As it is a woeful week for DVD releases (is everyone on holiday?) this weeks picks are Blu-ray only. A further piece of bad news is that although these three films are worth getting, they don’t have any extras so you may want to get the special edition DVD versions (which I’ve linked to below).
Angel Heart (Optimum): Mickey Rourke stars as hard-bitten private dick Harry Angel in director Alan Parker’s moody atmospheric 1987 thriller. Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet and Charlotte Rampling complete the cast of this supernatural detective story. (Special edition DVD available here).
La Haine (Optimum): A stunning 1995 crime drama shot in black and white verite style that follows a day in the life of three aimless, violence-prone, young men who hail from the same decaying housing project in Paris. Mathieu Kassovitz won the Best Director prize for his work on this at the Cannes Film Festival. (Special edition DVD available here)
Near Dark (Optimum): With her new film The Hurt Locker about to hit UK cinemas, director Kathryn Bigelow‘s 1987 horror film gets released on Blu-ray. The story is about a young cowboy (Adrian Pasdar) who is seduced by a vampire (Jenny Wright) and is persuaded to join up with a roaming band of ghouls before having to make some difficult choices. A stylish and brutal mixture of horror, western and action movie that ranks as one of the best horrors of the 1980s. (Special edition DVD available here)
ALSO OUT ON DVD
ALSO OUT ON BLU-RAY