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Anton van Beek  |  Mar 16, 2018  |  0 comments

It begins with a small group of British soldiers walking through a seemingly deserted French town while pieces of paper declaring 'We surround you!' fall around them. Suddenly, shots ring out and they are sent running for their lives, scrambling over walls and through gardens until only one survivor, Tommy (Fionn Whitehead), emerges onto a beach alongside thousands of fellow troops waiting to be evacuated.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 02, 2013  |  0 comments

It's a good time to be a home cinema fan with a fondness for the films of Steven Spielberg. First came the long-awaited hi-def debut of Jaws back in September, swiftly followed by the first three Indiana Jones films. And now his heartwarming masterpiece E.T. has also made debut on Blu-ray.

Anton van Beek  |  May 25, 2013  |  0 comments

Not even the combined star power of Fred Astaire (coming back out of retirement after Gene Kelly broke his ankle) and Judy Garland can make Easter Parade anything more than a not-entirely-convincing attempt at repackaging a litany of old MGM musical numbers. Not that any of this has stopped Warner Bros. from delivering yet another gorgeous Technicolor restoration for the film's Blu-ray debut. The richly-coloured AVC 1.37:1 1080p encode and DTS-HD MA mono sonics both flatter the source material, and informative extras include a commentary and 1951 radio adaptation.

Mark Craven  |  Dec 20, 2014  |  0 comments

For some reason, Edge of Tomorrow didn't exactly set box office tills ringing. Perhaps audiences were underwhelmed by the prospect of yet another Tom Cruise sci-fi vehicle, after Minority Report, War of the Worlds and Oblivion. Perhaps the name was to blame – a notion offered credence by the fact that the movie's tag-line, 'Live, Die, Repeat' is now given main prominence on the BD sleeve.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 28, 2014  |  0 comments

Neill Blomkamp hit it big in 2009 with his debut feature, the apartheid parable District 9. Now he's back with yet another dystopian sci-fi satire, but will an extra dose of Hollywood star power allow Elysium to trump its well-respected predecessor?

Anton van Beek  |  Apr 09, 2013  |  0 comments

Having already written Training Day and Dark Blue, it's safe to say that David Ayer feels at home in the world of cop movies. End of Watch is undoubtedly his most accomplished work in the field to date, using a fractured mix of found footage and cinema vérité styles to put viewers bang in the middle of the action. As expected given the source material, the AVC 1.85:1 1080p encode has some issues – but it's undoubtedly true to the original photography.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 01, 2014  |  0 comments

After barely surviving an invasion by insect-like aliens called the Formic 50 years ago, Earth's military leaders have taken the idea that 'the children are our future' to their hearts. Realising that young minds are the most malleable and adaptable, the military now recruits and trains young children to fight and command the space armada that is massing for the inevitable rematch with the Formic forces.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 26, 2013  |  0 comments

Enter the Dragon is far from being Bruce Lee's best movie. Lacking the fury, fluidity and creativity of his trio of Asian martial arts films, this 1973 effort often feels like a fairly standard post-007 Hollywood action flick that just happens to have had Bruce Lee dropped into it.

Anton van Beek  |  Jun 30, 2014  |  0 comments

Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) spends a lot of his time in jail, but not because he's a criminal. Rather, he's a prison break specialist, hired to go undercover in maximum security institutions to find the flaws in their security systems.

Anton van Beek  |  Apr 22, 2013  |  0 comments

Forget mega-budget blockbusters like Spider-Man and Oz: The Great and Powerful – for most knowledgeable film fanatics Sam Raimi will always be remembered as the man who gave us the Evil Dead trilogy.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 08, 2013  |  0 comments

Neither a true remake or sequel, this reboot of the Evil Dead franchise sees five friends descend on that cabin in the middle of nowhere to help one of their number, Mia (Jane Levy), kick her drug addiction. However, when they find a mysterious book hidden away in the basement – a book that holds the secret to summoning up an ancient evil – cold turkey is the least of their worries.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 15, 2017  |  0 comments

From the earliest days of cinema, the Arthurian legend has proven to be irresistible to filmmakers. Key to this is the way in which the source material is open to such wildly disparate approaches on the silver screen, whether it's the medieval brutality of Lancelot du Lac, the animated antics of Disney's Sword in the Stone, Richard Harris singing his way around Camelot or the Monty Python gang's quest for the Holy Grail.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 29, 2013  |  0 comments

90210's AnnaLynne McCord ditches her usual vampish look to play a frumpy social outcast with some serious psychological issues and a love of surgery in this brilliantly odd horror film. First-time director Richard Bates, Jr. mixes elements of Cronenbergian body horror and Lynchian suburban nightmares as he cooks up an extraordinary shocker, and packs it full of arresting imagery that is capably recreated by the Blu-ray's sublime AVC 2.40:1 1080p encode. The DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio isn't the most expansive you'll hear, but still proves atmospheric. Extras consist of a very interesting commentary by the director and leading lady, plus the trailer.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 24, 2018  |  0 comments
Producer M.J. McMahon reveals the design decisions behind the BFI's eye-catching new three-disc, limited edition Blu-ray/DVD boxset of the acclaimed music documentary The Man from Mo'Wax
Anton van Beek  |  Aug 14, 2015  |  0 comments

Following the downright bizarre misfire of 2013's crime drama The Counsellor, Ridley Scott went back to doing what he does best – epic blockbuster spectacle – with this lavish re-telling of the story of Moses. Every bit of the film's $140million budget is there on the screen for all to see, although some of the storytelling decisions that have been made serve to make Exodus… a bit of a mess when you get past all of the epic grandeur. It's no Gladiator, basically.