Blu-ray Review: The Last Warning (1929)

I haven’t dabbled too much into silent films, outside of the usual suspects like Metropolis and Nosferatu, but U.S. based film distributor Flicker Alley have been offering up a variety of titles over the past twelve months. Paul Leni’s The Last Warning was released on June 4th on Blu-ray &…

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Review: Batman (1989)

Despite not seeing it theatres, I remember Batman being this almost omnipresent blockbuster due to the studio’s enormous advertising blitz which seemed endless. Jack Nicholson’s Joker was an image burned into my memory, transfixed by that grotesque grin with mixed feelings of fright and fascination. Since then, Nicholson’s legendary incarnation…

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Blu-ray Review: Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965)

I haven’t seen many of Steve McQueen’s films, but enough to consider myself a fan and I’ve been a keen admirer of Lee Remick since watching The Omen as a teenager, so I figured enjoying Baby the Rain Must Fall was a safe bet. New to Blu-ray from Twilight Time…

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Blu-ray Review: White Zombie (1932)

Made literally off the back of Universal’s Frankenstein and Dracula, utilising free-standing sets on the studio’s backlot, brothers Victor and Harold Halperin, created the first feature-length zombie film, White Zombie, in just 11 days. Now the long-admired independent horror classic has a home on Blu-ray thanks to America’s oldest independent…

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Blu-ray Review: Kiss of the Tarantula (1976)

What would horror movies be without spiders? Whether they’re dangling somewhere in the background or terrorising the hero, those eight-legged freaks never fail in setting the mood. VCI Entertainment stir up our arachnophobia with the drive-in classic Kiss of the Tarantula, released on Blu-ray and DVD earlier this year, in…

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Blu-ray Review: Hollow Man (2000)

I personally wouldn’t place Hollow Man on any ‘favourite film’ lists, but I do hold some nostalgia for the 2000 staple, which echoed the excitement and optimism for filmmaking in the new millennium. It also proved a valuable test subject for one of my first attempts at hooking one VCR…

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DVD Review: Midnight Express (1978)

If you’ve never seen Midnight Express, you’ve more than likely heard of it or seen the harrowing 70s classic referenced in TV and film; most notably in The Simpsons and in more darkly comedic fashion via Airplane and The Cable Guy. The latter two have always been a lingering point…

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Blu-ray Review: The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988)

Originally slated as for release via Umbrella’s exclusive label Beyond Genres: Worlds on Film last year, The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey was unfortunately downgraded to a standard Blu-ray release in April. However, Vincent Ward’s acclaimed adventure-fantasy returns to home video in impressive clarity with new bonus content, not to mention…

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Blu-ray Review: Mad Dog Morgan (1976)

I had my first taste of Philippe Mora’s body of work recently in the form of Howling III: The Marsupials, an off-the-wall send up of cheap and nasty B-pictures, but with an Australian flavour. Now I’ve jumped back eleven years with his more celebrated ‘Ozploitation Classic’ Mad Dog Morgan, which…

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Blu-ray Review: Death Warmed Up (1984)

Splatter hounds rejoice because New Zealand’s open-brain nightmare Death Warmed Up is now on Blu-ray thanks to Umbrella Entertainment. Directed by schlock-master David Blyth (My Grandpa is a Vampire), this incoherent horror/sci-fi mash-up follows a man set on avenging his horrific treatment at the hands of a crazed scientist, whose…

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