x
Hey there, it's just the usual obligatory message to inform you that this site uses cookies. Click here to find out more about our privacy policy or alternatively click the X on the top-right if you would rather just get on with the movie reviewing fun.
Cinema

Frank Sidebottom The Home of the Retrospective

ON DVD & BLU-RAY

The Producers (1967) dir: Mel Brooks Blu Ray (Studiocanal)

Mel Brooks's directorial debut is a somewhat overrated comedy which places too much emphasis on loud, dated stereotypes. Nonetheless, it's worth making your way through to the last half hour, with its Springtime for Hitler musical number and Dick Shawn's hilarious performance as L.S.D.

Dick Shawn as L.S.D. in The Producers

Click here to read review
Comments

Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) Blu Ray and DVD (Eureka!)

While based on an inaccurate source novel by Thomas E. Gaddis, this account of the lifelong prisoner and ornithologist Robert Stroud is an inspired piece of filmmaking from director John Frankenheimer, featuring one of Burt Lancaster's best performances and lots of scene-stealing birds.

Birdman of Alcatraz

Click here to read review
Comments

Hammer Volume 3: Blood and Terror Blu Ray Collection (Indicator)

This third collection of films from the iconic British studio suffers from dated racial treatments. The Stranglers of Bombay and The Terror of the Tongs are rather dull exotic potboilers. However, The Camp on Blood Island offers some tension, whereas Yesterday’s Enemy is a genuine anti-war classic.

Terror of the Tongs (1961)

Click here to read review
Comments

King of Hearts (1966) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Philippe de Broca's surreal anti-war satire features breakout performances by Alan Bates and Geneviève Bujold, alongside large helpings of archetypally Gallic cinematic magic and a bunch of lunatics who ultimately turn out to be the sane ones in this story.

King of Hearts (1966)

Click here to read review
Comments

Inherit the Wind (1960) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Stanley Kramer’s depiction of religious fundamentalism and group dynamics in a Bible Belt town remains all-too-relevant today. Its success centres on the powerhouse performances of Spencer Tracy and Fredric March, along with a cynically witty turn by Gene Kelly.

Fredric March in Inherit the Wind (1960)

Click here to read review
Comments

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967) Blu Ray (Indicator)

Roger Corman's documentary-like view of the violence of Al Capone-era 1920s Chicago is an entertaining slice of bloody gangsterism.

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)

Click here to read review
Comments

A Pistol for Ringo & The Return of Ringo (1965) Blu Ray (Arrow)

Giuliano Gemma plays two unconnected Ringos in this pair of overlooked spaghetti westerns directed by Duccio Tessari. The first is highly entertaining, the second is one of the finest and most lyrical that the genre has to offer. Both films also star Fernando Sancho, George Martin, Lorella De Luca and others.

Lorella De Luca in The Return of Ringo

Click here to read review
Comments

Night of the Living Dead (1968) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

George A. Romero’s debut caused the zombie to rise from the grave in its modern, flesh-craving incarnation. Despite its low-budget rough edges it still holds up exceptionally well as both horror and Lord of the Flies-style social commentary.

Duane Jones in George Romero's Night of the Living Dead

Click here to read review
Comments

​Hammer Volume Two: Criminal Intent (1958-1961) Blu Ray (Indicator)

This compilation of the cult British studio's crime dramas proves that they ably turned their hands to genres other than the horror films which made them famous. The Snorkel, Never Take Sweets From a Stranger, Cash on Demand and The Full Treatment are the four offerings in this set.

The Snorkel (1958) with Peter van Eyck

Click here to read review
Comments

The Color of Pomegranates (1969) Blu Ray (Second Sight)

Sergei Parajanov’s acclaimed account of Armenian poet and musician Sayat Nova is a beautiful piece of cinema, albeit with an emphasis on metaphor over narrative which will alienate some viewers.

The Color of Pomegranates

Click here to read review
Comments

More DVDs and Blu Rays

CLICK HERE for a guide to the best independent DVD / Blu Ray companies in the UK.

CINEMA

ARTICLES

Obey, written and directed by Jamie Jones

RETRO

Erik the Conqueror directed by Mario Bava

Simon Dwyer banner