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SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

HEART­LESS SEA­SON ONE ( DVD, out now) was pre­vi­ously free to stream via All4’ s Wal­ter Presents. Set in a board­ing school, this moody Dan­ish se­ries is like Twi­light crossed with a Nordic de­tec­tive drama. It fol­lows twins cursed with the need to suck peo­ple’s life­force through their mouths or, ahem, naughty bits. Sadly the char­ac­ters are un­like­able and the story un­folds frus­trat­ingly slowly. Un­der a new showrun­ner, DA VINCI’S DEMONS SEA­SON THREE ( out now, Blu- ray/ DVD) is less a Re­nais­sance MacGyver and more a clock­workpunk The Tu­dors. The Turks have stolen Leo’s de­signs and turned his weapons against the Ital­ians; can Da Vinci out Da Vinci him­self? It’s a lit­tle pompous and plodding in places but looks stun­ning, and boasts some de­li­ciously dark and kinky mo­ments. In ’ 70s schlocker CRAZE ( out now, DVD) an OTT Jack Palance sac­ri­fices vic­tims to an African god be­cause it brings him luck – or does it?! There’s prom­ise here, but di­rec­tor Fred­die Fran­cis de­liv­ers a largely plodding yarn that al­most turns into a stan­dard po­lice- pro­ce­dural. Fi­nally, a quick men­tion for the BFI’s Alan Clarke AT THE BBC box set ( 23 May, Blu- ray) fea­tur­ing 23 dra­mas by the Scum di­rec­tor. Two are SFXy: Penda’s Fen is get­ting a sep­a­rate re­lease ( re­view next is­sue), which leaves 1984’ s Stars Of The Roller State Disco. Set in a sort of live- in job cen­tre in an un­spec­i­fied near- fu­ture, it’s like Tucker’s Luck writ­ten by Ge­orge Or­well. Its long takes are hyp­not­i­cally com­pelling, the vast set still im­presses, and the down­beat end­ing is just plain shat­ter­ing...

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