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Monsters: Dark Continent on Blu-ray and DVD
Large and in charge
Directed by Tom Green (Misfits), Executive Produced by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and starring Johnny Harris (Atonement, Snow White and the Huntsman, War Horse), Joe Dempsie (Skins, Game of Thrones, The Damned United) and Sam Keeley (This Must Be The Place, What Richard Did, The Borgias), Monsters: Dark Continent looks ten years on from the events of Monsters and the 'Infected Zones' have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun and at the same time there has been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to drab in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency.
After a NASA deep space probe crash landed in Mexico, menacing extra-terrestrial life forms emerged. Now, so-called 'Infected Zones' have spread around the globe. With humanity in retreat in many parts of the world, the US is moving to protect its overseas interests. Giant, terrifying sand bugs infest the Arabian Desert, so troops have been sent in to firebomb the creatures, carting their bodies away on giant trucks to be incinerated. In this hostile environment, two soldiers are sent on a high-risk rescue mission.
Gareth Edwards' original Monsters was nominated for a BAFTA and led to him directing the recent Godzilla reboot and the upcoming Star Wars: Rogue One. He returns as executive producer of this gripping continuation of the story.
Eureka Entertainment to release King Hu’s DRAGON INN, the influential 1967 blockbuster which broke boxoffice records on release in Taiwan, Korea and the Philippines, on Blu-ray in a Dual Format edition for the first time in the UK on 28 September 2015. A clip is above.
A quintessential entryway into the highly stylized, tightly choreographed wuxia genre of martial arts cinema, Dragon Inn was a global breakthrough for the form’s greatest practitioner, King Hu.
Its influence remains incalculable, from its annihilation of traditional expectations of what kind of role an actress should inhabit (also chipped away at by Hu's previous masterpiece Come Drink with Me), to the formation of many of the genre’s archetypes — such as the Eunuch, the Swordswoman, and the Family of Murdered Loyal Officials — that are still recognizable in the martial arts films of today.
TARZAN star Lex Barker and Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney (Breakfast At Tiffany’s) head a glittering international cast in this crime thriller from British B-movie mogul Harry Alan Towers (The Call of the Wild), with Barker starring as the pilot of a stricken American airliner and Rooney as the purser whose eye for easy money sees him tangling with a ruthless gang of smugglers. 24 Hours To Kill (PG) is released on DVD on 3 August 2015, RRP £9.99, courtesy of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection.
When a jet airliner with engine trouble lands in Beirut for a 24-hour stopover, purser 'Jonesey' fears his life is in danger from a gold-smuggling gang whom he double-crossed on a previous trip. So begins a day of chilling suspense, as he and other crew members find themselves embroiled in a desperate race for their lives. There's a clip at the link above.
From the vintage visuals of 'SPIKED HEELS AND BLACK NYLONS', 'OBSCENE HOUSE' and 'ALICE IN ACIDLAND' to 'THE TWISTED SEX', 'TORTURE ME KISS ME' and 'ZERO IN AND SCREAM' - to name just a few of the tantalizing film titles showcased - the controversial Danish icon constructs a whole new way of looking at the key artwork and shameless hyperbole thought up in the back alley gutters of the exploitation industry.
Such poster art broke all the rules and crossed every line, much like Refn himself throughout his innovative career. For the masterfully overblown promises and alluring tag-lines were dubious attractions devised to persuade the ravished sight to suppress the cool head of reason and tempt it to sit in a dark auditorium to watch other people's lurid lives shockingly unravel.
Now the celebrated filmmaker makes complicit voyeurs of us all by editing his exceptional collection of little-seen and vivid front-of-house displays into an extraordinary multi-dimensional creation to match the observation sensations explored in his own pioneering screen work.
Co-authored by FrightFest curator and internationally renowned horror expert Alan Jones, THE ACT OF SEEING’s September 14th release will coincide with a number of special events in London. Tickets for both BFI Southbank events will go on sale from Tuesday 4 August to BFI members and Tuesday 11 August to the public. For more information go to the link above.
DIRECTED by Oscar-nominee Ken Annakin (Swiss Family Robinson) and featuring performances from Prisoner icon Patrick McGoohan opposite Hollywood star Michael Craig (Mysterious Island) and, in a typically sensuous performance, tragically short-lived British actress Belinda Lee (Blackout), Nor the Moon by Night (12) is released on DVD on 3 August 2015, RRP £9.99, courtesy of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection. A clip is above.
When Alice Lang flies out to Kenya to marry gamekeeper Andrew Miller she is met by his brother Rusty, who is initially opposed to the marriage. The two become attracted to each other, but when her fiancé is attacked by a lion, Alice nurses him back to health. Now torn between affection and duty, she must decide which path to follow.
[28 Jul 2015 at 23:47]
Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles on DVD [read more]
Well well welly Welles
Directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Chuck Workman, Magician explores the artistic and private life of Orson Welles, taking the viewer on a wild journey through his accomplished career in theatre and radio, and in film and television – both in Hollywood and in Europe. After its recent UK cinema opening, it comes to DVD, released by the BFI on 24 August 2015 accompanied by several extras.
Featuring new interviews with Welles authorities including Simon Callow and Peter Bogdanovich, and illustrated with a wealth of archival material and film extracts, Magician reveals a pioneering, uncompromising artist who, although misunderstood in his own time, is now rightfully lauded as a master of his art. The trailer is at the link above.
[27 Jul 2015 at 22:58]
Around the World with Orson Welles on Blu-ray and DVD [read more]
E for Europe
In 1955, the celebrated polymath Orson Welles was invited to write, direct and present his first television production – a series of travelogues exploring Europe. A unique and enthralling entry in the career of one of modern cinema’s most revered figures, Welles’ masterful series is released at last, on Limited Edition Blu-ray and DVD on 24 August 2015. The discs are accompanied by some rare and fascinating extra features.
Part home-movie, part cinematic essay, each episode of Around the World with Orson Welles takes the viewer on a journey to meet famous people and explore the continent’s most romantic cities. In Paris, we are introduced to artists and poets such as Jean Cocteau; in Madrid, we attend a bullfight; in London we hear from Chelsea Pensioners and in Vienna, in an episode which was long believed lost, we are taken to the locations of The Third Man in which Welles starred.
[24 Jul 2015 at 19:19]
The Watchmaker’s Apprentice digitally and on DVD
Got the time?
Bulldog Film Distribution is pleased to announce the UK release of The Watchmaker’s Apprentice, available digitally and on DVD from 10th August 2015; pre-order now from Amazon.
The Watchmaker’s Apprentice is a fascinating portrait of two remarkable men. It tells the incredible story of George Daniels’ rise from Dickensian poverty to become the world’s greatest living watchmaker and the one man who, through relentless tenacity, would become accepted as his one and only apprentice: Roger W Smith.
The Watchmaker’s Apprentice is a unique testimony to their extraordinary craft, touching relationship and unique personalities. It’s about gentle obsession and inspiring perseverance; a compelling insight into what makes the greatest mechanical artists tick. It is about time itself and the opportunities we have to leave an eternally lasting imprint on the world from our fleeting existence.
Narrated by actor John Rhys Davis (Lord Of The Rings), this highly anticipated film contains the last interview George Daniels gave, just before his death in October 2011.