Seeing the world in black-and-white … and shades of grey

Time is running out for small-time entertainer Sammy Lee (Anthony Newley) in Ken Hughes' The Small World of Sammy Lee (1963)

The pleasures of black-and-white cinematography are on full display in Ken Hughes’ The Small World of Sammy Lee; shot on the streets of Soho and the East End by the great Wolfgang Suschitzky, this story of a small-time entertainer and compulsive gambler desperately trying to raise cash to pay off a gangster is a finely observed depiction of the seedier side of pre-Swinging London, shot through with bleak humour and the tentative possibility of redemption.

Arrow’s American Horror Project, vol 1

William Preston makes a strong impression as one of the carnival's most deranged denizens in Robgert Allen Schnitzer's Malatesta's Carnival of Bloo (1973)

With a three disk first volume, Arrow Video embark on an ambitious undertaking with the American Horror Project, which intends to gather together independent, fringe features from the ’70s and ’80s, surrounded by supplementary features which provide context and possibly a cumulative history of this genre niche. Set one gathers three movies of varying quality.

Kinji Fukasaku’s Yakuza epic

Bunta Sugawara as Shozo Hirono, the violent spirit of Japanese post-war economic recovery in Kinji Fukasaku's Battles Without Honor and Humanity

Arrow releases yet another impressive limited edition box-set with their dual-format edition of Kinji Fukasaku’s Battles Without Honor and Humanity, a key work in the transition of Japanese cinema from the “classical” post-war period to a more transgressive critique of the nation’s history and culture.

Blasts from the past

Bill Forsyth’s Local Hero (1983): Criterion Blu-ray review

Criterion Blu-ray Review: Riot In Cell Block 11 (1954)

Farewell to a good friend: Dave Barber

Film Review: Resident Evil: Retribution