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UK DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Monday 16th April 2012

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DVD & BLU-RAY PICKS

Naqoyqatsi (Miramax): Godfrey Reggio’s third and final film in his Qatsi trilogy, which previously consisted of Koyaanisqatsi (1983) and Powaqqatsi (1988), explores the concept of ‘life as war’. This was highly apt as on its release in 2002, the world had recently plunged into conflict. As before, the music of Philip Glass provides a haunting backdrop to images of the world. [Buy on DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon UK]

Bad Lieutenant (Fabulous Films): Harvey Keitel gave one of his greatest performances in Abel Ferrara’s intense drama about a corrupt New York cop. Playing like a darker version of Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets (1973), it came out the same year as Reservoir Dogs (1992) and like Tarantino’s film is a bold, dark work that lingers long in the memory. [Buy on DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon UK]

Last Tango In Paris (20th Fox Home Entertainment): Bernardo Bertolucci’s erotic drama about an ageing American widower (Marlon Brando) who has an affair with a younger Parisian woman (Maria Schneider) scandalised audiences in its day but seems relatively tame today. Chiefly notable now for Brando’s performance and Vittorio Storaro‘s visuals. [Buy the DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon UK]

ALSO OUT

54 (Miramax) [Blu-ray / Normal]
A Midnight Clear (Second Sight) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Battle Royale (Arrow Video) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Dream House (Warner Home Video) [Blu-ray / Normal / Triple Play]
Earthflight (Acorn Media UK) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Griff the Invisible (Matchbox Films) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Recoil (Entertainment One) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Rob Roy (MGM Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Accidental Spy (Miramax) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Ledge (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Thor – The Hammer of the Gods (KSM) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Titanic (ITV DVD) [Blu-ray / Normal]
West Is West (The Movie Partnership) [Blu-ray / Normal]

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Written by Ambrose Heron

April 16th, 2012 at 4:17 pm