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BEN AFFLECK PUTS ON THE COWL & CAPE TO TAKE ON HENRY CAVILL IN SCOTT SNYDER’S BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
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NATALIE PORTMAN TAKES AIM IN JANE GOT A GUN
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MOVIES JUST OUT OF THE CINEMA 1st August 07 COVER FEATURE: Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Whose side are you on? 8th August 11 Midnight Special 14 Sing Street 18 Eddie The Eagle 15th August 22 The Huntsman: Winter’s War
22nd August 26 Jane Got A Gun 30 Knight Of Cups 33 The Jungle Book
LOOK OUT FOR 38 Lesser Known Stephen King Adaptions Stephen King’s Cell, starring John Cusack & Samuel L. Jackson, is in cinemas and on demand from Friday 26th August. 43 Top 10 Shark Films It’s Dolph Vs Shark on 1st August, with the DVD release of Shark Lake.
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it seems, without some superhero squaring up to a former friend! This month it’s two giants from the DC Comics canon who are standing toe to toe. Welcome to the August issue of HOME MOVIE. It’s the first time I’ve had a chance to introduce this SHOW FILM FIRST publication, and I’m SUPER-excited (see what I did there?). Our cover says it all, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE may have split the critics and fans alike but it was undeniably a box-office smash. The extended DVD cut restores a number of scenes that certainly add to the continuity. This issue also sees NATALIE PORTMAN channelling her best Clint Eastwood in JANE GOT A GUN which successfully exploits the dramatic New Mexico landscape (after successfully negotiating a protracted development, with a changing cast and crew that played out like Hollywood musical chairs). The wonderfully Spielbergian MIDNIGHT SPECIAL marks a welcome return for SAM SHEPHERD while MICHAEL SHANNON and JAIDEN LIEBERHER make for an affecting father and son. Director JEFF NICHOLS (‘MUD’, ‘TAKE SHELTER’), a moviemaker of unique vision, makes great use of the low-budget stylings to create a sense of both claustrophobia and wonder. Right I’m off to try and find the batcave or, at very least, a quiet phone box where I can change out of this suit, now where did I leave my cloak?..
Oh, and with regard to the question posed on page 3 - I’ll happily nail my colours to the mast, I’m firmly on Batman’s side. Always found his grim past and dark motivation more engaging than Supe’s rather simplistic ‘goodness’.
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the very stuff of nightmares that drives the Batman to leave his mark on the criminals of Gotham, even as he turns an eye toward the greater prize. Director Zack Snyder says, “We felt an interesting way of beginning this story was to examine Superman from another perspective, Batman’s perspective. Bruce doesn’t know who Superman is; all he knows is what the public knows. He blames him for the lives lost in Metropolis, lives that he felt responsible for. His hatred has been building up inside, and now, all this time later, he’s finding reinforcement of those feelings in the media.”
BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (12) Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi USA, 2016, 151 mins Dir. Zack Snyder Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons
The greatest gladiator match in the history of the world: Son of Krypton versus Bat of Gotham! WHO WILL WIN? Batman and Superman. Gotham and Metropolis. Lex Luthor, Doomsday and-for the first time ever on the big screen-Wonder Woman. With its stellar line-up of heroes and villains and bigger and better battles with even more at stake than the destruction of the Earth, Zack Snyder’s ‘BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE’ is an epic Super Hero journey like no other.
For two years, Superman has soared to the rescue of countless victims around the globe and the world has praised his god-like abilities. But with unavoidable destruction in the wake of good deeds, the collateral damage from his efforts is finally causing many to question those who will only see what he can do, without debating whether or not he should. It’s a question he has even begun to ask himself, thanks to the machinations of one masterful mind hell-bent on his humiliation... and destruction. “When we find Superman, he’s been dealing with everyday life as a Super Hero, but there’s a distinct shift happening in how his heroic efforts are viewed, thanks to the unintended consequences of those acts,” Snyder continues. “Every action has a reaction; one guy’s rescue leaves another in distress. We wanted to explore the reality of saving people and what intervening can really mean. The classic idea with Superman is that he’s a good guy trying to do the right thing and that he isn’t political, but in truth, in today’s world, it’s impossible not to be, no matter your intentions.” Ben Affleck stars as Bruce Wayne/Batman, who has been following news of Superman closely since what came to be known as the Black Zero Event, which culminated with Superman’s catastrophic combat with General Zod. “I think
Pit the two greatest heroes in the world against each other and the unthinkable becomes inevitable in the form of a truly seismic clash: Batman, the underground vigilante, a knight in the darkness, and Superman, the unbeatable alien in the sky - who can possibly win such a war? Nearly two years have passed since Metropolis suffered a battle unlike anything Earth has ever seen. Many lives were saved, but one man can’t forget those lost in the annihilation, and now Bruce Wayne lives with a simmering rage that has begun to boil over into a feeling of powerlessness, the kind that turns good men into vengeful warriors. Indeed, it’s HOME MOVIE : SFF
the story really sets the stage nicely for understanding why Batman wants to fight Superman,” he says. “It’s logical to assume that they’d be friends since they’re both good guys, but this film takes a more nuanced view of how these characters might exist in the real world and what sort of complications might come about as a result of their abilities and actions.” “Superman is beginning to face the exact challenges Jonathan Kent was worried about,” observes Henry Cavill, who reprises his dual roles as Clark Kent and the Man of Steel. “The world is filled with fear after being attacked by aliens and literally shaken to its very core. Despite having what they look to as a redeemer, the people need to direct their fear at something. In the meantime, Superman is still trying to do right by everyone and ignore the slings and arrows.” But certain arrows will be harder to deflect than others, and if Bruce Wayne, as Batman, is intent upon acting out a revenge fantasy on Superman, how might one describe his fellow industrialist Lex Luthor’s reasons for undermining the “red cape”? As screenwriter Chris Terrio observes, “Both Bruce and Lex are billionaires, both are orphans, and both are obsessed with Superman’s absolute power. They have, at a point, the same agenda: stop Superman at any cost. But Bruce’s motives are basically good, while Lex is pathological.”
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All three men - Clark, Bruce and Lex - are products of what was bequeathed them by absent fathers or memories of fathers who are gone, another theme explored in the story. Each man is struggling in his own way: Bruce, who is older now than his father ever was; Clark, who is righting wrongs for a ghost; and Lex, whose relationship with his father was... less than idyllic. “Lex Luthor has always been one of the great DC villains. And one of the most epic stories in the canon was when Batman and Superman squared off against each other,” offers producer Charles Roven. “As we sought an expansion of the universe with this film, we felt that bringing these characters together was natural. Metropolis needed rebuilding, Lex is the city’s major benefactor, and he and Bruce Wayne actually share similar business enterprises in the manufacturing and digital worlds.” After what took place at the end of the previous film, it just might be plausible, the filmmakers posited, that Bruce and Lex would direct a common anger toward Superman. Screenwriter David S. Goyer notes, “Super Hero movies tend to happen in a vacuum - epic damage happens and everyone just sort of goes back to what they were doing. In our view, it would really scar not just the city or the nation, but the world. It wasn’t intentional on Superman’s part, but a lot of people became fearful afterwards, and that’s the impetus that causes Bruce to become suspicious of him. Lex
uses that wedge issue, that nascent mistrust brewing in the general public, to foment that.” “We had left the Easter eggs in the previous film - the LexCorp truck on the street of Metropolis, the Wayne Industries satellite above,” Roven adds, “allowing us to go where we felt the story and characters would lead us.” To convey Batman and Luthor into Superman’s newly established world in an organic way would require careful handling. “Everyone wants to see Batman and Superman in a film together, and everyone wants to see them fight,” says producer Deborah Snyder. “It’s a thrill for anyone who loves comics, and Zack is not only a director but a huge comics fan as well.” With both Super Heroes - and Luthor, for that matter - appearing in comics for more than seven decades, there was a wealth of beloved source material to turn to for ideas. “We wanted to introduce a version of Batman that hasn’t been seen on screen before,” she continues. “One who’s been doing this a long time so he’s seasoned, but perhaps a little too long, so he’s also jaded. If you’re constantly fighting crime in the way Batman does, over time how does that affect your body? How does it affect you emotionally?” Similarly, to carry Lex Luthor into 2016, Terrio recalls ask-
ing himself, “What would a capitalist gone mad look like today?” Looking for real-world inspiration from many of the world’s largest high-tech corporations, he found an environment that “often cultivates eccentricity as a virtue and rewards outside-the-box innovation.” Adding those qualities to a damaged psyche, he re-imagined Lex as “a younger, brilliant, post-modern villain aware of his own villainy who has chosen to use his wealth and power to bring down one whose own power appears limitless.” The filmmakers not only brought the figurative worlds of Batman and Superman together for the first time on film, but their physical worlds, too. Of course, along with Batman comes the Batcave; super-cool, super-stealth vehicles, the Batmobile and the Batwing; and his cache of self-forged weaponry. Geographically, Gotham City and Metropolis were re-envisioned as sister cities-cum-cross-town rivals, with only a minor body of water between them, allowing for action to take place on both heroes’ turfs. But it’s a non-resident of either locale-one who comes with her own unique set of tools-who drops in to make an unforgettable impression on both heroes: Wonder Woman. “Once we had Batman in the story, all I could think was, ‘Is it crazy to bring Wonder Woman in, too?’” Zack Snyder recalls. “For me, as a longtime fan, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are the comic book trinity, and I knew HOME MOVIE : SFF
Jesse Eisenberg infuses Luthor with a strangely manic aplomb while Jeremy Irons maintains composure and minds Batman’s techno-gadgetry with ease - as Alfred, a cool counterpart to Bruce Wayne’s darkly obsessive nature. And Laurence Fishburne revisits the role of practical Daily Planet editor Perry White, who struggles to keep Lois Lane on track, and to keep track of Clark Kent.
movie audiences have been dying for Wonder Woman. I thought it would be amazing to include her as a way to introduce the character into this world.” Though the Amazon warrior’s appearance is brief, her timing is impeccable, and she definitely intrigues both men. Gal Gadot undertakes the role in the film, joining a powerful cadre of actresses in equally strong female roles: Amy Adams, reprising the role of journalist Lois Lane; Diane Lane returning as Martha Kent; and Holly Hunter as Senator Jane Finch, who goes toe-to-toe with both Superman and Lex Luthor.
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In fact, despite Perry’s firm stance against it, Clark is chasing down a story across the bay in Gotham that involves the activities of Batman, unaware that the very man he’s seeking to expose is secretly on the hunt for him. With neither man willing to back down, and with Lex Luthor’s plans on a deadly course for Superman, can these two Super Heroes ever overcome their differences to confront an even greater threat? He has the power to wipe out the entire human race. If we believe there’s even a one percent chance that he is our enemy, we have to take it as an absolute certainty. BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is available on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray from Monday 1st August, 2016
8th August But what appears on its face as an urgent but straightforward pursuit soon reveals layers of depth and a mystifying, otherworldly tenor. As the relationships between the fugitives and their pursuers come into sharper focus, the audience is taken along on an adventure the nature and magnitude of which they can only guess. Says Nichols, “I often compare this film to the reverse of one of those Russian nesting dolls, which start out large and open up multiple times to produce smaller and smaller versions until you get down to the core. This starts with a kind of indie feel, where you’re on the road with these guys, and then it gets progressively bigger and bigger until it falls off the edges of the frame.”
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In this case, the core is Alton, played by JAEDEN LIEBERHER.
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There’s something very special, and possibly dangerous, about Alton. From his uncanny composure and sense of purpose beyond his years, to the inexplicable white light that emanates from his eyes and can either wreak stunning destruction or mesmerize people into a state of indescribable euphoria - albeit at great cost to his own increasingly fragile body - this is a child whose capabilities defy earthly explanation. As one of the story’s central characters attests, in a way that could prove either chilling or reassuring: he’s not like us.
USA, 2016, 112 mins Dir. Jeff Nichols Cast: Michael Shannon, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton
A provocative, sci-fi thriller as supernatural as it is intimately human, as a father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers. In the darkened room of a roadside motel, two armed and determined-looking men plan their next move. The windows are blocked with cardboard. As the evening news broadcasts the abduction of a young boy named Alton, the boy himself sits under a sheet on the floor, his face obscured by heavy goggles. It’s time to go. But if this ominous scenario is what it appears to be, the child seems oddly serene. Who is Alton Meyer? Where are these men taking him? And is this a kidnapping, or some kind of daring escape? It’s these questions and the deeper mystery that lies beyond them that drive the events in writer/ director JEFF NICHOL’s ‘MIDNIGHT SPECIAL’, at once a supernatural thriller and an enigmatic and thought-provoking journey into the unknown and the unknowable.
Somehow, Alton can access and repeat highly technical classified information as effortlessly as tuning a television. It’s these powers and abilities that have made him the prized possession of a religious cult that believes he’s imparting messages from the Divine and, more recently, the object of a federal manhunt, as word reaches the highest levels of government that an eight-year-old is somehow intercepting top-secret military satellite transmissions. Traveling with Alton are his father, Roy, played by MICHAEL SHANNON, and Roy’s childhood friend Lucas, played by JOEL EDGERTON. Along the way they enlist the support of Alton’s mother, Sarah, played by KIRSTEN
“I wanted to make a chase movie, a movie about guys moving on back roads through the American South in a fast car, driving at night with their lights off,” Nichols begins, setting the stage for characters embarking on a collision course with something bigger than they imagine. “They’re on the run, they’re being hunted and, at the same time, they’re racing towards something important, though we don’t immediately know what it is.”
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DUNST. Committed to help Alton fulfill his destiny, they will leave behind the lives they knew and do things they never thought possible in a race towards a destination and an appointment that calls only to him. Barely a step behind are the police and the FBI, as well as the NSA, in the form of agent Sevier, played by ADAM DRIVER, and the single-minded devotees of the Third Heaven Ranch, led by SAM SHEPARD as the charismatic and cagey Calvin. “I appreciate the ambiguity of it,” declares Shannon, who has played an integral part in each of Nichols’ previous films and returns to take the lead in Midnight Special. “Most people have some mystery in their lives; they are confounded by certain unanswerable questions. I don’t think Roy really knows what’s happening with his son.” Nichols, who cites the mood and style of such 1980s sci-fi classics as ‘STARMAN’ among his artistic influences and inspirations, says, “There’s the suggestion that Alton is meant for something or somewhere else, that his powers are symptoms of what he’s meant to do. As he starts to understand what his abilities are and take control of them, he starts to get healthier and better, whereas when his father tries to control them, for Alton’s own sake, it actually makes him sicker. Roy and Lucas don’t understand his capabilities. And we as the audience aren’t supposed to understand them, either. In one way that’s a metaphor for the fact that our kids are going to be who they are and we just have to have faith in that and let them go.”
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In a larger sense, “This is about belief in something you don’t understand,” Nichols continues, insofar as the story explores the nature of faith in its many forms, and the lengths to which people will go for what that means to them. “What would you do if you knew your child was bound for somewhere you couldn’t go?” ‘MIDNIGHT SPECIAL’ is Nichols’ fourth film. Structured as a fast-moving thriller with supernatural overtones, it is also, at its heart, about the love and trust between a parent and child. In that respect, it’s indicative of Nichols’ critically acclaimed body of work, from his auspicious debut with ‘SHOTGUN STORIES,’ to ‘TAKE SHELTER,’ which swept the Cannes Film Festival, and 2012’s critical, festival and audience favourite ‘MUD.’ Each has explored, in its own way, the transcendent and universal theme of family bonds. Producer SARAH GREEN, marking her third collaboration with the director, notes, “There are many elements that go into what makes a Jeff Nichols film. The reason I’m so drawn to his work, like many people, is that he can make a satisfying genre film, he can make a drama, he can make any kind of film and, no matter what, it will be heart-based. It’s always about the human condition, and love. It’s about how we relate to each other in the most pure way.” For Nichols, the idea for Midnight Special harks back to a profoundly traumatic moment when his year-old son had a sudden medical emergency, plunging him into a panic. The
situation was resolved and the boy was fine, but that agonizing experience brought a flood of fears and insights to the first-time father, some of which Nichols sought to express in the film. “I realized that having a child means giving up a part of yourself to the universe,” he says. “It’s like a wound has opened up that will never heal and will always be open to injury. If something happens to that child, you will feel it because you love him so much. It’s a helpless feeling, too, knowing that there is now this person in your life that you would do anything for, but in some ways you really have no control over. That was the basis for Midnight Special. Take Shelter was written by a man who was about to become a father, and all the anxiety that entails, while Midnight Special was written by a man who already is a father.” Another Nichols hallmark is the way he engages audiences to put the pieces of the story together as it unfolds, trusting them to make the vital links while he keeps the pace. “I find it enormously rewarding because you’re always moving forward,” says Green, “and when you get to the end you realize how everything worked together. It was all there, but it wasn’t handed to you.” It’s what makes his work, in producer BRIAN KAVANAUGH-JONES’ estimation, “real page-turners, made possi-
ble by the extent to which he develops his characters. Even if you don’t know the all the details and background, and you catch them at a very specific moment in their lives, it’s all there. Jeff knows his characters so well and writes them so well, that even in a script like this, where so much is unsaid, every sentence is imbued with meaning. It doesn’t take long to get to know Roy and the others. You sense their history. Jeff tells his story and knows where he’s going with it, but I think he’s also good at letting people believe what they believe and take what they take out of it.” “So much of this film was about designing how to lay out the information and how people would receive it,” says Nichols. “Audiences are extraordinarily good at making connections between characters. It’s how our brains work. When a movie starts, people immediately start processing information and putting the puzzle together, so it’s a fascinating thing to play off, and play with. You can actually lead people in one direction and then bring something else up. If I defined every experience, that’s all it would be; but if I allow some things to be defined by the audience it could be anything, and that’s very exciting to me.” MIDNIGHT SPECIAL is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Monday 8th August, 2016
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sake of it. I wanted to try and find something in my life that I’d be interested in doing and talking about. I wanted it to be something that was genuine and personal.” Carney had previously worked with producer Anthony Bregman on the New York-set feature film ‘BEGIN AGAIN’ starring Kiera Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, the director discussed with him the idea of building a story around his own experiences growing up in Dublin.
SING STREET (15) Comedy | Drama | Music Ireland, 2016, 106 mins Dir. John Carney Cast: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen, Lucy Boynton
Boy meets girl, girl unimpressed, boy starts band Going back to 1980s Dublin where an economic recession forces Conor out of his comfortable private school and into survival mode at the inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious and uber-cool Raphina, and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he’s promised - calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the ‘80s, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their hearts into writing lyrics and shooting videos. Combining Carney’s trademark warmth and humor with a punk rock edge, and featuring a memorable soundtrack with hits from The Cure, Duran Duran, The Police, and Genesis, ‘SING STREET’ is an electrifying coming-of-age film that will resonate with music fans across the board. The origins of ‘SING STREET’ go back many years to the director’s life as a teenager in 1980s Dublin John Carney experienced growing up in the Irish Capital by moving from private school to an inner city comprehensive. It ultimately became the seed of an idea to create a musical film about this period in his life. Having directed the Oscar®-winning musical film ‘ONCE’ and then ‘BEGIN AGAIN’, both with extensive musical threads throughout, Carney felt the time was right to make something musical that was even more personal – something solidly autobiographical. “I didn’t want to just be doing a musical story for the
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“He just told me this story over coffee,” says Bregman. “In fact, it’s pretty close to what the story is right now, about this kid whose father loses his job and where money is very tight. He gets taken out of his posh school and into the very rough Synge Street School where he immediately gets beaten up and where others take advantage of him. He forms a band, basically to protect himself and also to attract the interest of this very pretty girl he can’t otherwise get traction with.” Both a rites of passage story with strong romantic elements and a film built on the musical foundations of 1980s British bands, ‘SING STREET’ delivers an honest and moving perspective on the perils and wonders of teenage life. For Bregman, the idea of a fresh and yet innocent romance blossoming between the two lead characters, was a dynamic he had not seen in filmmaking for long time. ”The relationship between Conor and Raphina is interesting because it doesn’t really get consummated in any real way,” He explains. “She’s gorgeous and older, more sophisticated, and is off on her own, living her own life. He is still very much forming as a character. From the very beginning, when he approaches her, it’s clear that he’s reaching above his grade for her.” Alongside this romance, Carney also focuses on the complexities of marriages breaking down in Ireland during this period. Divorce was not allowed in Ireland at the time. As the parents’ relationship breaks down, the impact on the children is profound. “There are a lot of strains on Conor’s parents’ marriage; among them that they came from a period of time where you couldn’t have sex outside marriage,” says Bregman. “So the parents got married too soon, for the wrong reason, and then they couldn’t separate, because at this point it was very taboo to divorce. The most they could do was separate. “They’re locked in a marriage where they’re not happy with each other or with the situation and that filters down to the kids. It creates a toxic atmosphere, and that is
what initiates the story.” For Carney the film is also a story of contrasts - the contrast of Ireland versus England, Dublin versus London, and the safety of a private education versus one in the state system. But most importantly for Carney, it was the contrast of a young teenage boy who thinks he has problems until those problems are far outweighed by those of the girl he meets and ultimately falls for. “It’s really a ‘before and after’ story, which is set in 80s Dublin,” Carney explains. “It was a time of recession and immigration and a time when even the very rich or those who should have had money, didn’t have cash, and were forced to think a little bit differently in terms of what clothes they wore, how they expressed themselves through how they looked.” CASTING Unlike the usual casting process, the filmmakers decided to seek out new untapped talent from across Ireland. The team held auditions over a period of six months to look for their lead Carney, along with Dublin based Casting Director Louise Kiely, set up auditions across Ireland attracting thousands of young hopefuls. “Casting was interesting because I wanted to get nonactors, firstly,” says the director. “I didn’t want them
to be like that [Irish Stage School] Billy Barry sort of vibe. I wanted it to be very naturalistic. So we just did a big Open Call and saw everybody from around the country who thought they could play an instrument. Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, who plays Conor, had come from a musical family with a background in opera and Irish folk music. He had been a boy soprano and toured The Magic Flute with the Opera Theatre Company. He was also classically trained on piano. Echoing the magic of the film’s own fairytale sensibility, it was only by sheer luck that he waited in line to audition and be discovered. “When I got there the queue was so big,” Walsh-Peelo laughs recalling the process. “I was with my mum and I said I wanted to go home because I didn’t want to stand in that queue for eight hours. I was literally lining up for about five hours. I did the audition and sang a song. I felt it went really well. I then got re-called to a hotel and got down to the last six potential leads, which was amazing. We auditioned with different girls then. We didn’t hear from them for a while then, so I went off to Spain with my family on holiday. Half way through the holiday we got a call saying I’d been re-called for a few days time, so I had to book a flight and fly back, which was definitely worth it!”
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Working with Carney was a highly informative experience for the young actor. Being both a writer and director, Carney was able to restructure scenes organically with his young cast, allowing the opportunity to improvise and to feel their way through the role. Ultimately for Carney, this offered him a much truer performance. “It’s really interesting, because when we started out we’d be thinking of a scene completely differently to how he [Carney] wanted it, and then we’d have to get into our heads what he meant,” says Walsh-Peelo. “He didn’t give us the exact way he wanted us to say it. He wanted that to come naturally.” Actress Lucy Boynton came to the project with slightly more experience than the others. She had already worked in film and TV with credits including ‘MISS POTTER’ opposite Rene Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, and The Borgias opposite Jeremy Irons. The role of Raphina offered Boynton a chance to play a complex young girl, old before her age, who becomes the focus of Conor’s romantic odyssey. On Raphina, Boynton says : “She’s been through a lot of stuff that thankfully most people her age haven’t been through. Her response to that is feeling like she’s older, so acting a lot older than her actual age. You see that throughout most of the film, but there are some bits where 16
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you see her at her most vulnerable. You see that when she’s without her hair and makeup, which she uses as a defense. “Raphina is this pivotal point in Conor’s growing up. She opens his eyes to life beyond school. He is also so innocent and willing to understand her and know her and be patient with her, that that really surprises her.” Carney was also able to pull together some of Ireland’s biggest names including Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy and rising Hollywood star Jack Reynor. For actor Aidan Gillen, who plays Conor’s father, Robert, his character had a number of familiar references. “Robert is an architect who works at home,” Gillen explains. “Funnily enough, my father was an architect who worked at home. I was the same age in the era this film is set, as Conor is. My father wore polo necks and he looked just like this, and he drank whisky occasionally too. “I myself started acting when I was about 14 and going to see bands at that age. Those two things are probably two of the main passions in my life, still - acting in films and listening to music a lot. It’s really nice to be acting in a film where the main characters are teenagers, and looking at them doing stuff for the first time ever, maybe even acting for the first time. They’re in situations, even in
a film or make-believe setting, that they’re in for the first time in their lives. It’s exciting. “The things you do when you’re 13 and 14, that you get into - they often do stay with you for the rest of your life. Definitely my own character and personality was really formulated around then. It was at that age that, like the characters here, that you’re breaking away from your family, finding out who you are. You may or may not stick with that, with what you’re discovering in those years, for the rest of your life. In my case, I think I did.” For actor Jack Reynor, his character Brendan gave him the chance to channel his inner Pink Floyd fandom. “He’s a complete stoner and sits up in his room all day, every day, listening to LPs and not doing much,” Reynor says of his character. “I think it’s a result of the relationship that he’s had with his parents and the things he wanted to do; the restrictions they’ve put on him have pushed him a bit further down this path. In a way, he acts as this sage-like character for Conor and he introduces him to all of this music and culture. He tries to help him to define his ideas and his opinions about his relationships and the girls. There’s an element of Brendan living vicariously through his younger brother too. On his look, Reynor comments on the long hair he sports – a departure from the cropped look he’s worn in many of his other roles. “I wanted my hair long to look as much like Dave Gilmour as I possibly could. I just kept hammering John until he eventually let it go. That was pretty much it. That was how the hair thing went. “I knew that he needed to look a bit disheveled and a bit introverted. We wanted him to be a bit scraggly and unshaven, just to give the sense that he’d been up there for
a while and he was struggling to get through this part of his life. I think that really plays in the film. I think the character looks the part.” Carney wanted to find a songwriter early on in the development process to enable him to bring an authentic but accessible 80s sensibility to the songs he wanted the band to play. One such songwriter Carney had considered – Gary Clark best known for his hit single ‘Mary’s Praye’r that he wrote for his band Danny Wilson in 1987 - had recently moved back to his hometown of Dundee in Scotland from Los Angeles. “I wanted to explore some different options on this film,” Carney says. “It’s set in the 80s, so I wanted to get somebody who had actually written music during the 80s. I loved Mary’s Prayer. So I found Gary Clark. I rang him up out of the blue and said I made this film called Once. He had seen and really liked it. I said that Mary’s Prayer and his album [Meet Danny Wilson – 1987] changed my life. I listened to it with my brother when I was 14 in school when I should have been doing my work. I said, ‘What do you think about writing some songs, and I have some halfwritten songs which you could write lyrics for?’ “He got on a plane and came over. He is a brilliant songwriter and with a very hooky, 80s style - very catchy songs. He wrote about five or six songs.” Carney’s love of music is reflected explicitly in his biography as a filmmaker. Co-Producer Paul Trijbits recognized the value of this early on the film’s development process, noticing the relentless passion Carney brought to every facet of the film’s soundtrack. “John’s absolute skill is to tell stories using music. When you look at things that he’s done that we all love, that’s when he’s in his element. He knows how to do it. He had a great time being part of recording an album and effectively discovering a real young band. Finding Ferdia to become the lead singer of a band to the people around him, the musicians who were part of it, made it all a really joyous experience for John and us. We were recording an album that we were laying down to sit alongside the story. But equally, it had to serve the story, which I think it cleverly does.” SING STREET is available on Blu-Ray and DVD from Monday 8th August, 2016
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equipment, Eddie was the sole British entrant at the 1987 World Championships, where placing 55th was enough to see him through to the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada. Calgary was where Eddie really took off, literally and figuratively. Although he placed last in both his events - the 70 metre jump and 90 metre jump - he became a media darling (he was quickly dubbed “The Eagle” by the tabloids) and something of a folk hero, famous for his unorthodox style, appearance and will to compete. It was only a matter of time, surely, before someone made a movie about this unassuming hero’s life.
EDDIE THE EAGLE (15) Biography | Drama | Comedy UK, 2016, 106 mins Dir. Dexter Fletcher Cast: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken, Rune Temte, Tim McInnerney
Win or lose, always aim high. The story of Great Britains’ first ski jumper to enter the Winter Olympics. Inspired by true events, ‘EDDIE THE EAGLE’ is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards, an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself - even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. From producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the loveable underdog with a never say die attitude. Eddie’s story is inspirational. Although he was never athletically gifted, from an early age he dedicated his life to achieving one goal: to become an Olympian. Eddie tried his hand at various sports and disciplines, before settling on downhill skiing. Having narrowly failed to make the British team at the Winter Olympics in 1984, he recalibrated and switched to ski jumping. There were several problems here: Britain had never had a ski jumping representative at a Winter Olympics. And Eddie had never even attempted a ski jump before. He was heavier than most ski jumpers, all of whom started at a very early age, he had no funding, very little training and his terrible eyesight meant that he had to attempt jumps while wearing glasses that would dangerously mist up mid-jump. Yet his indefatigable spirit prevailed. Begging and borrowing 18
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THE EAGLE IS ALOFT It actually took almost thirty years. One night, towards the end of 2014, Matthew Vaughn - director of Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: First Class and Layer Cake – sat down to watch a film with his children. The film was Cool Runnings, the comedy about a Jamaican bobsled team that defied all the odds to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. “My kids were loving the film,” says Vaughn, “and I started thinking, ‘Why does nobody make movies like this anymore?’ I wanted to make a movie that you could watch and just come out feeling inspired. And I wanted to do a film I could show my kids!” Perhaps spurred on by the remarkable coincidence that the Jamaican bobsledders and Eddie Edwards competed at the same Olympics, Vaughn turned his thoughts towards The Eagle. Fifteen years or so earlier, Vaughn and his then directing partner, Guy Ritchie, had been sent an Eddie The Eagle screenplay with a view to turning it into a movie. That deal hadn’t worked out, but something about it resonated with him. “I thought it was charming, and worth making. Loads of people had bought it since, but nothing had happened,” Vaughn explains. “I tracked down the script, said I wanted to buy it, and three months later we were filming.” Vaughn quickly assembled his dream team both in front of and behind the camera. Deciding immediately that he didn’t want to direct (“This is a whole new experience for me, making a family-friendly feelgood film!”), he turned to his old friend, Dexter Fletcher. Fletcher had starred in the first movie produced by Vaughn, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and the two had remained in touch ever since, during which both had become directors. Fletcher’s helming debut, Wild Bill, in particular, caught Vaughn’s eye. “I loved Wild Bill,” says Vaughn. “Dexter’s good at heart, and he’s good at looking after people.”
Unlike Vaughn, who was glued to Eddie’s exploits in Calgary, Fletcher has little memory of the time. “I was in my 20s, he wasn’t cool, and everything had to be cool when you were in your 20s,” laughs Fletcher. But he had been impressed when Edwards showed up in, and won, the British high-diving reality show, Splash!, “I thought, Eddie has the right attitude. He was 45 years old, but he had an Olympic approach to it, a real singlemindedness. He had no fear.” So, when he got the call from Vaughn, Fletcher was more than ready to make the Eagle soar. “It was a great opportunity to work with Matthew as a producer, but there’s something really interesting about this story. It’s not just what we think we know,” he explains. “And then Matthew started talking to me like I was doing it! The train had left the station. I just happened to be on it!” Fletcher and Vaughn wanted to keep the focus firmly on Eddie’s drive for glory. “The story is all about when he’s there and what he achieves,” says Fletcher. Edwards’ exploits were solitary. Largely shunned by the ski jumping community, he would either train himself or go through a string of short-lived coaches. For the film however, Vaughn and Fletcher wanted to create a character to join Eddie through every step of his journey. “We needed someone we can relate to, a participant we can imagine ourselves to be,” says Fletcher. “Our attitude towards Eddie would be that he’s mad, but we’re won over by his inspira-
tional enthusiasm and approach.” Enter Bronson Peary, a hard-drinking, chain-smoking American and former ski jumper who takes Eddie, very reluctantly at first, under his wing. It was a role created for a movie star. And one of the benefits of being as successful as Matthew Vaughn is that you have movie stars on speed dial. Hugh Jackman, for one. “I rang Hugh up and sent him the script,” says Vaughn. “He remembered Eddie The Eagle. He told me he used to jump off the roof of his house in Australia and pretend it was a ski jump! Hugh loved the idea of doing this. He’s never done anything like this before.” Jackman says he was indeed a huge Eddie the Eagle fan growing up -- just another reminder of the huge impact Eddie’s exploits had on the world at large. “Eddie was a legend who embodies that pure spirit of having a go. And he had a go at the most crazy, almost suicidal event in sport, the ski jump. I mean, I wanted to be in the Olympics as a kid; I just wasn’t going to go this far!” Jackman was also drawn in by the chance to play Peary, a damaged, cynical soul who was kicked out of the U.S. Winter Olympics team at the peak of his powers. His friendship with Eddie enables a long-overdue healing process for Peary. “Eddie’s dogged determination intrigues Bronson,” adds
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Jackman. “He likes this kid. He thinks he’s flat out crazy, but he relates to him. They’re both outsiders, they’ve both been shunned by the world, and it’s a redemption tale for both of them. Through that growing friendship, Bronson starts to believe in himself again.” A key part of Peary’s arc is his relationship with his former coach, Warren Sharp, who kicked Bronson out of the U.S. team all those years ago. Sharp remains a huge presence in Peary’s life, particularly in a climactic scene where the two meet for the first time in decades. But the character presented Vaughn and Fletcher with a casting challenge. “It had to be someone on a par with Hugh Jackman,” says Fletcher. “That’s Christopher Walken. When he came on set, it was just brilliant. What he does is so ‘Walken,’ but it’s powerful and moving, and means that Hugh’s character is more three-dimensional as well.”
piece of the puzzle: the Eagle himself. HUNTING THE EAGLE As it happens, the hunt for Eddie didn’t take very long, because Vaughn realized he had the perfect candidate right under his nose. He had just put the finishing touches on Kingsman: The Secret Service, starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, and as the film’s hero Eggsy, Taron Egerton, a young Welsh newcomer in his first film role. “I knew Eggsy was a performance,” says Vaughn. “Eggsy is so not Taron. I said to him, ‘It’s important you do a character now which surprises people.’ I didn’t have a doubt that Taron was going to pull Eddie off.”
Jackman loved working with the legendary actor. “Honestly, no acting required!” he laughs. “For one scene, the script says, ‘the godfather of the sport walks into the room and everyone goes still.’ That’s pretty much what happened. It’s Christopher Walken! And he’s the coolest, most relaxed guy from take one until the end of the shoot. It’s all gold.”
Egerton wasn’t even born when Edwards was soaring through the Calgary air, but the young actor quickly jumped at the chance. A test with Jackman in New York swiftly followed, before Egerton was officially offered the role just before Christmas 2014. But he took it on one proviso. “I have absolutely no interest in sending Eddie up,” says Egerton. “He can be funny, he can have mishaps, but he needs heart and soul and to be real and believable.”
Vaughn and Fletcher had their Bronson Peary. And they had their Warren Sharp. Now they just needed the biggest
His initial fears were misplaced. “I wanted to dial up the emotion,” says Vaughn. “That’s what I’m most excited with
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this movie. Audiences will no longer think of Eddie the clown, but as Eddie the hero.” To prepare for the role, Egerton did meet with the real-life Eddie, which helped inform his performance. “Eddie is a very reasonable and pleasant, affable chap,” he says. “He has optimism, and he’s focused. There are things about Eddie that are heroic.” Egerton transformed himself for the role with the addition of a subtle wig, the trademark thick glasses, a little extra weight, a Cheltenham accent and, towards the movie’s end, Eddie’s iconic moustache. “But I also need to be really innocent,” he says. “Hugh’s bringing all the movie star pecs, and he’s given me the room to be a bit eccentric.” The young actor also learned how to ski for the role, in order to replicate the positions required for ski jumping, from the Inrun position (the first position a ski jumper adopts as they come down the slope) to the take-off move and the “Telemark,” which allows the jumper to land with one foot in front of the other. “Well, I did about fifteen hours!” he laughs. “I was quite nervous doing it. It’s hardcore. You realize how dangerous it is when you’re doing it.” Be under no illusions - ski jumping is an incredibly dangerous sport. “I won’t be doing the 90 metre jump,” laughs Egerton. “You have to do it every day from the age of four just for it to be safe. It’s why Eddie kept hurting himself.” Jackman, no stranger to doing his own stunts, was also daunted by the sheer difficulty of a 90 metre jump, which requires total focus and mastery of the human body just to take off, let alone land safely. “I had to do a scene where I sat on top of the jump, and I had a wire on to stop me from killing myself if I fell,” recalls Jackman. “And even then I was pretty freaked out! When you think that Eddie did that in the Olympics after doing hardly any jumps in his life, he had some serious courage.” Perhaps Vaughn sums it up best. “Whoever invented ski jumping was insane,” he remarks. “There’s no logical reason for doing it.” To accurately depict Edwards’ training routine, and the big jumps he undertook at the Calgary Olympics, Fletcher and his director of photography George Richmond had to find a way of doing it safely, and repeatedly. “There are thirteen or more jumps in the film, and it’s always the same action - a guy goes up somewhere steep, he jumps off and then he lands,” notes Fletcher. “We had to find a lot of new ways to do that. And as soon as you get on a screen, everything becomes flat, and the height of something is reduced by 50 percent, at least.”
Other problems encountered by the production while on location in Germany and Austria, was amazingly, a lack of snow. “We were filming in spring and at the tail-end of a mild winter,” says Fletcher. “There was one shot where Taron goes to the top of the 70 metre jump and looks down, and there was no snow! We had to bring some in from higher up the mountain in a truck, and spread it out around the slope.” Other solutions involved judicious use of CG, helmet-cams to increase the feeling of speed as the skier speeds down the slope, and the construction of complex platforms in and around the 70 metre and 90 metre jumps. The latter allowed Fletcher, Richmond and second unit director, the legendary Vic Armstrong, to devise shots where the camera would swoop and fly and be able to depict the sheer speeds of a ski jumper as they leap into the unknown. “George and I got very creative,” adds Fletcher. “We found ways of coming up with fun angles, and ways to communicate how high and dangerous this is. It’s about choosing the right people to help you bring it to the next level.” THE EAGLE HAS LANDED Sadly, it now seems almost impossible for someone to replicate Eddie’s achievements. As detailed in the film, the standards required to qualify for the ski jump were almost immediately increased by the International Olympic Committee. Eddie never qualified for the event again, although he was selected as a torchbearer for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Yet the film was devised by Fletcher and Vaughn as a testament to the unshakeable faith that Edwards possessed. “He’s a hero,” says Vaughn. “Eddie literally risked his life with every jump. He was being bloody brave. The word ‘no’ is not in my vocabulary, and it wasn’t in his, either. That’s for sure. I admired Eddie.” The film ends with a famous quote from Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics. ‘The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering, but fighting well’. It sums up why Vaughn and Fletcher wanted to tell this story, and why they wanted to celebrate the fighting spirit of an unlikely hero. Eddie the Eagle Edwards may not have won an Olympic medal, but his example is an inspirational one. Says Vaughn: “This film shows that no matter how big a problem you may have, you can solve it. Having heart and determination and tenacity does work.” EDDIE THE EAGLE is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Monday 8th August, 2016
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in the original, which alluded to Eric’s past love and her tragic death. In Hemsworth’s capable hands, the Huntsman proved to be such a popular character, and the notion of two parallel stories in this newly created universe appealed to all involved. Bringing together an A-list group of performers on the first film was a challenge, but the cast assembled for ‘THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR’ is even more stellar. Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron and NICK FROST return to the universe they helped build, and they are joined for this outing by Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, ROB BRYDON, SHERIDAN SMITH and ALEXANDRA ROACH, to name a few.
THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR (12) Action | Adventure | Drama USA, 2016, 109 mins Dir. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt
Discover the story that came before Snow White. CHARLIZE THERON stars as evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (EMILY BLUNT) with an unforgivable act, freezing Freya’s heart to love and unleashing in her an icy power she never knew she possessed. Retreating to a kingdom far to the north, Freya raises an army of Huntsmen as her protectors, with the only rule that no two of them should ever fall in love. As a war for domination escalates between the two queens, the hero standing between good and evil is Freya’s most elite Huntsman, Eric (CHRIS HEMSWORTH). Alongside fellow warrior Sara (JESSICA CHASTAIN) - the only woman who has ever captured his heart - Eric must help Freya vanquish her sister… or Ravenna’s wickedness will rule for eternity. Producer JOE ROTH once again leads the team in this breathtaking prequel in the legendary saga directed by Oscar®-nominated visual-effects wizard CEDRIC NICOLAS-TROYAN, who makes his feature debut in this epic action adventure. In 2012, ‘SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN’ breathed new life into the fairy-tale genre with a dark, epic take on the classic story. When it came time to consider a return to the dark fantasy world the creators had imagined, the producers decided to explore a story touched upon
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“They’re all artists,” commends Nicolas-Troyan. “When you talk to this calibre of actor about their character, they’re allin. It’s transporting, as a director, to work with them. I have a tendency not to storyboard emotional scenes, but rather to leave the flow to the actors and see what they come up with. There aren’t many that can pull it off, but this cast can.” Hemsworth admits that he was always drawn to the idea of exploring Eric’s backstory. “Why was he that drunk and despondent when we met at the beginning of Snow White and the Huntsman?” he asks. “Finding that out is what appealed to me about this story.” In the time since the first film was released, Hemsworth’s star has ascended even higher, thanks in no small part to films in the ‘THOR’ and ‘AVENGERS’ series, as well as the period epic ‘RUSH’ and the current reimagining of ‘GHOSTBUSTERS’. “The first time I saw Chris, I knew he was destined to be a star,” says Roth, who cast him in the first film. “He has a quality about his soul that is open and allows him to come across as a good person to be around, which he is.” Reuniting with Hemsworth was no chore for Theron. “It says a lot about an actor when you get back together with him several years later and it feels like you saw each other the day before,” she explains. “He’s just so consistent, because
he really is who he seems to be, which is a great guy who understands his job and how to enjoy it. He blows you away.” Finding an actor of an equal calibre to play alongside Hemsworth as Sara, his true love, was perhaps the production’s greatest challenge. Indeed, a great warrior with a heart as true as Eric’s, Sara required an actress with true power. Sara finds it impossible to believe that Eric has remained true to her all these years apart, and refuses to forgive him for what she believes he once did. When she is left with no other choice, she joins him on an epic journey; but she’d just as soon take a knife to his throat as she would trust him again. “She’s trying to figure out if she’s worthy enough to be loved,” explains Chastain, who took on the role. “That’s a big hurdle for her, and she has a lot of trust issues to overcome.” Chastain admits that she responded immediately to Sara’s journey. “I liked where she began and where she ended,” she states, “and I liked the secrets she holds. It was a character I’d never played before. I like the physicality, and I’ve done a lot of films that are dark and heavy, so I wanted to do something where I’m having a good time. This might be the most fun I’ve ever had.” The approach to Chastain began at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards. Hemsworth and Chastain share an agent, and Hemsworth pitched the character and promised to send a script. The actress’ first question, according to Hemsworth, was, “Do I get to kick ass in this movie?” “She gets to kick a whole lot more butt in this than she’s done
in the past,” Hemsworth confirms. “Most of my work in the film is with Jessica. She has a great sense of humour, and we had a good amount of banter back and forth. It was quite brotherly/sisterly at times. We wound each other up, and we had great fun.” “Jessica brings a huge amount of variety,” says Nicolas-Troyan. “Sara wasn’t a character she’d played before, but she gave her all. She wanted to do the training; she wanted to be ready. She came to set knowing those routines, and they are really out there. She spins, kicks and twists her blades, and she loved it. We had a great time filming those scenes together.” For Chastain, having a director open enough to listen was essential. “I worried if you’re doing a big fantasy film, whether you might lose some of your own reality in it. Reality is the most important thing when I approach a character. But Cedric listened and inspired me, and he would say something that led my character in a new direction. When I asked a question he’d listen and build on that.” As Theron made such a terrifying impression on the world with her rendition of Queen Ravenna in the first chapter, it was just as challenging to find an actress capable of playing her sister, Freya, who is quickly revealed to be Eric’s lifetime antagonist. Producers alighted on Blunt, who responded immediately to the material. “Freya’s an interesting villain because who you meet at the beginning of the film is not who she becomes,” Blunt of-
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fers. “When you meet her, she’s this incredibly kind person. She’s a young girl who’s in love with the wrong guy, but then she loses her child and becomes so grief-stricken and hardened by the loss that she discovers her power. Her hair turns white, and she goes completely pale and discovers an ability to freeze things.” After such a betrayal, Freya determines that love must be a wicked and villainous thing, and she sets out to eradicate it from the world, kidnapping children from their parents and raising them to believe that love is dangerous. “I think she truly believes she’s doing the right thing,” Blunt reflects. “She thinks she’s saving these children by putting them into her child army and raising them without love. She’s saving them from ever going through the devastation of what she went through.” Confirms Nicolas-Troyan: “She’s not a villain because she wants power or she wants to dominate. She’s more complex because she thinks she’s saving these kids by turning them into great warriors. She doesn’t realize how cruel that is… that she’s ripping them away from everything they know and love.” Providing a bit of levity, the actress laughs. “Freya’s probably the most frightening mother figure you could ever want for your child.” Although Blunt is no stranger to action adventure, having blown audiences away in such films as ‘EDGE OF TOMORROW,’ she was enticed by the notion of playing a character she hadn’t before explored. “The writing was so good, and
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Freya was an emotionally complex villain,” she enthuses. “I knew that the part was something I could bite into and that would stretch me.” Hemsworth elucidates that Freya is very different from her sister: “Ravenna is so menacing and unforgiving in her attitude. There wasn’t an ounce of humanity in her. What Emily has done with Freya is show that there’s a remnant of a heart in there, although she’s trying desperately to ignore it. She’s constantly pushing back the warmth and trying to buy into the propaganda her sister has been selling her.” In a way, her remnant humanity makes her even more threatening. Explains Hemsworth: “It’s menacing in a totally different sense. It’s manipulative, because Freya can be so kind to you one moment, and then in the next she can just snap.” Theron’s Ravenna proved such a popular villain in the first film that even though we believed she died, the notion of incorporating her into this picture was one upon which everyone agreed. None more so than Theron herself, who had relished her time as the Evil Queen. “What I like about Ravenna is that she’s a bit of an enigma,” Theron notes. “She’s definitely being explored more as we go, but she’s somebody who has come from circumstances where this life, and this way of treating people, would have been just normal. She wasn’t given much choice. She’s her own worst enemy.” Theron admits that she loves Ravenna’s broken nature, noting: “She’s a person functioning with a tremendous amount of fear at her core.”
Bringing her back was less challenging than it might have seemed initially, because the story covers a period before the events of Snow White and the Huntsman, as well as after. “The writers came up with a brilliant idea for bringing her back,” says Theron. “So it was immediately interesting to me.” “In this film, Ravenna is actually two different characters,” notes Nicolas-Troyan. “We see her before the events of the first movie and we see her evil, but it’s not without a human side. We’re getting a more relatable Ravenna. In the second part of the movie, she comes back after the events of the first film. She’s a different character altogether, because she’s died and yet the soul and the darkness and the magic of Ravenna remain.” Hemsworth confirms Theron’s comments that it was easy to get back into the groove together. “We built that relationship on the first film, so we were able to pick it right back up where we left off. She was so excited to come back and have another crack at it.” “Charlize is so deliciously evil in these movies,” compliments Roth. “So by telling a story that’s partially set before the first, she can not only be deliciously evil to people she doesn’t know, but deliciously evil to people in her family too.” “It’s been heaven to be around Charlize,” enthuses Blunt. “She’s a powerhouse, and an inspiring actor to breathe the same air as. We’ve had a laugh and the sisterly bond we’ve managed to achieve off-set has certainly translated onto camera.”
The casting of these three core female roles demonstrates the emphasis the filmmakers placed on writing strong, complex characters across the board, especially for women. “One of the main reasons I wanted to do the film, in addition to working with Chris, was that it showcased incredible parts for women,” says Chastain, who has long campaigned for more inclusive cinema. “I knew Charlize and Emily were attached when I got the script, and I’m tired of being the only woman on a set. Stories, even fantasy like this, should represent our world, and I was really, really pleased with the fabulous roles for women that were written into this film.” “I’ve never made a movie with two powerhouses like Jessica and Emily,” says Theron. “The two of them kept me on my toes and made the whole experience so memorable. It’s always nice when you can come across material where women are being written in a manner that feels truthful. I think cinema had lost touch with those films where women could carry great stories, and be as complex and conflicted as the guys. What’s fantastic is that in the last decade that’s slowly coming back around and people are being emotionally affected by it.” Agrees Nicolas-Troyan: “This is a female-driven film, even more than the first one. The great thing about Jessica’s character is she doesn’t need saving by the Huntsman. They can be there for one another and kick ass together, but they’re as strong as each other… and stronger together.” THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR is available on Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and DVD from Monday, 15th August, 2016
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TON and JON COHEN, creative executives at Portman’s Handsome Charlie Films. Portman’s physicality wasn’t the only aspect that made Duffield write with Portman and her production company in mind. “Natalie is also an extraordinarily talented woman.” Portman was quick to see the story’s potential and optioned the project as her first producing venture. “I was drawn by Brian’s use of the western genre to explore Jane’s growing awareness of her own power, and ultimately using that power to protect her family.” Jane and Dan’s relationship was another factor driving Portman’s decision. Duffield recalls. “Natalie liked that Jane and Dan’s relationship was ‘wrong place, wrong time.”
JANE GOT A GUN (12) Action | Drama | Western USA, 2016, 98 mins Dir. Gavin O’Connor Cast: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor, Rodrigo Santoro, Noah Emmerich
Jane Hammond has built a life on the rugged western plains with her husband Bill “Ham” Hammond and young daughter. When Ham stumbles home riddled with bullets after a run-in with the relentless John Bishop and his gang, she knows they will not stop until her family is dead. In desperation, Jane turns to Dan Frost, a man from her past, for help. Haunted by old memories, Jane’s past meets the present in a heart-stopping battle for survival. The epic love story told amidst the sprawling expanse of the American west, ‘JANE GOT A GUN’ stars Academy Award-winning actress NATALIE PORTMAN (BLACK SWAN, V FOR VENDETTA), JOEL EDGERTON (THE GREAT GATSBY, WARRIOR), NOAH EMMERICH (THE TRUMAN SHOW, THE AMERICANS), RODRIGO SANTORO (300, RIO), BOYD HOLBROOK and EWAN MCGREGOR (THE IMPOSSIBLE, STAR WARS: EPISODE III). When scriptwriter BRIAN DUFFIELD started ‘’Jane Got a Gun as a spec script in 2011, he had a very clear idea of the type of story he wanted to write. “I wanted to write about a woman whose big victory was going to be in making a stand,” says Duffield. After experimenting with different genres, Duffield decided to write a western with a woman named Jane as the main character. As he wrote, Duffield envisioned Natalie Portman as Jane. “I liked the danger and the threat that Natalie’s size and demeanour allows the film to have,” says Duffield. So he had no hesitation in sending the finished draft to KIM BAR26
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The historical period Duffield references was yet another enticement guiding Portman’s decision. “The West was uncharted territory so there were many more opportunities for women to be free,” she notes. “Women could hold jobs and ranch and go to school and vote for the first time. Those rights happened for women first in the West.” Female empowerment was an essential aspect for survival. For Portman, the harshness of the environment also meant that characters - both men and women had to identify themselves as one thing or another. They had to have strong self-definition to survive.
“I wanted to write about a woman whose big victory was going to be in making a stand” By the end of 2011, the script was named one of Black List’s best un-produced screenplays. The distinction helped the project to gain traction and financing. Known for his ability to adapt literary works for the screen, SCOTT STEINDORFF, and his company Scott Pictures, joined Portman to produce. Steindorff describes the screenplay “as the best script I ever read;” he was also attracted by the type of movie the script aspired to be. “It’s a story of empowerment in a western setting,” Steindorff offers. “Jane is in an unbearable
situation and has to defend her family. This type of story has never been told before.” Director GAVIN O’CONNOR came with a new vision for the story. “The first time I read the script, it was the love triangle which interested me,” says O’Connor. He called in screenwriter ANTHONY TAMBAKIS, who was also interested in exploring the love relationship between Jane, Ham and Dan. “We wanted to make a classic Western with a tragic love story at the heart of it; something both commercial and artistic,” says Tambakis. The movie’s climax brings a new twist to the western genre. Tambakis continues, “What we are building towards in the movie is this arc of a woman who discovers her own sense of self and her own courage, and self-actualises, and by the end of the film there is a last woman standing, turning the traditional Western archetypes on their head.” About the Cast and Characters With Portman set to play Jane, the filmmakers started the search to fill the male roles. After an extensive casting process, Joel Edgerton signed on to play former soldier and gunslinger Dan Frost, Noah Emmerich won the part of Jane’s husband, Ham, Rodrigo Santoro was cast as Fitchum, a member of Bishop’s gang, with Ewan McGregor playing John Bishop.
As the first actor attached to the film, Portman had ample time to explore Jane’s characterization. “I really loved seeing this woman come up against so much and really find her own strength,” recalls Portman. She found producing Jane Got A Gun an invaluable experience to bring to her role. “Jane’s process was also my process,” says Portman. “It was a relevant parallel experience of learning how to stand my ground, face difficult times and not crumble.” Edgerton sees Portman as being a great choice, physically and mentally, for the character. “Jane’s got to be a really tough woman. There’s a softness to Natalie, but you can also see a switch of real strength in her. Her vulnerability and steeliness are hand-in-hand. That strength is going to come from inside and it’s more interesting when it’s in someone of Natalie’s frame.”
“We wanted to make a classic Western with a tragic love story at the heart of it” Portman sees the same qualities in Edgerton. “Joel’s ability to be both strong and vulnerable are the exact qualities he needed to bring to the role of Dan,” says Portman. “Dan makes the difficult choice and puts his life on the line to save Jane and her family. His decision is guided by his love for Jane.”
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Joel Edgerton sees Dan as a former soldier and gunslinger who gets a second chance. “Dan’s become an alcoholic because he’s lost Jane. It’s a love story about two people finding each other again and understanding their pasts. They discover the truth under very difficult circumstances and get back to the place they were before, under very difficult circumstances.” The third point of the love triangle, Bill “Ham” Hammond, becomes Jane’s husband after rescuing her from John’s gang. “Ham’s got a deep moral centre and is a good man, who fell in with a group of outlaws,” explains Emmerich. His relationship with Jane brings happiness and purpose but also places them both in peril. “Jane marries Ham as a way out of a terrible situation,” says Portman. “What started as a need for a protector changes when she grows to love him.” Emmerich adds. “There’s this great love triangle between Jane, my character Ham and Joel Edgerton’s character, Dan. I’ve never seen it in a Western. So the film has the male essence that we associate with the Western, but it’s interesting to have a female voice in the middle of all that.” The Bishop gang’s attack on Ham becomes the turning point in Jane’s life. “In order to save her family, Jane has to stop running and start fighting,” explains Portman. “She decides to take control, and by doing so, discovers aspects of herself
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she had always sought in the men in her life.” “This is not necessarily a story that ends well, but ultimately for Jane there is a real development and something inspirational for her,” explains Edgerton. “What she’s gone through has damaged her, but also gave her something to live for, and the realization that she doesn’t really need the support of other people to move forward.” “The Western aspect of this movie is a metaphor for love, and the ways we hurt each other and we can’t take it back,” explains Portman. “Once you do something, you can damage a relationship irreparably. The devastating thing about Dan and Jane is that it’s just too late for them.” Jane’s nemesis, John Bishop, is played by Ewan McGregor. He describes Bishop as “someone you wouldn’t want to cross. He is able to employ charm to get what he wants in a manipulative sort of fashion, but I certainly don’t think of him as being a charming character in the true sense of the word.” McGregor had no reservations about portraying the villain of the story. “Who doesn’t want to be in a Western? And who doesn’t want to play the villain in a Western? You can’t approach a part playing a bad guy or a good guy. You have to play a human being. So I didn’t approach it any differently than I would any other part.” Portman comments. “Ewan is such a phenomenal actor, and
I don’t think we’ve ever really gotten to see him play a villain before. He’s so charming that you can see how he could really charm you into destroying your own life, the way he does with Jane.” Steindorff agrees. “I can’t imagine anyone else in the role. Ewan’s amazing and the best choice to play John. He has the charisma, the energy and the excitement to bring to the role.” To prepare for his role as the outlaw Fitchum, Rodrigo Santoro studied Sergio Leone’s ‘ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST’. “He’s an outlaw, lost in the desert. He’s part of a gang and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to make a living.” Fitchum represents another threat to Jane. “Fitchum was probably always into Jane. He never got the chance to do
anything about it. He got shot in the face and then looking like that, it’s a little bit more difficult,” Santoro reasons. The cruellest of the Bishop gang is John’s half-brother, Vic, played by Boyd Holbrook. “Vic is basically Bishop’s dog, says Holbrook. “He’s got a pretty good sense of humour about other people’s misfortunes. He’s ruthless and unforgiving.” Holbrook sees the movie as being about “an unforgiving world. You’re constantly fighting the elements and other people’s interests. This world is a place where you’re lucky to survive. The story reflects the reality of the time.” JANE GOT A GUN is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Monday 22ndAugust, 2016
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Terrence Malick’s sensual dream takes audiences on a ride that is all about the personal experience
The film, shot by Malick’s longtime cinematographer, twotime Academy Award winner Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, offers a vision of pure cinema, in which an intermix of breath-taking visuals, raw emotions and rich symbolism transport the viewer into an intimate space of reflection, giving each viewer a uniquely individual, non-conventional journey and personal take on the story. Since his first film, the stark, Midwestern crime drama ‘BADLANDS’, Malick has become renowned as the foremost poet of American cinema. In films that span from the World War II classic ‘THE THIN RED LINE’ to his recent exploration of personal and cosmic time in ‘THE TREE OF LIFE’, Malick has worked with raw images the way an alchemist works with metals - bending and fusing them into an elixir of moods, states-of-mind and both the most transient and transcendent of feelings. Increasingly, he has moved beyond the constricted structure of conventional films - utilizing in-the-moment improvisation, untethered, roaming cameras, and bottomless emotional excavation to capture moments at their most genuinely and sometimes provocatively organic.
‘KNIGHT OF CUPS’ unfolds through the innermost memories, desires and dreams of Rick (Christian Bale), a successful writer who appears to have it all, but is nevertheless grappling intensely with the things we all grapple with: love, temptation, family, memory, meaning, faith, the way forward. Yet even as he struggles to find the right path, he
‘KNIGHT OF CUPS’ takes this rhapsodic, multi-layered style deeper than ever, finding Malick at his most intuitive and freeform. But this time, for the first time, the setting is contemporary California - mythic land of unbridled dreams and mad quests, where Rick, a man who has attained all the financial trappings of twenty-first-century achievement, has
KNIGHT OF CUPS (12) Romance | Drama USA, 2016, 118 mins Dir. Terrence Malick Cast: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas
discovers that the exploration itself - the readiness to take an open-minded, open-hearted trip through the awesome, mystifying fabric of life - might be more vital and exciting than the answers for which he yearns.
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reached a moment of all-too-familiar modern crisis. He wanders amid rank luxury, eroticism and sunlight, but he feels lost, impoverished and in the dark -- haunted by a brother’s death, alternately seduced and underwhelmed by current pleasures and wondering if, despite his coating of success, he’s “living the life of someone I don’t know.” Rick’s search for self, for a reconciliation with the past and for transforming love takes him into the arms of six women, a kind of Greek chorus who test, question and carry him further in his odyssey. As they do this, the film weaves through vast folkloric references, from the tarot deck to the timeless legend of a prince in search of a pearl. Through this blending of contemporary relationships and the most primal mythology, Malick invites viewers to dive into their own direct experience with this film - to merge their own memories, inquiries and yearnings into it the way one does with an epic symphony or panoramic view that opens up to an infinite span of emotional locales. Fittingly, Knight of Cups begins with a passage from John Bunyan’s pioneering meditation on the individual’s quest: The Pilgrim’s Progress From This World To That Which Is To Come. Though written in 1678, for centuries Pilgrim’s Progress was among the most widely-read books in the world. Its story of a man’s demon- and obstacle-filled trek from The City of Destruction to save his soul became the godfather of pop-culture adventures in search of redemption. Like pilgrims of every era, Rick yearns to restore a sense of enchantment - but his path is obstructed by a very modern tangle of family wounds, lifestyle temptations and that recog-
nizable crossroads where high-tech illusions meet our most base and ancient desires. The twenty-first-century nature of the film’s journey struck a distinct nerve for each member of cast and crew. Says Christian Bale, who portrays the lead role: “In Rick I find there is a sense of emptiness, a sense that he needs something, yet he doesn’t know what the hell that thing is, which I think an awful lot of people can relate to right now. That feeling of emptiness strikes both people who are successful and who are not successful, both those who feel like they’ve achieved their dreams and those who are nowhere near achieving their dreams. None of us knows where we will find the answers to fill this emptiness. Rick is drawn to the beauty in the world, but beauty can either be a wonderful guide or a terrible distraction.” Natalie Portman sums up Rick’s open-ended search for what will sustain him, which sweeps up her character in tumultuous events: “Amid the frivolity and excess and extravagance of Los Angeles, I see Rick as trying to regain his soul and confront the depths of his life.” Producer Sarah Green sees Rick’s journey as that of a man trying to snap out of a liminal state of sleepwalking. “In the beginning of the film, Rick is surrounded by beauty and he’s fascinated by it; but he isn’t able to go any further than the surface. He keeps missing the point until he has a moment of waking up and then he falls asleep again and then comes another awakening. And as soon as his gaze starts to go deeper, he starts to change. In my view, Rick is just beginning his life as the movie ends. I see all this potential
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opening in him.” For Green, who has been working with Malick since ‘THE NEW WORLD’, Malick’s seventh film moves his cinematic expression forward yet again. “Terry, along with Chivo, his long-time cinematographer, have been changing cinematic language,” she observes. “They’ve forged a process and a style that allows movies to speak to us in a new way - and the more Terry and his team have refined their process, the further they are able to take it. It’s gotten to a point where you really can’t explain Terry’s movies in words. You simply have to experience them. It’s an experiential process making them and it is an equally experiential process for each person watching.” Producer Nicolas Gonda, who first worked with Malick on The New World, was especially intrigued to see Rick’s journey progress through present-day Los Angeles - marking the first time Malick has set a film in the eponymous City of Angels. “It’s something he’s wanted to do for years,” notes Gonda. “Los Angeles has been part of Terry’s journey and, as such a keen observer of nature and human nature, he sets his sights on the city in his own way. You have some familiar elements: the parties, the beaches, the skyline. But his Los Angeles has infinite depth - it’s an onion that has countless layers and perspectives, and through this lens we’re able to see such an iconic city in ways we’ve never seen before.” Gonda, too, believes the film won’t, and in a sense can’t, speak to any two people the same way. “We are all journeyers and adventurers in our own fashion,” he comments.
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“And I think what Terry’s films do for me and many others, by looking so deeply at the environments we move through, is remind us of the potential of the journey. Without ever giving a map to that point, or being didactic, his films help one explore the terrain and perhaps the direction you want to go in. This film is like a mirror -- everyone will see something different reflected back, and this is one of Terry’s great achievements. His films seem to speak to you wherever you are in your life or in this moment.” For producer Ken Kao, Rick’s encounters with six decidedly beautiful, but also complicated, lovers become his waypoints on the journey. “I believe this gauntlet of women in Rick’s life are almost like benchmarks, or milestones, of who Rick is and how he’s developing as a person,” Kao describes. “Of course, it’s always seductive to think another person will give you the easy answer to what’s missing in you, but Rick comes to see that isn’t exactly what he’s looking for.” Kao also sees the film as giving filmgoers a rich alternative to the typical two hours of passive viewing at the movies. “I think this is the next evolution of Terry’s filmmaking,” he states. “Knight of Cups is bolder, edgier and has his most contemporary setting. There are a lot of things different from Terry’s previous films, but like all his films, you cannot turn off your mind. For those looking for a different kind of film, be prepared to have a truly personal experience.” KNIGHT OF CUPS is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Monday 22nd August, 2016
offer an emotional experience for the audience,” says the director. “The spectacle won’t mean anything if they’re not engaged emotionally with the characters. Every story needs humanity, emotion and character development, as well as humour — presented in a way that doesn’t betray the stakes of the film. There are white-knuckle moments in the movie when you wonder, ‘What’s going to happen to this kid?’”
“The Jungle Book’ is a universal coming-of-age story that everyone can relate to” WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
THE JUNGLE BOOK (12) Family | Adventure | Drama USA, 2016, 106 mins Dir. Jon Favreau Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba, Bill Murray=
Director Jon Favreau takes audiences on a wild ride back to the jungle. Many strange tales are told of this Jungle. But none so strange as the tale of the cub we called Mowgli … ~ Bagheera ‘THE JUNGLE BOOK’ is an all-new, live-action epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub raised by a family of wolves. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories, ‘The Jungle Book’ is inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, with an approach all its own. “We embrace the mythic qualities of Kipling in the more intense tonal aspects of the film,” says director JON FAVREAU, “but we left room for what we remember from the ’67 film, and sought to maintain those charming Disneyesque aspects.” Filmmakers employed up-to-the-minute technology to tell the story in a contemporary and immersive way, blending live-action performances with stunning CG environments and extraordinary photo-real animal characters that artists stylized to elevate the storytelling. “‘The Jungle Book’ is a universal coming-of-age story that everyone can relate to,” says producer BRIGHAM TAYLOR. “Walt told the story through traditional cell animation and now we have the technology to actually bring these characters to life, make them photo-real and put a real kid into the environment in a seamless, believable way. The opportunity to be able to show that with today’s technology was irresistible.” According to Favreau, story is king. “I think films have to
“That’s the Mowgli way. That’s the Baloo way. That’s our way. That’s how we get things done.” ~ Baloo The characters and stories of “The Jungle Book” have reached people from all parts of the world. Bombay-born, English writer Rudyard Kipling channeled his love of India in 1894’s “The Jungle Book,” following with “The Second Jungle Book” in 1895. Though considered children’s books, the stories—with their lush landscapes and talking animals— sparked interest in young and old alike—often introducing readers to India for the first time. Kipling’s stories have been adapted several times in the 12 decades that followed their publication. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated movie, “The Jungle Book,” was overhauled when Walt Disney felt that early drafts, which retained the darker tone of Kipling’s stories, were too serious. Released on Oct. 18, 1967, a year after Disney’s death, the film became a beloved classic. “The bond between Mowgli and Baloo made a very strong impression on me as a kid,” says Favreau. “It reminded me of my own relationship with my grandfather, who was a big part of my life. I really like that Mowgli is rambunctious, always getting into trouble. He isn’t the standard well-behaved kid, but a bit precocious—a ‘Dennis the Menace’ type.” “In our version, if you’re a Disney fan, you’ll notice attention to detail that honours the film’s legacy,” says Favreau. “If you’re a kid seeing ‘The Jungle Book’ for the first time, you might forget to eat your popcorn, because it’s going to be a really fun ride.” WHO’S IN THE JUNGLE Poor, sweet little cub. What are you doing so deep in the Jungle? ~ Kaa The characters were brought to life through a
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combination of voice acting and performances delivered via CG animation. Sometimes, it’s difficult to separate the two. Says Taylor, “The renderings of some of the characters evolved once the voice actors were cast, sometimes subtly, sometimes a bit more substantially. In all cases, we wanted the animals to look like their counterparts in nature. We want a bear to look like a real bear and a panther to look like a real panther but there were certain subtle, almost imperceptible tweaks to embody the expressions to fit the vocal performances. The animation artists made very clever tweaks that are subtle enough that you still believe in the animal.”
Filmmakers cast newcomer NEEL SETHI as Mowgli. As the only human character to appear on screen, Sethi was called on to not only portray the beloved Mowgli—but to summon incredible imagination skills in order to visualize the other elements in each scene. “Finding the right kid to play Mowgli was imperative,” says Favreau. “We did an exhaustive worldwide search of 2,000 kids before we found Neel. He was one of the last people that I looked at, and right away, I felt that he had the same emotional and physical qualities that Mowgli had in the ’67 animated version. His look was uncanny in how much he evoked what we wanted. He inherently had a good sense of fun and humour.”
Bagheera is a sleek and stunning panther who rescued Mowgli when he was abandoned in the jungle as an infant. The effort bonded the big cat to the man-cub—indeed, Bagheera has a bit of a soft spot for the boy. As Mowgli’s mentor, Bagheera guides him to faithfully follow the laws of the jungle. And when it comes time for Mowgli to leave his jungle home, Bagheera feels it’s his duty to help the man-cub depart with dignity.
Mowgli is a human boy who was abandoned in the jungle as an infant. A black panther named Bagheera discovers the lone baby and takes him to a wolf pack, who adopts the boy as one of their own. “Mowgli is a character who wants to fit in,” says Favreau. “He feels alienated. He’s an outsider. A vulnerable little kid, like the ugly duckling in a pack of wolves. Each year the wolf cubs grow and mature faster than him and eventually they get to join the wolf council. He’s left behind like that kid in school who gets left behind every year. Although he’s a plucky, rambunctious kid with a lot of confidence, his life isn’t easy.” Mowgli finds himself lost and confused when he’s asked to leave the only home he’s ever known. But he’s not completely alone. In fact, he’s guided by two father figures who contribute opposing views. “Mowgli’s a very loving, accepting character,” says Taylor. “He accepts Baloo and Bagheera as they are but ultimately he has to synthesize what he’s learned from both.” 34
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Academy Award® winner BEN KINGSLEY brings his noble voice to Bagheera. “He just brought this elegance and refinement to the character, yet with great firmness,” says Favreau. “He’s an interesting dude with crazy range.” Says Kingsley, “Bagheera is Mowgli’s adoptive parent. His role in Mowgli’s life is to educate, to protect and to guide. “As an actor,” continues Kingsley, “I have to find my hook into the character. I decided that the role lent itself to the rhythm of the writing if my Bagheera was military—he’s probably a colonel. He is instantly recognizable by the way he talks, how he acts and what his ethical code is.”
The actor considered the character’s physicality when recording. “When Bagheera is looking back at the story of Mowgli when he was his tutor, I liked to be seated in the recording studio—reclined, very relaxed. I’m telling a story. But when the character is leading him across the jungle, actively protecting Mowgli, I use a much more physical approach toward the microphone. It’s quite a disciplined craft.” Raksha, a loving and fiercely protective mother wolf, cares deeply for all of her pups—including man-cub Mowgli, whom she adopts as one of her own when he’s abandoned in the jungle as an infant. “We relied a little more on Kipling when it came to Raksha,” says Favreau. “The wolves have a much greater significance in his stories, which was important to me.” Oscar® winner LUPITA NYONG’O was called on to help bring Raksha to life. “I just love my character,” says Nyong’o. “She is the protector, the eternal mother. The word Raksha actually means protection in Hindi. I felt really connected to that, wanting to protect a son that isn’t originally hers but one she’s taken for her own.” Akela is the strong and hardened alpha-male wolf who shoulders the responsibility of the pack. He maintains order, enforces the law of the jungle and serves as a confident chief. He has mixed feelings about Mowgli. Though he’s welcomed the man-cub into the pack, Akela harbours a fear that Mowgli will grow up like the unkind humans he’s experienced in the past and compromise the safety of the rest of the family. “Akela is a fierce patriarch of the wolf pack,” says GI-
ANCARLO ESPOSITO, who voices the character. “He believes that the strength of the pack lies in what each and every wolf offers. He knows if they stick together, they can survive. He’s a great leader, a wise teacher. I aspire to be like him.” Bengal tiger Shere Khan bears the scars of Man, which fuel his intense hatred of humans. Powerful and menacing, the fearsome tiger makes no secret of his feelings about mancub Mowgli and his presence in the jungle. Golden Globe®-winning actor IDRIS ELBA was tapped to bring the tiger to life. “Jon [Favreau] and I sculpted what the sound should be,” says Elba. “It was a delicate set of negotiations till we found the right voice.” “Idris wields tremendous presence in a room, which is evident in his voice,” says Favreau. “He’s got such gravity and brings his steely presence, a deep timbre that echoes in a larger-than-life way. He understands this scarred, imposing tiger in a way the character demands.” “Shere Khan reigns with fear,” says Elba. “He’s terrorizes everyone he encounters because he comes from a place of fear. Kaa sets her sights on Mowgli when she discovers him all alone in the jungle. The massive python uses her seductive voice and hypnotic gaze to entrance the man-cub, and Mowgli finds himself unable to resist her captivating embrace. Favreau says one of his most prominent memories of the 1967 animated movie was the snake. “I always remembered Kaa’s hypnotic eyes with the spinning pinwheels,” he says.
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Though Favreau wanted to maintain the spirit of the character, he decided to change its gender. “All the roles were male in the 1967 version, so I thought that there was an opportunity with Kaa to mix things up a little bit,” says Favreau, who called on Golden Globe® nominee SCARLETT JOHANSSON to help bring the seductive snake to life. Says Johansson, “Ever since I was really young, I’ve loved doing voice work. Actors have different tools—our physical selves, our voices. When you take one of those away you become hyperaware of all kinds of tendencies. It’s an interesting process and sometimes you get these happy accidents and ornaments that decorate the performance. It’s an exciting way to work and dig deeper. “For me,” continues Johansson, “the opportunity to play Kaa as envisioned by Jon [Favreau] was so exciting. The snake from the animated film is a boy. He’s a friendlier, goofier version of the character. In this film, Kaa seduces and entraps Mowgli with her storytelling—her voice. She’s the mirror into Mowgli’s past. It was thrilling to reinvent this character in this rendering of the story.”
the eye. “The trick with Baloo is to capture that avuncular nature that he had in the 1967 film. He was lazy, he liked to eat. But he wasn’t a big, cuddly bear. He growled and roared. He knew how to fight and he knew how to protect himself. And still he bonds with this kid—he grows to care about him. BILL MURRAY was able to preserve those qualities while still bringing his iconic voice to the role.” Favreau wanted the Oscar®-nominated actor to voice Baloo from the project’s inception. “He’s perfect,” says the director. “Bill just exudes all the charm and humor that you need and expect from Baloo. He has a certain dryness and a rebellious quality. “I have always wanted to work with Bill Murray,” continues Favreau. “I’m a huge fan. But he’s not the easiest guy to get ahold of. Getting Bill Murray to agree to do your movie is like catching a unicorn. You have to stalk him.” Fortunately for Favreau, the director caught his unicorn. “It turns out, Bill loves the character,” he says. “Once he came aboard, he was incredibly passionate. He has a very high standard.”
“I think little kids can relate to the theme of finding your family—of discovering what it means to be a family,” continues the actress. “The definition of family is such a personal one and families come in all shapes and sizes. But ultimately, family is made up of the people around you who love you unconditionally.”
“I just couldn’t say no to playing Baloo,” says Murray. “Jon [Favreau] is a terrific storyteller and I’m such a huge fan of the original stories. Kipling wrote a lot of amazing stuff. I read that book when I was about 22 and I’ve always thought that it was just extraordinary writing.”
Baloo is a free-spirited bear who meets Mowgli after the man-cub has been banished from the jungle. His bohemian style rubs off on the man-cub, propelling his introspection. According to the director, Baloo is more complex than meets
“I just couldn’t say no to playing Baloo”
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King Louie rules over the Bandar-log, a colony of wild and wily monkeys. His stature and prowess make him a formidable force, but he has one great desire: he desperately wants to behold the secret of Man’s deadly “red flower”— fire. The massive ape is convinced that Mowgli, who’s a man-cub after all, possesses the information he seeks, and King Louie slyly employs his smooth-talking ways in an attempt to coerce Mowgli to give it up. “Anyone who controls the red flower can control the jungle,” says Favreau. “It’s a magical destructive force.” If Mowgli can’t give King Louie what he wants, says the director, the ape is likely to reveal his true colors. Oscar®-winning actor CHRISTOPHER WALKEN lends his iconic voice to King Louie. “It was fun to have Chris Walken play the heavy,” says Favreau. “He’s charming and endearing, but there’s this unpredictability to him.” Filmmakers rethought the look—and species—of King Louie. “There are no orangutans in this part of the jungle, so we had to make a leap from the animated film,” says Favreau.” According to Indian legend, a Gigantopithecus is like a jungle version of a yeti—an elusive character. We exaggerated his height and size even more—he’s a fantasy character, so we pushed it.” According to WETA’s DAN LEMMON, King Louie—who stands 12 feet tall—was inspired in part by the actor who voices him. “We used some facial details from Christopher Walken,” says Lemmon. “We studied his performances while recording, as well as other films like ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘True Romance.’
“He has certain peculiarities,” continues Lemmon. “He’ll lick his lips occasionally when he’s talking and there’s something specific about his lower lip. King Louie is definitely a fun character.” “When I think about Disney’s legacy, I relate to Walt’s original dream,” says Favreau. “Walt Disney’s work has influenced my work. He was considered high tech for the time. He was the first person who locked soundtrack with picture, so the characters were perfectly choreographed to the musical score—something that absolutely blew people’s minds. Disney was on the cutting edge of technology.” To honour Disney’s dedication to technology, filmmakers explored the best way to immerse audiences in the world they’d imagined in their version of the story. Says Favreau, “We asked ourselves, ‘How can we create a world? How can we use this technology, these storytelling tools to their fullest potential?’ Ideally, we wanted the audience to forget that it’s technology—they’ll just get transported.” Producer Brigham Taylor agrees. “From a visual perspective, audiences will be immersed in a lush jungle world with all of its danger and peril in a way that’s never been seen before. Trying to figure out where the real in-camera elements merge with the digital elements might be fun for some viewers, but I think sooner or later everyone will just forget about all of that because the emotional content of the movie is really engaging. Jon [Favreau] has created a story that is just ripe with emotion and heart.” THE JUNGLE BOOK is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Monday, 22nd August, 2016
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LOOK OUT FOR LESSER KNOWN STEPHEN KING ADAPTATIONS
Stephen King, the master of horror, has been publishing stories since 1967 and is still prolific to this day. Despite being active over several generations, his work is as important and popular now as it ever has been. His stories stand among the most adapted of any writer, so itâ€™s no surprise that some titles have fallen into obscurity or are not remembered as a King story altogether. We know the classics like The Shawshank Redemption, Misery, The Shining and Stand by Me, but what are the best lesser known movies? To celebrate the release of his scary new thriller Cell â€“ in cinemas and on demand from 26th August - we take a look at the best lesser known Stephen King adaptations...
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The Dead Zone (1983)
Directed by legendary horror filmmaker, David Cronenberg, The Dead Zone is one of the finest adaptations of a Stephen King novel to grace the silver screen. The story follows Johnny Smith, a young schoolteacher, who suffers a headache during a date with a colleague and decides to go home and rest. As he drives home through stormy weather, Johnny has a car accident that leaves him in a coma for five years. He awakens under the care of neurologist Dr.Weizak and soon discovers he now has the psychic ability to learn a person’s past, present and future through physical contact with them. To say that this film has been completely forgotten is an exaggeration but it certainly isn’t as iconic as it deserves and has slipped past recent audiences. Not only a great film, it’s also one of King’s best novels, setting the tone for future work and being the first setting for his regularly used fictitious ‘Castle Rock’ town, featured again in The Dark Half, Cujo and Stand by Me. With David Cronenberg (The Fly, A History of Violence) at the helm and starring the brilliant Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter) and Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now), The Dead Zone is a must see, not only for Stephen King fans but all cinephiles.
This movie did for dogs what Jaws did for sharks. Donna Trenton (Dee Wallace, The Howling) is a frustrated
housewife whose life is in turmoil after her husband Vic learns about her affair. When she begins having difficulties with her car, she visits the local repair shop run by Joe Camber and his family. Joe’s son, Brett, is a young boy whose only companion is a St. Bernard, named Cujo. Unfortunately, the dog is bitten by a bat with rabies and his behaviour begins to change. While the dog begins to succumb to the disease, Brett and his mother leave town with Joe left alone with the cantankerous canine. Donna and her son drive over for more repairs and also become trapped by the rabid beast. Cujo is classic King, taking something banal and turning it into the stuff of nightmares. This is also a rare case of hoping someone kills the family pet. What helps make the film so chilling is the use of practical effects. During production they used five St. Bernards, a Rottweiler, a mechanical head, and a man in a dog costume. Using animals, as always, made for a number of problems during filming; namely the dogs needing to have their tails tied down because they would be constantly wagging due to their enjoyment of the filming process.
Cat’s Eye (1985)
Anthology feature Cat’s Eye begins with a cat being chased by a disheveled St. Bernard and nearly run over by a 1958 Plymouth Fury (clear Stephen King references you might guess). The cat hears the distress of a young girl but is simultaneously captured by an employee at Quitters, Inc., which leads to the appropriately titled first story, Quitters, Inc. This section centres on a man named Dick Morrison who enlists the help of an unconventional clinic to help him quit smoking. What seems like a harmless deal soon escalates and Dick finds himself and his family in serious danger. The second story, entitled The Ledge, follows a gambler who finds himself competing for his life with a crime boss (who previously acquired the titular cat) when he is asked to circumambulate the penthouse exterior. After the events of the second story, the cat escapes and makes its
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way to the child he heard at the start, which leads on to the final story, The General. Here we follow the cat who tries to protect his new owner from an evil presence, despite the parent’s reservations. The three part horror was directed by Lewis Teague (The Jewel of the Nile, Cujo) and written for the screen by Stephen King himself. The film is particularly appealing to Stephen King fans due to the amalgamation of the authors earlier works (Quitters, Inc .&The Ledge) with references classic King tales, plus a new story (The General) written by King for the movie. That being said, you don’t have to be an expert on the author to enjoy this outing. The film blends horror, drama and comedy effortlessly, meaning there really is something for all moviegoers in this now somewhat rare curio. It’s worth noting that the film stars James Woods (Casino), Robert Hayes (Airplane!) and Drew Barrymore (Donnie Darko).
over kids. The film delivers on the bizarre but also manages to incorporate some genuinely scary moments as well. It’s perfect when you want a horror with some ridiculously enjoyable moments that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Plus Gary Busy is in it!
The Running Man (1987)
Silver Bullet (1985)
In the spring of 1976, inhabitants of the peaceful town of Tarker’s Mills are distressed by a chain of violent murders and coax the local Sheriff to investigate and find those responsible. Meanwhile, a local crippled boy, Marty, has just received a new motorized wheelchair from his Uncle Red and one night sneaks out to a remote bridge to set off some fireworks. It is there he discovers the route of all the grisly murders when he is suddenly attacked by a hairy creature. Luckily, Marty manages to injure the creature and escapes. With the new found information, Marty desperately tries to convince the locals that someone in the town is a werewolf! This film is as ridiculous as it is brilliant. Roger Ebert described it as, “either the worst movie ever made from a Stephen King story, or the funniest”, we prefer to think of it as the latter. You can look forward to seeing a crippled boy ride a wheelchair-motorbike hybrid and priests trying to run
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In the year 2017, the world economy has collapsed and the great freedoms of the United States are no longer present. No, it’s not far off! With full control over the media, the government attempts to suppress the nation’s yearning for freedom by broadcasting a number of game shows in which convicted criminals fight for their lives. The most popular of these programs being The Running Man. Ex-police officer, Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger no less), finds himself being framed for mass murder by his fellow officers and is subsequently forced into the dystopian show as a contestant with three other convicts. The group of offenders must fight their way through a squad of murderous gladiators and search through the ruins of L.A for the resistance in the hopes of finally broadcasting the truth about the government. Now this film hasn’t faded into obscurity at all but many don’t know the original story was written by King under the pseudonym, Richard Bachman. If you have seen the movie you can probably guess that it doesn’t draw too much from the original source material. King himself stated “It was totally out of my hands. I didn’t have anything to do with making it... It doesn’t have much in common with the novel at all, except the title”. But if Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining has taught us anything it’s that an adaptation can be drastically different from its source and still work. Now by no means is this movie a classic in the traditional sense, but if you’re a fan of Schwarzenegger, dystopian futures and camp ‘80s movies then you should watch this sci-fi hit immediately. Start running, man.
Pet Sematary (1989)
We follow Dolores Claiborne who has spent nearly a quarter of a century looking after a mean-spirited woman on a small island off the coast of Maine. When the woman is found dead after falling down a flight of stairs, Dolores is considered the biggest suspect. Word of the affair reaches Dolores’ estranged daughter, Selina, a New York-based journalist, who flies to Maine to find out what really happened. Though the strong and tough-talking Dolores stands her ground, the local detective is convinced that there’s more to her story than she’s letting on.
Based on the novel of the same name, it’s said by King himself to be the only story he wrote that really scared him. This chilling tale follows Louis and Rachel Creed and their two young children who settle in to a house that sits next door to a pet cemetery which, unbeknownst to the family, was built on an ancient Indian burial ground. Their mysterious new neighbour, Jud Crandall, shows Louis the dark power of the cemetery when he resurrects the Creed family’s cat, which was killed in an accident. However, when the cat returns, he is an evil shell of himself, attacking Louis and smelling of decomposition. Louis decides to hide the dark secret and never return to the cemetery, that is until a family tragedy compels him to do so.
Dolores Clairborne was directed by Taylor Hackford (The Devil’s Advocate) and stars Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Christopher Plummer (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Kathy Bates (Misery). This story is different to King’s usual horror style but to great effect, as he creates a great sense of the disparity in a dysfunctional family in this extremely effective thriller. Kathy Bates delivers yet another intense performance in what is both her second Stephen King adaptation (after Misery) and notably she has mentioned it to be her personal favourite film role. Incidentally, King wrote the character of Dolores with Kathy Bates in mind, so it’s hardly surprising that she absolutely killed it… so to speak!
Pet Sematary was the first time King both converted one of his novels into a screenplay and played a significant part in the filming. He was able to be on set almost every day as production was only 20 minutes from his home in Bangor, Maine. There is still content from the book that the film neglects but this time we can assume that those have been a conscious decisions by the director, Mary Lambert, alongside Stephen King. Incidentally, Lambert nailed the casting decision for the infamous character, Zelda. She wanted the character to frighten audiences, but didn’t think that a 13-year old girl was scary enough. Her idea was to cast a man, Andrew Hubatsek, in the role so there would be something “off” about Zelda. She was right, and the film still has a lot of passionate fans today.
Apt Pupil (1998)
Dolores Claiborne (1995)
It’s the 1980s in Southern California, Todd Bowden is a bright high school student who notices a resemblance between a Nazi war criminal, named Kurt Dussander, and the old man who lives down his street. Todd determines that he is the ‘Sturmbannführer’ he had read about at school and decides to confront him. However, Bowden is obsessed with Nazism and the atrocities they committed and instead wants the ex-SS officer to tell him stories of the crimes he committed and relive his past. At first Dussander refuses but Bowden threatens to reveal his secret to the authorities and he has no choice but to comply. As time passes, the boy and the old man spend a lot of time together and their relationship begins to stir malevolence in both of them.
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There had been several attempts to adapt this novel over a decade before. In 1984, James Mason agreed to star, but died from a heart attack before filming could begin. Soon after, Richard Burton was considered as his replacement, but he also died before he could accept the part. Almost 10 years later, director Brian Singer, hot off of the success of The Usual Suspects, requests to film an adaption of the novel. At first Singer was resistant to cast Sir Ian McKellen as Dussander because he was British and nearly 20 years younger than the character. But after Singer raved to McKellen about a performance by an actor he had recently seen in Cold Comfort Farm, McKellen informed him that he was that very same actor and he was clearly perfect for the role. McKellen received wide acclaim for his astounding performance which just came a few short years before his worldwide fame as the wizard Gandalf. He stars opposite the talented Brad Renfro who we sadly lost at the age of only 25 in 2008.
psychological scares instead of standard body horror, which resonates long after. Interestingly, King created the first few pages of 1408 for his non-fiction book, On Writing, as an example of how to revise a first draft. He quickly found himself captivated by the story and ended up not only finishing a complete draft, but adapting it for an audio-book compilation of short stories and of course licensing it for this well received film.
Cynical and skeptical writer Mike Enslin writes books evaluating supernatural phenomena in hotels, graveyards and other haunted places, usually debunking the mystery. While writing his latest book, he travels from Los Angeles to New York to spend one night in the Dolphin Hotel’s cursed room 1408, which is permanently unavailable to guests. The reluctant manager objects to his request to stay in the room and reveals that more than fifty guests have died in the evil room. Mike threatens the manager and promises to sue the hotel if he is not allowed to stay, which works. Later in the night he finds out that once the guests of room 1408 checked in they might never leave the room alive… Directed by Mikael Håfström (Escape Plan) and starring John Cusack (Being John Malkovich, 2012) and Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight), it is a refreshing addition to horror, especially at a time when the genre was dominated by so called ‘torture porn’ titles. In the classic Stephen King way the story goes for
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In this highly anticipated adaptation of the best-selling 2006 novel by Stephen King, Clay Riddell (John Cusack, Identity, Con Air) is returning home when a mysterious worldwide pulse goes out, turning everyone on a mobile phone into ravenous predators, later coined “phoners”. Escaping the initial outbreak, he teams up with Tom (Samuel L. Jackson, Django Unchained), Alice (Isabelle Fuhrman, Orphan) and several other survivors who decide to make their way to Kashwak, rumoured to be a cellphone free area and where Clay’s son has fled to. Together the group must travel across the devastated American Countryside and avoid the bloodthirsty creatures that hunt them. With Cell, Stephen King has found a way to put a modern twist on the zombie genre opting for more of a social and technological metaphor much like George A. Romero did in his iconic “Dead” series. Here, the zombies represent how people’s lives can be completely taken over by their electronic devices by devolving them into an aggressive caricature of ourselves. Cell also marks the second time Cusack and Jackson have appeared in a Stephen King adaptation (after 1408). Dial in for fresh Stephen King scares this Summer.
Signature Entertainment Presents CELL at Cinemas and on Demand from Friday 26th August, 2016
TOP 10 SHARK FILMS Since Steven Spielberg’s Jaws took a chunk out of the box-office in 1975, shark films have become a genre in their own right. It’s because of the way they’re shown on screen that sharks have a reputation for being carnivorous killing machines, but in reality they generally only bite humans by accident. Whether you love them because they’re easy-to watch-popcorn thriller fodder or because you prefer entertainment over quality, shark films are here to stay. The latest one to make noise is Shark Lake, featuring action icon Dolph Lundgren. In it, he plays a former black market trafficker who realises that the exotic species he’s released into the lake for safekeeping has begun to feast. He must find a way to stop the vicious attacks…
To celebrate the film’s release on DVD on 1st August, we’ve waded into the water to list the best films that feature our predatory friends.
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1. Shark Lake (2016)
Action star Dolph Lundgren takes on the lead role of Clint Gray in Shark Lake, a man who returns home after having served a prison sentence for black-market animal trafficking. He finds that the exotic species he previously released into serene Lake Tahoe has begun feasting on the sun-seeking locals. The vicious attacks prompt a dedicated local cop to investigate what exactly is preying on her beloved quiet town. She sets out to stop the threat at any cost, finding help in the form of an unlikely hero. Combining all the fun of pitting a bloodthirsty shark against a muscular performance from Lundgren with plenty of gore, Shark Lake proves once again that it’s still not safe to go in the water...
3. Sharknado (2013)
When a freak tornado over the Los Angeles ocean causes a downpour of vicious sharks, Fin (played by ex Beverly Hills star Ian Ziering) teams up with his employee and their friend to track down his kids and ex-wife. The TV film, which was shot in 18 days is a cheerfully brainless romp that guarantees ridiculous laughs and countless flying man-eaters. The popularity of this instant hit resulted in two sequels: Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) and Sharknado 3: Oh Hello No! (2015). With a fourth on the way with Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens (2016), this series’ lifetime seems indefinite.
4. Bait 3D (2012)
2. The Shallows (2016)
Blake Lively dips her toe into the water in the Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax, 2005) directed film The Shallows. She plays traumatised surfer Nancy, who gets stranded 200 yards off the Mexican shore, finding herself on the dangerous feeding ground of a great white shark. Her survival proves to be a test of her wits, and must require her ingenuity and resourcefulness, if she wants to survive. The script was featured in the 2014 blacklist of ‘most liked’ unmade scripts, and puts a refreshing spin on the age-old damsel in distress narrative.
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When a tsunami hits the coast of Queensland, Australia, a group of people get trapped inside a supermarket. Being stuck in a supermarket becomes the least of their worries, however, as they must come up with a quick survival plan… the flood brings in hungry sharks. Reality isn’t a strong point here; some people get trapped in the underground car park but happen to have cars that allow them to sit there with no real danger. Nevertheless, this Australian-Singaporean horror is a 3D feast for genre fans.
5. Shark Night (2011) When a group of college students arrive at Sara’s (Sara Paxton) family’s lake-island cabin, they prepare for a fun weekend in the sun. As they enjoy the calmness of the lake, football player Malik (Sinqua Walls) stumbles out of the water with a wound. Thinking he’s had a freak accident, the friends pile into a speedboat and head to the hospital. But
to their horror, they discover that they are not alone in the water, making this popcorn thriller an endurance test to see if they’ll survive.
ducting research into shark attacks in the area and his friend takes up the research, only to realise that sharks may not be the only threat in the area. The film spawned off two direct to video low-budget sequels, with the third film Shark Attack 3: Megalodon featuring a pre-Torchwood John Barrowman.
9. Deep Blue Sea (1999)
6. 12 Days of Terror (2005) Based on the Jersey Shore attacks of 1916, 12 Days of Terror recounts the days when people along the New Jersey coast were subject to a series of shark attacks. The authorities are reluctant to take action because they don’t want to put the people’s safety at risk, but eventually step in when the shark attacks a second time. This made-for-TV period docudrama isn’t your usual shark attack extravaganza, but instead covers the attacks with sensitivity.
7. Open Water (2003)
When a businessman sinks $200 million into a special project to help fight Alzheimer’s disease, medical biologist Susan McAlester (Saffron Burrows) figures out a way to genetically enlarge shark brains to harvest the disease. As the sharks tire from being held in captivity and being poked and prodded, they break out of the facility and into the open sea. The film is responsible for one of the most gleefully unexpected death scenes in history, as well as spawning the line “Nature can be lethal, but it doesn’t hold a candle to man!”
10. Jaws (1975)
Loosely based on the true story of Tom and Eileen Lonergan, Open Water follows an American couple who find themselves stranded in the sea after a botched head count during a scuba diving holiday in the Caribbean. Little do they know that they’re in the middle of shark-infested waters in the Great Barrier Reef, and must find a way to get back to shore. Crazily enough, no CGI was used in the film but actor Blanchard Ryan and Daniel Travis spent 120 hours in the water and the filmmakers used expert shark wrangler Stuart Cove to keep the real sharks at bay and things safe. The result is a haunting movie about a nightmare situation.
8. Shark Attack (1999) A marine biologist heads for Port Amanzi in Africa to search for his friend Marc DeSantis, who is supposedly a victim of a series of shark attacks in the area. DeSantis had been con-
The Academy Award-winning film by Steven Spielberg is often considered one of the greatest films ever made. The film tells the story of a man-eating great white shark that attacks beachgoers on a fictional island in New England. Roy Scheider plays police chief Martin Brody who teams up with a marine biologist and professional shark hunter to hunt the animal. In a culture where shark films have been a mix of in-jokes and absurdity, Jaws stands out as the best, and with John Williams’ looming, ominous score, it’s firmly taken its place as one of Spielberg’s very best works. SHARK LAKE is released on DVD courtesy of Soda Pictures on Monday 1st August
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NEW TO WATCH AT HOME 1st August
A Kind of Loving (Blu-ray) Cast: Alan Bates, June Ritchie, Thora Hird, Bert Palmer, Gwen Nelson Dir. John Schlesinger Run time: 112 mins 1962 acclaimed ‘Kitchen Sink’ drama; A Kind of Loving was adapted from the Stan Barstow Novel of the same name. Directed by John Schlesinger (Darling, Midnight Cowboy), the film stars Alan Bates as Vic Brown, a young draughtsman, whose search for love leads to Ingrid Rothwell (June Ritchie, in her screen debut), an employee in the company. Ingrid quickly falls in love with Vic, only to find herself falling pregnant and Vic reluctantly agrees to marry her. Finding himself forced into a life he never wanted, Vic resents Ingrid and the position he finds himself in. Ingrid ends up losing the baby and Vic, spurred on by the acid tongue remarks of his sour mother in law (Thora Hird) decides to run away. EXTRAS: Interview with writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie (author of Adventures on the High Teas: In Search of Middle England and Pies and Prejudice: In Search of the North); A Kind of Loving & The British New Wave featurette including interviews with John Hill and Melanie Williams; NFT interview with John Schlesinger from 1988; Terminus: Oscar-winning short film directed by John Schlesinger in 1962; Trailer
Agatha Raisin: Series 1 (12) (DVD) Cast: Ashley Jensen, Mathew Horne, Katy Wix, Matt McCooey, Jason Barnett Run time: 480 mins Agatha Raisin, a PR whizz, has retired to the sleepy Cotswold village of Carsely. Desperate to fit in and be
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accepted, she enters a local competition and somehow finds herself the prime murder suspect. In order to clear her name she launches her own investigation, recruiting the talents of her best friend Roy and her cleaner Gemma. Together they discover a formidable knack for uncovering the locals secrets. Outspoken and opinionated, Agatha settles in to the village and the life she has always dreamed of. Joining a ramblers group to pursue her attractive neighbour James, she once again becomes embroiled in a murder investigation. Murder, mystery and intrigue seem to follow Agatha whether she is dabbling with a spot of local PR or trying to escape the prying eyes of others. Will her team be able to solve the mysteries and will James ever notice her feelings for him? This DVD includes the feature length movie Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death as well as the complete Series One.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (12) (DVD) Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams Dir. Zack Snyder Run time: 151 mins From director Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) comes Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice starring Oscar-winner Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman / Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) as Superman / Clark Kent in the characters’ first big-screen pairing. Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice: UltimateEdition (12) (Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray) Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams
Dir. Zack Snyder Run time: 181 min
For the first time ever on DVD! The entire 25 episode series plus the bonus OVA episode in English and Japanese.
The Battle Intensifies in the Ultimate Edition In this no-holds-barred Ultimate Edition, with 30 minutes of additional footage not seen in cinemas, titans of justice Batman/Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Superman/ Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) face off in the most anticipated showdown of our time. But while Gotham City’s formidable vigilante takes on Metropolis’ revered saviour, the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs... and a new danger arises to threaten all of humanity. Includes over 2 hours of extras Extra Content: Uniting the World’s Finest • Glimpse the future of DC’s bold new cinematic superheroes • Gods and Men: A Meeting of Giants • Become a witness to history as you discover how everything in Batman and Superman’s pasts have been leading up to this ultimate, epic showdown • The Warrior, The Myth, The Wonder • Explore the origin, evolution and powerful impact on popular culture by the legendary Amazonian Wonder Woman • Accelerating Design: The New Batmobile • Batman’s newest ride is sleek, tough, loud, and fast as hell. Host Sal Masekela goes under the hood of the celebrated vehicle, then puts rubber to the road • Superman: Complexity & Truth • Experience the transformation as Henry Cavill goes from earnest journalist in glasses and tweeds to a powerful godlike being in a streamlined caped costume • Batman: Austerity & Rage - From cape to cowl and from rugged body armor to carefully-tailored suits, Batman’s outer gear perfectly camouflages and expresses the fury that simmers within • Wonder Woman: Grace & Power • From her gladiator-influenced costume to her shield and sword, she is the mortal incarnation of a warrior goddess • Batcave: Legacy of the Lair • Nature and technology exist side by side in Batman’s breath-taking and modernistic subterranean digs • The Might and the Power of a Punch - A dynamic and illustrative look at the power, physics and fascinating details that make the battle between Batman and Superman so formidable • The Empire of Luthor • Dive deeper into the inception of an entirely new interpretation of Lex Luthor, including an examination of his storied history in the comics • Save the Bats Learn how the cast and crew gave back to the environment and brought awareness to a very real ecological problem
Blue Exorcist: Complete Series Collection (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Jun Fukuyama, Kana Hanazawa, Kazuya Nakai, Nobuhiko Okamoto Dir. Tensai Okamura Run time: 925 mins THE ULTIMATE WEAPON AGAINST SATAN IS HIS OWN SON! Rin Okumura and his twin brother Yukio have been raised by Shiro Fujimoto, an eminent priest, so it comes as a shock when Rin discovers their biological father is actually Satan! As the border between ‘Assiah’ (the human world) and ‘Gehenna’ (the demon world) is crossed by evil, Rin vows to become the ultimate exorcist and defeat his own father.
CI5: The New Professionals: Complete Series (15) (DVD) Cast: Edward Woodward, Kal Weber, Colin Wells, Lexa Doig, Patrick Mower Dirs. Ray Austin, Colin Bucksey, Harley Cokeliss Run time: 650 mins A phenomenal global success, The Professionals has thrilled audiences for four decades, gaining a body of devoted fans and an enduring cult status. In the late 1990s its legend received a new lease of life with this explosive series starring veteran British actor Edward Woodward as Harry Malone, head of an expanded CI5 now a global agency with a multinational body of highly skilled operatives whose job is to combat 21st century threats in the form of global terrorism, ethnic cleansing, the mass slaughter of protected species and the emergence of powerful organised crime syndicates. Featuring scripts by The Professionals original creator Brian Clemens, this set features all thirteen episodes, complete and uncut. Guest stars include Charlotte Cornwell, Gayle Hunnicutt, Denis Lill, Patrick Mower, Michael Brandon, David Threlfall and Ray Lonnen.
David Cronenberg’s Early Works (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Dir. David Cronenberg Run time: 145 mins One of the most singular auteurs of the horror and science fiction genres, David Cronenberg has wowed audiences with his depictions of body transformations and explorations of society, this collection of his early short and feature films shows a master learning his craft and exploring many of the themes that would dominate his most celebrated work. Transfer (1966), Cronenberg s first short film, is a surreal sketch of a doctor and his patient. From the Drain (1967) finds two men in a bathtub, which may be part of a centre for veterans of a future war. Stereo (1969), Cronenberg s first official feature film, stunningly shot in monochrome, concerns telepaths at the Institute for Erotic Enquiry where patients undergo tests by Dr. Luther Stringfellow. In Crimes of the Future (1970) Cronenberg worked in colour and with a larger budget, where we find the House of Skin clinic director (Ronald Mlodzik, returning from Stereo) searching
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for his mentor, Antoine Rouge, who has disappeared following a catastrophic plague. Cronenberg s early amateur feature films, shot in and around his university campus, prefigure his later films concerns with strange institutions, male/female separation and ESP, echoing the likes of Videodrome, Dead Ringers and Scanners. Special edition contents: Brand new restorations of four Cronenberg films • Original mono audio for all films • Optional english subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing • Transfer the Future Author and critic Kim Newman discusses Cronenberg s early works • Sleeve featuring newly illustrated artwork by Gilles Vranckx
Gotham Season 2 (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Morena Baccarin The darkness grows on GOTHAM, as super villains more ambitious and depraved are introduced, and a realignment of alliances shakes up the fight for power in Gotham City. With Detectives Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock at the forefront of the fight against crime in this dangerously corrupt city, Season Two witnesses Gordon’s moral compass wavering, as he confronts Gotham’s most notorious criminals. At the same time, he continues his quest to gain the trust of the young Bruce Wayne, who is now on a clear path towards the man he is destined to become, after discovering his father’s deepest secrets. In the epic turf war that occurred at the conclusion of season one, The Penguin battled his way into power over Gotham’s underworld. In Season Two, GOTHAM follows the evolving stories of Edward Nygma/ The Riddler, and Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman as well as the origins of new villains, including The Joker and Mr. Freeze.
Gotham Seasons 1 & 2 (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Morena Baccarin Run time: 1926 mins All 44 episodes from the first two seasons of the crime drama which follows the origin stories of several characters created by DC Comics. Young detective James Gordon (Benjamin McKenzie) and his partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) investigate the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne (Grayson McCouch and Brette Taylor). 48
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The investigation leads Gordon to become entangled with the Mafia and he subsequently fakes the death of informant Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), telling him never to return. But Cobblepot doesn’t heed the warning and comes back to Gotham with a hidden agenda. Meanwhile, Gordon gets to know the Wayne’s son Bruce (David Mazouz), who will one day become the vigilante Batman. Season 1 episodes are: ‘Pilot’, ‘Selina Kyle’, ‘The Balloonman’, ‘Arkham’, ‘Viper’, ‘Spirit of the Goat’, ‘Penguin’s Umbrella’, ‘The Mask’, ‘Harvey Dent’, ‘Lovecraft’, ‘Rogue’s Gallery’, ‘What the Little Bird Told Him’, ‘Welcome Back, Jim Gordon’, ‘The Fearsome Dr. Crane’, ‘The Scarecrow’, ‘The Blind Fortune Teller’, ‘Red Hood’, ‘Everyone Has a Cobblepot’, ‘Beasts of Prey’, ‘Under the Knife’, ‘The Anvil Or the Hammer’ and ‘All Happy Families Are Alike’. Season 2 episodes are: ‘Damned If You Do...’, ‘Knock, Knock’, ‘The Last Laugh’, ‘Strike Force’, ‘Scarification’, ‘By Fire’, ‘Mommy’s Little Monster’, ‘Tonight’s the Night’, ‘A Bitter Pill to Swallow’, ‘The Son of Gotham’, ‘Worse Than a Crime’, ‘Mr. Freeze’, ‘A Dead Man Feels No Cold’, ‘This Ball of Mud and Meanness’, ‘Mad Grey Dawn’, ‘Prisoners’, ‘Into the Woods’, ‘Pinewood’, ‘Azrael’, ‘Unleashed’, ‘A Legion of Horribles’ and ‘Transference’.
Hardcore Henry (18) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Haley Bennett, Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Cyrus Arnold, Ilya Naishuller Dir. Ilya Naishuller Run time: 96 mins Sci-fi thriller set in Moscow and filmed through the eyes of Henry, a man who is saved from death but left with no memories of his past. He sets out to rescue his wife Estelle (Haley Bennett) who is being held by Akan (Danila Kozlovsky), a psychopath focused on creating human-robot hybrids which will serve as soldiers. Henry must figure out what has happened to him and use it to his advantage if he is to get Estelle back
Monique (18) (DVD) Cast: Joan Alcorn, Sibylla Kay, David Sumner, Caroline Hawkins, Howard Rawlinson Dir. John Brown Run time: 84 mins When Bill and Jean engage Monique as an au pair for their children they have no idea what a shattering effect she will have on their lives-especially their sex lives. Bill is strongly attracted to the uninhibited, thoroughly desirable French girl, and succumbs to temptation. Jean, now sexually awakened, proves an exciting challenge to her and eventually achieves a lesbian fulfilment. Her new, intense sexual desire is a revelation to Bill, and the complex situation is uniquely resolved by an unusually satisfying `ménage à trois` relationship.
My Best Friend (U) (DVD) Cast: Catherine Bach, Patrick Muldoon Dir. Paul Della Pelle Run time: 95 mins Kristen feels like the luckiest girl in the world; she has it all. But when she moves away from the city she has to leave her friends behind and start again. Arriving at her Grandma’s ranch, Kristen has to adjust to a new life in the country, to new friends and to a totally different style of fashion. With the help of her new BFF, a talking horse named Stanford, she’s finally fitting in and the two become inseparable. But sometimes, even best friends can become jealous of other friends!
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine, Lainie Kazan Dir. Kirk Jones Run time: 90 mins The revelation of a family secret and an even bigger, fatter wedding brings the Portokalos family together again.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Movie – Part 1: Beginnings (12) (Blu-ray) Cast: Aoi Y ki, Chiwa Saito, Ai Nonaka, Emiri Kat, Eri Kitamura Dir. Yukihiro Miyamoto Run time: 126 mins What does it really mean to be a magical girl? Madoka Kaname is an eighth-grader who leads a peaceful, fun-filled life as a student, surrounded by her beloved family and her best friends. One day, a transfer student named Homura Akemi arrives in Madoka’s class. She is a darkhaired beauty with a somewhat mysterious disposition. Soon after meeting Madoka for the first time, Homura goes
on to issue Madoka a strange warning. Madoka also meets Kyubey, a mysterious looking white creature. He says, “Make a contract with me and become a magical girl!” To make any wish come true Madoka didn’t know the meaning of this miracle nor what its cost may prove to be. An impending loss triggers a drastic change in her destiny...
Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Movie - Part 2: Eternal (12) (Blu-ray) Cast: Aoi Yuki, Chiwa Saito, Ai Nonaka, Emiri Kato, Eri Kitamura Dir. Yukihiro Miyamoto Run time: 105 mins The true meaning of being a magical girl! The young girls have discovered the truth... the cruel fate of a magical girl. Madoka’s best friend, Sayaka Miki’s Soul Gem turns pitch-black as its owner falls into despair and it is transformed into a Grief Seed. Upon seeing this fate, Kyoko tries to save Sayaka, and ends up sacrificing her own life. One magical girl after another is destroyed. Throughout it all, there is one magical girl who continues to fight alone - Homura Akemi. All this time, she has been acting with one goal in mind. “I promise... I’m going to save you, no matter what it takes.” Homura renews her vow. And then it happens - a miracle powerful enough to sway the fortunes of the universe...
Sniper: Special Ops (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Steven Seagal, Rob Van Dam, Dale Dye Dir. Fred Olen Ray Run time: 83 mins A special ops military force, led by expert sniper Jake Chandler (Steven Seagal), is sent to a remote village to extract an American congressman being held by terrorists. Outnumbered and outgunned, the squad must engage in a massive shootout against the enemy while Jake utilizes his expert skills to save them all from certain death. Sniper is a high octane action film with Seagal back to doing what he does best.
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The Blacklist Season 3 (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Ryan Eggold, Harry Lennix Run time: 960 mins In the third season of the hit drama “The Blacklist,” FBI Agent Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone) is now a fugitive and on the run with criminal mastermind Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader). With Assistant FBI Director Harold Cooper under investigation, a conflicted Agent Donald Ressler leads the FBI Task Force on a massive manhunt for Liz and Red. As they struggle to stay one step ahead of their former colleagues, Liz immerses herself into Red’s underworld of disreputable contacts and covert operations. Liz is on an unpredictable journey of self-discovery and all the pieces of her life, including her indefinable relationship with Tom, will be drastically challenged as she continues to believe Red holds all the answers.
The Blacklist Seasons 1-3 (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Ryan Eggold, Harry Lennix Run time: 2760 mins For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.” In Season 1, he mysteriously surrenders to the FBI with an explosive offer. In Season 2, the FBI is working for him as he identifies some of the world’s most elusive criminals, with Agent Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone) as his partner. A twist of events turns Liz into a fugitive on the run with Red in Season 3. As they struggle to stay one step ahead of their former colleagues, all the pieces of Liz’s life will be drastically challenged as she continues to believe Red holds all the answers.
The Unfolding (15) (DVD) Cast: Lachlan Nieboer, Lisa Kerr, Nick Julian, Kitty McGeever, Robert Daws Dir. Eugene McGing Run time: 90 mins
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girlfriend Rose (Lisa Kerr) travel to Dartmoor to investigate the paranormal happenings of a deserted old house. After experiencing some strange phenomena, Tam calls in two spiritual mediums to help with his investigation. However, as the night draws in, an evil is unleashed which leaves the group fighting to stay alive.
We Are Many (12) (DVD) Dir. Amir Amirani Run time: 110 mins
Documentary about the worldwide protest which took place on the 15th of February 2003. United in opposition to the United States government’s plans of invading Iraq, millions of people all around the globe simultaneously took part in protests and demonstrations in the hope of influencing those in power to change their minds. Film-maker and former BBC journalist Amir Amirani speaks to a number of demonstrators, organisers and celebrities involved in the protest, including Danny Glover, Richard Branson and Ken Loach, to gain a better understanding of the day in question and how it has influenced later events.
Wolfblood Season 2 (12) (DVD) Cast: Gabrielle Green, Shorelle Hepkin, Bobby Lockwood Run time: 338 mins There is a scary new enemy, a surprising new arrival in Stoneybridge, a strange discovery from the distant past, and romantic developments for a couple of characters. The intense trials and tribulations of school, friendships, heartbreak and mystery continue in this second series, as Rhydian unexpectedly returns to Stoneybridge putting Maddy and her loved ones in danger. Series 2 of Wolfblood sees a sparkling chain of events happen, Alric makes reappearances, a new character called Jana brings out new sides in main characters and Shannon has a hidden camera in the den, which Maddy does not know about. Maddy and Rhydian must triumph over potential disaster again and again, comforting issues of trust, love and betrayal. But the world is closing in on the Wolfblood secret with disastrous consequences for both of them ...
Dheepan (15) Agatha Christie: The Classic Crime Collection (12) (DVD) Cast: Francesca Annis, Pauline Collins, Kenneth Cranham, John Gielgud, Jean Marsh Run time: 382 mins
Agatha Christie, the Queen of Crime, presents this star studded, captivating trio of murder mysteries. The Pale Horse pits a young man with an eye for danger against a perilous coven of conniving and black magic. Sparkling Cyanide revels in the coincidence of money, manipulation and murder, uncovered by Colonel Reece and Dr. Catherine Kendall. Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? is the question to hand when Bobby Jones comes across a dying man with links to the Bassington-ffrench estate and a world of all-too tempting inheritances.
Bastard (15) (DVD) Cast: Rebekah Kennedy, Ellis Greer, Dan Creed Dirs. Powell Robinson, Patrick Robert Young Run time: 82 mins Five strangers - newlywed serial killers, a suicidal cop, and two runaways - become suspect and victim when a masked murderer makes its presence known in an isolated mountain town.
Batman: The Killing Joke (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast (voices): Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Tara Strong Dir. Sam Liu Run time: 74 mins Animated adaptation of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s graphic novel featuring the voice talents of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill. The story follows Batman (Conroy) as he tries to apprehend his nemesis The Joker (Hamill) while exploring the origins of his most famous foe. After escaping from prison, The Joker targets the Gordon family for his next attack and kidnaps the Commissioner (Ray Wise) to prove that a bad day can turn even the most honourable man insane, just like it did to him. With Barbara (Tara Strong) caught in the crossfire, The Joker taunts Batman from afar as he tortures Jim in one of Gotham’s run-down amusement parks. Can Batman stop him before he succeeds in driving Gordon to the brink of insanity?
(Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby, Vincent Rottiers, Faouzi Bensaïdi Dir. Jacques Audiard Run time: 115 mins From acclaimed director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rust and Bone) comes the powerful story of Dheepan, a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who is forced to flee to France to escape the civil war, posing as a family with a woman and young girl he has never previously met. Finding work as a caretaker of a housing block in the suburbs of Paris, Dheepan works to build a new life and home for his ‘wife’ and ‘daughter’, but the daily violence he confronts quickly reopens the violence from his past, and he is left fighting for their livelihood, and eventually their lives.
Eddie the Eagle (PG) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken, Rune Temte, Tim McInnerney Dir. Dexter Fletcher Run time: 106 mins Comedy sports drama directed by Dexter Fletcher and inspired by the true life story of Michael Edwards or ‘Eddie the Eagle’, Britain’s most famous ski jumper. Taron Egerton stars as the title character, who, with the support of his trainer Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman) trains for and competes in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. The first British skier to qualify for the Winter Olympics, the entirely self-funded far-sighted plasterer became an emblem for the British ability to heroically fail. The story follows Eddie on his Olympic journey which famously saw him finish last in both of the events he competed in.
Female Prisoner Scorpion: The Complete Collection (18) (Blu-ray/DVD Double Play Limited Edition) Cast: Meiko Kaji, Rie Yokoyama, Yayoi Watanabe Dirs. Shunya Ito, Yasuharu Hasebe Run time: 353 mins Starring the iconic and beautiful Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood, Stray Cat Rock) in a role that came to define her career, the four-film Female Prisoner Scorpion series charts the vengeance of Nami Matsushima, who assumes the mantle of “Scorpion,” becoming an avatar of vengeance and survival, and an unlikely symbol of female resistance in HOME MOVIE : SFF
a male-dominated world. Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion introduces Nami, a gullible young woman unjustly imprisoned, who must find a way to escape in order to exact revenge upon the man who betrayed her. The visually avant-garde Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 sees director Shunya Ito and star Meiko Kaji re-unite as Nami and six other female convicts escape prison once more. The Gothic horror-inspired Beast Stable finds Nami branded public enemy #1 and on the run. She soon finds refuge with a sympathetic prostitute, but runs afoul of a local gang. The final film in the series, #701’s Grudge Song (from director Yasuharu Hasebe, Retaliation, Massacre Gun), shows a gentler side of Nami as she falls in with Kudo, an ex-radical suffering from physical and psychological trauma caused by police torture. Spiritual kin to Ms. 45, Coffy and The Bride Wore Black, the Female Prisoner Scorpion is the pinnacle of early 1970s exploitation cinema from Japanese grindhouse studio Toei, and one of the greatest female revenge sagas ever told.
Passionate about trains, Michael Portillo continues to chart 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 four journeys that were first documented in the Victorian guide, 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 complete seventh series sees Michael visiting the home of Beatrix Potter, enjoying a Brief Encounter with British film history, navigating a precipitous tightrope walk and taking a ride on the very first passenger heritage line in Britain. He also hears tales from a Victorian tannery, discovers a very early white-knuckle ride, takes in an opera at Glyndebourne, and learns of the tragic events that would ultimately bring about the Victorian age.
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Cast: Carol White, Roy Harper, John Castle, Sam Dastor, Margery Mason Dir. John Mackenzie Run time: 100 mins
• Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blurays) for all films • Optional English subtitles for all films • Double-sided fold out poster of two original artworks • Reversible sleeves for all films featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan • Booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Chuck Stephens, a brand new interview with Toru Shinohara, creator of the original Scorpion manga and an archive interview with Meiko Kaji by Chris D. illustrated with original stills
Great British Railway Journeys Series 7 (12) (DVD) Cast: Michael Portillo Dir. Alison Kreps Run time: 600 mins Armed with his copy of Bradshaw’s Victorian Railway Guidebook, Michael Portillo takes to the tracks and over a series of four journeys, he travels from coast to coast to see what of Bradshaw’s Britain remains. This 4 DVD set features 20 episodes covering 4 different journeys: • Carlisle to Alton • Dover to Porthcurno • Birmingham to Dartmoor • Ashford to Henley-on-Thames 52
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This compelling emotional drama stars Carol White as a young single mother who finds herself caught between two people a local priest and a folk singer each of whom wants to convert her to his own worldview. An elegy to a younger generation looking for something to believe in, Made co-stars hugely influential folk-rock musician Roy Harper in his screen debut. Produced by Joseph Janni who previously made the astonishingly successful Poor Cow with White directed by The Long Good Friday’s John Mackenzie and featuring four new songs specially composed by Harper, this much sought after film is featured here in a brand-new High Definition transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Special features: • Image Gallery • Original Pressbook PDFs
Midnight Special (12) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Michael Shannon, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton Dir. Jeff Nichols Run time: 112 mins Roy (Michael Shannon) is a father desperate to protect his uniquely gifted eight-year-old son in this gripping take on the sci-fi movie, which proves once again that director Jeff Nichols is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time. As father and son go on the run, an intense chase ensues as they are hunted down by a mysterious cult and
a clandestine government agency – the outcome of which could bring about a world-changing event.
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On a desolate stretch of desert highway, weary travellers— two men on the run from their past, a band on their way to the next gig, a man struggling to get home, a brother in search of his long-lost sister and a family on vacation—are forced to confront their worst fears and darkest secrets in these interwoven tales of terror and remorse on the open road.
Cast: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Maria Doyle Kennedy Dir. John Carney Run time: 106 mins Sing Street takes us back to 1980s Dublin where an economic recession forces Conor out of his comfortable private school and into survival mode at the inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious and über-cool Raphina, and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he’s promised – calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the ‘80s, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their hearts into writing lyrics and shooting videos. Combining Carney’s trademark warmth and humour with a punk rock edge, and featuring a memorable soundtrack with hits from The Cure, Duran Duran, The Police, and Genesis, Sing Street is an electrifying coming-of-age film that will resonate with music fans across the board.
Tale of Tales (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C. Reilly Dir. Matteo Garrone Run time: 133 mins A selection of dark fairy tales that are testament to the power of imagination. Gory, sexual and visually astounding, Tale of Tales is a Grimm inspired Palme d Or nominated fantasy film starring Salma Hayek, Toby Jones, Vincent Cassel and John C Reilly.
The Count Yorga Collection (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Robert quarry, Donna Anders Dir. Bob Kelljan Run time: 190 mins
Solaris (PG) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky Run time: 169 mins Released in 1972, Solaris is Andrei Tarkovsky’s third feature and his most far-reaching examination of human perceptions and failings. It’s often compared to Kubrick’s 2001, but although both bring a metaphysical dimension to bear on space exploration, Solaris has a claustrophobic intensity which grips the attention over spans of typically Tarkovskian stasis. Donatas Banionis is sympathetic as the cosmonaut sent to investigate disappearances on the space station orbiting the planet Solaris, only to be confronted by his past in the guise of his dead wife, magnetically portrayed by Natalya Bondarchuk. The ending is either a revelation or a conceit, depending on your viewpoint.
Southbound (18) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Chad Villella, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Kristina Pesic, Fabianne Therese, Nathalie Love Dirs. Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath, Radio Silence Run time: 89 mins
TALL, DARK AND DEADLY! Updating the vampire mythos to early 1970s Los Angeles, these much-loved cult classics star Robert Quarry (Dr Phibes Rises Again) as the svelte Count Yorga, living in a mansion in the southern California hills with his equally mysterious brides. Introducing himself as a mystic from Bulgaria who’s an expert on séances, his true nature is given away by the title of his first film, Count Yorga, Vampire, long before the hapless Donna (Donna Anders, Werewolves on Wheels) and her friends discover the truth. The sequel, The Return of Count Yorga, sees him relocate to San Francisco, where he has designs on an orphanage as a source of potential victims, but gets distracted by the prospect of the beautiful but innocent Cynthia (Mariette Hartley, Marooned) becoming the latest addition to his harem. Firm drive-in favourites from the moment they were first unleashed, the Count Yorga films were directed by Bob Kelljan (Scream Blacula Scream) with just the right mix of atmosphere, suspense and tongue-in-cheek humour, with Quarr’ s delivery of the Count’s witty one-liners being a particular joy. Special features:
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the existence of the afterlife, taking him down a spiralling descent to madness which sees Nathan become in need of saving himself.
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The Hard Stop (15) (DVD) Documentary Dir. George Amponsah Run time: 85 mins An intimate documentary revealing the story, away from all press coverage, of Mark Duggan s friends and family following his death. He was shot and killed in a Hard Stop police procedure in 2011, sparking the most violent riots in British history. For 28 months, director George Amponsah filmed around Broadwater Farm in Tottenham, where Duggan grew up, capturing his family s distress and focusing on two of his best friends, Marcus Knox and Kurtis Henville as they attempt to get on with their lives and talk about the impact Duggan s death has had on the community. What emerges is a profoundly humane, thought-provoking and topical testament, which gives a voice to people who are rarely heard.
The Living and the Dead (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Colin Morgan, Charlotte Spencer Dirs. Alice Troughton, Sam Donovan Run time: 350 mins Colin Morgan and Charlotte Spencer star in this six-part supernatural BBC drama. After inheriting a farm in rural, Victorian England, psychologist Nathan Appleby (Morgan) moves into Shepzoy House with his wife Charlotte (Spencer). Haunted by the recent death of his mother and the loss of his son, Nathan tries to get to grips with running the farm but finds himself investigating a number of supernatural occurrences in the remote Somerset valley. Using his psychiatric background, he tries to help a number of locals who claim to be haunted by ghosts. His work begins to take its toll, however, as he becomes determined to prove
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When Battles Without Honour and Humanity first hit Japanese screens in January 1973, partially inspired by the success of The Godfather, it blasted out a new Ground Zero for crime cinema not only in Japan, but in the rest of the world, and spawned a legendary series that would lead to additional episodes, spinoffs, and countless imitations. 1947. Ex-soldier Shozo Hirono (Bunta Sugawara), after proving his ability with a gun, emerges from the teeming black markets of postwar Kure City into the professional world of the yakuza. Shozo makes his way from prison to boss in the newly-formed Yamamori family via gang feuds, assassinations and the shifting allegiances of his fellow mobsters, despite his own growing disillusionment with the men he is supposed to respect. Based on the true account of a Hiroshima mob boss and supplemented by meticulous research by screenwriter Kazuo Kasahara, this ferocious, violent saga was directed in a dynamic, newsreel-like style by Kinji Fukasaku, and stunned cinemagoers in Japan upon its release. Like a head-spinning mixture of Martin Scorsese and Paul Greengrass, the film s frenetic cinematography, colourful characters, and iconic score by Toshiaki Tsushima will leave you thrilled and exhausted, as you embark on one of the world s greatest gangster film series. Special edition contents: High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation • Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray) • Optional English subtitles • Brand new audio commentary by critic and author Stuart Galbraith IV • Yakuza Graveyard a new interview with Takashi Miike about Kinji Fukasaku and the yakuza film genre • Original trailers for all five films • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist
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manity series brought a new, more contemporary mood to the film and its characters. The yakuza may be starting to resemble a legitimate business, but director Kinji Fukasaku, working with new screenwriter Koji Takada, never lets the audience forget their violent origins, and their tried-andtrue methods of accomplishing their business.
loser, based on a true story uncovered by screenwriter Kazuo Kasahara while interviewing real-life Hiroshima yakuza for part one. A prosperous era may be dawning for the protagonists, but one with new characters and new grudges to draw them more deeply into its world of blood and betrayal.
1966. After a police crackdown, the gangs of Hiroshima and Kure have formed a massive, multi-family political and economic coalition called the Tensei Group, seeking a way forward into the 1970 s as part of Japan s economic bubble. Shozo Hirono (Bunta Sugawara) finds himself increasingly alienated from this semi-legitimate form of corruption, particularly as acting Tensei Group chairman Matsumura (Kinya Kitaoji) tries to put the gangs on a new, more business-like path. But old habits die hard, and when rivalries surface once again, they bring with them the promise of more bloodshed.
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The long-awaited conclusion to the epic series is an elegy for the bad guy, with the harsh realization that Japan s economic growth came about only through the sacrifice of the blood of its young men, victims of twenty long years of Battles Without Honour and Humanity.
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(Blu-ray/DVD Collector’s Edition) Cast (voices): Bunta Sugawara Dir. Kinji Fukasaku Run time: 101 mins Continuing the storyline begun in episode three of the Battles Without Honour and Humanity series, Police Tactics sees director Kinji Fukasaku and screenwriter Kazuo Kasahara further depicting the life-and-death struggle of the gangsters of Hiroshima and Kure, even as the rest of Japan is beginning to tire of their old-fashioned codes. 1963. Shozo Hirono (Bunta Sugawara), expelled from the Yamamori gang, has allied himself with the cowardly Uchimoto (Takeshi Kato) and the Akashi family, who are engaged in a power struggle with the Shinwa Group, allied with the Yamamori. But mainstream society, enjoying unprecedented economic prosperity, will no longer tolerate their violent criminal activities. The police begin a major crackdown, putting the gangs on the defensive. But rogue soldiers on both sides still refuse to keep the peace, earning the wrath of both their bosses and the forces of law and order.
The celebrated Battles Without Honour and Humanity series continues with its second episode, Hiroshima Death Match, setting aside part one protagonist Shozo Hirono (Bunta Sugawara) to follow a side story showcasing genre icons Sonny Chiba (The Street Fighter) and Meiko Kaji (Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion).
The last film of the series written by Kasahara, Police Tactics was intended to be the final episode, until its phenomenal success led to one additional entry. A fîn de siècle mood permeates throughout, with characters fully aware of their impending obsolescence, yet striving for a return to the less prosperous, but simpler post-war glory days.
Hiroshima, 1950. Demobilized kamikaze pilot Shoji Yamanaka (Kinya Kitaoji) is released from prison and finds himself hungry and broke. Following a bust up with a local gang, he earns the psychotic wrath of local underboss Otomo (Chiba), but Yamanaka s suicidal impulses are soon put to good use as a hitman for another gang, befriending series hero Shozo Hirono in the process. Despite a budding but forbidden romance with the boss s niece (Kaji), Yamanaka s instability and recklessness soon begin to make him a dangerous liability.
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Taking an even more fatalistic turn than the series original entry, Hiroshima Death Match tells the story of the ultimate
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation • Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Bluray) • Optional English subtitles • Remembering Kinji a new featurette about director Kinji Fukasaku and his work, featuring interviews with Kenta Fukasaku and film critic and Fukasaku biographer Sadao Yamane
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The Yakuza Papers: Proxy War (18) (Blu-ray/DVD Collector’s Edition) Cast (voices): Bunta Sugawara Dir. Kinji Fukasaku Run time: 102 mins Moving beyond the true stories dramatized in the first two episodes of the Battles Without Honour and Humanity series, director Kinji Fukasaku and screenwriter Kazuo Kasahara embark on their most complex narrative yet in Proxy War, a multi-character web of alliances and betrayals set against the economic growth of Japan as it prepares to host the 1964 Olympic games. 1960. A power vacuum is formed within the Muraoka family when underboss Uchimoto (Takeshi Kato) refuses to avenge the assassination of a superior. With the help of series hero Shozo Hirono (Bunta Sugawara), Uchimoto pledges loyalty to the powerful Akashi gang, but is soon expelled from the Muraoka for the act. Meanwhile, Akashi rivals the Shinwa Group form their own pact with Muraoka, and the enmity between the two gangs threatens to erupt into bloody violence across all of western Japan. The labyrinthine plotline of Proxy War which continues in episode four, Police Tactics approaches pure Jacobean drama as power players, kingmakers, and petty soldiers clash weapons and words in a stylized ritual of alliances and betrayals. Considered by many critics to be the best episode of the series, Proxy War is complex crime drama of the highest order. Special edition contents: High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation • Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray) • Optional English subtitles • Secrets of the Piranha Army a new documentary about the troupe of supporting actors who appeared throughout the series, featuring interviews with original Piranha members Masaru Shiga and Takashi Noguchi, plus second-generation Piranha, Takashi Nishina and Akira Murota • Tales of a Bit Player a new interview with supporting actor and stuntman Seizo Fukumoto • Original trailer • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist
They Might Be Giants (PG) (DVD) Cast: George C. Scott, Joanne Woodward, Jack Gilford, Lester Rawlins, Al Lewis Dir. Anthont Harvey Run time: 82 mins In a Manhattan psychiatric hospital a man, convinced he is Sherlock Holmes, is treated by a female doctor who happens to be named Watson. 56
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All ten episodes from the first series of the historical drama starring George Blagden as French monarch Louis XIV. In a bid to strengthen his weakening position among the country’s elite, Louis decides to move the French court from Paris to Versailles. However, with the Parisian nobility deeply opposed to the move, Louis is faced with negotiating a dangerous cycle of lies, deceit and vicious political manoeuvrings as he attempts to exert his authority.
Where to Invade Next (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Documentary Dir. Michael Moore Run time: 120 mins Just in time for election season, America’s favourite political provocateur, Michael Moore, is back with his new film, Where to Invade Next. Honoured by festivals and critics groups alike, Where to Invade Next is an expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy in which the Academy Award®-winning director confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places. The creator of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine has returned with an epic movie that’s unlike anything he has done before - an eye-opening call to arms to capture the American Dream and restore it in, of all places, America.
WWE: Attitude Era Vol. 3: Unreleased (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Run time: 410 mins Are you ready? Then give me a ‘hell yeah!’ Relive one of the greatest periods in sports-entertainment history with The WWE Attitude Era Unreleased Volume 3. This released contains even more attitude and features over 8 hours of exclusive never-before-seen matches and moments featuring: STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN, THE ROCK, UNDERTAKER, TRIPLE H, SHAWN MICHAELS, BRET ‘HIT MAN’ HART, MICK FOLEY and all your favourite Attitude Era Superstars! Also includes matches with: OWEN HART, GOLDDUST, BRITISH BULLDOG, SYCHO SID, ULTIMATE WARRIOR, NATION OF DOMINATION, BIG SHOW, THE DUDLEY BOYZ, LEGION OF DOOM & MORE!
11.22.63 (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: James Franco, Sarah Gadon, George MacKay Run time: 422 mins On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy was killed, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Take a journey to find out in the genre-busting 11.22.63, an epic new nine-hour event series from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions (Person of Interest, Fringe, Lost), acclaimed international author Stephen King, executive producer/ writer Bridget Carpenter (The Red Road, Parenthood, Friday Night Lights) and Warner Bros. Television. Additionally, Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play) will direct and executive produce the first two hours of the series. Based upon the bestselling novel written by King and starring a terrific ensemble cast embodying deeply complex characters, 11.22.63 hurtles viewers deep into the unpredictable darkness of the American dream. James Franco stars as Jake Epping, a high school teacher at a loss with his life, who wants to make a difference and do something meaningful. Encouraged by his ailing friend (Chris Cooper), Jake journeys back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The story transports audiences into the world of 1960s Texas as Jake explores the multiple mysteries surrounding the alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. But Jake’s mission faces threats not only from Oswald, but from Sadie, a beautiful librarian he falls in love with, and from the Past itself... which doesn’t want to be changed. And if the Past doesn’t want to be changed, it will push back -- often violently. With something for everyone, this edge-of-your seat mystery offers an epic and emotional thrill ride unlike any other.
Alvinnn!!! And the Chipmunks: Season 1 Volume 2: Back to School (U) (DVD) Cast (voices): Ross Bagdasarian Jr, Janice Karman, Vanessa Chambers Collection of 14 episodes from the children’s animated series following the adventures of Alvin, Simon (voice of Ross Bagdasarian Jr.) and Theodore (Janice Karman), three chipmunk brothers who are musically gifted. Single parent Dave (Bagdasarian Jr.) struggles to raise the mischievous chipmunks who are
often getting up to no good. The three spend much of their time with their friends Brittany, Jeanette (Karman) and Eleanor (Vanessa Chambers), singers who are collectively known as The Chipettes. The episodes are: ‘Talking Teddy’, ‘Principal Interest’, ‘Albrittina’, ‘Simon for President’, ‘To Serve and Protect’, ‘Kickin’ It Old School’, ‘Clowning Around’, ‘Bully for You’, ‘The Tree House’, ‘Saving Simon’, ‘Back to School’, ‘Bromance’, ‘Theozilla’ and ‘Doggone It’.
Boy Meets Girl Series 2 (12) (DVD) Cast: Denise Welch, Rebecca Root, Harry Hepple, Nigel Betts, Jonny Dixon Run time: 180 mins All six episodes from the second series of the British comedy drama starring Harry Hepple and Rebecca Root. When recently-fired 26-year-old Leo (Hepple) gets stood up on a blind date, he unexpectedly meets an interesting older, transgender woman called Judy (Root). After the pair form an immediate connection and win over the support of their families, they move in to Judy’s mum Peggy (Janine Duvitski)’s house together. In this series, Leo is offered a job in London, Judy’s sister Jackie (Lizzie Roper) and her new boyfriend join the family in living at Peggy’s and Pam (Denise Welch) battles a pest infestation at her salon.
Brief Encounters Series 1 (12) (DVD) Cast: Sophie Rundle, Angela Griffin, Sharon Rooney, Penelope Wilton Run time: 184 mins With a touch of glamour, gutsy humour and an overwhelming desire to improve their lot in life, four women in early ‘80s Sheffield juggle the pressures of family, husbands and making ends meet, striving for happiness and fulfillment. A chance meeting between Steph (Sophie Rundle Peaky Blinders) and Nita (Angela Griffin Lewis) kick starts a transformation as they grasp the opportunity to become Ann Summers party organisers. Pauline (Penelope Wilton Downton Abbey), for whom Steph is a cleaner, agrees to host a party, inviting amongst others the bubbly and confident Dawn (Sharon Rooney, My Mad Fat Diary). Via exotic lingerie the four unlikely friends blossom, gaining confidence and independence as their ambition is ignited.
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Conversation Piece (18) (Blu-ray and DVD Double Play) Cast: Burt Lancaster, Helmut Berger, Silvana Mangano, Claudia Cardinale, Dominique Sanda Dir. Luchino Visconti Run time: 120 mins
in Costner. When CIA agent Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is killed his thoughts and skills are transferred into the mind of Jericho Stewart (Costner), a volatile death-row inmate, so details of his unfinished mission can be uncovered. Jericho, tormented by an array of memories and flashbacks, struggles under the pressure of Bill’s boss Quaker Wells (Gary Oldman) and goes rogue. The cast also includes Tommy Lee Jones and Gal Gadot.
Danger Mouse: Quark Games
Burt Lancaster stars in Luchino Visconti’s heartfelt tale of loneliness and intimacy Eleven years after The Leopard, the revered Italian maestro Luchino Visconti reteamed with the iconic Burt Lancaster on the lavish Conversation Piece [Gruppo di famiglia in un interno]. A retired American professor (Lancaster) lives a solitary and luxurious life in a house in Rome. His world takes an unexpected turn when he is forced to rent part of his house to a countess and her companions: a lover, a daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend. Forced into interaction with the unruly younger group, the professor’s growing fascination begins to stir the possibilities of a life he had previously kept at arm’s length. A sumptuous, grandly enjoyable chamber drama with a wry sense of humour, Conversation Piece features an international ensemble cast including Helmut Berger, Silvana Mangano and Stefano Patrizi (with uncredited cameos by Claudia Cardinale and Dominique Sanda). The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Visconti’s penultimate film in a new dual-format edition from a brand new 2K restoration.
(U) (DVD) Cast (voices): Alexander Armstrong, Stephen Fry, Dave Lamb Join the world’s greatest secret agent Danger Mouse, and his sidekick Penfold, on a death defying journey as they fi ght for their lives on an alien planet in super villain Quark’s latest money spinning event: The Quark Games! Plus 8 other incredible adventures. Featuring an all-star voice cast including Alexander Armstrong as Danger Mouse, Kevin Eldon as Penfold, Stephen Fry as Colonel K, Shauna MacDonald as Professor Squawkencluck and Dave Lamb as The Narrator.
Fairy Tail Part 10 (PG)
• 1080p transfer of the film from a brand new 2K restoration • Features both the original English language soundtrack and the Italian dub track that was produced at the same time • Optional English SDH (for the English track) and optional English subtitles for the Italian track • Interview with critic and screenwriter Alessandro Bencivenni • Trailer • PLUS: Booklet featuring a new essay by Pasquale Iannone.
Criminal (15) (Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Alice Eve, Gary Oldman, Kevin Costner Dir. Ariel Vromen Run time: 113 mins Ariel Vromen directs this action thriller starring Kev-
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Anime Dir. Shinji Ishidaira Run time: 300 mins The masters of magic have converged on a remote island, where Natsu and his teammates go head-to-head with Grimoire Heart, a dark guild led by one Fairy Tails former masters. Revelations from the past and long-buried secrets continue to come to light as Cana is granted a sacred new spell, and an excommunicated guildmate makes an unexpected return. If Fairy Tail has any hope of defeating their diabolical opponents, theyre going to have to combine all their powers and work together like never before. But as curses start to fly between wizards, the real danger might come from Zeref, a legendary dealer of death whose devilish plans for the future could bring an end to this golden age of magic. Contains episodes 109 -120 with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles. Extras: Actor Commentaries • Marketing a Fairy Tail • Textless Songs • Trailers
Guernica (15) (DVD) Cast: James D’Arcy, Maria Valverde, Burn Gorman, Jack Davenport Dir. Koldo Serra Run time: 96 mins 1937 Spain: lines are being drawn, sides are being chosen… and the world will never be the same. As the citizens of the village of Guernica live with the day-to-day realities of the Civil War, an American journalist (James D’Arcy) secretly joins forces with a local press-office censor (María Valverde) to work against the stringent restrictions that are becoming more common. But everything changes when German forces attack the town, and the freedom of the press becomes a vital weapon. Based on the historical events of the bombing that set the stage for World War II.
Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East Season 1 (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast (voices): Tetsuya Kakihara, Satoshi Hino Dir. Mitsue Yamazaki Run time: 325 mins All 13 episodes from the first season of the Japanese anime following the survivors of a plague. Five years previously a plague wiped out all but three villagers in Otsuka. The survivors are Shino (voice of Tetsuya Kakihara), Sosuke (Satoshi Hino) and Hamaji (Ayahi Takagaki). In the present day, the Imperial Church seeks out Shino to obtain a living sword spirit he holds inside his right arm. When Shino does not cooperate with the Church Hamaji is abducted and he and Sosuke go on a quest to save her. The episodes are: ‘Boundary’, ‘Demonic Human’, ‘Demon Hunter’, ‘Homecoming’, ‘Divine Protection’, ‘Perquisite’, ‘Promise’, ‘Encounter’, ‘Guard’, ‘Lonely Figure’, ‘Avatar’, ‘Price Paid’ and ‘Karma’.
Last of the Summer Wine Series 31 and 32 (12) (DVD) Cast: Russ Abbot, Burt Kwouk, Brian Murphy Bonus Feature: Exclusive pilot episode
La Ronde (PG) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Anton Walbrook, Simone Signoret, Serge Reg-
giani, Simone Simon, Daniel Gelin Dir. Max Ophuls Run time: 89 mins Max Ophuls` wonderful adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s play won a BAFTA for Best Film as well as two Oscar nominations. Starring Simone Signoret, Simone Simon and Anton Walbrook as the enigmatic master of ceremonies who guides us through a series of amorous encounters in 1900`s Vienna. A soldier (Serge Reggiani) meets an eager young lady of the night and later has an affair with a young lady, who becomes a maid who then has an affair with the young master of the house. The young man then seduces a married woman and on and on spins on the gay carousel of romantic life...
Lazer Team Director’s Cut (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Gavin Free, Alan Ritchson, Allie DeBarry, Burnie Burns, Colton Dunn Dir. Matt Hullum Run time: 102 mins MANKIND’S HOUR NEEDS OUR BRIGHTEST TEAM
When four small-town losers stumble across an alien crash site containing an incredible battle suit, they soon find themselves responsible for the fate of the entire planet. With this new alien equipment genetically bound to them, and the government hot on their heels, the foursome have no choice but to work together as one to save humanity. All they have to do is learn to use a strange alien device meant for only one-person, train for a battle against an omnipotent enemy, and not kill each other in the process. They may not be strong, smart, or talented... but they’re Lazer Team. Based on a true event, Lazer Team is directed by Matt Hullum and stars Burnie Burns, Gavin Free, Michael Jones, Allie DeBerry, Colton Dunn and features Alan Ritchson.
Louder Than Bombs (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Ryan, Rachel Brosnahan, Gabriel Byrne, David Strathairn Dir. Joachim Trier Run time: 109 mins Three years after her untimely death, an upcoming exhibition celebrating famed war photographer Isabelle Reed brings her eldest son Jonah back to the family home, forcing him to spend more time with his father Gene and withdrawn younger brother Conrad than he has in years. With the three of them under the same roof, Gene HOME MOVIE : SFF
tries desperately to connect with his two sons, but they struggle to reconcile their feelings about the woman they remember so differently. A funny and poignant drama starring Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne and Isabelle Huppert.
Men & Chicken (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, david Dencik Run time: 100 mins Upon their father s passing Elias (Mads Mikkelsen) and Gabriel (David Dencik) are shocked to find out that they are adopted. Despite their differences and dislike for one another, Elias and Gabriel grudgingly decide to seek out their natural father and set out to the remote island where he lives. Meanwhile, a surprise awaits Elias and Gabriel there. Surrounded by the island s many odd personalities, Elias and Gabriel discover a most paralysing, yet liberating truth about themselves and their family.
Microwave Massacre (15) (Blu-ray and DVD Double Play) Cast: Jackie Vernon Dir. Wayne Berwick Run time: 76 mins THEY CAME FOR DINNER... TO FIND THEY WERE IT!!
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing • Brand new audio commentary with writer-producer Craig Muckler, moderated by Mike Tristano • My Microwave Massacre Memoirs - brand new making-of featurette including interviews with Muckler, director Wayne Berwick and actor Loren Schein • Trailer • Original treatment and 8-page synopsis (BD/DVD-ROM content) • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter
Misconduct (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino Dir. Shintaro Shimosawa Run time: 106 mins Appearing together for the first time, Hollywood legends Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins, star alongside Josh Duhamel, Alice Eve, Julia Stiles and Malin Akerman in this action thriller. An ambitious lawyer takes on a big case and finds himself caught in a power struggle between a corrupt pharmaceutical executive and his firm’s senior partner. When the case takes a deadly turn he finds himself sinking deep into a sea of blackmail and corruption, and must race to uncover the truth before he loses everything.
Microwave Massacre stars legendary stand-up comedian and actor Jackie Vernon as Donald, a disgruntled construction worker whose wife s predilection for haute cuisine drives him to cannibalism.
The Musketeers Series 3 (15)
Donald unwittingly stumbles upon a solution to his two major problems in his life his nagging wife and his lack of decent meals when, one night, he bludgeons his better half to death with a pepper grinder in a drunken rage. Thinking on his feet, Donald dismembers the body and sets about microwaving the remains, which turn out to be rather delicious. Trouble is, now he has a taste for human flesh that needs satisfying...
Cast: Tom Burke, Santiago Cabrera, Howard Charles, Alexandra Dowling, Ryan Gage Dirs. Adrian Hodges, Simon Allen, Simon Ashford Run time: 555 min
Eschewing all notions of good taste, Wayne Berwick’s Microwave Massacre is a deliciously depraved exercise in political incorrectness that has gone on to gain a cult following thanks to a characteristically deadpan performance from Vernon, who delivers such choice lines as I’m so hungry I could eat a whore. Vegetarians need not apply! Director-approved special edition contents: • Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations Original mono audio (uncompressed
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A country at war. A city in crisis. Heroes on the battlefield, the Musketeers return from the Spanish front to a Paris seething with resentment, a city on the brink of starvation. The corrupt Governor Feron has been running the capital for his own ends, aided by the brutal Red Guard. But behind Feron hides an even greater menace. Lucien Grimaud is a vicious gangster with a powerful hold over the governor. While Feron might be reasoned with, Grimaud deals only in chaos and rage. Ordered to the heart of this simmering crisis, the Musketeers must face their most treacherous test yet. It’s a task that
will challenge their allegiances to the crown, throw their personal lives into turmoil and compromise their loyalty to those they love – and to each other.
Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn (15)
Run time: 3415 mins All seven series of the US teen comedy drama. Sabrina Spellman (Melissa Joan Hart) lives with her two otherworldly aunts, Hilda (Caroline Rhea) and Zelda (Beth Broderick), along with Salem, their talking black cat (voice of Nick Bakay). The Witches Council long ago ordered her aunts to teach Sabrina witchcraft once she turned 16. Along the way, she gets into many scrapes while figuring out how certain spells work and struggling to keep her secret from her friends.
(DVD) Cast: Ice T, Ja Rule, Armand Assante, Vincent Pastore, William DeMed Dir. Paul Borghese Run time: 110 mins After serving several prison sentences, Bobby Baldano is out. Craving a life of inescapable crime, but desperate to honour his family, Bobby must decide whether to make his family proud or destroy what generations of Baldanos have built before him. A twist ending reveals what truths Bobby always knew but was too afraid to face: Wrong turn, Wrong choices, Wrong guy.
Only Yesterday (English Version) (PG) (Blu-ray and DVD Double Play) Cast (voices): Daisy Ridley, Dev Patel Dir. Isao Takahata Run time: 119 mins Japanese anime from Studio Ghibli featuring the voice talents of Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel. 27-year-old Taeko (Ridley) embarks on a holiday to the country and reminiscences about her childhood, recalling the major events that shaped her life into what it is now. In the present, she longs for a change in her humdrum life as an office worker in Tokyo, and when she arrives at her relatives’ farm she finds herself attracted to an earnest young farmer. As Taeko flips between the past and the present she realises that she must make important decisions to ensure her future happiness.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch: The Complete Enchanted Collection (PG) (DVD) Cast: Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick, Jenna Leigh Green, Nate Richert
Scream at the Devil (15) (DVD) Cast: Shari Shattuck, Jane Park-Smith, Eric Etebari Dir. Joseph P. Stachura Run time: 90 mins A beautiful schizophrenic woman is pushed over the edge by her husband’s illicit affairs, and when her hallucinations become reality the Devil comes to take his due. Is Miriam insane or has the Devil come to collect on her promise?
Sicario (15) (4K Blu-ray) Cast: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin Dir. Dennis Villeneuve Run time: 121 mins Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin star in this action thriller from director Denis Villeneuve. FBI agent Kate Macer (Blunt) is recruited by government official Matt Graver (Brolin) to join a team, led by mysterious consultant Alejandro (Del Toro), on a secret mission to bring down a drug lord in Mexico. The operation is fraught with danger and Kate finds herself forced to reconsider what she stands for as she tries to successfully complete the mission and make it out alive... The film was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Cinematography and Best Original Score (Jóhann Jóhannsson).
Spitting Image Series 12 (15) (DVD) Cast: Rory Bremner, Steve Coogan, Jan Ravens, David Baddiel, Pamela Stephenson Dir. Bob Cousins, Peter Harris, Andy de Emmony Run time: 150 mins HOME MOVIE : SFF
A milestone in television comedy, Spitting Image lifted satire to a new level through the 1980s and ‘90s. No target was safe from its gunsights: politicians of all persuasions, even the Royal Family and the qPope could find themselves up for a ribbing on any given programme.
In the two short films, The City Tramp and The Little Chaos (heavily influenced by Jean-Luc Godard s Bande à part), we find Fassbinder in search of an identity. In the two features, Love is Colder Than Death and Katzelmacher, he begins to discover it.
BAFTA-nominated many times, Spitting Image won a Bronze medal at the Montreux TV festival in 1984, firmly establishing its success for over a decade. Packed with more wickedly witty sketches and spoof songs, this complete twelfth series employs the vocal talents of Rory Bremner, Steve Coogan, Jan Ravens, David Baddiel, Pamela Stephenson and Alistair McGowan among many others.
Dedicated to Claude Chabrol, Éric Rohmer, Jean-Marie Straub and the main characters from Spaghetti Western A Bullet for the General, Love is Colder Than Death is a playful crime picture, heavily indebted to the nouvelle vague. Katzelmacher is more in line with Fassbinder s stage efforts, a character study and mini-melodrama in which the dynamic between a group of friends is radically altered by the arrival of an immigrant worker.
In this series Maggie finally loses her sanity, Stephen Fry’s house goes up in flames, Wogan has brain surgery, Hercule Poirot investigates a fight in a pub, and John Major gets home just in time to stop Norma reading his goodbye note...
Special edition contents • Brand new 4K restoration of the films from original camera negatives • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations
The Ambassador: Complete Collection (15) (DVD) Cast: Pauline Collins, Denis Lawson, Peter Egan, Owen Roe, Tom Connolly Run time: 650 mins Harriet Smith (Pauline Collins), the new British ambassador to Ireland, desperately wants to make her mark in this historically difficult posting and try to put the tragic murder of her husband behind her. Harriet wants to be just and fair in her dealings with the Irish government and to try to make the relationship between the two governments less adversarial in nature. However, the situation is made considerably worse for her and her trusted assistant, John Stone (Denis Lawson), by her son Nate who refuses to accept the consequences of her new ambassadorial role and still blames her for his father’s death.
The Early Works of Rainer Werner Fassbinder (15) (Blu-ray) Cast: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Ulli Lommel, Hanna Schygulla Dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder Run time: 176 mins The Early Works of Rainer Werner Fassbinder brings together all of the German director s surviving works from the 1960s plus a documentary portrait examining his earliest days as a filmmaker.
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• Original uncompressed PCM mono audio • Optional English subtitles • Two early short films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder from 1966, The Little Chaos and The City Tramp • Newly-filmed interview with actor Ulli Lommel on Love is Colder Than Death • End of the Commune?, Joachim von Mengershausen s 1970 documentary portrait of Fassbinder and his troupe including rare footage of his actors rehearsing and Love is Colder Than Death s premiere at the 1969 Berlin Film Festival • Original theatrical trailer for Katzelmacher
The Expendables 3 (15) (4K Blu-ray) Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Jet Li Dir. Patrick Hughes Run time: 126 mins Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Arnold Schwarzenegger reprise their roles in this action sequel. Barney Ross (Stallone) comes face-to-face with old nemesis Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), with whom he originally formed the group of mercenaries known as the Expendables. However, when Stonebanks turned into a dangerous arms trader, Barney had no choice but to take him out and believed him to be dead - until now. With some new, younger additions to his team, Barney once again confronts Stonebanks but will the mission be a success this time? The ensemble cast also includes Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, Randy Couture, Harrison Ford and Kelsey Grammer.
The Fostering (15) (DVD) Cast: Pedro Caetano, Pedro Carvalho, Mariana Cortines Dirs. Rodrigo Gasparini, Dante Vescio Run time: 80 mins Three teenagers go visit a friend at his old farmhouse for the weekend. What they didn’t expect was to be stuck in the middle of a centenary war between good and evil.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War (12) (Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt Dir. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan Run time: 109 mins The Huntsman, four dwarves, and his longthought-dead wife go on a quest to keep two evil queen sisters from finding the Mirror and gaining the power to rule the world.
The Return of Rubén Blades (E) (Blu-ray) Documentary Dir. Robert Mugge Run time: 82 mins “Robert Mugge is a filmmaker with a music critic’s sensibility. His good taste in subjects is matched by the subtle way in which he lets his movies reveal all the music that fits. The result is filmmaking that informs and entertains, and in the age of overblown music videos and the blatantly artful hard sell of music, Mugge’s movies are a relief to watch. For salsa fans, THE RETURN OF RUBEN BLADES is a mustsee. Politicos looking for a credible and humane view on the fire down below our borders, and people interested in the evolving dynamics of pop culture will likewise find engaging ideas and insights in Mugge’s most recent effort... a refreshing portrait of an artist with a demonstrative grace and an irresistible beat. Listening to Blades discuss his work and then seeing him perform it onstage with his band is a lesson in humility, courage and musicianship. He’s an immensely likeable person...a movie natural.
What finally emerges in THE RETURN OF RUBEN BLADES is not really a platform for political insight or a profile of the heir apparent to the Latin music traditions of Machito, Tito Puente, and Ray Barretto. The film certainly is ripe with both, but there’s a larger, more passionate statement to be made. Mugge’s affectionate and smart movie is a vision shared by two soulmates who believe the world can be discovered and better understood through music.” - Martin Keller, TWIN CITIES READER (Minneapolis/St. Paul)
The Wave (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Kristoffer Joner, Thomas Bo Larsen, Fridtjov Såheim, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Offebro Dir. Roar Uthaug Run time: 105 mins Roar Uthaug directs this Norwegian disaster drama starring Kristoffer Joner and Thomas Bo Larsen. When a huge rockslide occurs just outside the sleepy, tourist village of Geiranger the rocks tumbling into the fjord below causes an 80-metre tsunami to head right for the villagers. As they prepare to move out of Geiranger with their two kids, geologist Kristian Eikfjord (Joner) and his wife Idun (Ane Dahl Torp) find themselves with ten minutes to evacuate their home before the imminent disaster strikes. The family and their fellow villagers flee to the safety of the nearby mountains while Kristian, who anticipated the landslide, tries to protect his family as best he can
Vigilante Diaries (15) (DVD) Dir. Christian Sesma Run time: 103 mins The film revolves around a team of black-ops agents turned crime-fighters, led by a brooding anti-hero, known only as “The Vigilante.” These jam-packed missions of rescue and revenge take us from the mega-mansions and underbelly of Los Angeles to far away places like Iraq, Armenia, Russia, and The United Kingdom to introduce us to a cast of colourful, dangerous, and hilarious characters. From Beverly Hills filmmaker Mike Hanover, to a trio of Asian femme fatales, to ruthless Armenian mobsters, and at the top, a pair of deep cover super spies, hell bent on throwing the world into chaos.
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Arabian Nights 1,2,3 (15) DVD Cast: Crista Alfaiate, Dinarte Branco, Carloto Cotta, Adriano Luz, Rogério Samora Dir. Miguel Gomes Run time: 377 mins Volume 1 The Restless One: After opening with overlapping documentary portraits of a shipyard and a wasp-exterminator, the director appears on screen, contemplating his overly ambitious undertaking. From here, Gomes spins a satirical tale about the financial powers-that-be preying on Portugal s vulnerability. Next up is the comic story of the role a rooster plays in a local election, followed by a sobering triptych of interviews with unemployed citzens. Volume 2 The Desolate One: The volume’s opening chapter is about a criminal on the run. In The Tears of the Judge, a public trial becomes a mockery, with the testimony implicating everyone in attendance. Finally, The Desolate One ends on an exhilarating note, with a hugely entertaining story about a dog named Dixie who s passed between owners, familiarizing us with the inhabitants of a working-class apartment building. Volume 3 The Enchanted One: Having escaped the palace, Scheherazade explores a seaside landscape where she encounters, among others, a wind genie and a daft suitor. This segues into a documentary-style exploration of the working-class sport of chaffinch singing competitions. Movingly and unexpectedly, the last gesture of Arabian Nights is to scale back its scope and provide a disarmingly modest and poignant grace note on which one of contemporary cinema s new masterpieces can close.’ (Vancouver Film Festival Catalogue) “
Assassination Classroom: Season 1 Part 2 (15)
ger beaver prove to be a quick study in killing, he or she will save Earth from extinction and collect a hefty reward. But theyd better take some serious notes while class is in session because their slaughtering sensei has eight deadly tentacles just waiting to wreak havoc on humanity! Contains episodes 12 - 22 with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles. Extras: Collectors Packaging
Ben-Hur (12) Blu-ray and DVD Cast: Adrian Bouchet, Jonno Davies Dir. Mark Atkins Run time: 89 mins In 171 A.D., young gladiator, Ben-Hur, is mercilessly enslaved to Rome. After years of torture, he escapes the evil clutches of his captors. Now on the run, he finds his escape could be short-lived as mercenaries are sent in pursuit. In his attempt to remain hidden, he finds himself caught in a fight between a local village and the mighty powers of Rome. No longer able to walk away, he helps train the villagers for the ultimate battle of survival. Starring Adrian Bouchet, (Clash of the Titans, Alien vs. Predator) and Jonno Davies, (Kingsman: Secret Service), Ben-Hur is a high-impact tale of epic proportions…
Blaze and the Monster Machines: High Speed Adventures (U) (DVD) Run time: 85 mins LET’S BLAAAZE INTO 4 HIGH-SPEE D R ACES WITH THE MONSTER MACHINES! Help Blaze and AJ use adhesion to stop Zeg from bouncing away, and acceleration to get Darington to the Stuntmania Super Track. Plus, win a sailboat race with the right parts and wind power, and even team up with Pickle for Team Truck Challenge Day! Includes: The bouncy tires • Stuntmania! • Epic sail • The team truck challenge
(Blu-ray and DVD) Dir. Seiji Kishi Run time: 275 mins Forget about homework and pop quizzes. The students of Class 3E have a far more important assignment: kill their teacher before the end of the year! A tentacled sensei that moves at Mach 20 is out to conquer the classroom after destroying seventy percent of the moon. In addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic, the murderous monster behind the lectern will teach his students everything he knows about the assassination game. Should some ea-
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Bridget Jones 1 & 2 Double (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones Dirs. Sharon Maguire, Beeban Kidron Run time: 205 mins Double-bill
based on the Helen Fielding novels. In ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ we are introduced to Bridget (Renee Zellweger). She’s the 1990s British everywoman: single, weight-obsessed, and very probably drunk on mid-price white wine. Her life goes from middling to worse when she embarks on a doomed affair with silver-tongued boss Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant). In the background lurks a literal Mr Darcy (Colin Firth), a seemingly cold lawyer who keeps crossing Bridget’s path but whose precise intentions seem hard for her to divine. All the while Bridget records her lurches across life’s highway in the eponymous diary, as an attempt to take control of her tragi-comic life. In Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, having finally found the perfect man in gorgeous lawyer Mark Darcy, 30-something ex-singleton Bridget Jones is now faced with the even bigger challenge of keeping him. When her self-doubts return and her womanising ex-lover Daniel Cleaver reappears uninvited, Bridget gets entangled in a comic mix of bad advice, miscommunications and total disasters that could only happen to her.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 3 (12) (DVD) Cast: Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio All 23 episodes from the third season of the award-winning American comedy series set in the fictional 99th Precinct in Brooklyn. Andy Samberg stars as NYPD Detective Jake Peralta, a talented but immature recruit with the highest arrest rate in the precinct. New Captain Seth Dozerman (Bill Hader) arrives in the precinct and causes a stir with his dedication to maximum efficiency, while Jake and Amy (Melissa Fumero) assess the consequences of declaring their feelings for one another. The episodes are: ‘New Captain’, ‘The Funeral’, ‘Boyle’s Hunch’, ‘The Oolong Slayer’, ‘Halloween III’, ‘Into the Woods’, ‘The Mattress’, ‘Ava’, ‘The Swedes’, ‘Yippie Kayak’, ‘Hostage Situation’, ‘9 Days’, ‘The Cruise’, ‘Karen Peralta’, ‘The 9-8’, ‘House Mouses’, ‘Adrian Pimento’, ‘Cheddar’, ‘Terry Kitties’, ‘Paranoia’, ‘Maximum Security’, ‘Bureau’ and ‘Greg and Larry’.
viving townsfolk join them to bravely fight back against the ravenous zombies, as humour and horror combine for a thrilling showdown.
Cry of the City (12) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Richard Conte, Victor Mature Dir. Robert Siodmak Run time: 96 mins A masterpiece of law and disorder, Robert Siodmak’s film noir classic depicts a timeless battle of good versus evil on the streets of New York. Charismatic criminal, Martin Rome (Richard Conte) is on the run from Lieutenant Candella (Victor Mature), a dogged cop and one-time friend. The two nemeses go head-tohead in a tense game of cat and mouse, leading to a dramatic showdown. Insolent, menacing yet darkly charming, Conte is magnificent, whilst Mature gives a career best performance as the unsettlingly obsessed detective. Cry of the City boasts a glorious gallery of shady figures, from a lawyer oozing corruption to a memorably sadistic masseuse, whilst the film’s steely realism is enhanced by flourishes of noir stylisation, anticipating the films of Martin Scorsese. Special features: • Presented in High Definition • Original theatrical trailer • Audio commentary with Adrian Martin • Adrian Wootton on Cry of the City (2016): a newly filmed appreciation by the critic and chief executive of Film London • Fully illustrated booklet with credits and newly commissioned essays
Early Murnau – Five Films (PG) (Blu-ray Box Set)
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Cast: Emil Jannings Dir. F.W. Murnau Run time: 433 mins
Five masterpieces from one of the finest directors of the silent era on Blu-ray for the first time in the world, in one deluxe boxed set!
Cast: Greg Bronson, Jarod Anderson, Jean Paul Turgeon Dir. Paul Winters Run time: 75 mins It’s 1870 in Arizona, and Marshal Wilcox and his troop find themselves besieged by the living dead. The sur-
One of the most influential and revered figures in all of cinema, Friedrich Wilheim Murnau came to prominence in the first half of the 1920s with a diverse string of productions ranging from buoyant satire to swirling psychological drama. Five key works are presented here: Schloß Vogelöd,
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Phantom, Die Finanzen des Großherzogs(The Grand Duke’s Finances), Der Letzte Mann (The Last Laugh) and Tartuffe. In the sinister mystery Schloß Vogelöd, terrible secrets from the past threaten a group of aristocrats’ gathering at a country manor. In the delirious Phantom, an aspiring poet’s chance encounter with a beautiful woman leads into obsession and deception. The delightful Die Finanzen des Großherzogs sees a rakish-but-impoverished duke setting out to rebuild his fortune via blissfully comic high adventure on the Mediterranean coast. In Der Letzte Mann, one of the undisputed masterpieces of the silent era, Emil Janningsgives an overwhelming performance as a hotel porter with dreams of a higher station in life, and was a stylistic breakthrough for both Murnau and cinema in general. Finally, the slyly satiric Tartuffe features Jannings as Molière’s iconic creation in a morality tale film-within-a-film as only Murnau could conceive. This collection features new high-definition transfers of all five films from the finest archival elements, all on Blu-ray for the first time in a special edition three-disc set.
Touros’. Will Charlotte, Gary and Marnie rival Aphrodite by remaining true to their partners back home? Will Scott and Aaron continue their eternal mission to pull a goddess? Find out if it’s odyssey or idiocy as our very own immortals get mortal! Bonus Content: Behind-the-Scenes • Deleted Scenes • Interviews with the Cast • A Geordie Shore Xmas Message
Great American Railroad Journeys Series 1 (12) (DVD) Cast: Michael Portillo Dir. Alison Kreps Run time: 450 mins
• Original German-language intertitles with newly translated optional English-language subtitles on all films
A companion to the phenomenally successful Great British Railway Journeys, this series sees Michael Portillo swapping his treasured copy of Bradshaw’s handbook for its Stateside counterpart an 1879 edition of Appleton’s Guidebook to the railroads of America and Canada.
• What Will You Be Tomorrow? A new video essay by filmmaker and critic David Cairns
This three DVD set features fifteen episodes covering two different journeys:
• The Language of the Shadows: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau and His Films, a 31-minute video piece by Luciano Berriatúa on the early works of Murnau
• New York City to Niagra Falls
Special features: • New high-definition presentations of all five films, created by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung • Uncompressed PCM audio on all five scores
• Audio commentary by film scholar David Kalat on The Grand Duke’s Finances • The Making of The Last Laugh, a 41-minute documentary by Murnau expert Luciano Berriatúa • Tartuffe: The Lost Film, a 37-minute documentary by Berriatúa • PLUS: A 100-page book featuring writing by Charles Jameux, Lotte H. Eisner, Janet Bergstrom, Tony Rayns, and archival imagery
Geordie Shore Series 11 (18)
• Phildaelphia to Jamestown Michael takes two journeys traversing the north-east of the United States: the first takes him across New York State, from New York City to a birds-eye view of Niagara Falls via the state capital, Albany; on his second journey he crosses the mid-Atlantic states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, travelling from Philadelphia to Jamestown via Washington, D.C. Along the way he takes in Broadway, Ellis Island the gateway to America for millions of immigrants during the late 19th century the future World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the Military Academy at West Point, and Sleepy Hollow; he crosses the world’s longest footbridge and visits the birthplace of the Mormon Church, hears the stories of African Slaves and visits the sites of battles that shaped the nation during the American Civil War before reaching the lands colonised by the earliest British settlers.
(DVD) Cast: Charlotte-Letitia Crosby, Gary Beadle, Holly Hagan, Scott Timlin Run time: 425 mins The Geordies are back and this time they’re going Greek! Get ready for plates to smash in the Herculean complete 11th series, as our party Gods and Goddesses take on Greece! Will it be fun in the sun or will the drama continue? It’s an epic journey, as the squad ditches jagerbombs for ouzo and ‘Tash on Tours’ becomes ‘Tashos 66
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Jane Got a Gun (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor, Rodrigo Santoro, Noah Emmerich Dir. Gavin O’Connor Run time: 98 mins Young mother Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman)
finds herself in a gang’s cross-hairs once again when her husband, Bill “Ham” Hammond (Noah Emmerich) stumbles home riddled with bullets after duelling with the ‘Bishop Boys’ and their malicious leader, Colin (Ewan McGregor). With the vengeful crew hot on Ham’s trail, Jane has nowhere to turn but to her former fiancée Dan Frost (Joel Edgerton) for help in defending her home against invasion. Jane’s survival depends on the man she once loved, but soon she must discover her own inner strength to defend her family.
Knight of Cups (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas Dir. Terrence Malick Run time: 118 mins Rick is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles trying to make sense of the strange events around him. While successful in his career, his life feels empty. Haunted by the death of one brother and the dire circumstances of the other, he finds temporary solace in the decadent Hollywood excess that defines his existence. Women provide a distraction to the daily pain he must endure, and every encounter that comes his way brings him closer to finding his place in the world. From Terrence Malick, the visionary director of The Tree of Life and To The Wonder, and starring Academy Award winners* Christian Bale (The Big Short, The Fighter, The Dark Knight Rises), Cate Blanchett (Carol, Blue Jasmine) and Natalie Portman (Black Swan, Thor) comes a stunning meditation on love, fate and fame.
Limitless Season 1 (15) (DVD) Cast: Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter Dirs. Bradley Cooper, Craig Sweeny Run time: 902 mins After an old friend introduces him to a dangerous new pill called NZT-48, aimless twenty-something Brian Finch (Jake McDorman) is able to use every part of his brain, making him the smartest person alive when he is on the drug. Utilizing his enhanced abilities, Brian helps FBI agent Rebecca Harris (Jennifer Carpenter, Dexter) with her caseload, as well as attempting to track down the deadly drug’s manufacturer and figure out why Brian is the only person immune to its fatal side effects. Making matters more complicated is the involvement of mysterious U.S. Senator Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper, American Sniper), who may have more at stake than expected. Based on the hit movie, this action-packed first season continues the film’s pulse-pounding story and never lets up!
Miles Ahead (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Don Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Keith Stanfield Dir. Don Cheadle Run time: 100 mins Don Cheadle directs and stars as Miles Davis in this biopic about the influential jazz musician. The film begins in the late 1970s during a dark and troubled time of Davis’s life in which, after giving up performing, he mostly lived as a recluse in his Upper West Side apartment in New York. When insistent reporter Dave Brill (Ewan McGregor) from Rolling Stone magazine knocks on his door seeking an interview, Davis grants him his request and takes him on a mission to recover a new session tape from his label bosses at Columbia Records. During their quest, Davis reminisces over significant events from his life including his relationship with his first wife Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi) and the higher points of his musical career.
Stalker (PG) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Anatoli Solonitsyn, Nikolai Grinko Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky Run time: 155 mins Deep within the Zone, a bleak and devastated forbidden landscape, lies a mysterious room with the power to grant the deepest wishes of those strong enough to make the hazardous journey there. Desperate to reach it, a scientist and a writer approach the Stalker, one of the few able to navigate the Zone s menacing terrain, and begin a dangerous trek into the unknown. Tarkovsky s second foray into science fiction after Solaris is a surreal and disturbing vision of the future. Hauntingly exploring man s dreams and desires, and the consequences of realising them, Stalker , adapted from Arkady & Boris Sturgatsky s novel Roadside Picnic , has been described as one of the greatest science fiction films of all time.
Sweet Bean (aka ‘an’) (12) (Blu-ray & DVD Dual Format) Cast: Kirin KIKI, Masatoshi NAGASE, Kyara UCHIDA, Miki MIZUNO, Miyoko ASADA Dir. Naomi Kawase Run time: 113 mins One
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claimed figures in modern Japanese cinema, Naomi Kawase followed up her remarkable 2014 film Still the Water with Sweet Bean [An], a small-town drama of culinary redemption, which opened the prestigious Un Certain Regard strain of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Struggling street food vendor Sentaro finds himself confronted with Tokue (Kirin Kiki), an odd but sympathetic elderly lady looking for work. When he reluctantly accepts, it’s not long before Tokue proves to have an extraordinary gift when it comes to making “an” - the sweet red bean paste filling used in his dorayakis - which starts a relationship that is about much more than just street food. With Sweet Bean, Kawase again focuses on people at the periphery of Japanese society and investigates their place in the flow of life itself. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film for the first time in the UK. Special features: • High-definition presentation on the Blu-ray • Optional English subtitles • A new, exclusive video interview with Naomi Kawase • Theatrical trailer • A 32-page booklet featuring a new essay on the film by critic Philip Kemp; an interview and statement from Kawase, and production images
When a young female student is savagely killed in a park during a thunderstorm, the culprit seems obvious: her lover, TV sports personality Alessandro Marchi (Giancarlo Sbragia, Death Rage), seen fleeing the scene of the crime by numerous eyewitnesses. The evidence against him is damning... but is it all too convenient? And when the killer strikes again while Marchi is in custody, it quickly becomes apparent that there s more to the case than meets the eye... Starring 70s heartthrob Helmut Berger (Dorian Gray, The Godfather: Part III) alongside genre mainstays Evelyn Stewart (The Psychic, The Case of the Scorpion s Tail) and Carole André (Colt 38 Special Squad), and featuring a score by Gianni Ferrio (Death Walks at Midnight), The Bloodstained Butterfly is presented uncut and in a sumptuous new 4K restoration that allows this unique and haunting thriller to shine like never before! Special edition contents: • Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
• Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Cast: Rupert Evans, Michael Smiley, Steve Garry Dir. Nick Gillespie Run time: 97 mins
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
The Bloodstained Butterfly (15) (Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format) Cast: Helmut Berger, Evelyn Stewart
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Directed by Duccio Tessari (Death Occurred Last Night, A Pistol for Ringo), The Bloodstained Butterfly melds the lurid giallo traditions popularised by Dario Argento and Mario Bava with courtroom drama, resulting in a film that is as concerned with forensic detail and legal process as it is with grisly murders and audacious set-pieces.
Tank 432 (aka Belly of the Bulldog) (15)
On the run and with nowhere to hide, a group of mercenaries find themselves surrounded by an unidentified enemy. As gunfire hails down and their mysterious pursuers begin to close in, they must keep moving to find safe shelter. The only chance of survival is to hide inside an abandoned tank discovered by inexperienced soldier, Reeves (Rupert Evans, Hell Boy, The Boy, Man in the High Castle). Once holed up inside the tank, they quickly discover the hatch is jammed and there is no way out. As the mercenaries begin their desperate search for anything that may aid their escape, they fall upon a shocking discovery: confidential files on dozens of soldiers; all listed as missing in action. Within those listed, are their own names. As discoveries are made inside the tank and they struggle to keep forces outside at bay, little do they realise the real enemy is already amongst them, locked inside Tank 432
Dir. Duccio Tessari Run time: 99 mins
• Original Italian and English soundtracks in DTS-HD MA mono 1.0
• New audio commentary with critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman • Murder in B-Flat Minor, a new visual essay on the film, its cast and crew by author Troy Howarth • New career retrospective on director Duccio Tessari • Original Italian and English theatrical trailers • Gallery of original promotional images • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin • Limited edition 36-page booklet illustrated by Tonci Zonjic, containing writing by James Blackford, Howard Hughes and Leonard Jacobs
The Colony (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Daniel Brühl, Michael Nyqvist, Emma Watson Dir. Florian Gallenberger Run time: 110 mins Inspired by true events, The Colony tells the harrowing
true story of Lena and Daniel, a young couple, who become entangled in a Chilean cult in 1973. When Daniel is brutally abducted by the military’s secret police, Lena embarks on a desperate search for her boyfriend. She tracks him to Colonia Dignidad an infamous compound run by a sinister preacher with an iron fist, Paul Schäfer. Offering herself up as a follower, Lena decides the only way she can free Daniel is to infiltrate the cult. But can she herself survive Colonia s vicious regime?
cent that it allows astronomers to see the boundaries of our universe. Yet the Atacama Desert climate also keeps human remains intact: pre-Columbian mummies; explorers and miners; and the remains of disappeared political prisoners. Women sift the desert soil for the bones of their loved ones, while archaeologists uncover traces of ancient civilizations and astronomers examine the most distant and oldest galaxies.
The Dam (15)
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Dir. Sohan Roy Run time: 106 mins When a corrupt mayor builds a new dam he doesn t realize he is putting millions of lives at risk. The Dam follows nine characters, including an astrologer who has foreseen their disastrous fate, and as their lives intertwine over a few fatal days families will be torn apart and lives will be lost. Tension builds as the dam cracks, leading to a spectacular, gripping climax that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
The Jungle Book (PG) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba Dir. Jon Favreau Run time: 106 mins The man-cub Mowgli flees the jungle after a threat from the tiger Shere Khan. Guided by Bagheera the panther and the bear Baloo, Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery, though he also meets creatures who don’t have his best interests at heart.
The Pearl Button (12) (DVD) Documentary Dir. Patricio Guzman Run time: 82 mins Master director Patricio Guzmán travels 10,000 feet above sea level to the driest desert on earth for this remarkable documentary. Here, the sky is so translu-
Cast: Katie Holmes, Luke Kirby, Christine Lahti, Griffin Dunne Dir. Paul Dalio Run time: 106 mins Carla and Marco are poets whose art is fuelled by their emotional extremes. When they go off their meds, they end up in the same psychiatric hospital. As the chemistry between them stirs up their emotions, it intensifies their mania. Despite doctors’ and parents’ attempts to separate them, they pursue their beautiful but destructive romance which swings them from fantastical highs to depressive lows, until they have to choose between sanity and love.
Weiner (15) (DVD) Cast: Anthony Weiner Dirs. Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg Run time: 96 mins Many politicians have seen their careers careen off the tracks, but few instances have been captured so completely on film as the incisive and painfully funny Weiner. With unprecedented access to Anthony Weiner, his family, and his campaign team as they mount his New York City mayoral campaign, the film documents the impending political meltdown of epic proportions. What begins as an unexpected comeback from a disgraced ex-congressman takes a sharp turn once Weiner is forced to admit to new sexting allegations. As the media descends and rips apart his every move, Weiner tries desperately to forge ahead, but the increasing pressure and crippling 24-hour news coverage halts his political aspirations dead in their tracks. Weiner deftly teeters the line between political farce and personal tragedy, exposing the ex-congressman’s hubris while highlighting the sheer ugliness of the media’s takedown of his family. With the city of New York as a loud and bustling backdrop, this documentary charges through an increasingly baffling political campaign with unflinching clarity, humor, and pathos.
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Women in Love (12) (Blu-ray) Cast: Alan Bates, Oliver Reed, Glenda Jackson, Eleanor Bron, Alan Webb Dir. Ken Russell Run time: 131 mins Ken Russell’s lauded D H Lawrence’s adaptation is a sophisticated meditation on the complexities of human relationships and the shifting social mores of a country shell-shocked by World War One. Women in Love was hailed upon its release, earning four Academy Award nominations, and the Best Actress Oscar for Glenda Jackson. Audiences flocked to see its famous, erotically-charged naked wrestling scene, and critics celebrated the film’s opulent design, handsome cinematography and the compelling ensemble performances of Alan Bates, Jennie Linden, Oliver Reed and Glenda Jackson. Often regarded as Russell’s masterpiece, Women in Love endures as one of British cinema’s finest achievements. Special features: • New 4K restoration by the BFI National Archive • Original theatrical trailer • Audio commentary with director Ken Russell • Audio commentary with writer and producer Larry Kramer • Second Best (Stephen Dartnell, 1972, 25 mins): previously unreleased short film starring Alan Bates based on the short story by D H Lawrence • The Guardian Lecture: Glenda Jackson interviewed at the National Film Theatre (1982, audio only) • The Pacemakers 14: Glenda Jackson (1974, 14 mins): profile of the actress with interviews and footage of the post-production work on Women in Love Stills and Collections gallery • Fully illustrated booklet with credits and newly commissioned essays
WWE: Money in the Bank 2016 (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Run time: 200 mins THE GREATEST MONEY IN THE BANK PAY-PER-VIEW IN HISTORY! Former friends turn into bitter rivals when ‘THE UNDISPUTED FUTURE’ SETH ROLLINS makes his long awaited return to the ring against ROMAN REIGNS for his WWE World Heavyweight Championship. A dream match 70
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finally comes to life for the WWE Universe as JOHN CENA meets ‘THE PHENOMENAL ONE’ AJ STYLES for the first ever time in WWE history. An opportunity at the WWE Heavyweight World Championship hangs in the balance as CHRIS JERICHO, KEVIN OWENS, SAMI ZAYN, CESARO, DEAN AMBROSE and ALBERTO DEL RIO try to outlast one another in a Money in the Bank Ladder Match. WWE Superstars put their money where their mouth is and risk it all at MONEY IN THE BANK.
Victoria Wood: Wood Work, a Celebration (15) (DVD Box Set) Cast: Victoria Wood, Julie Walters, Duncan Preston, David Threlfall, Stephanie Col Dirs. Gavin Millar, Stuart Orme, Baz Taylor, David G. Hillier Run time: 573 mins As one of Britain’s best-loved and most talented writer/ performers, Victoria Wood’s career spanned forty years and numerous awards including five BAFTAs. This Lancashire-born singer-songwriter, screenwriter, actor and director blazed a trail and inspired an entire generation of female comedy performers her body of work will influence comedy for years to come. Wood’s astute observational humour was embodied in an engagingly flawed and uniquely British cast of characters her warmth and universal appeal saw her embraced by all sections of the viewing public in a way that few performers have been or are ever likely to. This set celebrates Victoria Wood’s unforgettable legacy with the following shows: • Screenplays: three bittersweet plays - including the highly acclaimed Talent • Wood and Walters: The Complete Series - BAFTA-nominated comedy, including the pilot show • An Audience With Victoria Wood: BAFTA-winning stand-up from 1988 • Housewife, 49: BAFTA-winning drama in this moving portrait of an ordinary woman during wartime Special features: • Julie Walters and Friends: an award-winning one-off special featuring sketches by and co-starring Victoria Wood • Archive interviews (on An Audience With disc)
been tracked by his counterpart - hit man Myron - Miller knows his love, and his compromise has been threatened, and he does the only thing humanly possible. RUN...
Alleycats (15) Between Heaven and Hell (PG)
(Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Eleanor Tomlinson, John Hannah, Josh Whitehouse, Sam Keeley Dir. Ian Bonhote Run time: 101 mins Featuring a stellar UK cast, ALLEYCATS is a high-octane, action/thriller set in London against the authentic backdrop of the cutthroat world of illegal bike racing. When bike courier Chris (Josh Whitehouse – Northern Soul) witnesses what looks like a murder, his first instinct is to cut and run. But when his curiosity draws him back in, he is soon embroiled in a world of corruption, political power and blackmail. Compelled to uncover the web of bribery that’s entangled her brother, Chris’ sister Danni (Eleanor Tomlinson – Poldark) soon takes matters into her own hands. With an adrenaline-pumping soundtrack and stunning racing visuals, ALLEYCATS is a tense and riotously entertaining thrill-ride not to be missed.
(Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Robert Wagner, Buddy Epsen, Broderick Crawford Dir. Richard Fleischer Run time: 94 mins Robert Wagner, Terry Moore, Broderick Crawford and Buddy Ebsen star in this absorbing drama about a young, self-centered recruit who comes of age during WWII. Sam Gifford (Wagner) is a successful cotton planter who treats his sharecroppers as if they were little more than farm machinery. But during combat in the Pacific, as he sees “quality” people crack, endures life under a sadistic officer (Crawford), and learns true friendship, from a “cropper” (Ebsen), Gifford slowly discovers there’s more to a person than social class and good breeding. Special Features:
Assassination (18) (DVD) Cast: Vinnie Jones, Estella Warren, James Remar, Michael Pare Dir. Timothy Woodward Jr. Run time: 77 mins When an ex CIA agent discovers his family have been kidnapped he sets out to rescue them, only to discover they are being held hostage and won’t be released unless he carries out a mission to assassinate the President. He must use his advanced skills to outwit the men holding his family and prevent the assassination from going ahead before the clock runs out for his family.
AWOL-72 (18) (DVD) Cast: Luke Goss, Heather Roop, RZA, Louis Mandylor, Bokeem Woodbine Dir. Christian Sesma Run time: 80 mins Conrad Miller, is an AWOL military officer who has been accused of selling secrets to ex KGB during the cold war. When Miller realizes he has
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Dark Forest (15) (DVD) Cast: Josh Stewart, Skipp Sudduth, Katherine Von Till Dir. Josh Stewart Run time: 89 mins From the producer of The Collector and The Collection. In an attempt to land their own hunting TV show, Jake (Josh Stewart) and Stevie (Ronnie Gene Blevins) head to the dense, secluded mountains of West Virginia. Equipped with only their bow and cameras, they have three days to kill a monster Buck big enough to grab the attention of a TV network. Once they find the massive animal, they look to strike fast. But as the sun sets, they realise they’re not alone. A supernatural force appears to be lurking in the vacant woods... and now they’re the ones being hunted.
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Cast: Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill, Wentworth Miller Run time: 651 mins When heroes alone are not enough... the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat -- one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. From the creators of The Flash and Arrow comes this super hero team-up unlike anything that’s ever been seen on television before. Combining characters from both shows -- in addition to new heroes from the DC Comics pantheon -- this epic story lives in an interconnected universe and presents a high-stakes “feature film” experience with edge-of-your-seat action, time travel, seamless visual effects and an infectiously fun character dynamic that’s like a Flash/Arrow crossover... times a hundred! Featuring Arrow’s Brandon Routh as The Atom and Caity Lotz as the resurrected Sara Lance/White Canary; with The Flash’s Victor Garber as Dr. Martin Stein alongside Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold and Dominic Purcell as Heat Wave; plus, the newest heroes Rip Hunter, Jeff Jackson and the reincarnated warrior queen Hawkgirl, this singular super hero spinoff series pits the ragtag team against an immortal threat that remains one of the most powerful villains in the DC Comics universe.
Cast: William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Plummer Dir. Peter Yates Run time: 103 mins Manhattan janitor Daryll Deever is fixated on hardcharging TV commentator, Tony Sokolow; he tapes her commentary daily to watch after work. When a wealthy Vietnamese man, with many shady connections, is murdered in the office building where Daryll works, Tony shows up to cover the story and Daryll introduce himself. She thinks he may know something, so she pursues him; he pretends he might to keep her interested. This romantic cat and mouse game goes on under the watchful eyes of the killers, who think that Daryll and Tony do know something. The killers start their own game of cat and mouse Special Features: • Feature-length audio commentary with director/producer Peter Yates (2005) • Peter Yates in conversation with Derek Malcolm (1982, audio only): archival interview with the director
Drop Dead Fred: 25th Anniversary Edition (15)
• Peter Yates in conversation with Quentin Faulk (1996): filmed discussion at the National Film Theatre
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Cast: Phoebe Cates, Rik Mayall, Carrie Fisher, TimMatheson Dir. Ate De Jong Run time: 95 mins
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When Elizabeth Cronin (Phoebe Cates) comes to stay with her overbearing mother (after her husband leaves her for a younger woman), she rediscovers her wacky imaginary childhood friend, Drop Dead Fred (Rik Mayall). Drop Dead Fred and Elizabeth have a number of mischievous, sometimes malicious, adventures as Elizabeth struggles to regain her sense of self and independence.
• Viewing Notes (2016): new interview with award-winning composer Stanley Silverman • The Janitor: original UK rental VHS presentation
Free!: Eternal Summer (12) (Blu-ray and DVD) Anime Dir. Hiroko Utsumi Run time: 350 mins
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The boys of summer are back! Haru, Makoto, Nagisa, Rei, and Rin are reunited in Free! Eternal Summer. After the last swimming meet, the bonds of friendship have only gotten stronger, and with each passing day these boys continue to grow. This season brings new rivals and new challenges. So get ready, the competition is about to get fierce!
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Contains all 13 episodes with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles.
Special Features: • Audio Commentary with Director Ate De Jong • Featurette: A Conversation With Director Ate De Jong and Producer Paul Webster
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(DVD) Cast: Melissa Joan Hart, Jesse Metcalfe, Ernie Hudson, David A. R. White, Ray Wise Dir. Harold Crunk Run time: 120 mins As an exciting new year begins we meet dedicated history teacher, Grace Wesley, and her grieving student, Brooke, who has just lost her brother. Upon learning of Brooke s recent tragedy, Grace offers her condolences and in the hope of relieving her pain, shares her faith in Christianity. However, when Brooke later asks a question of religion in her history class, another student reports the incident to the school board. Interpreted as a breach of school and state policy, Grace suddenly faces an epic court case that may cost her not only her career, but may expel God from the classroom once and for all. Featuring Melissa Joan Hart (TV s Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Ray Wise (X-Men: First Class, RoboCop) and Jesse Metcalfe (John Tucker Must Die, Desperate Housewives), God s Not Dead 2 is the highly anticipated sequel that brings love, loyalty and important questions of religion prominently to the fore.
fusion performed in teams. However, while Yosakoi has become a growing phenomenon with huge festivals held across Japan, it’s never been more than a blip on high school student Naru Sekia’s cultural radar. Not that much has ever really grabbed Naru’s attention. She’s average in grades, average in sports and in art… really, the only thing that has ever caught her fancy is reading fairy tales. Until the day she encounters her own personal “fairy”: Hana, an American exchange student who is determined to start a Yosakoi dancing club at their school. Entranced by Hana’s beauty and skill, Naru and her friends find themselves caught up in the whirlwind world of Yosakoi. It won’t be easy and just getting the club sponsored will be a trial, but between the movement, the melodies, and the friendship, Naru may have finally found a fairy tale of her own in Hanayamata! Contains episodes 1-12. Special Features: Clean Opening & Closing Animations.
Hangmen Also Die! (PG)
Golden Years Grand Theft OAP (15)
(Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format) Cast: Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan, Anna Lee Dir. Fritz Lang Run time: 134 mins
(DVD) Cast: Bernard Hill, Phillip Davis, Simon Callow, Sue Johnston, Alun Armstrong Dir. John Miller Run time: 96 mins When Arthur and Martha Goode find that their pension pot is virtually worthless they decide to take drastic action - by robbing a bank! After their first robbery is successful they start to like the criminal lifestyle and so decide to rob even more, but as the banks get bigger and the robberies get riskier will they be able to outwit the police as they close in? In the vein of “Lady In the Van” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, Golden Years is a hilarious British heist thriller that shows just because you’re getting old doesn’t mean you have to stop having fun. Additional features include: About the film, Audience Interviews with the cast and Director
At the height of the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, four German exiles in Hollywood director Fritz Lang, playwright Bertolt Brecht (earning his only US credit), composer Hanns Eisler and actor Hans Heinrich von Twardowski pooled their talents to create Hangmen Also Die!, a remarkable film about the Czech resistance. Twardowski plays Reinhard Heydrich, an SS Obergruppenführer and the Reich-Protector of Czechoslovakia, known alternately as The Hangman and The Butcher of Prague . When he is assassinated by a surgeon (played by Brian Donlevy), the city is locked down and the doctor must rely on the help of the resistance to evade capture. Shot by the great James Wong Howe (Sweet Smell of Success, Seconds), Hangmen Also Die! Is a gripping blend of war picture, film noir and political thriller. Special edition contents:
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Cast: Minami Tanaka, Reina Ueda, Kaya Okuno Dir. Atsuko Ishizuka Run time: 300 mins Created in Kochi in 1954, Yosakoi incorporates modern music and classic Japanese dance into a unique
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• Audio commentary by film historian Richard Peña • Story of a Hangman: Robert Gerwarth on Reinhard Heydrich, an interview with the author of Hitler’s Hangman: The Life of Heydrich • Newsreel footage
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• Restoration comparison • Trailer • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Vladimir Zimakov First pressing only: Fully illustrated collector s booklet containing new writing by Gerd Gemunden, author of Continental Strangers: German Exile Cinema, 1933-1951
Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer (PG) (DVD) Cast: Jordana Beatty, Parris Mosteller, Janet Varney, Kristoff Ryan Winters Dir. John Schultz Run time: 88 mins Feisty, fearless Judy Moody (Jordana Beatty) is looking forward to the most super-duper amazing summer vacation ever! The problem is, her parents are called out of town and her friends are going away with their own families. That leaves Judy trapped at home with her pesky brother Stink (Parris Mosteller) under the watchful eye of Aunt opal (Heather Graham). Judy looks set for a Bummer summer. However, with a little playful planning and a lot of imagination Judy turns a boring summer into the best vacation ever!
development agency, but hours before an important campaign launch a bathroom emergency brings ex-plumber Frank Carver to her door. A divorced millionaire entrepreneur whose lifestyle plummeted when his business went under, Frank’s charm, wit and streetwise savvy lead Tessa to reconsider her decision to renounce men and relationships...
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: Part 1 (PG) (Blu-ray Collector’s Edition) Anime Dir. Yoshiyuki Tomino Run time: 625 mins The Earth Federation stands victorious, but are they still on the right side? In Zeta Gundam, we see the future world of the Universal Century through a dark mirror. Having defeated the Zeon menace, the Earth Federation has itself become cruel and oppressive. A new generation of Gundam mobile suits is created not to fight for peace, but to punish the enemies of the state, and yesterday’s villains must become today’s heroes in order to balance the scales of justice. When a young civilian named Kamille Bidan is caught up in the rebellion, he little suspects the price he will pay in the fight for freedom. Contains Episodes 1-25 in both English dub and Japanese with English subtitles.
Love Hurts: The Complete Series (15) DVD Cast: Adam Faith, Zoe Wanamaker, Jane Lapotaire, Tony Selby, Jenny Agutter Dirs. Carol Wiseman, Guy Slater, Roger Bamford, Alan Grint, John Woods Run time: 1474 mins Adam Faith and Zoe Wanamaker star in this memorably bittersweet drama series charting the relationship between an entrepreneur with wildly fluctuating fortunes and a former City high-flyer. Co-starring Jane Lapotaire and Tony Selby, with guest turns from Jenny Agutter, Rik Mayall, Philip Glenister and Leslie Ash, Love Hurts was another huge success for veteran screenwriters Lawrence Marks and Maurice Gran, running for three series and earning Zoe Wanamaker a BAFTA nomination. This set contains all thirty episodes. Forty-one year old Tessa Piggott walks out on her well-paid PR job when her boss and long-term lover announces that he’s leaving her for a young salesgirl. Vowing to overhaul her life, she seeks more fulfilling work with a Third World
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Narcos Season 1 (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura Dir. Jose Padilha The irresistible and devastatingly addictive Netflix series comes to DVD and Blu-ray for the very first time, packed with exclusive extras fans of the show won t want to miss. Narcos, A Netflix Original Series produced by Gaumont Television, charts the rise of the infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Dubbed The King of Cocaine , Season 1 traces Escobar s rise to power between 1977 and 1992, a time in which he was responsible for smuggling 80 per cent of the cocaine supply into the United States, making himself a billionaire in the process. The show was met with critical praise and grew a hugely dedicated following when it debuted on Netflix last August. This is the next box-set that you absolutely have to own and binge watch, taking its rightful
place in your collection alongside iconic series such as The Sopranos, The Wire, Breaking Bad and House of Cards. Included in the box-set are a batch of essential bonus features including deleted scenes, exclusive featurettes and much more.
No-rin (15) (Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format) Anime Dir. Shin Onuma Run time: 300 mins There once was a teen named Kosaku Who wasmildly obsessed with an idol He mailed her some veggies
nals from the population before they become a problem. Confident with the success of the System within their own borders, the Japanese government has begun to export the technology to other countries, planning to ultimately spread the System across the globe. When the state of SEAUn brings the Sibyl System in to test its effectiveness, it becomes a haven of peace and safetyfor a time. Eventually, terrorists from SEAUn begin appearing in Japan, somehow slipping through the Systems security and attacking from within. Desperate for answers, Inspector Akane Tsunemori is sent overseas to bring the terrorists to justice. But when her investigation forces her into a standoff with an old ally, will she be able to pull the trigger? Contains the film on Blu-Ray and DVD with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles. Extras: • Collectors Packaging • Dual format
To keep her bod healthy And, SURPRISE, she showed up at ag school! Now that Ringo (the pop artist formerly known as Yuka) is a student at Tamo Agricultural High School, shes ready to ho, sow, and plow her way to the top! But first she has to learnpretty much everything about farming. On top of that, Kosakus best friend, Minori, is waaaaaay jelly of his friendship with Ringo on account of her not-so-hidden feelings for him, and seeds of rivalry begin to sprout between the two. And the biggest mystery still remains: Whats a world famous pop star doing at an agricultural high school? Contains the complete series on Blu-Ray and DVD with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles. Extras: • Episode Commentaries • Promotional Videos • Commercial Collection • Textless Opening ‘’Himitsu no Doa kara Ai ni Kite’’ • Textless Closing ‘’Mo-Gi-Ta-Te ? Fruit Girls’’ • Trailers
Psycho-Pass The Movie (15) (Blu-ray and DVD) Anime Dir. Naoyoshi Shiotani Run time: 113 mins In a futuristic Japan, the Sibyl System is charged with keeping the peace. Using extensive surveillance and biological monitoring to gauge the likelihood that individuals will commit a crime, the police are able to use weapons called Dominators to remove potential crimi-
Punch Line: Complete Season 1 Collection (15) (Blu-ray) Cast: Hirokazu Hara, Jun Fukuda, Noriko Dohi, Ryosuke Mori, Ryu Hashimoto Dir. Yoshimoto Yonetani Run time: 300 mins If he sees underwear, humanity will be destroyed!? An original anime series from the noitaminA block, PUNCH LINE centers on Yuta Iridatsu, a high school student, with a peculiar habit. When he sees a girl’s panties, he gets so excited he faints! After a certain incident with a ghost cat, his soul gets separated from his body. Using his special powers, Yuta watches the daily lives of the inhabitants of an apartment and sometimes plays tricks on them. Eventually, Yuta decides to unlock the secrets to why Earth will be destroyed and tries to save it!
Ratchet and Clank (U) (DVD) Cast (voices): Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, James Arnold Taylor and Sylvester Stallone Dirs. Kevin Munroe, Jericca Cleland Run time: 94 mins Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy Lombax who grew up without a family. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. After stumbling upon a weapon that can destroy entire HOME MOVIE : SFF
planets, they join forces with a team of do-gooders known as the Galactic Rangers. Together, they must stop the evil alien, Chairman Drek, from utilizing this dangerous technology! Based on the legendary PlayStation game and featuring the voice talents of Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, James Arnold Taylor and Sylvester Stallone, Ratchet and Clank is a film for the whole family to enjoy! Let’s get ready to kick some asteroid!
Robot Wars – The Brand New Series 2016 (E)
by storm with lead singer Johnny Rotten (Andrew Schofield) and bass guitarist Sid Vicious (Gary Oldman) enjoying all the spoils that fame and money have to offer. Vicious embarks on a relationship with an American groupie – Nancy (Chloe Webb) - who has come to London to pursue him but the couple’s increasing drug use frays relationships with Johnny and the rest of the band. With Nancy in tow, The Sex Pistols embark on a chaotic tour US tour which ends in disaster with the band breaking up. Vicious attempts to start a solo career, with Nancy as his manager, but by now both are dangerously addicted to heroin. The two continue in a downward, destructive spiral until, in October 1978 at the Chelsea Hotel in New York, Nancy is found stabbed with Sid lying prostrate at her side. Arrested and accused of murder, he dies of an overdose before his trial.
(Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Dara O’Briain, Angela Scanlon Run time: 300 mins Dara O’Briain and Angela Scanlon host the brand new series of Robot Wars with commentary from the legendary Jonathan Pearce who returns from the original series with his inimitable take on the robot battles. Filmed in a huge, purpose-built fighting arena, 40 teams of amateur robot fighting enthusiasts battle it out over six episodes to become Robot Wars Champion 2016. Each episode has eight competing robots. The action starts with two group battles, with four robots in each battle. The top two robots from each group battle then go through to head to head battles where all four robots fight each other once. The top two then compete in the episode final the winner going through to the Grand Final. If the robots don’t knock each other out then the judges are on hand to decide the winners. Dr Lucy Rogers, Professor Noel Sharkey and Professor Sethu Vijayakumar base their criteria on aggression, damage and control so everyone has to attack from the start. The Arena contains the dangerous hazards of Fire, Spikes, The Flipper and The Iconic Pit. As well as battling it out against each other, the robot teams must avoid the infamous and intimidating House Robots. Aiming to terminate anything that strays into their Corner Patrol Zone - Sir Killalot, Matilda, Shunt and Dead Metal show no mercy as they menacingly patrol the arena ready to destroy. Welcome to the return of Robot Wars.
Sid and Nancy (18) (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman, Drew Schofield, Debbie Bishop Dir. Alex Cox Run time: 108 mins It’s 1977 and The Sex Pistols have taken the music world
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The Big Bang Theory Season 9 (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki Dir. Chuck Lorre Run time: 447 mins Leonard and Sheldon are brilliant physicists -- geniuses in the laboratory, but socially challenged everywhere else. Enter their beautiful, street-smart neighbor, Penny, who aims to teach them a thing or two about life. Despite their on-again, offagain relationship in the past, Leonard believes he’s found true love with Penny and they have finally gotten engaged. Even Sheldon has found a female companion, entering into a “Relationship Agreement” with neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler, who recently asked him to take a break because she is frustrated with how slowly their relationship is progressing. In their free time, Leonard and Sheldon continue to enjoy frequent trips to the comic book store and fantasy role-playing games with their ever-expanding universe of friends, including fellow scientists Raj, Howard and Howard’s adorable microbiologist wife, Bernadette.
The Big Bang Theory Seasons 1-9 (Blu-ray and DVD) Cast: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg Run time: 4024 mins All episodes from the first nine seasons of the US sitcom. The series revolves around two university physicists, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons), their beautiful, free-spirited neighbour, Penny (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), and their friends, Howard (Simon Helberg) and Rajesh (Kunal Nayyar).
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