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The Fan

Another UK Blu-ray debut this week is Tony Scott’s stalker thriller The Fan, a film which has certainly lost none of its relevance as we continue to live in a world filled with obsessional, toxic fandom. Robert De Niro is Gil R...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dillinger

Six years after Arthur Penn’s hugely influential and Oscar-winning crime saga Bonnie & Clyde took Hollywood by storm and ushered in a new era of filmmaking, the notorious screenwriter John Milius made his directorial debut ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Honest Thief

Starring Liam Neeson in the titular criminal role, Honest Thief may appear on the surface to be just another brainless Neeson punch-‘em-up, but the film has something that previous entries in this subgenre have wholly lacked – ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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. ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nobody

A lot of shocking things have happened in the last two years. It’s been a monumental time that the history books will speak of for many years to come. But perhaps one of the biggest surprises came in the form of Nobody, a blood...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

If there’s one thing everyone knows about horror franchises, it’s that they never manage to maintain a consistent quality. Despite often launching with modern classics that still holds up as essential horror titles – Paranormal...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Quiet Place Part II

Back in 2018, one horror film silently took the genre by storm with its originality, surprisingly developed characters, and terrifying use of silence in its impeccable sound design. It was deservedly a huge success, both commer...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Midnight in the Switchgrass

Watching Midnight in the Switchgrass, I was repeatedly struck with two rather simple questions: why, and how, is this film a thing? This pitiful and formulaic and derivative murder-mystery has no justifiable reason to exist. Th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage – 4K

51 years ago, a young, fresh-faced director made his debut – and cinema changed forever. Dario Argento, beloved for films including Suspiria, Deep Red, Tenebrae and more, boasts an incredible filmography packed with timeless cl...
 
 
 
 
 
 

True Romance – 4K

Hans Zimmer’s iconic theme. Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper’s ‘Sicilian scene’. Gary Oldman’s crazy performance. True Romance is certainly a film packed with unforgettable elements, and almost 30 years on, the complete pro...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Shock Wave: Hong Kong Destruction

Reuniting star Andy Lau and director Herman Yau after 2017’s brilliant Shock Wave, this standalone sequel in-title-only refreshes the series with a new storyline and characters. The disappointingly bland and paint-by-numbers th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...