Tag: bluray

Blu-ray Review: I, DANIEL BLAKE, a Triumph of Compassion

It's a bit embarrassing to admit, but before watching I, Daniel Blake for this review, I had never seen a single Ken Loach film. I hadn't been avoiding them, they had just never been in front of me at the...

Blu-ray Review: LE SAMOURAÏ Examines A Solitary Life Lived In Gunmetal Grey

It's a bit intimidating to be the one tasked with delivering an opinion on one the most beloved gangster fims ever made. The legendary Jean-Pierre Melville is one of French cinema's most revered filmmakers, and with good reason. Working adjacent...

HOUSE, LEGEND OF THE MOUNTAIN, BAREFOOT CONTESSA and More Join Eureka in Feb/March

Eureka! Entertainment has been dropping hints about the rest of its Q1 2018 slate for a while now, but today the British label confirmed the street dates for a host of exciting new releases for their beloved Masters of Cinema...

Blu-ray Review: Landmark Lesbian Drama DESERT HEARTS Looks Tremendous and Feels Almost as Good

A woman arrives in Reno by train and will leave the same way, with one seismic difference: she has met and fallen in love with Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), a local artist and resident free-spirit. The year is 1959, and Vivian...

Blu-ray Review: Linda Blair in Wes Craven's SUMMER OF FEAR, Gently Unnerving Horror

More than a fascinating curio, Summer of Fear (aka Stranger in Our House) showed that Wes Craven was a talented director and that Linda Blair could more than hold her own at the center of a dramatic film. First broadcast...

Now on Blu-ray: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2's Daddy Issues Light Up Your TV Screen

When it was announced that cult film favorite James Gunn (Super, Dawn of the Dead, Slither) was going to take the reigns of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, a segment of the film underground was taken aback. While the MCU...

Criterion in November 2017: LE SAMOURAI, DESERT HEARTS, JABBERWOCKY, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

New digital restorations are the main attractions for four titles that will be arriving via the Criterion Collection in November 2017. Le Samourai is the one that caught my eye first. Jean-Pierre Melville's work has been influential upon more than...

Masters of Cinema to Release Trio of Buster Keaton Classics, THE PARTY, THE VIKINGS Join Eureka Classics

Great news for fans of classic Hollywood as British distributor Eureka! Entertainment has announced a bevvy of new titles joining their Masters of Cinema series and Eureka Classics label. A trio of classic feature films from silent cinema legend Buster...

THE SCAREHOUSE: Gavin Michael Booth's Haunted House Flick, Now on Blu-ray

Our friends at Parade Deck Films were patiently waiting for me to return from Fantasia this past weekend so I could share their announcement of the release of Gavin Michael Booth's 2014 horror flick The Scarehouse on Blu-ray in North America. ...

Criterion in October 2017: TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME, THE LURE, PERSONAL SHOPPER and More

Scare season arrives in October and this year fans of the Criterion Collection have ample reason to celebrate in style. A prequel that is anything but pro forma, David Lynch's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me is essential as a...

Montage Pictures: Eureka Entertainment Unveils Contemporary World Cinema Label

  British distributor Eureka! Entertainment has announced the launch of Montage Pictures, a new world cinema sub-label focusing on contemporary works by new and upcoming filmmakers from around the world.    Five titles have been announced so far -...

THE SAGA OF ANATAHAN, THE MOURNING FOREST Among new Masters of Cinema Additions

Eureka! Entertainment has announced the latest titles to join its revered Masters of Cinema label, with highlights including Josef von Sternberg’s The Saga of Anatahan and Naomi Kawase’s The Mourning Forest.    The last film directed by von Sternberg, already...

Notes on Criterion: August 2017 Releases Include HOPSCOTCH, LA POISON, and More

This summer (or winter, depending on where you live), the Criterion Collection will release five movies on Blu-ray and DVD that may be less familiar but are no less potentially fascinating. First up on August 8 is Michael Curtiz's The...

Blu-ray Review: WILLARD and BEN Scurry out of Scream Factory's Cellar

I recently received Blu-ray copies of both Willard and Ben, both out on May 16 from Scream Factory. I feel that these releases would have been better as a pair released in the same package, but I'm not not a distributor and can't...

Blu-ray Review: JEANNE DIELMAN, Criterion's Three-Hour Slog To Pure Cinematic Perfection

Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles was released by the Criterion Collection a few years ago in a standard-definition DVD, but gets upgraded to Blu-ray this week, which finally gave me the chance to catch up...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's TAMPOPO Will Make You Hungry

Make sure your noodle-wrangling skills are on point before spinning up this delicious disc.

Criterion in July 2017: Albert Brooks' LOST IN AMERICA, Rossellini's War Trilogy, Tarkovsky's STALKER, Bresson's L'ARGENT

The Criterion Collection's slate for July 2017 sells itself, to be honest. Albert Brook's Lost in America is one of my personal, all-time favorites. Others may prefer Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker, Roberto Rossellini's War Trilogy, or Robert Bresson's final film L'argent....

Now on Blu-ray: THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS is a Fresh Take on the Undead

Director Colm McCarthy's The Girl With All the Gifts is one of the best zombie films ever made, and this Blu-ray release from Lionsgate is a solid treatment for this relatively low-budget marvel. The zombie film has become one of...

Now on Blu-ray: LION is a Tear-Jerking Triumph (Also Manipulative as Hell)

Lion is the true story of Saroo Brierly, a man who got separated from his family in rural India at the age of 5, adopted by a family in Australia with whom he lives for 25 years, and who finally...

Blu-ray Review: WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN and My Life with Pedro Almodóvar

I was introduced to the films of Pedro Almodóvar when I was about twelve years old almost entirely by accident. I don't remember the year exactly, though 1992 seems like a good guess based on the other memories that...