Blu-ray Review: Antony and Cleopatra (1972)

With a strong a background in Shakespeare, not to mention a larger than life screen presence, actor Charlton Heston fought tooth and nail to bring Antony and Cleopatra to the big screen, despite no interest from major Hollywood studios. Stepping into the director’s chair for the first time, in addition,…

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Blu-ray Review: The Children of Huang Shi (2008)

I feel like there was a period when Australian films were barely marketed, especially from Australia itself, unless you were really in tune with the indie cinema scene. The Children of Huang Shi, also known as Children of the Silk Road, is one such example: a multi-joint production that quickly…

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Blu-ray Review: Don’t Bother to Knock (1952)

Currently available on Blu-ray through the pristinely modest Twilight Time Movies, Don’t Bother to Knock is a touching noir-drama set inside a swanky New York City hotel; a black & white classic ahead of its time regarding the portrayal of mental illness. Starring established leading man Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe…

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Blu-ray Review: The Bridge at Remagen (1969)

Historical accuracy aside, classic Hollywood war pictures were always well-intended in telling stories of triumph and victory, mostly over Nazi-occupied Europe and while many decades have passed, there’s still an appetite for the heroism of World War II. In 1969, just shy of twenty-five years since the most destructive conflict…

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Blu-ray Review: The Pirates of Blood River (1962)

Captain Clegg was my first escape to the select group of films often referred to as ‘Hammer’s Pirate Movies’ and remains one of my favourites from the British studio. Now thanks to Twilight Time Movies I’ve recently been able to enjoy The Pirates of Blood River, which follows a tattered…

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Blu-ray Review: Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976)

Watching films from the treasure-trove that was the 1970s is more or less the primary goal each year, a decade which began fifty years ago. Next Stop, Greenwich Village was a highlight of 2019’s extensive line-up, Paul Mazursky’s slice-of-life comedy/drama produced under 20th Century Fox that soon may be under…

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Blu-ray Review: Kiss of Death (1947)

If you’ve ever wondered where many of those film-noir clichés come from, like sharply dressed gangsters and their snappy lingo, well look no further than Henry Hathaway’s Kiss of Death, a genre icon. Currently on Blu-ray from Twilight Time Movies, leading man Victor Mature stars as a petty crook, Nick…

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Blu-ray Review: The Hospital (1971)

When I first heard of The Hospital and the fact it starred George C. Scott, I immediately pictured 90 odd minutes of him screaming at doctors, nurses and patients alike, which thankfully isn’t the case despite the odd outburst from him here and there. The iconic actor is Dr. Bock,…

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Blu-ray Review: Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960)

Known mostly for their take on cinema’s most famous monsters like Dracula and Frankenstein, you may be surprised to know that Hammer Films tried their hands at not one but two Robin Hood adventures. Sword of Sherwood Forest, currently available on Blu-ray under Twilight Time Movies’ Limited Edition Series, was…

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Blu-ray Review: Whirlpool (1949)

Twilight Time Movies build upon their catalogue of Twentieth Century Fox classics with Otto Preminger’s Whirlpool, now on Blu-ray, a crime-laden film noir that uses a socialite’s undiagnosed kleptomania as a device in a cunning scheme to fuel one’s greed and fraudulent lifestyle. I’ve seen a modest portion of film…

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