Monday Blu(e)s And DVD

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An absolutely stellar line-up marks the week in home video.

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Simon Killer and The Tarnished Angels – Eureka’s Masters Of Cinema label shines once again with a couple of very impressive titles. Simon Killer, from American filmmaker Antonio Campos is perhaps the greater surprise, given that it’s a contemporary picture. Scepticism greeted the announcement of Simon Killer in some quarters, but it really is quite remarkable. There will hopefully be a complete review of the film live on Hope Lies at 24 Frames Per Second later this afternoon. The Sirk picture carries with it a moderately subversive take on the American dream in the wake of the Second World War, and comes just as highly recommended.

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The Fall Of The House Of Usher and Time Bandits – Arrow Video delve in to Poe for the first in a series of Corman’s adaptations of the work of Edgar Allan Poe. Gilliam joins the line too, with a nicely restored special edition of Time Bandits. Both come complete with extensive extras packages.

91D8RdWEGwL._SL1500_Something In The Air – One of 2013’s best, Something In The Air is an inventive fusion of biography and cinema from French auteur Olivier Assayas. There’s a full review in the latest Periodical.

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Blackfish – Far too great a reliance on conjecture threatens to overshadow a worthy cause. The thriller-heavy afterglow of The Imposter is all too prevalent. We caught it at Docfest, and our thoughts from there can be found here.

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Southcliffe – There’s some connective tissue between Southcliffe and one of this week’s other big releases. Sean Durkin, the Anglo-American filmmaker behind Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene also had a hand in this week’s Simon Killer. Kismet. Shame it’s DVD only.

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A Hijacking and I’m So Excited  – Not seen either. Keen to do so with both.

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  1. carl copeland 26/08/2013 — 9:08 am

    Great releases this week. I love the Tarnished Angels, wonderful melodramatic cinema. I’ll be even more skint me in the coming weeks.

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