Blu-ray Review: Dagon (2001)

Umbrella Entertainment’s curiously anticipated third volume of dedicated sub-label Beyond Genres: Worlds on Film, gives Stuart Gordon’s film adaptation of Dagon the Blu-ray release fans longed for. Based loosely on two stories from H.P. Lovecraft, his 1931 novella The Shadow over Innsmouth and his 1919 short story, the film’s namesake,…

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Blu-ray Review: Darkman (1990)

Over a decade before director Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead) tried his hand at bringing Marvel’s Spider-man to the big screen, he introduced audiences to his own superhero in the form of Darkman. Based on film maker’s own short story, and paying homage to the Universal horror films of the…

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Blu-ray Review: Ruby (1977)

Vengeful spirits have come in many forms on the big screen, but a prohibition era gangster would definitely be among the rare. Curtis Harrington (Night Tide) gives audiences one such scenario in Ruby, where a criminal spectre comes calling on his old girlfriend Ruby Clair and his former associates who…

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Blu-ray Review: The Great Outdoors (1988)

Angsty teenage drama aside, John Hughes had the market cornered during the 1980s and early 90s when it came to vacation perils. Following what’s arguable his best work, the timeless classic Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Hughes returned to wholesome quality of a family getaway with The Great Outdoors, which is…

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Blu-ray Review: Sweet Country (2017)

Injustice towards the indigenous populous of Australia has been well documented in cinema, with stunning titles such as The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Rabbit Proof Fence and The Tracker just to name a few. Released earlier this year to widespread praise from critics and audiences, Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country is…

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Blu-ray Review: The Beastmaster (1982)

Needless to say sword-and-sorcery was a staple of 80s cinema. From the savage revenge quest of Conan the Barbarian to the more family-friendly The Princess Bride, it’s a genre that caters to a wide audience. Don Coscarelli’s (Phantasm) The Beastmaster falls between the tone of those two films and has recently…

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Blu-ray Review: Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

From a festive-themed community dance to a climactic scene within a lush pumpkin patch, Dark Night of the Scarecrow certainly has an appetising Halloween flavour. Despite not knowing of the appealing trait, I couldn’t help but wish I was watching the popular TV movie on October 31st. Produced by CBS…

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Blu-ray Review: Bride of Re-Animator & Beyond Re-Animator

Not one to leave fans hanging, Umbrella Entertainment’s second volume of its dedicated sub-label, Beyond Genres: Worlds on Film, brought with it sequels Bride of Re-Animator and Beyond Re-Animator. Producer Brian Yuzna takes the reins from Stuart Gordon and while the results were mixed, Umbrella’s Blu-ray treatment of both films…

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