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NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR? Then take a seat. Coming across like it was written in the ‘haze’ of the 1960s, DOCTOR STRANGE is a wonderfully off-kilter addition to the Marvel canon. The special effects deserve a special mention, with some scenery-bending that hasn’t been seen since the days of ‘Inception’. This is a fresh take on the Marvel Universe, with a strong emotional core that benefits from the charismatic pairing of TILDA SWINTON and BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH - whose passing resemblance to the comic-book doctor is another plus - he was born to play (and envelops) the role. Another actor at the peak of their game stars in two of our featured new releases. AMY ADAMS turns in stunning performances in both Denis Villeneuve’s wonderful sci-fi/drama ARRIVAL and Tom Ford’s controversial NOCTURNAL ANIMALS. I genuinely thought Amy would’ve received an Oscar nomination - if not for both, then certainly for one - and still can’t believe she was overlooked by the Academy.* Both A UNITED KINGDOM (the true story of an interracial relationship in 1948 threatened by South Africa’s apartheid) and THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS (another period romance, 1920s, Western Australia) offer more downto-earth pleasures. Moving back into the world of the unreal we have FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM. A spin-off from the Harry Potter series, it’s a barnstorming adventure based on a school textbook J. K. Rowling originally created for a Comic Relief charity auction; with a stellar cast including EDDIE REDMAYNE, SAMANTHA MORTON, RON PERLMAN and COLIN FARRELL. As you can see, we’ve got quite a varied line-up this month! So, without further ado, let’s release the ‘pause’ button and delve a little deeper...
* Although why am I surprised the Academy overlooked Amy? They successfully misplaced the correct envelope for this year’s big finish! My one thought on the whole shambolic finale is thank goodness it was a ‘team’ award - imagine if that had been a nomination for an individual? Up there by themselves. Ouch!
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STRANGE FACTS ABOUT MARVEL’S DOCTOR STRANGE From Marvel Studios comes DOCTOR STRANGE, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident renders his hands useless. When traditional medicine fails him, he travels to the remote Kamar-Taj in search of a cure, but instead discovers the mystical arts and becomes a powerful sorcerer battling dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Here are ten strange facts about Marvel’s Doctor Strange…
1. The character of Doctor Strange was created by
Marvel legend Steve Ditko, who first pitched the character by delivering a completely drawn five-page strip to Stan Lee in 1963. The good Doctor got the surname Strange because the strip was published in Marvel’s Strange Tales, and the middle name Vincent is homage to Vincent Price, the classic horror movie actor who inspired the character’s striking look.
2. Actually, the name Doctor Strange is not just a superhero alias – the character is literally a Doctor called Stephen Strange in his everyday life. It’s a great han-
dle, so there’s no surprise that the lead singer of New Wave pop outfit Visage, borrowed it from the comics and changed his name from Steven Harrington to Steve Strange back in the 70s.
3. Doctor Strange’s immortal mentor and guide to the mysteries of the multiverse is The Ancient One, played by Tilda Swinton. Appropriately enough, this is a role she’s had several fictional lifetimes to prepare for, having previously taken on timeless, ageless roles in The Chronicles of Narnia, super- cool vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive and, first of all, Orlando, the film that originally brought her cult status. 4. Similarly, it’s also a case of history repeating for
Rachel McAdams, who plays Doctor Steven Strange’s colleague Christine Palmer. Previously, McAdams’ characters have courted men who travel through time in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, Richard Curtis’ About Time and the big screen version of Audrey Niffenegger’s best-selling novel, The Time Traveller’s Wife.
5. Doctor Strange’s base of operations is the Sanc-
tum Santorum, a multi-storey townhouse tucked away in New York’s Greenwich Village. But much like 221b Baker Street, the supposed abode of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock, the address of 177a Bleecker Street is a fictional house number on a real street.
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Turn up to look for Dr. Strange and all you’ll find at number 177 Bleecker Street is a grocery store, with no 177a to be seen.
6. One set alone was an incredibly detailed replica of a Hong Kong street, filling out a service road at Longcross Studios with 35 separate, functional storefronts. According to Cumberbatch, this fake street was perfectly detailed. “There are presses and metal workshops and restaurants and knick- knack shops and stalls where you actually could cook some food,” he explained, “You could go and have something mended in one of those metal workshops. You could have a card printed in the paper shop.” From Marvel Studios comes Doctor Strange, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident renders his hands useless. When traditional medicine fails him, he travels to the remote Kamar-Taj in search of a cure, but instead discovers the mystical arts and becomes a powerful sorcerer battling dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Not all of the sequences set in Nepal were filmed on location, with a little bit of Kathmandu painstakingly recreated in London. The production design and construction teams built a total of 21 sets for the film, though even that impressive number downplays the sheer scale of what they produced.
7. One of Marvel’s biggest and most ambitious action sequences to date takes was staged for Doctor
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Strange. To add to the complexity of capturing such a massive scene, it had to be filmed in reverse order to get the desired effect. As part of this sequence, the colossal Hong Kong street set had to be gradually demolished. As filming went on, the sets were worked over and 350 tons of real rubble were brought in to visually enhance the wreckage. On screen, however, the effect will be reversed, with the buildings shown as going from destroyed to clean as the action plays out.
8. There are plenty of real-life locations to be seen
in the film too. A few intimate scenes were shot at Exeter College at the University of Oxford, which is where Richard Burton, JRR Tolkien and Mark Labbett, aka The Beast from TV gameshow The Chase, were all educated.
9. As Doctor Strange learns, the wi-fi password at
The Ancient One’s temple in Kamar-Taj is Shamballa. This is the name of a mystical kingdom, long known to Buddhists and Hindus, and central to the standout Doctor Strange graphic novel, Into Shamballa.
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MINDFULNESS IN DOCTOR STRANGE Benedict Cumberbatch and the rest of the cast were given a very unique opportunity when preparing for their roles in DOCTOR STRANGE, as Buddhist monk and mindfulness teacher Gelong Thubten was on set to explain and teach the best practices. What he taught were lessons that anyone can learn – and arguably, should learn - so we have caught up with Gelong Thubten to get a primer in mindfulness that all of us can share. “Mindfulness is a technique for training the mind to be more present, relaxed and positive,” Gelong Thubten explained, “It is a method for working with our awareness and becoming less controlled by the thoughts and emotions which can rob us of happiness and peace.” Photo Credit: Tony Bartholomew
Part of Doctor Strange’s heroic character arc is transforming from an egotistical surgeon to an openminded zen-channeling superhero, so this was a crucial skill to master for Benedict. “In the film, The Ancient One teaches Dr. Strange to train his mind, and the first thing Strange has to learn, is to get out of the way of his own ego.” Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton, who plays The Ancient One, were taught how to attain actual mindfulness on set. “An important element in the filming was that we really meditated,” Thubten told us, “I was on hand to guide the actors in the practice of mindfulness and this meant they weren’t imitating the practice, but really doing it.” It doesn’t sound easy to reach true peace of mind on a bustling movie set under blazing hot lights, but trickier still is the idea of finding such calm in everyday life. Can we hope to manage even a little mindfulness in the odd five minutes we spend crammed on the bus, or while we’re taking a crucial time out from our buzzy, glaring computer screens? Thubten thinks so. “Definitely. Mindfulness can be applied even in busy situations, and it is good to practice ‘micro-moments’ of mindfulness many times a day. This helps us to stay one step ahead of the build up of stress chemicals such as cortisol, in our body, as well as the accumulation of pressurised thinking in our mind.” Cortisol, Thubten explained, is a physical by-product of our stressful lives that can be, he says, “highly destructive to the body when maintained over a long period of time.” HOME MOVIE : SFF 09
“Mindfulness can improve our brain’s chemistry,” Monk Thubten said. “This power is particularly evident in the way that it changes our relationship with stress. As human beings, we are programmed to react with a ‘fight or flight’ response when we experience a high degree of pressure. A part of the brain called the Amygdala causes the release of the stress hormone cortisol, which shocks us into reaction. “When we practice mindfulness we re-train the mind to respond rather than react. We consciously set aside time to rest in the chemistry of well being, which supports our body’s immune function, as well as our inner peace. So with mindfulness, we are literally creating healthier brain and body chemistry.” Mindfulness sounds like just the thing to get the world balanced whenever things start to spiral off-
centre. I’m definitely in. So how do we get started? “A simple exercise we can begin with is to become aware of our own body, seated in a chair, and simply focus on the sensations without judgment. This helps us to relax into the present moment. The mind will wander, and this is where we learn to keep gently bringing it back to the focus, again and again. Maybe we are stuck in traffic, or standing on the subway train: we can detach the mind from its stressful thoughts and put the attention onto the present moment. We could feel the ground under our feet, or the contact between our body and the chair. This can also be done in short moments behind our desk or whatever work situation we’re in. Maybe we could be mindful while brushing our teeth or washing our hands, just focusing on the sensations of the present moment.” “It’s not about trying to clear the mind or blank out the thoughts, but instead just focusing the awareness on the present moment without judgment, which can bring deep peace.” Of course, Doctor Strange’s mindfulness is just the first step on a bigger, more blockbuster-friendly journey. We shouldn’t expect to time warp and skip between realities by way of mindfulness, but that doesn’t mean it won’t broaden our perspective.“The film presents something quite remarkable,”
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Monk Thubten admitted, “Whereas an ordinary mindfulness practitioner isn’t expecting to fly or walk into other universes, there is a powerful message here. In one sense it is about a superhero, and in another sense it is encouraging audiences to realise their own “inner” superhero or heroine, by discovering the beauty and brilliance of their own perfect minds.”
as it increases our ability to feel compassion. We might learn to blame others and the world less for our problems, and instead begin to discover that if we change our minds, the world starts to change. The film suggests that the world is a projection of our minds, so perhaps if we practice mindfulness enough, we could start to transform that projection.”
And outside of the self, what have we learnt from The Ancient One’s lesson about getting out of the way of our own ego? “If we practice mindfulness,” Monk Thubten promised, “we can develop a much more positive view of life and of other people,
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post- war era and he absolutely embodies the idea that there was once a seemingly attainable American Dream. In a sense, the Swede is the American Dream and his daughter Merry is the ‘60s.” McGregor knew this was a rare opportunity. “I’ve always wanted to direct, but I didn’t want to just direct for the sake of it,” explains McGregor. “I wanted to have a story that I was compelled to tell.”
AMERICAN PASTORAL (15) Crime | Drama USA, 2016, 108 mins Dir. Ewan McGregor Cast: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, Luke Whoriskey, Rupert Evans
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Philip Roth novel, AMERICAN PASTORAL follows an all-American family across several decades, as their idyllic existence is shattered by social and political turmoil that will change the fabric of American culture forever. Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Beginners) makes his directorial debut and stars as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn (Jennifer Connelly), a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede’s life. When his beloved daughter, Merry (Dakota Fanning), 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 modern world around him: no American family will ever be the same. McGregor was attached to play the central character of the Swede in AMERICAN PASTORAL long before signing on to direct the film. Ultimately, it was his love of the material that led to his decision to take a leap into his feature film directorial debut. “I was very moved by the script and I was completely taken by the Swede and the study of father daughter relationships,” he says. “He’s a man who believes very much in living his life the right way. He’s a product of the 12
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Screenwriter John Romano says of his collaboration with McGregor, “Ewan understood Roth’s novel so well that when we began to collaborate, he pushed me even more towards the meaning of what Roth had written. The best example I can give is that the movie begins with a line that wasn’t there until Ewan became the director.” Jennifer Connelly adds: “He’s a joy to be around and to work with. He’s so kind and generous and had a really nice way of communicating with everyone. He made a lot of time for his actors, we had a great rehearsal and very constructive rehearsal period.” “It was my first time with an actor who was also directing the film and I could not have asked for a better experience than with Ewan,” says Dakota Fanning. “Watching him balance acting and directing has been really inspiring to me. He’s been able to support everyone and shows great respect for the entire cast and crew.” As he was prepping production, McGregor was also working to get under the skin of the film’s multifaceted and unravelling lead character. The role of Swede Levov is a particularly demanding one, beginning with the challenge posed by spanning a man’s entire adult life, from youth to old age. In addition, McGregor faced another daunting task: bringing out the symbolic side of Roth’s iconic American athlete, industrialist and father, while also making the Swede distinctly real and human. For though the Swede never stops trying to be the upstanding man of American myths, the trajectory of his life plummets him in the opposite direction. “Throughout his life, Swede always does what people would like him to do, what’s expected of him. He never loses his moral beliefs in right and wrong. But in a way, it’s his downfall,” concludes McGregor. “Dawn, his wife, goes on to have another life. But the Swede is always looking to keep things together, to make things right again.”
RIMROCK RESIDENTS When the Swede marries Dawn Dwyer, a locally sought-after Irish-Catholic beauty queen who even wins over his Jewish father, they move to tranquil Old Rimrock, epitomizing the quintessential young family in the quintessential suburban countryside. “Together these two characters - a sports star and a beauty queen - represent the hopes and aspirations of postwar America,” notes Ewan McGregor. To take on the demanding and complex role of Dawn, the filmmakers’ first choice was always Jennifer Connelly, the Academy Award® winning actress acclaimed for her emotionally nuanced performances in A Beautiful Mind, House of Sand and Fog and Requiem for a Dream. The producers first approached her eight years prior to the film going into production. Connelly immediately expressed interest – and she remained committed throughout the long development process. “Jennifer was always our Dawn,” says producer Tom Rosenberg, “and she kept the faith.” For Connelly, the project was worth the patience. “I’m a fan of the novel. It’s a spectacular piece of writing and this is a great adaptation,” she says. “The narrative of the family is so compelling and it’s really interesting the way their story captures this particular time in American history.” Connelly sees Dawn as a woman who started out
knowing what she wanted in life, and was willing to go after it. “Dawn wanted to have a simple kind of life where everything was very much in harmony. She came from a farming family and felt very much at home in Old Rimrock. When Merry was young, she loved being in the fields with her daughter, feeling everything was right in the world,” says Connelly. As her daughter’s behavior grows more rebellious – Dawn’s coping mechanisms turn out to be very different from her husband. Dawn deals with the tragedy of her broken family by taking measures to emotionally erase history and stoically move forward, in contrast with the Swede’s proclivity to try to right the past. “Dawn comes to a point where she doesn’t recognise her daughter at all,” remarks Connelly of her character, who goes down her own path of transformation in the wake of her daughter’s deadly acts. “She doesn’t know how to communicate with her anymore, and it becomes more than just a matter of different political views. Merry’s feelings bleed over into her feelings about their family and what their home life means and Dawn takes that very all personally. When Merry disappears, she is completely torn apart and dismantled by it. Yet ultimately she has to find a way to carry on and find something new.” For Ewan McGregor the heart of Connelly’s performance is the degree to which audiences can sympathize with Dawn. “Jennifer is an extraordinary actress and she brought amazing depth to a very complicat-
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ed part,” states McGregor. “She explored a range of possibilities for her character and she gave me an enormous amount to work with. Jennifer allows the audience to understand why Dawn’s feeling the way she’s feeling and why she does the things she does.” Working closely with McGregor and Connelly is Dakota Fanning in the pivotal role of the teen-aged and adult Merry Levov, who detonates her family’s bucolic life when she becomes a wanted terrorist while still just an adolescent. An actor since the age of 6, Fanning’s work has been widely recognized in films spanning from blockbusters such as The Twilight Saga and War of the Worlds to dramatic roles in The Secret Lives of Bees and I Am Sam. “We tried to imagine all of the young actresses who might have the ability and the gravitas this role requires,” recalls producer Gary Lucchesi of the search for Merry. “We also had to find someone who would be believable as Ewan’s daughter, and Dakota was absolutely perfect on all counts.” The deep mystery of Merry is that her childhood years are free from nearly all visible adversity. Precocious yet sweet, she is an exemplary daughter, whose only apparent discomfort is her speech impediment, said by her therapist to be a rebellion against her parents’ good looks and daunting perfection. As she reaches adolescence, Merry becomes increasingly aware of a savagely war-torn world beyond the beauty and ease of her family home. Her despair at what she sees of the Vietnam War on TV turns to fiery outrage, which 14
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then transforms into an unsettling state of radical ferocity and hatred far darker than the typical teenage angst. When Merry joins a militant organization protesting the war, her views grow even more extreme – and then a bomb goes off in the Rimrock Post Office, killing the storeowner, a Levov family friend. Fanning was drawn to the layered story of American Pastoral along with the many facets within Merry, who swings through a pendulum of philosophies and emotions. “One of the things that appealed most to me is the fact that I get to portray a character at different stages of her life and that’s rare,” says Fanning. “I play Merry from 16 years old until 43, and having the chance to explore who she is at each different stage of her life is something that really attracted me.” As for what Merry comes to feel about her father as they grow apart, Fanning reflects: “I believe Merry does have true love for her father and that really never goes away even throughout her lifestyle changes and violent actions and all the things that change who she is to him. The one thing that never did change was that love.” A different side of the Swede is seen at the Newark Maid Glove factory where he takes pride in hiring members of the local community. Playing the factory’s stalwart forewoman, Vicky, who becomes a major influence on the Swede, is two-time Emmy Award® winner Uzo Aduba, known for her role on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.
“Uzo is brilliant in this role,” says McGregor. “Vicky is a tricky part. There’s a lot of complexity to it and she really brings that out in her performance. We created a relationship within the film that’s unique.” Aduba was drawn to Vicky as someone rarely seen in motion pictures. “I was excited at the prospect of taking on a character who sees that she has a strength and a power and uses that to the best of her ability in a time when she is quite obviously met with obstacles. I haven’t seen a woman quite as dedicated to her work and to her work family before,” says Aduba. “She’s someone who was trying to be the very best in the station of her life and to use that platform to advance.” Vicky has an unusual role for the times as a major player in the glove factory – but she also sees the factory coming under fire amid racial strife and riots. Within all that, she has to balance her relationship with her boss. “The relationship between Vicky and the Swede is very progressive for that time,” notes Aduba. “She’s given a lot of responsibility that women of color weren’t often given and she recognizes this is an exceptional, reciprocal relationship. She uses her chance to be very to the point and to speak her mind.” As for how Vicky views Swede Levov, Aduba observes: “Vicky started working at the glove factory when she was very young and she feels almost like a sister to the Swede. She’s trying to support him even as she’s negotiating her way through her own life. In the factory, she’s the yin to the Swede’s yang. She takes on the role of being the caretaker of all of the employees and for Seymour as well. She’s the one dealing with the day-to-day of everything happening on the factory floor.” Aduba was especially excited to bring Vicky’s perspective into the mosaic of American Pastoral. “You get to watch through Vicky’s lens how the country is shifting and see her evolve from where she’s been as
a citizen in the country,” she says. “She finds her own voice and power.” AMERICAN PASTORAL’s narrator, who learns the fate of the Swede from his brother at a high school reunion, is author Nathan Zuckerman. Embodying the part is David Strathairn, an Academy Award® nominated actor for his leading role in Good Night, and Good Luck, and known for a wide range of film and television roles including an Emmy®-winning turn in HBO’s Temple Grandin and portraying Secretary of State William Henry Seward in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. Strathairn sees his role as the audience’s conduit into the unseen world of the Levov family: “Nathan Zuckerman occupies the position of narrator, but he is also an innocent learning about what happened to Swede. He opens the door and then the story stands on its own,” says Strathairn. McGregor praises Strathairn’s presence both on and off-camera: “I love David Strathairn’s work and Nathan is another very tricky role, but he’s so wonderful, I could just watch him for days and days. He’s a true gentleman and a wonderful actor.” A bittersweet sense of loss is omnipresent in the drama of AMERICAN PASTORAL - the losses that occur within families and also the losses that have upended the American fabric itself in the last half-century. And yet there is also an underlying current of parental love that goes on in spite of it all. Concludes Gary Lucchesi: “I think many parents are surprised by where their children go and what sort of relationship they can maintain with them or what becomes of the hopes they have for them. Those things are universal. So even though AMERICAN PASTORAL is set in a very specific time in history, it also it feels very in touch with today.” AMERICAN PASTORAL is available to buy on DVD from Monday 6th March
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NOCTURNAL ANIMALS (15) Thriller | Drama USA, 2016, 116 mins Dir. Tom Ford Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Armie Hammer, Michael Shannon
A story in which a woman named Susan receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The manuscript, called “Nocturnal Animals,” revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. Boldly exploring the psychological and emotional sea changes of men and women living - or trying to live - their own truths, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS is the second film from writer/director Tom Ford, following the acclaimed and award winning A Single Man (2009). NOCTURNAL ANIMALS follows one woman caught between her past and her present, while she consumes and is consumed by a story in the here and now. For the filmmaker, in adapting Austin Wright’s 1993 book ‘Tony and Susan’ into a film, he found himself once again concentrating with equal intensity on both the written word and the moving image. Ford comments, “Writing is one of the parts of filmmaking that I love the most. In the screenplay phase the process is entirely singular, and as the film at that point exists only in my mind it is in its most perfect form. When I write, I begin by collecting images that relate to the characters and their worlds. I look for images of interiors, locations, actual people who inhabit the different worlds of the characters that I am creating. I then start to write and often actually
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write into the screenplay the details that I have come across when doing photo research. The worlds our characters inhabit in NOCTURNAL ANIMALS are two worlds that I am incredibly familiar with. Growing up in Texas and New Mexico, the part of the story that takes place in West Texas was easy for me to write, and the somewhat rarified world that Susan inhabits in Los Angeles is far too familiar to me as well. “I visualise every sound and image and often write in an almost shot-by-shot fashion. By the time that we actually get to filming, I have usually worked out most of the details of what I want to capture. The beauty of working with a strong production team and strong actors, however, is that more often than not spontaneous things happen while shooting that I could not have imagined and these can make the end product all the more rich and nuanced. It is important to keep an open mind when filming and to try to look at things with a fresh eye. While often they will be different than what I had imagined when I sat at my desk writing, more often than not the surprise of the actual moment and performance adds a great deal to the complexity and layers of the film.”
A STORY WITHIN A STORY In seeking to tell this tale that is not only a story-within-a-story but also an exploration of human desire, ambition and indulgence, Ford realised that he would be exercising both his directing and screenwriting skills to an even greater degree than with his first film. While A Single Man transpired in 1962 with flashbacks to the years prior, it was largely one man’s world; by contrast, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS bridges three characters’ odysseys while also closing off avenues of contact among them. The adaptation process took some time. Ultimately, his final screenplay diverges from the book. Ford explains, “The book ‘Tony and Susan’ is beautifully written. It is a great story. The concept of a moral allegory told through a piece of fiction - the book within the book - I thought was fresh and original. I loved it the moment I read it and felt that it would make a great film. It was however not the easiest book to adapt and it took me quite a while to decide how to approach it. A book and a film are vastly different things and a literal interpretation of a book often does not work on the screen. For me it is important to take the themes of a book that speak to me and then to exaggerate and explore them on screen. In that way, NOCTUR-
NAL ANIMALS is true to the book even though some of the story elements are original and the setting is actually completely different from that of the book. “Tony and Susan’ is, to a great extent, an inner monologue that is taking place in Susan’s head. I had to create scenes in her life to convey the feelings that she expresses in the book in her mind, but do so visually in order that we would understand what she was feeling without resorting to what would have essentially been a voiceover throughout the entire film. Also, the basic theme of Edward’s novel is a bit vague in the book and I felt that it needed to be exaggerated in order to be clear on screen.” He adds, “On a more practical note, the setting of the book has been relocated, in part because the book was written in the early ‘90s, before the use of cell phones was widespread. The method of the crime that the book centers on could not occur in today’s world of cell phones and online communication if I had not relocated the story to a place in which there might not be cell phone service. I chose to locate the story in West Texas - the original story takes place in the Northeast - as there are still places there where one could imagine that there would be no cell service. It is also a part of the world that I know well, and I subscribe to the old adage: write about what you know. “In the book ‘Tony and Susan’, the character of Edward Sheffield comments that ‘no one ever really
writes about anything but themselves,’ and I chose to keep this in the film as I believe completely in this statement. We all see things through the filter that is our being. When Edward writes his fictional novel ‘Nocturnal Animals’, it is literally made up of details and emotions from his past with Susan. Most of these were of my invention, but I wanted to emphasise that Edward was writing a personal story that was clearly about his life with Susan and an explanation to her of what he felt that she did to him.” Ford confides, “One of the themes of the film that hit home personally for me was the exploration of masculinity in our culture. Our hero(s) Tony and Edward do not possess the stereotypical traits of masculinity that our culture often expects yet in the end they both triumph. As a boy growing up in Texas, I was anything but what was considered classically masculine, and I suffered for it. I empathise with the characters of Tony and Edward, and their perseverance speaks to me.” The forward momentum of the narrative - the story-within-the story - is a literal page-turner. In retrospect, it seems to have been destined to be replicated in an immersive moviegoing experience. What drives the movie is the characters’ respective needs for closure. Some have put into motion their efforts before we even meet them; others grasp at it seemingly out of sudden necessity. Conveying the full impact of three main characters’
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epiphanies and decisive actions was something that Ford under took in A Single Man. With NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, the call for portraying the three main characters went out for two lead actors who had established both a rapport with moviegoers as well as a proven performance ability to access a spectrum of emotions.
SOMETHING IN HER EYES Ford was drawn to Academy Award nominee Amy Adams “because of her spectacular ability to telegraph emotion without dialogue but with just her face and soulful eyes. Amy is truly a great actress. There is something in her eyes that feels raw, and truthful. I wanted the character of Susan to be sympathetic. It would be very easy to hate Susan because, as she says in the film, she ‘has everything’ and yet she is unhappy. She has chosen a path in life that is opposite to her true nature. She is in a sense a victim of her upbringing and of what is often expected of women in our culture. “For much of the film the character of Susan is reading and reacting silently to what she has read. This is where Amy’s incredible ability as an actress stands out for me. She is so honest in her performance and was able to access Susan’s pain in a way that makes us empathise with, rather than hate, Susan. Her portrayal of Susan is subtle and nuanced, and was in many
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ways the most difficult role in the film as she could not rely on grand gestures or even language to convey the pain that the character feels.” As evidenced in her portrayals in such films as The Master and American Hustle, Adams’ facility with steering her characters into shades of grey while still retaining audience identification meant that “ the character of Susan could possess many layers of complex feelings while on the surface seeming to remain calm and composed,” says Ford. Adams muses, “I’m a certain age so something that I can identify with is being at a certain point in your life where you become very reflective and you start evaluating choices and thinking about what your choices will be moving forward. I understood that aspect of Susan, as well as her feeling burnt out with artifice. She can never really let go of the conflict between the person she wanted to be and the person she chose to be. “I felt I had the opportunity to experiment with this character. On the set, Tom would allow the camera to sit, and roll, for a long time. Sometimes you can get self-conscious, but then you have to work through that and struggle to find your way to something wonderful. So often, directors will call ‘cut’ when they see an actor struggle, but Tom knew it would get us to deeply emotional moments.”
WHAT IS SOMEONE’S REAL TRUTH? Although they had not acted opposite each other prior, Ford felt that another Academy Award nominee, Jake Gyllenhaal, would match up well with Adams. He observes, “On a practical note, it was hard to find two established and strong actors who could be believable playing characters in both their 20s and early 40s. Jake and Amy have that ability, and their subtle changes in mannerisms and speech patterns between their young selves and their more mature selves were masterful. They both managed to carry this off beautifully.” Gyllenhaal, upon initially reading Ford’s screenplay, found himself “profoundly moved, and shook, by it. The script communicated, in a lot of ways, what it feels like to have a broken heart. It’s also about how we want to be perceived and how we present ourselves to other people - so then, who are we really, what is someone’s real truth? I feel that Tom is at war with the idea of aesthetic over honesty, and that filmmaking is a medium in which he can express this. “I found Tom giving me a tremendous amount of space and quiet - which I need, to be vulnerable in front of the camera. He’s extraordinarily detail-oriented.” The crucial supporting roles of Lt. Bobby Andes and Ray Marcus, who would seem to represent different extremes of the law, were filled by, respectively, Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon and British actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Both actors were sought by Ford because of their versatility, a quality which has allowed each to disappear into characters from different eras and nationalities - so much so that filmgoers might not be able to remember where they have seen these actors before. As Ford explains it, that quality was vital “to get at these men in full; the characters may only exist in the manuscript that Susan is reading, but the portrayals had to capture her imagination and rivet the audience’s attention.” Shannon remarks, “I loved the idea of playing a character in a novel, and I do feel that Tony and Bobby are two aspects of their author, Edward. Bobby is a classic, iconic character; there’s a long history of characters like him that I may have referenced - some of his traits would come out of the subconscious. He is hardwired to pursue justice; dealing for years with nefarious people, he has seen a lot of lives adversely affected, so he wants to help Tony find the strength to confront the men who committed these crimes.”
Taylor-Johnson reflects, “I read the script and thought, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to be able to do this.’ There was no angle for me to relate to this character. Then I met with Tom and listened to how he wanted to see Ray on-screen, and I put all my trust in him to go do this challenge. I started watching documentaries and reading about serial killers in American history. I’d never done a Texan accent before, and our dialect coach Michael Buster helped me get a resonance away from the twang of what people think a Texan accent is. “It was a gruelling shoot, and sometimes we would tap into something uncontrollable. Tom was in his element on-set. He had thought through every detail - a character’s hair, footwear, fingernails - yet he would make sure that it was the performances driving the scenes.” Rounding out the cast is a host of accomplished performers. While some of these actors were only on-set for a day or two, Ford appreciated the opportunity to work with them to hone their cameos into sharp relief. He reveals, “I was incredibly lucky to have such a strong supporting cast. I think that Armie Hammer did a brilliant job and captured the character of Hutton Morrow precisely. Both Andrea Riseborough and Michael Sheen portrayed the very modern couple of Alessia and Carlos exactly as I had imagined them when I was writing. In relatively short scenes, they manage to convey to us exactly who these two people are and to create an intimacy with Amy’s character Susan that was key in helping us understand the context of Susan’s world and her personal life. “Laura Linney’s performance was in my opinion brilliant, and watching Amy and Laura play the scene in the restaurant together was incredible. Isla Fisher delivered a striking dramatic performance that I think will surprise audiences, as we more often than not see her in comedic roles and she is actually a very strong dramatic actress.” The filmmaker is satisfied with the enveloping quality of NOCTURNAL ANIMALS as not only a compelling and suspenseful journey but also an inward-looking one. His expectation is that the viewer will be “open to identifying with more than one of the characters.” NOCTURNAL ANIMALS is available to buy on Bluray and DVD from Monday, 13th March
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partment’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-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. “This guy risks his life uncooking the books for some of the scariest people on the planet. Drug cartels. Arms brokers. Money launderers. Assassins... Imagine the secrets this guy has.
THE ACCOUNTANT (15) Action | Crime | Drama USA, 2016, 123 mins Dir. Gavin O’Connor Cast: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor
Christian Wolff (Ben 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 De-
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“It’s always compelling when people have secrets-when you think someone is one thing and then discover they’re something else entirely,” says director Gavin O’Connor. That is certainly the case with the title character of his latest film, THE ACCOUNTANT. At first glance, Christian Wolff seems to be nothing more than a storefront CPA, right down to his spreadsheets and pocket protector. However, his usual clientele are among the world’s most powerful crime lords, and his mild-mannered demeanour and somewhat innocuous appearance belie the fact that he may be more dangerous than any of them. Ben Affleck, who stars in the role, notes, “The story
speaks to the duality in all of us. It might be easy to pigeonhole a guy like Chris, but we find out he’s capable of much more than you imagine.” The actor goes on to reveal that there is another unexpected wrinkle to Christian, who is able to crunch more than just numbers. “On the one hand, he’s this effectively trained fighter and on the other, he’s a math savant. Those facets of his personality-seemingly at odds in him-were unlike anything I’ve ever done before and made it both exciting and challenging.”
O’Connor agrees. “The centre point of the film was this fascinating character that I loved and wanted to explore. How did he become this man? How did he get those skills? How did he become this lethal fighter? The story has intertwining puzzles, which gave it a high IQ factor and made it especially intriguing.” The spark for the story initiated with producer Mark Williams, who explains, “I had heard the term ‘forensic accountant’ and thought it sounded like a detective of some sort. But then I started pushing the enHOME MOVIE : SFF 21
velope, raising the stakes with who he’s working for and that had the potential to kick the action into high gear. Once I had the general framework in my head, I took it to Bill Dubuque, who is a writer I’ve worked with before and is flat-out great. He responded to the idea and started fleshing out the script.” Dubuque affirms, “The concept of an accountant - a profession that we normally think of as pretty mundane - who is outside what most would consider conventional and had extraordinary abilities was something different. If you’re a mainstream company and think someone’s embezzling funds, you have a team of accountants who can determine where the money is going. But if you’re a drug cartel or a Mafia kingpin, you can’t do that. You’ve got to be able to call somebody who can come in, figure out the patterns in your books, and say, ‘This is where the leak is.’ And then get out. As I thought more about what would make this person special, I hit on the notion that he is on the autism spectrum. But he uses it to his advantage, and I just loved the idea of that.” O’Connor emphasises, “We learned the term ‘spectrum’ is especially fitting because there is really no single type of autism; every person is an individual and at a different place on that spectrum. Christian is fictional and not based on anyone in real life - his remarkable aptitude for figures is a gift and his physical attributes are a product of his unique upbringing.”
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Dubuque surrounded Christian with other characters that are just as multifaceted, pointing out, “Almost no one is really who they seem to be.” Producer Lynette Howell Taylor says, “Bill created a fantastically written screenplay. I had never read anything like it before and found it completely unpredictable, which is always a good sign. There were twists that took me by surprise and I had a couple of gasp moments. That’s what ultimately made me want to make the movie.” With the script in hand, the producers chose O’Connor to helm THE ACCOUNTANT after meeting with him and finding “he had a deep understanding of these characters and a vision for how to shoot their interwoven storylines,” Williams recalls. “We knew he was the perfect director for this. He has such a fine eye for detail and kept track of all the puzzle pieces so they would all fit together in the end, which was very important for this film.” Affleck adds, “I’d seen Gavin’s work on Warrior and Miracle, and in both of those movies I saw tremendous integrity in the performances. I thought, ‘This is a director who doesn’t let a false note land in his films.’ I knew THE ACCOUNTANT needed that kind of unflinching eye to capture the complexity and the nuances and ground it in reality. At the end of the day, I was so glad he directed this movie because amidst the incredible action, he imbued it with authenticity,
originality, humanity and heart. I loved working with him.” Anna Kendrick, who stars alongside Affleck in the film, says she especially appreciated the director’s “reverence for the emotional content,” noting, “It’s an interesting thing because, in many ways, Gavin is such a dude. He and Ben would get so excited about all the action sequences, but then he also took such joy in the really sweet, emotional scenes.”
“Part of my job as a director,” O’Connor says, “is surrounding myself with people who are really good at what they do - people who are going to constantly lift up the material and make me better and make the movie the best it can be. All of these actors are of that calibre.” THE ACCOUNTANT is available to buy on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD from Monday, 13th March and Digital Download from Monday 27th February
O’Connor says the divergent elements of the story and its characters were what attracted him to the project. “It’s refreshingly unconventional and defies definition because it’s a suspense thriller, a drama, an action film and a character study. I thought the script was one of the best that I’d read, so I really wanted to do it.” The cleverly constructed screenplay also drew the film’s impressive acting ensemble. “It kept me guessing until the very last page,” Affleck states, “and I thought it was very smart, rich in detail and in character depth, and inventive in its evolution.” J.K. Simmons concurs, “Bill Dubuque crafted a layered script with very deep characters, so it has a great combination of an intricate plot with a range of fascinating people.” Joining Affleck, Kendrick and Simmons in the main cast were Jon Bernthal, Jean Smart, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow.
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THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS (12) Romance | Drama US, 2016, 132 mins Dir. Derek Cianfrance Cast: Alicia Vikander, Michael Fassbender, Rachel Weisz, Caren Pistorius, Emily Barclay
The Light Between Oceans, based on the international best-seller, takes place on a remote Australian island in the years following World War I, where a lighthouse keeper and his wife are faced with a moral dilemma when a boat washes ashore with a dead man and a two-month-old infant. When they decide to raise the child as their own, the consequences of their choice are devastating. As mesmerizingly beautiful as it is heartbreaking, M.L. Stedman’s novel “The Light Between Oceans” was a literary sensation upon its publication in 2012. Set on the remote edge of Western Australia in the years following the devastation of the Great War, the book lured readers into a seductively old-fashioned tale of love and impossible choices beneath which lay roiling, contemporary questions of right and wrong, the effects of war and peace, the wonders of connection and the dangers of blind scruples. The best-selling novel that swept readers away with its transporting story of fate, love, moral dilemmas and the lengths one couple will go to see their hardfought dreams realized, now comes to the small screen as a lush, classically star-crossed romance starring Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz, written for the screen and directed by Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond the Pines, Blue Valentine).
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TOM SHERBOURNE: LIGHTHOUSE AND SECRET KEEPER As THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS begins, Tom Sherbourne, a combat veteran haunted by time spent on the western front battlefields in a brutal war that took the lives of 60,000 of his countryman, arrives in Western Australia. Trying to escape the looping cycles of grief, guilt and trauma, he finds a perfect way to be secluded, yet useful, as the lighthouse keeper on the otherwise uninhabited Janus Rock who meticulously keeps the beacon between the Indian and Southern oceans burning. Yet, rather than isolation, Tom finds himself instead being opened up in previously unimaginable ways by the love of a woman who truly wants to know his heart—a love that nearly unravels him. Portraying this extraordinary unfolding of a solitary, principled man is two-time Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender in what is his most intimate and humane role to-date. Though he has riveted audiences as the sexually-compulsive Brandon in Shame, as the mutant Magneto in the “X-Men” series, as a cruel slave owner in 12 Years a Slave and as the ingenious leader of Apple in Steve Jobs, this role was unlike any other he has tackled before. That difference excited Derek Cianfrance. He explains, “I’ve been absolutely hypnotized and blown away by Michael’s presence on the screen for years. What always stood out to me was how smart he is, how his brain works on screen—it is larger-than-life. But with this character, I wanted to see the heart of Michael Fassbender—the heart that goes along with his physicality and intelligence. I wanted him to put his soul and vulnerability on the screen. I wanted to see the battle between Michael’s heart and Michael’s mind.” Cianfrance continues, “When we met, I asked Michael if he had ever been in love, and when he laughed at me and said ‘yes,’ I felt an instant kind of brotherhood with him. And there was really no one else at that point. I felt it was destiny for him to be Tom. Tom is like a boiling pot of water with a lid on it. On the surface, he is very contained, but underneath there is a storm brewing.” And Fassbender was drawn to that storm as well; drawn to a man who has an almost urgent need to be decent in the wake of war’s amorality, even more so when he falls in love. “Reading the book and script, I was impressed by Tom’s principles, loyalty
and strength of character,” Fassbender says. “He’s a stoic, honest man, but he’s also a man trying to mend himself. He’s carrying all these mental scars from combat, yet when he meets Isabel, her freshness and innocence motivate him to take a chance on opening his heart.” Tom’s essential wariness towards passion became a major thread in the character’s fabric. “He is numb from what he’s seen men to do each other and not hugely at peace with people anymore,” observes Fassbender. “That’s why working on the lighthouse seems like a tonic for him. But when Isabel comes into his life, he has a kind of sensual reawakening and starts to become whole again.” As Tom’s innermost passion emerges in Isabel’s presence, the more he feels he cannot imagine the island without her, so when a child enters their lives, though he is visibly torn between his sense of duty and his wife’s happiness, he ultimately concedes to a choice that will rock many worlds. “When the boat washes ashore, it’s a very particular time in Tom and Isabel’s relationship, and that informs the decisions they make,” says Fassbender. “There’s also the fact that they’re so alone on the island. There’s an awareness that what seemed like paradise could turn into a prison.”
The decision to keep the baby as their own proves ominous, but Fassbender sympathizes with Tom’s discomfiting decision to go with his heart, despite the profound misgivings of his head. “One of the things about this story is that it has the complexity of real life,” says the actor. “These things happen in life where you have to make a choice that has no simple or right answer. The story’s not about judging who is good and who is bad. It’s really about how we deal with the outcomes of our choices, and to me that is what defines us as human beings. For Tom, once he realizes what they’ve really done, it eats away at him, because at bottom, he is a man who believes in the order of things; he believes in doing right by others.” As the baby, whom they name Lucy, grows up, she becomes an infinite source of affection and pleasure for Tom, which eats at him even more. “Tom is the kind of man who knows all about the tides, the stars, where fossils come from, and he loves sharing all that with Lucy. As with most children, her curiosity, enthusiasm and excitement make him feel very alive,” says Fassbender. “At the same time, raising Lucy for four years with this buried secret is constantly going against his natural being.”
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ISABEL SHERBOURNE: A LIFE-ALTERING CHOICE Beautiful, spirited and determined, Isabel (Graysmark) Sherbourne is at once a beguiling mystery to Tom and the source of his enchantment in the aftermath of war. She is also the stimulus behind the choice that will bring husband and wife to a reckoning. To play Isabel in all her challenging layers—her vivacity, her loyalty to her instincts and her recklessness—Derek Cianfrance knew he would need an actress capable of plunging deep beneath the surface. He found that in Oscar® winner Alicia Vikander, the young ballerina turned actress who garnered acclaim for two of 2015’s most intriguing female roles: Ava, the android with superior artificial intelligence, in Ex Machina and Gerda Wegener, the artist wife of one of the first recipients of sex change surgery, in The Danish Girl. As Michael Fassbender did with Tom, Vikander felt a magnetic draw to the character of Isabel. “I was impressed by how much life Isabel brings to the beginning of the story. Like Tom, she’s been through trauma and felt a great loss with both her brothers dying in the war,” Vikander says. “And yet somehow she still has this beautiful spark and so much fire, and
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that’s why Tom gets thrown by her.” For Vikander, Isabel’s attraction to Tom is in part a search for freedom and identity. “In Tom, I think Isabel finds a man who actually lets her be who she is. I think she feels with Tom that she’s finally able to relax and be herself,” she says. That self is full of contradictions, something which Vikander embraced. “I see Isabel as very strong but also naïve and vulnerable. She’s a person who goes with her impulses for better and for worse,” she explains. “She has a tough journey in the film, but I was always drawn by her willpower and strength of spirit.” As for her decision to pretend the infant who washes ashore is her own daughter, Vikander sees Isabel as willfully ignoring the most painful outcome imaginable, and instead throwing herself into the overwhelming feelings of love and maternal instincts. “Sometimes in life we make decisions that maybe are not the best decisions,” she says, “But there are two sides to every story and I think the beauty of this film is that you feel for all the characters and understand why they do what they do. I felt equally for Isabel, for Tom and for Hannah.”
For the scene in which Isabel arrives for the first time on Janus Rock, Cianfrance wanted a completely unmediated response, so he brought Vikander to the set for the first time blindfolded in pitch-blackness. She explains, “They walked me into this windowless shed in the darkness, where they put me in my costume for the first time and had me sit there. I didn’t see Derek, I didn’t see anyone. Then the AD came in and told me they were going to open the door and that I should walk towards Derek and the crew and experience the island for the first time, which is what I did.” She continues, “I opened the door and ran up the hill as Isabel, and that’s when I felt her child-like excitement and love of nature. Then I walked up towards the lighthouse, and at that moment the sun came up…I had never seen such beauty in my life. I experienced it as Isabel, and it’s something that I will carry with me forever.” “That moment was just purity,” adds Cianfrance. “It was something you couldn’t write, something you couldn’t expect… it was Alicia becoming Isabel before our eyes, seeing this place for the first time.”
HANNAH ROENNFELDT: IN SEARCH OF AN ANSWER When Tom and Isabel Sherbourne find a baby in a floating dinghy, they make a wished-for assumption that the baby’s parents are gone. Only later does Tom learn of the existence of the woman who will wreak
havoc on his conscience for years to come: Hannah Roennfeldt (Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener, The Lobster), a resident of Partageuse clinging desperately to the unlikely hope that she will one day find her husband and baby lost at sea. Says Cianfrance of Weisz, “She’s a mother, and I think you have to be a parent to truly understand Hannah.” He acknowledges that Weisz faced a tightrope walk to keep Hannah’s bereavement real without sliding into sentiment, and had the actress meet with a grief counsellor to help provide some insight into the grieving process when the outcome of a loved one is unknown. Cianfrance says. “Rachel and I talked a lot about how Hannah’s hope is seen as delusional by the town, but it’s the thing that keeps her going. The remarkable thing about her is that she never loses faith… she stays steady as a dedicated mother and wife, sustained by hope.” Weisz was drawn to the characters in Stedman’s story because each one was flawed, as she is more interested in characters who are not perfect people. She was also struck by how fully the screenplay channelled the cathartic emotions of the novel. “I think it’s one of the most faithful adaptations I’ve ever come across,” she says. “It was so true to the experience of reading the book. Like the book, it touches a raw nerve.” Still, she knew the character would take her into some turbulent corners of the psyche, where the residues of loss, betrayal and the need to know the truth no
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matter what, combine in volatile ways. “Hannah is a challenge because she’s so heartbroken,” she explains. “I can’t imagine a greater loss than to lose your child and husband at sea, and not even have the closure of a burial. So I saw her as existing in a state of limbo, waiting for answers that she must believe will someday appear.”
BRINGING THE BOOK’S EVOCATIVE AMBIANCE TO THE SCREEN THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS is driven by the passionate performances of its cast, but the foundation of those performances is the film’s authentic recreation of an evocative place and time. Director Derek Cianfrance wanted to immerse viewers in the primal atmosphere of Janus Rock with its harsh beauty and tempestuous weather, as well as the parochial small towns of Western Australia still reeling, both psychologically and socially, from World War I. One of the first tasks for the production was finding the film’s Janus Rock, as the lighthouse is very much a character and a key element of the story. Lighthouses have long been a staple of mythmaking in literature, symbolizing at once sanctuary, steadiness and the belief that illumination can break even the thickest
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darkness. The Janus lighthouse has particular resonance in M.L. Stedman’s novel, situated as it is facing the juncture of the Indian and Southern oceans, two worlds meeting and melding. To find a lighthouse that would mirror the imagery of the book, the filmmakers embarked on an extensive quest, which involved trips to more than 300 lighthouses across Australia and New Zealand. They struck gold with the Cape Campbell Lighthouse, situated on Cook Strait at the very northeastern tip of New Zealand’s South Island. The lighthouse, which has guided ships through treacherous waters and gale force winds since 1870, is a 72-foot tower replete with a lighthouse keeper’s cottage and garden positioned perfectly below it. “After searching two countries top to bottom, we found Cape Campbell,” recalls location manager Jared Connon. “Once Derek stood in its lighthouse and looked out at the water and saw a reef of rocks running out from the point, we knew we had our Janus. Derek was especially taken by the view, as it truly looked like there were two oceans meeting.” Says Cianfrance, “Janus is an island of duality; of light and dark, of love and hate, of truth and lies. It’s an island where great pleasures and great pains un-
a tremendous sense of achievement and a camaraderie that sustained them throughout the production. Cianfrance was especially drawn to the idea that the small cast and crew could essentially camp out a stone’s throw from the sets in the very same shifting, elemental conditions in which the characters exist. During the shoot, they lived together amid wild lightning storms, savage winds and few signs of the outside world, replicating the lifestyle of Tom and Isabel to a great degree. “Since the story is in part about isolation, I really felt like we needed to be isolated while making the movie,” he says. “I wanted us all to be in the same spot so that we could wake up and film the sunrise and do scenes in the middle of the night and become part of this real environment. I always try to create experiences for my actors so that their performances can transcend ‘acting’ and become ‘being.’”
fold, where life and death happen. It always felt like a mythical place to me, and I was excited to create this island that no one had ever been to.” “Cape Campbell was inspiring to me because lighthouse-keepers have lived there for so many years, and I felt I could sense their ghosts,” continues the director. “I was just filled with an overwhelming sense of the lives lived there; of the joys and the sorrows, of the lives and the deaths. And we just tried to tap into those spirits and become part of the memory of that place.”
As for what Cianfrance hopes audiences will take away from this journey, he summarizes, “I hope people come away having experienced an undeniable love story, a classic fable in which love and truth battle each other. And hopefully they’ll leave the theatre debating with each other about who they most identify with and about who made the right choices and why.” THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS is available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray from 13th March, 2017
Fierce winds and thunder and lightning storms, not uncommon for the region in the spring, did cause minimal destruction to the production’s base camp several nights during production, but the cast and crew more than survived. The harsh elements, the isolation and the lack of modern conveniences (including cell phone reception) brought everyone closer together, and this core group emerged with HOME MOVIE : SFF 29
following the war) and face the risk of South Africa invading Botswana. Despite the terrible pressures they faced, Seretse and Ruth never wavered - they fought for their love every step of the way, and in so doing changed their nation and inspired the world.
A UNITED KINGDOM (12) Biography | Drama | Romance USA, 2016, 111 mins Dir. Amma Asante Cast: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael
A UNITED KINGDOM is based on extraordinary true events. Directed by Amma Asante (Belle, A Way of Life), it is written for the screen by Guy Hibbert (Eye in the Sky, Five Minutes of Heaven) who adapted it from Susan Williams’s book Colour Bar. It stars David Oyelowo (Selma, Jack Reacher), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, Jack Reacher), Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Talented Mr. Ripley) and Terry Pheto (Tsotsi, Mandela) and Tom Felton (Harry Potter). In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. The attraction was immediate: she was captivated by his vision for a better world, he was struck by her willingness to embrace it. Both felt liberated by the social upheaval that followed the war - Seretse sensed the opportunity for change as the Empire weakened, Ruth saw the possibility for a “bigger life” as women pushed for independence and equality. They were a perfect match, yet their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families but by the British and South African governments. The latter had recently introduced the policy of apartheid and found the notion of a biracial couple ruling a neighbouring country intolerable. South Africa threatened the British: either thwart the couple or be denied access to South African uranium (vital for the British nuclear program) and gold (vital to replenish reserves 30
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The idea for A UNITED KINGDOM first came into being in 2010, when actor David Oyelowo was working on the film 96 Minutes. Its producers, Justin MooreLewy and Charlie Mason, had bought the rights to Susan Williams’ s book Colour Bar, which detailed the remarkable story of Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams. “I remember very clearly Justin approaching me on set with the book, and handing it to me,” says Oyelowo. “I was so arrested by the image of the cover photo of Seretse and Ruth, looking very glamorous and happy. I knew nothing of them. I had no idea he was an African prince. “But I read the book and was just intoxicated by the power their love had over political establishments. Their love was such a potent thing. It wasn’t like Ruth had grown up in some political family and always had this conviction about racism. So it was very clear to me that their love was very pure and diamond-like; it was able to cut through all this prejudice they faced, having got married. “So when I first came upon this story, I became obsessed with the idea of it becoming a film. I’m a proud African, and an avid excavator of African stories that could be told on film.” The three men tried to get the film off the ground – “to be honest, with very little success,” as Oyelowo recalls. “When we first sent the script out to agents and it was clear I would be playing Seretse, people said no.” But he told people he worked with and liked about Seretse and Ruth’s story. Two of these would be key in the story’s progress to film. Veteran producer Rick McCallum had produced a film with David in a significant role; Red Tails, about African-American pilots in World War II. He recalls: “I have filmed all over Africa but I had never heard about this amazing part of Botswana’s history. I wasenchanted by the story and thrilled that David
“The legacy of Sir Seretse Khama lives on in his country, which continues to be a shining beacon of light and inspiration.” – Nelson Mandela, 2000 had brought me the book and that I could be a part of making this film. He was so passionate about the project – and it was so apparent from the minute that George Lucas and I met him for Red Tails that he was going break out as an actor in a big way. I warned David that it would take some time – that he would have to be patient until he reached a higher profile but we all agreed from that moment that we would not, under any circumstances, make the film unless David played the part of Seretse. It was also extremely important for David that he wanted to play a major part in controlling the future of his own work by helping to produce the film as well. One of the big frustrations for David was finding stories that contextualise what it is to be black, told from a black protagonist’s point of view. We also all agreed that it was absolutely essential that we shoot the film in Botswana. There was a tremendous amount of pressure for us to make the film in South Africa (because of the infrastructure and tax breaks), but all of us were in agreement that the only place for us to make the film was where the events actually happened. The moment everything changed was when we had our first meeting with
Cameron McCracken [London- based MD of Pathe and Executive Producer of the film] – he committed immediately (having worked with David on Selma) and from that moment we were on our way, eventually joined by the BBC, the BFI and Ingenious. Oyelowo continued to bring former collaborators on board including producer Brunson Green, with whom he had done The Help, and screenwriter Guy Hibbert with whom he had collaborated on two films: Blood and Oil, and Complicit. “Once we had Guy on board, we felt safe, we felt in good shape,” says McCallum, who admires Hibbert’s political savvy. “He got along extremely well with Susan Williams, they met a couple of times a week, and we arranged a trip to Botswana for him. He was already interested by the politics, but the moment he went to Botswana, that was it. He fell in love with the people and the country” Two crucial roles in the production were still not filled, and once again Oyelowo’s connections were crucial: “I met Amma Asante when I did a TV series 20 years ago, Brothers and Sisters. That was one of my first jobs out of drama school. Then, in the middle of our
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search for a director, I saw her wonderful film, Belle. I talked to her about A UNITED KINGDOM and thankfully she responded to the material”. Rick McCallum was ecstatic about Amma Asante coming on board: “She is a wonderful director and an extraordinary woman - every single frame of A UNITED KINGDOM bears the unique perspective of her own life and history. She is relentless in getting what she wants and does it with a passion and sense of humour that enthused every member of our Czech, English, South African and Botswana cast and crew. Asante worked intensively with Hibbert on the script, bringing her own take on the politics, the love story and the voice of the characters. Finally, Rosamund Pike joined the cast to play Ruth Williams. She and Oyelowo had worked together on Jack Reacher. “David sent me a book of photos of Ruth and Seretse, together with a script,” she recalls. “I scrolled through images of them. There was one of them sitting side by side, the two of them close up to each other. It was like someone had flicked on a switch. I felt tears streaming down my face. Something about them moved me so much.” She then read the script: “It bore out everything I had hoped for.” Says Oyelowo: “The story of Ruth and Seretse clearly had a real impact on Rosamund. She wrote me back this amazing e-mail: ‘I don’t know who they are, but they’ve touched me in a way I can’t explain. Tell me more.’ I did, and very quickly she said: ‘I want to do it.’” After six long years, A UNITED KINGDOM was at last ready to go into production. Locations in London included the Houses of Parliament and the Royal Naval College in Greenwich. In Botswana, shooting was mostly around the town of Serowe and Palpaye where many of the events depicted in the film actually took place.
born, grew up, lived and played – it made a huge difference for the cast and Amma.
THE DIRECTOR A significant factor in Asante’s decision to direct the movie was where its action takes place. “It’s set in Africa and London -- the two places in the world that are most important to me. David’s passion was pivotal in convincing me to come on board, as was Rick’s tenacity and experience and his openness to my thoughts and ideas”. Asante grew up in Streatham, south London, the child of Ghanaian immigrants; initially she and her parents lived in a one-room flat. Her parents started out in menial jobs, then moved on; her father who had qualified as an accountant was employed by HMRC, while her mother ran their family- owned deli. Asante identifies herself as ‘Black British,’ and thus views the world from a dual perspective that she calls ‘the extra eye’: “I’m the child of parents who were born and raised in a British colony and saw it achieve independence. From the age of four, I would go back to Ghana for summer holidays. My father raised me as a daughter of Africa. I know what independence meant to my parents and it therefore means a huge amount to me. This was the opportunity to tell the story of one African country’s journey to independence. “But I consider this as much a British story as it is an African story. It’s as much a part of Britain’s history as of Botswana’s. And it was important for me to walk in the shoes of all its characters. And that included the British politicians whose actions may have appeared stereotypically racist but whose motivation was to protect their national interest. I wanted to show the very real political predicament of the British Government.
Producer Rick McCallum stresses that the actual buildings in Serowe were used whenever possible: “We were re-creating history here, and it seemed right to make it as authentic as we could. So we shot in the actual hospital where Ruth gave birth to her children and the actual house where Ruth and Seretse first lived.
“I also made a deliberate choice to tell the story through the eyes of both Seretse and Ruth. Black audiences will recognise the experience of being ‘the other.’ But when Ruth arrives in Bechuanaland, it’s she who is the ‘outsider’ and she’s regarded with suspicion at first. So you’re dealing with the ‘other,’ whether it’s him in London or her in Africa. Each is in the other’s land. I really wanted to show Ruth desperately seeking to be accepted by the people of Botswana - she was not a “white saviour”, she needed them to support her, and it was as part of that community that she and the Bangwato become masters of their own fate”.
To be in the actual locations where these people were
Amma’s previous work underlines her interest in sto-
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ries that explore national, racial and cultural barriers and issues of social justice and equality. Her first film, A Way of Life (2004) (which she wrote and directed), dealt with three bigoted white teenagers in Wales who persecute a Muslim neighbour; it won many writer and director awards internationally, including a BAFTA for writer/director in a debut film. The title character in her next film, the highly praised Belle (2013), was a young woman who was the daughter of a British admiral and an African slave, raised in the 18th century in a grand stately home as part of a wealthy family. Her guardian was Britain’s Lord Chief Justice, who later passed legal rulings that led to the abolition of slavery. In terms of the decisions she made in shaping the film, Amma credits Colour Bar, Susan Williams’s biography of Seretse and Ruth: “It had a massive input on the choices I made.” She cites the book’s references to Seretse’s sister Naledi and Ruth’s sister Muriel as being ‘key’ to broadening the story’s context; they enabled her to flesh out those characters. “I think we’ve now reached a point where we can tell African stories through the eyes of African characters and that’s incredibly important to me” says Asante, “It means people of colour can be the centre of their own stories. Our story is Ruth’s and Seretse’s love story, but
I wanted to make sure this was not just a story about their love. What attracted me to Ruth and Seretse was not so much the fact of their interracial marriage, but what flowed from it - the unique political fallout and how they endured such intense prejudice. I am always drawn to stories of people who fight for what they believe – the fact that Seretse and Ruth fought for their love and their country is what attracted me to their journey”.
BRINGING SERETSE AND RUTH TO THE SCREEN “I feel a huge sense of satisfaction about this film,” says Oyelowo. “I grew up in the UK, watching period dramas, Merchant Ivory movies, Jane Austen series on TV and films, and never saw myself represented in any British film-making. Yet black people have lived there in significant numbers for centuries. Nothing of my history, as it pertains to Britain, was ever taught me in school. So in many ways, I had bought in to the idea that black history was irrelevant and maybe non-existent. “So for me one of the great attractions when I watch A UNITED KINGDOM is that someone who looks like me is right at the centre of a British period drama. It’s not crowbarred in, it’s not an after- thought. He’s the focus of the story. And the thing I love is, you don’t HOME MOVIE : SFF 33
have a browbeaten, subservient black man. You have a king.” Oyelowo admits that the film has been a passion project for him ever since he was given Susan Williams’s book Colour Bar six years ago: “I’m married to a wonderful white lady myself (actress Jessica Oyelowo, who plays diplomat’s wife Lady Canning in the film). We met as teenagers in the UK, and we have four beautiful kids. “But for me, making A UNITED KINGDOM isn’t about interracial marriage, it’s about the power of falling in love with another human being when the world around you has an opinion about it that’s contrary to your own, and then navigating it “I know about it in my own life, having had some hints, indications maybe, that some people might have had a problem with the nature of my marriage. But nowhere near to the degree of Ruth and Seretse. Theirs was a marriage that started 70 years ago, at a very different time in the world’s history. Very publicly and very successfully, they stayed married, and raised four children. I thought that was a very inspiring subject for a film.”
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The more David learned about Seretse, the more intrigued he became – and the more complex he found this fascinating character: “He played rugby at university, he was a boxer, as we see in the film’s opening scene – and a good all-round sportsman. “At that point he was just finishing his education. He’d been sent to school in South Africa, and to study law at university in Britain, to learn how to navigate some of the wily methods being used to keep Bechuanaland under the thumb of the British Empire. “But no-one imagined him coming back from Britain with a white wife. What gave him the fortitude to fight against prejudice head-on was the love he had for one white person. He declared: ‘I will not have prejudice as part of the culture of my country.’” Seretse Khama’s story was not familiar to David, yet when he found himself on location in Botswana, he says, “many Batswana we met didn’t know the story either, shockingly, even though Seretse’s son is the current president. A lot of people we met didn’t know his origins. When we spoke to others, including the Khama family, it appears it’s not being taught. In school, it’s still all about (19th century British explorer
and missionary) David Livingstone -- that’s the history they know. “When I travelled there with my African-American assistant, we had a driver, and he asked my assistant if she was going to be playing Ruth! That brought home how important it was to tell this story.” But others knew of Seretse’s crucial role in helping Bechuanland evolve from a British protectorate to the independent African state of Botswana. Among them was Nelson Mandela, who was deeply impressed by Seretse’s achievements and publicly acknowledged them. “Bechuanaland harboured a lot of asylum seekers, political refugees from South Africa,” Oyelowo says. “Mandela would write to Seretse for advice from his prison cell on Robben Island. He saw how Bechuanaland had managed to hold on to a lot of its resources. They’d effectively held out against apartheid. And of course Bechuanaland and South Africa shared a border but they feel like very different countries. There’s a different racial atmosphere. Which goes to prove, racism is born out of the culture, the people. That’s why Mandela saw Bechuanaland and Seretse as an inspiration.” The film’s release marks the culmination of a sixyear struggle to get it made: “One tricky thing for us in development was the balance between politics and the love story,” Oyelowo observes. “If politics
overwhelmed the love story, no-one would be interested because of the intricacy of the politics at the time. So many things were going on politically that it became quite dense. Yet this love between two people cut though all of that. It was a tricky balance to strike. You want to get the politics right, for the love story to surf on top of it. So the development side of the film was crucial – and long.” “I’m from Nigerian royalty myself, so I know about the pride and the bearing that comes with knowing you’re from a royal family and you’re proud of that heritage. But I’ve never seen it on film. I feel pride that A UNITED KINGDOM exists, that it’s there for people to see. And hopefully it’s going to be something that inspires others, and opens up opportunities for filmmakers to have more stories like this told.” And there were deeply emotional moments during filming: “We shot scenes in the actual house in Serowe to which Ruth was first brought,” Rosamund says. “It was restored by the production, based on photos by (famed Life magazine photo-journalist) Margaret Bourke-White.” She also got to visit the place where Seretse and Ruth are buried: “They’re side by side. It’s situated above the Kgotla (the assembly site for his people). There are two stones there. It’s very moving.” A UNITED KINGDOM is available to buy on Bluray and DVD from Monday, 20th March, 2017 HOME MOVIE : SFF 35
Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. “I’ve dreamed of doing science fiction since I was ten years old,” explains director Denis Villeneuve, who fell deeply in love with the short story ARRIVAL is based upon, Ted Chiang’s ‘Story of Your Life.’ “It’s a genre that I feel has a lot of power and the tools to explore our reality in a very dynamic way.”
ARRIVAL (12) Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi USA, 2016, 116 mins Dir. Denis Villeneuve Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma
Provocative science fiction thriller from acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners). When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team - lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) - are 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. Also starring
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“What I love about the short story is that it has a lot of layers,” he continues. “One of them that deeply touched me is this idea that someone is in contact with death. What would happen if you know how you will die, when you will die? What will your relationship with life, love, your family and friends, and with your society be? By being more in relationship with death, in an intimate way with the nature of life and its subtleties, it would bring us more humility. Humanity needs that humility right now. We are in an era with a lot of narcissism. We are at the point where we are dangerously disconnected from nature. That’s what this beautiful short story was for me—a way to get back into a relationship with death and nature, and the mystery of life.”
THE LOOK, THE FEEL “I found myself without a cinematographer for this project at the beginning because Roger Deakins was working on another project,” says Villeneuve, who had to figure out who else could create the movie he envisioned. “I needed a strong eye, someone [who could] bring sensuality, that would be able to
capture life. The movie is in two parts: There’s Louise’s relationship with her daughter, this is the heart of the movie, and then there’s the sci-fi. I needed a cinematographer able to embrace with [sensitivity] and delicacy the relationship between the mother and her child, and the way I wanted to approach it, while at the same time [able] to bring freshness to [the] sci-fi [elements]. Bradford Young was a massive discovery for me. As a filmmaker, to work with him, [I felt] I was seeing the birth of a genius.” “I’ve been a big fan of Denis’ work since Polytechnique,” explains Young. “A few months ago somebody asked me who I wanted to work with next—Denis was at the top of my list. We know some folks in common and they’d said we would really get along. When I got the call from him it was a big surprise but it seemed serendipitous. I read the script, liked the material and it went from there.” “The guy is really hyper-sensitive,” says Villeneuve about Young. “We created an approach that we call ‘dirty sci-fi’—which means that we were trying to create the feeling that this was happening on a bad Tuesday morning. We wanted to create a sci-fi movie that [gave you a feeling] like when you were a kid on the school bus on a rainy day and you’d dream while looking [out the window] at the clouds—that kind of atmosphere, getting away from the scope of
the huge movies. Getting away from the spectacle. We were trying to make something delicate and light. Bradford brought a lot of humanity and beauty to the movie.” “When Denis and I first started talking about the film,” recounts the cinematographer, “one of the things that we were really concerned about is that, as filmmakers, we often inoculate the process with our own preconceived notions about what a genre could be. This genre was sci-fi but what we wanted was to be just as surprised when the aliens arrive as the viewer or the characters in the film are. We wanted to be as naive as the characters about what it means to interact with alien intelligence. That allowed Denis and I to take a step back from the process and decide that this film needed to be raw. It needed to be truthful. When the aliens and spacecraft arrive, we all feel surprise, and as frightened and compelled to be in contact with them as the characters in the film.” Retaining a sense of mystery about the aliens, maintaining their otherworldliness, was crucial. “Often times in sci-fi films human beings have so much influence on our interpretation of what alien intelligence is,” explains Young about their attempt to move beyond preconceptions. “This is about backing away from that. What if human beings never had contact with aliens? Would they have alloys? Metals? HOME MOVIE : SFF 37
Would they arrive with all the things that we assume because we, as human intelligence, have access to these things? It’s about a fresh look at how simple and raw life can be for human beings on Earth and how simple and raw it could be for alien intelligence. We wanted to scale it down and make it very personal— that’s been our focus from the beginning, making a very innocent, personal film but with scale.”
THE PEOPLE “Casting [ARRIVAL] was the easiest thing in my career,” says Villeneuve, “because everybody fell in love with the screenplay. Amy Adams was the actress I was dreaming of for this part because I knew that the audience would believe in this movie if the actress believed in it—everything is happening through her eyes.”
beautiful vulnerability to her character, a melancholia that I was looking for. We see a woman who is going through a mourning process, having lost her daughter. You feel that she’s someone who has nothing to lose. It’s very beautiful to see, sad and at the same time beautiful. She has nothing to lose so she’s ready for this adventure.” The loss of Hannah, Louise’s daughter, is central to understanding who Louise is and it’s a pivotal part of the story—in fact the story is told as if Louise is telling Hannah the story of her life. “Hannah is Louise’s daughter and she is very special to Louise,” explains Adams. “When the audience first meets Louise she is dealing with the loss of her daughter, so that’s what’s going on with her when the audience first meets her— dealing with the love and the loss, and what that is.”
“The story of ARRIVAL is about Louise Banks, a linguist working at a university in the northeast United States,” says Villeneuve. “She has been hired by the US government to go inside one of those spaceships to get in contact with the aliens and to try to translate and understand the purpose of their visit. It’s about a relationship with another civilization.”
“She’s an intellectual, living in a university, that has nothing and is not equipped to be in contact with people coming from another planet,” explains Villeneuve. “She’s clueless but she goes there with a lot of courage. She’s a very courageous character, ready to put her own life in danger because she feels that there’s something more beautiful, more profound, that she can be in relationship with.”
“We are introduced to Louise’s character through the story with her daughter, which is one of my favorite parts of the movie,” says Villeneuve. “[Adams] brought a lot of humanity, profoundness and a
“The story is about a lot of different things, but one of them is what’s known as the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, which is the idea that the language you speak determines how you perceive the world and even
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what kinds of thoughts you can have,” explains writer Ted Chiang. “The protagonist of the story is a linguist who gradually learns an alien language, and it changes the way she understands her life.” “We meet this civilization, those beings coming out from outer space, through her eyes,” says Villeneuve, explaining the importance of the main character. “I needed an actress that would be strong enough to make us believe that—someone with the vulnerability, sensitivity, strong intelligence and range to bring that onto screen. Her character at the end of the day is going through a very strange mourning process and there are a lot of different, subtle layers of that mourning process that I wanted expressed in the movie. I needed a strong actress. Amy fell in love with the screenplay and got on board right away, to my great surprise. I was so excited.” Adams wasn’t planning on taking on any new projects but she just couldn’t refuse the part. “It was the heart of the story,” says the actor. “I didn’t know what I was going be doing next and it was at a time where I really wanted to take a break and just be a mom for a while. Then I read the script. It spoke to me really deeply in the core of who I am and I felt that I really had to do it. I was really drawn to it.” “Denis is another huge reason that I was attracted to this,” says Adams. “Once I’d read the script and really
loved the character, I sat down with him. The way he saw it was how I read it, which isn’t always the case, so he really wanted to tell it as an intimate story of this woman, it just happens to be placed in this amazing sci-fi universe. I knew it would have a really deep heart—that was important to me—and yet be really visually interesting. He had such a wonderful way of describing to me what the aliens would look like and how the language would be expressed—he’s a very special director, a very special man.” Villeneuve says that the role of Ian Donnelly was a bit different than the usual roles Renner is offered. “It’s very unusual to cast Jeremy Renner, who is more of a James Bond or Jason Bourne type of an actor, into [the role of] an intellectual,” says the director. “I think he liked that challenge. It was funny because, from time to time, on set he had to jump around like a rabbit because it was too contained. But, seriously, Jeremy came on board because he was dreaming of working with Amy Adams again. They love each other.” “Jeremy and I have wanted to work together for a while, so there was an opportunity there,” says Villeneuve. “He came full of generosity, because he’s there to support Amy, I was amazed by his talent and strong instincts. He was able to bring that dimension of a scientist in a very dynamic and funny way. The
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movie owes him a lot.” “It’s a very insular story told through the eyes of Amy Adams’ character, a linguist who’s hired to try to communicate with the aliens,” says Renner. “I’m hired on as the other side of this team, as a physicist to deal with communication through mathematics. Part of the character that was interesting to me was that it was very far from anything I’ve ever done. It was very left-brain, very mathematical and scientific.” Renner says he had experts to help him navigate appearing to be a convincing scientist but his understanding of programming, computer languages and binary code helped him to at least get a grip on the physics. He says Villeneuve also aimed to make the science in the movie accessible for people and not too obscure or pedantic. He and Villeneuve discussed the role. “He told me what he didn’t want,” says Renner. “He didn’t want him to be this milky, bland, at his desk writing, computer guy. He wanted him to have life and verve, a lot of personality. That’s exactly how I saw it. I had an instant image of Richard Dreyfuss in Jaws.” “He brought a lot of humour, in a good way, a beautiful energy. The movie needed that,” says Villeneuve, “because Amy was more melancholic, a character that’s going through a journey where she’s disturbed. 40
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She’s starting to behave strangely, being in contact with the aliens is changing her way of seeing the world, and she’s confused and lost. I needed someone who’d be grounded in reality and bring a dynamism and humor to the movie. He did a great job.” Louise and Ian’s relationship evolves throughout the movie. “They come from different schools of thought,” says Renner, “but through the progression of time they learn to embrace each other’s thoughts, especially as they go speak to Abbot & Costello (the aliens). They both learn something really quite beautiful.” “It wasn’t the character that enticed me to do it,” says Renner whose main motivation was working with Adams. “It was a phenomenal part for her and a phenomenal part for a woman. The part was good for me but I was more interested in supporting her. The movie is told through her eyes, it was always going to be her movie. Also, I love the script. I thought the script was amazing. It’s a beautiful story.” The story was also what drew Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, The Butler) to the role of Colonel Weber. “What stood out to me, and I’ve seen a lot films about extra-terrestrials and things of that nature, was that this film dealt with a couple of concepts that were really interesting, such as whether time ex-
ists and if time is cyclical,” explains Whitaker. “Two, it’s about communication itself and the importance of communication in order to not have conflict.” “The script was so beautifully written and told,” says Whitaker. “It’s a very powerful and important story. It’s a race for communication. They’re aliens, but we’re all trying to communicate with them all over the world, and without communication chaos could happen. There was something really interesting about that and about being the man who puts together the team to try to communicate with them. He makes those decisions and tries to make the right choices for the country and the world. It was an exciting opportunity.”
rience for me, to watch what they do with such ease. But particularly how they question anything and everything that has to do with any particular moment in the script. It’s alive in there every day, it always changes because they are so smart. They’re all thinking thoroughly through each moment. It’s not staid and dead and prepared. They’re inventing it in the moment and that’s thrilling.” ARRIVAL is available to buy on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, 20th March, 2017
Michael Stuhlbarg (Trumbo, Boardwalk Empire), who plays CIA Agent Halpern, was excited too. “When I read the script I was intrigued by the combination of genres that this movie seems to be able to balance and combine in such a beautiful way,” says Stuhlbarg. “There’s romance, science fiction, drama, and it’s a compelling adventure as well. To be a part of it in any way would have been really fun. I’m a huge admirer of Denis and the cast is fantastic.” “The other huge draw for me was getting to work with all of these guys, Forest and Jeremy and Amy,” says Stuhlbarg. “They’re amazing artists and to be in the room with them has been a great learning expeHOME MOVIE : SFF 41
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MUM’S LIST is a romance for all ages. Now a feature film, the true story of a profound, unstoppable and undying love is based on the best-selling book by St John (Singe) Greene. One of the most memorable, beautiful and heart-warming stories of recent years, MUM’S LIST, directed by Niall Johnson (White Noise; Keeping Mum) tells the real-life story of Singe (played by Rafe Spall) and Kate (Emilia Fox), a couple from North Somerset, whose lives were turned upside down when Kate was diagnosed with an incurable
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breast cancer. Over her last few months, she created her list: writing down her thoughts and memories to help the man she loved create the best life possible for him and their two sons, after she was gone. Speaking at the UK premiere of the film, Emilia Fox said that she saw the film as “the hugest celebration of their love for each other and for family life… how precious they are, the simplest things. All those things Kate wrote in the notes, the texts that she sent… all to make memories for the family, and for Singe, and for the children, and that’s what I think life is all about. Kate’s message is ‘make the most of every moment’, and that’s something I’ve always said”. Take home and share this inspirational story, when MUM’S LIST is released on Digital HD & DVD from 20th March, 2017.
INTRODUCING MUM’S LIST LEGACY AN INSPIRATIONAL WORKSHOP INSPIRED BY FEATURE FILM MUM’S LIST MUM’S LIST has also inspired a new wellness workshop by renowned psychotherapist and motivational speaker Derek O’Neill. Through its worldwide network of teachers, Mum’s List Legacy workshops aim to help people deal with life-changing events and create the life they want to live. A portion of the proceeds from Mum’s List and Mum’s List Legacy workshops also benefit a range of children’s and cancer-related charities and projects worldwide. This is the first time a feature film and workshop have launched together to benefit audiences and charities alike. The MLL workshops show us how to overcome grief, change and hardships so we can live to the fullest – and fulfill our own list of dreams. MLL helps people navigate the unpredictability of life with resiliency, courage and wisdom. Using proven mindfulness techniques, meditations, and self-reflective exercises, the programme teaches people to look within for insight about their life experiences and challenges, and provides guidance for creating positive change. Topics of focus include stress reduction, releasing fear and anxiety, enhancing the body’s resiliency, and cultivating inner-peace and personal empowerment.
Singe Greene says: “The book and workshop is already having a positive impact on people's lives! Making “that list” and experiencing the workshop first-hand has provided new insights into my own life, giving me direction and deepened my commitment to living a life with purpose, happiness and service to others. I highly recommend it.” Created by Irish wellness expert and Executive Producer of the film, Derek O’Neill, Mum’s List Legacy workshops help people cope with life’s greatest challenges, including loss, anxiety, and illness. Through its worldwide network of teachers, Mum's List Legacy Workshops offer the latest in mindfulness and wellbeing techniques that inspire self-care, happiness, and empower people to create the life they want to live. In honour of Kate and Singe Greene’s family, a portion of the proceeds from Mum’s List and MLL Workshops benefit a range of children’s and cancer-related charities and projects worldwide, including Variety International and SQ Foundation. For more information visit mllworkshops.com and connect on Facebook and Twitter @MLLworkshops.
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THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Drama | Comedy USA, 2016, 104 mins Dir. Kelly Fremon Craig Cast:Â Hailee Steinfeld,Â Woody Harrelson
Everyone knows that growing up is hard. Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richard-
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son). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all. Writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig was inspired to pen THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN by the authentic teen films of her youth, a type of film not often found in today's marketplace. "I've always been intrigued by periods of rapid emotional growth and self-examination, when situations change around us, forcing us to step into new roles and re-determine who we are and how we feel about ourselves. I started this project in an effort to try to capture this particular age and generation as truthfully as I could and with a respect for the complexity and messiness of it all. Passing from youth to adulthood is intense and terrifying and beautiful, and in many ways the experience of anyone, any age, shedding their old self and becoming new. I wanted to explore that." Fremon Craig's spec script about a girl and her best friend in high school came to the attention of legendary Oscar and Emmy Award-winning producer James L. Brooks at Gracie Films. "Kelly had a first draft and when we first talked - just as she was leaving the office - she turned around and she said 'No one will ever work harder than I do.' And that did it,'" laughs
Brooks. "Our time together had been just a surface meeting until that moment. I took it as somebody telling their core truth." "Honestly, I wasn't captivated by that first draft," admits Brooks. "It was good work. But when Kelly said that, then we went to work. She went away for a big chunk of time. I'm a big believer in research. She'd bring back interview tapes and we'd look at it and it would inspire us." "The first time I read the script, I thought this is special," remembers longtime Brooks collaborator and Gracie Films producer Julie Ansell. "The characters were so full and so funny. We spent almost four years working on it, which is our process. This is what we like to do. We look for character-driven comedies and drama. We like to find a person with a voice, with something to say, and then help the writer fine-tune it. This is an amazing piece of writing" "The thing that's so great about Jim is he is so committed to capturing something honestly," comments Fremon Craig. "Part of why we have such a good relationship is we both go nuts over getting the details right. Jim is always pursuing the truth. When we started this process, we took a journalistic approach. Are we saying something real? I really tried to figure out what was going on emotionally today, and how technology is affecting relationships. But, interestingly, I found so much of the core things were exactly the same as my own coming-of-age experience."
"Kelly was amazing during the whole development process," says Ansell. "She threw herself into it. She got into the pain and everything she found elevated the script from a very funny, sweet script into something that really hit you honestly. Kelly captures the voice of these kids, and got the emotions that I remember feeling back in high school, when there's inherently so much drama and so much that you learn about yourself. You have to go through the pain of finding out who you are, to come out the other end as a stronger person." "You are paying very righteous dues when you do research," adds Brooks. "In my opinion, she wrote literature," Brooks furthers. "A voice is an unusual thing in Hollywood, and for somebody to come along with an individual voice and get their movie made is a big deal. When there's a distinctive voice in a script, and it doesn't happen that often, it's great to show up. At 3:00 in the morning on a cold set, you have to know why you're there." Brooks describes the story succinctly. "After reading the first draft, there were some people who wanted to title the film ‘Besties’, and that first draft focused on a friendship between two girls. But now it's about a lot more than that. The friendship is still the catalyst for a lot of action, and the story is mainly about this central character Nadine, but there are a couple of people in this movie with secrets, which adds great tension." Nadine and Krista are inseparable friends... until Nadine discovers Krista has quietly begun dating Nadine's older brother Darian. "Nadine's a girl who has HOME MOVIE : SFF 45
always been on the outside, but she's had her one anchor, her best friend Krista," Ansell describes. "But it's that time to start growing and moving on and Krista's started to do that. Nadine comes to realize that a lot of what she thought about the people in her life is actually not true. She begins to see life through yes other than her own. By the end of the movie, she starts to understand that people and life are more complicated." Gracie Films' reputation for acclaimed and thoughtful
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material as well as their track record for mentoring fresh filmmakers made it the perfect home for Fremon Craig and her screenplay. "I don't do this very often and when I do, the motivation is always the same... a writer with a real voice, and that writer will always play a continuing role with the movie. That's all we do with our little group," says Brooks. "The first writer we worked with was Cameron Crowe for a picture called Say Anything, and he ended up directing that project. With Wes Anderson on Bottle Rocket, we knew he was going to direct going in, and with
Kelly we knew it going in. We knew this would be her film to direct." As with any first-time director, there were concerns. "Kelly is an Orange County girl, just a delightful human being and there was a moment when we worried whether she'd be too nice for the job," laughs Brooks. "ButÂ she's a force of nature. I don't think she knew it was going to come to her like that. It's a passion project and something went off inside her. Two days in, we knew she was born for the job, which has been great to see." The dialogue in the movie is particularly raw, especially from the main character Nadine. "We might be the only R-rated movie that cheered when we were told that we could be an R. Not because we wanted to be a shocking R, but because to be an R meant letting everybody let it rip and be themselves. It wasn't like we're gunning for a certain rating, it was just about being real," says Amy Brooks. "It is rated R for reality. The film had to have the cadence and the heart and rhythm of how people really talk to each other. That was so important to Kelly. If you spend two seconds with Kelly, you see she goes for the truth all the time." "Plus every five pages there's a twist," adds Amy Brooks. "When you started to think you'd figured out
what this movie was about, there was a surprise. The story is familiar and comforting, like you want a movie to be, but full of surprises. The film has themes that will resonate with all audiences. "When times seem really down, you learn from it and go through it and become stronger," adds Ansell. "It's about how friendship can wax and wane and change. People change, a mother and daughter can come to understand each other a little bit more. Audiences will feel an affection for Nadine and what she's gone through in learning to understand herself, and come out ultimately feeling like this character's going to be okay." Amy Brooks adds, "Kelly really captured the comedy and sadness in how a family falls apart and comes together and falls apart and comes together while they're grieving. She also captured that teacher that calls you out, that you hold onto for the rest of your life because that teacher got you as you... saw you and celebrated that. I hope everyone feels 'I got this movie in a personal way and it's mine. This movie was for me.' But this movie is for all of us." THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is available to buy on DVD from Monday, 27th March
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FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM takes us to a new era in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away. The film opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) 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 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 NoMaj worlds.
BEFORE HARRY POTTER THERE WAS NEWT SCAMANDER In the summer of 1997, a book entitled ‘Harry Potter
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and the Sorcerer’s Stone’, by a then-unknown writer named J.K. Rowling, was first published. With the words, “You’re a wizard, Harry,” it ushered us into a magical realm that soon became known as the wizarding world. And our world would never be the same. Now, almost two decades after the arrival of J.K. Rowling’s first history-making book, audiences will be transported back to the wizarding world in a new era of magic in FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM. Although FANTASTIC BEASTS unfolds in an entirely different time and place, it has an organic connection to Harry Potter, as ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ was one of Harry’s textbooks at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. J.K. Rowling, who made her screenwriting debut on the film, and also
served as a producer, recalls that she initially brought the primer into being as a project for charity. “During the writing of that book,” she says, “I became interested in its ostensible author, Newt Scamander, and he took on quite a bit of life for me. So I was very enthusiastic when the studio came to me and said they wanted to make it into a movie because I already had the back story in my mind and it just so happened that they’d optioned the very thing I was most interested in. And I knew if it were to happen, I would have to write it because I know too much about Newt to let someone else do it.” Regarding J.K. Rowling’s writings, director David Yates observes, “There is a grace and humanity in Jo’s characters… a celebration of being who you are without apology, and not overly trying to conform or hide your potential to be everything you can be. She cherishes individuality.”
they want to destroy magical beasts, who might inadvertently reveal the existence of magic. Those are notions that J.K. Rowling explores and they seem to be at the forefront here.” Apart from the fear of exposure, another dark threat is causing widespread unrest in the wizarding world. Producer David Heyman offers, “There is a powerful wizard named Grindelwald, who is an anarchist and believes that wizards are a superior race. He hasn’t been seen for a while, but he’s been gathering supporters and the anti-Muggle, or anti-No-Maj sentiment he preaches is building a following. So whether it’s Voldemort in the Harry Potter books, or Grindelwald, who is the unseen spectre hanging over this film, the notions of intolerance and stigmatizing certain people remains at the heart of Jo’s writing, here and in all her works.
“My heroes are always people who have the courage to say, ‘I see how it is, but it doesn’t have to be that way,’” Rowling asserts. “They are the ones willing to ask, ‘Why is it this way?’”
“I was delighted to begin a new chapter in this rich universe,” Heyman continues, “one that expands it to another continent and time period. It felt very familiar yet completely new, and Jo’s screenplay encouraged all of us to stretch our imaginations.”
Eddie Redmayne, who stars in the central role of Newt Scamander, relates, “A theme at the core of this film is the fear of things we don’t understand and, also, how people react to that fear by taking extremes. It’s why wizards are living in hiding in New York and there’s absolutely no interaction between them and the Muggles, which is permitted to some degree in the UK, where Newt is from. And it’s why
Says Redmayne, “The thing that blew me away about the script was that it was sweeping in scale but still had genuine intimacy, and as I read it, I went through a tremendous range of emotions. I was astounded at how J.K. Rowling managed to delicately stitch all the elements together. What she does with such elegance is create real people with both wondrous qualities and broken qualities.“
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The talented ensemble of actors joining Redmayne in front of the camera included Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo and Colin Farrell.
A NEW FOURSOME The casting of FANTASTIC BEASTS began with the character of Newt Scamander, whose visit to New York becomes far more eventful than he ever imagined. Heyman says that Eddie Redmayne was the filmmakers’ first and only choice for the part. “He is quintessentially British, and an actor for all times who can play a character from any time. Eddie is brilliant at getting under a character’s skin and exploring every detail of a role, yet all that effort is invisible. All you see here is Newt—an outsider who is somewhat knotty but winning and engaging, someone you immediately invest in.” Describing his role, Redmayne says, “Newt is most comfortable around beasts and is seemingly content to be on his own in the company of his animals, which are the be all and end all of his life. What I love about Newt is his passion; his only agenda is to teach the value of these creatures to the rest of the magical world, which considers them dangerous because they could give away the existence of wizards.” Not long after arriving in New York City, Newt meets three people who will change everything: a witch
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named Tina Goldstein; her younger sister, Queenie; and, most surprising of all, a No-Maj named Jacob Kowalski. It isn’t long before these strangers find a common bond and form an uncommon friendship. Redmayne offers, “Newt essentially stumbles onto them, and throughout the film, their growing camaraderie becomes an essential element of the story.” “The friendship that develops between the four of them is the most important thing in the movie,” Rowling declares. “It’s always the relationships between the characters in my stories that carry you through.” Katherine Waterston, who plays Tina, observes that the way these four strangers come together is almost instinctual. “It can be lonely being an oddball until you find other oddballs. Their friendship is not a mere by-product of the extreme set of circumstances they go through together; it is their common experience as outsiders that draws them to one another.” “They aren’t caricatures,” insists Alison Sudol, cast in the role of Queenie. “There is a genuine humanity to each of these characters. The things they face are not unlike the things we face in our own lives, but it’s seen through a wizarding angle in a very interesting way.” Yates adds, “Jo has always been interested in outsiders—people who are misunderstood or who are slightly out of kilter with the rest of society.” Perhaps the ultimate outsider is Jacob, who is the only one in the foursome without magical powers.
Dan Fogler, who plays the role, shares, “Even though ‘Fantastic Beasts’ is an adventure that runs the gamut of action and humor, and with gigantic sets and effects, they did an amazing job honing in on the relationships and the chemistry between these characters. I think audiences will really see themselves in these people… these quirky misfits who form this little team.” Yates reveals that finding the chemistry began in the audition process. “We started with Eddie as Newt and then built the world around him. It was a bit like putting a band together,” the director laughs. “Eddie flew to New York with us and we auditioned lots of Tinas and Jacobs and Queenies with him in a room. Over a 48-hour period, he did the same scenes over and over again with different people, and out of that process we found our core cast—four actors who all bring something different to the movie in interesting ways that complement one another.” “A genuine friendship developed between us, and that really shows up on screen,” Sudol adds. “There was an air of spontaneity that generated when we were together, which made every day quite fun.” Eager to receive any insights Rowling could provide, all the actors loved when she paid them a visit during production. Redmayne recounts, “The best days were when Jo came on set because she has such total knowledge of this complex world and such a full take on the characters. She could give us the back stories and even where she sees Newt and the others going in the future. For an actor, that’s the dream—to have
the actual inspiration and imagination of the creator of this world to guide me through was invaluable.”
FANTASTIC BEASTS… As the title suggests, there is another ensemble of characters who play a vital role in the story: the collection of magical animals that Newt has rescued during his global expedition. The beasts were designed and then given depth, dimension, colour, light, movement and individual personalities via CGI. The complicated process involved a close collaboration between David Yates, J.K. Rowling, visual effects supervisors Tim Burke and Christian Manz and their team, and the VFX computer animation development department, led by Pablo Grillo, among others. Burke affirms, “We tackled it from every angle, involving the creative perspectives of concept artists, sculptors, designers and animators. We picked the best bits from different people and melded them together to come up with the most fantastic beasts.” Going to the source, they started with the Newt Scamander textbook that Rowling had written years ago. Manz recalls, “The big leaping off point was the book, which became our encyclopaedia, and we evolved them from there. The main challenge was to create animals that you believe could live in the animal kingdom of the wizarding world.” Yates emphasizes, “My big note to everyone was that the beasts had to be fantastic, but they couldn’t be fantasies. For inspiration, we looked for organic, anHOME MOVIE : SFF 51
thropological references in the natural world, which is full of wonders and beautiful amazing animals.” “I’ve worked with David Yates for over ten years now and he is always very hands-on throughout the process,” says Burke. “Everything is about capturing truth in the performances, and it’s the same for a CG character as it is for an actor. The film only works if you accept that these creatures exist in the same space as the human characters.” Part of the task of instilling that belief fell to the actors, primarily Eddie Redmayne, who shares the most amount of screen time with the animals and had to convey Newt Scamander’s abiding love and compassion for his menagerie. In preparing for that aspect of his role, Redmayne spent time with real-life animal handlers, studying how they related to the beings in their care. He details, “I met with zoologists and people who track animals to observe them in the wild, and they all talked passionately about feeling at one with the environment and celebrating nature. I did quite a bit of work on the extraordinary relationships between humans and animals and it lent a lot of physical and emotional elements to my performance.” Redmayne remembers that another actor’s response to the beasts affected both him and his character. “When Newt takes Jacob down into the case, I’ll never forget the look of wonder in Dan Fogler’s eyes. Newt sees Jacob’s empathy, and he’s so used to people being cruel to these creatures that he begins to love Jacob, and even trusts him to feed some of the animals. Dan was standing there looking at nothing and giving food to them with such joy and acceptance. I was mesmerized.” Though Newt adores all the beasts in his care, Red52
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mayne admits to having a favourite: the tiny, twig-like Bowtruckle named Pickett, which, tucked out of sight, is Newt’s constant companion. “I love the Bowtruckles so much, especially Pickett. He has attachment issues and prefers to hang out in Newt’s pocket rather than with the rest of the Bowtruckles.”
…AND WHERE TO FIND THEM All of the beasts rescued by Newt over the course of his travels have been given safe haven inside his case, which he has magically expanded to accommodate their needs. Production designer Stuart Craig says they considered a number of concepts in coming up with the interior of the case, almost immediately eschewing the idea of cages. “We went through many iterations of what it might look like, but it is not a zoo. Newt cares about the preservation of these creatures, and he cares about their comfort and happiness. So we ended up with distinct environments that have an element of the homemade but are still very magical.” The end result resembles a series of dioramas, and while they are all juxtaposed together, each was fashioned to approximate the respective terrain and climate of its inhabitants’ origins. All of the habitats were built on soundstages at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, where Craig and his team also created both the wizarding and No-Maj realms of 1926 New York wholly from scratch. “It was a broad, new challenge,” says Craig, “with a totally different period, different country, and a different culture from the ‘Harry Potter’ films.” Even without seeing the sets with the VFX exten-
sions, Eddie Redmayne says it wasn’t hard for him to imagine Newt’s reaction upon arriving in New York. “Having spent a year by himself in the field and suddenly stepping foot into this frenzied, noisy, colourful place, there is wonder and a curiosity about everything around him. The scope and the scale of the sets were staggering.”
JAZZ AGE STYLE Making her first foray into the wizarding world, costume designer Colleen Atwood wanted to stay true to the 1920s but with touches of the magical realm. “I enjoyed blending those elements in a subtle way, so it was not in-your-face but something you suddenly take notice of,” she says. In her discussions with the director, Atwood shares, “David wanted to capture the kind of frenetic energy of New York at a time when there was an explosion of people of all different ethnicities coming from all over the world. I love the 20s; it was a major time of optimism and change in America, before the Depression… a time of crazy excess in every way.” Starting with Newt Scamander, Atwood says, “He’s travelled the globe, so he has to be able to adapt and blend into the real world. The trick was incorporating the silhouette of the period, but making his clothes a little mismatched and ill-fitting to add a feeling of quirkiness to the character. There were a lot of warm tones in the clothing at the time, especially menswear, so to separate him, I chose a deep peacock blue for his coat, which he wears most of the time.” One accessory that might catch the eyes of “Harry Potter” fans is Newt’s black and yellow Hufflepuff scarf, a keepsake from his years at Hogwarts.
The one accoutrement carried by every wizard and witch is their individual wand, and choosing their characters’ wands was a highlight for the cast. Prop modeller department head Pierre Bohanna says, “Every actor was involved in the design of their wand, so you need to respect how important they are to them.” Eddie Redmayne attests, “The first moment I got to pick up a wand was that moment of wish fulfillment you never thought you’d have. And then I got complete stage fright because I realized I had no idea what to do with it,” he laughs. “Sometimes I’d walk around with my wand in my hand and forget just for a moment that I can’t really make things move,” Alison Sudol discloses with a smile. “Even as adults, we all, deep down, want there to be magic, so it’s incredible to be part of a world where that is possible.” “I hope people care deeply about these characters,” J.K. Rowling reflects. “I hope audiences become invested in their stories and want to see where their adventures take them in the future.” David Yates concludes, “For everyone who’s grown up with Jo’s books and the movies that followed them, it’s thrilling to be able to take them back to her world once more as she extends her universe in ambitious and surprising ways, writing directly for the screen and creating new stories and characters that feel timeless and captivating.” FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM is available to buy on Blu-ray and DVD from Monday, 27th March, 2017
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EVERYTHING NEW TO WATCH AT HOME 6th March 2017
A Town Like Alice (PG) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Virginia McKenna, Peter Finch, Takaghi, Tran Van Khe, Jean Anderson Dir. Jack Lee Run time: 112 mins Virginia McKenna stars alongside Oscar winner Peter Finch in this acclaimed adaptation of Nevil Shute’s moving novel. Winning multiple awards (including BAFTAs for both McKenna and Finch), A Town Like Alice is featured here in a brand-new new transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Jean Paget, a prisoner in a Japanese PoW camp, is forced to trek through Malaya at bayonet point during the occupation. During her ordeal she meets captive Australian Joe Harman and there is an instant magnetism between them. As they talk to each other during their confinement, Jean learns about Joe’s hometown of Alice Springs, and his hope of returning there one day. To relieve the sufferings of the women prisoners, Joe steals a quantity of chickens from the sadistic Captain Sugaya, but when he is caught Sugaya orders Joe to be executed in front of Jean and the others... SPECIAL FEATURES: • A Profile of A Town Like Alice documentary • Peter Finch and Virginia McKenna archive interviews
ably met with animosity and quarantined. But now they have begun to slowly integrate into human society and one of these Newcomers even becomes a police officer. Sam Francisco (Patinkin) is unfortunate enough to be assigned a partner who harbours a deep mistrust of Newcomers, Matthew Sykes (Caan). But the tension between them must be set aside as they investigate the Newcomer underworld and their leader William Harcourt (Terence Stamp).
American Pastoral (15) (DVD) Cast: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, Luke Whoriskey, Rupert Evans Dir. Ewan McGregor Run time: 108 mins Ewan McGregor directs and stars in this drama based on the novel by Philip Roth. The film charts the life of Jewish American businessman, and former standout athlete, Seymour ‘Swede’ Levov (McGregor) whose life begins to unravel during the social and political upheaval of the 1960s. Born and raised in Weequahic, the Jewish neighbourhood of Newark, New Jersey, Swede achieved celebrity status in his local community due to his sports star status, his marriage to former Miss New Jersey, Dawn (Jennifer Connelly), and his place in charge of his father’s glove factory. But his perfect upper-class American life comes crashing down when the tensions of the decade tear his country and community apart and his daughter Merry (Dakota Fanning) becomes a radical political activist, with devastating consequences.
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Alien Nation (18) (Dual format Blu-ray) Cast. James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, Terence Stamp, Kevyn Major Howard, Leslie Bevins Dir. Graham Baker Run time: 86 mins When an alien species arrived on Earth, they were predict-
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Cast: Matthew Winters, Patrick Kilpatrick, Sonny Denham, JonPaul Gates, Tiffany-Ellen Robinson Dir. Steven M. Smith Run time: 88 mins 1971, 17 year old, Kris Gray, is sent from Wormwood
Scrubs prison, whist on remand, to a rural Borstal for young offenders, his sentence 2 years. The Borstal is run by Governor Heywood an ex-military man with a good heart and his second in command Len Forshaw who is the opposite, a man with a vicious chip on his shoulder who thinks the borstal boys should be treated like they are in his own little army. Forshaw goes out of his way to prevent Kris from leaving the borstal before his 2 year sentence is complete. Brutal beatings, evil screws, vicious inmates, will Kris survive it and become the man he wants to be?
building with her 13 cute new stepbrothers—each of which has a very unique personality. Oh, and her over-protective talking pet squirrel is there too. Is love in the air for Hinata? Contains all twelve episodes of the series, episode 12.5 and both OVA’s on Blu-Ray with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles
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Britain’s Best Walks With Julia Bradbury
(DVD) Cast: Eric Roberts, Billy Blanks Dir. Justin Price Run time: 124 mins
(DVD) Cast: Julia Bradbury Run time: 138 mins In this 6-part ITV series Julia Bradbury takes us on an insightful, watchable guide to the best of walking Britain. Showing us her personal favourites, the walking queen reveals breath-taking landscapes, colourful local characters and the best watering holes along the way. Julia is always on the lookout for great walks, and with thousands of routes across the UK to choose from, this series offers her insider s guide to those well-known and lesser known gems from coastal drama trails to epic mountain fells. Using her expert knowledge and experience, each week, she chooses her favourite walk from a distinct type of British landscape - ranging from islands, lakes, fells, countryside, coastal and riverside walks. With six great walking options across the country, the series offers an unmissable outdoor adventure, as well as revealing Julia’s secret insights into each landscape category. As walking is the nation’s most-loved outdoor activity - with a staggering 24 million of us heading to Britain s hottest walking spots Julia explores why we love walking and what we can discover from these very different landscapes. Coastal Walk: Old Harry Rocks, Dorset ~ Fells: Pen-Y-Ghent, Yorkshire Dales ~ Lakeside Walk: Loch Lomond, Scotland Countryside Walk: Sandstone Trail, Cheshire ~ River Walk: Exmoor, Devon ~ Island Walk: Laxey, Isle of Man Features Subtitles for the Hard of Hearing.
Brothers Conflict (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Anime Dir: Jun Matsumoto Run time: 300 mins As the only daughter of a famous adventurer, Hinata Ema has had a pretty lonely life. But when her father remarries, she leaves the newlyweds alone and moves in to a huge
A group of shape-shifting werewolves descend upon a small town in search of a girl who is re-born once every 2000 years. She holds the key to their survival and all will die who stand in their way.
Dead End (18) (DVD) Dir. Chris Von Hoffmann Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where there are no rules, Dead End is a high octane action movie about survival at all costs. A pair of outlaw brothers, hunting for the men that killed their father, take refuge in a desolate town. However, they soon discover that they’re not alone and the town is home to a family of bloodthirsty killers. Very soon the hunters become the hunted as the brothers fight for their very lives.
Death Walks At Midnight (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Dir. Luciano Ercoli Run time: 102 mins The second film in Luciano Ercoli’s Death Walks series (and his third directorial effort to feature his wife Nieves Navarro, aka Susan Scott), Death Walks at Midnight is arguably the director s masterpiece aided in no small part by the screenwriting talents of giallo master Ernesto Gastaldi (Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, Torso). Navarro stars as Valentina a model who, in the midst of a drug-fuelled photoshoot, witnesses a brutal murder in the apartment opposite hers. But when the authorities refuse to believe that a crime has been committed, Valentina is forced to assume the role of amateur sleuth in order to unravel the mystery. HOME MOVIE : SFF 55
Although Ercoli only made a small number of giallo films during his time as director, Death Walks at Midnight (with its ultra-stylized set-pieces and grisly murder sequences) would serve to forever cement his reputation within the genre.
• Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
• Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas
• 2K restoration from the original camera negative • Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack • Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi • From Spain with Love featurette comprising newly-edited archive footage of director Luciano Ercoli and actress Nieves Navarro, interviewed at their home in Barcelona • Master of Giallo screenwriter Gastaldi on Death Walks on High Heels and how to write a successful giallo
• Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas
• Death Walks to the Beat a career-spanning interview with High Heels composer Stelvio Cipriani
• Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
• Original Italian and English Trailers
• Extended TV version of the feature
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
• Crime Does Pay screenwriter Gastaldi reflects on • h i s career in the crime film-writing business, including a look at Death Walks at Midnight
• Desperately Seeking Susan visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the distinctive giallo collaborations between director Luciano Ercoli and star Nieves Navarro
(Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen Dir. Scott Derrickson Run time: 115 mins
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
Death Walks On High Heels (18)
(Blu-ray and DVD) Dir. Luciano Ercoli Although less celebrated than some of his better known giallo peers such as Dario Argento, Mario Bava and Sergio Martino, late producer-turned-director Luciano Ercoli contributed three hugely entertaining and memorable entries to the genre including this, his 1971 sophomore effort, Death Walks on High Heels. Spanish-born model and actress Nieves Navarro stars as Nicole, an exotic dancer who finds herself terrorized by a black-clad assailant determined on procuring her murdered father s stolen gems. Fleeing Paris in hopes of evading her knife-wielding pursuer, Nicole arrives in England only to discover that death stalks her at every corner. With the scene-stealing Navarro at its center, Death Walks on High Heels manages to subvert the conventions of the giallo film by having a ballsy, well-rounded female protagonist to root for representing a welcome departure from the neurotic stereotypes found elsewhere within the genre. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
Scott Derrickson co-writes and directs this mystical adventure based on the Marvel Comics character. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Doctor Stephen Strange, an ill-tempered and self-centred neurosurgeon whose professional life is ruined when his hands are severely damaged in a car crash and he is left unable to operate. Undefeated, Doctor Strange sets out to find a cure and encounters the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), who has the power to restore his hands and tutor him and others in the magic arts, in the hope of producing the next Sorcerer Supreme. With the help of fellow student Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Doctor Strange must put his newfound powers to good use as the sudden arrival from an alternate dimension of corrupted sorcerer Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) spreads terror throughout the city of New York. The cast also includes Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg and Benedict Wong. Bonus Features: • Play Movie With Intro • Featurettes/A Strange Transformation • Featurettes/Strange Company • Featurettes/The Fabric of Reality • Featurettes/Across Time and Space • Featurettes/The Score-cerer Supreme • Marvel Studios Phase 3 Exclusive Look
• 2K restoration from the original camera negative
• Team Thor: Part 2
• Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio
Deleted & Extended Scenes: 1.) Strange Meets Daniel Drumm
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2.) Kaecilius Searches For Answers 3.) The Kamar-Taj Courtyard 4.) Making Contact 5.) Lost In Kathmandu
known as ‘The Eye of the Cat’. They set out on their quest in a hot air balloon that will take them over Africa to Devil’s Peak in Bantu, unaware that the Duke of Salisbury is also trying to reach the location of the diamond so he can take it for himself. The cad.
• Gag Reel • Audio Commentary By Director Scott Derrickson
Door to the Other Side (15) (DVD) Cast: Mitch Holden, Chelsea Gilligan, Nicholas Bianchi, Robin De Lano, Leann Donovan Dir. Norman Lesperance Run time: 87 mins Letting them in was his way out, but he was not alone. Tim lives as a shut-in. Except for visits from his psychologist he has successfully cut himself off from the outside world. When he learns he will be evicted from the sanctuary he has created, the very fabric of his sanity begins to tear. Strange things begin to happen, as the pressure of re-engaging with the outside mounts. Is he imagining these events, as stress wreaks havoc on his fracturing psyche? Or is reality grimmer; is he haunted by a sinister presence which preys upon those trying to help him?
Endless Poetry (15)
Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid (15) (Blu-ray) Anime Dir. Yasuhiro Takemoto Run time: 325 mins It’s tough to keep your grades up without having to take off at a moment’s notice to save the world. But for Sousuke Sagara, undercover high school student and member of the mercenary group Mithril, life in Tokyo seemed the same as always. But underneath the promising exterior spin the wheels of a conspiracy that threaten to destroy the peace. A new threat has arisen: Amalgam. An unknown element with advanced mech technology, this mysterious organization has been running things from behind the scenes. As dissension spreads throughout the ranks of Mithril, Sousuke faces his own internal struggle. Spread thin between schoolwork and war, the powers that be have decided to lighten his load… beginning with Kaname! Life and death hang in the balance as the clash between good and evil scale new heights. When the smoke clears, Sousuke’s path will be the one that he forges for himself. Contains the full 13 episode series with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles.
(Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky Dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky Run time: 128 mins Endless Poetry narrates the years of the Chilean artist’s youth during which he liberated himself from all of his former limitations, from his family, and was introduced into the foremost bohemian artistic circle of 1940s Chile.
Five Weeks in a Balloon (12) (Dual format Blu-ray + DVD) Cast: Red Buttons, Fabian, Barbara Eden, Cedric Hardwicke, Peter Lorre Dir. Irwin Allen Run time: 101 mins Famous explorer Doctor Samuel Fergusson and his nephew Oliver team up with Irumu, the Emissary of King Umtali, on a perilous journey to collect a gift from the Bantus of South Africa for Queen Victoria - a priceless diamond
Full Metal Panic: Season 1 (15)
(Blu-ray) Anime Dir. Koichi Chigira Run time: 600 mins Kaname Chidori’s one of the most popular girls at her high school – unfortunately, it’s her growing popularity off campus she should be worrying about. Unbeknownst to Kaname, terrorists are plotting her abduction, believing she possesses the rare and coveted abilities of “the Whispered.” That’s where Sousuke Sagara enters the picture. He’s a hotshot soldier from the clandestine counter-terrorist organization known as Mithril – and he’s going undercover at Kaname’s school to try and keep her safe. He may be an ace in the cockpit of an Arm Slave mech, but there’s no training in the world that could prepare him for the warzone of high school.
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Contains the full 24 episode series with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles.
Ghost Ship (15) (DVD) Dir. Robert Young Run time: 92 mins A Ghostly 19th century ship with a tour guide that has no idea a woman who died at sea centuries ago has been waiting in its shadows for her lover to return. Quickly things turn to horror. Ghost Ship is a haunting, modern day ghost story that will chill you to the bone.
Hell Comes to Frogtown (15) (DVD) Cast: Roddy Piper, Sandahl Bergman, Rory Calhoun, Cec Verrell, Cliff Bemis Dirs. R.J. Kizer, Donald G. Jackson Run time: 82 mins Low budget sci-fi action comedy. In a post-apocalyptic future, Sam Hell (Roddy Piper), the last fertile man on Earth, is sent on a hazardous mission to rescue eight female captives from a notorious mutant community known as Frogtown.
Hellgate (18) (DVD) Cast: Abigail Wolcott, Carel Trichardt, Ron Palillo, Petrea Curran, Evan J. Klisser Dir. William A. Levey Run time: 92 mins Horror directed by William A. Levey. In an abandoned mining town, a grief-stricken recluse finds a powerful crystal with which he is able to bring his dead daughter back to life. Now returned from the dead, she patrols the surrounding roads attempting to lure unsuspecting visitors to their doom. When a group of young college friends then come to town while on a country-wide road trip, they soon find themselves facing a battle to get back out alive.
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In a Valley of Violence (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: John Travolta, Ethan Hawke, Karen Gillan Dir. Ti West Run time: 104 mins A mysterious stranger and a random act of violence drag a town of misfits and nitwits into the bloody crosshairs of revenge.
Iron Men (12) (Blu-ray and DVD) Dirs. Paul Crompton, Suri Krishnamma Run time: 75 mins As the 2015/16 football season drew to a close West Ham United bade farewell to its sacred Boleyn Ground after 112 years of occupation and moved, lock, stock and barrel, to the London Stadium up the road; a momentous relocation that has been recorded with the gravitas and passion it deserves in documentary film IRON MEN. IRON MEN tells the story of this tumultuous and historical transfer through the voices of club captain and local boy Mark Noble, the manager Slaven Bilic, Hollywood actor Ray Winstone, the owners David Gold, David Sullivan and Karren Brady, the local traders and most importantly, through the fans on the terraces; the people who have stuck by the club through thick and thin and cemented a community together for more than a century.
Irreplaceable (12) (DVD) Cast: François Cluzet, Marianne Denicourt, Christophe Odent, Patrick Descamps, Guy Faucher Dir. Thomas Lilti Run time: 103 mins French drama co-written and directed by Thomas Lilti. When dedicated countryside doctor Jean-Pierre Werner (François Cluzet) finds out he is suffering from a serious illness, a young replacement named Nathalie (Marianne Denicourt) is sent from the city to assist him. However, after spending much of his life devoted to helping the people around him, Jean-Pierre struggles to come to terms with his forced transition from doctor to patient.
King Kong (PG)
a nightmarish reality awaits. Her husband was murdered and her baby is missing.
Suspected by the police and hunted by ruthless hitmen, Alice refuses to give up. She can feel it, she knows her daughter is alive out there somewhere, waiting for her. Alone in her search for Tara, Alice turns to Richard (Pascal Elbe), her first love and a former criminal investigator. And more importantly, the only person she can really trust.
Cast: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher, Sam Hardy Dirs. Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack Run time: 100 mins The classic monster movie following a magnificent beast who falls in love with a woman. Director Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) and actress Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) arrive on the prehistoric Skull Island to shoot a film. While there, they encounter a giant ape known as King Kong, who is worshipped as a god by the local inhabitants.The mighty Kong shows his sensitive side by falling for Ann, and, after his transportation to New York, rampages across the city in search of his new love.
Little Miss: The Complete Original TV Series (U) (DVD) Cast: Pauline Collins, John Alderton Run time: 100 mins All 13 episodes of the original animated children’s programme based on the ‘Little Miss’ book series written and illustrated by Roger Hargreaves. The episodes are: ‘Little Miss Splendid’, ‘Little Miss Late’, ‘Little Miss Plump’, ‘Little Miss Helpful’, ‘Little Miss Tiny’, ‘Little Miss Bossy’, ‘Little Miss Naughty’, ‘Little Miss Trouble’, ‘Little Miss Magic’, ‘Little Miss Neat’, ‘Little Miss Scatterbrain’, ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ and ‘Little Miss Shy’.
No Second Chance: The Complete Series (tbc) (DVD) Cast: Alexandra Lamy, Pascal Elbe Dirs. Francois Velle, Pascal Elbé, Lionel Abelanski, Lionnel Astier Run time: 312 mins How far will you go to save your child? Alice has no choice. She will go as far as it takes. But as she descends into her own private hell, dark secrets about the past begin to surface.
Based on the bestselling novel by Harlan Coben, No Second Chance was a #1 ratings hit in France, Japan and around Europe. When screened in France it scored the highest ratings for any French TV show in nearly a decade. The Complete Series is now available in the UK on DVD for the first time. SPECIAL FEATURES: • Optional English subtitles • Cast and Crew featurettes
Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages: Series 3 (E) (DVD) Cast: Penelope Keith Dir. Vic Procter Run time: 225 mins Famous actress, and longstanding villager, Dame Penelope Keith is heading out on another summer adventure. Armed with her beloved ‘Batsford Guides’ , she s uncovering more of our most charming rural villages and their unique characters and stories. Alongside beautiful scenery, Penelope explores the industry, art and literature that characterise each region, and seeks out the village traditions that continue to this day. Join Penelope as she learns what it means to be a villager today, and finds out just why we love villages so much. Episode 1 - The Cotswolds Penelope visits the honey-coloured perfection of Bibury and attends a classic village fete in Ebrington. She takes in the arts and crafts home of William Morris, and meets the writer Jilly Cooper. Episode 2 - Argyll and Bute Amidst lochs and mountains, Penelope finds her most extreme village locations yet. From Vikings in Tarbert, to Queen Victoria s holidays, this complex coastline is her chance to indulge a love of ferries. Episode 3 - North Yorkshire Penelope travels through dales and flies over moors to the coast, in search of the famous Yorkshire spirit. On the way she finds sword dancing in Goathland, and the birthplace of aviation in Brompton-by-Sawdon. Episode 4 - Pembrokeshire Starting in refined Manorbier in the south, Penelope crosses the stunning Welsh peninsula. She explores the wild Preseli Hills, visits the country s best food market in St Dogmaels and finds Abereiddy home of international cliff diving.
Early one morning, Dr. Alice Lambert (Alexandra Lamy) gets up early to fix a bottle for Tara, her six-month old daughter. Suddenly, two gunshots ring out. Everything goes black. When Alice emerges from a coma a week later,
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Re-Kan! Collection (tbc)
The Eighties: The Complete Series (12)
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Anime RE-KAN! contains episodes 1-13. Narumi Inoue has a problem with the new girl in school. It’s not that Hibiki Amami is impolite or a bully... it’s just that she sees, speaks with, and befriends ghosts! Now, it’s at the point that when Amami’s around, Inoue sometimes sees them too, spelling disaster for a girl who’s terrified of anything supernatural. However, Amami’s genuine kindness makes it hard for Inoue to ignore her, especially when her friends Kyoko, Kana, and Makoto, as well as the other students, have accepted Amami’s habit of talking to thin air and walking around invisible obstacles. With gentle coaxing (and the knowledge that her departed grandmother is watching over her), Inoue finds herself immersed in Amami’s strange, otherworldly adventures. Fulfilling the last wishes of the dead might not be a normal after-school activity, but at least they’ll always know why the ghost crossed to the other side in RE-KAN!
The Doctors - The John Pertwee Years (E) (DVD) Cast: Jon Pertwee, John Levene, Nicholas Courtney, Caroline John, Katy Manning Dir. Keith Barnfather Run time: 350 mins This is the definitive set of interviews with the team of actors who brought the Jon Pertwee era of DOCTOR WHO to life! Forget the bonus features on previous BBC releases! These six hour-long documentaries are the best in-depth interviews with JON PERTWEE (the Third Doctor), KATY MANNING (Jo Grant), CAROLINE JOHN (Liz Shaw), NICHOLAS COURTNEY (The Brigadier), RICHARD FRANKLIN (Captain Yates) and JOHN LEVENE (Sergeant Benton) ever undertaken. Presented by voice of the Daleks NICHOLAS BRIGGS. SPECIAL FEATURE: Introduction by NICHOLAS BRIGGS & Producer KEITH BARNFATHER
Cast: Tom Hanks, Patrick Duffy, Phil Donahue, Mike Farrell Dir. Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Mark Herzog Run time: 344 mins Produced by Emmy award winning Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog, The Eighties is the third series in the acclaimed documentary strand chronicling American society and popular culture in the later twentieth century. As the Cold War ended, the world learned of a mysterious virus that defied a cure and triggered a global pandemic. Wall Street brokers became the new rock stars but the economic boom led to material excess and corruption. The personal computer signalled a technological revolution. The music world discovered hip-hop, MTV, Prince and U2, but lost John Lennon. Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere and Cheers brought new sophistication to televised storytelling. And throughout the decade, Ronald Reagan left his mark as few public figures do, enjoying unprecedented popularity but also enduring a scandal that nearly derailed his presidency. This epic series uses rare archival footage and interviews with renowned journalists, historians, musicians and television cast and crew to paint a vivid and compelling portrait of a decade of lasting consequence. Raised on Television An explosion of new channels and the advent of the VCR transform our viewing habits. Video Killed the Radio Star The digital revolution hits the music world, and MTV is born. The Fight Against AIDS A mysterious illness develops into a pandemic with huge political and cultural consequences. The Reagan Revolution A look at Ronald Reagan’s landmark legislative achievements and political setbacks. Greed Is Good Junk bonds, bailouts and Wall Street corruption set the tone for a decade of excess. Tear Down This Wall The appointment of Mikhail Gorbachev triggers an astounding chain of events. Technology Gets Personal The innovations and inventions of the Digital Revolution change life forever.
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The Irish Mob: The Complete Series 1 & 2 (15) (DVD) Documentary Run time: 282 mins A tale of shamrocks and sub-machine guns, this captivating documentary series spans more than 100 years of history to chart the extraordinary rise of the Irish Mob In America. From the Irish gangs of New York in the late 1800s through to the 1970s, this documentary tells the amazing stories of the first generation Irish kids who became some of America s most notorious and wanted gangsters. It explores the lives and crimes of key members of the Irish Mob including Gangs of New York graduate Owney Killer Madden, Jimmy Coonan s infamous Westies gang from Hell’s Kitchen, America s most wanted Frankie Sheeran and the recently captured James Whitey Bulger (recently portrayed by Johnny Depp in hit movie Black Mass). The Irish gangster story represents the American Dream in its totality - the idea that a kid from the gutter can rise to power, money and class, through whatever means necessary. With contributions from Pulitzer Prize winning authors, the gangsters themselves, family members and the cops who chased them down, this is the definitive story of the Irish Mob in America, told in its entirety for the first time.
The Magicians: Season One (tbc) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Arjun Gupta, Hale Appleman All 13 episodes from the first season of the American drama series which follows a group of students studying to become magicians. After enrolling at Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) soon discovers that the magic he has read about since childhood is actually real and much more powerful than he could have imagined. With the assistance of his long-time friend Julia (Stella Maeve), who works for a secret magical society, Quentin must put his abilities to the test as he faces a number of dark forces from the magical underworld. The episodes are: ‘Unauthorized Magic’, ‘The Source of Magic’, ‘Consequences of Advanced Spellcasting’, ‘The World in the Walls’, ‘Mendings, Major and Minor’, ‘Impractical Applications’, ‘The Mayakovsky Circumstance’, ‘The Strangled Heart’, ‘The Writing Room’, ‘Homecoming’, ‘Remedial Battle Magic’, ‘Thirty-Nine Graves’ and ‘Have You Brought Me Little Cakes’.
The Pact 2 (15) (DVD) Cast: Caity Lotz, Camilla Luddington, Amy Pietz, Scott Michael Foster, Patrick Fischler Dirs. Dallas Richard Hallam, Patrick Horvath Run time: 114 mins Only a few weeks after Annie Barlow (Caity Lotz) exterminated the plague that was the Judas Killer, June Abbott’s (Camilla Luddington) carefully constructed life in Los Angeles is beginning to unravel due to vivid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life. When Special Agent Terrence Ballard (Patrick Fischler) shows up at June’s door, he brings with him terrifying news of a Judas copycat killer on the loose in her neighbourhood and June is stunned to discover that the latest victim is the woman she saw brutally murdered in her nightmares. A series of hauntings begin to torment June, growing in frequency and ferocity over time. Now, not only does she see murder victims, but her dreams put herself in the role of the murderer. June fears that the spirit of the Judas Killer is the architect of some greater plan in which she must now play a part. June struggles to maintain her grip on sanity as she plunges into her own investigation of these events. No matter the result, the truth will be horrifying; either there is true evil inside of her, or someone, or something, is determined to destroy her…
The Story of the Red Arrows (E) (DVD) For over 40 years The Red Arrows have been thrilling crowds at air shows both across the UK and internationally. They are quite simply the best at what they do. The Red Arrows could be described as a British institution, as well as a world-renowned air display team attracting a worldwide following of adoring fans. The Red Arrows, officially the Royal Air Force Display Team, is the public face of the RAF, formally promoting recruitment, as well as providing inspiration to significant numbers of those who join the Royal Air Force. Starting out as The Yellow jacks in the early sixties, the Reds officially took to the skies in 1965 flying the Folland Gnat before transferring to the B.a.e Hawk advanced trainer in 1979. Through fantastic archive and display footage, we tell the story of The Red Arrows from their beginnings in 1964 right through to today. Bonus Disc: Worlds Greatest Airshows - The DVD World’s Greatest Airshows documents these famous attractions from the first ever show in 1909 and showcases some of the amazing footage taken over the years. HOME MOVIE : SFF 61
The Team (15) (DVD) Cast: Lars Mikkelsen, Jasmin Gerat, Veerle Baetens, Nicholas Ofczarek, Carlos Leal Run time: 466 mins The Team follows Harald Bjørn from Denmark, Jackie Mueller from Germany and Alicia Verbeek from Belgium, as they unravel an unscrupulous criminal organisation in Europe. Their work is not devoid of personal cost. Old wounds are ripped up. New wounds being caused. In their investigation they often find themselves starring into an Abyss of Death and Destruction. But that is also where they find the truth. And their friendship.
The Young Offenders (15) (DVD) Cast: Alex Murphy, Chris Walley, Hilary Rose Dir. Peter Foott Run time: 83 mins Inspired by the true story of Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure in 2007, The Young Offenders is a comedy road movie about best friends Conor and Jock, two inner-city teenagers from Cork. Jock is a legendary bike thief who plays a daily game of cat-and-mouse with the biketheft-obsessed Garda Sergeant Healy. When a drug-trafficking boat capsizes off the coast of West Cork and 61 bales of cocaine, each worth 7 million euros, are seized, word gets out that there is a bale missing. The boys steal two bikes and go on a road trip hoping to find a missing bale which they can sell so as to escape their troubled home lives... but Sergeant Healy is in hot pursuit.
Unforgotten: Complete Series 1 & 2 (15) (DVD Box Set) Cast: Nicola Walker, Sanjeev Bhaskar Dir. Andy Wilson Run time: 520 mins All Twelve Episodes of the hit British drama series starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar. Series 1
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When the body of a young man is discovered in a derelict building, DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) – one of the Met’s smartest detectives – is called in to investigate with her partner, DI Sunil Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar). Jimmy Sullivan was a homeless boy, murdered in 1976 when the building was a hostel. His diary implicates four suspects; a clergyman, an eminent entrepreneur, a community worker and a wheelchair-bound husband caring for his wife. Each has a secret to hide. As their lies unravel, the people they love most begin to wonder what else they might be capable of. Nothing in this case is black and white. Can you ever really know the people closest to you? What secrets have they buried? Extras: • The Bare Bones of Unforgotten • Unforgotten Takes Us Back to the 70’s • What is Unforgotten? • Whatever Happened to Jimmy Sullivan? Series 2 Critically acclaimed ITV drama series Unforgotten, starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar, returns for a second series. The story begins with the discovery of a body; this time the perfectly preserved remains of a middle-aged man found in a sealed suitcase in the silt of the River Lea in North East London. As Cassie and Sunny begin the complicated task of trying to identify the victim, we will meet four unconnected people we suspect are linked in some way to the victim. Extras: • Building The Series • Sins of the Past • Domestic Turmoil • Designing Unforgotten • Body in a Bag • Flashes of the Past • Sunny’s Rucksack
Unforgotten: Series 2 (15) (DVD) Cast: Nicola Walker, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Bernard Hill, Trevor Eve, Ruth Sheen Dir. Andy Wilson Run time: 260 mins Critically acclaimed ITV drama series Unforgotten, starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar, returns for a second series. The story begins with the discovery of a body; this time the perfectly preserved remains of a middle-aged man found in a sealed suitcase in the silt of the River Lea in North East London. As Cassie and Sunny begin the complicated task of trying to identify the victim, we will meet four unconnected people who we suspect are linked in some way to the victim.
STAGE (an entertaining convention panel featuring Jon Pertwee and the UNIT team).
• Building the Series
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• Sins of the Past • Domestic Turmoil
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• Designing Unforgotten • Body in a Bag
• Flashes of the Past
Cast: Demi Moore, Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Lange, Billy Connolly Dir. Andy Tennant Run time: 91 mins
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Vice Principals: The Complete First Season (15) (DVD) Cast: Danny McBride, Walton Goggins Dirs. Will Sinclair, Charles Palmer, Richard Senior Run time: 600 mins Dark comedy series about a high school and the two vice principals. McBride and Walton Goggins star as the V.P.s who are in an epic power struggle, vying for the top spot: to be school principal.
Wartime Chronicles (PG)
After her husband s passing, Eva (Shirley MacLaine, Terms of Endearment, Downton Abbey) faces life on her own for the very first time. With the threat of moving into a care home on the horizon, Eva can’t help but feel her best days have come and gone. But when she receives a life insurance cheque mistakenly made out for five million dollars instead of the expected $50,000, Eva and her best friend, Maddie (Jessica Lange, Big Fish, The Vow) decide to go wild and jet off on the luxury holiday of a lifetime in sunny Spain. However, pandemonium unleashes when the insurance company realise their error and fly out to find the women - will they be able to recover the money before Eva and Maddie spend it all? Heart-warming and absolutely hilarious, with a star studded cast including Demi Moore (Ghost, A Few Good Men), Billy Connolly (Quartet, The Last Samurai) and Rebecca Da Costa (The Carrier, Freerunner), embark on the uplifting journey and discover it’s never too late to find adventure...
(DVD) Cast: Michael Wisher, John Levene Dir. Keith Barnfather Run time: 247 mins With a brand-new Introduction by Katy Manning (Jo Grant) and Producer Keith Barnfather. WARTIME has the unique distinction of being the very first independent spin-off from DOCTOR WHO. It stars JOHN LEVENE reprising his role from DOCTOR WHO as Sergeant John Benton. During all his years working for the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT), Benton never failed in his duty but once, long ago, he did. While on a seemingly routine delivery run for The Brigadier, he finds himself close to his childhood home where ghosts from his past have never rested easily ... Trapped in a nightmare world, where past and present seem as one, will he be lost forever or can he fight his way back to reality? A reality where he is desperately needed! This 2 DISC special collector s edition, features WARTIME, a package of behind-the-scenes material, a brand new introduction, plus two bonus documentaries ... ReUNITed (a history of UNIT) and JON PERTWEE & UNIT LIVE ON HOME MOVIE : SFF 63
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A Little Lust
(Dual format Blu-ray) Cast: Beverly Garland, Bruce Bennett, Lon Chaney Dir. Roy del Ruth Run time: 74 mins
(DVD) Cast: Andrea Amato, Francesco De Miranda, Riccardo Alemanni, Filippo Din, Corrado Invernizzi Dir. Veronica Pivetti Run time: 104 mins 16 year old Rocco’s two aims in life are to get laid and to see his favourite pop star in concert with his best friends, sassy and tomboyish Maria and nerdy and quiet Mauri. When a bullying incident at school forces Rocco to come out to his divorced middle-class parents their liberal leanings are severely tested. Luckily his two friends stand by him and join him in running away from home (in his parents stolen car) to see their favourite singer in concert, followed hot on their heels by his neurotic mother and eccentric gran to hilarious effect. A vibrant , funny coming out tale,, A Little Lust is both immersive and totally life-affirming.
Aenigma (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast. Jared Martin, Lara Lamberti, Ulli Reinthaler Dir. Lucio Fulci Run time: 85 mins “When a group of popular kids at St. Mary’s College play a cruel prank on the unattractive school weirdo, Kathy, they leave the poor girl in a permanent coma. When beautiful new girl Eva (Lara Lamberti, A Blade in the Dark) arrives at the school she s given Kathy s old room and it isn t long before strange occurrences are afoot and bodies are piling up. Kathy has possessed Eva and is using her as a pawn in her quest for bloody revenge. From the Godfather of Gore, Lucio Fulci (Zombi 3), comes this gross-out classic that features some of the maestro s most memorable late-career set-pieces; including a grotesque death by snails scene that, once seen, can never be unseen. Re-discover this underrated gem today as AEnigma makes its HD debut from a beautiful new 2k master commissioned by your friends at 88 Films!” Extras: • “Restored in 2K from the Original Camera Negative Uncompressed English Soundtrack • Uncompressed Italian Soundtrack with newly translated subtitles • Interview with Lara Lambertti • Lucio Fulci - A Retrospective
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A woman in a hypnotic state recounts to two doctors the details of a horrific experience from her past life that began with the mysterious and sudden disappearance of her husband.
Apocalypse Pompeii (18) (DVD) Cast: Adrian Paul, Jhey Castles, John Rhys-Davies, Georgina Beedle, Dylan Vox Dir. Ben Demaree An ex Special Forces agent has re-located his family to Pompeii to pursue his dream job as a geologist. Whilst his wife and daughter are on a tour of Mount Vesuvius, disaster strikes as the infamous volcano erupts once more. After being denied permission to undertake a rescue mission to save his family Jeff decides to brave the ash and molten lava on his own to rescue them. It s a race against time as Jeff needs to get to them before they are consumed in the fire and Pompeii is destroyed once more.
Beauty and the Beast: Seasons 1-4 (tbc) (DVD) Cast: Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Max Brown, Austin Basis, Nina Lisandrello All the episodes from the first four seasons of the American TV drama starring Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan. After investigating the mysterious death of her mother, New York City police detective Cat Chandler (Kreuk) is led to Vincent Keller (Ryan), an ex-soldier thought to have been killed during military service. Upon learning that Vincent actually tried to save her mother and that he suffers from a condition which turns him into a terrifying beast when angry, the pair begin to form a strong bond while also doing all they can to keep Vincent’s affliction a secret. Season 1 episodes are: ‘Pilot’, ‘Proceed With Caution’, ‘All In’, ‘Basic Instinct’, ‘Saturn Returns’, ‘Worth’, ‘Out of Control’, ‘Trapped’, ‘Bridesmaid Up!’, ‘Seeing Red’, ‘On Thin Ice’, ‘Cold Turkey’, ‘Trust No One’, ‘Tough Love’, ‘Any Means Possible’, ‘Insatiable’, ‘Partners in Crime’, ‘Heart of Darkness’, ‘Playing With Fire’, ‘Anniversary’, ‘Date Night’ and ‘Never Turn Back’. Season 2 episodes are: ‘Who Am I?’,
‘Kidnapped’, ‘Liar, Liar’, ‘Hothead’, ‘Reunion’, ‘Father Knows Best’, ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?’, ‘Man Or Beast?’, ‘Don’t Die On Me’, ‘Ancestors’, ‘Held Hostage’, ‘Recipe for Disaster’, ‘Till Death’, ‘Redemption’, ‘Catch Me If You Can’, ‘About Last Night’, ‘Beast Is the New Black’, ‘Cat and Mouse’, ‘Cold Case’, ‘Ever After’, ‘Operation Fake Date’ and ‘Déjà Vu’. Season 3 episodes are: ‘Beast of Wall Street’, ‘Primal Fear’, ‘Bob and Carol and Vincent and Cat’, ‘Heart of the Matter’, ‘The Most Dangerous Beast’, ‘Chasing Ghosts’, ‘Both Sides Now’, ‘Shotgun Wedding’, ‘Cat’s Out of the Bag’, ‘Patient X’, ‘Unbreakable’, ‘Sins of the Fathers’ and ‘Destined’. Season 4 episodes are: ‘Monsieur et Madame Bête’, ‘Beast Interrupted’, ‘Down for the Count’, ‘Something’s Gotta Give’, ‘It’s a Wonderful Beast’, ‘Beast of Times, Worst of Times’, ‘Point of No Return’, ‘Love Is a Battlefield’, ‘The Getaway’, ‘Means to an End’, ‘Meet the New Beast’, ‘No Way Out’ and ‘Au Revoir’.
Beauty and the Beast: The Final Season (15) (DVD) Cast: Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Max Brown, Austin Basis Dirs. Stuart Gillard, Rick Bota The classic fairy tale gets a dark twist in this award-winning television series! When a homicide detective with a troubled past (Kristin Kreuk) falls in love with a doctor hiding a deadly secret (Jay Ryan), it’s anything but a fairy tale romance. Don’t miss the final season of the most thrilling romance on television. Beauty & the Beast: The Final Season includes 13 unforgettable episodes! *People’s Choice Award: Favorite New TV Drama 2013 Special Features: •Season In Review: Farewell To The Beast: • Closing A Chapter: A Fond Farewell • Gag Reel • Deleted Scene
Blonde Fist (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Margi Clarke, Carroll Baker, Ken Hutchinson, Sharon Power, Angela Clarke Dir. Frank Clarke Run time: 102 mins Liverpudlian legend Margi Clarke stars in this cult classic as a single mum who walks out on an unhappy life and into an unexpected career. The third feature from Letter to Brezhnev writer Frank Clarke, Blonde Fist co-stars multi Oscar-nominated Carroll Baker and Straw Dogs’ Ken Hutchison; it is featured here in a High Definition brandnew transfer from the original film elements, in its original theatrical aspect ratio.
Fleeing problems at home, Ronnie O’Dowd heads to New York to track down her bare-knuckle-fighter father. Finding a burnt-out drunk instead of a big-time boxer, she has an immediate and pressing need to find hard cash! When a nightclub hosting a female boxing match has a no-show competitor, the offer of a thousand dollars to any woman who can last three minutes in the ring against their trained fighter proves too much for Ronnie to resist...
Dead Or Alive Trilogy (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Riki Takeuchi, Shô Aikawa, Renji Ishibashi, Hitoshi Ozawa, Shingo Tsurumi Dir. Takashi Miike Run time: 291 mins Beginning with an explosive, six-minute montage of sex, drugs and violence, and ending with a phallus-headed battle robot taking flight, Takashi Miike’s unforgettable Dead or Alive Trilogy features many of the director’s most outrageous moments set alongside some of his most dramatically moving scenes. Made between 1999 and 2002, the Dead or Alive films cemented Miike’s reputation overseas as one of the most provocative enfants terrible of Japanese cinema, yet also one of its most talented and innovative filmmakers. In Dead or Alive, tough gangster Ryuichi (Riki Takeuchi) and his ethnically Chinese gang make a play to take over the drug trade in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district by massacring the competition. But he meets his match in detective Jojima (Show Aikawa), who will do everything to stop them. Dead or Alive 2: Birds casts Aikawa and Takeuchi together again, but as new characters, a pair of rival yakuza assassins who turn out to be childhood friends; after a botched hit, they flee together to the island where they grew up, and decide to devote their deadly skills to a more humanitarian cause. And in Dead or Alive: Final, Takeuchi and Aikawa are catapulted into a future Yokohama ruled by multilingual gangs and cyborg soldiers, where they once again butt heads in the action-packed and cyberpunk-tinged finale to the trilogy. Each of them unique in theme and tone, the Dead or Alive films showcase Miike at the peak of his strengths, creating three very distinct movies connected only by their two popular main actors, each film a separate yet superb example of crime drama, character study, and action filmmaking. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: • High Definition digital transfers of all three films • Original stereo audio • Optional English subtitles for all three films • New interview with actor Riki Takeuchi • New interview with actor Sho Aikawa • New interview with producer and screenwriter Toshiki Kimura • New audio commentary for Dead or Alive by Miike HOME MOVIE : SFF 65
biographer Tom Mes • Archive interviews with cast and crew • Archive making-of featurettes for DOA2: Birds and DOA: Final • Original theatrical trailers for all three films • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Orlando Arocena FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Kat Ellinger
Downton Abbey: The Weddings (12) (DVD) Cast: Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Phylis Logan Dirs. Various For all six seasons, the relationships of Downton Abbey’s couples have had us celebrating, commiserating and, above all, sharing their most vulnerable and very best moments. This celebration collection includes some of the most romantic and touching wedding scenes and episodes from the entire series of Downton Abbey. Spanning the idyllic pre-war era through the storms of The Great War into the roaring 1920s, there have been many crucial relationships both upstairs and downstairs in the great house. As the world around them undergoes extraordinary change, love affairs within the sumptuous home continue to be marked by passion, ambition, and heartbreak. Features 5 full episodes (including the Finale), and also includes brand new and exclusive filmed introduction and discussion from the show’s creative team who brought these relationships to life and their insights into the romance and storylines.
Great Railway Journeys of the World (tbc) (DVD) Relive the golden age of the steam train and a bygone era where only the select boarded the gleaming coaches of some of the most elegant trains in the world. Experience travelling in unique luxury and style with sumptuous cuisine and a personal service which is beyond comparison as these journeys take you through ever changing landscapes in sheer decadence. Visit some of the most exotic and wildest scenery in the world from the comfort of the most luxurious trains. In66
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cluded are The Great South Pacific Express (Australia), The Pride Of Africa (Africa), The Palace On Wheels (India), The Royal Scotsman (Scotland), The Imperial Express (Europe) and The Eastern And Oriental Express (Asia).
Helga, She Wolf of Stilberg (18) (DVD) Cast: Patrizia Gori, Malisa Longo, Richard Allan, Dominique Aveline, Alban Ceray Dir. Patrice Rhomm Run time: 93 mins Vicious warden Helga runs the castle penitentiary Stilberg for female political prisoners with an iron fist. Stubborn and recalcitrant new inmate Elisabeth Vogel, who’s the daughter of a rebel leader, runs afoul of Helga after she finds herself incarcerated in Stilberg. (Source: imdb)
Hidden in the Woods (18) (DVD) Cast: Michael Biehn, William Forsythe, Jennifer Blanc Dir. Patricio Valladares Run time: 98 mins Hidden in the Woods tells the story of two sisters who have been raised in isolation, subjected to the torment of their abusive, drug dealing father. When they finally decide to report him to the police, he kills the two officers and is put in jail. But things go from bad to worse when the girls must answer to their Uncle Costello, a psychotic drug kingpin, who shows up looking for his missing merchandise which is hidden in the woods.
Imitation of Life (U) (DVD) Cast: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson Dir. John M Stahl Run time: 106 mins Imitation of Life is a 1934 film directed by John M. Stahl, adapted by William Hurlbut from Fannie Hurst’s novel, Imitation of Life. The
film stars Claudette Colbert, Warren William and Rochelle Hudson. White widow Bea Pullman (Claudette Colbert) and her daughter Jessie (Juanita Quigley as a toddler, Marilyn Knowlden as an eight-year-old) take in black housekeeper Delilah Johnson (Louise Beavers) and her daughter, light-complexioned Peola (Fredi Washington) - exchanging room and board for work, even though Bea is struggling to make ends meet herself. Delilah and Peola quickly become like family to Jessie and Bea. They particularly enjoy Delilah’s pancakes, made from a special family recipe. When Bea is unable to make a living selling pancake syrup (as her husband had done), she comes up with the idea to open a pancake restaurant (using Delilah’s recipe and labour) on the boardwalk, which proves to be very profitable. Later, at the suggestion of Elmer Smith (Ned Sparks), she sets up an even more successful pancake flour corporation, marketing Delilah as an Aunt Jemima-like figure. As a result, Bea becomes a wealthy business woman, but all is not found to be well as the story advances fifteen years. Eighteen-yearold Jessie (Rochelle Hudson) falls in love with her mother’s boyfriend, Steven Archer (Warren William), who is unaware at first of her affections. Meanwhile, Peola (Fredi Washington), ashamed of her African-American heritage, attempts to pass as white, breaking Delilah’s heart. Peola eventually runs away from home. While she is away, Delilah falls ill and dies. Delilah wished for a large, grand funeral, which Bea provides for her, complete with a marching band and a horse-drawn hearse. Just before the processional begins, a remorseful, crying Peola appears, begging her mother to forgive her. The film ends with Bea breaking her engagement with Steven because of the situation with Jessie.
deluge of emotional bloodletting, as old wounds are torn open, and resentments are laid bare.
Massacre in Dinosaur Valley (18)
(Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Michael Sopkiw, Suzane Carvalho, Milton Rodríguez Dir. Michael E. Lemick Run time: 88 mins 1980s Italian action adventure written and directed by Michele Massimo Tarantini. When their plane crashes on a South American expedition deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, Kevin Hall (Michael Sopkiw) tries to lead his group of scientists and models to safety. To get back to civilization he must first fight his way through hostile slave traders, bloodthirsty cannibals and a variety of the jungle’s monsters.
Metropolis (PG) (Standard Dual-Format Edition) [Blu-ray] Anime Dir. Rintaro Run time: 110 mins
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King Arthur Excalibur Rising (15) (DVD) Cast: Adam Byard, Annes Elwy, Gavin Swift Dir. Antony Smith A re-imagining of the Arthurian legend centered around Arthur’s illegitimate son Owain who must learn to take up his father’s mantle as king.
Krisha (12) (DVD) Cast: Krisha Fairchild, Alex Dobrenko, Robyn Fairchild, Chris Doubek, Victoria Fairchild Dir. Trey Edward Shults Run time: 82 mins Following a prolonged battle with addiction and self-destruction, Krisha, the black sheep of the family she abandoned, returns for a holiday celebration. But what begins as a moving testament to the family’s capacity to forgive soon spirals into a
Based on the classic comic created by revered manga artist and animator Osamu Tezuka (Astroboy), written by anime legend Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) and directed by Rintaro (Galaxy Express 999), Metropolis is a spectacular film featuring stunning imagery and unforgettable characters. In the industrial, tri-level world of Metropolis, Duke Red is a powerful leader with plans to unveil a highly advanced robot named Tima. But Duke Reds violent son Rock distrusts robots and intends to find and destroy Tima. Lost in the confusing labyrinth beneath Metropolis, Tima is beginning a friendship with the young nephew of a Japanese detective. But when Duke Red separates the two innocents, Timas life – and the fate of the universe – is dangerously at stake. DUAL FORMAT SPECIAL FEATURES: • High-definition presentation • Japanese and English DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks on the Blu-ray • Optional English Subtitles | The Making of Osamu Tezukas Metropolis a documentary on the films production • Interviews with the films creators • Multi-angle animation comparisons • Original Trailer • Standard Dual Format edition to feature reversible sleeve
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Mikagura School Suite (15) (Dual Format Blu-ray) Anime Dir. Kazuomi Koga Run time: 300 mins From the studio behind Laughing Under the Clouds and Yuruyuri comes a high school fantasy unlike any other! Like most awkward teens, formerly reclusive gamer Eruna Ichinomiya struggle to find her place at Mikagura High School. But her experience is far from ordinary, as the mischief-making members of the schools manga, calligraphy, drama, and other cultural clubs vie for total school domination in a rather extreme way. Get ready for the high-energy high school adventure you’ve only ever dreamed of. Contains the complete series on Blu-Ray and DVD with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles.
My Little Sister (18) (DVD) Cast: Saverio Percudani, Sofia Pauly, Lucia Castellano Dirs. Maurizio del Piccolo, Roberto del Piccolo Run time: 76 mins Scary and gory backwoods killer film, as a group of friends go against a warning not to camp in the woods, and they fall victim to a deranged serial killer s bloodlust. Igor s little sister is to blame for the death of their beloved father, and Igor grows up to have a psychotic desire to trap and torture people as a sick misplaced revenge for the evils of his twisted family. A superior slasher and fine addition to the genre (MJ Simpson) Pure nightmare fuel (Source: HorrorCritic.com)
Nocturnal Animals (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Armie Hammer, Michael Shannon Dir. Tom Ford Run time: 116 mins A “story inside a story,” in which the first part follows
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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. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself. (Source: imdb)
Paw Patrol: Easter Egg Hunt (tbc) (DVD) Collection of episodes from the children’s animated series following the PAW Patrol, a group of hero pups who go around solving the problems that the people of Adventure Bay face on a daily basis.
Persona 3: The Movie #2 (DVD and Dual Format Blu-ray Collector’’s Edition) Anime Dir. Tomohisa Taguchi Run time: 98 mins I wish it would stay like this every day Following his transfer to Gekkoukan Private Academy, Makoto Yuki is suddenly attacked by a strange monster called Shadows and is awakened to a power which allowed him to summon a Persona. Seeing Makotos potential, the members of the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad approach him to join them in their battle against these creatures. Makoto, initially feeling detached from the situation accepts their invitation indifferently, but as he learned more about the Dark Hour, and engaged in many harsh battles, he began feeling a strong bond with his teammates. And so the season turned from spring to summer the battle was far from over for the SEES team, now joined by a new member, but they all felt a sense of fulfillment even as they faced these abnormal circumstances. The wheels of fate began to turn as they were about to learn of the new trials they must face. Collector’s Edition contains the film on Blu-Ray and DVD with the original Japanese track and English subtitles, presented in collectors packaging.
Pet (18) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Dominic Monaghan, Ksenia Solo, Jennette McCurdy Dir. Carles Torrens Run time: 90 mins This haunting, psychological horror follows Seth, a lonely man working in an animal shelter. His monotonous routine is broken one day when he bumps into Holly, a girl from school who he soon becomes obsessed with. However, when she rejects his advances, Seth s obsession reaches a terrifying new level, with Holly hiding secrets of her own. Helmed by Award Winning director Carles Torrens (Apartment 143, ABCs of Death 2.5) and starring Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings trilogy), Ksenia Solo (Lost Girl, Black Swan) and Jennette McCurdy (Between, Sam & Cat), Pet is a dark and disturbing love story asking how much you could sacrifice in the name of love?
Planet Earth II (PG)
(4k UHD Blu-ray + Blu-ray) Cast: Sir David Attenborough Captured in stunning Ultra-high definition detail, Planet Earth II is an immersive exploration of the jungles, mountains, deserts, islands, grasslands and cities of the world. Journey to the four corners of the globe to discover the extreme forces that shape life in each of these iconic landscapes and the remarkable ways animals manage to overcome the challenges of surviving in the wildest places on Earth. From eye-to-eye encounters with incredible creatures to epic journeys through breath-taking wildernesses, experience the wonder of the natural world as never before. Narrated by David Attenborough EPISODES: • ISLANDS • MOUNTAINS • JUNGLES • DESERTS • GRASSLANDS • CITIES Planet Earth II Diaries can be found on the Blu-ray Discs, these were filmed in HD only. ULTRA HD BLU-RAY WITH HDR FEATURES:
RESOLUTION – Four times sharper than HD HDR (High Dynamic Range) brilliant brights, deepest darks COLOUR – Wider colour spectrum
Repulsion (18) (Blu-ray) Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Patrick Wymark, Yvonne Furneaux Dir. Roman Polanski Run time: 105 mins Roman Polanski’s psychological drama was his first English-language feature. A young Belgian woman (Catherine Deneuve) is left alone in a Kensington apartment when her sister goes away. She becomes increasingly unstable, experiencing hallucinations which have their roots in her fear of male sexuality. When two aggressive men turn up, her tortured nightmares spill into real life violence.
Shackleton - The Complete Series (PG) (DVD) Cast: David Schofield, Michael Hayward, David Rodigan, Geoffrey Chater, Peter Dahlsen Run time: 220 mins A gripping four-part drama about the great explorer s epic Antarctic expeditions, based on Shackleton s own journals. Having had a taste of Antarctic adventure on Captain Scott s failed 1901 bid to reach the South Pole, seven years later Ernest Shackleton (David Schofield) leads his own expedition. Agonisingly close to reaching the Pole, the men have to pull back in an appalling blizzard to reach their ship before the advancing ice cuts off the passage home. By 1911 Roald Amundsen has reached the Pole and Scott and his men, trailing in the Norwegian s wake, have perished. Undeterred, in 1914 Shackleton and his trusted deputy Frank Wild (David Rodigan) set out their most famous journey aboard Endurance, with the aim of crossing the icy continent from sea to sea. When the ship is trapped and crushed by pack-ice, Shackleton and five of his men embark on a desperate 800-mile journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia in the James Caird, a 20-foot lifeboat pitched against the furious Southern Ocean. Once they hit land, the fastest way to reach help on the other side of the island will be to improvise a route across the treacherous mountain interior. With Wild and the rest of the men left behind with dwindling supplies at their makeshift camp, the survival of them all hinges on this last desperate gamble.
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Spy in the Wild (E) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: David Tennant Run time: 300 mins In one of the most innovative natural history series ever presented, Spy in the Wild deploys over 30 ultra-realistic animatronic Spy Creatures to go undercover in the animal world. This 5 x 60 BBC One series captures unique animal behaviour closer than ever before. Using special spy cameras invented by film maker John Downer s team at John Downer Productions, the viewer is plunged into the very heart of the extraordinary lives of over thirty fascinating animals across the world, including langurs, orang-utans, meerkats and crocodiles, revealing behaviour that is remarkably like our own. To expose some of the most astonishing animal behaviour ever seen, the team of Spy Creatures go undercover. These robotic lookalikes make all the right moves to not only be accepted by animals but also interact with them, providing revelatory insights into their world
Team Smurf (U) (DVD)
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 state-of-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.
The Avro Shackleton (tbc) (DVD) Documentary Run time: 58 mins The Avro Shackleton was a British long-range maritime patrol aircraft for use by the Royal Air Force. It was developed by Avro from the Avro Lincoln bomber with a new fuselage. It was originally used primarily in the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) roles, and was later adapted for airborne early warning (AEW), search and rescue (SAR) and other roles from 1951 until 1990. It also served in the South African Air Force from 1957 to 1984. The type is named after the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Run time: 72 mins Enjoy 4 classic episodes of the original Hanna Barbera produced series of The Smurfs. This special edition DVD has been produced to coincide with the release of the forthcoming Sony feature film Smurfs 3-The Lost Village. This DVD contains an episode featuring each one of the 4 lead characters in the new Sony film…Smurfette, Hefty, Brainy and Clumsy. Enjoy nearly 100 minutes of Smurftastic fun!
The Accountant (15)
(DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray) Cast: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor Dir. Gavin O’Connor Run time: 123 mins Christian Wolff (Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people.
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The Butcher of Prague (15) (DVD) Cast: Karel Roden, Zuzana Fialová, Zuzana Bydzovská, Roman Luknár, Ondrej Novák Dir. Petr Nikolaev Run time: 120 mins PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS FALL OF THE INNOCENT Drama based on the horrific events that took place in Lidice under the Nazi regime during the Second World War. In the village of Lidice, Frantisek Sima (Karel Roden) accidentally kills his own son in a drunken argument and is sentenced to prison. While he is in jail SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich is assassinated by two soldiers of the Czechoslovakian army and, after failing to find the culprits, the Nazis decide to make a scapegoat out of Lidice. Over 300 people, many of whom are children, are massacred. Having not heard from the rest of his family, Sima believes they have been unable to forgive him for his actions but in time he discovers the real reason for their silence.
The Carer (15) (DVD)
• Original 2.0 audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray) • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Cast: Brian Cox, Coco Konig, Anna Chancellor, Emilia Fox Dir. Janos Edelenyi Run time: 88 mins
• Audio commentary by directors Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp
The Carer, made by Hungarian director Janos Edelenyi, is notable as a showcase for Brian Cox, who plays Sir Michael Gifford, a retired Shakespearean actor suffering from a form of Parkinson s that has left him flailing and cantankerous at his country estate. He has alienated a host of caregivers, but his daughter forces a new companion on him, a Hungarian refugee who has acting aspirations of her own. It s not hard to predict that a friendship will develop between the newcomer and the curmudgeon, a bond that threatens some of Sir Michael s existing relationships but ultimately proves beneficial for all parties.
• Return to the Fungarium, a featurette revealing further treasures of the fungarium at Kew Gardens
The Creeping Garden (E) (Blu-ray) A REAL-LIFE SCIENCE-FICTION MOVIE EXPLORING A WORLD CREEPING RIGHT BENEATH OUR FEET, WHERE TIME AND SPACE ARE MAGNIFIED AND INTELLIGENCE REDEFINED. The Creeping Garden is an award-winning feature-length creative documentary exploring the extraordinary world of the plasmodial slime mould as revealed through the eyes of the fringe scientists, mycologists and artists who work with them. Long overlooked by biologists, in recent years this curious organism has become the focus of much research in such areas as biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot engineering, much of which borders on the world of science fiction. The film transports us from the laboratory into its natural habitat, depicting these otherworldly lifeforms using startling timelapse macro-cinematography to reveal hidden facets of the world around us. Co-directed by the artist film-maker Tim Grabham (KanZeOn) and author and film critic Jasper Sharp, with an original soundtrack composed by celebrated musician and producer Jim O Rourke (Sonic Youth, Grizzly Man), The Creeping Garden is a unique exploration into a hitherto untapped subject matter, immersing the viewer within the worlds of the observers and the observed.
• Biocomputer Music, a short film by Grabham on the first biocomputer music system, allowing a two-way musical dialogue between man and slime mould
• Feeding Habits of Physarum, a featurette on the feeding preferences and dislikes of slime moulds • Three cinema iloobia short films: Milk (2009), Rotten (2012) and Paramusical Ensemble (2015) • Angela Mele s animated slime moulds • Gallery • US theatrical trailer • Reversible sleeve featuring two pieces of original artwork THE CREEPING GARDEN SOUNDTRACK [Limited Edition Exclusive] Bonus CD containing the rearranged soundtrack to The Creeping Garden by legendary producer and musician Jim O Rourke FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet containing writing on the film by Jasper Sharp
The Incident (15) (DVD) Cast: Ruta Gedmintas, Tom Hughes, Tasha Connor, Noma Dumezweni, Brian Woodward Cast: Jane Linfoot Run time: 94 mins A successful young couple see their comfortable lives disrupted and their relationship unravel when they each make a decision to ignore the plight of a troubled teenage girl. Lily enters the lives of Annabel and Joe a stranger, setting off a chain of events that challenges them to dig beneath the surface and examine who they really are, but when she leaves Lily is inextricably linked to Annabel, Joe and their unborn child. An intimate study of guilt, betrayal, responsibility and motherhood, ‘The Incident’ is the debut feature from acclaimed shorts director Jane Linfoot, BAFTA nominated for ‘Sea View’ in 2014..
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The Light Between Oceans (12) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Alicia Vikander, Michael Fassbender, Rachel Weisz, Caren Pistorius, Emily Barclay Dir. Derek Cianfrance Run time: 132 mins As beautiful as it is heart-breaking, the light between oceans features an incredible cast including Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz. this breath-taking story is set to remind us all of the infinite power of love, the overwhelming fear of loss and the complexities of human nature that bind the two. when lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne (Fassbender) and his adored wife Isabel (Vikander) discover a baby adrift in a boat off the remote coast off western Australia, they must make a choice. when they decide to raise the child as their own, the shattering consequences of this choice will change their lives forever.
The Lockheed C-130 Hercules (E)
(DVD) Documentary Run time: 57 mins The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medical evacuation, and cargo transport aircraft. The versatile airframe has found uses in a variety of other roles, including as a gunship (AC-130), for airborne assault, search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial re-fuelling, maritime patrol and aerial fire fighting. It is the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide. Over 40 models and variants of the Hercules serve with more than 60 nations.
Anna Biller directs this comedy horror starring Samantha Robinson, Jeffrey Vincent Parise and Laura Waddell which pays homage to the Technicolor thrillers of the 1960s and 70s. A young and beautiful witch named Elaine (Robinson) uses her magic to devise spells and craft concoctions which will grant her what she desires: a man who loves her. Inconveniently however, her creations work too well and every man she seduces ends up dead. She finally finds the perfect man for her, but her willful desire to feel loved may send her over the edge and into a heady brew of passion, madness and death.
The Mighty Peking Man (15) (Blu-ray + DVD Double Play) Cast: Evelyne Kraft, Feng Ku, Danny Lee Dir. Meng Hua Ho Run time: 86 mins King Kong comes to Hong Kong in The Mighty Peking Man, a uniquely Shaw Brothers spin on the ageless theme of beauty and the beast. The beast, seven stories high and hailing from the Himalayas, makes his way to the jungles of India in the wake of a violent earthquake. The beauty is Swiss starlet Evelyn Kraft, a sexy blonde Tarzanette who is the Mighty Peking Man s best friend. Both are discovered by Danny Lee, a handsome young explorer who brings the odd couple back to Hong Kong, where Evelyn is almost raped and the monster runs amuck. Instead of the Empire State Building, the special effects laden climax takes place at the Connaught Centre, then Hong Kong s tallest building. Plenty of action, location shooting in India, and an inter-racial romance make this one of Shaw Brothers most unique motion pictures. Variety s verdict: High camp, Chinese style. Extras: • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition • DVD presentations of the Film • Restored HD master in original 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio • Cantonese Soundtrack with English Subtitles • English Dub Soundtrack • Trailer • Booklet Notes by Dr. Calum Waddell
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The Red Arrows, the world’s best known acrobatic display team, is the product of a long tradition of excellence in RAF air show flying.
At air shows throughout the world, they perform as one of Britain’s finest ambassadors. This documentary traces the ancestry of the team, through to the displays, showing how the Red Arrows have maintained their reputation for reliability and professionalism and have always lived up to their squadron motto éclat meaning excellence .
The Smurfs Amazing Adventures (U) (DVD) Run time: 182 mins Enjoy 8 classic episodes of the original Hanna Barbera produced series of The Smurfs. This special edition Double DVD has been produced to coincide with the release of the forthcoming Sony feature film Smurfs 3-The Lost Village. This Double DVD contains 8 episodes that feature the 4 lead characters in the new Sony film… Smurfette, Hefty, Brainy and Clumsy. Enjoy nearly 200 minutes of Smurftastic fun!
The Story of Sin (15)
• The First Sinner, a new interview with Story of Sin lead actor Gra yna D ugo cka • The Music Box, film critic and documentarian David Thompson on the use of classical music in Borowczyk s films • Stories of Sin, a video essay by Daniel Bird (Friends of Walerian Borowczyk) concerning the director s obsessions • New 2K restorations from the original negatives of Borowczyk s ground-breaking Polish shorts: Once Upon a Time (co-directed by Jan Lenica), Dom (co-directed by Lenica) and The School, with optional audio commentaries by art historian Szymon Bojko (Once Upon a Time), composer W odzimierz Koto sk (Dom) and Daniel Bird (The School) • Miscellaneous, a video essay on Borowczyk and Lenica s contributions to newsreels and documentaries on art history • Street Art, a short news reel documentary about poster art co-written by Borowczyk • Tools of the Trade, an interview with Juliusz Zamecznik, son of photographer and graphic artist Wojciech Zamecznik • Poster Girl, an interview with poster artist, illustrator and print maker Teresa Byszewska, who appears (briefly) in Dom • Trailer • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Andrzej Klimowski
(Blu-ray + DVD Double Play) Cast: Grazyna Dlugolecka, Jerzy Zelnik, Olgierd Lukaszewicz Dir. Walerian Borowczyk Run time: 130 mins The life of a beautiful, young and pious woman is thrown into chaos when her parents takes in a dashingly handsome lodger. Having embarked on a torrid affair, the lodger goes off to Rome to seek a divorce from his estranged wife. Unable to live apart from her beloved, our hero leaves home only to fall prey to the infatuations and lusts of a band of noble admirers, unsavoury criminals and utopian do-gooders... The only feature Walerian Borowczyk (The Beast, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne) made in his native Poland, Story of Sin transforms Stefan Zeromski s classic melodrama into a deliriously surrealistic meditation on l amour fou. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
The Supermarine Spitfire (tbc) (DVD) Documentary Run time: 68 mins Before World War Two the Germans had boasted that the Messerschmitt ME109 was the world s fastest fighter, but the Supermarine company set out to prove them wrong. Designed by R J Mitchell, the Spitfire was poised to replace the Bristol Bulldog fighter. Coupled with the development of the Merlin engine by Rolls Royce, the first Spitfire was delivered to the Royal Air Force in 1938. It was only the advent of jet powered planes that made the Spitfire obsolete but it remains an iconic statement of design and engineering.
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Triage X: Season 1 Collection 1 (15)
(DVD) Cast: Anna Paquin, Marcia Gay Harden, Michelle Dockery, Goran Visnjic, Nathaniel Parker Dir. John Kent Harrison Run time: 90 mins Irena Sendler was one of the most remarkable - and most unlikely - heroes of World War II, saving 2,500 Jewish children during the German occupation of Poland. As a social worker, Irena had access to the Warsaw Ghetto, making it possible for her to rescue the daughter of a Jewish friend and safely hide the young girl with a Catholic family. Realizing that thousands of children were still in danger, Irena recruited sympathetic friends and co-workers to smuggle children out and place them in safe homes, farms and convents. At great personal risk, she devised extraordinary schemes to sneak the children by Nazi guards, bringing them out in ambulances, suitcases and even wheelbarrows. Irena was eventually captured by the Gestapo. Even after months of torture, she maintained her silence. Her heroic efforts were honoured by a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Mochizuki General Hospital boasts some of the most welltrained (and well-endowed) nurses in town. But though these ladies spend much of their day battling sickness, their after-hours are spent fighting a very different sort of disease...Under the leadership of the hospital chairman, a handful of staff members and local teenagers form a group of mercenary assassins, targeting the cancers of society and excising those individuals before their wickedness spreads. This Triage X collection contains episodes 1-10 and bonus OVA episode across 2 Blu-ray discs and 3 bonus DVD discs Language: Japanese & English Subtitles: English
Trollied: Series 6 (12)
Cast: Jason Watkins, Sarah Parish, Stephen Tompkinson Dir. Paul Harrison Run time: 180 mins
Cast: Bill Kopp, Charlie Adler, Jeff Bennett, John DiMaggio,Tom Kenny, Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille Run time: 121 mins Collection of animated adventures featuring the cat and mouse duo. ‘World Champions’ consists of a number of sports-themed episodes while in the feature ‘The Fast and the Furry’ (2005) the pair enter an extreme car racing competition called the ‘Super Race’ in order to win the grand prize of a beautiful, dream mansion. Driving modified hot rods that can adapt to any environment (land, sea or air), they compete in the wild race around the world, encountering famous landmarks along the way and leaving chaos in their wake. (Source: hive. co.uk)
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Anime Cast: Amina Sat, Kenji Akabane, Yui Kondou, Aya Hisakawa, Fuyuka Oura Dirs. Akio Takami, Takao Kato Run time: 275 mins
Tom and Jerry: World Champions/The Fast and the Furry (U)
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A massive success for Sky One, this hit sitcom from the writers and producers of Shameless, The IT Crowd and The Office stars BAFTA winner Jason Watkins, Sarah Parish and Stephen Tompkinson in an ongoing saga of beleaguered managers, oddball checkout staff and unsatisfied customers at a fictional north-west supermarket. This set comprises all eight episodes of series six. The search for the new Valco Area Manager is finally over and Gavin’s shocked to learn that the successful candidate is none other than Cheryl! When her personal relationship with Gavin is discovered, however, she has quite the battle on her hands... Meanwhile Katie and Daniel’s budding romance comes under attack from an old flame, Lisa’s relentless baby-making schedule gets the better of Colin, and Gavin’s healthy-eating initiative meets with opposition from obnoxious ‘Pleasure Food’ rep Duncan Trench...
Tupac Assassination: Battle for Compton (E) DVD
With a screenplay by Frank Nugent (The Searchers) and cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr. (The Lady from Shanghai, 3:10 to Yuma), Two Rode Together was one of the first Westerns to recognize the dignity and value of the Native American way of life and the Masters of Cinema series is proud to present the film on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK in a special Dual-Format edition.
Documentary Run time: 125 mins
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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 hiding- hoping 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, Tupac Assassination: 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. 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.
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SPECIAL DUAL FORMAT FEATURES: • Uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray • Isolated music and effects track • Rebirth A New and exclusive video essay on the film by Ford expert and scholar Tag Gallagher PLUS: A BOOKLET featuring new writing on the film.
You’ll Never Be Alone (15) (DVD) Cast: Sergio Hernández, Andrew Bargsted, Jaime Leiva Dir. Alex Anwandter Run time: 81 mins Based on a real-life case of torture and murder that scandalised Chile, You ll Never Be Alone is the fictionalised account of a homophobic attack that leaves teenage Pablo (Andrew Bargsted) beaten to a pulp and hospitalised in a coma. Pablo s father, Juan, a withdrawn manager at a mannequin factory struggles between paying his son’s exorbitant medical bills and his last attempt at becoming partners with his boss. As he runs into dead-ends and unexpected betrayals, he’ll discover the world he knew was already waiting to be violent with him too. Juan has made too many mistakes, but his son can still be saved.
(Dual Format Blu-ray wirh DVD) Cast: James Stewart, Shirley Jones, Richard Widmark Dir. John Ford Runt time: 109 mins The first collaboration between James Stewart and director John Ford produced this thrilling and darkly complex Western that easily ranks among Ford s best work, yet remains one of his most overlooked. Stewart plays gloriously against type as Marshal Guthrie McCabe, a cynical and amoral U.S. Marshal assigned to trade guns with the fearsome Comanche in exchange for hostages, with the promise of a large reward if he is successful. McCabe and old friend Lieutenant Jim Gary (Richard Widmark, Pickup on South St, Kiss of Death) set out to track down the Comanche and their captives, with tragic consequences for all involved.
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(DVD) Cast: Edward Woodward BBC Drama starring Edward Woodward set in a nightmarish 1984 style future, where government bureaucracy has run riot.
A United Kingdom (12) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast. David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael Dir. Amma Assante Run time: 111 mins From director Amma Asante (Belle), starring David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and set against the breath-taking backdrops of the African savannah and period London, A United Kingdom celebrates the inspiring real-life romance of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. One of the greatest love stories ever told.
Anne of Green Gables (PG) (DVD) Cast: Ella Ballentine, Sara Botsford, Martin Sheen Dir. John Kent Harrison Run time: 85 mins From one of the most beloved and enduring childrens classics of all time comes the heart-warming tale of Anne Shirley, an orphan mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert instead of the boy they were expecting to help on their farm. Despite her mischievous ways and knack for finding trouble, the feisty but loveable redhead soon begins to win a place in the hearts of all those she meets.
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(Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma Dir. Denis Villeneuve Run time: 116 mins Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker star in this sci-fi drama directed by Denis Villeneuve. After mysterious alien spacecraft land on Earth, American linguistics professor Dr Louise Banks (Adams) finds herself working with the army to decode the aliens' communications. Under the command of Colonel Weber (Whitaker), Louise and military scientist Ian Donnelly (Renner) try to learn more about the aliens' language so they can communicate with them and discover why they have come to Earth, before someone else across the globe decides to attack first. But with the CIA and global leaders monitoring their interactions, will they be able to make their breakthrough without any unwanted interference? The film was nominated for nine BAFTAs, including Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Leading Actress (Adams), and two Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (Adams) and Best Original Score - Motion Picture (Jóhann Jóhannsson).
Barbie: Dreams Come True (U) (DVD) BARBIE AND THE DIAMOND CASTLE: Barbie and Teresa tell us the fairytale story of Liana and Alexa, best friends who share everything including their love of music. One day their simple lives change when they are given an enchanted mirror and befriend the girl trapped inside! To save their new friend, Liana and Alexa embark on a dangerous journey to the hidden Diamond Castle that will put their friendship to the test. The girls face their challenges together and learn that friendship is the true treasure! Bonus: Hilarious Bloopers from the Movie! • Magical Music Video “Connected” BARBIE AS RAPUNZEL Rapunzel had the most beautiful, radiant hair the world had ever seen. But Rapunzel’s life was far from wonderful. She lived as a servant of Gothel, a jealous, scheming witch who kept her hidden deep in a forbidding forest, guarded by the enormous dragon Hugo. However, in a twist of fate, Rapunzel’s discovery of a magic paintbrush leads her on a journey that will unravel a web of deception, bring peace to two feuding kingdoms, and ultimately lead her to love with the handsome Prince Stefan. Bonus: Rapunzel’s Art Gallery • Dress-up Rapunzel Game • The Artist in Me Documentary BARBIE AS THE PRINCESS AND THE PAUPER Barbie comes to life in this modern retelling of a classic tale of mistaken identity and the power of friendship. Based on
the story by Mark Twain, Barbie as The Princess and the Pauper features Barbie in an exciting dual role as a princess and a poor village girl — two girls who look amazingly alike! The girls’ paths are fated to cross when Princess Anneliese is captured and Erika, her look-alike, must try to save her. In this magical musical performance, two beautiful adventurous girls dare to follow their dreams! Bonus: Sing Along Feature • My Favourite Songs Menu • Trailer Gallery
Battleship (12) (4K UHD Blu-ray + Blu-ray+ Digital Download) Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson, Rihanna, Taylor Kitsch Dir. Peter Berg From Hasbro the company that brought you Transformers, Battleship is an epic-scaled action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior alien force. Directed by Peter Berg (Hancock), and starring Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna and Liam Neeson, Battleship features some of the most incredible special effects and breathtakingly explosive action sequences ever filmed! DISC ONE: 4K ULTRA HD MOVIE + BONUS FEATURE FOR THE ULTIMATE MOVIE WATCHING EXPERIENCE, THIS DISC FEATURES: • 4X sharper picture than HD • HDR (HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE) for brilliant brights and deepest darks • IMMERSIVE AUDIO for a multi-dimensional sound experience DISC TWO: BLU-RAY MOVIE + BONUS FEATURES • PREPARING FOR BATTLE • ALL HANDS ON DECK: THE CAST • ENGAGE IN BATTLE • COMMANDER PETE • THE VISUAL EFFECTS OF BATTLESHIP • USS MISSOURI VIP TOUR WITH DIRECTOR PETER BERG • ALTERNATE ENDING PRE-VISUALISATION ALSO INCLUDES DIGITAL HD WITH UV- WATCH ANYWHERE ON ALL YOUR DEVICES!
Call the Midwife: Series 6 (12) (DVD) Cast: Jenny Agutter, Linda Bassett, Helen George Dir. Frank Clarke Series 6 It is now 1962, and the Nonnatus House team are as committed to caring for the people of Poplar as always. However, the social revolution in the outside world is mirrored by change and challenge much closer to home. As they strive to help mothers and families cope with the demands of childbearing, disability, disease and social prejudice, our beloved medics must make choices
- and fight battles - of their own. Series six will see them laugh together, cry together, and pull together, supporting each other as never before. Also Includes 2016 Christmas Special The Christmas Special will see Call The Midwife transported to the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Nonnatus House receives an SOS from a tiny mission hospital. Understaffed, underfunded, and with a poor water supply, struggling Hope Clinic is faced with closure. Can our much-loved medics and midwives make a difference to the people whose lives depend upon its work? Far from home and everything familiar, the team are both shaken and exhilarated by the challenges they face - and by the time the mission trip is over, some lives are permanently changed.
CBeebies: Funtime (U) (DVD) Run time: 107 mins Join your favourite characters in this new CBeebies Compilation - Funtime. All the fun you could wish for in 2 hours.
Decay (18) (DVD) Cast: Rob Zabrecky, Lisa Howard, Elisha Yaffe, Jackie Hoffman, Hannah Barron Dir. Joseph Wartnerchaney Run time: 95 mins Jonathan is a middle-aged grounds keeper at a local theme park and suffers from a debilitating case of OCD. One day, his daily routine is disrupted by a surprise visitor in his basement: a beautiful young woman who, through a jarring turn of events, ends up dead. Jonathan panics and chooses not to report the dead girl. Instead, he invites her to dinner. Jonathan is happy to have a friend, until the police start closing in, and his mind, and the body of the girl, begins to decay.
Fast & Furious 6 (12)
(4K UHD Blu-ray + Blu-ray+ Digital Download) Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez Dir. Justin Lin 4 X SHARPER THAN HD Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez lead an all-star cast as the global blockbuster
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franchise built on speed delivers the biggest adrenaline rush yet in Fast & Furious 6. Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled drivers, whose mastermind (Luke Evans) is aided by the love Dom (Diesel) thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal mercenaries from stealing a top secret weapon is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks for the help of Dom and his elite team. Payment for the ultimate chase? Full pardons for all of them and a chance to make their families whole again.
(Dual Format Limited Edition Blu-ray) Cast: Jeff Bridges, Stacy Keach, Susan Tyrell, Candy Clark Dir. John Huston Run time: 96 mins
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John Huston’s sombre but compassionate boxing drama is a criminally-underseen late-career masterpiece from the great director. Peppered with outstanding performances this gritty yet affectionate look at the world of small-time boxing highlights a down-and-out fighter and a young upand-comer, both moving through a world of seedy gyms and flop houses.
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• HDR (HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE) for brilliant brights
• 4K restoration
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• Original mono audio
• IMMERSIVE AUDIO for a multi-dimensional sound experience
• New ‘making of’ documentary featuring interviews with
• BLU-RAY MOVIE + BONUS FEATURES • ALSO INCLUDES DIGITAL HD WITH UV- WATCH ANYWHERE ON ALL YOUR DEVICES!
Fast & Furious 7 (12)
(4K UHD Blu-ray + Blu-ray+ Digital Download) Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez Dir. James Wan Vengeance hits home in Fast & Furious 7 as Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead an all-star cast across the globe in their most gravity-defying and emotional adventure yet. Targeted by a cold-blooded black ops assassin with a score to settle (Jason Statham), their only hope is to get behind the wheel again and secure an ingenious prototype tracking device. Facing their greatest threat yet in places as far away as Abu Dhabi and as familiar as the Los Angeles streets they call home, the crew must come together once again as a team, and as a family, to protect their own. DISC ONE: 4K ULTRA HD MOVIE OR THE ULTIMATE MOVIE WATCHING EXPERIENCE, THIS DISC FEATURES: • 4X sharper picture than HD • HDR (HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE) for brilliant brights and deepest darks • IMMERSIVE AUDIO for a multi-dimensional sound experience DISC TWO: BLU-RAY MOVIE + BONUS FEATURES ALSO INCLUDES DIGITAL HD WITH UV- WATCH ANYWHERE ON ALL YOUR DEVICES!
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• Audio commentary by film historians Lem Dobbs and Nick Redman
Fat City (15)
stars Stacy Keach and Candy Clark
• Archival interview with director John Huston on Fat City • Isolated score • Original theatrical trailer • Image gallery • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by critic Danny Leigh
• UK Blu-ray premiere • Limited Dual Format Edition of 3,000 copies
Ghost in the Shell (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Anime Cast: Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Ôtsuka, Tamio Ôki, Iemasa Kayumi, Kôichi Yamadera Dir. Mamoru Oshii Run time: 83 mins The year is 2029, the world is made borderless by the net; augmented humans who live in virtual environments. Watched over by law enforcement agents that are able to download themselves into super-powered, crime busting mecha. The ultimate secret agent of the future is not human, has no physical body and can travel freely through the information highways of the world. Hacking and manipulating whatever, whomever and whenever required…
Ghost in the Shell/Ghost in the Shell 2 Innocence (15) (Blu-ray and DVD)
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society (15)
(Blu-ray and DVD)
Cast: Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Ôtsuka, Tamio Ôki, Iemasa Kayumi, Kôichi Yamadera Dir. Mamoru Oshii Run time: 179 mins
Ghost In The Shell: The year is 2029, the world is made borderless by the net; augmented humans who live in virtual environments. Watched over by law enforcement agents that are able to download themselves into super-powered, crime busting mecha. The ultimate secret agent of the future is not human, has no physical body and can travel freely through the information highways of the world. Hacking and manipulating whatever, whomever and whenever required… Ghost In The Shell: Innocence: When machines learn to feel, who decides what is human? It is the year 2032 and Earth is a world where the few remaining humans coexist with artificial replicants, cyborgs and robots. Batou, a cyborg detective and his partner, Togusa are charged with investigating the bizarre case of a malfunctioning female sex droid that has murdered its owner. As they delve deeper into the investigation they are forced to confront violent Yakuza thugs, devious hackers, influential government bureaucrats and powerful corporate criminals. Painstakingly created by Production IG and director, Mamoru Oshii (G.I.T.S, Avalon, Patlabor) Innocence seamlessly combines ground-breaking 2-D and 3-D CG animation techniques to produce an action-packed, sci-fi fable of a solitary cyborg struggling to retain what's left of his humanity in a world where the human soul is gradually fading into obscurity.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Individual Eleven (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Anime Cast: Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Otsuka, Koichi Yamadera, Osamu Saka Dir. Kenji Kamiyama Run time: 153 mins The year is 2030 and an influx of refugees have effortlessly transformed themselves into a terrorist organization known as the Individual Eleven. With a sadistic intent of mass destruction, will they triumph in victory or discover the gloomy pitfalls of defeat?
Nakano Dir. Kenji Kamiyama Run time: 108 mins
Cast: Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Otsuka, Koichi Yamadera, Osamu Saka, Yutaka
The year is 2034 and the face of terrorism has changed. Two years have passed since Motoko Kusanagi departed Section 9, Japan's elite anti-terrorism unit. After a wave of audacious ghost hacks, the Section 9 team's investigations lead them to an ultra-wizard hacker named the Puppeteer. Meanwhile Batou encounters Motoko once more. She warns him to Stay away from the Solid State Society. No one is above suspicion in this feature length continuation of the Ghost in the Shell saga from the acclaimed Production IG Studio (Kill Bill, Ghost In The Shell 1 & 2, Blood The Last Vampire).
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - TheLaughing Man (15) (Blu-ray and DVD)
Dir. Kenji Kamiyama Run time: 153 mins
Anime Cast: Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Otsuka, Koichi Yamadera, Osamu Saka, Yutaka Nakano
The year is 2030 and six years have passed since a criminal known only as The Laughing Man swept through top medical nanotechnology firms committing acts of cyber-terrorism, kidnapping, extortion, and corporate espionage leaving no known suspects. New information is revealed to Japan's top homeland security force, drawing Major Kusanagi and Section 9 into the hunt for a suspect capable of hacking the eyes of every operative, obscuring all details of his appearance and leaving behind a trail of copycats and hacked cyborg citizens. Who is The Laughing Man? What are his motives? And how do you catch a criminal that you cannot see? Join the beautiful cyborg Motoko Kusanagi in a world of high technology and deadly conspiracies as she searches for the answers to these questions and more!
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Harry Benson - Shoot First (E) (DVD) Documentary HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST charts the illustrious career of the renowned Scottish photographer who initially rose to fame alongside The Beatles, having been assigned to cover their inaugural trip to the United States in 1964. With unprecedented “behind the scenes” access, Benson captured some of the most vibrant and intimate portraits ever taken of the most popular band in history. Benson has photographed eleven US presidents from Eisenhower to Obama; world leaders including Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Conrad Adenauer, Leonid Brezhnev, Ariel Sharon, and Boris Yeltsin; Royals including Princess Grace, Prince Rainier, Princess Caroline, the Royal Family of Spain and The British Royal Family including a private sitting with Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace in 2014. He has also photographed Senator Robert F. Kennedy on the campaign trail and was next to him when he was assassinated in 1968. Harry marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the Civil Rights Movement, covered the Race Riots in America, was embedded with US Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf during the Gulf War; and has photographed countless luminaries including The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, The Who, Willie Nelson, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Winston Churchill, Bobby Fischer, Muhammad Ali, Jack Nicholson, Amy Winehouse, Greta Garbo, Brad Pitt, Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon and Kate Moss. His work has appeared in dozens of publications including The Sunday Times Magazine, Life, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Now 86, workaholic Benson has no intention of stopping! Shoot First features interviews with politicos, actors, film-makers and sports stars, including Sharon Stone, Alec Baldwin, Donald Trump, Piers Morgan, Dan Rather, James L Brooks, Henry Kissinger and more.
Heavy Object: Season 1 Part 1 (15) (Blu-ray) Anime Dir. Takashi Watanabe Run time: 300 mins First 12 episodes of the animated series based on the manga by Kazuma Kamachi and directed by Takashi Watanabe. Far into the future, the battlefield is dominated by hulking dreadnoughts called Objects. Practically invulnerable, they swing the tide of battle whenever and wherever they are deployed. Qwenthur Barbotage (voice 80
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of Natsuki Hanae) studies the craft of designing these Objects, and Havia Winchell (Kaito Ishikawa) works as a radar analyst. Both serve under the command of Frolaytia Capistrano (Shizuka Itou) in the 37th Mobile Maintenance Battalion. Their duty is to support Object Baby Magnum and its pilot Milinda Brantini (Eri Suzuki). But when the shifting tide of battle places Qwenthur and Havia unprotected in the sights of an enemy Object, the war becomes a series of near-suicide missions for these heroes. The episodes are: 'The Snowy Deep Winter Battle of Alaska: Part 1', 'The Snowy Deep Winter Battle of Alaska: Part 2', 'The Snowy Deep Winter Battle of Alaska: Part 3', 'Battle to Blockade the Gibraltar: Part 1', 'Battle to Blockade the Gibraltar: Part 2', 'The Invasion of the Oceanian Military State: Part 1', 'The Invasion of the Oceanian Military State: Part 2', 'The Invasion of the Oceanian Military State: Part 3', 'The Battle for Supremacy in Antarctica', 'The Artillery Battle in the Iguazu Mountains: Part 1', 'The Artillery Battle in the Iguazu Mountains: Part 2' and 'The Artillery Battle in the Iguazu Mountains: Part 3'.
Hell Drivers (12) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Stanley Baker, Patrick McGoohan, Peggy Cummins, William Hartnell, Sean Connery Dir. C. Raker Endfield Run time: 104 mins This tremendous hard-boiled action thriller from Zulu director Cy Endfield features memorable performances from both Stanley Baker and Patrick McGoohan as rival drivers for a ruthless road-haulage company. An outstanding cast includes Herbert Lom, Peggy Cummins, William Hartnell, Sid James, Gordon Jackson and Wilfrid Lawson, with early appearances from Sean Connery and David McCallum. Hell Drivers is featured here in a stunning new restoration from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited aspect ratio. When ex-con Tom Yately signs up as a driver for Hawlett's, he uncovers shady dealings between the manager and the viciously ambitious head driver the drivers are paid per trip, with a bonus system encouraging them to drive at reckless speeds and take dangerous risks. The stakes are raised when a fatal accident claims the life of Tom's only workplace ally, and he vows to take revenge. Special features: • Commentary with sound assistant Harry Fairbairn and journalist Andrew Robertson • Theatrical Trailer • Look In on Hell Drivers • The Stanley Baker Story • Full Screen Ahead • Galleries and PDFs • Danger Man with Patrick McGoohan: Loyalty Always Pays
• Stanley Baker archive interview (1960s)
Kinmoza! Complete Season 1 (12)
• Who Killed Lamb? with Stanley Baker • Stanley Baker plaque news footage • Return to the Rhondda documentary
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• Booklet by Dave Rolinson
Anime Cast: Asuka Nishi, Manami Tanaka, Nao T yama Dir. Tensho Run time: 300 mins
Ibiza Undead (15) (DVD)
Cast: Cara Theobold, Emily Atack, Algina Lipskis, Jordan Coulson, Homer Todiwala Dir. Andy Edwards The Inbetweeners meets Shaun of the Dead in this riotously entertaining British zombie film. A group of young people head to Ibiza for the holiday of a lifetime - all the sun, sea and debauchery they can handle. Leaving the girls behind, the lads get in to an exclusive club where the performers are the undead. But one of the lads’ drunken antics lead to the zombies escaping their restraints… Soon all hell breaks loose and no one on the party island is safe. Starring Emily Atack (The Inbetweeners), Matt King (Peep Show), and Cara Theobold (Downton Abbey).
Shinobu Oomiya once left Japan to participate in a homestay in England. During her time there, she became close friends with Alice Cartelet, the daughter of the family she was living with. However, when it was time for Shinobu to return to Japan, the two were able to express their sorrow despite the language barrier between them. Five years later, now a first year student in high school, Shinobu receives a letter by air mail in a language she does not understand. This letter is penned by none other than Alice, detailing her own homestay in Japan. In fact, Alice will be attending Shinobu's high school and living with her! Alongside their friends Youko Inokuma, Aya Komichi, and Karen Kujou, the five girls attend school together and learn about what their different cultures have to offer, day after day. This Kinmoza! collection contains episodes 1-12 across 2 Blu-ray discs and 3 bonus DVD discs. Language: Japanese Subtitles: English
Jason Bourne (12)
(4k UHD Blu-ray + Blu-ray) Cast: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, AliciaVikander, Vincent Cassel Dir. Paul Greengrass 4 X SHARPER THAN HD 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 fnds the CIA’s most lethal operative drawn out of the shadows. Damon is joined by Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones, while Julia Stiles reprises her role in the series. DISC ONE: 4K ULTRA HD MOVIE FOR THE ULTIMATE MOVIE WATCHING EXPERIENCE, THIS DISC FEATURES: • 4X sharper picture than HD • HDR (HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE) for brilliant brights and deepest darks • IMMERSIVE AUDIO for a multi-dimensional sound experience DISC TWO: BLU-RAY MOVIE + BONUS FEATURES • BRINGING BACK MATT DAMON AS BOURNE • BARE-KNUCKLE BOXING • CLOSE QUARTERS COMBAT • UNDERGROUND RUMBLE • THE ATHENS ESCAPE • CONVENTION CHAOS • SHUTTING DOWN THE LAS VEGAS STRIP ALSO INCLUDES DIGITAL HD WITH UV- WATCH ANYWHERE ON ALL YOUR DEVICES!
LEGO: Justice League Vs Bizarro League/ Attack of the Legion of Doom (U) (DVD) Dirs. Brandon Vietti, Rick Morales Run time: 121 mins Double bill of feature-length animated adventures set in a Lego version of the DC universe. In 'Justice League Vs Bizarro League' (2015) Superman (voice of Nolan North) realises he can no longer contain his evil mirror image Bizarro (also North) in Metropolis and decides to send him back to his home planet. Once there the destructive clone forms his own rival group of superheroes to fight back. But when Darkseid (Tony Todd) threatens Bizarro's planet and the entire galaxy, Superman and the rest of the Justice League, including Batman (Troy Baker), Green Lantern (Diedrich Bader) and Wonder Woman (Kari Wahlgren), are forced to join forces with their polar opposites in the newly formed Bizarro League to defeat Darkseid and restore order to their universe. In 'Attack of the Legion of Doom' (2015) the evil Lex Luthor (John DiMaggio) forms a group of supervillains known as the Legion of Doom and plots to take over the world. His villainHOME MOVIE : SFF 81
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My 20th Century (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Dorota Segda, Oleg Yankovskiy, Paulus Manker Dir. Ildikó Enyedi Run time: 102 mins
Little Busters!: Season One (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Anime Cast: Caitlynn French, Jenya, Yui Horie, Hikaru Midorikawa, Tomoe Tamiyasu When tragedy struck Riki Naoe as a child, he was rescued from grief over his parent’s deaths when four other kids “recruited” him for their group - the “Little Busters.” Now in high school, Riki and the other Busters are still fast friends, and though their vision of being heroes for justice may have faded, they’d still do anything for each other. Which is why Riki is now on TWO special missions. The not so secret one: recruiting new members so the Busters can form a baseball team. Preferably FEMALE recruits, as the current dude/babe ratio is an inconvenient 4 to 1. The OTHER mission though, that’s the strange one. Because Riki and Rin, the group’s singular girl, are receiving odd messages, delivered by cats, concerning the existence of a “secret world” and assigning them tasks they have to complete. Were their youthful dreams of being crusaders not so fanciful after all? Or is there something even more vital at stake? Between steeling his courage to talk to girls and dealing with his own narcolepsy, Riki may just need the strength of a superhero to solve the ultimate mystery of the LITTLE BUSTERS! [Source: Zavvi.com]
Mum's List (12) (DVD) Cast: Rafe Spall, Emilia Fox Dir. Niall Johnson Run time: 101 mins A heart-warming true life story of Singe and Kate Greene, whose lives were turned upside down when Kate was diagnosed with an incurable breast cancer. Over her last few months she created her list: writing her thoughts and memories down to help the man she loved create the best life possible for their two sons after she is gone.
From Ildikó Enyedi (whose latest film On Body and Soul scooped four major prizes - including the Golden Bear - at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival) this magical film spins a tale of twin girls, Dóra and Lili, who are born in 1880 Budapest on the same moment Thomas Edison presents his electric lightbulb to the world. The sisters are soon orphaned and separated in childhood, and follow different paths: one grows up to a naïvely idealistic, bomb-toting anarchist, the other a pampered, hedonistic courtesan who paths cross once again on the Orient Express on New Year s Eve 1899... Moving at a dizzy pace between Budapest, Hamburg, New York, Burma, Austria, Paris and Siberia, this is a film of dazzling beauty and acumen. It is a modernist fable, a fantasmagoria of scientific, political and sexual revolution and radicalism, the birth of cinema, and the joy of life. Shot in luminous monochrome by cinematographer Tibor Máthé, the multi-award-winning My 20th Century attempts to claim back from the century of genocide the wonder of existence in a constantly changing world. Awards: 1989 Cannes Film Festival / Winner: Camera d Or - Ildikó Enyedi 1989 Edinburgh International Film Festival / Winner: Jury Prize 1989 Las Vegas International Film Festival / Winner: Special Jury Prize; Best Cinematography 1990 Hungarian Film Week / Winner: Foreign Film Critics Award; Best Director; Best Actress; Best Cinematography 1990 The New York Times 10 Best Films of the Year Special edition contents:
• My 20th Century (1989) presented from a brand new 2K
restoration of the film by the Hungarian Digital Archive and Film Institute, supervised by the filmmakers.
• Original Hungarian soundtrack in Stereo 16-bit LPCM audio
• A new filmed interview with director Ildikó Enyedi, shot exclusively for this release by filmmaker Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio; The Duke of Burgundy).
• Booklet featuring a new essay on the film by author and academic Jonathan Owen.
• New and improved English subtitle translation. • World premiere on Blu-ray.
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No Offence: Series 1 & 2 (18) (DVD Box Set) Cast: Joanna Scanlan, Elaine Cassidy, Alexandra Roach, Will Mellor, Colin Salmon Run time: 820 mins AS SEEN ON CHANNEL 4 - complete collection of Series 1&2 of No Offence. Joanna Scanlan (The Thick of It, Getting On), Elaine Cassidy (The Paradise, Harper's Island) and Alexandra Roach (The Iron Lady, Utopia) lead the unorthodox crack team of cops at the heart of Paul Abbott's NO OFFENCE, an outrageous new police procedural series from the writer of Shameless and State of Play. Will Mellor (Dates, Broadchurch), Paul Ritter (Friday Night Dinner, The Game) and Colin Salmon (Arrow, 24: Live Another Day), join them in the mix of tough but big-hearted bobbies who go above and beyond to bring down the criminal rabble in a crumbling cop-shop.
Operation Avalanche (15) (DVD) Cast: Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Krista Madison, Tom Bolton, Sharon Belle Dir. Matt Johnson Run time: 90 mins 1967: the height of the Cold War. The CIA suspects there is a Russian mole inside of NASA, sabotaging the Apollo program. They send two young agents on a mission to go undercover, posing as documentary filmmakers, there to capture NASA's race to the moon. The real mission - use their access and technology to hunt down the leak. But what they discover is far more shocking than soviet spies... Their government may be hiding a secret about Apollo that could define the decade, and the White House will stop at nothing to silence anyone who learns it.
Party With Barbie (U) (DVD) BARBIE PRINCESS CHARM SCHOOL - Barbie stars as Blair Willows, a kind-hearted girl who is chosen to attend Princess Charm School. When royal teacher Dame Devin believes Blair resem-
bles the kingdom’s missing princess, she goes out of her way to keep Blair from having any chance of claiming the throne. Blair, Hadley and Delancy must reveal the enchanted crown they found and prove the true identity of Blair in this magic-filled princess story! Bonus: Barbie Short • Outtakes • Music Videos BARBIE & HER SISTERS IN A PONY TALE - Barbie and her sisters set off on a Swiss adventure to the majestic Alps, where they’re excited to spend the summer at a fun-filled riding academy! Barbie can’t wait to find a new horse to bring back to Malibu. Stacie is super excited to prove she’s an amazing equestrian. All Chelsea wants to do is ride the big horses. The sisters’ vacation gets off to a rocky start, but when Barbie discovers a mysterious wild horse in the woods, their visit becomes truly magical. Bonus: Outtakes • Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse Music Video • Life in the Dreamhouse Episode Part 1 & 2 BARBIE IN PRINCESS POWER Barbie stars as Kara, a modern-day princess with an everyday life. One day, after being kissed by a magical butterfly, Kara soon discovers she has amazing super powers allowing her to transform into Super Sparkle. But it’s not long before her jealous cousin catches the butterfly and also transforms – this time into Dark Sparkle, her superhero nemesis. Their rivalry takes to the skies, but when they discover the kingdom’s true enemy, can they put aside their differences to form one super team? Bonus: 2 Music Videos • “ Barbie Life In the dreamHouse” WEBisode • Barbie Anthem • Outtakes
Planet of the Sharks (15) (DVD) Dir. Mark Atkins In the near future, glacial melting has covered 98% of earth's landmass. Sharks have flourished, eating all underwater life. They now dominate the planet, operating as one massive school led by a terrifyingly greedy mutated alpha-shark. The only human survivors live in terror of the predators, and it‘s up to them, and them alone, to take down the gigantic chief shark and make the seas safe again.
Property Is No Longer a Theft (15)
(4k UHD Blu-ray + DVD) Cast: Ugo Tognazzi, Flavio Bucci, Daria Nicolodi Dir. Elio Petri Run time: 120 mins Having tackled the corrupting nature of power with Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion and taken an angry, impassioned look at labour relations with The Working Class Goes to Heaven, Italian master Elio Petri next turned his attentions to capitalism for the darkly comic Property is HOME MOVIE : SFF 83
No Longer a Theft. A young bank clerk (Flavio Bucci, the blind pianist in Dario Argento s Suspiria), denied a loan by his employer, decides to exact his revenge the local butcher (Ugo Tognazzi, La Grande bouffe) who is not only a nasty, violent, greedy piece of work but also one of the bank s star customers. Quitting his job, the clerk devotes all of his time tormenting the butcher, stealing his possessions one-by-one, including his mistress (Daria Nicolodi, Deep Red). Told in an off-kilter fashion by Petri, abetted by the woozy sound design and another outstanding score by Ennio Morricone, Property is No Longer a Theft presents a caustic, blackly comic look at a corrupt society. Special edition contents:
Snow White and the Huntsman (12)
• 4K restoration from the original film negative
(4k UHD Blu-ray)
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin Dir. Rupert Sanders
• New subtitle translation • Brand-new interview with actor Flavio Bucci • Brand-new interview with producer Claudio Mancini • Brand-new interview with make-up artist Pierantonio Mecacci
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet containing new writing on the film by Camilla Zamboni
Roger Corman's Death Race 2050 (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Manu Bennett, Malcolm McDowell, Marci Miller Dir. G.J. Echternkamp Run time: 128 mins In the not-too-distant future, America is controlled by an all-powerful corporate government that keeps the masses placated with violent virtual reality entertainment. The event of the year is the Death Race, where a motley assortment of drivers compete in a cross country road race, scoring points for driving over pedestrians and killing each other. The reigning champion is Frankenstein, a half man, half machine favorite of the people, but little does he know he’s taken a rebel spy as his co-pilot.
Sky Riders (15) (Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD) Cast: James Coburn, Robert Culp, Susannah York, Charles Aznavour, Harry Andrews Dir. Douglas Hickox Run time: 91 mins
Action adventure directed by Douglas Hickox and starring James Coburn and Robert Culp. When a rich industrialist by the name of Bracken (Culp) finds that his wife and children have been kidnapped by terrorists, he has the police try to capture them and rescue his family. But the police fail in every attempt and Bracken's last hope lies in his wife's former husband McCabe (Coburn) who has his own plan of action and recruits a team of professional hang gliders for a daring mountain top rescue.
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4 X SHARPER THAN HD Te fairytale is over… In this epic action-adventure, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar winner* Charlize Teron) who is out to destroy her. With a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth – Tor) dispatched to kill her, will she meet her destiny and end the darkness? DISC ONE: 4K ULTRA HD MOVIE FOR THE ULTIMATE MOVIE WATCHING EXPERIENCE, THIS DISC FEATURES: • 4X sharper picture than HD • HDR (HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE) for brilliant brights and deepest darks • IMMERSIVE AUDIO for a multi-dimensional sound experience • FEATURE COMMENTARY with Director Rupert Sanders, Visual Effects Supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and Co-Editor Neil Smith DISC TWO: BLU-RAY MOVIE + BONUS FEATURES • A NEW LEGEND IS BORN • REINVENTING THE FAIRYTALE • THE HUNTSMAN • MOTLEY CREW: THE DWARVES • THE MAGIC OF SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN • FEATURE COMMENTARY with Director Rupert Sanders, Visual Effects Supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and Co-Editor Neil Smith ALSO INCLUDES DIGITAL HD WITH UV- WATCH ANYWHERE ON ALL YOUR DEVICES!
Spy in the Wild (E) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: David Tennant In one of the most innovative natural history series ever presented, Spy in the Wild deploys over 30 ultra-realistic animatronic Spy Creatures to go undercover in the animal world. This 5 x 60 BBC One series captures unique animal behaviour closer than ever before. Using special spy cameras invented by film maker John Downer s team at John Downer Productions, the viewer
is plunged into the very heart of the extraordinary lives of over thirty fascinating animals across the world, including langurs, orang-utans, meerkats and crocodiles, revealing behaviour that is remarkably like our own. To expose some of the most astonishing animal behaviour ever seen, the team of Spy Creatures go undercover. These robotic lookalikes make all the right moves to not only be accepted by animals but also interact with them, providing revelatory insights into their world. Narrated by David Tennant (Doctor Who) Subtitles for the Hard of Hearing
Stagecoach (12) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Ann Margret, Alex Cord, Red Buttons Dir. Gordon Douglas Run time: 115 mins A group of unlikely traveling companions find themselves on the same stagecoach to Cheyenne. They include a drunken doctor, a bar girl who's been thrown out of town, a professional gambler, a traveling liquor salesman, a banker who has decided to embezzle money, a gunslinger out for revenge and a young woman going to join her army captain husband. All have secrets but when they are set upon by an Indian war party and then a family of outlaws, they find they must all work together if they are to stay alive.
Surf's Up 2 WaveMania (PG) (DVD) Dir. Henry Yu Run time: 81 mins Cody, Chicken Joe and Lani are back in their most epic adventure yet! The most radical surfing dream team, The Hang Five (voiced by WWE Superstars John Cena, Undertaker, Triple H, Paige and Mr. McMahon) puts Cody and his friends to the test and teaches them the meaning of teamwork as they journey to the most legendary surfing spot on the planet. Special Features:
• Bloopers • Behind The Mic: Hanging With The Dream Team featurette
• Chicken Joe's Extreme Slaughter Island Tour featurette • How To Draw Your Favourite Characters with Henry Yu featurette
• Inside The Music With Toby Chu featurette
The Big Heat (15) (Dual Format Blu-ray Limited Edition) Cast: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Lee Marvin Dir. Fritz lang Run time: 90 mins Fritz Lang’s iconic film noir masterpiece is an uncompromising exploration of corruption and violence at the dark heart of small-town America. Glenn Ford is the good cop in a bad town, who single-handedly takes on local mobsters headed by Alexander Scourby and his psychotic right-hand man Lee Marvin. Dave Bannion is an upright cop on the trail of a vicious gang he suspects holds power over the police force. Bannion is tipped off after a colleague's suicide and his fellow officers' suspicious silence lead him to believe that they are on the gangsters' payroll. When a bomb meant for him kills his wife instead, Bannion becomes a furious force of vengeance and justice, aided along the way by the gangster's spurned girlfriend Debbie. As Bannion and Debbie fall further and further into the Gangland's insidious and brutal trap, they must use any means necessary (including murder) to get to the truth. Indicator limited edition special features:
• Audio commentary by film historians Lem Dobbs, Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman
• New filmed appreciation by film historian Tony Rayns • Martin Scorsese on The Big Heat • Michael Mann on The Big Heat • Isolated score • Original theatrical trailer • Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by critic Glenn Kenny
• Limited Dual Format Edition of 3,000 copies • UK Blu-ray premiere
The Bourne Identity (12) Blu-ray / 4K Ultra HD + Bluray + Digital Download(Red Tag) Cast: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen Dir. Doug Liman
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4 X SHARPER THAN HD 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! DISC ONE: 4K ULTRA HD MOVIE FOR THE ULTIMATE MOVIE WATCHING EXPERIENCE, THIS DISC FEATURES: • 4X sharper picture than HD • HDR (HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE) for brilliant brights and deepest darks • IMMERSIVE AUDIO for a multi-dimensional sound experience • • FEATURE COMMENTARY with Director Doug Liman DISC TWO: BLU-RAY MOVIE + 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! ALSO INCLUDES DIGITAL HD WITH UV- WATCH ANYWHERE ON ALL YOUR DEVICES!
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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. DISC ONE: 4K ULTRA HD MOVIE FOR THE ULTIMATE MOVIE WATCHING EXPERIENCE, THIS DISC FEATURES: • 4X sharper picture than HD • HDR (HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE) for brilliant brights and deepest darks • IMMERSIVE AUDIO for a multi-dimensional sound experience • FEATURE COMMENTARY with Director Paul Greengrass DISC TWO: BLU-RAY MOVIE + 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! ALSO INCLUDES DIGITAL HD WITH UV- WATCH ANYWHERE ON ALL YOUR DEVICES!
The Bourne Ultimatum (12)
(Blu-ray / 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital Download (Red Tag) Cast: Jeremy Renner, Scott Glenn, Stacy Keach, Edward Norton Dir. Tony Gilroy 4 X SHARPER THAN HD The narrative architect behind the Bourne flms, 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 frst three flms. 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. DISC ONE: 4K ULTRA HD MOVIE FOR THE ULTIMATE MOVIE WATCHING EXPERIENCE, THIS DISC FEATURES: • 4X sharper picture than HD • HDR (HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE) for brilliant brights and deepest darks • IMMERSIVE AUDIO for a multi-dimensional sound experience • FEATURE COMMENTARY with filmmakers DISC TWO: BLU-RAY MOVIE + BONUS FEATURES • DELETED SCENES • BEHIND-THE-SCENES FEATURETTES • FEATURE COMMENTARY with flmmakers • PLUS MUCH MORE! ALSO INCLUDES DIGITAL HD WITH UV- WATCH ANYWHERE ON ALL YOUR DEVICES!
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(Blu-ray / 4K Ultra HD + Bluray + Digital Download(Red Tag) Cast: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn Dir. Paul Greengrass 4 X SHARPER THAN HD 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 flm critics are calling, “The best action picture in decades.” (Maxim) DISC ONE: 4K ULTRA HD MOVIE FOR THE ULTIMATE MOVIE WATCHING EXPERIENCE, THIS DISC FEATURES: • 4X sharper picture than HD • HDR (HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE) for brilliant brights and deepest darks • IMMERSIVE AUDIO for a multi-dimensional sound experience • FEATURE COMMENTARY with Director Paul Greengrass DISC TWO: BLU-RAY MOVIE + BONUS FEATURES • FEATURE COMMENTARY with Director Paul Greengrass • DELETED SCENES • MAN ON THE MOVE: JASON BOURNE • BE BOURNE SPY TRAINING ALSO INCLUDES DIGITAL HD WITH UV- WATCH ANYWHERE ON ALL YOUR DEVICES!
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Cast: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles Dir. Paul Greengrass
The Chamber (15)
4 X SHARPER THAN HD 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
Cast: Christian Hillborg, Johannes Kuhnke, Elliot Levey, James McArdle, Charlotte Salt Dir. Ben Parker
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When a special ops unit commandeer a submersible to locate a mysterious item at the bottom of the Yellow Sea, the pilot of the sub (Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Force Majeure) is forced to navigate into dangerous, North Korean waters. When an explosion causes the sub to overturn and take on water, it becomes clear that there won’t be any rescue and not all of them are going to escape. The Chamber also features a soundtrack by James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers) and stars Charlotte Salt (The Musketeers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Elliot Levey (The Lady In The Van). Extras:
Indicator limited edition special features:
• Audio commentary by actress Andrea Marcovicci, and film historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman
• Director of Photography Michael Chapman on The Front
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography • Original theatrical trailer • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Beneath the Surface of The Chamber Featurette • Audio commentary with Director Ben Parker
The Fits (12) (DVD)
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by
professor Gabriel Miller, author of The Films of Martin Ritt: Fanfare for the Common Man
• Limited Dual Format Edition of 3,000 copies • UK Blu-ray premiere
Cast: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Antonio A.B. Grant Jr., Lauren Gibson, Makyla Burnam Dir. Anna Rose Holmer Run time: 72 mins Eleven-year-old tomboy Toni (a showstopping Royalty Hightower) is bewitched by the tight-knit dance team she sees practicing in the same Cincinnati gymnasium where she boxes. Enamored by the power and confidence of the strong community of girls, Toni spends less and less time boxing with her older brother, and instead eagerly absorbs the dance routines and masters drills from a distance, and even pierces her own ears in an effort to fit in. But when a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni's desire for acceptance becomes more complicated. Gorgeously shot and with a mesmerizing score, THE FITS is a transformative experience and a marvellous portrait of adolescence.
The Front (12) (Blu-ray Dual Format Limited Edition) Cast: Woody Allen, Zero Mostel Dir. Martin Ritt Run time: 95 mins What if there were a list?
allowed to write.
A list that said: Our finest actors weren't allowed to act. Our best writers aren't
Our funniest comedians aren't allowed to make us laugh. What would it be like if there were such a list? It would be like America in 1953. In 1953, a cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.
The Good Karma Hospital (15)
(DVD) Cast: Amanda Redman, Neil Morrissey, Amrita Acharia, Phyllis Logan, James Floyd Run time: 270 mins Junior Doctor Ruby Walker (Amrita Acharia) has fled a cold, grey England after a broken relationship and decided to fly off in search of adventure with a glamorous hospital job in tropical South India. Anticipating sunshine, palm trees and picture-perfect beaches; prepared for sacred cows, tuk-tuks and Delhi-belly; what she doesn't expect is everything she finds at the under-resourced and over-worked Good Karma Hospital. Run by the no-nonsense Doctor Lydia Fonseca (Amanda Redman) - the Good Karma Hospital turns no-one away - locals, ex-pats or tourists. In the company of Lydia s beach-bar boyfriend Greg (Neil Morrissey), to tourists-turned residents Maggie and Paul, in a land of colourful Holi days and terrifying monsoons, as Ruby adjusts to life in India, she realises that the Good Karma Hospital may be more than just a rundown medical outpost it might just be home.
The Halcyon - Season One (15) (DVD) Cast: Steven Mackintosh, Olivia Williams, Sope Dirisu, Liz White Run time: 369 mins Drama set during World War II that tells the story of a bustling and glamorous five-star hotel at the centre of London society. Set to a soundtrack of the era, it shows London life and the impact it has on families, politics, relationships and work across every social class. Starring Olivia Williams HOME MOVIE : SFF 87
(Hyde Park on Hudson), Steven Mackintosh (TV's "Luther"), Kara Tointon (TV's "Mr Selfridge"), Sope Dirusu (The Huntsman: Winter's War), Liz White (The Woman in Black) and Hermione Corfield (Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation). Special feature "Marvellous Party" featurette - The cast & crew discuss the making of The Halcyon and importance of music in the show.
The Huntsman - Winter's War (12)
(4k UHD Blu-ray) CastChris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt Dir. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan 4 X SHARPER THAN HD INCLUDES EXTENDED AND THEATRICAL VERSIONS If it’s the Snow White tale you’re looking for, discover the story that came before… Chris Hemsworth and Oscar winner* Charlize Theron return to their roles in the epic action-adventure The Huntsman: Winter’s War, joined by Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain. Theron stars as evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (Blunt) with an unforgiveable act, freezing Freya’s heart to love and unleashing in her an icy power she never knew she possessed. As war escalates between the two queens, Eric the Huntsman (Hemsworth), and his fellow warrior, Sara (Chastain), must help Freya vanquish her sister… or Ravenna’s wickedness will rule for eternity. DISC ONE: 4K ULTRA HD MOVIE FOR THE ULTIMATE MOVIE WATCHING EXPERIENCE, THIS DISC FEATURES: • 4X sharper picture than HD • HDR (HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE) for brilliant brights and deepest darks • IMMERSIVE AUDIO for a multi-dimensional sound experience • DIRECTOR’S COMMENTARY with Cedric Nicolas-Troyan DISC TWO: BLU-RAY MOVIE + BONUS FEATURES • DELETED SCENES WITH COMMENTARY • GAG REEL • TWO QUEENS AND TWO WARRIORS • MEET THE DWARFS • MAGIC ALL AROUND –A look at the visual effects • DRESSED TO KILL • LOVE CONQUERS ALL – Behind the scenes with the cast • DIRECTOR’S COMMENTARY with Cedric Nicolas-Troyan ALSO INCLUDES DIGITAL HD WITH UV- WATCH ANYWHERE ON ALL YOUR DEVICES!
The Mephisto Waltz (PG) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Perkins Dir. Paul Wendkos Run time: 115 mins Alan Alda plays a classical piano player on the rise who befriends a famous player himself who's at death's door. Unknown to Alda, the guy is a satanist, who arranges to have their souls switch places at his death, so that he can be young again and continue to play piano (thus needing a skilled piano player like Alda to switch bodies with)
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The Plantagenets (E) (DVD)
Documentary Cast: Professor Robert Bartlett Dir. Jamie Simpson Run time: 180 mins Professor Robert Bartlett tells the extraordinary story of England's most dysfunctional, yet longest-ruling, royal dynasty. Henry II forges a mighty empire encompassing England and much of France. His sons, Richard the Lionheart and John, then turn on their father and each other, bringing the dynasty to the edge of annihilation. In the second episode Professor Robert Bartlett continues the remarkable story of the Plantagenets. England's longest-reigning royal dynasty fights to expand their power across the British Isles and win back their lands in France. In this golden age of chivalry, a clear sense of English nationhood emerges and parliament is born. In the final episode Professor Robert Bartlett charts the downfall of the Plantagenet dynasty. In the last century of their rule, four Plantagenet kings are violently deposed and murdered by members of their own family. It is the bloodiest episode in the entire history of the English monarchy. As the Plantagenets turn in on themselves, England is dragged into decades of brutal civil war.
The Secret Life of Pets (U) (Blu-ray / 4K Ultra HD + Bluray + Digital Download(Red Tag)) Cast: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart Dir. Chris Renaud 4 X SHARPER THAN HD From the creators of the blockbuster Despicable Me franchise comes the animated feature-flm that fnally 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 diferences to survive the epic journey back home. DISC ONE: 4K ULTRA HD MOVIE FOR THE ULTIMATE MOVIE WATCHING EXPERIENCE, THIS DISC FEATURES: • 4X sharper picture than HD • HDR (HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE) for brilliant brights and deepest darks • IMMERSIVE AUDIO for a multi-dimensional sound experience DISC TWO: BLU-RAY MOVIE + BONUS FEATURES • 3 MINI-MOVIES • ALL ABOUT THE PETS • THE MAKING OF THE MINI-MOVIES • THE HUMANS THAT BROUGHT YOU PETS • “A LOVELY DAY” LYRIC VIDEO AND MORE! ALSO INCLUDES DIGITAL HD WITH UV- WATCH ANYWHERE ON ALL YOUR DEVICES!
Tom and Jerry: Food Fight/Meet Sherlock Holmes (U)
Dirs. Kevin Carlin, Catherine Millar, Dee McLachlan, Pino Amenta, Steve Jodrell Run time: 560 mins
The story picks up three months after Bea killed Jacs Holt. While Bea has been languishing in the slot, violence, narcotics and brutality have taken hold and Franky as top dog is anything but merciful. However, there's a new Governor on the cell block and she's cutting the supply. Sly, unnerving and relentless Joan "The Freak" Ferguson will stop at nothing to ensure her prison is clean.
Cast: Daws Butler, Michael York Dirs. Spike Brandt, Jeff Siergey Run time: 80 mins Collection of animated adventures featuring the comic cat and mouse. 'Tom and Jerry's Food Fight' contains a number of episodes in which the warring duo interrupt meals like Spike (voice of Daws Butler)'s barbecue and fight each other with food. In the animated feature 'Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes' (2010) the pair are in Victorian London where jewels are being taken by a thief near Scotland Yard. The alluring singer Red (Grey DeLisle) has been set up to look like the culprit so Tom and Jerry team up with Sherlock Holmes (Michael York) to uncover the truth in order to catch the real criminal. [Source: hive.co.uk]
Tupac Assassination: 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. 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.
Wentworth Prison: Series Two – Complete (18) (DVD)
Joining the inmates is Simmo, Jac Holt's second in command, aiming to claim her territory; Maxine Conway, a transgender inmate trying to survive unsuccessfully below the radar; Sky Pierson, an out-of-control drug addict who will stop at nothing for her next fix and Jess Warner, Wentworth's youngest resident whose angelic demeanour belies her manipulative nature. Prison officers Fletch, Will and Vera need to be on their guard to cope with the prisoners and their new commander. This set contains all 12 episodes of Season Two Over 1 1/2 hours worth of bonus features including: • Interviews with cast • Interviews with development team • Publicity Day • Set Tour
WWE: Royal Rumble 2017 (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Thirty Superstars. One ring. One opportunity to headline The Showcase of the Immortals, WrestleMania. Superstars from both RAW and SmackDown Live compete against each other in an absolute free-for-all until one Superstar is left standing to claim their prize.
Zombie Lake (18)
(DVD) Cast: Howard Vernon, Pierre-Marie Escourrou, Anouchka Dir. Jean Rollin Run time: 83 mins French horror maestro, Jean Rollin directs this zombie classic where young, nubile women are disappearing without trace in a small lakeside town. The superstitious locals blame The Lake of Ghosts , but the town's mayor (Howard Vernon) is unwilling to investigate. When another woman is found dead with her throat ripped out, a reporter discovers that the lake harbours a terrible secret dating back to World War II. Now the locals must become resistance fighters once again and take on the returning Nazi zombie Stormtroopers who are back from the dead!
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Angry Birds Toons: Season Three Volume Two (U)
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (15)
(DVD) Run time: 35 mins
(DVD) Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson, Diane Ladd, Harvey Keitel Dir. Martin Scorsese Run time: 107 mins Ellen Burstyn puts in an Oscar®-winning performance as Alice Hyatt, a recently widowed 35-year-old woman who leaves her small town in New Mexico with her precocious young son Tommy (Alfred Lutter), determined to make a new life as a singer. When money problems force her to settle in Tucson, she takes a job in a diner and begins to fall for rancher David (Kris Kristofferson). Co-starring Diane Ladd and Harvey Keitel and featuring a delightful cameo from Jodie Foster. Martin Scorsese's acclaimed fourth feature is one of the key films of the golden age of 1970s New Hollywood - a touching, funny and poignant tribute to the independent spirit and dreams of ordinary Americans. Special Features
Will King Pig ever find a butler that will cater to his every whim? Will he be the heavyweight wrestling champ of Piggy Island? Only one way to find out (hint: watch this collection of the last 13 mini episodes from Angry Birds Season Three). Special Features: • Character Reels: • King Pig • Chuck • Matilda • "The Bird Hour with Ted Robinson: Chuck" featurette • The Day Of A Microphone • The Day Of A Trash Can • Angry Birds 2: Welcome to Snotting Hill
Arlington Road (15)
• Partial audio commentary with director Martin Scorsese, and actors Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson and Diane Ladd
(DVD) Cast: Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack Dir. ark Pellington Run time: 113 mins
• Second Chances... The Making of Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (20 mins) • Original theatrical trailer (2 mins) • Illustrated booklet featuring full credits and essays by Nicolas Pillai and Christina Newland
All About Them (18)
(DVD) Cast. Anaïs Demoustier, Félix Moati, Sophie Verbeeck Dir. Jérôme Bonnell Run time: 86 mins Lille, France. The affairs between a young couple living a tense period of their relationship, and a long term friend of theirs who cannot decide which one she likes the most.
Michael Faraday (Jeff Bridges) and his 10 year old son, Grant (Spencer Clark) are both trying to come to terms with the loss two years earlier of Michael s wife, Grant s mother. When they befriend a family from across the road, things seems to get a little better for them. However, as the families become closer, Michael starts having misgivings about Oliver and Cheryl Lang ( Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack) , and begins investigating them. He soon realises that the Langs are definitely not who they claim to be...
Bird On a Wire (15) (DVD) Cast: Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, David Carradine Dir. John Badham Run time: 106 mins Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn team up in this non-stop-action comedy directed by John Badham. Hiding under the FBI Witness Protection Program, Rick Jarmin (Gibson) gets nervous when old flame Marianne Graves (Hawn) recognises him. But before he can assume a new identity, the man
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he put in jail (David Carradine) is released and comes to pay his respects. Rick and Marianne find themselves thrown together on an exhilarating cross-country scramble, barely evading the gangsters, police and an amorous veterinarian (Joan Severance). Their whirlwind travels eventually lead to an unforgettable climax in an elaborate zoo exhibit. A rare rollercoaster of a movie which will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Bleed for This (15)
(Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Miles Teller, Katey Sagal, Aaron Eckhart, Ciarán Hinds, Ted Levine Dir. Ben Younger Run time: 117 mins Miles Teller stars in this drama based on the life of professional boxer Vinny Pazienza. Shortly after winning the junior middleweight world title, Vinny Pazienza (Teller) is involved in a near-fatal car accident which leaves him with multiple injuries including a broken neck. Told he will never walk or fight again, Vinny is fitted with a metal neck brace which he must wear for several months. However, defying doctor's orders, he continues to follow his training regime and, with the help of trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart), Vinny remains determined to prove his doubters wrong and vows to make a triumphant return to the ring to reclaim the world title he relinquished one year earlier.
Children of the Corn 3 - Urban Harvest (18) (Blu-ray) Cast: Daniel Cerny, Ron Melendez, Michael Ensign, Nancy Grahn, Jim Metzler Dir. James D.R. Hickox Run time: 92 mins The third film in the 'Children of the Corn' series. When a farmer is brutally murdered in a Nebraskan cornfield it results in his two young sons, Eli and Joshua, being moved to Chicago to live with foster parents. Joshua soon settles in, but Eli, possessed by an evil force, begins to build an army of followers, determined to murder every adult in the city as part of a grim, ritualistic sacrifice.
Chosen (12) (DVD)
Run time: 105 mins An unassuming young lawyer leads a fight against the Nazis near the end of the Second World War.
Crash & Burn (18)
(DVD) Dir Seán Ó Cualáin Run time: 86 mins This is the thrilling story of flawed F1 racing genius Tommy Byrne. It tells the surreal tale of a poverty-stricken Dundalk kid's rise to become the only racing driver the great Ayrton Senna ever feared and his spectacular and bizarre fall from grace.
Danny Says The Life and Times of Danny Fields (E) (DVD) Documentary Cast: Justin Bond, Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Judy Collins Dir. Brendan Toller Run time: 105 mins DANNY SAYS is a documentary chronicling the iconic life and times of Danny Fields, the legend who since 1966 played a pivotal part in shaping rock and roll and the counterculture of the late 20th century. The film, named after a Ramones song, features candid commentary from heavyweights such as Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Judy Collins, Tommy Ramone, Jac Holzman, Lenny Kaye, Wayne Kramer, John Cameron Mitchell, Jann Wenner and Fields himself. DANNY SAYS follows Fields, a behind-the-scenes connector, from his early career supporting musical talent through rock journalism, to working for the Doors, Cream, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins and later managing groundbreaking artists such as the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones. The film traces his rise from Phi Beta Kappa whiz-kid, to Harvard Law dropout, to the Warhol Silver Factory, to Director of Publicity at Elektra Records, to punk pioneer and beyond. A wild story of a man whose taste and opinion, once deemed defiant and radical, has turned out to have been prescient, DANNY SAYS is also about the marginal turning mainstream, avant garde turning prophetic, as Fields looks to the next generation.
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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (PG) (DVD) Cast: Steve Martin, Rachel Ward, Alan Ladd Dir. Carl Reiner Run time: 84 mins As the private eye of private eyes, Steve Martin is Rigby Reardon. He s tough, rough and ready to take anything when Juliet Forrest (Rachel Ward) appears on the scene with a case: her father, a noted scientist, philanthropist and cheese-maker has died mysteriously. Reardon immediately smells a rat and follows a complex maze of clues that lead to the Carlotta Lists . With a little help from his friends , Alan Ladd, Barbara Stanwyck, Ray Milland, Burt Lancaster, Humphrey Bogart, Charles Laughton, etc, Reardon gets his man. An exciting, action-packed film the way 40s films used to be!.
Dead Or Alive Trilogy (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Shô Aikawa, Riki Takeuchi, Renji Ishibashi Dir. Takashi Miike Run time: 105 mins Beginning with an explosive, six-minute montage of sex, drugs and violence, and ending with a phallus-headed battle robot taking flight, Takashi Miike's unforgettable Dead or Alive Trilogy features many of the director's most outrageous moments set alongside some of his most dramatically moving scenes. Made between 1999 and 2002, the Dead or Alive films cemented Miike's reputation overseas as one of the most provocative enfants terrible of Japanese cinema, yet also one of its most talented and innovative filmmakers. In Dead or Alive, tough gangster Ryuichi (Riki Takeuchi) and his ethnically Chinese gang make a play to take over the drug trade in Tokyo's Shinjuku district by massacring the competition. But he meets his match in detective Jojima (Show Aikawa), who will do everything to stop them. Dead or Alive 2: Birds casts Aikawa and Takeuchi together again, but as new characters, a pair of rival yakuza assassins who turn out to be childhood friends; after a botched hit, they flee together to the island where they grew up, and decide to devote their deadly skills to a more humanitarian cause. And in Dead or Alive: Final, Takeuchi and Aikawa are catapulted into a future Yokohama ruled by multilingual gangs and cyborg soldiers, where they once again butt heads in the action-packed and cyberpunk-tinged finale to the trilogy. Each of them unique in theme and tone, the Dead or Alive films showcase Miike at the peak of his strengths, creating three very distinct movies connected only by their two popular main actors, each film a separate yet superb exam92
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ple of crime drama, character study, and action filmmaking. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: • High Definition digital transfers of all three films • Original uncompressed stereo audio • Optional English subtitles for all three films • New interview with actor Riki Takeuchi • New interview with actor Sho Aikawa • New interview with producer and screenwriter Toshiki Kimura • New audio commentary for Dead or Alive by Miike biographer Tom Mes • Archive interviews with cast and crew • Archive making-of featurettes for DOA2: Birds and DOA: Final • Original theatrical trailers for all three films • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Orlando Arocena FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Kat Ellinger
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (12) (4K UHD, 3D, Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler Dir. David Yates Run time: 127 mins “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” takes us to a new era of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away. Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything,” “The Danish Girl”) stars in the central role of Magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters. There are growing dangers in the wizarding world of 1926 New York. Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets, threatening to expose the wizarding community to the No-Majs (American for Muggles), including the Second Salemers, a fanatical faction bent on eradicating them and the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, after wreaking havoc in Europe, has slipped away… and is now nowhere to be found. Unaware of the rising tensions, Newt Scamander arrives in the city nearing the end of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures, some of which are safeguarded in the magical hidden dimensions of his deceptively nondescript leather case. But potential disaster strikes when unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski inadvertently lets some of Newt’s beasts loose in a city already on edge—a serious breach of the Statute of Secrecy that former Auror Tina Goldstein jumps on, seeing
her chance to regain her post as an investigator. However, things take an ominous turn when Percival Graves, the enigmatic Director of Magical Security at MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), casts his suspicions on both Newt…and Tina. Now allied, Newt and Tina, together with Tina’s sister, Queenie, and their new No-Maj friend, Jacob, form a band of unlikely heroes, who must recover Newt’s missing beasts before they come to harm. But the stakes are higher than these four outsiders—now branded fugitives—ever imagined, as their mission puts them on a collision course with dark forces that could push the wizarding and No-Maj worlds to the brink of war.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (18) (DVD) Cast: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold Dir. Amy Heckerling Run time: 97 mins Fast Times at Ridgemont High, directed by Amy Heckerling (Clueless), is simply a modern cult classic. Firsttime screenwriter Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous), went undercover as a high school student and came back with the straight dope on sex, drugs and rock n roll, while capturing some of the most memorable screen characters ever. They’re all here, from Stacy (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Linda’s (Phoebe Cates) sexual misadventures to go-getter Brad’s (Judge Reinhold) quick career in the world of fast food to the unforgettable Spicoli (Sean Penn) as the ultimate surfer dude. Add appearances by Nicolas Cage, Anthony Edwards, Forest Whitaker and Ray Walston and you have an unbeatable cast. With all this talent behind it, no wonder Fast times at Ridgemont High is as honest , fresh and funny as it was a generation ago...
Only 17-year-old Charley Brewster (Ragsdale) knows Jerry's bloodcurdling secret. When Charley cant get anybody to believe him, he turns to TV horror host Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), who used to be the Great Vampire Killer of the movies. Can these mortals save Charley and his sweetheart Amy (Amanda Bearse) from the wrathful bloodsuckers toothy embrace? If you love being scared,Fright Nightwill give you the nightmare of your life! Dual format special edition features: • 4Kdigital restoration • Original stereo PCM soundtrack and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio options (on the Blu-ray) • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired • Youre So Cool, Brewster! A new two-hour version of the definitive 2016 documentary on the making of Fright Night, focusing on the first film, created exclusively for this release • What is Fright Night featurette, a 2016 video piece featuring cast and crew interviews (BLU-RAY ONLY) • Tom Holland: Writing Horror, a 2016 video piece featuring interviews with Holland and his collaborators (BLU-RAY ONLY) • Rowdy McDowall: From Apes to Bats, a 2016 video piece featuring archival footage of McDowall and cast and crew interviews (BLU-RAY ONLY) • Fear Fest 2 2008 reunion panel featuring Tom Holland, Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Stephen Geoffreys, Amanda Bearse, Jonathan Stark and moderated by Rob Galluzzo (BLU-RAY ONLY) • Shock Till You Drop Present Choice Cuts with Tom Holland and Ryan Turek, a three-part video interview on the film (BLU-RAY ONLY) • The full electronic press kit, featuring extensive on-set interviews and behind-the-scenes footage (BLU-RAY ONLY) • Stills and memorabilia from Tom Hollands personal collection (BLU-RAY ONLY) | G-rated and R-rated theatrical trailers (BLU-RAY ONLY)
Fright Night (tbc) (Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD Special Edition) Cast: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Roddy McDowall Dir. Tom Holland Run time: 106 mins Hes sweet, sexy, and he likes to get in late. You might think he's the perfect neighbour. But before inviting him Jerry in for a nightcap, theres something you should know. Jerry prefers his drinks warm, red, and straight from the jugular! Its Fright Night, a horrific howl starring Chris Sarandon as the seductive vampire and William Ragsdale as the frantic teenager struggling to keep Jerrys deadly fangs out of his neck.
Great British Railway Journeys: Series 1-4 (E) (DVD) Cast: Michael Portillo Dirs. Fiona Caldwell, Jay Taylor, Michelle Heeley Armed with his Victorian copy of Bradshaw's Railway Handbook, Michael Portillo takes to the tracks, travelling from coast to coast to discover what of Bradshaw's Britain remains. HOME MOVIE : SFF 93
Passionate about trains, Michael Portillo charts the great British romance with the railways in this phenomenally successful series. Armed with his copy of George Bradshaw's famous railway handbook, he retraces seventeen journeys that were first documented in the Victorian guide (and an additional two from its Irish companion!), witnessing what's changed and discovering how our love of the railways began. Throughout, he makes stops at some of Britain's most beautiful cities and secluded villages, meeting extraordinary people and hearing how their lives have been shaped by the railways. This 19-disc set comprises the complete series 1-4.
House: The Collection (15)
material HOUSE • Audio commentary with director Steve Miner, producer Sean S. Cunningham, actor William Katt and screenwriter Ethan Wiley • Ding Dong, You re Dead! The Making of House brand new documentary featuring interviews with Steve Miner, Sean S. Cunningham, Ethan Wiley, story creator Fred Dekker, stars William Katt, Kay Lenz, and George Wendt, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up and creature effects artists Barney Burman, Brian Wade, James Belohovek, Shannon Shea, Kirk Thatcher, and Bill Sturgeon, special paintings artists Richard Hescox and William Stout, and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder • Stills Gallery • Theatrical Trailers HOUSE II: THE SECOND STORY • Audio commentary with writer-director Ethan Wiley and producer Sean S. Cunningham
(Blu-ray + DVD - Box set Limited Edition) Dirs. Steve Miner, Ethan Wiley, Lewis Abernathy In the original House, William Katt (Carrie) stars as Roger Cobb, a horror novelist struggling to pen his next bestseller. When he inherits his aunt s creaky old mansion, Roger decides that he has found the ideal place in which to get some writing done. Unfortunately, the house s monstrous supernatural residents have other ideas... House II: The Second Story sees young Jesse (Arye Gross) moving into an old family mansion where his parents were mysteriously murdered years before. Plans for turning the place into a party pad are soon thwarted by the appearance of Jesse s mummified great-great-grandfather, his mystical crystal skull and the zombie cowboy who ll stop at nothing to lay his hands on it! In House 3 (released domestically as The Horror Show) Lance Henriksen (Aliens) stars as a detective who sends a sadistic serial killer to the electric chair, only to find himself stalked by the maniac from beyond the grave. Meanwhile, House IV: The Repossession has William Katt returning to the fold for one last terrifying tale that mixes seedy mobsters, Native American spirits and a singing pizza in perhaps the barmiest House entry of all! From the team that brought you Friday the 13th, the House films are era-defining horror classics now newly restored and loaded with brand new extras! LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS • Brand new 2K restorations of all four films • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing • The House Companion limited edition 60-page book featuring new writing on the entire House franchise by researcher Simon Barber, alongside a wealth of archive
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• It s Getting Weirder! The Making of House II: The Second Story brand new documentary featuring interviews with Ethan Wiley, Sean S. Cunningham, stars Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Lar Park Lincoln, and Devin DeVasquez, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up & creature effects artists Chris Walas, Mike Smithson, visual effects supervisor Hoyt Yeatman, and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder • Stills Gallery • Theatrical Trailer HOUSE III: THE HORROR SHOW • Uncut Version, for the first time on Blu-ray! • Audio commentary with producer Sean S. Cunningham • The Show Must Go On interview with actor/stuntman Kane Hodder • House Mother interview with actress Rita Taggart • Slaughter Inc. brand new featurette with special makeup effects creators • Robert Kurtzman, Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger • Behind-the-Scenes Footage • Stills Gallery • Theatrical Trailer HOUSE IV: THE REPOSSESSION • Audio commentary with director Lewis Abernathy • Home Deadly Home: The Making of House IV brand new documentary featuring interviews with director Lewis Abernathy, producer Sean S. Cunningham, stars Terri Treas and William Katt, actor/stunt coordinator Kane Hodder, and composer Harry Manfredini
Ice Age: The Great Egg-scapade (U) (DVD) Cast: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo Dir. Ricado Curtis Run time: 25 mins Scrat, Manny, Sid, Diego and the rest of your prehistoric pals from Ice Age are back in an all-new hilarious animated adventure! Business is booming at Sid’s new egg-sitting service but when the dastardly pirate bunny Squint steals the eggs, Manny, Diego and the rest of the gang take off on a daring rescue mission that turns into the world’s first egg hunt. Even more nut-tiness with tons of Scrat extras!
An argument about a restaurant bill spirals out of control, a karaoke night veers wildly off script, and a mysteriously exclusive art exhibition brings sharp new meaning to the term 'cutting-edge culture'. Belly laughs and macabre twists combine in six endlessly inventive episodes with guest stars including Philip Glenister (Outcast), Jason Watkins (W1A), Fiona Shaw (True Blood), Keeley Hawes (The Durrells), Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) and Derek Jacobi (Vicious). Pemberton and Shearsmith deliver their most daring series yet, as they rewrite the rules of comedy and drama with this genre-bending masterpiece. EXTRAS: The Making of the Devil of Christmas, Audio Commentaries
Jack the Ripper (15)
(Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Michael Caine, Lewis Collins, Jane Seymour, Harry Andrews, Susan George Dir. David Wickes Run time: 198 mins
In the Hour of Victory (15) (DVD) Documentary Dirs. Lucinda Spurling; Andrew Kirtpatrick Run time: 86 mins This first-hand account uniquely re-captures the horrors of war and its impact on a family. Major Toby Smith lost his life at the Battle of Overloon during the final Allied push for victory during WWII. This film tells the harrowing story in Toby s own words; through the letters he lovingly wrote his wife and five children as he agonized over loyalty to them and the war against the Nazis during four years of service abroad.
Inside No. 9: Series Three (18) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith, Philip Glenister, Jason Watkins, Fiona Shaw Dirs Guillem Morales, Graeme Harper Run time: 175 mins Deliciously dark writer-performers Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith return with a third collection of their award-winning films. Belly laughs and macabre twists combine in six endlessly inventive episodes with guest stars including Jessica Raine and Rula Lenska.
Michael Caine heads a star-studded cast in this acclaimed, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning dramatisation of the hunt for the notorious serial killer who preyed on the prostitutes of London's East End. Made for the 1988 centenary of these infamous murders, the production team were granted unprecedented access to Home Office files on the Ripper case the resulting twopart miniseries winning Caine a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of the dogged Scotland Yard detective Frederick Abberline. Jack the Ripper is presented here as a brandnew High Definition restoration from original film materials, in its original aspect ratio. In the autumn of 1888, Chief Inspector Abberline is sent to investigate the murder and mutilation of a prostitute. Others soon meet the same fate, and a press frenzy ensues. With "Jack the Ripper" terrorising London and both police and outraged public clamouring for a swift conclusion, Abberline and his partner, Godley, work doggedly through their list of suspects more than one of whom has royal connections. SPECIAL FEATURES • Feature-length widescreen version with brand-new 5.1 mix • Rushes Barry Foster version • Image gallery
Killer Constable (18) (Dual format Blu-ray + DVD) Cast: Kuan Tai Chen, Feng Ku, Jason Pai Piao Dir. Chih-Hung Kuei Run time: 98 mins
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During the Ching Dynasty period, 20,000 taels of gold are stolen from the Palace vaults. The Empress Dowager orders her chief security guard Liu Ching Tien to capture the thieves and have the gold returned within three months. Leng Tien Ying (Chen Kuan-tai), the Court Chief Constable, is given this difficult assignment. One robber is caught, and provides clues about his accomplices. Meanwhile, the robber-chief, Feng Feng Jia (Ku Feng), sends his own top killer after Leng but without success. Feng's men make several more attempts against Leng's life, but only succeed in wounding him. Leng finally confronts the robber-chief in a fight, and Feng, at the point of death, reveals the truth about the real masterbrain behind the theft. Leng sets out once more, to achieve justice and complete his mission. Extras: • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of the Film • Restored HD master in original 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio • English dubbed Soundtrack • Cantonese Soundtrack with English Subtitles • Audio Commentary by acclaimed Asian Cinema expert, Bey Logan • Trailer • Booklet Notes by Dr. Calum Waddell
Law and Order - Special Victims Unit: Season15 (15) (DVD Box Set) Cast: Ice T, Kelli Giddish, Raúl Esparza, Peter Scanavino Dirs. Michael Smith, Michael Slovis Run time: 984 mins New York City's finest detectives are back in the gripping 15th season of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) takes command of the elite squad, only to find herself at the centre of a shocking controversy and an Internal Affairs investigation. Detective Rollins (Kelli Giddish) baffles a personal demon that could end her career and Captain Cragen (Dann Florek) and Detective Munch (Richard Belzer) say goodbye to the department they have tirelessly served. From Executive Producer Dick Wolf, also starring Danny Pino, Raul Esparza and Ice-T and featuring powerful guest stars including Alec Baldwin, Katie Couric, and Sophia Bush. Watch all 24 riveting episodes, back-to-back and uninterrupted, of the season that critics proclaim "might be the best one yet" (Allison Leotta, Buffington Post).
Law and Order - Special Victims Unit: Season 16 (15) (DVD Box Set) Cast: Ice T, Kelli Giddish, Raúl Esparza, Peter Scanavino Dirs. Alex Chappel, Arthur W. Forney
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Run time: 943 mins Mariska Hargitay leads the iconic-cast, including Ice T, Danny Pino, Kelli Giddish and Raul Esparza. Legendary Executive Producer Dick Wolf brings you all 23-episodes, including an unmissable crossover event with the high-octane-series Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. Savour every moment of cases ripped from the headlines back-to-back and uninterrupted!
Levison Wood: Walking the Nile/Himalayas/ Americas (E) (DVD) Cast: Levison Wood Run time: 588 mins This collection sees explorer Levison Wood undertake three major walks in three of the Earth's harshest environments; along the Nile, the length of the Himalayas and 1,700 miles along the spine of the Americas from Mexico to Columbia. This 4-disc DVD set features all 14 episodes of Wood's adventures. Walking the Nile sees the British explorer's expedition to walk the length of the River Nile from source to sea. His nine-month, seven million step journey takes him through jungles, savannah, deserts, cities and war zones in some of the continents's most remote and spectacular locations. Along the way, he encounters modern Africa, its people and its wild life face-to-face. The Nile remains one of the last holy grails in exploration - no one has ever completed its entire length on foot. Levison's goal is to reach the Mediterranean Sea - wherever lies in his way and wherever the Nile takes him for 4200 miles. The river pushes him to the edge of his mental and physical limits as he is forced to live off his wits and bushcraft skills. Walking the Himalayas sees Levison push himself to his physical limits as he is forced through remote, punishing terrain and altitudes above 5000m where he suffers from a debilitating lack of oxygen. As well as battling natural obstacles, he has to tread carefully through one of the most fought-over areas of the world - walking through Afghanistan, crossing the Line of Control between Pakistan and India, navigating the disputed territory of Kashmir and making his way through Nepal as it recovers and tries to rebuild itself after the recent earthquakes. Walking the Americas sees Levison return to Mexico, where he lived for three months and Belize - where he trained as a soldier with the British Army - before he steps into a part of the world he s never visited before and some of the most diverse, beautiful and unpredictable regions on earth. Levison's expedition takes in ancient Mayan ruins still lying unexplored in the jungles of Guatemala and Honduras, the incredible wildlife diversity in Costa Rica's cloud forests, Nicaragua's active volcanoes, the Panama Canal and the Darien Gap on a sometimes brutal journey.
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(DVD) Animation Cast: Scott Eastwood, Michael Madsen, Omar Miller, Ernest Borgnine Dir. Deryck Broom A laugh-filled and heart-warming, animated tale. The Lion of Judah is a classic Easter inspiration for the whole family. Join Judah the fearless lamb & his stable mates as they embark on a roaring adventure towards freedom. Join Judah on a daring quest that intertwines fun and danger with the deeper lessons of life. For Judah, a lamb with the heart of a lion, it is a story of courage that leads him on a voyage of hope and awe at the power that just one tiny lamb can command!
Locked Up: Series 1 (18) (DVD) Cast: Maggie Civantos, Roberto Enriquez, Cristina Plazas, Berta Vazquez Run time: 495 mins Framed by her lover for corporate fraud, young Macarena Ferreiro finds herself locked up in a high security women's prison surrounded by tough, ruthless criminals. Still in denial, prison proves to be a very rude awakening for Macarena and at the end of her first day, she finds herself struggling to cope. Yolanda, her cell mate, takes Macarena under her wing, but a midnight visit from Zulema, the prison's most dangerous inmate, is about to change Macarena's life forever. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Lone Wolf and Cub The Criterion Collection (tbc) (Blu-ray Box Set) The Cult Classic, Six-Film Series Based on the Internationally Best-Selling Japanese Manga Comics. Includes: Sword Of Vengeance, Baby Cart At The River STYX, Baby Cart To Hades, Baby Cart In Peril, Baby Cart
In The Land Of Demons, White Heaven In Hell. Based on the best-selling manga series, the six intensely kinetic Lone Wolf and Cub films elevated chanbara to bloody, new heights. The shogun's executioner, Itto Ogami (Tomisaburo Wakayama), takes to wandering the countryside as an assassin-along with his infant son Daigoro (Akihiro Tomikawa) and an infinitely weaponised perambulator-helping those he encounters while seeking vengeance for his murdered wife. Delivering stylish thrills and a body count that defies belief, Lone Wolf and Cub is beloved for its brilliantly choreographed and unbelievably violent action sequences as well as for its tender depiction of the bonds between parent and child. Special Edition Box Set Features: • New 2K digital restorations of all six films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks • High-definition presentation of Shogun Assassin, the 1980 English-dubbed re-edit of the first two Lone Wolf and Cub films • New interview with Kazuo Koike, writer of the Lone Wolf and Cub manga series and screenwriter on five of the films • Lame d'un Pere, l'ame d'un sabre, a 2005 documentary about the making of the series • New interview in which Sensei Yoshimitsu Katsuse discusses and demonstrates the real Suio-ryu sword techniques that inspired those in the manga and films • New interview with biographer Kazuma Nozawa about filmmaker Kenji Misumi, director of four of the six Lone Wolf and Cub films • Silent documentary from 1937 about the making of samurai swords, with an optional new ambient score by Ryan Francis • Trailers • New English subtitle translations • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay and film synopses by Japanese pop culture writer Patrick Macias
Ludwig (12) (Blu-ray + DVD Box Set) Cast: Helmut Berger Dir. Luchino Visconti Ludwig. He loved women. He loved men. He lived as controversially as he ruled. But he did not care what the world thought. He was the world. A string of masterpieces behind him including Ossessione, Senso, The Leopard and Death in Venice the great Italian director Luchino Visconti turned his attentions to the life and death of King Ludwig II of Bavaria in 1972, resulting in an epic of 19th century decadence.
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Dominated by Helmut Berger (The Damned, The Bloodstained Butterfly) in the title role, Ludwig nevertheless manages to find room for an impressive cast list: Romy Schneider (reprising her Elisabeth of Austria characterisation from the Sissi trilogy), Silvana Mangano (Bitter Rice), Gert Fröbe (Goldfinger), John Moulder-Brown (Deep End) and Trevor Howard (Brief Encounter) as Richard Wagner.
embrace his role as leader of the A.E.U.G. But his choice may have come too late, for the Titans have completed their most terrible and devastating weapon.
As opulent as any of Visconti s epics Piero Tosi s costume design was nominated for an Academy Award Ludwig is presented here in its complete form in accordance with the director s wishes and features the English-language soundtrack for the first ever on home video.
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Cast: Brendan Fraser, Bridget Fonda, Chris Kattan, Giancarlo Esposito, Rose McGowan Dir. Henry Selick Run time: 93 mins
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations • Two viewing options: the full-length theatrical cut or as five individual parts • Original Italian soundtrack with optional English subtitles • Original English soundtrack available on home video for the first time ever with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing • Brand-new interview with actor Helmut Berger • Luchino Visconti, an hour-long documentary portrait of the director by Carlo Lizzani (Wake Up and Kill, Requiescant) containing interviews with Burt Lancaster, Vittorio Gassman, Francesco Rosi, Claudia Cardinale and others • Speaking with Suso Cecchi d'Amico, an interview with the screenwriter
Comedy directed by Henry Selick based on Kaja Blackley's graphic novel and starring Brendan Fraser and Bridget Fonda. Happy to have just sold his character Monkeybone to a television company, cartoon artist Stu Miley (Fraser) is getting ready to propose to his girlfriend Julie (Fonda) when he is involved in a terrible accident. Sinking deep into a coma, Stu is then joined by Monkeybone (voice of John Turturro) in an unlikely journey in a bizarre nightmare realm. But Monkeybone escapes from the dream and begins creating all kinds of libidinous havoc in the real world. Can Stu somehow find a way back and put a stop to this animated simian chaos?
· Silvana Mangano: The Scent Of A Primrose, a half-hour portrait of the actress
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Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: Part 2 (15) (Blu-ray Collector’s Edition) Anime Dir. Yoshiyuki Tomino Run time: 625 mins A new force enters the Universal Century conflict. Can the A.E.U.G. fight a war on two fronts? The Universal Century world is locked into an escalating conflict. While the A.E.U.G. resistance group strives to convince the world of the justice of its cause, the brutal Titans continue to suppress dissent through violence and fear. Now the struggle enters a new phase as a powerful third force enters the battlefield, and the A.E.U.G. and Titans race to enlist the support of the mysterious Axis renegades. Confronted with his past, Char Aznable at last decides to
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(DVD) Cast: Valérie Lemercier, Kad Merad, Dominique Lavanant, Francois-Xavier Demaison, Bouli Lanners Dir. Laurent Tirard It's the end of the school year. The long-awaited holidays have finally arrived. Petit Nicolas and his family head to the sea and move in to the Beau-Rivage Hotel. At the beach, Nicolas wastes little time making new friends, and they set about causing havoc in the holiday resort. He also attracts an admirer in the form of Elizabeth, a little girl who follows him everywhere. Nicolas is really going to enjoy a holiday to remember. Based on Sempé's beloved character, Petit Nicolas.
One Piece: Collection 16 (Uncut) (12)
(DVD / NTSC Version - Box set) Cast: Akemi Okamura, Hiroaki Hirata, Ikue Ohtani, Kappei Yamaguchi
Dir. Konosuke Uda Run time: 520 mins The harrowing Thriller Bark arc reaches its brutal end with a superhuman slugfest! Luffy, battered beyond belief, pushes his body past the breaking point as he seeks to save his friends and deliver the decisive blow against Gecko Moria. When the dust clears, only Zoro and Sanji are left standing to protect their fallen captain from the brutish Bartholomew Kuma. Should one of them somehow withstand a savage beating from this behemoth, the crew just might survive long enough for Sanji to meet his dream girl a beautiful mermaid in distress named Camie! After taking her on board, the Straw Hats drop anchor at an island bursting with bubbles in the hopes of equipping their ship for underwater travel. But when Camie is kidnapped, job number one becomes saving their newest friend from the cruel clutches of the Celestial Dragons!
Overlord (15) (Blu-ray) Anime Dir. Naoyuki Itou Run time: 325 mins
and ambitious wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani) pushing him to publish his work, Paterson is reluctant to make any change to his comfortable and serene world. The cast also includes Barry Shabaka Henley and Chasten Harmon.
Peter Rabbit: The Tale of Cotton-Tail's New Friend (U) (DVD) Run time: 66 mins Follow the magic of Beatrix Potter wiht Peter Rabbit and friends in this latest new release. Episodes include The Tale of Cotton-tails New Friend, The Tale of the Lost Tunnels, The Tale of the Hazelnut Raid, The Tale of the Giant Pumpkin, The Tale of the Wrecked Treehouse, The Tale of the Brewing Storm.
All 13 episodes of the animated series based on Kugane Maruyama's light novel, directed by Naoyuki Itou. When it is announced that the virtual reality game Yggdrasil will soon be taken offline, one person decides to stay and spend the very last moments of the game as their dark wizard avatar, Momonga (voice of Satoshi Hino). But when the time of deactivation passes and Momonga finds himself still active in the game world, with the non-player characters exhibiting personalities of their own, his true quest begins. Now he must travel this world looking for answers about what happened, and whether anyone else from the real world is still there, all the while using his magic guild to rule the world. The episodes are: 'End and Beginning', 'Floor Guardians', 'The Battle of Carne Village', 'Ruler of Death', 'Two Adventurers', 'Journey', 'Wise King of Forest', 'Twin Swords of Slashing Death', 'The Dark Warrior', 'True Vampire', 'Confusion and Understanding', 'The Bloody Valkyrie' and 'Player Vs Non Player Character'.
Paterson (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Faraani, William Jackson Harper, Chasten Harmon, Barry Shabaka Henley Dir. Jim Jarmusch Run time: 118 mins Drama written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. The film follows Paterson (Adam Driver), a New Jersey bus driver with a hidden talent for writing poetry. Following the same routine each day, Paterson uses his observations while driving as inspiration for his writing. With his quirky
(Blu-ray Special Edition + CD Soundtrack) Cast: Christopher George, Linda Day George, Frank Brana, Edmund Purdom, Ian Sera Dir. Juan Piquer Simon Run time: 82 mins IT S EXACTLY WHAT YOU THINK IT IS! From Juan Piquer Simón, director of the equally unhinged Slugs, Pieces is the original sickening slasher classic, now restored in glorious 4K! A Boston college campus is being terrorised by a blackclad maniac who collects body parts from his unfortunate co-ed victims. As the corpses (and red herrings) begin to pile up, can Professor Brown (genre veteran Jack Taylor) unmask the murderer before his morbid puzzle is complete? Boasting some of the most outrageous gore set-pieces ever to splash their way across the screen (including a particularly memorable slow-motion evisceration atop a waterbed), Pieces is an essential slice of Spanish splatter and more gruesome than ever on Blu-ray. • Brand new 4K transfer from the original camera negative • Two versions of the feature: Pieces, the US theatrical version, and Mil Gritos Tiene La Noche, the original uncensored director's cut, presented in Spanish with original score by Librado Pastor [Blu-ray exclusive] • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations • Original English and Spanish Mono Audio • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing HOME MOVIE : SFF 99
• 5.1 Vine Theater Experience • Alternate Re-score by composer Umberto • Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues • It’s Exactly What You Think It Is! brand new featurette offering up an appreciation of Pieces by various filmmaker fans • Brand new interview with art director Gonzalo Gonzalo • Pieces of Juan a career-spanning interview with director Juan Piquer Simón • The Reddest Herring extensive interview with actor Paul Smith, including a discussion of Pieces • Audio Interview with producer Steve Minasian
around in their pockets, these words introduced anime fans to a surreal existence where computer monitors served as portals to brave new worlds. Serial Experiments: Lain and it's deceptively "ordinary" title character redefined an entire generation's concept of the world wide web, prompting us all to suspiciously take note of humming power lines and central processing units. Follow along as 14 year old Lain - driven by the abrupt suicide of a classmate - logs on to the Wired and promptly loses herself in a twisted mass of hallucinations, memories and interconnected psyches. Close the World. Open the Next. It's as simple as the flip of a switch Aspect Ratio: 4 : 3
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Dir. Youhei Suzuki Run time: 300 mins
• Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Michael Gingold
In a world where dirty jokes don't exist, where the mere utterance of a ***** word will thrust you into jail, a hero must rise up as a symbol for all things lewd and rude. The mysterious Blue Snow, proudly wearing panties on her face and armed with naughty images and a foul mouth, will bring the art of dirty jokes back! With her erotic terrorist group, SOX, she will press against the stiff authority of the oppressive Decency Squad and step on their hard and overbearing rules.
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Rivers and Tides (U) (Blu-ray) Cast: Andy Goldsworthy Dir. Thomas Riedelsheimer Run time: 90 mins Documentary profile of renowned sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, famed for his work using natural materials such as ice, stone, leaves, and wood. Shot in four countries across four seasons, the documentary offers an insight into Goldsworthy's painstaking creative processes, and the elusive nature of his work, which is often destroyed by nature and by the passing of time.
Serial Experiments Lain: The Complete Collection (12) (Blu-ray + DVD (Collector's Edition) - Double Play) Dir. Ryutaro Nakamura Run time: 325 mins Acclaimed artist Yoshitoshi ABe brings to life the existential classic that paved the way for blockbuster films such as The Matrix. Close the World. Open the Next. Decades before the internet was something people carried
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Tanukichi Okuma is the son of an imprisoned ero-terrorist. Rather than following in his father's footsteps, he plans to stay on the track of morality and wholesomeness. Just like his dream girl, Anna Nishikinomiya, he attends Japan's most moral school. But after an encounter with Blue Snow, his virtuous plans are ****** and he finds himself entangled with SOX. Will the pursuit of smut tarnish what hope he has with the pure Anna, or will he *** around, stimulated by the panty wearing deviant and her filthy mouth?
Slaughterhouse Five (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Michael Sacks, Ron Leibmann, Valerie Perrine Dir. George Roy Hill Run time: 99 mins Kurt Vonnegut, Jr s classic novel comes to life in this haunting film from acclaimed director George Roy Hill. Billy Pilgrim (Michael Sacks) is an ordinary World War II soldier with one major exception: he has mysteriously become unstuck in time. Billy goes on an uncomfortable trip back and forth from his birth in New York to life on a distant planet and back again to the horrors of the 1945 fire-bombing of Dresden. This dazzling and thought provoking drama co-stars Ron Lerbman and Valerie Perrine.
SS-GB (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Sam Riley, Kate Bosworth, Rainer Bock It is 1941 and Nazi Germany, having won the Battle of Britain, is the occupying force in the UK. Based on SS-GB, the bestselling novel by Len Deighton, renowned London murder detective Douglas Archer is caught between his brutal new SS superiors and a ruthless British resistance as he investigates what looks like a black market-related murder. Determined to uphold the law and protect the ones he loves, Archer soon finds himself drawn into a treacherous plot with global implications. In a country under hostile occupation, how do you do the right thing when you’re on the wrong side? Written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade (Spectre, Skyfall)
Super Furry Animals (PG) (DVD) Animation Dir. Denis Chernov The lovably simple residents of peaceful Kikoriki Island are thrown kicking and screaming into big adventure, when their resident scientist invents an amazing device - a helmet called The Improverizor, which takes personality traits from one person and swaps them with traits of someone else. But when spineless young Wally tries to use the untested device to cure his cowardice, he ends up even more spineless - by getting accidentally body-switched with a squirmy little caterpillar. Now he has even more to fear than he could have ever imagined, and so do his fellow villagers, as they're dragged into a madcap adventure packed with plane crashes, mistaken identities, erupting volcanoes and angry primitives on the warpath.
Taekwondo (18) (DVD) Cast: Gabriel Epstein, Lucas Papa, Nicolás Barsoff Dirs. Marco Berger, Martin Farina Run time: 105 mins Fernando is on holiday with his closest friends in a beautiful country house in a chic suburb of Buenos Aires. Without the presence
of their girlfriends the boys are eager to talk about their deepest feelings, their sexual desire for the girls, their fear of the future and their conflicts. Disconnected from the outside world, they do little more than bask in the hot sun, play in the swimming pool, smoke pot and drink. As in all men only situations, they feel free to walk around naked or half- naked, being in such intimate proximity to each other. In that context, Fernando decides to invite a newcomer, Germa n, a close friend from his Taekwondo class. Germa n is quickly by the group, but also has a preference that Fernando ignores- he is attracted to men. Little by little the two friends get closer and more intimate, verging quickly on romance. Bringing a kind of potent sexuality in this totally bro environment, they need to decide whether to be explicit about it or not. Brimming with overwhelming sexuality throughout its entire running time, TAEKWONDO is steaming with eroticism and lust.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Earth's Last Stand & SuperShredder S4 V3&4 (PG) (DVD) Run time: 304 mins EARTH’S LAST STAND: With the last fragment of the Black Hole Generator in the Triceraton’s possession, the Turtles race back to New York City for a fi nal showdown against the alien threat. But even if they save Earth from total annihilation, will their city ever be the same? SUPER SHREDDER: They’ve studied relentlessly. They’ve mastered their craft. They’ve defeated countless enemies. But nothing in the Turtles’ training has prepared them for the deadliest, most formidable foe they have ever faced… the Super Shredder.
Terrahawks: Volume 3 (U) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Denise Bryer, Windsor Davies, Jeremy Hitchen, Anne Ridler, Robbie Stevens Dirs. Alan Patillo, Desmond Saunders, Tony Bell, Tony Lenny Run time: 325 mins Gerry Anderson, the hugely influential creator of Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet, made a spectacular return to puppet animation in the early 1980s with an exciting new series produced with Christopher Burr. Thrilling yet another generation of children (and adults!), Terrahawks introduced a new elite force to defend 21st century Earth against a host of alien invaders.
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Led by the heroic Tiger Ninestein, the Terrahawks crew consists of Captain Mary Falconer, Tiger's second-in-command; fighter-pilot and pop star Kate Kestrel; the poetically inclined Lt Hiro; and Lt Hawkeye the gunner with computer-enhanced vision. Assisted by a legion of charismatic spherical robots known as the Zeroids, they battle a cabal of evil adversaries none more terrifying than android crone Zelda, the would-be conqueror of all "Earth-Scum"! The final thirteen episodes of Terrahawks are presented here for the first time as new transfers from the best available materials, in their original as-transmitted aspect ratio. SPECIAL FEATURES: • The Terrahawks Story documentary • Why We Love Terrahawks • SuperMacroMachinations with puppeteer Judy Preece • My Enemy's Enemy audio episode • Making the Unexpected - extended archive Electric Theatre Show • S.O.S. music video • FX Trims • Image gallery • Script PDFs
The Amazing Burping Pig (PG) (DVD) Cast: Lindsay Blanchard, Jennifer Taylor, Joey Lawrence, Drake Bell Dir. Tom DeNucci Family feature about a young girl and her friendship with her pet pig. When Talia Rose (Lindsey Blanchard) and her family move to a new city she finds it hard to get used to her new surroundings both at school and at home. Her mum (Jennifer Taylor) and dad (Joey Lawrence) try their best to help Talia and her two sisters get used to their new home but Talia remains down about her lack of friends and the mean bullies at school. That all changes, however, when she finds a miniature pig (voice of Drake Bell) wandering around in her back garden and takes it in as her new pet. After naming it Arlo, Talia and her new pet become best friends and he helps her stand up to her school bullies but how will her family react when they find out they're sharing their new home with a pig?
The Asylum (15) (DVD) Cast: Jonathan Rosenthal, Adrian Voo, Bo Linton, Caroline Atwood, Christine Springett Dir. Filip Maciejewicz
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Run time: 85 mins In an abandoned mental institution, doctors carry out secret experiments on unsuspecting patients. The experiments, codenamed Limes, are designed to cure violent episodes within the inmates through new methods of brainwashing and mind manipulation. It is soon discovered by the families of the patients that this is no ordinary hospital.
The Book of Daniel (15) (DVD) Dir. Anna Zielinski Run time: 83 mins Dr In 605 B.C. Jerusalem was conquered by the Babylonians and many of their best young men were taken into captivity. Daniel was among those taken to Babylon to serve the powerful King Nebuchadnezzar. Threatened by death at every turn Daniel never ceases to serve the king until he is forced to choose between serving the king and honoring God. With his life at stake Daniel has nothing but his faith to stand between him and the lions den.
The Brothers: The Complete Series 5 (tbc) (DVD) Cast: Jean Anderson, Robin Chadwick, Richard Easton One of the BBC's most popular drama series of the 1970s, The Brothers followed the lives of the Hammond family.
The Carer (15) (DVD) Cast: Brian Cox, Coco Konig, Anna Chancellor, Emilia Fox Dir. Janos Edelenyi Run time: 88 mins The Carer, made by Hungarian director Janos Edelenyi, is notable as a showcase for Brian Cox, who plays Sir Michael Gifford, a retired Shakespearean actor suffering from a form of Parkinson s that has left him flailing and cantankerous at his country estate. He has alienated a host of caregivers, but his daughter forces a new companion on
him, a Hungarian refugee who has acting aspirations of her own. It’s not hard to predict that a friendship will develop between the newcomer and the curmudgeon, a bond that threatens some of Sir Michael s existing relationships but ultimately proves beneficial for all parties. Region Free
The Edge of Seventeen (tbc) (DVD) Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson Dir. Kelly Fremon Craig Run time: 104 mins 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.
set in a Welsh coal mining valley. Paul Robeson stars as David Goliath, a charismatic African-American seaman who washes up in a small mining village in Wales. There, he finds work alongside the miners down the pit, and his magnificent singing voice attracts the attention of local choir director Dick Parry (Simon Lack), who has ambitions of winning the national choir contest on the strength of Goliath's talent. However, a mining disaster puts both of these occupations on hold, and Goliath rouses a group of activists to march to London in the hope of reopening the mine in time to serve the nation's wartime needs.
The Real Marigold Hotel: Series 2 (E) (DVD) Cast: Miriam Margolyes, Wayne Sleep, Bobby George, Rosemary Shrager Run time: 360 mins
Inspired by, but otherwise unrelated to the blockbuster film, the series documents the authentic experience of eight characters in their golden years as they head to India on an experimental adventure to see if they would consider retiring to the other side of the world. Series Two will see the group travel thousands of miles from home and this time land in Kochi, a city in the southwest Indian state Kerala, to test whether they can set up a more rewarding retirement than in the UK.
Cast: Yvan Attal, Bérénice Bejo, Jean-François Stévenin Dir. Eric Barbier Run time: 108 mins
A two-part Christmas special sees some familiar faces on tour; actress Miriam Margolyes, dancer Wayne Sleep, darts champion Bobby George and chef Rosemary Shrager test out different retirement communities around the world, travelling to Florida and Japan.
The Last Diamond (15)
Simon has just been released from prison and is on parole. His friend, Albert, lures him back to his old ways for one more hit. To steal the priceless diamond Florentin. Simon's plan to steal the diamond goes sour. Others are also after the diamond, such as gangsters and ruthless killers.
The Proud Valley (PG) (Blu-ray and DVD)
The Rift (15) (DVD) Dir. Dejan Zecevic An American military satellite crash lands in Eastern Serbia and a team of US and Serbian agents are dispatched to secure the remains of the satellite, but when they locate the crash site all is not as it seems.
Cast: Paul Robeson, Edward Chapman, Simon Lack, Rachel Thomas, Dilys Thomas Dir. Pen Tennyson Run time: 76 mins Pen Tennyson directs this early Ealing Studios drama H O M E M O V I E : S F F1 0 3
Tokyo Marble Chocolate (15)
Who's That Knocking at My Door? (15)
(Blu-ray with DVD (Collector's Edition) - DoublePlay)
Anime 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: • Film on Blu-Ray and DVD • Collectors Packaging
Cast: Harvey Keitel, Zina Bethune Dir. Martin Scorsese Run time: 86 mins Martin Scorsese's powerful drama shot in gritty black and white on the streets of the Italian-American communities where he grew up, stars Harvey Keitel as JR, a young New Yorker who falls in love with an independent and free-spirited college graduate (Zina Bethune). However, he finds his values shaken when she reveals secrets about her past. Hailed by Robert Ebert on its original release as 'a great moment in American movies', Martin Scorsese's debut feature film introduces many of the themes and techniques that he would later revisit in his classics Mean Streets, Taxi Driver and Goodfellas.
• Japanese with English subtitles
• Partial audio commentary with Martin Scorsese and Mardik Martin
• From the Classroom to the Streets: The Making of Who's That Knocking at My Door (13 mins)
(Blu-ray and DVD)
• Illustrated booklet featuring full credits and an essay by Christina Newland
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Don Johnson Dir. Johnny Martin Run time: 99 mins Niagra Falls police detective and Iraq war veteran John Dromoor (Nicolas Cage, The Rock) is flagged down by a 12 year old girl after she witnesses her mother, Teena, being brutally attacked and left for dead by a group of local men. When the men are caught, their parents hire slick criminal defence attorney Jay Kirkpatrick, (Don Johnson, Django Unchained) who puts the focus on Teena s credibility, based on her sobriety and promiscuity. Shockingly her assailants are exonerated and released, even though the daughter s testimony should have alone been enough for a certain conviction. In the aftermath of the verdict Dromoor grows increasingly close to the victim and her family, who he then discovers are being taunted and stalked by the freed men. The injustice becomes too much for him to take and fuelled by a sense of vengeance and his own personal demons, Dromoor sets out on a lone campaign to serve the justice the men deserve.
104 HOME MOVIE : SFF
WWE: Diamond Dallas Page - Positively Living (15) (Blu-ray and DVD)
ON DVD & BLU-RAY 13th MARCH 2017