Blu-ray Review: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

When I was a child, many Saturday mornings were spent at a local abattoir that was managed by my grandfather, along with my father and uncle to a lesser degree. Since there was no work on weekends, the somewhat shabby slaughterhouse was ‘the’ place to socialise and occasionally a neighbouring local would stop in for …

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Blu-ray Review: Barfly (1987)

Cannon Films were far from achieving the upper echelon of quality moviemaking in their heyday, but the notorious production company pumped out a few gems, such as Barfly, now available on Blu-ray from the more profitable Imprint Films. Starring former Hollywood rebel, turned Instagram figure, Mickey Rourke, this cinematic night-cap follows the exploits of poet/writer …

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Blu-ray Review: The Black Phone (2021)

Blumhouse’s The Black Phone is a supernatural coming-of-age horror film from Sinister director, Scott Derrickson, reuniting once more with Ethan Hawke. Just two months after it’s run in cinemas, fans can now unpack a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, available through KICKS Australia. Set in North Denver, 1978, 13-year-old Finney (Mason Thames) is snatched off the streets …

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Blu-ray Review: Red Sonja (1985)

Saturday afternoons as a child were often spent in Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian Age, through Conan the Barbarian, its lesser sequel, Conan the Destroyer and the illegitimate third instalment, Red Sonja; all of which were on constant rewind. Now the female-centric fantasy/adventure has returned after a dazzling 4K restoration by StudioCanal, available now on DVD, …

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Angst for the Memories: Ginger Snaps Trilogy – review

South Park satirized it and the internet mocked it, – the ‘Emo’ boom of the early 2000s, a sub-culture that found a kindred spirit in the form of Ginger Snaps. Three movies about two sisters, Ginger and Brigitte, who become entangled with lycanthropy, better known as werewolves; a vessel for teenage angst and an outsider …

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Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) – review

We often regard the eternal question as ‘What is the meaning of life?’ or ‘Are we alone in the universe?’, but it’s actually ‘Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?” I have my own theory that it’s somewhere in Greenwich Village, but truth be told, Sesame Street exists in …

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Blu-ray Review: Secret of the Incas (1954)

Imprint Films released The Naked Jungle in December last year, which has since sold out and was one of two films Charlton Heston made in 1954, the second being, Secret of the Incas, available now from the boutique label as of August 31st. Five years before he became bigger than Ben-Hur, Heston portrayed would-be adventurer, …

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Blu-ray Review: Red Rock West (1993)

Signal One Entertainment are making a steady comeback that feels controlled and calculated, especially with their latest and highly anticipated release, Red Rock West, on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK, which is a step forward for a movie that’s struggled to be seen since its release almost thirty years ago. Nicolas Cage …

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