Blu-ray Review: Warlock (1959)

I enjoy westerns, be it the classics or modern titles, but not so much for the gun play, more for the exploration of morality in a savage land while our hero ponders his or her mortality. Edward Dmytryk’s Warlock does exactly that and then some, a remarkable genre piece out…

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DVD Review: Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)

I remember Coal Miner’s Daughter being one of those ‘event’ DVD releases during the format’s glory days and while I was a pretty avid collector of classic titles at the time, it was one of the few that slipped by me. However, the classic Hollywood biopic is back on store…

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DVD Review: Reform School Girls (1986)

VHS cover-art, while amazing as it was, often oversold its respective title, but in the case of Reform School Girls, what you see it what you get. Now on DVD from Umbrella Entertainment, Tom DeSimone’s women-behind-bars staple follows a young woman, Jenny, who is sent to a reform school, ran…

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DVD Review: The Super (2017)

Mixing the day-to-day routine of a blue-collar occupation with horror has been a proven formula for decades, and one of the latest features for fans to ‘clock-on’ to is The Super, “starring” Val Kilmer. Coming to DVD on August 7th from Eagle Entertainment, this fairly low-key offering follows a single…

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Review: The Public (2019)

Inspiration struck when actor and director Emilio Estevez opened the L.A. Times in 2007 to an essay by a former Salt Lake City librarian about how public libraries have become de facto shelters for the homeless. Over the next 11 years, this profound slice of reality eventually materialised into the…

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DVD Review: The Black Cat (1934)

  Carl Laemmle, the big studio producer responsible for numerous ‘Universal Monster Classics’ presents The Black Cat, a very loose adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story out now on DVD from Umbrella Entertainment. Starring both Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, the first of eight movies to pair the two…

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Blu-ray Review: King and Country (1964)

It’s been almost a year since I sampled VCI Entertainment’s catalogue of Dirk Bogarde classics. Now I have the pleasure of once again of reviewing a title starring the distinguished British actor; the highbrow war-drama King and Country. Set in the muddy trenches at Passchendaele on Western Front during the…

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Review: Apollo 11 (2019)

Special event screenings are a rarity at my local cinema. However, the 50th anniversary of the when man first set foot on the moon managed to warrant a one-night-only screening of the documentary feature Apollo 11, distributed across Australia through Madman Films. Consisting solely of archival footage, including an immaculate…

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DVD Review: Play Misty for Me (1971)

I’ve been a Clint Eastwood fan for many years, his over-the-top final kill as ‘Dirty Harry’ in The Dead Pool was one of my earliest movie memories. While he’s made countless films since retiring the iconic character, it’s never too late to revisit his early classics such as his directorial…

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