Monday Blu(e)s And DVD

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A vast array of amazing titles from the BFI leads a bumper week of new releases.

Disc Of The Week

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Chronicle Of A Summer – Edgar Morin and Jean Rouch’s landmark work of the 1960s makes it’s way to UK home video for the first time. A staple of any text book on film history, Morin and Rouch’s film is a fascinating piece of work. We discussed it in some detail in last week’s Editorial

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Further BFI Releases – In addition to Chronicle Of A Summer the BFI are this week releasing Carlos Saura’s Cria Cuervos, John Cassavetes’ Opening Night and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Theorem. All three are excellent.

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Blow Out – Bizarre artwork aside, this release of Brian De Palma’s best film is said to be rather definitive, even besting the Criterion edition in many ways.

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Gangster Squad – Speaking of De Palma, Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad is essentially a remake of The Untouchables. A flawed, cartoon of a movie, but one that remains quite a bit of fun. Our full review can be found here.

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Lore + I Wish – Cate Shortland’s Lore has attracted much acclaim. We’ve yet to see it. The same goes for I Wish, from Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda.

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Night Train – Again, we haven’t actually seen this title, but in Second Run we trust.

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