Val Guest instills story and characters with gripping realism in The Day the Earth Caught Fire, one of the greatest of all British science fiction movies, now released in an excellent Blu-ray edition by the BFI.
Clive Barker’s second feature as a director was taken over by studio people who didn’t like the film he was making and ended up a crippled box office failure; Shout Factory has now released a “director’s cut”, more or less restored to Barker’s original intentions, which goes some way – though not all the way – towards making it an interesting horror fantasy.
The Criterion Collection resurrects Monte Hellman’s two radical, innovative westerns from the mid-’60s, The Shooting and Ride In the Whirlwind, for a stunning Blu-ray double bill supported by a substantial set of special features.
Criterion’s Blu-ray offers a visually rich presentation of Frank Capra’s classic Depression-era romantic comedy It Happened One Night, along with some excellent supplements.
The Criterion Collection have outdone themselves with their magnificent, jam-packed seven-disk Blu-ray set of the work of the great French director Jacques Tati
Renowned British horror director Terence Fisher rarely tried his hand at science fiction; Odeon Entertainment has recently released new Blu-ray editions of his two best SF films, Island of Terror and Night of the Big Heat.
Twilight Time continues to release an interesting assortment of titles, often now with excellent commentaries and impressive supplemental material.
The range of my recent viewing covers classic Italian and Eastern European films by Elio Petri and Karel Zeman as well as a pair of 1970s sci-fi/fantasy productions from the BBC, newly released on disk by the BFI.
CarFree: Stories from the Non-driving Life (2014) is a new one-hour documentary from Cagey Films about urban dwellers who consciously choose not to drive and how that decision affects the ways in which they live their lives.
A selection of recently viewed films ranges from revisionist horror to horror-comedy to experimental to Hitchcock imitation (or homage), all impressively presented on Blu-ray.