Author Archives: Budd Wilkins

About Budd Wilkins

Budd Wilkins is a writer, film critic and instructor. He is a Staff Critic for Slant Magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Nordic Issue of Acidemic Journal of Film and Media. He is currently writing a chapter for an anthology on international horror directors to be published by Intellect Press and distributed by University of Chicago Press. Mr. Wilkins was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida. He attended Penn State for several years before moving to North Carolina in 1994, where he earned his Bachelor's in Religious Studies and a Master's in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Film Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His primary focus is film history, film literacy and criticism, with the goal of bringing obscure, foreign and films that are labeled "difficult" to the attention of film aficionados of all kinds. Other interests and focus of critique include comparative religion, black humor, 19th century European literature, horror and graphic novels. Mr Wilkins lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife, Tina. Follow @buddwilkins on Twitter.

Black Christmas (Bob Clark, 1974)

“Bob Clark’s holiday-themed shocker Black Christmas gets a striking 2K upgrade and a thick-stacked slate of extras from Shout! Factory.” Read the whole review on Slant Magazine.

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Roma (Federico Fellini, 1972)

“Federico Fellini’s hallucinatory Roma gets a pristine 2k transfer and a few meaty bonus features from the Criterion Collection.” Read the entire review on Slant Magazine.

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To Live and Die in L.A. (William Friedkin, 1985)

“William Friedkin’s neon-hued noir To Live and Die in L.A. gets a vibrant 4K transfer and a slate of solid new extras from Shout! Factory.” Read the entire review on Slant Magazine.

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The 20 Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2016

“The embarrassment of home-video riches made available to cinephiles this year proves once again that the rumors about the death of physical media have been greatly exaggerated.” I provide the introduction and spread the love across four capsule reviews. Read … Continue reading

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Lone Wolf and Cub (Various, 1972-1974)

“Lone Wolf and Cub slashes its way onto Blu-ray with a katana-sharp transfer and a baby cartload of bonus materials in Criterion’s terrific box set.” Read the entire review on Slant Magazine.

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Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (1990)

“A gorgeous and painterly late-period masterwork, Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams gets a stellar 4K transfer and a surfeit of extras from Criterion.” Read the entire review on Slant Magazine.

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Kwaidan (Masaki Kobayashi, 1965)

One of the most ravishing color films ever lensed, KWAIDAN is a four-part horror anthology from director Masaki Kobayashi (HARAKIRI)—not heretofore known for his interest in genre material—that adapts stories by expatriate writer Lafcadio Hearn. Born in Greece in 1850, … Continue reading

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