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Mouchette

In one of the bleakest years in recent memory, nothing says cinematic escapism like Robert Bresson’s Mouchette, described by distributor Criterion as “one of the most searing portraits of human desperation ever put on film”. Fo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Perry Mason: The Complete First Season

While perhaps not quite as well known on this side of the pond, Erle Stanley Gardner’s beloved criminal defence lawyer and PI Perry Mason is one of the most iconic characters in US literature. Across 82 novels, 4 short stories ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Babyteeth

When a film has Ben Mendelsohn, you know it is going to be good. It doesn’t matter what it is. Famed film critic Roger Ebert had a rule that no film with Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmett Walsh can be altogether bad, and I would ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone

Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather and The Godfather Part II are among the most highly regarded films in the history of cinema. Winning 9 Oscars between them, they are masterpieces of the crime genre and simply untouchable. T...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cinema Paradiso – 4K

In one of the most difficult years for cinema where many venues across the nation remain shuttered, it is important to remind ourselves of the everlasting joy of the cinema experience, and keep it alive in any way we can. That ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Polytechnique

While the world waits with bated breath for Denis Villeneuve’s highly-anticipated Dune adaptation, there’s surely no time like the present to revisit some of the acclaimed French Canadian filmmaker’s early work. Thanks to the B...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Les Misérables

Losing out to Bong Joon-ho’s awards darling Parasite in the Best International Feature Film category at the 92nd Academy Awards, Ladj Ly’s explosive crime drama Les Misérables would’ve been the winner any other year. A contempo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Irishman

There’s not much that can be said about Martin Scorsese’s sprawling 3.5 hour crime epic that hasn’t been said already, but thanks to a gorgeous new DVD and Blu-ray release courtesy of The Criterion Collection, we are once again...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Night Porter

One of the most controversial films of all time, 1974’s The Night Porter was described by celebrated critic Roger Ebert as ‘a despicable attempt to titillate us by exploiting memories of persecution and suffering’. Portraying t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Aprile (1998) and The Son’s Room (2001)

Debuting on UK Blu-ray for the first time with sparkling new restorations from StudioCanal, Aprile (1998) and The Son’s Room (2001) are two of many shining jewels in the crown of celebrated filmmaker Nanni Moretti. Released ind...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Proxima

Few can relate to the mental, physical and emotional strain it takes to prepare for a trip into outer space however many are familiar with the feeling of being torn between their life’s ambition and their responsibilities as a ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Le Cercle Rouge

One of the most famous heist movies of all time, acclaimed filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Cercle Rouge (The Red Circle) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. StudioCanal are marking the milestone with a beautiful new ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

La Haine

As 2020 becomes more and more fractured, films like Mathieu Kassovitz’s masterpiece La Haine only grow in resonance. Chronicling the aftermath of a violent riot in Paris, the film is a study of increasing tension through unrest...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Breathless

Released in 1960, Jean-Luc Godard’s debut feature film Breathless – or À bout de souffle – is one of the most iconic films of all time. Responsible for ushering in the French New Wave, popularising the ‘jump cut’ and generally ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Five Easy Pieces

Nominated for four Academy Awards and five Golden Globes, Five Easy Pieces is an unforgettable drama from celebrated filmmaker Bob Rafelson that sees Jack Nicholson at his very best – and thanks to The Criterion Collection, fin...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Play for Today: Volume One

Play for Today, the seminal BBC1 anthology series, provided endless water cooler moments in Britain before the term had been coined. Running from 1970 to 1984, its 306 one-off dramas were broadcast on primetime BBC1 and feature...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nuclear

As we in England enter another lockdown thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, Catherine Linstrum’s hauntingly beautiful Nuclear hits different. Taking place almost entirely in a mysterious rural landscape that feels almost post-apoc...
 
 
 
 
 
 

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Seven years after Badfinger’s Baby Blue played out the story of Heisenberg on our screens, there are few people who will disagree with the notion that Breaking Bad is one of the all-time greats in TV drama. Over 62 unforgettabl...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Topsy-Turvy

While certainly not a title that was screaming out for a place in the prestigious Criterion Collection, Mike Leigh’s unexpectedly lavish period piece Topsy-Turvy from 1999 showed a side of the contemporary British filmmaker tha...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lynn + Lucy

After multiple award wins and a critically acclaimed digital release, Fyzal Boulifa’s haunting and heart-breaking drama Lynn + Lucy hits Blu-ray courtesy of the British Film Institute. Starring newcomer Roxanne Scrimshaw (in he...