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Jess Franco’s The Diabolical Dr. Z – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

Few filmmakers are as polarizing as Spanish director Jesus Franco. Some hail him as a trash film king while others denigrate him as a complete hack. His overuse of the zoom lens causes some viewers to twitch while others apologize for his sometimes convoluted plots by describing them as dream-like and insisting his films are multi-layered and filled with meaning. Regardless of which side of the fence you may be on with regards to Jess Franco, most viewers praise his early genre works as artistic, gothic classics of European horror.

Long before he wallowed in softcore lesbian adventures, cheap knockoffs of genre hits, and hardcore pornography, Franco created a series of black-and-white gothic chillers which were well-received upon release, with titles such as The Awful Dr. Orlof, The Sadistic Baron Von Klaus, and Kino Lorber’s latest Franco release, The Diabolical Dr. Z.

Dr. Zimmer, an acolyte of the discredited Dr.
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The Diabolical Dr. Z

Engaged to direct by a reputable producer, Jesús Franco takes yet another stab at conventional B&W horror. The pulp thrills get a boost through the contributions of talented collaborators: excellent camerawork flatters the idiosyncratic obsessions of a writer-director in search of his own dream-world sensibility. Although it’s not saying much, this might be the best of Franco’s earlier B&W horror output.

The Diabolical Dr. Z


Redemption / Kino Lorber

1966 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 87 min. / Miss Muerte; Dans les griffes du maniaque / Street Date February 6, 2018 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Estella Blain, Mabel Karr, Howard Vernon, Fernando Montes, Marcelo Arroita-Jáuregui, Guy Mairesse, Antonio Jiménez Escribano, Lucía Prado, Daniel White, Jesús Franco.

Cinematography: Alejandro Ulloa

Film Editor: Marie-Louise Barberot, Jean Feyte

Original Music: Daniel White

Written by David Kuhne (Jesús Franco), Jean-Claude Carrière

Produced by Serge Silberman, Michel Safra

Directed by Jesús Franco

Am I correct when I remember
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Giveaway – Win Manina: The Lighthouse-Keeper’s Daughter on Blu-ray

Eureka Entertainment to release Manina [The Lighthouse-Keeper’s Daughter], starring screen icon Brigitte Bardot in one of her first ever on-screen performances, on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK today, and we have three copies to give away to our readers.

A Parisian student, Gérard Morere, sets off to recover a lost treasure contained in a sunken Phoenician ship near an island off the coast of Corsica. With funds supplied by his fellow students, Gérard convinces a smuggler named Eric (played by Jess Franco favourite Howard Vernon) to be his transportation. Whilst diving for the treasure off the picturesque Lavezzi islands, Gérard gets to know Manina (Brigitte Bardot), the attractive daughter of the local lighthouse keeper…

Notable for being one of Bardot’s first on-screen performances, five years before her appearance in And God Created Woman launched her to super-stardom, Manina, The Lighthouse-Keeper’s Daughter is presented here for the first time ever on Blu-ray.
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Review: "The Day Of The Jackal" (1973) Starring Edward Fox And Michel Lonsdale; UK Blu-ray Arrow Films Special Edition

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By Tim Greaves

The year is 1962. Aggrieved when Algeria is granted independence by President Charles de Gaulle, the militant underground alliance known as the Organisation Armée Secrète botches an attempt to assassinate him. Within months many of the conspirators, including their top man, have been captured and executed. The remaining Oas leaders, bereft of funds, take refuge in Austria and warily decide to contract an outside professional to do the job for them. They settle on a British assassin (Edward Fox), who chooses to be identified as Jackal. The Oas orchestrate several bank robberies to cover his exorbitant fee of half a million dollars whilst the mechanics of the plotting are left entirely to Jackal's discretion. After capturing and interrogating another alliance member, the French authorities learn of Jackal's existence and, suspecting another attempt on de Gaulle's life may be imminent, they set their best man – Deputy Commissioner Claude Lebel (Michel Lonsdale) – on his tail.
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Review: Free Fire (2017)

Ben Wheatley is fast becoming a director whose work is simply a must see occasion. Whether it is a haunting success (The Kill List – this writer’s personal favourite Wheatley offering so far) or a far reaching stumble (the sadly pretentious High Rise), you feel compelled to see what Wheatley has come up with next on the big screen. In the case of his latest (Martin Scorsese exec produced) film, Free Fire, Wheatley strips down the plot to one basic – but no less ambitious – idea. A movie that consists almost entirely of a shootout! It sounds crazy, it sounds unattainable, it sounds frantic, in a way it is all three of those things but my goodness is it a sight to see.

The simplistic plot is of course the gateway to an array of themes in which retro male machismo clashes and results in pure chaos. Free Fire is a
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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Free Fire Blu-ray

Free Fire crosses the irreverent cheekiness of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs with the ruthless spirit of 1970s B-Movies” — Variety

From Executive Producer Martin Scorsese Comes the Bloodiest Shootout of the Year Starring Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, and Oscar® Winner Brie Larson was released on Blu-ray™ & DVD on July 18.

Now you can own the Free Fire Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has Four copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie starring Brie Larson? (mine is Kong Skull Island!). It’s so easy!

Good Luck!

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be A Us Resident. Prize Will Only Be Shipped To Us Addresses. No P.O. Boxes. No Duplicate Addresses.

2. Winners Will Be Chosen From All Qualifying Entries.

The bold action thriller, Free Fire, arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD July 18 from Lionsgate. Winner of the People
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July 18th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Kong: Skull Island, Resident Evil: Vendetta, The Bat People

For the brand new Blu-ray and DVD offerings coming out on Tuesday, July 18th, we have an eclectic assortment of titles, both new and old. As far as cult classics go, The Bat People, Freeway, Stalker, and Stormy Monday are all making their HD debuts on Blu this week, and if you missed Kong: Skull Island, Free Fire or Buster’s Mal Heart during their theatrical runs, now you’ll have a chance to catch up with these films on their home entertainment releases.

Other notable release for July 18th include Resident Evil: Vendetta, Another Evil, Lake Alice, and The Expanse: Season Two.

The Bat People (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Half Man, Half Bat, All Terror!

From director Jerry Jameson (Airport 77, Raise The Titanic) comes a high-flying horror from the darkest corner of the drive-in: The Bat People!

When Dr. John Beck and his wife Cathy fall into an underground cave,
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Win Free Fire on Blu-ray

Grab your gun and take cover! Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire is coming to DVD, Blu-ray and download August 7th 2017 and to celebrate we have 2 copies on Blu-ray to giveaway!

Free Fire is an explosive love letter to the action genre and features an outstanding ensemble cast including Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley & Michael Smiley.

Justine (Brie Larson) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and Ord (Armie Hammer) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart stopping game of survival ensues.

To be in with a chance of winning simply answer this question:

Free Fire is executive produced by which famous director?

Your Answer Quentin TarantinoGuy RitchieMartin Scorsese

UK entries only. One entry per person. Competition closes 7th August 2017. Terms & Conditions.
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Free Fire – Starring Brie Larson and Armie Hammer – Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD July 18

Free Fire crosses the irreverent cheekiness of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs with the ruthless spirit of 1970s B-Movies” — Variety

From Executive Producer Martin Scorsese Comes the Bloodiest Shootout of the Year Starring Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, and Oscar® Winner Brie Larson on Blu-ray™ & DVD on July 18

The bold action thriller, Free Fire, arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD July 18 from Lionsgate. Winner of the People’s Choice Award for Midnight Madness at the Toronto International Film Festival, Free Fire is executive produced by Oscar®-winning director Martin Scorsese (Best Director, The Departed, 2006) and is directed and co-written by acclaimed filmmaker Ben Wheatley (High Rise, Kill List). The film, “a cult classic in the making” (The Film Stage) features an all-star cast including Sharlto Copley (District 9), Armie Hammer (The Social Network), Oscar® winner Brie Larson (Best Actress, Room, 2015), Golden Globe® nominee Cillian Murphy (Best Actor – Musical or Comedy,
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Ben Wheatley’s ‘Free Fire’ home entertainment release details

We’ve just received information regarding the UK DVD and Blu-ray release of Ben Wheatley’s explosive Free Fire, which arrives on the home formats in August.

Free Fire is an explosive love letter to the action genre and features an outstanding ensemble cast including Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley, Jack Reynor, Michael Smiley, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor, Enzo Cilenti and Babou Ceesay. Set in a derelict warehouse, it’s a thrilling arms deal gone wrong. Produced by Andy Starke, written by Amy Jump and Ben Wheatley. The film is executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

Justine (Brie Larson) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and Ord (Armie Hammer) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart stopping game of survival ensues.

Ben Wheatley is the critically acclaimed and award-winning British director of Down Terrace, Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England, High-Rise and Free Fire. He has also directed notable TV shows (including ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Modern Toss’), adverts and idents, animated shorts and Internet viral ads. Initially a short filmmaker and animator, Wheatley gained a cult following for his work online.

Disc extras include: Audio commentary with Ben Wheatley, Cillian Murphy and Jack Reynor, ‘Making of Free Fire’ featurette and nterviews with cast and crew.

Free Fire will be available to download from July 31st, and on DVD & Blu-Ray from August 7th.

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The Day of the Jackal

One of the best international thrillers ever has almost become an obscurity, for reasons unknown – this Blu-ray comes from Australia. Edward Fox’s wily assassin for hire goes up against the combined police and security establishments of three nations as he sets up the killing of a head of state – France’s president Charles de Gaulle. The terrific cast features Michel Lonsdale, Delphine Seyrig and Cyril Cusack; director Fred Zinnemann’s excellent direction reaches a high pitch of tension – even though the outcome is known from the start.

The Day of the Jackal

Region B+A Blu-ray

Shock Entertainment / Universal

1973 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 143 min. / Street Date ? / Available from Amazon UK / Pounds 19.99

Starring: Edward Fox, Michel Lonsdale, Delphine Seyrig, Cyril Cusack, Eric Porter, Tony Britton, Alan Badel, Michel Auclair, Tony Britton, Maurice Denham, Vernon Dobtcheff, Olga Georges-Picot, Timothy West, Derek Jacobi, Jean Martin, Ronald Pickup, Jean Sorel, Philippe Léotard, Jean Champion,
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Film Review: 'Free Fire' Knows That Happiness is a Warm Gun

Chicago – In a film that had a sassy, arbitrary perspective on its own flipped-out story, “Free Fire” sought to out-Quentin Tarantino in freaky funny characters and ammo-splurging gun battles. Director Ben Wheatley (“High-Rise”) took an ensemble cast to rarified heights of insult comedy, revenge dynamics and bullets that hit the bone.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

It’s basically an arms sale that goes bad, and it’s set in 1978. The rogue cast of characters include stand-outs Sharito Copley (the South African actor from “District 9”), Armie Hammer and Brie Larson. The film is shot in straightforward real time, and the gun battle that takes place after the deal falls apart was a relentless point-of-view survival story that devolved into an unrelenting necessity for humans to wreak havoc on each other. Under director Wheatley, there is a bit of winking at the camera, symbolic statements on the futility of battle, and film class
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Free Fire – Review

Hold on to your wallets and purses, here comes the creeps and crooks because it’s crime time once again at the multiplex (and I’m not talking about those concession prices). This week’s flick is more of an offshoot of the crime genre: it’s the heist flick, or more specifically, the heist “gone wrong” flick. Now, this isn’t a sophisticated caper thriller, say like the Oceans 11 franchise (that all-female “spin” is on its way) or even The Thomas Crown Affair (68′ and 99′). The dudes (and dame) in this movie could never pass in “high society” (like that suave Cary Grant in To Catch A Thief), they’re “working class” criminals. These types have been a very frequent source for “indie” films, from Blood Simple and Reservoir Dogs to, well, last year’s critical “darling” Hell Or High Water. This tale varies from the caper formula since they
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“Free Fire” is a blast with another top notch Brie Larson performance

It’s a little bit of an understatement to say that filmmaker Ben Wheatley has not made mainstream movies so far. His films are niche items, albeit sometimes incredibly compelling ones. This week, he makes what might be his most mainstream flick possibly, an action comedy of sorts in Free Fire. Although still decidedly independent, this is like the Mexican standoff sequence in Reservoir Dogs, but if that was an entire 90 minute movie. It’s a riot of a film. A literal blast, if you will. Helping to lead the charge is Brie Larson, who seems incapable of not turning in very solid work when the camera starts rolling. She’s just dynamite. The movie centers around an arms deal gone bad. Taking place in Boston in 1978, two gangs meet in an abandoned warehouse, ostensibly to buy/sell some guns. Set in motion by middle man Ord (Armie Hammer) one
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Can Fate of the Furious Continue Its Box Office Winning Streak?

Can Fate of the Furious Continue Its Box Office Winning Streak?
As expected, Universal's The Fate of the Furious debuted in grand fashion last weekend, setting a new box office record for a global opening weekend of $531.9 million, although its $98.7 million domestic debut was far from any sort of record. Over the past few years, the Fast & Furious franchise has established its dominance in the month of April, typically posting huge debuts and repeating atop the box office charts for several weeks in a row, before the summer movie season officially gets under way. The Fate of the Furious is expected to follow that pattern, repeating atop the box office with $49.2 million, easily beating out five new films arriving in nationwide release.

Box Office Mojo reports that, of the five new releases, most will debut in less than half the theaters that Fast & Furious 8 debuted in last weekend (4,310). Warner Bros.' Unforgettable will have the widest release of the bunch with roughly 2,350 theaters,
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Free Fire movie review: guns a-boring

MaryAnn’s quick take… A 90-minute shootout that never makes us care who lives and who dies. In attempting to send up a cinematic cliché, this only becomes a tedious example of same. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): increasingly not a fan of Ben Wheatley

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Eight people walk into an abandoned warehouse in Boston in 1978. There’s Chris (Cillian Murphy: Anthropoid, In the Heart of the Sea), whom we can presume is Ira because he has an Irish accent and he’s there to buy enough guns to supply a small army. There’s Justine (Brie Larson: Kong: Skull Island, Room), who has brokered the deal with Ord (Armie Hammer: The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Entourage)… or is it Ord who has brokered the deal with seller Vernon (Sharlto Copley: Chappie,
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New Clip from Free Fire Features Wary Introductions

Both sides of a forthcoming firefight meet before the bullets start flying in a new clip from Ben Wheatley's Free Fire.

A comedic thriller helmed by Wheatley from a screenplay he co-wrote with Amy Jump, Free Fire stars Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Sam Riley, Jack Reynor, and Sharlto Copley. A24 will release Free Fire in theaters on April 21st.

In case you missed it, check out Heather's SXSW review of Free Fire, as well as her interview with Wheatley, Hammer, and Copley.

Synopsis: "Free Fire centers around an arms deal that goes spectacularly and explosively wrong. Justine (Larson) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen and a gang led by Vernon (Copley) and Ord (Hammer), who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired during the handover, complete pandemonium ensues, with everyone at the scene suddenly thrust into a heart-stopping game of survival.
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Walerian Borowczyk's Theater of the Body

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Mubi's retrospective The Many Sins of Walerian Borowczyk is showing February 12 - June 18, 2017 in the United States and in many other countries around the world.The late 1970s marks a stylistic departure for Walerian Borowczyk, as the Polish director moved away from a controlled, painterly style and toward a ‘corporeal’ style, wherein changes in aesthetic choices allowed him to explore the human body in greater depth than in his previous films. While the liberal portrayal of sex and sexuality (lending itself to the liberal portrayal of bodies, human or otherwise) is present in Borowczyk’s live-action films as early as his anthology Immoral Tales from 1973, the preoccupation with the body specifically comes to the fore with the films Behind Convent Walls (1978), Immoral Women (1979), L’armoire (1979), Lulu (1980), and The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Miss Osbourne (1981). It is in this four-year period that the viewer will notice Borowczyk's moving away
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Movie Review – Free Fire (2016)

Free Fire, 2016.

Directed by Ben Wheatley.

Starring Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Michael Smiley, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor, Enzo Cilenti, Babou Ceesay, and Jack Reynor.


Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.

When you’re doing an illegal arms deal, what’s the worst that could go wrong? Well in Ben Wheatley’s hilarious Free Fire pretty much everything does. Set in 1978 (kudos to costume designer Emma Fryer) in Boston, a gang of Irish are buying guns from dealer Vernon (Copley). Right from the off there’s tension and after two of the rival team members recognise each other all hell breaks loose. Set almost entirely in one warehouse, Free Fire is a near constant gun battle between the two sides, packed full of over the top violence and a ton of comedy.
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Free Fire review – never pick a fight with an arms dealer

Ben Wheatley’s delirious 70s-set shootout comedy is packed with wide collars, punchy visuals and explosive dialogue

After the high-concept gloss of their terrific Jg Ballard adaptation, High-Rise, film-making partners-in-crime Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump go back to their grungy roots with a very different vision of the dystopian 1970s. In a deserted Boston warehouse, a gaggle of variously incompetent weapons buyers and sellers take random real-time potshots at each other after a volatile arms deal falls apart. Less an extended riff on the final standoff from Reservoir Dogs than an absurdist expansion of the close-range gunfight from The Naked Gun 2½, Free Fire is a delirious descent into choreographed chaos. As an exercise in stripping away narrative in favour of “pure cinema” sensation, it’s breathtakingly bold; the ne plus ultra of nihilistic screen showdowns. In terms of slapstick comedy it combines a silent movie visual sensibility with a Looney
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