Rodney Perkins

The Criterion Column: Celebrate the Holidays with VIDEODROME and CRONOS

Criterion's December release announcement is brief, but sweet. David Cronenberg's Videodrome is coming to Blu-Ray while Guillermo Del Toro's Cronos will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray.  The Videodrome Blu-Ray seems to be sourced from same master as the 2004 Criterion DVD.  Extras are... More »
  

DVD Review: Tinto Brass' MONAMOUR

Many of the old guard Euro erotica filmmakers are either deceased or inactive, but Tinto Brass is still kicking out the filth. He is supposedly working on a 3D version of Caligula. Depending on your perspective, this is either a... More »
  

Blu-Ray Review: VIGILANTE

Death Wish (1974) spawned an endless array of clones both in the U.S. and Europe. The influence of Death Wish is so immense that filmmakers are still aping the source material. One of the entries in this multi-decade wave of thugs-kill-man's-family-so-man-kills-thugs... More »
  

I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW Available on DVD Right Now

Sean Donnelly's great documentary I Think We're Alone Now, which follows the lives of two avid stalkers of 80's pop sensation Tiffany,   was released on DVD in North America, Australia, Europe and Japan today. The film has been available... More »
  

Get TRASH HUMPERS on VHS, DVD, Digital Download, and 35MM

Trash Humpers is a hilarious display of freakishness that finds director Harmony Korine dabbling in some of the same territory as early films like Gummo and Julien Donkey-Boy. The film's random flow of antagonistic imagery and lo-fi aesthetic -- the... More »
  

BLACK ORPHEUS Blu-Ray Review

Marcel Camus' 1959 film Black Orpheus is the Rosetta Stone of favela chic. The film's portrayal of what were then underexposed aspects of Brazilian culture -- Carnaval, bossa nova music, voodoo, black people -- planted an image in many people's... More »
  

The Criterion Column: Chaplin, Laughton, Von Trier, and Some Radical 60s and 70s Cinema

In November, The Criterion Collection is set to release an eclectic mix of American classics with a bit of European transgression thrown in. A newly restored version of Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times is planned for DVD and Blu-Ray. Charles Laughton's... More »
  

TIFF 2010: Exclusive Music from Midnight Madness Film RED NIGHTS

At this point, many Twitch readers are undoubtedly familiar with the fact that Julien Carbon and Laurent Courtiaud's Red Nights is premiering at this year's Midnight Madness program at TIFF. What may not be so well known is that Seppuku... More »
  

SHOGUN ASSASSIN Blu-Ray Review

For many Americans, Shogun Assassin sits in a unique cinematic category occupied by Toho kaiju brawls and Shaw Brothers martial arts epics. This 30 year old mashup of Sword of Vengeance and Baby Cart at the River Styx introduced many people to Japanese samurai cinema, albeit in a... More »
  

THE RED SHOES Blu-Ray Review

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's The Red Shoes (1948) is an adult fairy tale with an operatic romanticism that is completely absent from contemporary cinema.  It remains a singular work that continues to influence cinema (just look at the recent stills from... More »
  

KINO Releasing FANTÔMAS DVD Box Set in September!

Rarely do I run full press releases for new home video titles, but this is a special exception. Kino International, in association with Gaumont Films in France, has announced the release of a 3-DVD box set of all five of... More »
  

Creepy Documentary CROPSEY Now Available on VOD

Although the theatrical run for the creepy documentary Cropsey continues to roll out, the team behind the film have worked out an additional way to watch it. Cropsey is available via video-on-demand  through  major United States cable systems like Comcast,... More »
  

BLACK NARCISSUS Blu-Ray Review

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger made many films, but the two works that have come to define them are Black Narcissus (1947) and The Red Shoes (1948). These films are very different yet they share a lush, perfectionist aesthetic that elevates their dramatic stories... More »
  

Shinsedai 2010: THE DARK HARBOR

Takatsugu Naito's The Dark Harbor (Futoko) is a dramatic comedy that indicates the emergence of a genuine talent. The Dark Harbor is not perfect --  what film is? -- but the level of skill and style involved is obvious. This film is really a joy to watch. Manzo Ishiguro... More »
  

Shinsedai 2010: ISLAND OF DREAMS

Tetsuichiro Tsuta's Island of Dreams (Yume no Shima) is an ultra-low budget black and white homage to Japanese cinema from the 1950s and 1960s. Sounds interesting, right? It is, but one has to get past surface appearances to really appreciate... More »
  

The Criterion Column: October Brings Kubrick's PATHS OF GLORY, THE SEVEN SAMURAI on Blu-Ray, Ingmar Bergman, HOUSE, and More

The October 2010 batch of Criterion titles brings a few surprises. Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory is hitting DVD and Blu-Ray as is Ingmar Bergman's film The Magician. Criterion continues its relationship with Wes Anderson by releasing The Darjeeling Limited... More »
  

IP MAN Blu-Ray and DVD Giveaway! UPDATED

[UPDATE: The contest is now closed. Winners will be individually notified by e-mail. Thanks to all who participated.] Twitch has once again teamed up with Well Go USA for a cool giveaway. Five lucky readers can win their choice of... More »
  

Women of Horror Showcased at the Viscera Film Festival

New film festivals pop up all the time. One of the more interesting ones to surface of late is Viscera Film Festival, which celebrates the work of female horror directors and producers. This year's premiere edition of the fest takes... More »
  

The Criterion Column: September Brings Malick, Oshima, Godard, Donen and King

The September releases of Breathless on Blu-Ray and The Thin Red Line on Blu-Ray and DVD aren't so much of a surprise. A high-def Breathless release was inevitable and the Malick title leaked out a while ago. Also, Charade is... More »
  

Synapse Unleashes GRAPHIC SEXUAL HORROR on DVD

Synapse Films is releasing a DVD of Barbara Bell and Anna Lorentzon's highly controversial documentary Graphic Sexual Horror on August 23, 2010.  The subject of the film is Brent PD Scott, creator of a U.S. based bondage and S&M site... More »
  
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