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Best DVD / BluRay releases of 2016 
Written by: on December 12th, 2016

Another great year and narrowing down the choices was not an easy task. Now without further ado. Here are 10kbullets picks for best releases for the year 2016.

Bande à part – BluRay / DVD Combo (BFI)
“Despite being regarded as one of his most straight forward narrative of his career. There is one area that is never lacking throughout Bande à part and that is Godard’s need to innovate.” – Michael Den Boer

Pieces – BluRay / CD Combo (Grindhouse Releasing)
“The result is a total horror classic which still manages to entertain just as much as it did during its initial run on New York’s legendary 42nd Street theaters.” – George Pacheco

Blood and Black Lace – BluRay / DVD Combo (Arrow Video USA)
“Where Bava’s previous giallo The Girl Who Knew Too Much, helped usher in a new era in regards to Italian made thrillers. With his next giallo Blood and Black Lace, he would make such a quantum leap that there have been very few giallo’s that have even come close to scratching the surface of what this film was able to achieve.” – Michael Den Boer

Pigs – BluRay / DVD Combo (Vinegar Syndrome)
“Pigs is a cult slice of Seventies cinema from the earlier part of the decade, and yet another example of how this period was such a fruitful one when it came to bizarre, left-of-centre filmmakers with unique stories to tell.” – George Pacheco

Symptoms – BluRay (Mondo Macabro)
“Symptoms is an extraordinary psychological thriller that has been cut from the mold as films like, Repulsion and Don’t Look Now.” – Michael Den Boer

Absolute Beginners – BluRay (Second Sight)
“Just like he had done a decade before with The Great Rock N’ Roll Swindle. Julian Temple does it once again with Absolute Beginners, creates a film that perfectly captures the essence of the era it is depicting.” – Michael Den Boer

Doctor Butcher M.D. / Zombie Holocaust – BluRay (Severin Films)
“Zombie Holocaust is basically a mash-up of Fulci’s Zombi 2, Slave of The Cannibal God and some Deodato cannibal action thrown in for good measure.” – Giuseppe Rijitano

Women in Love – BluRay / DVD Combo (BFI)
“Women in Love gets a definitive release from BFI, highly recommended.” – Michael Den Boer

Mountains May Depart – BluRay (Kino Lorber)
“Mountains May Depart is an extraordinary melodrama about the human condition.” – Michael Den Boer

What Have They Done to Your Daughters? – BluRay (Camera Obscura)
“Dallamano for Daughters takes the violence up a notch as he expands on ideas and themes he explored earlier in Solange.” – Michael Den Boer

Burial Ground – BluRay (Severin Films)
“Through the years and their many incarnations there is no denying that lasting durability of the Zombie. And every so often comes along a film like Burial Ground, that turns this genre on its head!” – Michael Den Boer

Macbeth – BluRay (Olive Signature Series)
“Limited resources never stifled Welles creativity, in fact one could argue that some of his best work as a filmmaker were projects that he had least amount of resources to work with.” Michael Den Boer

Private Vices, Public Pleasures – BluRay (Mondo Macabro)
“When it comes to sex in cinema no matter how far the boundaries are pushed. There are always going to be film’s like Private Vices, Public Pleasures that shock even the most jaded person.” – Michael Den Boer

I Drink Your Blood – BluRay (Grindhouse Releasing)
“I Drink Your Blood is truly one of grindhouse cinema’s beloved, dirty diamonds in the rough.” – George Pacheco

And now in their own separate category…

Best Box Set DVD / BluRay releases of 2016

Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Volume 1: Voice Without a Shadow / Red Pier / The Rambling Guitarist – BluRay / DVD Combo (Arrow Video USA)
“When it comes to the film’s visuals this film does not disappoint. Seijun Suzuki perfectly infuses the Film Noir look with his own unique sensibilities as a filmmaker.” – Michael Den Boer

American Horror Project Volume 1: Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood / The Witch Who Came from the Sea / The Premonition – BluRay / DVD Combo (Arrow Video USA)
“Arrow Video’s American Horror Project volume 1 is an extraordinary release that gives three obscure films exceptional presentations that are above and beyond all of these films previous home video releases, highly recommended.” – Michael Den Boer

Sex Murder Art: The Films of Jörg Buttgereit – BluRay / CD Combo (Cult Epics)
“Cult Epics have to put together an exceptional release that fans of Jörg Buttgereit and extreme cinema should thoroughly enjoy, highly recommended.” – Michael Den Boer

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