Monday Blu(e)s And DVD


A solid line-up of disc-based releases lead the charge in home video this week.


Behind The Candelabra. Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic is one of the glittering jewels in the cine-crown of 2013. Michael Douglas is on latter-day career defining form, Matt Damon genuinely extend his repertoire with his most interesting turn in some time.


Lifeforce and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Arrow Video lead the path to Halloween with a pair of curiousities from the oeuvres of franchises and filmmakers otherwise more glittering. Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre¬†remains a genre defining masterpiece, so it’s interesting to contextualise this further with a fellow work from the directors body of work, as well as that films moderately maligned sequel. ‘Lavish’ doesn’t even begin to cover the three disc edition of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, which is housed in an oversized edition and comes with a wealth of extra content.


The Wicker Man. The film’s chequered path to the viewer is possibly the most interesting thing about Robin Hardy’s staggeringly well-thought of The Wicker Man. We’ve never really understood the praise. This edition, the films 332nd, purports to be the ultimate iteration.


Like Someone In Love. Embarrassingly we’ve yet to see Abbas Kiarostami’s Tokyo-set tale of a young prostitute. The buzz around the film is typically glowing tho.


Robocop – The Series. The mass voice of denouement that greeted the recent reveal of the first trailer for the upcoming remake of Paul Verhoeven’s¬†Robocop were made all the more peculiar by the collective forgetting of that films curious legacy. A couple of terrible sequels were followed up by a number of equally as poor television spin-offs. Here one of them makes it’s bow on a disc-based media.


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