Three films about teens and tearaways made in the 50s, 70s and 80s – one directed by Lewis Gilbert and featuring well-known names like Gary Kemp, Robin Askwith and Terence Morgan – comprise the fifth volume of Children’s Film Foundation films, Runaways, released on DVD by the BFI on 21 April 2014.
Largely shot on location in London and Edinburgh, these rare films, Johnny on the Run (1953), Hide and Seek (1972) and Terry on the Fence (1985), have been digitally re-mastered and come with an illustrated booklet. Thoroughly entertaining, they are also a wonderfully enjoyable reminder of times gone by. There's a clip of Gary at the link above.
The sixth volume of CFF films, Outer Space (including Glitterball), will be released in October as part of the BFI’s major celebration, Things to Come: Science Fiction.
DEVIL IN THE WOODS is the nightmarish new horror film from director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III & IV) starring True Blood’s Stephen Moyer.
Also starring Shawn Ashmore (X-Men trilogy), DEVIL IN THE WOODS is a visceral and bloody mix of horror and the supernatural and is released on DVD by Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment on 3rd March 2014.
Richard Vineyard (Moyer) is eager for his son, step-daughter and new wife to get along, so plans a family vacation to the reclusive Pine Barrens.
Desperate for real solitude, Richard leads them deeper into the woods where it quickly becomes clear that all is not peaceful as animals are found mutilated and horrifically killed. Struck down by illness, Richard and his family are stranded as the local legend of the ‘Jersey Devil’ that stalks the darkened woods, starts to haunt their thoughts.
What started out as a peaceful family trip ends up being a deadly nightmare. A new clip is at the link above.
The 3D animated family comedy catapults moviegoers to planet Baab where admired astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy, by-the-rules brother, Gary (Rob Corddry), head of mission control at BASA. When BASA’s no-nonsense chief Lena (Jessica Alba) informs the brothers of an SOS from a notoriously dangerous planet, Scorch rejects Gary’s warnings and bounds off for yet another exciting mission.
But when Scorch finds himself caught in a fiendish trap set by the evil Shanker (William Shatner) it’s up to scrawny, risk-adverse Gary to do the real rescuing. As the interplanetary stakes rise to new heights, Gary is left to save his brother, his planet, his beloved wife Kira (Sarah Jessica Parker) and their adventure hungry son Kip.
The Weinstein Company is pleased to make available a new clip from Escape From Planet Earth, which lands in UK cinemas THIS FRIDAY (7th March) from Entertainment Films. Just click on the link above.
The spectacular and thrilling sci-fi epic adventure ENDER’S GAME featuring an all-star cast, explosive set pieces and breathtaking visual effects lands on Blu-ray and DVD on 10 March 2014 courtesy Entertainment One.
Set in the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics has attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer.
Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into a battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
The future must be won as this epic adventure comes to Blu-ray and DVD on 10 March 2014. The trailer is above.
[4 Mar 2014 at 23:36]
We Are the Freaks
A surreal and anarchic anti-teen movie about three misfits on a disastrous night out, WE ARE THE FREAKS is set to be released in the UK theatrically on 25th April 2014 and available on DVD from 5th May 2014 through Metrodome Distribution.
Set against the social and political turmoil of 1990’s Thatcher’s England, over the course of one evening they come to terms with being outsiders and learn to love failure and embrace being a freak.
Jack (Jamie Blackley – Snow White and the Huntsman) wants to escape his boring bank job and aspires to be a writer but is waiting to hear news about the grant he needs in order to take up his place at University. Parsons (Mike Bailey - Skins) is a wimp with a dangerously unhealthy sexual fixation on Margaret Thatcher. He finds life guidance from the deranged but principled hardman Killer Colin (Michael Smiley – Kill List). Unlike Jack, posh kid Chunks (Sean Teale – Mr. Selfridge) has never had to worry about money and as a result holds everyone and everything in high disregard. Despite his cynicism, he may just learn something from the sociopathic Splodger (Adam Gillen – Benidorm) as fate forces them together.
From the producer of Harry Potter and Gravity, Paddington comes to the big screen for the first time in an epic new adventure. Starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington.
Adapted from Michael Bond’s beloved books, Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a polite young bear with an endearing talent for comic chaos.
Paddington has grown up deep in the Peruvian jungle with his Aunt Lucy who, inspired by a chance encounter with an English explorer, has raised her nephew to dream of an exciting life in London. When an earthquake destroys their home, Aunt Lucy decides to smuggle her young nephew on board a boat bound for England, in search of a better life. Arriving alone at Paddington Station, Paddington soon finds that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who find him with a label tied around his neck which reads ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’ They offer him a temporary home whilst he searches for the explorer who impressed Aunt Lucy all those years before.
But when Paddington catches the eye of a sinister, seductive taxidermist (huh? - ed.), it isn’t long before his home – and very existence – is under threat ...
Paddington is released in UK cinemas November 28th. The teaser is at the link above.
The first glimmer of spring heralds the return of the acclaimed Flatpack Film Festival to Birmingham, for its eighth annual edition. An eleven day event that has carved out a unique place in the UK’s film scene, Flatpack Film Festival will stir together an eye-popping line-up of new features, shorts and special guests, as well as providing an alternative route-map to Birmingham with walking tours, installations and pop-up screenings across the city. The programme is known for using an all-encompassing definition of ‘film’, and the 2014 festival will be no exception.
Headline events include: THE WORLD MADE ITSELF, an immersive piece of performance from LA-based artist and performer Miwa Matreyek, who will imagine the origins of the earth by interacting with her own animations and music from Flying Lotus; the UK Premiere of Bill Morrison’s latest film,THE GREAT FLOOD, a portrait of the devastation caused by the Mississippi floods of 1927 (presented by Morrison himself) that resonates profoundly with recent news reports; PHONO-CINEMA-THÉÂTRE,a recently-restored treasure trove of 1900s film featuring theatre and variety stars of the day with a live score from John Sweeney; BIRMINGHAM-ON-SEA, an investigation into one land-locked city’s love affair with water; and an immersive, horizontal screening of cult 1972 sci-fi, SILENT RUNNING.
Flatpack will also present a full programme of feature films including: a special screening of LITTLE FEET, Alexandre Rockwell’s lo-fi gem that follows three children as they set out to return their goldfish to the sea; NIGHT MOVES, an eco-terrorism thriller starring Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning and directed by Kelly Reichardt; Joanna Hogg’s latest feature, EXHIBITION, an uncomfortably intimate study of a couple’s relationship; and THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS, a surreal psychological drama from Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani (AMER). Click on the link above for full details.
[3 Mar 2014 at 23:35]
Frankenstein: The True Story on DVD
In all its 1970s miniseries glory
One of the most acclaimed versions of Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein: The True Story, featuring a stellar all-star cast including James Mason and Leonard Whiting, makes its UK DVD debut thanks to Second Sight Films.
Made in 1973 this much lauded film also stars David McCallum (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), Jane Seymour (Live and Let Die), Tom Baker (Doctor Who), Ralph Richardson (The Fallen Idol), John Gielgud (Ghandi) and Peter Sallis (Last of the Summer Wine) and will be released for the first time on DVD on 10 March 2014.
In 19th century England, Dr Victor Frankenstein (Whiting – Romeo and Juliet), bitter over his brother’s untimely death, voices his wish that men could have power over life and death. Following a chance encounter with Dr Henry Clerval (McCallum), a surgeon experimenting in this very field, they join forces and Victor achieves the impossible, the creation of life. He creates a handsome, highly intelligent young man (Michael Sarrazin – The Gumball Rally), but unforeseen problems and the involvement of evil scientist Dr Polidori (Mason – North By Northwest) lead to shocking, unimaginable horror.