November 8, 2012

Filthy Music Review - 'My Dying Bride: A Map of all our Failures'

My Dying Bride – A Map of all our Failures (2012)


Review by Jude Felton

Has it really been 20 years since Yorkshire, England’s My Dying Bride first laid waste to our sense of hope? Yes it has, my filthy friends, as 1992 saw the release of their debut album As the Flower Withers, and they are still going strong.

A Map of all our Failures is the band’s 11th studio album, and quite frankly it is an epic journey into doom, despair and loss. Clocking in at over an hour, each of the 8 songs contained on the album weave a punishing, yet beautiful array of music. To call My Dying Bride a Doom metal band would be very apt, yet also a little limiting. A Map of all our Failures does contain an almost melancholic sense of despair to it, but it is such a beautiful album with so many layers that to tag it under any label is a little unfair.

This is the sort of album that you really need to invest a little time into; with The Poorest Waltz being the shortest tune, at 5 ½ minutes, right up to the almost 9 minutes of Within the Presence of Absence. It is not a casual listen, and some listeners, especially those unfamiliar with My Dying Bride’s musical output, might find it a little intimidating. Don’t be put off though, as this is an album with rich melodies, bone-crushing heavy riffs and the vocals of Aaron Stainthorpe are just superb. Listening to A Map of all our Failures is, to me, the aural equivalent of the first Hellraiser movie; it’s a journey to hell, but definitely one you want a ticket for.

Eleven albums into their career and My Dying Bride continue to deliver the goods. A Map of all Our Failures is a raw, melodic and quite wonderful way to spend of hour of your time. Give it a blast at your earliest convenience.

A Map of all our Failures is released by Peaceville and is available now.

'Resident Evil: Retribution' Blu-ray and DVD release details

Resident Evil: Retribution will be blasting its way onto 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on Decemebr 21st. All releases will include the UltraViolet version as well. The film is being released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, and it will come with a ton of extras, which you can check out below. On the same day Sony will be releasing The Complete Series: Resident Evil 1-5 on Blu-ray.

November 7, 2012

Filthy Review - 'Citadel'

Citadel (2012)

Review by Jude Felton

It would appear that the high-rise apartment block is currently in vogue, with regards to the setting of some recent movies. Even the accompanying artwork for these films has a similar edge to them; movies such as The Raid, Attack the Block and the recently released Tower Block. Now, I have not seen Tower Block as of writing this, but both The Raid and Attack the Block were two entirely different, and very good movie. The former being a full-on kick-ass action flick and the latter having more of a Sci-Fi infused humorous approach to the events portrayed, without being a comedy.

November 6, 2012

XLrator Media get down and dirty with 'Inbred'

Wonderful news time! XLrator Media have acquired all US rights fro Alex Chandon's Inbred, which is represented by Darclight Films. This all means that we shall be seeing it in the States soon! I love the film; it's mean, nasty, funny and very gory! I'll post more news, such as release date, artwork and special features just as soon as I have them.

'Zombie Flesh Eaters' are going to eat you! - Updated release details

The wait is almost over for Arrow Video's brand spanking Blu-ray and DVD release of Lucio Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters. It will be released on December 3rd, and looks damned sexy! There's a ton of extras (listed below), and as well as regular Blu-ray and DVD versions there will also be a quite gorgeous looking Steel Book edition.

November 5, 2012

Gimme your 'Gangsters, Guns and Zombies' - Blu-ray and DVD details

Brit flick, Gangsters, Guns and Zombies, from director Matthew Mitchell will be winging its way over to the States this month. XLrator Media's Macabre imprint will be releasing the film on VOD on November 15th, with a Blu-ray and DVD release on December 11th. Also, a little tit-bit here, m'man Dean, from Shock Horror magazine makes a wee appearance in the movie.

'Silent Night' trailer debuts and kicks ass!

Oh no, not another remake! I hear the cries now, but I couldn't care less. Silent Night, Deadly Night was a great fun slasher flick; it upset folk, and that's always a good thing. However, I have really been looking forward to Steven C. Miller's new vision of the story, which is titled Silent Night, and have been waiting anxiously for the trailer. Well, now the wait it over, and I think it kicks ass. Watch and enjoy, or bitch and moan, the choice is yours. The DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack hits from Anchor Bay on December 4th, after a limited theatrical release.

Filthy Review - '[REC] 3 Genesis' US DVD

[REC] 3 Genesis (2012)

Review by Jude Felton

This is the second time I have reviewed [REC] 3, the first time being for the UK release, but it’s a film that certainly warrants a second viewing. Aside from the fact that the [REC] movies are proving to be one of the best franchises in horror right now, Genesis is quite a bold departure from the first two films.

November 4, 2012

Filthy Review - 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Review by Jude Felton

When I first heard that the powers that be were going to reboot the Spider-Man franchise my first thought was one of surprise. I mean, Sam Raimi’s films aren’t exactly old are they? But then, upon a little more refection, I thought the same when Christopher Nolan rebooted the Batman franchise, and they turned out okay, didn’t they? I think when it comes to superhero movies there is always room for a new vision; it’s been done with The Incredible Hulk and Superman, both to varying degrees of success, and I am sure it will continue to happen in the future.

Filthy Review - 'Outpost: Black Sun'

Outpost: Black Sun (2012)

Review by Jude Felton

The first Outpost movie, from 2007, was a decent, if flawed, movie about a group of soldiers that discover an old bunker from WWII, only to find themselves knee-deep in Nazi-zombies. It wasn’t spectacular in terms of its execution, although in my opinion it was a good start-off point which would hopefully be expanded on in a sequel. Well, the sequel is now upon us in Black Sun and I was curious as to where director and co-writer Steve Barker would take the story.

Filthy Festive Review - 'Arthur Christmas'

Arthur Christmas (2011)

Review by Jude Felton

Nestled away in our movie collection is an entire section dedicated to Christmas movies. Films like Elf and The Polar Express, as well as slightly more adult entertainment with Silent Night, Deadly Night and Bad Santa, all of which get an airing when the festive season rolls around. Now I can add Arthur Christmas to that collection, a charming wee movie that wants nothing more than to make you believe in Father Christmas, and to have a few laughs along the way.