Cult Movies on DVD

All the best in Cult Movies released onto DVD

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

White Reindeer on DVD and VOD"White Reindeer" is an antidote to some of the more saccharine Christmas movies, along the lines of "Bad Santa" blended with "Bridget Jones's Diary". The film focuses on estate agent Suzanne Barrington (Anna Margaret Hollyman - "The Den"), a happily married woman who is looking forward to Christmas and relocating to Hawaii until she discovers that her husband has been brutally murdered by burglars.

Greaving Suzanne drifts from day to day at home, becoming massively addicted to online shopping for festive junk and clothes as she desperately seeks some kind of emotional boost. Then she discovers that the man she loved had been having an affair and goes in search of 'the other woman'. The lady in question is stripper Fantasia (Laura Lemar-Goldsborough), who befriends Suzanne and shows her how to live on the wild side of life.

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Sunday, 09 November 2014

Invasion - the 1966 movie comes to DVDA strange figure in skin-tight rubber is knocked over in a late-night road traffic accident. Rushed to hospital, the victim is identified as alien after doctors' tests produce baffling results. Then an invisible force-field surrounds the hospital and the temperature starts to rise to dangerous levels. The lives of 300 patients are at risk, and nobody has a clue what is going on. Beyond the perimeter, additional alien figures lurk, their intentions unknown.

Welcome to "Invasion", a gripping, British sci-fi thriller from the 1960s based on a story by Doctor Who scribe par excellence, Robert Holmes. Directed by Alan Bridges ("The Shooting Party"), the film stars Edward Judd and Valerie Gearon as doctors Mike Vernon and Claire Harland, the two key hospital staff who must crack this mystery. Yôko Tani ("The Savage Innocents") guest-stars as one of the beautiful and otherworldly aliens.

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Sunday, 09 November 2014

Unearthly Stranger comes to DVD"Unearthly Stranger" is a neat, British, sci-fi chiller, all about a group of scientists involved in cutting-edge research. They are on the verge of discovering a way to harness untapped energy in the brain to project one's mind through time and space, potentially across galaxies. Worryingly, each time the secret formula is discovered, those involved start to die, horribly and inexplicably. Who or what is behind these unseen attacks?

John Neville ("Baron Munchausen", Well-Manicured Man in The X-Files) stars as Dr Mark Davidson, the scientist promoted following his predecessor's recent, tragic death. Davidson savours the opportunity but discovers that he is obstructed by bureaucracy and a nagging paranoia that someone, or some… thing is undermining his progress. Meanwhile, his superiors turn their attention on Mark's new wife, a beautiful woman who exhibits some odd behaviour.

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Monday, 27 October 2014

Felony - ready to stream“Felony” is a riveting Australian police thriller about Malcolm Toohey, a hero detective (Joel Edgerton - "Warrior") who knocks a boy off his bike whilst drink-driving and then hides his involvement. His boss (Tom Wilkinson - "Shakespeare in Love") helps him bury the case but new boy on the block Jim (Jai Courtney - "Divergent") smells a rat and pursues his own investigation, much to the other two law enforcers' annoyance.

As the life of the child hangs in the balance, Detective Toohey wrestles with his guilt. Should he turn himself in, potentially dragging others down with him? And what of his own family who depend on him? The movie was directed by Matthew Saville and produced by Michael Benaroya ("Lawless"), and co-stars Melissa George ("30 Days of Night") as Malcolm's wife and Sarah Roberts (Sienna Matthews in Neighbours) as the boy's traumatised mother.

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Monday, 27 October 2014

Gutshot - on demand and digital download“Gutshot”, also known as “Gustshot Straight” to avoid confusion with another 2014 film of the same name, is a slow-burning film noire about Jack, a deadbeat gambler who owes some bad people a lot of money and has to resort to desperate measures to protect his family. Set in Las Vegas, the movie stars George Eads (Nick Stokes in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation). Stephen Lang (Colonel Miles Quaritch in "Avatar") plays Duffy, a sleazy high roller who gives Jack an eye-opening proposal that could help him buy his way out of trouble, but Jack smells a rat.

Our anti-hero has to make some tough decisions with an unpleasant debt collector (ex-footballer Vinnie Jones) breathing down his neck, and he finds himself drawn inexorably towards May, Duffy's glamorous wife (AnnaLynne McCord – ranch hand Heather in the 2014 episodes of Dallas, Naomi Clark in 90210), a sultry siren whose apparent interest in Jack is rather suspect. Action hero Steven Seagal ("Under Siege") also guest stars as mob boss Paulie Trunks. Justin Steele, previously only a director on shorts, directs a full movie for the first time.

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Timeslip - the movie - out on DVD nowNot the ATV series of the 1970s, this “Timeslip” sees a physicist experimenting in the transmutation of one element into another,and is shot and left for dead for his trouble. Rushed to hospital he dies on the operating table only to miraculously revive seconds later. Science reporter Mike Delaney develops a photo revealing the victim to be surrounded by a strange, glowing fog, and the scientist appears to have a doppelganger. The dogged hack smells a great story if he can only unravel the mystery.

Delaney (Gene Nelson - better known as the director of Elvis' "Kissin' Cousins") works alongside photographer (and love interest) Jill Rabowski (Faith Domergue - "This Island Earth") and Detective Inspector Cleary (Joseph Tomelty - "Hobson's Choice"). Up against them is a shady organisation determined to undermine the scientist's economically earth-shattering research even if it means detonating a devastating bomb.

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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Two Left Feet - out now on DVDMichael Crawford (Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em) stars as Alan, a 19-year-old removal man with a lot to learn about love and life. Ceaselessly teased by his workmates, the shy lad works up the courage to ask out a stunning tea shop assistant called Eileen (Nyree Dawn Porter - The Protectors). Unable to believe his luck, when they go clubbing Alan soon realises that he will have to work hard to keep Eileen's attention focused on him.

This cheeky black and white comedy with a dramatic edge also features Michael Craze (Ben from Hartnell/ Troughton era classic Doctor Who) and David Hemmings ("Gladiator", "Gangs of New York") as best mates whose friendship is severely tested in the pursuit of love, Julia Foster ("Alfie") as the other, less wayward woman in Alan's life and Bernard Lee ('M' in the early James Bond movies) as Alan's father.

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The House Across The Lake - out on DVDAmerican author Mark Kendrick (Alex Nicol - "The Man from Laramie") rents a bungalow on Lake Windermere to focus on his new novel. One fateful night he receives a call asking if he can help a neighbour from across the water by ferrying some of her party-goers. Despite his better nature, Mark is instantly bowled over by the lady of the house, blonde bombshell Carol Forrest (Hillary Brooke - "The Man Who Knew Too Much").

Hillary's rich stockbroker husband, Beverly Forrest (Sidney James - "The Lavender Hill Mob") befriends Mark and reveals that he still loves his wife despite her flagrant, adulterous behaviour. Mark tries to keep his distance but is inescapably drawn into the Forrests' tumultuous lives. The film was co-produced by Hammer Films and Lippert Films, and written and directed by Ken Hughes ("Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", 1967's "Casino Royale").

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

S*P*Y*S on DVD“S*P*Y*S” is a spoof espionage thriller about a couple of CIA agents who stumble into and out of all sorts of precarious situations in pursuit of a high-value MacGuffin. It stars “M*A*S*H” duo Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould, with Joss Ackland (“Lethal Weapon 2”), French sensation Zouzou (“Chloe in the Afternoon”), Vladek Sheybal (Dr Doug Jackson in UFO) and Thunderbirds' Scott Tracy - Shane Rimmer - in the supporting cast.

Burned by their own agency, the two men go on the run in Paris. Nearly broke, they take on a job to get enough cash to disappear safely, but numerous other organisations want both their scalps and their target. If they were capable agents their mission would be difficult; as bumbling fools it is going to be virtually impossible! The movie is directed by Irvin Kershner, famous for “Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back”.

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Sunday, 11 May 2014

Birth of the Living Dead on DVDIn 1967 George A Romero shot a low budget, black and white horror film with some butcher's entrails and a black star. It became a cult classic and spawned the modern zombie genre. This documentary tells the tale of “Night of the Living Dead”, including an extensive interview with Romero himself and observations from a host of movie scholars. In this age of The Walking Dead and “Resident Evil”, the godfather of the zombies will surely outlive us all.

Directed by Rob Kuhns over a span of five years between 2006 and 2011, the documentary introduces us to Romero’s early TV advertising work before embarking on the wonderful and sometimes ghoulish story of how “Night” was made, distributed and what its initial critical reception was like. The production's backdrop is the socio-political climate in the USA in the late 1960s, including the war in Vietnam, civil rights riots and the media's portrayal of them.

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Sunday, 27 April 2014

Death Is A Woman - Out Now on DVDAgent Parbury (Mark Burns – Alfred in “Death in Venice”) goes undercover on a sunny Mediterranean island to track down some drug smugglers. His investigation hits the rocks when two of the principal suspects quickly end up dead and he becomes the prime murder suspect. The odds seem stacked against him, especially when his chief opponent is a woman so devious, beautiful and deadly that nothing will stand in her way!

Trisha Noble (aka Oz singer Patsy Ann [aka Trisha] Noble – Jobal Naberrie in “Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith”, Rosie Johnson in Strike Force) plays Francesca, the sultry lady in question. Together with her remaining partner in crime Joe (Shaun Curry – Corporal Robbins in “A Bridge Too Far”, Les Pinner in Just Good Friends) she hatches a plan to get off the island with their final heroin haul, hopefully evading Parbury and local law enforcement.

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Saturday, 26 April 2014

Violent Saturday - out on dual format Blu-ray and DVDThis movie is part thriller, part smouldering melodrama. Directed by Richard Fleischer (“Tora! Tora! Tora!”, “Soylent Green”, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”), it features a trio of bank robbers who arrive at the pokey town of Bradenville, Arizona to execute what should be an easy heist. The complicated lives of the locals churn away in the foreground and background, seemingly destined to collide with the impending crime.

Victor Mature (“The Robe”, “Samson and Delilah”) stars as family man Shelly Martin, the foreman of the local quarry that drives much of the town's economy and is owned by local big-wigs, the Fairchilds; Richard Egan (“Pollyanna”) is Boyd, the heir-apparent. The gangsters are played by boss Stephen McNally (“Winchester ‘73”), muscle Lee Marvin (“The Dirty Dozen”) and brains J Carrol Naish (“Rio Grande”).

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

The Flying Squad - out now on DVDBased on a thriller by prolific author Edgar Wallace, “The Flying Squad” is about a police inspector's cat and mouse pursuit of a cold-blooded criminal. At New Scotland Yard, Inspector Bradley (Sebastian Shaw - Anakin Skywalker in “Return of the Jedi”) is threatened with demotion by his boss unless he can deliver results. Bradley suspects Mark McGill, a reputable business man by day, is involved in a major smuggling racket.

McGill (Jack Hawkins – “Zulu”, “Ben Hur”, “Lawrence of Arabia”) is indeed involved in contraband, sneakily smuggling drugs into London via an elaborate combination of plane, canal boat and lorry, and hidden amongst French cosmetics to throw even his fellow wrong-doers off the scent. Whilst presenting a sophisticated, charming image, the ultra-cautious McGill deals with potential lose ends in his organisation with brutal efficiency.

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Monday, 31 March 2014

House in the Woods - Out on DVD from NetworkThis is a concise mystery-thriller starring Michael Gough (Alfred in Burton’s “Batman”, the Celestial Toymaker from classic Doctor Who) as Geoffrey Carter, an unsociable novelist who is struggling to find his muse in a city apartment where the friendly, invasive neighbours never seem to stop partying. Geoff and his wife Carol (Patricia Roc – “Millions Like Us”) see an advert for a isolated cottage and drive into the country to see if it is the remedy the writer seeks.

The owner of the cottage, Spencer Rowland (Ronald Howard - Sherlock Holmes, “The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb”) is amazingly affable and accommodating, and offers the property to the Carters for peanuts. He suggests they move in right away, and promises to get out of their hair as soon as the rental agreement has been written up. Everything is going swimmingly until Geoff starts to suspect that their host is not quite as genuine as he appears.

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Monday, 17 March 2014

The Terrornauts on DVDCult movie producers Milton Subotsky and Max Rosenberg swiftly followed up their duo of 1960s “Doctor Who” cinematic spectaculars with this whacky SF adventure, based on “The Wailing Asteroid” by Hugo-award winning author Murray Leinster. Joe Burke and Ben Keller, a pair of astronomers searching for signs of intelligent life in outer space, lock onto a mysterious radio signal, little knowing that when they send a reply they will end up in a battle for the future of the galaxy!

Simon Oates (Dr Ridge in Doomwatch) and Stanley Meadows (Inspector Keightley in “The Ipcress File”) star as the aforementioned scientists, aided by the glamorous Zena Marshall (Miss Taro in “Dr No”) as their assistant. This was Zena’s final role, as she retired from the acting profession to concentrate on life with her third husband, the writer and producer Ivan Foxwell.

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Joey Boy finally comes to DVDA monochrome release from 1965, this is a feature wrongfully forgotten in the archives of British cinema. Perhaps this is due to it being consigned to Black and White at a time when the majority of films were being realised in colour could be a key to this – by the time television would have beckoned for it, the number of screenings would have been limited on a medium that, by the end of the 1960s, was thirsty for as much of its output to be in bright and brash colour.

“Joey Boy” is set during World War II, and has its focus on a group of London-based hustlers who are given the option to take a tour of duty with the Army over incarceration for being captured red-handing running a gambling den. Directed and co-written by “St Trinian’s” Frank Launder the major star is Harry H Corbett (Harold in Steptoe and Son, DS Sidney Bung in “Carry on Screaming!”), but he’s just the first of what are now a series of well-known faces populating every corner of the tale. With “Joey Boy” presented on DVD for the first time in a pristine brand-new transfer from original film elements, Cult TV has three copies to give away in our prize competition.

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Thursday, 06 March 2014

Cosplayers UK - The Movie - out on DVDFilmed at the May 2011 London MCM Expo event, “Cosplayers UK - The Movie” covers the fascinating subject of cosplay (short for costume play).

The documentary features in-depth interviews with a handful of ardent, amateur costume designers, footage of many of the best outfits sported by attendees at the Expo, and culminates in a hard-fought competition for a place in that year's European cosplay final.

Fans choose from an amazingly wide range of source material for their costumes, including video games, anime, comics, TV series and films. Favourites if the documentary is anything to go by are the hugely popular Final Fantasy series of role-playing games, Marvel and DC comic-book characters such as Batman and The Joker, and Star Wars icons.

Once immersed in their costumes, folk strut their stuff around London Excel's massive exhibition halls over the course of the event's three days.

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Monday, 24 February 2014

The hardly-seen Valley of Eagles out now on DVDA priceless piece of tech is stolen, the key to a new alternative form of power, and a Nobel Prize-winning scientist’s wife goes missing in this intriguing adventure film. John McCallum stars as Dr Nils Ahlen, the aforementioned boffin, who goes in search of parts of his radical energy-generating equipment which, in the wrong hands, could be used to propel a missile. He is joined by Inspector Peterson (Jack Warner, the legendary George Dixon of Dixon of Dock Green). They must chase after Ahlen’s high-maintenance wife Helga (Mary Laura Wood) and Ahlen’s assistant Strom (Anthony Dawson), as their journey takes them from the icy Swedish capital to a treacherous, wolf-riddled mountain valley in “Valley of Eagles”.

What begins as an urban detective story evolves into something quite different. As they journey towards the northern frontiers, Ahlen and Peterson come into contact with some Lapp reindeer herders, and ultimately encounter a tribe with a very unusual hunting technique (the clue is in the film's title!).

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Monday, 17 February 2014

Some Will, Some Won't comes to DVDThere aren’t many films which can create such a jaw-dropping reaction when viewed for the first time – especially if you don’t read the cast list at the start of the movie. This is certainly the case with lost British film “Some Will, Some Won’t”, which is offered here by Network Distributing in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, with the option of seeing it in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio, too.

Released in 1970, the plot revolves a bizarre condition in a will, which tests the four potential benefactors. Know as an arch-prankster, Henry Russell (Wilfrid Brambell) starts the film by making Big Ben chime well beyond 12, before falling to his death from the clock face, in a scene which has echoes of an Emmet Brown scene in “Back to the Future”.  To bag their legacies of £150,000 each, the quartet of relations have to step out of character, and prove themselves as human beings. Can they rise to their respective challenges?

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Monday, 10 February 2014

Q Planes - out now on DVDKnown stateside as “Clouds Over Europe”, this seldom-seen 1939 movie stars Ralph Richardson as Major Charles Hammond, a Scotland Yard officer who is a prototype for the Jason King character of Department ‘S’ fame. Laurence Olivier is in a supporting role as Tony McVane, a test pilot engaged in secret experimental missions. Valerie Hobson (Edith in 1949’s “Kind Hearts and Coronets”) is cynical reporter Kay Lawrence, in this fun pre-WWII spy drama.

Directed by Tim Whelan (best known for 1940’s “The Thief of Baghdad”) and featuring superlative art direction from Vincent Korda (1949’s “The Third Man” and 1962’s “The Longest Day”), “Q Planes” is presented on this Network release in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements. Of interest to Cult TV appreciators are two uncredited performances – one from John Laurie of Dad’s Army fame as a newspaper editor, and also look out for Derek Farr (Ensor in the Blake’s 7 episode “Orac”).

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Thursday, 14 November 2013

8 And A Half - On DVD and Blu-rayFederico Fellini's “8½” is a dizzying piece about Guido Anselmi, a famous movie maker who is rendered creatively impotent during the production of his latest film thanks to director's block. Guido (Marcello Mastroianni – “La Dolce Vita”, “City of Women”) is sent to a luxurious health spa by his doctor to help him regain his muse, but on his arrival Guido discovers that what seems like the entire Italian version of Hollywood has also decamped there.

The stifled director is surrounded by vain, egotistical actors desperate for a role, studio executives panicking about the financial risks associated with the director's latest opus, not to mention his own wife who (rightly) suspects him of infidelity. In these desperate circumstances, Guido finds himself reminiscing about key events in his life, in a dream-like state where the past and the present start to blend into one.

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Monday, 07 October 2013

The Witches - out as dual format DVD and Blu-ray releaseOriginally released in 1966, “The Witches” is a portrait of a disarmingly quaint ‘Little England’ for its first couple of reels, before revealing its credentials as a legitimate entry into the Hammer horror film canon. Based on the novel “The Devil’s Own” by Peter Curtis, you know things are going to take a very dark turn when you see its screenplay came from the pen of Nigel Kneale, the creator of “Quatermass”. And here it comes, digitally restored on a dual Blu-ray/DVD release.

The pre-credit sequence sees our protagonist Gwen Mayfield (Joan Fontaine), an English schoolteacher, working as a missionary in Africa. The cliffhanger leaves her being attacked by a tribe of local witch doctors (look out for a young Rudolph Walker as Mark, one of her assistants). All we know for sure is she has been exposed to the occult, but it is only later in the movie that we find out exactly how deeply she has been left traumatised.

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Sunday, 06 October 2013

The Kick - out now on DVDJackie Chan may be taking it relatively easy these days, but others in the world of martial arts cinema are certainly not. “The Kick” is a fun-filled, action spectacular from Prachya Pinkaew, Thai director of “Ong-bak” and “Chocolate”. The story focuses on the theft of the mystical ‘Kris of Kings’, a blade said to reward the holder with the power to rule the world. The thieves do not count on the intervention of a brave and gifted family of taekwondo experts, however.

Suck Doo (Kwan-hun Lee), the smartly-dressed leader of a gang of scowling, hoody-wearing criminals desperately wants the sword, but it seems like the family are always one step ahead of him. Queue a string of innovative, high-energy action sequences set in zoos, exhibition halls and dingy warehouses. Those seeking deep characterisation should look elsewhere but if you fancy an exhilarating and entertaining 90 minutes, this movie is worthy of your consideration.

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Monday, 30 September 2013

Frankenstein's Army comes to DVDSet towards the end of World War II, “Frankenstein’s Army” features a small band of Russian soldiers on a reconnaissance mission in Eastern Germany. Expecting to encounter little more than harsh wintry conditions and the last remnants of the German resistance, the men are stunned when they unearth a secret facility producing freakish, undead killing machines. The creatures are the work of a descendent of the infamous Doctor Frankenstein.

Shot in Czechoslovakia by Dutch director Richard Raaphorst, this movie features some of the most astounding and hideous monster creations ever conceived. Designed primarily by Raaphorst himself with some excellent additional work by special effects crew Unreal, they are unquestionably the film’s main selling point. Imagine a steampunk combination of Big Daddy from the video game Bioshock, the squirming, fleshy beasts from “Silent Hill” and the mutants from “Hellraiser” and you will be somewhere in the ballpark.

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Tuesday, 06 August 2013

Blancanieves comes to DVDRelatively hot on the heels of Oscar-winning silent movie “The Artist” comes “Blancanieves”, a silent, warped Spanish take on the classic tale of Snow White by the Brothers Grimm. In this striking, black and white production, set in 1920s Seville, Carmen (aka Snow White) is the daughter of a famous bullfighter who joins a travelling band of dwarves and develops into a fearless toreador in her own right, much to the chagrin of her evil stepmother.

Tragically, Carmen’s mother dies in childbirth and her father (Daniel Giménez Cacho – “Bad Education”) is crippled following a nasty goring in the bullring. His nurse, Encarna (Maribel Verdú – “Pan’s Labyrinth”) spies an opportunity to become the new object of his affections and in the process takes advantage of his status and wealth. Poor Carmen is shunned and left in the care of her grandmather (Ángela Molina – “Live Flesh”).

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