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So he sells his last possessions and drops off the edge of earth, heading to Indonesia on a near-hunch to find gold he’s convinced is in one of the deepest, darkest jungles on the planet -- Borneo. “He was what they called a river walker. The real deal. A hands-on geologist. If you were aiming to put a hole in the ground in Indonesia, you wanted Mike Acosta telling you where to dig.” Kenny Wells on his future partner, Mike Acosta (Edgar Ramirez) in GOLD
GOLD (15) Adventure | Drama | Thriller USA, 2016, 120 mins Dir. Stephen Gaghan Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramírez, Bryce Dallas Howard
GOLD, inspired by actual events, is the epic tale of one man’s American dream and everything he’ll do to keep it from falling apart. “Nobody wanted to look… Why? Because we were all making so much money.”—Kenny Wells (Matthew McConaughey) in GOLD Oscar© winner Matthew McConaughey stars as Kenny Wells, a man raised in the mining business, the type of men, like his own father, who aren’t afraid to go out in the mountains and dig fortune from the ground… but in a business where a roll of the dice can be the difference between vast riches and complete failure, the die haven’t been falling his way. Kenny embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of America, perhaps the best part of us, an unshakable belief that survives all obstacles. If only there is a 13th round, Wells will win every fight. 06
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Teaming up with this mythic geologist, the “river walker,” Mike Acosta, played by Edgar Ramirez they battle nature, the NYC financial establishment, conspiracies inside of conspiracies, but most of all they test their faith in themselves. “Fifty-Fifty. Prove ‘em all wrong.” The contract scribbled by Kenny Wells on a cocktail napkin in GOLD And when they make the largest gold find in the history of time, they realize this dream is only the beginning of the adventure. Very quickly Kenny finds himself surrounded by corrupt politicians, two-faced bankers, sneaky government insiders, all the classic players surrounding great mineral riches… and all of whom, in one way or another, want to steal it away from him.
“So the whole time you were telling me how rich my grandkids are gonna be you were plotting behind my back to steal it all away.” Kenny Wells in GOLD Kenny is the little guy who stands to lose the thing he loves. And more importantly he’s the man with real friends, real love, real community, who believes that to matter in America, you must be perceived as having made it in the world. And as we all know, this particular flaw has brought down giants. A dreamer’s tale, a cautionary tale, GOLD, in the way of classic adventure storytelling, exposes the true nature of men. Whether you’re working out of a dive bar in Reno or in the gilded towers of Wall Street, the pursuit of gold reduces all men to their purest elements. Matthew McConaughey, showing again why he’s one of the greatest actors alive, made a complete physical transformation -- with a bald head and some unfortunate local dentistry, the addition of 40lbs gained through a diet of beer, cheeseburgers, and milkshakes – to bring to life this American original... KENNY WELLS... KENNY WELLS… KENNY WELLS... the pursuit of the dream is the greatest treasure of all. THE INSPIRATION The global financial crisis was destroying the econ-
omy, with many terming it the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It was 2008. Everyone was struggling - losing jobs, losing homes. In Los Angeles, screenwriter/producer partners Patrick Massett and John Zinman stumbled upon an article about the Bre-X gold scandal of the 1990s, in which the Canadian company Bre-X Minerals Ltd. reported the discovery of a huge gold deposit in Indonesia, courtesy of a mining entrepreneur who’d teamed up with a geologist. Initially a mere penny stock, Bre-X soared with billions in enthusiastic capitalisation. Money was on everybody’s minds now. Remembers screenwriter/producer John Zinman, “A lot was going on in the country with the financial crisis and the 1% movement with the growing disparity in the country, and this story seemed to ring a lot of those bells.” So the screenwriting duo transplanted the notion to the US in the 1980s, creating the fictitious character of Kenny Wells, a Reno prospector with a loyal girlfriend named Kay, a brainy geologist partner named Mike Acosta, and a deep-seated desire to make something of himself. “We pitched it to a lot of places and everyone passed,” says Masset. “But we loved it and believed in it and thought there was
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such a great character in Kenny Wells and such a great world that nobody had ever seen in modern times, although there were some elements of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. But this is so global." The more they thought about it, the more they believed in Kenny Wells. Massett points out, “We really love characters that are underdogs, that have to fight from the ground up to prove themselves and have something to prove, and Kenny is so colorful and so wonderful but he'd also hit rock bottom." Kenny was getting older without success. “You reach a certain age,” muses Zinman, “and you reflect on the men you knew in your life growing up - my father, friends of my father, the idea of what it means to be a success in America, a man who provides.” So in 2009, Massett and Zinman wrote GOLD, a fast-moving, character-driven spec screenplay with a colourful plot full of twists and turns, all of it brimming with wit and personality as it spanned a sprawling global scope. Plus, it had a provocative mystery at its core. The screenplay got everyone’s attention, quickly making it onto Hollywood’s Black List of best unproduced scripts. The writers decided that rather than auction off the script, they wanted to partner with a production company so they could stay involved. 08
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And they wanted a partner who responded to the themes that intrigued them. “Every single person at some point has to go out into the world and make something out of themselves,” reasons Zinman. “It explores ambition, ideas of self-worth, and at its core it's a story of friendship. These two guys - Kenny Wells and Mike Acosta - share certain needs. They both have the drive to be reconsidered in a more favorable light. They recognize something in each other - whether it's deception or collusion, the friendship is the glue that holds the other themes together.” From Massett’s viewpoint, “Kay accepts Kenny as he is, but Kenny wants to be better than that. That's a Western American theme in men - our identity is so attached to our material value and our title.” Suggests Massett, “In a nutshell, it asks, what profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his own soul?” Then, Matthew McConaughey expressed interest in GOLD. Recalls producer Teddy Schwarzman, “Matthew got involved through a great deal of luck, to be honest. We were very much thinking of going to a director first, but the script got out into the ether and Matthew read it and there was something he responded to in a very personal way to the character of Kenny Wells.”
The actor had movies already booked out ahead for several months, but he wanted to join GOLD as its star and a producer. Explains McConaughey, “It was one of the few scripts that I said, I have to do this. I have to be this guy.” Specifically, Kenny Wells reminded McConaughey of a fellow named Chicago John who his father had introduced him to briefly in 1987 in Texas. “My dad took me the day before Christmas to Wal-Mart to get some stocking stuffers. On the way, he pulled over behind this abandoned shopping strip mall. There was this old white van down there and out of that white van came this guy, Chicago John. In the back of that van, he had washing machines, dishwashers, old microwaves, telephones, gadgets, all kinds of shit,” recalls McConaughey. “My dad goes over there and swaps some cash. My dad gets back in the car and says, Here, here, and wraps this thing up in some paper towels and says, put that in the glove compartment.” After driving away, his dad let him unwrap the purchase. “And in there was this silver and gold watch. He goes, `God damn! This is a $24,000 Rolex made of titanium and I just bought it for four grand!’” McConaughey explains, “And when I read this thing about Kenny Wells, it had who I thought Chicago
John was, the story I had created for him over the years, and a little bit of who my father was. My father invested in a diamond mine in Ecuador. There were no diamonds in Ecuador! He got over there and got his machete and hacked through the jungle. We always used to like to say to dad, Boy, if it was a shitty deal, he wanted in. He'd rather that it be a shitty deal but work with some really fun people and have it be an adventure, than have it be a really good deal and work with a bunch of stiffs. And so, in my impression of who Chicago John was and who my dad was at that time, there is a whole lot of Kenny Wells.” DIRECTOR STEPHEN GAGHAN COMES ONBOARD Who to direct? Stephen Gaghan, the writer of TRAFFIC and writer/director of SYRIANA, had certainly proven his cinematic prowess with global material dealing with current events. Producer Michael Nozik already had a relationship with Gaghan, having been a producer on Syriana, “So I knew he was particularly good at handling stories that have ambiguity in them. He loves to live in the world of ambiguity. And this is a story with essential ambiguity. Is the lead character guilty or innocent? Is he somebody you love, somebody you can be en-
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gaged with? Stephen has an interest in big themes, and themes about the American experience, and in some ways this is a story that reinvents itself.” Portraying Kenny’s longtime girlfriend Kay, is Bryce Dallas Howard. “She's someone who knows herself. And she's someone who's very centered in her own identity and who she is and in her relationship and her work and in her life. The work I had to do most of all was to kind of find those things for myself, so I could be that person. Kay has given me the chance to be present and smell the roses and to feel passion on a moment to moment basis,” confides Howard. “There are challenges in her relationship with Kenny and she faces those square on. I don't think she's in denial about him. I think she knows who he is and trusts who he is,” Howard says. “During the course of their journey in this story, there are certain codes that they've kept for their entire relationship that do get broken and get fractured, and they need to work through those things.” Howard sees Kay as the perfect complement to Kenny: “She respects that he's a dreamer. She respects how fiercely he pursues those dreams. She truly loves him unconditionally. That's the thing that most resonated with me with this character – a person who has 10
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the capacity to love unconditionally and still be very strong within herself and her own identity." IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE GOLD began its shoot in Thailand, chosen for its mature film infrastructure as well as its exotic jungles, relatively low production costs, and similar geography to Indonesia and the jungles of Borneo. The initial location for the main Washoe gold mine site in Khao Sok had never been shot before. “We discovered the location by taking bamboo rafts down a jungle river and when we stepped out onto the site, we all knew it was an amazing discovery. Once we decided to shoot there, we had to build a road just to access the site. However, this location, after our first two days of shooting there, had a devastating flood. The water of the river rose 25 feet in 36 hours, completely covering our entire set,” laments co-producer, Chris Lowenstein. After the flood, a new set for the Washoe gold mine site was built in the province of Krabi. Both the pre-flood and post-flood Washoe gold mining sites were secluded and exotic, with gigantic limestone cliffs on all sides, and dark red earth showing amidst the lush jungle. Cast and crew bushwhacked
in, tramping down makeshift paths in high boots. A dedicated snake wrangler was on payroll to clear the site of snakes each day. Fluorescent caterpillars with infectious hairs, giant spiders, leeches, and mosquitoes were other hazards. Scrapes and cuts easily became infected. And the tropical weather changed constantly. The river scenes where Wells and Acosta travel up river, then later when the three bankers arrive, were even tougher to film, with cast and crew wading through the muddy water. According to Lowenstein, “The water levels would rise and fall dramatically day to day. On one day, the river was running so fast that we couldn't get our boats upriver. On another day, the river was so low that we had to use crews from stunts, marine, and unit departments to physically carry our boats up the river.” Other locations included New Mexico, Nevada and upstate New York. ALL THAT GLITTERS GOLD is a film that resonates on different levels. It’s about the desire for achievement, about self-worth, about trust, about the intoxication of success, about the idea that big money changes people, and it's a love story.
Michael Nozik says, "The movie is about the desire that we all have to succeed, to find that thing that defines us.” And yet with success, come complications and consequences. “Kenny finds what is potentially the largest gold find in history. And it's a ride to the sun. But he flies too close to the sun and he gets burned. This story is about how you ride and how you survive and about ultimately how he can preserve his dignity and his personality. And the most important thing, he comes to realise, is it's not about all those desires he had but finally it's about the woman that he shares that dream and that ride with." For McConaughey the film also presents a lasting perspective on Americana. “The movie explores respect, brotherhood, faithfulness, what a man will do to keep the dream alive, pride, loyalty, the little man getting away with it, the underdog winning, the underdog stickin’ it to the big man who's been trying to stick it to him, and the loser who wins. It's a great American story about the ways America was built,” declares McConaughey. In fact, “It could be a real American classic. It has mystery, drama, a lot of humour, a lot of humanity along the way, and a story that you probably never heard of most likely.” GOLD is available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray from 5th June, 2017
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Frank Begbie has spent most of his adult life as a walking hand grenade. Renton just pulled the pin. His rage may be self-destructive, but it's fair to say he will not be the only casualty. THE PRODUCTION STORY - TRAINSPOTTING (1996) Made on a £2M budget, the sophomore film from the team behind SHALLOW GRAVE outgrew its modest indie roots to become a bona fide cultural phenomenon.
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First there was an opportunity… then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed, but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home. They are waiting for him: Spud, Sick Boy, and Begbie. Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance. WHERE WE LEFT THEM... The four life-long friends/associates/bitter enemies had travelled to London to sell a bag of fortuitously obtained heroin. While the rest are sleeping, Mark Renton sneaks out with the entire proceeds: £16,000 in cash. He walks away. He will not look back. He leaves £4000 in a locker for Spud. A kind gift, but a mixed blessing for its recipient, a man with a more-orless unshakeable heroin addiction. Sick Boy, never one to be troubled by feelings of loyalty, feels bitter envy as much as anger. If anyone could have betrayed his friends, it should have been him. He curses his own sentimental weakness, and dreams of revenge.
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Danny Boyle remembers: “We kind of careered into the first one. We had just made Shallow Grave, which had done quite well, and suddenly everybody wanted us to make another one. We had Irvine (Walsh)’s extraordinary book and it continued to haunt us. John Hodge started working on the script and, straightaway, you just knew we were going to make it. He delivered about 20 pages and it was just like ‘yeah, we’ll do that’. So,we basically just tumbled into it.” Producer Andrew Macdonald says: “We were worried at the time that the film wouldn’t work because it dealt with drugs and youth culture, and seemed so specifically Scottish. We weren’t sure anybody would understand it. But, loving the book, we were desperate to make it.” “The great thing was to be fully inexperienced” says screenwriter John Hodge. “Is if you haven’t done much before, you won’t be too surprised by what happens. We just set out to make an entertaining film back then. We were finishing the script in production, and so only gradually became aware of the groundswell of interest increasing. I hoped the way we humanised the heroes and stepped away from a traditional victim portrayal would ring true. And, like the book, TRAINSPOTTING gave the characters a sense of humour and a sense of insight, which was traditionally denied them. This
was controversial. People liked it, and didn’t like it, for the same reasons” For its fans, the film provided an adrenalin jolt to a British movie scene dominated at the time by period dramas, social realism and romantic comedies. With its trippy visuals, propulsive soundtrack and cast of unforgettable anti-heroes – and supported by an innovative, in-your-face marketing campaign – Trainspotting caught the spirit of the times perfectly. Danny Boyle loved the simplicity of the whole experience: “If you get the chance to make a few films you begin to learn things. That’s not necessarily a help. Sometimes films are at their best made in a state of blissful ignorance”. Ewan McGregor, who plays Renton, remembers the first time he saw a cut of the film: “I went to see it in a small Soho screening room with my wife and my uncle. I remember just coming out and being completely blown away after. We were looking at each other, not really able to talk about what we’d seen. Brian Tufano’s cinematography, all the performances, Danny’s direction, the music … it was just like all of the elements were as good as they could be really. And so the chances were it wasn’t going to suck. And it didn’t”. “WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO FOR TWENTY YEARS?” - The inception of T2 TRAINSPOTTING “It’s 21 years since the release of the first film, and conventional wisdom says that’s 20 years too late to
do a sequel!” says Boyle. “The delay wasn’t exactly deliberate — we’ve been talking about doing another one for years. But, actually, it’s what gives the film a raison d’etre. When you put the actors side by side with how they looked 20 years ago, it’s very brutal. We looked at it ten years ago and the actors didn’t look that different. I used to joke with them that they must moisturise all the time! But 20 years is a long time and you can feel it. The guys dealt really well with how they look now and how that they were going to be compared to how they looked previously. It was honest. They weren’t shy about owning up to where they are now, and that’s what the movie is all about.” Jonny Lee Miller, who plays Simon (aka Sick Boy), agrees that this is not a traditional sequel: “I always said there was no point in making a sequel to Trainspotting unless you’re examining some bigger issues. What’s it like being older? What have you done? What’s happened to the characters and what are the implications? A straightforward sequel to a caper, with the answers to who got away and who got revenge, becomes very boring really. The only way you could make it interesting is to put people’s lives in between it.” “The main question was ‘could John produce a script?’” says Danny Boyle. “The actors naturally had reservations in terms of only wanting to do something as well as we did the first one -- they didn’t want to let people down by making a disappointing follow-up. John attempted a couple of versions which we
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all knew, including him, didn’t work. Then we all went up to Edinburgh for one final go - me, John, Irvine, Andrew, and Christian. The 20th anniversary was coming up and we thought it’s now or never. John went away and wrote a script that I knew, as soon as I read it, I could send to the actors. I thought ‘they’d be crazy not to do it’. They still might have said ‘no’ because of all sorts of factors, not least because a couple of them are in serious full-time TV shows. But they all responded very positively, so we were able to get it going.” Screenwriter John Hodge was excited about exploring where the four old friends are now: “Plot and character development go hand in hand really” he says. “So once we start thinking about, say, Begbie, the question you have to ask is whether he has any children. Yes or no? And if he does have children, what’s he got? So he comes out of prison … what’s his relationship with his son going to be? Is his son a chip off the old block? No, he’s a bit different. He’s been brought up by his mother specifically not to be like Frank. This all takes you in different places and so starts to affect the plot. You come round to asking yourself ‘where does Begbie go now?’ He’s reached this point of isolation, estranged from his family, what’s going to happen now? And meanwhile there’s another plot developing with Spud’s writing stories. These two plots collide and take Begbie into a sort of understanding of himself.” Robert Carlyle (Begbie) felt a gamut of emotions going into the process: “Everything … nervous and excited mostly maybe. It was a long time to wait to do it again. I expected it to be tough, but it genuinely wasn‘t. It’s a corny thing to say, but it was like an old pair of shoes. I knew this guy Begbie 14
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so well. He’s changed a lot, but there‘s still a lot of fun about the character -- and a kind of despair as well. He’s led a sad kind of life. And that is really what the film explores. It‘s what have these guys done in the last 20 years and where are they now? It‘s very emotional, much more emotional than I expected it to be and I think it‘s probably even more emotional than Danny expected it to be. “We always sort of knew that there would be a pleasure in seeing these four characters together again” agrees Boyle, “but the big surprise is the emotional impact. You see their faces, and it’s immediate. There’s a pathos. It’s to do with our awareness of what time has done to them, and to us. The film kind of telescopes time—you look one way and the past is there, so close; you look again—and it’s gone. It’s interesting, T2 is really an adaptation of two books: Porno, Irvine’s 10 years later sequel but, even more, it’s a direct loop back to Trainspotting. For me, the original book is like a modern Ulysses. It’s unsurpassed I think, and reading it is still like the ‘rush of ocean to the heart’. The new film is constantly drawn back into its orbit and it’s been a privilege to step back into thatworld”. “A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN YOUTH“ - The making of T2 TRAINSPOTTING Boyle assembled a mix of old and new to make the film. Returning were the original cast, of course, joined by screenwriter John Hodge, producer Andrew Macdonald, as well as costume Designer Rachael Fleming, First AD David Gilchrist and composer Rick Smith, to name but a few. New recruits were drawn from the ranks of recent Boyle collaborators, including producers Christian
Colson and Bernie Bellew, editor Jon Harris, designers Mark Tildesley and Patrick Rolfe, director of photography Anthony Dod Mantle and hair & make up designer Ivana Primorac. Boyle says: “It was important to me — vital really -- to have the voices of many of the original team beside me. But I wanted fresh perspectives in the mix too — people who had the ability to look at the first film from the outside, and to bring something new to it. I wanted both authenticity and innovation. As is so often the case, the way we made the film has somehow got under its skin, and this mix of the old and new, the familiar and unfamiliar, has seeped into every frame of the movie”. Returning Costume Designer Rachael Fleming had actually been taking a break from the industry. But she could not bear the thought of missing out on ageing the boys: “I haven’t worked in nearly ten years because I’ve got five kids. So I didn’t want to go back to work really. But then I read the script and just thought, ‘oh no, I can’t let anybody else do these characters’.” “Once we were shooting,” she continues, “we did a shot where we used some lookalikes who I dressed in some of the original clothes” she says. The scene was supposed to be 20 years before. But one of the lookalikes did look very, very similar to Ewan. Suddenly you were in a weird throwback. It was a little bit freaky, but it helped bring me back the world”. ‘New Girl’ Ivana Primorac, who worked with Boyle on Steve Jobs, enjoyed the collaboration with the old hands. “I found myself leaning on other people’s opinions and memories. You can’t build the backstory to the characters the way I normally would. For other projects you research through the characters, through the script, or through conversations you’ve had with the director. Then I’d suggest and discuss those things with the actors. But with this piece, I’ve more often gone straight to the cast. Only Bobby Carlyle will know what happens to Begbie in prison. Only Ewan McGregor can suggest what Renton’s been through. It has to ring true to them.”
it’s time that doesn't give a fuck about you. Period. The film is saturated with images of disappointed men, and disappointed women, and disappointed children, even imaginary ones…Their bravado was so effortless before, but now it struggles to revive itself - so no wonder they seek each other out and endlessly try to recreate the past, either to enjoy it or take revenge on it”. “Re-uniting the original team after all this time was emotional, but not too emotional!” producer Andrew Macdonald says: “We’re all blokes and when blokes go to school reunions they don’t really do a lot of hugging, do they? There’s actually not that many scenes in T2 with all four actors together. And if you think about it, it was the same in the first film -- there’s the ending and a few scenes in the middle really.” “SLOW SLIPPY” - The music of T2 TRAINSPOTTING Danny Boyle says “people have quite an intense relationship with Trainspotting, and a lot of that has to do with the music. They’ve been kind of marked by it, remembering parts simply by the tracks. There were lots of people who really shouldn’t have been watching the film but watched it because of the music. When it affects you, which I think the first film’s soundtrack did, it amplifies emotions. They’re trigger points really, which set off some kind of chemical reaction inside you about that section. T2 is very aware of the first film -- not just in terms of characters and narrative, but its particular impact as a piece of style or culture. Music is a huge connector to those feelings, and to memory in general, and there is a particular charge set off within this film when we allude to music from the original”. T2 TRAINSPOTTING is available to buy on DVD, Blu-ray, Steel Book & 4K Ultra HD from 5th June, 2017.
Boyle adds, “I thought the film was about time, but about a month into the edit, when Jon Harris and I sat down to watch a cut in a screening room, I realized it was about masculinity too, or masculinity over time. It’s the difference between boyhood and manhood. The irresponsibility of boyhood is the first movie, you don't give a fuck about anything, least of all time—or rather, you don't think you do. T2 flips it: HOME MOVIE : SFF 15
pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire. And thus McDonald’s was born… Michael Keaton stars as the maverick American entrepreneur Ray Kroc, who transformed McDonald’s from a San Bernardino hamburger stand into a global empire now with over 35,000 locations around the world.
THE FOUNDER (12) Biography | History | Drama USA, 2016, 115 mins Dir. John Lee Hancock Cast: Michael Keaton, Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch
Directed by John Lee Hancock (SAVING MR. BANKS), THE FOUNDER features the true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food at their San Bernardino hamburger stand and the crowds of patrons it attracted, Kroc immediately saw franchise potential and maneuvered himself into a position to be able to
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Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch portray Dick and Mac McDonald, the innovative brothers whose assembly line system brought industrial efficiency to the preparation of their limited menu of burgers, fries, shakes and sodas during a dynamic period in post-war America when people were time-strapped and clamouring for speed. Also starring are Laura Dern as Ray Kroc’s first wife, Ethel, and Linda Cardellini as Joan Smith, the wife of one of Ray’s early franchisees who would later marry the entrepreneur. THE STORY BEGINS The year is 1954. Marilyn Monroe has just married Joe DiMaggio; Elvis Presley records “That’s All Right” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky” for Sun Studio in Memphis; film producer Walt Disney is in the final stages of construction on his namesake theme park in Anaheim, California; and young homebuyers are flocking to the planned community of Levittown. While the country was undergoing a postwar boom, in Illinois, 52-yearold businessman Ray Kroc is trying to make a living as a traveling salesman for Prince Castle Sales, whose
main product is the five-spindle Multimixer used for making milkshakes at the popular drive-in restaurants that Americans are enjoying during this booming post-war period. While Ray struggles to make sales on his daily travels across the Midwest, his dutiful longtime wife Ethel holds down the fort back at their home near Chicago. While she has tried to provide Ray with support over the years, the tempo of his restless business life and pie in the sky ventures has her patience wearing thin. When Ray hears that one particular drive-in restaurant way out west in San Bernardino, California has ordered six of his Multimixers, it immediately captures his attention. What restaurant could possibly need to make 30 milkshakes at once? So he sets out for California to meet with Dick and Mac McDonald, the purveyors of their eponymous popular hamburger stand, McDonald’s. When he sees their remarkable operation, lights go off in Ray’s head. He is certain that the brothers’ radical concept – assembly-line style food preparation and pared-down but high- quality menu - has the potential to explode across the country, dotting every main street from coast to coast like a courthouse or a church. Prior to their career as restaurateurs, the McDonald brothers worked in Hollywood driving trucks for Co-
lumbia Pictures during the Depression. But when they discovered the potential for profits by being their own boss in the food service industry, they left and opened a hot dog stand in Arcadia. That spawned their first McDonald’s, which they set up in nearby San Bernardino, where their 27-item menu included every food imaginable. Trying to save money through efficiency, the brothers created a revolutionary approach they called the Speedee System. The typical drive-in menu at the time was a sprawling affair, so the McDonald brothers pared it down into just the few items that most people were buying: hamburgers, fries, and soft drinks. And this would be at a walk-up restaurant, not a drive-in. And finally, in their custom streamlined kitchen, the food preparation became a highly-synchronised dance of speed and efficiency. At first the McDonald brothers hire Ray to be their franchising agent. Upon seeing Dick McDonald's design of the unique golden arches exterior, Kroc insisted that every location should feature the iconic flourish, which stood out to passersby like a glowing halo. The golden arches were like a Pop Art beacon and instantly became a symbol as recognizable and ubiquitous as a bottle of Coca-Cola or can of Campbell's Soup. Back in Chicago, Ray begins recruiting scores of franchisees to open their very own McDonald’s. In short HOME MOVIE : SFF 17
time, Ray Kroc had opened 13 restaurants in and around Chicago and the Midwest with grand plans for expansion on both coasts and across the country. After years of toil, things are finally going well for the middle-aged entrepreneur. He meets a young and attractive kindred spirit in Joan Smith - the wife of one of his new franchisees – it soon spells trouble at home. And although the franchising operations are successful, Ray is under personal financial pressure because of his small cut. He’s also impatient over the slow rate of expansion, and frustrated by the stringent restrictions the McDonald brothers have placed on the design and basic operation of the restaurants. Ray has a vision of global domination for McDonald’s and does not want the two small-town hamburger guys slowing him down. That’s when Ray meets Harry Sonneborn (played in the film by B. J. Novak), a financial whiz who offers him cogent advice: if Ray would think of McDonald’s as a real estate business rather than just a burger business, he may be able to sever his ties with the McDonald brothers and profit beyond his wildest dreams. Harry’s idea is simple: Ray would buy the land for future McDonald’s sites and then franchisees would lease it from him. That cut out the McDonald brothers since their rights only extended inside the walls of the restaurants and gave Ray a steady reve-
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nue stream. Ray puts Harry’s clever and successful idea into action earning the bulk of the profits and leaving the McDonald brothers behind. In 1961 Ray buys out the brothers’ stake in the McDonald’s and becomes its owner, president and CEO, and goes on to build the fast-food empire that makes him a legend in his own time. DID SOMEBODY SAY MCDONALD’S? As producer and FilmNation executive Aaron Ryder recalls, he, director John Lee Hancock and Ryder’s FilmNation colleague, executive producer Glen Basner, were out in a bar one night – “where all great decisions are made” – and were talking about the casting. “I said to John, you should go home tonight and write down five names on a piece of paper of who you think should be Ray Kroc and put it away for a few days and don’t think about it,” he remembers. “Then take that piece of paper out and circle two names. So he did just that and the first name he circled was Michael Keaton. I don’t even remember who the second name was because it was so perfect for Keaton.” Keaton was coming off of BIRDMAN and had just won the Golden Globe award for Best Actor. Around the same time producer Don Handfield also noticed a black and white photo of Keaton on
the cover of Entertainment Weekly magazine and immediately thought, “That’s Ray Kroc!” He recalls, “He looked exactly like him. Keaton is such a phenomenal actor and has done such a variety of roles that I knew it would be a dream come true to have him star in the film. He’s the kind of actor that embodies the prototypical American dream.” Once he took on the character of Ray Kroc, Michael Keaton says everything just clicked into place. “The first time I heard about this project and started reading the script, my first thought was, why has no one told this story before?” the actor reflects. “This is a classic, capitalist, American story. And everyone has a connection to McDonald’s – no matter what you may feel about them as an adult. It’s a childhood connection. It’s not just a hamburger or food. McDonald’s was the biggest shift in popular culture and fast food that there will ever be. It wasn’t just about a hamburger. It’s where America was at the time and how it changed everything.” “I like to write kind of big American stories,” proclaims screenwriter Robert Siegel (THE WRESTLER). “And the genesis of McDonald’s touched on all these big American themes: the car culture, the ‘50s, the rise of the suburbs, and fast food, and capitalism, and greed. There’s such an epicness to the story. It’s such a big untold story. It was kind of the birth of fast
food which has had reverberation on how we eat, and where we eat, and who we eat with.” For Siegel, the origin story of Ray Kroc and McDonald’s reminded him of another corporate titan, Mark Zuckerberg, and the problematic founding of the social media site Facebook as depicted in David Fincher’s THE SOCIAL NETWORK. “I tend to gravitate toward dark,” Siegel expresses. “I like dark, complicated, messed up characters. And when Don [Handfield] and I started talking, we really saw things in a similar way, about building this portrait of this larger than life guy who changed America, and changed the world, and left a lot of human wreckage in his wake.” For the roles of Dick & Mac McDonald, Ray Kroc’s partners and eventual adversaries, Ryder says it took a long time to figure out whom to cast in the roles. “The McDonald brothers are something I’m very proud about in how we cast,” Ryder states. “It’s always difficult when you’re casting brothers, because if you cast one, you had better find someone else that is able to match him physically. And that was a challenge. And John [Lee Hancock] always had this idea that the McDonald brothers would be these very American, round shouldered guys.” They first cast Nick Offerman who was on their short list and available during the summer hiatus of his NBC series “Parks and Recreation,” followed soon after by char-
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acter actor John Carroll Lynch. “They looked good together,” Ryder says. “We put their photos next to the real McDonald brothers and thought they were a good pairing, in addition, of course, to being funny and good actors as well.” As Lynch explains, “It seems that Mac was the people person. He really liked people – I would bet he was the guy who hired people. He was the person who made sure the payroll was done and all that. And Dick was the idea man. They complemented each other perfectly that way. And that’s portrayed in the film, that they were very much different people, but perfectly complemented to create the company.” The McDonald brothers lived together most of their lives and were very close. They were business partners and friends. Their relationship was centered around the business. Offerman notes that he’s always been fascinated in the truth and history behind fast food, having devoured Eric Schlosser’s book, ‘Fast Food Nation’ and books by author and food-activist Michael Pollan, and thus felt privileged to play a character that represents one side of the McDonald’s story. Offerman asserts, “Ray Kroc puts it very well in the film when he says to the brothers, ‘You’re going to have many imitators try and do this,’ but it’s the name McDonald’s and the feeling of the name and the idea of this all-Ameri-
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can hamburger stand - that’s what people are paying for.” Offerman contends that when McDonald’s first opened their San Bernardino hamburger stand in the 1940s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation had just come into play and Americans felt like they deserved what they wanted – and fast. “We should get our meals and our cars and our jobs and our goods in a much faster, more automated way,” Offerman says. “And Kroc saw that. He smelled it coming and capitalised on it.” Although Dick & Mac McDonald are the true founders of their namesake restaurant, it is Ray Kroc who is most recognized in history as its founder, something Lynch attributes to Kroc’s quest for total dominance in their business dealings. Lynch says that Dick and Mac had no idea what they were getting into when they got into business with Ray Kroc. “They didn’t quite realize how cutthroat he was,” Lynch says, noting that the brothers view of capitalism was radically different that the man who would later run them out of business. “The McDonald brothers’ viewpoint of capitalism is really about excellence and efficiency, and I think that’s true of Ray Kroc too. But Ray adds the word ‘dominance’ to that equation. So it becomes excellence, efficiency and dominance.” Ray Kroc had always wanted to be a success, and when he meets the McDonald brothers he realises he
has the opportunity to do something great and prove all of his naysayers wrong. “It’s redemption, I think, for the lonely, miserable life on the road as a traveling salesman,” Siegel contemplates. He adds that one of the admirable things about the visionary entrepreneur is that whenever he was beaten down, he would just get back up. “Even in the face of all this evidence that he was unremarkable, and absolutely not destined for anything special, he believed there must be a purpose to all of this. A reason why he was grinding it out. That’s the name of his biography, ‘Grinding it Out,’ and that’s what he was. He was a grinder and he had this drive. He always felt that there was some sort of destiny, and always had faith that this was all for something.” The goal of the movie, producer Don Handfield says, is not to vilify Ray Kroc or glorify the McDonald brothers. “I think half the people will come out and go, ‘Ray Kroc’s an American hero,’ and half the people will come out and go, ‘Man, the McDonald brothers sure were American heroes,” he speculates. “And I think that’s good. I think Ray Kroc in some ways is just driven by desperation and fear. He didn’t want to be a failure. He wanted to be successful by any means necessary to get there. And I think we’ve kind of adopted that as our national credo - it’s all about being successful at any cost.”
Hoping to provide audiences with great characters and an entertaining experience, the filmmakers behind THE FOUNDER also believe that the story of Ray Kroc and the McDonald brothers will serve to humanise the ubiquitous global fast food chain. “I think when people learn about the story behind McDonald’s, that it will give the company a human feel that I think they’ve lost in the past five decades,” Handfield observes. “Every time I pass by a McDonald’s now I don’t see this massive corporation that makes fast food. I see two brothers who loved each other and who wanted to make fast food for families that was affordable and good.” THE FOUNDER is available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray from 12th June, 2017
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sil Iwanyk. "At the same time, we needed to satisfy both male and female fans, as well as audience members who don't usually watch action movies, by giving them all an emotional way into this movie without repeating ourselves." JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 was written by Derek Kolstad, who burst on the scene with the original John Wick, his first produced spec screenplay. "When Keanu signed on to play John Wick, it was literally a dream come true," says the Wisconsin native, who named the title character after his grandfather.
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 (18) Action | Crime | Thriller US, 2017, 122 mins Dir. Chad Stahelski Cast: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane
Keanu Reeves returns in the sequel to the 2014 hit as legendary hitman John Wick who is forced to back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers A surprise hit in 2014, JOHN WICK struck a chord with audiences who yearned to see Keanu Reeves return to full-blown action mode. Earning cult status for its hyper-kinetic take on classic martial arts and gunplay, the film's global success presented the producers with an inevitable question: What to do for an encore? For Reeves, the answer was clear: more action, a bigger scope and a deeper dive into the title character's internal struggle. "In the second film," says Reeves, "we wanted to expand the underworld, so we've introduced a new element. In the original we had the assassins guild known as The Continental, now we have added an association called the High Table, where all of the different organized crime groups from around the world have a seat." Producers took pains to stay away from an obvious regurgitation of the first movie's premise. "We didn't want to do some generic thing and go back to the same emotional well," says producer Ba-
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"That the film was such a success and we've now made a sequel is even more unbelievable." While developing the script filmmakers sought to broaden the scope while staying true to the original's core concept. "There were lots of incarnations of bad guys and locations," says producer Erica Lee. "This story feels bigger and badder than the first one, while still keeping it emotional. That's important because Keanu is one of those rare actors whom both women and men love. For a hit man, the way Keanu plays him, John Wick generates enormous empathy and we wanted to make sure the journey in our sequel kept audiences rooting for him." In addition to Reeves' welcome return to big-screen action, JOHN WICK also fascinated moviegoers with its depiction of The Continental, a secret society of assassins dating back centuries and ruled by an unforgiving code. To further explore those rules in JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2, Kolstad introduced the concept of an irrevocable debt symbolized by a gold coin or "marker." "John Wick gave the marker so he could get out of the life," explains the screenwriter. "And now that he's resurfaced, they have shown up to cash it in. But John Wick has changed."
"We loved the idea of the marker because it enabled us to bring in a new bad guy and to further explore The Continental," says Lee. "One huge reason John Wick resonated with audiences is that we showed this underbelly of the assassins' world and the guys that work in it. The marker builds on that mythology, and since they're tactile, these markers became something you could really grab on to cinematically." "The fact that John Wick is obligated to honour this past debt also shifts the film's focus from the revenge-at-any-cost motif of the original to the notion that even in the underworld, actions have ramifications," notes executive producer David Leitch. "In the original, John Wick lives in a world where there don't seem to be any consequences for killing people. In the sequel, Wick's violent past catches up with him. Confronted with the marker and his own impulsive decisions, the hit man pays dearly for his crimes." For director Chad Stahelski, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 represented an opportunity to delve deeper into Wick's universe visually as well as geographically. He recruited Guillermo del Toro collaborator Dan Laustsen (Crimson Peak) to serve as director of photography. "We went with a widescreen look and used anamorphic lenses because we wanted to push the limits
of how much we could fill the frames. The production design and cinematography really bring John Wick's world forward." The sequel's epic visual style coincided with a deeper exploration of Wick's character and the strict, self-imposed rules that govern his life. "If you look back at any of Akira Kurosawa's early Samurai films or the cowboy westerns by Sergio Leone, the heroes in those movies each had a code," Stahelski says. "One of the most appealing things about John Wick is that the man does have a code, whether he's on the right side of the law or the wrong side." The director draws a parallel between the actor and his on-screen persona. "Keanu Reeves is very much like John Wick in the sense that he's a man of precision and stick-to-itiveness," Stahelski says. "On that level, Keanu has his own code, too." Also starring Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Common, Claudia Gerini, Lance Reddick, John Leguizamo, Bridget Moynahan and Laurence Fishburne. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 is available to buy on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on 12th June, 2017 HOME MOVIE : SFF 23
The sixth and final instalment in the most successful video game film franchise ever. The improbable beginning of Paul W.S. Anderson’s fantastically successful film adaptation of the ‘RESIDENT EVIL’ video game reads like a Hollywood ending. Producer, Jeremy Bolt, who has worked with Anderson for 25 years and on all the films in the series, recalls, “Back in 2002, I went back to England and made a couple of small films, and Paul holed up in his house in Venice Beach where he played video games for 1 month. Out of the blue he called to say ‘I’ve been playing the game RESIDENT EVIL and we have got to get the film rights.” Since then, RESIDENT EVIL has grown to become the most successful game-to-movie franchise in the history of cinema, the first five instalments in the franchise having grossed in excess of $1 billion worldwide and earning consistent No. 1 openings at the box-office. Thrilling fans of Capcom’s original video game and 24
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action/sci-fi movie audiences alike, the movie franchise has built up a hardcore fan base in the millions and reputation of its own over the 14 years that it has enthralled audiences with cutting edge action and a continually novel approach to the sci-fi/action genre. Bolt opines about the global success of the series. “I think it’s the combination of style, action and horror. It isn't a straight horror movie and it isn't a traditional zombie movie. It has a fantastical, Sci-Fi element. I think Paul introducing the character of Alice, (Milla Jovovich) made it different to the game so that when you go see one of these movies you don't just have to be a fan of the game to enjoy it, you get something extra, which is the character of Alice. I think also we have a good villain in the evil and all-powerful Umbrella Corporation, which is totally relatable in the modern world.” Jovovich shares her ideas as to why audiences have been so enthralled with RESIDENT EVIL, “I like to
believe that people respond to honesty, passion and fun. When we started we didn't expect this RESIDENT EVIL movie to become a franchise, we did it because we loved the video game. Every film has become a labor of love and fun, experiencing more and more in this crazy, amazing, sci-fi world. Everybody involved just really has a great time doing it. I think audiences respond to that energy and enthusiasm.” Australian actress, Ruby Rose, who plays the role of Abigail in THE FINAL CHAPTER, explains, “One thing I love about RESIDENT EVIL is I feel like often Hollywood is craving a female, kick ass protagonist who isn’t always relying on a man; one who isn’t there just as the sidekick to a male super hero or the wife to a male lead. It’s got to be a female driven role and there are not many of them, and then you kind of scratch your head looking for one, and then realize that there’s been one all along! Milla’s been doing this for so many years, and she’s so much like her character, in real life she’s an independent, strong, and inspiring woman, and I think that's got to be a huge reason why people really love the franchise. Then, of course, it’s apocalyptic and it’s zombies and it’s based on a very popular video game. Every single movie incorporates a different country as well and it’s become a global phenomenon.” In the world of cinema that is saturated with male
leads in action films, Jovovich believes that Alice is an example of a strong female action hero who can hold her own in any situation. “I think that Alice has inspired so many young women to be themselves, to go after what they want and to not be scared of who they are.” “Milla is a very fierce actress, and she can convey focused rage well,” says Bolt, “she's a very physical performer and has tremendous screen charisma, and the camera is very drawn to her. She really fills the frame with her personality. She has everything you want from the start, she’s magnetic.” “What I play on screen, other women are actually acting out in their real lives on an everyday basis. When I see that, from fans who come up and talk about how meaningful this film or character is, and who helped them out in a pivotal point in their lives - either with their school or their family or their boyfriend or their country - I get tears in my eyes just thinking about it because it's just wonderful thinking that I have played some small part in positive growth in these young people’s lives.” says Jovovich. The Last Survivors In The Final Chapter, Alice returns to the iconic origins of the T-virus in Raccoon City where she will attempt to stop the infection once and for all. After a crushing
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defeat in Washington D.C. and the demise of her personal army in RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION, she is given one last chance to save humanity from the final step in the Umbrella Corporation’s plan. Once in Raccoon City, Alice makes contact with a new group of survivors – one of the last holdouts against the zombie apocalypse. Among these new survivors is franchise-favourite, Claire Redfield (Ali Larter). “Claire had a crash and now she’s become part of this last group of survivors. That’s when Alice comes in and she cannot believe that’s she been reunited with her”, says Larter, adding that her character has been fighting for her life since the third film in the franchise, RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION. “My character has undergone a lot of personal development over the course of the series, and that was really interesting for me. She really wants to believe, she wants to connect, she wants to be able to feel something but there's never time because she is always being hunted”. Alongside Claire is series newcomer, Eoin Macken playing the character of Doc. Macken elaborates on his character, “Doc is the leader of a small group of rebel survivors, which exists close to Raccoon city. He is involved romantically with Claire Redfield, and they are just about surviving. It’s all very finely balanced because it’s essentially the end of the world and everyone is very aggressive and stressed. When Milla’s
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character comes in, it's through Doc and Claire that she is able to survive”. Doc’s right-hand man, “Razor” (Fraser James), works alongside Doc in the survivor’s compound. “Razor is a straight forward guy,” says James, “he finds himself in this crazy world of nuclear warfare and the aftermath of that, and it’s a desolate landscape. Razor is a survivor and you have to be a survivor if you’re still alive after all of that”. Besides the obvious danger of the Umbrella Corporation and the mutant creatures at the door, there are some internal struggles among the survivors that are also at play. James explains that the most important thing for Michael in terms of his relationship with Doc is keeping him alive, “because there is conflict in the group and there is danger that something may happen that won’t be good for him. It’s a very important relationship in the movie”. The ensemble cast has brought back old favourites as well as some fresh new additions. In particular, this cast is incredibly diverse. Macken shares, “it’s been fun because everyone as a group of actors were all from different places, like Cuba, Japan, Ireland and England, Canada, the Ukraine, Russia and America, everywhere. Everyone's got a nice vibe, and then Paul and Jeremy bring an exciting energy.” Cuban-American actor, William Levy, joins the RESIDENT EVIL family as Christian, one of the militant
survivors working with Doc’s group. Levy discusses his attraction to the project. “The story is always going to reach different audiences, and I didn’t have to think twice about being part of something as amazing as RESIDENT EVIL. I viewed all the previous movies and saw how good they were and when I read THE FINAL CHAPTER script I knew it was going to be a better movie, in every way. I needed to be part of this”. Levy describes his character. “He has a very strong personality, he doesn't trust anybody. He shoots first and asks questions later. He's willing to do whatever it takes to save the survivors, to save them all, including giving his life”.
Together with the production team Roberts put in a special effort to represent the iconic character faithfully from the video game source material. “Every time we do this it’s always a new adventure. We dedicated a lot of time into creating and sculpting the image, making sure everything fits just so and making sure that the hair is done ‘just so’. When the fans see the movie they're not disappointed. It helps to get into character. Wesker is one of my favorite characters, and so I absolutely love it!” Alongside Wesker is fellow bona-fide villain, Dr. Isaacs, played by Iain Glen who is returning to the franchise
On the other side of the wall, Wesker (Shawn Roberts) returns to the franchise as the head of the Umbrella Corporation and the main antagonist. “Wesker is always fighting to control the world and getting rid of the humanity that seems to be the death of this planet and constantly fighting towards that end. He’s very calm, cool, collected and in control,” says Roberts, “you know that chaos is everywhere but that is the one sort of mainstay in this world. He is a clean, precise gentleman, while kicking ass. That's really cool too!”
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since his last outing in RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION. Glen expands on why Dr. Isaacs has been such a popular villain in the series: “We like to hate a well written baddie. He's very urbane, he's very in control and he’s quite witty in his devilishness. There's so much medical and scientific stuff going on that he's imbued himself with super powers as well, so he's formidable as a physical force as well. Isaacs is a very well-drawn character by Paul, who wrote some wonderful scenes for me and I've loved playing the role in this film and there are a number of twists along the way”. As fellow head of the sinister Umbrella Corporation, Dr. Isaacs must battle Alice in her endeavour to put a stop to their radical plans for world domination. “He’s an insane egomaniac and wants to take over and rule the entire planet because Alice is one of his most sophisticated and brilliant creations, but his plan has backfired because she has a goodness about her and a desire to recover the situation which wasn't inbuilt in his creation.” Another newcomer to the series is Australian actress, Ruby Rose, who says she would have had better grades at school if she had spent less time playing the it RESIDENT EVIL game. “I was a big gamer, and after playing it for 4 years – a chunk of my life – I tried to get back “into” school.” When Rose heard that THE FINAL CHAPTER was the last instalment and her last chance to get into the series, she jumped at the chance. As the character Abigail – who is among the small group of survivors - is new to the series, Rose says she wanted to create an intricate backstory for Abigail. “For her to still be surviving when there are so many people who haven’t, and for her to be kind of in
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charge of where she is, she would have to be a fighter, very strong and very smart. She’s very good with her hands, she’s very much like the mechanic in the group, and she creates a lot of really cool weapons, but I feel like I’d want to be able to go onto to set and give her something more than just the lines that I was given. My idea for her backstory was to involve her family, what happened to them, what led her to be where she was, and what allowed her the strength to survive throughout all of that.” South Korean actor and musician, Lee Joon-Gi, plays “Commander Lee”, one of the Umbrella Corporation’s henchmen. “Commander Lee has a strong faith in himself and is a skilled warrior. He is very strong not only physically but also mentally.” Lee expounds. As a well-established dramatic actor Lee had to undergo physical training and instruction to portray his action-villain persona. “I realized that Paul has watched so many of my previous dramas, movies and works because he understands my action roles and the scenes. I had two or three days pre-training with the stunt team in Hollywood and they were very open to my ideas for the action choreography. It’s been really great and really fun to have so much opportunity and I'm really excited”. AN EPIC ENDING Given the remarkable success of the five instalments to date in the RESIDENT EVIL series, with RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER the filmmakers must find a point of difference, create an exceptional and unseen angle to the narrative, and, if even possible, raise the bar and deliver to audiences a spectacular close to the series.
Says Producer Jeremy Bolt, “Fans can expect an Alice who is more vulnerable, more human, and a world that is more desperate, more distraught. The characters are at the end of their tether, giving us a sense that humanity is just about to lose to the T-Virus and to the Umbrella Corporation. “
epic. “It ties together all the final threads of this whole story and it just doesn’t stop. It’s fast paced action and everything is just bigger. Then there is a glorious finale where you just understand everything. For Alice's character it’s this huge story arc and it’s gripping”.
Bolt describes how the filmmakers have expanded the production value in each instalment by trying to find a new environment for the film. “The first film was shot in Germany and was principally underground, the second film was shot in Toronto with eight weeks of night exteriors, and the third film was shot in Mexico, kind of like a desert road movie. The fourth film was shot in Los Angeles, and the fifth was all filmed on stage, kind of fantastical. One of the things that Paul and I try to deliver to the fans is that when they watch the first trailer, they must feel like it is a RESIDENT EVIL they have not seen before. I think franchises fall down when the trailer for the sequel comes out and the audience says ‘oh that reminds me of the last one, I feel like I’ve seen that movie’. You've got to try to be original while trying to give them something they are familiar with.” Ali Larter enthuses, “It’s unbelievable that this will be the ‘last chapter’ and I think it will be the rawest. Audiences will feel this different connection between people and sense a real humanity.
Fraser James agrees, “I think that Paul, Jeremy and Milla have really pulled it out on this one. The sets that are built to portray the epic storyline are monumental, the action is extraordinary, and the international group of actors that they have brought together is fantastic! We have come together and bonded like we are family.”
Eoin Macken believes it is the intense script of the final chapter that will make the last movie the most
“Paul very cleverly brought it completely full circle, and made you understand why it all began. It reaches an extraordinary conclusion,” adds Iain Glen. Says Jovovich: “I think fans are going to love this movie because it is everything that we have wanted but didn't have the chance to make for the past six movies, and at this point finally we're doing it. There are so many aspects that will be mind blowing, the crazy sets, the amazing stunts- there's something for everybody. This movie has kind of got it all and I'm very proud of it”. RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER is available to buy on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD from 12th June, 2017
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paved the way for many more since. Richard and Mildred's history is now told anew by acclaimed writer/ director Jeff Nichols in LOVING. "I was struck by the simplicity of their beautiful love story," says the filmmaker. Richard, who was white, and Mildred, who was African-American and Native-American, were an ordinary couple from Central Point, Virginia. They decided to marry and start a family. Yet, at that time in Virginia, what they did was against the law and they were arrested soon after getting married.
LOVING (15) Drama | Biography | Romance USA, 2016, 123 mins Dir. Jeff Nichols Cast: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton
Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Ruth Negga), an interracial couple, are sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 for getting married. Directed by Jeff Nichols (Midnight Special, Mud, Take Shelter). "Why didn't I know about this before?" This is a common refrain heard when discovering human rights breakthroughs from decades past - and the love story of Richard and Mildred Loving has
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As the plaintiffs in Loving v. Virginia, they were catalysts for the Supreme Court decision that abolished anti-miscegenation laws - or, laws against interracial marriage - in the United States. In establishing marriage as a fundamental right, Loving v. Virginia is still frequently cited in court cases today, including in challenges to gay marriage bans. But the Lovings were not activists; they merely reasonably expected that their fully legal marriage in Washington D.C. would suffice for them to live peacefully in their hometown of Central Point. Initially, they made no appeal after they were arrested for violating Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws, and agreed to a plea bargain that effectively banished them from their home state. When the Lovings finally sought legal aid in 1963, their sole aim was to be able to get back to - and live in their - home. It was only in 1965, at the urging
of their attorneys Bernard Cohen and Philip Hirschkop, that the couple agreed to go public with their story and talk to the press. After the Supreme Court handed down its decision in their favour in June 1967, the Lovings went back to their everyday lives and to raising their three children in Central Point, and rarely gave interviews. In 2008, the surviving member of the couple, Mildred, passed away. Reading about Mildred, documentary filmmaker Nancy Buirski was moved by the Lovings' unshakable devotion to one another - and by the contemporary relevance of their case. Buirski decided to make a documentary feature about Richard and Mildred Loving. Her research led her to television news producer Hope Ryden, who had spent hours filming the Lovings at home in 1965 and then returned in 1967 for ABC-TV to profile them on the eve of the ruling. That footage and other archival resources, including luminous photos by Life Magazine photographer Grey Villet, were utilized by Buirski in writing, producing, and directing ‘The Loving Story’. The documentary played at festivals in 2011 before being shown on HBO on Valentine's Day, 2012. It won a Peabody Award and an Emmy Award, among other honours, and captivated audiences and critics alike with its depiction of a committed and courageous couple who, above all else, were very much in love.
One of those captivated viewers was Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth, who was already aware of the documentary; Buirski had been in contact with Firth regarding a feature version of the story after learning from Firth's wife Livia of his interest in American politics and social history. By 2009, Buirski and Firth were brainstorming a narrative structure and began working on a screenplay. In January 2011, Firth called Buirski to tell her that he was teaming with Ged Doherty to launch a production company, Raindog Films and that as a first project, he had brought up to Doherty a narrative feature version of The Loving Story. Buirski remembers, "Colin had just won the Golden Globe Award for The King’s Speech but I was the one who was overjoyed!" Buirski remembers. Doherty remarks, "Colin was very taken with the simplicity of the story, with how this ordinary couple made a huge difference in the lives of other couples.” The next step was to find a writer and director. When the three producers saw Jeff Nichols' Mud at a specially arranged screening in 2012, they sensed that the filmmaker's cinematic sensibility and intuitive depictions of Southern men and women would be ideal for the film they wanted to make. "The love between two people was what impacted
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me emotionally," Nichols affirms. "Out of that grows the other importance of the story, which is the Supreme Court decision. I believe that any time we can be reminded of the elegance and the simple beauty of love, it's a good thing." The tenor of life in the Lovings' rural hometown, Central Point, further resonated powerfully with Nichols. A remote agricultural community tucked into the hills of Virginia's Caroline County, Central Point was a racially mixed town of sharecroppers and laborers. Poverty was the common denominator; African-Americans, whites, and Native-Americans had mixed freely for generations. Residents would help one another without hesitation. Nichols envisioned a feature that followed Richard and Mildred Loving as they weathered the uncertainty of the years 1958 to 1967, rather than one that recorded their march into the history books. He remarks, "There's no doubt that the court case could fill a whole film in itself. But I didn't want it to overtake the love story, which is what I wanted to make - especially having not made one before, although Mud dealt with unrequited love - rather than a legal tale." Nichols sought to convey "tension in the film, yet keep it very quiet; firebombs aren't exploding, things aren't burning. They're in a maelstrom, yet they're also in a small region going about their everyday lives. Loving does not give the depiction of the South that audiences might expect." Co-producer Sarah Green realised that Nichols had absorbed the Lovings' viewpoint: namely, that they
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hadn't set out to change history. She offers, "Their thinking was, 'How do we live our lives where we need to be, where we belong?' In many films I've done, characters are trying to find where they belong. Here, it was two people who knew where they belong. What Jeff explores with Loving is not their having to find it, but their yearning to get back to it because they've been wrenched away." Nichols adds, "They weren't martyrs, and didn't want to be. They weren't symbols, and didn't want to be. They were two people in love who wanted to be with each other and their family." While Nichols and Green would make another movie, Midnight Special, first, they got an unexpectedly early jump on LOVING casting in the fall of 2013 during a business trip to Los Angeles. Although they weren't ready to start reading actors, casting agent Francine Maisler urged them to meet with Ruth Negga, a London-based actress who would be in town. Negga had been deeply affected by The Loving Story. She explains, "I thought the documentary was brilliant and I couldn't believe I hadn't heard of Richard and Mildred before. I was completely fascinated, not only because Loving v. Virginia was a landmark civil rights case, but also because theirs is the most beautiful love story. Their story just stayed with me. All Mildred wanted was to be able to be married to the man she loved. Not every hero has a loud voice. "Jeff's script tells the story of two people in love, not two activists - even though they did change the course of American legal history. I feel that all of his films are about everyday people."
Once she had gotten the script pages, the actress holed up in her L.A. hotel room for three days to prepare, trying to channel Mildred as best she could. She reports, "I watched the documentary over and over again and worked on those scenes from the script like I had never worked on anything before. I felt such an affinity with Mildred and I couldn't imagine not playing the part." Nichols reminds, "We've worked with Francine Maisler on several movies now, so we took her advice to meet with this actress whom we didn't know. "In walks Ruth Negga and she's smaller and more compact than Mildred Loving, who was nicknamed 'stringbean.' I thought, 'Well!' But then Ruth started on a scene, and it was extraordinary; she was able to manifest everything that we knew about Mildred from the documentary footage. This was in no way an imitation; for Sarah and me it was like, 'This is Mildred.' "By the time we made the movie two years later, Ruth had become Mildred even more so; she had absorbed Mildred's nature and would give it back to the camera." It was not long after cameras rolled on Midnight Special that Nichols sensed that he had found his Richard Loving. In collaborating for the first time with
award-winning Australian actor/filmmaker Joel Edgerton, a strong working relationship had developed straight away. Then, one day on the set, Nichols noticed something: "Joel is pretty tall and we'd given him a kind of buzzcut for Midnight Special. I thought, 'He kind of looks like Richard Loving'." When Nichols discussed the potential new project with Edgerton, the actor remembers being struck by "what it would be like for you to be told that because you married the person that you loved you now had to go to prison, or you had to be exiled and live away from everybody that you knew? "Jeff does not try to draw attention to his filmmaking. With Loving, he takes a very subtle approach to the drama of the Lovings' situation, but within that subtlety is something urgent that speaks to everyone." Nichols realized that Edgerton could handle Richard's Southern accent - and something more. The writer/director remarks, "Joel has an amazing facility with accents, which involves specific vocal mechanics. "But what's really interesting about Joel as an actor is that he can access the emotions which play out on his face; this was crucial for Loving because Richard says very little but has deep reserves of feeling. Joel
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was able to manifest that in the countenance, the way Richard carried himself. His intelligence and talent made him the actor to portray a man who is very much of his time and place." Edgerton would ultimately research his portrayal of Richard by watching him as much as if not more than listening to him; Richard was rarely captured speaking. "He was clearly quite shy of being in front of the camera," Edgerton observes. "One of the challenges I faced in playing him was that Richard could easily come across as someone who isn't very intelligent, and I believe he in fact was. "Who was he? He was a bricklayer, a very physical guy, and not so much a cerebral person. I think what was an adjustment for him in dealing with the situation they found themselves in was trying to wrap his head around legal arguments and ways of doing things that his instinct was telling him were wrong." In 1963, there is a turning point for the Lovings. Four years into their forced relocation in Washington, D.C., the family of five is short on space and money, and desperately missing their families back in Central Point. Mildred takes action, writing a letter to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and asking for his help. Negga muses, "Over the course of time, Mildred discovers 34
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that she does have a steel thread in her. She might be innocent, but she's not naive. "She becomes more confident in her own opinion and realizes that it's up to her to take control of the situation - and to not be intimidated by authority." To that end, one of the more difficult roles to cast was that of Sheriff R. Garnett Brooks, who arrests the Lovings in the middle of the night in their home. Nichols didn't see Brooks as the bad guy of the story or even as a nemesis to the couple, noting that the lawman's beliefs about race and marriage were commonplace. "I see Sheriff Brooks as being part of the equation," Nichols remarks. "Having grown up in Arkansas, I have family members that are racists. It's not something I'm proud of, but I understand how these attitudes are perpetuated, and that everyone sets, or has set, their own point of view. "Brooks was quoted as saying 'a robin's a robin, a sparrow is a sparrow,' and he believed that. It was important that Brooks not be played as the slack-jawed and mean Southern sheriff stereotype." For the role, Joel Edgerton suggested Marton Csokas, a versatile actor whose authoritative physicality and height matched up with those of the real-life Brooks. After meeting Csokas, Nichols was intrigued
by his perspective on the part. He remembers, "Marton saw Sheriff Brooks as seeing himself as an adult dealing with wayward children. They were born and raised in a part of the South that didn't necessarily see the lines between colour, and his stance was, God put those lines there." Taking the part, Csokas pored over published records and spoke to family members. He comments, "From the home perspective, here was a husband and father who was a hardworking, loyal, strict human being whoÂ loved his family and animals, and was a stickler for the law. The statements Sheriff Brooks makes are indicative of the status quo and what people believed. That was the law at the time. So he was doing his job to the nth degree, which is important to quantify." LOVING began production in the fall of 2015. In a further emphasis on authenticity in recounting the Lovings' story, the movie was made on location in Virginia. To Nichols, the Virginia countryside that he and Stone were lensing in widescreen was a revelation: the landscape itself could convey emotional importance in ways words could not. He reveals, "So much of the story resides in Mildred and in her defining relationships to home and to this place. She was very much of the earth.â€?
Filming in the actual locations where events occurred contributed to the realism of LOVING; the cast and crew experienced daily epiphanies while following in the Lovings' footsteps. Production designer Chad Keith was relieved to find that many of the public locations in Bowling Green were still intact and could be shown on-screen. He admits, "I wasn't expecting the courthouse to still be in operation, but it is, and the jail where Mildred and Richard were locked up is still there as well. "It was extraordinary to find ourselves setting up to film on the very same streets you see in photos and footage of the Lovings. I hope we captured a lot of moments between Joel and Ruth that Richard and Mildred lived." Edgerton concurs, saying, "You never know if chemistry is going to happen, but Ruth and I quickly became very comfortable together on-set. Jeff's script is so beautifully written. This is a story that gets into your heart and touches deep wells of feeling. It was so special for us to be able to express layers of emotion without words." LOVING is available to buy on DVD & Blu-ray from 12th June, 2017.
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BACK IN BLACK... and YELLOW Bringing together the energy, imagination and memorable characters from both the LEGO world DC universe, THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE welcomes audiences of all ages into a world of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains uniquely realized for the big screen. With plenty of action, fun, and laughs, plus Batman's amazing arsenal of gadgets and vehicles and the Batcave as it's never been built before-brick by LEGO brick-this brand-new adventure also asks the question, can Batman just get over himself and be happy?
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (U) Animation | Action | Adventure USA, 2017, 104 mins Dir. Chris McKay Cast: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes
There are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
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The film's star is LEGO Batman, the coolest, handsomest, buff-est, and most awesome leading man of all time.... even if he does say so himself. And he does. Frequently. "THE LEGO MOVIE version of Batman was such a favourite, breakout character, and I'm sure he would agree that he deserves to be the focus of his own movie and not some third banana. He feels he's definitely a first-banana kind of guy," says Christopher Miller, who, along with Phil Lord, wrote and directed THE LEGO MOVIE in 2014. Keeping the creative collaboration both fresh and familiar, the duo returns as producers on THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, directed by Chris McKay, their filmmaking partner who served as animation director and editor on the first film.
Joining Batman this time is the super-positive and freakishly agile young Dick Grayson, on his way to becoming Robin; Batman's loyal and deceptively reserved butler, Alfred; Gotham City's new police commissioner Barbara Gordon, aka Batgirl, who wields major girl power; and The Joker, who desperately wants the recognition he deserves - in a story that not only showcases Batman's sick skills and enviable abs but also takes a searching look into his personality. Specifically, this lone wolf's need to work alone, to brood alone on his dark past and generally distance himself from everyone to a degree that is starting to make him seem, well, a little bit dysfunctional. "Batman is beloved the world over and for good reason, yet no one could really behave the way he does and get away with it, which is what we're exploring in the movie," says lifelong fan Chris McKay, who nevertheless feels that even at the character's most extreme, "he's still very sympathetic." "What was so special about Batman in the first movie is that he was selfish and egotistical, but still loveable in his own way," is the assessment of returning producer Dan Lin. "He had no self-awareness and it was a new twist on the character, someone who often said the most outrageous things. It's a subversion of the Super Hero genre, but with a joyous heart and told in a family-friendly LEGO way." Adds McKay, "When we were figuring out what kind of movie this would be, we knew that he could be
funny and charming, we knew there were plenty of opportunities for jokes, but we wanted it to be more than all gags and sketch comedy. It had to be an absurd, action movie. But it also had to be moving, with an emotional core to these characters and a reason for people to get involved. We wanted to have it all: to respect them as individuals with all their complexities and defining traits while at the same time looking at those traits in the funniest possible way." The best example of this is Batman's perpetual state of sombre introspection, never mind the fact that, as Lord points out, "He's got a great life. He's a billionaire, he's handsome, he's strong, he has great cars and gadgets, and he gets to punch people in the face with no repercussions! I mean, the guy should be grinning from ear to ear all the time. So we thought the tension between how he feels and how he should feel was a great premise and something we wanted to poke fun at." The writers on THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE have roots in a range of comedic and/or animated projects. Seth Grahame-Smith's novel â€˜Pride and Prejudice and Zombiesâ€™ was made into a successful feature; writing partners Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers have been recognised for their work on "Community" and "American Dad"; Jared Stern counts Toy Story 3 and Wreck-It Ralph among his feature animation credits; and John Whittington is a staff writer on the upcoming series "Green Eggs and Ham," based on the classic Dr. Seuss children's book. HOME MOVIE : SFF 37
Reprising his role as the gravelly voiced DC Super Hero with issues is Will Arnett, who concurs, "It's fun to take an iconic figure like Batman and play with the rules that have always been in place for him, to keep it consistent in terms of his being good at what he does and having that bravado and machismo, but play up his flaws and make him a little goofier without entirely losing his cool. That's the kind of license we took originally, and then expanded on that to really get down to what makes Batman tick." Speaking of ticking... The story opens with a spectacular action sequence as The Joker, voiced by Zach Galifianakis, gleefully leads the vast Rogues Gallery of baddies in a series of heists culminating in a fullscale attack on Gotham City, with a time bomb that Batman must quickly locate and defuse. But it's not just mayhem The Joker craves now. After decades of unresolved conflict, point and counterpoint, the Clown Prince of Crime justifiably feels that he and the Caped Crusader have forged a special hero/villain bond that needs to be formally acknowledged. Naturally, Batman refuses, even if the fate of the city rests on his uttering those three magic words The Joker wants to hear: that he is, in fact, Batman's greatest enemy. The filmmakers know, however, that putting Batman on the hot seat over his relationship with The Joker isn't enough by itself to prompt real soul-searching. So the story also introduces Dick Grayson, who comes to live under Batman's guardianship through 38
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a series of events The Dark Knight can't quite figure out. Voiced by Michael Cera, this talkative and enthusiastic youngster, destined to become Robin, brings a ray of sunshine into Batman's life but, along with it, a level of personal accountability he's not ready to assume. Simultaneously, Batman is smitten by Gotham City's fearless and capable new police commissioner Barbara Gordon, played by Rosario Dawson, as a law enforcement pro with her own ideas about crime-fighting, and who could be a powerful ally if Batman would only accept her help. And, as if that's not enough, Batman's long-standing association with his butler and father figure Alfred comes to a crisis as Alfred, played by Ralph Fiennes, embarks on a tough-love campaign to force Batman out of the shadows and toward a healthier, happier lifestyle. It's a lot of upheaval for a guy who just wants to save the city on a regular basis, soak in some public adulation and then hole up at home with his old photos and chick flicks. Or alternately, vent his deep angst writing heavy-metal rap. While these storylines serve up a lot of laughs they also encourage Batman to recognize the value of teamwork versus going it alone, which is one of the film's central themes. Similarly, Batman's coming to terms with the significant people in his life touches upon another of the film's themes, which is the rewards of family, however a person comes to define that.
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE again employs the digital animation technique that made THE LEGO MOVIE look and feel so tactile and engaging. Each scene and asset was built brick by brick, through a meticulous process of rendering and surfacing thousands of individual pieces and then assembling these assets and props in the computer-much as people around the world do so to tell their own stories with LEGO play materials. Though entirely CG, it suggests the same stop-motion quality that gave its predecessor its distinctive handmade and hand-held look. However, McKay notes, while the two films share a continuity of style, there are subtleties that set them apart: "The look of this movie is different than THE LEGO MOVIE. It's still within the same world but is more cinematic and photo real. The scale is larger, with wider camera lenses, and the characters are more detailed. Batman, for example, has a moulded utility belt that he didn't have in the first film. We also incorporated some natural effects, like smoke and water." Because of the commitment to appropriately depict Batman's classic environs, unlike the sunny brights of the first film, McKay sought to balance the thematic darkness of such places as Gotham City, Wayne Manor and the Batcave with super-saturated colour. Overall, he says, "We strove to make sure everything was up to the quality and standards set by THE LEGO MOVIE.'" The creative team again honoured the LEGO brand's
imprint by finding ways to work with its physical properties authentically rather than "cheating" movement. Thus, the Minifigures only move, turn and bend the way their real-life counterparts can. Referencing the director's extensive experience with stop-motion animation, Miller says, "Chris is a genius at figuring out the tricks and challenges, how characters can move and how you can make them do things like clap or hug or scratch their foreheads, when their arms only go so far." "What's compelling about the look of these LEGO movies is that it's your toys come to life," says Lin. "And not only your toys but your imagination. If you could have all these LEGO bricks and build these amazing sets and vehicles, this is what it could look like." THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE is available to buy on DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD from 19th June, 2017
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MOONLIGHT Drama USA, 2016, 111 mins Dir. Barry Jenkins Cast: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, Jaden Piner
A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, MOONLIGHT – Best Picture winner at this year’s Academy Awards - chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to
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find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami. Arriving eight years after his critically acclaimed romance MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY, writer-director Barry Jenkins returns with another deeply felt cinematic swoon. Featuring a trio of gifted actors (Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes) inhabiting a single character during three phases of his life, MOONLIGHT tells the story of one young man's tumultuous coming of age in South Florida over the course of two decades. As Chiron grows from an uncertain and tentative boy into a bullied teenager grappling with his sexuality and finally into a grown man, Jenkins skillfully shows through three distinct chapters a life in full, revealing how the powerful moments in each of our lives coalesce to shape our identities and define our fates. MOONLIGHT also features a stunning supporting ensemble, including Naomie Harris playing with tough, impassioned grace a crack- addicted single mother trying to raise her young son amid tempestuous personal struggles — and a trio of soulful performances from Janelle Monáe (making her feature debut) André Holland and Mahershala, embodying the indelible mentors who help love and nurture Chiron across the turbulent years.
THE ROOTS OF MOONLIGHT MOONLIGHT was conceived in drama school as a class project by the esteemed playwright and Miami native Tarell Alvin McCraney, a MacArthur genius grant recipient in 2013 and a member of the Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago, whose "Brother/ Sister" trilogy of plays set in a Louisiana housing project placed him in the front rank of playwrights writing on the African American experience. He submitted the short work — titled "In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue" — to the Borscht Film Festival in Miami, dedicated to showcasing works by regional artists forging the cinematic identity of Miami through stories that "go beyond the typical portrayal of a beautiful but vapid party town." Heading off to London for a writing residency with the Royal Shakespeare Company, McCraney all but forgot about the piece. In 2013, producer Adele Romanski (MORRIS FROM AMERICA, THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER) was helping Barry Jenkins sift through feature film projects for his eagerly anticipated follow-up to MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY. The duo, friends since college, began holding bi-weekly meetings where they volleyed ideas back and forth until a dozen solid ideas took shape. One of them was McCraney's evocation of his own Miami youth, which had fallen into Jenkins' hands through a Borscht collective member. "Tarell did a great job of capturing what it felt like to be a poor black kid growing up in the Miami projects," Jenkins explains. "I saw it as an
opportunity to get some of my own childhood memories out of my head and onto the screen, filtered through Tarell's wonderful voice. The root of his experience was also the root of my experience — it was the perfect marriage." By coincidence Jenkins came of age in the same rough and tumble Liberty City housing projects where McCraney grew up, and where much of MOONLIGHT the film unfolds. Jenkins and McCraney did not know each other as children but their formative years were remarkably similar. They attended the same elementary and middle schools (despite a difference in age) and both went on to become artists, treating subjects and themes close to their own experiences, including themes of identity and masculinity. Most notably, both grew up in households in which their mothers grappled with severe drug addiction. Jenkins' mother survived her battle and has remained HIV positive for 24 years, while McCraney's mother ultimately succumbed from AIDS as a result of her struggles. For his adaptation, Jenkins set about broadening the story's three chapters, expanding on an adult interlude in Chiron's life that was a mere phone call in McCraney's source material, and giving equal shrift to three distinct eras in his young protagonist's journey from childhood to adulthood. MOONLIGHT opens with Chiron at age 10 (nicknamed Little in the movie), fleeing from bullies in his housing project until he is rescued by the drug dealer Juan, who becomes his mentor and unofficial guardian with the help of his
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saintly girlfriend Teresa. In the second chapter, Chiron grapples with young love in the form of his teenage schoolmate Kevin, the declining state of his mother Paula and a traumatic schoolyard incident that changes the course of his life. The third chapter follows Chiron in adulthood — now known by his street name Black — contending with the thwarted love that has hindered his identity through his inability to express his feelings. In a virtuoso sequence set in a Miami diner, Chiron reunites with Kevin in a thoroughly unforgettable and unexpected way. To bring Chiron to life in triplicate, Jenkins turned to Los Angeles- based casting director Yesi Ramirez (GEMINI, THE LONER), who also hails from Miami. In a previous career, Ramirez was studying to be a juvenile public defender and worked frequently with atrisk children in Florida, lending her insight into troubled youth. The filmmakers knew from the start that whoever played Little needed to be a Miami local. Jenkins and Romanski combed the streets of the city posting casting notices and going into schools and neighbourhoods in search of a young man who could embody this crucial role. Ultimately they discovered Alex Hibbert and put him on tape for others to see; when Ramirez viewed the audition she was immediately impressed by the quiet curiosity and intense vulnerability that manifested itself in his very young eyes. Everyone felt confident that he was the one. For Chiron at age 16, the filmmakers chose Ashton 42
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Sanders, who Ramirez first discovered during one of her numerous Los Angeles casting sessions. Sanders previously had a brief role in STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, but he stood out for his stillness and impassivity, crucial attributes for Chiron in the film's second chapter. Trevante Rhodes, a former track and field star from Louisiana who was discovered by a casting agent on his Texas college campus and immediately cast in a Nicolas Cage film, had originally read for the role of the adult Kevin in the film's evocative third chapter. But his reading was interrupted by the casting team, including Ramirez, Jenkins and Romanski, when it dawned on everyone at once that the muscular, intensely masculine Rhodes was more suited for the role of Black, Chiron's street-savvy adult incarnation. Like a lightning bolt, the relatively unknown actor shot into a lead role that required him to carry the weight of all three Chirons. "…Trevante was special," Ramirez recounts. "In addition to his masculinity, he possessed that vulnerability we needed so crucially for the audience to feel something for this character." "We got lucky because we found the best actors for each part," Ramirez continues. "But they also had the common thread that pulled the three different stages together, which was an intense vulnerability. Each actor could express it in his eyes, helping to create a complete picture of this character's life." Adds Jenkins: "You don't see black males on screen where they're just allowed to emote instead of talking or be-
ing active all the time. All three actors were great at emoting."
could be menacing one moment and extremely caring the next."
"Black is an introverted, troubled man who is hiding his true self from the world because he's frightened of letting people know who he really is," explains Rhodes. "The title MOONLIGHT refers to shining light in the darkness or illuminating things you're afraid to show. Everybody in life has had a struggle like Chiron's at some point, whether it's for a short period of time or an entire lifetime. Anyone who insists they haven't put up a façade is living in some kind of darkness."
The filmmakers found their Juan in the Oakland-born stage and screen actor Mahershala Ali, whose most visible role to date is playing the lobbyist and former press secretary Remy Danton on Netflix's "House of Cards." In a brief yet astonishing performance – for which he received the Best Supporting Actor Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards - Ali in the guise of Juan imparts valuable information to Chiron that helps him survive inside and out through the years — until he comes to embody a version of Juan in his adult life. "He's the father figure to Little, which is important because you want to feel like Little has someone guiding him through life," Ramirez explains. "There's also this dangerous level to Juan, which isn't what you associate with paternal figures. Mahershala is a very intense, emotional actor, but he has this ability to comfort."
At its heart, MOONLIGHT is a story about masculinity and how it's expressed in a specific community like the Liberty City housing project in Miami, where much of the movie was filmed. In this milieu, criminal life routinely overlaps with everyday domestic life and paternal figures come to take on the ambiguous qualities of provider and supplier. In the case of Juan, the local drug dealer who takes Chiron under his wing while quietly supplying his mother with crack cocaine, the role required an actor who appeared ferocious on the surface but harbored kindness and nurturing underneath. "There are so many different layers to a character like Juan," Jenkins explains. "I'm examining black masculinity in this movie, but on a deeper level I'm exploring inner city impoverished black masculinity. We needed someone who
Showing a different side of masculinity in the quietly explosive third chapter of MOONLIGHT is the actor André Holland ("The Knick," SELMA, 42), whose luminous and serene performance as the adult Kevin brings a sense of comfort and ease that ultimately helps Chiron emerge from his shell. "André is so comfortable in his skin as an actor, signaling a way out for Chiron through his openness and giving nature," Jenkins explains. "Black is thrown a lifeline by the one person he's allowed himself to be intimate with, and
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through André's soulfulness, he attains a kind of freedom. Kevin is saying to his old friend, I'm not going to push you, I'm not going to force you, I'm just going to offer you this light..." The last of the male actors to be cast in MOONLIGHT proved to be the most difficult, owing to the frank sexuality depicted in the film's second chapter between teenage friends Kevin — who is more experienced — and Chiron, who is only beginning to grapple with his sexuality. Ramirez auditioned hundreds of actors for the promiscuous, freewheeling Kevin, considering rappers, musicians, up-and-coming actors and non-professionals alike, with no Kevin in sight. Nearing production, in a state of desperation, she turned to the Internet and found upstart actor Jharrel Jerome in the theatre program of LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts in New York City, where he was just graduating. "A lot of great actors come out of that school and he had already turned 18," Ramirez explains. "It was a relief to find someone we really liked instead of having to settle." TWO VERY DIFFERENT MATERNAL FIGURES Balancing out the masculinity on display in MOONLIGHT is a pair of roles by women that are disparate yet similar, encompassing different sides of motherhood and brought to life with unifying passion by a big-screen newcomer and a seasoned professional. British actress Naomie Harris plays Chiron's mother 44
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Paula during three stages in a frenzied life ravaged by drug addiction. For Harris, a Cambridge-educated actress who doesn't drink, smoke or use drugs, it was an emotionally wrenching experience to immerse herself into such a troubled and complex character. "I had to make up a lot of her story in my mind to bring her to life," Harris says. "Paula is a working woman who isn't just dabbling in drugs. She's severely addicted and over time becomes a crack addict. She constantly chooses her addiction over her own son. One of the most important things in playing any character is learning to empathize with her. You have to find a deep connection and understanding for the choices made by someone like Paula in order to bring her thoroughly and effectively to life." Harris prepared for the role by studying the lives and mannerisms of drug addicts from the era of Jenkins' and McCraney's childhood, when crack use in the United States was at its apex. Many of the addicts were women who also dabbled in prostitution or had experienced sexual abuse. "They used drugs to numb themselves against the deep emotional wounds and trauma they'd been through," Harris explains. "You could see how much the drugs transformed them, and how the real person inside became deeply hidden. I found it much easier to empathize with Paula when I could see her as someone locked deep within herself."
In contrast to Paula's frequently agitated state is the quietly serene, almost saintly Teresa, Juan's live-in girlfriend who becomes a surrogate mother to Chiron during his formative years. Producer Jeremy Kleiner urged the casting team to consider someone outside the box, in keeping with the film's defiantly uncategorizable nature. Ramirez put together an extensive list of unconventional choices, and having looked to the music world to fill other roles thought of Janelle Monáe. An incandescent R&B performer who is frequently compared to James Brown, Monáe showed a different side of her kinetic stage persona after she read for Ramirez on another project. "She surprised me," Ramirez says. "She was so emotional, and had this terrific range." The casting team was impressed by the chameleonic singer's ability to convey quiet and subdued — not to mention nurturing. "It was so important for Teresa to feel maternal and calming," Ramirez adds. "Because Paula doesn't fulfill that role for Chiron."
of the time. It's hard to think of our 9-to-5 routines when it's hot and warm with palm trees swaying all around you. There's also something timeless about the city, and that's what MOONLIGHT captures. You experience a cross-section of what Miami truly feels like, without skimping on the fullness of the place." For Romanski, who calls Miami "a hugely important character in the movie," the South Florida light remains one of the city's most palpable characteristics, bathing the story in its distinct glow. "Miami light is typically perceived to be harsh because there's so much direct sunlight," Romanski explains. "But the humidity and moisture in the air gives it this incredible texture. Combined with the lushness of the surrounding environment, the light becomes achingly beautiful. You can feel it." MOONLIGHT is available to buy on DVD and Bluray from 26th June, 2017
MIAMI PLAYS ITSELF MOONLIGHT also exudes an indelible sense of place, shining its rays on the city of Miami and becoming a distinct character in its own right. "It's the only place I understand yet can't quite fully explain," McCraney notes. "Miami is inundated with American problems but feels otherworldly because it's a paradise most HOME MOVIE : SFF 45
FIFTY SHADES DARKER (18) Drama | Romance USA, 2017, 118 mins Dir. James Foley Cast: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Kim Basinger, Hugh Dancy
JAMIE DORNAN and DAKOTA JOHNSON return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in FIFTY SHADES DARKER, the second chapter based on the worldwide bestselling "Fifty Shades" phenomenon from author E. L. James. Expanding upon events set in motion in 2015's blockbuster film that grossed more than $560 million globally, the new instalment invites you to slip into something a shade darker.
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The story continues as a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Anastasia Steele back into his life... and she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian's past start to circle them, determined to destroy any hopes for a future together. Fans of E L James' novels and of the smash motion-picture adaptation of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY were elated with the announcement that the next two novels in the series would similarly receive bigscreen treatment... even sooner than expected. FIFTY SHADES DARKER and FIFTY SHADES FREED would be lensed simultaneously, resulting in two successive Valentine's Day weekend releases in 2017 and '18 (and truncating the wait between films to one year). While the next two chapters would further explore the compelling romantic tango of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, all connected to the series were committed to the idea of each episode serving as a unique experience. The team felt it vital to satisfy diehard fans as well as draw in new audiences to the erotic, authentic pop-culture and entertainment events. Producer Dana Brunetti discusses that it was long the intention to explore the decidedly dangerous turn E L James' second novel takes: "FIFTY SHADES DARKER is more of a thriller. We have suspense, stalking, helicopter crashes...all in addition to the theme of this
couple and their particular type of romance. Suddenly, their relationship is confronted with many more obstacles than previously, a lot of them from Christian's past life." E L James, who is rejoined by her fellow producers from 2015's FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, reflects on the title progression: "For the second novel, I knew I wanted to keep 'Fifty Shades,' because it was quite memorable. I thought, 'Where are we going with this?' Then, I knew that in the second book that we would discover what was behind Christian's darkness. Hence, 'Darker.'" Michael De Luca found it difficult to believe it has only been a few years since he, Brunetti, Marcus Viscidi and E L James began work on bringing the first book to the big screen. "Taking this journey with Erika and my other fellow producers has been surreal at times," reflects the producer. "We managed to take what was already a literary phenomenon and bring it to worldwide audiences over Valentine's Day weekend in 2015, and here we are again. We have all grown considerably in these roles and never stopped being the caretakers for Anastasia and Christian's story. It's something we don't take lightly, and my hat stays off to Erika for keeping us on track as we imagined this filmic world for her characters to inhabit. I'm
extraordinarily proud of how far we've all come." For the adaptations, production went back to the source: E L James herself, working with the writer who had lived with the characters - and their creator - since the beginning - E L James' husband, accomplished screenwriter Niall Leonard, whose task it was to translate these massively popular novels with their bold new emblems of mainstream sensuality into two screenplays. The journey from print on-demand paperback to the creation of one of the most iconic and memorable literary sensations in decades was as shocking to their family as it was to publishers. "I retain that role as the person who is the first sounding board, so, 'Fifty Shades' crept up on me," Leonard muses. "Erika was publishing a story, and I knew it was interesting and dark. I knew that it was gathering an online following, but even so, when it burst into life in the real world, it astounded me how big the phenomenon was." As the family grew adjusted to E L James' skyrocketing fame, as well as the filmic reception of "Fifty Shades of Grey," they focused their attention on assuring the purity of the subsequent books' translations. "For Darker and Freed," Leonard continues, "she was keen that the movies had to be done quick-
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ly and that they had to be close to the books. Knowing the story and the fandom, I was very familiar with the parts that mean a lot to Erika and to her fans. I was keen to see those properly included. With experience as an adapter and screenwriter, I felt qualified to take on the project. The studio was willing to have me onboard to take these enormous, sprawling novels and condense them into something that was of movie length... without losing any of the relationship and the important parts that fans really wanted to see." E L James is the first to admit that it was an unexpected and unusual collaboration in bringing her Christian and Ana to life in another medium. "It was an interesting time while Niall was writing," she reflects. "He would go off and do his thing, and then he'd bring me a draft and ask, 'What do you think?' Then, we'd have discussions until we were ready to submit it to the studio." In her typical dry fashion, the author adds: "He was very private about it, but we're still speaking to each other. So that it worked out well." Leonard offers that knowing your spouse will be your editor is a curious thing indeed. "I was quite nervous. Then I heard her laughing in the next room, and I thought, 'Okay, I'm off the hook; she's enjoying it. We got over that first hurdle of her accepting my work. Then, we had to work together revising it. Some-
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times, we'd have a bit of a ding-dong about particular scenes, and I'd say, 'I really want to do this,' and she'd respond, 'That's not true to the story.'" To be certain, the screenwriter promised the creator of his source material one thing before they began adaptations. "If it ever came down to the crunch, it was always to be her decision," Leonard says. "Christian Grey is not this cutesy, handsome, all-things-toall character. He's dominant, dangerous and a real challenge. His journey into being rescued by Ana is a tricky one, and the only person for this is Erika. She knows every step, and is the North Star. If you follow her lead, you can't go wrong." The litany of reasons behind filming both chapters in the same period were clear to all involved. Naturally, with films that are successive stories, characters and environments are common to both-with actors in character, production up and running, and sets and locations primed for shooting. Economically, it made sense to maximize effort and time. Viscidi reflects: "We also had other reasons that were more important than strictly the financial ones-for the actors and director James Foley, to have both scripts and to understand where their characters and stories begin and end. It made it a more fluid process throughout the whole filming." When he made the decision to take the director's
chair for both films, Foley joined the rarified ranks of very few directors who have maximized time and effort by filming back-to-back projects. Brunetti discusses the process in finding the one who'd captain the team: "When we were determining who the next director was going to be, there was speculation on whether we were going to shoot Darker or Darker and Freed at the same time. I knew James from House of Cards, as he directed a majority of the first season and was our show director/showrunner."
dramatically. It was that evolution in their selves which was the most important thing to me." The relationship quickly established by director and author/producer was soon harmonic. "Erika was very clear about the arc of the story and how she wanted Christian and Ana's characters to develop between the two films," observes Viscidi. "James was able to take that information, turn it around and implement it in his vision. It was a great working relationship, and Erika trusted him implicitly from day one."
Not only was Brunetti a fan of Foley's work for Netflix, he has long enjoyed many of the filmmaker's features. "Glengarry Glen Ross is one of my favourites. We met with him, and his thoughts on the film were fantastic," says the producer. "We saw a lot of different directors after that for Darker and made a short list. Then, when we began to discuss making both films at the same time, I knew that is how we shot a lot of House of Cards - two episodes at a time, and we would cross-board them. I pushed for James, not just because of his experience shooting this way, but because of his understanding of the books and take on what the films should be."
Foley addresses one of the key elements of working with E L James - indeed, one of the key elements of any successful film production - when he says, "It's been the sweetest thing - we were pals throughout the process. There was compromise - I compromised, she compromised - but the film was not compromised. We got the best combination of our talent. I was very respectful of the books-they have their own kind of magic that worked on so many people. I sought to transfer that magic to the screen, and having her around was great. Erika was very supportive and always respectful."
Viscidi agrees with the decision to which fellow producers De Luca, E L James and Brunetti arrived: "We needed someone of that calibre who could direct the actors in a strong, confident and accomplished style. In the first meeting with Foley, he said he wanted to expand and open up the film. He appreciated the first movie-thought it was good, sexy and provocative-but wanted the characters to be more a part of the real world, get them outside more in the next chapter. He wanted to see Seattle more, and have the characters interact more with the world around them."
"James Foley stepped into the FIFTY SHADES DARKER production almost as if he'd been with us since day one," says De Luca. "He brought this deep respect - not only to the cast and crew who'd been part of the first production - but an honour for Erika's source material and Niall's distinctive, significantly darker take on the next two pivotal chapters. Foley is the consummate filmmaker and gentleman, and the exact right filmmaker to bring innovative ideas about what Darker and Freed could become. He has this ability to elevate our production to a level none of us could have expected."
Foley discusses his interest in joining the franchise: "'Fifty Shades' defied a genre; it's full of elements, drama, romance, fantasy, all mixed together. It is a special kind of combination-a special kind of brewlike you brew beer. It's has its own fizz."
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No stranger to adapting lauded work, the filmmaker felt a connection with the protagonists of E L James' work. He reflects: "I've always been interested in psychological realism-movies, dramas that have a psychological complexity to them. What I got from the three books was that they were a master study in the field-particularly of Christian but also of Ana. There was something interesting in the journey that they took together, and how each of these psychologies interacted with each other and wind up changing each of them over the course of the three books quite HOME MOVIE : SFF 49
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Cast: Kim Coates, Daryl Hannah, Roy Scheider A young German officer, Oskar, unexpectedly finds his life threatened by the outbreak of World War II. With Europe reeling from the full devastation of Hitler's might, Oskar and his girlfriend find themselves torn apart by the violent village massacres that spread like a plague across the country. When their paths cross again amidst the violence of the Russian front line, a sudden tragedy will prompt Oskar to make the ultimate sacrifice. *Previously released as 'The Poet'/'Nazi Story'*
2047 - Virtual Reality (15) (DVD) Cast: Mike Dopud, Jane Badler, Kaya Blocksage The year is 2047. Most of the world s population now spends its time connected to a virtual world. Nash has been hired to track down terrorists who are threatening these worlds by randomly killing people from within. When he finds them he discovers he s in the middle of a dangerous game between his employer and criminals who will do anything to protect their identity in this fast moving sci fi thriller.
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Black Widow: The Complete Series 1 (15) (DVD) Cast: Monic Hendrickx, Thomas Acda, Fedja van Huët, Marcel Hensema Dir. Diederik van Rooijen Run time: 384 mins Black Widow presents a penetrating look at the Dutch underworld in which choices about family, loyalty and money are made on the razor's edge. Black Widow takes place in the world of Dutch penoze and tells the story of Carmen Walraven. When her husband, a notorious drug lord, is liquidated in front of the eyes of their youngest son, Carmen takes a drastic decision ... and reluctantly takes charge of the family business in order to clear her husband's debt. In doing so she soon becomes embroiled in the criminal underworld.
Black Widow: The Complete Series 2 (15) (DVD) Cast: Monic Hendrickx, Thomas Acda, Fedja van Huët Dir. Diederik van Rooijen Second season of the violent mafia series around Carmen Walraven, who after her husband's murder reluctantly took his place in the brutal Amsterdam underworld. It is two years later and both Carmen's father and brother Irwan are in jail. Even here, Irwan pulls the strings. The young widow tries to stay far away from this and build up a new life. She will protect her family at all costs.
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Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, Jack Lowden Dir. Mick Jackson Run time: 110 mins Based on her own book, the film follows American historian Deborah Lipstadt (Weisz)'s legal battle with British scholar David Irving (Spall) after he sued her and her publisher for accusing him of being a Holocaust denier in 1996. In the courtroom, Lipstadt and her British lawyers Anthony Julius (Andrew Scott) and Richard Rampton (Wilkinson) are made to prove that Irving was lying by denying the Holocaust and must therefore prove its occurrence in their defence. Desperate to take to the stand herself, Lipstadt is approached by numerous Holocaust survivors eager to testify but her legal team remain steadfast in their intention to keep the trial focused on Irving and on the validity of Lipstadt's claims.
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(Blu-ray / 4K Ultra HD + Bluray + Digital HD) Cast: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews Dir. Pierre Coffin x SHARPER THAN HD In a happy suburban neighbourhood with its well-kept gardens and white picket fences, sits a black house with a dead lawn! This is the secret hideout of Gru (Steve Carell), who, with his army of excitable little yellow minions, plans to TAKE OVER THE WORLD. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze guns and battle ready vehicles for land and air, Gru is accustomed to defeating all who stand in his way. But the arrival of three little orphaned girls, and their determination to make him their Dad, threatens his reputation as a SUPER-VILLAIN! DISC ONE 4K ULTRA HD HOME MOVIE : SFF 53
MOVIE + 3 MINI-MOVIES FOR THE ULTIMATE MOVIE WATCHING EXPERIENCE, THIS DISC FEATURES: • 4X sharper picture than HD • HDR (HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE) for brilliant brights and deepest darks • IMMERSIVE AUDIO for a multi-dimensional sound experience DISC TWO BLU-RAY MOVIE + BONUS FEATURES • 3 MINI-MOVIES STARRING THE MINIONS • THE WORLD OF DESPICABLE ME • DESPICABLE BEATS • GRU’S ROCKET BUILDER • MISS HATTIE’S TOP SECRET COOKIE RECIPES • COMMENTARY WITH THE DIRECTORS & THE MINIONS • THE VOICES OF DESPICABLE ME • SUPER SILLY FUN LAND • POCKET BLU • BD-LIVE • AND MORE!
ing, nail-biting thriller where trickery, betrayal and death are around every corner. Susan George (Straw Dogs) stars as Marianne, a nightclub dancer desperately running for her life. Marianne is about to turn 21 and inherit the contents of a sizeable Swiss bank account, which also includes certain sensitive documents that would incriminate her estranged and corrupt father, The Judge (Leo Genn). Her only chance may be her new love, Eli (Barry Evans Doctor in the House) but with both of them targeted for assassination, can their love survive?
Fairy Tail: Part 15 (15) Despicable Me 2 (U) (Blu-ray / 4K Ultra HD + Bluray + Digital HD) Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove Dir. Pierre Coffin 4x SHARPER THAN HD Gru, his adorable girls, and the mischievous Minions are back with a cast of unforgettable new characters in the blockbuster sequel to the worldwide phenomenon. Just as Gru has given up being super-bad to be a super-dad, the Anti-Villain League recruits him to track down a new criminal mastermind and save the world. Partnered with secret agent Lucy Wilde, Gru, along with the wildly unpredictable Minions, must figure out how to keep his cover while also keeping up with his duties as a father. Assemble the Minions for laugh-outloud comedy in “one of the funniest, most enjoyable movies ever!” (MovieGuide ) DISC ONE 4K ULTRA HD MOVIE + 3 MINI-MOVIES FOR THE ULTIMATE MOVIE WATCHING EXPERIENCE, THIS DISC FEATURES: • 4X sharper picture than HD • HDR (HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE) for brilliant brights and deepest darks • IMMERSIVE AUDIO for a multi-dimensional sound experience DISC TWO BLU-RAY MOVIE + BONUS FEATURES • 3 MINI-MOVIES • MAKING OF THE MINI-MOVIES • DELETED SCENE • THE MINIONS • EVIL MINIONS • A GRUSOME TRANSFORMATION • EL HOMBRE MALO: THE VILLANY OF EL MACHO
Die Screaming Marianne (Digitally Remastered)(15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Susan George, Barry Evans, Christopher Sandford, Leo Genn Dir. Pete Walker Run time: 97 mins From the legendary master of gore: Pete Walker (Frightmare, The Flesh and Blood Show) comes this pulse-pound-
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(DVD) Anime Dir. Shinji Ishihira Run time: 275 mins No magic in the world can save them The most epic magic tournament in history continues as Fairy Tail attempts to snatch victory from the strongest guilds in the Grand Magic Games. The competition heats up as the guilds in the competition start playing dirty, Erza takes it upon herself to challenge one hundred deadly opponents, and four dragon slayers battle it out in an epic fight unlike anything the Fiore Kingdom has ever seen— one that threatens to rip the entire arena apart. But as the spells fly in the games, a conspiracy targeting one of Fairy Tail’s members plays out behind the scenes, and a dark, familiar magic permeates the air. With the magical world completely focused on the competing guilds, a looming threat gains power—but will anyone notice before it’s too late? Contains episodes 165 -175 on DVD with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles. Extras/Episodes: • Episodes 165 to 175 • Commentaries • U.S. Trailer • Textless Songs
Fugitives (15) (DVD) Cast: Dominic Purcell, Stephen Lang, Tricia Helfer Dir. Shane Dax Taylor Run time: 94 mins Creighton Masterson, in a last ditch effort to save his marriage, whisks his wife Lydia away for a tropical vacation. Staying on an isolated beach in the Bahamas, the Mastersons meet William and Mary, who live on a nearby island and invite them for dinner. Upon their return, Lydia and Creighton are shocked to discover that they have been robbed. With no sign of the intruders, they seek help from the only other
people on the island, a couple named Jacob and Nina. Though friendly at first, the mysterious couple seems to be hiding darker motives. With no one to trust but each other, Lydia and Creighton are forced to work together and fight for their future.
Full Metal Panic - FUMOFFU: Complete Collection(12) (Blu-ray) Anime Dir. Yasuhiro Takemoto Run time: 300 mins Sousuke s locked, loaded, and ready to attack which would be awesome if he was going into battle. But he s just going to high school, and all the qualities that make him a good soldier make him an amazingly awkward classmate. Poor Kaname knows that better than anyone, since Sousuke s her undercover bodyguard. The guy s supposed to protect Tessa too. But how top secret can he really be when he s sneaking around in a teddy bear suit, blowing up lockers, striking out with every girl in sight, and taking a mech to the hot springs? Sure, Sousuke’s methods are a little intense, but high school s tough. Collateral damage is to be expected, right? Contains the full 12 episode series on Blu-Ray with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles.
Harlots (DVD) Featuring an award-winning creative team and all-star cast, Harlots is a powerful drama set against the vibrant, cosmopolitan backdrop of 18th century Georgian London, offering a bold new take on the city’s most valuable commercial activity – sex. Inspired by the stories of real women, and the men who surround them, this provocative character-driven series centres on the formidable Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton) and her daughters (Jessica Brown Findlay and Eloise Smyth) as she struggles to reconcile the role of mother with brothel owner. When her business comes under attack from Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville), a rival madam with a ruthless streak, Margaret will fight back, even if it means putting her family at risk. Combining wit with high drama, this fast-paced tale of family, power and brutal economics shines a light on the extraordinary businesswomen who helped to build the London we know.
Headshot (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Iko Uwais When a mysterious young man (Iko Uwais) jolts awake after months in a coma from a gunshot wound to the head, he is nursed back to health by a young student doctor, Ailin. Realising he has lost his memory, she renames him Ishmael, and the two soon grow closer.
Gold (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramírez, Bryce Dallas Howard Dir. Stephen Gaghan Run time: 120 mins GOLD is the story of Kenny Wells (Academy Award winner, Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club, Mud), a modern-day prospector, hustler, and dreamer, desperate for a lucky break. Left with few options, Wells teams up with an equally luckless geologist to execute a grandiose, last-ditch effort: to find gold deep in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia, and when they make the largest gold find in the history of time, they realise this dream is only the beginning of the adventure. Special Features: • Origins of Gold • Matthew McConaughey as Kenny Wells • Deleted Scenes • Locations of Gold
But it’s not long before their lives collide with a gang of dangerous criminals led by an enigmatic crimelord known simply as Lee, and when Ailin is violently taken, Ishmael has no choice but to confront his past, awakening a dark truth and lethal personality within him... A full-tilt, all-out revenge thriller, packed with bone-crunching, bullet-blasting, blood-spurting martial arts and violence, this is Crank meets The Bourne Identity for the next generation of action fans!
It Was 50 Years Ago Today... The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper and Beyond (E) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Brian Epstein Dir. Alan G. Parker Run time: 404 mins
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INCLUDES OVER 4.5 HOURS EXCLUSIVE BONUS MATERIAL. Featuring interviews with former employees, fellow musicians, family members and journalists, and supported by original and exclusive never-seen-before footage, this star-studded rockumentary offers a fascinating insight into the creation and recording of one of the most ground-breaking and influential albums in pop history. BONUS MATERIAL: 1) Liverpool/London Introduced by Alan G. Parker 2) Director and Producer interviews 3) The Bootleg Beatles 4) Andy Peebles John Lennon Interview December 80 5) Pete Best Interview at The Hard Day's Night 6) Julia Baird (John Lennon's sister) Interview 7) John Lennon Blue Plaque 8) The Merseybeat 9) Ringo archive
• 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio • Optional English subtitles • Commentary by director Mikkel Nørgaard and writer-actors Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen • Klown: It s a Jungle Down There, an episode from the original television series, co-written by Lars von Trier • Klown from Behind, a making of documentary • Crafting The Willie , a featurette on the film s prosthetics • Inside Castello Alleycat, scenes from film s brothel set • Deleted scenes • Alternative opening sequence • Outtakes
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Cast: Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone, Michael Smiley, Ian McShane Dir. Thomas Napper
A former youth boxing champion, Jimmy McCabe (Johnny Harris), is a man in search of hope but looking in all the wrong places. When he hits rock bottom he turns to his childhood boxing club and the only family he has left: gym owner Bill corner man Eddie and promoter Joe. Back in training, years after anyone thought he was a contender, he risks his life, as he tries to stand tall and regain his place in the world.
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Klown (18) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Frank Hvam, Casper Christensen
comedy of embarrassment.
Comedians and TV personalities Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen (hosts of the Danish version of Shooting Stars) play extreme versions of themselves in the Curb Your Enthusiasm-alike
Based on the hit sitcom, Klown finds Frank on the verge of the fatherhood. So how better to prove his paternal credentials than borrowing his awkward 13-year-old nephew to accompany him and Casper on their annual tour de pussy? What follows is far too crude and outrageous to describe here! Imagine a Scandinavian relative of The Inbetweeners and The Hangover with a dash of Lars von Trier at his most playfully transgressive and you re getting close to the shocking hilarity of Klown. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: • High definition Blu-ray (1080p)
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Cast: Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel, Jean Brochard Dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot
Classic thriller from director Henri-Georges Clouzot, following the events of a murder plot in a small French provincial school. Tired of being mistreated by abusive headmaster Michel Delasalle (Paul Meurisse), his frail wife, Christina (Vera Clouzot), and his mistress, Nicole (Simone Signoret), plot to kill their tormentor. When Michel's body goes missing, however, the women soon realise their plan is not as straightforward as they first thought.
Let Her Out (15) (DVD) Cast: Alanna LeVierge, Adam Christie, Nina Kiri Dir. Cody Calahan Run time: 87 mins Helen (Alana LeVierge) is a bike courier who suffers a traumatic head injury at the hands of a stranger. When she awakens in a hospital to
discover that she has a benign growth in her brain, she begins to experience dark visions, voices, and the omnipresence of a strange young woman. Thrust back into her life, Helen finds herself lost in a walking nightmare, in which nothing is what it seems, because the thing inside her mind will stop at nothing to get out.
Man Hunt (15) (Blu-ray [Dual Format]) Cast: Walter Pidgeon, Joan Bennett, George Sanders, John Carradine, Roddy McDowall Dir. Fritz lang Run time: 105 min Director Fritz Lang's political thriller follows a British hunter's attempts to outrun Nazi agents after he targets Adolf Hitler. While on holiday in Bavaria, willdlife hunter Alan Thorndike (Walter Pidgeon) stumbles upon the Fuhrer's country retreat, eventually spotting Hitler in the gardens. After lining up the leader in the crosshairs of his empty rifle, Thorndike is arrested by members of Hitler's Gestapo bodyguard, who try to beat a confession out of him. After eventually escaping and navigating a tortuous route back to Britain, Thorndike is forced to seek help from local seamstress Jerry Stokes (Joan Bennett) when he discovers German agents are hunting him down. Extras:
• High Definition Transfer • Commentary by author Patrick McGilligan • Rogue Mate: The Making of Man Hunt • Artwork & Stills Gallery • Original Theatrical Trailer
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is a ten-year-old secret conspiracy involving many of the town’s inhabitants. Kahina finds herself confronting a ruthless serial killer, always one step ahead, a macabre plan, and her own painful past.
Midsomer Murders: Series 19 - Part 1 (15) (DVD) Cast: Neil Dudgeon, Nick Hendrix, Fiona Dolman, Manjinder Virk Run time: 270 mins Starring Neil Dudgeon as Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby, and introducing Nick Hendrix as DS Jamie Winter, this DVD collection contains the first three episodes from the nineteenth series of Midsomer Murders. Set in the idyllic, picturesque county of Midsomer, all is not as it seems and beneath the tranquil surface of village life exists a disturbing and cunning propensity for murder.
Passion (U) (DVD) Cast: Cornel Wilde, Yvonne De Carlo, Raymond Burr Dir. Allan Dwan Run time: 84 mins Starring Cornel Wilde as a young rancher (Juan Obreón) seeking vengeance for the murders of his wife Yvonne de Carlo and his parents. The guilty parties are a group of terrorists, headed by Rodolpho Acosta, whom Jaun, now a fugitive from justice himself, intends to kill one by one.
(Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Kahina Zadi, Anders Harnesk Kahina Zadi (Leila Bekhti, The Prophet, All That Glitters), a French police officer, travels to Kiruna, a small mining community in remote northern Sweden, to investigate a brutal murder of a French citizen. With the help of Anders Harnesk (Gustaf Hammarsten, Bruno, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), a Swedish DNA and a member of the Sami, an ancient, mysterious indigenous tribe of Scandinavia, they are faced with new killings and the initial murder turns out to be the tip of the iceberg. Kahina and Anders come to realise that behind the killings
Pearl of the South Pacific (U) (DVD) Cast: Virginia Mayo, Dennis Morgan, David Farrar Dir. Allan Dwan Run time: 86 mins Two beachcombers with a yacht join woman-with-apast Rita on a quest for black pearls on a secret island. Arrived, they find another white man has made himself high priest; but George, the latter's handsome son, is fair
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game for Rita, who lands in the guise of a missionary! The inevitable conflict over the pearls brings violence and corruption to the quiet island.
Pelé: Birth of a Legend (PG) (DVD) Cast: Mariana Nunes, Seu Jorge, Leonardo Lima Carvalho Dirs. Michael Zimbalist, Jeff Zimbalist Growing up in Brazil with little money, Edson Arantes do Nascimento -- later known as Pelé -- had a passion for soccer. Blessed with ample talent, at age 17 he led the nation's team to its first World Cup win, recounted in this rags-to-riches biopic. (Source: DVD.com)
Prevenge (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Alice Lowe, Kate Dickie, Kayvan Novak, Jo Hartley, Gemma Whelan Dir. Alice Lowe Run time: 87 mins A pitch black, wryly British comedy from the mind of Alice Lowe, Prevenge follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a killing spree. It's her misanthropic unborn baby dictating Ruth's actions, holding society responsible for the absence of a father. The child speaks to Ruth from the womb, coaching her to lure and ultimately kill her unsuspecting victims. Struggling with her conscience, loneliness, and a strange strain of prepartum madness, Ruth must ultimately choose between redemption and destruction at the moment of motherhood. Having shown at Venice, Toronto and most recently the London International Film Festival, Prevenge marks the directorial debut from Lowe, who is a true triple threat, writing, directing, and acting in the film during her own real-life pregnancy.
Prince Philip The Plot to Make a King (E) (DVD) Documentary Dir. Richard Sanders Run time: 48 mins Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King tells the fascinating inside story of the fierce tensions unleashed
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when the Queen fell in love with Prince Philip. Tensions that would place huge strain on the royal marriage, and would shape the future of Elizabeth's reign. The royal and political elite disliked Philip's German roots and they also disliked his larger than life, ferociously ambitious uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten. This film draws on unpublished memoirs to show how Mountbatten manoeuvred for a royal marriage as early as the winter of 1939-40, when the Queen was just 13. But when Mountbatten was heard to declare, 'The House of Mountbatten now reigns', following the death of King George VI in 1952, the establishment fought back against what they feared was a dynastic coup. Churchill himself was very instrumental in making sure Philip would have no meaningful power and some of the royal family members at the time were also opposed to the prospect of this royal match. The film reveals, for the first time, the complexities and frustrations of the Royal marriage as the Queen struggled to reconcile the love of her husband with the suspicions of her family and her government. Philip's ascension to consort may have been a 'high-stakes dynastic power struggle' orchestrated by his uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten. But to his credit Prince Philip worked relentlessly hard to make the Royal marriage a success and has stood beside Queen Elizabeth as a constant support throughout her long reign. This documentary is also very much a story of how this young royal couple coped against all the odds to make their relationship and the monarchy work. It also gives us an insight into the story of Philip's youth and why Elizabeth would have seen him as the dashing handsome young prince that she fell in love with. On their golden wedding anniversary in 1997, the Queen paid a touching tribute to her husband, saying, 'He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years'. This insightful documentary contains rare and personal footage of the royal couple, the royal wedding and other key events of that time. Narrated by Tamsin Greig.
Split (15) (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: James McAvoy, Sterling K. Brown, Anya Taylor-Joy Dir. M. Night Shyamalan Kevin, a man with at least 23 different personalities, is compelled to abduct three teenage girls. As they are held captive, a final personality - "The Beast" - begins to materialize.
Sssssss (15) (Dual Format Blu-ray) Cast: Strother Martin, Dirk Benedict Dir. Bernard L. Kowalski Run time: 99 mins A scientist specializing in the study of snakes, believes that human beings will never survive the coming disasters and holocausts he foresees. His solution is to create a composite creature from the DNA of a man and a king cobra that will be better suited for survival.
T2 Trainspotting (18) (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, steelbook, Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Miller, Ewan McGregor, Kelly Macdonald Dir. Danny Boyle Run time: 117 mins
they weave the story of the Beatles, still listed by Rolling Stone magazine as the most important band in the world. Since bursting onto the music scene in the early 1960s, the Beatles have embarked on successful solo careers, faced difficult personal and legal battles, but ultimately endured. 'Parting Ways' is the story of life after the Beatles and examines the phenomenon that was Beatlemania, but also looks at the years that have elapsed since the hype, the crescendo and the climax of the Beatles' fame.
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First there was an opportunity.... then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home. They are waiting for him: Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance. Special Features: • 29 Deleted Scenes (over 30 mins) including Stealing iPad, Fight and Tynecastle and Back to Diane's • 20 Years in the Making: Conversation with Danny Boyle and The Cast featurette • Commentary with Director Danny Boyle and Screenwriter John Hodge
Tennessee's Partner (PG) (DVD) Cast: John Payne, Ronald Reagan, Rhonda Fleming Dir. Allan Dwan Run time: 83 mins When an elderly, rich miser dies, his last wishes are to postpone the reading of his will until twenty years after his death. In order to collect his inheritance, the beneficiaries must spend the night in an old dark house. But then a psychiatrist alerts them that an escaped, deranged killer is on the loose... A superb British cast including Honor Blackman, Michael Callan and Edward Fox.
The Beatles: Parting Ways (E) (DVD) Cast: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr Run time: 70 mins John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr: the four most iconic names in pop music. Together,
(Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: John Hurt, Liz Gebhart, Patricia Hodge, Stanley Lebor, John Rhys-Davies Dir. Jack Gold Run time: 78 mins The BAFTA-winning adaptation of Quentin Crisp s best-selling autobiography, The Naked Civil Servant features an arguably career-best performance by John Hurt as Crisp a flamboyant homosexual trying to live an openly gay lifestyle in the intolerant pre-war years. Funny, tragic and, at times, heart-warming, this unflinching story of an unconventional man is strongly directed by the multi-award-winning Jack Gold. It is featured here in a brand-new High Definition restoration from original film elements, in its original full-screen aspect ratio. SPECIAL FEATURES: • Feature version [HD Blu-ray exclusive]: in fullwidescreen with the ad breaks removed • Commentary with John Hurt, director Jack Gold and executive producer Verity Lambert • Seven Men: Quentin Crisp a Granada profile from 1971 • Mavis Catches Up with Quentin Crisp: an interview from 1989 • Image gallery • Philip Mackie s original script [PDF]
The Perfect Weapon (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Steven Seagal, Sasha Jackson, Vernon Wells, Richard Tyson, Johnny Messner Dir. Titus Paar Run time: 84 mins In a not too distant future, a totalitarian state secret government organization controls all aspects of life. All HOME MOVIE : SFF 59
"Enemies of the State" are executed by a secret group of assassins, who go by a secret code-name which is known only by the state and a few others assigned to the same mission. The best of the assassins is a code-name "Condor" - the perfect weapon of choice. However, in his latest assignment, he fails to kill the opposition leader and finds himself on the run from the very same government agency that hired him.
The Sorrow and The Pity (E) (Blu-ray and DVD) Dir. Marcel Ophuls Marcel Ophuls four-anda-half hour portrait of the French town of Clermont-Ferrand under German occupation from 194044 is one of the greatest documentaries ever made, as important as Claude Lanzmann s Shoah in its value not just as a film but as an essential historical record in its own right not least since its interviewees are all long dead.
The Space Between Us (tbc) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino Dir. Peter Chelsom Run time: 120 mins Romantic sci-fi feature starring Asa Butterfield as a teenager raised on Mars who decides to return to Earth. 16-year-old Gardner Elliot (Butterfield) was the first human born on Mars and spent all of his childhood on the planet with scientists after his mother died in childbirth. After befriending a girl named Tulsa (Britt Robertson) online, Gardner travels to his home planet to experience all that he's read about and missed out on for all of his lonely childhood. Desperate for human connection, Gardner escapes his guardians on Earth, who are tasked with monitoring him, and embarks on an adventure across the US with his fellow orphan, Tulsa, in search of his unknown father. However, the wonder of discovering the world for the first time is short-lived as scientists discover his body can't withstand Earth's gravity.
Describing the fall of France and the rise of the Resistance, with the aid of newly-shot interviews and eye-opening archive footage including newsreels and propaganda films, Ophuls painstakingly crafts a complex, nuanced picture of what really happened in France over this period. He also demolishes numerous self-serving national myths to such an extent that, although he made the film for French television, they wouldn t show it for over a decade. But, as he demonstrates again and again, the overwhelming majority of French citizens during this period weren t heroes, villains or cowards, but simply ordinary people trying to make the best of an impossible situation. And it s Ophuls portrayal of these people, their hopes, their fears and their appalling moral quandaries, that remains unmatched in film history. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: • High Definition digital transfer, from materials supplied by Gaumont • Original French mono audio (uncompressed LPCM on the Blu-ray) • Optional English subtitles • Interview with director Marcel Ophuls, filmed in 2004 • Le Nouveau Vendredi: The Sorrow and the Pity, a 55-minute debate that followed the film s belated 1981 French television premiere, in which Ophuls and historians Henri Amouroux and Alain Guérin discuss the film and the issues that it raises with an audience of students from Clermont-Ferrand
Tony Robinson's Coast to Coast: Series 1 (E) (DVD) Cast: Tony Robinson Run time: 270 mins Tony Robinson embarks on an epic coast to coast journey in the 6-part series. In 1973 the famous cartographer Alfred Wainwright published his book, A Coast to Coast Walk a pocket sized pictorial guide that traced a route from the West Coast of England to the East through the stunning scenery of three National parks the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors. It is regarded as one of the best walks in the world. Now, with Wainwright's book as his guide Tony Robinson is walking the 192 miles of this iconic walk a route that winds its way from the ancient community of St Bees Head on the west coast across jaw-dropping countryside and picturesque villages, to the stunning seaside town of Robin Hood's Bay on the east. Each episode will cover approximately 30 miles of brilliant British countryside. Along the way Tony will take in the astonishing scenery and absorb all the history, heritage and hospitality of the region.
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Cast: Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes Dir. Larry Peerce Run time: 115 mins A psychotic sniper plans a massive killing spree at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum football stadium during a major championship game. The police, led by Captain Peter Holly (Charlton Heston, Planet of the Apes) and SWAT commander Sergeant Button (John Cassavetes, Rosemary’s Baby), learn of the plot and rush to the scene. Still, they may be too late, as an all-star cast finds itself lined up in the sights of a madman. The gunman has his pick of the targets, the Mayor, the President or merely the innocent? Either way he has to be stopped before all hell breaks loose.
Very British Problems (E)
Welcome to WrestleMania, it's The Ultimate Thrill Ride!Brace yourself for incredible twists, unexpected turns, and unbelievable excitement! The Universal Championship reaches The Grandest Stage of Them All when 'The Beast Incarnate' Brock Lesnar challenges Goldberg for the richest prize on RAW.The personal and intense rivalry between Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt comes to a head for SmackDown Live's WWE Championship. In a Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match, Bayley defends the Raw Women's Championship against Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, and Nia Jax.'The Architect' Seth Rollins gets his chance at revenge as he takes on 'The Game' Triple H in a Non-Sanctioned Match! And Roman Reigns faces one of the biggest tests of his career when he takes on Undertaker in a No Holds Barred Match! Plus action from all your other favourite WWE Superstars, including all 3 pre-show matches! With your hosts, The New Day. WRESTLEMANIA 33 RUNNING ORDER: Tinashe Performs 'America the Beautiful'
The New Day Welcomes us to the 'Ultimate Thrill Ride'!
Cast: James Cordon, Jonathan Ross, Freddie Flintoff, Nigel Havers Run time: 135 mins
Shane McMahon vs. AJ Styles United States Championship Match - Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens
Channel 4's Very British Problems sees some of Britain's most famous faces share their struggles against the endless capacity of social awkwardness which comes with being British. Originating from a Twitter feed, which amassed 1.1 million followers, Very British Problems features hilarious & engagingly wry observations about life as an uptight, tea-guzzling, weather-obsessed, queue-loving Brit from some of the U.K's most famous names. Why can Brits be furious enough to tut, but shudder at the thought of complaining? Why do they spend so much of their lives apologising to inanimate objects? We discover that the British are almost totally incapable of expressing their emotions - Brits would rather throw their food away in a restaurant toilet than complain to the waiter, feel compelled to tell a hairdresser that they love a terrible haircut and have no idea how to receive a compliment. The hidden rage felt when bad queuing is observed and we find out why every Brit says sorry at least eight times a day and how confused and angry we get about tipping. How many times is it acceptable to ask someone to repeat themselves before you just have to nod, chuckle and hope for the best? For the British, being in public comes with an obligation to be polite, but being polite in the UK is very complicated. Narrated by the quick witted Dame Julie Walters, the likes of James Cordon, Jonathan Ross, Freddie Flintoff, Nigel Havers, Vic Reeves, Ruth Jones and Stephen Mangan share with us their hilarious, personal experiences and opinions as to why our nation has a peculiar ability to find confusion, embarrassment and social awkwardness at every turn. Often hilarious, always interesting and at times even thought provoking, this entertaining series is great viewing.
Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match for the Raw Women's Championship - Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Nia Jax
WWE: WrestleMania 33 (15)
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Introducing the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Ladder Match for the Raw Tag Team Championship - Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Cesaro & Sheamus vs. The Hardy Boyz John Cena & Nikki Bella vs. The Miz & Maryse Non-Sanctioned Match - Seth Rollins vs. Triple H Musical Performance featuring Pitbull, LunchMoney Lewis, Stephen Marley, & Flo Rida WWE Championship Match - Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton Universal Championship Match - Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar 6-Pack Challenge Match for the SmackDown Women's Championship - Alexa Bliss vs. Naomi vs. Becky Lynch vs. Mickie James vs. Natalya vs. Carmella The WWE Breaks the Citrus Bowl Attendance Record! No Holds Barred Match - Roman Reigns vs. The Undertaker HALL OF FAME 2017: Diamond Dallas Page / Rock 'N' Roll Express / 'Ravishing' Rick Rude / Beth Phoenix / Eric LeGrand / Teddy Long / Kurt Angle UK EXCLUSIVE DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: ALL 3 PRE-SHOW MATCHES Cruiserweight Championship Match - Neville vs. Austin Aries Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal Intercontinental Championship Match - Dean Ambrose vs. Baron Corbin The Miz & Maryse Mock 'Total Bellas'
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Baby Mama (12) All the Colours of the Dark (18) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Edwige Fenech, George Hilton, Susan Scott Dir. Sergio Martino Run time: 91 mins
All the illicit thrills which genre fans cherish (sex, violence, weirdness galore) are present woven in a Hitchcockian woman-in-peril/murder mystery plot with trippy, supernatural frills. Bruno Nicolai s sitar-tinged music score swirls into psychedelic overdrive. Starring the undisputed Queen of Italian exploitation: the impossibly beautiful, sensuous, Edwige Fenech, whose uninhibited nudity in films is never ever vulgar. Here she stars as a woman who joins a satanic sect in order to escape from a man who is trying to kill her. black-robed orgy ensues, replete with blood sacrifice, oddball chanting, and a delectable helping of nudity and sex... Special Features: • A brand new Shameless interview with director Sergio Martino • Limited numbered collector s edition • Italian and English Audio • Optional English subtitles • Original aspect ratio: 2.35:1
An American Tail (U) (Blu-ray) Cast. Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Plummer Dir. Don Bluth Run time: 80 mins From director Don Bluth and creator David Kirschner, this critically acclaimed full-length animated triumph chronicles the wide-eyed adventures of a courageous little mouse name Fievel. Journeying by ship from Russia to turn-ofthe-century America, Fievel is lost at sea during a ferocious storm. Washing ashore in New York Harbour, Fievel braves the perils and wonders of a strange new world in a thrilling quest to find his family. Featuring the voices of Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn and Christopher Plummer, it’s a rousing, heartwarming animated adventure for the entire family!
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(Blu-ray) Cast: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Greg Kinnear, Sigourney Weaver Dir. Michael McCullers Run time: 99 mins Sharp comic talents collide in this hilarious comedy of opposites. Kate Holbrook (Tina Fey - 30 Rock) an uptight single executive, has put her career first all her life. At 37, she finally decides to have a baby, but discovers she only has a small chance of becoming pregnant. Desperate, Kate decides to use a surrogate mum, but her uptight world is turned upside down when the free-spirited Angie (Amy Poehler - Parks and Recreation) moves in to her apartment and the pair engage in a comic battle of wills. Also starring Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine) and Sigourney Weaver (Alien, Ghostbusters).
Bakumatsu Taiyô-den - The Masters of Cinema Series (15) (Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD) Cast: Frankie Sakai Dir. Yûzô Kawashima Run time: 110 mins Voted one of the top five Japanese films ever made in a critic's poll by Japan's leading cinema publication Kinema Junpô, yet barely known in the West, Y ûzô Kawashima's richly funny multi levelled portrait of Japanese society Bakumatsu taiyô - den [ A Sun - Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era] is a glorious rediscovery. When man- about- town Saheiji (the beloved comedian Frankie Sakai) finds himself unable to pay for a bill at a brothel, he is forced to remain there to work off his debt. However, he finds his wit and resourcefulness enable him to turn this situation to his advantage, as he interacts with a whole range of characters, from rivalling courtesans to political activists. Co- scripted by Shôhei Imamura (Vengeance Is Mine), it sharply and comically demonstrates the constants of human nature just as it delineates the tumultuous political times (the 1860s, leading up to the Meiji Restoration) in which they lived. DUAL FORMAT SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:
• Gorgeous Nikkatsu restoration of the film in its original
aspect ratio, presented in 1080p HD on the Blu-ray I English subtitles
• 36-PAGE BOOKLET including a new and exclusive essay by critic/scholar Frederick Veith; Shôhei Imamura’s tribute to Yûzô Kawashima; and rare and archival imagery.
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (15) (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Makenzie Leigh Dir. Ang Lee Run time: 113 mins Academy Award winner Ang Lee (2012, Best Director, Life Of Pi) brings his extraordinary vision to Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel. The story is told from the point of view of 19-yearold private Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing battle in Iraq and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through a sequence of flashbacks the truth about what really happened is revealed – contrasting the realities of the war with America’s distorted perceptions of heroism. Co-starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, with Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin.
Dir. Noriyuki Abe Run time: 250 mins Ciel and the demon butler Sebastian are summoned by the Queen to investigate multiple reports of missing children. When their underworld contacts reveal the disappearances increase when the mysterious Noah’s Ark Circus comes to town the demonic duo must impress an enigmatic ringmaster in order to go undercover as performers, to Sebastian’s delight and Ciel’s disgust. At the core of the circus is a troupe of unique performers from Dagger the knife thrower to Beast, the beautiful tiger tamer. All are connected by someone who changed their lives, someone who raised them from the gutters of London to the heights of the big top—but at a price. Contains the full series with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles. Presented in collectors packaging. Extras: • Complete series episodes 1-10 • Collectors packaging • Episode Commentaries • Trailers
Body Puzzle (18)
• Into Battle and Onto The Field: Stepping Inside Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk featurette
• Assembling A Cast featurette
Cast: Joanna Pacula, Tomas Arana, François Montagut Dir. Lamberto Bava Run time: 88 mins
• Assembling A Cast featurette • Assembling A Cast featurette • Deleted Scenes
Bitter Harvest (12)
(DVD) Cast: Janet Munro, John Stride, Alan Badel, Anne Cunningham Dir. Peter Graham Scott Run time: 91 mins Jennie Jones (Janet Munro) is bored with her life in the Welsh valleys running the family shop and looking after her father. Whilst babysitting for a wealthy family she becomes jealous of the luxuries that life has denied her. On a night out in Cardiff she is seduced by salesman Andy (Terence Alexander) and wakes up in London. Despite meeting loving barman Bob Williams (John Stride) her life takes a tragic downward spiral.
Black Butler: Season 3 (12) (Blu-ray Collector’s Edition and DVD)
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A police officer makes a terrible discovery during the investigation of a series of murders: Each victim has a transplanted organ from the
Born to Kill (tbc) (DVD) Cast: Jack Rowan, Romola Garai, Earl Cave, Richard Coyle, Daniel Mays An intense and powerful psychological thriller about a teenage boy trying to hide his psychopathic desires while falling in love for the first time. This edgy, cinematic drama is a haunting exploration of the mind of a 15-year-old boy on the brink of adulthood and of the fears of his single mother who’s keeping a traumatic secret from him. Sam is embarking on his first romance with fellow teenager Chrissy, who’s moved to the area after family turmoil of her own. But things are about to take a much darker turn. Beneath the surface of
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his charismatic persona, Sam is experiencing more than the usual teenage angst – a psychopathic urge to kill. His family and friends have no idea what he is capable of. Only his victims know the chilling truth. And they’re not talking any more.
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Trevor's life has become a void, following the passing of his wife and long term companion, Doris. A chance encounter in the park with a mysterious stranger equally troubled by his own dark past jarringly reawakens him, and forces both men to live again. SIGN Dir. Andrew Keenan-Bolger (USA) 15 mins
When Ben summons up the courage to talk to Aaron at their local subway station he is surprised to find that Aaron is deaf. Despite the communication barrier love blossoms, but their very different worlds threaten to tear them apart.
As a brooding teenager, BOYS ON FILM is celebrating it s (not so) sweet sixteen with an astonishing selection of the latest international gay short films. Featuring golden boys, teenage lust, self-conscious dolls, chance encounters and a vengeful creature, alongside a holiday romance and a young man s attempt to conceal his sexuality from his mum, BOYS ON FILM 16 is our most possessive collection yet. GOLDEN Dir. Kai Stänicke (Germany) 3 mins As a golden boy becomes a golden man, his carefree spirit wanes under the weight of being different. As he grows up he becomes more introverted until, one day he discovers he s not alone. JAMIE Dir. Christopher Manning (UK) 9 mins Shy, quiet Jamie, spends a revealing afternoon with Ben after meeting on a dating app. As they chat, Jamie finds himself opening up and letting loose his hopes and fears in an unexpected awakening. B. Dir. Kai Stänicke (Germany) 15 mins Torn between a cold relationship with K. and her feelings for another woman, shy and insecure B. is heading for a disaster. For too long she has suppressed her desire and lived a lie. But is it really too late for B. to follow her heart? PYOTR495 Dir. Blake Mawson (Canada/Germany) 15 mins One evening in Putin s Moscow, 16-year-old Pyotr is baited by an ultra-nationalist group known for their violent abductions and attacks on young gay men. But Pyotr isn t as defenceless as he might appear... WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Dir. Charlie Francis (UK) 10 mins When Nick, who still hides his sexuality from his mother, gets a call to say she s coming to visit, he desperately turns to best friend Amanda to pose as his girlfriend. Nick must use charm, cash and emotional blackmail to convince a hungover and reluctant Amanda to continue the ruse. FOLLOW ME Dir. Anthony Schatteman (Belgium) 16 mins Eighteen-year-old Jasper is madly in love with his art teachHOME MOVIE : SFF
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er. Overcome with confusion and longing, Jasper takes to following his teacher and his new girlfriend wherever they go.
AWAY WITH ME Dir. Oliver Mason (UK, France) 11 mins Alex and Paolo have just hooked up in London. Despite only knowing each other briefly, Alex whisks Paolo away to his Aunt's home in Nice. Alex believes it s a holiday romance, but does Paulo feel the same? WE COULD BE PARENTS Dir. Björn Elgerd (Sweden) 15 mins Marely left Erik when he found out he was selling himself for sex. Now, Erik s last chance to get Marely back is to make this film explaining the reason why; so that they could afford to become parents one day.
Charlotte: Part 1 (15) (Dual Format Blu-ray Collector’s Combi and DVD) Dir. Yoshiyuki Asai Run time: 170 mins A small percentage of adolescents develop special abilities at the onset of puberty. Yu Otosaka is one of these few and deftly uses an ability that takes over a target's body for five seconds to get accepted into a prestigious high school. Just when he is about to start a stable high school life as a popular honour student, a girl named Nao Tomori appears before him. Their encounter reveals the cruel destiny for wielders of special abilities. Contains episodes 1 to 7 on Blu-Ray and DVD with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles. Presented in Collectors packaging
David Bowie: Collection (PG) (DVD 4-disc set) Cast: David Bowie, Mich Ronson, Trevor Bolder, Woody Woodmansey, Pip Williams Dir. Bob Currathers Run time: 367 mins This box-set includes six documentaries that focus on the music and personal life of David Bowie from
the late-60s to the mid-80 s. These documentaries feature some of Bowie's closet friends and colleagues and includes many of his classic hits. Includes the following documentaries: Inside Bowie 69 -72, Inside Bowie 71-74, Total Rock Review, Up Close and Personal, Music In Review and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars.
David Starkey's the Churchills (E) (DVD) Cast: David Starkey Run time: 135 mins The Complete 3-part Channel series on DVD, presented by David Starkey. The extraordinary story of how Winston's ancestor helped him become Britain's greatest ever Prime Minister. In an original and highly unusual major series, popular historian Dr. David Starkey tells the story of the two greatest war leaders in British history, both of whom were called Churchill. Everyone knows Winston Churchill led Britain and her Allies in their struggle against Hitler; less well known is John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, who led Britain and her Allies against an earlier would-be dictator of Europe, the Sun King, Louis XIV of France. John Churchill was Winston's ancestor, but he was more than that: he was his inspiration and subject. For Winston was a writer and historian before he was Prime Minister, and perhaps his greatest work is his massive, million-word biography of John Churchill, Marlborough: His Life and Times, published in four volumes between 1933 and 1938. As Starkey argues, it was the ten years he spent working on Marlborough that turned Winston from a politician into a statesman-prophet, and prepared him for the immense task of leading the nation against Nazi Germany. The book, which was serialised in The Sunday Times, changed the way Winston was seen by the public and politicians; he became respected as the only leading politician who truly knew war. Marlborough is a work of history that changed history, a book about a great war leader which helped to make an even greater leader in a bigger, bloodier war. This absorbing series sheds new light on two great Britons and encourages us to view history as a valuable guide to the future.
Demon Hunter (15) (DVD) Cast: Niamh Hogan, Alan Talbot, Michael Parle Dir. Zoe Kavanagh Run time: 86 mins Lurking in the shadows of society, within the rich and powerful, is the true essence of evil. A young girl, Taryn Barker, descends into this dark underworld to search for her sister. But when the sister is raped and murdered, Taryn
vows to take revenge. She survives a demonic possession that should have killed her during a satanic ritual, and is rescued by a team of demon hunters who train her to fight evil. Years later, Taryn is detained by police and questioned over the murder of a man who she believes to be a demon. As the bodies pile up, Police Detective Beckett is forced to seek Taryn's aid in rescuing his daughter from a demonic cult. Running against the clock, Taryn must venture into the darkest depths of the city to save Beckett's daughter and prevent a potential Hell on Earth.
Don't Hang Up (18)
(DVD) Cast: Sienna Guillory, Gregg Sulkin, Garrett Clayton Dirs. Damien Macé, Alexis Wajsbrot Run time: 83 mins An evening of drunken prank calls becomes a nightmare for a pair of teenagers when a mysterious stranger turns their own game against them...with deadly consequences.
Elizabeth Taylor Collection (E) (DVD 4-disc set) Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Richard Burton Elizabeth Taylor Collection including: Father's Little Dividend - A year after Kay s shock engagement in Father of the Bride, Stanley Banks (Spencer Tracy) and his wife, Ellie (Joan Bennett) are in for another surprise when daughter Kay (Elizabeth Taylor) announces she is having a baby. Stanley isn’t equipped to be a grandfather yet and falls silent whilst everyone makes a fuss of the mother-to-be. Stanley s silence however marks him as the one for whom Kay can turn to for support. Life with Father - New York City, stockbroker Clarence Day (William Powell) competes to maintain order in his busy household. Despite his efforts to be the main authority over his four sons, his wife Vinnie (Irene Dunne) is the one who really keeps the home in order, much to Clarence's upset. To develop more recognition, Clarence tries to make changes that will help everyone, one being his own baptism. Elizabeth Taylor stars as the beautiful teenager who Clarence s eldest son is infatuated with. The Last Time I Saw Paris - Charles Wills (Van Johnson), a reporter in Paris covering the end of World War II falls in love with the stunning Helen Ellswirth (Elizabeth Taylor) following a brief affair with her sister, Marion (Donna Reed).
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After Charles and Helen marry, Charles pursues his ambition of being an author whilst supporting Helen with an awful job at a newspaper wire service. An old investment miraculously makes them into a wealthy family, their marriage begins to unfold and a catastrophe changes everything. Divorce His, Divorce Hers - Living in Rome, Jane (Elizabeth Taylor) and Martin Reynolds (Richard Burton) come to the distressing end of a long marriage. The collapsing relationship is presented firstly from Martin's view point, and then the story is told from Jane’s. They are a couple with very contrasting demands. Martin is a businessman who is evasive and indifferent, and Jane will do absolutely anything to get his consideration. Eventually the relationship skirts on malice as he bores of her scheming. Jane is increasingly embittered with his lack of attention and her dull life.
Fences (12) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Mykelti Williamson Dir. Denzel Washington Run time: 139 mins An African-American father struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life.
Grantchester: Series 1-3 (15) (DVD Box Set) Cast: James Norton, Robson Green, Morven Christie, Tessa Peake-Jones Run time: 874 mins It's early 1950s England and Sidney Chambers (James Norton) is vicar of Grantchester, a village just outside Cambridge. Sidney s is a quiet life. Or at least, it has been right up until the moment that murders comes his way. In Series One Sidney is pushed into the dangerous world of lies, betrayal and murder and finds that his insight into the human condition, and the natural trust that he engenders in people, means that he excels in his new position of detective. But crime isn't the only matter that occupies Sidney as he s smitten with the witty, beautiful, high society Amanda (Morven Christie). Series Two sees Sidney himself wrongly accused of a terrible crime and unmasking the real culprit will send shockwaves through the community. With Series Three Sidney finds that the stability of his role in the church is tested as the love he feels for his long-time sweetheart puts him at odds with the very institution he serves. Joining Sidney on matters of the head and heart are the affable but world-weary Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green), the naïve but well-meaning curate Leonard Finch (Al Weaver), and his disapproving but protective housekeeper Mrs Maguire (Tessa Peake-Jones). This DVD set includes the 2016 Christmas Special and all 18 episodes of Series One to Three'.
For Whom the Bell Tolls (PG)
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Cast: Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman Dir. Sam Wood Run time: 157 mins Based on the best-selling, controversial novel by Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls graces the screen with legendary stars Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman. The story follows Robert Jordan (Cooper), an American demolition expert who lends his unique abilities to the anti-fascist freedom fighters of Spain. Assisting him is a band of warriors that includes the strong-willed Pilar (Katina Paxinou* in an Oscar®- winning performance), the dangerously undependable Pablo (Akim Tamiroff) and the lovely, innocent Maria (Bergman). As danger mounts, Robert and Maria develop a closeness, an interdependence, that blossoms into one of the screen s greatest love stories. Their passion grows as they approach the hour of judgment a climactic confrontation neither may survive. Newly restored, this exclusive version includes footage that was cut after the original theatrical premiere in 1943.
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Cast: James Norton, Robson Green, Tessa PeakeJones, Morven Christie Run time: 322 mins Based on the short stories by James Runcie, the third series of Grantchester follows clergyman Sidney Chambers (James Norton) and Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green) investigating a series of murders in which all the victims were important community figures.
Hitler - The Last Ten Days (PG) (DVD) Cast: Sir Alec Guinness, Simon Ward Run time: 100 mins Berlin, 1945. In the Fuhrerbunker, the last hiding place of the man who unleashed a reign of terror across Europe, it is Adolf Hitler's 56th birthday. As the Allied troops close in
on the doomed city, Nazi leaders headed by Martin Bormann, Goebbels and Keitel celebrate the Fuhrer's birthday - knowing it will be his last. But even as Allied guns pound Berlin to ruins, Hitler still plots, brooding over maps, moving non-existent armies. Finally he accepts the inevitable, goes through a marriage ceremony with Eva Braun, dedicates his last will and takes a pistol from a drawer. It is left to Goebbels to tell the last of his followers "The Furher is dead- the heart of Germany has ceased to beat". Sir Alec Guinness gives a masterly performance as the demented Hitler in this faithful re-creation of the last days of the German leader's life.
House of Secrets (12) (DVD) Cast: Julia Arnall, Michael Craig, Anton Diffring, David Kossoff Dir. Guy Green Run time: 93 mins Newly docked in Marseille, Larry Ellis (Michael Craig) a suave merchant sailor, bears a striking resemblance to Steve Chancellor a renowned counterfeiter recently killed in a car crash. In an effort to expose a gang of ruthless French crooks, the CIA recruit Ellis to pose as the deceased Chancellor and infiltrate the counterfeiters gang. During his quest Ellis encounters Chancellors girlfriend, cabaret singer Diane Gilbert (Julia Arnall) and quickly discovers the gang are planning to flood Britain with forged currency. However Ellis falls under suspicion as a double crosser as he struggles to get to the truth and unmask the ring leaders until the climatic finale!!
Ip Man: The Final Fight (15) (Blu-ray + DVD) Cast: Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang, Gillian Chung Dir. Herman Yau Run time: 101 mins In postwar Hong Kong, Ip Man is reluctantly called into action once more, when what begins as simple challenges from rival kung fu schools, leads to him becoming face to face with the dangerous underworld of the Triads. To defend himself and those he cares about, Ip Man must stand and fight one last time. Extras:
• Making of
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Season 1 (15)
(Blu-ray Deluxe Edition Box Set)
Dir. Yoshiki Yamakawa Run time: 325 mins
Cast: Inori Minase, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Maaya Uchida, Nobuhiko Okamoto
Collector's Edition Blu-ray available for a limited time only includes: 2 x Blu-ray Discs, 3 x DVD discs, Episodes 1-13 packed inside 14 mm Blu-ray Case, Plastic O-card, Rigid Collector s Box, Set of Art Cards, and Bonus Poster. Based off of a light novel of the same name written by Fujino Omori and illustrated by Suzuhito Yasuda, Is It Wrong to Try and Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is set in the world of Orario, where adventurers band together and look for treasures in an underground labyrinth known as Dungeon. However, for Bell Cranel, fame and riches are secondary to what he wants to find the most: girls. He soon finds out though, that anything can happen in Dungeon, and winds up being the damsel in distress instead! Language: Japanese & English Subtitles: English
Jack and the Beanstalk - The Real Story (PG) (DVD) Cast: Matthew Modine, Vanessa Redgrave, Jon Voight, Daryl Hannah, Richard Attenborough Dir. Brian Henson Run time: 177 mins Once upon a time, Jack and the Beanstalk was a fairy tale, but for Jonathan William Hapsburg Robinson (Jack, for short) it’s a part of history a giant secret buried in the Robinson family closet for centuries. In order to undo the ancient family curse, Jack must return to a different place and time, to a fantastic world where fairy tales come true. Here a handful of beans really can produce magic, a goose really can lay a golden egg and a beanstalk does indeed reach into the heavens where an immortal giant lives, breathes and swears vengeance for all eternity. Prepare yourself for the larger-than-life truth behind a modern-day fable that reaches new heights in fantastic entertainment.
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James May - The Reassembler: Series 2 (E) DVD Cast: James May Run time: 180 mins In this second series of his hit BBC4 show, James reassembles a whole host of objects which have been carefully taken apart to all their hundreds of individual component parts. Each episode focuses on one object and carefully puts it back together, screwing every screw, tightening every bolt and vigilantly rebuilding the object to its complete form, then testing its competency having gone through the process. As well as learning the history of the objects, we get a history of the component parts. As James rebuilds an engine, he explains the cylinders, what they are, how they came about and what they do.
John Wick: Chapter 2 (18) (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane Dir. Chad Stahelski Run time: 122 mins In this next chapter following the 2015 hit, legendary hitman John Wick [Keanu Reeves] is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers. Special Features: • Deleted Scenes • RetroWick: Exploring the Unexpected Success JohnWick • Training John Wick • WICK-vizzed • As Above, So Below: The Underworld of John Wick • Friends and Confidantes: The Keanu/Chad Partnership • Car Fu Ride Along • Chamber check: Evolution Of A Fight Scene • Wick’s Toolbox • Kill Count
John Wick: Chapters 1 & 2 (18) (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, 68
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Michael Nyqvist Double bill of action thrillers starring Keanu Reeves as a former hitman who must return to the criminal world he left behind in order to seek revenge. In 'John Wick' (2014), after the eponymous hitman (Reeves) refuses to sell his car to Russian gang leader Iosef (Alfie Allen), the gang members break into his home and kill his dog, a gift left to him by his late wife Helen (Bridget Moynahan). It turns out that Iosef is the son of Wick's ex-boss Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist), head of the Russian mafia in New York. As John attempts to track down and kill Iosef he encounters assassin Ms. Perkins (Adrianne Palicki), who is working for Viggo, and eventually faces his former boss in an ultimate showdown. In 'John Wick - Chapter 2' (2017) Wick is again coaxed out of retirement when Italian crime boss Santino D'Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) calls in a debt and persuades the former hitman to kill his sister, Gianna (Claudia Gerini), in Rome. However, the tables are soon turned when Santino puts out a hit on Wick, a bounty his fellow assassins all over the world are only too happy to collect. The cast also includes Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, Willem Dafoe and Laurence Fishburne. Special Features are only available on the Blu-ray disc. John Wick 1: Special Features: Commentary with Filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, Don’t f*#% with John Wick, Destiny of a Collective, The Assassin’s Code, The Red Circle, N.Y.C. Noir John Wick 2: Special Features: Deleted Scenes, RetroWick: Exploring the Unexpected Success John Wick, Training John Wick, WICK-vizzed, As Above, So Below: The Underworld of John Wick, Friends and Confidantes: The Keanu/Chad Partnership, Car Fu Ride Along, Chamber check: Evolution Of A Fight Scene, Wick’s Toolbox, Kill Count
Jonathan (15) (DVD) Cast: Thomas Sarbacher, Jannis Niewohner, Andre M. Hennicke, Julia Koschitz, Barbara Auer Dir. Piotr J. Lewandowski Run time: 99 mins Jonathan is 23; he and his aunt, Martha, work on their farm. Jonathan also devotes himself to looking after his father Burghardt, who has cancer. But his father stubbornly sabotages his son s efforts to care for him. Jonathan finds it increasingly difficult to cope until they hire a young caretaker, Anka, to help. Jonathan and Anka fall in love; her experience of working at a hospice helps Jonathan to gain a new insight into his father s situation. But then Burghardt s long-lost boyhood friend Ron appears on the scene and his health visibly improves. The family sees Ron as an intruder; then Jonathan discovers that, many years ago, his father and Ron were deeply in love. All at once, the façade of cherished family beliefs crumbles and long-repressed secrets come to light. Can Jonathan forgive his father?
Knightrider 2000 (12)
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Cast: David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Susan Norman Dir. Alan J Levi Run time: 95 mins
Cast: Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland
When a city official is shot and killed with an illegal handgun, Michael Knight is recalled from retirement. The current system of freezing convicts is not working. KITT has been dismantled and the parts sold. Devon Miles has managed to recover all of KITT's parts but one, a chip which has been implanted in the head of a female cop, Shawn McCormick, whose brain was destroyed by a bullet. KITT is rebuilt and installed in Michael's classic '57 Chevy. He and Shawn, who has a chip on her shoulder as well as in her heard, are teamed. Meanwhile, the foundation is preparing the new car, the Knight 4000.
Knightrider 2010 (PG) (DVD) Cast: Richard Joseph Paul, Hudson Leick, Michael Beach Dir. Sam Pillsbury Run time: 91 mins In a Mad Max style future, Jake McQueen is the ultimate smuggler, smuggling in Mexicans to the USA, only for his smuggling to come to a halt when he is busted by the authorities. However, what he doesn't know is that he is under observation by Jared, the crippled head of Chrysalis Corporation, who sends one of his most valued employees, Hannah Tyree, to bring him in to work for them as part of their video games division. Jake initially is skeptical about the idea of working with Hannah, and is scared away when she admits that she accidentally downloaded herself onto PRISM, a crystalline solid-state memory unit for her computer, once, due to an unexpected side-effect. Jake is then hunted down after Jared has his data, and eventually finds his way back home, only to find his father near death. Acquiring a junked Mustang, and a special engine his father had kept in trust, he goes to find a way to stop Chrysalis. While pursuing a lead, he ends up shot, and is witness to Hannah's apparent death, only to find she was trapped in her PRISM. Going into battle against Jared, with Hannah as his car's new AI, he eventually destroys him when he discovers the one side effect of Jared's life support: that it is slowly killing the person it protects. Now, Jake and Hannah travel the world of the future, fighting for justice in a lawless desert that is forgotten by the world.
Ginger Rogers - A Shriek in the Night Rival reporters Pat Morgan (Ginger Rogers) and Ted Rand are always trying to out-scoop each other on stories. The latest involves the mysterious death of a philanthropist who fell to his death after a shriek was heard from his penthouse apartment. The two reporters start out as rivals but combine efforts to solve the crime and write the story when more residents of the apartment building turn up dead. Marilyn Monroe - Home Town Story Embittered Blake Washburn becomes a newspaper editor to attack big business manufacturer MacFarland, who he blames for losing his re-election campaign. Then tragedy strikes when Blake s kid sister Katie is trapped in a cave-in, and new technology developed by MacFarland aids in her rescue. This forces Blake to re-evaluate his views on big business. Marilyn Monroe, in one of her first films, really shines as Washburn s secretary. Ava Gardner - Whistle Stop After living for years in Chicago, Mary (Ava Gardner) travels back to the tiny hamlet where she grew up. There she reconnects with her old flame, the hapless Kenny and discovers that, in the years since they last met, he has developed a crippling gambling addiction. When debonair hotelier Lew takes an interest in Mary, she welcomes the successful man s advances only to find herself trapped between two jealous suitors who would kill for her. Judy Garland - Till the Clouds Roll By On the success of his latest and most elaborate Broadway musical Show Boat, composer Jerome Kern reminisces to his chauffeur about his life that led to this point. He talks about: his long-time friendship with arranger James Hessler who in large part helped him hone his craft, how he overcame the mentality of the time of Broadway producers of featuring the English music halls revues. Judy Garland performs two special numbers as Marilyn Miller.
Lovesong (15) (DVD) Cast: Jena Malone, Riley Keough, Brooklyn Decker, Ryan Eggold, Rosanna Arquette Dir. So Yong Kim Drama co-written and directed by So Yong Kim. The film follows Sarah (Riley Keough), a young mother who HOME MOVIE : SFF 69
embarks on an impromptu road trip with her childhood friend Mindy (Jena Malone). Their trip ends abruptly however, after the pair share an intimate moment while on a night out, resulting in Mindy leaving sharply the next day. After not speaking for three years, Sarah is unexpectedly invited to Mindy's wedding, where she attempts to rebuild their relationship in the days leading up to the ceremony. The cast also includes Brooklyn Decker, Ryan Eggold and Rosanna Arquette.
Loving (15) (Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Download and DVD) Cast: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton Dir. Jeff Nichols Run time: 123 mins Follow the incredible real-life tale of courage and commitment as an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, fights for marriage equality in the case that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court.
Madhouse (18) (Blu-ray with DVD – Double Play) Cast: Trish Everly, Michael MacRae, Dennis Robertson Dir. Ovidio Assonitis Run time: 92 mins MANY PEOPLE VISIT ... NO ONE EVER LEAVES. Helmed by legendary producer/director Ovidio Assonitis, the man behind such cult favourites as The Visitor and Piranha II: The Spawning, Madhouse is a crimson-soaked tale of sibling rivalry taken to a terrifying and bloody extreme. Julia has spent her entire adult life trying to forget the torment she suffered at the hands of her twisted twin Mary... but Mary hasn t forgotten. Escaping hospital, where she s recently been admitted with a horrific, disfiguring illness, Julia s sadistic sister vows to exact a particularly cruel revenge on her sibling this year promising a birthday surprise that she ll never forget. An Italian production shot entirely in Savannah, Georgia, Madhouse (aka And When She Was Bad and There Was a Little Girl) fuses slasher elements with the over-the-top excess of 80s Italian terror resulting in a cinematic bloodbath so gut-wrenching that the British authorities saw fit to outlaw it as a video nasty .
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• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing • Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
• Brand new interviews with cast and crew • Alternate Opening Titles • Theatrical Trailer, newly transferred in HD • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach
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Mandy (65th Anniversary Edition) (PG) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Phyllis Calvert, Jack Hawkins, Terence Morgan Dir. Alexander Mackendrick Run time: 93 mins Mandy was born deaf and has been mute for all of her life. Her parents believe she is able to speak if she can only be taught and so enrol her with a special teacher. [Source: imdb.com]
Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy (12) (Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD) Dirs. Stuart A Staples, David Reeves Run time: 117 mins This meditative, immersive film from Stuart A Staples and David Reeve is a tribute to the astonishing work and achievements of naturalist, inventor and pioneering filmmaker F Percy Smith. Smith worked in the early years of the 20th century, developing various cinematographer and micro-photographic techniques to capture nature's secrets in action Minute Bodies is an interpretative edit that combines Smith's original footage with a new contemporary score to create a hypnotic, alien yet familiar dreamscape that connects us to the sense of wonder Smith must have felt as he peered through his own lenses and saw these micro-worlds for the first time. Features a new score by tindersticks with Thomas Belhom and Christine Ott.
• Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition • A selection of films encapsulating the genius and art of F Percy Smith:
The Birth of a Flower (F Percy Smith, 1910, 8 mins) The Strength and Agility of Insects (F Percy Smith, 1911, 6 mins) The Wonders of Harmonic Designing (1913, 3 mins) Plants of the Underworld (1930, 11 mins) Nature s Double Lifers Ferns and Fronds (Mary Field, 1932, 10 mins) He Would a Wooing Go (Mary Field, 1936, 8 mins) Lupins (Mary Field, 1936, 10 mins) The Life Cycle of the Newt (Mary Field, 1942, 10 mins)
• Illustrated booklet with full film credits and essays by Bryony Dixon, Tim Boon, and Stuart A Staples
but of emerging television director Sam Peckinpah, who penned the original draft screenplay, and it was almost the only Western to be directed by Stanley Kubrick before he too left the project. The eventual director was Marlon Brando, stepping behind the camera for the first and only time. Brando is Rio, a bank-robber who is double-crossed by his friend and mentor, Dad (Karl Malden). Rio is imprisoned for his role in the crime, but escapes with thoughts of revenge. He tracks down Dad only to find that, during those years spent behind bars, Dad has used his ill-gotten wealth to become the sheriff of Monterey... A strange, baroque Western, One-Eyed Jacks met with bewilderment by critics and audiences upon release, but slowly developed a cult following despite a succession of below-par masters. Now, thanks to an outstanding new 4K restoration from Martin Scorsese s The Film Foundation, audiences can finally see the film as intended once again and recognise the masterpiece it always was. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
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My Name Is Lenny (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Josh Helman, Michael Bisping, Chanel Cresswell, John Hurt, Nick Moran Dir. Ron Scalpello Explosive and brutal, My Name Is Lenny is based on the true story of Britain's most notorious bareknuckle fighter: Lenny McLean (Josh Helman, Mad Max: Fury Road). A known associate of The Krays, Charles Bronson and Ronnie Biggs, Lenny was an East End icon, bouncer and enforcer at the centre of the unlicensed boxing world. Welcome to the no-holds-barred epic portrayal of his life, from a troubled and violent childhood to his early fighting years, exploring his loving but volatile relationships and bitter rivalry with Roy Shaw (UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping, xXx: Return of Xander Cage) all culminating in his championship win to become: THE GUV'NOR. Also starring BAFTA winner Chanel Cresswell (This is England), BAFTA nominated Nick Moran (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), and Oscar nominated John Hurt (V For Vendetta).
One-eyed Jacks (PG)
(Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD) Cast: Marlon Brando Dir. Marlon Brando Run time: 140 mins One-Eyed Jacks is a film with a troubled history. It was almost the feature de-
Foundation, in consultation with Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg
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thor of Savage Cinema: Sam Peckinpah and the Rise of Ultraviolent Movies, recorded exclusively for this release
• Introduction by Martin Scorsese • Marlon Brando: The Wild One, Paul Joyce s 1996 doc-
umentary on the actor, featuring interviews with Dennis Hopper, Shelley Winters, Martin Sheen and Anthony Hopkins
• Additional, previously unseen interview material from Marlon Brando: The Wild One with Francis Ford Coppola and Arthur Penn
• Theatrical trailer • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jacob Phillips
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containing new writing on the film by Jason Wood and Filippo Ulivieri, Karl Malden on Marlon Brando, Paul Joyce on Marlon Brando: The Wild One and an excerpt from Stefan Kanfer s Somebody: The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando.
Orloff Against the Invisible Man (18)
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One rainy night, Dr. Garondet is summoned to the castle of Professor Orloff. Making it to the castle on foot, the good doctor meets Cecile, Orloff's daughter, a seemingly deranged girl who is convinced that an invisible phantom is at large on the premises. Orloff explains the story behind Cecile's insanity to the doctor--a tale involving premature burial, grave-robbing and flagellation--and invites him to stay over. As Garondet spends an uneasy night at the castle, he finds himself sharing in Cecile's delusions.
Overlord (15) (Blu-ray Collector’s Edition, Blu-ray and DVD) Anime Dir. Naoyuki Itou Run time: 325 mins All 13 episodes of the animated series based on Kugane Maruyama's light novel, directed by Naoyuki Itou. When it is announced that the virtual reality game Yggdrasil will soon be taken offline, one person decides to stay and spend the very last moments of the game as their dark wizard avatar, Momonga (voice of Satoshi Hino). But when the time of deactivation passes and Momonga finds himself still active in the game world, with the non-player characters exhibiting personalities of their own, his true quest begins. Now he must travel this world looking for answers about what happened, and whether anyone else from the real world is still there, all the while using his magic guild to rule the world. The episodes are: 'End and Beginning', 'Floor Guardians', 'The Battle of Carne Village', 'Ruler of Death', 'Two Adventurers', 'Journey', 'Wise King of Forest', 'Twin Swords of Slashing Death', 'The Dark Warrior', 'True Vampire', 'Confusion and Understanding', 'The Bloody Valkyrie' and 'Player Vs Non Player Character'.
Paula (15) (DVD) Paula and James are worlds apart. They might both live in Dublin but Paula is a respected teacher, whereas James scratches out a living doing maintenance jobs and stealing from his mother. When Paula hears strange scuttling noises in her basement, she hires James to exterminate the rats and silence her fears. The two share a frenzied and fateful onenight stand. Paula is quickly pulled into a vicious game of cat and mouse. James seems to lurk on every street corner and behind every shadow – along with looming ghosts and silenced children, buried shame and harrowing secrets. As James’ grip strengthens, Paula’s ‘normal’ life shatters. She is forced to dig deep, and access the darkest depths of her soul, in a battle to survive.
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Prison School (18)
(Blu-ray Collectors Edition) Anime Dir. Tsutomo Mizushima Run time: 300 mins When the prestigious allgirls Hachimitsu Private Academy becomes co-ed, five young men are the first males to attend. But the girls aren't so accepting of their new classmates. Despite their best attempts, Kiyoshi and his friends are met with cold shoulders from the girls. So what better way to deal with rejection than a little bit of peeping? When they chance a peak at the girls during bath time, their plan falls apart and they are caught by the Underground Student Council. Unwilling to hear any excuses, the USC enforces an absurd punishment imprisonment! For a month, the boys must live within the school's very own penal system while enduring long, hard, and gruelling tasks. But the work is the least of their worries. With the sharp crack of a riding crop and the harsh discipline from a stiletto heel, it's going to take more than sheer will power to survive the next month especially when the ladies of the USC have their own secret agenda. Contains the complete series on Blu-Ray with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles. Presented in collectors packaging with a slipcase featuring a lenticular image of USC Vice President Meiko. This release also includes a 44 page booklet with artwork from the show and an interview with the director Tsutomo Mizushima.
Remembering the Man (15) (DVD) Cast: George Sanders, Reece Manning, Richard Bligh Dirs. Nickolas Bird, Eleanor Sharpe Run time: 83 mins At a prestigious Catholic boys school in Melbourne in the seventies, Tim Conigrave and John Caleo fell madly in love. Their passionate, tempestuous, operatic romance lasted for sixteen years, facing disapproval, temptation, separation, and the looming shadow of the Grim Reaper. Their relationship was immortalized in Timothy Conigrave's memoir Holding the Man, and has been adapted for stage and screen. This is the true story of how Romeo met Romeo and what happened ever after. Through Tim s voice and intimate interviews with friends and colleagues and unprecedented access to archival footage and family photos, Remembering the Man paints a raw, gritty and intimate picture.
Resident Evil: The Complete Collection (15)
all inside Umbrella's prime research facility. Old friends become new enemies as she battles to escape and discovers that everything that she believes may not even be true.
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Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, humanity is on its last legs after Alice is betrayed by Wesker in Washington D.C. As the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the undead hordes, Alice must return to where the nightmare began - Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. In a race against time Alice will join forces with old friends, and an unlikely ally, in an action packed battle with undead hordes and new mutant monsters. Between regaining her superhuman abilities at Wesker's hand and Umbrella's impending attack, this will be Alice's most difficult adventure as she fights to save humanity, which is on the brink of oblivion.
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Ruby Rose, Ali Larter, Iain Glen, Shawn Roberts Dir. Paul W.S. Anderson Run time: 486 mins Resident Evil (2002) A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident. Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) After narrowly escaping the horrors of the underground Hive facility, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is quickly thrust back into a war raging above ground between the living and the Undead. As the city is locked down under quarantine, Alice joins a small band of elite soldiers, led by Valentine (Sienna Guillory) and Carlos (Oded Fehr), enlisted to rescue the missing daughter of Dr. Ashford, the creator of the mutating T-virus. It’s a heart-pounding race against time as the group faces off against hordes of bloodthirsty zombies, stealthy Lickers, mutant canines and the most sinister foe yet. Written and produced by the visionary director of Resident Evil, Paul W.S. Anderson and directed by Alexander Witt, Resident Evil: Apocalypse is a superior sci-fi suspense sequel. Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) Milla Jovovich is back in the third chapter of the hugely successful Resident Evil franchise! This action-packed horror film is set in the Nevada desert and filled with intense special effects and more zombie terror! Las Vegas means fun in the sun. Well at least the sun is still there. Except for a few rusting landmarks, it looks pretty much like the rest of the desert - or the whole country, for that matter. The crowds are now flesh-eating zombies: the mass undead, the oozing, terrifying sludge of what remains. Here, the newly upgraded Alice, along with her crew (Oded Fehr, Mike Epps, Ali Larter, Ashanti) will make a final stand against evil - with one goal: to turn the undead dead again. Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) After a one-woman assault on the Umbrella Corporation's fortress, Alice's (Milla Jovovich) superhuman abilities are neutralised. Now, fleeing the Undead masses created by the T-virus, Alice reunites with Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) and her brother, Chris (Wentworth Miller). Together they take refuge with other survivors in an abandoned prison, where a savage zombie mob stands between them and the safety of "Arcadia." Escaping these bloodthirsty mutants will take an arsenal. But facing off with Albert Wesker and the Umbrella Corporation will take the fight for survival to a new level of danger. Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus is spreading across the globe, transforming ordinary people into legions of zombies. Headed for extinction, the human race has just one hope: Alice (Milla Jovovich). She’s on a mission, fighting her way through cities and across continents,
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017)
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (15) (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Bluray and DVD) Cast: Milla Jovovich, Ruby Rose, Ali Larter, Iain Glen, Shawn Roberts Dir. Paul W.S. Anderson Run time: 106 mins Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, humanity is on its last legs after Alice is betrayed by Wesker in Washington D.C. As the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the undead hordes, Alice must return to where the nightmare began - Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. In a race against time Alice will join forces with old friends, and an unlikely ally, in an action packed battle with undead hordes and new mutant monsters. Between regaining her superhuman abilities at Wesker's hand and Umbrella's impending attack, this will be Alice's most difficult adventure as she fights to save humanity, which is on the brink of oblivion.
Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Bake Shop (U) (DVD) Run time: 60 mins Come join the new girl in town with this NEW to DVD Strawberry Shortcake release. What if there was a miniature world hidden in your very own garden? Strawberry Shortcake's Berry
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Bitty World is like that, a secret world that might be in any childs back yard. Its a wonderful place we wish we could visit. The kind of place that makes us feel that maybe, if we look for it in just the right way, we might even find it! Join Strawberry Shortcake and friends in this fun, action packed DVD from Abbey Home Media.
Summer Camp (15)
(DVD) Cast: Diego Boneta, Maiara Walsh, Jocelin Donahue Run time: 81 mins When four young Americans sign up to work as counsellors in a remote Spanish camp, their visions of a funfilled summer quickly dissipate. As one of the four is seemingly infected with a deadly disease, they begin attacking anything and everything in their path. Before the group even realise what's happening, a rage-inducing virus begins to take hold, spreading rapidly one-by-one among them. Before long, each must fight for their lives, if they have any hope of surviving the night.
Sweet Dreams (12)
(DVD) Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Valerio Mastandrea, Fabrizio Gifuni, Guido Caprino, Barbara Ronchi Dir. Marco Bellocchio Run time: 131 mins Turin, 1969. Nine-year-old Massimo’s idyllic childhood is shattered by the mysterious death of his mother. The young boy refuses to accept this brutal loss, even if the priest says she is now in Heaven. Years later in the 90s, adult Massimo has become an accomplished journalist. After reporting on the war in Sarajevo, he begins to suffer from panic attacks. As he prepares to sell his parents’ apartment, Massimo is forced to relive his traumatic past. Compassionate doctor Elisa could help tormented Massimo open up and confront his childhood wounds...
Terminator Genisys (12) (4K Ultra HD) Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke 4x SHARPER THAN HD NEW MISSION, NEW THREAT, NEW FATE Enjoy an explo-
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sive ride through time* in this new chapter of the blockbuster Terminator franchise. In the war of man against machine, Sgt. Kyle Reese is sent back to 1984 by resistance leader John Connor to protect his young mother, Sarah Connor. However, this time unexpected events have altered the past and threaten the future for all mankind. Now Reese, (Jai Courtney, The Divergent Series) must join forces with Sarah (Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones) and her Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to save the world and stop the next evolution of Terminators.
• Disc 1 UHD feature film • Disc 2 Blu-ray feature film • Nearly an hour of bonus features • Family dynamics: Casting the film’s iconic characters • Infiltration and termination: shooting on location • Upgrades: VFX of terminator genisys
The Adventure Game: Series 1-4 (PG) (DVD) Cast: Moira Stewart, Patrick Dowling, Lesley Judd Run time: 665 mins Join Moira Stewart, Lesley Judd, celebrity guests and a host of shape-changing space dragons on the planet arg for a quiz show like no other... This cult BBC quiz show was a teatime and Saturday morning hit as the formative years of computer gaming made their mark on children s TV scheduling. Devised and later presented by veteran producer Patrick Dowling (Vision On, Why Don t You...?), it combines elements of Dungeons & Dragons with logic puzzles and a healthy dose of The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy. Celebrity contestants are whisked away to the planet Arg, where a mischievous race of space dragons in human form put them through their paces with a series of mind-boggling challenges. Highlights include the Drogna game, a floor-tile maze of coded shapes and colours; a backwards-talking alien named Rongad (Bill Homewood) whose congratulatory cry Doogy rev! became a catchphrase; slippery butler Gandor (Chris Lever); and the Vortex game, where contestants have to cross a hexagonal lattice at a risk of being zapped into oblivion. Other delights include Moira Stewart presenting the first series in a pre-newsroom jumpsuit, Lesley Judd switching from nimble visitor to The Mole , the contrasting fortunes of brainiacs Graeme Garden, Johnny Ball, James Burke, Professor Heinz Wolff and a clueless Keith Chegwin, and Noel Edmonds and Fern Britton being vaporised together into deep space.
The Brothers: The Complete Series 6 (PG) (DVD) Cast: Colin Baker, Jean Anderson, Richard Easton Run time: 650 mins The series was based around conflict within the Hammond family over the direction of the family firm, a London-based road haulage business called Hammond Transport Services, after the death of patriarch Robert Hammond. The eldest son, Edward (played by Glyn Owen during the first series and by Patrick O Connell for the remainder of the show s run), prepares to take over the running of the business, only to find that his father has left equal shares to his two other sons, Brian (Richard Easton), a dull accountant and David (Robin Chadwick), a young graduate - and to his mistress and secretary Jennifer Kingsley (Jennifer Wilson). Storylines throughout the series dealt with plans to expand the business into an international concern, coupled with more family-oriented plots as Edward and Jennifer fall in love and marry. Created by Gerard Glaister and N. J. Crisp, Glaister was also the producer of the series, and fulfilled the same role on Colditz and later Secret Army for the BBC. The Brothers became a highly popular Sunday night favourite with BBC viewers throughout its run.
The Diary of a Nobody (12) (DVD) Cast: Hugh Bonneville Dir. Susanna White Run time: 116 mins Hugh Bonneville stars in this classic BBC 4-part adaptation of one of Britain s best-loved comic novels, adapted by Andrew Davies. The hapless Victorian diarist Charles Pooter records the minutiae of life in the suburbs with a dry wit, sarcasm and mostly misunderstood humour, as he battles with impertinent tradesmen, exasperating friends and his wayward son Lupin’s various misdemeanours.
The Doctors The Pat Troughton Years (E) (DVD) Cast: Patrick Troughton, Anneke Wills, Michael Craze, Frazer Hines, Deborah Watling Dir. Keith Barnfather Run time: 330 mins his is the definitive set of interviews with the team of actors who brought the PATRICK
TROUGHTON era of DOCTOR WHO to life! Together with a special tribute to PATRICK TROUGHTON (the Second Doctor), containing messages from a host of stars and production staff from DOCTOR WHO, this DVD also features the best in-depth interviews ever undertaken with, ANNEKE WILLS (Polly), MICHAEL CRAZE (Ben), FRAZER HINES (Jamie), DEBORAH WATLING (Victoria) and WENDY PADBURY (Zoe)! Presented by voice of the Daleks NICHOLAS BRIGGS. For all DOCTOR Who fans, this 2 DISC special collector s edition is 5 hours of pure nostalgia, which will give you a whole new insight into the making of your favourite science fiction series! SPECIAL FEATURE: Introduction by NICHOLAS BRIGGS & Producer KEITH BARNFATHER This is a multi-region DVD that plays in all territories
The Flintstones (U)
(Blu-ray) Cast: John Goodman, Elizabeth Taylor, Rick Moranis, Elizabeth Perkins Dir. Brian Levant Run time: 91 mins 1994 s The Flintstones brought the modern Stone Age family - immortalized in the first animated series in prime-time history to the live-action big screen.After an aptitude test mix-up, Fred Flintstone (John Goodman) trades his job as a Slate & Company Bronto-crane operator for a vice presidency. But there s trouble brewing in Bedrock: An evil executive (Kyle MacLachan) and his sinister secretary (Halle Berry are now plotting to use Fred as the fall guy in an embezzlement scheme! Rick Moranis (Barney Rubble), Rosie O Donnell (Betty Rubble), Elizabeth Perkins (Wilma Flintstone) and Elizabeth Taylor co-star in a Steven Spielrock production filled with classic sight gags, dino-sized production values and sensational special effects.
The Founder (12) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Michael Keaton, Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch Dir. John Lee Hancock Run time: 115 mins The incredible true story of how Ray Kroc (Academy Award nominee Michael Keaton, Spotlight, Birdman), a salesman from Illinois, met Mac (John Carroll Lynch, Jackie) and Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman, 22 Jump Street), who were running a burger op-
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eration in 1950s Southern California. So impressed by the brothers' 'speedy system' Kroc risked his marriage, bankruptcy and his reputation to create a billion-dollar empire that revolutionised the world. From director John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks, The Blind Side) and writer Robert D. Siegel (The Wrestler) comes a stunning and shocking portrayal of the man whose hunger for the American Dream ate away everything he knew.
The Great Wall (12)
(4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Bluray and DVD) Cast: Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe, Pedro Pascal, Tian Jing Dir. Yimou Zhang Run time: 103 mins Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers). The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world's most iconic structure as European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures.
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The Kennedys: After Camelot (15)
(DVD) Cast: Katie Holmes, Matthew Perry, Diana Hardcastle, Kristen Hager, Kristin Booth ‘The Kennedys: After Camelot’ is an engrossing look at those who carried the Kennedy name - and the expectations of history - following the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. Katie Holmes stars as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Still reeling from the death of her husband, John F. Jack Kennedy, the nation’s 35th president and all but crushed by the assassination of her beloved brother-in-law Robert F. Bobby Kennedy, her marriage to Greek billionaire Aristotle Onassis provides safety and security for her and her children. It also outrages the American people. But hers is the story of survival, and she returns to the Kennedys to become the rock of the family. Matthew Perry portrays Senator Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy. Challenged to pick up the mantle of his fallen brothers, he spirals downward into the abyss of alcoholism and infidelity. His relationship with Jackie, stormy and emotionally charged, becomes the salvation of his life and, in many ways, the validation of hers.
The Mummy (15)
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Cast: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Jonathan Hyde Dir. Stephen Sommers Run time: 120 mins
Cast: Larry Lamb, Matthew Goode, Stephen Moyer, Joely Richardson Dir. Ronnie Thompson Run time: 89 mins A remarkable true story set over one long Easter weekend; THE HATTON GARDEN JOB follows four ageing East End criminals led by 76 year-old Brian Reader and one mystery man who pull off the largest heist in English legal history. With everyone from the Hungarian mob to Scotland Yard on their tail, these old-school and just plain old villains set about achieving the seemingly impossible, drilling into a steel-and-concrete secured safety deposit vault in London s well-to-do Hatton Garden jewellery quarter. But will they commit the crime of the century or pay with their lives? Starring Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game, TV s Downton Abbey), Larry Lamb (TV s EastEnders, Gavin & Stacey), Phil Daniels (TV s EastEnders, Quadrophenia), Mark Harris (Riot, Anuvahood), Joely Richardson (Snowden, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), David Calder (Rush, The Lady In The Van), Clive Russell (TV s Game Of Thrones, Ripper Street) and Stephen Moyer (Concussion, TV’s True Blood), THE HATTON GARDEN JOB proves once and for all that crime doesn’t pay when you’re on a pension.
DEATH IS ONLY THE BEGINNING Deep in the Egyptian desert, a band of explorers searching for long-lost treasure have accidentally unearthed and resurrected the Mummy - an ancient 3,000-year-old legacy of terror! Adventurer Rick O’ Connell (Brendan Fraser) pairs up with librarian Evelyn (Academy Award winner* Rachel Weisz) and a motley archaeological crew to conquer the curse of the living dead - the vengeful reincarnation of the Egyptian priest Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo). Combining the thrills of a rousing adventure with the suspense of the legendary 1932 horror classic, The Mummy is a true nonstop action epic, filled with dazzling visual effects, top-notch talent and superb storytelling. Bonus Features:
• An army to rule the world part 1 • Unearthing the revenge of the mummy
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• Storyboard to final film comparison • Feature commentaries including actor Brendan Fraser
The Mummy: Trilogy (15)
(Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD) Cast: Pierre Fresnay, Suzy Delair Dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot Run time: 84 mins
(4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray) Cast: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Jonathan Hyde 4K ULTRA HD MOVIES + BD Versions FOR THE ULTIMATE MOVIE WATCHING EXPERIENCE, THIS DISC FEATURES: • 4X sharper picture than HD • HDR (HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE) for brilliant bright and deepest darks • IMMERSIVE AUDIO for a multi-dimensional sound experience INCLUDES ALL 3 MOVIES: THE MUMMY Deep in the Egyptian desert, a band of explorers searching for long-lost treasure have accidentally unearthed and resurrected the Mummy - an ancient 3,000-year-old legacy of terror! Adventurer Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) pairs up with librarian Evelyn (Academy Award winner* Rachel Weisz) and a motley archaeological crew to conquer the curse of the living dead - the vengeful reincarnation of the Egyptian priest Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo). Combining the thrills of a rousing adventure with the suspense of the legendary 1932 horror classic, The Mummy is a true nonstop action epic, fled with dazzling visual effects, top-notch talent and superb storytelling. THE MUMMY RETURNS An ancient legacy of terror is unleashed when the cursed mummy, Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), is resurrected once again in The Mummy Returns - along with a force even more powerful: the Scorpion King (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson). Now, as the fate of all mankind hangs in the balance, Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) and his wife (Rachel Weisz) embark on a daring, desperate race to save their son – and the world – from unspeakable evil. The Mummy Returns is supercharged with pulse-pounding action and spectacular special effects that’ll blow you away. THE MUMMY TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR Brendan Fraser and Jet Li star in the action-packed adventure The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor! When a 2,000-year-old curse is broken, a ruthless dragon emperor (Jet Li) comes back to life with a diabolical plan to enslave the world. Mankind’s only hope against him and his legions of undead warriors lies with the courageous O’Connell family, who chase him from the dangerous catacombs of China, to the icy Himalayas and beyond. Featuring intense battle sequences, breathtaking visual effects and extraordinary creatures, it’s a thrilling journey that Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times calls the best in the series.
One of the most revered names in world cinema, Henri - Georges Clouzot, made a remarkably self - assured debut in 1942 with the deliciously droll thriller The Murderer Lives at 21 [L'Assassin habite au 21] . A thief and killer stalks the streets of Paris, leaving a calling card from " Monsieur Durand " at the scene of each crime. But after a cache of these macabre identifications is discovered by a burglar in the boarding house at 21 Avenue Junot, Inspector Wenceslas Vorobechik (Pierre Fresnay) takes lodging at the infamous address in an undercover bid to solve the crime, with help from his struggling - actress girlfriend Mila (Suzy Delair). Featuring audacious directorial touches, brilliant performances, and a daring tone that runs the gamut from light comedy to sinister noir, as well as a subtle portrait of tensions under Nazi occupation, this overlooked gem from the golden age of French cinema is presented in a beautiful new high - definition restoration. DUAL FORMAT SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:
• Gorgeous Gaumont restoration of the film in its original aspect ratio, presented in 1080p HD on the Blu-ray
• English subtitles | A fully-illustrated booklet, including the words of Henri-Georges Clouzot and rare imagery
• An exclusive video interview with French film scholar Ginette Vincendeau about Clouzot and his debut
• An essay about the film by scholar Judith Mayne • An extract about Occupation cinema from scholar Christopher Lloyd’s book about Clouzot
• Newly translated interview extracts about the making of the film by Clouzot
• A short testimonial by Jean Cocteau
The Scorpion King: 4-movie Collection (15) (Blu-ray) Cast: The Rock, Steven Brand, Kelly Hu, Bernard Hill, Grant Heslov Dirs. Chuck Russell, Russell Mulcahy, Roel Reiné, Mike Elliott THE SCORPION KING Adventure rules! The spectacuHOME MOVIE : SFF 77
lar Mummy series explodes into a new realm of breathtaking, non-stop action in The Scorpion King! Unleashing WWE superstar The Rock as the most fearsome warrior of the ancient world, The Scorpion King plunges you into a sweeping tale fled with stunning fight sequences, awe-inspiring battles and pulse-pounding thrills. It’s the ultimate special effects-powered epic and the must-see-and-see again adventure of the year! BONUS: • Outtakes • Feature Commentary with The Rock • Feature Commentary with Director Chuck Russell • Alternative Versions of Key Scenes w/5.1 audio • Spotlight on Location: The Making of Scorpion King • Ancient World Production Design • Preparing the Fight • The Rock and Michael Clarke Duncan • Working with Animals • Special Effects: The Cobras • Special Effects: The Fire Ants • Godsmack Music Video “I Stand Alone” • King Scorpion (static images). THE SCORPION KING 2: RISE OF A WARRIOR See how the legend of the Scorpion King began! When a young Mathayus witnesses his father’s death at the hands of the king (Ultimate Fighting Championship winner Randy Couture), his quest for vengeance transforms him into the most feared warrior of the ancient world. From the director of Resident Evil: Extinction and Highlander comes a heroic adventure fled with heart-stopping action and thrilling visual effects. THE SCORPION KING 3: BATTLE FOR REDEMPTION Since his triumphant rise to power in the original blockbuster The Scorpion King, Mathayus’ kingdom has fallen and he’s lost his queen to plague. Now an assassin for hire, he must defend a kingdom from an evil tyrant and his ghost warriors for the chance to regain the power and glory he once knew. Starring Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and Billy Zane (Titanic), The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption takes The Mummy phenomenon to an all-new level of epic action and non-stop adventure! BONUS: • Feature Commentary with Director Roel Reiné • Deleted/Extended Scenes • Deleted Shots Montage • Gag Reel • Swords and Scorpions: A Making Of • Preparing For Battle. THE SCORPION KING 4: QUEST FOR POWER Join an exciting new chapter in the action-packed series from the producers of The Mummy! After the king of Norvania is assassinated, the legendary Scorpion King Mathayus is framed for the crime and must fight off an entire kingdom of soldiers. Now Mathayus (Victor Webster) and his only remaining allies, a mysterious woman and her unconventional father, are the last hope to stop the evil heir to the throne on his quest for an ancient and almighty mystical power. Featuring Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk) and an all-star cast of fighters, including Roy Big Country Nelson (Winner of The Ultimate Fighter), Royce Gracie (UFC Hall of Fame) and Don Wilson (Three-time World Kickboxing Champion) BONUS: • Deleted Scenes • Gag Reel • Making of • Feature Commentary with the Cast and Crew.
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The Vision (12) (DVD) Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Lee Remick, Helena Bonham Carter, Eileen Atkins, Lynda Bellingham Dir. Norman Stone Run time: 104 mins Dirk Bogarde, Lee Remick and Eileen Atkins head an outstanding cast in this powerful drama from the creative team behind Shadowlands. Originally screened as part of BBC2's acclaimed Screen Two strand and featuring an early TV role for Helena Bonham Carter, The Vision is a disturbing reflection of an era of televangelists, burgeoning satellite channels and ruthless media manipulation. Bogarde plays James Marriner, a faded, unhappily married former TV presenter who is persuaded to front the People Channel a right-wing, evangelical satellite network poised to launch in Europe; determined to recruit "Gentle Jim" as a reassuringly familiar anchorman, the network's steely, seductive boss Grace Gardner (Remick) proves hard to refuse. As the network's first live transmission looms, Marriner, whose personal life is now under surveillance, has become deeply uneasy about its aims. Gardner, however, makes it clear that any attempt to alert viewers to her organisation's true agenda will bring about a devastating retribution.
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Assassination Classroom: Season 2 - Part 1 (15) Aftermath (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maggie Grace, Kevin Zegers Dir. Elliott Lester Run time: 90 mins
Inspired by true events, Aftermath tells the story of two strangers, Roman Melnyk, (ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER) a construction foreman, and Jake Bonanos, (SCOOT MCNAIRY) an air traffic controller, whose lives become inextricably bound together after a devastating plane crash that resulted in the deaths of Roman’s wife and daughter.
Amagi Brilliant Park: Complete Season 1 Collection (12) (Blu-ray Deluxe Collector’s Edition) Anime Cast: Ai Kakuma, Kouki Uchiyama, Yukiyo Fuji Dir. Yasuhiro Takemoto Run time: 325 mins Deluxe Edition Blu-ray available for a limited time only includes: 2 x Blu-ray Discs, 3 x DVD Discs, Episodes 1-14 packed inside 14 mm Blu-ray Case, Plastic O-card, Rigid Collector s Box, Set of Art Cards, and Bonus Poster. Kanie Seiya, a smart and extremely narcissistic high school student, believes that the beautiful but reserved Sento Isuzu has invited him on a date at an amusement park called Amagi Brilliant Park. Much to his chagrin, not only is the location a run-down facility, the supposed date is merely a recruitment tour where Sento and Princess Latifa Fleuranza, the owner of the theme park, ask him to become the park's new manager. Their cause for desperation? As stipulated in a land-use contract, Amagi has less than three months to meet a quota of 500,000 guests, or the park will be closed for good and the land redeveloped by a greedy real-estate company. Seiya is won over by the revelation that Amagi is no ordinary amusement park; many of its employees are Maple Landers mysterious magical beings who live in the human world and are nourished by the energy created by people having fun. Entrusted with the hopes and dreams of this far-off enchanted land, Seiya must now use his many skills to bring Amagi back on its feet, or watch it crumble before his eyes.
(Blu-ray Collector’s Edition and DVD) Anime Dir. Seiji Kishi Run time: 325 mins Class 3E is about to begin their second semester! And while some things have changed, the class assignment is still the same: kill their teacher before the end of the year! Easier said than done since Koro Sensei’s made it clear he won’t go down without a fight. Will these students be able to take down the tentacled monster that moves at Mach 20 before he can destroy the world?
Babe: Pig in the City (U) (Blu-ray) Cast: Mickey Rooney, Magda Szubanksi, James Cromwell Dir. George Miller Run time: 96 mins This sequel takes the three musketeers Babe, Ferdy and Mrs. Hoggett on a crusade into the midst of a large city where despite incredible obstacles, they’re able to turn enemies into friends, raise enough money to save the farm and combine the two worlds into one. Once again, it’s Babe’s kind and steady heart that achieves the miracles.
Bones: The Complete Twelfth Season - The Final Chapter (12) (DVD) Cast: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, T.J. Thyne, Michaela Conlin, Tamara TaylorDir. One of television’s most beloved crime series draws to a close with even more suspense, fun and sexiness than ever. Brennan’s (Emily Deschanel) uncanny forensic skills help resolve even grislier cases, including a retirement home murder, a possible death by robot, and the slaying of a close friend. Along the way, family tragedy strikes and Booth (David Boreanaz) lands in the crosshairs of a serial killer. And a former Jeffersonian accused of murder kidnaps Brennan, prompting a shocking move by Booth. The fascinating storylines, heart and humour of Bones is here in all 12 episodes of the final season.
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lost when an insurgent attack threatens to escalate into a full-blown invasion of the US, a team of unlikely heroes must rise up to fight the enemy and protect their country.
Death in the Garden - The Masters of Cinema Series (15)
(DVD) Cast: liver Reed, Fiona Lewis, Anna Gaël, Susan Hampshire, Frank Finlay Dirs. Andrew Sinclair, Fred Burnley, Richard Marquand Run time: 277 mins A great value triple film collection of great British horror films that includes Blue Blood, Neither The Sea Nor The Sand & The Legacy. Starring Oliver Reed, Fiona Lewis, Anna Gaël and Susan Hampshire. Blueblood - An unusually nasty butler takes over the possessions of his degenerate master by means of witchcraft. Neither the Sea Nor the Sand - Susan Hampshire and Frank Finlay star in this distinctly unsettling British supernatural thriller based on a book by newsreader Gordon Honeycombe. The Legacy - This 1978 British chiller sees a young couple trapped in a mansion. An occult ceremony is in progress - and all Hell is about to break loose. Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott & Roger Daltrey star.
British Thriller Film Collection (18)
(DVD) Cast: Debra Burton, Stephen Crane, Anthony Crewe, Ian Hendry, Ronald Fraser Dirs. Norman J. Warren, Anthony Asquith, Michael Truman Run time: 256 mins A great value triple fillm collection of superb British thrillers that includes Gunpowder, The Woman in Question & Girl In The Headlines. Starring Gordon Jackson, Debra Burton, Stephen Crane, Anthony Crewe,Ian Hendry and Ronald Fraser.
(Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD) Cast: Simone Signoret, Georges Machal, Charles Vanel, Michel Piccoli, Tito Junco Dir. Luis Buñuel Run time: 104 mins After the relatively commercial Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Luis Buñuel returned to the surrealist and political style of his earlier works with Death in the Garden [La mort en ce jardin] the middle film in what has been described as his revolutionary triptych , a trilogy of films that study in the morality and tactics of armed revolution against a right-wing dictatorship . Amid a revolution in a South American mining outpost, a band of fugitives a roguish adventurer (Georges Marchal), a local hooker (Simone Signoret), a priest (Michel Piccoli), an aging diamond miner (Charles Vanel), and the miner's deaf-mute daughter (Michèle Girardon) are forced to flee for their lives into the jungle. Starving, exhausted, and stripped of their old identities, they wander desperately lured by one deceptive promise of salvation after another. Filmed in stunning Eastmancolor, Death in the Garden is both a rousing adventure film, and a surrealist tour de force. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this little seen classic for the first time ever on Blu-ray in a new Dual Format edition. DUAL FORMAT SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:
• Stunning 1080p presentation (on the Blu-ray) • Uncompressed PCM soundtrack (on the Blu-ray) • Optional English subtitles • A new interview with Tony Rayns • An interview with actor Michel Piccoli • An interview with film scholar Victor Fuentes • Masters of Cinema exclusive trailer
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• PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by Philip Kemp, and archival imagery
(DVD) Cast: Mindy Robinson, Kenny Johnson, Bill Goldberg Dir. Thomas J. Churchill Run time: 93 mins A 'sleeper cell' Terrorist plot is discovered in a small town where every one knows one another, or so they thought they did. As justice seems 80
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Escape to Burma (PG) (DVD) Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan, David Farrar Dir. Allan Dwan Run time: 87 mins Jim Brecan (Ryan) may have killed his partner, a local prince in British Burma. The bereaved father wants Brecan's head, but until the murder can be solved, Brecan finds refuge
on the teak plantation of wealthy colonial elephant trainer Gwen Moore (Stanwyck), where mutual attraction occurs.
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(DVD) Cast: Michelle Colao, Elle Gabriel, Olli Banjo, Adam Buller, Francesc Garrido Dirs. Dennis Cabella, Javier Chillon, Todd Cobery, Andrew Desmond, Benni Diez Sci-fi horror anthology featuring nine short films. In 'Wraparound', a man wakes up in a cryogenic pod to find it malfunctioning and his life support systems quickly running out. 'Eden', set in a dystopian future, follows two warring factions as they fight for control of the United States. In 'Iris', a man seeks help from his smartphone as he attempts to bury a dead body in the woods. 'Flesh Computer' follows the janitor of a run-down apartment complex as he attempts to repair a computer made up of both electrical and biological parts. In 'Pathos', mankind is forced to live underground where only the rich can afford to survive. In 'Eveless', two men living in a world without women attempt to create one with only the limited resources they can gather. 'They Will All Die in Space' follows two men who wake up an engineer from cryostasis in the hope he can repair their ship. In 'Entity', an astronaut stranded in deep space faces a fight to survive after coming across a mysterious being. Finally, in 'Kingz', two drug dealers come into contact with an alien while delivering a batch of cocaine to a nightclub.
Cast: Tadanobu Asano, Mariko Tsutsui, Kanji Furutachi, Taiga, Momone Shinokawa Dir. Kôji Fukada Run time: 120 mins From the director of Au Revoir L'Ete and Hospitalité, Fukada’s Harmonium is an off-kilter take on that most venerable of Japanese genres the family drama, which screened to great acclaim at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Un Certain Regard Jury prize. In this slow-burn Japanese thriller Toshio invites an old acquaintance, Yasaka (just released from prison) to come and live with his family. Toshio lives above the small workshop that he owns with his wife, Akie, and their daughter, Hotaru. It is not clear why Toshio offers Yasaka a job; it doesn’t seem to be out of friendship or goodwill. Akie and Hotaru are wary of the new lodger, but with his persistent charm and goodwill, Yasaka befriends Toshio s wife Akié and as Yasaka starts teaching their daughter Hotaru to play the harmonium, the family’s fragile domestic bliss is forever altered. Director Kôji Fukada is a master of incremental development, drawing the audience into the unfolding outcome. DUAL FORMAT SPECIAL FEATURES:
• High definition presentation • Uncompressed PCM soundtrack on the Blu-ray • Optional English subtitles
Guerrilla (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Idris Elba, Frieda Pinto, Babau Ceesay Run time: 270 mins A love story set in one of the most explosive political times in U.K. history, this 6-part series for Sky Atlantic tells the story of a 1970s London couple who liberates a political prisoner and forms a radical underground cell. The group targets the Black Power Desk, a true-life counter-intelligence unit within Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism. Though set against a backdrop of social upheaval and activism, the story focuses on the relationship between the two characters at its centre. Written by Academy award winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)
• A new interview with director Kôji Fukada • Theatrical Trailer • PLUS: A booklet featuring an appreciation of the film
by Jason Wood, Director’s Statement and Interview with Kôji Fukada
I Am Dragon (12) (DVD) Cast: Mariya Poezzhaeva, Matvey Lykov, Ieva Andreevayte, Alyona Chekhova, Darya Dubnikova Dir. Indar Dzhendubaev Run time: 101 mins From the director of Ben Hur and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. During her wedding ritual, Princess Mira is snatched by a dragon and is carried away to its lair on a remote island where rescue is impossible. The Princess is unharmed and has nothing but is a stone
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cage and a mysterious young man named Arman who finds her food and drink but keeps his distance from her. Who is he, and what’s he doing on the Island, is he also the Dragon’s prisoner? In time, Princess Mira learns the truth which both shocks and excites her.
Killjoys: Season 2 (15) (Blu-ray and DVD)
is she actually trying to kill him? After a chance encounter on a rooftop brings the enigmatic Saya Tokido into the Little Busters’ world, the only thing that’s certain is that trouble is sure to follow. As if saving the lives of his teammates wasn’t enough of a task to handle, now Riki must also untangle a web of new mysteries that seem to be rooted in his own personal past! Who are the Dark Executives, why do they want to keep Saya and Riki apart, and what is the nature of the secret treasure that Saya seeks? Sometimes, answers lead to even more questions as Riki and the Little Busters discover that they weren’t the only people drawn into Kyousuke’s artificial world.
Cast: Michelle Lovretta From the producers of ‘Orphan Black’, the galaxy's most badass bounty hunters are back in ‘Killjoys: Season Two’. It's now up to Johnny and Dutch to rescue a kidnapped D'avin. As our trio continues to hunt deadly warrants threatening a bloody, multiplanetary war -they face old enemies, the tyrannical Company and the mysterious agenda of Khylen, Dutch's former mentor.
La Strada (PG) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani, Marcella Rovere Dir. Federico Fellini Run time: 108 mins Regarded by some as Federico Fellini’s finest work, and the winner of the first Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, La Strada is a masterpiece of 20th Century filmmaking. Sold by her impoverished mother to Zampano (Anthony Quinn), a brutish fairground wrestler, waif-like Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina) lives a life of drudgery as his assistant. After taking to the road with a travelling circus, a budding relationship with Il Matto/The Fool (Richard Basehart), a gentle-natured, tightrope walking clown, offers a potential refuge from her master’s clutches. Trapped by her own servile nature, Gelsomina waivers, and Zampano’s volcanic temper erupts with tragic consequences.
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Anime Dir. Yoshiki Yamakawa Run time: 200 mins Does the new girl in Riki Naoe’s life need his help, or 82
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Moonlight (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, Jaden Piner Dir. Barry Jenkins Run time: 111 mins Nominated for 8 Academy Awards and 4 BAFTA’s including Best Picture and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Naomie Harris, Moonlight is a timeless story of human connection and self-discovery. The film chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami.
Noragami Aragoto (15) (Blu-ray Collector’s Edition and DVD) Anime Dir. Kotaro Tamura Run time: 300 mins The adventures of struggling god Yato and his devotee Hiyori continue! Old histories and past grudges are revealed as brewing plots surface. And Yato will have to come face to face with his destructive past. Contains the complete second series on Blu-Ray with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles. Presented in collectors packaging.
Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States(E) (DVD) Cast: Oliver Stone, Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon Dir. Oliver Stone Run time: 580 mins
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THERE IS A CLASSIFIED AMERICA WE WERE NEVER MEANT TO SEE
From Academy Award-winning writer/director Oliver Stone, and co-written by historian Prof. Peter Kuznick, this ten-part documentary series looks back at human events that at the time went under-reported, but that crucially shaped America's unique and complex history over the 20th Century. From the atomic bombing of Japan to the Cold War and the fall of Communism, this in-depth, surprising and totally riveting series demands to be watched again and again.
Orphan Black: Series 4 (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Tatiana Maslany Emmy award-winning actress Tatiana Maslany returns for the exhilarating fourth series of Orphan Black. With the threat of the Castor clones no longer plaguing them, the sisterhood’s future looks bright. That is, until the past comes crashing back into their lives with the return of Neolution – the organisation that has been pulling the strings all along. Forced to emerge from her Icelandic safe house, Sarah is led down a dangerous path back to the clone that started it all: Beth Childs. As Sarah begins to crack under the overwhelming pressure of keeping her family safe, the sisters are pushed in disparate directions. But in order to survive, they will need to band together like never before, or be torn apart forever.
Preggoland (12) (DVD) Cast: Sonja Bennett, James Caan Dir. Jacob Tierney Run time: 109 mins Preggoland tells the story of Ruth, a 35-year-old woman who pretends to be pregnant to fit in with her friends. Although Ruth initially tries to come clean, the perks of pregnancy are too seductive to ignore and she soon finds herself living a lie. Starring Sonja Bennett (who also wrote the script), James Caan and Danny Trejo and directed by Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky), Preggoland is a comedy that looks at the lengths we will go just to feel special
Cast: Ben Naasz Dir. William L. Stewart Run time: 89 mins In a dystopian near future, a corporate heist goes wrong and the team members struggle to survive a desperate escape through the apocalyptic sprawl with their stolen prize, a weapon of unspeakable power. As they navigate the the urban wasteland, they must contend with barbaric gangs, corporate death squads and the terrifying truth about the weapon they have stolen.
Sgt. Bilko (PG) (DVD) Cast: Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Phil Hartman Dir. Jonathan Lynn Run time: 94 mins The army is known for churning out lean mean fighting machines intent on protecting our great nation. But at Fort Baxter, there’s one unit that can’t even form a straight line... Steve Martin stars with Dan Aykroyd and Phil Hartman in an outrageous comedy from Imagine Entertainment. Martin is the inexplicable, the incorrigible, the invincible Sgt. Bilko, leader of a ragtag group of the sorriest soldiers ever to enlist in the armed forces. Instead of training his troops for battle, he passes on his legacy of gambling and shunning responsibility. Times get tough however, when the base is threatened with a shutdown, and a by-the-book adversary, Major Thorn (Hartman), is intent on taking Bilko s reputation down with it. Now, all bets are on Bilko to drum up his biggest scheme yet to save Fort Baxter...and clear his name!
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (U) (DVD) Cast: Robert De Niro, Jason Alexander, Rene Russo Dir. Des McAnuff Run time: 88 mins When two of the world’s favourite cartoon characters suddenly find themselves sucked out of their cartoon existence into the real world, you know you’re in for one of the most enjoyable family blockbusters of recent years. Yes, that’s right, Rocky and Bullwinkle, our hapless heroes are at it again, but this time they must save the world from HOME MOVIE : SFF 83
the evil Fearless Leader (Robert De Niro) and his sinister sidekicks Boris Badenoff (Jason Alexander) and Natasha Fatale (Rene Russo). Knowing that their enemies will stop at nothing to see their fiendish plan succeed, our cartoon crime fighters prepare to fight to the death or at least the final reel for truth, justice and the American way!
• Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the camera negative in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations • Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc)
The Associate (PG)
(DVD) Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Dianne Wiest, Tim Daly, Eli Wallach Dir. Donald Petrie Run time: 106 mins Laurel (Whoopi Goldberg) is an intelligent investment banker struggling to succeed on Wall Street. When an unqualified white man (Tim Daly) receives a promotion, she quits her job to start her own business, only to learn that, as a woman, she is not taken seriously. To fool her competitors, Laurel creates a fictitious white man named Robert S. Cutty to manage her financial deals. But as Robert's popularity grows, Laurel realizes that living two lives is harder than she thought it might be.
The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (18) (Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD Limited Edition) Cast: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Eva Renzi Dir. Dario Argento In 1970, young first-time director Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria) made his indelible mark on Italian cinema with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, a film which redefined the giallo genre of murder-mystery thrillers and catapulted him to international stardom. Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante, We Own the Night), an American writer living in Rome, inadvertently witnesses a brutal attack on a woman (Eva Renzi, Funeral in Berlin) in a modern art gallery. Powerless to help, he grows increasingly obsessed with the incident. Convinced that something he saw that night holds the key to identifying the maniac terrorising Rome, he launches his own investigation parallel to that of the police, heedless of the danger to both himself and his girlfriend Giulia (Suzy Kendall, Spasmo)... A staggeringly assured debut, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage establishes the key traits that would define Argento’s filmography, including lavish visuals and a flare for wildly inventive, brutal scenes of violence. With sumptuous cinematography by Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now) and a seductive score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone (Once Upon a Time in the West), this landmark film has never looked or sounded better in this new, 4K-restored limited edition from Arrow Video! LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
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• English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack • New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films • The Power of Perception, a new visual essay on the cinema of Dario Argento by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of Devil s Advocates: Suspiria and Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study • New analysis of the film by critic Kat Ellinger • New interview with writer/director Dario Argento • New interview with actor Gildo Di Marco (Garullo the pimp) • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp • Double-sided fold-out poster • 6 Lobby Card reproductions • Limited edition 60-page booklet illustrated by Matthew Griffin, featuring an appreciation of the film by Michael Mackenzie, and new writing by Howard Hughes and Jack Seabrook
The Fisher King - The Criterion Collection (15) (Blu-ray Special Edition) Cast: Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Amanda Plummer, Mercedes Ruehl, Michael Jeter Dir. Terry Gilliam Run time: 138 mins Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Amanda Plummer and Mercedes Ruehl star in Terry Gilliam's must-see comic masterpiece. Williams is Parry, a homeless history professor who lives in a fantasy world full of castles, Red Knights and damsels in distress. Bridges costars as Jack, New York's #1 shock deejay, whose off-hand arrogance triggers a tragedy which ruins his career. Penniless and without prospects, Jack finds himself plucked from disaster by the most improbable of saviors... Parry. And so the amazing story of the Fisher King unfolds a modern quest for redemption and the Holy Grail, filled with humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance. 25th Anniversary edition synopsis Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Amanda Plummer and Academy Award® winner Mercedes Ruehl (Best Supporting Actress) star in director Terry Gilliam’s must-see comic masterpiece.
The LEGO Batman Movie (U) (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Bluray and DVD) Cast: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes Dir. Chris McKay Run time: 104 mins In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Will Arnett reprises his starring role from “The LEGO Movie” as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. Zach Galifianakis (“Muppets Most Wanted,” the “Hangover” films) stars as The Joker; Michael Cera (TV’s “Arrested Development”) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s “Daredevil”) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the “Harry Potter” films) as Alfred. 4K
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Special Features (Blu-ray and 4K) Director and Crew Commentary Special Features (Blu-ray only) Deleted Scenes, Original Animation Shorts; Dark Hoser, Batman is just not that into You, Cooking with Alfred, Movie Sound Effects: How do they do that?; The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short, One Brick at a Time: Making the Lego Batman Movie, Comic-Con Panel, Rebrick Contest Winners-Frosted Pie, Harley Quinn Robs Gotham Bank, Two Face Chase, Inside Wayne Manor, Brick by Brick: Making of the LEGO Batman, Behind the Brick, Me and My Mini Fig, Trailers and Promos
Transformers (12) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rachael Taylor
Dir. Michael Bay Run time: 144 mins The children's cartoon sci-fi series from the 1980s is brought bang up-to-date in this big-budget, live-action blockbuster with all the essential, state-of-the-art effects you could possibly want. Long ago, on the planet of Cybertron, an alien race divided into two camps - the Autobots, and the evil Decepticons. In an effort to prevent the Decepticons from gaining possession of the 'Allspark', a cube with the capacity to grant infinite power, the Autobots managed to smuggle the object to Earth, where they secretly hid it. Now, hundreds of years later, with the Decepticons searching for the cube, it's a race against time, as the Autobots enlist the help of young earthling Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) to foil the Decepticons' plans for world domination.
Transformers: 4-movie Collection (12) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro Dir. Michael Bay Run time: 310 mins Collection of four films in which the children's cartoon sci-fi series from the 1980s is brought up-to-date. In 'Transformers' (2007) a battle rages between two camps of an alien race from the planet Cybertron - the Autobots, and the evil Decepticons. In an effort to prevent the Decepticons from gaining possession of the Allspark, a cube with the capacity to grant infinite power, the Autobots managed to smuggle the object to Earth, where they secretly hid it. Now, hundreds of years later, with the Decepticons searching for the cube, the Autobots enlist the help of young earthling Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) to help foil the Decepticons' plans for world domination. In 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' (2009), after he glimpses the truth about the ancient origins of the Transformers through a powerful vision sent to him by the Allspark, Sam once again finds himself the target of the evil Decepticons, who have returned to Earth under the command of the formidable Starscream (voice of Charles Adler). Joining the Autobots' mission to protect humankind is Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen), who forms an alliance with international armies for this second epic battle. In 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' (2011), when the Autobots discover that a Cybertronian spacecraft is hidden on the Moon, a race against the Decepticons ensues as both sides battle to reach it first. LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro reprise their roles from the previous films in the series. Finally, in 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' (2014), four years after the invasion of Chicago, mechanic and single parent Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) discovers what he believes to be a dilapidated truck and takes it home to repair. However, what he really has resting in his garage is a deactivated Optimus Prime. When government officials learn of the discovery they try to push humanitarian boundaries in the name of scientific development.
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Transformers: Age of Extinction (12) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Nicola Peltz, Mark Wahlberg, T.J. Miller, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer Dir. Michael Bay Run time: 165 mins Directed by Michael Bay and produced by Steven Spielberg, this sci-fi action adventure is the fourth instalment in the film series based on the 1980s cartoons. Four years after the invasion of Chicago, mechanic and single parent Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) discovers what he believes to be a dilapidated truck and takes it home to repair. What he really has resting in his garage is a deactivated Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen). When government officials learn of the discovery they try to push humanitarian boundaries in the name of scientific development.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (12) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Patrick Dempsey, Hugo Weaving Dir. Michael Bay Run time: 154 mins Directed by Michael Bay and produced by Steven Spielberg, this sci-fi action adventure is the third entry in the film series based on the 1980s cartoons. When the Autobots discover that a Cybertronian spacecraft is hidden on the Moon, a race against the Decepticons ensues as both sides battle to reach it first. The US military take the side of the Autobots, allowing Sam (Shia LaBeouf) to familiarise himself with the battle for control of the spacecraft. Though distracted by the closeness of his girlfriend, Carly Spencer (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), to her boss, Dylan Gould (Patrick Dempsey), Sam makes a discovery about the fate of the craft that leads him to believe that humanity is under great threat from the Decepticons.
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Run time: 144 mins Sequel to the 2007 mega-budget live action sci-fi film based on the 1980s cartoon series. Shia LaBeouf reprises his role as Sam Witwicky, the young earthling caught in the raging war between the Autobots and the Decepticons. After he glimpses the truth about the ancient origins of the Transformers through a powerful vision sent to him by the Allspark, Sam once again finds himself the target of the evil Decepticons, who have returned to Earth under the command of the formidable Starscream (voiced by Charles Adler). Joining the Autobots' mission to protect humankind is Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen), who forms an alliance with international armies for this second epic battle.
West Bromwich Albion: Season Review 2016/2017 (E) (DVD) Cast: West Bromwich Albion Run time: 110 mins League season number 118 in the Albion canon and, like all the rest, it was a campaign rich with hits and misses, sing-a-long choruses and the occasional high note to boot. Another season of progress saw the Throstles return to the top ten for the third time in six seasons on the back of a string of strong Hawthorns performances that provided the foundation of the campaign. James Morrison, Gareth McAuley, Tony Pulis, Darren Fletcher and Ben Foster all posted big personal milestones, Matt Phillips, Jake Livermore and Nacer Chadli established themselves as new Hawthorns heroes and Sam Field proved that Albion’s academy has plenty to offer in the years ahead. Now that’s what I call Albion 2016/17. And the band played on… Extras:
• Match by Match Access • James Morrison 300 Club Tribute • Goals of the Season
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tunity to interview and analyze death row inmate Jackson Shea. As the interview commences, and Jack's fate hangs in the balance, Amanda must determine whether or not a stay of execution should be granted.
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(DVD) Cast: Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning Dir. Mike Mills Run time: 118 mins Set in Santa Barbara, 20th Century Women follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother, raising her adolescent son Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann, in a breakout performance) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie's upbringing - Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields' home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbour.
Amagami SS Plus: Complete Collection (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Anime Dir. Tomoki Kobayashi Run time: 325 mins So far, Junichi Tachibana has been luckier than any guy has any right to be, getting to experience what it would be like to be romantically paired with not one, not two, but SEVEN diferent beautiful girls in a multiple of alternate universes. So how can he possibly follow THAT up? Well, how about with continuations of ALL of those storylines! Yes, all of the pairings in the original AMAGAMI SS are back as each of the girls return to follow up the romantic advancements in each of their possible futures! Is Junichi going to be able to handle a second go-round with Tsukasa, Rihoko, Ai, Kaoru, Sae, Haruka and even Risa? Will little sis Miya get a follow up to her own sneaky storyline too? The answer's yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, maybe, yes and oh yes as boy meets girl, girl, girl, girl, girl, girl and girl again in the multiple sequel that has no equal, AMAGAMI SS+ -The Complete Collection!
American Violence (15) (DVD) Cast: Bruce Dern, Denise Richards, Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau Dir. Timothy Woodward Jr. Run time: 107 mins Fascinated by the root causes of violent behaviour, world renowned psychologist, Dr. Amanda Tyler, has an oppor-
(DVD) Cast: Sophia Del Pizzo, Lee Bane, Kenton Hall, Paul Kelleher, Jared Morgan Dirs. John R. Walker, Andrew Jones, Michael Angelo Run time: 264 mins The Amityville Asylum Lisa Templeton begins a new job as a cleaner at High Hopes Hospital, a mental institution in Amityville, Long Island. Initially delighted to get the job, Lisa soon realises that all is not as it seems. Intimidated by staff and the psychotic ramblings of the patients, she is further unnerved by apparent supernatural occurrences on the night shift. To preserve her sanity, Lisa must uncover the mysterious history of the institution and its inmates. But the truth is far more terrifying than she could ever imagine. The Amityville Playhouse Following the tragic death of her parents, Fawn Harriman had counted herself lucky the day she inherited a disused playhouse in the small town of Amityville. With her sights set on a new life in the theatre, she invites a group of friends to join her there for a weekend adventure that will ultimately lead them into the terrifying clutches of an ancient pact between the mysterious locals and a malignant presence from the very bowels of hell. As the stranglehold of evil grows ever tighter, Fawn's teacher races to Amityville in a desperate attempt to rescue the imperilled party, and put an end to the town's terrifying legacy once and for all. The Amityville Terror The Jacobsen family moves into an aged house in the town of Amityville. Almost immediately they witness strange occurrences and begin seeing terrifying images around the house. The local townspeople also have a secret and soon the Jacobsen’s are battling with an evil spirit in the house and the malicious locals who want them silenced. The curse of Amityville is back!
Aquarius (18) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Sonia Braga Dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho Run time: 146 mins The Girl From Recife Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was
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born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-story building, built in the 1940s, in the upper-class, seaside Avenida Boa Viagem, Recife. All the neighbouring apartments have already been acquired by a company which has other plans for that plot. Clara has pledged to only leave her place upon her death, and will engage in a cold war of sorts with the company, a confrontation which is both mysterious, frightening and nerve wracking. This tension both disturbs Clara and gives her that edge on her daily routine. It also gets her thinking about her loved ones, her past and her future. Sonia Braga delivers a tour-de-force performance as Dona Clara in Kleber Mendonça Filho's follow up to his audacious 2012 debut, Neighbouring Sounds, where, once again, the Brazilian film critic, turned director, examines human life in urban spaces in his home town of Recife. Clara's eclectic collection of LP's and her vintage French 3-sheet poster of Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon, the latter item belonging to the director, will delight lovers of packaged media and memorabilia, items that Clara herself calls 'special objects'. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p)presentation • Original 5.1 audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray) • Optional English subtitles • New interview with Director Kleber Mendonça Filho conducted by critic Ian Haydn Smith • Making-of featurette • Trailer • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring writing on the film by Sophie Monks Kaufman
Beethoven (U) (Blu-ray) Cast: Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Dean Jones Dir. Brian Levant Run time: 87 mins Fall in love with the most famous St Bernard of all time in the original blockbuster, Beethoven. Barely escaping from nefarious dognappers, an adorable puppy named Beethoven adopts the unsuspecting Newton family- and promptly grows up into 185 pounds of romping, drooling, disaster prone dog. Unfortunately, even after proving his canine credential to mom and the kids, the heroic hound gets nowhere with the uptight dad, George (Charles Grodin). When a nasty veterinarian (Dean Jones) makes Beethoven the target of an unspeakable animal experiment, George becomes the only hope for saving the Newtons furriest family member. It s head-over-tails adventure in the most fetching canine comedy ever!
Belladonna of Sadness (15) (Blu-ray Collector’s Edition)
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Dir. Eiichi Yamamoto Run time: 93 mins One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, and the last film in the adult-themed Animerama trilogy produced by the godfather of Japanese anime & manga, Osamu Tezuka and directed by his long-time collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto (ASTRO BOY and KIMBA THE WHITE LION), BELLADONNA unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together. An innocent young woman, Jeanne is raped by the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact with the Devil himself who appears as an erotic sprite and transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire. Contains the film on Blu-Ray in Japanese with English subtitles, presented in collectors packaging.
Blues Brothers 2000 (PG) (Blu-ray) Cast: Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman, Erykah Badu, B.B King, Aretha Franklin Dir. John Landis Run time: 124 mins Eighteen years after the Brothers original mission from God, Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) is getting out of prison and discovering that much has changed in the time he s been away. His partner Jake is gone, his band is no longer together and the orphanage where he grew up has been demolished. Elwood soon realises that he must embark on a whole new mission- to assemble the old band, this time with the help of a soulful bartender (John Goodman), compete at Queen Moussette’s (Erykah Badu) Battle of the Bands and set a wayward orphan named Buster on the path to redemption. Special appearances by B.B King, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Johnny Lang, Blues Traveler, Eric Clapton and many more. It’s an action packed comedy with lots of Rythmn and Blues
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(Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Sophia Loren, Anita Ekberg, Romy Schneider Dirs. Federico Fellini, Vittorio De Sica, Mario Monicelli, Luchino Visconti Run time: 208 mins Inspired by The Decameron, World-Cinema greatests, Fellini, Visconti and De Sica lend their extraordinary talents to make these slice-of-life stories revolving around the sex games of the middle class. Working-class lovers marry but must hide it from her employer; plus, they need a room of their own. A billboard of Anita Ekberg provocatively selling milk gives a prudish
crusader for public decency more than he can handle. The wife of a count whose escapades with call girls make the front page of the papers decides to work to prove her independence, but what is she qualified to do? A buxom carnival-booth manager who owes back taxes offers herself for one night in a lottery: a nerdy sacristan and a jealous suitor make for a lovers' triangle. In each, women take charge, albeit not always successfully…! Extras:
ily, Zola soon gains notoriety as a successful writer, while Cezanne, who comes from a wealthy background, struggles to gain acceptance for his work as an artist. Despite their differences, the pair form a strong bond and both move to Paris to continue their careers. However, when a character in Zola's latest book seems to be based on Cezanne's struggles as a painter, the pair clash and their relationship soon becomes strained. The cast also includes Alice Pol, Déborah François and Sabine Azéma.
• Sophia, yesterday, today and tomorrow: a candid intimate interview with Sophia Loren with exclusive footage of her family, close friends and collaborators such as Woody Allen, Giorgio Armani and others
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• New HD material, finally doing justice to the filmmaker’s original vision
(Blu-ray) Cast: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Phiip Seymour Hoffman Dir. Mike Nichols Run time: 102 mins
• New improved subtitles • Exclusive Documentary on Sophia Loren
Bulletproof (18) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Damon Wayans, Adam Sandler Dir. Ernest Dickerson Run time: 81 mins Two of Hollywood s hottest comic stars have just become the wildest partners-in-crime to ever hit the streets of L.A!. Damon Wayans and Adam Sandler star in the hilarious sage of a cop, a crook and a beautiful friendship gone sour. Once inseparable pals, Archie Moses (Sandler) and Rock Neats (Wayans) find themselves on opposite sides of the law, each feeling betrayed by the other. In fact, the only person who hates them more than they hate each other is ruthless drug kingpin Frank Cotton (James Caan), who wants to put them both six feet under! Now, through a strange twist of fate, Moses and Keats are on the run-together. With a little luck, the bungling boys just might get out of this one alive... if they don t kill each other first.
Oscar® winners TOM HANKS (Forrest Gump, Philadelphia), JULIA ROBERTS (Erin Brockovich, Closer)and PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN (Capote, The Savages) star in Charlie Wilson’s War - the outrageous true story of how one congressman who loved a good time, one Houston socialite who loved a good cause and one CIA agent who loved a good fight conspired to bring about the largest covert operation in history. From Academy Award ®-winning director MIKE NICHOLS (The Graduate) this critically acclaimed unbelievable true story is Smart, Sexy & Funny - Grazia.
Chelsea FC: Season Review 2016/2017 (E) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Chelsea FC Dir. Jonathan Sides Run time: 120 mins Relive this year’s season with Chelsea FC.
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Cast: Guillaume Canet, Guillaume Gallienne, Alice Pol, Déborah François, Pierre Yvon Dir. Danièle Thompson Run time: 114 mins Guillaume Canet and Guillaume Gallienne star in this French drama written and directed by Danièle Thompson. The story focuses on the friendship between 19th century post-impressionist painter Paul Cezanne (Gallienne) and novelist Émile Zola (Canet). Coming from a poor fam-
Cast: Calum Best, Lucy Pinder, Jessica-Jane Stafford, Darren Day, Alex Reid Dir. Richard Colton Run time: 92 mins When Chris (Calum Best) gets mixed up with the Russian Mafia and Algerian Gangsters while trying to help his best friend pay off a large debt, he has to decide if he puts his career on the rocks by embarking on a spree of dangerous robberies that could end up with him in prison,
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or possibly dead. Dangerous Game is an action packed British heist movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final minute.
Daughters of the Dust (PG) (DVD) Cast: Alva Rogers, Bahni Turpin, Barbara-O, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Cora Lee Day Dir. Julie Dash Run time: 112 mins Starring: Alva Rogers, Bahni Turpin, Barbara-O, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Cora Lee Day, Tony King and Trula Hoosier In South Carolina's Sea Islands at the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family of the Gullah community - former west-African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors Yoruba traditions - struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland and even further from their roots. The first wide release by a black female filmmaker, Daughters of the Dust was met with wild critical acclaim and rapturous audience response when it opened in 1991. The film and its legacy still resonates, most recently as a major influence in Beyonce's video album Lemonade. This new restoration of Julie Dash's landmark film, completed by Cohen Media Group in conjunction with UCLA and overseen by cinematographer Arthur Jafa, means audiences will finally see the film exactly as the director intended. Special features:
• Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition • Audio commentary with Julie Dash and Michelle Materre
• An Interview with Julie Dash (2017, 72 mins): The director in conversation with Dr Stephane Dunn
• Q&A with director Julie Dash and actress Cheryl Lynn Bruce (2017, 25 mins): From the 2016 Chicago International Film Festival, moderated by actress Regina Taylor
• An Interview with Arthur Jafa (2017, TBC mins): The cinematographer interviewed by Karen Alexander
Released just as the popularity of yakuza movies was waning in Japan, and as the country's film industry was undergoing some fundamental shifts, Doberman Cop is a unique entry in the career of director Kinji Fukasaku (Battles Without Honor and Humanity, Cops vs Thugs), and reunited him with star Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba (The Street Fighter, Wolf Guy) in an American-style crime movie that mixes gunplay and pulp fiction with martial arts and lowbrow comedy to create one of their most entertaining films. Based on a popular manga by ""Buronson"" (creator of Fist of the North Star), Doberman Cop follows the fish-outof-water adventures of Joji Kano (Chiba), a tough-as-nails police officer from Okinawa who arrives in Tokyo's Kabuki-cho nightlife district to investigate the savage murder and mutilation of an island girl who had been working as a prostitute. Initially dismissed as a country bumpkin (complete with straw hat and live pig in tow!), Kano soon proves himself a more savvy detective than the local cops, and a tougher customer than anyone expected. As he probes deeper into the sleazy world of flesh-peddling, talent agency corruption and mob influence, Kano uncovers the shocking truth about the girl, her connection to a yakuza-turned-music manager (Hiroki Matsukata), and a savage serial killer who is burning women alive. Made to appeal both to the youth market with its biker gangs and popular music, as well as to old-time yakuza movie fans, Doberman Cop is an surprising oddity in Fukasaku's career, his sole film adapted directly from a manga and never before released on video outside of Japan. Featuring Chiba at his charismatic best channeling a Japanese Dirty Harry while doing all his own stunts and Fukasaku at his most fun, deftly showcasing the combined talents of his ""Piranha Army"" stock company of actors and other regular players Doberman Cop is a classic action comedy and a missing link in 1970's Japanese cinema deserving of rediscovery. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
• High Definition digital transfer • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
• Original uncompressed mono audio • New optional English subtitle translation • Beyond the Film: Doberman Cop, a new video appreciation by Fukasaku biographer Sadao Yamane
• New video interview with actor Shinichi Sonny Chiba
• 2016 theatrical trailer
• New video interview with screenwriter Koji Takada
• Illustrated booklet with full film credits and essays by
• Original theatrical trailer
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• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon
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(Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD) Cast: Sonny Chiba Dir. Kinji Fukusaku run time: 90 min
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (18)
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Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Judge Reinhold, Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage Dir. Amy Heckerling Run time: 97 mins Fast Times at Ridgemont High, directed by Amy Heckerling (Clueless), is simply a modern cult classic. First-time screenwriter Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous), went undercover as a high school student and came back with the straight dope on sex, drugs and rock n roll, while capturing some of the most memorable screen characters ever. They’re all here, from Stacy (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Linda s (Phoebe Cates) sexual misadventures to go-getter Brad’s (Judge Reinhold) quick career in the world of fast food to the unforgettable Spicoli (Sean Penn) as the ultimate surfer dude. Add appearances by Nicolas Cage, Anthony Edwards, Forest Whitaker and Ray Walston and you have an unbeatable cast. With all this talent behind it, no wonder Fast times at Ridgemont High is as honest, fresh and funny as it was a generation ago...
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envy of the women who came before her.
Finland 1944 (15) (DVD) Cast: Krista Kosonen, Lauri Tilkanen, Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Tommi Korpela, Leea Klemola Dir. Antti Jokinen Run time: 119 mins Finland, 1944. The country is shaken by the Lapland War, a conflict between Germany and Finland in the aftermath of WWII. When Helena, a Finnish midwife nicknamed Wildeye, meets a Finnish-German Nazi officer, they develop a wild and passionate relationship. Yet their love can’t disguise the trauma of war which haunt the officer, nor the gruesome secrets hiding behind the walls of the POW camp he served at. When the turmoil of war separates the lovers, they make a pact to reunite at the remote cabin where they spent their happiest times together. Guided by a will to survive, they both put their lives at risk to survive and find their way back to each other...
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Cast: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Kim Basinger, Hugh Dancy Dir. James Foley Run time: 118 mins While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her. Bonus: THEATRICAL VERSION EXTENDED/ UNRATED VERSION DELETED SCENES TEASE TO FIFTY SHADES FREED 360 EXPERIENCES BEHIND THE SCENES WITH DIRECTOR E.L JAMES AND CAST MEMBERS
Fifty Shades: 2-movie Collection (18) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Luke Grimes, Marcia Gay Harden Dirs. Sam Taylor-Johnson, James Foley FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Literature student Anastasia Steele's life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey. FIFTY SHADES DARKER - While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and
(Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD) Cast: Richard Attenborough, Flora Robson, John Leyton, Jack Hawkins, Mia Farrow Dir. John Guillermin Run time: 103 mins Regimental Sergeant-Major Lauderdale is a spit-and-polish, by-the-book disciplinarian, who seems like a 19th Century anachronism in a sleepy peacetime African outpost of the modern British Commonwealth. He is ridiculed behind his back by his subordinate NCO's and must play host to a liberal female MP making a tour of the base. However, when an ambitious African officer, who happens to be a protege of the MP's, initiates a coup d'etat against Captain Abraham, the lawful African commandant, the resourceful RSM uses all his military training to arm his men despite being under house arrest and rescue the wounded commandant from a certain firing squad. When Lt. Boniface, the leader of the mutiny surrounds the sergeants mess with two Bofors guns, it looks like Lauderdale will have to surrender unless he again disobeys orders and takes the initiative. • High Definition Transfer • Commentary by Actor John Leyton • Interview with Mia Farrow TBC • Promotional Materials Gallery • Still Gallery
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partner Jerry Lee are back fighting crime in this new action-packed comedy. Dooley is hours away from a blissful retirement when he stumbles onto an armed robbery at a high-tech computer company. Suddenly he is a suspect and his pension is frozen until the real crooks are caught! Now Dooley and Jerry Lee have to become private investigators and track down the real crooks. It is a baffling case of stolen microchips, impostors and dangerous beauties.
(DVD) Cast: Anthony Newley, Stefanie Powers, Isaac Hayes Dir. John Trent Run time: 90 mins John Candy heads up a hysterical cast in this laugh a minute tale of a jealous husband and his attempts to keep his wife from leaving him. When Skeet, played by Anthony Newley, vows to stop at nothing to win back his wife, he signs up for more than he bargained for and one by one his bungled plans descend into comedic chaos!
Jamestown: Season 1 (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Naomi Battrick, Stuart Martin, Sophie Rundle, Niamh Walsh, Max Beesley Run time: 381 mins From the makers of Downton Abbey - 1619, Virginia: on what feels like the edge of the world sits the first British colony of Jamestown. For 12 years, it has been populated only by men, but the settlement is shaken up when the first women, including Alice (Sophie Rundle), Verity (Niamh Walsh) and Jocelyn (Naomi Battrick), land in this breathtaking wilderness. Twisting storylines follow the disruptive new arrivals as they make an immediate impact and are thrust into a new world of love, desire, power and survival. While love triangles, bitter rivalries and fierce competition cause conflict for the residents, ultimately they are bound together by their resolute will to survive and thrive in their new lives. Written by Bill Gallagher, the eight part drama is set during a unique period of adventure and features an ensemble cast that also includes Max Beesley, Dean Lennox Kelly, Stuart Martin, Matt Stokoe, Jason Flemyng, Steven Waddington and Burn Gorman.
K-9: P.I. (PG) (Blu-ray) Cast: James Belushi Dir. Richard J. Lewis Run time: 75 mins Thomas Dooley (James Belushi) and his four-footed 92
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Kat and Alfie - Redwater (12) (DVD) Cast: Jessie Wallace, Shane Ritchie Run time: 340 mins A brand new series featuring the much loved characters from EastEnders. The picturesque village of Redwater is a peaceful idyll on the Irish coast. Twenty years ago, a boating accident ripped the heart out of this village’s close-knit community, and the truth about the tragedy was left buried out at sea. For Kat Moon, an open-hearted woman from the East End of London, Redwater could be the key to making sense of her fractured past. She has come here to find her son, a twin taken from her at birth without her knowledge. But as Kat dives deeper into the private lives of the people here, she risks being fatally swept up in the storm she’s started.
Letters from Baghdad (15) (DVD) Cast: With the voices of Tilda Swinton, Rose Leslie, Andrew Havill Dirs. Zeva Oelbaum, Sabine Krayenbühl Run time: 95 mins Gertrude Bell was a pioneering English writer, archaeologist, diplomat and spy whose travels through the Arabian desert gave her local knowledge unparalleled by her British peers. Recruited by British Military Intelligence after World War I, she played a significant often unrecognised role in British imperial policy-making in the Middle East, notably Iraq. Openly critical of colonial practices, Bell s insights are a singular, prescient prism through which to understand both the Middle East and the all-male inner sanctum of British colonial power. Reflecting on the life, work and character of this remarkable woman, Oelbaum and Krayenbühl weave together a rich tapestry of fascinating archive alongside Bell s writings, letters to her parents voiced by Tilda Swinton, and testimony from peers including TE Lawrence and Vita Sackville-West. Though writing a century ago, the acute contemporary relevance of Bell’s words is astonishing at times even chilling.
Liverpool FC: End of Season Review 2016/2017 (E) (DVD) Cast: Liverpool FC Run time: 125 mins THE REDS ARE COMING UP THE HILL Jürgen Klopp's first full season in charge was one of progress for Liverpool FC as the Reds secured a top four spot for only the second time in eight years. Playing in front of a new main stand and the biggest Anfield attendances since the 1970s, Liverpool were unplayable at times and remained unbeaten against their top-six rivals.
tish Television film celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Edinburgh Film Festival, presented by Robbie Coltrane
• Sean Connery's Edinburgh (1982, 28 mins): Promotional film starring the iconic actor
• Booklet with new writing from Bill Forsyth, Vic Pratt and Dylan Cave, plus full film credits
Manchester United: Season Review 2016/2017 (E) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Manchester United FC Dir. Jonathan Sides Run time: 120 mins Relive this year’s season with Manchester United FC.
With the trio of Mané, Coutinho and Firmino at the forefront, this campaign saw Klopp's intense, attacking brand of football taken to the next level.
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Featuring every game and every goal from all competitions, this is the complete record of Liverpool FC's 2016/17 season.
Long Shot (BFI Flipside 034) (PG) (Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD) Cast: Charles Gormley, Wim Wenders, Stephen Frears, Bill Forsyth, John Boorman Dir. Maurice Hatton Run time: 84 mins THE FLIPSIDE: rescuing weird and wonderful British films from obscurity and presenting them in new high-quality editions. Two low budget filmmakers attempt to talk up some finance in this brilliantly barbed movie-biz satire played out against the backdrop of the 1977 Edinburgh Film Festival. Shot for next to nothing on short-end scraps of black-andwhite stock, this deadpan verité-style comedy drama follows director Charlie (Charles Gormley) and scriptwriter Neville (Neville Smith) on the hunt for cash, cast and 'name director' Sam Fuller to shoot their Aberdeen-set oil-boom adventure 'Gulf and Western'. Along the way, they encounter a plethora of filmmaking luminaries including Wem Wenders, Stephen Frears, John Boorman, Bill Forsyth and Alan Bennett. Special features:
• Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition • Scene Nun, Take One (Maurice Hatton, 1964, 26 mins): Comedy short film starring Susannah York
• Hooray for Holyrood (Ross Wilson, 1986, 38 mins): Scot-
Cast: Sherilyn Fenn, Malcolm Jamieson, Charlie Spradling Dir. Charles Band Run time: 83 mins A beautiful young artist must choose her destiny in this hauntingly sensual tale of love, passion and revenge.... Catherine Bomarzini (Sherilyn Fenn - TWIN PEAKS) returns to the family castle in Italy after her father s death and gets caught up in a mysterious love triangle: a man who is at times repulsive, at others enchanting; and a creature of the night whose gentle eyes and touch reveal his infinite love and devotion. With the help of Martha (Hilary Mason) her faithful childhood nanny and the ghost of a slain young girl, Catherine discovers the mediaeval curse that threatens their lives and only she can dispel. Extras:
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Complete Season 1 (PG) (DVD Box Set) Cast: Richard Steven Horvitz, Ed Neil, David Yost, David J. Fielding, Paul Schrier Dir. Brian Spicer Run time: 1500 mins Celebrating the 25th anni-
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versary of the worldwide phenomenon, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! After 10,000 years of imprisonment, the evil sorceress Rita Repulsa and her loyal minions are freed when astronauts on a routine mission in space accidentally open her dumpster prison on the Moon. Filled with rage, Rita decides to conquer the nearest planet: Earth. But her arch nemesis the heroic sage Zordon has been patiently waiting in preparation for this day. With the assistance of his wisecracking robotic sidekick Alpha 5, Zordon recruits a team of five teenagers with attitude Jason, Zack, Kimberly, Billy, and Trini-to receive superpowers beyond their wildest dreams and defend the Earth as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Aided by giant robotic vehicles modeled after dinosaurs called Zords, the Power Rangers fight back the evil alien hordes of Rita Repulsa.
an Empire, Ned Kelly had the largest reward in the world on his head. Forced into hiding whilst his friends and family were unlawfully imprisoned, Ned and his gang became folklore. Featuring the late Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight, Monster’s Ball), Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings) and Academy Award®-winning Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of the Caribbean, Intolerable Cruelty), in a dramatic and exciting story of one of Australia s most famous legends.
Panic in the Streets (12) (Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD) Cast: Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes, Jack Palance Dir. Elia Kzan Run time: 86 mins
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(Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Olga Tschechowa, Eve Gray, Jean Bradin, Eileen Pollock, Marcel Vibert Dir. Owald Andre Dupont Run time: 112 mins One of the most lavish British films of the silent era in both budget and scope, Moulin Rouge stars Jean Bradin, Eve Gray and Russian-German screen sensation Olga Tschechowa in the story of a young aristocrat driven to a suicide attempt after falling in love with a young dancer and her elegant, ravishingly beautiful mother. Set in and around the famous dance-halls of Paris, Moulin Rouge showcased British International Pictures' engagement of leading Continental film-makers during the late 1920s. The first British film directed by expressionist pioneer Ewald Andre Dupont, it also features Werner Brandes' stylish, distinctively European cinematography and art direction by Oscar winner Alfred Junge. Filmed at Elstree through the winter of 1927, the film was originally trade shown in March 1928 as a silent film with live musical accompaniment. It was re-released in 1929 with a recorded, synchronised score by John Reynders. SPECIAL FEATURES:
• Image gallery • Original script PDF
Ned Kelly (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Heath Ledger, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom Dir. Gregor Jordan Run time: 109 mins From the producers of Elizabeth and About A Boy comes the true story of one of the most notorious outlaws of all time... Ned Kelly. Persecuted by the police and hunted by
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When a body is found in the New Orleans docks, it's pretty obvious that he died from gun shot wounds. The police surgeon notices that the man is also displaying other symptoms and Lt. Commander Clint Reed, a doctor with the U.S. Public Health Service, diagnoses a highly contagious disease, pneumonic plague. He tries to convince local officials to find everyone who may have been in contact with the dead man. The Mayor supports his efforts but many, including the police, are doubtful. Reed wants to avoid publicity so as not to panic the public. They have little information to go on - they don't know the dead man's identity - and Reed estimates they have 48 hours before disease begins to spread. With police Capt. Tom Warren going through the motions, Reed sets out to find the killers.
• High Definition Transfer • Commentary by Alain Silver and James Ursini • More TBC
Patriots Day (15) (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons Dir. Peter Berg Run time: 133 mins Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon, Lone Survivor), PATRIOTS DAY is an account of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the everyday heroes who inspired the world in the extraordinary hours that followed. In the aftermath of an unspeakable act of terror, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again.
Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard Deslauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan) this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of the most sophisticated manhunt in law enforcement history and the strength of the people of Boston.
mance in this highly charged erotic thriller. Veteran New York City Police detective Frank Keller (Pacino) is a workaholic living on the edge. Joining forces with detective Sherman Touhey (John Goodman), to track down a bizarre serial killer, he encounters a beautiful suspect (Ellen Barkin). Convinced of her innocence, Keller enters into a passionate affair, despite hard evidence linking her to the murders. Mounting suspense leads to a surprise conclusion as Keller finds himself caught in an undercurrent of deception, seduction and betrayal.
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Cast: Don Bridges, Cris Cochrane, Tegan Crowley Dirs. Nick Kozakis, Kosta Ouzas Run time: 84 mins A small group of survivors in post-apocalyptic Australia seek shelter from an infection that has spread like a plague among the human populace. Evie (Tegan Crowley) and her fellow survivors become separated from her husband John (Scott Marcus). Evie refuses to leave John behind against the wishes of the group. The survivors revolt and abandon Evie to an uncertain fate. With the unexpected arrival of Charlie (Steven Kennedy) what appears to be an opportunity at a new beginning quickly turns to horror as menacing as the infected that pursue them.
(Blu-ray) Cast: Michael Sacks, Ron Leibmann, Valerie Perrine Dir. George Roy Hill Run time: 103 mins Kurt Vonnegut, Jr’s classic novel comes to life in this haunting film from acclaimed director George Roy Hill. Billy Pilgrim (Michael Sacks) is an ordinary World War II soldier with one major exception: he has mysteriously become unstuck in time. Billy goes on an uncomfortable trip back and forth from his birth in New York to life on a distant planet and back again to the horrors of the 1945 fire-bombing of Dresden. This dazzling and thought provoking drama co-stars Ron Lerbman and Valerie Perrine.
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Cast: Neneh Cherry Dir. Mark Cousins Run time: 88 mins
(DVD) The story of a camp in the boundless Siberian direct which holds prisoner those suspected of collaborating with the German Army. When one of the labourers stumbles upon a concealed steam train in the woods, giving refuge to the daughter of a German engineer, the pair fall in love. They plot to use the engine to escape and re-join life outside of the camp. Hotly pursued by the camp Colonel, an action packed adventure unfolds. Gripping to the end, the pairs passion and emotion fuels their desire for survival and freedom.
The latest film by British auteur Mark Cousins (I am Belfast, The Story of Film). Stockholm My Love follows the footsteps of Alva Achebe (Neneh Cherry), a Swedish architect fascinated by the way buildings influence lives, but haunted by a tragic event from her past.
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Filmed on the streets of the Swedish capital by Cousins and acclaimed cinematographer Christopher Doyle (best known for his work with Wong Kai Wai on In the Mood for Love), Stockholm My Love is a visually stunning essay film about loss and rejuvenation. The film marks the acting debut of acclaimed musician and singer Neneh Cherry.
Cast: Al Pacino, John Goodman, Ellen Barkin Dir. Harold Becker Run time: 94 mins Al Pacino gives a powerful, critically acclaimed perfor-
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critic Ian Christie, director Mark Cousins and full film credits
Sykes: The Complete Series (12) (DVD) Cast: Eric Sykes, Hattie Jacques, Richard Wattis, Derryck Guyler Dirs. Roger Race, Bob Spiers Run time: 1700 mins Comedy genius Eric Sykes stars alongside Hattie Jacques, Richard Wattis and Derryck Guyler in the complete run of this classic comedy series. Showcasing Eric's whimsical, slightly anarchic sense of humour, Sykes saw Eric basically playing himself just one step removed from normality! Sharing a house with his twin sister, Hat, Eric has to suffer the slings and arrows of everyday life something he invariably does with bad grace and obstinacy. With snobbish next door neighbour Mr Brown and nosey local PC "Corky" Turnbull always on hand to help turn a drama into a crisis, it's no wonder Eric spends half his time fantasising and the other half coping with catastrophe! This set contains all seven series 68 episodes of this classic BBC comedy.
gags, set-pieces and one-liners that matter: Why a duck, Hello, I Must Be Going, Hooray for Captain Spaulding, That’s the bunk!, Horse Feathers Swordfish scene and classic mirror sequence in Duck Soup. LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS: • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of all five features, transferred from original film elements by Universal • Original 1.0 mono audio • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing • Commentary on The Cocoanuts by film scholar Anthony Slide • Commentary on Animal Crackers by film historian Jeffrey Vance • Commentary on Monkey Business by Marx Brothers historian Robert S Bader and Bill Marx, son of Harpo Marx • Commentary on Horse Feathers by film critic FX Feeney • Commentary on Duck Soup by Bader and film critic Leonard Maltin • The Marx Brothers: Hollywood’s Kings of Chaos, a feature-length documentary containing interviews with Leonard Maltin, Dick Cavett and others • Three excerpts from NBC’s The Today Show featuring interviews with Harpo Marx, Groucho Marx and Bill Marx • MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED! FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Perfect-bound book featuring new and archival writing on the films
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The 4 Marx Brothers at Paramount: 1929-1933 (PG)
(Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook) Cast: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Stroud, Murray Hamilton Dir. Stuart Rosenberg Run time: 117 mins
(Blu-ray Box Set)
Run time: 398 mins
Cast: The Marx Brothers Dirs. Robert Florey, Joseph Santley, Victor Heerman, Norman Z McLeod
The Marx Brothers Chico, Groucho, Harpo and Zeppo are one of the cornerstones of American comedy. Starting out in vaudeville, they conquered Broadway and the big screen in their own inimitable style, at once innovative, irreverent, anarchic, physical, musical, ludicrous and hilarious. With the advent of the talkies, the Brothers signed to Paramount Pictures and brought their stage act to cinema audience. They made five films in five years, all of which are collected here: The Cocoanuts (1929), Animal Crackers (1930), Monkey Business (1931), Horse Feathers (1932) and one of the greatest comedies of all time, Duck Soup (1933). The Paramount era represents the Marx Brothers at their absolute finest, retaining all of the energy and controlled chaos of their stage shows. Plots are unimportant it’s the 96
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Based on terrifying true events, The Amityville Horror tells the story of George and Kathy Lutz who believe they have found the perfect family home on the coast of Long Island. But the house has a shocking history and within its walls a demonic presence lies in wait that will turn the Lutz’s lives into a living nightmare. Their only hope is to get out before it’s too late! SPECIAL FEATURES: • Limited Edition SteelBook • Restored version of 1080p HD transfer • ‘Brolin Thunder’ - A new Interview with Actor James Brolin • ‘Child's Play’ - A new Interview with Actor Meeno Peluce • ‘Amityville Scribe’ - A new interview with Screenwriter
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• ‘The Devil in The Music’ - A new Interview with Soundtrack Composer Lalo Schifrin
• ‘My Amityville Horror’ - feature-length documentary with Daniel Lutz
Cast: Anna Dawson, Michaela Longden, Daniel Thrace, Johnny Vivash, Zacharee Lee Dir. Stewart Sparke Run time: 83 mins
• ‘For God’s Sake, Get Out!’ - featuring James Brolin and Margot Kidder • Intro by Dr. Hans Holzer, PhD. in Parapsychology (author of ‘Murder in Amityville’) • Audio Commentary by Dr. Hans Holzer • Original trailer, TV spot, radio spots • 4 reproduction lobby card artcards (SteelBook Exclusive) • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and uncompressed stereo options • New optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
The Anthem of the Heart (PG) (Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD Collector’s Edition and DVD) Anime Dir. Tatsuyuki Nagai Run time: 119 mins
During a traumatic accident whilst on a deep-sea dive in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, Olive, a gifted, young marine-biologist discovers an unearthly creature. Losing her dream job, Olive smuggles the creature home, intent on studying it in her basement, unbeknownst to her devoted boyfriend Matt. Whilst struggling to re-adjust to landlocked life and recover from her recent trauma, Olive begins to realize that she and the creature share a symbiotic bond that drives her to carry out its sinister will. Plagued by gruesome nightmares, her fractured memories of what happened during the accident in the depths of the ocean begin to unravel and reveal an eldritch horror far older and malevolent than she could ever imagine, one which she has unwittingly set free. Olive's obsession leads to madness as her discovery consumes her entire humanity, with deadly results for those around her.
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I have feelings I can’t tell anybody hidden deep in a shell inside of my heart. But, really, I want to shout it out my honest feelings like a beautiful anthem is waiting to break free! Jun is a girl whose words have been sealed away. She was once a very happy girl, but because of a ""certain thing"" she said when she was very young, her family was torn apart. Then, the egg fairy appeared in front of her and sealed away her ability to talk in order to stop her from hurting anybody else. Since this traumatic experience, Jun lives in the shadows away from the limelight. Years later -- she is nominated to become an executive member of the community outreach council. On top of that, Jun is also appointed to play the main lead in their musical Collector’s Edition contains the film on Blu-Ray and DVD with the original Japanese track and English subtitles, presented in collectors packaging
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch, Ophelia Lovibond Dir. Ian Goldberg Run time: 86 mins A father and son, both coroners, are pulled into a complex mystery while attempting to identify the body of a young woman, who was apparently harbouring dark secrets.
(Blu-ray and DVD) Dir. Lucio Fulci Run time: 86 mins Shock gore master Lucio Fulci’s The House by the Cemetery is one of the finest typically single-minded exercises in zombie terror. It’s just a shame no-one told the Boyle family who move into a gothic style house (by a cemetery) with a bloody past and a guts spraying future, what is yet to come! You’d think they’d twig given the basement door is nailed shut that they should get the hell out. Instead they stay long enough to discover their zombified non rent-paying lodger, the cellar-dwelling, flesh-hungry Dr Freudstein and boy is he angry!
The Magic Christian (15) (Blu-ray) Cast: Peter Sellers, Ringo Starr, John Cleese, Raquel Welch, Wilfred Hyde White Dir. Joseph McGrath Run time: 88 mins This zany British comedy finds a homeless hobo (Ringo Starr) being adopted by the world s richest man, Sir Guy Grand (Peter Sellers). Setting sail on the luxury liner The
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Magic Christian, Sir Grand sets out to test the limit of human avarice. Wilfred Hyde White plays the drunken captain, Yul Brynner a chanteuse transvestite along with notable star appearances from John Cleese as the director of Sotheby’s, Raquel Welch, Roman Polanski and Richard Attenborough.
The Perfume of the Lady in Black (18) (Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD) Cast: Mimsy Farmer, Maurizio Bonuglia, Mario Scaccia Dir. Francesco Barilli Run time: 103 mins Director Francesco Barilli’s hallucinatory giallo horror-thriller stars Mimsy Farmer who portrays Sylvia, a chemist who begins to suffer from strange visions; a mysterious woman in black applying perfume in a mirror appears to her and strangers follow her everywhere she goes. Barilli’s psychological investigation into the workings of the mind becomes apparent when it is revealed that as a child, Sylvia committed a horrible crime. The slow progression from successful scientist to a woman on the verge of insanity shows an in-depth look at the intricacies of the haunted mind. This is a remarkable film, weaving reality, fantasy and memory into an almost seamless fabric.
The Remains (15) (DVD) Cast: Brooke Butler, Hannah Nordberg, Todd Lowe Dir. Thomas Della Bella Run time: 89 mins After suffering a heart-breaking loss, John (Todd Lowe: True Blood) and his three children are hoping for a fresh start in a new town. But the gorgeous Victorian house they move into is hiding a dark secret: a history of séances, evil spirits and murder. When the children discover a chest of artifacts in the attic, the home s malevolent pas begins to reveal itself. A doll, a pocket watch and a camera are not just dusty relics, and their power plunges the family into a terrifying journey that threatens all of them.
The Sinbad Trilogy (U) (Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD Limited Edition) Cast: Caroline Munro, Jane Seymour, Tom Baker Dirs. Nathan Juran, Gordon Hessler, Sam Wanamaker Limited Dual Format Edition (UK Blu-ray premiere)
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THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (Nathan Juran, 1958) THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD (Gordon Hessler, 1973) SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER (Sam Wanamaker, 1977) These all-time classic adventures, each featuring pioneering special effects by filmmaking legend Ray Harryhausen, are presented here in stunning restorations on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including exclusive interviews with actors Caroline Munro, Jane Seymour and Tom Baker, and rare recordings of Harryhausen and producer Charles H. Schneer in conversation – this stunning Limited Dual Format Edition from Indicator is strictly limited to 6,000 units. INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES: • Restored from the original negatives • Mono and 5.1 surround sound audio options • The 7th Voyage of Sinbad audio commentary with Ray Harryhausen • Previously unreleased audio interviews with Ray Harryhausen and producer Charles H. Schneer • New interviews with actors Tom Baker, Caroline Munro and Jane Seymour • New interview with SFX maestro Phil Tippett • Original Super 8 cut-down versions of all three films • Archival documentaries, interviews and featurettes • Original trailers and promotional films • Isolated scores by Bernard Herrmann, Miklós Rózsa and Roy Budd • Promotional and on-set photography, poster art and archive materials • Box set exclusive 80-page book with new essays, and film credits • Limited edition box set of 6,000 ...AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!
The Stone Killer (15) (Dual Format Limited Edition Blu-ray) Cast: Charles Bronson Dir. Michael Winner Run time: 79 mins This bloody crime thriller unites again Death Wish regular collaborators Charles Bronson and director Michael Winner. Bronson stars as an ex-New York City cop who is banished to the L.A. Police Department where he begins investigating a mysterious chain of events involving ex-soldiers, the Mafia and a violent campaign of murder. INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES: • High Definition remaster
• Original mono audio • Audio commentary • Rare archival materials from the personal collection of director Michael Winner
Versailles: The Complete Series Two (15) (DVD) Cast: George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan, Stuart Bowman, Evan Williams Run time: 530 mins
• Original theatrical trailer • Image gallery • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Paul Talbot, author of Bronson's Loose! The Making of the Death Wish Films and Bronson's Loose Again! On the Set with Charles Bronson • UK Blu-ray premiere • Limited Dual Format Edition of 5,000 copies • More TBC
The Wrath (15) (DVD) Cast: Adrian Grenier, Angela Trimbur, Fionnula Flanagan Dir. Richard Bates Jr. Run time: 91 mins When Owen is forced to confront the past he's been running from his whole adult life, he and his girlfriend, Isabel, become entangled in a horrifying web of lies, deceit and murder.
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(DVD Box Set) Cast: George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan, Stuart Bowman, Evan Williams Run time: 1060 mins All 20 episodes from the first two series of the historical drama starring George Blagden as French monarch Louis XIV. In a bid to strengthen his weakening position among the country's elite, Louis decides to move the French court from Paris to Versailles. However, with the Parisian nobility deeply opposed to the move, Louis is faced with negotiating a dangerous cycle of lies, deceit and vicious political manoeuvrings as he attempts to exert his authority. Series 1 episodes are: 'Welcome to Versailles', 'I Am the State', 'Mirror for Princes', 'The Road', 'Bow to Your King', 'Invalides', 'Revelations', 'Diplomacy', 'Etiquette' and 'Bring the Garden Here'. Series 2 episodes are: 'The Labyrinth', 'A Still Small Voice', 'Who Will Guard the Guards Themselves?', 'Miasma', 'War and Peace', 'The Sands of Time', 'A Night', 'The New Regime', 'Seven Shadows' and 'Of Blood and Stone'.
All ten episodes from the second series of the historical drama starring George Blagden as French monarch Louis XIV. In a bid to strengthen his weakening position among the country's elite, Louis decides to move the French court from Paris to Versailles. However, with the Parisian nobility deeply opposed to the move, Louis is faced with negotiating a dangerous cycle of lies, deceit and vicious political manoeuvrings as he attempts to exert his authority. In this series, a high-profile member of the court is found poisoned while Louis struggles to manage his paranoia as he continues to be haunted by events from the past.
Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang (PG) (DVD) Cast: Javier Gutiérrez, Raúl Rivas, Daniel Cerezo, Claudia Vega, Fran Garcia Dir. Oskar Santos Run time: 92 mins Troublesome twins Zip & Zap are punished and sent to summer school at Hope, a strict re-education centre ran by Falconetti, who forbids all forms of fun. They form the Marble Gang, the children’s Resistance, in order to defy the evil headmaster. Guided by intelligence, bravery and unbreakable faith in friendship, they uncover a mysterious secret hidden deep within the school and end up having the most exciting adventure of their lives.
(DVD) Cast: Mia Klosterman, Ben Johnson Dirs. Milko Davis, Thomas Martwick A crazed scientist, along with the dreaded axis of evil, attempt to bring chaos and destruction to America with a plot to unleash EMP blasts, toxic zombification gas and the ultimate undead killing monstrosity -- the Zombiesaurus Rex! The government sends in a rebel militia squad to try and foil the fiendish plans. Can they stop the mad scientist, his evil cohorts and their ultimate weapon of destruction before it’s too late?
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