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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 so...

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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 n...

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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. Itís a story ripe for retelling - and done so in commendable detail, reports Mike McCahill.

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Venus in Fur - a provocative and engaging Polanski, from £10.99 on DVD & Blu-ray

Venus in Fur - a provocative and engaging Polanski, from £10.99 on DVD & Blu-ray

Mike McCahill on 23rd July

Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigner excel in Polanski's frequently funny investigation into erotic power. Itís his most effective probing of the psyche in years, writes Mike McCahill.

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Jacques Tati

Jacques Tati

David Parkinson on 22nd July / comments

The release of the Jacques Tati Collection on Blu-ray affords an irresistible opportunity to celebrate the genius of a visual comedy maestro.

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1980s TV Sale - retune your box to a golden age

1980s TV Sale - retune your box to a golden age

22nd July

The 1980s decade was British televisionís golden age, when expertly-written dramas rubbed shoulders with incisive and hilarious comedies.In the background, a series of changes and innovations took place Ė a fourth channel was born, studio production la...

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Sci-Fi takes a giant leap onto BFI DVD and Blu-ray this summer

Sci-Fi takes a giant leap onto BFI DVD and Blu-ray this summer

Jonathan Melville on 21st July

Details of the DVD and Blu-ray titles accompanying the BFI's Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder season, plus the genius of Akira Kurosawa comes to Blu-ray in a fantastic new box-set.

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20 Feet from Stardom - Oscar-winning documentary, from £11.99 on DVD & Blu-ray

20 Feet from Stardom - Oscar-winning documentary, from £11.99 on DVD & Blu-ray

Mike McCahill on 21st July

A necessary exploration of the neglected role of backing singers in rock 'n' roll. Whether or not these names were on your radar beforehand, the whole movie just sings, writes Mike McCahill.

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Under the Skin: Rated U for Unclassifiable

Under the Skin: Rated U for Unclassifiable

Mike McCahill on 18th July / comments

Jonathan Glazer's one-of-a-kind sci-fi opus, with Scarlett Johansson as an alien life form picking up young men on the streets of Glasgow, arrives on DVD and Blu-ray this week. The critics loved it - but what did our advisory panel think?

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Richard Linklater: A new American chronicler

Richard Linklater: A new American chronicler

Mike McCahill on 18th July / comments

With the one-two of Before Midnight and Boyhood, Richard Linklater has established himself as a luminary of not just independent cinema, but American cinema full-stop. Mike McCahill profiles an industrious dreamer making superb use of his time.

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Cold War Film Sale

Cold War Film Sale

18th July

The Cold War has been an enduringly fertile source of inspiration for films, with the genre inspiring directors, scriptwriters and actors to some of their finest work. Itís no surprise either, these are films set in an era when the stakes were high and...

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World Class Ballet Sale

World Class Ballet Sale

18th July

Take your front row seat for world-class ballet from Opus Arte on DVD and Blu-ray, now at special low prices. Bravo! These superb productions were filmed at Londonís Royal Opera House and other distinguished locations and are the next best thing to bei...

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Elio Petri's L'Assassino - starring Marcello Mastroianni, £12.99 on DVD+Blu-ray

Elio Petri's L'Assassino - starring Marcello Mastroianni, £12.99 on DVD+Blu-ray

Michael Brooke on 18th July

Gleaming black-and-white cinematography, a slinky jazz-tinged score and one of Mastrioanni's most memorable performances grace this stylish psychological crime drama, writes Michael Brooke.

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Interview with the director of Finding Vivian Maier, Charlie Siskel

Interview with the director of Finding Vivian Maier, Charlie Siskel

Jonathan Melville on 17th July / comments

Telling the amazing true story of a Chicago nanny who lived a double life as a photographer, Finding Vivian Maier comes to UK cinemas this week. Jonathan Melville met director Charlie Siskel to discuss the background to the documentary.

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