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Welcome to Time Out Film’s DVD page, where you’ll find reviews of the latest DVD and Blu-ray releases, the biggest box sets and reissues of classic movies. Each week we’ll bring you a selection of the most exciting new titles, but we’ll also dig deep to unearth forgotten masterpieces, overlooked oddities and cult classics making their DVD debut.

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The Grapes of Wrath

John Ford’s 1940 adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic novel may wander away from its source material, but it remains one of the most soulful and intense films in the Hollywood canon, thanks in large part to Henry Fonda’s note-perfect central performance. He plays Tom Joad, the eldest son of a dirt-poor Oklahoma farming family who returns from prison to find his folks on the verge of shipping out to California. But on arrival in the promised land their dreams are quickly dashed: jobs are scarce, cops are brutal and public opinion has turned sharply against these poverty-stricken ‘Okies’.

Viewed in a modern context, ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ feels like a transmission from an alternate reality, an America that never was: proudly socialist, open-minded and forward-thinking. It’s hard to imagine a modern Hollywood film so defiantly humanist in its thinking, angrily but uncynically questioning the status quo without ever drifting into fuzzy liberal platitudes. The result is, of course, a poetic masterpiece, but it’s so much more than that: a reminder of the principles America was founded on, and how far that nation has strayed.

Read the Time Out review of ‘The Grapes of Wrath’


Big Trouble in Little China

  • Rated as: 4/5

John Carpenter’s giddy tribute to Chinese kung-fu and American lunkheadedness returns, firmly established as a fanboy favourite and ready to enthrall and amuse a new generation of chopsocky nerds.

Read the Time Out review of ‘Big Trouble in Little China’

The Elephant Man

  • Rated as: 5/5

As David Lynch’s new photo exhibition exploring derelict buildings opens in London, there’s never been a better time to revisit his heartbreaking Victorian-era masterpiece.

Read the Time Out review of ‘The Elephant Man’

Delicatessen

  • Rated as: 5/5

With this dizzy, dazzling dystopian debut, French directors Jeunet and Caro announced themselves as major new filmmaking talents. A shame they couldn’t have stuck together.

Read the Time Out review of ‘Delicatessen’

The Long Goodbye

  • Rated as: 5/5

Director Robert Altman boldly transformed Raymond Chandler's classic LA detective novel into a rambling, shambling satire on post-hippie Hollywood hedonism. Elliott Gould's magnificent Marlowe personifies laconic outsiderdom.

Read the Time Out review of ‘The Long Goodbye’

Threads

  • Rated as: 5/5

Set in Sheffield on the verge of – and during – a massive Russian nuclear strike, 'Threads' is a ferocious, relentless and  heartbreaking piece that should be not approached lightly.

See ‘Threads’ in Time Out's list of the 100 Best Horror Movies

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

  • Rated as: 4/5

Trading Cold War paranoia for post-hippie angst, Philip Kaufman’s remake of the original pod-person sci-fi shocker is a witty update featuring a cracking cast and one of the all-time great endings.

Read the Time Out review of ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’

Streets of Fire

  • Rated as: 4/5

Walter Hill transfers western tropes to a futuristic setting for this enjoyable rock-operatic fantasy romance. Ry Cooder and Meatloaf collaborator Jim Steinman provide the overblown score.

Read the Time Out review of ‘Streets of Fire’

Gaslight

  • Rated as: 4/5

The original, far superior adaptation of the spooky stage play about a man who attempts to drive his wife mad rather than reveal his dark secret. Lurking menace hangs in the air…

Read the Time Out review of ‘Gaslight’

The Fury

  • Rated as: 4/5

Two years after his career-making smash-hit ‘Carrie’, Brian De Palma returned to the theme of telekinesis for another wild, blood-soaked tale of teens with powers they can’t understand or control.

Read the Time Out review of ‘The Fury’

Halloween

  • Rated as: 5/5

John Carpenter’s wonderful 1978 original gets a Blu-ray spruce. Those deep shadowy corners – from which the knife-wielding ‘boogeyman’ Michael Myers comes lunging – have never looked blacker.

Read the Time Out review of ‘Halloween’


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