hackles went up at the "Gone Girl" (2014) flavoring that I detected, or maybe it just seemed a tad too light for my darker tastes. Definitely Chick Lite in its approach, but that shouldn’t be an issue either. So was it the two stars acting ability then? No, Anna Kendrick is spot on here and Blake Lively is definitely the b*tch on wheels brand in a killer office suit. So what is it then? I can’t put my finger on it, but there were some loose plot threads that I frowned at and the true crime fiend in me was not pleased at that, but that is my issue here. The film as a whole succeeds, but maybe I just craved a little more black humor than most and somehow I expect...


Under the Tree by Eric Cotenas (1st January 2019)

When his wife Agnes (Stormland's Lára Jóhanna Jónsdóttir) catches him masturbating to a porn video that turns out to feature him and ex-girlfriend Rakel (The Cliff's Dóra Jóhannsdóttir), she throws Atli (The Quiet Storm's Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson) out and cuts off communication with him completely. This development coincides with the start of the summer holidays so he has an excuse to visit his parents Baldvin (Rams's Sigurður Sigurjónsson) and Inga (Stella for Office's Edda Björgvinsdóttir). Things have not been quite the same since the "disappearance" of Atli's older brother Uggi....


Brutal by Eric Cotenas (1st January 2019)

A man (Butch) kidnaps young women, brutalizes and dismembers them, and keeps their heads with which to hold conversations about true love. A woman (Ayano) comes the conclusion that all men are the same while mutilating the genitals of various hookups in the park. As the bodies stack up, it becomes apparent that the man's show of his strength with physical brutality is a façade, and the question he asks of his victims "Do you know why I'm doing this?" is not a taunt, and the talking heads of his victims frustrate him by withholding the answer and causing him to obliterate them. When man and woman finally meet in a brutal fusion and the nature of their physical incompatibility is uncovered, they manage to connect on another, possibly spiritual, level. Never has a gornographic shot-on-video film aimed so reductively (anatomically, that is) at offending the viewer been so narcotizing. There are practical effects aplenty, a definite atmosphere of psychological decay in the contrast between urban Japanese exteriors, the dingy interior of the man's apartment, and the more upscale hotel rooms and apartment...


La Boyita by Eric Cotenas (1st January 2019)

If becoming a woman means getting as boy-crazy as her sister Lulu (María Clara Merendino) then young Jorgelina (Guadalupe Alonso) wants no part of it, deciding to spend the summer in La Boyita with her physician father (Gabo Correa) than with her mother (Silvia Tavcar) and sister at the beach. She hopes to find a playmate in childhood friend Mario (Nicolás Treise), the son of the famiy's country farm housekeeper Elba (Mirella Pascual), who has dropped out of school at age fourteen to help his grandfather (Guillermo Pfening) with his horses. Although Mario intermittently entertains Jorgelina, she learns from her father that boys have to prove that they have become men in less biological and more social terms: in this case, Mario racing one of his grandfather's horses for competition....


Laura by Eric Cotenas (31st December 2018)

Oscar (Best Cinematography, Black-and-White): Joseph LaShelle (won), Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Clifton Webb (nominated), Best Director: Otto Preminger (nominated), Best Writing, Screenplay: Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein, and Elizabeth Reinhardt (nominated), and Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White: Lyle R. Wheeler, Leland Fuller, and Thomas Little (nominated) - Academy Awards, 1945 The morning after someone fired both barrels of a shotgun into the face of advertising company art director Laura Hunt (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir's ...


Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte by Eric Cotenas (31st December 2018)

Oscar (Best Actress in a Supporting Role): Agnes Moorehead (nominated), Best Cinematography, Black-and-White: Joseph F. Biroc (nominated), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White: William Glasgow and Raphael Bretton (nominated), Best Costume Design, Black-and-White: Norma Koch (nominated), Best Film Editing: Michael Luciano (nominated), Best Music, Original Song: Frank De Vol and Mack David (nominated), and Best Music, Substantially Original Score: Frank De Vol (nominated) - Academy Awards, 1965 Golden Globe (Best Supporting Actress): Agnes Moorehead (won) - Golden Globes, 1965 In 1927, debutante Charlott...


Day of the Dead: Ultimate Edition by James-Masaki Ryan (30th December 2018)

"Day of the Dead" (1985) Some time into the zombie apocalypse, a handful of people are working and surviving in an underground military bunker with three specific missions: for the helicopter team to find survivors, the military team to take out the hordes of zombies, and the scientific team to study the effects and find a cure. Sarah (played by Lori Cardille) is afraid to go to sleep, as her nightmares are as frightening as the real world where the dead walk but also where the survivors are having issues communicating and working together. In her group is the spiritual helicopter pilot John (played by Terry Alexander), the quiet radio operator McDermott (played by Jarlath Conroy), and the borderline mad scientist Logan (played by Richard Liberty), where they are about reasoning and finding answers to the situation. The military group led by Captain Rhodes (played by Joseph Pilato) on the other hand is not taking the ho...


Serpent's Egg (The) (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (30th December 2018)

The Serpent’s Egg (Ingmar Bergman, 1977) November, 1923. Former trapeze artist Abel Rosenberg (David Carradine), a 35 year old American Jew living in Berlin, returns to the lodging house where he lives with his brother Max; however, Abel finds that Max is dead, having apparently blown his brains out with a gunshot to the mouth. Abel struggles to work out his brother’s motivation for committing suicide – his only clue is a note from Max which reads, ‘There is poisoning going on’ – and slips into a deep funk. He is questioned by Inspector Bauer (Gert Frobe), who expresses some anti-immigrant sentiments, telling Abel ‘We are not going to take care of you when your money runs out’. Bauer’s sentiments are shared with the newspapers, which are filled with anti-Jewish propaganda. Bauer takes Abel to the morgue, where Bauer shows Abel a number of corpses – amongst them is Greta Hofer, Max’s former fiancée – all of whom have died recently in mysterious circumstances, some of them the victims of suicide. Abel tracks down Max’s wife Manuela (...


The Song of Solomon by Robert Segedy (29th December 2018)

I wanted to like this film, I really did, since I do fancy myself a horror fan, but to be honest, this just wasn’t my cup of grue. That being said, there is plenty of reasons why I feel that way, but anyone interested in this type of film, well, they certainly don’t need my approval to dig this slice of exploitation laced blood and guts style of film making. A long time ago, I was raised Catholic and I endured being educated by both nuns and priests; in fact, I have the scars to show for the experience. With that in mind, I thought that "The Exorcist" (1973) was a thrill ride of a film; it managed to push some buttons for me and made excellent use of the rite of exorcism to create a frame work for its storyline. I truly wish that "The Song of Solomon" AKA "American Guinea Pig: The Song of Solomon" had the same level of artistry, but sadly it doesn’t. And since I am the sort of critic that really tries to see the positive side of a film no matter what, let me say that this film has a specific type of film fan in mind. Fans of the Japanese film series "Guinea Pig" (1985-1988) will enjoy this type of horror film. Let’s say that fans of certain Lucio Fulci films will dig this with a sp...


Mission Impossible - Fallout (Blu-ray 4K) by Noor Razzak (27th December 2018)

Where do I even start when talking about this film? I've always loved this franchise and as each installment comes out the filmmakers find new ways to thrill audiences, "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" is no exception. Back in 2015 I gushed to everyone that would listen about how awesome "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" was, Tom Cruise hung onto the side of an airplane while actually taking off! That has got to be one of the most insane things I've ever heard and seeing on the big screen was just as insane. So, how could they possibly top that? easily one of the most intense, exciting, and dangerous stunts ever performed? Well, they did it. They topped that. In "Fallout" Cruise takes things to a whole new level, spent a year training to fly a helicopter and perform his own helicopter stunt chase. Yeah, that's right. He did it all, and it looked incredible. That on top of all the other action, the chase sequences, the hand-to-hand combat, all with a memorable story, incredible supporting cast members make "Fallout" one of the best films of the year. "Fallout" takes place two years after "Rogue Nation", overall bad guy and evil genius Solomon Lane (...


Race for the Yankee Zephyr by Eric Cotenas (26th December 2018)

Barney (Wiseguy's Ken Wahl) and Gibbie (Halloween's Donald Pleasance) are a pair of deer farmers in New Zealand who hunt by helicopter. On one such expedition, they capture a deer in a net but the old vehicle cannot hold the combined weight of two men and the animal, so Barney drops Gibbie into the nearest shallow lake and promises to come back and pick him up. While Barney returns to the farm, Gibbie in his wanderings comes across the recently resurfaced wreck of the World War II-era plane The Yankee Zephyr. Exploring the interior, Gibbie discovers a case of gold medals but becomes distracted by crates of Old Crow to notice crates of gold bullion. While Barney is looking for him by copter, Gibbie has hitched a ride back to town and pawned the medals to a local collector for seventy-five dollars apiece and is drinking it away at the local pub. When Barney finds him, drunken Gibbie accuses him of trying to kill him and attacks him, causing damage to t...


Fox Fire by Eric Cotenas (25th December 2018)

On her way back from a shopping trip to the La Paz Guest Ranch where her New York newspaper owner mother (A Place in the Sun's Frieda Inescort) has been luxuriantly recuperating under doctor's orders, heiress Amanda Lawrence (His Kind of Woman's Jane Russell) has a flat tire on the side of the road near Lodestone, Arizona. She is soon embarrassed to learn too late that her dashing rescuer Jonathan "Dart" Dartland (Broken Arrow's Jeff Chandler), engineer at the nearby Tyson Copper Mines, is half-Apache after speaking disparagingly of an Apache family who had the temerity to be no more mechanically-equipped than she when she hailed them from the side of the road. She invites Dart and his alcoholic best buddy Hugh Slater (...


Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (25th December 2018)

Elvira – Mistress of the Dark (James Signorelli, 1988) In a television studio, after her show Elvira’s Movie Macabre has been recorded, Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) is introduced to the new head of the network, Earl (Lee McLaughlin). Early directs lewd comments towards Elvira and grabs at her breasts; in response, Elvira assaults Early and quits her job. Elvira’s agent, Manny (Charles Woolf), tells her that she has an opening for a show in Las Vegas but the show must be self-financed, and it will cost Elvira a cool $50,000 to stage. Desperate for the cash, Elvira sees dollar signs in her eyes when she receives a telegram telling her that her great aunt, whom Elvira has never met, has passed way and Elvira must attend the funeral and the reading of the will in Fallwell, Massachussetts. (‘I didn’t know I had a good aunt, much less a great one’, Elvira asserts in astonishment.) Elvira drives to Fallwell but when she gets there, her car breaks down. She is trapped in the small town until the vehicle can be repaired. She takes a room ...


Red White and Zero by James-Masaki Ryan (23rd December 2018)

"Red White and Zero" (1967) Woodfall Films were riding on a high with commercial and critical success by the mid 1960s, following "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" (1962), "Tom Jones" (1963), and "The Knack... and How to Get It" (1965) giving attention back to the British film industry with its modern feel and distinct nature. Mixing harsh dramas with rambunctious comedy with youthful energy, Oscar nominations and other prizes were given and made filmmakers such as Karel Reisz, Richard Lester, Lindsay Anderson, and Tony Richardson into critical darlings. With Woodfall Films receiving a new distribution deal with United Artists, a budget for an omnibus piece of three short films was given to showcase three of the directors. Reisz would drop out of the project and instead would continue with Ande...


Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (Blu-ray) by Paul Lewis (23rd December 2018)

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (Paul Mazursky, 1969) Documentary filmmaker Bob (Robert Culp) and his wife Carol (Natalie Wood) journey to a retreat offering various psychotherapy sessions. Bob plans to make a documentary about the Institute. There, Bob and Carol take part in an ‘encounter’ group designed to encourage absolute honesty regarding the participants’ feelings. Bob finds his cynicism towards the Institute’s practices evaporating, and the experience brings him closer to Carol. Later, after returning home, Bob and Carol share their experiences at the Institute with their friends Ted (Elliott Gould) and Alice (Dyan Cannon), who gently mock the New Age values that Bob and Carol are now espousing. After a trip to San Francisco, where he has been working on the postproduction of a documentary, Bob reveals to Carol that whilst away from home, he had sex with a c...


Clouzot: The Early Works (Dream Castle) by Eric Cotenas (18th December 2018)

"Before directing his first feature, Henri-Georges Clouzot spent ten years learning the ropes. During this prolific period as a screenwriter, he learned cinematic grammar and began to forge his style. To better know and understand Henri-Georges Clouzot, you have to discover these rare films, of which he was one of the principal architects. Kino Classics and Lobster Films are proud to present CLOUZOT: THE EARLY YEARS, which collects six varied features he worked on from 1931-1933: frothy comedies, boxing dramas, musicals and melodramas. The set also includes his directorial debut - the short film The Terror of Batignolles (1931), which anticipates his canonical thrillers to come." Dragnet Night: Cheery sailor Georget (Street Without Joy's Albert Préjean) is looking forward to seeing the bright lights of Paris during the ship's furlough. He arrives in Pigalle just in time for a police raid and poses as the husband of nightclub singer Mariette (...


Clouzot: The Early Works (Tell Me Tonight) by Eric Cotenas (18th December 2018)

"Before directing his first feature, Henri-Georges Clouzot spent ten years learning the ropes. During this prolific period as a screenwriter, he learned cinematic grammar and began to forge his style. To better know and understand Henri-Georges Clouzot, you have to discover these rare films, of which he was one of the principal architects. Kino Classics and Lobster Films are proud to present CLOUZOT: THE EARLY YEARS, which collects six varied features he worked on from 1931-1933: frothy comedies, boxing dramas, musicals and melodramas. The set also includes his directorial debut - the short film The Terror of Batignolles (1931), which anticipates his canonical thrillers to come." Dragnet Night: Cheery sailor Georget (Street Without Joy's Albert Préjean) is looking forward to seeing the bright lights of Paris during the ship's furlough. He arrives in Pigalle just in time for a police raid and poses as the husband of nightclub singer Mariette (...


Clouzot: The Early Works (My Cousin from Warsaw) by Eric Cotenas (18th December 2018)

"Before directing his first feature, Henri-Georges Clouzot spent ten years learning the ropes. During this prolific period as a screenwriter, he learned cinematic grammar and began to forge his style. To better know and understand Henri-Georges Clouzot, you have to discover these rare films, of which he was one of the principal architects. Kino Classics and Lobster Films are proud to present CLOUZOT: THE EARLY YEARS, which collects six varied features he worked on from 1931-1933: frothy comedies, boxing dramas, musicals and melodramas. The set also includes his directorial debut - the short film The Terror of Batignolles (1931), which anticipates his canonical thrillers to come." Dragnet Night: Cheery sailor Georget (Street Without Joy's Albert Préjean) is looking forward to seeing the bright lights of Paris during the ship's furlough. He arrives in Pigalle just in time for a police raid and poses as the husband of nightclub singer Mariette (...


Clouzot: The Early Works (The Unknown Singer) by Eric Cotenas (18th December 2018)

"Before directing his first feature, Henri-Georges Clouzot spent ten years learning the ropes. During this prolific period as a screenwriter, he learned cinematic grammar and began to forge his style. To better know and understand Henri-Georges Clouzot, you have to discover these rare films, of which he was one of the principal architects. Kino Classics and Lobster Films are proud to present CLOUZOT: THE EARLY YEARS, which collects six varied features he worked on from 1931-1933: frothy comedies, boxing dramas, musicals and melodramas. The set also includes his directorial debut - the short film The Terror of Batignolles (1931), which anticipates his canonical thrillers to come." Dragnet Night: Cheery sailor Georget (Street Without Joy's Albert Préjean) is looking forward to seeing the bright lights of Paris during the ship's furlough. He arrives in Pigalle just in time for a police raid and poses as the husband of nightclub singer Mariette (...


Clouzot: The Early Works (I'll Be Alone After Midnight) by Eric Cotenas (18th December 2018)

"Before directing his first feature, Henri-Georges Clouzot spent ten years learning the ropes. During this prolific period as a screenwriter, he learned cinematic grammar and began to forge his style. To better know and understand Henri-Georges Clouzot, you have to discover these rare films, of which he was one of the principal architects. Kino Classics and Lobster Films are proud to present CLOUZOT: THE EARLY YEARS, which collects six varied features he worked on from 1931-1933: frothy comedies, boxing dramas, musicals and melodramas. The set also includes his directorial debut - the short film The Terror of Batignolles (1931), which anticipates his canonical thrillers to come." Dragnet Night: Cheery sailor Georget (Street Without Joy's Albert Préjean) is looking forward to seeing the bright lights of Paris during the ship's furlough. He arrives in Pigalle just in time for a police raid and poses as the husband of nightclub singer Mariette (...


Clouzot: The Early Works (Dragnet Night) by Eric Cotenas (18th December 2018)

"Before directing his first feature, Henri-Georges Clouzot spent ten years learning the ropes. During this prolific period as a screenwriter, he learned cinematic grammar and began to forge his style. To better know and understand Henri-Georges Clouzot, you have to discover these rare films, of which he was one of the principal architects. Kino Classics and Lobster Films are proud to present CLOUZOT: THE EARLY YEARS, which collects six varied features he worked on from 1931-1933: frothy comedies, boxing dramas, musicals and melodramas. The set also includes his directorial debut - the short film The Terror of Batignolles (1931), which anticipates his canonical thrillers to come." Dragnet Night: Cheery sailor Georget (Street Without Joy's Albert Préjean) is looking forward to seeing the bright lights of Paris during the ship's furlough. He arrives in Pigalle just in time for a police raid and poses as the husband of nightclub singer Mariette (...


Single White Female by Anthony Arrigo (18th December 2018)

1992 was a banner year for films featuring a deranged female lead, with “Basic Instinct”, “Poison Ivy”, “Hand that Rocks the Cradle” and director Barbet Shroeder’s “Single White Female” all hitting multiplexes within months of each other. I remember catching most of these in theaters or on VHS – except for “Basic Instinct”, which I didn’t see until years later because it seemed too adult, if that makes sense – and the stories held plenty of appeal for an 11-year-old boy. Psychologically tense. Swift violence. Obsession. Passion. Nudity. These are films that are able to tap into real fears, such as letting a stranger who seems “normal” into your life only to learn they are completely unhinged. You imagine leaving this person with your kids, or your partner, or your pet – what could a person with a misaligned moral compass do to destroy everything you have? In “Single White Female” the answer is assimilation, with a newfound roommate attempting to attain the life of her unsuspecting host. The film disturbed me all those years ago but this isn’t a case where childhood terro...


Maniac: 3-Disc Limited Edition by Robert Segedy (18th December 2018)

"Maniac" is a horror classic, and for the first time presented in a new 4K restoration, starring Joe Spinell as Frank Zito; a deeply disturbed individual with serious childhood abuse issues, who haunts the gritty streets of New York, in search of the perfect victim. This is a grindhouse classic and whoever sees this film is hardly likely to forget it. This was the third film by director William Lustig and the screenplay was written by Joe Spinell and C.A. Rosenberg, with Spinell getting an executive producer credit as well. This is not your average splatter film by any means. It is actually a character study of a depraved individual who struggles to control his volatile urges. Talk about a time capsule, this film is exactly that. New York City was a grimy place to live, the crime rate was through the roof, Times Square and its surrounding areas were exactly the sort of places that Frank Zito could be found. Many New Yorkers still recalled the panic that gripped the city during the mid-70's caused by a nut job that called himself “...


TECHNICAL REVIEWS
Nobel: The Complete Series by Rick Curzon (14th January 2019)

A gripping modern war thriller about a Norwegian solider who returns home from Afghanistan but cannot leave the conflict behind. How far should you go in the name of peace? Lieutenant Erling Riiser from the Special Forces returns home exhausted to his family in Norway after his tour of duty in Afghanistan. The day after he returns, Erling receives a text message from a senior officer with an apparent tip-off telling him a woman's life is in danger, and he is ordered to kill an Afghan man who has her. After rescuing the woman, he soon finds out his superior did not send the message. Erling must find out who sent the orders, and why he is being used as their hitman. Unable to trust anyone, Erling finds himself in the middle of a complex political killing game. With flashbacks to the war interwoven throughout, Nobel places a dramatic conspiracy plot at the centre of the rarely-told story of Norway s involvement in Afghanistan....


The 12th Man by Rick Curzon (13th January 2019)

THE 12TH MAN is a breath-taking war thriller about an incredible true-life story of heroism and a man's unbreakable will to live. Norway, 1943: after a failed anti-Nazi sabotage mission leaves his eleven comrades dead, Norwegian resistance fighter Jan Baalsrud (Thomas Gullestad) finds himself on the run from the Gestapo through the snowbound Arctic reaches of Scandinavia led by Kurt Stage (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). It's a harrowing journey across unforgiving, frozen wilderness that will stretch on for months - and force Jan to take extreme action in order to survive. The legendary story of Jan Baalsrud s escape remains one of the wildest, most unfathomable survival stories of World War II....


Final Score by Rick Curzon (13th January 2019)

It's Die Hard in a football stadium when an ex-soldier (Dave Bautista) has to use all his lethal fighting skills to save 35,000 fans and prevent mass destruction when deadly Russian terrorists take Upton Park under siege. Believing his traitorous brother Dimitri (Pierce Brosnan) is somewhere in the stadium, Arkady (Ray Stevenson), the former leader of a revolution in the Russian state of Sukovia, locks down the Boleyn Ground during the European semi-final between West Ham United and Dynamo FCC. In the crowd with his niece, Danni (Lara Peake), is US- veteran Mike Knox (Dave Bautista), who stumbles upon the plot and goes about taking out Arkady s heavily armed team. Can he get to Arkady before Arkady gets to Dimitri? The fate of 35,000 people inside the stadium and many more in Russia depends on it......


Threads: Remastered by Rick Curzon (21st December 2018)

THE CLOSEST YOU EVER WANT TO BE TO NUCLEAR WAR Nominated for seven BAFTAs, and winning four including Best Single Drama, this BBC film depicts the effects of global nuclear war on the city of Sheffield. Written by Barry Hines (Kes) and directed by Mick Jackson (The Bodyguard) it is unflinching in its presentation of the weeks leading up to war, the attack itself and the bleak years of nuclear winter that follow. From its first broadcast Threads became one of the most significant and influential commissions ever seen on the BBC. When the drama aired on CNN in 1985 it was rumoured to have changed President Reagan's nuclear policy, and to date it has only been seen on UK TV screens three times. So disturbing is the screenplay that special permission from the highest editorial levels at the BBC is required for any TV screening. This 2-disc set presents the original film remastered in 2k from the original BBC CRI 16mm prints. It is available in HD on Blu-Ray for the very first time in the UK, and includes the world premiere of the director-approved widescreen edition. First broadcast Sunday 23 September 1984 on BBC2 at 9.30pm....


Charlie Bubbles by Rick Curzon (18th December 2018)

After achieving international renown as one of the finest actors of his generation in films such as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) and Tom Jones (1963), Albert Finney turned director for this surreal comic twist on the ‘kitchen sink’ dramas in which he’d made his name. Finney plays Charlie Bubbles, a successful writer suffering a mid-life crisis, who attempts to re-connect with his northern working-class roots and estranged family. Based on a screenplay by Shelagh Delaney (A Taste of Honey), the script clearly references both her and Finney’s personal experience of their shared working class origins (both were Salford natives), and the consequences of achieving great success....


Age of Consent by Rick Curzon (16th December 2018)

Based on Norman Lindsay's controversial autobiographical 1935 novel, Age of Consent is the story of an artist (James Mason), grown tired of producing art for wealthy Americans, who moves to the wilds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef where he meets Cora (Helen Mirren), a teenage girl who inspires him and becomes his muse – as well as the object of his desire. The penultimate film from the great Michael Powell (Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes, Peeping Tom), Age of Consent explores the obsessive nature of an artist approaching the twilight of his career. Misjudged and mis-handled on its initial release (when the distributor removed key scenes and re-scored the film), Age of Consent is now regarded as one of Powell’s key works....


Opera by Rick Curzon (3rd December 2018)

CultFilms is proud to bring you this gore-soaked terror classic in a stunning new 2K restoration, with colour regrading carried out under instruction from the maestro himself and in reference to his own, preferred, original cinema print. Dario Argento (SUSPIRIA) returns to CultFilms with this breath-taking new restoration of his visionary horror masterpiece OPERA. Splattered with stylistic bloodshed and soaring cinematography, OPERA shows Italy’s master of horror at the very height of his game. When young understudy Betty (Cristina Marsillach) takes the lead role in a new operatic production of Verdi’s Macbeth, she soon attracts the attention of a knife-wielding psycho who forces her to watch – with eyes pinned open – as he brutally despatches her friends and colleagues with sadistic delight. Can Betty free herself from this unending nightmare or does a more terrifying fate await? OPERA is a ravishing return to the giallo style Argento made his name with, awash with black-gloved killers, lavish bloodletting and the director’s expressionistic Grand Guignol excess....


Georgy Girl by Rick Curzon (25th November 2018)

One of the defining films of the 1960s, Silvio Narizzano’s adaptation of Margaret Foster’s 1965 novel stars Lynn Redgrave in an Oscar-nominated role as the put-upon teenager Georgy Parkin. Awkward and full of self-doubt, Georgy finds herself forever just outside of the ‘Swinging Sixties’ London life she craves. Marked by a wonderfully warm and appealing central performance from Redgrave, and with its superb supporting cast including Charlotte Rampling (Death in Venice, The Night Porter), Alan Bates (A Kind of Loving, Women in Love) and the great James Mason (The Reckless Moment, Age of Consent, The Deadly Affair), Georgy Girl captures the spirit of the era – and boasts one of the all-time great film theme tunes....


Behaving Badly by Rick Curzon (22nd November 2018)

Bridget (Judi Dench) is a professional and respectable upper middle-class wife to Mark (Ronald Pickup) and mother to Serafina (Joely Richardson). But upon finding out that the husband she has been doting on for 20 years has been having an affair with much younger woman Rebecca (Frances Barber), he demands a divorce. Bridget is surprised by the news, but tries not to let it faze her. Instead, without moaning, she quietly adjusts to her new independent life, using her days to hold down a part-time job, attend church and evening classes. That is until one day she realises that now single, her life has become emotionally stale. Bridget suddenly decides to stop being so pleasant about the situation she has been thrown into. She decides to move out of the flat her ex-husband sent her off to five years ago, back to the family home, leaving a path of chaos as she starts to have her own fun and revenge on her family and friends....


Travel Man - 48 Hours in ... : Series 1 by Rick Curzon (22nd November 2018)

Nominated for the BAFTA for Best Features in 2017 and winner of the Best Factual Programme Royal Television Society Midlands awards from 2015 - 2017.’ Starting in Barcelona with Kathy Burke, the pair experience the more unusual aspects of the Catalan city. The pair visit the famous football stadium, sample local cuisine, and disaster strikes at a cava tasting session.’ Richard Ayoade then shows Adam Hills how to weekend away in style as they travel to Istanbul. They get a very close shave at the Turkish barbers, and haggle at Bazaars before sharing an embarrassing moment at the local baths for a massage.’ Next on to Iceland with Jessica Hynes, where they enjoy the Golden Circle Tour the Nordic isle's most gorgeous waterfalls, glaciers and geysers - in style in a helicopter before sampling the local delicacy of shark!’ The final episodes features Stephen Mangan in the bustling city of Marrakech. They experience the famous street food, including the local delight of steamed sheep's head.’ Richard Ayoade won audiences over with his portrayal as the lovable and dopey Moss on The IT Crowd, and has since become a presenting sensation hosting shows from Gadget Man to The Crystal Maze.’ ...


Travel Man - 48 Hours in ... : Series 2 by Rick Curzon (22nd November 2018)

Nominated for the BAFTA for Best Features in 2017 and winner of the Best Factual Programme Royal Television Society Midlands awards from 2015 - 2017.’ Starting in Barcelona with Kathy Burke, the pair experience the more unusual aspects of the Catalan city. The pair visit the famous football stadium, sample local cuisine, and disaster strikes at a cava tasting session.’ Richard Ayoade then shows Adam Hills how to weekend away in style as they travel to Istanbul. They get a very close shave at the Turkish barbers, and haggle at Bazaars before sharing an embarrassing moment at the local baths for a massage.’ Next on to Iceland with Jessica Hynes, where they enjoy the Golden Circle Tour the Nordic isle's most gorgeous waterfalls, glaciers and geysers - in style in a helicopter before sampling the local delicacy of shark!’ The final episodes features Stephen Mangan in the bustling city of Marrakech. They experience the famous street food, including the local delight of steamed sheep's head.’ Richard Ayoade won audiences over with his portrayal as the lovable and dopey Moss on The IT Crowd, and has since become a presenting sensation hosting shows from Gadget Man to The Crystal Maze.’ ...


The Rector's Wife by Rick Curzon (22nd November 2018)

Lindsay Duncan stars in the 1994 BAFTA nominated Channel 4 adaptation of Joanna Trollope's bestselling book. For 20 years Anna Bouverie (Lindsay Duncan) has served as the dutiful wife of the clergyman, supporting his work, serving God and the local parish, and saving enough for their family. Her constant devotion to the Church and her duties has meant she no longer recognises herself, and has exhausted her. When her husband the Rector (Ronald Pickup) does not get his expected promotion to archdeacon, and begins to take his frustrations out on his family, Anna realizes their life will never change. After their youngest child is bullied at school, Anna decides something must be done to improve their lives. In order to move their daughter to a private Catholic school, she takes a job at a local supermarket, against the wishes of her husband and to the disdain of the parish community.‚ As Anna's own sense of worth grows from her work, she also starts to attract the interest of other men. Torn between her sense of family duty and newfound independence, Anna starts to lose faith in her marriage, and what it means to be the rector's wife. Nominated for two BAFTAs in 1995....


The Fragile Heart by Rick Curzon (22nd November 2018)

Nigel Hawthorne stars in this BAFTA-winning 1996 Channel 4 series about corruption, greed and medical ethics. Nigel Hawthorne's celebrated portrayal of Edgar Pascoe, a prominent heart surgeon corrupted by physical weakness and moral ambiguity, won the 1997 BAFTA for Best TV actor. While Edgar's wife Lileth (Dearbhla Molloy) is a dependable and respectable country GP, drawn to the art of holistic healing popular in the East, Edgar heads up a delegation to China to promote new high-tech advancements in medicine, where experts in the West carrying out operations via satellite link. Their daughter Nicola (Helen McCrory), who wishes to follow in her father's footsteps, begins to show a ruthless approach to her own career progression, and starts dabbling in some controversial practices. Edgar faces an ethical dilemma over the practice of Chinese organ sales, and possible human rights abuses that have occurred as a result. He also attempts to conceal his daughter's despicable actions as she attempts to climb the career ladder. Whatever decisions he makes, there are likely to be disastrous consequences. This powerful three-part drama written by Paula Milne (The Politician's Wife / Endgame) was filmed expertly on location in...


Mr. White Goes to Westminster by Rick Curzon (22nd November 2018)

Bill Paterson stars in this feature-length political comedy drama from Channel 4 in 1997.’ Ben White is a journalist who quits his job for a career in politics. Based on former BBC correspondent Martin Bell's campaign to be elected to Parliament on an anti-sleaze ticket.’ Ben White (Bill Peterson) is a man fed up with all the sleaze and corruption in British politics. So much so, he decides to quit a prestigious job as a TV foreign correspondent to stand as an independent candidate in the next election.’ During the General Election, he defeats by a landslide the disreputable Conservative MP Paul Madison (Robert Duncan) and his loud-mouthed wife, Victoria (Celia Imrie).’ But now elected successfully to Parliament, can the squeaky clean Mr. White handle all the corruption, deceit and media interruption life in British politics has to offer at Westminster? Or will a potential scandal involving old, and now married, flame MP Helen Nash (Samantha Bond) be his undoing?...


Bodily Harm by Rick Curzon (22nd November 2018)

Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville and Annette Crosbie star in a dark comedy drama about a stockbroker's breakdown in response to a series of unfortunate events in his life. Stand back, he's about the blow! This two-part drama was written by Tony Grounds (Our Girl) for Channel 4 in 2002. Directed by Joe Wright (Darkest Hour), it is an emotional portrayal of modern family life.’‚ Mitchel Greenfield (Timothy Spall) is a happy family man living in suburbia, with a respectable job as a stockbroker. He has a lovely wife Mandy (Lesley Manville - Phantom Thread), adores his teenage daughter Nic (Sadie Thompson) and is caring for his older parents Signey (George Cole) and Sheila (Annette Crosbie).’ But below the surface of his apparent perfect life, cracks are beginning to show. On the eve of Mitchel's 44th birthday he loses his job, finds out his wife is having an affair with their neighbour, and discovers his dad is dying of cancer. What results is a mad flash of anger, leaving him threatening people with golf clubs and frightening strangers. Lesley Manville was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award in 2003 for Best Female Actor for her portrayal as Mitchel's philanderer wife....


Hackers by Rick Curzon (16th November 2018)

They can break any code and get inside any system. They are often still in their teens and already under surveillence by authorities. They are the hackers. Zero Cool - real name Dade Murphy - is a legend among his peers. In 1988 he single-handedly crashed 1,507 computers on Wall Street and was forbidden by law to touch another keyboard until his 18th birthday. It’s been seven years without a byte... and he’s hungry. Kate Libby, handle Acid Burns, has a souped up lap-top that can do 0 to 60 on the infobahn in a nanosecond. When the two collide, the battle of the sexes goes into hard drive. But all bets are off when master hacker The Plague frames Dade, Kate and their friends in a diabolical industrial conspiracy. Now they are the only ones who can prevent a catastrophe... unlike any the world has ever seen....


The Best of 80's Scream Queens by Rick Curzon (15th November 2018)

When people think of VHS-era SCREAM QUEENS three names come to mind: Linnea Quigley, Michelle Bauer and Brinke Stevens - the threesome of fear that sliced and seduced a generation of gorehounds and whose greatest hits can finally be seen in HD from the schlock-lovers at 88 Films! In this charming and chilling collection, addicts of excessive violence, gratuitous nudity and breathtaking bloodshed can rock out to the likes of DEADLY EMBRACE (1989) which highlights AIRWOLF's main man Jan‑Michael Vincent as a hunky Beverly Hills husband with babes to spare. However, before long he is being stalked by a heartbroken high heeled pin-up and the result is both creepy and creatively nasty! Also included in this behemoth of a boxed set is NIGHTMARE SISTERS (1988), in which our frisky Scrsam Queen threesome are in fine form once again. This time around, they mutate into monstrous but marvellously sexy male-hunting mutants in this low budget wonder that features ample flayed flesh and an equal enthusiasm towards sublime set-pieces of splatter movie madness! Finally comes MURDER WEAPON (1989) - a hard to forget frightener that also offers a number of laugh-out-loud moments of pre-SCREAM comedy-laceration, not to mention some truly...


The Best of 80's Scream Queens by Rick Curzon (15th November 2018)

When people think of VHS-era SCREAM QUEENS three names come to mind: Linnea Quigley, Michelle Bauer and Brinke Stevens - the threesome of fear that sliced and seduced a generation of gorehounds and whose greatest hits can finally be seen in HD from the schlock-lovers at 88 Films! In this charming and chilling collection, addicts of excessive violence, gratuitous nudity and breathtaking bloodshed can rock out to the likes of DEADLY EMBRACE (1989) which highlights AIRWOLF's main man Jan‑Michael Vincent as a hunky Beverly Hills husband with babes to spare. However, before long he is being stalked by a heartbroken high heeled pin-up and the result is both creepy and creatively nasty! Also included in this behemoth of a boxed set is NIGHTMARE SISTERS (1988), in which our frisky Scrsam Queen threesome are in fine form once again. This time around, they mutate into monstrous but marvellously sexy male-hunting mutants in this low budget wonder that features ample flayed flesh and an equal enthusiasm towards sublime set-pieces of splatter movie madness! Finally comes MURDER WEAPON (1989) - a hard to forget frightener that also offers a number of laugh-out-loud moments of pre-SCREAM comedy-laceration, not to mention some truly...


The Best of 80's Scream Queens by Rick Curzon (15th November 2018)

When people think of VHS-era SCREAM QUEENS three names come to mind: Linnea Quigley, Michelle Bauer and Brinke Stevens - the threesome of fear that sliced and seduced a generation of gorehounds and whose greatest hits can finally be seen in HD from the schlock-lovers at 88 Films! In this charming and chilling collection, addicts of excessive violence, gratuitous nudity and breathtaking bloodshed can rock out to the likes of DEADLY EMBRACE (1989) which highlights AIRWOLF's main man Jan‑Michael Vincent as a hunky Beverly Hills husband with babes to spare. However, before long he is being stalked by a heartbroken high heeled pin-up and the result is both creepy and creatively nasty! Also included in this behemoth of a boxed set is NIGHTMARE SISTERS (1988), in which our frisky Scrsam Queen threesome are in fine form once again. This time around, they mutate into monstrous but marvellously sexy male-hunting mutants in this low budget wonder that features ample flayed flesh and an equal enthusiasm towards sublime set-pieces of splatter movie madness! Finally comes MURDER WEAPON (1989) - a hard to forget frightener that also offers a number of laugh-out-loud moments of pre-SCREAM comedy-laceration, not to mention some truly...


Zastrozzi, a Romance by Rick Curzon (14th November 2018)

Channel 4's 1986 adaptation of Percy Bysshe Shelley's Gothic novel from David Hopkins, featuring early screen performances from Tilda Swinton and Mark McGann.England has been taken away from us by mucky profiteers. We've been sold out. England has been cashed in. Watch it, they'll have your dreams next. A riveting and haunting four-part drama and contemporary retelling of Percy Bysshe Shelley's Gothic horror novel, considered a precursor to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Characters from the original tale are transported from 19th century Germany and Italy to modern-day England in this visceral exploration into the wicked depths of human nature, and the failed frameworks of society, religion and romance. In this tale of obsession and revenge, outlaw Zastrozzi (Geoff Francis), aided by courtesan Matlida (Hilary Trott), kidnaps his half-brother Verezzi (Mark McGann) and torments him into believing his lover Julia (Tilda Swinton) has been murdered. He thus begins a tortuous campaign of psychological abuse against Verezzi, in this thought-provoking and timeless look at demonic manipulation and soul-sapping vulnerability. What the Press Said: The darker corners of the subject of desire transform[ed] into a scathing commen...


The Gravy Train by Rick Curzon (14th November 2018)

Chrisoph Waltz and Ian Richardson star in this satirical look at politics in the European Union, written by Malcolm Bradbury. Co-starring Jim Carter, Alexei Sayle, Judy Parfitt and Ron Donachie. First shown on Channel 4 in 1990, this political satire looking at bribery and corruption residing within the EU sees young idealist Eurocrat Hans Joachim Dortman (Christoph Waltz) find all is not what it seems when he starts his new job in Brussels. He's instructed to report in to the cynical and self-serving British diplomat Michael Spearpoint (Ian Richardson), where he accepts a brief to discover fraud while ridding the market of a huge surplus of rotting plums.’ Dorfmann is also brainwashed’ by shady fixer Vlad Milcic (Alexei Sayle), and seduced by the beautiful and mysterious Nadine (Almanta Suska).’ Easily manipulated, the well-intentioned Dorfmann blunders along in his role, upsetting rivals, and causing chaos, in the web of double-dealing misadventure. What the Press Said: One of the finest of contemporary satirists - The Telegraph...


The Gravy Train Goes East by Rick Curzon (14th November 2018)

A second slice of Malcolm Bradbury's satirical look at EU politics starring Ian Richardson and Christoph Waltz. As romantic novelist Katya Princip (Francesca Annis) is appointed as president of the newly independent and post-communist Eastern European enclave of Slaka, she promises to push for entry into the EU to take advantage of the benefits of its free market economy.’ But can an economy based on tin and beetroot (and tinned beetroot), ever be fit to join the gravy train? We again follow the hapless Hans Joachim Dorfmann (Christoph Waltz), champion of 'glasnost with plums' within the European Union, who is quickly swept back to Brussels where he will have to face familiar’ friends and enemies, as well as fresh faces.’ As Dorfmann visits Slaka with the secretive Galina Vitali (Ccile Paoli), who tells him about a missing Slakan fortune, it's apparent that the entire nation is completely corrupt. And with indecisive business agent Ferenc Plitpov also deeply involved (Roger Lloyd Pack), Dorfmann and his superiors may have bitten off more than they can chew.’ What the Press Said: One of the finest of contemporary satirists. The Telegraph...


The Case of the Bloody Iris by Rick Curzon (11th November 2018)

Topless wrestling? Check. Brutal murders? Check. A trippy sex cult? Check. Edwige Fenech in various states of undress? Triple check! Debonair George Hilton? Of course! Shameless proudly presents giallo s own royalty, the iconic Fenech-Hilton dream-team in their third sensuous outing on Shameless: THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS. Now for the first time ever on Blu-ray in this 2K restored special edition. After two beautiful women are murdered in an apartment block, Jennifer (Edwige Fenech) and Marilyn (Paola Quattrini) move into the flat of one of the slaughtered girls. But before long, the unknown predatory pervert turns his salacious attentions to the gorgeous Jennifer. The list of suspects includes a woman and her deformed son, a crazy lesbian and even Jennifer s own lover. Serenaded with Bruno Nicolai's enrapturing score and featuring lush cinematography from Stelvio Massi, this long-sought-after 70s sleaze gem, directed by Giuliano Carnimeo (of jaw-dropping RATMAN fame), is now available for your delectation. Shameless invites you to solve THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS!...


Rats: Night of Terror by Rick Curzon (1st November 2018)

It took some time for fright-fans to really groove to the eclectic, insane and often inane brilliance of the late Bruno Mattei (ZOMBIE CREEPING FLESH). Now, belatedly, viewed as a master of cut-price plasma-spillage, the time is ripe to revisit one of the great man's wildest accomplishments - RATS: NIGHTS OF TERROR. Unveiled to audiences of video-violence in 1984, this post-apocalyptic pot-boiler sees some of the last humans alive grapple with a horde of flesh-eating rodents - and a shocking final revelation that has fast become Mattei's signature 'twist'. Also featuring a superlative ensemble cast that includes such Italian gore legends as Ottaviano Dell'Acqua (ZOMBIE FLESH-EATERS), Geretta Geretta (DEMONS) and Massimo Vanni (ZOMBI 3), RATS: NIGHTS OF TERROR is a creepy creature feature that positively oozes with intrigue in this beautiful new Blu-ray release!...


William Castle at Columbia Volume One: The Tingler by Rick Curzon (24th October 2018)

Renowned for his imaginative and eccentric marketing ploys, William Castle became synonymous with delivering lurid horror films backed-up by his trademark publicity gimmicks (‘Illusion-O’, ‘Percepto’, the ‘Punishment Poll’, ‘Fright Breaks’, etc.). WILLIAM CASTLE AT COLUMBIA, VOLUME ONE features four classic fright films from the outrageous showman’s illustrious career with Columbia Pictures and presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including Jeffrey Schwarz’s acclaimed feature-length documentary Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story, newly filmed introductions and appreciations, exclusive new audio commentaries, interviews with actor Pamela Lincoln and publicists Barry Lorie and Richard Kahn, archival featurettes, and much more – this stunning Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set is strictly limited to 6,000 copies....


William Castle at Columbia Volume One: 13 Ghosts by Rick Curzon (24th October 2018)

Renowned for his imaginative and eccentric marketing ploys, William Castle became synonymous with delivering lurid horror films backed-up by his trademark publicity gimmicks (‘Illusion-O’, ‘Percepto’, the ‘Punishment Poll’, ‘Fright Breaks’, etc.). WILLIAM CASTLE AT COLUMBIA, VOLUME ONE features four classic fright films from the outrageous showman’s illustrious career with Columbia Pictures and presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including Jeffrey Schwarz’s acclaimed feature-length documentary Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story, newly filmed introductions and appreciations, exclusive new audio commentaries, interviews with actor Pamela Lincoln and publicists Barry Lorie and Richard Kahn, archival featurettes, and much more – this stunning Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set is strictly limited to 6,000 copies....


William Castle at Columbia Volume One: Homicidal by Rick Curzon (24th October 2018)

Renowned for his imaginative and eccentric marketing ploys, William Castle became synonymous with delivering lurid horror films backed-up by his trademark publicity gimmicks (‘Illusion-O’, ‘Percepto’, the ‘Punishment Poll’, ‘Fright Breaks’, etc.). WILLIAM CASTLE AT COLUMBIA, VOLUME ONE features four classic fright films from the outrageous showman’s illustrious career with Columbia Pictures and presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including Jeffrey Schwarz’s acclaimed feature-length documentary Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story, newly filmed introductions and appreciations, exclusive new audio commentaries, interviews with actor Pamela Lincoln and publicists Barry Lorie and Richard Kahn, archival featurettes, and much more – this stunning Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set is strictly limited to 6,000 copies....


William Castle at Columbia Volume One: Mr. Sardonicus by Rick Curzon (24th October 2018)

Renowned for his imaginative and eccentric marketing ploys, William Castle became synonymous with delivering lurid horror films backed-up by his trademark publicity gimmicks (‘Illusion-O’, ‘Percepto’, the ‘Punishment Poll’, ‘Fright Breaks’, etc.). WILLIAM CASTLE AT COLUMBIA, VOLUME ONE features four classic fright films from the outrageous showman’s illustrious career with Columbia Pictures and presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including Jeffrey Schwarz’s acclaimed feature-length documentary Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story, newly filmed introductions and appreciations, exclusive new audio commentaries, interviews with actor Pamela Lincoln and publicists Barry Lorie and Richard Kahn, archival featurettes, and much more – this stunning Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set is strictly limited to 6,000 copies....


Zombie Flesh Eaters 3 by Rick Curzon (24th October 2018)

In 1979 director Lucio Fulci created a video nasty legend with his masterpiece ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS. A sequel was born in 1988, for which Fulci returned, but the best was yet to come with 1988's outrageously gory and ghastly ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS 3! Directed by Claudio Fragasso, the man behind the notorious TROLL 2 and the producer of the infamous and formerly banned splatter opus ZOMBIE CREEPING FLESH, the innards and excitement comes thick and fast in this first class follow-up which returns its witless characters to the Caribbean and a voodoo legend that unleashes hordes of shambling corpses seeking to chow down on anyone stupid enough to be trespassing on hallowed ground! Years since it scandalized audiences, the third in the ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS franchise is back to bite a way into your Blu Ray collection!...


Nightmare Beach by Rick Curzon (24th October 2018)

The late great Umberto Lenzi gave audiences some of the most notorious video nasties including his legendary gut-crunchers THE MAN FROM DEEP RIVER (1972) and CANNIBAL FEROX (1981). However, the maestro of macabre, nightmare-making images was rightly most proud of his giallo classics - most famously represented by the colourful intrigue of SPASMO (1974) and the grueling gore of EYEBALL (1975). For NIGHTMARE BEACH, released in 1988, Lenzi would claim that a troubled production process meant he took a 'backseat' role - although it is difficult not to notice his blood-splashed paw-print all over this terrifying tale of a madman in a motorcycle helmet who is taking out drunk and delicious young co-eds all over the sparkling sands of South Florida. As the body count creeps up, Miami detective John Saxon (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET) tries to keep ahead of the curve in this carnage-packed, late-day Lenzi gem that is only now gaining a belated British bow for horror-hungry addicts and completists of Italian trash-terror!...


Play for Today: The Imitation Game by Rick Curzon (24th October 2018)

A passionate drama, first shown on BBC One in 1980, inspired by Ian McEwan's research into Alan Turing's cracking of the Enigma Code during World War Two, and the stories of the women who helped. It starred Harriet Walter in her first major screen role, and was produced and directed by Richard Eyre. 19-year-old Cathy Raine (Harriet Walter) is frustrated that she is expected to see out the war in a dull job on the production line at a local munitions factory in Frinton-on-Sea. Against the wishes of her father and fiance, in an effort to find a job with more self-fulfilment and excitement, she signs up for the Auxilliary Territorial Service (ATS). In her workplace training she finds a friend in working class Mary (Brenda Blethyn), and finds a role in a listening station deciphering encoded German transmissions. She soon moves to the famous code-breaking facility at Bletchley Park, meeting Turing-like mathematics genius John Turner (Nicholas Le Provost) and admires his boundless curiosity. But Cathy is kept in the dark about the secretive male hierarchy at the centre, until she comes across a secret intelligence file that may put her in danger. The Play for Today series showcased some of the best of British acting talent ...


Play for Today: A Fishing Party by Rick Curzon (24th October 2018)

First shown in BBC One's renowned Play for Today series in 1972, Peter Terson s sparkling comedy of class and manners stars Brian Glover, Ray Morto and Douglas Livingstone. Derbyshire miners Art (Glover), Ern (Mort) and Abe (Livingstone) head north to Whitby for a boys-only escape and a spot of sea fishing. Checking into a shabby B&B run by haughty landlady Audrey (Jane Freeman) and her henpecked hubby, the trio are bamboozled into paying a high price for their rooms. They board their chartered boat piloted by a taciturn ex-fisherman, who stares grimly ahead while offering stern warnings about mixing chips and brown ale on a swelling sea. But the boys are half-cut before they've left the harbour, and as they reach the cod grounds they're decidedly off-colour. With his unshakeable poise, fervour for self-improvement and back-of-the-sauce-bottle learning, Art is the well-meaning group leader who anchors the action as they head for deep water. The Play for Today series showcased some of the best of British acting talent and most prolific writers from 1970 - 1984. Some of the most iconic films to come out of the ’ series included Abigail's Party and Boys from the Blackstuff. ...


Play of the Week: Our Day Out by Rick Curzon (24th October 2018)

Different teaching approaches clash as the emphatic Mrs. Kay (Jean Heywood) and disciplinarian Mr. Briggs (Alun Armstrong) supervise a coach trip of chaotic children from an inner-city Liverpool school. In this hilarious romp showing what happens if you let a bunch of naughty schoolkids off the leash for the day on a trip to Conwy Castle in Wales. Stopping off at a sweet shop, the zoo, a beach and a funfair along the way, the children take every opportunity to attempt to cause havoc. Filmed on located with a cast made up of untrained child actors, to add to the chaos, Our Day Out is a riotous celebration of youth and what it is like to be 14 and free from school. Although a comedy at heart, it also provides commentary on the bleak and hopeless lives of poor and un-educated children living in Britain. This emotional comedy was directed by 1996 BAFTA winner Pedr James (Our Friends in the North), and draws on creator Willy Russell's own experiences on school trips both as a youth, and supervising them as a teacher. It was later adapted for stage, and is still a regular school text. The Play for Today series showcased some of the best of British acting talent and most prolific writers from 1970 - 1984. Some of the mos...


Night of the Demon by Rick Curzon (22nd October 2018)

Based on M R James’ classic tale of terror, ‘Casting the Runes’, and adapted for the screen by regular Hitchcock collaborator Charles Bennett, Jacques Tourneur’s (Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie, Out of the Past) Night of the Demon is considered to be one of the seminal horror films of Twentieth-Century cinema. Released on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK, the film is presented here in four different versions, and is accompanied by an incredible array of new and archival special features. Also includes a Limited Edition exclusive double-sided poster and 80-page book. ...


Two Evil Eyes AKA Due Occhi Diabolici (Blu-ray) by Rick Curzon (16th October 2018)

It was the team-up of the century in 1990 when the Italian auteur of excess Dario Argento made this double-feature compendium creeper with DAWN OF THE DEAD helmer George Romero! The result brings together the very best of the United States independent sector with the kingpin of things giallo - giving us the much-loved splatter shocker TWO EVIL EYES! The latest in 88 Films Italian line, Romero's outstanding opening salvo offers us an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar", highlighting the sublime Scream Queen Adrienne Barbeau (THE FOG/ SWAMP THING) as a scheming widow seeking to exploit the estate of her terminally ill husband. Little does she know, however, that her husband is already ahead of the curve... and planning a little ghoulish vengeance of his own! For Dario Argento's Poe adaptation "The Black Cat", Harvey Keitel (RESERVOIR DOGS/ TAXI DRIVER) essays an eccentric photographer obsessed with death and dismay... although eventually his livelihood encourages him to embark on the ultimate crime. However, there is a super-sick sting in the tale that will leave the hapless camera-man literally hollowed-out from head to toe! We dare you to endure the gruesome and gruelling special effects ...


 


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