6 items from 2012
During the late 1960s, the world – and more specifically the United States – was in the midst of serious change as it took a long, hard look in the mirror. Coming off of the drug-addled haze of free love, the madness of the Vietnam war, and the hypocrisy of authority, people were no longer afraid to make a statement about the ugly side to human nature and of what man was truly capable. Hollywood was always known to play it safe, even with its grittier films about life’s seedy underbelly and living on the edge. Few films dared to break the mould prior to the 70s, but there were a few that would set trends for the upcoming years, such as groundbreaking trailblazers Point Blank (1967), In The Heat Of The Night (1967), Bonnie & Clyde (1967) or Bullitt (1968).
So, with Friday’s Us release of Killing Them Softly, Thn has decided to take »
- Craig Hunter
Black Sunday: Remastered Edition (1960) Lorber Films Blu-ray and DVD Available Now
One of director Mario Bava’s most acclaimed works, Black Sunday is a strikingly photographed “old dark castle” thriller revolving around witchcraft and possession. Barbara Steele (Piranha) gives a hypnotic performance as Katia, the unfortunate look-alike descendent of a witch who intends to possess her. This highly influential film, also shot by Bava, was the precursor to countless American and European gothic horrors. This is the uncut European print with a few extra minutes of footage, a different English track and Robert Nicolosi’s haunting original score. After years of ugly public domain releases, Black Sunday is finally being presented in its original aspect ratio with a high definition transfer struck from a pristine 35Mm archival print.
• Audio commentary by Tim Lucas (author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark).
• Original Bava theatrical trailers. »
- Bradley Harding
The Walking Tall Trilogy (DVD) Directed by: Phil Karlson / Earl Bellamy / Jack Starrett Starring: Joe Don Baker / Bo Svenson Advertised as the “original revenge film,” Walking Tall is a '70s classic that I’m not sure would appeal to today’s audience even though there seems to be a resurgence in the popularity of heroes in revenge films with films like Taken. The movie was popular enough to spawn two sequels in the '70s, a television movie, a television series (albeit short-lived) and eventually a remake with its own two direct-to-dvd sequels. This review covers the '70s theatrical films that have been released as a trilogy in a single package. When Walking Tall was originally released in 1973, I was only eleven years old, but for some reason, I have a strong memory of this film’s impact. The movie was R-rated, so neither I nor any of »
Last week saw the release of 2011’s Oscar-favourite The Artist, alongside two other acclaimed indie films of the year in Martha Marcy May Marlene and Like Crazy. This week brings a different mix to the shelves, with Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut, Coriolanus, topping the list.
Continuing on from last week, too, Play are releasing a handful of exclusive Blu-ray steelbooks of contemporary classics that will be must-buys for fans of the films and the format. If you’re not yet Blu-ray capable, now is definitely the time to update your television / player to enable the best viewing experience your home has to offer.
My personal picks of the week:
Another tie this week, with two very different films topping the list for me.
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Making his directorial debut, Ralph Fiennes brings the Shakespearean tragedy to the »
- Kenji Lloyd
Well we're back again with the bumper crop of must-have DVDs and Blu-rays for the month of May – from historic Italian epics to underground American sensations to a chilly, expressionistic film noir to movies where Raquel Welch plays a Vegas showgirl fleeing a murderer – we’ve got them all hear for you. So look on below to see what's worth your money this month....
"1900" (1976) Blu-ray
Why You Should Care: At the time of its release, Bernardo Bertolucci's historical epic was said to be the most expensive (requiring the financial commitment of three major studios – 20th Century Fox, Paramount, and United Artists) and ambitious ever mounted in Italy. It's a tale of two friends (played by Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu), born on the same day at the dawn of the 20th century, and the way that their lives crisscross, intersect, and diverge wildly over the rocky course of history. »
- Drew Taylor
Currently impressing cinema audiences with his survival-thriller The Grey, director Joe Carnahan maybe about to remake a controversial 1970s classic. Rumours are circulating that Paramount and MGM want Carnahan to helm their Death Wish reboot. If Carnahan agrees a deal, we know he can get his hands dirty after impressing with gritty no-holds barred cop thriller Narc.
The original Death Wish (1974) featured the great Charles Bronson as Paul Kersey, who after losing his wife to violent street thugs, goes on a one-man vigilante crusade. Directed by Michael Winner, Death Wish spawned four sequels that gradually scraped the bottom of the barrel with each release. The original courted controversy due to the nature of filmmakers changing attitudes to violence at the time.
To be fair the ‘one-man vigilante’ plot has been done countless times over the years with the likes of Walking Tall (1973), Rolling Thunder(1977), A Man Apart (2003) and Death Sentence (2007) immediately springing to mind. »
- Craig Hunter
6 items from 2012
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