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Anton van Beek  |  Oct 01, 2014  |  0 comments

Based on a true story, 12 Years a Slave tells the tale of black violinist Solomon Northup, who was born free in New York, only to be kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841. As the title indicates it would be 12 long, painful years before he finally regained his freedom and was able to return to his family.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 05, 2011  |  0 comments

Is Japanese cinema’s enfant terrible finally growing up? To be honest, probably not. But 13 Assassins is undoubtedly Takashi (Audition, Ichi the Killer) Miike’s most assured and most mainstream film to date.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 19, 2010  |  0 comments

When Sarah Tyler (Isabella Calthorpe) returns from America to visit her family home in the English countryside, it's not long before she gets much more than she had bargained for. Together with her extended step-family and a bunch of old friends, Sarah discovers that something else has also decided to visit the remote mansion at the same time. Something very hungry, that will happily spend the 13 hours they have left until sunrise picking them off one by one.

Anton van Beek  |  Apr 20, 2014  |  0 comments

This 'all-access' look at life on the road for the pop phenomenon ends without answering the biggest question of them all – how exactly did the former controversy-magnet Morgan Spurlock go from the likes of Super Size Me to bland corporately-approved fodder such as this? But even if it fails to shed any new light on the boys themselves, the concert footage looks sensational in 3D on Blu-ray and the accompanying DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix is no slouch either. As well as two cuts of the film, the Blu-ray also includes a medley of extras for fans to devour.

Mark Craven  |  Mar 11, 2014  |  0 comments

With its mismatched lead characters, dashes of violence and quick-fire comic dialogue, 2 Guns is a clear throwback to the likes of Lethal Weapon and 48Hrs. Yet it’s not quite as accomplished as either of those two genre powerhouses.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments

“Nobody gave a s**t about the Jump Street reboot… Anyone with half a brain thought it was destined to fail spectacularly. But you got lucky”. So announces Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) as he tells officers Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) that they're going back undercover. “Do the same thing as last time, everyone's happy.”

Anton van Beek  |  Nov 24, 2014  |  0 comments

Arriving eight years after Zack Snyder's surprise box office hit, Noam Munro's 300: Rise of an Empire serves as not only prequel and sequel to that film, but also a 'side-quel' depicting another battle that took place while the Spartans clashed with Persian forces at Thermopylae. As such, the focus of the film shifts to Athenian warrior Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton), who leads the relatively small Grecian navy against the might of Persian warships led by the ferocious Artemisia (Eva Green).

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 16, 2014  |  0 comments

The 300-year-old tale of the 47 Ronin who sought to avenge the death of their master is one of the most popular historical stories in Japanese culture, retold over and over again in countless plays, TV dramas and movies. So naturally, it was about time that Hollywood got in on the act…

Team HCC  |  Mar 06, 2019  |  0 comments
It's looking increasingly likely that James Cameron's The Abyss will finally be coming to Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Yes, we know that we've been through this several times before, only for Cameron's other commitments to get in the way of him signing off on the new master, but there are a couple of things that lend the rumours a little more weight this time around...
Steve May  |  Nov 08, 2012  |  0 comments

A Christmas Carol as envisaged by Robert Zemeckis, is a rather darker retelling of the Dickens classic than you mighty imagine from the Disney Empire. It also has the distinction of being the first 3D Blu-ray from the 'House of the Mouse'. While some might argue that Toy Story 3 should have led the charge, this is actually the better choice. Despite a requirement to wear spex theatrically, Toy Story 3D is a flat viewing experience. This is much more in, on and around your face. 

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 19, 2012  |  0 comments

David Cronenberg steps away from the world of body horror for a more ‘classy’ and cerebral kind of cinema with this study of the formative years of psychoanalysis. While this may disappoint some fans, those with a more open mind will find a fascinating movie powered by Keira Knightley’s ferocious performance as the disturbed young woman who falls under the spell of Michael Fassbender’s Carl Jung.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 21, 2013  |  0 comments

Four deserters from the English Civil War find themselves stuck in a field, doped up on magic mushrooms and coerced into helping a mystical Irishman find buried treasure in this brilliantly bonkers flick from Ben (Sightseers) Wheatley. Shot in under a fortnight for just £300,000, this experimental film conjures up a stunning AVC 2.40:1 1080p black-and-white encode on Blu-ray. The disc also works its magic through extensive extras, including a chat-track, 12 featurettes and an interview with the director.

Anton van Beek  |  Jun 28, 2013  |  0 comments

The original Die Hard is one of the best action movies ever made, something which makes the utterly generic nature of this fourth sequel all the more harder to stomach. A Good Day to Die Hard isn't an absolute clanger – there are a couple of standout action scenes and the script is certainly no more stupid or poorly plotted than your typical Die Hard aspirant. But there's the rub: this isn't some Under Siege-style wannabe, it's a genuine Die Hard sequel and – rightly or wrongly – John McClane's legion of fans expect so much more.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 14, 2014  |  0 comments

Made at the height of Beatlemania, Richard Lester's comedic pseudo-documentary follows the Fab Four as they head to London to record a performance. Along for the ride is Paul's grandfather John (Wilfrid Brambell), whose antics turn the members of the band against one another and throw the entire production into chaos.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 14, 2017  |  0 comments

Late one night, 12-year-old Conor O'Malley (Lewis MacDougal) is visited by a giant tree-like Monster (voiced by Liam Neeson), who tells the boy that he will recount three true stories, but after that Conor must tell him a story about the terrible truth that haunts his nightmares. For his part, Conor becomes convinced that the Monster has been summoned to save his mother (Rogue One… star Felicity Jones), who is undergoing treatment for cancer.