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Stars Behind Bars

Stars Behind Bars

David Parkinson on 29th July / comments

As François Truffaut's The 400 Blows is released on disc, Crash Course conducts an investigation into film folk who have served time.

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Mystic master

Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Mystic master

Mike McCahill on 25th July / comments

Thai writer-director Apichatpong Weerasethakul became a name to conjure with after he took home the 2010 Palme d’Or for his glowin...

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Shoot the Pianist - Truffaut pays homage to noir, from £11.99 on DVD & Blu-ray

Shoot the Pianist - Truffaut pays homage to noir, from £11.99 on DVD & Blu-ray

Nick Riddle on 30th July

Charles Aznavour stars in François Truffaut's immaculately-made homage to the Hollywood gangster thriller. It's playful, enigmatic, and good company for an evening, writes Nick Riddle.

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Unforgiven - Eastwood's western turns Japanese, from £16.49 on DVD & Blu-ray

Unforgiven - Eastwood's western turns Japanese, from £16.49 on DVD & Blu-ray

29th July

Set during the last days of the samurai, Sang-il Lee's Unforgiven is a handsome, measured retelling of Eastwood's original. It's enough to warm any cinephile’s cockles, writes Mike McCahill.

DVD

Rapture - Patricia Gozzi amazes in this striking 1960s film, £12.99 on DVD

Rapture - Patricia Gozzi amazes in this striking 1960s film, £12.99 on DVD

28th July

Three years after Sundays & Cybele, Patricia Gozzi gives another extraordinary performance as a lonely girl who takes up with an escaped convict in Brittany. A long-lost film to rediscover.

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Branded to Kill: Film of the Week

Branded to Kill: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 25th July / comments

Seijun Suzuki’s outlandish 1967 thriller, charting a hitman’s bloody progress up the career ladder, returns to UK screens this weekend ahead of its DVD reissue next week. It’s scattershot in the most enjoyable of ways, argues Mike McCahill.

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International Television Sale from Arrow, from £5.99

International Television Sale from Arrow, from £5.99

25th July

Bring the world's greatest TV to your settee. We present a sale of international television series from Arrow, with prices from £5.99

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Screwball Comedy Sale

Screwball Comedy Sale

25th July

To celebrate the arrival of Ernst Lubitsch's 1938 film, Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife, we’ve rounded up some of the best screwball comedies. Characterised by dominant women, snappy dialogue and farcical situations, the genre may have peaked in the 1940s but ...

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Documentaries Sale - Explore the World

Documentaries Sale - Explore the World

25th July

Discover compelling, expertly-told true stories in our sale of over 150 films on DVD from Britain's leading documentary publishers - prices start at £5.99.

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Mrs. Brown's Boys: D'Movie - Rated DD for Depressingly Dismal

Mrs. Brown's Boys: D'Movie - Rated DD for Depressingly Dismal

Mike McCahill on 25th July / comments

The spin-off from the hit BBC sitcom has become one of this summer's biggest hits, despite less than enthusiastic reviews. In a bid to prevent more disposable income being squandered, our advisory panel here stages its own form of intervention.

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Jules & Jim - Truffaut's New Wave masterpiece, from £11.99 on DVD & Blu-ray

Jules & Jim - Truffaut's New Wave masterpiece, from £11.99 on DVD & Blu-ray

David Parkinson on 25th July

The classic tale of a love triangle, capturing the mood of inter-war France and the Nouvelle Vague. The debt to Renoir is evident, but this is Truffaut's triumph, writes David Parkinson.

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An A-Z of Forgotten British Films: K

An A-Z of Forgotten British Films: K

Julian Upton on 24th July / comments

Warren Beatty in Swinging London, a Joseph Losey classic and a spot of monkey business feature in Julian Upton's latest look at some of Britain's forgotten cinematic gems.

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Joe: Nic Cage goes off the rails again in David Gordon Green's latest

Joe: Nic Cage goes off the rails again in David Gordon Green's latest

Mike McCahill on 24th July / comments

Nicolas Cage dons a beard and provides shelter for a troubled teenager in this new backwoods thriller, the latest from acclaimed nature boy David Gordon Green. The results make for something of a misfire, writes Mike McCahill.

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Independencia - an original film from an exciting Filipino talent, £9.99 on DVD

Independencia - an original film from an exciting Filipino talent, £9.99 on DVD

Graeme Hobbs on 24th July

Raya Martin reclaims both cinematic and national territory in his fable about the Philippine-American war. It will certainly appeal to fans of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, writes Graeme Hobbs.

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The Galapagos Affair: a true-life paradise lost

The Galapagos Affair: a true-life paradise lost

Mike McCahill on 23rd July / comments

This new documentary from the makers of Ballets Russes charts a society scandal that dominated US and German newspapers in the early 1930s. It’s a story ripe for retelling - and done so in commendable detail, reports Mike McCahill.

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