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Full Details for Arrow Video’s August Horror Releases, Including Re-animator 4K Restoration Limited Edition Blu-ray

This August, Arrow Video enters the deranged mind of Herbert West with their limited edition 4K restoration of Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator (which was initially slated for a July 25th release), and we now have the full list of special features for the anticipated release, along with two other horror Blu-rays coming out this month from Arrow: The Slayer and a limited edition steelbook of Society.

Press Release: The summer really hots up in August, as Arrow Video releases a special edition of an 80s classic, a white-knuckle thriller, a splatter horror masterpiece, a box set of crime classics, a rare Italian sword-and-sandal epic, and an amazing new limited edition steelbook.

First up, one of the most wildly popular horror movies of all-time, Stuart Gordon's enduring splatter-comedy classic Re-Animator returns to Blu-ray in a stunning restoration packed with special features. According to the distributor (Mvd), this awesome package is officially sold out already,
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Stormy Monday Starring Melanie Griffith Available on Blu-ray July 18th From Arrow Video

Stormy Monday starring Melanie Griffith will be available on Blu-ray July 18th From Arrow Video

In 1988, Mike Figgis (Internal Affairs, Leaving Las Vegas) made his feature directorial debut with Stormy Monday, a taut, noir-influenced gangster movie that drew on his key formative influences, including his youth in the Newcastle of the late ’50s and early ’60s, and the city’s vibrant jazz scene.

Sean Bean (Ronin) plays Brendan, a young loafer taken under the wing of jazz club owner Finney (Sting, Quadrophenia), who’s under pressure from American mobster Cosmo (Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive) to sell up in exchange for a cut of a local land development deal. Brendan just wants to earn an honest crust, but his burgeoning relationship with Cosmo’s ex-lover Kate (Melanie Griffith, Body Double) threatens to drag him into the middle of the impending showdown…

A romantic crime thriller with genuine heart, Stormy Monday features striking,
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Partycrashers: 2015 in Review

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Partycrashers is an on-going series of video dispatches from critics Michael Pattison and Neil Young.Newcastle is a technically neutral meeting-point for two likely lads from Sunderland (Neil) and Gateshead (me). Yet England’s northernmost city is still near enough to both that any notion of partycrashing flies right out of an eighth-floor window. With 53 foreign film festivals notched up between us this year, though, Neil and I might be forgiven for feeling like tourists on home turf. Not that we do: I never walk taller than when I’m on Tyneside, while Neil’s swagger is never anything other than an unwavering forward charge.In fact, nothing but a very fine river separates Newcastle from Gateshead: in the background of this latest video dispatch, we see the winter dark gradually fall upon the latter town. Similar views can be seen in Mike Figgis’s first feature, Stormy Monday (1988), and
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5 Ways Stormy Monday Is The Best Geordie Film (And A Great British One)

Recently I went to the BFI (British Film Institute) Mediatheque in Newcastle upon Tyne, not far from the WhatCulture! head office. Inside the old building of the Discovery Museum where the Mediatheque is located, I found a small dimly lit art-deco room, and was able to choose from a huge selection of British films available to view for free from the BFI archives and collections. Browsing through the list of clips, scenes, shorts and films, I stopped and chose one immediately. Stormy Monday.

Stormy Monday is a 1988 British romantic thriller, the feature-film directorial debut of Mike Figgis, who went on to direct the Oscar-winning Leaving Las Vegas in 1995. Figgis creates a special atmosphere within Stormy Monday, framing a young Sean Bean alongside Melanie Griffith at the height of her career. The story revolves around Bean’s character Brendan, as he is drawn in unknowingly to the criminal underworld of Tyneside.
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The X Factor Reveals Its Top 40

The X Factor Reveals Its Top 40
The X Factor already has its top 40. Ten acts for each of the four categories - boys, girls, over 25s and groups - were chosen on Thursday's show and will be advancing to a brand new elimination round called the "Four-Chair Challenge," (not to be confused with The Voice). So who made the cut? Keep reading to find out ... The Girls: Khaya Cohen, whose rendition "I Put a Spell on You" wowed the judges, was the first female to make the cut. Rylie Brown, who charmed the judges with her version of Zedd's "Clarity" and Simone Torres, whose memorable version of "Mustang Sally,
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Watch: Cinematographer Roger Deakins on Working with the Coens

One of my favorite cinematographers working today is Roger Deakins. Over his 40 year career, the British director of photography has worked with everyone from the Coen Bros to Martin Scorsese to Ron Howard to Sam Mendes. He has already received a total of 10 Academy Award nominations, but has yet to win, which is a disappointment for many reasons. However, he's still hard at work, and will probably receive a nomination this year for Prisoners (in theaters this week) after earning a nomination last year for Skyfall. Our friends recently came across this fantastic 9-minute interview with Deakins talking about working with the Coen Brothers and Scorsese. It's a vintage interview, but worth watching if you're a big fan of Deakins like we are. Special thanks to our friends Awards Daily and The Film Stage for first finding this video on YouTube. The 9-minute featurette includes director Mike Figgis (The House,
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Why British film is all kitsch 'n' sink

Oscar-nominated director Mike Figgis argues that the defeatist attitude and outdated structure of Britain's movie industry is preventing film‑makers from flourishing on home soil

Way back in the 1980s, when I decided to try to move from the world of performance art into film-making, I wrote a treatment for a short film called The Side. The name comes from the spectacular street that leads down to the river Tyne. I submitted the treatment to the BFI and in due course got a letter from Peter Sainsbury (the then head of BFI) turning me down for assistance because the material was "visually interesting but lacked content".

Around this time I also applied to the National Film School to study cinema. After a fairly confrontational interview with Lord Puttnam and the great cinematographer Ossie Morris I was rejected. Undaunted, I carried on and eventually The Side became Stormy Monday, my first feature film.
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Four Music Greats Pass

This was a particularly sad week for the musical world. We lost four greats: Chuck Brown, the godfather of Go-Go; country-rock pioneer Doug Dillard; supreme disco diva Donna Summer; and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who did more to promote art song than anyone else in the recording era.

Chuck Brown was the most innovative of them, and the funkiest. Born in 1936, he paid his dues as a guitarist in various R&B bands in the '60s. His funk band The Soul Searchers made two classic albums for Sussex, We the People (1972) and Salt of the Earth (1974). "Ashley's Roachclip" on the latter includes a drum break that became one of the sampled breaks in hip-hop; "Blow Your Whistle" from the same LP is also much-sampled.

It's debatable when Go-Go originated as a separate style; originally, it denoted merely party music or a dance club. But in live performance, in Brown's home territory in and around Washington D.
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Mike Figgis at Open Weekend: 'Am I a control freak? Yes'

The Carlisle-born film-maker delighted the crowd with some frank tales about how – and how not – to make it in Hollywood

On Saturday night at the Guardian's Open Weekend, film-maker Mike Figgis promised he was going to name names – and he duly did. Figgis gave a brilliant insight into the ups and downs of being a Hollywood director; in his case, more downs than ups. Figgis was born in Carlisle and grew up in Kenya (his father was a frustrated musician and DJ, his mother secretary to Ernest Hemingway, who may or may not have had a passion for her), and in the 1990s looked as if he could become one of Hollywood's top directors, with films such as Internal Affairs and Leaving Las Vegas. But, as he explained to a captivated audience, every time he got within sight of the pinnacle, he blew it.

The trouble is, Figgis said, he
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Close up: Is Hunger Games the new Twilight?

Catch up with the last seven days in the world of film

Read our 4-star Hunger Games review

The big story

With the John Carter fiasco rumbling on Hollywood was desperate for some good news, and it duly came in the slinky form of Jennifer Lawrence and Hunger Games. The set of novels by Suzanne Collins have been touted as the new Twilight and – to all astonishment – have been turned into a rather good film, if you believe Xan Brooks, our man at the first press preview. As the week wore on, it became clear that The Hunger Games was looking at a serious pile of cash when it would finally be released – perhaps even beating the first Twilight film's opening weekend mark of $69m in 2008. Fortunately, as is their way, the Guide had got in quickly and interviewed Lawrence last weekend – and she had little truck with the Twilight
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This week's new film events

Family Friendly Film Festival, Manchester

Summer holiday's sorted for Manchester parents for the next fortnight. And you don't even need to feel guilty about plonking the kids in front of a screen with some popcorn. There are previews, like the Nic Cage-starring Sorcerer's Apprentice, and free outdoor screenings at Spinningfields (Up, Spirited Away, Jurassic Park, Madagascar), but more brain-fuelling and calorie-burning are the themed days and tie-ins with local museums. See films like Fantastic Mr Fox and The Princess And The Frog in fancy dress (the kids, not the parents); take in aquatic movies like Ponyo or The Little Mermaid, plus themed activities, at the Bolton Aquarium; have an arty Mad Hatter's tea party at the Whitworth Art Gallery … you get the picture. And you get the parental brownie points.

Various venues, Fri to 15 Aug, visit

Film4 Summer Screen, London

It's a joy to watch any
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