Blu-ray Review: Day of the Dead – Ultimate Edition

Unjustly criticised upon its release, with some prominent film critics missing the point entirely, George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead has since become recognised as one of the most significant and influential zombie films of all time; on equal footing with its two predecessors, Dawn of the Dead and…

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Blu-ray Review: Light Sleeper (1992)

Have you heard of Light Sleeper? I hadn’t either, until a few months ago, but now we can thank Umbrella Entertainment for having dusted off this early 90s classic for a HD upgrade, which hit Blu-ray for the first time worldwide on October 3rd. Written and directed by Paul Schrader,…

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Blu-ray Review: Next of Kin (1982)

Due to a limited release on DVD, which until recently fetched a hefty price from eBay sellers, Next of Kin was somewhat of a holy grail among collectors of Ozploitation cinema. One of Quentin Tarantino’s favourite movies and often regarded as Australia’s first on-screen ghost story, the obscure, yet popular…

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Blu-ray Review: The Quiet Earth (1985)

Surviving the apocalypse and being rendered the last person on earth is a fantasy many of us have pondered. It’s also a scenario that has been explore numerous times in film, most famously adaptions from Richard Matheson’s classic novel, I Am Legend. Now available under the latest and sixth volume…

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Blu-ray Review: Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds (1989)

Following a milestone screening at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival, which I narrowly missed, Alex Proyas’ (Dark City) debut feature Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds is now the fifth volume of in Umbrella Entertainment’s Beyond Genres series. Showcasing stunning artwork both inside and out by resident…

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DVD Review: To Catch a Killer (TV 1992)

We’re in the midst of a new Golden Age of television with an abundance of high-quality content available via traditional broadcasting and streaming services, often rivalling theatrically released features. Decades before this big-budget era took hold, made-for-TV movies paled greatly in comparison, especially during the early 90s, which was arguably…

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Review: In Like Flynn (2018)

Currently playing in cinemas across Australia through Umbrella Films, is the action-adventure biography of one of the country’s most beloved film stars, In Like Flynn, from veteran filmmaker Russell Mulcahy (Razorback). Starring newcomer Thomas Cocquerel as Tasmanian-born actor Errol Flynn, our story follows his roust-about early days of gambling, prizing…

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Blu-ray Review: The Cotton Club (1984)

Francis Ford Coppola’s ambitious jazz peppered crime-drama is the biggest film from 1984 you probably haven’t heard of. Despite critical praise the film was a box office failure, earning less than half of its $58 million budget. Now available on Blu-ray from Umbrella Entertainment, The Cotton Club springs to life…

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DVD Review: LBJ (2016)

Since its premier at the 2016 New Orleans Film Festival, Rob Reiner’s independent biography drama LBJ has floated around select cinemas across the globe, with a brief run in Australia from late March to early April 2018. Now available on DVD through distributor Umbrella Entertainment, this presidential feature focuses on…

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Blu-ray Review: Tender Mercies (1983)

Bruce Beresford is one of Australia’s most accomplished filmmakers, one who has been celebrated several times by distributor Umbrella Entertainment via quality releases of his early works on home media. Earlier this month, Beresford’s American debut feature Tender Mercies arrived on Blu-ray, a sombre tale of a middle-aged country singer…

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