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DVD and Blu-ray Round up (28/05/12)

DVD/Blu-ray of the week: ISLAND OF LOST SOULS

Another impressive get and magnificent release from the always reliable Masters of Cinema label, ISLAND OF LOST SOULS is a genuine horror classic that is absolutely worth revisiting on Blu-ray.

An adaptation of HG Wells’s classic SF novel The Island of Dr Moreau, ISLAND OF LOST SOULS downplays the SF and accentuates the more horrific aspects of the book – something Wells himself didn’t agree with, but that resulted in a film that has retained most of its power to shock to this day, despite being downgraded from a hard ‘X’ by the BBFC (after initialy being rejected outright for being ‘against nature’)  to a PG certificate in 2012.


Funny Knights, Funny Zombies

There will be a quick DVD round-up tomorrow, but in the meantime why not check out two needlessly extensive look-backs at two of the finest comedy films ever made, over at Den of Geek?

First up, there's the pestilential Arthurian silliness of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, one of my favourite films as a kid and, I'm pleased to say, one that still manages to hold up well, despite being quoted in 99% of movies and computer games ever made, and the perception that it isn't quite as good as LIFE OF BRIAN.

Check out the article here.

Then, there's a even more in-depth look at SHAUN OF THE DEAD, another of my all-time favourites and a nice primer to get you in the mood for THE WORLD'S END, the third part in the BLOOD AND ICE CREAM trilogy alongside SHAUN and HOT FUZZ. It's not out until 2014, however, so you'll have to read it very slowly.

Check out the article here.

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Set in the summer of 1965, on the island of New Penzance, a New England coastal town, MOONRISE KINGDOM tells the story of two 12-year-olds who run away together after a pen-pal romance: there’s Sam (Jared Gilman), an orphaned, pipe-smoking cub scout and social outcast, and Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward), a tall, glamorous redhead with a penchant for sci-fi novels and the music of Francoise Hardy.

The pair’s disappearance has a profound effect on the town, with Suzy’s parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand), Sam’s scoutmaster (Edward Norton), and the town police chief (Bruce Willis) all joining the hunt for the absconded duo, with their adventure eventually having a profound effect on all those who encounter them.


DVD and Blu-ray Round-up – 21/05/2012