A CLASSIC high-tension thriller directed by Montgomery Tully (The Terrornauts), this rarely-seen gem features an exceptional trans-Atlantic cast including Zachary Scott (The Southerner) on magnificently sinister form as a brutal master-criminal, Mervyn Johns (Moby Dick), noir heroine Peggie Castle (Lawman), fan favourite Lee Patterson (One Life To Live) and British screen spiv Sydney Tafler (Alfie). The Counterfeit Plan (12) is released on DVD on 15 February 2016, RRP £9.99, courtesy of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection.
With the aid of his accomplices, convicted murderer Max Brandt escapes whilst being escorted to a French prison, and flees across the Channel. Arriving in England he seeks out a wartime acquaintance, Louie. An expert forger, Louie has now turned his back on his criminal career – but Brandt is determined to blackmail him into putting his formidable skills to use once more... There's a clip at the link above.
In this exquisitely made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively brought together to tell the intimate and riveting story of one family’s frightful unraveling in the New England wilderness circa 1630.
New England, 1630. Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation, relocating his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest — within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately — animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies. As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member's faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.
Writer/director Robert Eggers’ debut feature, which premiered to great acclaim at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival — winning the Best Director Prize in the U.S. Narrative Competition — painstakingly recreates a God-fearing New England decades before the 1692 Salem witch trials, in which religious convictions tragically turned to mass hysteria. Told through the eyes of the adolescent Thomasin — in a star-making turn by newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy — and supported by mesmerizing camera work and a powerful musical score, THE WITCH is a chilling and groundbreaking new take on the genre.
IN UK CINEMAS MARCH 11th. The UK trailer is above.
[8 Feb 2016 at 21:26]
Doomwatch on DVD
Science Research Associates
Groundbreaking classic British sci-fi series Doomwatch originally aired on the BBC from 1970 – 1972 and at its peek, attracted in excess of 13.6 million viewers and spawned two film adaptations. Although in huge demand, it has never before been available on DVD, until now... Thanks to Simply Media Doomwatch Series 1-3 makes its long awaited DVD debut.
Not all of the episodes made it but the ones that still exist come to DVD as Doomwatch Series 1-3 The Remaining Episodes on 4 April 2016. The available episodes will be released in a stunning seven-disc box set, together with unseen episode ‘Sex and Violence’ and the BBC documentary ‘The Cult of Doomwatch’.
The cult series is the brainchild of Kid Pedler and Gerry Davis, the men responsible for Doctor Who’s iconic Cybermen, and follows government agency The Department of Measurement of Scientific Work AKA Doomwatch, as they fight to protect mankind from all manner of horrifying technology and experiments gone wrong.
A BIGGER SPLASH is a dazzling, sensuous portrait of desire, jealousy and rock ‘n’ roll under the Mediterranean sun. From Luca Guadagnino, director of the Academy Award-nominated I AM LOVE, and starring Ralph Fiennes (Spectre), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Matthias Schoenaerts (Far From the Madding Crowd) and Tilda Swinton (The Grand Budapest Hotel), A BIGGER SPLASH is set to be a must-see for audiences this February.
When a high-profile couple – a rock star and a filmmaker decide to vacation on a remote Italian island, their rest is disrupted by the sudden visit of an old friend and his sexy, yet mysterious daughter. Suddenly, what was supposed to be an ideal getaway turns into a whirlwind of jealousy, passion and danger for everyone in the group. In UK cinemas on February 12th.
Last night saw an exclusive VIP screening for A Bigger Splash with director Luca Guadagnino and star Dakota Johnson in attendance. That's Dakota at the right.
[8 Feb 2016 at 21:19]
Autumn Almanac on DVD
In a dark, claustrophobic apartment a sick elderly woman is accompanied by her son, her nurse and her lover and a former teacher who is now unemployed. She relies on them, as they do on her, for a place to live. None are able to leave whilst finding no solace in remaining in the apartment and scheme to find ways of manipulating the others to get some kind of personal gain. In the process everyone’s darkest secrets are revealed.
A landmark in the career of legendary filmmaker Béla Tarr, Autumn Almanac is his first abandonment of social realism for a new kind of formalism that employs artificial light sources and an overt use of mise en scène. Out on DVD 14th of March.
EYE IN THE SKY stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from "capture" to "kill." But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute reaching the highest levels of US and British government over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare. Also starring Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi, Jeremy Northam, Iain Glen and Phoebe Fox, the film is directed by Gavin Hood (TSOTSI) and written by Guy Hibbert ("Prime Suspect"). Producers are Ged Doherty, Colin Firth and David Lancaster.
In Select Theaters March 11th. The trailer is at the link above.
[5 Feb 2016 at 20:39]
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 on Blu-ray and DVD
Appetite for destruction
All good things must come to an end and, after four record-breaking blockbuster hits, the time has come to say goodbye to a franchise that has captured the hearts of a generation.
Lionsgate proudly presents the final instalment as THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 brings to an end the most unforgettable movie series of its time when it releases on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray Steelbook, Digital Download and – for the very first time – a complete 4-Film Collection on 21st March 2016.
With the nation of Panem in a full-scale war, Katniss Everdeen [Jennifer Lawrence] confronts President Snow [Donald Sutherland] in a final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale [Liam Hemsworth], Finnick [Sam Claflin] and Peeta [Josh Hutcherson] – Katniss embarks on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow, who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.
Eureka Entertainment to release Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1900 (NOVECENTO), a stunning five-hour saga featuring an award-winning international cast including Robert De Niro and Gérard Depardieu, on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK on 18 April 2016.
After the international firestorm of Last Tango in Paris, Bernardo Bertolucci went on to create one of the grandest and most legendary epics in modern cinema. A stunning five-hour saga following the intertwined fates of two childhood friends born on the same day in 1900 at opposite ends of the social scale through five decades of class struggle.
Described by Pauline Kael as making most other films “look like something you hold up on the end of a toothpick”, Robert De Niro and Gérard Depardieu headline an extraordinary cast, including Burt Lancaster, Alida Valli, Sterling Hayden, Stefania Sandrelli and Donald Sutherland. Lustrously photographed by Vittorio Storaro and scored by Ennio Morricone, the Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this singular work in a new Blu-ray edition. The trailer is above.