7 items from 2016
One of the better-remembered ’80s sci-fi horror thrillers is back in an improved Blu-ray, with a pile of extras. Dennis Quaid gets to act with Max von Sydow Christopher Plummer, Eddie Albert and Kate Capshaw, as they deal with a Cronenberg-like device that can invade human dreams.
Scream Factory (Shout! Factory)
1984 / Color /1:85 widescreen / 99 min. / Street Date December 13, 2016 / 29.93
Cinematography Brian Tufano
Film Editor Richard Halsey
Original Music Maurice Jarre
Produced by Bruce John Curtis
Directed by Joseph Ruben
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
I have a previous Blu-ray of 1984’s Dreamscape but this edition is a big improvement, both in the transfer and its extras. Dreamscape is a commercially successful thriller that places a superior star cast in a science fantasy with plenty of potential. »
- Glenn Erickson
The Light Between Oceans, 2016.
Directed by Derek Cianfrance.
After the end of World War I, former soldier Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) takes the solitary job of lighthouse keeper off the coast of Western Australia. On the mainland, he meets the vivacious Isobel Graymark (Alicia Vikander), they fall in love and marry. Their happiness is blighted by their inability to have a baby and, after a second miscarriage, what seems to be a small miracle happens. A boat arrives on their island, carrying a dead man and a baby girl. The child is alive and Isobel is desperate for them to keep her as their own. Tom reluctantly agrees, but the decision changes their lives forever.
The performances from its leads are variable. Fassbender delivers as the quiet lighthouse keeper, with his wartime experiences buried so deep he never speaks about them. »
- Freda Cooper
By Darren Allison
Is Paris Burning? Composed by Maurice Jarre, The 50th Anniversary Recording of the Complete Score. A Special Collectors 2 CD Edition featuring a brand new recording by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted by Nic Raine. Released by Tadlow Music, Price: £16.95 TADLOW023, Date: August 25th 2016 Anniversary of the Liberation of Paris.
It’s always exciting to receive the latest release from Tadlow music. When award winning producer James Fitzpatrick and respected conductor Nic Raine join forces and combine their talents, you know the result is always going to be good. Maurice Jarre’s music is, of course, nothing new to the long standing partnership. Together in recent years, they have overseen triumphant new recordings of Jarre’s Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Villa Rides (1968).
Is Paris Burning? (1966) is their latest collaboration and features the complete 69 minute film score including previously unrecorded cues. A great deal of Jarre’s patriotic score is heavily militaristic, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
It’s a common image in cinema: a beautiful, but vulnerable woman entering a cold and unforgiving world, where good bone-structure and talent become dangerously interchangeable. While navigating the leering male gaze and sometimes heartless competition of female peers, she also must do battle with her own insecurities and self-doubts, all of which can be seemingly cured with the miraculous kiss of success. But for some, that success can lead directly to their downfall. Sometimes, the consequences can even be lethal, the adversary too ruthless to be conquered, and the beauty is left to rust in tragic defeat. And sometimes, it’s more painfully simple. They merely want to cut the poor girl’s throat.
The Neon Demon, the spellbinding new film from director Nicolas Winding Refn, is now playing in theaters nationwide. The plot follows Jesse (Elle Fanning) a 16-year-old girl who arrives in Hollywood with dreams of becoming a successful model. »
- Tony Hinds
Enemy Mine, 1985.
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen.
The future. Humanity fight for distant star systems against an alien race called the Drac. When human pilot Davidge crash-lands on a hostile, barren alien world, he must forge an unlikely alliance with Jeriba, a Drac pilot who crashed nearby, in order to survive…
You may not have heard of Enemy Mine, despite the involvement of a fair few luminaries in various departments. That’s because it sank like a stone in the winter of 1985 at the box office, following a misjudged marketing campaign, production difficulties that saw Wolfgang Petersen replace original director Richard Loncraine and start again, even after millions had been spent on shooting, and no doubt the simple fact it was lacking some major tentpole stars in an age where movies were opened by the men (usually »
- Tony Black
Masterfully directed by Adrian Lyne, featuring a palpable performance by Tim Robbins, and swimming through an eerie score by Maurice Jarre (a must-have on your Halloween night soundtrack), 1990’s Jacob’s Ladder still sets the bar high for other psychological horror films, and it is now available to watch online for free in the Us via The Paramount Vault.
You can view Jacob Singer’s emotional journey in its entirety below, as it was revealed on Reddit that Paramount Pictures has officially posted Jacob’s Ladder on their YouTube channel, The Paramount Vault, which is also home to other films to watch for free, including 1979’s Prophecy and 2004’s Twisted.
In addition to Robbins, the cast of Jacob’s Ladder includes Elizabeth Peña, Matt Craven, Jason Alexander, Eriq La Salle, Ving Rhames, Lewis Black, Kyle Gass, and Macaulay Culkin. Dim the lights, sit back, and enjoy…
Synopsis (via Blu-ray.com »
- Derek Anderson
What does it take to an endure as a successful film composer in the 21st century? The answer, if you’re Brian Tyler, is versatility – and a lot of energy. Making his concert debut at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Saturday night, the ubiquitous Tyler presented a rollicking line-up of his various scores for film, TV and console games, his muscular offerings proving that he really is this generation’s heir apparent to Jerry Goldsmith (that many of his scores exceed the quality of the projects for which they’re written is another facet he shares with Goldsmith.)
Loose and limber whilst addressing the might of the Philharmonia Orchestra, plus choir, Tyler’s dazzling conducting skills made for sheer spectacle all on their own, the composer using his entire body and vigorously gesticulating to all points »
- Sean Wilson
7 items from 2016
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