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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Blu-ray Review: Razorback (1984)

I don’t remember the first movie I saw, but Razorback is among one of my earliest memories. Censorship and my parents rarely crossed paths, so it was no surprise that I caught the pivotal opening scene of Russell Mulcahy’s classic on television. With my young mind barely able to process…

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Blu-ray Review: Escape from Absolom (1994)

I remember 1994 being a pretty jam-packed year regarding my questionable viewing habits. Between the family oriented hits of The Lion King and the comedic classic Dumb and Dumber, action was king with box office hit Speed being subject to constant rewind. Escape from Absolom was a stab-in-the-dark VHS rental…

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Blu-ray Review: Dagon (2001)

Umbrella Entertainment’s curiously anticipated third volume of dedicated sub-label Beyond Genres: Worlds on Film, gives Stuart Gordon’s film adaptation of Dagon the Blu-ray release fans longed for. Based loosely on two stories from H.P. Lovecraft, his 1931 novella The Shadow over Innsmouth and his 1919 short story, the film’s namesake,…

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Blu-ray Review: The Beastmaster (1982)

Needless to say sword-and-sorcery was a staple of 80s cinema. From the savage revenge quest of Conan the Barbarian to the more family-friendly The Princess Bride, it’s a genre that caters to a wide audience. Don Coscarelli’s (Phantasm) The Beastmaster falls between the tone of those two films and has recently…

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Blu-ray Review: Bride of Re-Animator & Beyond Re-Animator

Not one to leave fans hanging, Umbrella Entertainment’s second volume of its dedicated sub-label, Beyond Genres: Worlds on Film, brought with it sequels Bride of Re-Animator and Beyond Re-Animator. Producer Brian Yuzna takes the reins from Stuart Gordon and while the results were mixed, Umbrella’s Blu-ray treatment of both films…

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Blu-ray Review: Re-Animator (1985)

Loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft’s 1922 serial novelette Herbert West–Reanimator, director Stuart Gordon brought the twisted Frankenstein-esque tale to the big screen after original plans for a stage production and television pilot were scrapped. Since its release over thirty years ago, Re-Animator has become a celebrated favourite among horror fans, due…

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Blu-ray Review: Death Wish 4 & Death Wish 5

Due to popular demand, Umbrella Entertainment have answered the call from genre fans by releasing action sequels Death Wish 4: The Crackdown and Death Wish V: The Face of Death in a second Cannon Classics Double Feature on Blu-ray, echoing the monotone warning of our white-collar protagonist, “This ain’t ovah!”.…

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DVD Review: Society (1989)

After producing a number of horror staples during the mid-to-late 80’s, Brian Yuzna made the leap to directing with the twisted Society, which offers a satirical and highly grotesque portrayal of the elite and their self-serving appetites. We discover this horrifying final rung on the social ladder through the ordinary…

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