The DTV Digest
Episode 198: Hell Hath No Fury, The Boy Behind The Door, The Highwayman, Wyrmwood: Apocalypse, The Next Girl, The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, Faye, Twisting Tiger, Feast

Episode 198: Hell Hath No Fury, The Boy Behind The Door, The Highwayman, Wyrmwood: Apocalypse, The Next Girl, The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, Faye, Twisting Tiger, Feast

May 17, 2022

In this bumper episode Mike, Rich and Steve tackle seven new films!

We kick off with HELL HATH NO FURY, directed by the one and only Jesse V Johnson. We've been waiting with baited breath for this one, so does it live up to the hype??

Next is THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR, a film curated from the SHUDDER streaming service, and does a good job of upholding its reputation for quality horror! 

Steve Lawson is a director we have a lot of time for, and we review his latest period action/drama, THE HIGHWAYMAN...

The Australian brothers Tristan and Kiah Roach-Turner crafted a love-letter to both Mad Max and zombie movies with their first film Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead. Seven years later they have produced the next chapter in the bloody WYRMWOOD: APOCALYPSE.

THE NEXT GIRL is a hallucinatory trip of a film which split opinions - check out our review in the episode!

THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN is a dramatic retelling of the true-life tragedy which befell an elderly person when police are dispatched to provide medical assistance.

and in FAYE, actress Sarah Zanotti has to carry the whole film as she is the only one in it!

 

Our Short Shot is the excellent TWISTING TIGER, which would make an great pairing with Paper Tigers! Click the link to watch the whole 30 min film!

Finally, our DTV Throwback is FEAST - another film which wildly split opinions this week!

 

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Episode 193 - Spirit Walker, Broadcast Signal Intrusion, The Darker The Lake, Fortress, Salvajes, The Ice Forest

Episode 193 - Spirit Walker, Broadcast Signal Intrusion, The Darker The Lake, Fortress, Salvajes, The Ice Forest

April 3, 2022

This week, Mike and Steve tackle four new releases, starting with the excellent SPIRIT WALKER, a Korean action thriller which never takes its foot of the pedal and demands the audience keeps up with its complex plot!

Speaking of complex plots, next up is BROADCAST SIGNAL INTRUSION, a very compelling mystery surrounding some pirate tv broadcasts!

THE DARKER THE LAKE proves to be both complex and perplexing as it spins a murder mystery set in a small Austrian town!

Finally we have FORTRESS, co-starring Bruce Willis an Jesse Metcalf. Please note that our comments about this film came before the news about Willis retiring for health reasons- having said that, we hardly mention Bruce anyway!

Our Short Shot is SALVAJES - this is some very high grade action, be sure to check it out as well as director Stephen Renney's other shorts!

Finally our DTV Throwback is THE ICE FOREST, an Italian film which resembles a Nordic Noir - but can it pull it off?

 

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Short Shots Episode 12 - Uncharted vs Tomb Raider vs Indiana Jones, Payback, Symphony of The Ronin, Sifu

Short Shots Episode 12 - Uncharted vs Tomb Raider vs Indiana Jones, Payback, Symphony of The Ronin, Sifu

March 9, 2022

In this action packed, action centric episode, Mike and Rich take a look at four awesome shorts, kicking off with UNCHARTED vs TOMB RAIDER vs INDIANA JONESWith a concept like that you'd be forgiven for assuming its ambition outweighs its execution - but you'd be dead wrong! Click the link to see the whole glorious film! 

Next up is PAYBACK, the latest fight film from Art School Dropouts, whose work we've enjoyed covering on previous episodes. This is once more a very hard-hitting fight movie but there are attempts at an actual story this time out!

Next up is SYMPHONY OF THE RONIN, which is the most French Arthouse fight film we've ever seen!

Finally, we have SIFU, a promo film to promote the new Playstation game of the same name, If you've played the game, or seen a promo for it, you will be impressed how close this short film matches both the aesthetics and the action from it.

 

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Episode 186: One Shot, A Violent Man, Caught in Time, Glasshouse, Margaret, Desert Heat

Episode 186: One Shot, A Violent Man, Caught in Time, Glasshouse, Margaret, Desert Heat

February 5, 2022

In this episode Mike, Rich and Steve are joined by irregular regular Sean Malloy of I MUST BREAK THIS PODCAST, who joins us to talk about two particular films that bookend the show...

we start with one of the most anticipated films of the past 6 months: Scott Adkins and Ryan Philipoe starring in ONE SHOT, a film made to look like its one continuous unedited sequence from start to finish. 

Next is A VIOLENT MAN, starring Craig Fairbrass as a murderer serving a life sentence who finds his simple existence turned upside down with the arrival of a new cell-mate.

Our next film was a huge surprise - CAUGHT IN TIME is  period police procedural from China starring Daniel Wu as the head of a gang of armed robbers who always seem a step ahead of the police.

GLASSHOUSE is a post apocalyptic movie with a Victorian aesthetic, about a group of young women trying to protect their home from marauders.

Out Short Shot is MARGARET and all you need know going in is that its directed by Larnell Stovall, who's worked with both Scott Adkins and Michael Jai White in the past. And if you like that, please also check out ATOPRHN.

Our DTV Throwback stars Jean-Claude Van Damme in DESERT HEAT, aka Inferno. The plot is very similar to that of The Stranger, which we covered back in episode 182! Its officially free to watch on Youtube so clicking the link will take you straight to the film!

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Episode 181 - End of Year Review 2021

Episode 181 - End of Year Review 2021

January 1, 2022

Before we embark on a new year of films which didn't make it to the cinema but instead found their way to dvd, blu ray and streaming media, lets take a moment and reflect on what a year 2021 was.

 

In this episode Mike, Rich and Steve (and a cameo from Will) talk about their top 10 short films from the year, followed by our worst 5 and top 10 features. All films discussed have been covered on previous episodes.

 

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Episode 178 - Puppet Killer, The Last Matinee, Blond Purple, Resignation Day, The Puppet Masters

Episode 178 - Puppet Killer, The Last Matinee, Blond Purple, Resignation Day, The Puppet Masters

December 1, 2021

In this episode Mike, Rich and Steve tackle three new releases...

We kick off with the quirky Canadian horror-comedy, PUPPET KILLER, which has the oldest set of "teens" you're ever likely to come across!

Next up is THE LAST MATINEE, a homage to the like of Argento (colour scheme) and Fulci (more eyes than you can shake a stick at!). What's more its the first film we've seen hailing from the shores of Uruguay!

Then there is BLONDE.PURPLE...yeah we've got some things to say about this film,...

Our Short Shot is RESIGNATION DAY, a film that was shown at the Fighting Spirit Film Festival and is now available on YT - click the link to take a look at this action comedy.

Finally in our DTV Throwback we check out THE PUPPET MASTERS, based on a novel by Robert Heinlein. (This is currently available on Disney+)

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Short Shots Episode 10 - Fan Films - Silent Hill: Restless Dreams, Forsaken Mandalorian and the Drunken Jedi Master, Immortal 65, Here Comes the Night, 1986

Short Shots Episode 10 - Fan Films - Silent Hill: Restless Dreams, Forsaken Mandalorian and the Drunken Jedi Master, Immortal 65, Here Comes the Night, 1986

November 25, 2021

In this episode of the Short Shots we take a look at some recent fan-made, not-for-profit films!

We kick off with SILENT HILL: RESTLESS DREAMS which does a good job of not only evoking the atmosphere of the game but also the way characters speak.

Next is FORSAKEN MANDALORIAN AND THE DRUNKEN JEDI MASTER - unfortunately no drunken kung-fu but a great short nevertheless!

IMMORTAL 65 gives us a peek at one of the previous Iron Fists, searching for an important book.

HERE COMES THE NIGHT is a Friday 13th fan film. There are two parts - click the above link for Part one, and HERE FOR PART TWO.

Finally we review 1986, a classy DC/Marvel cross-over.

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Episode 173 - Whitetail, Potter‘s Ground, The Ghosts of Borley Rectory, Yellow Belt Fury, Tiger House

Episode 173 - Whitetail, Potter‘s Ground, The Ghosts of Borley Rectory, Yellow Belt Fury, Tiger House

October 20, 2021

This week we have three new features to review. Mike and Steve kick off with WHITETAIL, about a family trying to bond after a tragedy by shooting a deer, only to find something more sinister out in the woods!

Next is POTTERS GROUND - I was initially nervous about tackling another low budget film set during the American Civil War, but this one surprised me!

Mike and Will then take a look at THE GHOSTS OF BORLEY RECTORY, the second film to be set in Borley by prolific director Steven M Smith. His previous film ended up hanging around the DVD top 100 chart for months - time will tell if this does as well!

Our Short Shot is YELLOWBELT FURY in which a woman starts taking karate lessons to wreak vengeance on the aliens who killed her husband!

Finally our DTV  Throwback is TIGER HOUSE, a British home-invasion style movie starring Dougray Scott and Ed Skrein.

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Short Shots Ep 9: Broken, The Witch, Warlike, Blood Thirsty

Short Shots Ep 9: Broken, The Witch, Warlike, Blood Thirsty

October 10, 2021

A much belated episode this, we recorded it back in the Summer but have struggled to find time to get it published, so without further ado...

In this episode, Mike and Rich tackle for action shorts worthy of your time. We start off with BROKEN, the latest fight scene from Art School Dropouts. Check the link for the short.

Next is THE WITCH, which gets points for trying something a little different!

Then there is BLOOD THIRSTY, which doesn't seem like it at first but is in fact a fan film, uniting two very different sets of heroes from the Marvel-verse!

Finally there is WARLIKE, in which a team of Spec Ops suddenly realise their target is right in amongst them.

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Episode 8 - Fighting Spirit Film Festival Round-up

Episode 8 - Fighting Spirit Film Festival Round-up

October 3, 2021

In this slightly belated episode, Mike and Rich give their thoughts on this year's Short Film Competition which is an integral part of the Fighting Spirit Film Festival, held this year in Stratford in September.

We also single out the following films as they are readily available for you to watch, and we recommend you do!

DEADLY SHAPES OF SHAOLIN A tribute to the Kung Fu classics of old, dedicated to the onscreen heroes of Shaw Brothers, Golden Harvest, and many others...

JIU JITSU SAVED MY LIFE TWICE Born in the favelas of Brazil, we follow the unbelievable life story of Neto Nunes - the journey of London's strongest Jiu Jitsu fighter and family man.

QUARANTINE WITH LOVE Joseph filled his fridge with his favorite candy to face quarantine, while Dagmar forgot to buy her own and is taking his chocolates one by one...A homage to Jackie Chan and the silent greats will take place when these two lovers face each other.

WELCOME TO THE STING A fresh faced fighter takes his first step into the deadly world of crime syndicates, endeavoring with an undercover detective to bring it all down, but he has to survive his audition first. 

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