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Latest USA DVD, Blu-Ray and HD DVD releases week commencing - 28th October 2008

Also see - release schedules 7th Oct, 14th Oct, 21st Oct

The top 3 DVD releases 28th October 2008

1. 10 Years of Rialto Pictures

10 discs celebrating 10 years of Rialto's fine work in restoring and releasing some lost classics. Includes Billy Liar, Army Of Shadows, The Third Man, Rififi and many other masterpieces.

2. Baraka

A beautiful almost balletic social travelogue, which casts its lens far and wide all across the world. Beautifully shot, a film that everyone deserves to see.

3. I Love Beijing

Ning Ying's 2001 end game of his Beijing trilogy. In I Love Beijing the city and its lead character become almost interchangeable in this skilful and highly enjoyable piece.

The best of the rest of other DVD releases 28th October 2008

The Beyond

If you are looking for a genuinely terrifying psychological horror look no further than this 1981 offering from legendary Italian horror master Lucio Fulci. Also check out our Horror movie guide.

No Mercy, No Future

Helma Sanders-Brahms' German film from 1981 about a woman whose life is in turmoil and looking everywhere and inside everybody for some kind of meaning.

Eight Miles High

The true story of Uschi Obermaier, the infamous wild child, supermodel, celebrity wife and the face of West Germany s radical political movement.

Seven Virgins

From 2001 comes this fabulous contemporary coming of age tale set in a working area of a Spanish Town.

Woman on The Beach

Fine film from Korean director Hong Sang-soo. A superb and amusing script looking at the nature of relationships and of those relationships reflecting in art.

Yesterday Girl

Cult 1966 German film from director Alexander Kluge. The story of a girl moving from East to West Berlin but whose dream of a perfect life gets caught up in her past.

Abbott and Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection

15 discs packed with 28 films and a host of extra features of these comedy legends. Superb.


Excellent film form Arturo Ripstein, the superb Mexican director. This strange little movie about a doomsday cult which entwines movies and religion.


Miwa Nishikawa the Japanese director of Wild Berries bring us this film which was an Official Selection at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, which takes us on a journey of a family torn apart by two siblings jealousy.

The top 3 Blu-ray releases 28th October 2008

1. Baraka

As per our DVD review above. Blu-ray is really the way to see this film. It is the first film to use the newly developed 8K UltraDigital mastering which means the image quality is probably the best of any Blu-ray release so far.

2. Hell Ride

Quentin Tarantino presents Larry Bishop's Hell Ride. A superb cast including Michael Madsen, David Carradine, Dennis Hopper and Eric Balfour.

3. Journey to the Center of Earth (Limited-Edition 2-D and 3-D with Glasses)

Ok the film is not earth shattering - its an middling effortlessly dumb family fun. However, its the 3d is really well done and works fantastically well on Blu-ray. We're suckers for gimmicks.

The best of the rest Blu-Ray / HD DVD releases 28th October 2008

The Polar Express Presented in 3-D

As if we need reminding now Halloween is here, the holidays are coming. This is becoming a modern Holiday movie favourite and at that time of the year we overlook the sappiness. This time its sappy in 3 dimensions. Also see our best Holiday movies guide for our picks of the best holiday movies.


Daft nonsense from the king of dumb fun Will Ferrell. We hate to admit it but we love this movie. So sue us.

Beat the Devil

John Huston directs this amazing all star cast (Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollobrigida, Robert Morley, Peter Lorre) in this classic adventure from 1953.

Essential Holiday Collection

Containing: The Polar Express, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Elf, and A Christmas Story, we would agree it is essential (not to give the game away but all these films make it into our guide to the top Holiday movies).

Cannibal Taboo

Ridiculously poor film - one of the very few films that we would recommend under the heading "so bad that you must see it". Sexploitation, and ritualistic gore meets the cheapest daytime soap. Hunt it down, then sit back and enjoy.

The Final Countdown

A US nuclear ship gets caught in a storm and is transported back 40 years to the eve of Pearl Harbour. The question is should they act and risk changing the course of history?

Also released this week on Blu-ray: Them And Me, With The Sky In A Garden
The top 3 TV releases (all formats) 28th October 2008

1. Millennium: Seasons 1-3

18 discs containing the whole 3 seasons of the show plus extras a few interesting and informative commentaries plus the making of each of the seasons.

2. The 4400: The Complete Series

How many dark and innovative sci-fi television dramas can we cope with. This is of course the best. Superbly moody includes complete series 1 - 4.

3. The Flintstones: The Complete Series

24 discs with over 4,200 minutes of "modern" stone age adventures. Just one question when will that cat will stay out for the night? We shall never know.


The best of the rest TV releases (all formats) 28th October 2008

The L-Word: Five Season Pack

21 disc set of the series that makes Desperate Housewives seem increasingly desperate and Sex And The City seem - well just dull.

Dark Shadows: The Beginning, Vol. 6

One of the few show that can truly claim to be cult viewing. This superb set includes Episodes 179-209 originally aired March 2 April 14, 1967 plus some very good extras.

The Complete Inspector Lynley Mysteries

Every episode of this superb BBC TV series on 12 discs. Truly one of the most intelligent and well written detective series ever written.

Fanny Hill

Screenwriter supreme Andrew Davies' TV adaptation of John Cleland's notoriously racy and long time banned 1748 novel "Memoirs Of A Woman Of Pleasure". Superb cast including Rebecca Night, Samantha Bond, Alison Steadman, Philip Jackson and Hugo Speer

Agatha Christie: Mystery Lover's Collection

Five of the very best TV adaptations of classic Agatha Christie novels. Includes stories featuring Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot and Tommy and Tuppence.