A Taste of Honey is set in the damp dreary surroundings of a tough northern England town. Jo is working class teenager who lives with her mother who is a keen drinker and man eater. When Jo's mum gets married Jo is forced to leave home. Jo agrees to find a room together with Geoffrey, a gay colleague from work. Subsequently Jo falls pregnant after a one-night stand with a Black sailor. Geoffrey takes over the preparations for the baby's birth, and things seem to be going well - too well as Jo's mother turns up to make trouble.
Written by the fantastic Shelagh Delaney, this is way ahead of its time. It certainly broached on many a subject that was not familiar to cinema audiences at the time, and it stands the test of time remarkably well even today. This is perhaps the finest of the kitchen sink dramas.
A re-release of Ken Loach 's cinematic debut. Poor Cow is set in London and centres around Joy, a young working class mother who is married to a brutal criminal - Tom. When Tom is put in prison for a violent robbery Joy is left to cope with bringing up her child alone and in squalid circumstances.
You can draw many parallels with Poor Cow, and Loach's TV play of a year earlier " Cathy Come Home ", both surround the difficulties of those eking out an existence at the lower end of the social structure, and he pulls no punches in that both do not just offer no easy answers, they actually offer no answers at all (which bravely mirrors the depressing reality of the situation).
3. A Kind Of Loving
Our trio of kitchen sink drams conclude with this offering adapted by Billy Liar writers Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall . A Kind Of Loving details the lives of a young couple who due to pregnancy are forced to marry. All too soon they find life is hard when no one seems to be on your side. A superb story and brilliant performances from Alan Bates and a frightening Thora Hird makes this a must see for any fans of gritty 60s drama.
The best of the rest of other DVD releases 13th October 2008
British reggae film from 1980, centring on sound system 'toaster' Blue (Brinsley Forde) and his crew, Ital Lion, as they ready themselves for a face off with rival group Jah Shaka.
A Touch Of Love
Pregnant after her first sexual encounter, Rosamund is determined to keep her baby no matter what interferes with her post-graduate studies, she refuses to involve the father. Then her daughter falls seriously ill and she must act fast to save the most important part of her new life.
A man celebrates his sixtieth birthday with friends, relatives, his wife and children. This is a film about love, hate, the icy charm of the bourgeoisie and the loving arms of the chambermaid.
The 2006 terrifying tale of a copycat killer on the loose in Los Angeles. A young rookie cop and his team discover dismembered female bodies in L.A. similar to the famous Black Dahlia cold case from 1947. A serial killer seems to be copying the brutal massacre of a 1940 s aspiring Hollywood starlet.
Led Stances A Sophie
A cult classic of French New Wave cinema 'Les Stances a Sophie' has been out of print for over 30 years. Filmed in Paris in 1970, this film features killer music, groovy clothes and post-1968 revolutionary ideals.This super-rare film is now perhaps best known for its soundtrack from the legendary Art Ensemble of Chicago.
Friday The 13th Parts 1-8
This bloodcurdling collection includes the first eight FRIDAY THE 13TH films plus a special collection of bonus material.
All ready for Halloween. Also see our Scary Movie guide for our favourite Horror movies.
Black God White Devil
Director Glauber Rocha was only 25 years old when he wrote and began filming this masterwork, a film which cries out for man to determine his own path. The picture was nominated for the 1964 Golden Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival and is considered to be a seminal piece of the Brazilian Cinema Novo movement.
The Charge Of The Light Brigade
Richardson's satire on military and political blundering features an excellent cast, animated inserts and exceptionally convincing battlefield photography.
Based on a novel by Chi Li, this film tells the inspiring story of Lai Shuang, a restaurant owner in Shanghai, who must overcome hardship and make great sacrifices for the good of her family.
The top 3 Blu-ray releases 13th October 2008
George Jung (Johnny Depp) doesn't want to live like his father (Ray Liotta) - always short of money and constantly berated by his mother. So he sets off for California to live on the beach, where he finds he can make a living selling drugs.
Excellent follow up to the rather good Kidulthood. Again the story follows the exploits of a number of characters across West London over the course of a single day. This follow up is perhaps more cohesive than its predecessor and it pulls few punches in its delivery.
3. The Warriors
Some fine pulp / disposable trash for
director Walter Hill
(Southern Comfort, 48 Hrs etc).
The story centres the violence around New York's gang warfare, and it is as simple and visceral as that.
The best of the rest Blu-ray releases 13th October 2008
Brian De Palma's 1987 reworking of the 60s Tv classic built around prohibition era Chicago and its Cops and Gangsters. Beautifully shot and featuring Sean Connery's oscar winning performance (must have been a very lean year for male actors ?).
The Incredible Hulk
Great cast (Tim Roth, Liv Tyler, William Hurt, Edward Norton). Good story. Only let down is with some truly very poorly realised CGI.
One of the best of the post 1970 horror movies. Skillfully relying on atmosphere and almost claustrophobic tension, it's transfer to Blu-ray underlines the film's impeccable visual impact.
Earth vs The Flying Saucers
Classic Sci-fi form 1956. The acting a script both leaves a bit to be desired, but the stop-go animation is legendary.
Enjoyable nonsense about a man in touch with his inner (spirit) self, who
teams up with a skeptical LAPD cop investigating the suspicious death of her sister.
Gangster Gift Set
Superb 3 film gangster set comprising the films: Casino, American Gangster and Eastern promises. A good place to start your Blu-ray collection.
The top 3 TV releases (all formats) 13th October 2008
1. The Tudors: Complete Seasons 1 & 2 (Blu-ray)
Both series of the highly rated recent TV series centering around the life of the young King Henry 8th. Superbly scripted and cast. Released on both Blu-ray and DVD.
2. The Office: An American Workplace Seasons 1-3
One of the few remakes that is almost as good as the original. Almost, but not quite. What it lacks in subtlety it more than makes up for in expansion.
3. Wind In The Willows - The Complete Collection
Featuring all episodes from the 1980's classic animated series with some superb actors (David Jason, Michael Horden, Peter Sallis) perfectly capturing the characters Mole, Ratty, Mr Toad and Badger. One of the most charming literary classic adaptations ever.
The best of the rest TV releases (all formats) 13th October 2008
Strangers - Series 4
The complete 4th series of the tough 1970's cop series starring Don Henderson.
Smallville - The Complete Seventh Season
Mining the very rich seam of Superman back story, the 7th season introduces us to Supergirl and Bizzaro amongst other lovely treats. Also available on Blu-ray.
Ugly Betty - Season 2
The hugely successful 1st season gets entirely eclipsed by the much stronger season 2. Forget Sex And The City and Desperate Housewives, Betty is where it's at.
Get Some In! - Series 1
Mid 1970s sit com about a group of lads in the 1950s doing their national service. Stars Robert Lindsay years before he blotted his copy book with the awful My Family.
Fonejacker - Series 1 & 2
Both series of C4s brilliant and brilliantly childish hidden (phone) camera show. Apparently this 'Doovdah' is also available 'Hoomvah'.
Las Vegas - Series 5
Not yet going off the boil, series 5 is more of the same high octane thrills and spills centred around the Las Vegas Casinos.