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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie – 4K

Certainly one of the most unlikely films to get the 4K treatment, Luis Buñuel’s 1972 surrealist tale of a group of rich friends attempting to dine together – despite increasingly unusual interruptions – is not exact...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Duke

Some films only have on goal in mind – to wrap you up in their warm, cosy embrace as the rain of life batters the windows of your soul. The Duke, the penultimate film from the late Roger Michell, is one of those films.  T...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Licorice Pizza

Paul Thomas Anderson is hands down one of contemporary cinema’s masters. Throughout his career he is a filmmaker who has refused to conform. His characters are unique so much so that they are the key focus over anything the sto...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pirates

Beloved TV and radio personality Reggie Yates makes his directorial feature debut with this charming coming-of-age Brit romp that celebrates the power of music in a way that only a DJ could. Pirates is a cheerful and undeniably...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Wrong Arm Of The Law

From the pen of TV comedy-gods, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson (Hancock’s Half Hour, Steptoe And Son) comes The Wrong Arm Of The Law—a comedy crime-caper that finally gets its blu-ray release this May. Fully-restored for the first...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jackass Forever

MTV’s Jackass has always been one of those marmite franchises. You either love it, or loathe it. With that in mind, it’s difficult to review any of the films in the series because your mileage will vary considerably, depending ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Chopper: 20th Anniversary

Digitally remastered and reissued for its 20th anniversary in cinemas and on digital, Andrew Dominik’s Chopper remains one of the most viscerally entertaining gangster films of its era. Taking the viewer into the mind and world...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Skinny Tiger And Fatty Dragon

Who doesn’t love a bit of classic Hong Kong mayhem? And when that includes the inimitable Sammo Hung (Mr Vampire) and Karl Maka (the Aces Go Places series) you know you’re in for a treat. Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon is part b...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Morecambe and Wise at ITV

It’s been a good year for Morecambe and Wise fans. July saw the broadcast of a rediscovered episode of their BBC series and the release of Louis Barfe’s definitive biography Sunshine and Laughter.  Nearly forty years on from Mo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Morecambe And Wise At…

You know that Morecambe and Wise are still the business when the new Venom movie parades their breakfast Stripper routine… But, while some overseas viewers might be oblivious to the inspiration behind the Let There Be Carnage t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Charley’s (Big-Hearted) Aunt 

Brandon Thomas’ British farce has been filmed at least seven times since 1925—and this 1940s version sees everyone’s favourite cheeky chappie, Arthur Askey, giving the classic comedy his own distinctive spin. One of a series of...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Will Any Gentlemen…?

Starring not one but two future Doctor Whos—Jon Pertwee and William Hartnell—alongside national treasures such as George Cole, Sid James, and Joan Sims, Will Any Gentlemen…? is a little-known ‘50s comedy that ticks all the nost...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Werewolves Within

Perhaps one of the last video games anybody expected to be adapted into a feature film, Red Storm Entertainment’s Werewolves Within – a VR game published by Ubisoft in 2016 – saw players tasked with guessing which of a small to...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mandabi

The history of film is so rich that there are always titles ripe for rediscovery. Each year, fascinating slices of cinema are restored for new audiences to enjoy, and one of the latest films to enjoy such a rerelease is Ousmane...
 
 
 
 
 
 

This Time with Alan Partridge – Series 2

Like a fine wine, Steve Coogan’s iconic love-him-or-loathe-him presenter Alan Partridge just gets better with age. First appearing a staggering 30 years ago on BBC Radio 4’s On the Hour, the character has changed a lot over the...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Sting

It really is a fantastic time to have a 4K set-up. The sheer number of catalogue releases hitting shelves these days is staggering, with some of the finest films in cinema history joining the format each week. Universal Home En...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Darjeeling Limited

With acclaimed filmmaker Wes Anderson’s highly anticipated latest The French Dispatch one of countless films to be indefinitely delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no time like now to embark on a retrospective of the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

There’s no denying the cult status of the Austin Powers series – but it’s certainly bizarre that this 2021 disc is the fourth time the film has been released on Blu-ray in the UK. The amount of DVD editions probably doubles tha...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jules Verne’s Rocket To The Moon

Cast very much in the mould of It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad World, and Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines, Jules Verne’s Rocket To The Moon, is a classic screw-ball comedy, featuring an ensemble cast of some of the ‘60s big...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Run for Your Money

Ealing Studios released four comedies in 1949 – Passport to Pimlico, Whiskey Galore!, Kind Hearts and Coronets and A Run for Your Money. All four were nominated for Best British Film at the 3rd British Film Awards, later to bec...