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The Children’s Film Foundation Collection on DVD [read more]
The Glitterball at last
A blast from the past for nostalgia fans and something different for their kids; the sixth DVD volume from The Children’s Film Foundation Collection contains three of the CFF’s finest science fiction adventures: Supersonic Saucer (1956), Kadoyng (1972) and the oft-requested classic The Glitterball (1977).
Outer Space is released on 22 September 2014 as part of the BFI’s Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, a nationwide celebration of Sci-Fi film and TV.
Supersonic Saucer tells the heart-warming story of Meba, an adorable baby flying saucer from Venus with otherworldly powers who arrives on an exploratory mission to Earth. Adopted by a group of children, he helps the youngsters prevent a robbery at their school.
In the delightful Kadoyng it looks as if nothing can stop the village of Byway being demolished to make way for a new motorway. Until, that is, a jovial visitor with an unusual appendage descends from the planet Stoikal and helps a trio of children foil the construction work. This enjoyable escapade stars stalwart comic actor Bill Owen (Last of the Summer Wine).
The award-winning The Glitterball sees two young boys come to the aid of a tiny spherical alien who is trying to return to its mothership while being pursued by both the Air Force and a devious petty crook. This perennial CFF favourite stars veteran British character actor Ron Pember.
Refreshing, honest, relatable and hilarious, OBVIOUS CHILD is a comedy like no other. Following one woman’s haphazard journey through her late twenties, the film lands in cinemas across the UK from 29th August 2014 through Koch Media.
OBVIOUS CHILD is the story of unapologetic Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate), a twenty-something loose cannon who gets dumped, fired and pregnant in quick succession. Better at cracking jokes about her flatulence and the contents of her knickers in her weekly stand-up routine than doing her taxes, Donna has a lot of growing up to do. With her parents nudging her to take control of her life, Donna is forced to do just that when she falls pregnant following a one-night stand with clean-cut, sensible Max (Jake Lacy) – a guy not remotely her type – and decides to seek the choice most responsible to her future. With the support of her friends Nellie (Gaby Hoffmann) and Joey (Gabe Liedman), Donna learns how to be brave, honest and vulnerable in real life; not just on stage.
Directed by exciting debut filmmaker Gillian Robespierre and introducing an outstanding breakout performance from talented newcomer Jenny Slate (Parks and Recreation), OBVIOUS CHILD also features a great supporting cast including Jake Lacey (‘The Office’), Gaby Hoffmann (‘Girls’) and Gabe Liedman. The trailer is above.
The death of actor, director and producer Lord Richard Attenborough has been announced; he had been ill for some time but leaves behind him a legacy of most of a lifetime of British film. The brother of broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, he began his career as an actor, appearing in small roles in such classics as In Which We Serve and A Matter of Life and Death before he was cast as the psychopathic Pinkie in Brighton Rock and his fame was sealed.
He went on to act in such films as The Guinea Pig, Private's Progress, Dunkirk, I'm All Right Jack, The Angry Silence, The League of Gentlemen, Only Two Can Play, All Night Long, perennial favourite The Great Escape, Séance on a Wet Afternoon, The Sand Pebbles, Flight of the Phoenix, Doctor Dolittle, Only When I Larf, The Bliss of Miss Blossom, Loot, 10 Rillington Place (a rare villainous role), Brannigan, The Chess Players, then after a gap Jurassic Park, Miracle on 34th Street and Elizabeth. The gap was down to his directing work, which produced the Oscar-winning Ghandi, demonstrating his interest in biopics, as well as Oh What a Lovely War, Young Winston, A Bridge Too Far, horror Magic, Cry Freedom and Shadowlands, the latter probably his finest work behind the camera. Also a producer with Whistle Down the Wind among his classics, Attenborough represented entire eras of British film and his compassion in telling those stories was a mark of his talent and understanding.
[24 Aug 2014 at 23:19]
The Clowns on Blu-ray and DVD
Life's a circus with Federico
One of the Fellini films which has been out of circulation for many years, I clowns [The Clowns] has long been revered by Fellini enthusiasts for the several decades since its release as among the Maestro's finest works — a thrilling spectacle, once seen for the first time, — and a picture which after multiple viewings easily takes its place alongside such classics as La strada, Le notti di Cabiria, La dolce vita, Satyricon, Amarcord... but in a register all its own.
I clowns plays out in dazzling colour and in episodic cascade, just as in all of Fellini's late-60s-and-beyond films. As the circus rolls into town, and the big-tent gets erected, the clowns execute their acts with feverish can-you-believe-it bravado. It's all true — and yet not a "documentary" per se; rather, something in-between a dramatic-comedic portrayal of gags-at-play and the memoria of all that makes the spark for childhood inspiration to ignite into creative virtuosity... and/or into something like Federico Fellini.
A great and under acknowledged treasure of the cinema, I clowns takes its place alongside such films as Bergman's Carnies' Twilight, Ophuls's Lola Montès, Étaix's Yoyo, Jerry Lewis's The Day the Clown Cried, and Tati's Parade as one of the grand portraits of the clowning circus, of a bygone era of the wandering entertainer. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Federico Fellini's I clowns in a special Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) edition for the first time in the UK on 20th October 2014.
From master-of-horror Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D) comes this supernatural, offbeat thriller starring beloved British actor Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, Kill Your Darlings) and the talented Juno Temple (Magic Magic, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For).
Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) is accused for the violent rape and killing of his girlfriend, Merrin Williams (Juno Temple). After a hard night of drinking, Ig awakens, hungover, to find horns growing out of his head; they have the ability to drive people to confess sins and give in to selfish impulses. Ig decides to use this effective tool to discover the circumstances of his girlfriend's death and to seek revenge by finding the true murderer.
Daniel and Juno lead an all-star cast with strong support from David Morse (The Green Mile, The Hurt Locker) and Heather Graham (The Hangover I&II, Boogie Nights). Released into UK cinemas on Wednesday, 29 October, 2014. Click above for the UK trailer.
The death of classic Hollywood leading lady Lauren Bacall was announced today. A New Yorker by birth, she began her career modelling when she was snapped up by the movies to star alongside Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not, an event which changed both her professional and private lives. She and Bogart fell in love and were married, going on to star in further vehicles which were hits with a public captivated by their romance: The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and Key Largo. From a renowned beauty in her early career, she matured into a waspish character actress in films such as Young Man with a Horn, musical How to Marry a Millionaire, The Cobweb, Douglas Sirk favourite Written on the Wind, rip-roaring adventure North West Frontier, detective yarn Harper, Murder on the Orient Express, John Wayne's final bow The Shootist, HealtH and The Fan (both with James Garner), Stephen King horror Misery, Pret-a-Porter, Lars von Trier's Dogville and Manderlay, Birth and The Walker. Always popular for her frank anecdotes about old Hollywood, she was working right to the end, one of the last of the Golden Age stars.
[13 Aug 2014 at 08:56]
The music will be good
October 2014 sees the much-anticipated theatrical and home entertainment release of Northern Soul; a vibrant and authentic portrayal of adolescent escapism and self-discovery, set against the high-octane Northern Soul scene of mid-seventies Lancashire.
The debut feature film from award-winning photographer, Elaine Constantine features performances from Steve Coogan (Philomena, The Trip), John Thomson (The Fast Show, Waterloo Road), Ricky Tomlinson (Mike Bassett: England Manager, Clocking Off) and Lisa Stansfield (The Edge of Love), and tells the tale of the DJ-led movement that developed in bleak industrial North West England, sparked by the discovery of black American soul music.
With an uncompromising script, original soundtrack and fierce attention to detail, Northern Soul faithfully recreates the vibrant all-nighter scene of the 70's throughout the glory years, and tells an uplifting and honest coming of age story as two best friends confront rivalry, violence and drug abuse, testing their friendship to the limit.
In cinemas: Friday 17th October, 2014. Out on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD: 20th October, 2014.
[12 Aug 2014 at 22:57]
Killers on Blu-ray and DVD
From the men who brought you The Raid
Nomura is a good looking and stylish man in his early thirties who lives a successful life in Tokyo, Japan. Girls are drawn to him, something he uses to his advantage as none of them realise the sinister truth behind the clean-cut façade.
Nomura has been leaving a legacy of violent murders that he immortalises through video clips posted on a public video website. He thrives off of the fact that millions are witnessing his work through the virally spread videos.
Thousands of miles away from him, in a whole different world, lives Bayu, a disgraced investigative journalist living in a violent and unstable Jakarta, Indonesia. As Bayu’s life is hit by the nadir of failures, Nomura’s videos trigger his dark side as he starts to record his own brand of “justified” killings. Nomura’s seemingly confident and controlled charm starts to peel when his ego is wounded by the fact that Bayu’s videos have reached a significant numbers of followers that could rival his own.
KILLERS takes the style and quality production of The Raid and creates a psychological thriller head and shoulders above any film of its genre. With characters and events that leave a lasting effect long after the credits, this is a film for all fans of quality cinema. On DVD and Blu-ray 1st September.