Monday Blu(e)s and DVD

Fantasy and Dual-Format reissues lead the way this week, with a notable directorial effort from one of Hollywood’s greatest stars also available.

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

Chung Kuo, China – In 1972  Michelangelo Antonioni was invited to China to make a documentary charting the ongoing cultural revolution that had swept up the country. Chung Kuo, China is the resulting film. A fascinating insight in to a secretive regime, Antonioni’s film is as telling in as much of what it doesn’t cover in as much as it actually does. Fascinating.

The Ides Of March – While unarguably flawed in part, if only due to its slightness, George Clooney’s return behind the camera with this, his fourth directorial effort is ultimately a great success. Ryan Gosling turns in yet another interesting performance, while able support from Rachel Evan Wood and Philip Seymour Hoffman ensure that the film isn’t just a performance piece.

Tomboy – Embarrassingly, we still haven’t seen Tomboy, the latest effort from Water Lillies director Céline Sciamma, but we will rectify that with this DVD release.

Immortals – We went pretty easy on Tarsem Singh’s latest effort upon its theatrical release earlier this year. Needless to say we were in the minority, and while the visually rich world being presented was truly impressive, the flaws are far too heavy for one to want to revisit this film.

Game Of Thrones: The First Season – Like many fervent cinephiles we struggle to make time for television. As with The Wire, a fellow HBO television series, we will be indulging on Game Of Thrones in a series of marathon DVD viewing sessions. From what we gather it’s very good.

Gunman In The Streets – A late period film noir shot on the streets of Paris from American filmmaker Frank Tuttle. The tagline on the packaging (“A Lost Noir Thriller”) is apt, as we’re yet to see it.

 

BFI Dual-Format reissues – These three titles have been previously issued, but such is the notability of each title that we thought their resurfacing worth mentioning. Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo’s Winstanley is our recommendation, but both of the Bill Douglas titles are well worth an exploration.

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