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sex, lies and videotape on Blu-ray
With his provocative feature debut, twenty-six-year-old Steven Soderbergh trained his focus on the complexities of human intimacy and deception in the modern age. Housewife Ann (Andie MacDowell) feels distant from her lawyer husband, John (Peter Gallagher), who is sleeping with her sister (Laura San Giacomo). When John's old friend Graham (a magnetic, Cannes-award-winning James Spader) comes to town, Ann is drawn to the soft-spoken outsider, eventually uncovering his startling private obsession: videotaping women as they confess their deepest desires. A piercingly intelligent and flawlessly performed chamber piece, in which the video camera becomes a charged metaphor for the characters' isolation, the Palme d'Or–winning sex, lies, and videotape changed the landscape of American film, helping pave the way for the thriving independent scene of the 1990s.
Available on Blu-ray from Criterion with a host of extras from 30th July.
[24 Apr 2018 at 23:55]
A Matter of Life and Death on Blu-ray
Love across the worlds
After miraculously surviving a jump from his burning plane, RAF pilot Peter Carter (David Niven) encounters the American radio operator (Kim Hunter) to whom he's just delivered his dying wishes and, face-to-face on a tranquil English beach, the pair fall in love. When a messenger from the afterlife arrives to correct the clerical error that spared his life, Peter must mount a fierce defence for his right to stay on earth - painted by production designer Alfred Junge and cinematographer Jack Cardiff as a rich Technicolor Eden - climbing a wide staircase to stand trial in a starkly beautiful, black-and-white modernist heaven. Peppered by humorous jabs intended to smooth tensions between the wartime allies Britain and America, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's richly humanistic A Matter of Life and Death traverses time and space to make a case for the transcendent value of love.
Available on Blu-ray from Criterion with a host of extras from 23rd July.
[24 Apr 2018 at 23:52]
Coco on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand
Disney•Pixar's Coco —the story of a 12-year-old aspiring musician's extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors - won a 2018 Golden Globe AwardÒ for Best Animated Motion Picture, topped the US box office Thanksgiving holiday weekend, became the highest grossing film of all time in Mexico, broke records in China and earned widespread praise, receiving 96 percent from critics and 97 percent from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. Now this vibrant tale filled with love and laughter arrives home Digitally in HD and on Blu-ray,™ DVD and On-Demand.
Through fresh and fascinating bonus material, adventurers of all ages will tag along with filmmakers as they soak in Día de los Muertos in Mexico; explore the essential role of music in Coco, and learn how the cast and crew personally connect with the film's message. They'll step behind the scenes to discover the inspiration behind the film’s creative costuming; Miguel's beautifully complicated family; Dante the loyal Xolo dog; and the stunning worlds of both the dead and the living. Features also include deleted scenes, insightful filmmaker commentary, the music of Coco and more.
Available on Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand 21st May 2018.
When Gino meets Bénédicte, it's love at first sight, passionate, unconditional, fiery. She is working in the family business, and she also drives cars on circuits. Gino is that kind of normal guy, cool, handsome... but he hides a secret. That kind of secret that can endanger your life and the lives of those around you. Gino and Bénédicte will have to fight against fate, reason and their own weaknesses to save their love.
The UK trailer for the upcoming film RACER AND THE JAILBIRD starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos is at the link above.
To celebrate the life and work of Miloš Forman, who sadly passed on to that great auditorium in the sky earlier this month, MUBI present a double-bill from the acclaimed Czech-born filmmaker.
These two early works showcase Forman’s inquisitive, off-kilter eye and sit alongside his resonant classics One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus and The People vs. Larry Flynt.
Audition - 24th April on MUBI
This mix of documentary and fiction offers a humorous look at different kinds of competitions and the motivations of their talented (and less-talented) participants. Set to a wonderful, diverse soundtrack of Czech music, Forman's first major work is both light and passionate in tone.
Loves of A Blonde - 25th April on MUBI
From the first pangs of romance to its inevitable disappointments, Loves of a Blonde immediately became a classic of the Czech New Wave and earned Miloš Forman the first of his Academy Award nominations.
Sci-fi/horror thriller Chimera written and directed by first time filmmaker Maurice Haeems, keeps making waves on the festival circuit by garnering top awards. The movie won the Indie Spirit Best Picture Award at the Boston International Film Festival (BIFF) as well as the Best Sci-Fi Feature Award at the Phoenix Film Festival (PFF). Director of Photography David Kruta was awarded the Indie Spirit Best Cinematography Award at the BIFF.
Chimera is a genre-bending thriller, set many years into the future, which incorporates elements of sci-fi and horror. Quint, a brilliant but disturbed scientist, performs dangerous experiments and tests risky procedures in an attempt to save his dying children (including transplanting animal organs and editing their genome). When their condition continues to deteriorate, he freezes them alive to suspend the progression of their deadly genetic disease. Convinced that the secrets of immortality are encoded within the Turritopsis jellyfish, he races against time to save his children by decoding the jellyfish's DNA. Try the trailer above.
Doug Jones, star of the Academy Award winning The Shape of Water, gives a mind-blowing performance in Gehenna : Where Death Lives, in theaters and On Demand May 4.
The feature directorial debut of celebrated effects master Hiroshi Katagiri (Jurassic Park III, Pacific Rim), who also provides the film’s impressive effects, Gehenna co-stars genre icon Lance Henriksen (TV’s ''Millennium'', Aliens), Eva Swan, Simon Phillips, and Justin Gordon.
Encompassing horror, suspense and a twist that will blow your mind, Gehenna fixes on five people who enter a hidden bunker from WW2, and realize it's way more than a bunker. Some fates are MUCH worse than death. Trailer's at the link.
[23 Apr 2018 at 23:47]
All the Money in the World on Blu-ray, DVD and digital
From director Ridley Scott (The Martian, Gladiator) comes the thrilling crime drama ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD, available on to Digital Download on 30 April and on Blu-ray™ and DVD on 14 May from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Academy Award® nominee Michelle Williams (Best Supporting Actress, Manchester by the Sea, 2016), 2017 Academy Award®, BAFTA Award, and Golden Globe® Award nominee Christopher Plummer (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Beginners) and Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter, The Departed) star in the explosively entertaining story of the 1973 Getty kidnapping. This Oscar®-nominated thriller makes its eagerly awaited home entertainment debut with must-own bonus features, including 8 deleted scenes and 3 featurettes inspired by the true events of this shocking tale and an inside look at its already-legendary production.
Join director Ridley Scott and the cast and crew as they discuss the fast-paced and exciting way Scott filmed this epic movie -- including looks into the wardrobe, locations and score -- in Ridley Scott: Crafting a Historical Thriller. In Hostages to Fortune: The Cast, hear from the award-winning cast as they share the research they did to connect to their real-life characters. Finally, go behind the scenes of this unprecedented film's production with Recast, Reshot, Reclaimed, which offers an inside look at the urgent recasting of the character J. Paul Getty, a little over a month before the movie's theatrical release.