Tag Archives: Rerelease

Ran – New 4k Blu-Ray Release Review

‘To commemorate 400 years since William Shakespeare’s death and thirty years on from its original UK theatrical release in 1986, RAN has been meticulously restored in digital 4K by French laboratory Éclair under STUDIOCANAL and Kadokawa Pictures’ supervision. Based on an original negative, the majority of the restoration work has been done manually, image by […]

The Mutilator – New Blu-Ray Release Review

Gun owners living Stateside (or elsewhere): how do you like to store your guns? If you answered “Loaded, in an unlocked cabinet, within arm’s-reach of a child” then congratulations, you’d probably get along with Big Ed. As The Mutilator (onscreen title: Fall Break) opens, it’s Big Ed’s birthday, and his wife is in the kitchen, […]

When Harry Met Sally – ReRelease Review

Look what’s back in UK cinemas today… The BFI are currently presenting a season of films celebrating love, the programme including Brief Encounter, Doctor Zhivago, True Romance, and the breezy 80s comedy When Harry Met Sally…. More accurately actually, Sally meets Harry, sharing a drive from Chicago to New York City. Harry is annoying but, […]

Ghost Story – Blu-Ray Release Review

Peter Straub’s novel Ghost Story was a sensation on first publication, inviting comparisons to Stephen King, selling like a King novel, and paving the way for Straub’s later collaboration with King. So a film version was inevitable, and it appeared in 1981, directed by Englishman John Irvin, at the time fresh from the BBC’s Tinker […]

Black Cats – New Blu-Ray Release Review

Arrow Video here present a double-pack of Blu-Rays (or DVDs, if you prefer) of Italian films loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Black Cat”: Sergio Martino’s Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, and Umberto Lenzi’s The Black Cat. The Films Your Vice is a Locked Room […]

Blood Rage – New Blu-Ray Release Review

By 1983 the slasher craze was already a dying fad, so hard luck on Blood Rage, which didn’t actually see release until 1987, and even then it was in a heavily cut version, under the title Nightmare at Shadow Woods. Now Arrow Video is releasing both versions of the film along with a third, composite […]

Wake Up & Kill – Blu-Ray Release Review

“the machine-gun soloist” Luciano Lutring cut a swathe through Italy and France in the 1960s, carrying out hundres of smash-and-grab robberies and, for his continued ability to evade capture, became something of a folk hero, his story dramatized in Carlo Lizzani’s 1966 picture Svegliati e uccidi, aka Wake Up and Die or, more accurately translated, […]

A Sense of Freedom – New Release Review

We take a look at this infamous prison drama as it celebrates its re-release on DVD… 1967: Glasgow’s most violent man, gangster Jimmy Boyle, is convicted of murder and sent to Barlinnie Prison. 1977: Boyle’s prison autobiography, A Sense of Freedom, is released. 1979: John Mackenzie films the book for STV, with David Hayman starring […]

Requiescant – New Blu-Ray Release Review

Today we take a look at Carlo Lizzani’s Requiescant (aka Kill and Pray!) as it hits UK shelves. Re-released on Blu-ray by Arrow Video on the 16th November this is one of the essential films of its type and yet this is the first time it has had a worldwide blu-ray release! Read on for our […]

Stop Making Sense – Blu-Ray Re-Release Review

This concert film, capturing the Talking Heads over several performances in December of 1983, has grown in stature considerably over the years, to the point where it can now be called the most famous concert film ever produced. The Film The film itself, directed by former exploitationist and later arthouse darling Jonathan Demme, is well-known […]