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Dystopian Sci-Fi LX 2048 Arriving on Blu-ray/DVD & Digital from Dazzler Media (UK / 25th January)

Dystopian Sci-Fi LX 2048 Arriving on Blu-ray/DVD & Digital from Dazzler Media (UK / 25th January)

In the near future, the sun has become so toxic that people can no longer leave their houses in daytime, and normal life is conducted mostly inside the virtual realm. Against this dystopian backdrop, a dying man seeks to ensure the future wellbeing of his family, while coping with what it means to be human in this new reality.

From writer-director Guy Moshe, LX 2048 is a powerful, thought-provoking sci-fi starring James D’Arcy, Anna Brewster, Gina McKee and Delroy Lindo.

“In 2048 humanity will face extinction.”

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THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WORLD OF UJICHA (VIOLENCE VOYAGER & THE BURNING BUDDHA MAN) on Blu-ray from Third Window Films (UK / 25 January)

THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WORLD OF UJICHA (VIOLENCE VOYAGER & BURNING BUDDHA MAN) on Blu-ray from Third Window Films (UK / 25 January)

Third Window Films is pleased to announce a special edition Blu-ray set of two gruesome fantastical pieces of ‘geki-mation’ (imaginative hand-drawn cutout animation) from the weird and wonderful world of Japanese director UJICHA; available 25th January. Bobby and his friend Akkun set out for the mountains to build a secret hideout. On their way, they stumble upon a mysterious amusement park called Violence Voyager.

“This is the land of dreams and ideals. This is where you must fight for your future.”

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Nico Mastorakis’ BLIND DATE & DARKROOM (Slasher Classics Collection) Available on Blu-ray from 88 Films (UK / 25 January)

Nico Mastorakis' BLIND DATE & DARKROOM (Slasher Classics Collection) Available on Blu-ray from 88 Films (UK / 25 January)

Opening with a brutal double axe murder by an unknown murderer, no one can say Darkroom doesn’t start as it means to go on – a tough, gory thriller that’s equal parts nail-biting mystery and gruesome slasher. And this Blind Date is an altogether tougher proposition.

“He kills at the blink of an eye.”

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Better Watch Out (2016, Australia / USA) Review

Better Watch Out (2016, Australia / USA) Review

A home invasion at Christmas is what I expected when I first heard about this film, but what I watched was different… The home invasion elements are there, and as it’s based during Christmas, it reminded me of Home Alone; the trip-wire outside being an obvious reference. But Better Watch Out is even more disturbing than I imagined; a story about a child obsessed with his babysitter who is planning to leave town after Christmas. Levi Miller as 12-year-old Luke is the star of the film and flips between a range of emotions at ease. This makes him Luke more unnerving than if he was pure evil.

“You might be home but you’re not alone.”

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Relic (2020, Australia / USA) BFI London Film Festival 2020 Review

Relic (2020, Australia / USA) BFI London Film Festival 2020 Review

There is horror and pity in witnessing the mind of a loved one as it unravels and fragments. This is the misfortune of Kay who is called by concerned neighbours when her elderly mother Edna disappears from her isolated home in the woods. Taking her own daughter Samantha with her for moral support, they set off to the old family house to see what might have become of Grandma Edna. The first feature from Japanese-Australian Natalie Erika James’, Relic manifests its horrors slowly, perhaps influenced in part by the bleak emotional mood of J-horror family drama.

“Everything decays.”

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SHAOLIN WOODEN MEN Available on Blu-ray from 88 Films (UK / 9 November)

SHAOLIN WOODEN MEN Available on Blu-ray from 88 Films (UK / 9 November)

The time Jackie Chan is on a mission of revenge. As a young boy, he witnesses the slaying of his father at the hands of a deadly masked kung fu assassin. Once Jackie is old enough, he trains as a mute at a Shaolin temple to learn the techniques that will enable him to one day avenge the death of his father. What he doesn’t realize though is that he is actually training in the lair of the man he seeks to kill! Jackie has to gradate and defeat a gauntlet of mysterious robotic wooden men who throw every kung fu style at him…

“Let me teach you what it takes to fight in the Wooden Men Lane.”

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Zardoz (1974, UK / USA / Ireland) Review

Zardoz (1974, UK / USA / Ireland) Review

Director John Boorman’s cerebral and eerily dystopian sci-fi tale Zardoz was released in 1974, not long after Boorman’s iconic Deliverance, and saw the director team up with Sean Connery, three years after his final official appearance as James Bond and light years away from anything either had done before.

In a post-apocalyptic 2293, Zardoz, a colossal stone head, floats over desolate plains, pausing to receive grain from masked horsemen, vomiting weapons as payment from its grimacing mouth.

“Beyond 1984, Beyond 2001, Beyond Love, Beyond Death.”

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Megan Fox in Action Thrill-Ride ROGUE on Digital Download (9 November) and DVD (16 November) from Lionsgate UK

Megan Fox in Action Thrill-Ride ROGUE on Digital Download (9 November) and DVD (16 November) from Lionsgate UK

Megan Fox fights to the death against terrorists and a dangerous, rogue lion in this white-knuckle action thrill-ride from director M.J. Bassett. Battle-hardened mercenary Samantha O’Hara leads an elite squad of soldiers on a daring mission to rescue a hostage from a group of violent terrorists in the plains of Africa. But when the mission goes wrong, the team is stranded, Samantha’s squad must face a bloody, brutal encounter with the ferocious gang of rebels, and a ravenous, enraged lioness that is baying for their blood after escaping from an illegal lion farm.

“When the hunter becomes the prey.”

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BROTHERS IN ARMS: THE MAKING OF PLATOON Documentary Comes to DVD & Digital from Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment (UK / 5 October)

BROTHERS IN ARMS: THE MAKING OF PLATOON Documentary Comes to DVD & Digital from Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment (UK / 5 October)

Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment proudly presents Brothers in Arms: The Making of Platoon, the feature-length documentary exploring one of the greatest war films ever made, Oliver Stone’s Platoon. Arriving 5th October on DVD & Digital Download.

Oliver Stone’s Platoon is widely regarded as one of the best war films ever made and changed the face of cinema forever through its raw, honest and deeply moving portrayal of young American soldiers serving during the Vietnam war.

“The first casualty of war is innocence.”

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Award-Winning Japanese Film MELANCHOLIC Available on Blu-ray from Third Window Films (UK / 7 September)

Award-Winning Japanese Film MELANCHOLIC Available on Blu-ray from Third Window Films (UK / 7 September)

Despite having graduated from the prestigious Tokyo University, Kazuhiko is unemployed and living with his parents without any plans for the future. Everything changes, however, when he takes up a job at a local bathhouse and discovers that it is used by the yakuza as a convenient place for executions and corpse disposal. Winner of the Best Director Award at the 2018 Tokyo International Film Festival: Japanese Cinema Splash.

“Wanna…take a bath?”

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Mortal (2020, Norway / USA / UK) Review

Mortal (2020, Norway / USA / UK) Review

A grubby and disheveled young man wanders through the Norwegian countryside. He’s clearly distressed and disoriented. He sticks to lonely places and avoids people, but everyone has to eat and eventually he ventures close to town. Trying again to escape into the woods, he is harassed by a gang of youths. The encounter is one he attempts to evade, but it ends up being far more disastrous for the bullies, than for him. In Mortal, director André Øvredal again delves into Scandinavian mythology as his did in Trollhunter.

“He’s been in the woods all this time?”

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The Fanatic (2019, USA) Dazzler Media DVD Review

The Fanatic (2019, USA) Dazzler Media DVD Review

Supposedly based on Limp Bizkit front man Fred Durst’s encounter with an obsessive fan, The Fanatic manages to offend every trope in the human spectrum. I try not to pan movies, no matter how much they deserve it, but The Fanatic welcomes, yes even begs the audience to do just that. Where to begin? Why not with the film’s star, John Travolta. Travolta has had a career downturn of late with Gotti roundly recognized as his worst performance, but here he plunges into a deep, bottomless ravine. The Fanatic makes Battlefield Earth look like Blade Runner by comparison.

“Moose didn’t just cross the line. He fucking nuked it!”

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