German Blu-Ray Review – Raising Cain

Brian De Palma was pretty much burnt out after the catastrophic failure of his adaptation of The Bonfire of the Vanities. It was a seriously compromised film in every regard, from deviating from the original text to casting, despite an inspired opening, which was one long steady-cam shot. After the debacle, De Palma returned to an idea he had been [...]

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Blu-Ray Review – The Chase

The Chase is an early Arthur Penn film, made before he became one of the first major players in the New Hollywood movement of the late '60s and early '70s. It's also a transitional film, because it deals with the heavy subject matter of the time in a kind of western/noir setting. In addition that that, [...]

Blu-Ray Review – See No Evil

  See No Evil is one of Richard Fleischer's lesser films, and having arrived in the middle of the last solid period of his career. That’s the time when he made films like 10 Rillington Place,  The New Centurions and my favourite, the noir sci-fi Soylent Green. Fleischer was in the UK making 10 Rillington Place during the year that See No Evil came out, [...]

Blu-Ray Review – The Suspicious Death of a Minor

The Suspicious Death of a Minor is an absolute stinker of a film, and makes most other Giallos seem like they have a cohesive narrative by comparison. It's directed by Sergio Martino, who directed loads of other Italian exploitation films, including the infamous rip-off of Escape From New York entitled 2019, After the Fall of New York. Martino did [...]