Network DVD's roster of great movies releases grows with a digitally restored version of This Sporting Life on DVD. We here at alt-flix are huge fans of Lindsay Anderson's work, and Network have kindly let us see an advanced copy of the DVD, and we can confirm that the restored print looks absolutely stunning. This version of the film comes from the HD print of the film which gives the restored film its flawless quality, and also, for the first time on DVD, the film is presented in its original cinematic ratio. Read the full This Sporting Life review here.
Postmen In The Mountains
From 1999, this
poignant and stunningly beautiful drama from China, directed by Huo Jianqi, tells the tale of an aging postman who unable to continue his job due to frailty. He hands the job over to his son, who had and resented his father for pushing his family aside in favour of his job, but comes to realise things are never as clear cut as they seem.
3. The Battle Of The Somme
Released to mark the ninetieth anniversary of the end of World War 1. This digitally restored version of the landmark documentary film record from 1916 of The Battle Of The Somme, is released on a superb extras laden DVD package. which includes the soundtracks (a commentary, together with a contemporary orchestral score and also a recreation of the songs that were used to accompany the film in the cinemas in its 1916 release. Also includes unused footage, Interviews with those involved in the DVD project and a commemorative booklet. Read the full The Battle Of The Somme review here.
The best of the rest of other DVD releases 3rd November 2008
A budget re-release of one of the most under-rated sci-fi films ever. A veritable 1970s classic starring Bruce Dern.
A no frills re-release of Nic Roeg's odd and bleak tale set in the Australian outback. Starring the ever wonderful Jenny Agutter.
M. Night Shyamalan's disturbing take on the apocalyptic genre. An uncomfortable (post 9-11) watch but a stunning film.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 3 Disc Seriously Ultimate
The original and still the best, now available in a 3 disc remastered edition with a bucket full of extras.
notorious cult classic from 1972, taking inspiration from the tale of Alice In Wonderland.
With a resurgence of interest in films coming from Hong Kong, this amazing film that stormed the cinemas last year, is one of the best action movies of recent years.
A Prairie Home Companion
With that old adage ringing in his ears "Always go out on a song", legendary director Robert Altman went out in style with this superb musical comedy.
Ed Harris stars and directs this portrait of the great American artist Jackson Pollock. Simply one of the best bio-pics for some time.
No End In Sight
In a superb directorial debut, Charles Ferguson looks at the reasons behind the chaos of the war in Iraq.
Bruce Weber 5 Disc Boxset
A collection of celebrated documentary filmmaker Bruce Weber's finest films - includes: Let's Get Lost, Chop Suey, A Letter to True and Broken Noses .
Before The Rain
A superb three-part drama from 1994 with stories alternating between London and Macedonia. Academy Award nominated for Best Foreign Film.
The top 3 Blu-ray releases 3rd November 2008
1. Kill Bill Vol.1 & Vol.2
Tarantino's superb pair of cult films, that look simply superb in their gorgeous lo-finess on the Blu-ray format.
2. The Wild Bunch
Sam Pekinpah's notorious anti-morality western. A superb film and what a cast -
William Holden, Albert Dekker, Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine & Warren Oates.
3. Mad Detective
See above DVD description. If you have a Blu-ray player then buy this edition as it looks absolutely amazing.
The best of the rest Blu-Ray / HD DVD releases 3rd November 2008
"Zulus, fousands of 'em." Well 4,000 to be more precise. This classic now released on a 2 Blu-ray disc version.
Its possible to like a film even though the lead actor plainly can't act his way out of a paper bag. These film are proof - great dumb fun.
Fantastic Four/Fantastic Four - The Rise Of The Silver Surfer
The seemingly never ending quest for comic book (don't call them graphic novels) adaptations continues apace. Strangely they are getting better like here (but what the hell did they do to
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - weeps uncontrollably).
Fight movies taken to a whole new level in this no stunt double film. This excellent Blu-ray release is packed with extras
One of our favourite films from 2006 starring the wonderful Cate Blanchett and Mr Patchy himself Brad Pitt. Great film.
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Part of the Blu-ray issue series of The Planet Of The Apes film series.
Also released this week on Blu-ray: Perfect Storm and Monster's Ball.
The top 3 TV releases (all formats) 3rd November 2008
1. Robin Hood - Series 2
Historical accuracy takes a back seat as the torch of the legend of Robin Hood, is successfully handed over to a new generation in this highly entertaining series. Keith Allen is a rather brilliant as the very evil Sheriff Of Nottingham.
2. David Attenborough's Life On Land - A DVD Encyclopedia
Includes the land mark BBC natural history series of 'Life in the Undergrowth', 'The Private Life of Plants', 'Life in Cold Blood', 'The Life of Birds', 'The Life of Mammals' and 'First Eden'. Also functions as an Encyclopedia! This is on our Xmas list.
3. Armchair Thriller Vol.1-10 - Complete
A ten volume set of the landmark ITV serial from the 1970's and 1980s, that featured some superb actors and equally impressive writing talent. 11 discs containing over 4,000 minutes of nerve jangling drama.
The best of the rest TV releases (all formats) 3rd November 2008
Extras - The Collection
I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking that on the whole this series didn't work as well as The Office. But in the 2 series and specials (collected here) there are enough flashes of brilliance to warrant many re-watchings. I want to see a full series of "When The Whistle Blows".
Night Of The Living Dead meets Big Brother (surely that describes every series of Big Brother?). Entertaining and innovative - nothing like Big Brother itself then.
ER: The Complete Thirteenth Season
The drama set in Chicago's County General continues to ebb and flow as much as it ever did, its usual mix of great / flat storylines again mismatched with some great / dreadful acting.
From the creator of Gimme, Gimme, Gimme comes one of the most fabulous and innovative sit-coms in years (well perhaps months).
Futurama - Series 1-4 - Complete
With The Simspons going off the boil big time, it leaves the way clear for the brilliant Family Guy, and the almost as brilliant (but not quite) Futurama to take the place in our animated affections.
The Howdy Doody Show
I'm not sere if this ever got shown on UK TV, but this American puppet series ran for years and years in the US. Think a mixture between Pipkins and Muffin The Mule allied to with all the subtlety and artistry of Crackerjack.