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Cinema

DVD/BLU RAY

Lady Macbeth (2016) Blu Ray (Altitude) starring Florence Pugh

A review of the UK Blu Ray release of William Oldroyd's ice-cold study of a psychopathic anti-heroine, based on a novel by Nicolai Leskov.

Florence Pugh


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Fat City (1972) Blu Ray & DVD (Powerhouse/Indicator)

John Huston's adaptation of Leonard Gardner's novel is less of a boxing movie and more of a pathos-laden paean to society’s losers.

Stacy Keach on the ropes in Fat City

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Hell Drivers (1957) Blu Ray (Network)

Action-packed Cy Endfield trucker drama may be dated on the action front, but its commentary is still very relevant.

Hell Drivers made Stanley Baker into a star

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​Cul-De-Sac (1966) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

This lesser-known Polanski illustrates the director at his most freeform, jazzy and playful.

Franciose Dorleac picks out some records in Cul-De-Sac

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​Heat (1995) Director’s Definitive Edition Blu Ray (20th Century Fox)

It's the hottest version to date of this highly-regarded Michael Mann cops and robbers epic.

Al Pacino meets Robert de Niro in a coffee shop

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The New Centurions (1972) Blu Ray & DVD (Powerhouse/Indicator)

An entertaining if rather depressing 1970s police drama given a classy dual format makeover.

George C. Scott and Stacy Keach patrol the streets

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​El Sur (1983) Blu Ray & DVD (BFI)

The famously incomplete landmark of Spanish cinema gets a fine dual format release here.

Iciar Bollain in El Sur

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​Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Blu Ray (Vertigo Releasing)

A hilarious, utterly charming New Zealand-set adventure from Taika Waititi.

Julian Dennison and Sam Neill lost in the wilderness


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​His Girl Friday (1940)/The Front Page (1931) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

One's a timeless classic, the other yesterday's news. As usual, Criterion's presentation is exhaustive.

Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday (1940)

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​The Squid and the Whale (2005) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

Worth a dip in the ocean for the extras, even if the film itself has its issues.

Jeff Daniels and Anna Paquin in The Squid and the Whale

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