Recent Viewing part 1

The completist impulse is a key element of the collector’s mentality. For instance, I have forty-nine of Hitchcock’s features on DVD, plus his two Second World War propaganda shorts and season one of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. It’s not that I like all his films – in fact, I know I won’t ever watch some of […]

DVD of the Week: Vampire Circus (1972)

Although Britain’s Hammer Films was first formed in the 1930s, initially in an attempt to expand a theatre chain into areas of production and distribution, only five films were made before the war – comedies and mysteries. Production resumed after the war with more comedies, mysteries and thrillers. It was 1953 before the company took […]

Blasts from the past

Byron Haskin’s The Power (1968)

Gualtiero Jacopetti (1919-2011)

Criterion Blu-ray review: Antonio Pietrangeli’s I Knew Her Well (1965)

DVD Review: Masaki Kobayashi Against the System (Eclipse)

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