Monday Blu(e)s and DVD

A fantastic week for Blu-ray and DVD sees the latest releases from Hope Lies favourites The Masters Of Cinema, alongside a couple of other notable titles.

Please feel free to use the comments section below to let us know if we’ve missed anything. Monday Blu(e)s and DVD’s is produced in association with Film@Home, the British Video Association’s digital hub for the promotion of Blu-ray. More information on Film@Home can be found on their Facebook page.

Disc Of The Week

Repo Man – Alex Cox’s debut film is considered to be one of the great war cries against Reaganite Americana, so it’s appropriate that the film is seeing reissue in a time in which the world is paying for the sins of the era. It ought to go without saying that Cox’s film is still as relevant today as it was in 1984.

A herculean package of extras accompany the film, including an audio commentary from Cox and key members of the production (one of whom was Michael Nesmith, of The Monkees fame), a retrospective documentary on the film and a brand new video piece from Cox. The highlights of the disc though are Harry Zen Stanton, an interview in which the actor lives up to his idiosyncratic reputation, and the notorious television cut of Repo Man, an effort which resulted in the coining of the terminology “melon farmers”. Essential.

Repo Man is also available in steelbook form. Purchase either directly from Eureka by clicking here.   

The Insect Woman (and Nishi-Ginza Station) – The Masters Of Cinema continue in their quest to release the complete works of Shôhei Imamura, with this release of a couple of early works from the filmmaker. The Insect Woman leads the package, with the 1963 film considered by many to be the filmmakers breakout work. Nishi-Ginza Station is included as a supplementary work, but is presented in full HD and offers the same kind of quality one would expect from a separate release.

Miss Bala – Inexplicably only released on DVD, Gerardo Naranjo’s film from late 2011 was released to something of a muted commercial release, and one without the kind of breakout success that we here at Hope Lies at 24 Frames Per Second had tipped for it upon viewing at the London Film Festival. Viscerally superior to 90% of the action cinema offerings from last year, Miss Bala is a hugely engaging work, and one that deserves, nay demands a greater audience now that it’s reached home video.

Her Private Hell – The BFI’s Flipside imprint continues in along its manifesto to release largely forgotten curiosities from the counter side of the British film industry. Her Private Hell is probably most notable for being the UK’s first narrative sex film.

Warrior – While not the masterpiece that the mainstream press would have you believe (although even their interest seems to have wained in retrospect), Gavin O’Connor’s Warrior makes for a satisfying couple of hours worth of entertainment. Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte all provide great turns, and while the film has one major problem, in that the manner in which O’Connor’s representations of violence is completely irresponsible (and blatantly certificate chasing), it’s difficult to be too harsh on the film overall.

Our original review of Warrior can be found here

Malcolm – A genuine curiosity from Australia, Malcolm stars Colin Friels as an inventor type who gets caught up with a petty criminal. A major success upon its 1986 release in its home land, Malcolm won 8 Australian Film Institute awards and swept the box office.  

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