Tag Archives: Release

Assault on Precinct 13 – Blu-Ray Re-Release Review

Not John Carpenter’s début, but the first in a series of classic horror/action/fantasy B-pictures from him, Assault on Precinct 13 became a hit in Europe, though notably not in the States, and established a solid template to which he has stuck to this day. Its reputation undimmed in spite of a lacklustre 2005 remake, Assault […]

Best of 2016: Our Little Sister

An elegant ode to sororal relationships which sparkles with a quiet sensitivity, charm and poignancy… Hirokazu Koreeda’s Our Little Sister is a film in which subtle shifts within a character’s life slowly reverberate down and unearth great wells of emotional turmoil and buried conflicts. As a film it’s a triumph in the art of restraint; […]

Love and Friendship – New Release Review

A sparkling Austen adaptation which is as playful with Austen’s text as it is reverent… It requires a certain boldness to integrate your own humor into Austen’s work, and quite a level of skill to pull that trick off successfully. Thankfully writer and director Whit Stillman is as brazen as he is in command of his […]

Satan’s Blade – Blu-Ray Review

One of the more forgotten of the rash of slasher to appear in the wake of Halloween, Satan’s Blade subverts the usual fun-in-the-sun settings of this type of picture by isolating its cast of vacationing teens on a snow-covered peak, then has them stalked by the vengeful spirit of a deranged mountain man. The Film […]

The Swinging Cheerleaders – Blu-Ray Re-Release Review

Jack Hill was one of those tireless genre directors of the 60s and 70s, turning out interesting little oddities such as Spider Baby and directing the best scenes in Roger Corman’s complicated production Blood Bath, as well as making Pam Grier a star in Foxy Brown and Coffy. It is often said that every single […]

Return of the Killer Tomatoes – Blu-Ray Re-Release Review

In 1978, the B-movie spoof Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! was released, mostly to indifference, but by the late 1980s its time had finally come, and a sequel arrived, followed in short succession by two more: Killer Tomatoes Strike Back! and Killer Tomatoes Eat France!, plus an animated series. Writer-director John DeBello attributes this to […]

Our Little Sister – New Release Review

An elegant ode to sororal relationships which sparkles with a quiet sensitivity, charm and poignancy… Hirokazu Koreeda’s Our Little Sister is a film in which subtle shifts within a character’s life slowly reverberate down and unearth great wells of emotional turmoil and buried conflicts. As a film it’s a triumph in the art of restraint; […]

Scott Of The Antartic – Blu-Ray Review (New Release)

We take a look at this restored 1948 Ealing classic as it arrives on Blu-Ray and DVD… Based on the real life adventures of Robert Falcon Scott and his fellow explorers SCOTT OF THE ANTARCTIC tells the story of the infamous but ill-fated 1912 expedition – a race against Norway to discover the South Pole. John Mills (Great […]

Blood Bath – Blu-Ray Release Review

Back in 1963, Roger Corman was taking a busman’s holiday in Dubrovnik, then a part of Yugoslavia, now a part of Croatia. Apparently unable to keep himself from financing, producing, scripting, directing, et cetera, he ended up getting involved with a local production, Operacija Ticijan (Operation Titian), a thriller involving a forged Titian painting and […]

Killer Dames – Blu-Ray Re-Release Review

In the 1970s, Italian director Emilio P. Miraglia never quite made it as big as Dario Argento. For that matter, he never made it as big as Mario Bava or Lucio Fulci, nor Sergio Martino, or Umberto Lenzi or even Ruggero Deodato. Still, he managed to make, under the assumed name Hal Brady, the thrillers […]