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One Night in Miami…

Stage-to-film adaptations can go one of two ways. In simple terms, they either expand upon the original text by opening the setting and probing deeper into its world and characters, or they feel frustratingly “stagy” by failing...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Session 9 – Limited Edition

Released waaaaay back in 2001, Brad Anderson’s Session 9 is one of those horror films that fans of the genre will often cite as ‘under-seen’. Indeed, it is a film that for the most part seems to have gone under the radar but th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Many Saints of Newark

It feels almost surreal that after years of will-it/won’t-it-happen-rumours surrounding a Sopranos movie, it’s now not only here, but available on home media. How the years just fly by, huh? Well, now that the initial hype of t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Citizen Kane – Ultra HD Collector’s Edition

Few, if any, films have left as long lasting and indelible mark on cinema as Orson Welle’s Citizen Kane. At 80 years old this year it is still considered one the most important films ever made. For those who study, love and mak...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Love of Jeanne Ney

An epic of Weimar silent cinema, The Love Of Jeanne Ney follows the adventures of a young French woman amidst the chaos of post-World War I Europe. Blending  ‘American style’ big-studio blockbuster, with the eerie camerawork an...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The North Water

Following AMC’s chilling The Terror, the 10-part series based on Dan Simmons’ seminal 2007 novel, BBC Two have jumped on the bandwagon of adapting dark, wintery, nautical tales for the small screen with The North Water. Adapted...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Just A Gigalo

There are two reasons to buy Just A Gigalo: David Bowie and Marlene Dietrich.  Dietrich was 77-years-old when Just A Gigolo was released and it was to be her final film film role. A native Berliner, in self-imposed exile, she r...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy / Smiley’s People

Originally released on Blu-ray individually in 2019 and 2020 respectively, this new release collects Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Smiley’s People in one Blu-ray boxset to relive George Smiley’s intense and memorable missions. ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

I Never Cry

Seventeen-year-old Ola (Zofia Stafiej) travels to Ireland to bring her father’s body back to Poland after he died working on a construction site. But Ola has more things on her mind than dad. She wants to know if he saved money...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Magnum PI: The Complete Series

Stranger Things may have given us a glimpse of the 1980s, but nothing beats the real deal. Fortunately, this month, Fabulous Films are re-issuing two classic shows from the era of polyester swim trunks, Lacoste shirts, and big ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Man Called Adam

Sammy Davis Jr. is perhaps better known today as a member of the Rat Pack, whose members included the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. On-screen he was often cast as the wise-cracker, but in real life he worked tirelessl...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Those Who Wish Me Dead

You might not necessarily be aware of who Taylor Sheridan – the co-writer/director of Those Who Wish Me Dead – is as a filmmaker but it’s likely you’ve seen some of his work. Over the past few years he’s been etchin...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Father

The thought of aging, of losing one’s mind, body or both is one that most put to one side. An inevitability that we’d rather not think about until it hits us square in the face, more often than not when dealing with a loved one...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Brief Encounter

Film legends Sophia Loren and Richard Burton star in this moody adaptation of Noel Coward’s emotional rollercoaster about a chance meeting that blossoms into an intense—and forbidden—affair.  The 1945 David Lean movie has...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Swimming with Sharks

George Huang’s Swimming with Sharks has always been a dark film. But revisiting it, knowing what we now know about Kevin Spacey’s behaviour off-camera, the film reaches an even more disturbing level. This UK Blu-ray debut’s pre...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Time

Prison dramas are certainly nothing new. There are countless films and TV series set inside ‘the big house’, from the harrowing tales like Animal Factory to the overall uplifting like The Shawshank Redemption. Falling somewhere...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Uncle Vanya

Shortly before the world changed forever with the Covid-19 pandemic, a dear friend and I had one of the last nights of normality I can remember witnessing Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Opening on the 14th of January...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

ZeroZeroZero

Adapted from the investigative book of the same name by Gomorrah author Roberto Saviano, the epic and sprawling ZeroZeroZero is the sort of story that the miniseries format was made for. Providing a complex and layered look at ...