Newsletter - FOR THE WEEK

OF April 10th, 2017

  This Week's Highlights

Saludi! A massive week with Blu-ray reviews of packages by Arrow, Indicator, 88 Films, Signal One, BFI, Kino Lorber, Lionsgate, Universal, Severin Films, Elephant Films, Eureka of films by Fritz Lang, Luchino Visconti, Douglas Sirk, M. Night Shyamalan, John Huston, Martin Ritt, Umberto Lenzi, John Llewellyn Moxey, Ulli Lommel and more. Our Calendar has a updates. Feature Blu-ray and DVD is posted for APRIL. We have a new article posted and a CONTEST with another BRAND NEW Criterion Blu-ray prize. Enjoy!!

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The Long Hair of Death [Blu-ray] (Antonio Margheriti, 1964) RB UK 88 Films

A Quiet Passion [Blu-ray] (Terence Davies, 2016) RB UK Soda Pictures

The Man from Planet X [Blu-ray] (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1951) Shout! Factory

Sex Doll [Blu-ray] (Sylvie Verheyde, 2016) Shout! Factory

A Shock to the System [Blu-ray] (Jan Egleson, 1990) Shout! Factory
[Blu-ray] (Gordon Willis, 1980) Shout! Factory

Creepozoids [Blu-ray] (David DeCoteau, 1987) RB UK 88 Films
Hide and Go Shriek
[Blu-ray] (Skip Schoolnik, 1988) RB UK 88 Films
I Drink Your Blood
[Blu-ray] (David E. Durston, 1970) RB UK 88 Films
[Blu-ray] (Pablo Larraín, 2016) RB UK Network
[Blu-ray] (Roger Donaldson, 1995) Shout! Factory
The Night of the Sorcerers / The Loreley's Grasp
(Double Feature) [Blu-ray] (Amando de Ossorio, 1974) Shout! Factory
Cold-Blooded Beast
(aka Slaughter Hotel) [Blu-ray] (Fernando Di Leo, 1971) RB UK 88 Films
The Complete Billy Jack Collection
[Blu-ray] (Tom Laughlin, 1967-1977)  Shout! Factory
Just Before Dawn
[Blu-ray] (Jeff Lieberman, 1981) RB UK 88 Films
[Blu-ray] (Howard Avedis, 1976) Shout! Factory
[Blu-ray] (James Gunn, 2006) Shout! Factory
The Zodiac Killer
[Blu-ray] (Tom Hanson, 1971) Something Weird Video / AGFA

American Epic [Blu-ray] (Jack White, 2017) PBS

Almost Anything [Blu-ray] (Torre Catalano, 2015) Gravitas Ventures

Tall Men [Blu-ray] (Jonathan Holbrook, 2016) Gravitas Ventures

The Naked Gun: Trilogy Collection [Blu-ray] - Paramount

Another You [Blu-ray] (Chris Robert, 2016) Gravitas Ventures

The Black Room [Blu-ray] (Rolfe Kanefsky, 2016) Cleopatra Entertainment

The Space Between Us [Blu-ray] (Peter Chelsom, 2017) Universal Studios

Devil's Domain [Blu-ray] (Jared Cohn, 2016) Cleopatra Entertainment

Dracula Untold [Blu-ray] (Gary Shore, 2014) Universal Studios

Chupacabra Territory [Blu-ray] (Matt McWilliams, 2016) Maltauro Entertainment

Fear Town, USA & The Slashening (Blu-ray Double Feature) - Troma Entertainment, Inc

The Wasp Woman / Beast from Haunted Cave [Blu-ray] (Roger Corman, Jack Hill, Monte Hellman, 1959) Retromedia

Finding Forrester [Blu-ray] (Gus Van Sant, 2000) Sony

Homeland Season 6 [Blu-ray] RB UK 20th Century Fox

Daredevil - Season 2 [Blu-ray] - RB UK Walt Disney

My Name Is Lenny [Blu-ray] (Ron Scalpello, 2017) RB UK Lions Gate

Don't Take Me Home [Blu-ray] (Jonny Owen, 2017) RB UK Spirit Entertainment

Death in the Garden [Blu-ray] (Luis Buñuel, 1956) RB UK Masters of Cinema

Mulholland Drive (Remastered) [Blu-ray] (David Lynch, 2001) RB UK Studiocanal

Heat - Director's Definitive Version [Blu-ray] (Michael Mann, 1995) 20th Century Fox (BEAVER REVIEW)

Fahrenheit 451 [Blu-ray] (François Truffaut, 1966) Universal Studios

The Founder [Blu-ray] (John Lee Hancock, 2016) Lionsgate

Ghost in the Shell [Blu-ray] (Rupert Sanders, 2017) Paramount UK
Ghost in the Shell [4K UHD
Blu-ray] (Rupert Sanders, 2017) Paramount UK

Taboo [Blu-ray] (Anders Engström, 2017) RB UK Studiocanal

Gold [Blu-ray] (Stephen Gaghan, 2016) Lionsgate

Ex Machina [4K Ultra Blu-ray] (Alex Garland, 2014) Lionsgate

The Handmaiden [Blu-ray] (Chan-wook Park, 2016) RB UK Curzon Artificial Eye
The Handmaiden - Special Edition [
Blu-ray] (Chan-wook Park, 2016) RB UK Curzon Artificial Eye
Toni Erdmann
Blu-ray BD-R] (Maren Ade, 2016) Sony Pictures MOD

Bakumatsu taiyô-den (Dual Format Reissue) [Blu-ray] (Yûzô Kawashima, 1957) RB UK Masters of Cinema (BEAVER REVIEW)
Notes on Blindness
Blu-ray] (Pete Middleton, James Spinney, 2016) RB UK Curzon Artificial Eye
A Dog's Purpose
Blu-ray] (Lasse Hallström, 2017) Universal
The Eagle Huntress
Blu-ray] (Otto Bell, 2016) RB UK Altitude Film Distribution

VHS Massacre: Cult Films and the Decline of Physical Media [Blu-ray] (Kenneth Powell, Thomas Edward Seymour, 2016) Troma

Blood for a Silver Dollar [Blu-ray] (Giorgio Ferroni, 1965) RB DE VZ-Handelsgesellschaft

Man Hunt [Blu-ray] (Fritz Lang, 1941) RB UK Signal One (moved from November 21, 2016)

My Life as a Zucchini [Blu-ray] (Claude Barras, 2016) Gkids / Universal
Return to Horror High
Blu-ray] (Bill Froehlich, 1987) RB UK 88 Films
Charley Varrick
Blu-ray] (Don Siegel, 1973) RB FR Wild Side Video
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back
Blu-ray] (Tsui Hark, 2017) Sony Pictures
Mulholland Drive (Remastered) [
Blu-ray] (David Lynch, 2001) RB FR Studiocanal
Voice from the Stone [
Blu-ray] (Eric D. Howell, 2017) Sony Pictures
John Wick: Chapter 2
Blu-ray] (Chad Stahelski, 2017) Lionsgate
John Wick: Chapter 2 [4K Ultra
Blu-ray] (Chad Stahelski, 2017) Lionsgate
In a Colt's Shadow
Blu-ray] (Giovanni Grimaldi, 1965) RB DE Koch Media

Behind the Door [Blu-ray] (Irvin Willat, 1919) Flicker Alley
(aka A Hole in the Wall) [
Blu-ray] (Pim de la Parra, 1969) Cult Epics
Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology
Blu-ray] (Alice Guy, Lois Weber, Mabel Normand, Madeline Brandeis, Germaine Dulac, Lotte Reiniger,, 1902-1946) Flicker Alley

The Fisher King [Blu-ray] (Terry Gilliam, 1991) Criterion UK (BEAVER REVIEW)

Diabolique [Blu-ray] (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1954) Criterion UK (BEAVER REVIEW)

Saturday Night Fever - Director's Cut [Blu-ray] (John Badham, 1977) Paramount
The Great Wall
Blu-ray] (Zhang Yimou, 2016) Universal
The Great Wall  [4K Ultra
Blu-ray] (Zhang Yimou, 2016) Universal

The Daughter [Blu-ray] (Simon Stone, 2015) Kino Lorber
The Gianfrano Rosi Collection (Boatman (1993), Below Sea Level (2008), Sacro GRA (2013), Fire at Sea (2016)) [
Blu-ray] (Gianfranco Rosi) Kino Lorber

Detour [Blu-ray] (Christopher Smith, 2016) Magnolia

We Are X [Blu-ray] (Stephen Kijak, 2016) Magnolia
Voodoo Black Exorcist
Blu-ray] (Manuel Caño, 1974) The Film Detective
The Great Wall
[Blu-ray] (Zhang Yimou, 2016) RB UK Universal
The Murderer Lives at Number 21
(Dual Format Reissue) [
Blu-ray] (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1942) RB UK Masters of Cinema (BEAVER REVIEW)
Get Out [
Blu-ray] (Jordan Peele, 2017) RB UK Universal

Ride the High Country [Blu-ray] (Sam Peckinpah, 1962) Warner Archive
36 Hours [Blu-ray] (George Seaton, 1965) Warner Archive
The Rounders [Blu-ray] (Burt Kennedy, 1965) Warner Archive
Spencer's Mountain [
Blu-ray] (Delmer Daves, 1963) Warner Archive 
From Hell It Came [Blu-ray] (Dan Milner, 1957) Warner Archive
The Wheeler Dealers [
Blu-ray] (Arthur Hiller, 1963) Warner Archive 

The Paradine Case [Blu-ray] (Alfred Hitchcock, 1947) Kino Lorber

The Salesman [Blu-ray] (Asghar Farhadi, 2016) Sony Pictures
Those Redheads from Seattle
[Blu-ray 3D] (Lewis R. Foster, 1953) Kino Lorber

Tough Guys [Blu-ray] (Jeff Kanew, 1986) Kino Lorber
Last Plane Out
[Blu-ray] (David Nelson, 1983) Code Red / Kino Lorber
The Funny Farm [
Blu-ray] (Ron Clark, 1983) Code Red / Kino Lorber
Akeelah and the Bee [
Blu-ray] (Doug Atchison, 2006) Lionsgate
The Big Kahuna
Blu-ray] (John Swanbeck, 1999) Lionsgate
One, Two, Three [
Blu-ray] (Billy Wilder, 1961) Kino Lorber
The Sheik
Blu-ray] (George Melford, 1921) Kino Lorber
Son of the Sheik
Blu-ray] (George Fitzmaurice, 1926) Kino Lorber
Akira - Collector's Edition [
Blu-ray] (Katsuhiro Ôtomo, 1988) Funimation
Madhouse aka And When She Was Bad [
Blu-ray] (Ovidio G. Assonitis, 1981) Arrow Video

Magnificent Obsession [Blu-ray] (Douglas Sirk, 1954) RB FR Elephant Films

Things to Come [Blu-ray] (Mia Hansen-Løve, 2016) MPI
The Violent Men [
Blu-ray] (Rudolph Maté, 1955) RB FR Sidonis

Interlude [Blu-ray] (Douglas Sirk, 1957) RB FR Elephant Films

Bitter Victory [Blu-ray] (Nicholas Ray, 1957) RB FR Sidonis



ONE VOICE (not Ellsworth Monkton Toohey): Arrow's Blu-ray package of Luchino Visconti's Ludwig deserves top spot this week offering both the theatrical and television presentation with bountiful extra features. Indicator should be prominently mentioned with their, definitive, Blu-ray releases of Fritz Lang's essential Noir The Big Heat, John Huston’s masterfully dour Fat City and Martin Ritt's intellectually playful The Front starring Woody Allen. All wonderful Blu-ray editions of fabulous films. Douglas Sirk's Written on the Wind is a 50's gem with bold Technicolor strengths, brought out by Elephant Film's, correct 2.0:1 AR, Blu-ray transfer. I enjoyed M. Night Shyamalan's, unnervingly clever psycho-thriller, Split. It was reminiscent of the director's best work. Finally, fully, compiled I was left speechless by BFI's Blu-ray of German Concentration Camps Factual Survey. I still love John Llewellyn Moxey's rich and atmospheric The City of the Dead, but have reservations about Arrow's new 4K restored Blu-ray image - see for yourself. The Founder has the interesting story of how Ray Kroc (played charismatically by Michael Keaton) franchised McDonalds - and it's available on impressively attractive Blu-ray. The Blue Lagoon is a, sweet, beautiful, coming-of-age-on-deserted-island film and one best suited to be viewed on Blu-ray. Watch it. Classic western, Night Passage, with James Stewart and Audie Murphy looks fabulous on new Elephant Films Blu-ray - see our comparison to the old DVD. Tristan + Isolde is a gorgeous period romance and Kino have stacked their Blu-ray with commentaries and extras. Duplicitous-personality Noir, The Scar advanced handily over the old Blu-ray with a superior image and excellent commentary - on Kino's new Blu-ray. The Mephisto Waltz, now on Blu-ray, is reminiscent of Rosemary's Baby with Jacqueline Bisset witnessing her husband seduced by a group of Satanists. We covered two above-average poliziotteschi genre efforts on 88 Films Blu-ray this week; the intensely realized The Mad Dog Killer and Umberto Lenzi's superior Syndicate Sadists - both worthy for Italian cult-cinema devotees. Cathy's Curse is “Canuxploitation” at its most 70's-ish, tasteless, charm - and on Severin Films, restored, Blu-ray. Doctor Mordrid, also on Blu-ray, is an over-the-top fantasy version reminiscent of the Dr. Strange comic - typical Jeffrey Combs. Ulli Lommel's The Devonsville Terror, on Blu-ray, is a horror that doesn't live up to the title's potential - even with support from Donald Pleasance as curiously cursed Doctor. On DVD this week, I had a look at BFI's, heart-wrenching, The Goddess (Shen nu) with iconic star Ruan Lingyu looking the best it has for home theatre. Eric covered The Kettering Incident - an intriguing crime-mystery TV series, the erotic romance Fragments of Love, covert blaxpolitation effort Joe Bullet and highly rated Belgium drama The Ardennes.

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Tristan + Isolde BD - "Tristan and Isolde" is not all love; in fact, it features large chunks of professionally done action, including fierce attacks, clandestine ambushes and copious amounts of smiting enemies with mighty swords. And the convincing look of the film, the success of cinematographer Arthur Reinhart and production designer Mark Geraghty in making us feel we're in a reasonable fantasy facsimile of Britain circa AD 500 is also a plus. Kino Blu-ray Release date: April 11th, 2017

Split BD - Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns with an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man's fractured, gifted mind. Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has revealed 23 personalities to his psychiatrist, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him – as well as everyone around him – as the walls between his compartments shatter apart. Blu-ray Release date: April 18th, 2017

The Founder BD - Ray Kroc, the whirling center of “The Founder,” doesn’t come across as a meat-and-potatoes man — much less a mogul destined to peddle burgers and fries. As played by Michael Keaton, an actor who generates terrific centrifugal force, Ray seems more like a guy who fuels up on 10 cups of coffee before calling it a night with a bottle of Scotch. “The Founder” never figures out what makes him spin and run and keep on running, but it does give you Mr. Keaton zinging around like the Road Runner. His kinetic performance doesn’t enhance the movie; it is the movie. Blu-ray Release date: April 18th, 2017

The Scar BD - "The Scar" (1948) Originally released under the title "Hollow Triumph," (and also known as The Man Who Murdered Himself), this dandy little film noir thriller from Eagle Lion features Paul Henreid with a chance to lose his leading man image for not one, but two sinister performances. When crooked gambler (Henreid) seeks to hide from a rival mobster, he hatches a plot to take the place of a psychiatrist that he's a dead-ringer for. But it's not long before the good doctor's secretary (Joan Bennett) is on to his scheme. Kino Blu-ray Release date: April 18th, 2017

Fat City BD - John Huston’s sombre but compassionate boxing drama is a criminally-underseen late-career masterpiece from the great director. Peppered with outstanding performances this gritty yet affectionate look at the world of small-time boxing highlights a down-and-out fighter and a young up-and-comer, both moving through a world of seedy gyms and flop houses. Blu-ray Release date: March 27th, 2017

Ludwig BD - Visconti’s 1972 film is a lavish and operatic portrait of Ludwig II, the ‘Mad King’ of Bavaria. From his glittering coronation to his mysterious suicide, Ludwig II (1845-86) epitomised the doomed nineteenth-century Romantic hero. A loner by nature, he was tormented by his unrequited love for his cousin, Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who sensed his true sexual nature and fragile grip on reality. But as war raged around him, Ludwig’s sole obsession remained the visionary music of Richard Wagner, and he retreated more and more into a fantasy world, alarming his ministers through his irrational behaviour, neglect of state affairs and lavish expenditure on several fairytale castles. Judged unfit to rule, Ludwig was declared insane. Blu-ray Release date: April 11th, 2017

German Concentration Camps Factual Survey BD - Sidney Bernstein (founder of Granada Television) was the Producer of the film at Britain’s Ministry of Information. Bernstein assembled a small but distinguished and expert team in 1945 to work on the project and this included the editors Stewart McAllister (acclaimed for his work with Humphrey Jennings) and Peter Tanner and the writers Colin Wills and Richard Crossman (writer, German expert and future cabinet minister). Bernstein sought the help of Alfred Hitchcock, who is known to have given important advice on how the film should be put together. Bernstein described Hitchcock as the film’s 'Director', but given that all the footage had been shot prior to Hitchcock’s month-long involvement on the project and that he was not in England to oversee the editing of the rough-cut, it is more accurate to retrospectively describe him as the treatment adviser. Blu-ray Release date: April 17th, 2017

The Mephisto Waltz BD - A frustrated pianist himself, music journalist Myles Clarkson (Alan Alda) is thrilled to interview virtuoso Duncan Ely (Curt Jurgens). Duncan, however, is terminally ill and not much interested in Myles until noticing that Myles' hands are ideally suited for piano. Suddenly, he can't get enough of his new friend, and Myles' wife, Paula (Jacqueline Bisset), becomes suspicious of Duncan's intentions. Her suspicions grow when Duncan dies and Myles mysteriously becomes a virtuoso overnight. Blu-ray Release date: March 27th, 2017

The Front BD - The McCarthy-era "witch hunts" in the entertainment industry set the stage for this comedy drama set in the 1950s. Howard Prince (Woody Allen) is a cashier at a corner bar who works as a small-time bookie on the side, with little success. One day, Howard's old friend Alfred Miller (Michael Murphy), a successful television writer, makes a business proposal to him; Alfred's leftist political views have resulted in him being blacklisted from the major television networks, and he can no longer get work. Alfred asks Howard to act as a "front" -- Howard puts his name on Alfred's scripts, sells them, and takes a cut of the payment for his trouble. Indicator Blu-ray Release date: March 27th, 2017

The Big Heat (Indicator added!) BD - Ruthless criminals, a dedicated honest cop, sultry women and a gripping plot - all the elements of a classic police action-drama are here in full force. Police Sergeant Bannion (Glenn Ford) is investigating the apparent suicide of a corrupt cop, then is suddenly ordered to stop - and The Big Heat is on. Driven to unravel the mystery, Bannion continues probing until an explosion meant for him, kills his wife. He resigns from the force and soon learns that behind it all is the powerful underworld led by Mike Lagana (Alexander Scourby) and his cold-blooded henchman, Vince Stone (Lee Marvin). When Stone's girl Debby (Gloria Grahame) makes a play for Bannion, Stone disfigures her face. In revenge, she tells all she knows. Ultimately, Bannion and Stone square off in a life-or-death confrontation. Indicator Blu-ray Release date: March 27th, 2017

The Mad Dog Killer BD - Inspired by the crimes of infamous mobster, Renato Vallanzasca, Mad Dog Killer is a deliriously violent poliziotteschi that pushes the limits of onscreen brutality and is a must-have for any self respecting fan of Italian Cult cinema. Blu-ray Release date: November 7th, 2016

Syndicate Sadists BD - Mention the name Umberto Lenzi, and chances are folk’ll rattle off the flesh-ripping frenzy of NIGHTMARE CITY or CANNIBAL FEROX. But for Lenzi himself, there was no genre that proved too much for his directorial prowess, not least the distinctly Italian-style of crime flick - the Poliziotteschi.Boasting a taut script by Vincenzo Mannino (HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK), and featuring Hollywood icon Joseph Cotten (NIAGARA) as a scheming Mafioso, Lenzi’s SYNDICATE SADISTS is a potent example of the dexterous Tuscan journeyman’s compelling thriller work; a fabulous concoction of eye-watering violence and white-knuckle thrills, as an ex-cop (Thomas Milian, THE CYNIC, THE RAT AND THE FIST) seeks retribution against two warring mafia families after his brother is killed during a kidnap investigation. Blu-ray Release date: March 27th. 2017

Doctor Mordrid BD - For the past one hundred and fifty years, thousand-year-old sorcerer Anton Mordrid (Jeffrey Combs, CASTLE FREAK) has watched over the Earth posing as a reclusive criminologist (with a pet raven named Edgar). When mysterious heists of alchemical elements start taking place around the globe, Mordrid learns that his childhood friend turned evil sorcerer Kabal (Brian Thompson, THE TERMINATOR) has escaped his imprisonment in another dimension and means to take over the plant. Mordrid arouses the curiosity of police psychologist neighbor Samantha Hunt (Yvette Nipar, SKI PATROL) as well as the suspicion of Detective Gaudio (Jay Acovone, INDEPENDENCE DAY) when the body of one of Kabal's sacrifices (stuntwoman Julie Michaels, WITCHBOARD 2); and Mordrid will have to convince Samantha of the reality of magic before Kabal can get the final alchemical element to create the Philosopher's Stone and bring demons from another dimension into ours. Blu-ray Release date: December 5th, 2016

Night Passage BD - Former railroad worker Grant McLaine (James Stewart) is hired by boss Ben Kimball (Jay C. Flippen) to help transport the railroad's payroll. The train carrying the payroll has been robbed multiple times in the past, and Kimball hopes that McLaine can successfully guard the money from the robbers. But matters are complicated for McLaine when he finds out that one of the robbers is his brother, who is now going by the name of the Utica Kid (Audie Murphy). Blu-ray Release date: March 15th, 2017

The City of the Dead BD - George Baxt scripted this extraordinarily good chiller from a story by Milton Subotsky, who also co-produced. A college student (Venetia Stevenson) with an interest in witchcraft goes to the Massachusetts town of Whitewood. It's a foggy, spooky town which gets even scarier when Stevenson discovers that the owner of the Raven's Inn, Mrs. Newlis (Patricia Jessel) is in fact a 268-year old witch. Jessel sold her soul to the Devil to regain her life after being burned at the stake. The whole town is her coven, including Stevenson's kindly history professor (Christopher Lee). Arrow Blu-ray Release date: April 24th, 2017

The Devonsville Terror BD - Ulli Lommel co-writes and directs this '80s horror starring Suzanna Love and Donald Pleasence. 300 years after three local women, who were accused of witchcraft and brutally murdered by the local townsfolk, cursed the New England town of Devonsville their modern-day counterparts arrive in the colonial town. The arrival of three socially liberated women causes panic in the town's male-dominated hierarchy, who fear the presence of the women heralds the fulfilment of the curse. One of the women, schoolteacher Jenny Scanlon (Love), seeks help from psychiatrist Dr. Warley (Pleasence) when she begins experiencing horrific dreams, the precursor of events about to unfold that are rooted in her past life. Blu-rayRelease date: December 26th. 2016

Written on the Wind BD - Bathed in lurid Technicolor, melodrama maestro Douglas Sirk’s Written on the Wind is the stylishly debauched tale of a Texas oil magnate brought down by the excesses of his spoiled offspring. Features an all-star quartet that includes Robert Stack as a pistol-packin’ alcoholic playboy; Lauren Bacall as his long-suffering wife; Rock Hudson as his earthy best friend; and Dorothy Malone (who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance) as his nymphomaniac sister. Blu-ray Release date: May 3rd, 2016

Cathy's Curse BD - Forget what you've seen in blurry bootlegs and cruddy budget packs. This first-ever restoration of the depraved Canadian shocker is being hailed as the genre re-discovery of the year: In 1947, a young girl is roasted alive in a car accident. Thirty years later, her grown brother returns to their childhood home with his mentally unstable wife and sweet daughter Cathy. But when the dead aunt's vengeful spirit possesses the child, it will unleash an unnerving nightmare of creepy mediums, demonic dolls, and plenty of sick 70s foul-mouthed moppet mayhem. Blu-ray Release date: April 11th, 2017

The Blue Lagoon BD - Seven-year-old cousins Emmeline (Elva Josephson) and Richard (Glenn Kohan) survive a shipwreck and find themselves marooned on a beautiful island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Under the tutelage of a fellow castaway, Paddy Button (Leo McKern), the two learn the basics of survival. When Paddy dies, however, the now adolescent Emmeline (Brooke Shields) and Richard (Christopher Atkins) are on their own to discover sex, love and loneliness in a tropical paradise. Blu-ray Release date: April 10th, 2017

The Goddess (Shen nu) - The great actress Ruan Lingyu earned international acclaim for her powerful performances in a series of social dramas made between 1927 and 1935. Her success brought her much fame that caused her to commit suicide at the age of 24. In The Goddess (1934), Ruan Lingyu portrays a single mother whose only hope for supporting her son is to submit to a life of prostitution. The film is a heartbreaking look at life under the strictures of an intolerant society. BFI DVD Release Date: April 24th, 2017

The Kettering Incident - Set on the isolated island of Tasmania, The Kettering Incident is a tense, gripping thriller following one woman's journey to find the truth about her past. Dr Anna Macy was just a child when her best friend Gillian mysteriously disappeared. The two girls had been playing in ancient woodland on the edge of town when Anna saw strange lights in the sky, accompanied by a high-pitched noise. Hours after, Anna was found alone. Fifteen years later Anna returns to her home town of Kettering to find that the rumours still persist about what really happened to the girls that night - from Anna killing Gillian to alien abduction - so when 17 year old Chloe Holloway also disappears Anna is compelled to discover what really happened to Gillian. DVD Release Date: April 10th, 2017

Fragments of Love - The twisted and erotic FRAGMENTS OF LOVE follows perfectionist composer Rodrigo's new obsession with the mysterious and alluring Susana. Cocooned in her home, the two enter a torrid love affair as Susanna opens up and tells Rodrigo stories of sexual encounters with her past lovers. As Rodrigo is both artistically inspired and romantically tormented by Susana's stories, they turn out to be the least of Susana's dark secrets. DVD Release Date: March 28th, 2017

Joe Bullet - When local soccer team The Eagles fall prey to a series of onslaughts from a mysterious gangster only a week before the championship final, the team turns to one man that can help save their chances at victory - Joe Bullet (Ken Gampu). Joe will have to battle against villainous henchmen, escape booby-trap bombs and bring his martial arts expertise to the fore in order to survive an attack from a deadly assassin. DVD Release Date: February 21st, 2017

The Ardennes - From the producers of Bullhead. Featuring the actors from top recent Belgian films, including Bullhead, Borgman, and Broken Circle Breakdown. Brothers Dave and Kenneth are reunited on Kenneth's release after four years in prison following a failed home invasion. While Kenneth is anxious to dive headfirst into the drug-centered existence that ensnared him in the first place, both Dave and Kenneth's erstwhile girlfriend, Sylvie, have adopted clean lifestyles. Drugs, crime and the bonds of brotherhood create this dark crime thriller journey in The Ardennes. DVD Release Date: March 7th, 2017

 Next 4 weeks on the Calendar

April 10th, 2017



21 Days [Blu-ray] (Kathleen Behun, 2014) Gravitas Ventures

36 Hours [Blu-ray] (George Seaton, 1965) Warner Archive

2019: After the Fall of New York [Blu-ray] (Sergio Martino, 1983) RB UK 88 Films

Adventure Club [Blu-ray] (Geoff Anderson, 2017) Gravitas Ventures

Almost Anything [Blu-ray] (Torre Catalano, 2015) Gravitas Ventures

Arlington Road [Blu-ray] (Mark Pellington, 1999) RB UK Fabulous Films

Bird on a Wire [Blu-ray] (John Badham, 1990) RB UK Fabulous Films

The Blue Lagoon [Blu-ray] (Randal Kleiser, 1980) - RB UK Eureka (BEAVER REVIEW)

Caltiki, the Immortal Monster [Blu-ray] (Riccardo Freda, 1959) RB UK Arrow

Cathy's Curse [Blu-ray] (Eddy Matalon, 1977) Severin (BEAVER REVIEW)

Chupacabra Territory [Blu-ray] (Matt McWilliams, 2016) Maltauro Entertainment

The Crucible [Blu-ray] (Nicholas Hytner, 1996) Kino (BEAVER REVIEW)

Dark Waters [Blu-ray] (Mariano Baino, 1993) Severin Films

Daughters of the Dust [Blu-ray] (Julie Dash, 1991) Cohen Media

Day of The Triffids (Steve Sekely, 1962) R2 UK Screenbound Pictures

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid [Blu-ray] (Carl Reiner, 1982) RB UK Fabulous Films

Dead Or Alive Trilogy [Blu-ray] (Dead or Alive, Dead or Alive 2: Birds, Dead or Alive: Final) (2-Disc Special Edition) Arrow Video US

Demented [Blu-ray] (Arthur Jeffreys, 1980) Shout! Factory
Destruction Babies
[Blu-ray] (Tetsuya Mariko, 2016) RB UK Third Window Films

Fear Town, USA & The Slashening (Blu-ray Double Feature) - Troma Entertainment, Inc

House: Two Stories (House I-II) [Blu-ray] (Steve Miner, Ethan Wiley, 1986-1987) Arrow US

L'innocente [Blu-ray] (Luchino Visconti, 1976) RB UK Cult Films (BEAVER REVIEW)

Ironmaster [Blu-ray] (Umberto Lenzi, 1983) RB UK 88 Films

Lion [Blu-ray] (Garth Davis, 2016) Lionsgate

Ludwig (4-Disc Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] (Luchino Visconti, 1973) Arrow Video US (BEAVER REVIEW)

Lurking Fear (Remastered) [Blu-ray] (C. Courtney Joyner, 1994) Full Moon Features

Never Too Young to Die [Blu-ray] (Director: Gil Bettman, 1986) Shout! Factory

The Other Hell [Blu-ray] (Bruno Mattei, 1981) Severin Films

Phantasm Special Edition Boxset [Blu-ray] (Phantasm, Phantasm II, Phantasm III - Lord of the Dead, Phantasm IV Oblivion, Phantasm V Ravager) Well Go USA

Shut In [Blu-ray] (Farren Blackburn, 2016) RB UK Arrow

Star Raiders: The Adventures of Saber Raine [Blu-ray] (Mark Steven Grove, 2016) Gravitas Ventures

Sword Master [Blu-ray] (Derek Yee, 2016) Well Go USA

Toni Erdmann [Blu-ray BD-R] (Maren Ade, 2016) Sony Pictures MOD

Tristan + Isolde [Blu-ray] (Kevin Reynolds, 2006) Kino (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg [Blu-ray] (Jacques Demy, 1964) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Vampire [Blu-ray] (Paul Landres, 1957) Shout! Factory (BEAVER REVIEW)

Veep - Season 5 [Blu-ray] - HBO

The Young Girls of Rochefort [Blu-ray] (Jacques Demy, 1967) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)


April 17th, 2017



L'Assassino aka The Assassin [Blu-ray] (Elio Petri, 1961) - Arrow US (BEAVER REVIEW)

Buena Vista Social Club [Blu-ray] (Wim Wenders, 1999) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

Broken Arrow [Blu-ray] (Delmer Daves, 1950) Kino Lorber

Contamination .7 [Blu-ray] (Joe D'Amato, 1993) Shout! Factory

Donnie Darko [Blu-ray] (Richard Kelly, 2001) 4-Disc Limited Edition, Limited Edition - Arrow US (BEAVER REVIEW)

A Farewell to Arms [Blu-ray] (Charles Vidor, John Huston, 1957) Kino

The Founder [Blu-ray] (John Lee Hancock, 2016) Lionsgate (BEAVER REVIEW)

German Concentration Camps Factual Survey [Blu-ray] - RB UK BFI (BEAVER REVIEW)

Guns at Batasi [Blu-ray] (John Guillermin, 1964) RB UK Signal One

The Handmaids Tale [Blu-ray] (Volker Schlöndorff, 1990) Shout! Factory

The Life of Oharu [Blu-ray] (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1952) Criterion UK (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Magus [Blu-ray] (Guy Green, 1968) RB UK Signal One

The Mephisto Waltz [Blu-ray] (Paul Wendkos, 1971) Kino

The Night Evelyn Came Out Of The Grave [Blu-ray] (Emilio Miraglia, 1971) Arrow UK (BEAVER REVIEW)

O.J.: Made in America [Blu-ray] (Ezra Edelman, 2016) RB UK Dogwoof

Ocean Waves [Blu-ray] (Tomomichi Mochizuki, 1993) Universal

Panic in the Streets [Blu-ray] (Elia Kazan, 1950) RB UK Signal One

The Red Queen Kills Seven Times [Blu-ray] (Emilio Miraglia, 1972) Arrow UK (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Rounders [Blu-ray] (Burt Kennedy, 1965) Warner Archive

The Scar aka Hollow Triumph [Blu-ray] (Steve Sekely, 1948) Kino (BEAVER REVIEW)

Sleepless [Blu-ray] (Baran bo Odar, 2017) Universal

Spencer's Mountain [Blu-ray] (Delmer Daves, 1963) Warner Archive

Split [Blu-ray] (M. Night Shyamalan, 2016) Universal (BEAVER REVIEW)

Sunset in the West [Blu-ray] (William Witney, 1950) Kino

Tales from the Hood [Blu-ray] (Rusty Cundieff, 1995) Shout! Factory

Two-Minute Warning [Blu-ray] (Larry Peerce, 1976) RB UK 101 Films

Woman of the Year [Blu-ray] (George Stevens, 1942) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)


April 24th, 2017



The African Queen [Blu-ray] (John Huston, 1951) Paramount

Almost Human [Blu-ray] (Umberto Lenzi, 1974) RB UK Shameless

Ana-ta-han [Blu-ray] (Josef von Sternberg, 1953) Kino

Blanche [Blu-ray] (Walerian Borowczyk, 1971) Olive Films

Blutiger Freitag (aka Bloody Friday) [Blu-ray] (Rolf Olsen, 1972) RB DE Subkultur Entertainment

Catfight [Blu-ray] (Onur Tukel, 2016) Dark Sky Films/MPI
Catfight [Blu-ray] (Onur Tukel, 2016) RB UK Arrow

Caltiki, the Immortal Monster [Blu-ray] (Riccardo Freda, 1959) Arrow US

The City of the Dead [Blu-ray] (John Llewellyn Moxey, 1960) RB UK Arrow

Daredevils of the Red Circle (12 Chapter Serial) [Blu-ray] (William Witney, 1939)  Kino

The Daughter [Blu-ray] (Simon Stone, 2015) Kino Lorber (BEAVER REVIEW)

Detour [Blu-ray] (Christopher Smith, 2016) Magnolia

Django, Prepare a Coffin [Blu-ray] (Ferdinando Baldi, 1968) - Arrow US (BEAVER REVIEW)

Double Exposure [Blu-ray] (William Byron Hillman, 1983) Vinegar Syndrome

Drunken Master [Blu-ray] (Yuen Woo-Ping, 1978) RB UK Masters of Cinema

Experiment in Terror [Blu-ray] (Blake Edwards, 1962) Region FREE Indicator UK

Exterminator 2 [Blu-ray] (Mark Buntzman, 1984) Shout! Factory

From Hell It Came [Blu-ray] (Dan Milner, 1957) Warner Archive

The Gianfranco Rosi Collection (Boatman (1993), Below Sea Level (2008), Sacro GRA (2013), Fire at Sea (2016)) [Blu-ray] (Gianfranco Rosi) Kino Lorber

The Girl with All the Gifts [Blu-ray] (Colm McCarthy, 2016) Lionsgate

The Goddess (Yonggang Wu, 1934) R2 UK BFI (BEAVER REVIEW)

Goto, Island of Love [Blu-ray] (Walerian Borowczyk, 1969) Olive Films

Hard Times [Blu-ray] (Walter Hill, 1975) RB UK Masters of Cinema

I Bury the Living [Blu-ray] (Albert Band, 1958) Shout! Factory

The Informer [Blu-ray] (Arthur Robison, 1929) - RB UK BFI

It's Only the End of the World [Blu-ray] (Xavier Dolan, 2016) RB UK Curzon Artificial Eye

Kaili Blues [Blu-ray] (Gan Bi, 2015) Grasshopper Film

La La Land [Blu-ray] (Damien Chazelle, 2016) Lionsgate

The Lady from Shanghai [Blu-ray] (Orson Welles, 1947) Region FREE Indicator UK

Letter to Brezhnev [Blu-ray] (Chris Bernard, 1985) - RB UK BFI

Man of La Mancha [Blu-ray] (Arthur Hiller, 1972) Shout! Factory

Microcosmos [Blu-ray] (Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou, 1996) Kino

Notes on Blindness [Blu-ray] (Pete Middleton, James Spinney, 2016) RB UK Curzon Artificial Eye

One Punch Man [Blu-ray] (Makoto Furukawa, 2016) Warner

Ophélia [Blu-ray] (Claude Chabrol, 1963) Olive Films

The Optimists of Nine Elms [Blu-ray] (Anthony Simmons, 1973) Kino

Phantasm Special Edition Boxset [Blu-ray] (Phantasm, Phantasm II, Phantasm III - Lord of the Dead, Phantasm IV Oblivion, Phantasm V Ravager) RB UK Arrow

The Pied Piper [Blu-ray] (Jacques Demy, 1972) Kino

Psycho Cop Returns [Blu-ray] (Adam Rifkin, 1993) Vinegar Syndrome

Rumble Fish [Blu-ray] (Francis Ford Coppola, 1983) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

The Screaming Skull [Blu-ray] (Alex Nicol, 1958) Shout! Factory

Shangri-La Suite [Blu-ray] (Eddie O'Keefe, 2016) Gravitas Ventures

Tampopo [Blu-ray] (Juzo Itami, 1985) Criterion (BEAVER REVIEW)

Theatre of Mr & Mrs Kabal [Blu-ray] (Walerian Borowczyk, 1967) Olive Films

Those Daring Young Men in their Jaunty Jalopies [Blu-ray] (Ken Annakin, 1969) Kino

Three Brothers aka "Tre fratelli" [Blu-ray] (Francesco Rosi, 1981) - Arrow US (BEAVER REVIEW)

Truck Turner [Blu-ray] (Jonathan Kaplan, 1974) RB UK 101 Films

Umberto D [Blu-ray] (Vittorio De Sica, 1952) RB UK Cult Films

The Vampire Bat [Blu-ray] (Frank R. Strayer, 1933) The Film Detective

Walerian Borowczyk: Shorts Collection [Blu-ray] (Walerian Borowczyk, 1963-1984) Olive Films

We Are X [Blu-ray] (Stephen Kijak, 2016) Magnolia

The Wheeler Dealers [Blu-ray] (Arthur Hiller, 1963) Warner Archive

The Witness for the Prosecution [Blu-ray] (Julian Jarrold, 2015) Acorn Media

The World's Most Beautiful Swindlers [Blu-ray] (Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Roman Polanski, etc.1964) Olive Films


May 1st, 2017



3:10 to Yuma [4K Ultra Blu-ray] (James Mangold, 2007) Lionsgate

The Age of Shadows [Blu-ray] (Kim Jee-woon, 2016) CJ Entertainment / Sony Pictures

Beyond the Gates [Blu-ray] (Jackson Stewart, 2016) Shout! Factory

Brewster's Millions [Blu-ray] (Walter Hill, 1985) Shout! Factory

The Comedian [Blu-ray] (Taylor Hackford, 2016) Sony Pictures

Die Screaming Marianne [Blu-ray] (Pete Walker, 1971) RB UK Screenbound Pictures

A Dog's Purpose [Blu-ray] (Lasse Hallström, 2017) Universal

Eliminators [Blu-ray] (Peter Manoogian, 1986) RB UK 88 Films

Envisage [Blu-ray] (Rich Sturdevant, 2016) Gravitas Ventures

Eve of Destruction [Blu-ray] (Duncan Gibbins, 1991) RB UK 88 Films

The Expendables [4K UHD Blu-ray] (Sylvester Stallone, 2010) Lionsgate

Gold [Blu-ray] (Stephen Gaghan, 2016) Lionsgate

The Hindenburg [Blu-ray] (Robert Wise, 1975) Universal

I Am Not Your Negro [Blu-ray] (Raoul Peck, 2016) Magnolia

The Mercenary [Blu-ray] (Sergio Corbucci, 1968) RB UK 88 Films

The Naked Cage [Blu-ray] (Paul Nicholas, 1986) Shout! Factory

Navajo Joe [Blu-ray] (Sergio Corbucci, 1966) RB UK 88 Films

The Package [Blu-ray] (Andrew Davis, 1989) RB UK 88 Films

Payback Time - Triple Feature (Blind Fury (1989), Silent Rage (1982), White Line Fever (1975)) [Blu-ray] (Phillip Noyce, Michael Miller, Jonathan Kaplan) Mill Creek Entertainment

The Red Turtle [Blu-ray] (Michael Dudok de Wit, 2016) Sony Pictures

The Salesman [Blu-ray] (Asghar Farhadi, 2016) Sony Pictures

Saturday Night Fever - Director's Cut [Blu-ray] (John Badham, 1977) Paramount

Sometimes a Great Notion [Blu-ray] (Paul Newman, 1970) RB FR Sidonis

Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone [Blu-ray] (Lamont Johnson, 1983) Mill Creek Entertainment

Streets of Fire [Blu-ray] (Walter Hill, 1984) Shout! Factory

Tampopo [Blu-ray] (Juzo Itami, 1985) RB Criterion UK (BEAVER REVIEW)

Third Time Lucky (Gordon Parry, 1949) R2 UK Screenbound Pictures

Tonite Let's All Make Love in London [Blu-ray] (Peter Whitehead, 1967) RB UK Network

Virus [Blu-ray] (John Bruno, 1999) Shout! Factory

Winning [Blu-ray] (James Goldstone, 1969) RB FR Sidonis

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