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Space Invaders

Space Invaders

James Oliver on 31st July / comments

It wasn't just American cinemas that were threatened by alien invasions: extra-terrestrials also tried it on with UK moviegoers. As James Oliver discovers in our latest look at obscure British films, some of those spacemen were surprisingly saucy.

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Mood Indigo: Michel Gondry gets terminally quirky

Mood Indigo: Michel Gondry gets terminally quirky

Mike McCahill on 30th July / comments

Cult visual stylist Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) returns to his native France for this typically idiosync...

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Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery - as definitive as it gets, £51.99 on Blu-ray

Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery - as definitive as it gets, £51.99 on Blu-ray

1st August

Along with the long-awaited deleted/alternate scenes from Fire Walk With Me, this expertly curated 10-disc edition of David Lynch and Mark Frost's mystery boasts hours of special features.

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A Night at the Cinema in 1914: The 100-year-old shorts that escaped from the archives and reappeared

A Night at the Cinema in 1914: The 100-year-old shorts that escaped from the archives and reappeared

Mike McCahill on 31st July / comments

Here’s an event movie with a difference: a collection of century-old newsreel and shorts, repackaged by the British Film Institute for the enjoyment of today’s audiences. Hasten to your nearest picture palace, urges Mike McCahill.

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Noah - a spectacular retelling of the biblical tale, from £12.99 on DVD & Blu-ray

Noah - a spectacular retelling of the biblical tale, from £12.99 on DVD & Blu-ray

Mike McCahill on 31st July

Mounted with intelligence and visual flair, Darren Aronofsky's determinedly non-denominational blockbuster offers multiple readings and much for us to marvel at, writes Mike McCahill.

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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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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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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.

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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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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 glowing folk tale Uncle Boonmee. Mike McCahill here takes a closer look at one of modern cinema’s genuine visionaries.

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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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