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the filmmakers’ goal was to not only live up to the expectations set by that film, but to exceed them. Bryan Singer was particularly drawn to Apocalypse’s self-designation as a god. “I was fascinated by the notion of ancient mutant powers, and what a mutant would think if he or she was born 20,000 or 30,000 years ago. They would, of course, think they were a god, and would behave as one. And they would be looked at and worshipped like a god.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (12) Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi USA, 2016, 144 mins Dir. Bryan Singer Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult

Director Bryan Singer takes the franchise to new heights as the X-Men battle the original and most powerful mutant - Apocalypse. In 1983, the invincible and immortal Apocalypse is set free after being entombed for several millennia.  Enraged that his kind are no longer treated as gods, Apocalypse assembles a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to destroy humankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign.  To end Apocalypse’s path of global destruction, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) and Professor X (James McAvoy) lead a team of young X-Men in an epic showdown with a seemingly unstoppable enemy. APOCALYPSE NOW… AND THEN The critically hailed blockbuster X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST was a tough act to follow. Moreover,

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“Apocalypse believed that it was his responsibility to build a society and to remove humanity’s innate savagery. Over the millennia, Apocalypse had done this many times—with, for example, the Babylonians, Arcadians, Sumerians—and he’d been called many gods over many lifetimes.” “He imagines himself not just as a god, but as the god,” says producer Simon Kinberg. “That’s a very rich idea for a villain. It’s not a man versus mutant struggle, as we’ve seen in other films; it’s a world Apocalypse has envisioned, where only the strong survive.” Given Apocalypse’s vision of global destruction, it’s no surprise that this is the most visually ambitious of the X-Men pictures. “We’re not only traveling the world, we’re talking about the potential end of the world, and perhaps the end of the universe,” says director of photography Newton Thomas Sigel, who previously collaborated with Singer on X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, X2, and X-MEN, among other films. Adds Oscar Isaac, who plays the seminal figure: “The stage is set for an epic mutant versus mega-mutant war. The battle between the X-Men and Apocalypse is insane!” Moviegoers got their first glimpse of Apocalypse in a post-end credits sequence in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, where a younger version of the mutant was seen building pyramids, telepathically, while his minions looked on.


Apocalypse’s 5,000-year absence began when civilization was at its peak; his sleep ends when it’s arguably at its nadir. Upon rising in Cairo in 1983 from his millennia-long slumber, Apocalypse is shocked and repulsed by our planet’s decline—the cars, noise, pollution—all signs of a failed world that he must cleanse. His mission: exterminate the weak and rebuild it for the strong. “It’s a time of conflict, war and destruction,” notes Singer. “Apocalypse sees this as a civilization in desperate need of culling. There are false idols: people now worship money, and possess nuclear weapons, which gives them a false sense of godlike power. This does not work for Apocalypse. So he wants to put an end to it and start everything fresh again—and to reshape Earth in his image.” Oscar Isaac, who took on the role of Apocalypse following his star turn as the heroic starfighter pilot Poe Dameron in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, calls the character nothing less than “the creative/destructive force of this earth. When things seem like they’re no longer evolving—like they did in the 1980s—he destroys those civilizations.” Singer considered and then rejected the notion of making the character a giant, at least for most of the movie. “You will see him bigger than life, so there’ll be that satisfaction,” he explains. “But I also felt Apocalypse needed to exert his powers of

persuasion. That’s why I went with a really fine actor— Oscar—instead of just throwing him in a digital costume and animating him. There are some pretty spectacular things that occur, but it was important to feel a sense of realness—that Apocalypse is a physical being. I never wanted to lose the actor inside of CG animation.” The role required a juxtaposition of cruelty and violence with a unique kind of humanity. It’s a delicate balance that Isaac executes with consummate skill. Says producer Hutch Parker: “Oscar has such authenticity and dramatic integrity that he’s really one of the anchors of the film—playing the character around which everything pivots.” RAVEN, CHARLES AND ERIK: HOPE, DESPAIR AND ARMAGEDDON The world of 1983 also has undergone upheavals in the treatment of mutants. This next stage of human evolution is now accepted by most—but not all—of humanity, thanks to the heroism of Raven/Mystique, who (as seen in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST) prevented the assassination of the U.S. president and a war between mutants and humans. Raven, a blue-skinned shapeshifter, is seeking her true purpose, as well as elusive self-acceptance. In the years leading up to X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, she had tried to stay hidden from the world, shunning her celebrity as the face of hope and change for the HOME MOVIE : SFF

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new, mutant-integrated world. She resists bearing the weight of that label, and feels much of her past doesn’t warrant the world’s perception of her as a hero. Now, Raven is living by her own code and working independently as an underground mutant saviour, to fight against the remaining instances of human exploitation of mutants and save those still being persecuted. “The character is more ‘Raven’ than ‘Mystique’ in this story because she cannot be her true mutant self in a world that she feels is still not as mutant-friendly as it’s perceived to be,” says Oscar®-winner Jennifer Lawrence, who first played the role in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS and then reprised it in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. “That’s why she has basically been Raven since the events of the previous films, so no one would know she’s that mutant. When we meet her in this film, she’s been living a covert life as Raven.” Raven’s mission to help mutants where she can, culminates in her leading the X-Men in a massive battle with Apocalypse. But first she is reunited with the two men with whom she is closest, and with whom she shares a complex and evolving history: Charles Xavier (aka Professor X) and Erik Lensherr (Magneto). Raven and Charles have a long history together and were part of the original X-Men team. In the subsequent years they grew apart, separated by both distance and philosophies.

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When they are reunited, Raven’s views conflict with Charles’s. “She still does not believe people will embrace mutants; she’s seen the darker side of it,” Singer explains. “So Raven confronts Charles on it. He has no intention of forming a fighting force of any kind. They have polarizing views of where the world has come in the past ten years and how that leads to the formation of the X-Men.” When we meet Charles in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, he has rededicated himself to building his School for Gifted Children, as a safe haven for mutants learning how to control their powers. Within the context of Marvel’s universe, Kinberg sees Xavier’s school as a radical idea. “It’s a guy who takes a bunch of kids, trains them in a ‘Danger Room’ in his basement, plus they wear costumes, and go around the world stopping evil and injustice. Instead of shying away from that idea, we wanted to explore and embrace how radical the X-Men are,” he explains. Xavier is a powerful telepath whose greatest gift, says James McAvoy, who reprises the role, is “his empathy and ability to teach. The events of the last film left him hopeful and more responsible.” Xavier’s optimism and hope in 1983 is a 180-degree turn from the broken figure of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. “He’s surrounded by brilliant young students, and is now able to look past the prejudice, fear and hatred that linger in the world,” says McAvoy.


But his thinking undergoes another evolution after Apocalypse begins his reign of terror and destruction. “Xavier’s worst fears begin to surface and he has to mature to the realities of a world in the hands of an evil mutant,” McAvoy adds. “In some ways he has to become more militant—and more like Magneto.” McAvoy is referring, of course, to Xavier’s closest friend and fiercest rival, who, when we catch up with him in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE is finally living in peace. Failing in his attempt to assassinate the U.S. president at the end of DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, Magneto has disappeared, his silence and absence benefiting the progress of mutant integration into society. Over a decade later, “he’s hung up his cape and evil ways,” says recent Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender, who again takes on the role of the powerful mutant. Magneto is living a quiet life in a small town in Poland. He has a wife and a young daughter, and a job at local steel factory. But when a confrontation with local authorities ends tragically, Magneto’s tranquil life is shattered and his heart is broken. “Magneto had chosen to mimic the life of his parents, living and working in his native land, Poland,” says Singer. “But it goes horribly wrong, and he is devastated and takes an apocalyptic turn.” DESTROY Once again fuelled by rage and revenge, Magneto

is vulnerable to Apocalypse’s offer to join him as one of his newly reformed Four Horsemen. Inspired by the biblical vision of Four Horsemen, who unleash a divine destruction upon the world, Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen are minion mutants who, says Fassbender, “are living on the margins and have been ostracized or bullied.” Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen, circa 1983, are: Magneto, Psylocke, Angel and Storm. Psylocke, portrayed by Olivia Munn, is a powerful telepath and trained ninja assassin. We meet her as the bodyguard for Caliban, an underground mutant tracker. Apocalypse senses Psylocke’s power and persuades her to join his cause. “She’s a fascinating character,” says Munn. “Unlike many of her fellow mutants, who kill only when they must, Psylocke has always enjoyed killing, or at least she has no problem doing it.” Storm (whose given name is Ororo Monroe) is an orphan raised as a thief on the streets of Cairo. Portrayed by Alexandra Shipp, Storm possesses the ability to control all aspects of the weather. Storm can also fly, thanks to her ability to control wind currents. While she will become one of the most valued leaders of the X-Men, the Storm we meet in this film is struggling with her identity, before Apocalypse convinces her to join his team. “This Storm is more reckless and emotionally driven than the adult Storm we know from the previous X-Men films, starring Halle Berry,” says Shipp. “She’s

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confused about who she wants to be, and her lack of opportunity leads her to join Apocalypse as one of his modern Horsemen.” The Fourth Horseman is Angel, whose mutation gave him large wings and the ability to fly. Angel’s agility, strength and reflexes make him a lethal hand-to-hand combatant. In X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, after suffering severe damage to his wings, Angel is like an angry punk rocker. He’s a drunk, dishevelled mess, and surviving out of pure instinct. We meet him as the champion of the underground fighting cages in East Berlin. Angel is approached by Apocalypse, who gives him the opportunity to channel his anger and join his Horsemen. The über-mutant finds a willing acolyte in Angel, who is looking for reason to live, instead of just a reason to kill. In exchange for his allegiance, Apocalypse repairs Angel’s wings by transforming them into a techno-organic metal, which allows him to shoot deadly razor projectiles from his now indestructible wings. Ben Hardy, who takes flight as Angel, knew the character is one of the most anticipated by fans, and worked hard to bring Angel to life. That included a rigorous training regimen. Hardy trained six days a week and followed a strict diet, “to look as

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superhuman as possible,” he says. For flying scenes, Hardy trained for and executed complicated stunt wire-work, an often dizzying experience. “I mean, to be 30 feet in the air and swoop down was like being on a rollercoaster all day,” says Hardy. DEFEND While Apocalypse is assembling his Horsemen, Charles is teaching and training his young students. When Apocalypse’s rampage hits home, the young men and women must grow up quickly; as Raven tells them, “You’re not students, anymore; you’re X-Men.” Many of those characters will be familiar to audiences, but we meet them in this film as younger incarnations of the iconic figures in the original X-Men films. Singer says bringing these versions of the characters to life was one of the highlights of creating X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. “The world has embraced mutants, somewhat, and this film not only introduces new characters, it forms the team and explains why X-Men were necessary. They’re not just students who attend Xavier’s school. I understand some of them feel like outcasts and want to belong in a place where they’re accepted. But why a fighting force of mutants? What’s the need for that? This film tells that story.” Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) has the dual powers of telepathy and telekinesis. But as a teenager, Jean’s


powers are out of control and she must put them in check for her own safety and the safety of the other students at Charles’ school. Recognizing Jean’s potential, Charles takes her under his wing, much as he did with Raven (in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS). McAvoy says Charles and Jean share a powerful connection because “he understands how hard it is to switch the power on and off.” Even with Charles’ tutelage, Jean’s adjustment to the school and her fellow mutants is not an easy one. “Jean feels alienated,” says Turner. “She’s at a school for mutants, but she can’t fully control her powers and the other students are either afraid of her or think she’s a freak.” Things begin to change when Jean meets classmate Scott Summers, played by Tye Sheridan, with whom she begins to develop a bond, and she blossoms. But first, Scott (aka Cyclops) must come to terms with his own powers, which allow him to shoot powerful optic blasts that can only be contained by wearing custom ruby quartz glasses. While fans know that Scott is destined to become a leader of the X-Men, he is a much different person upon manifestation of his powers in 1983. Skinny, awkward and full of teen angst, Scott also has a chip on his shoulder towards his older brother Alex (Lucas Till), also known as Havok, whom we met in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. Scott, like so many of his mutant brethren, initially feels like he doesn’t fit in. “He has a blunt sense of humour,” says Sheridan, but notes Jean quickly changes his dark outlook. “Scott and Jean have this awkward, slightly provocative and flirtatious first encounter, which is the foundation of what becomes a very important relationship.”

Quicksilver, who is gifted with extreme speed. He was one of the breakout characters from DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, thanks to a show-stopping and visually arresting sequence where Quicksilver runs along the walls in the Pentagon kitchen, parallel to the ground, as part of a successful effort to free Magneto from a seemingly impregnable prison. Audiences had never experienced anything like it on film before. But a Quicksilver-centric scene in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE tops it. “The fun of building the new scene was coming up with the Quicksilver philosophy, which is that he can move so fast, he can fit a day’s activity into the blink of an eye,” says visual effects supervisor John Dykstra. Adds Evan Peters, who reprises his X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST role: “‘Quicksilver time’ exists within its own set of laws. He moves so fast that time seems to stop, but it is taxing for him.” Another newcomer to Xavier’s school is Kurt Wagner/ Nightcrawler, whose demonic-looking appearance, blue skin, yellow eyes and long, barbed tail, made him an outcast well before the emergence of his mutant powers, which include superhuman agility and teleportation (and the accompanying “BAMF!” sound). Nightcrawler is introduced here as a shy, emotional and naïve figure, who is also uncommonly wise—a quiet prophet, of sorts. Kodi Smit-McPhee (RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES) plays the character, which the young actor believes will resonate with audiences. “At his core, Kurt is traditional, happy, swashbuckling, joyful, as well as faithful and vulnerable,” he explains.

It is Hank McCoy/Beast who designs a combatappropriate visor for Scott, which finally allows him to control the force of his optic blasts. It’s all in day’s work for Hank, a genius-level intellect who, as Beast, possesses uncommon ferocity, enhanced strength, speed and agility. Hank spent the past ten years helping to rebuild and open Xavier’s School for the Gifted. Says Nicholas Hoult, who again takes on the role he first portrayed in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS: “Hank is continuing to build gadgets and gizmos, improving Cerebro, and crafting a supersonic, blast-resistant jet. He enjoys being a teacher and having young mutants around.” Those young mutants include Peter Maximoff/

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as her Valley Girl/mall rat personality. Jubilee is 18, and still trying to grow up and have fun, spending most of her time with Jean, Scott and Nightcrawler. Condor notes that the character “fits perfectly into the eighties period setting. She has a fun, pop feel and like many people her age—mutant or not—she enjoys videogames.” Joining the X-Men on their quest to stop Apocalypse is Moira MacTaggert, a CIA operative. Moira was a former love interest for Charles, who erased her memory of their time together in 1962, at the height of humanity’s fear and distrust of mutants, in order to protect her from attacks by anti-mutant groups.

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scientist bent on destroying mutants. He will go to any extreme to prevent what he sees as mutants’ existential threat to humankind. Last seen in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, circa 1973, Stryker continues his mission to rid the world of mutants. Says Josh Helman, who reprises the role: “Stryker is doing what he feels is necessary to save his country, but he holds such an unyielding belief in the work he’s doing, that he’s blind to its cost.” A MUCH BIGGER FILM

Rose Byrne, who reprises her X-MEN: FIRST CLASS role, notes that despite Moira’s memory loss, her connection to her mutant friends remains strong. “Moira is in some ways an outcast,” says Byrne. “She’s a huge sympathizer and advocate for mutants, but the battle against Apocalypse is her priority.” Still, she provides a tantalizing hint of a renewed bond with Charles. “He gives Moira the greatest gift…” is all she’ll reveal.

As he puts the finishing touches on X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, Singer notes that while his last directorial effort, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST was extremely satisfying, the new film is even bigger—in several ways. “In terms of scope and visuals, this is a much bigger movie. DAYS OF FUTURE PAST involved time travel, some robots, but mostly a lot of heists! This one is global destruction, godlike characters… a much bigger film. But we never lose the heart and the characters; we cling to those because they are very important. But there will definitely be a lot more spectacle this time around.”

Also returning is another human covert operative, who is Moira’s polar opposite in his anti-mutant views. William Stryker is an operations specialist and military

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE is available to buy on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD from 7th November, 2016

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NOW YOU SEE ME 2 (12) Action | Adventure | Comedy USA, 2016, 129 mins Dir. Jon M. Chu Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Daniel Radcliffe

One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, The Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all. In 2013, NOW YOU SEE ME mesmerised the world with the David and Goliath escapades of the Four Horsemen, a preternaturally gifted group of profes-

sional illusionists who pull off daring heists at the expense of a corrupt billionaire. NOW YOU SEE ME 2 brings back the talented group in a lightning-paced global adventure that blurs the line between heroes and villains as the Horsemen continue their mission armed only with their imaginations, skill and camaraderie. The success of the first film, which grossed over $300 million worldwide and earned the People’s Choice Award for Favourite Movie Thriller, made the Horsemen’s return to the screen inevitable, helmed this time by director Jon M. Chu, whose previous credits include two chapters of the popular Step Up series and the 2013 concert film Justin Bieber’s Believe. With expertise in movement, technology and cutting-edge design, Chu brought just the combination of skills the producers were looking for to make big, bold and innovative onscreen magic. A big fan of NOW YOU SEE ME, Chu jumped at the chance to work with a cast full of world-class actors, including five Oscar winners and nominees, to make a movie combining magic, storytelling and mystery. “This script was so much fun to work on,” he continues. “However this time around, we get to be with the Horsemen as they are trapped in a magic trick themselves and have to use their illusionist skills to get out. Ed Solomon is a brilliant writer and combines intricate story architecture with a breezy pace and fun tone that makes the movie an event for the whole family.” If directing a sequel to a massively successful movie presented a daunting challenge, it was one Chu was anxious to take on. “I admire everyone involved with this film,” he says. “When we all sat down together, it was very intimidating. But everyone was focused

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on making a great movie, so the collaboration was amazing.” Producer Bobby Cohen, a veteran of NOW YOU SEE ME, happily returned to work on the second chapter. “When we made the first film, we loved it and knew we were on to something, but it never even occurred to us that we would make a sequel. It was very gratifying to be able to call the people who took that original leap of faith with us and say, ‘What do you think about doing another one?’” Writer Ed Solomon, who co-wrote the first film, collaborated with Peter Chiarelli on the new story, which incorporates even more magic, intrigue and action, as well as an international setting. His goal was to capture the spirit of the original movie while reinventing the concept. “We have this group of characters that we really love hanging out with,” Solomon says. “What could be different this time? We had the idea of presenting them with a magic trick that they get trapped in and have to figure their way out of. We thought that would be exciting and fun, while giving us a lot to work with.” In NOW YOU SEE ME 2 the filmmakers have shifted from a performance-oriented heist movie to something harder to categorize, in Solomon’s opinion. “For me, movies that defy easy classification are the most successful,” he says. “I can’t describe what this genre is. It’s been called a spy-thriller or a caper movie. Some people call it a magic-comedy. It’s a little bit of all of those things. We tried to create the feeling 14

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that you’re watching a really great magician at work. You know you’re being fooled, but you don’t know how it’s being done. It is a slightly heightened reality with characters who are a little bit smarter than most people, people who have skills that seem almost like super powers.” The audience will feel like they are watching first hand as great magicians do their best work, according to the screenwriter, whose numerous past credits include Men in Black and cult-classic Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. “You should have that dual response that magic so often evokes,” Solomon says. “You are amazed by what you are seeing even though you know you’re being fooled. You’re excited to see where it will take you. There’s that wonderful suspension of disbelief.” Solomon praises Chu’s on-set demeanour, as well as his innate filmmaking instincts. “There are so many things that I really like about working with Jon,” says the screenwriter. “He’s very trusting of the artists around him because he believes they will bring their best work to the movie. Just knowing he believes that makes people strive to do it. He’s got an incredible eye and he’s really good with choreography and movement. His rapport with the actors is great. Jon runs a really calm and easy set, and given how complicated this movie is, that’s a really great place to be.” “I’ve known Jon for about ten years,” says Cohen. “He had just come out of USC film school, where he


made an extraordinary short that was a full-fledged musical. He was one of the first people we thought of for this. He really understands that choreography and movement within a frame is essential to what magicians do.” NOW YOU SEE ME 2 picks up one year after the first film ends, with the Horsemen in hiding and waiting to find out what the mysterious secret society of magicians known as The Eye will ask of them next. Although the Horsemen’s nemesis, Thaddeus Bradley, a notorious debunker of magic, has been framed for their crimes and jailed, the magicians remain the subjects of an FBI manhunt.

At the heart of this film, like that of its predecessor, is a sense of adventure and wonder, says Solomon. “I hope it’s at least as much fun for the audience to watch as it was for us to make,” he adds. “I think people love magic for the same reason they love jokes. It’s the element of surprise. You know it’s a game, but you feel safe. People love watching an expert doing something they don’t quite understand and trying to get to the bottom of that mystery.” NOW YOU SEE ME 2 is available on Blu-ray and DVD from 7th November, 2016

“In the first movie, the Horsemen know their plan before we do,” says Cohen. “The audience has the pleasure of trying to figure it out. This time, things go wrong very quickly for the Horsemen. The audience can look forward to watching a movie that has a bigger scope, bigger laughs and bigger action, while going deeper into the mythology of The Eye. We have impressive magic tricks, more puzzles, more surprises and so much more fun.” The all-star cast includes Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Jay chou, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. HOME MOVIE : SFF

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INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (15) Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi US, 2016, 120 mins Dir. Roland Emmerich Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Charlotte Gainsbourg

Jeff Goldblum & Liam Hemsworth Q&A Roland Emmerich’s INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre when the film burst onto screens in 1996 and now INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE brings audiences the next spectacular chapter. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But can anything really prepare them for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force? With the planet once again on the brink of extinction, David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum, returning to the role) is now heading up Earth Space Defense, having always known that it wasn’t a matter of if, but when, Earth would be attacked again. Jake Morrison (Liam Hemsworth) is a hotshot fighter pilot who lost his parents during the last invasion and who will stop at nothing to be on the front lines of this new battle against the aliens. Goldblum and Hemsworth sat down to discuss the high stakes involved in the story this time around and what can happen when all nations work together for the greater good of the planet.

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Q: The stakes this time around are incredibly high. Can you talk about what’s at stake? Liam Hemsworth: Well, there’s a lot at stake in this film. The whole planet is at stake, like the first film. We pick up twenty years later and we see how earth has rebuilt and how we’ve gained new technology from the aliens from the previous attack. We’ve been rebuilding and preparing for the possible return of these aliens. Jeff Goldblum: Yes, and all of our lives are at stake and the human race. We know that this is not a cordial planet really, so many species have come and gone and the human race will probably come and go at some point. Not yet, but if we have a vote in, we’re going to say ‘not yet’. Hemsworth: We’re going to keep on fighting. We have the will to live and survive. Goldblum: Do you know that poem, with the line, “I have miles to go before I sleep”? Hemsworth (singing): I have miles to go before I sleep. Goldblum: It’s not a song, it’s just a poem.


Hemsworth: Well, there you go, I just sang it for you. Goldblum: It’s Robert Frost. Whose woods these are I think I know.    His house is in the village though;  He will not see me stopping here    To watch his woods fill up with snow.  The woods are lovely, dark and deep,    But I have promises to keep,    And miles to go before I sleep,    And miles to go before I sleep. I kept saying that to myself before the filming on several days. It’s called Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. Q: What’s your character been up to in the twenty years between this movie and the last movie, Jeff? Goldblum: David Levinson is the name of my character and back in 1996, I was part of that extraordinary circumstance where I was able to contribute to the world’s continuation, but before that I was a MIT graduate, a simple, humble cable technician. During the war, we lost three billion people and much of the earth was destroyed, and there was a rebuilding effort and I was promoted. I’m now the Director of Earth Space Defense, so part of it is rebuilding, solving climate change, and different things with the new technology that we got from the downed spacecraft. The world is united in these last twenty years. We’re grieving together. We’ve come together as people do in crises. You hear stories all the time when there’s a fire or an earthquake and people come together to help

their neighbors and well, the whole world has done that and we haven’t fired a shot amongst ourselves. I get to lead the way in trying to anticipate another military challenge from extra-terrestrials and we’ll see what happens. Q: Is it an optimistic movie in that sense, in that it’s about humanity coming together? Hemsworth: It definitely has that element. It took an alien race attacking us to stop us from attacking each other. Goldblum: Hopefully we’ll do it in real life without that. We’ve got real jeopardy with climate change and environmental things that we have to come together and work together on. We can’t fight with each other because we’ve now got weaponry that could destroy all of us. We’ve got to stop being stupid. I hope, optimistically, that we can do that. Q: Why would Independence Day: Resurgence be a great movie to own on DVD? Hemsworth: This movie is literally the best movie ever made and you have to own it on DVD! We have to. We must. Goldblum: I’d like to have it on DVD! I think it will be beautifully done. It’ll be a good version of the film. You can turn it on and off. You can go to the bathroom. You can go to sleep. I like that. INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE Arrives on Digital HD on 31st October and on 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD 14th November

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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (PG) Animation | Adventure | Comedy US, 2016, 87 mins Dirs. Yarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud Cast: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper

From the creators of the blockbuster Despicable Me franchise comes the animated feature-film that finally answers the question: what do your pets do when you’re not home? In their fifth fully animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present  THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, a comedy

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about the lives our pets lead when we leave for work or school. Max, voiced by Louis C.K., is a loyal terrier living a perfectly happy existence until his owner, Katie (Ellie Kemper) brings home Duke (Eric Stonestreet) a big, boisterous mutt she finds at the shelter. When Max and his unruly new “roommate” slip away from their dog-walker, they find themselves lost in the urban jungle of New York City. In an attempt to stay ahead of animal control and a rebel band of abandoned pets led by an unhinged bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart), they put aside their differences to survive the epic journey back home.


Louis C.K. has given some thought to having a dog’s life. He told Entertainment Weekly: ‘I think that the pros and cons of being a dog are pretty clear. The pros are that you don’t have any responsibilities, and the cons are that you can’t control your own life. Other people tell you where to go and what to do. I think if I could be a human dog…like, if I could be a dog with a bank account, like a dog who an old lady left her mansion to and now I have a butler — I could enjoy being that kind of a dog.’ The film also includes the voice talents of Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate, Dana Carvey and Lake Bell. Directed by Chris Renaud and co-directed by Yarrow Cheney.

BONUS FEATURES: The Humans That Brought You Pets: Meet The Team, Animals Can Talk: Meet the Actors, All About the Pets, Hairstylist To The Dogs, The Best of Snowball, “Lovely Day” Lyric Video, Hot Dog Sing Along, Brian the Minion on Pets, GoPro - The Secret Life of Pets, SING Trailer, Mini Movies - NTV Norman Television Mini Movies - Weenie Mini Movies - Mower Minions The Making Of The Mini-Movies Sing Trailer, Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave Trailer THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS IS AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL DOWNLOAD FROM 31ST OCTOBER AND ON BLU-RAY AND DVD FROM 14TH NOVEMBER, COURTESY OF UNIVERSAL PICTURES (UK)

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21st November

THE BFG (15)

Dahl’s “The BFG” was first published in 1982, the same year Spielberg’s own story about an unusual and transformative friendship, E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, captured the hearts and imaginations of children and adults alike. The British author is one of the world’s most creative, mischievous and successful storytellers, someone who understands the inner lives of children and has a knack for creating characters that kids could relate to and storylines that kept them involved.

US, 2016, 117 mins Dir. Steven Spielberg Cast: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Bill Hader,  Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall

His ability to combine the fantastical with the frightening and place children as the heroes of his innovative stories, and adults as the villains, is unrivaled in the literary world. While Dahl’s stories recognize that life can be difficult and sometimes scary, that there is good with the bad, he never patronizes his readers.

A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kind-hearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children.

Producer Frank Marshall says, “Dahl’s stories are not just happy-go-lucky fantasies. There’s a lot of humor to them, but there’s also a little bit of a dark side. He walks on the edge. They’re a little scary, and I think that’s what appeals to people.”

For more than 40 years, Steven Spielberg has been sharing his stories with audiences across the world, introducing an array of extraordinary characters into the culture and sweeping generations into worlds that are at once wondrous, frightening, charming and palpably real. Roald Dahl’s seminal tale of the friendship between a young girl and a mysterious giant seemed perfectly aligned with the filmmaker’s own body of work, and while it may have seemed des-

Spielberg agrees, saying, “It was very brave of him to introduce that combination of darkness and light which was so much Walt Disney’s original signature in a lot of his earlier works, like ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Fantasia,’ ‘Snow White’ and ‘Cinderella.’ Being able to be scary and redemptive at the same time, and teach a lesson, an enduring lesson, to everyone—it was a wonderful thing for Dahl to have done, and it was one of the things that attracted me to want to direct this Dahl book.”

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tined that Sophie and the BFG would one day find their way into Spielberg’s care, it would be decades following the book’s publication before the journey would actually begin.

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“The BFG” is the story of the two lonely souls who, in finding one another, create their own home in the world, which is a consistent thread in Spielberg’s rich body of work. “Steven has always gravitated towards stories about families, which is one of the reasons his films have resonated with so many people,” says executive producer Kathleen Kennedy. Kennedy and Marshall were familiar with many of Dahl’s other books like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach” and “Matilda”—which have sold over 200 million copies worldwide— but neither had read “The BFG.” It wasn’t until a chance encounter on the set of MILK MONEY in 1993 that Kennedy read it for herself and realized that Spielberg, their longtime friend, colleague and collaborator, was just the person to appreciate the scope, playfulness and sheer invention of Dahl’s book. Spielberg has been a fan of Dahl’s for years, and in fact had read the book to his own children when they were younger. “It’s a story about friendship, it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems,” he says. Dahl created stories to tell his children and grandchildren, but was always hesitant to write any of them down, something with which the director could relate. “When I told my kids stories that they were especially fond of, they would beg me to make a movie about it,” Spielberg says. “Fortunately Dahl did eventually

agree to share his stories with the world, and we’re all the better because of it.” “The BFG” is enormously popular around the world, and to date has been published in 41 languages. It was also Dahl’s own favoUrite of all his stories. While the author passed away in 1990 at the age of 74, the producers forged a relationship with his widow and had many conversations about how important the book was to Dahl and whether or not a movie was even realistic. “We talked a lot about whether it would be better as animation or live action, because at the time, none of the technology that we were talking about using even existed,” explains Kennedy. But first, the producers needed a screenwriter to spin Dahl’s delightfully simple book into a full-length screenplay— someone with a special skill and instinct for children’s stories—and for that they turned to friend and colleague Melissa Mathison (The Black Stallion, The Indian in the Cupboard). “Melissa was the first and only writer we thought of,” says Kennedy. “Her gifts as a writer and her particular sensibility were essential to bringing Dahl’s visionary tale to life.” When reading Dahl’s book, the screenwriter was drawn to the bond between Sophie and the BFG. “It is a very sweet relationship,” she said, “But they actually start off a little combative and are suspicious of one another and even have their own little power struggles. But from the moment they have a plan and move forward as partners, there’s just so much love between them. It’s a wonderful little love story.” HOME MOVIE : SFF

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Of utmost importance to the filmmakers was remaining faithful to Dahl’s voice, keeping consistent with the author’s rhythm, language and interaction between his characters, all of which were uniquely his. “I tried to use Dahl’s dialogue verbatim as much as possible,” Mathison said. “We didn’t want to tamper with the tone.”

ters alive. “Melissa was there on the ‘E.T.’ set every day and every day on ‘The BFG,’” says Spielberg. “So I’ve been very fortunate to bookend our relationship with two stories that came from her heart.”

The script did present numerous challenges for the writer, however. “In a strange way, not much happens in the book because it really is about their relationship,” said Mathison. “There’s no dramatic drive to it. Their decision to try and get rid of the giants happens pretty easily and quickly, and there was an episodic quality to the chapters. It wasn’t as story-driven, so we needed to create a narrative.”

Says Spielberg, “I have not had a chance to mourn Melissa, because she’s been so vibrant and real to me, in the cutting room, on the scoring stage, in the dubbing room—she’s just always been there with me, so because of that, it’s going to be hard when I have to let ‘The BFG’ go, because then I have to let Melissa go, too.

Just as the filmmakers anticipated, Mathison took a personal approach to the material, maintaining the relationship between the scrappy orphan and the word-jumbly giant as they took on their big adventure. “My imagination was invested in the two of them,” she said. “Everything needed to be centered on their relationship.” “Melissa took Dahl’s book and did the most extraordinary but faithful translation, with a magic only Melissa possesses,” says Spielberg. Once the script was completed, Mathison would remain involved with the film throughout principal photography. Spielberg occasionally needs to make changes to the script while filming and wants the writer’s voice there to bring the charac-

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Mathison sadly lost her battle against cancer in November 2015.

Stepping into Giant Shoes It was on the first day of filming BRIDGE OF SPIES, Steven Spielberg’s dramatic Cold War thriller, that the director realized he had found his BFG. Renowned stage actor Mark Rylance, whose credits include TV’s “Wolf Hall” and the acclaimed stage productions “Twelfth Night” and “Jerusalem,” among others, was playing convicted Soviet spy Rudolf Abel, a character far removed from that of the sweet but simple giant depicted in “The BFG.” While the director was aware of Rylance’s profound range as an actor, and in fact had been following his career for some time, something else clicked that day. “Mark would go into complete character transformation when the camera was rolling,” says Spielberg, “And while he is one of the greatest stage actors


ever, it was the Mark in between takes that really touched my heart. It was then that I knew he could do anything.” Spielberg continues, “I could have made ‘The BFG’ with actors on oversized sets using a digital blend, but I wanted the giants to look beyond human. The only way I could capture magic with the giants was to animate them based on the performances of the actors I was casting and have the animation be super-photorealistic.” At 24-feet tall, the BFG is the smallest of the giants in Giant Country (his brothers range in size from 39-feet to 52-feet), but he is also the kindest. He speaks Gobblefunk, reads “Nicholas Nickleby” by Dahl’s Chickens and catches dreams which he shares with children as they sleep. “The BFG is a vegetable-eating, peaceful giant,” says screenwriter Melissa Mathison. “Even though he detests Snozzcumber, he eats it, almost as if contrition for the fact that his fellow giants eat children.” Rylance was immediately inspired by Mathison’s script, and says, “Melissa added some twists and turns and made Dahl’s original story much more dramatic, in a way that gives you more of a chance to see the friendship develop.” “He is just misunderstood,” Rylance continues. “The BFG and Sophie are both isolated beings, and they find a friend who understands them, maybe better than they do, and those are the best kind of friends.

That’s part of the great love and friendship they have for each other.” Finding Sophie The central heartbeat of the story is the relationship between the BFG and Sophie. Newcomer Ruby Barnhill plays Sophie, the curious and compassionate young orphan who is whisked out of her bed and taken to Giant Country, but finding a young actress to play such a significant role was a daunting prospect. The character of Sophie, who was named after Dahl’s first granddaughter, can’t be pushed around. “She is one of the strongest female characters I think I have ever had in one of my films,” says Steven Spielberg. “She gives so much hope and encouragement to BFG.” For six months the filmmakers looked at thousands of girls varying in age and experience, but when the director saw 9-year-old Barnhill, a schoolgirl from Knutsford in Cheshire, England, her audition stopped him dead in his tracks. “There was just something about her,” Spielberg says. “She is fascinating and incredibly talented, and just perfect for this role.” The young actress was drawn to the relationship between her character and the big friendly giant. She explains, “The BFG has had his heart broken, and he’s actually quite sad most of the time. And obviously his brothers are horrible to him and they bully

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nudges you when he sees you doing something he likes and if you’re doing something too much, he’ll nudge you back.” It is The Queen who is the crucial component to Sophie’s plan, which is to enlist the majester’s support and permanently get rid of the disruptive giants so that the BFG can lead a peaceful life. Wilton was especially impressed with Mathison’s screenplay, saying, “The emotional content between the characters is so real. And it’s terribly witty.”

him around all the time and call him a runt. Sophie is lonely and alone in the world just like the BFG…they are actually both orphans in a sense.” “Ruby is a very imaginative young woman and just a complete natural actress,” says Rylance. “I learned from her really, as you do from all the young people. Her ability to take very complicated technical notes from Steven and make them natural is just miraculous, just remarkable.” And the feeling was mutual. “Working with Mark was really lovely. He’s always got a smile on his face and he’s kind to me all of the time,” Barnhill says. “And, I think we have quite a good relationship, almost like Sophie and the BFG.” The Human Beans The first and only person Steven Spielberg pictured as The Queen in THE BFG was British actress Penelope Wilton (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Pride & Prejudice). He was taken with her performance as Isobel Crawley in the hit television series “Downton Abbey,” and knew she would be perfect. Wilton was honoured to even be considered for the role. “I was a bit amazed, because I didn’t even know Steven Spielberg knew who I was,” laughs Wilton, “But I would love to work with him any time. Steven leaves you alone to do your work… he doesn’t tell you what to do, he sort of tempers what you do. He 24

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Actress Rebecca Hall (The Gift, Iron Man 3), who was cast as Mary, The Queen’s handmaid, agrees, saying “I loved how Melissa managed to remain completely faithful to the spirit of ‘The BFG’ while also adding a lot of little personal touches.” Hall has a very personal connection to Roald Dahl’s book. “As a child it was the first book I was able to read by myself. Around that same time I also did a TV programme in London where I played a character named Sophie, and even though it had nothing to do with the book I have distinct memories of fantasizing that I was actually the Sophie from ‘The BFG.’” In the role of Mr. Tibbs, The Queen’s butler, the filmmakers cast British actor Rafe Spall (The Big Short). Mr. Tibbs, who is married to The Queen’s handmaid Mary, makes the BFG feel at home in Buckingham Palace, fashioning a chair for him out of clocks, a piano and a ping pong table. Coincidentally, the actor had worked with both Wilton and Hall in the past on two separate projects, which made for a comfortable vibe on set. Plus, the Buckingham Palace scenes were shot towards the end of principal photography, so the three actors were working with a very established crew. Spall explains, “It’s been really nice to come in towards the end of production. There’s a really lovely energy on set and it works extraordinarily efficiently, which is also due to the fact that the department heads on Steven’s crew work with him a lot.” THE BFG is available on Blu-ray 3D, limited edition steelbook, Blu-ray & DVD from 21st November, 2016


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Two of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl and Steven Spielberg – unite to bring Dahl’s classic to life. Based on the beloved novel by the iconic British children’s novelist, The BFG tells the exciting tale of a young orphaned girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and the mysterious Giant (Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Steven Spielberg’s The BFG receives its home entertainment release this November, available on Digital Download, Blu-ray™ and DVD. The BFG follows a young girl named Sophie who lives in an orphanage in London. One night, Sophie sees a large, cloaked person in her bedroom window who takes her away to his homeland in Giant Country. There, he identifies himself as the Big Friendly Giant (‘BFG’). Considered an outcast by his fellow children-eating giants, the BFG spends his nights sweeping the streets of London blowing bottled dreams into children’s bedrooms and sustaining himself on a diet of ‘snozzcumbers’ – a foul tasting vegetable substitute to ‘human beans’. Despite his intimidating appearance, Sophie discovers that the BFG is a kind-hearted soul and they quickly become friends. The BFG shares with Sophie the wonders and secrets of Dream Country, but she soon finds herself in danger by the sudden arrival of several human bean gobbling giants. In order to stop the Giants tyranny, together they prepare a plan to appeal to the Queen of England for help.

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FROM DIRECTOR JUSTIN LIN AND PRODUCER J.J. ABRAMS COMES ONE OF THE BEST-REVIEWED ACTION FILMS OF THE YEAR

The All-New Star Trek Adventure Takes Off on 4K Ultra The All-New Star Trek Adventure Takes Off on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray 3D™ on November 21st Get it on Digital One Week Early on November 14th

The intrepid crew of the USS Enterprise returns in “the best action movie of the year” (Scott Mantz, “Access Hollywood”). The “highly entertaining” (David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter) new installment in the iconic franchise, STAR TREK BEYOND sets a course on 4K Ultra HD, Bluray 3D and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand November 21st, 2016 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The sci-fi adventure will also be available as part of the STAR TREK TRILOGY Blu-ray Collection. The film warp speeds to Digital one week early on November 14, 2016. Director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious) delivers “a fun and thrilling adventure” (Eric Eisenberg, Cinemablend)

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with an incredible all-star cast including Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, as well as newcomers to the STAR TREK universe Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Idris Elba (Pacific Rim). In STAR TREK BEYOND, the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test. The STAR TREK BEYOND 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray are loaded with over an hour of action-packed

bonus content, with featurettes from filmmakers and cast, including J.J. Abrams, Justin Lin, Chris Pine and Zachary


Quinto. Go beyond the movie’s incredible edge- of-yourseat action and see how an unprecedented 50 new alien species were created, including STAR TREK’s newest villain Krall and the rebellious warrior Jaylah. Journey through the iconic franchise in celebration of STAR TREK’s 50th Anniversary, enjoy a hilarious gag reel

and explore deleted scenes you didn’t see in theaters. In addition, the sets include tributes to actors Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin. The film also boasts a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack* remixed specifically for the home theatre environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.

BLU-RAY  Feature film in high definition  Bonus Content: •

Deleted Scenes - Go Beyond the final cut of the

discover how its futuristic architecture became the foundation for the most innovative Starbase yet.

movie with scenes you didn’t see in theaters. •

Beyond the Darkness - Meet visionary producer J.J. Abrams, director Justin Lin and co-writers Simon Pegg and Doug Jung as they discuss the inspiration for the Star Trek Beyond storyline and how it came to life.

Enterprise Takedown - Experience edge-of-yourseat action and see how a shocking attack destroys the USS Enterprise.

Divided and Conquered - Learn how filmmakers pushed the boundaries in Star Trek Beyond by forcing the Enterprise crew into their most challenging situations yet.

A Warped Sense of Revenge - Meet Star Trek’s newest villain, Krall, as actor Idris Elba reveals the backstory behind his character’s terrifying ambitions.

Trekking in the Desert - Go on set to Dubai and

• Exploring Strange New Worlds - Tour the incredible production sets of Star Trek Beyond with director Justin Lin. • New Life, New Civilizations - See how special effects designers met the challenge to create an unprecedented 50 new alien species for the film to celebrate Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary. •

To Live Long and Prosper - Journey through the past 50 years of Star Trek with

J.J. Abrams and the cast as they reflect on the evolution of this iconic sci-fi series.

For Leonard and Anton - Watch a touching tribute to the legendary Leonard Nimoy and beloved crew member Anton Yelchin.

Gag Reel - Join in on the fun with this hilarious gag reel of on-set bloopers.

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DVD  Feature film in standard definition  Bonus Content: • Beyond the Darkness - Meet visionary producer J.J. Abrams, director Justin Lin and co-writers Simon Pegg and Doug Jung as they discuss the inspiration for the Star Trek Beyond storyline and how it came to life.

Star Trek Beyond

• For Leonard and Anton - Watch a touching tribute to the legendary Leonard Nimoy and beloved crew member Anton Yelchin. • Music Video – Sledgehammer • Trailers

4K Ultra HD

Fans can enjoy the ultimate viewing experience with the 4K Ultra HD, which includes the Blu- ray detailed above, as well as an Ultra HD Disc presented in 4K Ultra HD with English Dolby Atmos, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The 4K Ultra HD also includes access to a Digital copy of the film.

Star Trek Trilogy Blu-ray Collection The STAR TREK TRILOGY Blu-ray Collection includes Blu-ray Discs™ of STAR TREK (2009), STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS and STAR TREK BEYOND with access to a Digital copy of each film.

The Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and 4K Ultra HD available for purchase include a Digital Version of the film that can be accessed through UltraViolet™, a way to collect, access and enjoy movies. With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them—reliably and securely—to a variety of devices.

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GHOSTBUSTERS (12) Action | Comedy | Fantasy USA, 2016, 116 mins Dir. Paul Feig Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon,  Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth

More than 30 years after the first film debuted... more than 25 years after ghosts were last busted on screen... the long wait is finally over. GHOSTBUSTERS is returning with a new team and new characters in a new adventure. The new film began with director Paul Feig, who, as the creator of “Freaks and Geeks” and the director of BRIDESMAID, THE HEAT and SPY, has built an impressive comedy resume of some of recent years’ most successful, groundbreaking, and memorable comedies. Given the opportunity to reboot the franchise, it was Feig who saw a way to bring one of his personal comedy influences into the 21st century. “I was an enormous fan when Ghostbusters first came out,” he says. “I saw it the opening weekend in the theater and had honestly never seen a comedy do what that movie did to that audience. People, including myself, just lost our minds, not only because it was funny. It was the funniest people - we all loved Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson, so seeing them together - this supergroup of funny guys - made it even better. But the thing that put it over the top was the context of an enormous world of fighting ghosts with technology... that’s the greatest idea in the world. It’s one of these things that make you say, ‘I wish I had thought of that idea.’” Naturally, the idea for another Ghostbusters - as a sequel - was one that had been explored for quite 30

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a while. “I’ve always wanted to do another sequel,” says Ivan Reitman, who directed and produced the first two iconic films in the franchise, and now produces the new film with Amy Pascal. “It’s one of those movies that you should revisit and I was really hoping that I could do it. But unless we all agreed on something, it wasn’t going to get done. Getting four people - especially these four people - to agree was kind of impossible. And then, unfortunately, we lost Harold.” With the passing of Harold Ramis in 2014, the studio and Reitman began to look for a new comedic talent to take the helm of a future film. That’s when Feig entered the picture. “I knew they’d been trying to put together a sequel for a long time,” says Feig. “I started wracking my brain. Funny people fighting the paranormal is still the greatest idea ever, and it felt like there was still so much to explore outside the worlds of the first two films. I thought, ‘How would I do it?’ Well, I’d make it with the four funniest women I know. That excites me, because it makes it something new.” “Paul has been intent on doing a big tentpole movie with women, but it was hard to figure out the right film, with the right cast - the chemistry had to be right on every front,” adds executive producer Jessie Henderson, who is Feig’s producing partner. “We took our first stab at that with Spy, but his idea for Ghostbusters was an opportunity to take it to an even bigger level, with special effects, visual effects, and the ensemble cast.” Reitman was also excited about the opportunities for comedy in Feig’s idea. “What’s really exciting about Paul’s take is that it’s not about the gender,” he says. “It’s the friendship of four particular characters as they do something extraordinary.” With the studio and Reitman in his corner, Feig teamed with Katie Dippold to co-write the screenplay. “There was only one person I wanted to write this with, and that was Katie,” says Feig of his co-writer on The Heat. “I’ve worked with her on other projects and I know she loves ghost stories. She loves scary movies. It was a match made in heaven.” “At first, we spent a lot of time talking about what we wanted the script to be,” says Dippold. “There were so many different creative debates - what elements of the original do you want to see again? What should feel new? Then we talked about the story and the characters. Nobody wanted to do remakes of the


original characters - Venkman will always be Venkman. So we came up with four new characters of our own.” “Paul was intent on making a movie that lived up to the spirit of the original but had a new reason for being,” says Amy Pascal. “It always comes down to the characters, and that is what Paul has always been brilliant at creating.” It was in this way that Feig approached the film as an entirely new story as a new team answers the call. “I wanted the movie to start with our world today - a world that has never seen ghosts that we can prove,” says Feig. “Our Ghostbusters have dedicated their lives to scientifically proving ghosts exist, but they’re considered loonies, because there’s no physical proof. But when they actually get to see the ghosts they’ve been trying to see for their whole lives, they’re going to prove that their whole lives’ mission was correct. They all have this common goal, and they complement each other.” So, Dippold and Feig created new characters who would mesh well as a team. He explains: “Abby is the paranormal expert; she’s dedicated her life to studying ghosts. Erin is the physicist, who tries to bring a scientific grounding into it. Holtzmann, the engineer, can take the concepts that Abby and Erin come up with and actually build the physical equipment to fight them. And finally, Patty joins the group as the newcomer who knows the ins and outs of New York

City, which will be one of the keys to solving where the ghosts are and what’s happening to Manhattan.” “You’ve seen men as comedic eggheads but not since Elaine May in A New Leaf have women been portrayed as funny scientists,” says Pascal. “It was a fresh and unique take on the material that needed to be told.” But writing the characters as complementary was only half of the challenge - Feig also had to cast the roles with actors who were hilarious and could bring them to life. Into these roles, Feig cast Melissa McCarthy as Abby, Kristen Wiig as Erin, Kate McKinnon as Holtzmann, and Leslie Jones as Patty. “I think the reason why Melissa is one of the most successful comedians working today is that she brings an everyman quality to her work,” says Reitman. “She brings great energy, great truth - she has a quality of being very funny and very real. People love her because she’s here to represent them. When it came to casting the role of Erin, Feig says McCarthy was already on board, which led to what seems like a first go-to candidate in her Bridesmaids co-star. “Kristen’s name just kept coming up,” Feig says, “but I didn’t even know if she’d want to do it, because she’s been showing what a great actress she is in so many dramas lately. Then, out of the blue, my wife was talking to Kristen and she said, ‘Oh, I know Paul’s doing Ghostbusters, and if he’d ever want me

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to do any little part in it, I’d love to.’ That was music to my ears, because Kristen would be so good in this role. She’s really one of the funniest people in the world - she makes me laugh and always has.” “For the role of Jillian Holtzmann, we needed an actress who could go outside the box,” Reitman states. “I saw the extraordinary sketches in which Kate McKinnon plays Justin Bieber, and captures his essence in a totally original hilarious way. For Ghostbusters, she brings a unique, quirky, comedic energy to her role that is perfect! Kate is a comedic force to be reckoned with.” For the final role, Feig was struck by lightning. “I first saw Leslie Jones do a ‘Weekend Update’ segment. About a minute into her bit, I sat up and said to my wife, ‘That’s one of our Ghostbusters,’” says Feig. “We met, and we bonded over the fact that we both started in standup at about the same time, in the 1980s. She’s such a big personality, but it’s sincere she’s so passionate about everything she does. She commands the screen as Patty Tolan.” But one other reason why these four actresses were right for the roles was that beyond their individual talents, Feig knew they would blend well as a team, creating a whole that was even stronger than its individual components. “That’s why it was important to me to cast actors who were friends in real life, because when you do that, you get a level of camaraderie, realness, and warmth between them that you don’t sometimes get when you put actors together who don’t know each other,” Feig continues. “It’s always 32

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been important to me - it’s one of the reasons why I think Bridesmaids worked so well. Kristen and Melissa were Groundlings together, did Bridesmaids and ‘Saturday Night Live’ together. Kate and Leslie are on ‘Saturday Night Live’ right now. All four of them have worked together in various projects, and they all have a very different sense of humour that complements each other: Kristen is just so good at that contained, neurotic comedy that she keeps very fun; Kate is such a physical comedian, but has this inner oddness, providing the movie with a weirdo energy; Leslie is just an explosion that comes onto the set; and Melissa is the leader of the pack. You’re really getting four very distinct characters, four very distinct personalities, whom also happen to be able to kick a lot of ghost ass.” GHOSTBUSTERS is available on 4k Ultra, 3D, Bluray and DVD on 21st November, 2016


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In the effort to find her mom and dad, Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank, a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey, a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.

FINDING DORY (U) Animation | Adventure | Comedy USA, 2016, 103 mins Dirs. Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill,  Kaitlin Olson

Disney Pixar’s FINDING DORY welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favourite forgetful blue tang Dory, who is living happily in the reef with Nemo and Marlin. When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, she recruits Marlin and Nemo for a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute (MLI), a rehabilitation center and aquarium.

While the conclusion of the 2003 Oscar®-winning film Finding Nemo left filmmakers and fans perfectly satisfied, director Andrew Stanton had the realisation there may be some unfinished business worth exploring. “Dory had wandered the ocean most of her life,” says Stanton. “Because of her short-term memory loss, she couldn’t remember anybody she’d met, but she had emotional memories—she always remembered how it felt. And she was repeatedly left with a compounding feeling of separation and loss. “Her optimism and helpful nature are a defence,” continues Stanton. “It is an unconscious armour she presents in hopes others won’t tire of her challenge and ditch her. When we first meet her in Finding Nemo, one of the very first things she says is ‘I’m sorry.’ She just assumes that somehow her short-term memory loss has caused a problem and she’s quick to try to mend it. That, for me, is really juicy stuff. That’s somebody that deserves to feel better about themselves; that’s a main character with a story to tell.” “It’s a story about family,” says Ellen DeGeneres,

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who lends her voice to Dory. “It’s about finding the courage to do something she’s always wanted to do—even if she couldn’t remember she wanted to do it.” According to Stanton, the story crew initially showcased Dory as light-hearted, bubbly and funny—attributes that certainly apply to the character, but left her lacking depth. “She seemed a little two-dimensional,” says the director. “I realized that even though I had her full backstory in my head, nobody else did— including the audience. Everyone walked away from ‘Nemo’ with fond memories of how funny she is. But I always saw that as a mask. I realized we’d have to fill in the audience about what happened to her when she was young.” Finding Dory reveals that Dory has a loving mom and dad who dote on their daughter, patiently helping her manage her short-term memory loss. “They don’t try to change her,” says Stanton. “They just want to help her own who she is. Being a parent and seeing my kids grow up and enter the world, I realize that kids are all born with certain temperaments, flaws, quirks—and it’ll always be who they are. You probably spend most of your time as a parent worrying about those things, too—you don’t lose sleep over the things they do well. The best quality I could give Dory’s parents is that they never doubt her.” Despite their best efforts, young Dory gets lost. “She wanders the ocean for most of her life,” says Stanton. “And slowly forgets why.”

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A massive stingray migration cruises through their neighbourhood, triggering Dory’s memory. “The experience is viscerally similar to an event that separated her from her parents so long ago,” says Stanton. “She’s flooded with memories and suddenly very motivated to track down her family.” In an effort to maintain Dory’s drive to find her family, filmmakers had to first understand her memory issues. Says producer Lindsey Collins, “While Dory forgets details in her day-to-day life—like Nemo’s name—her emotional memory is fine—she knows she loves Nemo and Marlin. And the love she has for her parents has been with her all along.” “The mystery of memory is so important to the story,” adds screenwriter Victoria Strouse. “Memory is a huge part of family—all of those seemingly meaningless or mundane interactions we all experience as children stay with us and shape our personalities. Dory possesses those memories—on some deep level—and accessing them is part of her ultimate journey of realizing that she’s not broken after all.” According to co-director Angus MacLane, the memory flash marks the beginning of a new adventure. “It kicks off a quest—both internally and externally—to try to find her family,” he says. “But Dory feels that she can’t do it on her own, so she talks her newfound family—Marlin and Nemo—into coming along.” Dory finds her way to the “Jewel of Morro Bay”—the Marine Life Institute (MLI), where she believes her family may be. The MLI is a rescue and rehabilitation


centre and premiere aquarium. In the journey to the MLI, Dory finds herself separated from Marlin and Nemo, and must rely on her own intuition—as well as a host of colourful characters, appealing to each of them to help her on her quest. “I play a disgruntled octopus named Hank,” says Ed O’Neill, who was tapped by filmmakers to bring Dory’s chief wingman to life. “He doesn’t like anybody and just wants to be left alone.” “We realised that Dory needed a foil,” says Stanton. “Dory was created in the first movie as a surrogate for Nemo. Marlin’s emotional journey to be a better parent called for a character like Dory to test him. Kids—and Dory—are very in the moment; they don’t think about the future too much. They take risks and have fun.

“For this film,” Stanton continues, “we needed a surrogate Marlin. Hank is a curmudgeon, an introvert. He really doesn’t want to be healed and sent back out to the ocean. He’d prefer a solitary existence inside an aquarium tank, so he’s trying to get himself into a more permanent installation.” “Hank is smart, set in his ways and very cranky,” says DeGeneres. “He’s not happy where he is, while Dory is always happy wherever she is. There’s a great juxtaposition between these two; they’re complete opposites. It’s a great pairing because she is so innocent, yet pushes him to open his mind. They’re both fearful—though Dory doesn’t realise it. She just keeps swimming.” FINDING DORY is available on Blu-ray 3D, blu-ray and DVD from 28th November, 2016

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MEANWHILE IN CINEMA...

Some of the great new titles to look out for this month. 1st November 2016

Light Between Oceans, The (12A)

Dir. Roger Spottiswoode, UK, 2016, 103 mins Cast: Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas

The film adaptation of James Bowen’s muchloved, best-selling book. Starring Luke Treadaway (Unbroken, Clash of the Titans) as James Bowen, A Street Cat Named Bob tells the moving and lifeaffirming true story of the unlikely friendship between a young homeless busker, James Bowen, and the stray ginger cat named Bob who changed his life. Also starring Ruta Gedmintas (The Strain, The Incident) Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, Filth) Anthony Head (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and (of course) Bob. Filming took place over six weeks in London, mainly in Covent Garden where James and Bob used to busk.

Drama | Romance Dir. Derek Cianfrance, UK/New Zealand/US, 2016,

Accountant, The (15)

133 mins

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander,

Dir. Gavin O’Connor, US, 2016, 128 mins

Rachel Weisz

Based on the bestselling novel by M. L. Stedman, The Light Between Oceans tells the powerful story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Australia who discover a baby adrift in a rowboat. When they decide to raise the child as their own, the consequences of their choice will change their lives forever. >>Trailer

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A Street Cat Named Bob (12A) Comedy | Drama

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Cast: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, Jon Berthnal, J.K.Simmons

Christian Wolff (Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a stateof-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise. >>Trailer


My Feral Heart (12A) Drama Dir. Jane Gull, UK, 2016, 83 mins Cast: Steven Brandon, Shana Swash, Will Rastall, Pixie Le Knot

The feature debut of award-winning director Jane Gull, the  story follows Luke, a fiercely independent young man with Down’s syndrome, who is thrust into a daunting new environment after a sudden bereavement. As friendships bloom and long-buried secrets are revealed, Luke verges dangerously close to disaster in this orginal and thought-provoking social drama, which the  Edinburgh International Film Festival described as “…a beautifully realised, understated character study bolstered by strong performances, distinctive cinematography and a deeply evocative score.” NOTE: November’s release is driven by cinema-ondemand – BUY TICKETS HERE AND MAKE THIS RELEASE HAPPEN:  www.ourscreen.com/film/MyFeral-Heart >>Trailer

Nocturnal Animals (15)

Award nominees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star as a divorced couple discovering dark truths about each other and themselves. A “story inside a story,” in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called “Nocturnal Animals,” which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. >>Trailer

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Arrival (12A) Drama | Mystery | Sci-fi Dir. Denis Villeneuve, US, 2016, 116 mins Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity. >>Trailer

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American Pastoral (15) Crime | Drama Dir. Ewan McGregor, US, 2016, 126 mins Cast: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota

Drama | Thriller Dir. Tom Ford, US, 2016, 117 mins Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer

From writer/director Tom Ford comes a haunting romantic thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension that explores the thin lines between love and cruelty, and revenge and redemption. Academy

Fanning, Peter Riegert, Rupert Evans, Uzo Aduba, Molly Parker, David Strathairn

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Phillip Roth novel, American Pastoral follows a family whose seemingly idyllic existence is shattered by the social and political turmoil of the 1960s. Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting 2, The Impossible, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) makes his directorial debut and stars as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is

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now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede’s life. When his beloved teenage daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the world around him.

for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (3D)

Adventure | Family | Fantasy Dir. David Yates, UK/US, 2016, 140 mins Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Collin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol

Biography | Drama | Romance

An all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling.

Dir. Amma Asante, US/UK/Czech Republic, 2016, 111 mins

Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American

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Cast: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Arnold Ocenga

The inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the king of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker that he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, apartheid and empire – their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world. >>Trailer


Allied

Action | Drama | Romance Dir. Robert Zemeckis, US, 2016 Cast: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris

The story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war. >>Trailer

Bad Santa 2 (15)

Bob Thornton to the screen as America’s favourite anti-hero, Willie Soke. Fuelled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus (Tony Cox), to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Along for the ride is ‘the kid’ – chubby and cheery Thurman Merman (Brett Kelly), a 250-pound ray of sunshine who brings out Willie’s sliver of humanity. Mommy issues arise when the pair are joined by Academy Award®, Golden Globe and Emmy-winner Kathy Bates, as Willie’s horror story of a mother, Sunny Soke. A super butch super bitch, Sunny raises the bar for the gang’s ambitions, while somehow lowering the standards of criminal behaviour. Willie is further burdened by lusting after the curvaceous and prim Diane, played by Emmy Award-nominee Christina Hendricks, the charity director with a heart of gold and libido of steel. You better watch out: BAD SANTA 2 is coming to town.

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Edge of Seventeen, The Comedy | Drama Dir. Kelly Fremon Craig, US, 2016, 99 mins Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Blake Jenner, Woody Harrelson

Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all. >>Trailer

Comedy Dir. Mark Waters, US, 2016, 87 mins Cast: Billy Bob Thorton, Christina Hendricks, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox

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The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world -- Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street - and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Two houses, two courts, one Crown. Each season of The Crown will explore the political rivalries and personal intrigues across a decade of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, exploring the delicate balance between her private world and public life. Season one begins with a 25-year-old Princess faced with the daunting prospect of leading the most famous monarchy in the world while forging a relationship with the domineering, war-hardened Prime Minister Winston Churchill. In 1947 Britain is still reeling from the devastation of the Second World War. Streets and buildings are yet to be rebuilt following the air raid campaigns that destroyed many cities throughout the United Kingdom. Basic food supplies are still being rationed and the government’s coffers are running precariously low. But against this backdrop the nation is momentarily mesmerised by the nuptials of the beautiful young princess Elizabeth to the dashing Philip Mountbatten. Thus begins the story of The Crown, the Netflix original series, which tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II’s early reign, revealing the personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th Century. Creator Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost Nixon) reunites with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and executive producer Andy Harries (The Queen), with whom they worked on the Tony award-winning play The Audience. Alongside Executive Producer Suzanne Mackie (Calendar Girls, Mad Dogs), The Crown takes the story of Queen Elizabeth II further than The Audience, 40

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delving deeper into the public vs private personas of these well-known historical figures. Netflix made a two season investment in The Crown, allowing Morgan and his team creative freedom to tell the story of the world’s most famous family with the scale and elegance it deserves. The show stars Claire Foy (Wolf Hall) as Queen Elizabeth, Matt Smith (Doctor Who) as the Duke of Edinburgh, Vanessa Kirby (A Streetcar Named Desire) as Princess Margaret, and John Lithgow (3rd Rock From the Sun) as Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Rounding out the impressive cast are Jared Harris (Mad Men) as King George VI, Victoria Hamilton (Victoria & Albert) as The Queen Mother, Dame Eileen Atkins (Mansfield Park) as Queen Mary, and Alex Jennings (The Queen) as David Windsor, who abandoned his throne as Edward VIII to follow his heart and marry Wallis Simpson (Lia Williams). A YOUNG QUEEN Princess Elizabeth fully expects to have many years of married bliss before ascending to the throne; time for her husband’s burgeoning career in the Navy to flourish and to raise a family in splendid isolation in Malta. But her simple life is cut short when her father, King George VI, dies unexpectedly, and at the age of 25, she inherits the Crown, and the unimaginable burden it brings. “The Crown brings with it a set of responsibilities and fundamentally realigns the power structure in a way that can only be challenging,” says Peter Morgan. Suddenly, Elizabeth is no longer just a wife, a sister, or a daughter. She is the Queen, the head of the family, the head of state, the head of the Church of England, and the head of the Commonwealth of Nations. “What’s made it so interesting to write is not this or that historical event,” says Morgan. “It’s been that this is a family, and within that family is the


Crown, and the Crown is a bomb that changes the structure of everything.”

a period of British history that is incredibly complex, important and relevant.”

It’s a subject Morgan knows inside and out.

The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world -- Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street - and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Two houses, two courts, one Crown.

He penned the Oscar-winning film The Queen starring Helen Mirren, which examined the relationship between Elizabeth II and former Prime Minister Tony Blair in the days after Princess Diana’s death. He also wrote the critically acclaimed stage production of The Audience, which chronicled the relationship between Elizabeth II and her Prime Ministers. Famed film composer Hans Zimmer was instantly attracted to compose the music for The Crown, his first ever television project. “This medium lets us tell the story in a different way,” he says. “It lets us be expansive, it lets us really investigate these characters that we think we know already. Of course, the fact is, we know nothing.” THE WRONG MONARCH Elizabeth was never supposed to be Queen. Her beloved father, King George VI, only assumed the throne after his older brother David, a.k.a. King Edward VIII, abdicated in order to marry a twice-divorcee, American Wallis Simpson, in 1936. The scandal shook the Monarchy and the British establishment at a time when many royal families were being overthrown, leaving his younger brother to save the Crown.

Each season of The Crown will explore the political rivalries and personal intrigues across a decade of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, exploring the delicate balance between her private world and public life. Season one begins with a 25-year-old Princess faced with the daunting prospect of leading the most famous monarchy in the world while forging a relationship with the domineering, war-hardened Prime Minister Winston Churchill. THE CAST OF CHARACTERS Claire Foy, who Morgan says “makes me a much better writer than I am” takes on the daunting task of portraying the Queen. Her sense of duty and responsibility in her new position often leads to favouring the arcane rules and procedures that come with the Crown. “She’s very strong, sturdy and grounded,” says Foy. “But she’s also completely naïve to the way the world works and people’s agendas.”

“He (King George VI) never wanted to be King,” says Jared Harris, who plays the ailing Monarch known affectionately as Bertie. He was a doting father to both his children, Elizabeth and Margaret and they were a strong family unit, alongside his wife Elizabeth, later known affectionately as The Queen Mother. “They had a very strong identity, which of course, was a very tough thing to maintain the moment he came monarch, and then his daughter has the same problem when she is Queen.” “It’s a family saga in many ways, but it’s also way more than that,” says Mackie. “It’s about Britain, and it’s about who we are, and where we are in the very fast changing world post-war.” Morgan and his team never wanted to do a ‘weekly, this is what happened’ style-story about post-War Britain. “We’ve tried to be more elegant in the storytelling,” adds Mackie. “And inevitably you chart HOME MOVIE : SFF

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By her side is Matt Smith, who plays Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who in many ways is the opposite of his wife. He is reluctant to be browbeaten by the British Establishment, and has his own cross to bear surrounding his own family history. Emotionally orphaned as a young boy, Philip’s greatest sense of loss is that of the tight family unit that he worked so hard to create. “He is a loyal person, he has a sort of irreverence and curiosity,” says Smith. “He has a thirst for progress, knowledge and modernity. Plus, he’s got a great sense of humour.” A princess both literally and figuratively, Margaret, played by Vanessa Kirby, is Elizabeth’s younger, and more carefree, sister. “They are completely different,” says Kirby. “As Elizabeth is thrust into this position, you see their relationship become more and more strained.” Margaret was always the natural born star, who craved the spotlight. “She was extremely, fiercely loyal to her family, but at the same time she completed resisted it,” added Kirby. The rift between the two sisters widens when Elizabeth steps in as Monarch to prevent Margaret from marrying Group Captain Peter Townsend, her father’s right hand man, and also a divorcee. Elizabeth and Margaret’s father, King George VI (aka Albert), played by Jared Harris, is stoic, yet a gentle and extremely affable man. King George VI was never comfortable with the pressure that came with wearing the Crown. However, he, like his daughter, is driven by a sense of duty to his people in his role

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as Sovereign. “He always understood that he was the spare, but that he never thought he would be put in that position,” says Harris. “He was always happy with his family and that they would be trotted out for minor events, but that they would have as normal a life as they could.” King George VI is another contrast to his older brother, the Duke of Windsor (aka King Edward VIII/ David), portrayed by Alex Jennings. The black sheep in the family, the Duke of Windsor has never been able to overcome the disappointment and scandal since his abdication of the throne. “I think in some ways he acted with huge integrity when he gave up the throne and stuck by the woman he loved,” says Alex Jennings. “I don’t think he thought the consequences would be so drastic or dramatic.” David retains unwavering sense of entitlement, despite giving up the crown, and perhaps enhanced by a life of idleness since his exile. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, played by Victoria Hamilton, is a constant pillar of support to her husband throughout his time as a reluctant king. Widowed at the early age of 51, the Queen Mother struggles to maintain her position of power and sense of purpose. “Peter [Morgan]’s given her much more of an edge than I think people are going to expect her to have,” says Hamilton. “I’ve learnt a lot about her need to preserve the institution that is the Royal Family and how involved she was in that.”


The matriarch of the Royal Family, Queen Mary, portrayed by Eileen Atkins, is the last great link with the Victorian era. Smart, strong willed, distant, but devoted to her duty as a former monarch and advisor to a future one. “Queen Mary has a really strong relationship with Elizabeth,” says Atkins. “Queen Mary has a huge effect on the way Elizabeth II conducted herself when she took to the throne. Mary’s ideas would be considered deeply oldfashioned today, but nonetheless, I think they’ve served our Queen very well.” Then, of course, there’s Winston Churchill played by the affable John Lithgow. Returning to the seat of power at the age of 78, Churchill is focused on re-defining his legacy as a peacemaker rather than a war-monger. With a young queen ascending to the throne months after his re-election, Churchill sees his chance to have a lasting influence on the monarchy and the state of the country. “He has two particular on-going dramas,” says Lithgow. “One is teaching the Queen to be a Queen, and the other is hanging onto the role of Prime Minister, when he really shouldn’t be anymore. A lion in winter.” Lithgow’s casting as one of the most iconic characters of British history, was a bold choice. “Somehow by coming at it from an American perspective, John Lithgow would bring something different to the role. He couldn’t help it,” says Morgan. “It felt fresh and different to me.” “I approached the role with sheer terror,” says Lithgow, who felt intimated at first, but eventually understood why casting someone different was a good idea. “It sort of shakes people of their extremely vivid mental picture of him.”

An incredible ensemble rounds out the cast, who Zimmer calls “the best of British.” Leading the team behind the machinations of Buckingham Palace is Sir Allan “Tommy” Lascelles, portrayed by Pip Torrens (Pride & Prejudice), who starts off as King George VI’s private secretary, before becoming Elizabeth’s right hand man. He is the keeper of tradition and runs the household. Alongside him, you have the King’s Equerry, or military attaché, Captain Townsend, played by Ben Miles (V for Vendetta). A decorated military hero, Townsend gets a little too close with the family. And on the side of 10 Downing Street, Jeremy Northam (The Tudors) plays Churchill’s lead rival, Sir Anthony Eden. At first groomed for succession by Churchill, but when he was unable to give up power, their relationship soured. Eden, whose own health was deteriorating, is torn by his sense of duty, but frustrated by his old mentor clinging onto power and must force his own path. THE MODERN FAIRYTALE The Crown invites us into a world we can never be invited into, a world that we can never be a part of, which Zimmer likens to a “modern, twisted fairytale.” “For me, it’s about a family who suffered a terrible loss, and don’t know how to deal with it,” says Foy. “And the very strange thing about about this family is that they’re observed, and they are subject to the political and economical situations in the world.” While we will never really know what happens behind the closed doors of Buckingham Palace, it’s Morgan’s ability to translate a historical event into something truthful and universal that makes The Crown stand out. “I hope they’ll very quickly trust that what we’re trying to tell is a very sophisticated story, on a sophisticated canvas, that’s both ambitious in its scale but very truthful in its intimacy,” says Mackie. And while this is a story set in Britain, with the backdrop of British history, the tory’s themes are global. “I think that anybody in any country will find the subject of this family, but also the extraordinary nature of what they’re put through by the public and by the government, is something fascinating,” says Daldry. “I don’t think it’s just a British story. I believe people will find resonances from cultures all around the world.” Season 1 of Netflix Original THE CROWN on 4th November, 2016 Photo credits: Alex Bailey/Netflix HOME MOVIE : SFF

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A Horse Called Bear (15) (DVD) Cast: Nicholas Ryan Gibbs, Wayne E. Brown, Austin Farnsworth Dir. Daniel Knudson Run time: 91 mins All it takes is hope, faith and a horse called Bear. After his mother unexpectedly dies, 17-year-old Ethan discovers he is the owner of his mother’s horse - a horse he never even knew existed. He travels cross country to live with his grandparents and investigate the mystery. His grandmother is supportive but his angry grandfather Otto doesn’t seem to want him around. Next door live three children who are taking riding lessons at the same farm where his mother’s horse is boarded. Their lives intersect as Ethan deals with his grief over his mother’s death and the children deal with a neighborhood bully whose father works at the horse farm. The journey for Ethan, Otto, the three children, the bully and her father all revolve around a gentle and faithful horse called Bear who deeply touches all their lives. This is a delightful redemption-themed family movie that will appeal to children, teens, horse-lovers and people of all ages.

Artificial Eye 40th Anniversary Collection: Volume 4 (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast. Juliette Binoche, Stéphane Audran, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Nadine Nortier Dirs. Krzysztof Kieslowski, Gabriel Axel, Francois Truffaut, Ingmar Bergman THREE COLOURS BLUE The first instalment of the

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late Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski’s trilogy on Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, the three colours of the French flag. Blue is the most sombre of the three, a movie dominated by feelings of grief. As the film begins, a car accident claims the life of a well-known composer. His wife, played by Juliette Binoche, does not so much put the pieces of her life back together as start an entirely new existence. BABETTES FEAST - Babette’s Feast is a film which depicts so little, yet says so much. Set in a rural Danish community, it centres around the twin sisters of the village pastor and the French women who serves them after fleeing the 1871 revolution. On winning the lottery she plans a feast to mark the centenary of the sisters’ father, bringing a dimension of fine living into the lives of the God-fearing Lutherans and healing festering personal animosities in the process. THE 400 BLOWS - Francois Truffaut’s semi-autobiographical first feature stars Jean-Pierre Léaud as Antoine Doinel, an unruly young Parisian whose unhappiness leads him into trouble. Frequently running away from school and home, Antoine spends much of his time playing with his friends on the steets of the city; but events take a more serious turn when an accusation of plagiarism leads him to quit school and the theft of a typewriter lands him in trouble with the police. SAWDUST AND TINSEL - While traveling in caravan through the country of Sweden, one member of the decadent Alberti Circus tells the owner and ringmaster Albert Johansson a sad story about the clown Frost: seven years ago, his wife Alma was surprised by him bathing naked in a lake with a regiment.

Attack of the Lederhosenzombies (18) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Laurie Calvert, Gabriela Marcinková, Oscar Dyekjær Giese, Margarete Tiesel, Karl Fischer Dir. Doiminik Hartl Run time: 78 mins FrightFest and festival zombie favourite the world over - Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies sees Steve (Laurie Calvert), a young professional snowboarder, his girlfriend Branka (Gabriela Marcinková) and fellow snowboarder Josh left behind on a mountain after a publicity stunt goes wrong. Forced to seek shelter in an après-ski tavern that is hosting an all-night party, things go from bad to worse when a scientific experiment to cre-


ate environmentally friendly snow unleashes an epidemic of zombies and mutant wildlife. As the local lederhosen drunkards run amok, Steve, Branka, Josh and tavern owner Rita (Margarete Tiesel) have to find a way to survive their wurst nightmare without schnapping!

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (12) (Blu-ray and DVD) Dir. Rick Morales Run time: 78 mins Feature-length animated adventure featuring the voice cast from the 1960s TV series. Batman and Robin, the boy wonder,swing into action when the earth is threatened by Gotham City’s most malevolent master-criminals, Joker, Riddler, Penguin and Catwoman! The Dynamic Duo try to save the day when Batman is turned from good to bad. Now Catwoman and Robin must team up to stop him from taking over Gotham City and ultimately, the world.

Lonely Music Video, Beautiful Something Commentary & UK Theatrical Trailer.

Black Sails: Complete Series Three (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Toby Stephens, Zach McGowan, Ray Stevenson In the wake of Charles Town, the world lives in fear of Captain Flint. But when his campaign of terror crosses over into madness, it falls to John Silver to locate the man within the monster. Meanwhile, with Eleanor Guthrie gone, Jack Rackham and Captain Charles Vane struggle to secure Nassau for the ages. All will be tested when a new threat arrives. It knows them. It understands them. And in the blink of an eye, it will turn them against each other.

Beautiful Something (15)

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Cast: Brian Sheppard, Zack Ryan, Colman Domingo Dir. Joseph Graham Run time: 93 mins BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING follows four diverse men as they navigate life during one sublime night in Philadelphia. Cute, twenty-two-yearold writer Brian (Brian Sheppard) continually crashes and burns with each guy he meets, but does not understand why? Jim (Zack Ryan), gorgeous and full-of-life, is not afraid to break hearts except when it comes to his forty-something lover who is a world-renowned sculptor. It seems Drew (Colman Domingo) is solely focused on his latest masterpiece and not Jim. Then there’s Bob (John Lescault), a successful talent agent from LA in his mid-sixties who leads a double life being a sugar daddy while travelling on business. As all four comb the Philadelphia streets looking for a connection, they often settle for something quick and easy. However, tonight is much different. Inspired by real-life experiences, BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING explores the deeper meaning of how giving on’ s self to love, and its necessary vulnerabilities, helps us turn the corner from seeing the world as a child to seeing the world as an adult. Quotes: Well-sketched personas that spark off each-other brilliantly GT This immersive film is poetic and mesmerizing. It’s something beautiful indeed. Ynot at the Movie Rough, sharp and to the point Frontiers Media Extras: Making of, Interview with Brian and Zack, Can’t Say That You’re

Run time: 85 mins There are monster-sized surprises around every turn in these 4 wild episodes of Blaze and the Monster Machines! From dinosaur rescues to monster mayhem to a Dragon Island Duel, Blaze is revved up and ready to go!

Bones: The Complete Eleventh Season (15) (DVD) Cast: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, T.J. Thyne, Michaela Conlin, Tamara Taylor All 22 episodes from the eleventh season of the US forensic investigation series starring Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz. In this season, Booth (Boreanaz) and Brennan (Deschanel) investigate the mysterious death of a man whose organs have been harvested, the death of a U.S. Senator leads an investigation to Capitol Hill, and the remains of an escape artist

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found in the woods sparks a search of the Magic Palace. The episodes are: ‘The Loyalty in the Lie’, ‘The Brother in the Basement’, ‘The Donor in the Drink’, ‘The Carpals in the Coy-Wolves’, ‘The Resurrection in the Remains’, ‘The Senator in the Street Sweeper’, ‘The Promise in the Palace’, ‘High Treason in the Holiday Season’, ‘The Cowboy in the Contest’, ‘The Doom in the Boom’, ‘The Death in the Defense’, ‘The Murder of the Meninist’, ‘The Monster in the Closet’, ‘The Last Shot at a Second Chance’, ‘The Fight in the Fixer’, ‘The Strike in the Chord’, ‘The Secret in the Service’, ‘The Movie in the Making’, ‘The Head in the Abutment’, ‘The Stiff in the Cliff’, ‘The Jewel in the Crown’ and ‘The Nightmare in the Nightmare’.

Cemetery of Splendour (12) (Blu-ray and DVD) Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul Run time: 100 mins Soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school. The memory-filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira, as she watches over Itt, a handsome soldier with no family visitors. Jen befriends young medium Keng who uses her psychic powers to help loved ones communicate with the comatose men. Doctors explore ways, including coloured light therapy, to ease the mens troubled dreams. Jen discovers Itt s cryptic notebook of strange writings and blueprint sketches. There may be a connection between the soldiers enigmatic syndrome and the mythic ancient site that lies beneath the clinic. Magic, healing, romance and dreams are all part of Jen s tender path to a deeper awareness of herself and the world around her.

Center Stage: On Pointe (PG) (DVD) Cast: Peter Gallagher, Sascha Radetsky, Ethan Stiefel, Kenny Wormald, Nicole Muñoz Run time: 88 mins Starring Dance Moms’ Chloe Lukasiak in her first feature film Jonathan Reeves (Peter Gallagher) is tasked with infusing more contemporary styles and modernism into the American Ballet Academy and enlists his top choreographers Charlie (Sascha Radetsky), Cooper (Ethan Stiefel) and Tommy (Kenny Wormald) to recruit dancers to compete at a camp where the winners will be selected to join the Academy. Bella Parker (Nicole Muñoz), who has always lived in the shadow of her hugely successful sister Kate, finally gets her chance to step into the limelight as one of the dancers 46

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recruited for the camp. DVD Special Feature: • Dance Tutorial with Chloe Lukasiak

Chicago Fire: Season 4 (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Taylor Kinney, Jesse Spencer, Monica Raymund, Taylor Kinney Dirs. Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Matt Olmstead In the first of the Chicago franchise from Dick Wolf, the everyday heroes of Firehouse 51 forge headfirst into danger no matter the risk, making the difference between life and death. Last season, the team faced a myriad of hardships – a fire truck collision, a rooftop helicopter crash and a car accident involving a close friend of their unit. But none of these challenges was as tough as losing one of their own – an unthinkable tragedy that affected each and every one of them. Through all the ups, the downs and the tensions both at work and at home, the firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics know that their commitment to each other is what keeps them alive.

Desierto (18) (DVD) Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan Dir. Jonas Cuaron Run time: 94 mins From the visionary filmakers that brought you Gravity, comes a unique, modern vision of terror. Desierto is a visceral, heart-pounding suspense-thriller packed with tension and suspense from start to finish, starring Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries, Y Tu Mamá También, Amores Perros) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Batman Vs Superman, The Walking Dead, Watchmen). What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante chases a group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous U.S.-Mexican border. In the harsh, unforgiving desert terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they continuously discover there’s nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless killer.


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Cast: Frank Rautenbach, Jeanne Neilson, Hamilton Dlamini Frank Rautenbach leads a strong cast as Angus Buchan, a Zambian farmer of Scottish heritage, who leaves his farm in the midst of political unrest and racially charged land reclaims and travels south with his family to start a better life in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. With nothing more than a caravan on a patch of land, and help from his foreman, Simeon Bhengu, the Buchan family struggle to settle in a new country. Faced with ever mounting challenges, hardships and personal turmoil, Angus quickly spirals down into a life consumed by anger, fear and destruction. Based on the inspiring true story by Angus Buchan the book was adapted for the big screen by Regardt van den Bergh and weaves together the moving life journey of a man who, like his potatoes, grows his faith, unseen until the harvest.

Family Guy: Complete Seasons 11-15 (15) (DVD Box Set) Cast: Seth Macfarlane, Alex Borstein, Mila Kunis, Seth Green

(DVD Box Set) Cast: Seth Macfarlane, Alex Borstein, Mila Kunis, Seth Green Get in on the twisted fun of Family Guy! Join dim-witted (but bighearted) Peter, his adoring wife Lois, silly siblings Chris and Meg, genius baby brother Stewie (the maniacal one-year-old bent on world domination), and of course, Brian the dog — perhaps the only sane member of the family, even though he licks himself. Holy crap, it’s funny!

Gundam Reconguista in G (12) (Blu-ray Box Set) Anime Dir. Yoshiyuki Tomino The Universal Century, an era of historic migration into space and space wars has ended, and some time has passed. It’s now Regild Century Year 1014 (R.C. 1014) where the creation of humanoid mobile suits of war is now taboo and Earth is connected to space via the sacred orbital elevator, Capital Tower, which humanity uses to bring energy in the form of Photon Batteries to the surface.

Bellri Zenam is a cadet in the Capital Guard, the protectors Holy cow! It’s four freakin’ of the tower. During a training exercise pirates attack the sweet seasons of Amertower and Bellri crosses paths with the G-Self, a mobile suit ica’s favourite family all with unknown technology. Bellri is successful in capturing in one place! 98 epithe suit and it’s pilot, Aiida Reihanton, and soon discovers sodes over 15 discs!  the G-Self, which should only be operable under certain conditions, will now move under his own hand. Now Bellri Join the Daddy of all dipsticks Peter Griffin and mothermust pilot the G-Self to uncover the mysteries behind the who-deserves-a-medal, Lois with their warring teenagers space pirates, the G-Self and his own destiny. These truths Meg and Chris, along with child genius baby brother Stewwill shake the entire Regild Century to it’s core and this is ie - hell bent on another evil plot to conquer the world. just the beginning of Reconguista.? Thank goodness for Brian the dog, who’s about the smartContains Episode 1-26 in Japanese with English subtitles est and sanest of the bunch! It’s just so wrong it’s right! only.

Family Guy: Season Sixteen (15) (DVD) Cast: Seth Macfarlane, Alex Borstein, Mila Kunis, Seth Green Entering its 16th Season, Family Guy continues to entertain its die-hard fan base with razor-sharp humour, spot-on parodies, spectacular animation and orchestra-backed original music. Guest Voices this season include Kyle Chandler, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Glenn Close, Ashton Kutcher, Frank Sinatra Jr., Kathryn Hahn, Margaret Cho, Ed O’Neill, and Jeff Garlin.

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Harmony (15) (Blu-ray Collector’s Edition) Anime Dirs. Michael Arias, Takashi Nakamura Run time: 120 mins In a future ruled by an unwavering dedication to good

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health, three high school girls led by the defiant Miach Mihie attempt suicide as the ultimate act of rebellion. Tuan Kirie survives, but can’t shake the hatred she has for the perfect world she lives in. Years later, a simultaneous mass suicide rocks the globe and sends society into a state of shock. A small group stands up to take credit for the event, claiming they’ve hijacked the consciousness of every person on the planet. Everything about the terrorists message sounds too familiar to Tuan. She suspects her old friend Miach might be involved, but how could that be when shed supposedly killed herself years earlier? Desperate for answers, Tuan launches an investigation that takes her across the globe chasing the ghost of her old friend. But what is Miachs end game? Will she finally wake the world from its monotonous slumber? Or, end it all for good? Extras:

Jamaica Inn (PG)

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• Collectors Packaging • Art Cards • Booklet • English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles

I Promise You Anarchy (18) (DVD) Cast: Diego Calva Hernandez, Eduardo Martinez Pena, Sarah Minter Dir. Julio Hernandez Cordon Run time: 88 mins At its heart, a love story between two lost boys, I Promise You Anarchy manages to be at once chilling and heart-rending. Miguel, from a middle-class family, and Johnny, from a humble barrio, are skateboarders, are best friends and lovers. To finance their lifestyle, they sell their own blood, and those of their gang of skateboarders and acquaintances, to clandestine clinics, until a big delivery job for the mafia goes wrong. Echoing the laid back eroticism of Gus Van Sant at his most playful, with shades of a modern-day neo-noir, this visually arresting film is a sumptuous and occasionally chilling journey into the illicit underbelly of Mexico s capital.

Imperium (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette, Tracy Letts Dir. Daniel Ragussis Run time: 106 mins Inspired by real events and the experiences of ex-FBI agent Michael German, IMPERIUM follows Nate Foster, an idealistic young FBI agent who is selected to go undercov48

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er amongst a group of white supremacists, suspected of initiating a terrorist plot. Immersed in a deeply unsettling, hate-filled world, Nate must fight to maintain control of his own beliefs and principles whilst working to identify the threat and keeping his true identity and motives a secret. Starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, Now You See Me 2) as Foster in what is being hailed as his more powerful, transformative role to date, and featuring an outstanding supporting performance from Toni Collette (Miss You Already, Krampus) as his wisecracking fellow FBI agent, IMPERIUM also features a stellar supporting cast, including Burn Gorman(TV s Torchwood, The Dark Knight Rises), Tracy Letts (The Big Short, TV s Homeland), Nestor Carbonell (The Dark Knight Rises, TV s Bates Motel), and Sam Trammell (TV s True Blood, The Fault In Our Stars).

Cast: Charles Laughton, Maureen O Hara, Leslie Banks, Robert Newton Dir. Jim Kouf Run time: 95 mins Alfred Hitchcock turned to the work of Daphne Du Maurier a number of times throughout his career. When he made the move to Hollywood, he adapted her novel Rebecca, the end results securing the Academy Award for Best Picture. When he needed to follow up the groundbreaking horror of Psycho, he adapted her short story The Birds and created another milestone of the genre. But before these came Jamaica Inn, based on Du Maurier’s classic tale of wreckers in 19th century Cornwall. Recently orphaned Mary Yellan (Maureen O Hara in her first major film role) arrives at Jamaica Inn from Ireland to live with her aunt. Unaware that it serves as the headquarters for a murderous gang responsible for shipwrecks along the Cornish coast, she soon finds herself embroiled in backstabbing, conspiracy and villainy presided over by the local squire, Sir Humphrey Pengallan (Charles Laughton). Though dominated by Laughton s wonderfully flamboyant performance, Jamaica Inn also finds room for a rogue s gallery of British character actors including Robert Newton (David Lean s Oliver Twist), Basil Radford (The Lady Vanishes), Leslie Banks (The Most Dangerous Game) and Mervyn Johns (Dead of Night). It also stands out as one of the most atmospheric of Hitchcock s British films as well as one of his most unfairly neglected works. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: • New 4K digital restoration by the Cohen Film Collection and the BFI • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations • Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM Audio • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing • Audio commentary by film critic Jeremy Arnold • Shipwrecked in a Studio, a visual essay by Donald Spo-


to, author of The Dark Side Of Genius: The Life Of Alfred Hitchcock and Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies • Trailer

a powerful performance from Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, God s Not Dead), Joseph and Mary, is a stirring story of inspiration and hope, and of mercy versus revenge, set in the years before Jesus became the man who ultimately changed the course of humanity forever.

• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dan Mumford

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• First pressing only: Collector s booklet containing new writing on the film by Nathalie Morris.

James May The Reassembler (E) (DVD) Cast: James May Run time: 225 mins In this series, 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. Episodes featured: ‘1959 Suffolk Colt petrol lawnmower 331 parts’, ‘1957 GPO British Bakerlite telephone 211 parts’, ‘1984 Fender electric guitar 147 parts’. Plus a bonus 45 minutes never seen on TV.

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(DVD) Cast: Kevin Sorbo, Lara Jean Chorostecki, Katie Boland Dir. Roger Christian Run time: 80 mins During a time of much civil unrest, a holy man, Rabbi Elijah, swears an oath to protect the two young sons of a persecuted man. But while Jesus survives King Herod s slaughter of the innocents, it tragically claims the lives of the boys Elijah swore to protect. Seeking to avenge their deaths, he begins his quest for retribution. But when he meets Joseph, Mary and their young son Jesus, the anger that fuels his revenge is questioned. Elijah is faced with a life-changing choice: should he kill, or should he choose forgiveness, and in doing so, contradict every scripture upheld by his forefathers? With

(Blu-ray) Cast: David Bradley Dir. Ken Loach Run time: 106 mins Ken Loach’s poignant coming of age drama about a lad with a mind of his own and a life he shared only with KES One of the most beloved and iconic British films of all time (voted in the top 10 of all time by the British Film Institute), Ken Loach’s breakthrough cinematic feature Kes is a cornerstone of naturalistic filmmaking whose influence is felt up to the present day. Portraying with remarkable detail and empathy the day-today existence of a working-class 15-year-old boy in Barnsley (an unforgettable performance by David Bradley), and the profound change that the rearing of a kestrel brings to his otherwise troubled home life, Kes has enchanted generations of viewers since its release. A rich, gently poetic work, filled with Loach s trademark respect for his characters and astonishing skill at eliciting outstanding performances, The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film in a definitive Blu-ray special edition. SPECIAL FEATURES including: • Digital restoration of the film, supervised and approved by director Ken Loach and director of photography Chris Menges, with the filmmaker s original production soundtrack, with uncompressed monaural audio on the Blu-ray edition • Alternate release soundtrack, with post-dubbed dialogue • English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing ·• Exclusive new video interviews with actor David Bradley, producer Tony Garnett, director of photography Chris Menges, composer John Cameron, actor Bernard Atha, and kestrel advisor Richard Hines • Excerpts from the 2006 Kes reunion panel at the Bradford Film Festival, featuring Ken Loach, Tony Garnett, writer Barry Hines and actor Colin Welland • Extensive 1992 on-stage interview at the NFT with Ken Loach, interviewed by Derek Malcolm • Original theatrical trailer • A booklet featuring new writing on the film and archival material

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Knight Rider: The Complete Collection (12) (Blu-ray) Cast: David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart Run time: 4327 mins Gear up for action with superstar David Hasselhoff and his supercar, K.I.T.T., as they throttle crime in all 90 high-octane episodes of Knight Rider now fully restored and in hi-definition. The series follows the thrilling adventures of Michael Knight, a detective thought to be dead, who d been given a new face and identity. His assignment to fight crime with the help of an artificially intelligent, talking car named K.I.T.T., a highspeed, futuristic weapon outfitted with high-tech gadgets and a personality of its own. Driven by justice, they set out to take- down criminals who operate above the law. BONUS FEATURES: KNIGHT MOVES KNIGHT RIDER: UNDER THE HOOD PHOTO GALLERY BLUEPRINTS GALLERY THE GREAT ‘80s TV FLASHBACK

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ry, La Grande Vadrouille has been stunningly restored. The film is considered one of the greatest comic achievements of French cinema and one of the most popular films ever shown in France. During World War II, when their combat aircraft is shot down by the Germans, three English airmen (including Terry-Thomas as Sir Reginald) parachute to the comparative safety of Nazi occupied France. One lands on the scaffold of an amiable painter and decorator, Augustin (Bourvil). Another lands on top of a concert hall and is rescued by the irascible but patriotic conductor Stanislas Lefort (Louis de Funès). The third ends up in the otter enclosure of a Parisian zoo. When they try to help the airmen keep a rendez-vous at the Turkish baths in Paris, Augustin and Stanislas quickly find that they themselves have become targets for the German soldiers. Assisted by the daughter of a puppeteer and an anti-German nun, the two reluctant heroes accompany the three airmen on a reckless trek across France towards the safety of the neutral zone

La Noche (18) (DVD) Cast: Eduardo Castro, Federico Figari, Paula Ituriza Dir. Eduardo Castro Run time: 135 mins A dizzying , endless and unique way all night setbacks. Sex, drugs and drinks alternate between meeting and encounter, creating a continuous openly, in front of a camera as bold as curious, who dares to cross it all .

(DVD) Cast: Monica Engesser, Amelia Haberman, James Ray Dir. Robert Conway Run time: 89 mins

LEGO Ninjago - Masters of Spinjitzu: Season 4 Part 1 (PG)

Zoe, a strange child, has a not so imaginary friend Krampus, who is the dark companion of St. Nicholas. The Krampus has been unleashed upon a small town and the legendary demon will seek out all the naughty people to punish them at Christmas time. No one is safe as the Krampus hunts them down, tortures them and then drags their helpless souls to the depths of Hell.

La Grande Vadrouille – 50th Anniversary Restoratiom (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Bourvil, Louis de Funes, Claudio Brook, Andrea Parisy, Colette Brosset Dir. Gerard Oury Run time: 119 mins To mark the 50th anniversa-

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(DVD) Cast: Paul Dobson, Brent Miller, Vincent Tong, Kirby Morrow, Michael Adamthwaite Dir. Trylle Vilstrup Run time: 110 mins First collection of episodes from the fourth season of the children’s animation based on the line of toys by Lego. Set in the fictional world of Ninjago, the series follows a group of young Ninja who, under the tutelage of Sensei Wu (voice of Paul Dobson), are Spinjitzu martial artists in training, learning to wield their special Golden Weapons and use their unique elemental powers to protect the land from evil forces. In this instalment, the Ninja are invited to take part in the Tournament of Elements.

Milkshake! Fabulous Friends (U) (DVD) Run time: 120 mins UNIQUE COMPILATION of THE VERY BEST children s


shows from the long-running Channel 5 children’s broadcaster Milkshake. Among the characters to make an appearance include Peppa Pig, Ben and Holly, Fireman Sam, Thomas & Friends, Little Princess, Bananas in Pyjamas, Toby s Travelling Circus, Wanda & The Alien, Pip A-Hoy, Toot-Toot The Tiny Tugboat, Dora & Friends, Paw Patrol, Wissper, Lily s Driftwood Bay, Bob the Builder.

Moving On: Series 7 (12) (DVD) Series 7 of Jimmy McGovern-created series about people who reach a turning point in life and move on.

My Christmas Pony (12) (DVD) Cast: Tim Abell, Lauren Alexandra, Krista Allen Run time: 88 mins Juliet leaves the city to join her mother Karen on a visit to her late grandfathers struggling ranch in the country. At the ranch, Juliet meets her grandfather’s horse Rodeo and young cowboy Monty. Monty agrees to secretly train her to compete so she can raise funds to keep Rodeo. In the meantime, Karen finds out that Hugh, her ex-fiancé, claims rights to the ranch, and the two battle while stirring up old feelings. It’ll take everyone coming together if they are going to save the ranch.

Northpole (U) (DVD) Cast: Tiffani Thiessen, Josh Hopkins, Bailee Madison, Robert Wagner Run time: 84 mins Northpole, the magical home to Santa & Mrs. Claus, has grown into a huge city powered by the magic of holiday happiness around the world. Yet as people everywhere get too busy to enjoy festive time together, the city is in trouble. Who can help save the cherished traditions of Christmas? One young boy, Kevin, might have a chance if he can convince his protective mum, Chelsea, to rediscover the magic of the season. With a little added help from Kevin’s charming teacher Ryan, a mysterious elf-like girl Clementine (Madison) and a gospel singer named Josephine, Kevin is determined to bring his mum in on the fun and prove that one small voice can change the hearts of many.

Now You See Me 2 (12) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Daniel Radcliffe Dir. Jon M. Chu Run time: 129 mins Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco return to reprise their roles as criminal illusionists in this comedy crime drama. A year on from their last daring heist, The Four Horsemen emerge from hiding to expose the unethical practices of a corrupt tech magnate. Unfortunately for them, they instead find themselves blackmailed into stealing a powerful piece of technology by businessman Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe). Their quest to steal the decrypting device known as ‘The Stick’ takes magicians Danny (Eisenberg), Merritt (Harrelson), Jack (Franco) and their new partner Lula (Lizzy Caplan) across the globe as they try to pull off another elaborate life-or-death illusion, with help from their FBI insider Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo). The cast also includes Morgan Freeman, Jay Chou, Sanaa Lathan and Michael Caine.

Now You See Me/Now You See Me 2 (12) (DVD Double Pack) Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Daniel Radcliffe Dirs. Louis Leterrier, Jon M. Chou Double bill of crime thrillers starring Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo and Mélanie Laurent. In ‘Now You See Me’ (2013), a group of magicians called The Four Horsemen attract the attention of the FBI and Interpol when they pull off a bank heist during one of their shows, robbing Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine) of 140 million dollars. Fellow illusionist and magic act debunker Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) then warns Tressler that the group’s heist may be part of a bigger operation and that they must be observed very closely. In ‘Now You See Me 2’ (2016), a year on from their last daring heist, The Four Horsemen emerge from hiding to expose the unethical practices of a corrupt tech magnate. Unfortunately for them, they instead find themselves blackmailed into stealing a powerful piece of technology by businessman Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe). Their quest to steal the decrypting device known as The Stick takes magicians Danny (Eisenberg), Merritt (Harrelson), Jack (Franco) and their new partner Lula (Lizzy Caplan) across the globe as they try to pull off another elaborate life-or-death illusion, with help from their FBI insider Dylan Rhodes (Ruffalo).

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People Just Do Nothing: Series 1-3 (15) (DVD) Cast: Steve Stamp, Allan Mustafa, Asim Chaudhry, Hugo Chegwin, Dan Sylvester Woolford Run time: 450 mins Lock on to People Just Do Nothing, the hit BAFTA nominated BBC series from executive producer Ash Atalla (The Office). People Just Do Nothing follows the highs and lows of Kurupt FM,one of West London s most talked about pirate radio stations (within a 0.2 mile radius of the transmitter). Led by self-proclaimed garage legend MC Grindah, and his second in command DJ Beats, this hapless crew of social dropouts share the secrets behind running an illegal business and demonstrate that chasing your dreams is actually a full-time job. Contains all 15 episodes from Series One, Two and Three and the following special features and extras: Packaging; Features exclusive DJ Deck pakaging; Exclusive Champagne Steam Rooms Flyer; Features; Commentaries on 9 episodes Extras: Chabuddy s Gudie to Hounslow; Miche s Miracles; Grinder’s Prison Stories; DJ Steve’s Alien Encounters; Lost In Wickes; Inspiration (Grindah & Beats); Training; Parent Classes; Mural; Valentine s Day Set; 8 Hour Set; Upcycling; Baby Shower; Dad Advice; Sat Nav; Hartford House

Photo Kano: The Complete Series (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Anime Dir. Akitoshi Yokoyama Run time: 312 mins All 13 episodes of the Japanese anime series which follows high school student and photographer Kazuya Maeda (Nobunaga Shimazaki) as he experiences a number of romantic encounters with various girls at his school. Upon returning for his second year, Kazuya’s popularity suddenly increases thanks to his new camera, which was gifted to him by his father. After quickly becoming a member of the student photography club, Kazuya’s camera skills begin to catch the eye of a number of his classmates. The episodes are: Encounter, Academy Heaven, A Garden of a Hundred Flowers, Feelings from Now, Difference in Love, Distant Thoughts, A Star’s Smile, Look at My Bare Face, A Challenge for Love, An Angel’s Dance, Wife of the Acade52

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Poldark: Complete Series 2 (12) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Heida Reed, Kyle Soller, Jack Farthing Dirs. Will Sinclair, Charles Palmer, Richard Senior Run time: 600 mins Poldark, the drama that has become a cultural phenomenon, continues for a second series on the stunning beaches of Cornwall. Ross Poldark, the character redefined by the smouldering Aidan Turner, returns home following his arrest in the gripping finale of series one. 1790 and there is riot and revolution in the air. Ross must fight for his freedom when George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) tries to have him hanged as a revolutionary. While Francis (Kyle Soller) and Elizabeth (Heida Reed) watch on in horror, can Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) save Ross from himself? Crippled by debts, Ross and Francis try to heal old wounds by joining forces in a new mine free of the Warleggans. Ross and Elizabeth are thrown together by unforeseen circumstances, and Ross risks everything in a desperate smuggling venture. Amid catastrophic losses, significant triumphs and shattered relationships, they must learn to settle their differences once and for all, but at what cost?

Poldark: Series 1-2 (12) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ruby Bentall, Warren Clarke, Phil Davis Dirs. Ed Bazalgette, William McGregor Run time: 1080 mins All 18 episodes from the first two series of the BBC drama starring Aidan Turner as Captain Ross Poldark. Upon returning to Cornwall after fighting in the American War of Independence, Poldark must rebuild his life following the death of his father with his estate in ruins and his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth (Heida Reed) engaged to his cousin Francis (Kyle Soller), after hearing premature reports of his death. With the help of his new maid Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson), Ross attempts to navigate the hostile, poverty-stricken locals and the region’s wealthy and influential businessmen to reopen his family’s disused copper mine, Wheal Leisure.


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‘Guilty’, ‘Quantico’, ‘Inside’, ‘Alex’, ‘Clear’, ‘Answer’, ‘Turn’, ‘Clue’, ‘Care’, ‘Soon’, ‘Fast’, ‘Drive’, ‘Right’ and ‘Yes’.

(Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Suzanna Love, Robert Walker Jr., Jeff Winchester Dir. Ulli Lommell Run time: 84 mins After the success of THE BOOGEYMAN (1980) - a slasher classic that carved its way to box office riches and video nasty notoriety - director Ulli Lommel was all too happy to reunite with starlet Suzanna Love for another bout of blood thirsty brutality... and the result is 1983 s PROZZIE, also know as OLIVIA and Double Jeopardy. Regardless of the moniker, this superb slice and dice sickie is one of the most underrated knife-play pot boilers ever imagined... with Love portraying a femme fatale that has a damaged background and a wonderfully skillful way with sharp utensils. Let s put it this way: you may well want her to undress... but the chances are that it is her who will be doing the penetrating! Whilst THE BOOGEYMAN might be Lommel s most famous freak-show, PROZZIE is his most outrageous orgy of sex and violence and only 88 Films, the label that seeks out forgotten splatter flicks and restores them in awesome HD, could have understood the need for a new generation to see this crimson-caked gem in all of its hi-def delirium!!!  See PROZZIE and admire a timeless mix of curves and carnage! SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES • Restored 2K Transfer from Original Film Materials at Pinewood Studios • Original Uncompressed Mono Soundtrack • Interview with Director Ulli Lommel • Interview with Cinematographer Dave Sperling

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Santa’s Boot Camp (U) (DVD) Dir. Ken Feinberg Run time: 90 mins Santa’s elves have gone on strike because they are tired of ungrateful and self-centered kids. In desperation, Santa brings six mischievous teens from the local mall to help. After several unsuccessful attempts to escape, including stealing Santa’s sleigh, Santa sends them to watch “naughty/nice” videos where they have to vote on kids’ behaviour. It all seems fun until they realize that they may not have been as nice as they had originally thought. Kidnapping a sleeping elf they have one last chance to force Santa into sending them home. Santa’s Bootcamp is a fun, festive treat for kids of all ages.

Search for the Nile (E) (DVD) Cast: James Mason, Michael Gough Run time: 89 mins Two times Emmy award and Golden Globe Nominated winning BBC miniseries filmed in Africa Released in the UK for the first time ever on DVD.  Stars Michael Gough (Batman, Batman Returns, Sleepy Hollow), James Mason (North by Northwest, 20,000 leagues Under the Sea), Kenneth Haigh (Man at the Top, a Hard Day s Night)

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Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin, Aunjanue Ellis, Yasmine Al Massri Run time: 900 mins

Exceptional cinematography of harsh and unforgiving African landscapes, remarkable sequences of mass camel treks and perilous river crossings, the series was highly acclaimed at the time and commands strong online interest to this day.

All 22 episodes from the first season of the crime drama series which follows a group of new recruits battling it out at the FBI’s training academy in Quantico, Virginia. After the discovery of a major terror plot within the organisation, all evidence points to promising agent Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra). Realising she is being framed, Alex goes into hiding in order to track down those responsible and clear her name. The episodes are: ‘Run’, ‘America’, ‘Cover’, ‘Kill’, ‘Found’, ‘God’, ‘Go’, ‘Over’,

Achieved huge audiences world wide, most notably in North America.  In the middle of the 19th Century, at the height of Britain s imperial power, an unsolved mystery lay in the very heart of Africa, the mystery of the source of the Nile.It was a challenge that attracted a handful of extraordinary men: a challenge strong enough to reveal the best, and the worst, in all of them. Before long, it was to become an obsession.

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Sirens (15) (Blu-ray) Cast: Sam Neill, Elle Mcpherson, Tara Fitzgerald Hugh Grant Dir. John Dugan Run time: 108 mins Reverend Anthony Campion (Hugh Grant) is sent with his wife Estella (Tara Fitzgerald) to take over at a church in Australia. The Bishop asks them to visit eccentric artist Norman Lindsay (Sam Neill), whose work is prone to sexual depictions and blasphemous erotica, to ask him to withdraw the controversial work Crucified Venus from his show. The minister, who considers himself a progressive, is shocked at the amoral atmosphere surrounding the painter, his wife, and the three models living at his estate. The minister’s wife is troubled also, and has to deal with latent sexual urges while trying to remain loyal to her husband.

Six More English Towns (E) (DVD) Run time: 180 mins Alec Clifton-Taylor presents this documentary series looking at the history of six English towns. The towns visited in this series are Warwick, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Saffron Walden, Lewes, Bradford-on-Avon and Beverley.

Snow King (U) (DVD) A year after a young wizard named Alerik helps Christmas Town find its spirit, the townspeople are slowly beginning to rebuild their city and everyone is now buzzing with excitement and preparations for a brand new Christmas. Unfortunately, Alerik has uncovered a secret that leads him to a great discovery deep in the woods beyond Christmas Town that will rock the city to its root and put the towns Christmas celebrations at risk unless he can save the day. Snow King is a magical, animated, festive adventure for the whole family to enjoy.

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South Park: The Complete Nineteenth Season (15) (DVD) Dir. Trey Parker Run time: 212 mins This stunning and brave 19th season of South park follow a serialized model for the first time in the show’s history. The season is built around an extended satire of political correctness beginning when a new socially conscious principal comes to town. In other episodes, Mr. Garrison makes a bid for the White House, Randy takes the lead in gentrifying the town, and everyone is looking for their safe space.

The Code: Season 2 (15) (DVD) Cast: Dan Spielman, Ashley Zukerman, Adele Perovic, Victoria Haralabidou, Sigrid Thornton All six episodes from the second season of the Australian political crime drama. When two Australians are murdered by militia in West Papua, Internet journalist Ned (Dan Spielman) and his cyber hacker brother Jesse (Ashley Zukerman) are threatened with deportation by the Australian authorities unless they agree to help with the case. Tasked with finding Jan Roth (Anthony LaPaglia), the lone survivor of the militia attack and fugitive founder of an illegal website linked to human trafficking, the brothers soon find themselves in the middle of a complex investigation with potentially far-reaching consequences.

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(DVD) Cast: Eric Thompson (narrator) Run time: 200 mins Strange landscape-and farmers turning into revolutionaries to defend their homes. First time ever released on DVD by the BBC Narrated by Eric Thompson (Magic Roundabout narrator / father of actress Emma Thompson)


Digitally Remastered Originally broadcast on BBC 1 this is the first of the hugely popular travel series that was followed by The Italian Way, The Yugoslavian Way and The Irish Way In 1972, rural France was an unknown land to most Britons. Michael Croucher, then head of the famed BBC Bristol documentary unit, journeyed through the region filming the everyday ways of the countryside and village life. The result is this enchanting series which visits seven places-each revealing different aspects of a strange, beautiful terrain and its people. As a vivid record of France in a time past, a rural idyll that has all but disappeared, it is unsurpassed. Episodes are GOOSEY, GOOSEY, GANDER: Memories of the 1970s in the south of France. It s called the land where the stomach is king , a place where ambition is aimed at the table. Perigord, the home of truffles, walnuts, geese - and men who are equal to them. FRENCHMAN S HOLIDAY: A lighthearted journey from the mountains to the plain-down the Dordogne. NEW WINES AND HARD TIMES: On the edge of the Aubrac mountains in Central France as winter approaches, the grapes are being picked and the cattle are making their long slow, sad way from summer pastures down to the valleys. THE BLACKSMITH, THE BAKER, THE BLOOD PUDDING MAKER: And also an English castle on a French hill surrounded by the little town of Najac. THEN TURN NOT PALE, BELOVED SNAIL: A market town, a wedding and the last of the copper beaters, all in Villefranche de Rouergue.

her fellow pledges find themselves locked in for the night... with a deadly intruder stalking the corridors. Arriving in 1984, The Initiation might have been late to the slasher party, but, alongside the likes of The House on Sorority Row and The Mutilator, it remains one of the stronger entries to emerge in the latter days of the slice-and-dice boom. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS • Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard DVD presentations • Original Mono Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray) • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing • Brand new audio commentary by The Hysteria Continues • Sorority Saga a brand new interview with writer Charles Pratt, Jr. • Pledge Night a brand new interview with actor Christopher Bradley • Dream Job a brand new interview with actress Joy Jones • Extended Scene • Original Theatrical Trailer • Original Screenplay & Production Schedule (BD/DVDROM Content) • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn

DESASTRE, CATASTROPHE, CATACLYSME, APOCALYPSE: A very English occasion-the days it rained on the Fete at Carennac.

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ADD PENICILLIN,STIR WELL: Sheep and high plainscheese and tanks, a remote, strange landscape-and farmers turning into revolutionaries to defend their homes.

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(Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD) Cast: Vera Miles, Clu Gulager, James Read, Daphne Zuniga, Marilyn Kagan Dir. Larry Stewart Run time: 97 mins HERE S TO BEING YOUNG... STAYING YOUNG... AND DYING YOUNG. Marking TV star Daphne Zuniga s debut in a leading role, The Initiation ranks amongst the finest of the college-based stalk-and-slash flicks now finally restored in glorious High-Definition! Kelly s new sorority has a special initiation ritual in store for her an after-hours break-in of her father s department store. But what begins as a night of harmless college fun turns sour when, once inside the enormous mall, Kelly and

Cast: Helmut Berger, Richard Harrison, Marisa Mell, Marina Giordana, Luigi Bonos Dir. Sergio Grieco Run time: 91 mins Nanni Vitali (Helmut Berger, Salon Kitty) and his band of lunatics escape from prison and embark on a violent crime-spree across Italy. Caught in this madman’s web of destruction is the beautiful Giuliana (Marisa Mell, Gang War in Milan) who is under the protection of Police Chief Santini (Richard Harrison, Ninja the Protector) having survived a run-in with Vitali and his crew. Santini must do all he can to prevent his key eyewitness from becoming another victim, but Vitali has plans of his own for taking care of Santini.  Inspired by the crimes of infamous mobster, Renato Vallanzasca, Mad Dog Killer is a deliriously violent poliziotteschi that pushes the limits of onscreen brutality and is a must-have for any self respecting fan of Italian Cult cinema. 88 Films are proud to unveil this iconic classic uncut, and re-mastered in glorious 4k, for the first time ever! Special Edition Contents Include:

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The Wizard’s Christmas (U)

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends: Thomas’ Christmas Carol (U)

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Cast: Jonathan Love, Robin Egerton, Dave Bruns Dir. Caleb Hystad Run time: 90 mins Long ago in a faraway place, a young wizards apprentice, Alerik, discovers a pathway under the wall of thorns that surround his land to a shining city alive with the magic of Christmas. While there, he meets Perin the niece of the Wizard of Christmas - who tells him the tale of how, long ago, Aleriks master broke the Staff of Christmas, dividing their people and splitting the land in two.  But all is not as it seems and Alerik must find a way to right the wrongs of the past to restore the magic of Christmas, before it is lost forever.

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(Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Andre Marcon Dir. Mia Hansen-Løve Run time: 102 mins Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at Berlinale 2016, acclaimed filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve s fifth feature is a tender, contemplative drama; a moving portrait of womanhood featuring an irresistible collaboration with legendary actor Isabelle Huppert (Amour, White Material).

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Dir. Don Spencer Run time: 80 mins 7 Fantastic New Episodes : It’s a winter wonderland on Sodor! Diesel gets a visit from some ghostly Christmas engines, while Kevin enjoys playing in the snow until he’s snowed under. Thomas and Cranky drop an important Christmas package and Henry faces off against an abominable snowman. Dash through the snow with Thomas and his friends as they deliver a jolly good time! Bonus Features include: Really Useful Engines, The Earls Quiz, Landmarks Of Sodor, The Fat Controllers Tales, Who’s That Engine? NEW Sing-a-long Song There’s Snow Place Like Home.

Timothy Spall: All at Sea (E) (DVD) Another four episodes from the maritime travel series which follows British actor Timothy Spall and his wife Shane as they travel the length and breadth of the British Isles. Inspired to do the trip by Timothy’s brush with leukaemia ten years before, the couple conclude their journey with The Princess Matilda travelling down from Scotland to Northumberland, on to Whitby and finally finishing on the Thames in London. The episodes are: ‘Message in a Bottle’, ‘Stags-By-the-Sea’, ‘God’s Own Coast’ and ‘The Last Splash’.

Nathalie (Huppert) teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is deeply passionate about her job and enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her eccentric mother, leading a life of personal and intellectual fulfilment. Unexpectedly, Nathalie’s husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With a newfound freedom suddenly thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent herself and establish a new way of living.

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Featuring a remarkable performance from Isabelle Huppert, Things to Come is an intelligent, poetic and naturalistic exploration of one woman’s pursuit of happiness. Having gathered substantial critical acclaim across the fes-

Set against the ochre sands, looming cliffs and baking heat of Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, this ambitious,

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sweeping saga is based on the compelling personal story of Howard Carter, the eminent British archaeologist who found the tomb of the boy-king Tutankhamun. Down at his heels archaeologist Howard Carter (Max Irons Woman in Gold; The White Queen) stumbles upon evidence of an undiscovered tomb of one of Egypt’s forgotten Pharaohs, Tutankhamun. Other archaeologists dismiss Carter’s theories as impossible, a romantic dream: The valley, they say, has been dug out. Only one man believes in Carter’s dream, and puts up the money he needs: Lord Carnarvon (Sam Neill Peaky Blinders; Jurassic Park), a born gambler and thrill-seeker. Together, this unlikely pair overcome all odds – corrupt officials, rival digs, war, revolution – in pursuit of this impossible dream.

Wentworth Prison: Season Four (18) (DVD) Cast: Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva, Kate Atkinson, Pamela Rabe, Tammy Macintosh Dir. Kevin Carlin Run time: 600 mins Tough, gritty and totally compelling, this hard-edged re-imagining of the iconic Prisoner: Cell Block H remains unmissable drama. Returning to Wentworth’s rebuilt H Block four months after the fire, Bea finds that the power base has shifted and that there’s a new contender for Top Dog - Kaz, a confrontational, dangerous extremist who loathes what Bea stands for. While Franky, now released from prison, tries her best to become a productive member of society, former prison governor Joan “The Freak” Ferguson is housed in Wentworth’s Protection Unit pending trial - causing considerable uneasiness amongst the inmates... Contains all twelve episodes of series four. SPECIAL FEATURES: TBC

Wentworth Prison: Season One to Four (18) (DVD Box Set) Cast: Danielle Cormack, Pamela Rabe, Nicole da Silva, Kate Atkinson, Celia Ireland Dirs. Kevin Carlin, Steve Jodrell, Catherine Millar, Jet Wilkinson, Tori Garrett Run time: 2105 mins

Tough, gritty and totally compelling, this hard-edged re-imagining of the iconic Prisoner: Cell Block H is unmissable drama. This 16-disc set contains all four hard-hitting seasons - complete and uncut! SEASON ONE It is Bea Smith’s first day at Wentworth Correctional Facility. Instantly thrown into a strange new world of female prisoners and violent power struggles it certainly seems like she’s not going to the distance. Can she cope with separation from the outside world? SEASON TWO While Bea is secured in solitary, Franky has risen to Top Dog unopposed. The arrival of new governor Joan Ferguson changes all that - her mandate is to clean up Wentworth and restore order - at any cost! SEASON THREE With Bea now serving life without parole, her position as top dog seems unassailable - but Ferguson is willing sacrifice anything and blackmail anyone in her desire to break Bea. SEASON FOUR Returning to Wentworth’s rebuilt H Block four months after the fire, Bea finds that the power base has shifted and that there’s a new contender for Top Dog - Kaz, a confrontational, dangerous extremist who loathes what Bea stands for. OVER FIVE HOURS OF BONUS FEATURES INCLUDING CAST AND CREW INTERVIEWS, BEHIND THE SCENES AND MUCH MUCH MORE.

When Marnie Was There (U) (Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD) Dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi Run time: 103 mins Hiromasa Yonebayashi directs this Japanese anime from Studio Ghibli. When her asthma takes a turn for the worse, 12-year-old tomboy Anna (voice of Hailee Steinfeld) is sent by her foster mum to stay with relatives in a seaside town in the hope that the clear air will help Anna’s condition. While there Anna sees an old, abandoned mansion across a salt marsh, but on repeated visits finds the building to be in pristine condition and learns that Marnie (Kiernan Shipka), a young blonde girl, lives there. The two girls become friends but the lines between Anna’s reality and her dream world become blurred, leaving her confused about who Marnie really is. As she attempts to discover the truth about her new friend, Anna also makes some discoveries about herself...

WELCOME TO WENTWORTH PRISON, WHERE YOU KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE AND YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER.

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X-Men: Apocalypse (12)

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Run time: 973 mins Relive every jaw dropping moment from last year with this 6 DISC collection bringing together THE BEST OF RAW AND SMACKDOWN 2015 and THE BEST PAYPER-VIEW MATCHES 2015. Featuring over 16 hours of the best WWE action, witness the final match of a Sports Entertainment Icon, epic battles between a Beast and a Deadman, a Divas Revolution and much much more! THE BEST OF RAW AND SMACKDOWN 2015 See the best 2015 had to offer featuring Superstars like JOHN CENA, SETH ROLLINS, BROCK LESNAR, BRAY WYATT, DEAN AMBROSE, ROMAN REIGNS, PAIGE, THE BELLA TWINS, THE AUTHORITY and all your favourites as they brought the WWE Universe to their feet on RAW and SmackDown! Experience every major moment, every return, every debut and every epic matchup and see why 2015 was a year that will go down as one of the best in WWE history. THE BEST PAY-PER-VIEW MATCHES 2015 New champions were crowned, legends returned, new faces arrived and the WWE Superstars and Divas delivered some of the best pay-per-view matches in WWE history. Relive all the best hard-hitting matchups of the year featuring JOHN CENA, SETH ROLLINS, BROCK LESNAR, UNDERTAKER, ROMAN REIGNS, STING & DEAN AMBROSE and see the best 2015 had to offer.

X-Men Collection (12) (DVD Box Set) Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart Dirs. Bryan Singer, Brett Ratner, Gavin Hood, Matthew Vaughn, James Mangold Collection of eight feature films based on the Marvel’s ‘X-Men’ comic strip. The films are: ‘X-Men’ (2000), ‘X-Men 2’ (2003), ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ (2006), ‘X-Men: Origins - Wolverine’ (2009), ‘X-Men: First Class’ (2011), ‘The Wolverine’ (2013), ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ (2014) and ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ (2016).

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Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult Dir. Bryan Singer Run time: 144 mins Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-Men: Apocalypse. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.


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10 Rillington Place (15) (Dual format Blu-ray + DVD) Cast: Richard Attenborough, John Hurt Dir. Richard Fleischer Run time: 111 mins This classic British chiller is the horrifying true story of serial killer John Christie, played to unnerving effect by Richard Attenborough. When Timothy Evans (John Hurt) and his wife (Judy Geeson) rent a tiny room in Christie s terraced house, they are unaware that they have sealed their fates and that they will fall foul of Christie’s perverse and murderous scheme. Shot in the original street where Christie’s crimes were perpetrated, Richard Fleischer’s stark, unsensational depiction uses exteriors from the actual house as part of its grim recreation of the events. INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION EXTRAS: • Audio commentary with Judy Geeson and film historians Lem Dobbs and Nick Redman • Audio commentary with acclaimed actor John Hurt • Introduction by Sir Richard Attenborough (2 mins): An appreciation by the great actor

An unambitious painter named Gu (Shih Jun) lives with his mother in the vicinity of an abandoned mansion rumoured to be haunted. In actuality, the mansion has become a hiding place for the warrior Yang (Hsu Feng) and her own mother, both taking refuge following the assassination of their loyal minister father by the wicked eunuch Wei of East Chamber. After the eunuch sends an army to pursue the escapees, the group fortify the mansion with traps and false intimations of the terrifying ghosts within. But even after, things take yet more unsettling turns... Famed for its iconic set pieces, including the central bamboo forest battle, A Touch of Zen is one of cinema’s truly peerless action sagas and the precursor par excellence of such modern  wuxia  films as  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and House of Flying Daggers. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present King Hu’s masterpiece in a Dual Format edition. SPECIAL FEATURES including: • New 1080p transfer of the film on Blu-ray, with a progressive encode on the DVD • Newly translated English subtitles • Select scene commentary by critic and Asian cinema expert Tony Rayns • Trailer • 36-PAGE BOOKLET featuring Hu’s director statement from the Cannes film festival a 1975 interview with King Hu by Tony Rayns; the original short story the film is based on; the eight characteristics of ‘’the swordswoman’’ in King Hu’s films; and archival images

• Interview with Sir Richard Attenborough  (20 mins): Attenborough discusses many aspects of the film

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(Blu-ray) Cast: Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones, Sally Kirkland, Christopher Penn, Christopher McDonald Dir. Bob Radler Run time: 370 mins

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The ultimate martial arts classic that inspired CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON and HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS SYNOPSIS: Widely regarded as the greatest martial arts epic of all time, A Touch of Zen won awards worldwide (including at Cannes), smashed box-office records and had an incalcula-

Alex Grady (Eric Roberts), an Oregon welder and widowed father of a five-year-old son is chosen for the US National Karate Team. He finds himself in the company of Travis Brickley (Chris Penn), an urban cowboy with an attitude and a host of other off beat characters and their coach Frank Kouzo (James Earl Jones), a hardened veteran of high-powered Karate competition. It s a team with rough edges and problems that must be resolved if they’re to win the international competition and become the Best of the Best Best of the Best 2 HOME MOVIE : SFF

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A classic sequel to the brilliant original. Alex Grady (Eric Roberts) is a martial arts champion who, along with Tommy Lee (Phillip Rhee), is seeking revenge for the death of his friend Travis (Chris Penn). He finds out that Travis has gotten involved in a secret, high-priced, gambling event in which fighters go to the bloody extremes, attempting to become the champ. This is another breath-taking action film that is punctuated with the fight scenes.

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Tommy and another former members of the US National Karate Team join forces to avenge the death of their friend, who was brutally slain in competition at an underground Las Vegas fighting club. An initial confrontation between the revenge-minded pair and the murderer leaves the evildoer with a horrible facial scar, and he vows to bury the two former internationals. After he makes a few attempts to gun the duo down, they finally settle the score in a bloody grudge match at the club. Best of the Best 4 Without Warning  Russian mobsters have stolen a computer disk which will allow them to print money, and have hijacked a truck containing blank currency paper. Unfortunately for the mobsters the disk is accidentally slipped into the possession of Tommy Lee. Desperate to get the disk back, the mobsters kidnap Tommy’s daughter, and in order to rescue his child Tommy must face deadly temptresses, high- tech gadgets and an array of explosive weaponry.

• Creating the First Season featurette • Gag Reel • Music Video • In Conversation: Bob Odenkirk & Michael McKean featurette (Exclusive to Blu-ray)

• Jimmy in the Courtroom with Introduction by “Mijo” Director Michelle MacLaren (Exclusive to Blu-ray) • Deleted Scenes with Commentary (Exclusive to Blu-ray) • In The Studio featurette (Exclusive to Blu-ray) • Uno Table Read (Exclusive to Blu-ray) • Kettleman Kommentary with Craig & Betsy Kettleman (Exclusive to Blu-ray) Season 2 • Cast and Crew Commentaries on every episode • Switch Table Read • Gag Reel • Settling the Score: Original Music by Composer Dave Porter featurette • “HSC: Beaches ‘n’ Peaches” (Exclusive to Blu-ray)

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Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael McKean, Michael Mand Season 1 Before Saul Goodman met Walter White, he was struggling attorney Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk). In this prequel to the Emmy(r)-winning series Breaking Bad, Jimmy teams up with “fixer” Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) and begins his transformation from optimistic underdog into Albuquerque’s most notorious legal legend. Michael McKean stars as Jimmy’s brilliant, uncompromising brother, Chuck. Season 2 Before he was Saul, he was small-time, hustling attorney Jimmy McGill (Golden Globe(r) nominee Bob Odenkirk). Season 2 finds Jimmy leaving shortcuts behind for his budding romance with Kim (Rhea Seehorn). With his stern brother Chuck (Michael McKean) keeping watch and fixer Mike (Jonathan Banks) drawn into a menacing cartel web, how long can “Slippin’ Jimmy” stay on the straight and narrow? Special Features: Season 1 • Cast and Crew Commentaries on every episode 60

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• “Who Stole My Nest Egg?!” Commercial (Exclusive to Blu-ray) • Davis & Main Sandpiper Commercial (Exclusive to Bluray) • “You’re the Greatest!” Commercial (Exclusive to Blu-ray) • The Regalo Helado Heist (Bonus Disc) (Exclusive to Bluray) • Making the Case featurette (Bonus Disc) (Exclusive to Blu-ray)

Better Call Saul: Season 2 (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Michael Mando, Jonathan Banks Run time: 459 mins Before he was Saul, he was small-time, hustling attorney Jimmy McGill (Golden Globe nominee Bob Odenkirk). Season 2 finds Jimmy leaving shortcuts behind for his budding romance with Kim (Rhea Seehorn). With his


stern brother Chuck (Michael McKean) keeping watch and fixer Mike (Jonathan Banks) drawn into a menacing cartel web, how long can “Slippin’ Jimmy” stay on the straight and narrow?

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Cast: Billy Connolly Run time: 96 mins

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Hailed as the UK’s most influential comedian of all time, the legend returns in his ‘High Horse Tour’! 

• Gag Reel • Settling the Score: Original Music by Composer Dave Porter featurette • “HSC: Beaches ‘n’ Peaches” (Exclusive to Blu-ray) • Constructing Davis & Main featurette (Exclusive to Blu-ray • In Conversation: Jonathan Banks & Mark Margolis (Exclusive to Blu-ray) • Davis & Main Mesothelioma Commercial (Exclusive to Blu-ray)

Billy has toured worldwide continuously for the last 50 years, performing to an audience of over 10 million. He was awarded a CBE in 2003, was given the Freedom of the City of Glasgow in 2010, and was named Britain’s most influential stand-up comic in 2012.  Connolly’s one of the all time greats of stand-up, and even at the age of 73, the legendary Scot has a wild, manic energy, and is still as sharp as ever.

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Cast: Allie Deberry, Lance Henricksen, C. Thomas Howell, Olivia Osteen, Kim Jackson-Wheeler Dir. Brian T. Jaynes Run time: 85 mins

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(DVD) Cast: David Walliams, John Thomson, James Fleet, Rebecca Front, Anthony O’Donnell Dir. Matt Lipsey Run time: 60 mins This delightful family comedy based on the bestselling book by David Walliams (The Boy in the Dress, Gangsta Granny) tells the story of Len and Joe Spud, an impoverished father and son who become instant billionaires when Len invents a new type of toilet roll. Home is now a huge mansion with a celebrity butler, but while 12-year-old Joe has everything money can buy, what he really needs is a friend. With his father obsessed by a high-spending lifestyle and new gold-digging girlfriend, Joe manages to transfer from his expensive private school to the local comprehensive. Hiding his wealth, he is happy and soon making friends. But when Len turns up in a helicopter to deliver his forgotten homework, Joe’s secret is out!

Family drama about a troubled teenage girl’s relationship with a horse. After getting caught stealing drugs, rebellious 17-year-old Kacie (Alexandria Deberry) is arrested and sentenced to work at the equine therapy camp Spirit Riders. Reluctant to change her ways, camp owner Rex (Lance Henriksen) encourages Kacie to help him train retired racehorse Blaze. Soon, she forms a strong bond with the horse and slowly decides to start changing her reckless ways.

Castle: Seasons 1-8 (15) (DVD Box Set) Cast: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly C. Quinn, Jon Huertas Run time: 7171 mins All episodes from the first eight seasons of the American crime drama following mystery writer Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion). When a copycat murder inspired by the plot of one of his novels takes place, Castle is called in by the NYPD to provide insight on the case. When he proves useful, he is given a permanent job on the investigative team, working alongside Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic). 

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ple. Too poor to afford one of his own, Hideki is overjoyed to discover a discarded persocom in a trash heap but this gift of fate turns into a mystery as his persocom, Chi, appears to be able to operate without her OS. How real is real.

(DVD) Cast: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly C. Quinn, Jon Huertas Run time: 900 mins All 22 episodes from the eighth season of the American crime drama following mystery writer Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion). In this series, Castle poses as a college professor in order to investigate the brutal murder of a student, while a tip off from a mystery stranger leaves his wife Kate (Stana Katic) on the run and fighting for her life. The episodes are: ‘XY’, ‘XX’, ‘PhDead’, ‘What Lies Beneath’, ‘The Nose’, ‘Cool Boys’, ‘The Last Seduction’, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Castle’, ‘Tone Death’, ‘Witness for the Prosecution’, ‘Dead Red’, ‘The Blame Game’, ‘And Justice for All’, ‘G.D.S’, ‘Fidelis Ad Mortem’, ‘Heartbreaker’, ‘Death Wish’, ‘Backstabber’, ‘Dead Again’, ‘Much Ado About Murder’, ‘Hell to Pay’ and ‘Crossfire’.

Chevalier (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Yiorgos Kendros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis, Makis Papadimitriou, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos Dir. Athina Rachel Tsangari Run time: 105 mins In the middle of the Aegean Sea, on a luxury yacht, six men on a fishing trip decide to play a game. During this game things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, and blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals, and rivals will become hungry. But at the end of the voyage when the game is over, the man who wins will be the best man. And he will wear upon his littlest finger the victorious signet ring: the ‘Chevalier’.

Courted (12) (DVD) Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Eva Lallier, Corinne Masiero Dir. Christian Vincent Run time: 98 mins Michel Racine is the feared President of the Assize Court. As hard on himself as he is on others, he is known as the two-digit judge because his minimal sentence always exceeds ten years. Although known for his icy demeanor, even towards his colleagues, everything goes topsy-turvy when Michel discovers a juror on one of his murder trials is Ditte Lorensen-Coteret. Six years earlier, Racine had fallen in love with her, but their relationship had become estranged. She is perhaps the only woman he has ever loved, and the only one to have witnessed his kinder side. Starring Fabrice Luchini (Paris) and Sidse Babett Knudsen (Inferno), Courted is a tender tale of self-discovery.

Dark Angel (12) (DVD) Cast: Joanne Froggatt Run time: 180 mins The true story of Victorian serial killer, Mary Ann Cotton

DC Super-heroes: Green Lantern (PG) (DVD) Run time: 84 mins

Chobits: The Chobits Collection (15) (Blu-ray) Dir. Morio Asaka Run time: 675 mins A country boy, Hideki arrives in the big city to go to college. He is amazed by the variety and prevalence of persocoms: Personal computers designed to look and act like animals or even peo62

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Children’s animation featuring DC Comics superhero Green Lantern.

DC Super-villains: Harley Quinn (PG) (DVD) Cast: Kevin Conroy, Jr. Efrem Zimbalist, Loren Lester, Bob Hastings, Melissa Gilbert Run time: 147 mins Children’s animation featuring DC Comics villain Harley Quinn.


Digimon - Digital Monsters: Season 2 (PG) (DVD) Cast: Steve Blum, Mona Marshall, Tifanie Christun, Derek Stephen Prince, Philece Sampler Dir. Hiroyuki Kakud Run time: 1095 mins Four years after Tai, Mimi and the rest of the Digidestined brought peace to the digital world and found their way back home, the Digimon Emperor - a new villain - threatens the world and its Digital Monsters. With some the original kids off to junior high, a new generation is chosen to defend and save the world from evil.  Davis, Yolei, Cody, and Ken join T.K and Kari to form the new Digidestined team. Together they journey back to the Digital World to battle the Digimon Emperor and free all the Digital Monsters from his control.  Special Features: Original Japanese opening

Elstree 1976 (12) (DVD) Documentary Dir. John Spira Run time: 97 mins In 1976, the original Star Wars movie was shot in suburban North London. Nobody involved had any idea how big the film would become, many couldn’t even remember the title. Yet, for the extras and actors in smaller roles, their faces hidden behind masks and beneath helmets, this seemingly insignificant job would go on to colour their lives even four decades later. Documentary filmmaker Jon Spira has tracked down a cross-section of these actors and extras, including David Prowse (Darth Vader) and Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), to find out what it means to have been a part of the most beloved cinematic universe of all time. Bonus extras include: Director’s Commentary; Extended Interviews; ‘Elstree 2016: Return to Elstree Studios’ featurette.

Escaflowne (15) (Blu-ray Ultimate Edition) Dir. Kazuki Akane Run time: 760 mins Hitomi Kanzaki is a typical high school girl, with typical problems, but when a vision of a young man battling a dragon becomes a reality, her life changes forever. Drawn

into a strange vortex with the swordsman, Van, Hitomi is thrust into the strange world of Gaea. Van must learn to master the suit of armor, Escaflowne, before he and Hitomi are crushed by the ambitions of the Empire of Zaibach. Van and Hitomi will encounter both allies and enemies in an effort to unlock the secrets within Escaflowne, and Hitomis heart, stirred by love and adventure, will, at times ache with sorrow. But why was she sent to this world? Find out in a classic tale of fantasy and adventure! The Ultimate edition of Escaflowne is available for the first time in the UK in High Definition with both English language and Japanese with English subtitle. Contains all 26 episodes restored into beautiful HD, the director s cut versions of select episodes never released before in the UK (Japanese with English subs only), the standalone film, collector s edition packaging and a large hardback artbook. Extras: • Collector’s packaging • Hardback artbook • 26 episodes • 6 director’s cut episode • 1 movie

From the New World Collection (15) (DVD) Dir. Masashi Ishihama Run time: 600 mins From the New World Collection to maintain the world, sacrifices must be made. Through age comes wisdom and for Saki and her group of friends they are about to discover that they are idyllic little village is hiding a terrible secret that is a greater tragedy than their past. Can Saki, Satoru, Maria, Mamoru and Shun re-imagine this bleak reality to an idyllic world. An award winning sci-fi epic novel is finally brought to life through animation; from the New World is a vividly dark series with attention to detail and world building.

Game of Thrones: The Complete Seasons 1-6 (18) (Blu-ray and DVD Box Sets) Cast: Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke Run time: 3192 mins The complete first six seasons of the HBO medieval fantasy drama based on the

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bestselling novel series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ by George R.R. Martin. The programme follows the battle between the Starks and the other noble families of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros to gain control of the Iron Throne. Season 1 episodes are: ‘Winter Is Coming’, ‘The Kingsroad’, ‘Lord Snow’, ‘Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things’, ‘The Wolf and the Lion’, ‘A Golden Crown’, ‘You Win Or You Die’, ‘The Pointy End’, ‘Baelor’ and ‘Fire and Blood’. Season 2 episodes are: ‘The North Remembers’, ‘The Night Lands’, ‘What Is Dead May Never Die’, ‘Garden of Bones’, ‘The Ghost of Harrenhal’, ‘The Old Gods and the New’, ‘A Man Without Honor’, ‘The Prince of Winterfell’, ‘Blackwater’ and ‘Valar Morghulis’. Season 3 episodes are: ‘Valar Dohaeris’, ‘Dark Wings, Dark Words’, ‘Walk of Punishment’, ‘And Now His Watch Is Ended’, ‘Kissed By Fire’, ‘The Climb’, ‘The Bear and the Maiden Fair’, ‘Second Sons’, ‘The Rains of Castamere’ and ‘Mhysa’. Season 4 episodes are: ‘Two Swords’, ‘The Lion and the Rose’, ‘Breaker of Chains’, ‘Oathkeeper’, ‘First of His Name’, ‘The Laws of Gods and Men’, ‘Mockingbird’, ‘The Mountain and the Viper’, ‘The Watchers On the Wall’ and ‘The Children’. Season 5 episodes are: ‘The Wars to Come’, ‘The House of Black and White’, ‘High Sparrow’, ‘Sons of the Harpy’, ‘Kill the Boy’, ‘Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken’, ‘The Gift’, ‘Hardhome’, ‘The Dance of Dragons’ and ‘Mother’s Mercy’. Season 6 episodes are: ‘The Red Woman’, ‘Home’, ‘Oathbreaker’, ‘Book of the Stranger’, ‘The Door’, ‘Blood of My Blood’, ‘The Broken Man’, ‘No One’, ‘Battle of the Bastards’ and ‘The Winds of Winter’

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Joanna (Katharine Houghton), the beautiful daughter of crusading publisher Matthew Drayton (Tracy) and his patrician wife Christina (Hepburn), returns home with her new fiance John Prentice (Sidney Poitier), a distinguished black doctor. Christina accepts her daughter’s decision to marry John, but Matthew is shocked by this interracial union; the doctor’s parents are equally dismayed. Both families must sit down face to face and examine each other’s level of intolerance. In GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER director Stanley Kramer has created a masterful study of society’s prejudices. INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION EXTRAS: • Four Introductions: Karen Kramer (3 mins); Steven Spielberg (1 min); Tom Brokaw (3 mins); Quincy Jones (3 mins) • A Love Story for Today (30 mins): production retrospective • A Special Kind of Love (17 mins): archival recordings of Hepburn, and an interview with Hepburn’s niece • Stanley Kramer: A Man’s Search for Truth (17 mins): an overview of Kramer’s vision • Stanley Kramer Accepts the Irving Thalberg Award (2 mins) • 2007 Producers Guild Stanley Kramer Award Presentation to An Inconvenient Truth (5 mins) • Isolated score track

Cast: Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams

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The complete sixth season of the HBO medieval fantasy drama based on the bestselling novel series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ by George R.R. Martin. The programme follows the battle between the Starks and the other noble families of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros to gain control of the Iron Throne. In this season, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) attempts to rule Meereen while Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is held captive by a Dothraki tribe, Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) learns more about his powers from the Three-eyed Raven (Max von Sydow), the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) becomes more powerful by influencing King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) and the Stark and Bolton armies meet on the battlefield. The episodes are: ‘The Red Woman’, ‘Home’, ‘Oathbreaker’, ‘Book of the Stranger’, ‘The Door’, ‘Blood of My Blood’, ‘The Broken Man’, ‘No One’, ‘Battle of the Bastards’ and ‘The Winds of Winter’.

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Cast: Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy Dir. Stanley Kramer Run time: 108 mins

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Hitler: The Rise and Fall (E) (DVD) Documentary Run time: 360 mins In this series, world-renowned experts investigate the man behind the monster taking us into the of depths Hitler’s mind. Using the latest research across the course of Hitler’s life, they pinpoint the key moments in his meteoric rise and ultimate downfall. The series features some rarely seen archive material and state-of-the-art colourisation which helps bring Hitler powerfully to life.


Expert analysts reveal fresh insights into Hitler’s body language and the power of his speech. Ultimately, this series provides a fresh perspective on Hitler and explains how he was able to go from jobless loner to a ruthless dictator loved and feared by millions

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(Blu-ray and DVD) Dirs. Daniel Mendelle, Daniel Harris Run time: 96 mins Daniel Harris and Daniel Mendelle direct this documentary which looks at the rise in popularity of darts. Featuring archive footage, behind-the-scenes access and interviews with current darting personalities such as Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson and Raymond van Barneveld, the film traces the sport’s evolution from humble beginnings through to the glamorous heyday of the 1980s and on into the lucrative professional era. Also included are interviews with legendary players Eric Bristow and Bobby George, alongside contributions from celebrity fans such as snooker great Ronnie O’Sullivan and England cricket captain Alistair Cook.

How to Get Away With Murder: Seasons 1-2 (18) (DVD) Cast: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King Run time: 1200 mins All the episodes from the first two seasons of the American crime drama starring Viola Davis. Renowned defence attorney Annalise Keating (Davis) teaches criminal law at Middleton University where she chooses a group of students from her class to become interns at her firm. They are soon put to the test as they become embroiled in a murder plot and discover how far they are willing to go to achieve success. Season 1 episodes are: ‘Pilot’, ‘It’s All Her Fault’, ‘Smile, Or Go to Jail’, ‘Let’s Get to Scooping’, ‘We’re Not Friends’, ‘Freakin’ Whack-a-Mole’, ‘He Deserved to Die’, ‘He Has a Wife’, ‘Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me’, ‘Hello Raskolnikov’, ‘Best Christmas Ever’, ‘She’s a Murderer’, ‘Mama’s Here Now’, ‘The Night Lila Died’ and ‘It’s All My Fault’. Season 2 episodes are: ‘It’s Time to Move On’, ‘She’s Dying’, ‘It’s Called the Octopus’, ‘Skanks Get Skanked’, ‘Meet Bonnie’, ‘Two Birds, One Millstone’, ‘I Want You to Die’, ‘Hi, I’m Philip’, ‘What Did We Do?’, ‘What Happened to You, Annalise?’, ‘She Hates Us’, ‘It’s a Trap’, ‘Something Bad Happened’, ‘There’s My Baby’ and ‘Anna Mae’.

How to Get Away With Murder: The Complete Secon Season (18) (DVD) Cast: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King Run time: 619 mins All 15 episodes from the second season of the American crime drama starring Viola Davis. Renowned defence attorney Annalise Keating (Davis) teaches criminal law at Middleton University where she chooses a group of students from her class to become interns at her firm. They are soon put to the test as they become embroiled in a murder plot and discover how far they are willing to go to achieve success. The episodes are: ‘It’s Time to Move On’, ‘She’s Dying’, ‘It’s Called the Octopus’, ‘Skanks Get Skanked’, ‘Meet Bonnie’, ‘Two Birds, One Millstone’, ‘I Want You to Die’, ‘Hi, I’m Philip’, ‘What Did We Do?’, ‘What Happened to You, Annalise?’, ‘She Hates Us’, ‘It’s a Trap’, ‘Something Bad Happened’, ‘There’s My Baby’ and ‘Anna Mae’.

Howling II Your Sister Is a Werewolf (18) (Dual format Blu-ray + DVD) Cast: Christopher Lee, Sybil Danning Dir. Philippe Mora Run time: 87 mins IT’S NOT OVER YET. How do you follow up a film as iconic as Joe Dante s seminal werewolf epic The Howling? With a star turn from horror legend Christopher Lee and a leather-clad Sybil Danning (The Red Queen Kills Seven Times), Howling II is more than up to the challenge! After a young woman dies in violent circumstances, her brother is approached by a stranger (Lee) who reveals that she was in fact a werewolf. The brother s initial skepticism is quickly diffused when he encounters the fanged beasts first-hand. Now the pair, joined by a plucky journalist, must travel to Transylvania to destroy werewolf queen Stirba (Danning), and rid the world of lycanthropes once and for all. Helmed by director Philippe Mora (Mad Dog Morgan, The Beast Within), who would go on to direct the equally barmy follow-up Howling III: The Marsupials, Howling II is a campy horror extravaganza featuring killer dwarves, werewolf orgies and 80s punk rock galore! SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: • Brand new digital transfer • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation • Original Uncompressed Mono PCM audio • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing • Audio commentary with director Philippe Mora

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• Audio commentary with composer Steve Parsons and editor Charles Bornstein

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• Leading Man an interview with actor Reb Brown • Queen Of The Werewolves an interview with actress Sybil Danning

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Cast: Maika Monroe, Joey King, Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth dir. Roland Emmerich Run time: 120 mins

• Behind-the-Scenes Footage • Alternate Opening and Alternate Ending • Still Gallery • Theatrical Trailer • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Michael Blyth

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Twenty years after mysterious aliens nearly wiped out humankind, they’re back with a vengeance in the explosive sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence! Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth developed a vast defence program to protect the planet. But nothing could prepare us for the next invasion—and only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can save our world from extinction!

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Cast: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch Dir. Roland Emmerich

Cast: Diane Keaton, Geraldine Page, Maureen Stapleton Dir. Woody Allen Run time: 91 mins

Double bill of sci-fi action adventures from director Roland Emmerich. In ‘Independence Day’ (1996), massive spaceships are spotted hovering above planet Earth and the world stands watching in awe and wonder. This amazement, however, soon turns to terror as the aliens launch an all-out attack, devastating the planet’s major cities. As the Earth’s survivors try to come to terms with what has happened, a group of Americans including President Thomas J. Whitmore (Bill Pullman), fighter pilot Steve Hiller (Will Smith) and computer boffin David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) decide to fight back. In the sequel, ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ (2016), two decades have passed since the alien invasion and the world has pooled together to form Earth Space Defence (ESD), a global organisation designed to protect the planet from any further attacks. With ESD personnel stationed on Earth, the Moon and Mars, they have spent the last 20 years developing technology that was salvaged from the previous attack. Before their defeat, however, the aliens sent a distress signal back to their planet asking for assistance in the form of a more powerful army. When the aliens receive the message they prepare for attack, and this time they are taking no chances.

With Interiors Woody Allen showed the world that he was more than a comedic filmmaker with the Evening Standard s noted critic Alexander Walker remarking Woody Allen gives us the enormous excitement of seeing gifts in use that we never suspected he possessed. When Eve (Geraldine Page), an interior designer, is deserted by her husband of many years, Arthur (E.G. Marshall), the emotionally glacial relationships of the three grownup daughters are laid bare. Twisted by jealousy, insecurity and resentment, Renata (Diane Keaton), a successful writer; Flyn (Kristin Griffith), a woman crippled by indecision; and Joey (Marybeth Hurt), a budding actress; struggle to communicate for the sake of their shattered mother. But when their father unexpectedly falls for another woman (Maureen Stapleton), his decision to remarry sets in motion a terrible twist of fate... Regarded as a startling departure at the time (although it now clearly anticipates later work), Interiors was Woody Allen s first entirely serious drama, an intimate family chamber-piece strongly influenced by his beloved Ingmar Bergman and performed by a pitch-perfect ensemble cast.

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Collection of stage performances by Scottish stand-up comedian Kevin Bridges. ‘The Story So Far - Live in Glasgow’ includes footage of Kevin’s homecoming show at the SECC Arena in Glasgow in 2010. ‘The Story Continues’ sees him performing at the same arena, this time during his 2012 tour, while ‘A Whole Different Story’ captures his 2015 performance at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.

Kill the King (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Emily Browning, Ashley Greene, Avan Jogia, Ron Livingston, Luke Grimes Dir. Eddie O’Keefe Run time: 90 mins Emily Browning and Luke Grimes star in this crime drama co-written and directed by Eddie O’Keefe. The film follows Karen Bird (Browning) and Jack Blueblood (Grimes), two young lovers who escape a mental institution to travel to Los Angeles in a bid to kill Elvis Presley (Ron Livingston). After coming up with the scheme following a vision from Jack’s dead mother, the pair set off on their journey in the summer of 1974, vowing to murder their idol and anyone else who gets in the way. The cast also includes Ashley Greene and Avan Jogia.

Ma Ma (15) (DVD) Cast: Penélope Cruz, Luis Tosar, Asier Etxeandia, Teo Planell Dir. Julio Medem Run time: 111 mins Penélope Cruz stars in this Spanish drama from film-maker Julio Medem. When unemployed teacher and single mother Magda (Cruz) is diagnosed with breast cancer, she begins to doubt everything around her. While watching her son play football she meets talent scout Arturo (Luis Tosar) who takes a shine to both Magda and her son. When Arturo receives a phone call with news that his wife and daughter have been in a car accident, Magda goes with him to the hospital. As she has told no-one else of her illness, Magda decides to confide in Arturo and the two grow closer, bonding over ill fate. When she discovers that she is pregnant Magda realises that she has something to live for and changes her ways to ensure she is around to see her daughter grow up.

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Looking: The Complete Series and the Movie (18)

(DVD) Cast: Annunzio Mantovani, John Conteh, Edmund Hockridge, Joan Regan, All Saints Choir Run time: 75 mins

(Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, Murray Bartlett Run time: 626 mins All 18 episodes from the first two seasons and the feature-length finale of the HBO comedy drama following the lives and loves of three gay men in San Francisco. Patrick (Jonathan Groff), Agustín (Frankie J. Álvarez) and Dom (Murray Bartlett) are best friends who help each other navigate their way through the trials of their professional and private lives. Season 1 episodes are: ‘Looking for Now’, ‘Looking for Uncut’, ‘Looking at Your Browser History’, ‘Looking for $220/Hour’, ‘Looking for the Future’, ‘Looking in the Mirror’, ‘Looking for a Plus-One’ and ‘Looking Glass’. Season 2 episodes are: ‘Looking for the Promised Land’, ‘Looking for Results’, ‘Looking Top to Bottom’, ‘Looking Down the Road’, ‘Looking for Truth’, ‘Looking for Gordon Freeman’, ‘Looking for a Plot’, ‘Looking for Glory’, ‘Looking for Sanctuary’ and ‘Looking for Home’. The collection also includes ‘Looking: The Movie’ (2016).

Mantovani was the most successful orchestra leader of his time, selling over 60 million albums in his career. Memories of Christmas includes two superb TV shows on a theme of Christmas Music and nostalgia for a golden age. Special guest singers include All Saints Choir, Edmund Hockridge and Joan Regan; with the highlights of Christmas Cheer include Jingle Bells, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, White Christmas, O Come All Ye Faithful, Lullaby by Brahms, Mary’s Boy Child and Whilst Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night.

Michael McIntyre: The Complete Live Collection (15) (DVD) Collection of four live stage performances by British comedian Michael McIntyre. In ‘Live and Laughing’, Michael is shown on stage during his 2008 UK tour, ‘Hello Wembley’ sees him perform at Wembley Arena in October 2009, ‘Showtime’ includes footage from his sell-out arena tour of 2012 and ‘Happy and Glorious’ captures his performance at the O2 Arena in London as part of his 2015 tour.

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Mindgame Saga (12) (DVD) Cast: Sophie Aldred, Miles Richardson, Toby Aspin, John Wadmore From the pen of DOCTOR WHO writer TERRANCE DICKS! MINDGAME A Human … a Draconian … a Sontaran … trapped in a prison cell. Who will survive when they are forced to fight for their lives? MINDGAME TRILOGY - Having escaped their fate in MINDGAME, the three warriors return to their respective timelines … a battlefield, a prison cell and a dying spaceship. Far more deadly situations than the one they just escaped from! Will any of them survive? MINDGAME SAGA stars SOPHIE ALDRED (Ace in DOCTOR WHO) and brings together two classic monsters from DOCTOR WHO for the first and only time!  Exclusive new 2DVD set features Making of Mindgame & Mindgame Trilogy features, NEW retrospective feature, Photo Gallery & a PDF of the original Mindgame script including lost scenes!

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(Dual format Collector’s Edition, Blu-ray and DVD) Dir. Keiichi Hara Run time: 93 mins Set in 1814 Edo (now known as Tokyo), a much accomplished artist of the time works tirelessly in his house-atelier. He is as short-tempered and sarcastic as he is brilliant, with no passion for money or meaningless pastimes like drinking. His name is Katsushika Hokusai and decades later his work would come to mesmerise Degas, Van Gogh, Monet, Klimt and Debussy. But very few were aware of the woman who often painted for him while remaining uncredited. This is the untold story of O-Ei, Master Hokusais daughter, a free-spirited woman overshadowed by her larger-than-life father. She inherited both his stubbornness and his talent, and her art is so powerful that it leads her to trouble The feature is presented in Japanese with English subtitles. Extras: • Collector’s Edition Packaging • 120 minute making of Documentary • Special Interview with Director Keiichi Hara • Art Cards • Art book 68

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Mrs Brown’s Boys: Crackin’ Christmas (12) (DVD) Cast: Brendan O’Carroll, Jennifer Gibney, Eilish O’Carroll, Paddy Houlihan Dir. Ben Kellett Run time: 74 mins Mrs. Brown returns for the festive frolics for another year of mayhem, mishaps and merriment. Mammy’s Christmas Punch Agnes Brown is determined to have a safe and peaceful Christmas at home this year. But with Mark and Betty rowing over the reappearance of his first love Bubbles, carol singers haunting Agnes’s every waking hour and Buster installing a new Christmas tree with a very unusual feature, how will Agnes survive? Mammy’s Widow’s Memories When a handsome stranger appears in Foley’s Pub, everyone presumes he must be after Cathy. But the stranger reveals he only has eyes for one special woman: Agnes Brown herself. Will Agnes go on her first date in years? And if she does, who’s in for the bigger surprise: Agnes Brown, or the stranger?

Mrs Brown’s Boys: Cracking Big Box (15) (DVD) Cast: Jennifer Gibney, Eilish O’Carroll, Paddy Houlihan, Rory Cowan, Brendan O’Carroll Dirs. Ben Kellett, Brendan O’Carroll Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Crackers (2012): Feast yourself on this triple helping of Mrs. Brown’s Boys with the outrageous Christmas Specials. As always, Agnes is only trying to make Christmas perfect for her family but things don’t always turn out as planned. We see Agnes competing for the love of Dermot and Maria by trying to provide a more lavish Christmas than Maria’s posh Mum Hillary. Trouble brews as Cathy takes exception to her mother opening her mail and instigates a clever plan for revenge. And Agnes fights to stage her very own Nativity play and she is determined to put on the greatest show on earth. Join Agnes and the Brown family for an extra-ordinary Christmas you won’t ever forget. Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Specials 2013 Buckin’ Mammy: Christmas is just round the corner, and no-one knows what Bono wants for a present. He’s already posted his letter off to Santa, so how can Mrs Brown find out in time? Meanwhile, at her family games night, Agnes struggles to control her temper when none of the guests will play by her rules. But at least there shouldn’t be any problems with the Christmas tree she’s having a very special one delivered... Who’s A Pretty Mammy?: Agnes is a Mammy on a mission - trying to make


sure grandson Bono isn’t sent to the infamous local primary school (despite what his parents want). And as if her house isn’t normally noisy enough, she finds herself lumbered with a brand new houseguest in the form of a homeless parrot. At least she’s got her New Year’s Eve party to look forward to - until her guests start dropping like flies. Suddenly it looks like she might be seeing in the New Year without her family around her... Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Specials 2014: Mammy’s Tickled Pink: Christmas is just around the corner and Agnes already has her tinsel in a twist. Rory is getting plastic surgery, Cathy is hiding something and the family are insisting upon a cost-cutting secret Santa. To make matters worse, Winnie drops a Christmas bombshell. Maybe her unusual new Christmas tree will bring Agnes some festive cheer? Mammy’s Gamble: After a spate of burglaries in Finglas, Agnes asks Buster Brady to fit a new alarm system. Unfortunately there are a few teething problems with Buster’s state-of-the-art technology. Determined to help son Dermot set up a new business, Agnes must face old rival Hillary Nicholson in the poker final. Meanwhile, Agnes’s new chair turns out to be comfier than she could ever have imagined... Mrs. Brown’s Boys Christmas Specials 2015: Mammy’s Christmas Punch: Agnes Brown is determined to have a safe and peaceful Christmas at home this year. But with Mark and Betty rowing over the reappearance of his first love Bubbles, carol singers haunting Agnes’s every waking hour and Buster installing a new Christmas tree with a very unusual feature, how will Agnes survive? Mammy’s Widow’s Memories: When a handsome stranger appears in Foley’s Pub, everyone presumes he must be after Cathy. But the stranger reveals he only has eyes for one special woman: Agnes Brown herself. Will Agnes go on her first date in years? And if she does, who’s in for the bigger surprise: Agnes Brown, or the stranger?

Northpole Open for Christmas (U) (DVD) Cast: Lori Loughlin, Bailee Madison, Dermot Mulroney Run time: 85 mins When successful auctioneer Mackenzie receives word that she has inherited her beloved aunts hotel, The Northern Lights Inn, she is thrilled. As a child, Mackenzie used to spend every Christmas at the inn and looks back on her time there with her aunt fondly. Unsure about what to do with the inn, Mackenzie enlists help from a realtor named Harris and his handyman brother Ben. On the other side of town in the Northpole, Santa sends ambitious elf Clementine on a special mission: the inn is actually a power source for Santa’s sleigh, and Clementine needs to get Mackenzie to believe in holiday magic once again and revive the inn. With some unexpected help from Clementine and her team of elves, Mackenzie just might be able to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas and find love along the way.

Ouran High School Host Club: Complete Series (15) (Blu-ray Collector’s Edition) Anime Dir. Takuya Igarashi Run time: 625 mins Ouran Academy: An institution of extravagance and prestige where learning comes secondary to luxury. Only those of the highest pedigrees and the wealthiest families are lucky enough to attend, and the truly elite are the members of the Ouran Host Club. A group of the handsomest boys on campus with far too much time on their hands, the Host Club dedicates every afternoon to entertaining the lovely young ladies. Just think of is as the academys elegant playground for the super-rich and beautiful But for studious Haruhi Fujioka, education is a privilege that must be earned, being on scholarship and out of place among the moneyed. That is until the day Haruhi stumbles upon the Host Club, a stumble which leaves the freshman indebted for millions of yen. And the only way to pay for the damages? Well, Haruhi will work as a Host. Theres only one problem: Haru-he is actually a Haru-she! Contains the full series with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles, presented in collectors packaging.

Panzars at War (E) (DVD) DVD 1: THE LIGHT AND MEDIUM PANZERS This is the story of the early war panzers: the Mark I and II machine which formed the bulk of the Panzerwaffe in the early years of the war. These machines were already considered unfit for service in 1939, but nonetheless had to be pressed into action in Poland, France, Norway, Greece Africa and Russia. Featuring rare footage and incisive commentary this unique film illustrates the follies of war. The versatile Panzer III, the German medium tanks, were forced into action to plug the gaps torn in the Wehrmacht ranks by the T-34. The medium tanks were quickly eclipsed by the superior numbers of tanks fielded by the Red Army, but nonetheless had to be kept in service in all theatres until the end of the war.  DVD 2: THE TIGER This is the story of the legendary heavy tank developed by the Panzerwaffein response to the Soviet T-34 and KV1 tanks. This fearsome machine was the equal of any other tank on the battlefield, but there were simply never enough to turn the tide which was already flowing against Hitler’s Germany.

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Pokémon Movie 1-3 Collection (PG) (Blu-ray Limited Edition Steelbook and DVD) Cast: Ikue Ohtani, Veronica Taylor, Jay Goede, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart Dir. Kunihiko Yuyama Run time: 218 mins POKÉMON: THE FIRST MOVIE  The adventure explodes into action with the debut of Mewtwo, a bio-engineered Pokémon created from the DNA of Mew, one of the rarest Pokémon of all. After escaping from the lab where it was created, Mewtwo is determined to prove its own superiority. It lures a number of talented Trainers into a Pokémon battle like never before and of course, Ash and his friends are happy to accept the challenge!  Ash s excitement turns to fear and anger when Mewtwo reveals its plan for domination, creating powerful clones of our heroes Pokémon so it can even the imbalance between Pokémon and their Trainers. Despite Ash s protests, Mewtwo refuses to believe that Pokémon and people can be friends. But faced with the determination and loyalty of a young Trainer, Mewtwo just might have to reconsider...especially when pitted against the power of the mysterious Mew!  POKÉMON THE MOVIE 2000  Just one person can make a difference...  In the Orange Islands far south of Kanto, a Trainer named Lawrence is on a sinister quest: catching the Legendary Pokémon Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres in an attempt to awaken Lugia, guardian of the sea! When Ash and friends arrive, the islanders ask him to gather three elemental orbs from different islands. As the weather across the world goes out of control, it becomes clear that the capture of the Legendary trio has thrown the environment out of balance! With Lugia s help, can Ash find the orbs, restore the balance, and be the chosen one that everyone turns to?  POKÉMON 3: THE MOVIE  A crystal catastrophe is unleashed upon Greenfield, and Ash, Pikachu, and friends must figure out how to undo the damage to the once-beautiful town. But the unthinkable happens when Ash s mother is kidnapped by the powerful Entei, a Pokémon thought to have existed only in legend. Now Ash must go to her rescue, uncertain of what he ll uncover when he unlocks the real secret power behind the unbelievable turn of events: a young girl whose dream world is being turned into a nightmarish reality by the mysterious and unstoppable Unown!

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Red Dwarf XI (15)

(Blu-ray Steelbook, Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny JohnJules, Robert Llewellyn, Kevin Eldon Run time: 172 mins All six episodes from the eleventh series of the scifi comedy following Lister (Craig Charles), the last human in the universe, his hologram colleague Rimmer (Chris Barrie), android Kryten (Robert Llewellyn) and Cat (Danny John-Jules) as they float through space on the mining ship Red Dwarf. In this series, Cat falls in love with a female Cat, Kryten has a midlife crisis, Rimmer saves the life of a bio-printed Captain and Lister has his kidneys stolen by a droid. The episodes are: ‘Twentica’, ‘Samsara’, ‘Give and Take’, ‘Officer Rimmer’, ‘Krysis’ and ‘Can of Worms’.

Skypocalypse (15)

(DVD) Cast: James Black, Adam Cardon, John DeLong Dir. Drew Hall Run time: 83 mins Worlds collide when a team of brilliant scientists are recruited to work with a secretive government run program called the Phoenix Project and are challenged with creating defenses against a technologically powerful terrorist group.

Smokey and the Bandit 3 (15) (Blu-ray) Cast: Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Paul Williams Dir. Dick Lowry run time: 85 mins The Good Old Boys from the high speed hijinks world of Smokey and the Bandit are back in their third all-new adventure, starring Jackie Gleason, Paul Williams, Jerry Reed and Pat McCormick reprising their original side-splitting roles, with a special appearance by Burt Reynolds as The Real Bandit. Sherrif Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) is ready to retire when the notorious Enises (Paul Williams and Pat McCormick) challenge both him and The Snowman (Jerry Reed)


to make a special delivery from Miami to Texas in 24 hours. Everyone s out to beat the next guy to the finish line for the $250,000 prize - no holds barred. It’s a wild free-for-all, featuring some of the most incredible action driving stunts ever filmed, produced by Mort Engleberg, who brought the first two Smokeys to the screen.

Smokey and the Bandit Ride Again (PG) (Blu-ray) Cast: Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed Dir. Hal Needham Run time: 101 mins Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason team up again with an all-star cast as a raucous political race results in the comeback of the wild ways of the Bandit (Reynolds). Once again, he’s pursued by arch-enemy Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Gleason), who is still madly obsessed with apprehending him. But this time the loot is even bigger - a pregnant elephant. And the risks riskier, the action wilder and the stakes for the winner infinitely higher!

Run time: 179 mins Double Blu Ray set of two classic Amicus titles. Tales from the Crypt Five strangers go with a tourist group to view old caves. Separated from the main group, they find themselves in a room with the mysterious Crypt Keeper, who details how each of the strangers will die. And All Through the HouseAfter Joanne Clayton (Joan Collins) kills her husband on Christmas Eve, she prepares to hide his body but hears a radio announcement stating that a homicidal maniac (Oliver MacGreevy) is on the loose. Reflection of Death- Carl Maitland (Ian Hendry) abandons his family to be with Susan Blake (Angela Grant). After they drive off together, they are involved in a car accident. He wakes up in the wrecked car and attempts to hitchhike home but, no one will stop for him. Poetic Justice- Edward Elliott (David Markham) and his son James (Robin Phillips) are a snobbish pair who resent their neighbour, retired garbage man Arthur Grymsdyke (Peter Cushing) who owns a number of animals and entertains children at his house. Wish You Were Here- Businessman Ralph Jason (Richard Greene) is close to financial ruin. His wife Enid (Barbara Murray) discovers a Chinese figurine and wishes for a fortune. Blind Alleys- Major William Rogers (Nigel Patrick), the new director of a home for the blind, makes drastic financial cuts, reducing heat and rationing food for the residents, while he lives in luxury with Shane, his Belgian Malinois. Special Features

Super League: 2016: Season Review and Grand Final (E) (DVD) Run time: 260 mins DISC ONE - SEASON REVIEW 2013 proved to be another sensational year. The unpredictable regular season, followed by an unbelievable play-off series, showcased Super League at its very best. This is how the drama unfolded. DISC TWO - GRAND FINAL Featuring the Grand Final in full, interviews and celebrations from another memorable evening at Old Trafford as the two best teams battled it out for Rugby League s biggest prize. OFFICIAL MERCHANDISE OF THE RUGBY FOOTBALL LEAGUE

The Amicus Collection (15) (Blu-ray) Cast: Peter Cushing, Joan Collins, Denholm Elliot, Tom Baker, Roy Dotrice Dirs. Freddie Francis, Roy Ward Baker

Tales from the Amicus Crypt A new 36-minute documentary featuring Reece Shearsmith, Jonathan Rigby, Steve Chibnall and others. Vault of Horror Five unsuspecting hotel guests step into an elevator, which leads them into an underground vault. Trapped with no way out, each guest shares a gruesome tale of an encounter with death. But as the stories unfold, the men begin to suspect that their presence in the vault is no coincidence, and that the only way out…is death. Special Features Designing For Horror: A brand new interview with Amicus art director, Tony Curtis Audio Commentaries with Amicus art director Tony Curtis and Author Derek Pykett

The Culpepper Cattle Co. (15) (DVD) Cast: Gary Grimes, Billy Green Bush Dir. Dick Richards Run time: 92 mins The Culpepper Cattle Company is a worthy example of a certain kind of early-1970s Western: deglamorized, unromantic, and frankly violent. An innocent western teenager learns about life on a long, violent and harrowing

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cattle drive. The American West as it really was. Special Features:

volved in a murder investigation in her hometown of Brighton. Karla Crome, Noel Clark, Laura Haddock and Amanda Burton star in this gripping crime drama.

• High Definition Transfer • Black and White in Colour (2016, 45 mins): new interview with director Dick Richards • Audio commentary with actor Bo Hopkins and Western writer and cinema expert C. Courtney Joyner • Location Stills Gallery • Promotional Materials Gallery • Original Theatrical Trailer

The First Monday in May (12) (DVD) Cast: Rihanna, Jennifer Lawrence Dir. Andrew Rossi Run time: 90 mins The First Monday in May follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, China: Through The Looking Glass - an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. With unprecedented access, filmmaker Andrew Rossi captures the collision of high fashion and celebrity at the Met Gala, one of the biggest global fashion events chaired every year by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. Featuring Rihanna and Jennifer Lawrence as well as fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano.

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(DVD) Cast: Christian Laurian Kerr, Brian Cook, Charles Shaughnessy Run time: 85 mins Oliver and June are busily prepping for their mums Christmas pageant, but their dad EB, on the other hand, has lost his love for Christmas. The kids get a final dose of EBs Scrooge-like behaviour when he takes them to the Woodsley Farm, only to serve the owners a foreclosure notice. All seems lost until Oliver is awakened to all of the Woodsley farm animals in his room and much to his surprise, talking! Oliver and the animals work together to use the classic tale of A Christmas Carol to get back their farm and make EB believe in Christmas once again. With Nester the llama appearing as a ghost, a rat hypnotist and a couple of close calls Oliver and the animals finally seem to be getting through to EB. Their ultimate plan is set to take place during the pageant the day before Christmas. However, all goes awry and both the animals and EB ruin the pageant. EB arrives home to be confronted by Judge, the grumpy old farm goat, who shows him the path of destruction that he has set himself on.

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The Level – Series 1 (15) (DVD) Cast: Karla Crome, Noel Clarke, Robert James-Collier, Lorne MacFadyen, Laura Haddock Run time: 300 mins Detective Nancy Devlin, a good cop with a dark secret, finds her professional and personal life colliding when she becomes too deeply in72

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Cast: Mindy Kaling, Ike Barinholtz, Ed Weeks Run time: 600 mins The Mindy Project returns for more hilarious and heartfelt moments of comedic mayhem in Season Three. Now that Dr. Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) has found true bliss with former sparring partner Dr. Danny Castellano (Chris Messina), she is ready for her happily ever after. However, the road to perfection is paved with unexpected challenges. In fact, Mindy s unconventional love story has a huge surprise for everyone. Featuring incredible guest stars such as Rhea Perlman (Cheers), Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black) and Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies). Season Three includes 21 episodes of Mindy’s charming and chaotic life to indulge back-to-back and uninterrupted! Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes and Gag Reel


The Secret Life of Pets (U) (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Jenny Slate, Lake Bell Dirs. Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney Run time: 82 mins From the creators of the blockbuster Despicable Me franchise comes the animated feature-film that finally answers the question: what do your pets do when you’re not home? When their owners leave for the day, pets from the building gossip with their friends, satisfy their sweet tooths, and throw outrageous parties. But when a pampered terrier and his unruly new “roommate” from the pound get lost in the urban jungle of New York City, they must put aside their differences to survive the epic journey back home. BONUS FEATURES: The Humans That Brought You Pets: Meet The Team {Play All, Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy, Chris Renaud, Yarrow Chaney, Brian Lynch} Animals Can Talk: Meet the Actors All About The Pets Hairstylist To The Dogs How To Make An Animated Film Anatomy Of A Scene The Best of Snowball “Lovely Day” Lyric Video Hot Dog Sing Along Brian the Minion on Pets {Part #1, Part #2, Part #3} GoPro - The Secret Life of Pets SING Trailer Mini Movies -NTV Norman Television Mini Movies - Weenie Mini Movies - Mower Minions The Making Of The Mini-Movies Sing Trailer Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave Trailer

A 1963 British crime film directed by Ken Hughes and starring Anthony Newley, Julia Foster and Robert Stephens. THE SMALL WORLD OF SAMMY LEE is just around any corner in Soho. Peopled by the pimps, the punters, the brasses and the bookies, and with boils on its face like the sleazy Peepshow club where Sammy (Anthony Newley) comperes the strip-tease. Sammy Lee is worried. When you owe £300 to a bookie like Conner you’re entitled to be worried. Particularly when his muscle men (Kenneth J. Warren and Clive Colin Bowler) are coming in a few hours’ time to collect the cash. Refused help from brother Lou (Warren Mitchell) by Lou’s wife (Miriam Karlin) who won’t pour the profits of their delicatessen into bookies’ pockets, Sammy is desperately setting up shady deals to raise the money.

The Ultimate Horse Collection (U) (DVD Box Set) Cast: John Schneider, Kyla Kenedy, Candi Brooks, Dean Cain, Mandalynn Carlson Dirs. Teddy Smith, Nancy Criss, Paul Della Pelle Run time: 271 mins A triple DVD set containing 3 great films for families and horse lovers alike A Gift Horse, My Best Friend, A Horse for Summer. A Gift Horse:

The Sect (18) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Kelly Leigh Curtis, Herbert Lom, Maria Angela Giordano, Michel Adatte, Carla Cassola Dir. Michele Soavi Run time: 117 mins Italian horror maestro Michele Soavi presents this gothic tale of satanic rituals and end-of-the-millenium apocalypse. A schoolteacher (Kelly Leigh Curtis) is inducted into the Sect of the Faceless Ones, seduced by the charisma of its leader (Herbert Lom), and faces a series of terrifying ceremonies and ritualistic killings.

When 10 year old Amanda loses her mother, she spends most of her time at the neighbouring horse ranch, owned by a business tycoon. The arrival of Misty, a spirited white horse, creates a new challenge for the ranchers as the tycoon’s spoiled daughter rejects the horse. But Amanda doesn’t lose faith and with an inspiring and loving horse trainer, they prove that the Misty is a true champion, creating new friendships and family bonds in the process. My Best Friend: Kristen feels like the luckiest girl in the world; she has it all. But when she moves away from the city she has to leave her friends behind and start again. Arriving at her Grandma’s ranch, Kristen has to adjust to a new life in the country, to new friends and to a totally different style of fashion. With the help of her new BFF, a talking horse named Stanford, she’s finally fitting in and the two become inseparable. But sometimes, even best friends can become jealous of other friends! A Horse for Summer:

The Small World of Sammy Lee (12) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Anthony Newley, Julia Foster, Robert Stephens, Wilfrid Brambell, Warren Mitchell Dir. Ken Hughes

Kent and Teri Walsh and teenage daughter, Sarah, 14, move to Arizona to pursue Kents dream of running a horse boarding ranch. A failing economy makes pursuing this dream difficult. Their lives change dramatically when Kent’s street-hardened teenage niece, Summer, moves in after Ava, her mother is arrested. Summer has a difficult time adjusting to life on the ranch-as rules, respect, and faith has been missing from her life. Caring for the horses gives Summer something to care HOME MOVIE : SFF

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about. When one of the horses falls ill, the Walshs finances are strained. When Summer makes the decision to do the wrong thing for the right reason, a community discovers the meaning of forgiveness, and Summer realizes this is the only place she has ever been where people really care about her. 

Tumble Tots: Fun Adventures (U)

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The Wait (12) (DVD) Cast: Juliette Binoche, Lou de Laâge, Giovanni Anzaldo, Giorgio Colangeli, Domenico Diele Dir. Piero Messina Run time: 100 minsIn the vast rooms of a beautiful Sicilian villa, Anna (Academy-Award winner Juliette Binoche, The English Patient) receives an unexpected guest. Twenty-something Jeanne (Lou de Laage, The Innocents) has arrived from France, declaring herself to be the girlfriend of Anna’s son, Giuseppe, who has invited her to the house to spend Easter together. But this is news to Anna, and Giuseppe is not yet there. Despite the disruption to her routine, Anna invites her young guest to stay, and as the two women await Giuseppe’s arrival, they slowly begin to form a connection. Jeanne, dislocated and a little mystified at first, gradually gives in to the charms of the volcanic island. She swims in the nearby lake and makes new friends, while Anna watched over by a long-time family friend - comes out of her shell. Yet still, her son’s absence remains unexplained. Spectacularly shot, measured and contemplative, The Wait navigates a complex range of emotions in the telling of this stirring encounter between two women from different generations.

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THE THREE LITTLE PIGS: Spike doesn’t like the windy day outside, but when the gang are magically transported to the countryside he soon cheers up! See how they help the three little pigs escape from the wolf and meet other lovely friends along the way. Join in with three great action songs: Dingle Dangle Scarecrow; If You’re Happy And You Know It and Little Green Frogs. THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE: TT and Spike are enjoying a running race and when they are transported into the imaginary world they come across another famous race, The Tortoise and the Hare. Join in with this great adventure and see who wins! On our journey you can take part in three fabulous action songs: Get Ready, Get Set, Go; Little Rabbit and Sing A Happy Song. JUNGLE ADVENTURE: The children are playing with a jungle jigsaw puzzle and when they are transported into the imaginary world they appear in the puzzle! Meet Horace, some speckled frogs and a beautiful monkey who all need TT and the gang’s help in some way! We have three fun action songs for you to join in with: Elephants Have Wrinkles; Three Little Speckled Frogs and Monkey Climbing.

To Sir, With Love (PG)

UFO: The Complete Series (12)

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Cast: Sidney Poitier, Lulu, Judy Geeson Dir. James Clavell Run time: 105 mins

Cast: Ed Bishop, George Sewell, Michael Billington, Wanda Ventham, Gabrielle Drake Dirs. Gerry Anderson, David Lane, Ken Turner, Alan Perry, David Tomblin Run time: 1300 mins

Mark Thackeray (Sidney Poitier) is an engineer who loses his job and turns to teaching in a tough East End school. He immediately faces hostility from his students - the graduating class - who are determined to break his spirit. However, Thackeray counters by treating the teenagers as young adults, attempting to prepare them for life in the outside world. Gradually, as he takes the class on field trips to museums and similar outings, Thackeray earns both their affection and respect.

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Come and join in with the fun adventures of TT, Spike, Jo Jo, Leesey and Jack their cute little puppy. Go with them as they crawl through their magic tunnel transporting them to different imaginary worlds, where anything can happen! With over 50 minutes of fun, explore the imaginary world with TT and friends through three great adventures and join in with nine great action songs!

1980. After ten years development in top secrecy, SHADO Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation goes live. Its aim: to combat the threat of an alien invasion from a dying race who abduct humans to repair their own decaying bodies. SHADO’s dedicated operatives fight a secret war against Earth’s terrifying new menace: on land, sea, air and in space! The first live-action television series from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, UFO remains a benchmark sci-fi production,


featuring mature storylines and groundbreaking special effects. Long-awaited on Blu-ray, it is presented here in a stunning new High Definition restoration, with all 26 episodes offering original mono or 5.1 soundtracks, alongside a wealth of special features, including: SPECIAL FEATURES: [] From Earth to the Moon: brand new feature-length documentary with interviews, archive video, audio and stills - many of which have never been seen or heard before. []  The Women of UFO: new documentary discussing the improving sexual equality depicted in the series and the role of science fiction in striving for that change []  Identified: SHADO New Recruits Briefing: a newly created SHADO briefing film narrated by Matt Zimmerman [] Exclusive 600 page book on the making of the series by archive television historian Andrew Pixley [] Film material, including textless episode title backgrounds, textless end titles, stock footage, TV spots, extra footage for  Identified  and  Exposed, unused footage from Timelash and The Long Sleep, Italian trailers [] Audio commentaries: Identified with Gerry Anderson and Sub-Smash with Ed Bishop [] S.I.D. Computer Voice Session and audio outtakes for these sessions and Kill Straker! [] Archive Ed Bishop audio interview from 1986 [] Tomorrow Today: Future Fashions with Sylvia Anderson [] Extensive image galleries including previously unseen images

Ultimate Gangsters Boxset (18) (DVD) Cast: Doug Allen, Harley Alexander-Sule, David Essex, Vas Blackwood, Freema Agyeman Dirs. Nathanael Wiseman, Gabe Turner, Steven Nesbit, Robert Osman Run time: 266 mins

and if it is, all hell will break loose. When two star-crossed lovers from opposing deadly gangs are caught up in the deep-rooted, dangerous rivalry fuelled by suspicion and paranoia, the gangs, with their leaders Vic Clarke (Steven Berkoff) and John Claridge (Bernard Hill) prowl menacingly around each other, young lovers Terry and Willow (Elliott Tittensor and Charlotte Hope) must hide their relationship or risk causing full-blown gang warfare. Hard Tide: Based on real events, Hard Tide tells the story of an unlikely friendship forged when a small-time drug dealer and a neglected nine-year-old girl are forced to go on the run together.

WWE: Randy Orton - RKO Outta Nowhere (15)

(Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Randy Orton Run time: 478 mins As one of the most unpredictable and volatile Superstars in WWE history, Randy Orton defined his legacy by injuring others, capturing championships, and RKOing anybody who gets in his way. Witness the metamorphosis of ‘The Apex Predator’ in this complete collection highlighting his entire sports-entertainment career. From his first match in OVW, to his introduction to the WWE Universe in 2002, to his transformation into ‘The Legend Killer,’ to becoming ‘The Viper’ of today, this set shows why Randy Orton is one of the greatest Superstars to ever slither into a WWE ring.

Your Lie in April: Part 1 (PG) (Blu-ray and DVD)

A 3 DVD set containing 3 great Gangster films - Guvnors, North V South, Hard Tide

Anime Dir. Kyohei Ishiguro Run time: 275 mins

Guvnors: Mitch lives buried in suburban London after turning his back on violence and intimidation in a legendary South East London firm. Beneath his aura of respectability are the echoes of a darker past, until tragedy forces Mitch and his old firm to accept that past demons can never truly be laid to rest. A tale of retribution and honour across the generational divide, The Guvnors is a brutal ode to strength of the alpha male. North V South: Its where you re from that matters in Steven Nesbits hard-hitting, battle of the territories thriller North v South. The rival criminal underworlds from the North and South of the UK have a long history of hostility but an unspoken, grudging understanding keeps them from all out gang-warfare. Its a fine line that must never be crossed,

Kousei Arima was a genius pianist until his mother’s sudden death took away his ability to play. Each day was dull for Kousei. But then he met a violinist by the name of Kaori Miyazono. This care-free, independent and sometimes short-tempered girl had an eccentric playing style that immediately fascinated Kousei. His once monotonous life was about to change forever. Contains the first 11 episodes with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles. Extras: • Collector’s packaging

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A Christmas Story (U) (DVD) Dir. Jacob Ley Run time: 77 mins Eight-year old Julius lives in an orphanage. Every year the headmaster recounts the story of how Santa Claus brought Julius to the orphanage on Christmas Eve many years ago. But when the other boys at the orphanage confront Julius on the very existence of Father christmas, Julius embarks on a magical journey to find the real Santa!

toward Stan’s unabashed arrogance. Meanwhile, Stan constantly butts heads with his 18-year-old, left-wing activist daughter Hayley who knows just how to push her father’s buttons, whether it’s by helping the homeless, demanding women’s rights or advocating gun control. Hayley’s 14-yearold brother is the geeky-yet-confident Steve, is a kid who spends his time playing video games and obsessing about the opposite sex. The Smith cabinet is rounded out by two rather unconventional members: Roger, the sassy, sarcastic and routinely inappropriate space alien who is constantly trying on new disguises and, with them, new personalities, and Klaus, the attention-starved goldfish with the brain of a German Olympic skier who always throws in his two cents, regardless of whether anyone is listening.

Between Heaven and Hell (PG) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Robert Wagner, Buddy Epsen, Broderick Crawford Dir. Richard Fleischer Run time: 94 min

All Through the House (18) (DVD) Cast: Ashley Nunes, Jessica Cameron, Melynda Kiring Dir. Todd Nunes Run time: 84 mins Fifteen years ago, a peaceful Christmas neighborhood was engulfed by fear when five-year-old Jamie Garrett was mysteriously taken from her bedroom never to be seen again. Now on Christmas break, Rachel Kimmel comes home from college to find her neighborhood struck again by a reign of terror. A violent killer is hiding behind a grisly Santa mask, leaving a bloody trail of slaughtered women and castrated men to the steps of the Garrett house. Rachel finds herself in a horrifying nightmare as she discovers the twisted secret behind the mask.

American Dad! Volume 11 (15) (DVD) The brand new season of American Dad! returns for the iconic series’ 11th season. The series centers on super-patriotic CIA agent Stan Smith and the misadventures of his unconventional family in Langley Falls, Virginia. Stan’s blissfully unaware wife Francine has an unfaltering loyalty that allows her to turn a blind eye 76

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Robert Wagner, Terry Moore, Broderick Crawford and Buddy Ebsen star in this absorbing drama about a young, self-centered recruit who comes of age during WWII. Sam Gifford (Wagner) is a successful cotton planter who treats his sharecroppers as if they were little more than farm machinery. But during combat in the Pacific, as he sees “quality” people crack, endures life under a sadistic officer (Crawford), and learns true friendship, from a “cropper” (Ebsen), Gifford slowly discovers there’s more to a person than social class and good breeding. Special Features • High Definition Transfer • Original Theatrical Trailer • Plus many more TBA

Billions: Season 1 (18) (DVD) Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman Dirs. David Levien, Andrew Ross Sorkin Brian Koppelman Run time: 459 mins Brilliant hedge fund titan Bobby “Axe” Axelrod and brash U.S. District Attorney Chuck Rhoades play a dangerous, winner-take-all game of cat and mouse where the stakes run into ten figures.


Christmas With the Coopers (12)

(DVD) Cast: John Goodman, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Alan Arkin, Olivia Wilde Dir. Jessie Nelson Run time: 107 mins John Goodman and Diane Keaton star in this festive romantic comedy. On Christmas Eve four generations of the Cooper family reunite to spend the holiday season together. Although matriarch Charlotte Cooper (Keaton) just wants everyone together to enjoy the perfect Christmas, the holiday celebration doesn’t quite go according to her plan. Before the festivities even get under way, her daughter Eleanor (Olivia Wilde) convinces a stranger to pose as her new boyfriend for the weekend, her sister Emma (Marisa Tomei) is arrested for shoplifting and their brother Hank (Ed Helms) is struggling to cope with single parenthood. With the whole family under one roof, Charlotte’s dreams of a perfect holiday are put in serious jeopardy. The film also stars Alan Arkin, June Squibb and Amanda Seyfried.

Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks (PG) (DVD) Cast: Patrick Troughton Fifty years after its only UK broadcast on BBC One, one of Doctor Who’s most celebrated, lost adventures is regenerated, with a brand new hand-drawn black and white animation, synchronised with a digitally remastered recording of the original 1966 audio. The six-part adventure takes place immediately after the first regeneration, as the Time Lord and his companions, Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze), do battle with an old foe on the mysterious planet Vulcan. How will Polly and Ben cope with a new Doctor? How will the Doctor take to his new body? And how will they ever overcome the power of the Daleks?

Fairy Tail: Part 10 (12) (DVD) Anime Dir. Shinji Ishidaira Run time: 300 mins The masters of magic have converged on a remote island, where Natsu and his teammates go head-to-head with

Grimoire Heart, a dark guild led by one Fairy Tails former masters. Revelations from the past and long-buried secrets continue to come to light as Cana is granted a sacred new spell, and an excommunicated guildmate makes an unexpected return. If Fairy Tail has any hope of defeating their diabolical opponents, theyre going to have to combine all their powers and work together like never before. But as curses start to fly between wizards, the real danger might come from Zeref, a legendary dealer of death whose devilish plans for the future could bring an end to this golden age of magic. Contains episodes 109 -120 with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles. Extras: • Actor Commentaries • Marketing a Fairy Tail • Textless Songs • Trailers

Final Fantasy Triple Feature (12)

(Blu-ray and DVD Box Sets) Dirs:  Hironobu Sakaguchi, Motonori Sakakibara, Tetsuya Nomura, Takeshi Nozue All the “Final Fantasy” movies, now together in a single collection. Experience the adventure, fantasy and action-packed battles surrounding various heroes against evil that are unique to the best-selling “Final Fantasy” video game franchise. Kingsglaive The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the sacred Crystal, and the menacing empire of Niflheim is determined to steal it. King Regis of Lucis (Sean Bean) commands an elite force of soldiers called the Kingsglaive. Wielding their king’s magic, Nyx (Aaron Paul) and his fellow soldiers fight to protect Lucis. As the overwhelming military might of the empire bears down, King Regis is faced with an impossible ultimatum – to marry his son, Prince Noctis to Princess Lunafreya of Tenebrae (Lena Headey), captive of Niflheim, and surrender his lands to the empire’s rule. Although the king concedes, it becomes clear that the empire will stop at nothing to achieve their devious goals, with only the Kingsglaive standing between them and world domination. KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV: The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the world’s last remaining Crystal and the menacing empire of Niflheim is determined to steal it. FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN: The year is 2065 and Earth has been taken over by phantom alien forms. An alien infestation inhabits the body of female doctor who is the centre of a global investigation into espionage by alien invaders. Underlying this futuristic action-adventure is a profound story about life, love and humanity.

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FINAL FANTASY VII: ADVENT CHILDREN: A soldier long thought dead in battle returns to wreak havoc on mankind as a punishment for the fact that he was genetically engineered by a corrupt company. The continuation of the Final Fantasy VII videogame story that starts 2 years later.

Five Element Ninjas (18) (Dual format Blu-ray + DVD) Cast: Tien-Chi Cheng, Tien Hsiang Lung, Meng Lo Dir. Cheh Chang Run time: 107 mins Drawing on the age old tension between The Land of the Rising Sun and China, FIVE ELEMENT NINJAS is a riotious rollercoaster ride of spilled blood, bludgeoned skulls and seductive, but deadly, Far Eastern femmes. Starring the mighty Cheng TienChi - also of Jackie Chan’s FEARLESS HYENA (1979) - FIVE ELEMENT NINJAS is one of the crowning achievements from the great career of legendary director Chang Cheh (THE ONE ARMED SWORDSMAN/ THE BRAVE ARCHER).

Fullmetal Alchemist: Part 1 (15)

(Blu-ray) Dir. Seiji Mizushima Run time: 675 mins In an era of war and corruption, State Alchemist Edward Elric and his brother Alphonse desperately search for the Philosopher’s Stone. The legendary artifact is their last hope to restore what they’ve lost - but how far will they go to get it? From the ashes of their childhood, Edward and Alphonse quickly rise to fame within the ranks of the military, realizing along the way that the power to create is only ever a breath away from the power to destroy. Whether they’re up against monsters, madmen, or military officials, the bond these brothers share will be the greatest weapon they have in the fight for their lives. Contains episodes 1 to 27 with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles, presented in collectors packaging. Extras: • Episodes 1 to 27 • Collectors Packaging • 7 Art Cards

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Ghostbusters (12)

(Blu-ray steel book, 4K Ultra, 3D, Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth Dir. Paul Feig Run time: 116 mins (DVD version) From acclaimed comedy director Paul Feig (Spy, Bridesmaids), starring a hilarious ensemble cast of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, comes a fresh, new multi-generational Ghostbusters adventure!

Ghostbusters 1-3 Collection (Blu-ray 4K Ultra, 3D, Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig Dirs. Ivan Reitman, Paul Feigh Get ready for some serious “slime-time”, with the ultimate Ghostbusters box-set, containing the original classic Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis) along with Paul Feig’s brand-new hilarious take on the classic, supernatural comedy! This time Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth take the reigns when they team-up to save Manhattan from a sudden invasion of spirits, spooks and slime that threaten to engulf the entire city.

Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 1 to 4 (E) (DVD) Cast: Michael Portillo Dirs. Michelle Heeley, Alison Kreps, John Comerford Run time: 1352 mins Clad in his trademark colourful jackets, Michael Portillo embarks on a series of railway adventures which take him through the European continent and beyond! Steered by his 1913 Bradshaw’s Continental Railway Guide, Michael journeys through a pre-war age of emperors, kings, pomp and elegance across a continent whose industrialists had created wealth, whose scientists were discovering the


marvellous and whose artists were challenging old ways... whilst intellectuals plotted revolution. This eight-disc set features 23 different journeys: Series 1:  London to Monte Carlo  Hungary to Austria  Berlin to The Rhein  Switzerland  Amsterdam to Northern France Series 2:  Madrid to Gibraltar  Turin to Venice  Dresden to Kiel  Copenhagen to Oslo  Prague to Munich  Bordeaux to Bilbao

ATHENS TO THESSALONIKI Beginning at the Acropolis and ending in Thessaloniki, the site of a royal assassination, Michael reveals the influences at play in the creation of modern Greece. THE BLACK FOREST TO HANNOVER Michael seeks the essence of Germany from the unifying tale of Hansel and Gretel to the pioneering scientists who laid the foundation for Germany’s world-class transport technology. BARCELONA TO MALLORCA Returning to Spain, Michael traces the roots of the Civil War that divided his family, before sampling the perfect paella and paying homage to Barcelona’s most famous architect.

Series 3:  Tula to St Petersburg  Rome to Taormina  Warsaw to Krakow  La Coruna to Lisbon  Haifa to the Negev Desert  Lyon to Marseille

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Series 4:  Sofia to Istanbul  Vienna to Trieste  Pisa to Lake Garda  Athens to Thessaloniki  The Black Forest to Hannover  Barcelona to Mallorca

Great Continental Railway Journeys: Series 4 (E) (DVD) Cast: Michael Portillo Dir. Dave Minchin Run time: 354 mins Michael Portillo embarks on six memorable railway journeys across Europe armed only with his 1913 Bradshaw’s Guide and sporting his trademark colourful jackets!  On his travels, Michael visits towns and villages along the way exploring the sights and sampling local traditions while telling the story of what happened in continental Europe in 1913, when everything changed as the world went to war. SOFIA TO ISTANBUL Michael celebrates Bulgarian independence with a traditional Thracian dance, before crossing continents via the Marmaray metro line. VIENNA TO TRIESTE Navigating a patchwork of nations which once formed part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Michael witnesses the breathtaking Alpine scenery of the Semmering Pass.  PISA TO LAKE GARDA

This Grand Tour of Italy from Pisa’s famous tower to the waters of Lake Garda sees Michael exploring the cradle of the Renaissance before embarking on a misguided search for Spaghetti Bolognese...

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(Dual format Blu-ray + DVD) Cast: Feng Lu, Li Wang, Tien Hsiang Lung Dir. Che chang Run time: 95 mins One of the most sought after Shaw Brothers films finally makes a return, courtesy of 88 Films! The beloved Chang Cheh classic House of Traps is a feast for classic Hong Kong Cinema fans, especially those who dig the famous “Venom Mob”, the group of actors made famous by their appearance in the Shaw Brothers classic The Five Deadly Venoms, also directed by Chang Cheh. Many of the actors return for Chang’s House of Traps, a rousing 1982 actioner about the quest to recover a valuable jade antique. The stolen antique has been hidden in the eponymous “House of Traps”, a booby trap-laden pagoda from which no one has ever escaped alive. Expect plenty of exotic weaponry, powerful fisticuffs, and above all copious bloodletting as Chang Cheh guides the Venoms through undeniably one of their most popular Shaw Brothers outings!

Intruder (18) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Elizabeth Cox, Renee Estevez, Dan Hicks Dir. Scott Spiegel Run time: 83 mins It’s 10pm the night before Walnut Lakes neighbourhood supermarket closes its

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doors forever. The owners and night crew have a long shift ahead of them - longer than they think. Weird things start happening. The phone lines are cut, and the night crew start dying, one by one, in the most gruesome ways imaginable.

Joe and Caspar Hit the Road: Collection (12) (DVD Box Set) Cast: Joe Sugg, Caspar Lee

Jack Taylor: Series 1-3 (15) (DVD Box Set) Cast: Iain Glen Run time: 810 mins Irish television drama based on the Ken Bruen novel series. Set in Galway, the program features Iain Glen in the eponymous role of Jack Taylor, a former officer with the Garda Síochána (national police) who becomes a “finder” (private investigator) after leaving the service. Taylor looks for clues others have overlooked. He also knows the streets of his hometown like the back of his hand

Jack Taylor: Series 3 (15) (DVD) Cast: Iain Glen Run time: 270 mins Irish television drama based on the Ken Bruen novel series. Set in Galway, the program features Iain Glen in the eponymous role of Jack Taylor, a former officer with the Garda Síochána (national police) who becomes a “finder” (private investigator) after leaving the service. Taylor looks for clues others have overlooked. He also knows the streets of his hometown like the back of his hand.

Double bill of reality shows following YouTube stars Joe Sugg and Caspar Lee as they travel around the world. ‘Joe and Caspar Hit the Road’ (2015) follows the British duo, who have over 10 million YouTube subscribers between them, as they travel around Europe in a VW camper van using only the money they can make for themselves each day. Their journey sees them become deckhands on a yacht, gondoliers in Venice, chefs in Italy and performers on La Rambla. In ‘Joe and Caspar Hit the Road USA’ (2016) the boys travel 2,000 miles around the US in seven days and take on some American challenges along the way.

Joe Lycett: That’s the Way, A-ha, A-ha, Joe Lycett (15) (DVD) Cast: Joe Lycett Joe Lycett’s outrageous comedy tour “That’s The Way, A-Ha, A-Ha, Joe Lycett”

John Bishop: Live - Box of Laughs (15) (DVD Box Set) Cast: John bishop

Joe and Caspar Hit the Road USA (12)

Includes the following four Live Tours: The Elvis Has Left the Building Tour, Rollercoaster Tour, The Sunshine Tour and Supersonic LIVE

(DVD) Cast: Joe Sugg, Caspar Lee Run time: 79 mins Joe and Caspar are upping the ante, with a new bigger and braver road trip across the United States. This time the boys will travel 2,000 miles competing against each other on a bigger scale, but can they really earn their stars and stripes with the challenges they face along the way? From American footballers and ranch hands, to astronauts and muscle men, who will be crowned the all-American winner of Hit The Road USA?

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The Elvis Has Left the Building Tour John brings his talent for observational humour to DVD for the first time with his critically acclaimed show. Filmed in front of a packed house at the Liverpool Empire Theatre, it shows a man at the top of his game, and illustrates why he has become one of the nation’s favourite comedians. Extras: PORTHCAWL ELVIS FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY * BEHIND-THE-SCENES OFJOHN’S LIVE SHOW * JOHN’S TOUR DIARY Rollercoaster Tour At the end of The Sunshine Tour, John Bishop decided to


take some time off the road. However, his family concluded life was better when he was out of the house and so Bishop spent a year jumping out of aeroplanes, visiting Downing Street and taking male grooming to the extreme. Delivered in Bish’s signature laid back style in front of a packed out Manchester Arena, the multi-award winning stand up phenomenon is back to tell you all about his Rollercoaster year.

Lucky Star: The Complete Series (15) (Blu-ray Collector’s Edition) Dirs. Yutaka Yamamoto, Yasuhiro Takemoto Run time: 426 mins

Extras: * THE MAKING OF ROLLERCOASTER * Q&A WITH JOHN BISHOP The Sunshine Tour Filmed live at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on the hugely successful tour of the same name (which saw John play to over 400,000 people in the arenas of the UK). In this show John shares anecdotes about the ways in which his life has changed because of fame, he confesses to what his kids really think of him and he explains why this is his time in the SUNSHINE. Extras: * BEHIND THE SCENES * MAKING OF NIGHT FEVER & NIGHT FEVER VIDEO * ROYAL ALBERT HALL ADVERTS Supersonic LIVE John Bishop’s back! After taking time out to write his autobiography, John limbered up again for his third sell-out national Arena tour, ending with a special one-off show at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall. This latest comedy caper by the immensely talented John Bishop was described as “the funniest two hours you’ll have anywhere, anytime soon” by The Daily Mirror. Extras:

When eating up a chocolate cornet, which end do you begin with, the top or the bottom? Which is the top and which is the bottom anyway? And for that matter what is a chocolate cornet? The proper way to eat pastries is only one of the many everyday occurrences explored by the girls of Ms Kurois class. Meet Konata, an athletic and intelligent girl too, dedicated to her favorite primetime animes and to excel in anything but otaku culture; Miyuki, the cute, bespectacled living example of moe with an encyclopedic knowledge of all subjects; Kagami, the bitter-sweet, tough but shy straight-man to Konatas teasing and pranks, and her younger fraternal twin sister, Tsukasa, a kind but air-headed klutz. Witness this study in the human condition as our heroines explore the unexplored in questioning the ordinary! Contains the complete series and OVA with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles. Extras: • Collector’s Packaging

* A JOKE TOO FAR * FAN TWITTER Q & A

Maid Marian and Her Merry Men: The Complete Series 1-4 (PG)

Lowlife Love (15) (Dual format Blu-ray + DVD) Cast: Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Denden, Kanji Furutachi, Kanji Tsuda, Chika Uchida Dir. Eiji Uchida run time: 110 mins Tetsuo is a lowlife. As a film director, he had an indie hit many years back, but refuses to go against his artistic integrity. One day, two new students come to his school: Minami, a naive girl from the countryside who wants to be an actress, and Ken, a scriptwriter. Tetsuo thinks Minami could be a real star, and Ken has a brilliant script that could relaunch his career as a director. With the help of an unsavory film producer, they strive to turn this project into something tangible, but Minami’s ability starts to impress others, and Tetsuo’s world soon falls apart.

(Limited Edition DVD) Cast: Tony Robinson, Danny John-Jules Run time: 608 mins

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The true story of what happened in Sherwood Forest, uncovered by and starring

MAID MARIAN AND HER MERRY MEN was consistently number 1 in the childrens TV ratings throughout its four series, partly because it was popular with children of all ages, but also because it became must see viewing for students and young adults. It was popular with the critics too, winning a BAFTA, an RTS Award and the International Prix Jeunesse. This perfectly conceived historical farce is witty, warm and stylish. An excellent cast and faultless writing has drawn comparisons to Blackadder, Red Dwarf, and The Young Ones. It is one of those rare programmes made for and enjoyed by both children and adults and has secured a huge fan-base in the twenty-seven years since the first series was initially transmitted.

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Written by and starring Tony Robinson as the Sherriff of Nottingham, Tony has been a regular on our TV screens since he got his big break playing Baldrick in Blackadder. Contained in slim-line packaging with outer slipcase, all four series of Maid Marian and her Merry Men are featured alongside a compendium booklet by the artist Paul Cemmic (who did the graphics for the original series) released on DVD by Eureka Entertainment on 21 November 2016. SPECIAL FEATURES including: • Christmas Special • Cast Audio Commentaries • Interactive Game • Improvised Sketches by the Cast • Photo Gallery

Special features  • New 2K restoration

• Easter Eggs • Trailers • Compendium booklet by the artist Paul Cemmic

• The Charm of Dynamite (Kevin Brownlow, 1968, 51 mins): BBC documentary on Glance’s silent films, narrated by Lindsay Anderson • Composing Napoleon - An Interview with Carl Davis) (2016, 45 mins)

Murdoch Mysteries: Series 8 (12)

• Feature-length commentary by Paul Cuff

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Cast: Yannick Bisson Run time: 792 mins

• Individual triptych panel presentations

Season 8 finds Detective Murdoch and his colleagues exploring the world of corsets; the women’s suffrage movement; vaudeville; the silver boom in Northern Ontario; the rise of the automobile; and the early days of organized crime on the Toronto waterfront. This season also delve into Detective Murdoch’s origins, and feature historical figures including notorious lawman, gunslinger and sports writer Bat Masterson; outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Teddy Roosevelt; Mark Twain; Thomas Edison and his son; and W.C. Fields.

Napoleon (PG) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Albert Dieudonne, Edmond Van Daele, Antonin Artaud Dir. Abel Gance Run time: 332 mins A film by Abel Gance Music composed and conducted by Carl Davis Marking a new chapter in the history of one of the

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Originally conceived by Gance as the first of six films about Napoleon, this five-and-a-half-hour epic features full-scale historical creations of episodes from his personal and political life, that see Bonaparte overcome fierce rivals and political machinations to seal his imperial destiny. Utilising a number of groundbreaking cinematic techniques, Napoleon is accompanied by Carl Davis monumental score (newly recorded in 7.1), and offers one of the most thrilling experiences in the entire history of film.

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world’s greatest films, the release of Abel Gance’s Napoleon is the culmination of a project spanning 50 years. Digitally restored by the BFI National Archive and Academy Award-winning film historian Kevin Brownlow, this cinematic triumph is available to experience on Blu-ray for the very first time

• Napoleon digital restoration featurette (2016, 5 mins) • Stills and Special Collections Gallery

• Illustrated 60-page book with writing by Paul Cuff, Kevin Brownlow and Hervé Dumont, an extensive interview with Carl Davis; and full film, music and restoration credits

New Orleans Music in Exile (E) (Blu-ray) Run time: 113 mins Like their neighbors, members of the legendary New Orleans music community were devastated by Hurricane Katrina and its tragic aftermath. With NEW ORLEANS MUSIC IN EXILE, noted music documentarian Robert Mugge (DEEP BLUES, THE KINGDOM OF ZYDECO, RHYTHM ‘N’ BAYOUS) creates an emotional portrait of horror, heartbreak, and hope as the musicians who lived through the disaster pick up the pieces and try to rebuild their lives. Many Crescent City artists are shown giving post-Katrina performances, among them Dr. John, Cyril Neville, Irma Thomas, Kermit Ruffins, Marcia Ball, Theresa Andersson, Eddie Bo, Rebirth Brass Band, The Iguanas, Jon Cleary, Cowboy Mouth, and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, and interviews with these and other musicians make it clear how a Category 5 hurricane, broken levees, floods, looting, black mold, and their consequences wreaked havoc on music and life in America’s most colorful city.


Mugge, his fellow producer Diana Zelman, and their dedicated crew filmed these interviews and performances not only in New Orleans, but also in Memphis, Lafayette, Houston, and Austin a mere two months after the storm. It was a time when most citizens of New Orleans were living elsewhere, and when few of the city’s musicians had even tried to reclaim what was left of their damaged homes and music clubs. It was also a time when few stores, hotels, or restaurants were open for business, and when no one knew if the city as a whole could ever again support those who had left it.

But with barely containable hormones constantly bubbling to the surface, complications inevitably arise between the best of friends, eventually creating a circumstance none could predict. ONE KISS is an always vibrant landmark in Italian cinema, an unmissable story of outsider friendship, the limits of imagination, and the consequence of honesty.

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In addition to the film itself, it includes a wealth of bonus features, all of them shot on HD video: an 18-minute short about Lafayette public radio executive David Spizale’s personal rescue efforts in New Orleans; Jon Cleary performing “A History of New Orleans Piano”; six additional bonus performances by participating New Orleans musicians; and seven extended versions of songs performed in the film itself.  TRACKS  Theresa Andersson - Like A Hurricane  Dr. John - Right Place, Wrong Time  Cyril Neville - Hey Pockey Way  Big Chief Monk Boudreaux - Lightning and Thunder  Irma Thomas - Smoke Filled Room  Theresa Andersson - It’s Gonna Be Okay  Stephen Assaf - All Of Me  Eddie Bo - My Dearest Darling  Marcia Ball - That’s Enough of That Stuff  Marcia Ball - Louisiana 1927  Kermit Ruffins - When the Saints Go Marching In  Rebirth Brass Band - Lord, Lord, Lord  The Iguanas - Un Avion  The Iguanas - Right Now I’m A’ Roamin’  Cyril Neville - Blues For New Orleans  Cyril Neville - I Will Survive  World Leader Pretend - A Grammarian Stuck In A Medical Drama  Cowboy Mouth - VooDoo Shoppe  Cowboy Mouth - Home  beatinpath - Band On The Run  Jon Cleary - Moonburn  Papa Grows Funk - Rat a Tang Tang  Dr. John - I Walk On Guilded Splinters  Dr. John - Sweet Home New Orleans

(5-disc Blu-ray set) Cast: Paul Robeson, Ethel Moses, Spencer Williams Dir. various Run time: 952 mins

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Explore the landmarks of early African-American film with this extensive collection of features and shorts. One of the most fascinating chapters of film history, the so-called race films of 1920s, 30s and 40s America rallied against the prejudiced conventions of the time. Starring, written, produced and directed by African-Americans, these pioneering films refined an innovative style that set them apart from the Hollywood establishment. Showcasing the works of influential filmmakers such as Oscar Micheaux, Spencer Williams, Zora Neale Hurston, and James and Eloyce Gist, the Pioneers of African-American Cinema is a newly restored collection of rare and nearly-forgotten films that celebrates the enduring influence of these overlooked visionaries.

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One Kiss (15) (DVD) Cast: Rimau Grillo Ritzberger, Valentina Romani, Leonardo Piazzali Dir. Ivan Cotroneo Run time: 102 mins Sixteen-year old Antonio, a typically handsome basketball player, Blu a head strong and sexually confident woman, and new kid Lorenzo an openly gay fashionista and huge Lady Gaga fan form the sort of intimate bond only teenagers can- forming a protective shield for each other from their fellow classmates and home dramas.

This very special collection illuminates one of the most fascinating and unjustly neglected corners of American

Cast: Sam & Nic Chapman Make-up artists and sisters, Sam & Nic Chapman aka Pixiwoo, tell the story behind some of the iconic Hollywood looks and the Ladies who have inspired them throughout their careers - their pop culture Icons. With a distinctive, polished style, this film is a thoughtful exploration of the trends that defined a century in makeup, beauty and glamour. The DVD is packaged with a limited edition exclusive Real Techniques blush brush – the perfect gift! 

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Q... is a surreal television comedy sketch show written by Spike Milligan and Neil Shand.

of filth! Selected by the man himself from his legendary back-catalogue and featuring brand new introductions and memories, this is the ultimate collection for any fan of the fat b*****d!

Romesh Ranganathan: Irrational RWBY: Volume 1-3 (15)

(DVD) Cast: Romesh Ranganathan The BAFTA nominated star of Asian Provocateur releases “Irrational”, his first ever live stand-up show. “… his ability to produce bitingly fresh gags marks him out from the crowd.” The Guardian

(Blu-ray Steel Book) Cast: Lindsay Jones, Kara Eberle, Arryn Zech, Barbara Dunkelman, Miles Luna Dirs. Monty Oum, Kerry Shawcross Run time: 465 mins

Roxanne (PG)

A young hero, an exalted heiress, a troubled rogue, and a party girl... 

(Dual format Blu-ray + DVD) Cast: Steve Martin, Darryl Hannah Dir. Fred Schepisi Run time: 107 mins Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah star in the enchanting 80s classic update of ‘’Cyrano de Bergerac’’ Steve Martin delivers a magnificent performance as an engaging small town fire chief who has only one tiny flaw - his astonishingly long nose. Although he considers it no laughing matter, the hilarity never stops as C.D. Bales (Martin) contends with his bumbling crew of firemen, and his secret love for gorgeous astronomy student Roxanne (Daryl Hannah). Unfortunately, she is attracted to fireman Chris (Rick Rossovich), who’s tall on looks and short on conversation. And when C.D. agrees to coach the dumbstruck Chris in his pursuit of the fair maiden, this ticklish triangle dissolves into a hilarious series of rib-tickling romantic misadventures. Written by Martin as an update to Cyrano de Bergerac, and directed by Fred Schepisi, this remains an enchanting classic. Eureka Classics is proud to present a new Dual-Format edition for the first time in the UK. SPECIAL FEATURES: • New high-definition presentation • Stereo and 5.1 soundtrack options

Their school work, however, will not be their only challenge. Between the White Fang, Roman Torchwick, Cinder Fall, and the Vytal Festival Tournament, the girls of Team RWBY will have their work cut out for them!

Sarah Millican: Outsider (15) (DVD) Cast: Sarah Millican Live stand-up performance by Geordie comic Sarah Millican, recorded at the Brighton Dome as part of her 2016 nationwide tour. Her irreverent take on modern life includes her views on living in the countryside, bullying and body image.

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RWBY focuses on 15 year-old Ruby Rose, a young girl woh has just been accepted to Beacon Academy. This ancient school was founded to train the monster-slayers known as Huntsmen and Huntresse. However, Ruby will not be alone. Upon arriving at Beacon, she is promptly paired with Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long. If these four girls want to graduate they ll have to learn to work together both on the battlefield and in the classroom. 

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Cast: Henry Cele, Edward Fox, Robert Powell, Trevor Howard, Fiona Fullerton Run time: 500 mins Henry Cele stars as powerful and mighty Zulu leader in the critically-acclaimed 10-part mini-series which comes to Blu-ray in its entirety for the very first time, 30 years after the premiere broadcast. Set in 19th century Africa, Shaka Zulu follows the story of


the powerful and courageous leader, Shaka, and his rise to fulfil an ancient tribal prophecy of uniting Africa whilst the British were trying to gain control.

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Featuring a fantastic all-star cast including Edward Fox, Robert Powell and Christopher Lee, and filmed on location in South Africa, this is an epic tale of courage and triumph.

(Blu-ray steel book, 4K, 3D, Bluray and DVD) Cast: Chris Pine, Anton Yelchin, Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba Dir. Justin Lin Run time: 122 mins

This Blu-ray is a new transfer from the original 35mm film, and for the first time contains subtitles.

Short Night of Glass Dolls (18) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Ingrid Thulin, Jean Sorel, Mario Adorf Dir. Aldo Lado Run time: 97 mins The corpse of reporter Gregory Moore (Jean Sorel) is found in a Prague plaza and brought to the local morgue. But Moore is actually alive, trapped inside his dead body and desperately recalling how the mysterious disappearance of his beautiful girlfriend (Barbara Bach) led to a terrifying conspiracy of depravity. Can a reporter with no visible signs of life solve this perverse puzzle before he meets his ultimate deadline?

From producer J.J. Abrams come the third instalment to the new Star Trek films, with all of the main crew returning (Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin) with the additions of Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella. The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

Star Trek/Star Trek Into Darkness/Star Trek Beyond (12) (Blu-ray and DVD Box Sets) Cast: Chris Pine, Anton Yelchin, Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba, Benedict Cumberbatch Dirs. J.J. Abrams, Justin Lin All three Star Trek films from director/producer J.J. Abrams

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Cast: Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Mike Henry Dirs. Hal Needham, Dick Lowry Run time: 282 mins The hard-driving, fast-talking, star-studded Smokey and the Bandit comedies that turned America to CBs and outlaw truckers are now together in the the Smokey and the Bandit Complete Collection. Featuring the red hot chemistry of movie stars Burt Reynolds and Sally Fields, the good ol boy charm of Jerry Reed and the outrageous performance of comic legend Jackie Gleason, the Smokey and the Bandit movies are an endlessly entertaining package of breathtaking stunts, irresistible romance and rowdy good times that never runs out of gas.

Sony Pictures Animation Collection (U) (DVD) A collection of animated favourites from Sony Pictures. Comes with lunch box.

Cast: Ford Kiernan, Greg Hemphill After a nine year hiatus, iconic comedy series Still Game is back for a hilarious new six-part series revisiting life-long friends Jack Jarvis and Victor McDade as they embrace the spirit of growing old disgracefully. Created, written by and starring Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill, Still Game visits the fictional area of Craiglang as Jack, Victor and the rest of the residents cope with everything modern life throws at them.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week The Touring Years (12) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr Dir. Ron Howard Run time: 138 mins

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IN 1962 FOUR YOUNG MEN JOHN LENNON, PAUL McCARTNEY, GEORGE HARRISON AND RINGO STARR CAME TOGETHER TO FORM THE 20TH CENTURY MUSICAL PHENOMENON KNOWN AS, “THE BEATLES.” The band stormed Europe in 1963, and, in 1964, they conquered America. Their groundbreaking world tours changed global youth culture forever and, arguably, invented mass entertainment as we know it today. All the while, the group were composing and recording a series of extraordinarily successful singles and albums. However the relentless pressure of such unprecedented fame, that in 1966 became uncontrollable turmoil, led to the decision to stop touring. In the ensuing years The Beatles were then free to focus on a series of albums that changed the face of recorded music. Master storyteller and Oscar winner, Ron Howard, explores this incredible journey in his own unique way: How did The Beatles do this? How did they cope with all the fame and pressure? How did they not only survive, but go on to revolutionise popular music? With original interviews, footage, staggering live performances, and the intimate study of character that Ron Howard is known for, he puts us right inside this extraordinary adventure, answering the question everyone always wants to know: What was it like to be there?!!

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week The Touring Years (Special Edition) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr Dir. Ron Howard Run time: 138 mins IN 1962 FOUR YOUNG MEN JOHN LENNON, PAUL McCARTNEY, GEORGE HARRISON AND RINGO STARR CAME TOGETHER TO FORM THE 20TH CENTURY MUSICAL PHENOMENON KNOWN AS, “THE BEATLES.” The band stormed Europe in 1963, and, in 1964, they conquered America. Their groundbreaking world tours changed global youth culture forever and, arguably, invented mass entertainment as we know it today. All the while, the group were composing and recording a series of extraordinarily successful singles and albums. However the relentless pressure of such unprecedented fame, that in 1966 became uncontrollable turmoil, led to the decision to stop touring. In the ensuing years The Beatles were then free to focus on a series of albums that changed the face of recorded music.  Master storyteller and Oscar winner, Ron Howard, explores this incredible journey in his own unique way: How did The Beatles do this? How did they cope with all the fame and pressure? How did they not only survive, but go on to revolutionise popular music? With original interviews, footage, staggering live performances, and the intimate study of character that Ron Howard is known for, he puts us right inside this extraordinary adventure, answering the question everyone always wants to know: What was it like 86

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to be there?!! Featuring a wealth of specially created supplementary material totalling 100 minutes of extras, the deluxe home entertainment editions contain exclusively created featurettes for fans to delve even deeper into the band’s world.  Accompanying these are stunning, fully restored full length performances of some of the band’s most iconic tracks including “Twist and Shout” and “She Loves You” recorded at the ABC Theatre, Manchester in 1963 and “Can’t Buy Me Love” at the NME Awards, 1964, in London, bringing the experience of seeing The Beatles in concert fully to life for all fans. A full breakdown is included below. 2-disc Deluxe Collector’s Edition (DVD/BD) includes: 1 x BD/DVD feature disc + 1 Bonus Disc (containing approx. 100 minutes of extras, highlighted below) 64 page booklet with an introduction from director Ron Howard, essay by music journalist and author Jon Savage and rare photos from The Beatles’ private archive Words & Music (24 mins) John, Paul, George & Ringo reflect on songwriting and the influence of music from their parents’ generation, Lennon/ McCartney writing for other artists, The Beatles as individual musicians, and the band as innovators.  Also featuring Howard Goodall, Peter Asher, Simon Schama and Elvis Costello.  The interviews with Paul and Ringo are unseen. Early Clues To A New Direction (18 mins) A special feature touching on The Beatles as a collective, the importance of humour, the impact of women on their early lives and songwriting, and the band as a musical movement. Featuring John, Paul, George & Ringo, along with Paul Greengrass, Stephen Stark, Peter Asher, Malcolm Gladwell, Sigourney Weaver, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Curtis, Elvis Costello and Simon Schama.  Again the interviews with Paul and Ringo are unseen. Liverpool (11 mins) The early days in Liverpool of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s are brought vividly to life by those who worked closely with them at that time including fan club secretary Freda Kelly, Allan Williams an early manager, and Leslie Woodhead multi-award winning documentary film director. The Beatles in Concert (12 mins) Five great but rarely seen full length performances of The Beatles live in concert - Twist and Shout, She Loves You, Can’t Buy Me Love, You Can’t Do That and Help! Additional features are:  • Three Beatles’ Fans • Ronnie Spector and The Beatles • Shooting A Hard Day’s Night • The Beatles in Australia • Recollections of Shea Stadium • The Beatles in Japan • An alternative opening for the film


The BFG (PG)

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(3D, Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Bill Hader, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall Dir. Steven Spielberg Run time: 117 mins Steven Spielberg directs this adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel starring Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant. The film follows Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) as she is whisked away from her orphanage by the BFG and taken to Giant Country where she is immediately at risk of being eaten by the other, larger giants, including Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) and Bloodbottler (Bill Hader). Together, Sophie and the BFG go on an adventure to Dream Country where they capture dreams for the BFG to give to all of the human world’s sleeping children. After coming up with a cunning plan, the pair head back to London to see if the Queen (Penelope Wilton) can help them tackle the problem of the bullying, child-eating giants.

(5-disc Blu-ray set) Cast: Peter Cushing, Oliver Reed, Edward De Souza, Yvonne Romain, Clifford Evans Dirs. Terence Fisher, Peter Graham Scott, Don Sharp 5 Disc Blu Ray Boxset featuring four classic Hammer films plus a disc of extras Brides of Dracula, Kiss of the Vampire, Captain Clegg, Curse of the Werewolf. Brides of Dracula Classic horror starring Peter Cushing. A young teacher on her way to a position in Transylvania helps a young man escape the shackles his mother has put on him. In doing so she innocently unleashes the horrors of the undead once again on the populace, including those at her school for ladies. Luckily for some, Dr Van Helsing (Cushing) is already on his way. SPECIAL FEATURES

The Glass Shield (15) (DVD) Cast: Michael Boatman, Bernie Casey, Ice Cube, Don Harvey, Lori Petty Dir. Chris Burnett Run time: 109 mins The first black recruit in his squad, rookie cop J J Johnson (Michael Boatman) struggles to adapt to life on the force when confronted by the inherent prejudices and corruption of his precinct. Immediately positioned as an outsider, along with fellow novice cop Deborah (Lori Petty), J J witnesses first-hand the brutality and implicit racism of his Caucasian colleagues. When an unlawful search results in the arrest of Teddy Woods, (Ice Cube) on dubious murder charges, J J risks his job and his life to reveal the truth. Directed by Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep, My Brother’s Wedding), this thrilling drama shines a light on the deep-rooted racial tensions of the American justice system and the toll of opposing institutionalised bigotry.

The Making of Narrated by Edward de Souza and featuring interviews with Yvonne Monlaur, Jimmy Sangster, Hugh Harlow, Pauline Harlow, Don Mingaye, Margaret Robinson and Tony Hinds Stills Gallery Theatrical Trailer Kiss of the Vampire Honeymooning in Bavaria, Gerald and Marianne Harcourt experience car trouble and are forced to spend a few days in a small remote village. Soon Doctor Ravna, owner of the impressive chateau that sits imposingly above the village, invites them to dinner and the couple are persuaded to go.Their association with Ravna and his charming beautiful family is to prove disastrous as they become unwittingly embroiled with this company of vampires who seek to initiate them into thier diabolical creed. When the pair attend a masked ball at the chateau a few days later things start to go eerily wrong when Gerald begins to feel faint and Marianne disappears only to later return in front of a ceremony of gowned vampires and announced as their new disciple. Special Features Commentary with Edward De Souza & Jennifer Daniel Moderated by Peter Irving Original USA Trailer Stills Gallery

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Captain Collier (Patrick Allen) and his band of sailors show up to an English coastal town to investigate reports of Marsh Phantoms who ride by night spreading terror to the town. The Captain suspects that the local reverend (Peter Cushing) might be hiding something. Are the phantoms genuine or a cover for illegal smuggling activities? HOME MOVIE : SFF

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Special Features The Making of --Narrated by John Carson with contribution from historian Wayne Kinsey The Mossman Legacy--George Mossman’s Carriage Collection-- Hosted by historian Wayne Kinsey Stills Gallery Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing. Curse of the Werewolf

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS · High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by Universal · Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM Audio · Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

In Spain, Leon is born on Christmas day to a mute servant girl who was raped by a beggar. His mother dies giving birth and he is looked after by Don Alfredo. As a child Leon becomes a werewolf after having been taken hunting. As a young man, he works in a wine cellar and falls in love with the owner’s daughter Cristina. One full moon, he again turns into a werewolf and terrifies the town. Special Features The Making of with interviews with Catherine Feller, Yvonne Romain, Mike Hill, Don Mingaye, Margaret Robinson Jimmy Sangster. Lycanthropy: The Beast in All of Us. Stills Gallery Censoring the Werewolf: A new 13-minute documentary directed by Hammer Films historian Marcus Hearn.

· Audio commentary by actor-director Peter Fonda · The Return of The Hired Hand, a 2003 documentary containing interviews with Fonda, cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, composer Bruce Langhorne, actor Verna Bloom and others · Deleted scenes · The Odd Man, Charles Gormley and Bill Forsyth s 1978 documentary portrait of Scottish screenwriters, including Alan Sharp [Blu-ray exclusive] · Interview with Martin Scorsese · Warren Oates and Peter Fonda at the National Film Theatre, an audio recording of the actors appearance at the NFT in 1971 · Stills gallery

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· Trailers

Past Masters: The Hammer-Universal Classics A new 50-minute documentary examining Hammer s relationship with distributor Universal. Directed by Hammer Films historian Marcus Hearn and featuring Alan Barnes, John J Johnston, Kevin Lyons and Jonathan Rigby.

· TV spots

Stills Gallery posters and other promotional items from the Universal Years

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully illustrated collector s booklet containing new writing by Kim Morgan

· Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips

The Lovers and the Despot (E)

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Cast: Warren Oates, Peter Fonda, Verna Bloom Dir. Peter Fonda Run time: 90 mins Having been at the forefront of America s here-and-now with Easy Rider and the counterculture movies of Roger Corman, Peter Fonda retreated to the past and the American West for his directorial debut, The Hired Hand. Fonda plays Harry, a man who deserted his wife and child to explore the wide-open plains with his best friend Archie (Warren Oates). Tired of the life he decides to finally return home in order to rekindle his marriage and reacquaint himself with his daughter. Scripted by Alan Sharp (Ulzana’s Raid, Night Moves), shot by Vilmos Zsigmond (Blow Out, The Long Goodbye) and with a standout score by folk musician Bruce Langhorne, The Hired Hand is a beautiful, elegiac picture that ranks HOME MOVIE : SFF

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alongside The Outlaw Josey Wales and Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid as one of the finest Westerns the seventies had to offer.

Dirs. Ross Adam, Robert Cannan Run time: 98 mins Documentary which tells the extraordinary stories of South Korean director Shin Sang-ok and his actress wife Choi Eun-hee, who were kidnapped by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il in 1978. After becoming two of the biggest stars in Korean cinema, Shin and Choi were abducted by North Korean agents as part of Kim Jong-il’s plan to revolutionise the North Korean film industry. While there, they were befriended by Kim and provided with all the resources needed to make a number of new movies. However, with the rest of the world unaware of the real circumstances which led to their sudden move to the communist state, the desperate couple eventually plot a daring escape attempt while on a trip to Vienna.


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To Live and Die in L.A. (15) (Dual format Blu-ray + DVD) Cast: William Petersen, Willem Dafoe Dir. William Friedkin Run time: 116 mins

(Blu-ray double pack) Anime Dir. Makoto Shinkai Run time: 116 mins The Place Promised in our Early Days Hiroki, Takuya and Sayuri are two young boys and a girl living in Aomori, the closest province in Honshu to Hokkaido. These three young classmates become fascinated by the gigantic yet mysterious tower that they see across the Tsugaru Strait, promising that one day they will build and fly an aircraft to the tower and unravel its mystery. Voices of a Distant Star A young pilot named Mikako volunteers to be sent on a journey through space to join the fight against a hostile alien race. Leaving behind the man she loves, her only means of contact with him is via text message, which take longer to reach him the further she travels from Earth.

The Sleigh Ride (E) (DVD) Dir. Luke Korzun Martin In a Slow TV Christmas special, BBC Four rigs a traditional reindeer sleigh with a fixed camera for a magical journey across the frozen wilderness of the Arctic. Following the path of an ancient postal route, the ride captures the traditional world of the Sami people who are indigenous to northern Scandinavia and for whom reindeer herding remains a way of life. Filmed in Karasjok, Norway 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle this journey takes us through breathtaking scenery not normally glimpsed by anyone other than the Sami. Deliberately unhurried, the rhythmic pace of the reindeer guides us along an epic two-hour trip over undulating snowy hills, through birch forests, across frozen lakes and past traditional Sami encampments. Facts about the reindeer, natural history, Sami culture and Arctic climate are delivered by graphics and archive stills embedded into the passing landscape. With no commentary, music or presenter just the crunching of snow and the soft tinkle of a reindeer bell, this hypnotic sleigh ride is an enchanting experience to put everyone in the Christmas spirit.

A FEDERAL AGENT IS DEAD. A KILLER IS LOOSE. AND THE CITY OF ANGELS IS ABOUT TO EXPLODE. In the seventies William Friedkin made The French Connection, The Exorcist and Sorcerer. In the eighties he equalled them with To Live and Die in L.A., one of the most stylish thrillers the decade had to offer. When his partner is murdered just days before retirement, Secret Service Agent Richard Chance (William Petersen, Manhunter) begins an obsessive hunt for his killer counterfeiter and all-round psychopath Eric Masters, played by Willem Dafoe at his villainous prime. Beautifully shot by Robby Muller (Repo Man, Paris, Texas) and with a driving score with British new wave act Wang Chung, To Live and Die in L.A. looks and sounds exceptional in this brand-new 4K restoration from the original 35mm negative. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS • Brand new 4K restoration from the original 35mm negative supervised and approved by director William Friedkin • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations • Optional 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo audio (with DTSHD Master Audio and • Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray) • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing • Audio commentary by director and co-writer William Friedkin • Taking a Chance, a brand-new interview with actor William Petersen • Doctor for a Day, a brand-new interview with actor Dwier Brown • Renaissance Woman in L.A., a brand-new interview with Debra Feuer • So In Phase: Scoring To Live and Die in L.A., a brandnew interview with composers Wang Chung • Wrong Way: The Stunts of To Live and Die in L.A., a brand-new interview with stunt co-ordinator Buddy Joe Hooker • Counterfeit World: The Making of To Live and Die in L.A., an archive featurette containing interviews with Friedkin, actors Petersen and Willem Dafoe, and others • Alternative ending • Deleted scene

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ematic history, as well as being some of the finest of both actors recent careers.

• Stills gallery • Trailers • Radio spot • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully illustrated collector s booklet containing new writing by Anne Billson and contemporary coverage.

WWE: Clash of Champions 2016 (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Run time: 185 mins

Treasure Island (PG)

(DVD) Cast: Alfred Burke, Ashley Knight, Patrick Troughton Dir. Michael E. Briant Run time: 200 mins The BBC’s 1978 adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson s classic. Jim Hawkins (Ashley Knight) discovers a treasure map and embarks on a journey to find the treasure, but pirates led by Long John Silver (Alfred Burke) have plans to take the treasure for themselves by way of mutiny. This four-episode adaptation by John Lucarotti, while particularly faithful to the original, adds an expanded narrative concerning the declining Daniel Hawkins, as well as clarifying Squire Trelawney’s naiveté in trusting Blandly and Silver.

Valley of Love (15)

(DVD) Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Gerard Depardieu Dir. Guillaume Nicloux Run time: 91 mins Nominated for the 2015 Cannes Palme d Or, Guillaume Nicloux’s Valley of Love is a poetic and poignant exploration of love and loss set in the blistering heat and alien beauty of Death Valley. Two of French cinema s most prolific performers, Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu, reunite to play an estranged couple meeting for the first time in years. Their photographer son Michael has requested they visit a series of remote locations outlined in a note prior to his suicide six months earlier. Respecting their son s wishes, they put their personal grievances to one side and proceed to confront the wounds of the past. With stunning César Award winning cinematography of the Californian desert, Valley of Love reignites the chemistry between Depardieu and Huppert, not seen on screen together since Maurice Pialat’s Loulou in 1980. These are tender and deeply felt performances rich with French cin-

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Ever since the WWE Universal Championship ended up in the hands of Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins has had only one goal in mind... derail ‘The Prizefighter’s’ championship run and reclaim the richest prize in sports entertainment. At Clash of Champions, ‘The Undisputed Future’ hopes to stop The Kevin Owens Show dead in its tracks in the main event of RAW’s first pay-per-view of The New Era. The WWE Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte defends her championship against two of her greatest opponents, Sasha Banks and Bayley, in a Triple Threat Match. The rivalry between Roman Reigns and Rusev continues in a match for the United States Championship. The New Day hopes to continue their historic title reign and TJ Perkins defends the Cruiserweight Championship for the first time ever! The Superstars of RAW go for the gold on WWE s most golden night of the year.

Yu Gi Oh GX: Season 1 (12) (DVD) Cast: Ai Horanai, Ayumi Kinoshita, Takanori Hoshino, Yuka Terasaki, Yuya Miyashita Dir. Hatsuki Tsuji Run time: 1144 mins Set several years after the previous Yu-Gi-Oh! series, GX follows a new generation of duelists at the prestigious Duel Academy a highly competitive boarding school where pencils and books have been replaced by Duel Disks and monster cards! Still, it’s not just about making the grade for these up and coming students it’s about becoming the next King of Games!


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Akira (15) (Triple play Collector’s Edition) Cast: Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Mitsuo Iwata Dir. Katsuhiro Otomo Run time: 124 mins Akira isn’t just a movie I’ s the genesis of a genre. Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk classic obliterated the boundaries of Japanese animation and forced the world to look into the future. Akira’s arrival shattered traditional thinking, creating space for movies like the The Matrix to be dreamed into brutal reality. Without Kaneda and Tetsuo, without espers and psionic assassins, without that badass motorcycle our world would be a far less exciting place to exist. But the manga became the movie and the movie became a phenomenon and the world took notice. Now, Akira is everywhere. If you can’t see it in the streets if you can’t feel it crawling around inside your brain then you have yet to be initiated. What. Are. You. Waiting. For?  This collector’s Edition features both the original 1988 Streamline English dub and the 2001 Pioneer/Animaze English dub!  Special Features: Akira Sound Clip (1988), Music for Akira, Director Interview (subtitled), Storyboard Collection, The Writing on the Wall, Original Trailers (subtitled), Original Commercials (subtitled), Restoring Akira, Glossary, U.S. 2013 Trailer, Trailers.  Special Packaging Includes: Rigid collectors box, Art cards, reversible inlay and classic movie poster and bonus DVD and Digital Copy  Language: Japanese & English  Subtitles: English

Alan Davies: Little Victories (15)

‘A DENSELY FUNNY, MIDDLE-AGED HOWL OF ANGUISH…MORE DEEPLY PERSONAL AND WRYLY FUNNY STUFF FROM A COMEDIAN HITTING HIS PRIME’ - The Scotsman DAVIES COMES ACROSS AS WARM, FRIENDLY, AND SELF-DEPRECATINGLY FUNNY…HIS GENTLE HONESTY IS REFERESHING, AND THERE ARE SOME GENUINE SIDE-SPLITTING MOMENTS’ - whatsonstage Includes 40 minutes of extra material and backstage interview.

All Good Things (15) (DVD) Cast: Brenda Blethyn, Warren Clarke, Celia Imrie, Jemma Redgrave Lesley Bruce ‘s drama series about a woman who can’t help helping others.

Assault On Precinct 13 – 40th Anniversary Edition (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, Nancy Loomis, Laurie Zimmer, Martin West Dir. John Carpenter Run time: 91 mins An LA gangs revenge-fuelled killing spree leads them to a half-abandoned police station in the throes of closing down. Under siege with power and phone lines cut, a lone cop and his skeleton staff recruit a condemned killer from the cells in a desperate battle to survive the night. As the gang close in the tension escalates to boiling point in John Carpenters brutal and unrelenting cult classic. Limited Edition Special Features (Blu-ray Box Set) • Newly restored from High Definition 1080p transfer

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Cast: Alan Davies Run time: 109 mins

• Return to Precinct 13: A new Interview with Austin Stoker

Throughout 2014 and 2015, Alan Davies toured his hugely successful stand-up show Little Victories to a rapturous reception in all corners of the UK, Australia and New Zealand with stops in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Dublin, Geneva & Zurich on the way. Following on from his impressive return to live stand-up, Life Is Pain, he immediately set about creating an even funnier, more personal and hilarious performance. This is classic stand-up from a master storyteller at the top of his game.

• Producing Precinct 13: A new interview with Joseph Kaufman • Filmmaking with John: A new interview with Tommy Lee Wallace • Captain Voyeur : John Carpenter student short (Blu-ray exclusive) • Do You Remember Laurie Zimmer documentary film (Blu-ray exclusive) • Interview with John Carpenter and Austin Stoker • The Sassy One with Nancy Loomis

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• Audio Commentary with John Carpenter • Audio Commentary with Tommy Lee Wallace • Trailer • Radio Spots ��� 5 Art Cards (Limited Edition box set exclusive) • Bonus CD soundtrack disc (Limited Edition box set exclusive) • English subtitles for the hard of hearing

lin Olson Dirs. Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane Run time: 103 mins The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

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Bruce Lee: The Master Collection (18) (Blu-ray Box Set) Cast: Bruce Lee Run time: 639 mins When Hong Kong martial arts cinema star Bruce Lee died in 1973 at the age of 32, he was already a legend. While Lee only starred in a handful of pictures over the years, his big screen legacy still reverberates loud and clear today For the first time “Bruce Lee The Master Collection,” presents all of Lee pictures “The Big Boss” (1971), “Fist of Fury” (1972), “The Way of the Dragon” (1972). Enter The Dragon (1973) “Game of Death” (1978) in brand new 4K scan and restoration from the original negatives.

Chocolat (12) (DVD) Cast: Omar Sy, James Thierree, Clotilde Hesme, Olivier Gourmet, Frédéric Pierrot Dir. Roschdy Zem Run time: 119 mins French drama co-written and directed by Roschdy Zem. The film follows former slave Rafael Padilla (Omar Sy) as he unexpectedly becomes one of the most famous circus stars of the Belle Époque era in France. After performing as a clown in small country shows, Padilla is discovered by respected British entertainer George Foottit (James Thierree) and moves to Paris. Despite tensions between them, the pair quickly form a successful partnership and become one of the main attractions of the city’s Nouveau Cirque. However, as the pressures of fame begin to take their toll, Padilla struggles with regular racial discrimination and a growing gambling addiction which threaten to ruin his career.

Finding Dory (U) (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kait92

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(Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks Dir. Andrew Stanton Run time: 193 mins Double bill of Pixar animated children’s features. In ‘Finding Nemo’ (2003), motherless clownfish Nemo (voice of Alexander Gould) is carried away from his home in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. His overprotective father, Marlin (Albert Brooks), and Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a friendly but forgetful regal blue tang fish, go to his rescue. The two embark on an adventure that leads to encounters with a range of colourful characters including Bruce the Great White Shark (Barry Humphries), a sea tortoise called Crush (Andrew Stanton) and a pelican called Nigel (Geoffrey Rush). In ‘Finding Dory’ (2016), Dory unexpectedly remembers something about her childhood which leads her on a journey to find her family. Accompanied by Marlin and Nemo (Hayden Rolence), Dory leads the group to California with the help of powerful water currents. However, after venturing to the surface, Dory is captured and sent to the nearby Marine Life Institute. With Dory in quarantine, Nemo and Marlin team up with seven-legged octopus Hank (Ed O’Neill) to launch a rescue mission

Grease Live! (12) (DVD) Cast: Vanessa Hudgens, Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Keke Palmer Dir.  Thomas Kail Run time: 125 mins Join the rollicking gang of Rydell High for Grease Live!, an electrifying production of the hugely popular musical Grease – performed before a studio audience live. Featuring a cast of today’s hottest young stars including Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens, Keke Palmer, and Carly Rae Jepsen. With new music by Jessie J, Boys II Men, and DNCE, Grease Live! will reintroduce the unforgettable moments, classic music, and timeless love story to an entirely new generation. Special Features - ALL Without a Net: Performing GREASE LIVE! Becoming the “T”-Birds and Pink Ladies Greasin’ Up


The Joint Be-Bop, Swing, and Jitterbug: The Choreography and Dancers of GREASE LIVE! When Was Your First…? My Favourite Grease Moment

Hooten and the Lady – Series 1 (12)

Gypsy: The Musical (DVD) Cast: Imelda Staunton, Peter Davison, Lara Pulver Dir. Jonathan kent Imelda Staunton stars in “the performance of her career” in one of the greatest ever musicals, based on Gypsy Rose Lee’s Memoirs, the famous striptease artist. Telling the story of the original archetypal show-business mother, who raises Lee (played by Lara Pulver - True Blood, Sherlock) and her sister June as they travel around America with their vaudeville act and co-stars Peter Davison (Dr Who, All Creatures Great and Small).  This West End revival has already received 3 Laurence Olivier Awards (Best Actress - Staunton, Supporting Actress Pulver and Best Musical Revival) and 2 U.K. Theatre Award Nominations (Best Actress - Staunton, Best Musical Revival) and is considered by many to be the greatest American musicals of all time.  Complete with premium special packaging, this DVD is a must-have for any fan of Musical Theatre.

Home for Christmas (U) (DVD) Cast: Mickey Rooney, Simon Richards, Lesley Kelly Dir. Peter McCubbin Run time: 95 mins The movie centers around a wealthy young girl who takes in a homeless man (Mickey Rooney) during the Christmas Holidays. A bond of friendship and trust grows between them that results in both of their lives being dramatically changed. However, when a secret from the man’s past surfaces, he returns to the streets without any goodbye or explanation to the young girl or her family. Will an unexpected Christmas miracle heal all troubles? She wanted a grandfather. He needed a family. It was a Christmas they’d never forget.

(DVD) Cast: Michael Landes, Ophelia Lovibond, Jessica Hynes, Jane Seymour, Shaun Parkes Run time: 360 mins In the darkest Amazon, Lady Alexandra Lindo-Parker on expedition for the British Museum to find the remains of a lost Victorian explorer runs into Hooten a rough and ready, uncompromising American treasure hunter with a tragic past and only occasional charm. They immediately utterly fail to get on, but expediency, danger and a mutual desire to prove the other wrong keep them together. With the backing of the brilliant and eccentric Ella and Clive at the Museum, they travel the globe (the Amazon, Rome, Egypt, the Himalayas, Ethiopia, Russia, Cambodia and the Caribbean) in search of lost treasures, facing constant danger in a world where nothing and no one is quite what it seems. They may bicker, they may fight, but together they have the skills necessary to uncover what the Museum and Lady Alex finds of interest. Hooten would rather have the money or so he says. But as his story unfolds, his own tragic history, just like the artefacts he uncovers, won’t stay buried forever.

I Am Bolt (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Usain Bolt Dirs. Benjamin Turner, Gabe TurnerRun time: 354 mins Benjamin and Gabe Turner co-direct this documentary which follows Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt as he prepares for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Given unprecedented access, and with contributions from those closest to him, the film charts a year in the life of the iconic sprinter, as he gears up to take on the world’s best and cement his legacy as one of the greatest athletes of all time.

I Didn’t Know You Cared: The Complete Collection (12) (DVD Box Set) Cast: Robin Bailey, John Comer, Liz Smith, Keith Drinkel, Liz Goulding Run time: 736 mins

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All four series’ of the British television comedy about the feuding Brandon family. Uncle Mort (Robin Bailey) constantly argues with his sister Annie (Liz Smith), who in turn can’t stand her husband Les (John Comer). The only thing that unites them is their determination to turn their laidback son Carter (Stephen Rea) into a go-getting executive before he marries his fiancée Pat (Anita Carey).

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(Blu-ray steelbook, 4K Ultra, 3D, Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, Vincent Cassel Dir. Paul Greengrass Run time: 123 mins Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne. Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows. Jason Bourne, now remembering who he truly is, tries to uncover hidden truths about his past.

Jinnah (15) (Dual format Blu-ray + DVD) Cast: Christopher Lee Dir. Jamil Dehlavi Run time: 110 mins An epic biopic about the life of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the man who founded the Muslim nation of Pakistan in the wake of Great Britain s relinquishment of control over India. After his death in 1948, Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Christopher Lee) awaits final judgement in the afterlife and must tell the story of his life, before celestial bureaucrats decide his fate. His story covers the intense political strife and bloody events that led to the formation of the Muslim nation of Pakistan. Attracting much controversy during production, but released to great acclaim, particularly in Pakistan, Jamil Dehlavi s Jinnah is an intelligent and moving piece of cinema, with a performance by Sir Christopher Lee that he personally believed to be the finest of his career.

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Josh Widdicombe, the star of ‘The Last Leg’ and his own sitcom ‘Josh’ is back with his new stand-up show “What Do I Do Now?” “…the undisputed king of the exasperated petty gripe” – Evening Standard

Law and Order - Special Victims Unit: Season 17 (15) (DVD) Cast: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T Run time: 974 mins From Primetime Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer Dick Wolf (Law & Order) comes the seventeenth season of this iconic series. Mariska Hargitay (Primetime Emmy Award winner) returns as Lieutenant Olivia Benson, leading a powerhouse cast that includes Ice T, Kelli Giddish, Raúl Esparza and Peter Scanavino. Join them as they tirelessly pursue compelling cases in all 23 episodes including a must-see crossover event with Chicago P.D.

McQueen (15) (DVD) Cast: Stephen Wight, Dianna Argon Dir. John Caird The critically acclaimed West End hit is brought to life in McQueen, an unforgettable journey into the mind of British fashion’s most notorious and brilliant artist, Alexander McQueen. McQueen discovers a strange and beautiful girl Dahlia, lurking in the basement of his house. She says she has been watching him from a tree in his garden for the last 11 nights. At first wary of the mysterious intruder, McQueen begins to believe the girl might know him better than he knows himself. Together she and McQueen go on a wild trip through London at night, visiting the places and people (including fashion editor Isabella Blow, played by Tracy-Ann Oberman) that have shaped him, looking for redemption, love and, as always inspiration. The cast is led by Stephen Wight (Bluestone 42, Diamond Geezer) who the Independent describes as “brilliant casting...really digs deep into the role” Dianna Agron (star of the hit TV series Glee, I Am Number Four &The Family) joins him as Dahlia, with Tracy - Ann Oberman (EastEnders, New Tricks & Doctor Who) as Isabella Blow.


Ming of Harlem - Twenty One Storeys in the Air (12) (DVD) Dir. Phillip WarnellRun time: 71 mins In October 2003, Antoine Yates was arrested for reckless endangerment following the discovery of his cohabitation in a Harlem high-rise with Ming, a five-hundred-pound tiger and Al, a seven-foot alligator. This beautifully crafted, haunting documentary explores the story of Yates and combines this with filmic observation of predators in domesticated geographies.

renowned filmmaker delve into the world of Scientology, one of the world’s most mysterious and powerful religions, in what he regards as the ‘Holy Grail of Stories’. With a lifetime of experience dealing with eccentric, unpalatable and unexpected human behaviour, the unassuming Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church of Scientology headquarters is turned down. Inspired by the Church s alleged techniques, and aided by former Scientology members-turned-whistleblowers, Theroux uses actors to recreate incidents people claim to have experienced as members in an attempt to better understand the way it operates. However, in a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that Louis is not the only one making a documentary... Suffused with a good dose of humour and moments worthy of a Hollywood script, MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE is as outlandish as it is revealing.

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Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: Part 1 – Collector’s Edition (PG) (Blu-ray box set) Dir. Yoshiyuki Tomino Run time: 625 mins The Earth Federation stands victorious, but are they still on the right side? In Zeta Gundam, we see the future world of the Universal Century through a dark mirror. Having defeated the Zeon menace, the Earth Federation has itself become cruel and oppressive. A new generation of Gundam mobile suits is created not to fight for peace, but to punish the enemies of the state, and yesterday’s villains must become today’s heroes in order to balance the scales of justice. When a young civilian named Kamille Bidan is caught up in the rebellion, he little suspects the price he will pay in the fight for freedom. Contains Episodes 1-25 in both English dub and Japanese with English subtitles. Extras: • Limited edition collectors art box

My Scientology Movie (15) (DVD) Cast: Louis Theroux Dir. John Downer Run time: 99 mins Louis Theroux’s first theatrical feature documentary, from the Oscar (TM) winning producer of SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN and MAN ON WIRE, sees the

(Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: David Knight, Moira Redmond, Jennie Linden, Brenda Bruce Dir. Freddie Francis Run time: 83 mins Janet is a young student at a private school; her nights are troubled by horrible dreams in which she sees her mother, who is in fact locked in an insane asylum, haunting her. Expelled because of her persistent nightmares, Janet is sent home where the nightmares continue. Special Features • Nightmare in the Making • Jennie Linden Remembers • Madhouse: Inside Hammer’s Nightmare

Nobunaga the Fool: Part 2 (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Anime Dir. Hidekazu Sato Run time: 300 mins Episodes 14-24 of the Japanese anime. In the distant cosmos, warring factions fight for control of the planets of East and West. On the West planet, a king has risen to unite the people and bring stability, but the East is still engulfed by war. Jeanne Kaguya d’Arc (voice of Yoko Hikasa), a girl prophesised to be the saviour of the worlds at birth, travels to the East planet with Leonardo Da Vinci (Tomokazu Sugita) in the hope of uniting the battling clans under the flag of the impulsive Nobunaga (Mamoru Miyano) and ending the war forever. The episodes are: ‘The Empress’, ‘The Hanged Man’, ‘Ace of Cups’, ‘The Hermit’, ‘The Emperor’, ‘Wheel

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of Fortune’, ‘The Sun’, ‘Justice’, ‘The Devil’, ‘The World’ and ‘Judgement’.

One Piece: Collection 14 (Uncut) (12) (DVD) Cast: Akemi Okamura, Hiroaki Hirata, Ikue Ohtani, Kappei Yamaguchi Dir. Kônosuke Uda Run time: 520 mins Nami, despite her desperate dash, arrives at the station too late to stop the Sea Train, but she’s relieved to learn that Sanji has stowed away on board the vessel and will stop at nothing to rescue Robin! With the storm of all storms bearing down upon them, Nami and Chopper risk their lives to save Luffy and Zoro from the rapidly rising waters. Back aboard the train, Sanji is aided in his battle against the CP9 goons by the arrival of the mysterious Soge King, a wandering warrior from the Island of Snipers!  As the scattered Straw Hats fight to reunite, fate draws them ever nearer the foreboding fortress of Enies Lobby. Will our heroes live to face the hour of reckoning?! 

(DVD) Cast: Rich Hall Run time: 71 mins Catch the king of rapid fire wit perform his sell out ‘3:10 TO HUMOUR’ show. Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed grouchy, deadpan style has established him as a master of absurdist irony. Renowned for his expertly crafted tirades, quick fire banter with audiences, and delightful musical sequences, Rich Hall’s plain-spoken growling indignation and acerbic observations have an unerring talent for hitting his targets with precision every time, leaving his audience hanging on every word and winning him fans all over the globe. Recorded in London’s West End at the Vaudeville Theatre, ‘3:10 TO HUMOUR’ is Perrier Award winner Rich Hall at his best.

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Cast: Ben MacIntyre Run time: 180 mins

Ordinary Lies: Series 2 (12) (DVD) Exploring the lives, loves and lies of a brand new workforce, this popular series returns with more compelling stories of what can happen when an apparently simple deception spirals out of control. Award-winning writer Danny Brocklehurst has created a fresh web of intrigue, secrecy and mayhem for a range of new characters, all brought to life by an impressive ensemble cast. The action moves to the call centre and warehouse of a sports sales company in Wales as it delves into the lives of a group of ordinary people who find themselves in desperate situations. Packed with humour, heartache and shock revelations, each episode focuses on a different character and their story. They may see each other every day, but these workers really don’t know what their colleagues are hiding.

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BEN MACINTYRE is a best-selling author of military and espionage history. He has written and presented several films for BBC TWO from his books, including Operation Mincemeat. Ben has been hand-picked by the SAS to exclusively tell their story, gaining access that no civilian has ever been granted. Each day in the SAS archives leads to a new discovery, as Ben pieces together this story for the first time. The history of the SAS is an exhilarating tale of fearlessness and heroism, recklessness and tragedy; of extraordinary men who were willing to take monumental risks. It is a story of the meaning of courage.

South Park: Seasons 1-5 (15) (DVD box set) All the episodes from the first five seasons of the noholds-barred animated comedy created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Season 1 episodes are: ‘Cartman Gets an Anal Probe’, ‘Volcano’, ‘Weight Gain 4000’, ‘Big


Gay Al’s Big Gay Boat Ride’, ‘An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig’, ‘Death’, ‘Pinkeye’, ‘Starvin’ Marvin’, ‘Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo’, ‘Damien’, ‘Tom’s Rhinoplasty’, ‘Mecha-Streisand’ and ‘Cartman’s Mom Is a Dirty Slut’. Season 2 episodes are: ‘Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus’, ‘Cartman’s Mom Is Still a Dirty Slut’, ‘Ike’s Wee Wee’, ‘Chickenlover’, ‘Conjoined Fetus Lady’, ‘The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka’, ‘City On the Edge of Forever’, ‘Summer Sucks’, ‘Chef’s Chocolate Salty Balls’, ‘Chickenpox’, ‘Roger Ebert Should Lay Off the Fatty Foods’, ‘Clubhouses’, ‘Cow Days’, ‘Chef Aid’, ‘Spookyfish’, ‘Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson!’, ‘Gnomes’ and ‘Prehistoric Ice Man’. Season 3 episodes are: ‘Rainforest Shmainforest’, ‘Spontaneous Combustion’, ‘The Succubus’, ‘Jakovasaurs’, ‘Tweek vs. Craig’, ‘Sexual Harassment Panda’, ‘Cat Orgy’, ‘Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub’, ‘Jewbilee’, ‘Korn’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery’, ‘Chinpokomon’, ‘Hooked On Monkey Fonics’, ‘Starvin’ Marvin in Space’, ‘The Red Badge of Gayness’, ‘Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics’, ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Jesus’ and ‘World Wide Recorder Concert’. Season 4 episodes are: ‘The Tooth Fairy’s Tats 2000’, ‘Cartman’s Silly Hate Crime 2000’, ‘Timmy 2000’, ‘Quintuplets 2000’, ‘Cartman Joins NAMBLA’, ‘Cherokee Hair Tampons’, ‘Chef Goes Nanners’, ‘Something You Can Do With Your Finger’, ‘Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?’, ‘Probably’, ‘4th Grade’, ‘Trapper Keeper’, ‘Helen Keller! The Musical’, ‘Pip’, ‘Fat Camp’, ‘The Wacky Molestation Adventure’ and ‘A Very Crappy Christmas’. Season 5 episodes are: ‘It Hits the Fan’, ‘Cripple Fight’, ‘Super Best Friends’, ‘Scott Tenorman Must Die’, ‘Terrance and Phillip: Behind the Blow’, ‘Cartmanland’, ‘Proper Condom Use’, ‘Towelie’, ‘Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants’, ‘How to Eat With Your Butt’, ‘The Entity’, ‘Here Comes the Neighbourhood’, ‘Kenny Dies’ and ‘Butters’ Very Own Episode’.

South Park: Seasons 6-10 (18)

(DVD box set) All the episodes from the sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth seasons of the no-holds-barred animated comedy created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Season 6 episodes are: ‘Jared Has Aides’, ‘Asspen’, ‘Freak Strike’, ‘Fun With Veal’, ‘The New Terrance and Phillip Movie Trailer’, ‘Professor Chaos’, ‘The Simpsons Already Did it’, ‘Red Hot Catholic Love’, ‘Free Hat’, ‘Bebe’s Boobs Destroy Society’, ‘Child Abduction Is Not Funny’, ‘A Ladder to Heaven’, ‘The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers’, ‘The Death Camp of Tolerance’, ‘The Biggest Douche in the Universe’, ‘My Future Self ‘n’ Me’ and ‘Red Sleigh Down’. Season 7 episodes are: ‘Cancelled’, ‘Krazy Kripples’, ‘Toilet Paper’, ‘I’m a Little Bit Country’, ‘Fat Butt and Pancake Head’, ‘Lil’ Crime Stoppers’, ‘Red Man’s Greed’, ‘South Park Is Gay’, ‘Christian Rock Hard’, ‘Grey Dawn’, ‘Casa Bonita’, ‘All About Mormons’, ‘Butt Out’, ‘Raisins’ and ‘It’s Christmas in Canada’. Season 8 episodes are: ‘Good Times With Weapons’, ‘Up the Down Steroid’, ‘The Passion of the Jew’, ‘You Got F’d in the A’, ‘AWESOM-O’, ‘The Jeffersons’, ‘Goobacks’, ‘Douche and Turd’, ‘Some-

thing Wall-Mart This Way Comes’, ‘Pre-School’, ‘Quest for Ratings’, ‘Stupid Spoiled Wh**e Video Playset’, ‘Cartman’s Incredible Gift’ and ‘Woodland Critter Christmas’. Season 9 episodes are: ‘Mr. Garrison’s Fancy New Vagina’, ‘Die Hippie, Die’, ‘Wing’, ‘Best Friends Forever’, ‘The Losing Edge’, ‘The Death of Eric Cartman’, ‘Erection Day’, ‘Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow’, ‘Marjorine’, ‘Follow That Egg’, ‘Ginger Kids’, ‘Trapped in the Closet’, ‘Free Willzyx’ and ‘Bloody Mary’. Season 10 episodes are: ‘The Return of Chef’, ‘Smug Alert!’, ‘Cartoon Wars: Part 1’, ‘Cartoon Wars: Part 2’, ‘A Million Little Fibers’, ‘ManBearPig’, ‘Tsst’, ‘Make Love, Not Warcraft’, ‘Mystery of the Urinal Deuce’, ‘Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy’, ‘Hell On Earth 2006’, ‘Go God Go’, ‘Go God Go XII’ and ‘Stanley’s Cup’.

South Park: Seasons 11-15 (15)

(DVD box set) All the episodes from the eleventh, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th seasons of the noholds-barred animated comedy created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Season 11 episodes are: ‘With Apologies to Jesse Jackson’, ‘Cartman Sucks’, ‘Lice Capades’, ‘The Snuke’, ‘Fantastic Easter Special’, ‘D-Yikes!’, ‘Night of the Living Homeless’, ‘Le Petit Tourette’, ‘More Crap’, ‘Imaginationland’, ‘Imaginationland: Episode II’, ‘Imaginationland: Episode III’, ‘Guitar Queer-O’ and ‘The List’. Season 12 episodes are: ‘Tonsil Trouble’, ‘Britney’s New Look’, ‘Major Boobage’, ‘Canada On Strike’, ‘Eek, a Penis!’, ‘Over Logging’, ‘Super Fun Time’, ‘The China Probrem’, ‘Breast Cancer Show Ever’, ‘Pandemic’, ‘Pandemic 2 - The Startling’, ‘About Last Night...’, ‘Elementary School Musical’ and ‘The Ungroundable’. Season 13 episodes are: ‘The Ring’, ‘The Coon’, ‘Margaritaville’, ‘Eat, Pray, Queef’, ‘Fishsticks’, ‘Pinewood Derby’, ‘Fatbeard’, ‘Dead Celebrities’, ‘Butters’ Bottom Bitch’, ‘W.T.F.’, ‘Whale Whores’, ‘The F Word’, ‘Dances With Smurfs’ and ‘Pee’. Season 14 episodes are: ‘Sexual Healing’, ‘The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs’, ‘Medicinal Fried Chicken’, ‘You Have 0 Friends’, ‘200’, ‘201’, ‘Crippled Summer’, ‘Poor and Stupid’, ‘It’s a Jersey Thing’, ‘Insheeption’, ‘Coon 2 - Hindsight’, ‘Mysterion Rises’, ‘Coon vs. Coon and Friends’ and ‘Creme Fraiché’. Season 15 episodes are: ‘Humancentipad’, ‘Funnybot’, ‘Royal Pudding’, ‘T.M.I.’, ‘Crack Baby Athletic Association’, ‘City Sushi’, ‘You’re Getting Old’, ‘Ass Burgers’, ‘The Last of the Meheecans’, ‘Bass to Mouth’, ‘Broadway Bro Down’, ‘1%’, ‘A History Channel Thanksgiving’ and ‘The Poor Kid’.

Star Trek: The Animated Series (Blu-ray) Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelly, George Takei Dirs. Hal Sutherland, Bill Reed Run time: 526 mins

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Star Trek: The Animated Series. The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek now on Blu-ray 22 episode first season of the animated version of Gene Roddenberry’s seminal sci-fi series. In 1973, at the peak of the original series’ success, Roddenberry made an animated version of Star Trek featuring the voices of nearly all of the original cast members. Here, the entire series is re-mastered with updated audio quality. Creator Gene Roddenberry’s animated version of Star Trek features the voices of nearly the entire cast of the original live-action series, including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols and Majel Barrett, as well as many of the original series writers, and guest stars. It was executive produced by Gene Roddenberry, and produced by D.C. Fontana, who has been with Star Trek from it’s very beginnings. Being animated, the series could boldly go where the original series could not, it was able to show more exotic aliens, spaceships, and planetscapes. It broke new ground, won an Emmy award, and it left a lasting impression on the Star Trek universe.

Stewart Francis: Pun Gent (DVD) Cast: Stewart Francis Run time: 100 min Stewart Francis, the star of Mock The Week, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Live At The Apollo embarks on a brand new stand-up tour, starting in Spring 2015 and extended into 2016 after phenomenal demand with his fantastic, hilarious new show Pun Gent! Stewart has devoted this show to his father, who was a roofer. So dad if you’re up there? He and his wife have decided they don’t want kids. If any one does, they can drop them off tomorrow. Oh he’s just kidding of course, he has a beautiful daughter who he named after his mum, and in fact passive aggressive psycho turns five tomorrow. On an unrelated matter, Stewart likes what mechanics wear... overall. With Stewart Francis it’s all about puns. And he’s a gent. If time is money, Stewart’s the man to do your shopping for he’ll fill every minute with comedy bargains in the form of non-stop quick-fire gags, rarely giving you time to cease giggling until the next one starts. And it’s not cheap produce either, previous goods winning awards such as Dave’s Funniest Joke Of The Fringe Award 2012 and earning him a reputation as one of the finest comics around. Quite simply, the service Francis provides is good old-fashioned joke telling with a hook, punch-line and a dose of panache thrown in for good measure. So where’s the catch? Well there probably is a pun-related answer, but only word wizards such as Stewart Francis could find one.

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(DVD) Cast: Len Goodman Len celebrates his time on Strictly by inviting viewers to join him on this trip down memory lane, as he relives some of the best, funniest and most exciting moments in the history of the show, as well as treating fans to a unique look behind the scenes of one of BBC One’s most popular programmes.

The Bourne Identity (12) (Blu-ray / 4K Ultra HD + Bluray + Digital Download) Cast: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen Dir. Doug Liman Run time: 118 mins Racing To Unlock The Secret Of His Own Identity, Amnesiac Operative Jason Bourne Discovers The Deadly Truth: He’S The Government’s Number One Target, A $30 Million Weapon It No Longer Trusts. Academy Award Winner Matt Damon Stars In This Super-Charged, Thrill-A-Minute Spectacular Loaded With Non-Stop Action!  4K Ultra Hd Bonus Feature • Feature Commentary With Director Doug Liman  Blu-Ray Bonus Features • Alternate Opening And Alternate Ending • Deleted Scenes • Feature Commentary With Director Doug Liman • Access Granted: An Interview With Screenwriter Tony Gilroy • Cloak And Dagger: Covert Ops • Inside A Fight Sequence • And Much More!

The Bourne Legacy (12) (Blu-ray / 4K Ultra HD + Bluray + Digital Download) Cast: Jeremy Renner, Scott Glenn, Stacy Keach, Edward Norton Dir. Tony Gilroy Run time: 135 mins The Narrative Architect Behind The Bourne Films, Tony Gilroy, Returns To Expand The Bourne Universe Once More In The Next Chapter Of The Thrilling Action Series. The Bourne Legacy Introduces Us To A New Hero, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), Whose Life-Or-Death Stakes Have Been Triggered By The Events Of The First Three Films. For The Bourne Legacy, Renner Joins Fellow Series Newcomers Rachel Weisz And Edward Norton, While Franchise Veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn And Scott Glenn Reprise Their Roles.  4K Ultra Hd Bonus Feature


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The Bourne Supremacy (12) (Blu-ray / 4K Ultra HD + Bluray + Digital Download) Cast: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles Dir. Paul Greengrass Run time: 108 mins

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The Brothers: The Complete Series 3 (PG) (DVD) Cast: Jean Anderson Complete third series of the popular 1970s TV drama.

Academy Award Winner Matt Damon Is On The Run Again As Jason Bourne, The Former Cia-Trained Perfect Assassin, In This Smart And Suspenseful Action-Thriller. Suffering From Amnesia, Bourne Has Left His Violent Past Behind And Is Living A Normal Life With Girlfriend Marie. But His Plans For A Peaceful Life Are Crushed When He Narrowly Escapes An Assassination Attempt. Now Hunted By An Unknown Enemy, Bourne Proves To Be Neither An Easy Target Nor A Person Whose Skill, Determination And Resilience Can Be Underestimated. Gritty And Edgy, With Knockout Car Chases, The Bourne Supremacy Is An Intelligent And Breathless Action-Packed Thriller.  4K Ultra Hd Bonus Feature: • Feature Commentary With Director Paul Greengrass  Blu-Ray Bonus Features: • Explosive Deleted Scenes • Feature Commentary With Director Paul Greengrass • Blowing Things Up • On The Move With Jason Bourne • Crash Cam: Racing Through The Streets Of Moscow • Anatomy Of A Scene: The Explosive Bridge Chase Scene • And Much More!

The Bourne Ultimatum (12) (Blu-ray / 4K Ultra HD + Bluray + Digital Download) Cast: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn Dir. Paul Greengrass Run time: 115 mins Academy Award Winner Matt Damon Is Trained Assassin Jason Bourne. Having Lost His Memory And The One Person He Loved, He Is Undeterred By The Barrage Of Bullets From A New Generation Of Trained Killers, Who Are Tracking His Every Move And Will Stop At Nothing To Prevent Him From Learning His True Identity. The Bourne Ultimatum Unfolds With Heart-Stopping Action, Death-Defying Stunts And White-Knuckle Excitement In The Film Critics Are Calling, “The Best Action Picture In Decades.” (Maxim) 

The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: The Damned, Lemmy, Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones, Billy Idol Dir. Wes Orshoski From ‘Lemmy’ filmmaker Wes Orshoski comes the story of the long-ignored pioneers of punk: The Damned.  The long-ignored pioneers of punk, The Damned started out as trailblazers on London s 70s punk rock scene, being the first British punk band to release a single, the immortal New Rose in 1976. They were the first of their band s genre to release an album, and the first to tour the United States, performing to sell out crowds, where they left a lasting musical legacy.  However the critical adoration lavished on contemporaries like The Clash and Sex Pistols always eluded them.  Shot around the globe over three years, the film charts the band’s complex history and infighting. It captures the band on a world tour and follows its estranged former members striking out on their own anniversary tour.  With contributions from Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones (The Clash), Lemmy and members of Pink Floyd, Black Flag, Guns ‘N’ Roses, the Sex Pistols, Blondie and The Buzzcocks.

The Tatami Galaxy (12) (Blu-ray Collector’s Edition) Anime Dir. Masaaki Yuasa Run time: 275 mins ”From Award-winning director, Masayuki Yuasa, comes a series that turns animation completely on its head.” When a college dropout stops for a late night bite at a HOME MOVIE : SFF

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mysterious ramen stand, he crosses paths with a self-proclaimed deity of matrimony. This bizarre meeting sends the young man hurtling through a horrifying flashback to his not-so-glorious college days when the influence of a cruel new friend turned him from a hopeless romantic into a mischievous black cupid.

tities and criminal activity. Discovering the truth becomes Farrier’s obsession, despite increasingly sinister threats and warnings. With humour and determination, Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve summon up every resource available to get to the bottom of this tickling wormhole.

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began to make the headlines.

In this ambitious living history series for BBC Two, one corner of the East End of London will be taken back to the late Victorian era a time when East End poverty

The Slum will chart the story of what life was really like for poor Victorians and through this immersive experience participants and viewers will discover the surprising and complex history that changed Britain’s attitude to poverty forever. Over the course of the series, the slum dwellers will eke out a living through traditional trades like tailoring, candle-making and wood-turning and, like their Victorian forebears, they’ll take to the streets to sell flowers, food and soap to modern Londoners. As the Victorian community rubs shoulders with modern London, how will today’s East End react, as it s confronted with the harsh realities of the past?

Tickled (15) (DVD) Dirs. David Farrier, Dylan Reeve Run time: 92 mins After stumbling upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking—the sender mocks Farrier’s sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite: he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films. The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret iden-

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Watch as the emerges from a chimney to take the roof off! ‘Tim Timinee Tim Timinee Tim Tim to you’ is the latest lorry load of nonsense from the one-liner pelting, silly singing, prop flinging comedian. The sell-out show that Tim took around the country and beyond is now heading for your living room. Take a deep breath everyone, because there’s a lot to get through. Standby for a large number of stupid jokes, (and platypuses on poles). Don’t wear socks when you watch this show because you’re going to laugh them off. EXTRAS: BACK IN TIME - During a Live performance in Croydon Tim goes back in time. GOOD TIMES POP VIDEO - Tim’s dance moves are off the charts. So is this song. TIMNEE ON TOUR - A photo montage of Team Timinee on the road. AUCTION STORY - Tim recounts an inspirational story from an auction. Gavel round everyone. ALTERNATIVE START - Tim performs a difference option to open the show. DART FOR DART’S SAKE - Tim is challenged by a world champion DVD COMMENTARY - Tim talks the viewer through the whole show with some super memories.

Tokyo Marble Chocolate (12) (Dual format Blu-ray + DVD Collector’s Edition) Dir. Naoyoshi Shiotani Run time: 100 mins Yuudai has difficulty expressing his feelings and his girlfriend, Chizuru, has trouble maintaining relationships.


Trapped by their insecurities in a relationship thats going nowhere, they drift further and further apart. While Chizuru thinks this is the end of the road, Yuudai struggles desperately to overcome his cowardly nature before he loses what is most important to him. There are two stories to every relationship, but can love survive if they dont meet halfway? Extras:

considering the idea of meeting someone new. A series of fateful events lead Diane to receive a phone call from the mysterious Alexandre (Jean Dujardin), who has found her lost mobile. Courteous, funny, and effortlessly charming, he soon wins Diane over… and before she knows it, she’s agreed to a date. But their first meeting is not quite what either of them expected…

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Tupac Assassination III: Battle for Compton (E) (Blu-ray) Run time: 118 mins The unsolved murders of Tupac Shakur and Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace still stir the public’s imagination after 20 years. Yet law enforcement has been at a standstill to produce results. The producers of “American Federale” and the first two “Assassination” films, finally unravel the tangled cases and expose not only who may have done it, but also why these cases have never seen justice. “Battle For Compton” is the story of “The Machine”; a group of high powered individuals with a very dark secret they killed to keep, and have spent the last 20 years hidinghoping one day it will all go away- before they do. Filled with new federal and local government documents, interviews with formerly involved Federal and Local Prosecutors and LAPD Detectives and new witness interviews and unseen Shakur footage, “Assassination III: Battle for Compton” explains how the untimely deaths of Shakur and Wallace were ultimately part of the destruction left in the wake of The Machine and its participants.

Anime Dir. Akira Amemiya Run time: 300 mins Yona’s hunt for the legendary dragons continues, but the three that remain aren’t making it easy. The blue dragon lives deep within a maze of underground caves, the green dragon is an elusive rogue, and the yellow dragon is, well a mystery. Meanwhile, Yona is still struggling to find the warrior within her. While her skills grow stronger, her self-doubt continues to hold her back. And with Su-Won’s army hot on her trail, and Hak’s feelings for her proving more and more difficult to ignore, this princess has her work cut out for her. Time is running out to take back her kingdom. She can no longer afford to hide behind her royal upbringing it’s time to take charge. Contains the complete part 2 on Blu-Ray and DVD with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles. Extras: • Episode 16 & 24 Audio Commentary • Promotional Video & TV Spots • Textless Songs • Trailers

This is the story that over a dozen murders are related to; the story people at the top levels of the justice system do not want you to hear.

Up for Love (12) (DVD) Cast: Jean Dujardin, Virginie Efira, Cédric Kahn, Stéphanie Papanian, César Domboy Dir. Laurent Tirard Run time: 98 mins Diane (Virginie Efira) is brilliant, beautiful, witty… and a formidable lawyer. She’s just put an end to a toxic, unhappy marriage and is finally HOME MOVIE : SFF 101


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