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A Touch of Sin - a bold state-of-the-nation movie, from £10.99 on DVD & Blu-ray

A Touch of Sin - a bold state-of-the-nation movie, from £10.99 on DVD & Blu-ray

Mike McCahill on 1st September

As a state-of-the-nation address detailing a China in the grip of a rapacious capitalism, the four linked tales in Jia Zhang-keís film could scarcely be more forceful, writes Mike McCahill.

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Walerian Borowczyk: Short Films and Animation - 13.99 on DVD+Blu-ray

Walerian Borowczyk: Short Films and Animation - 13.99 on DVD+Blu-ray

Michael Brooke on 31st August

Containing the vast majority of the shorts that he made between 1959-84, this is a wildly imaginative set of films from the brilliant Polish artist and filmmaker, writes Michael Brooke.

DVD+Blu-ray

Blanche - Borowczyk's masterful medieval film, restored, £13.99 on DVD+Blu-ray

Blanche - Borowczyk's masterful medieval film, restored, £13.99 on DVD+Blu-ray

Michael Brooke on 30th August

One of the great European art films in which Borowczyk brings a medieval world to life with an artist's eye. It now looks resplendent in a brand new restoration, writes Michael Brooke.

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The Dardennes: World cinema's brothers-in-arms

The Dardennes: World cinema's brothers-in-arms

Mike McCahill on 29th August / comments

Belgiumís Dardenne brothers emerged from industrial films to scoop the Palme díOr twice either side of the millennium. With their Two Days, One Night currently receiving much acclaim, Mike McCahill profiles two of cinemaís most committed humanists.

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Waiting for the collapse: From Doomwatch to The Changes

Waiting for the collapse: From Doomwatch to The Changes

Frank Collins on 29th August / comments

Frank Collins explores British TV's distinctive contribution to the science fiction genre to mark the BFIís major celebration of the genre, Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder and DVD release of 1975ís highly-regarded childrenís TV series, The Changes.

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The Honourable Woman - spy thriller starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, £16.99 on DVD

The Honourable Woman - spy thriller starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, £16.99 on DVD

Barry Forshaw on 29th August

Set against a backdrop of espionage and government paranoia, Hugo Blick's gripping new BBC drama is a reminder of just how good an actress Maggie Gyllenhall is, writes Barry Forshaw.

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Night Moves: Film of the Week

Night Moves: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 28th August / comments

Kelly Reichardt follows up her acclaimed Western Meekís Cutoff with a contemporary thriller tracking the efforts of young activists to blow up a hydroelectric dam. Itís a film of gripping twitches and flinches, writes Mike McCahill.

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Cider with Rosie - BBC's fine adaptation of Laurie Lee's book, £13.99 on DVD

Cider with Rosie - BBC's fine adaptation of Laurie Lee's book, £13.99 on DVD

Julian Upton on 28th August

Claude Whathamís film, shown on BBC2 in 1971 as a Christmas Day treat, still stands up as a satisfying visual experience. It's a fine adaptation of a fine book, writes Julian Upton.

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Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari: A silent masterpiece returns

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari: A silent masterpiece returns

Mike McCahill on 27th August / comments

Robert Wieneís classic of German Expressionism returns to UK cinemas this weekend, as chilling as ever in its tale of a murderous conman seizing control of the popular imagination. Mike McCahill reassesses one of the cinemaís weirdest bad dreams.

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Locke - innovative British drama starring Tom Hardy, from £11.99 on DVD & Blu

Locke - innovative British drama starring Tom Hardy, from £11.99 on DVD & Blu

Emma Simmonds on 27th August

A riveting film set entirely in the confines of a car, in which a man juggles a work and relationship meltdown. It engages our imagination and secures our attention, writes Emma Simmonds.

DVD Blu-ray

Dostoevsky on Screen

Dostoevsky on Screen

David Parkinson on 26th August / comments

Marking the release of Richard Ayaode's The Double and Lav Diaz's Norte, The End of History on DVD, Crash Course delves into the screen career of Fedor Dostoevsky.

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The Keeper of Lost Causes: Inside the Scandie crime wave's last-chance saloon

The Keeper of Lost Causes: Inside the Scandie crime wave's last-chance saloon

Mike McCahill on 26th August / comments

The latest Scandinavian crime drama to arrive in UK cinemas finds a washed-up detective investigating the disappearance of a prominent politician. Get past the obvious clichťs, and itís perfectly watchable, writes Mike McCahill.

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The Dardennes: World cinema's brothers-in-arms

Mike McCahill on 29th August / comments

Belgiumís Dardenne brothers emerged from industrial films to scoop the Palme díOr twice either side of the millennium. With their Two Days, One Night currently receiving much acclaim, Mike McCahill profiles ...

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Waiting for the collapse: From Doomwatch to The Changes

Frank Collins on 29th August / comments

Frank Collins explores British TV's distinctive contribution to the science fiction genre to mark the BFIís major celebration of the genre, Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder and DVD release of 1975ís highly-re...

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Dostoevsky on Screen

David Parkinson on 26th August / comments

Marking the release of Richard Ayaode's The Double and Lav Diaz's Norte, The End of History on DVD, Crash Course delves into the screen career of Fedor Dostoevsky.

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Tracks: Rated S for Scorching

Mike McCahill on 24th August / comments

John Curran's drama, detailing the explorer Robyn Davidson's 1,700-mile trek across the Australian outback, reaches DVD and Blu-ray this week. It's a long haul - but what threats lie in store for the viewer?...

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State of the Nation: The 1970s - a once-despised golden age for film

James Oliver on 22nd August / comments

More than any other decade, British films on the 1970s reflect the era in which they were made. While they might be sleazy and disreputable, James Oliver argues that many of them are actually masterpieces.

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Kim Ki-duk: The wild man of Korean cinema

Mike McCahill on 22nd August / comments

Writer-director Kim Ki-duk earned a reputation as the bad boy of Korean cinema - supported by censorship squabbles and the near-death of an actress on one of his sets. Yet heís started to communicate with mo...

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