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Nightbirds (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray) [1970]
Nightbirds (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray) [1970]
Dvd ~ Berwick Kaler
Price: £10.07

39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Andy Milligan...on blu-ray?!?, 10 Jun. 2012
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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 Duffer / Moon Over the Alley [Blu-ray + DVD and feels tonally similar. It comes with the first Flipside commentary, with the wonderful Stephen Thrower interviewing Berwick Kaler, and although its not the most information-packed extra, it is great to listen to at least once.
The other feature is The Body Beneath, much more Milligan-esque in execution, although well acted at times. This nonsense tale about vampires in 'the graveyards of London' is best watched with a bellyful of wine, as is a definite midnight movie experience! Moments of bizarre gore and the last 15 mins seeming to have been lifted from The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda make this a real...experience! Do note the picture quality is much worse, but for me that simply adds to the charm.
Hopefully BFI will release the other three UK based Milligan films to delight us with, they really deserve a high-def makeover.
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The Black Panther (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray) [1977]
The Black Panther (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray) [1977]
Dvd ~ Donald Sumpter
Price: £10.00

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, shame about the extras, 10 Jun. 2012
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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.

Embodiment Of Evil [Blu-ray] [2008] [2009]
Embodiment Of Evil [Blu-ray] [2008] [2009]
Dvd ~ Jose Mojica Marins
Price: £3.69

21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mondo Weirdness, 1 Aug. 2009
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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 like Jean Rollin, who have purchased DVDs from Mondo Macabro, or who own anything from Turkish cinema. If you think horror films start and end at Saw, then don't bother.
Embodiment of Evil is silly, anachronistic, gory, misogynistic, laughably bad and beatifully stunning. It is a real modern mondo mess, and I love it. Long live Coffin Joe.

Final Crisis HC
Final Crisis HC
by Grant Morrison
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex, multi-layered genius, 21 July 2009
This review is from: Final Crisis HC (Hardcover)
Let me start this by being very clear about something. I have quite a good knowledge of the DC Universe, and most of the time I only followed 90-95% of the story upon first reading. I am also a big Grant Morrison fan, and I think you need an understanding of his work and themes before you embark on reading this. It is not an entry-point for your journey into the DC Universe, it is also not going to be enjoyed if you found watching The Matrix a complicated endeavour.
However, if you are feeling brave, this is a massively rewarding experience. Superman Beyond is one of the most stunning pieces of imagination I have read in a long time, and the rest of the story is a modern classic (think Ulysses or Naked Lunch of the comic world). This is a work of fiction, about fiction, examining the concept of heroes in a very unique way. Just be prepared to work for your reward.

The Ruins [DVD]
The Ruins [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jonathan Tucker
Price: £4.09

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The plants are coming..., 16 July 2009
This review is from: The Ruins [DVD] (DVD)
Dear lord, this is such a silly film. Can't believe that this film got made, or that it actually gets positive reviews. However if watched as a bit of comedy (especially after a couple of bottles of wine) its quite funny, and I did watch it all (unlike Mirrors or Shrooms). I'd recommend however The Children, Inside, or Mom & Dad as modern horror films that actually deliver, instead of this hokey piece of absurdity.

Gazwrx - The Films Of Jeff Keen [Blu-ray] [1960] [Region Free]
Gazwrx - The Films Of Jeff Keen [Blu-ray] [1960] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Robert De Niro

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant collection of an art maverick, 16 July 2009
This is an excellent compilation, on both DVD and Blu-ray, of the career of Jeff Keen. Now if you have ever seen any of his work you will know that you cannot watch too much in one go, as the rapid-fire editing can make your head hum! The original context of these short films were screened on the walls of Brighton clubs, adding to the overall strangeness. Seeing these images clean and on a lovely blu-ray transfer is a real revelation, and repeated watches allows you to appreciate some of the finer details. Some of the more recent films are slightly less inspired than the early era, but there is enough material here to keep any fan happy.
The booklet is incredibly informative, and their is space in the box for a forthcoming Jeff Keen CD to be released. Overall this is an amazing package, but you should only buy it if you have a taste for modern art, or maybe watching Terry Gilliam animations on speed...

Jealous Of Shit And Shine
Jealous Of Shit And Shine
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £28.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Shine...., 10 Oct. 2006
This is one of those rare heavy albums that has the ability to not take itself seriously. There is a wonderful childish joy to every track on this album, whilst still managing to be seriously noisy. If you have ever seen S&S live, you need this album for the epic "Practicing to be a Doctor" which captures the live feel perfectly. The rest of the tracks gravitate around avant-punk and industrial music, layered with crazy samples and distorted beats. Each piece is constistently inventive and keeps you guessing all the way through the album.

You also get a reissue of their original LP as a bonus CD, and it is certainly less effective than the new material, but a great companion piece to own.

If you are tired of metal taking itself too seriously, and want something fresh and fun that still gives you a migraine afterwards, then this is for you!

Fun House (Deluxe Edition)
Fun House (Deluxe Edition)
Price: £12.05

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best rock album ever, 1 Sept. 2005
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Iggy Pop. He'll soon get an OAPs bus pass and he still prances round the stage like he's 18 and loaded on ketamine. As much as he can run rings around any new musician, this album is the best he has ever produced.
Let's just get to the point here. This album created punk rock. This album invented Sonic Youth. This album was regarded by Lester Bangs as one of the best albums of all time. This album simply rocks. At its most primal, most fun, most dangerous. If you have never heard it, you are in for a real treat, as the new remastering job is superb, and the bonus tracks very enjoyable.
However nothing can beat the force of 1970, when the free jazz saxophone solo kicks in...the future is born.
I love this album-could write about it forever, but I'm not-instead I'm gonna go into the other room, crank up Down on the Street and throw myself around like an 18 year old on ketamine.
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Tentacles of Whorror
Tentacles of Whorror

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to the world of Wrest, 1 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Tentacles of Whorror (Audio CD)
Black Metal. Those two words can easily stand for so much. Racism, bad production, repetitive material; so many BM groups can easily fall into this category. However, there are several American groups at present who are creating a bit of a revival (even if some of their political views can still be a bit dubious).
Head and shoulders above this recent crowd of isolationist artists stands Wrest, the solo producer of music under the Leviathan and Lurker of Chalice names.
If you are not interested in music that is cold, depressing and alienating, then stop reading this review now, and this will not appeal to you. However, if you can cope with those qualities, this CD is a fascinating Pandora's Box. "Tentacles of Whorror" is the best introduction into Wrest's world-almost every track holds the interest, primarily with imaginative displays of guitar riffs and a powerful use of atmospherics.
The album hides a fine musician with much potential, and if this interests you it would be well worth buying the Lurker of Chalice album, which fully displays Wrest's scope and imagination.
My only complaint would be that this album is too long to appreciate in one sitting. Clocking in at over 70 minutes makes it difficult to fully enjoy, even with the inherent strengths it has. However, don't let this put you off-buy this and enjoy seeing the seeds of a fantastic artist take root and start to grow.

Burned Mind
Burned Mind
Price: £13.73

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best album of 2004, 1 Sept. 2005
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This review is from: Burned Mind (Audio CD)
So much has already been said about Wolf Eyes. They release far too many records, they sound like a modern-day Whitehouse, they are the kings of a new style of metal, they are a 'power electronics' band.
None of this does any real justice to the reality behind this act. Each member of the band works under a diverse selection of pseudonyms releasing an eclectic selection of sounds, ranging from the peculiar alien animal sounds of Guam River to the harrowing industrial mulch of Gate to Gate. Indeed, some of this music lacks quality control, but this is not the case on Burned Mind.
The album displays just the dark side of Wolf Eyes, and at first listen could just be described as an unholy noise. However, revisiting the album soon pays off, and you notice more layers to their sound. The strange analogue equipment they used to record this album produces some tracks that are much closer to the LAFMS sound of the 70s than any pointless noise band of today.
Clearly the stand out track is the gigantic "Stabbed in the Face", but all of the pieces hold some kind of reward. Don't be put off by the fact that they are classed as a noise band-pay close attention to a group that are closer to the punk ideals of the 70s than any commercial band today.

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