An absolutely stellar line-up marks the week in home video.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Hijacking and I’m So Excited – Not seen either. Keen to do so with both.