BRITISH FILM NOIR, SEVEN THUNDERS

BRITISH FILM NOIR Various directors/Strawberry Media  This is a really intriguing – if strangely assembled – collection, but a highly useful way of obtaining some hard-to-obtain British movies (such as the prison drama Turn The Key Softly and the early Terence Fisher film So Long At The Fair – though the latter is hardly a film noir). But one of the most interesting offerings here is the flawed but fascinating Sapphire.
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Spectacle from Sony and Eureka

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA David Lean, director/Sony Blu-ray Since the Blu-ray revolution changed the way so many of us view films in a domestic setting, certain films have cried out to be reissued in this most visually impressive of formats – and few have justified for the wash-and-rinse that the medium provides more than David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, which many would claim to be the director’s masterpiece – as much for its highly sophisticated political argument (courtesy of screenwriter Robert Bolt) and its then-provocative treatment of Lawrence’s homosexuality (the cuts imposed upon the male rape scene have, of course, been restored, reintegrating the director’s vision). Along with this intelligent treatment of a remarkable man, there is of course the breathtaking epic visual spectacle which was the director’s trademark. Looked at today, it’s often striking how clear an influence Lean was on our era’s key director, Steven Spielberg. The Blu-ray of Lawrence of Arabia is an essential purpose for anyone who loves cinema.
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