The latest instalment in our look at UK DVD and Blu-ray labels takes us behind the scenes of BFI Video. Sam Dunn, Head of Video Publishing, discusses the past, present and future of the BFI's output.
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For all that horror movies are so often about blood and brutality, there's a side to the genre that's rather more reflective – films that see beauty in the darkness, movies that connect the Gothic to its roots in folk tales (and to modern psychoanalyti...
Argentinian writer-director Pablo Trapero emerged as part of a group of exciting Latin-American filmmakers. In his latest profile, Mike McCahill examines what links Trapero to, say, Gravity Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuaron - and where they differ greatly.
James Oliver on 10th March
Nikita Mikhalkov (Burnt by the Sun) distils Chekhov's play, Platonov, into a focused story of regret and missed opportunities. It might well be a masterpiece, writes James Oliver.
Rick Burin on 8th March
The first of writer-producer Val Lewton's nine cult masterpieces, Cat People, directed by Jacques Tourneur, is the intoxicating horror classic that rewrote all the rules, writes Rick Burin.
Ted Kotcheff's missing-presumed-lost Outback horror returns to UK screens ahead of a DVD and Blu-ray release. But how might its graphic images of alcohol abuse and kangaroo slaying affect today's viewers? The MBFC offers the following advice:
A BAFTA-nominated film of delicacy and promise that follows the journey of siblings from Tehran to Tyneside. There's little to match it for optimism or heart, writes Mike McCahill.
Marking the restored DVD and Blu-ray release of The Professionals, Frank Collins revisits Britain's classic crime and spy dramas in a new six-part series. Part one focuses on the action-packed drama which introduced Bodie and Doyle to the nation.
First released in 1971, Ted Kotcheff’s Outback-set horror-thriller has since been championed by Nick Cave and Martin Scorsese as a key work of the New Australian Cinema. Like a caseload of Castlemaine, it’ll leave you reeling, reports Mike McCahill.
Mike McCahill on 6th March
Manila is the vivid backdrop for this thriller about a young couple out of their depth in the big city. It’s a major progression for its British director Sean Ellis, writes Mike McCahill.
The sequel to 2007’s mythological actioner finds the Spartans in retreat following the demise of their leader Leonidas. The franchise, however, has regrouped under new direction and the spell of Eva Green, writes Mike McCahill.
Erotically-charged, vividly surreal and replete with dreamlike imagery, Fassbinder's adaptation of Jean Genet's novel is an astounding exploration of the darker side of the male psyche.