Monday, 7 August 2017

DVD Roundup: Lost in Translation edition

Wow, what a dower week for movies the beginning of April was. First off we had Ghost in the Shell, the flashy but spiritually empty American adaptation of the classic Japanese anime. While copying many of the set pieces from the original, this remake betrayed the film-makers basic lack of understanding of what made the original so good. Urgh, and then there's the frankly insulting ending. What a frustratingly unnecessary film. Then we had Free Fire from one of His and Hers favourite directors Ben Wheatley, which gain kudos for being an original script and having a great cast, still fell flat with its slightly boring premise. Its like a 10 minutes gun fight extended to a full 90 minutes. Check out our full reviews in the player below, which was a double bill podcast for both films.

Another His and Hers favourite is Park Chan-wook, of Oldboy fame, and this week sees the release of The Handmaiden. Set in the 1930s, we see a pick-pocket and a conman scheme a plot to try and trick a woman out of her inheritance. Erotic and gorgeously shot, this is one film I'm very excited to see, only damped by the fact we couldn't see it in our local cinema.

Viceroy's House tells the story of Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India, who's job it is to hand the country back to its people in 1947. Set to tell the story to as broad an audience as possible, director Gurinda Chadra has been accused of bending the truth, so if you do watch it, it may be worth doing extra research on the side.

Is it unfair to put this on a DVD Roundup twice? Joe D'Amato's 1980 cannibal slasher is getting a Blu-ray release, which means you can watch this grainy, lo-fi movie in high definition. A former video nasty, Anthropophagous is a film that is so-bad-its-good, collecting all the staples of that particular genre; awful acting, non-nonsensical writing, appalling special effects, and a few gross-out scenes, including a part where the cannibal eats a foetus. Yeah, its that type of movie. Check out Layla's review here.

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