BRITISH FILM legend Dirk Bogarde (Victim, Death in Venice) gives a whimsical performance as the unwitting replacement agent ‘Number 008’ in director Ralph Thomas' (A Tale Of Two Cities, Doctor In The House) frantically funny spy comedy from the early 1960s. Hot Enough For June (PG) is available to own on Blu-ray from 23 February 2015, RRP £14.99, courtesy of Network Distributing’s ‘The British Film’ collection.
Hot Enough For June also stars screen siren Sylva Koscina (Hercules) and key character actors Robert Morley (Marie Antionette, The African Queen), Leo McKern (Rumpole Of The Baily, Reilly: Ace Of Spies) and John Le Mesurier (Dad’s Army, The Italian Job),
Out-of-work author Nicholas Whistler is happy to accept the offer of a luxurious, all-expenses-paid business trip behind the Iron Curtain. On his arrival in Prague, everyone - including his beautiful and seductive chauffeuse, Vlasta - assumes the Czech-speaking Nicholas to be a spy and it doesn't take long before he's alone and evading the Czech secret police!
A resurrection of the zombie-kind is happening in the UK this Easter, with Left Films’ announcing its DVD and Bluray release of Andy Phelps and Jake Hawkins’ horror film on 23rd March 2015.
Zombie Resurrection is set a year after the apocalypse, when a rag-tag group of survivors take refuge in an old school. As the undead inevitably invade the makeshift base, the humans witness an unholy miracle: one of the zombies has Jesus-like powers, this rotting Messiah’s touch brings other members of the undead back to life. Is this the Second Coming to save mankind, or a freak virus mutation that will plunge the remaining humans into a new hell? Expect plenty of gore and outrageous zombie whacking, in this action-packed undead showdown. The trailer is above.
[28 Jan 2015 at 22:46]
Midnight Run on Blu-ray
Take a course in creative swearing
One of the biggest cult films of the 80s Midnight Run, starring the legendary Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, comes to UK Blu-ray for the first time from Second Sight Films.
Robert De Niro plays Jack Walsh, a bounty hunter with a new assignment that could set him up for retirement. All he has to do is get bail-jumping accountant Jonathan ‘The Duke’ Mardukas (Charles Grodin) back to Los Angeles by midnight on Friday. But things aren’t that simple. The Duke has embezzled $15 million from the mob and they want him dead, the FBI want to get to him first to testify, Jack just wants him to shut-up after five minutes in his company. It’s going to be a long journey from New York to L.A.
With a razor-sharp script and performances to match, Martin Brest’s (Beverly Hills Cop), cult road movie sees De Niro (Goodfellas) give one of his greatest comic performances, equally matched by co-star Grodin (Beethoven). This highly anticipated high-def version will be released on 20 April 2015 complete with some fantastic brand new special features.
A CLEVERLY plotted mystery from Cat People director Jacques Tourneur, Circle Of Danger (U) casts Oscar-winner Ray Milland (Dial M For Murder, Love Story) as an American who comes to London hoping to discover the true circumstances about his brother’s death during a wartime operation in France. It is available to own from 23 February 2015, RRP £9.99, courtesy of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection.
Circle Of Danger also boasts fine performances from Marius Goring (The Barefoot Contessa, A Matter of Life and Death) and Gainsborough heroine Patricia Roc (Jassy, Millions Like Us).
Clay Douglas arrives in London to investigate the mysterious death of his brother, who served as a Commando with the British Forces. Suspecting it was not a German bullet that killed his brother, Clay's investigations uncover the fact that there was a mysterious 13th member of the raiding party.
BAFTA-nominated drama and early feature from Bond director Guy Hamilton, Trevor Howard (Gandhi, The Third Man) heads a strong cast as the jaded captain of a cargo ship, with Elsa Martinelli (Madigan’s Millions, Hatari!) starring in the title role. Manuela (PG) is out on DVD from 23 February 2015, RRP £9.99, as part of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection.
43-year-old James Prothero is up to the ears in alcohol and the skipper of a tramp ship due to leave South America for Britain who’s sick to death of carting goods back and forth across the world. Then he meets Manuela - a beautiful native girl smuggled on board by one of his crew, and he comes to realise that she, too, is a lost soul. Gradually a love affair develops between them, and Prothero becomes dangerously blind to the responsibilities of his position.
Jim Bennett (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award®-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance...
There's a John Goodman featurette at the link above which also includes interviews from Mark Wahlberg and director Rupert Wyatt. The Gambler is out now.
[24 Jan 2015 at 10:16]
The Book of Life
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invites you and your family to join Manolo, Maria and Chuy as they embark on a journey that takes them on an adventure through the Land of the Remembered in THE BOOK OF LIFE available on Digital HD, 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™ & DVD on 16th February. This culturally-based Day of the Dead themed animated feature is written and directed by Jorge Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro.
THE BOOK OF LIFE is a breathtaking animated comedy with a dazzling visual style unlike anything you’ve seen before. Torn between the expectations of his family and the desires of his heart, a young man named Manolo sets off on an epic quest, that spans three spectacular worlds, in order to reunite with his one true love and defend his village. Not your ordinary fairy tale, THE BOOK OF LIFE is a wondrous fantasy-adventure filled with magic, music and fun!
Regarded as the finest work from the first great era of Chinese filmmaking, Fei Mu’s quiet, piercingly poignant study of adulterous desire and guilt-ridden despair is a remarkable rediscovery, often compared to David Lean’s Brief Encounter. Following its theatrical release last year as part of the BFI’s major season A Century of Chinese Cinema, Spring in a Small Town will be released on DVD by the BFI on 23 February 2014.
After eight years of marriage to Liyan – once rich but now a shadow of his former self following a long, ruinous war – Yuwen does little except deliver his daily medication. A surprise visit from Liyan’s friend Zhang re-energises the household, but also stirs up dangerously suppressed longings and resentments.
Focusing on people rather than politics, director Fei Mu’s greatest achievement perfectly captures the dilemma of desire raging against loyalty, and sits alongside both the tender family dramas of Japan’s Yasujiro Ozu and the wonderful post-war humanist realist cinema of René Clément, Satyajit Ray and Vittorio De Sica. It has been acknowledged as a formative influence by Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers), Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine), Jia Zhangke (Still Life), and Wong Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love). A trailer is above.