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The Phantom of the Opera (1929) dual-format edition, DVD + Blu-ray (DVD review).

December 11, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Phantom of the Opera (1929) dual-format edition, DVD + Blu-ray (DVD review).

Last time I watched a silent movie was way back in the 60s and think it was Buster Keaton’s ‘The General’. This made reviewing the 1925 edition of ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’ a somewhat unique experience and one which turned out to be surprisingly enjoyable. From the BFI, we’ve got a dual-format edition of […]

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Murder University (2012) (DVD review).

November 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
Murder University (2012) (DVD review).

You might expect a low-budget movie, a slasher movie at that, to be rather amateurish, without plot and poorly acted. ‘Murder University’ doesn’t go down such a path and in fact, all things considered, in its genre, it’s pretty dam good. Taken rather by surprise against all expectations it has everything concentrated into its 90 […]

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Schalcken The Painter (1979) (DVD review).

November 19, 2013 | By | Reply More
Schalcken The Painter (1979) (DVD review).

Let’s go back to the days when you got really good value for your BBC licence fee, way back to 1979. I can remember sitting in front of the TV just before Christmas to watch an ‘Omnibus’ programme which presented something quite startling that lingered in the memory, that being a strange tale about the […]

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Supernatural (1977) (DVD review).

November 19, 2013 | By | Reply More
Supernatural (1977) (DVD review).

Just released by the British Film Institute we’ve got a double DVD of the BBC TV series from 1977 called ‘Supernatural’. This has absolutely nothing to do with the more recent American TV series of the same name so if you are ordering the discs from anywhere but the BFI, make sure you get the […]

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Thankskilling 3 (2009) (DVD review).

November 1, 2013 | By | Reply More
Thankskilling 3 (2009) (DVD review).

Just when you thought it was safe to go out, the rampaging turkey has returned more deadly than ever and just in time for American Thanksgiving! The original ‘Thankskilling’ movie, made by college students Jordan Downey and Kevin Stewart, cost only $3500 but it was a smash hit nonetheless, mainly on the old adage that […]

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Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine # 58 (magazine review).

November 1, 2013 | By | Reply More
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine # 58 (magazine review).

The journey continues for ‘Andromeda Spaceways’, this time with a magazine edited by Edwina Harvey, who is noted for her novels which include ‘The Whale’s Tale’, reviewed some time ago on this website. I’m pleased to say that once again we’ve got substance and quality with no less than 14 good stories, plus poetry, an […]

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Sleepwalker dual format (DVD/Blue-ray review).

October 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
Sleepwalker dual format (DVD/Blue-ray review).

From 1984 we have, by all accounts, the first release on any format of a 50 minute film called ‘Sleepwalker’ directed by Saxon Logan. Presented by the British Film Institute, it comes out on a dualformat disc which includes DVD and Blu-ray. Rather disturbing, it is centred on a dilapidated house in a rainstorm. In […]

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Confessions From The Grassy Knoll (DVD review).

October 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
Confessions From The Grassy Knoll (DVD review).

50 years on from the assassination of JFK, the event is still surrounded in mystery and conspiracy theories continue to be put forward. Here we have a fairly comprehensive documentary, not involving just one man and his testament, but a wide range of opinion and speculation. Two hours long, it’s absorbing in the extreme and […]

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Dead Of Night (1972) (DVD review).

October 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
Dead Of Night (1972) (DVD review).

Way back in 1972, the BBC made a supernatural TV series called ‘Dead Of Night’. This title is not to be confused with a more recent American DVD of the same name or an older Michael Redgrave movie from the 1940s. The BBC series ran from 5 November until 17 December 1972 with seven episodes, […]

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I Shot JFK: The Shocking Truth (DVD review).

October 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
I Shot JFK: The Shocking Truth (DVD review).

It’s 50 years since the assassination of JFK in Dallas. The official story is that he was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald’s rifle shot, taken from some distance away in the book depository and, later, before he could come to trial he in turn was shot down by Jack Ruby, a strip club owner with […]

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