Rodney Perkins

Win IP MAN 2 on DVD or Blu-Ray! [UPDATED]

[The contest is now closed. Winners will be notified soon. Thanks for participating.] Well Go USA's DVD and Blu-Ray release of Ip Man 2 will hit the street on Tuesday, April 19th. Twitch has teamed up with Well Go to offer... More »


The Criterion Collection's new Blu-Ray of Jean-Pierre Melville's Army of Shadows (1969) is a straight-forward upgrade of the company's 2007 DVD. The disc features a great high-def transfer, superior sound, and no new extras.Army of Shadows, which is based on... More »


The Criterion Collection generally doesn't deal in genre. So, when the company digs into their library to a release a vintage sci-fi title on Blu-Ray, great expectations arise. In the case of Byron Haskin's Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964), these expectations should... More »

Blu-Ray Review: VIDEODROME

Many directors have cited Videodrome (1983) as an influence. However, no one who has invoked its name has managed to make a film as good or as interesting.  Only someone like David Cronenberg can come up with such a crazy idea and execute it... More »

Blu-Ray Review: CRONOS

Guillermo del Toro's name seems to pop in relation to a new project every week, but he hasn't actually directed that many movies. Instead of picking up whatever comes along, he has generally chosen projects that appeal to his very... More »

Blu-Ray Review: SALON KITTY

Tinto Brass has always had a touch for making exploitative movies that look like real movies. This is not an insult. It is the truth. His command of sleazy grandeur is probably why Bob Guccione handed him the reigns to Caligula. A new uncensored... More »

Robert Downey's GREASERS PALACE Returns to DVD

Scorpion Releasing is issuing a new DVD of Robert Downey's weirdo classic Greasers Palace next week. It is available for pre-order from Amazon right now.Unlike the older DVD from Image, this one is presented in 16x9 (1.85:1) anamorphic widescreen and some cool... More »


Charles Laughton cemented his place in film history with performances in Mutiny in the Bounty (1935) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939). His sole directorial effort Night of the Hunter (1955) wasn't met with quite the same enthusiam as his acting. However, critical... More »

Blu-Ray Review: ANTICHRIST

A cloud of sensationalism and hyperbole has followed Antichrist around ever since it screened at Cannes in 2009. This is unfortunate as Antichrist is a complicated work that can't be reduced to a goofy catchphrase or a list of shocking scenes. In this regard,... More »

Blu-Ray Review: HOUSE

Janus Films' aggressive booking and marketing of Nobuhiko Obayashi's psychedelic art-horror film House (Hausu) has quickly turned a heavily-bootlegged Japanese obscurity into a North American pop culture phenomenon. So much has been written about House in recent years that one might get the impression... More »

The Criterion Column: Blu-Ray Upgrades for the New Year, Basil Dearden

Criterion has burned through all of its 2010 release announcements. What will the new year bring? If January is an accurate indicator, 2011 might be the year of the Blu-Ray upgrade. Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor and Naked Kiss are getting the high-def treatment with cover... More »

Pink Eiga Returns with DVDs from Yôjirô Takita and Yutaka Ikejima

DVD label Pink Eiga is still flying the pinku flag high and strong. They have recently released two noteworthy titles:  Yôjirô Takita's Sexy Timetrip Ninjas and Yutaka Ikejima's The Japanese Wife Next Door Part 2. If you like pinku,  these release deserve your support.Pink Eiga has become the... More »

DVD Review: Juraj Herz's MORGIANA

Juraj Herz is best known for The Cremator (1968), a grim Kafkaesque tale about the rise of fascism in 1930s Czechoslovakia. In 1972, Herz went in a completely different direction with Morgiana. The film -- now available from Second Run DVD in R2 PAL format... More »


[The contest is closing on Wednesday so get your entries in now!]Once again, Twitch has teamed up with Well Go USA for a massive contest. Mamoru Oshii's Assault Girls hits the streets on Region 1 DVD and Blu-Ray on October... More »

Blu-Ray Review: MANIAC

I was too young to catch the theatrical release of Bill Lustig's brutal low-budget slasher film Maniac in 1980, but I did see the film on VHS in the mid-80s. Watching Blue Underground's all-region 30th Anniversary Maniac Blu-Ray, which hits the streets on... More »


Nagisa Oshima's Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983), which is based on an autobiographical novel by the South African adventurer-soldier Laurens van der Post, is a homo-erotic culture clash set in a World War 2 internment camp. This film's international rock-star casting and multi-lingual... More »


Image Entertainment released Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972) on DVD back in 2002. That DVD is long out-of-print. Now, Discotek Media is releasing a new disc on October 24th, 2010. The second film in the famed pinky violence series... More »

Second Run DVD Releasing Juraj Herz's MORGIANA In October

Second Run DVD is a boutique label out of the U.K. that has built an extremely interesting catalog of world cinema titles. Their releases, many of which are Region 0, are immediately identifiable by their uniform packaging --  clean minimalistic covers with... More »


John Cassavetes' artistic legacy is largely built around his role as the prototypical American indie filmmaker with works like Shadows, Husbands, and The Killing of A Chinese Bookie. In spite of his directing prowess, Cassavetes mostly made his living as... More »

Abortion Meets the Wild West in THE SCARLET WORM

Westerns have their constants -- drunken brawls, gunfights, cowboys, barren landscapes -- but the genre is rather malleable and can support all kinds of interesting narrative and thematic angles.  For example, consider the indie western called The Scarlet Worm. It's about,... More »
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