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Roman J. Israel, esq on DVD
ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. is a dramatic thriller set in the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is suddenly disrupted. When he is recruited to join a firm led by an ambitious lawyer George Pierce (Colin Farrell) - and begins a friendship with a young champion of equal rights (Carmen Ejogo), a turbulent series of events ensues which will put the activism that has defined Roman’s career to the test.
Written and directed by Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler). Available on Digital Download May 28 and DVD on June 11.
The mythological past and bleak future converge on the sparse grey streets of London in this cult classic of the punk era. Director Derek Jarman doesn't spare the shocks, while electrifying punk rock numbers are delivered by Jayne County and Adam Ant.
After its inclusion in the BFI box set, Jarman Volume One: 1972-1986, Jubilee is released in a Dual Format Edition on 18 June 2018 to mark its 40th Anniversary.
Special features include new interviews with punk icon Jordan (who appeared in the film) and Jarman’s friend and collaborator Lee Drysdale, and more.
In Jubilee Queen Elizabeth I and her occult aide Dr John Dee (brilliantly played by Jenny Runacre and Richard O'Brien respectively) travel into the future, encountering the megalomania of big business as well as gangs of violent, marauding killers.
[25 May 2018 at 15:16]
The Criterion Collection for July and August
Four goodies for your personal collection
The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are delighted to confirm the titles to be released on Blu-ray in July and August 2018. Please note that the July titles are replacing those previously announced.
On the 9 July comes KING OF JAZZ. The most extravagant, eclectic and technically ambitious Hollywood productions of its day, filmed in luminous early Technicolour, has been rediscovered and newly restored.
Following on the 30 July is Orson Welles' delightfully shifty documentary, F IS FOR FAKE. The legendary filmmaker gleefully re-engages with the central preoccupation of his career: the tenuous line between illusion and truth, art and lies.
On the 6 August is SEX, LIES and VIDEOTAPE, Steven Soderbergh's remarkably assured, disarmingly frank debut, a game-changer for American independent film.
Following on the 27 August is SMITHEREENS, Susan Seidelman's electrifying debut, a vivid dispatch from eighties New York and a benchmark for independent film. Shot on 16 mm film that captures the grit and glam of the setting, with an alternately moody and frenetic soundtrack by the Feelies and others.
Eureka Entertainment are to release ALLURE, an unnerving psychological thriller starring Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld), in DVD format on 9 July 2018.
A dark psychosexual drama from first-time directors Carlos and Jason Sanchez, Allure stars Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) as a troubled woman who becomes entangled in an intense relationship with a young girl.
Plagued by the abuse of her past and the turmoil of failed intimate encounters, Laura (Evan Rachel Wood) struggles to find a sense of normalcy. Her beacon of hope comes in sixteen year-old Eva (Julia Sarah Stone), a talented pianist disillusioned by the life her mother imposes upon her. An unlikely relationship is formed between the two and Eva becomes an obsession to Laura. Manipulation, denial and codependency fuel what ultimately becomes a fractured dynamic that can only sustain itself for so long. The trailer is above.
[25 May 2018 at 12:25]
120 BPM on Blu-ray and DVD
Active with the activists
The lives of AIDS activists in early 90s Paris are reimagined in bold and vivid detail in 120 BPM, a stunning and heart-wrenching drama from the writer of Palme d'Or winner The Class, Robin Campillo. Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes 2017 and a host of international awards, this is an essential work of cinema with a profoundly moving and delicately crafted love story at its heart.
As the AIDS epidemic tears through their community, the members of ACT UP Paris are fighting for survival. While they battle against governmental apathy, pharmaceutical greed and public ignorance, they also go out partying, debate politics and, occasionally, fall in love. One day, as outspoken radical Sean (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart) strikes up a conversation with shy newcomer Nathan (Arnaud Valois), they have no idea that their lives are about to change forever.
Based on the director's own experiences, this vibrant and deeply emotional drama rushes with youthful energy, balancing powerful themes of social justice with euphoric moments of spine-tingling sensuality. Urgent and affecting, it's a film about life, death, passion, tragedy - and, above all, the will to survive.
ON DVD & BLU-RAY 4th JUNE.
[24 May 2018 at 23:56]
The Knack... and how to get it on Blu-ray and DVD [read more]
Rita, Ray and Mike too
From the director of the Beatles' films A Hard Day's Night (1964) and Help! (1965) comes this inventive and hilarious romp through love and sex in 1960s London, made by Woodfall Films. Featuring a wildly frenetic filmmaking style that careers from slapstick to serious avant-garde, this genuinely dazzling film is a mod masterpiece.
On 18 June 2018 it will be released by the BFI on Blu-ray/DVD in a Dual Format Edition - the first time it has been released on Blu-ray in the UK. Numerous extras include a new interview with Rita Tushingham and Richard Lester discussing his career in film.
This stand-alone release follows the film's inclusion in the BFI Blu-ray and DVD box sets, Woodfall: A Revolution in British Cinema, released on 11 June 2018.
Shy, unassuming teenager Mary 'Mouse' Bedford (Mischa Barton, The OC) is enrolled at a prestigious all girls' boarding school hidden away amongst lush countryside forest. Upon arrival, she is welcomed by her two roommates - the carefree and impressionable Tori (Jessica Paré, Mad Men) and excitable, temperamental Paulie (Piper Perabo, Coyote Ugly) - whom Mary quickly discovers are deeply in love with one another. But when when Tori’s younger sister finds out, and threatens to break the secret to her friends and family, Tori breaks off the relationship. Unable to deal with losing the other half to her whole family, Paulie will do anything to get her ex-girlfriend back, even if it means risking her life.
Based on the Susan Swan novel The Wives of Bath, Lost and Delirious marks the English language debut for the multi award-winning Swiss-Canadian director Lea Pool (La passion d'Augustine, Set Me Free, La femme de l'hôtel) and introduces a trio of young and talented actresses burning up the screen years before they went on to break Hollywood.
DVD AND VOD RE-RELEASE 28 MAY. The trailer's above.
June Carter Cash... June Brown... June Whitfield... Everyone likes a good June! This June at the Regent Street Cinema will hold a very special UK Premiere for BETTY: THEY SAY I'M DIFFERENT. An aspiring songwriter from a small steel town, Betty Davis arrived on the 70's scene to break boundaries for women with her daring personality, iconic fashion and outrageous funk music. Despite being banned and boycotted, she went on to become the first black woman to perform, write and manage herself. Betty was a feminist pioneer, inspiring and intimidating in a manner like no woman before. Then suddenly, she just vanished.
The Film shows that Betty Davis was a woman ahead of her time - suffering for her uncompromising independence. Along the way, viewers will see that she was the equal of Tina Turner or Chaka Khan in terms of style, stage charisma, and pure sex appeal, and that Betty laid the groundwork for later divas such as Erykah Badu and Macy Gray, white soul singers like Amy Winehouse and Nikka Costa, and rockers Karen O and Jennifer Herrema. The screening is hosted by SOUL JAZZ RECORDS and is followed by a Q&A with director Phil Cox.
Click the link above to see June's highlights at the Regent Street Cinema.