Ulysses: A Dark Odyssey (2018)
Ulysses: A Dark Odyssey is an Italian (in English) retelling of The Odyssey set in the near future as Ulysses, with no memory of where he has been for seven years, returns from an overseas war to search for his missing wife Penelope in a corrupt city controlled by a crime boss (Danny Glover).
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The Kid from Texas (1950)
Released in 1950 The Kid from Texas is another retelling of the Billy the Kid legend. More significantly, it was the first, of many, westerns made by US WW2 hero turned movie star Audie Murphy. Although it has a good Technicolor print, gunplay, galloping horses and a chaste love story, the prime interest in The Kid from Texas is to watch Audie Murphy at the start of his illustrious career. The Kid from Texas is included in the 14 disc / 14 film set Audie Murphy Ultimate Western Collection from ViaVision.
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The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)
Two decades after Terry Gilliam’s first disastrous attempt to make his film about Don Quixote, Gilliam returned to Spain and made The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, a film starring Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgard and Olga Kurylenko. To say the film is a mixed bag is an understatement but Gilliam is always an interesting and inventive director which, in these days of safety first filmmaking, can be counted as a blessing.
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Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (Blu-ray) (2019)
I had a passing interest in Pokémon as a youngster, though I haven't played any of the later video games, I haven't watched the anime in about 15 years, and I didn't fall victim to the widespread Pokémon Go craze in 2016. This is to say that I'm not a huge fan of the franchise and don't have extensive knowledge of it, but Pokémon: Detective Pikachu worked like gangbusters for me - it's a well-made, frequently entertaining fantasy adventure with a winning cast. On Blu-ray, the movie receives a perfectly watchable 1080p video transfer, and a satisfying Dolby Atmos mix. The selection of special features is also adequate, though there is room for improvement. All things considered, this is a recommended buy.
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Week Beginning 30th September (Retail):
Doctor Strange (4K Blu-ray)
Inside Out (4K Blu-ray)
Week Beginning 7th October (Retail):
Audie Murphy Ultimate Western Collection
Kid from Texas
Night Passage (ViaVision)
Ride Clear of Diablo