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The Place Promised in Our Early Days/ Voices of a Distant Star (12)

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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