In Review: Everybody Has a Plan on DVD

by Amanda Keats 23 September 2013

Everybody Has a Plan (Todos Tenemos Un Plan) really belongs to the film’s star, Viggo Mortensen. The ‘Lord of the Rings’ actor shows off his Spanish-language skills here as he portrays estranged twin brothers, Agustín and Pedro.

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In Interview: Sam Dunn, Head of Video Publishing at BFI Flipside

by Martyn Conterio 23 September 2013

With the release of Saxon Logan’s Sleepwalker on Monday 23rd September, courtesy of the BFI’s Flipside distribution arm, New Empress interviewed Sam Dunn, Head of Video Publishing, to discuss the label and the release of the forgotten 1980s British horror-satire.

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In Review: Van Gogh (1991) on Blu-ray

by Ben Nicholson 23 September 2013

Imagine, if you will, a leisurely stroll through a picturesque landscape in the French countryside; the vista is a vision, the ambience tranquil. This is largely how one feels when in the company of Maurice Pialat’s ruminative biopic the famous Dutch painter, Van Gogh (1991), which has been exceptionally restored for its Blu-ray release as […]

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In Review: Breakout (2011) on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 20 September 2013

Sometimes you are able to tell that a particular film is going to be good within the first five minutes. That is also the case for some bad films.

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In Review: Riddles of the Sphinx (1977) on Blu-ray

by Daniel Goodwin 20 September 2013

Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen’s stunning, avant-garde examination of the role of women in 1970s Britain is equally mesmeric as it is complex; addressing a range of issues from female identity in a male dominated society to concerns about the state of inner-city childcare.

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In Review: Stories We Tell on DVD

by Ben Sheppard 19 September 2013

Sarah Polley, the former child prodigy, has only three director credits to her name, but already she has an extremely impressive catalogue of emotionally challenging but ultimately enjoyable films. 

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: King of New York (1990)

by Helen Cox 18 September 2013

23 years ago King of New York had its world premiere. Mark Searby revisits this often overlooked classic and discusses why it’s still worth pulling off the DVD shelf more than 20 years down the line.

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In Review: Sleepwalker (1984) on DVD

by Martyn Conterio 18 September 2013

Saxon Logan’s 1984 featurette, Sleepwalker, has been reissued and given a HD makeover by the BFI’s Flipside label. A peculiar mix of satire and horror film it is notable, too, for a screen appearance by director Bill Douglas (The Bill Douglas Trilogy, Comrades).

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In Review: The Call

by Daniel Goodwin 16 September 2013

For a director with a skill for evoking such dread and disorientation, it’s a shame Brad Anderson hasn’t made more of a name for himself.

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In Review: The Last American Virgin (1982) on Blu-ray

by Mark Searby 16 September 2013

Boys will be boys and that is exactly what The Last American Virgin (1982) is all about, plain and simple. Gary (Lawrence Monoson), Rick (Steve Antin) and David (Joe Rubbo) have been best mates throughout their high school years and now it’s time for their sexual awakenings.

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In Review: Plein Soleil (1960) Special Edition on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 12 September 2013

It’s a regular boy-meets-ill-adjusted-member-of-society situation. Poor man (Alain Delon) befriends layabout heir (Maurice Ronet) in luxurious Italian boat holiday setting on the pretence of getting him back home to his disapproving dad

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