Tag: bluray

Blu-ray Review: FORTY GUNS Rides Out on Criterion

Don’t be surprised to come away from Samuel Fuller’s  Forty Guns a bit dizzy.  And know that with that advice in tow, it may be the only time you aren’t surprised during this senses-shattering 1957 Western. Boldly shot in both...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Tells TRUE STORIES

The dream has come true... In the prophetic past of 1986, Talking Heads frontman emeritus David Byrne veered off the promising road of his successful art/rock band long enough to make a movie. Warner Brothers was good enough to provide...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's THE NAKED PREY Upgrades the Wild Wilde Life

Cornel Wilde is a colonialist running for his life in 1965’s The Naked Prey, a film he also produced and directed.  The more one knows about the life and career of Wilde, the more unique, and therefore special, The Naked Prey becomes. Unshackled...

Holiday Gift Guide 2018, Part 3: Bergman on Criterion and More Box Sets

We are super proud to present the Criterion Collection's Ingmar Bergman's Cinema box set. Not only is it easily the box set of the year, collecting 39 films on 30 gorgeously packaged Blu-rays complete with huge book, but Mike and...

Holiday Gift Guide 2018, Part 2: B-Movie Christmas

Scream Factory sent Mike and myself a bunch of B-Movie horror and science fiction titles and we're covering them all here under the moniker of B-Movie Christmas. Forgotten body horror Brain Dead starring Bill Pulman and Bill Paxton, anyone? Surprisingly...

Criterion in March 2019: I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND, Plus Weird and Wrenching Indies

Among the Criterion Collection's home video offerings in March 2019, the most familiar to mainstream audiences may be I Wanna Hold Your Hand, directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale. As a devotee of 70s cinema...

Holiday Gift Guide 2018, Part 1: Boutique Blu-rays

Join myself and Michael Cockerill of the newly launched MindFrame(s) podcast as we create a Holiday Gift Guide for Screen Anarchy. Part 1 looks at home entertainment gifts from boutique labels. Scream Factory offers up an outstanding Candyman special edition,...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE Has It Both Ways

August Strindberg once said, “Could there be anything more terrifying than a husband and wife who hate each other?”  The question is raised by a character in Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes From a Marriage (1973), a five-hour, six-part miniseries made for Swedish...

Blu-ray Review: MANDY Now on Home Video of the Mind

Mandy is a wondrous feast for the eyes and the subconscious, as we all well know by now. Panos Cosmatos’ film has defied the wasteland that has become the theatrical release landscape by finding fans far and wide clamoring at...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's ANDREI RUBLEV Is A Stacked Disc

I've noticed a trend in recent Criterion releases: the paucity of the special features. The default mode seems to have become one or two newly-recorded interviews, an archival video feature, and the in-jacket essay. This is a sign of the...

Criterion in December 2018: A DRY WHITE SEASON, FORTY GUNS, PANIQUE, SAWDUST AND TINSEL

Thinking of gifting a home video fan a fresh new Criterion Collection release in December? (Of course, you can always gift yourself.) Here are your options. The first black woman to direct a Hollywood studio film, Euzhan Palcy made history...

Blu-ray Review: WILDLING Is Plain Weird

First off, Wildling is a very strange movie. It's both strange in its content, but it also doesn't fully gel for me in the second half. Directed and co-written by Fritz Bohm, Wildling has the flavor of a filmmaker who doesn't quite know what...

70s Rewind: GREASER'S PALACE, Jesus Christ in the Old West

Watching Greaser's Palace (1972) for the first time without having any idea that it was a Christ parable, I was completely bewildered. It's newly available on Blu-ray from Doppelganger Releasing and Scorpion Releasing and looks absolutely lovely. The disc is...

Jackie Chan's POLICE STORY 1 & 2 Headline Action-Packed Slate from Eureka Entertainment

Hong Kong action classics Police Story and Police Story 2 are coming to Blu-ray in gorgeous new 4K restorations, as part of a loaded slate of upcoming releases from Eureka! Entertainment.   It’s been a little while since we checked...

Now on Blu-ray: UNDERGROUND, One of the Funniest Movies About War, Ever

Emir Kusturica won his second Palme d’Or for Underground. It’s about three hours long and tells an epic story that begins in WWII and ends during the Yugoslavian Civil War in the 1990s. But forget any worries about a deadly...

Blu-ray Review: In AN ACTOR'S REVENGE, a Female Impersonator Walks Home Alone At Night

Made right in the middle of the most fertile period in the career of director Kon Ichikawa (The Burmese Harp, Tokyo Olympiad), An Actor's Revenge joins the Criterion Collection this week as spine #912. It's a drab tale of melodrama...

Blu-ray Review: THE FLORIDA PROJECT, Another Exuberant Celebration of Life on the Fringe From Sean Baker

Director Sean Baker is perhaps the most empathetic filmmaker working today. Two years ago his film Tangerine, famously shot entirely on iPhones, was a runaway critical success. That film, the story of a transgendered prostitute hunting down her philandering boyfriend,...

Now on Blu-ray: Miike's BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL Shreds in HD

Miike Takashi turns 100(ish) with his latest full length feature, the adaptation of hugely popular manga Blade of the Immortal. The film stars Kimura Takuya as Manji, a swordsman cursed with immortality whose only way out of his hell of...

Now on Blu-ray: We All Scream For THE RESURRECTED and HELL NIGHT From Scream Factory!

Shout! Factory sublabel Scream Factory has come a long way in the five and a half years since they first appeared on the scene in 2012 with Halloween II. What was once a company focused on big name horror films...

Now on Blu-ray: Duelling SUSPIRIAs From Cult Films UK and Umbrella Entertainment AUS

With the 40th anniversary of Dario Argento's legendary ballet school nightmare Suspiria having just passed in 2017, it's only natural that to commemorate the occasion there should be some pomp, circumstance, and of course competing home video releases in different...