Magic, Myth & Mutilation: The Micro-Budget Cinema of Michael J Murphy, 1967-2015

Edition no. 280/281/282/283/284/285/286/287/288/289

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Directed by: Michael J. Murphy

Amongst overlooked filmmakers, British director Michael J Murphy ranks as one of the most sorely neglected. Having cut his teeth on a variety of homemade 8mm shorts, he had completed three feature-length productions by the age of eighteen. Over the next five decades, Murphy would go on to make many more films across a variety of genres, dividing his production time between Greece, Portugal, and the UK, with family, friends, and local stage performers becoming his regular cast and crew in exchange for holidays in the sun.

Despite this prolific output – a total of more than thirty completed films over a half-century, of which twenty-six survive – Murphy’s work remains rarely seen and little championed. Fitfully available on videotape, and barely represented on DVD, this comprehensive and long-gestating ten-disc Blu-ray collection seeks to rectify that situation once and for all. Boasting all-new 2K restorations from archival 16mm and 8mm elements, as well as a number of new digital captures from Murphy’s personal tape masters, this extensive retrospective of the obsessive auteur’s work is bolstered by a wealth of bonus features, including surviving fragments from lost works, and a 120-page book, all of which provides the definitive account of the weird and wonderful worlds of Britain’s great unheralded DIY filmmaker.

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Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 , 1.37:1
Audio: English 2.0 PCM Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: A/B/C
Discs: 10 Discs |  BD-50

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Tristan and Iseult
Happy Ever After
Almost a Movie
The Cell
Stay
Death in the Family
Invitation to Hell
The Last Night
Bloodstream
Moonchild
Torment
Atlantis
Road to Nowhere
Tristan
Zk3
Nekros: Isle of the Dead
The Return of Alan Strange
Qualen
Tristan: Legend of a Hero
Death Run
Avalon
Second Sight
The Rite of Spring
Roxi
Skare
Secrets
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