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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Blu-ray Review: Melvin and Howard (1980)

I feel very privileged today as a reviewer of physical media for the opportunity to deliver my first write-up for Twilight Time, the honour of which goes to Jonathan Demme’s Melvin and Howard now on Blu-ray under the label’s ‘Limited Edition Series’. Paul Le Mat stars as Melvin Dummar, a…

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Blu-ray Review: Howling III: The Marsupials (1987)

March was a heavy-hitter for Blu-ray releases from Umbrella Entertainment with Philippe Mora’s Howling III: The Marsupials taking much of the spotlight via a very generous treatment for the Ozploitation classic. Unrelated to Joe Dante’s 1981 original, a sociologist studying werewolves searches for proof of their existence in Australia where…

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Blu-ray Review: Hideaway (1995)

Home video often meant a second life for underperforming films, enabling them to eventually find an audience, but sadly there were some that still feel through the cracks. Hideaway was one of those casualties, a film practically written off upon its release, but has since been revived by Cinema Cult…

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Blu-ray Review: The Night Visitor (1971)

VCI Entertainment pride themselves on being a boutique label filled with hidden gems, such as their very polished 2016 release of Lalo Benedek’s (The Wild One) The Night Visitor, on Blu-ray for the first time. Obscure to say the least, this unique Swedish psychological thriller stars Max von Sydow as…

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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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