The Wind (2018)
The Wind is an unexpected gem. Set in an isolated cabin on the remote American prairie in the mid-19th century where the wind never stops, The Wind is a Gothic horror tale of isolation, paranoia, madness, demons and terror with an intense, utterly compelling, lead performance by Caitlin Gerard.
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Mortal Engines (Blu-ray) (2018)
Mortal Engines is a fantasy adventure set over a thousand years into the future. The film, based on the novels of Philip Reeve, was shot in New Zealand with a screenplay by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. This is a film on a massive scale; there are huge tracked mobile cities destroying the landscape, a city in the sky, a shield wall and outlandish flying machines. The premise is intriguing and the visuals are spectacular but the film didnít find an audience.
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Solo: A Star Wars Story (3D Blu-ray) (2018)
It severely underperformed at the box office and critical response wasn't overwhelming, but Solo: A Star Wars Story remains an entertaining, competent Star Wars adventure that's better than it had any right to be. I liked it at the cinema, and it holds up on home video. The 3D presentation is... inconsistent. There are some genuinely impressive sequences in 3D, but the source doesn't often lend itself to the additional dimension. It doesn't help that texturing and sharpness are so mediocre. The disc also contains a pretty good DTS-HD MA 7.1 track, and there are no special features on the 3D disc. All things considered, this is a recommended buy for fans of the movie and of 3D, but at sale price.
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Storm Boy (Blu-ray) (1976)
Over forty years later, Storm Boy remains an enduring Australian classic, replete with heart and touching drama. I still remember watching this on a dodgy VHS in primary school. Umbrella brings this seminal film to Blu-ray for the first time in the world. The remastered video and audio presentations are really impressive, featuring the type of restoration you'd expect from a prestigious label like Arrow. Unfortunately, the disc comes up short in terms of special features - there isn't much of substance or value. Still, this is a recommended buy for fans.
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Five Feet Apart (Blu-ray) (2019)
Five Feet Apart falls short of perfection, but it's nevertheless a technically competent and pleasing tear-jerking romance that you won't regret watching. It's just a shame that the third act grows so maddening. Roadshow delivers the movie on Blu-ray with a sublime technical presentation; the 1080p encode is fantastic, while the 5.1 audio track is hugely effective. Add in a satisfying selection of bonus material, and this is a recommended purchase for fans.
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