Coleen Gray, an actress best known for her work in film noir, has died, it was announced today. She made her debut in Kiss of Death alongside Victor Mature and a giggling Richard Widmark, and went on to specialise in the demure, "good girl" roles that could potentially redeem the hero from then on. Other cult favourites she starred in were Nightmare Alley with Tyrone Power, Red River with John Wayne and Montgomery Clift, heist movie Kansas City Confidential, Stanley Kubrick's breakthrough The Killing, horrors The Vampire and The Leech Woman (in the title role, a rare bad girl for her), then thereafter a host of television parts until her retirement in the eighties. She was one of the last of her kind.
[4 Aug 2015 at 23:05]
Arthur C. Clarke’s World of Strange Powers on DVD [read more]
Behind you, Arthur!
IN Arthur C. Clarke’s World of Strange Powers – The Complete Series the writer, scientist and inventor examines apparent instances of supernatural powers that have long intrigued us. The original 13-part series is released on DVD on 10 August 2015, RRP £19.99, courtesy of Network Distributing.
Originally screened in 1985 and including interviews with Uri Geller, James Randi and Titanic survivor Eva Hart, this fascinating series is an ideal companion to 1980’s Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World, and remains essential viewing for anyone with an interest in claims of paranormal phenomena of every kind. Click on the link above for a clip about poltergeists.
[4 Aug 2015 at 22:55]
Asylum on DVD
No, it's not a horror movie
Trailblazing psychiatrist R.D. Laing changed the way mental illness was treated with his unique approach to therapy and in the early 1970s he allowed a film crew access to a group of his patients in one of the most incredible fly-on-the-wall documentaries ever made, Asylum. Now this fascinating film makes its UK DVD debut courtesy of OEG Classic Movies.
With David Tennant on board to play the renowned Glasgow-born analyst Ronald David Laing in a major new biopic, this timely release gives an insight into mental illness as filmmaker Peter Robinson and his crew enter the world of the schizophrenic residents of a hospital in Archway, London.
Filmed over a seven-week period the film takes us behind the doors and into the lives of mentally ill patients and Laing’s controversial approach to healing them through compassion and freedom.
Originally released in 1972 this groundbreaking film comes to UK DVD for the first time on 10th August 2015 complete with a slew of fascinating special features.
William Shatner Presents: Chaos on the Bridge is now released in the USA and UK, available on major digital platforms. The trailer is above.
Tomorrow, Tuesday 4th August at 3pm Pacific Time (6pm ET & 11pm UK Time), for one hour, William Shatner will be on Twitter answering questions about the new documentary, which takes viewers inside the creation of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Fans can direct their questions to @WilliamShatner and use the hashtags #askShatner and #ChaosOnTheBridge to get involved.
[3 Aug 2015 at 22:16]
The Forger on Blu-ray and DVD
Money in Monet
Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment is pleased to announce the UK release of THE FORGER, available digitally 31st August and on DVD and Blu-ray from 7th September 2015.
The world’s best art forger (John Travolta – Pulp Fiction, Face/Off) makes a deal with a crime syndicate to get an early release from prison, but in return he must pull of an impossible heist - he must forge a painting by Claude Monet, steal the original from a museum and replace it with a replica so perfect that no one will notice.
He enlists the help of his father (Christopher Plummer – A Beautiful Mind, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and son (Tye Sheridan – MUD, The Tree of Life) and together they plan the heist of their lives!
Also starring Abigail Spencer (Oz the Great and Powerful, Cowboys & Aliens) as Agent Paisley.
[3 Aug 2015 at 22:14]
Monsters: Dark Continent on Blu-ray and DVD
Large and in charge
Directed by Tom Green (Misfits), Executive Produced by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and starring Johnny Harris (Atonement, Snow White and the Huntsman, War Horse), Joe Dempsie (Skins, Game of Thrones, The Damned United) and Sam Keeley (This Must Be The Place, What Richard Did, The Borgias), Monsters: Dark Continent looks ten years on from the events of Monsters and the 'Infected Zones' have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun and at the same time there has been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to drab in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency.
After a NASA deep space probe crash landed in Mexico, menacing extra-terrestrial life forms emerged. Now, so-called 'Infected Zones' have spread around the globe. With humanity in retreat in many parts of the world, the US is moving to protect its overseas interests. Giant, terrifying sand bugs infest the Arabian Desert, so troops have been sent in to firebomb the creatures, carting their bodies away on giant trucks to be incinerated. In this hostile environment, two soldiers are sent on a high-risk rescue mission.
Gareth Edwards' original Monsters was nominated for a BAFTA and led to him directing the recent Godzilla reboot and the upcoming Star Wars: Rogue One. He returns as executive producer of this gripping continuation of the story.
Eureka Entertainment to release King Hu’s DRAGON INN, the influential 1967 blockbuster which broke boxoffice records on release in Taiwan, Korea and the Philippines, on Blu-ray in a Dual Format edition for the first time in the UK on 28 September 2015. A clip is above.
A quintessential entryway into the highly stylized, tightly choreographed wuxia genre of martial arts cinema, Dragon Inn was a global breakthrough for the form’s greatest practitioner, King Hu.
Its influence remains incalculable, from its annihilation of traditional expectations of what kind of role an actress should inhabit (also chipped away at by Hu's previous masterpiece Come Drink with Me), to the formation of many of the genre’s archetypes — such as the Eunuch, the Swordswoman, and the Family of Murdered Loyal Officials — that are still recognizable in the martial arts films of today.
TARZAN star Lex Barker and Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney (Breakfast At Tiffany’s) head a glittering international cast in this crime thriller from British B-movie mogul Harry Alan Towers (The Call of the Wild), with Barker starring as the pilot of a stricken American airliner and Rooney as the purser whose eye for easy money sees him tangling with a ruthless gang of smugglers. 24 Hours To Kill (PG) is released on DVD on 3 August 2015, RRP £9.99, courtesy of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection.
When a jet airliner with engine trouble lands in Beirut for a 24-hour stopover, purser 'Jonesey' fears his life is in danger from a gold-smuggling gang whom he double-crossed on a previous trip. So begins a day of chilling suspense, as he and other crew members find themselves embroiled in a desperate race for their lives. There's a clip at the link above.