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Midnight Cowboy on Blu-ray
Only the echoes of my mind
John Schlesinger's trailblazing Oscar winner, a touchstone of the New American Cinema explosion, in a new 4K restoration.
One of the British New Wave's most versatile directors, JOHN SCHLESINGER (Billy Liar) came to New York in the late-1960s to make Midnight Cowboy, a picaresque story of friendship that captured a city in crisis and sparked a new era of Hollywood movies. JON VOIGHT (Coming Home) delivers a career-making performance as Joe Buck, a wide-eyed hustler from Texas hoping to score big with wealthy city women; he finds a companion in Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo, an ailing swindler with a bum leg and a quixotic fantasy of escaping to Florida, played by DUSTIN HOFFMAN in a radical departure from his breakthrough in The Graduate. A critical and commercial success despite controversy over what the MPAA termed its "homosexual frame of reference," Midnight Cowboy became the first X-rated film to receive the best picture Oscar, and decades on, its influence still reverberates through cinema.
Midnight Cowboy is released in a special edition Blu-ray by Criterion on the 28th of May.
[22 Feb 2018 at 23:24]
Metropolitan on Blu-ray
The upper crust
One of the great American independent films of the 1990s, the surprise hit Metropolitan by writer-director WHIT STILLMAN (Damsels in Distress) is a sparkling comedic chronicle of a middle-class young man's romantic misadventures in New York City's debutante society. Stillman’s deft, literate dialogue and hilariously highbrow observations earned this first film an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay. Alongside the wit and sophistication, though, lies a tender tale of adolescent anxiety.
Metropolitan is released in a special edition Blu-ray by Criterion on the 7th of May.
Netflix releases the global first look at intergalactic adventure series Lost In Space, premiering on Earth on April 13 - click the above link to watch.
While this is the first look at Netflix's epic and modern reimagining of the classic 1960's science fiction series here on Earth, Lost in Space has already been made available for viewing in space. Netflix provided NASA with access to the pilot episode, which was transmitted 12 days ago to the International Space Station for astronauts to view during their leisure time.
Lost in Space is a Netflix Original dramatic and modern reimagining of the classic 1960s science fiction series. Set 30 years in the future, colonization in space is now a reality, and the Robinson family is among those tested and selected to make a new life for themselves in a better world. But when the new colonists find themselves abruptly torn off course en route to their new home they must forge new alliances and work together to survive in a dangerous alien environment, light-years from their original destination. Stranded along with the Robinsons are two outsiders who find themselves thrown together by circumstance and a mutual knack for deception. The unsettlingly charismatic Dr. Smith (Parker Posey) is a master manipulator with an inscrutable end game. And the roguish, but inadvertently charming Don West (Ignacio Serricchio) is a highly-skilled, blue collar contractor, who had no intention of joining the colony, let alone crash landing on a lost planet.
[21 Feb 2018 at 22:08]
Pyewacket on DVD and digital
Not the Kim Novak cat
After her father dies, teenager Leah is forced, by her unstable mother, to leave her friends behind and move to a house in the woods. Feeling isolated and hopeless, Leah turns to Black Magic to release her anger. She naively performs an occult ritual found in a book on her bedroom shelf to invoke the spirit of a witch to kill her mother. Terrified by strange occurrences, and stricken by guilt, Leah desperately tries to reverse the spell, but soon realizes she has awoken something in the woods... and nothing can prepare her for the terror that has been unleashed.
Forget teen-friendly jump scares and Ouija board pranks - this the real deal, that goes deep into the dark heart of the occult. From the producer of cult hits The Void and The Witch, PYEWACKET can take its place alongside those other-wordly modern horror classics.
PYEWACKET is showing at Glasgow FrightFest on 3rd March 2018. It is released on Digital HD 16th April and DVD on 23rd April 2018 from Signature Entertainment.
[21 Feb 2018 at 22:03]
The Killing of a Sacred Deer on Blu-ray and DVD
Yorgos Lanthimos has crafted a sensational thriller brimming with unsettling humour and creeping dread, steeped in Greek tragedy, existential horror, Hitchcockian psychodrama and riveting suspense. Darting confidently between genres to subvert our expectations at every turn, The Killing of a Sacred Deer firmly cements Lanthimos in the pantheon of worldclass auteurs and marks him as a cinematic provocateur without precedent.
Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljian) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family's domestic bliss.
[21 Feb 2018 at 12:47]
Darkest Hour on Blu-ray, DVD and digital
The awards keep coming
Darkest Hour is coming to Digital on 21st May 2018 and Blu-Ray ™, 4K Ultra HD™ and DVD on June 4, 2018, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. With outstanding filmmaker pedigree, Darkest Hour is directed by BAFTA Award® winner Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice), written by Academy Award® nominee Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything) and stars Academy Award® nominee Gary Oldman (Harry Potter, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) in his 2018 Golden Globe® and BAFTA® Award-winning role. The critically acclaimed Darkest Hour received six Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Production Design.
Academy Award® nominee Gary Oldman gives a "towering performance" (Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair) in acclaimed director Joe Wright's soaring drama Darkest Hour. As Hitler's forces storm across the European landscape and close in on the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill (Oldman) is elected the new Prime Minister. With his party questioning his every move, and King George VI (Mendelsohn) sceptical of his new political leader, it is up to Churchill to lead his nation and protect them from the most dangerous threat ever seen. Also starring Academy Award® nominee Kristin Scott Thomas (Tomb Raider, The English Patient, Only God Forgives) and Lily James (Baby Driver, Cinderella), Darkest Hour is a powerful, inspirational drama.
[21 Feb 2018 at 12:35]
Ice Cold in Alex on Blu-ray, DVD and digital [read more]
Worth waiting for
A new 60th Anniversary, 4K restoration edition of one of the greatest war films of all time ICE COLD IN ALEX (1958) is OUT NOW on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download. Featuring brand new extras, this blistering, action-packed wartime epic will release as part of STUDIOCANAL's Vintage Classics Collection - a showcase of iconic British films, all fully restored and featuring brand new extra content.
1942: The Libyan war zone, North Africa. After a German invasion a British ambulance crew are forced to evacuate their base but become separated from the rest of their unit. Somehow they must make it to Alexandria, but how? Their only hope is a dilapidated ambulance named Katy and an irrational, alcoholic soldier known as Captain Anson. Facing landmines, a Nazi attack, suffocating quicksand and the relentlessly brutal and unforgiving Sahara desert, can Captain Anson face his demons and make the road to hell a journey to freedom?
Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize and nominated for the Golden Bear Award at Berlin International Film Festival, the film was also nominated for 4 BAFTAs including Best British Film, Best Screenplay and Best British Actor for Anthony Quayle on its initial release.
Special Premiere Screening at Glasgow Film Festival
Thursday 22nd February, Glasgow Film Theatre 1, 12.40pm.
Whet your appetite with a discussion clip featuring star Sylvia Syms at the link above.
March on down to the Regent Street Cinema this month for an eclectic and fascinating range of world cinema festivals, musical events and regular programming highlights to get involved in whilst soaking up the cinema's celebrated ambiance.
SOUND SCREEN MUSIC AND FILM FESTIVAL makes a noise with a series of hot docs from 23rd to 25th March including films from Julien Temple along with HERE TO BE HEARD: THE STORY OF THE SLITS and DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTROM, a look at the cult-like following of Australian rock act Radio Birdman. Audiences can also immerse themselves in legendary MTV session Nirvana Unplugged on 1st March thanks to PITCHBLACK PLAYBACK.
There’s also the return of HEAVENLY FILMS on the 27th March and CINEMAITALIAUK on the 8th March with WOMEN IN REVOLT, a collection of 5 extraordinary short films on the theme of daughterhood.
The cinema's renowned DOUBLE BILLS this month include two from master craftsman Ingmar Bergman: PERSONA and the little seen THE TOUCH starring Elliot Gould. There's more at the link.