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Cult Movies on DVD

All the best in Cult Movies released onto DVD

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Wednesday, 22 July 2009

William Blood (Kenneth More) is known as ‘Mr Normal’, although in reality he is a rather strange man. He has an inability to worry, and an inability to become ill, enabling him to make his living as a human guinea pig. “Man in the Moon” begins with him on one unusual assignment, working for the Common Cold Research Centre – part of the Ministry of Health. We find him sleeping in a field, on an ornate bed with side table, as if transported directly from his home. On waking, he sees a beautiful woman in a fine evening dress running across the field in the direction of the railway station. Despite catching his eye, William is also immune to women… or so he believes.

When William reports his results from his time ‘in the field’, he is ‘let go’ for failing to contract a cold – an act of subversion if ever there was one. He sets off to take up a job with the Seasick College for the summer, a post where he will be appreciated like he had been at “Tropical Diseases” and “Frostbite and Exposure”.

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Saturday, 18 July 2009

“Embodiment of Evil” is the final part of the “Coffin Joe” trilogy. Fans had to wait an astonishing 41 years after part two, and 44 years had elapsed since the trilogy began! Jose Mojica Marins wrote, directed and took the central role in this final, bloody segment of his life’s passion. The movie centres around the wacky character of Josefel Zanatas (aka Coffin Joe), an undertaker with an all-consuming obsession to sire the perfect son.

Having been locked up for four decades for murdering nearly 30 women, Joe is released into a seedy world, now sporting a bushy beard and talon-like fingernails. Once reunited with his former servant, the crumbling and Igor-like Bruno (Rui Resende), in addition to a gothic quartet of unquestioning young disciples, Joe sets about the search for the perfect woman to bear his male heir. Unfortunately for the women that they kidnap or deviously lure into Joe’s lair, he has very specific and exacting standards, and thus the corpses start to pile up as he deals with the rejects in a very finite manner! As the slaughter continues, the military police and a zealous priest close in on our crazy gang.

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Sunday, 12 July 2009

If you like music to be a character of its own in a film, if you like plenty of arty camera shots, if you like Ireland, the Irish and its landscapes, then this is the film for you. “Hear My Song”, from director Peter Chelsom, is one of those feel good films that you think would have your toes curling, instead your toes will be tapping to the glorious tunes that are continual throughout.

It tells the tale of Micky O'Neill (Adrian Dunbar) and his search for legendary Irish tenor Josef Locke, who was exiled from the UK due to differences of opinion with the Inland Revenue. Micky is desperate to prove himself to the girl he loves, played by Tara Fitzgerald, that he is not useless and can make good on his promises. Micky is aided on his search of the Irish countryside by his friend Finton O'Donnell, played by a very young and barely recognisable James Nesbitt in one of his first screen roles.

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Sunday, 12 July 2009

This could well be a who's who of current well known actors. I remember seeing this not long after it came out and, apart from Jonathan Pryce and Ruth Madoc, not knowing who the other cast members were. It was, then quite odd to watch Brothers and Sisters stars Rachel Griffiths in the title role and Matthew Rhys in a supporting role. And ‘Mr Fantastic’ himself Ioan Gruffudd playing opposite Rhys as a very convincing couple.

You will also spot Gavin and Stacey star Joanna Page in one of her first roles, and if you look very hard you will even find that shows creator Ruth Jones in a small role. The film is also notable for being the last one that Kenneth Griffith did before he died.  Once the shock of seeing all these 'before they were famous' actors has passed you can sit back and enjoy a funny and engaging film.

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Sunday, 12 July 2009

“The Burrowers” dares to be a bit different from the rest of the horror crowd, at least in its setting. The year is 1879, and all is not right in the Dakota Territories. Bad blood pervades everything; the whites’ hatred for indigenous red Indians and blacks, and disregard for immigrants from Ireland serves to keep nerves jangling and hands hovering over their loosely-holstered six-shooters.

Irish farmhand Fergus Coffey (Karl Geary) intends to pay his future financée a visit, but instead stumbles on the scene of an apparent Indian attack. Corpses abound, but it looks like some of the inhabitants survived and have been kidnapped. Coffey forms a search party which includes the dependable William Parcher (William Mapother – Ethan from Lost), upstanding lawman John Clay (Clancy Brown – Highlander, Carnivale) and a gloweringly-righteous soldier, Henry Victor (Doug Hutchison – also of Lost, The X-Files and Space: Above and Beyond).

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Thursday, 02 July 2009

“The International” is a contemporary conspiracy thriller that also feels like it would not be out of place as a long-lost Harry Palmer espionage movie from the Sixties. Clive Owen stars as Louis Salinger, a dogged, jet-setting Interpol agent on a mission to expose the arms-dealing activities of the International Bank of Business and Commerce.

Assisting Louis is Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts), a New York District Attorney under pressure to deliver results before her bosses pull the plug on the investigation. As the film opens, Salinger witnesses a fellow agent’s shocking murder by a seemingly invisible assassin and thus, from the outset our protagonists realise the stakes have been set colossally high. As they pursue their case against the bank right across Europe and beyond, each stone they upturn leads to further clues, but more often than not is accompanied by onerous collateral damage.

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Saturday, 27 June 2009

Looking around at home, through the current wealth of comic book adaptations, “Franklyn” is not a translation from the printed page, but a début feature straight from the mind of its writer-director Gerald McMorrow.  He describes it as “a modern fairytale for cynical times.” The accompanying publicity suggests comparisons with the works of Terry Gilliam (“Brazil”) and Alex Proyas (“Dark City”).  This may be over-stepping the mark, both in terms of content and realisation, but “Franklyn” can stand on its own merits.

Despite the multitude of seemingly disparate plots, it is a simple story concerning loss and the journeys of its four protagonists toward personal redemption. Preest (Ryan Phillipe), the masked, atheist vigilante who guides us through the religious metropolis of Meanwhile City, seeks absolution for failing to save a young girl from death at the hand of cult leader the Individual.  Amelia (Eva Green), adrift in contemporary London, produces ever more extreme performance art as she reflects upon a damaged past.

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Thursday, 18 June 2009

“The Machine Girl” is something else. I’ve reviewed a bundle and seen many, many more “gorefests” in my time, but this Japanese movie really takes the blood-soaked biscuit to a whole new level! Playing the titular role is brilliant newcomer Minase Yashiro. Her character, Ami, is a spirited high school student who finds herself having to tear-up her morality rule book when her brother Yu and his best friend are first bullied and then murdered by a gang of ruthless boys.

That would be bad enough, but the leader of the gang is the son of a local Yakuza boss, and anyone who gets on the wrong side of him is sure to meet with a swift and bloody end. Shockingly, Ami gets seriously injured in an attempt to avenge her brother, and loses a forearm. Fortunately for her, she is sheltered and brought back to good health by the parents of Yu’s friend – Miki (Asami) and Suguru Sugihara (Yuya Ishikawa). The Sugiharas also happen to be engineering whizzes, and construct an amazing machine gun prosthetic for Ami for help level the odds for round two! With Miki to fight by her side, Ami charges straight into the lair of the Yakuza, and they are more than ready for her...

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Thursday, 18 June 2009

“Runs” is definitely one of the more left-field offerings in the horror genre. The simple pitch, if you will, is that an Australian school boy who was horribly bullied twenty years ago has grown up, and gone bonkers. Our nemesis seeks bloody revenge against members of a cricket team who carried out the spiteful act. After the first handful of grisly deaths, detectives from the New South Wales Police Force figure out the modus operandi, and quickly gather up the remaining team members. Once transported to a ‘safe’ house, the cricketers and their police escort must lie low. Of course, the bat-wielding fiend finds out about the house, and so - one by one – like wickets in a cricket match - the erstwhile bullies succumb.

Like so many horror films, “Runs” is a decidedly low-budget affair. It is overwhelmingly the work of two people: Stacey Edmonds and Doug Turner. Amazingly, the duo wrote, directed, produced and starred in it, and that is just for starters!

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Tuesday, 19 May 2009

This new Momentum Pictures DVD release has some high praise on its sleeve, comparing it favourably to top zombie films both recent and classic. Does it live up to this acclaim? Well, let us start with the plot, which is suitably slim and typical of the genre. Something is stirring in Manhattan’s sewers. Rats have mysteriously contracted a virus, driving them above ground and out of the shadows to bite chunks out of unsuspecting city folk.

As the attacks increase, the media spreads the word to our initially oblivious stars, most of whom are the unfortunate inhabitants of a dilapidated apartment block where nothing works – and that is before the rampant rodents start nibbling on the utility cables! Key roles include kind-hearted Clutch (Nick Damici) is a retired boxer trying to keep in shape, immigrant bartender Kay (Bo Corre), her teenage son Otto (Javier Picayo), and Clutch’s daughter, Casey (Kim Blair). As the condition and number of bite victims worsens, most of the characters become prisoners in their own homes, under siege from the raging hordes in the streets.

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Saturday, 16 May 2009

Set against the background of a medieval fantasy world, Claymores - half-human female warriors also known as ‘silver-eyed witches’ - fight against the Yoma, shape-changing monsters who can disguise themselves as the humans they feed on.  The Claymores are feared and distrusted by the humans they protect as the strength required to fight the monsters comes from the fact that they are half-yoma, and every time they harness this power they risk turning into a yoma themselves.  Clare is an emotionless woman, a Claymore who saves the life of Raki after his parents were murdered by a Yoma, she finds her life changed by the boy as he follows after her and helps to rekindle some of her lost humanity.

The often dark setting of this anime and the fantasy element lead to a frequent comparison to “Berserk”.  I agree with this, in fact if you enjoyed “Berserk” or found “Hellsing” to be your cup of tea I think you'll like this anime.

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Saturday, 09 May 2009

In “Seven Pounds”, Will Smith stars as Ben Thomas, a mysterious IRS investigator with a tragic past. He is a lonely man, coming to terms with the death of a wife he truly adored. On the face of it, Ben is following up on a list of people who have defaulted on their tax payments, but his actions have a subtext; he appears to be seeking out those with special needs, be they financial or medical.

 

Whilst he weighs up their financial statuses, he also plies them with questions that reveal what kind of people they are, and whether they deserve to be the beneficiaries of whatever gifts he might be offering. As the film progresses it gradually becomes clear that there is much more to Ben than meets the eye, culminating in a twist worthy of M Night Shyamalan’s better films.

 

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Saturday, 09 May 2009

An envoy from the Vatican’s Iscariot Division is invited to a Roundtable conference chaired by the Hellsing Organisation and Her Majesty, the Queen of England.  Major Max Montana, Millennium's Leader, uses this opportunity to send Alucard and the Hellsing Organisation a declaration of war.  Millennium capture the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle, flagship of the Royal Navy, and invite the British Empire to retake her if they can; or, as my fellow ice hockey fans would say, "Come ‘n’ have a go if you think you're hard enough!".

I’m pretty certain that in making Hellsing Ultimate people have deliberately set out to make each volume contain more blood and gore than the previous one; in fact they ‘up’ the content to such an extent that I’m not surprised that this time round the people at the BBFC have given it an 18 certificate from the start.

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Friday, 03 April 2009

The central theme of the movie “The Obama Deception” is that the new President of the USA is a carefully crafted puppet, controlled by the highest levels of his administration, taking their orders from a shadowy, elitist international cabal known as the Bilderberg Group. Their goal is the creation of a ‘New World Order’, this week mentioned on the front pages of newspapers such as The Mail and The Telegraph here in the UK.

The intention of installing a one-world government could have seen this movie dismissed as just a conspiracy ‘theory’ from a bunch of crackpots – unfortunately events are moving so quickly now that the general public can see that ‘theory’ is fact . This documentary demonstrates that those behind Obama want to mislead the American people, and indeed the world, into accepting global slavery as the answer to the global economic collapse.

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Saturday, 21 March 2009

Acting heavyweights Patrick McGoohan (The Prisoner) and Lee Van Cleef (“The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”) star in the psychological thriller “The HARD WAY”. Executive produced by John Boorman (“Excalibur”), it portrays the life of the mercenary assassin - transitory and violent, they roam the world in packs, feeding off obscure political upsets, war and the general shabby consequences of man’s appetite for destruction and power.

Many are loners. Patrick McGoohan is John Connor, and he is one such man. One of the world’s top hit men, he has grown weary of watching men die. The anonymous hotel rooms, wet streets and ever-present fear of a tap on the door in the dead of night, have led him to retire and settle down in Ireland. But ‘The Co-Ordinator’ McNeal (Van Cleef) has other ideas.

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Saturday, 21 March 2009

As you would expect from an Oliver Stone film, he has assembled an A-List cast to bring this project to life - Josh Brolin as ‘Dubya’ himself, ably supported by the likes of James Cromwell, Thandie Newton, Richard Dreyfuss and Ioan Grufudd,  “W.” is the life story of someone cast as ‘misunderestimated’ by those around him; some critics have called it ‘satire’, others a ‘tragi-comedy’.  To my eyes, it is neither of these.  In fact, considering it has come from an auteur who has given us two other films linked to past American Presidents, “JFK” and “Nixon”, this is probably the least satisfying and focussed of the three.

For those of you just coming in to Planet Earth, “W.” is the story of George W Bush - a man who, we are led to believe, struggled all his life with his personal demons, wrestling with them in his father’s long shadow.  

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Saturday, 14 March 2009

When you look at the assembled cast list for “War, Inc”, it’s difficult to comprehend why this film is not more widely known. As I watched it, part of me thought that maybe some of the production team were trying to make a “Doctor Strangelove” for the 21st Century, while the majority of the crew hadn’t actually seen that movie to be able to use it as reference material.  This project is satire which, at times, is uncomfortable to watch, and is not exactly sure who the targets of their anger are (or should be).

In at the centre of the production is John Cusack (of “High Fidelity” fame), playing a character called Brand Hauser, an assassin, while also having a role as co-writer and co-producer of the movie itself. Cusack’s sister, Joan, is also in the movie, and was quoted as saying she sort-of saw this as an indirect sequel to 1997’s “Grosse Pointe Blank”, in which they both also featured.

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Saturday, 14 March 2009

If you have a rainy Sunday afternoon, or are stuck at home ill and need some good, honest chew the scenery acting this is the film for you. Not only does "The Wild Geese" have a storyline, and real characters, it has damn fine actors to play the parts. Richard Burton, Roger Moore and Richard Harris lead a cast of actors who you will have seen in countless other films and TV shows of the 60s and 70s.

The film follows the story of a group of mercenaries made up of retired and out-of-work soldiers who are happy to get back to doing what they do best. The rag tag bunch is sent on a mission by British industrialists to rescue a deposed political leader from a remote corner of the African wilderness.

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Thursday, 26 February 2009

“Ghost Town” is a gentle romantic comedy with a supernatural twist. Ricky Gervais stars as Dr Bertram Pincus, a rude and unsociable dentist who, after briefly dying during a minor medical operation, finds he can see dead people. The irony is that whilst the phantoms he encounters want his help to tidy up matters they left behind when they died, as a misanthrope, he would rather be a ghost to them and the living.

One of these spirits, Frank (Greg Kinnear), is particularly keen to obtain Pincus’ assistance in stopping the impending re-marriage of his palaeontologist widow, despite having been adulterous himself. Pincus lives in the same block of flats as widow Gwen (Tea Leoni), and the bizarre undead/dentist duo hatch a hairbrained plan. Pincus will try to inveigle his way into Gwen’s life, and lever Richard (4400’s Billy Campbell) out, but to do that the dentist will require many lessons from his ghostly new associate, in compassion, understanding and kindness if he is to succeed.

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Sunday, 15 February 2009

Korean director Chang Chang Ho’s movie is one of the initial brace of martial arts films to be released on the new Dragon Dynasty label. Its partner is “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin”, a review of which can be found here. “King Boxer” deserves a special mention not least because it was the first major kung fu film to take cinemas across the USA by storm, way back in March 1973 - six months before “Enter The Dragon” blew everyone away.

The movie charts the destiny of Chao Chih-hao (Lieh Lo), who when we first meet him is a pupil in a beginners’ school of kung fu. Chao’s master realises he must send his pupil away to a better school if he is to continue progressing, so Chao is despatched to train under Master Suen.

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Sunday, 15 February 2009

“The 36th Chamber of Shaolin” (hereafter known as “Chamber”) is one of the first two films to be released on the new kung fu movie label “Dragon Dynasty”. Anybody who has seen Lau Kar-Leung’s classic will know why. Amongst other reasons, it features an uncomplicated plot with a handful of key characters, is light on dialogue (good for subtitle haters!), and has plenty of action. Essentially, it is a very accessible martial arts movie.

Gordon Liu (“Kill Bill”) stars as Lui Yu-de, a lowly school pupil who witnesses his home town being strangled under a tyrannical Manchu tartar regime. The occupying force reacts with an iron fist when local rebels try to mount a defence, by sweeping through the entire town, killing those who refuse to bow to their will as well as those even suspected of harbouring rebels.

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Sunday, 25 January 2009

The hysterical box office smash has exploded onto DVD & Blu-Ray. The movie that takes no prisoners is available in a 3-disc Special Collector’s Edition Unrated Director’s Cut, as well as in a single-disc format from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Directed by and starring Ben Stiller as Tugg Speedman and featuring a cast including Robert Downey Jr (“Kirk Lazarus”), Jack Black (“Jeff Portnoy”), Nick Nolte (“Four Leaf Tayback”), and Steve Coogan (“Damian Cocklburn”), “Tropic Thunder” follows five pampered actors on the set of a Vietnam War movie who are thrust into real-life danger and forced to become the fighting unit they’re attempting to portray in order to survive.

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Saturday, 10 January 2009

The plot summary of “The Rage” sets out its stall resolutely and with absolutely no sleight of hand. A scientific genius, Dr Viktor Visilienko (Lost’s Andrew Divoff, complete with reliable Russian accent) becomes unhinged after his master-work, a cure for cancer, is buried by greedy suits, and he’s ostracised and eventually locked up.

When the Doctor escapes, he vows to unleash a plague on the world that shunned him, a devastating disease that mutates its victims and fills them with uncontrollable rage and blood-lust. One of Visilienko’s human test-subjects breaks loose from his secret laboratory in a forest, and in turn infects the local wildlife and terrorises a group of care-free campers partying nearby.

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Saturday, 10 January 2009

“Shogun’s Samurai” is a classically tragic tale of family feuding, political machinations and betrayal. Set in feudal Japan, the story opens in 1624, just after the untimely death of the Shogun General. We soon learn that retainers of one of the General’s two sons were responsible, opening the way for a fraternal power-struggle.

One son, Lemestsu (Hiroki Matsukata), appeared to have been the natural successor, but his disfigurement raised doubts amongst his aides, leading them to poison his father before the other son, Tadanaga (Teruhiko Saigo), could be selected instead.

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Thursday, 08 January 2009

Mike Myers takes on his first original character since the beloved foreign agent “Austin Powers” with the mystical, magnetic yet ever-so-mischievous Guru Pitka, who seeks only peace, enlightenment and national television coverage.

In “The Love Guru”, when Guru Pitka is engaged to use his ancient spiritual wisdom to fix a 21st Century celebrity romance, his karma runs headlong into comedy. An all-star cast including Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake, Romany Malco, Meagan Good, Omid Djalili and Sir Ben Kingsley, along with surprise blink-and-you’ll miss them cameos, join this romp through enlightenment and merriment.

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