Blu-ray Review: Django Unchained (2012)

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Django Unchained BR CoverDistributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Walton Goggins, James Remar, Don Johnson, Franco Nero, Quentin Tarantino, Bruce Dern, Jonah Hill

Nothing gets movie fans so worked up as the arrival of a new Quentin Tarantino movie, and Django Unchained was no exception when it hit cinemas a couple of years back. 2009’s Inglourious Basterds arrived to universal praise from fans and critics alike and represented something of a creative high for the director as it is a film that pretty much defines everything that Quentin Tarantino is about – good qualities and bad – and after the relative disappointment of Death Proof in 2007 he needed to keep that level of consistency going.

But Quentin Tarantino is a man who will make whatever film he wants to make and, whatever you think of Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Betty Blue (1986)

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Betty Blue BR CoverDistributor: Second Sight Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix

Starring: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Béatrice Dalle, Gérard Darmon, Consuelo De Haviland, Clémentine Célarié, Vincent Lindon

In Betty Blue Béatrice Dalle (À l’intérieur) stars as the titular Betty, a beautiful young woman who is beginning a passionate relationship with a handyman-cum-writer called Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade – Nikita). However, Betty’s behaviour is wild and unpredictable, and after she becomes obsessed with a manuscript Zorg is working on she burns down the beach hut where Zorg lives and works, forcing the couple to move to the city and live with Betty’s friend. But once there Betty’s odd Continue reading

DVD Review: Formula For A Murder (1985)

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Formula For A Murder DVD CoverDistributor: Shameless Screen Entertainment

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Alberto De Martino

Starring: David Warbeck, Christina Nagy, Carroll Blumenberg, Rossano Brazzi, Loris Loddi

Alberto De Martino’s Formula For A Murder opens with a dreamlike scene where 11-year-old girl called Joanna is being given a doll by a priest who then goes on to attack the child, the young girl falling whilst trying to escape and breaking her back. Flash forward 25 years and Joanna (Christina Nagy) is confined to a wheelchair but has put a substantial amount of her family fortune into a sports centre for paraplegics, where she meets Craig (David Warbeck – Razor Blade Smile/The Black Cat) and the couple have a whirlwind romance culminating in a marriage proposal. While all of this is going on, Craig is informed by Joanna’s doctor, Dr. Sernich (Rosanno Brazzi – Omen III: The Final Conflict), that she also has a heart condition that could bring Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Demons (1985)

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Demons BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Lamberto Bava

Starring: Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny, Bobby Rhodes, Geretta Geretta, Nicoletta Elmi

Demons is one of those cracking horror movies that crops up once in a while that throws in (or should that be up?) everything that is great about the genre, and a few things that aren’t so great, without any remorse or shame. And why should it? Horror movies are meant to be horrific and Demons is one of the purest examples this without any sort of romantic sub-plots or overly dramatical twists allowing for character development; Demons is total horror from start to finish and it loves it.

The plot goes something like this – a mysterious man in a metal mask is giving out free Continue reading