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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 ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 8

The question “Doctor who?” was answered 52 years ago. In the climax of the Second Doctor Patrick Troughton’s final adventure The War Games (1969), viewers learned that the Doctor was a Time Lord (and a very naughty one). With t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Virtuoso

To date, there has been not one but two film adaptations of the celebrated video game series Hitman. Both failed pretty miserably to capture the spirit of the games – the methodical planning and anxiety-inducing tension t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Love Story

Following the announcement of a TV remake of the iconic story, Arthur Hiller’s iconic romance Love Story has made its UK Blu-ray debut with a sparkling new 4K restoration from the wonderful folks over at Paramount Home Entertai...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Ten Commandments

They just don’t make ‘em like they used to. In the last 67 years, few films have truly been able to match Cecil B. DeMille’s epic The Ten Commandments in scope or scale. The staggering 1956 production – at the time the mo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Kid Detective

There are few as rewarding a narrative troupe than a good mystery. Watching it gradually unfold as we the audience or reader, along with the protagonist, realise everything is not quite what it seems. It is a staple that The Ki...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ammonite

Director and writer Frances Lee carefully and very tenderly tells the life story of pioneering palaeontologist Mary Anning with this gentle biopic. Albeit he does take a huge deal of creative licence when it comes to her love s...
 
 
 
 
 
 

John Hughes 5-Movie Collection

Think of 1980s teen cinema. Chances are, you’ll be thinking of a film that the late, great John Hughes had a hand in. Whether he was directing, writing or producing, his presence could be felt across countless coming-of-age dra...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Death in Paradise: Series 10

As the BBC’s drama slate has largely become dominated by dark and broody shows like Peaky Blinders and Luther, sometimes it’s nice to take a breather and unwind with something gentle and comforting. For the last ten years, Deat...
 
 
 
 
 
 

It’s a Sin

Wow. Just…wow. Sometimes, a show comes along that you know you will never, ever forget. We all remember where we were when we saw Tony Soprano cut to black as Don’t Stop Believin’ played out The Sopranos, and how we felt when H...