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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Blu-ray Review: The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988)

Originally slated as for release via Umbrella’s exclusive label Beyond Genres: Worlds on Film last year, The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey was unfortunately downgraded to a standard Blu-ray release in April. However, Vincent Ward’s acclaimed adventure-fantasy returns to home video in impressive clarity with new bonus content, not to mention…

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Blu-ray Review: Mad Dog Morgan (1976)

I had my first taste of Philippe Mora’s body of work recently in the form of Howling III: The Marsupials, an off-the-wall send up of cheap and nasty B-pictures, but with an Australian flavour. Now I’ve jumped back eleven years with his more celebrated ‘Ozploitation Classic’ Mad Dog Morgan, which…

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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: 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: 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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Blu-ray Review: Felicity & Centrespread

Umbrella Entertainment delivers its first ‘OzErotic’ double feature to Blu-ray in the form of John D. Lamond’s Felicity and Tony Paterson’s debut film Centrespread, two highly exploitative yet, profoundly different features. Felicity follows a young woman’s eagerness to live out her sexual fantasies but is confined to a monastic school,…

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