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In the Line of Fire 4K

In one of a very limited number of films the great Clint Eastwood starred in since 1990 that he didn’t also direct, Wolfgang Petersen’s In the Line of Fire is a rather basic and unsurprising 90s thriller that offers nothing par...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saw (4K UHD)

With the long-delayed ninth film in the series Spiral due for theatrical release when cinemas reopen next week, Lionsgate Home Entertainment have made the excellent decision to remind us how it all began with a 4K UHD debut for...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Battle Royale (4K UHD)

Arrow Video are truly spoiling us at the moment. One of the first boutique labels to make the move over to 4K UHD, they’ve been passionately bringing some unforgettable cult cinema to the sparkling premium format. Their latest ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Godzilla 4K

4K RELEASE REVIEW BY SAMUEL LOVE: After a controversial home video release back in 2014 that led to many viewers complaining the film was simply ‘too dark’, Warner Bros Home Entertainment have put out a 4K UHD release that prom...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lilyhammer: The Complete Series

In 2021, Netflix continue to dominate the TV landscape with shows like The Witcher, Stranger Things and Bridgerton in their catalogue, alongside their hugely popular documentaries like Tiger King and the recent Cecil Hotel seri...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Elysium 4K

When director Neill Blomkamp burst onto the scene in 2009 with his acclaimed debut District 9, the world took notice. Here was a new name to watch in sci-fi cinema, delivering with his first film a powerful and thrilling flick ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cut Throat City

Legendary film critic Roger Ebert once said, “no movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad”. I would add four-time Academy Award-nominee Ethan Hawke to this rule – wh...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rent-A-Pal

Every once in a while, a film comes along – often with little fanfare – that just completely floors you. It could be a cerebral sci-fi from Benson & Moorhead or a thought-provoking drama from the other side of the world, or...
 
 
 
 
 
 

2012 – 4K

Early in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Roland Emmerich’s disaster epic 2012 received renewed interest and became the second-most popular film on Netflix in March. Almost a year on, the pandemic is sadly still going st...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

Elio Petri is a name that any self-respecting film fan should know. Between 1961 and 1979 he directed 11 remarkable films, earning international acclaim and a much-deserved Academy Award for his 1970 masterpiece Investigation o...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tenet

In 2020 the world is in crisis, COVD-19 has put a halt to life as we know it. Cinemas across the world lie empty, popcorn rotting in bags, precious film releases being put on hold. The fate of cinema is in the balance. Could it...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Busan Presents… Trilogy

The Walking Dead essentially saturated the zombie genre to such an extent we began to feel undead fatigue. But South Korean filmmaker Sang-ho Yeon didn’t get the memo and it’s a good thing too. Released now in its entirety, the...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Crash

Without a doubt one of the most controversial and divisive films in the history of cinema, David Cronenberg’s Crash is a daring and challenging watch full of graphic sexuality and violence. Surprisingly earning a gorgeous rerel...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cape Fear

Rereleased on DVD and Blu-ray by Fabulous Films, Martin Scorsese’s 1991 remake of the 1962 classic Cape Fear is often forgotten when discussing the director’s filmography. Sure, it’s no Goodfellas, but Cape Fear is one of the m...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Skyfire

Simon West, the director of such acclaimed classics as The Expendables 2 and Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up music video, isn’t exactly a name that exudes confidence in audiences. His latest effort is Skyfire, a disaster ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Unhinged

Unhinged is the latest in the sub-genre of thriller that see a person snapping and taking ‘justice’ into their own hands. The likes of Taxi Driver, Fight Club and American Psycho all defined a generation’s frustration at the in...
 
 
 
 
 
 

King of New York 4K

Director Abel Ferrara is primarily known for the provocative and controversial content in his films, having made his debut in pornography in 1976 before first drawing his cult audience in ’79 with his ultraviolent urban slasher...