I still can't quite believe I am reviewing a blu-ray of someone who is universally condemned as 'the worst film-maker of all time'. Hopefully this release goes some way to correcting that opinion, as first up we have Nightbirds, a film that has remained locked away unseen for years, and thanks to the generosity of Nicholas Winding Refn we finally get to see it. Well if your only experience of Milligan is The Ghastly Ones/Blood Rites (from the video nasty list) then prepare for a surprise, as we get a well acted, well shot little drama, focusing on the destructive relationship of two young 'alives' in swinging London. This would be great as a double-bill with Duffer… Read more
Top marks for the brilliant main feature and excellent booklet to accompany it, but what this release really needed to accompany the film was a quality documentary or two. Flipside are capable of this, just check out the wonderful package for Deep End! With The Black Panther we only get an unconnected short film entitled "Recluse" which despite winning awards didn't really do it for me. As for the main feature, it is an amazing lost gem, a real treat to discover this, and I hope the BFI keep unearthing such delights.
Ah...Coffin Joe, creator of a fascinating cycle of horror films from the 1960s-70s, culminating in the remarkable "Awakening of the Beast" which is a must-see for any fan of surreal cinema. However, comebacks are rarely satisfying, and the fact that Joe is now a pensioner had me very worried about this film. I decided to bite the bullet and purchase the blu-ray edition, and I am very glad that I did. This is a lovely presentation of a very visually psychadelic film, and I can only hope the same care can be lavished on other oddball films from around the world. This will certainly not be to everyone's taste, and this review is not for those people. This is a film for people who… Read more