With explosive set-pieces and a horde of rampaging wild animals, former wildlife photographer MJ Basset delivers a killer slice of action cinema, with a shrewd critique of poaching and the black-market animal trade. To celebrate the release of Rogue, director MJ Basset tells us her top five action movie influences.
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.”
Indicator are pleased to finally reveal their 29 June releases; a heady mix of werewolves, Nazis, royals and human body parts. First on offer is the UK Blu-ray premiere of The Beast Must Die (1974). Next is a deluxe two-disc edition of Guy Hamilton’s Force 10 from Navarone (1978) featuring UK Blu-ray premieres of alternative versions of the film, a set of replica production stills, and an 80-page book. Last, but by no means least, Indicator proudly present the world Blu-ray premiere of Lindsay Anderson’s Britannia Hospital (1982).
“The odds against them were 10,000 to 1…but what the Hell!”
Landing in the 3.75-inch ReAction Figure world as 2-Packs from Super7 is the 1984 cautionary classic Red Dawn! Jed Eckert, Matt Eckert and Col. Ernesto Bella come armed with an AK-47, whilst Erica Mason gives payback with an RPG.
“Avenge me, boys!”
Duck Soup is a 1933 pre-Code Marx Brothers film universally acknowledged as a comedy classic. It’s a movie which ridicules the leader of a country whose narcissism and rivalry manages to horrify, amuse or infuriate the international community and pushes him to create division and conflict.
Hmm… I guess some topics are simply evergreen. Yet, like so many film ‘classics’ Duck Soup hasn’t necessarily been viewed by people who consider themselves cinephiles, comedy fans or movie buffs.
“War is swell…when the Marx Brothers are in it. They’ll be out of the trenches by Christmas…if the food doesn’t improve!”
This March, Indicator presents spies, pirates, swashbuckling adventure, and a revenge-driven magician, courtesy of Hammer Volume Five: Death & Deceit, the fifth in its limited-edition, box-set series devoted to British cinema’s most iconic film production company, and the sensational thrills of Vincent Price in 3D – John Brahm’sThe Mad Magician presented for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK!
“Astounding! Astonishing! Amaazing! So different you’ll hardly believe your eyes!”
On 27 January, Indicator begins the new year with two offbeat classics of American 60s and 70s cinema and a pair of uncompromising British dramas from the 80s and 90s.
Curtis Harrington’s acclaimed Night Tide (1961); William Richert’s brilliantly off-kilter Winter Kills (1979); Paul Greengrass’ unflinching Resurrected (1989); and last but far from least, Peter Mullan’s jet-black comedy, Orphans (1998).
“Sensual ecstasy becomes supernatural terror!”
Austin-based cinema-eatery Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is celebrating one of America’s greatest cultural icons and cinema’s greatest action franchises with an explosive Rambo five-film marathon event at twenty-three locations across the United States. Audiences will go from First Blood to Last Blood, beginning with 1982’s First Blood, then continuing with Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Rambo III (1988), Rambo (2008), and then concluding with the new Lionsgate/Millennium Media blockbuster finale, Rambo: Last Blood.
“This marathon is for the ultimate Rambo fan and there’ll be so much to see…”
On 28 October, Indicator presents long-overdue Blu-ray premieres of four powerful and uncompromising films. First, two worldwide Blu-ray premieres: the tense Brit noir Time Without Pity (1957); and the epic Young Winston (1972). Next, two UK premiere editions: Badge 373 (1973), directed by Howard Koch, is based on the life of New York detective Eddie Egan; and award-winning director Alan Parker’s Birdy (1984).
“A gun in his sock, a tire iron in his belt, and no badge. The story of Eddie. The best ex-cop in the business.”
Back in 2015, Ted Geoghegan released his directorial debut We Are Still Here and took a lot of people by surprise, including myself. A well-crafted horror that didn’t follow the same old cliches that a lot of horrors do today. His follow up, Mohawk, is kind of following the same route. Not so much a horror this time, but a film that depicts plenty of horrors and a complete diversion from his previous movie. The tale follows the events of 1812 where war is boiling over between the Americans and the British. Sandwiched in between is the Mohawk tribe who reluctantly refuse to take sides or fight.
“They’re gonna kill us all if we don’t fight.”
On 19 August, Indicator presents a six-disc limited edition Blu-ray box set dedicated to the unique collaborative relationship between one of cinema’s greatest visual stylists and one of Hollywood’s most iconic stars: Marlene Dietrich & Josef Von Sternberg at Paramount, 1930-1935. Also available is Indicator’s delayed release of the Michael Palin comedy The Missionary.
“What could she do but flee from love? She loved two men at once!”
The word ‘Epic’ has recently been devalued and just used to mean something that is striking or enjoyable, but the correct meaning of the word indicated narratives in the ‘Epic’ mould – those which surpass the ordinary in scale and reach heroic proportions – this applies to films too. I’m taking a look at some of the truly Epic movies from the early 1980s that showed extraordinary ambition in their story and spectacle.