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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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Full Metal Jacket

In the pantheon of war movies, there are some that have stood the test of time as true masterpieces. Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket is one of those films. Raw, powerful, and often disturbing, this haunting snapshot of the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Finding the Way Back

Finding the Way Back sees Ben Affleck and director Gavin O’Connor reunite after 2016’s underrated action thriller The Accountant, this time crafting a more subtle and reflective piece. The result is Finding the Way Back, a powe...
 
 
 
 
 
 

300

Finally making its highly anticipated debut on 4K Blu-ray from Warner Bros Home Entertainment, Zack Snyder’s stunningly stylised epic has certainly never looked or sounded better. But how does the film hold up, 14 years since i...
 
 
 
 
 
 

One Summer: The Complete Series

Written by award-winning playwright Willy Russell, One Summer aired on Channel 4 in 1983 to critical acclaim, praised for its emotional drama, hard-hitting realism, and subtle humour. Starring David Morrissey (The Walking Dead)...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monkey: The Complete Series

“In the worlds before Monkey, primal chaos reigned. Heaven sought order. But the Phoenix can fly only when it’s feathers are grown. The four worlds formed again and yet again, as endless aeons wheeled and passed. Time and the p...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Beau Travail

Loosely based on Herman Melville’s 1888 novella Billy Budd, Claire Denis’ Beau Travail is a stunning film of immense beauty – so it’s no surprise that the film is making its UK Blu-ray debut as part of the Criterion Collection....
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blackbird

With an all-star cast including Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon and Sam Neill, it’s shocking that the wonderful Blackbird has had such a tiny release. In a non-Covid parallel universe, this could’ve been one of the biggest dramas ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Show Boat

From famed horror director James Whale (Frankenstein, The Invisible Man), Show Boat is a charming 1936 musical romance based on the 1927 musical of the same name by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. Now available in the UK ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The High Note

After tackling some interesting films in the last few years (presumably to wash away the stench of Fifty Shades), Dakota Johnson has proven herself to be an immensely talented actress in recent titles like Suspiria, Wounds and ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Quantum Leap: The Complete Series

Running from 1989-1993, Quantum Leap is one of sci-fi’s most fondly remembered shows. Like many of the best series, it wasn’t a huge hit—but it won itself a dedicated following and a permanent place in sci-fi fandom. Scott Baku...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood

For many non-American audiences Mr. Rogers will not be a familiar name. But across the pond he is a veritable institution of children’s television. And, unlike many UK childrens entertainers, his reputation remained intact to t...