Blu-ray Review: La Bamba (1987)

I’m quite the dork when it comes to my musical taste, which includes 50s rock ‘n’ roll, the seed of which was planted from hearing the song La Bamba on a semi-regular basis throughout my early childhood. I didn’t speak Spanish nor did I know what “Spanish” was exactly. The…

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Blu-ray Review: Cry Freedom (1987)

While not a film one would expect to fall under Umbrella Entertainment’s home library, its status as underappreciated has made Cry Freedom a worthy selection for HD treatment. From director Richard Attenborough, this racially and politically charged drama tells the courageous true story of native South African activist Steve Biko…

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Blu-ray Review: Felicity & Centrespread

Umbrella Entertainment delivers its first ‘OzErotic’ double feature to Blu-ray in the form of John D. Lamond’s Felicity and Tony Paterson’s debut film Centrespread, two highly exploitative yet, profoundly different features. Felicity follows a young woman’s eagerness to live out her sexual fantasies but is confined to a monastic school,…

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DVD Review: April Fools Day (1986)

With boutique labels like Arrow Video and Scream Factory giving copious amounts of love to genre classics, it’s quite frankly a little stunning that Aprils Fool’s Day is without a Blu-ray release. Nevertheless, the staple 80s slasher can still be enjoyed via the ‘Old Faithful’ of disc formats, DVD, which…

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DVD Review: Hard Times (1975)

I’ve seen a lot of Charles Bronson movies, but not nearly all of them. Hard Times ranks among my favourites from the blue-collar actor, and marks the directorial debut of Walter Hill (The Warriors). Punching its way to DVD from Via Vision Entertainment earlier this month, the mid 70s classic…

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Blu-ray Review: Fright Night (1985)

When it comes to vampire movies I don’t think you’ll find one more era-defining as Fright Night, Tom Holland’s atmospheric suburban nightmare and celebrated high-point of 80s horror cinema. Unfortunately, the landmark title has been somewhat scarce within the Australian DVD & Blu-ray market until its re-issue by Cinema Cult…

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DVD Review: The Stone Killer (1973)

Charles Bronson and director Michael Winner were a formative duo who made several films together during the 70s and 80s. On the cusp of Dead Wish fame, the franchise that would ultimately end their professional relationship, The Stone Killer proved a modest hit as a big-city police feature in the…

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