Cult Movies on DVD

All the best in Cult Movies released onto DVD

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Sunday, 05 August 2012

 

A Force of One comes to Blu-rayChuck Norris: karate legend, facial hair champion and Internet meme par excellence. “A Force of One” is amongst his earliest movies, helping to establish a cult reputation that extends right up to the present day – at 72 years of age, no less - with a starring role in action extravaganza “The Expendables 2”. Roll back to 1979, and a rogue martial arts assassin is killing cops who get too close to a rapidly expanding narcotics ring.

In a fit of desperation, the police force persuades karate champ Matt Logan (Norris – Walker, Texas Ranger, “Way of the Dragon”) to give up some time to share a few basic self-defence techniques, giving the rank and file a fighting chance against their unseen nemesis. Meanwhile, Logan is preparing for a title defence against Jerry Sparks (Bill Wallace – “The Protector”), a powerful opponent who, like Logan, is ex-Special Forces.

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Wednesday, 01 August 2012

 

London Tales - CFF productions back on DVDThe Children’s Film Foundation was one element of childhood for many youngsters who used to go to Saturday morning cinema special aimed at junior members of the film-going public.  With “London Tales”, the British Film Institute brings a trio of stories from across CFF’s history back into focus.  The tales, “The Salvage Gang”, “Operation Third Form” and “Night Ferry” are the components of a new release now available, featuring the likes of Bernard Cribbins, Wilfrid Brambell and Frazer Hines.

For over 30 years the CFF produced quality entertainment for young audiences, employing the cream of British filmmaking talent. Aside from a quartet of Network DVD releases a decade ago*, these much-loved and fondly-remembered family films can now return to the screen, newly transferred from the best-available elements held in the BFI National Archive. Larger-than-life villains, conmen find themselves really down on their luck, being no match for plucky capital city kids.

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

 

Mirror, Mirror - Out now on Blu-ray & DVD“Mirror, Mirror” is a stylish retelling of the legend of Snow White, released at a time when fairy tales are all the rage. On our TV screens, the second seasons of Grimm and Once Upon a Time are in the works whilst in the cinemas, “Snow White and the Huntsman” was a big enough success to spawn a sequel. Audiences the world over, it seems, are hankering for colourful stories of evil queens, handsome princes and monsters beyond imagining.

In this movie, Julia Roberts is cast against type as the self-obsessed Queen who always has to be the centre of attention. Of course, the Queen does not count on her stunning daughter in law, Snow White (Lily Collins – “Priest”) outshining her magically-enhanced beauty. It is not long before Brighton, her royal aid (Nathan Lane – “The Producers”, “Mousehunt”) is dispatched to murder the naive princess on her 18th birthday.

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Monday, 30 July 2012

 

Hijacked - out now on Blu-ray and DVD“Hijacked” is billed as a high-octane action-thriller in the style of “Executive Decision”. The cast includes some of the genre’s heavyweights including ex-UFC champion Randy Couture, British bruisers Vinnie Jones and Craig Fairbrass, and Prison Break star Dominic Purcell. Stir in a plot about a mysterious terrorist organisation called The Tribe who plan to attack the luxurious jet of a billionaire industrialist and philanthropist, and light the touch paper!

Couture plays Paul Ross, a burly agent from the USA tasked with shutting The Tribe down. His investigation leads him to Bruce Lieb, the aforementioned business man who is flying to Paris that night with a bunch of well-healed contributors. Ross uncovers plans for a hijack and together with Lieb’s head of security (Purcell), they attempt to overcome the terrorists before they can endanger the lives of everyone on board.

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Monday, 23 July 2012

The Prey - out now on DVD“The Prey” is a fast-paced French thriller about a tough criminal who escapes from prison, and is forced to go on the run to hunt down a serial killer who endangers his wife and daughter. Albert Dupontel (“A Very Long Engagement”) stars as Franck Adrien, a wiry bank robber with a code of ethics and an impressive, Jason Bourne-like ability to outrun, outwit and out-fight anyone who stands in his way.

Adrien seizes the opportunity to break out of prison when a bent guard tries to set him up for a fall. He launches head-first into a pursuit of his deranged ex-cell mate, Jean-Louis Maurel (Stéphane Debac – “Mr. Bean’s Holiday”), a man he learns is responsible for a number of deaths of young girls, despite being released early because of false testimony. Meanwhile, a streetwise female detective called Claire Linné (Alice Taglioni – “Grande école”) is assigned to Adrien’s case, and is equally determined to send him straight back behind bars.

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Monday, 23 July 2012

Airborne - out now on DVDWhen all other planes have been grounded because of an oncoming storm, trans-atlantic flight 686 to New York is boarded and ready for takeoff. Only a dozen or so passengers embark, along with a suspect package in a wooden crate. One of the crew is an unfamiliar last-minute replacement, and an obnoxious gangster and his two bodyguards put everyone on edge. Combined, you have all the ingredients for a very bumpy flight!

The impressive cast of this edgy thriller includes Mark Hamill (“Star Wars: Episodes IV-VI”) as a stressed-out air traffic controller on his last day before retirement, Craig Conway (“The Descent”, “Dog Soldiers”) as one of the aforementioned heavies, Billy Murray (The Bill), Julian Glover (Game of Thrones, Doctor Who - “The City of Death”), Andrew Shim (“This Is England”) as a squaddie fresh from the front and Gemma Atkinson (Casualty, Hollyoaks) as a very plucky flight attendant.

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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Blackthorn - out on Blu-ray and DVDThe premise of this Western is that infamous outlaw Butch Cassidy miraculously survived the classic shootout, and retired in Bolivia to a quiet life taming horses. Now going by the name of Blackthorn, the ex-robber (Sam Shepard – “The Right Stuff”, “Black Hawk Down”) is on the return leg of a trip to sell some animals when he encounters a Spanish bandit. They exchange fire and Blackthorn witnesses his retirement fund disappearing into the distance on the back of his spooked horse.

The two men are forced into an uneasy alliance which by necessity slowly but surely develops into a friendship. The Spaniard, Eduardo Apodaca (Eduardo Noriega – “The Devil’s Backbone”) is being relentlessly hunted by a dozen men hired by the company whose mine he stole a lot of money from. Blackthorn is dragged into his new companion’s hazardous affairs and risks exposing his true identity in the process.

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Monday, 21 May 2012

The Grey - on Blu-ray & DVDFollowing an horrific plane crash, within the freezing Alaskan wilds, seven oil workers fight for their survival against the harsh elements and a relentless and very territorial pack of wolves. Grizzled and resourceful huntsman Ottway (Liam Neeson) tries to take charge, but desperation, exhaustion and clashing personalities mean that the group is far from unified. Supplies running low, they strike out for civilisation with the hungry wolves in close pursuit.

“The Grey” is by turns haunting, terrifying and moving, and its appeal goes way beyond the standard hunter/prey genre. The characterisation is realistic and most of the characters are more than mere ciphers. As the story develops we gradually learn more about the lives and loves of these tough men who are taken to the limit and beyond by impossibly harsh conditions. Some of them start out as coarse and rowdy drunkards on their way home, but their layers are quickly stripped away to reveal much more sensitive and vulnerable personalities underneath, people that you want to survive.

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Tuesday, 08 May 2012

“Clone” (aka “Womb”) is a brooding, psychological drama-romance starring current Doctor Who Matt Smith and Eva Green of “Casino Royale” fame. As the title suggests, the movie deals with some of the thorny social issues surrounding human cloning. Rebecca and Thomas meet as nine-year-olds and immediately strike up a close relationship, only to be separated when her mum gets a job in Tokyo. Flash forwards twelve years and Rebecca returns, keen to pick up where they left off.

Disaster strikes soon after when Thomas is killed in a tragic accident. In this slightly different reality, human cloning is legal and, unable to cope with the loss of her lover, Rebecca goes against his mother’s wishes and is impregnated with Thomas’ cells. As her son grows into the young man she used to know, the line between motherly love and more romantic affection becomes blurred, and it is only a matter of time before Thomas learns the truth about his lineage.

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Monday, 16 April 2012

Originally released as a TV movie in the 1990s for Showtime, “Roswell” depicts what it describes as true-life events from 1947 surrounding a UFO that crashed down in the eponymous town in New Mexico, the subsequent media storm and army cover-up, and one man’s mission to uncover the truth 30 years later. Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Desperate Housewives) and Martin Sheen (“Apocalypse Now”, The West Wing) headline.

Intelligence Officer Jesse Marcel (MacLachlan) was one of the first on the scene on 4 July 1947, when the UFO evidence was reported by a startled livestock rancher. Supported by a knee-jerk army statement mentioning a ‘flying disc’, Marcel dives enthusiastically into an investigation, only to become the fall guy when the military does a complete U-turn a few days later. A major cover-up ensues, the evidence is replaced with a weather balloon and witnesses are paid off.

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Saturday, 17 March 2012

Four American friends go on camping trip in the hills. One of them, Brett (Brett Rosenberg), is making a documentary about the experience, little knowing what an horrific experience lies in store for them. Brett, Ryan (Ryan McCoy), Abi (Abigail Richie) and Ashley (Ashley Bracken) arrive at the foothills in a robust recreational vehicle, but then set out on foot to pitch their tents deeper in the country. Strange creature noises disrupt their relaxing break, but the fear really starts to kick in when they spy a bizarre ape-like beast lurking in a valley.

As we witness though Brett’s ‘found’ footage, his movie-making ambitions start to aggravate the other three, and his insistence on tracking the animal down naturally leads them into grave danger, drawing them to its attention. That night, scared out of their wits, they decide they will leave in the morning, but by then one of them has vanished and the search party uncovers horrors none of them expected and most likely will not survive. Some evidence is better left undiscovered...

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Monday, 05 March 2012

I was drawn to review this film by the claim of “a wonderfully eerie slice of Lovecraftian horror” (thanks, BeyondHollywood.Com). I can only assume that whoever wrote that particular line has never read any of HP Lovecraft’s tales. There is no sense of cosmic threat, nor eon-spanning depth. “The Shrine” is a simple story that covers familiar, well-trodden ground. The other grandiose quotes festooned about the packaging are equally off-target.

The plot is basic: three one-dimensional characters put themselves in harm’s way while investigating the disappearance of a back-packer in a tiny village in rural Poland. Where this differs from the majority of teen-slasher flicks is that the three choose to visit this dangerous area (one albeit reluctantly) rather than just wandering into it – though there is a sort-of hut-thing in the woods! The lead protagonist is Carmen (Cindy Sampson), a journalist who is attempting to rescue her career and mend her relationship with photographer boyfriend Marcus (Aaron Ashmore).

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Saturday, 11 February 2012

There are two schools of thought likely to stir up the population of America when their orthodox view of the Moon landings is challenged.  The first is that man never set foot on the Moon at all – space radiation from the Van Allen Belt would have made it impossible.  The second is that yes, man did get to the Moon, but either far earlier than history notes, what they found there was different to what we have been told, and/or trips to the Moon have continued as ‘Black Ops’ secret operations ever since. The majority of the American Public (and press and media) don’t like the thought of any of these – hence why reaction to “Apollo 18” at the Box Office was so hostile.

In consensus reality we are told that Apollo 17, launched 17 December 1972, was the last manned mission to the Moon.  “Apollo 18” works from the criteria that in December 1973, a crew of three astronauts were sent on a secret mission to the Moon funded by the US Department of Defense.  Somehow the actual footage which the astronauts took on that mission has escaped into the wider world. And we had three copies of the DVD to give away of “Apollo 18” in a prize competition.

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Monday, 30 January 2012

“Yamada” (aka “The Samurai of Ayothaya”) is a period martial arts movie set in the late 16th Century Kingdom of Ayothaya (now Thailand). The titular character is a Japanese samurai who is betrayed and left for dead by his own people. A band of passing Thai warriors save him and take him back to their village to recuperate. With the blessing of the elder priest he decides to stay and learn their deadly Muay Boran fighting style before enrolling in a tournament to become a royal bodyguard.

Having lived in the region some time, Yamada (ex-model Seigi Ozeki) can already speak the local language; this ability in combination with his charm and unwavering code of honour helps him to befriend Jumpaa, a local beauty with an inquisitive daughter, and her brother Khaam (Thanawut Ketsaro) who is impressed with Yamada’s willingness to go native. As a neighbouring enemy force threatens to invade, our hero knows that one day he must return home and seek vengeance.

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Monday, 30 January 2012

What would you do if you gradually started losing your senses, one by one? Would you despair and give up on life or embrace it, cherishing others and those things you can still enjoy? That is the premise of this fantastic new movie starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green. Susan (Green) is Glasgow-based epidemiologist, one of the first people to discover the outbreak of a global phenomenon that is causing people to lose their sense of smell. Michael (McGregor) is a chef at a restaurant across the road from Susan’s flat.

The affliction, cleverly nicknamed Severe Olfactory Syndrome or ‘SOS’ starts slowly at first, and the warning sign that a victim is about to lose their sense of smell is that they suffer a moment of overwhelming grief for all that they have lost and regret in life. Scientists are bewildered and whilst people panic a little as the condition spreads, they quickly learn to redress the balance by focusing on the senses that remain. Then the second wave strikes everyone at once, causing momentary ravenous hunger followed by the loss of taste.

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Sunday, 22 January 2012

“Made in Chile” is a box set featuring two movies by Chilean director Pablo Larrain: “Post Mortem” (2010) and “Tony Manero” (2008). Both films are set in Santiago in the 1970s with one eye on the evolving and dangerous political climate and the other on the lives of a handful of citizens caught up in troubled relationships. Both star Alfredo Castro and his fellow actors from same troupe. This review focuses on “Tony Manero”, the disconcerting tale of an obsessive fan of “Saturday Night Fever” who murders his way into a look-alike competition on TV in the midst of Pinochet’s ruthless dictatorship.

It is 1979 and Raúl (Castro) is fixated with John Travolta’s role of Tony in the hit movie to the point where he watches it in an otherwise empty cinema over and over again, mouthing the words and echoing the moves from his seat. He registers for the impersonation competition a week in advance and in the meantime rehearses a small-time dance show also based on the film. Jobless, he murders the innocent and steals from them to fuel his passion.

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Sunday, 22 January 2012

“Punishment Park” is a highly controversial and potentially very frightening film about the violent suppression of political and social activists in the United States. Groups consisting primarily of young adults are brought before a sentencing board to explain their beliefs and actions. They have already been deemed guilty of threatening national security, albeit without a proper trial. At the end of the process they are given the option to serve their lengthy penal sentence or to take part in the Punishment Park ‘course’.

This Herculean trial involves a trek through 53 miles of parched Californian desert and mountainous landscape; they are allowed no food or drink other than the possibility of a water stop if they reach the half-way point. In pursuit are vehicle-bound law enforcement teams who must give the defendants a two-hour head start. If the activists are caught or fail to reach their goal (an American flag) within three days, they must serve their jail sentence. If they resist, they are threatened with violent suppression by the heavily armed enforcers.

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Thursday, 12 January 2012

Flashback to 1992, and the country of Columbia. Nine-year old Cataleva witnesses her parents being murdered. Using some excellently honed gymnastic skills and an already-developing bad attitude, she escapes the massacre. Taking refuge in the USA with Emilio, her gangster uncle, we fast-forward 15 years later, where Cataleva now works for him as a ‘hit woman’. She draws an orchid drawn on the chest of her victims as a calling card – hoping this message will be picked up by the killers of her parents.

Zoe Saldana, who as we all should know is Uhura in JJ Abrams’ reboot of Star Trek, is getting plenty of lead rolls these days.  “The Losers” was a good ensemble piece, playing Neytini in “Avatar”, but there’s no doubt that “Colombiana” is designed to be her starring vehicle. And we had three copies of the DVD to give away in a competition, in celebration of it being one of the first titles to be reviewed on Cult TV’s first broadcast television series – Behind The Sofa.

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Wednesday, 11 January 2012

If you thought it was safe to go back in the water you were mistaken, in fact it might be an idea to miss out that beach holiday all together. As the title of this film suggests there are “Sand Sharks” about and they are after anyone who strays onto their territory. A rip-roaring rip off, this film is great fun, but don’t make the mistake of taking it seriously, although played (fairly) straight this is a parody of just about every fishy tale since the daddy of them all splashed onto the cinema screens back in 1975. You will lose count of the amount of “Jaws” in jokes that are crammed into this film.

When the decapitated head of a dune biker is found near the beach on the sleepy island resort of White Sands, the wounds suggest the deceased was the victim of a shark attack. Contradicting this theory, however, is the fact that the remains were found well above the tide line and at the end of a blood trail coming from an inland direction. Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, Deputy Sheriff Brenda Young (Vanessa Lee Evigan, “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”) calls in shark expert Dr. Sandy Powers (Brooke Hogan) to assist her in the investigation.

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Thursday, 22 December 2011

This adventurous, feature-length stop-motion animation showcases famous American author Mark Twain and some of his best-loved characters including Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and Becky Thatcher. Together they sneak onboard Twain’s wondrous, steampunk airship bound for a rendezvous with Halley’s Comet, along the way recounting some amazing tales extracted from his books.

Will Vinton, the producer and director of the movie, has a rich heritage in clay and later CGI animation, including the classic California Raisins advert that became a TV series, as well as The PJs, M&Ms commercials and Michael Jackson’s “Moonwalker”. “Mark Twain” sits at the heart of his body of work, and should appeal to both children and adults for reasons I will outline below.

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Thursday, 22 December 2011

A God-fearing and insular Hittite community clashes with their neighbours in this 1981 horror film from Wes Craven (“A Nightmare on Elm Street”, “Scream” and “The Hills Have Eyes”). When Martha (Maren Jensen – original Battlestar Galactica) loses her ex-commune husband in a tragic accident, the Hittites exert pressure on her to sell her farm and move out. She refuses and shortly afterwards the death toll starts to rise. Meanwhile, accusations of a sinister demonic presence sour local relations to breaking point.

The film co-stars Ernest Borgnine (“The Black Hole”, “Escape From New York”, Airwolf) as Isaiah, the Hittites’ very strict Elder, Sharon Stone (“Total Recall”, “Casino”) in her first speaking role and Susan Buckner (“Grease”) as Martha’s friends who foolishly come to stay, and dependable horror staple Michael Berryman (“The Hills Have Eyes”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”) as – you guessed it – the resident freak.

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Monday, 14 November 2011

Nature-loving Lowell (Bruce Dern – “Monster”, “The ‘Burbs”) and his three insensitive colleagues onboard space freighter Valley Forge eagerly await an announcement from their bosses. The ship is one of several fitted with giant domes that preserve the last few forests and numerous endangered species. Back on Earth, the average temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and everything except man is dying out. Lowell hopes that the order will be to repopulate the planet with life; his colleagues could not care less.

The news comes over the radio that they must jettison the pods and blow them up, returning the freighters to commercial service forthwith. Lowell is dumbstruck but the others – Keenan (Cliff Potts), Barker (Ron Rifkin – Alias, “L.A. Confidential”) and Wolf (Jesse Vint) set about planting the explosives and destroying the ultra rare and fragile life onboard. When it comes to the final pod, Lowell refuses to give way and sets in motion a tragic sequence of events.

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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

‘Silly games always end in tears’ goes the saying, and “The Wild Hunt” confirms it with shocking effect. Erik (Ricky Mabe – “Zack and Miri Make a Porno”) loses his girlfriend to a bunch of live-action role-players. Desperate to get her back, he reluctantly ventures into the game on the eve of the annually-celebrated battle of Ragnarok. Passions are high, drink is flowing and the players will not let anything get in the way of their make-believe war.

Ex-girlfriend Lyn - or to use her gamer title ‘Princess Evlynia’ (Kaniehtiio Horn – “Journey to the Centre of the Earth” and forthcoming release “Immortals”) - becomes the ‘stag’ in the game, a god-like character who is supposed to lead the fearsome Celtic barbarians into battle against the other factions. When Erik turns up to woo her back, he selfishly disrupts the rhythm and course of the battle and sets in motion a tragic course of events. As the film’s ominous tagline foretells, no matter what happens the Wild Hunt ‘cannot be stopped’.

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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Rina Takeda (“Karate Girl”) stars in this short and fast-paced martial arts movie about the Iga and Kouga, two rival ninja clans who kidnap and enslave young women to assuage their groups’ personal needs. One of the captives is Kisaragi (Takeda), an elite ninja on a revenge mission. Not only must she thwart the kidnappings and bring the slave traders to justice, but also discover who was responsible for her mother’s capture many years ago.

Once Kisaragi has escaped her bonds, she sets about taking the gang members down one by one. She possesses some mean kung fu skills but the clock is ticking as the other women are in mortal peril. The movie was written and directed by Seiji Chiba, best known for “Alien Vs Ninja”, “Rogue Ninja” and “Evil Ninja”. Clearly this is a man with a bit of a ninja obsession, so has he got anything new or interesting to say about them?

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Tuesday, 04 October 2011

Have you seen a horror film?  Yes? Then you have already seen “Blood Runs Cold”, this film could easily by renamed Blood Runs Cliché. Shut a group of kids in an isolated house and kill them off one by one in ever more gruesome ways. Spurting blood, a masked killer and plenty of wooden doors just waiting to be smashed with an axe; it is all here. But give it a go; you will still be entertained, even if it is like watching a murderous pantomime.

Winona, (Hanna Oldenburg) a successful musician returns to her hometown for some time relax. She finds the house that her manager has rented for her to be a dilapidated, creaky, creepy shack. Not wanting to be alone she ventures into the nearby bar and meets up with her ex-boyfriend Rick and his friends Carl and Liz. They return to the rented house, but perhaps they are not as alone as they first thought. The action, stunts and gruesome deaths are all done well. The blood is occasionally a bit bright but when it is pumping from a severed limb it does not matter. Unfortunately there are no really scary, jump-out-of-your-pants bits, everything is telegraphed to the viewer way ahead of its occurrence.

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