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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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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Blu-ray Review: Storm Boy (1976)

Umbrella Entertainment have brought many obscure Australian films to the home media market, titles that would have otherwise remained unheard of by most. However, their March line-up featured the staple classic Storm Boy, on Blu-ray for the very first time in a release I’m confident will never be matched. Based…

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