Obsession (Brian DePalma, 1976)

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2011 appears to be year of Brian DePalma. So far we have had an superlative Criterion Blu-Ray release of my favourite DePalma film Blow Out, this release of Obsession and scheduled for later this year is a US Blu-Ray of Dressed to Kill.

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Nightmares in a Damaged Brain (Romano Scavolini, 1981)

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It seems an age since Code Red announced that they would be releasing this former video nasty on DVD. It is also hard to believe that the UK distributor of the original VHS release of this film was imprisoned for 18 months. Code Red’s release appears to be rather impressive. The film is presented fully uncut in both 4×3 and 16×9 versions. Only 100,000 units of this DVD have been pressed and Code Red appear to be quite confident that they will shift them. Optimistic maybe but I have my fingers crossed for them.

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The Girl Who Played with Fire (Daniel Alfredson, 2009)

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Loved The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and I am eager to see the second film in the series.

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The Town (Ben Affleck, 2010)

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I couldn’t help but think that this was Ben Affleck’s ode to Michael Mann’s Heat (1995). Still, this is an entertaining, well made heist film.

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright, 2010)

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Destined to become a cult classic. I had a big smile on my face while watching this for the first time. Good fun.

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Shutter Island (Martin Scorcese, 2010)

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Courtesy of Blockbuster’s ‘3 for ??15’ sale. Yes, the following four purchases are either pre-owned or ex-rental but are in very good condition.

Though it was overlong I did enjoy Shutter Island and loved the cinematography.

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Tenebrae (Dario Argento, 1980)

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After seeing screenshots from this disc compared to the the French Blu-Ray release I was considering not purchasing it. The French release appears to offer a higher level of definition (pun intended) but is very expensive. Also, some viewers have reported that there are some sound problems too. However, the price of this Arrow release is much cheaper and offers a Kim Newman and Alan Jones audio commentary which I am eager to rip from the disc and listen too. Also, it is pleasing to see that artist Rick Melton has avoided going for his useful ‘T&A’ approach to commissioned artwork. This is much more tasteful and captures one of Argento’s most iconic shots.

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Don’t Look Now (Nicholas Roeg, 1973)

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All home video releases of this classic horror film have suffered from poor audio. However, this Optimum Blu-Ray release has had Nicholas Roeg’s involvement and if the online reviews are correct this should be the best way to experience the film yet.

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The Vaccines – Wreckin’ Bar (ra ra ra)

These days, it is very rare that I listen to 'new' music.?? One of the good things about the BBC's annual coverage of Glastonbury is that it can bring to your attention bands that you have not yet heard of.?? During Friday's coverage I heard a song called Wreckin' Bar (ra ra ra) by The Vaccines.?? I cannot recall being as excited by a song, or a band, for quite sometime.?? This led to me to download the album and I was equally impressed by many of the other songs on the album.

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Xfm 25: The Smiths – The Queen is Dead

Yesterday was the last Sunday of the month and that can only mean one thing: a new episode of 25 on Xfm.?? This episode, already the sixth of the series, looks at The Smiths album The Queen is Dead.?? Being a big fan of The Smiths, this has been a labour of love for Sam.?? This is reflected by the large amount of interviewees.?? Featuring in this episode are: Johnny Marr, Mani, Guy Garvey (look out for his frank yet hilarious confession half way through), Brett Anderson, Clint Boon, Billy Bragg and Dr Eoin Devereux from the University of Limerick.

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