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I Am Divine on DVD
The Filthiest Person Alive!
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jeffrey Schwartz (Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story, Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon, Vito) turns his camera on the plus-sized "cinematic terrorist" turned international icon of bad taste when I AM DIVINE debuts across all digital platforms beginning April 1st and on DVD April 8th from Wolfe Video. Harris Glenn Milstead, a.k.a. Divine, comes to life in this complex documentary that traces his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to internationally-recognized drag superstar.
The film includes interviews with many key figures from Divine's life, including legendary filmmaker John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray), co-stars Ricki Lake (Hairspray), Tab Hunter (Polyester, Lust in the Dust) and Mink Stole (Female Trouble, Desperate Living), and his mother. Bonus materials include more than 30 minutes of deleted footage that sheds additional light on the cha-cha heels of this midnight-movie icon.
[7 Mar 2014 at 19:33]
Network's British Film line for March on DVD
Comedy icon Harry H. Corbett stars opposite Diane Cilento in RATTLE OF A SIMPLE MAN out on DVD 31st March, RRP £9.99. Charles Dyer’s daring early-sixties drama tells of the faltering romance between a shy northern football fan and a worldly London prostitute.
Presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, Rattle of a Simple Man is both a touching romantic comedy and a finely observed study of human relationships. It is directed by Oscar winner Muriel Box.
Also worth looking out for in Network's The British Film series in March are Aussie drama Robbery Under Arms with Peter Finch, ghost thriller The House in the Woods and Jimmy Edwards comedy Bottoms Up!
Three films about teens and tearaways made in the 50s, 70s and 80s – one directed by Lewis Gilbert and featuring well-known names like Gary Kemp, Robin Askwith and Terence Morgan – comprise the fifth volume of Children’s Film Foundation films, Runaways, released on DVD by the BFI on 21 April 2014.
Largely shot on location in London and Edinburgh, these rare films, Johnny on the Run (1953), Hide and Seek (1972) and Terry on the Fence (1985), have been digitally re-mastered and come with an illustrated booklet. Thoroughly entertaining, they are also a wonderfully enjoyable reminder of times gone by. There's a clip of Gary at the link above.
The sixth volume of CFF films, Outer Space (including Glitterball), will be released in October as part of the BFI’s major celebration, Things to Come: Science Fiction.
DEVIL IN THE WOODS is the nightmarish new horror film from director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III & IV) starring True Blood’s Stephen Moyer.
Also starring Shawn Ashmore (X-Men trilogy), DEVIL IN THE WOODS is a visceral and bloody mix of horror and the supernatural and is released on DVD by Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment on 3rd March 2014.
Richard Vineyard (Moyer) is eager for his son, step-daughter and new wife to get along, so plans a family vacation to the reclusive Pine Barrens.
Desperate for real solitude, Richard leads them deeper into the woods where it quickly becomes clear that all is not peaceful as animals are found mutilated and horrifically killed. Struck down by illness, Richard and his family are stranded as the local legend of the ‘Jersey Devil’ that stalks the darkened woods, starts to haunt their thoughts.
What started out as a peaceful family trip ends up being a deadly nightmare. A new clip is at the link above.
The 3D animated family comedy catapults moviegoers to planet Baab where admired astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy, by-the-rules brother, Gary (Rob Corddry), head of mission control at BASA. When BASA’s no-nonsense chief Lena (Jessica Alba) informs the brothers of an SOS from a notoriously dangerous planet, Scorch rejects Gary’s warnings and bounds off for yet another exciting mission.
But when Scorch finds himself caught in a fiendish trap set by the evil Shanker (William Shatner) it’s up to scrawny, risk-adverse Gary to do the real rescuing. As the interplanetary stakes rise to new heights, Gary is left to save his brother, his planet, his beloved wife Kira (Sarah Jessica Parker) and their adventure hungry son Kip.
The Weinstein Company is pleased to make available a new clip from Escape From Planet Earth, which lands in UK cinemas THIS FRIDAY (7th March) from Entertainment Films. Just click on the link above.
The spectacular and thrilling sci-fi epic adventure ENDER’S GAME featuring an all-star cast, explosive set pieces and breathtaking visual effects lands on Blu-ray and DVD on 10 March 2014 courtesy Entertainment One.
Set in the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics has attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer.
Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into a battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
The future must be won as this epic adventure comes to Blu-ray and DVD on 10 March 2014. The trailer is above.
[4 Mar 2014 at 23:36]
We Are the Freaks
A surreal and anarchic anti-teen movie about three misfits on a disastrous night out, WE ARE THE FREAKS is set to be released in the UK theatrically on 25th April 2014 and available on DVD from 5th May 2014 through Metrodome Distribution.
Set against the social and political turmoil of 1990’s Thatcher’s England, over the course of one evening they come to terms with being outsiders and learn to love failure and embrace being a freak.
Jack (Jamie Blackley – Snow White and the Huntsman) wants to escape his boring bank job and aspires to be a writer but is waiting to hear news about the grant he needs in order to take up his place at University. Parsons (Mike Bailey - Skins) is a wimp with a dangerously unhealthy sexual fixation on Margaret Thatcher. He finds life guidance from the deranged but principled hardman Killer Colin (Michael Smiley – Kill List). Unlike Jack, posh kid Chunks (Sean Teale – Mr. Selfridge) has never had to worry about money and as a result holds everyone and everything in high disregard. Despite his cynicism, he may just learn something from the sociopathic Splodger (Adam Gillen – Benidorm) as fate forces them together.
From the producer of Harry Potter and Gravity, Paddington comes to the big screen for the first time in an epic new adventure. Starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington.
Adapted from Michael Bond’s beloved books, Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a polite young bear with an endearing talent for comic chaos.
Paddington has grown up deep in the Peruvian jungle with his Aunt Lucy who, inspired by a chance encounter with an English explorer, has raised her nephew to dream of an exciting life in London. When an earthquake destroys their home, Aunt Lucy decides to smuggle her young nephew on board a boat bound for England, in search of a better life. Arriving alone at Paddington Station, Paddington soon finds that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who find him with a label tied around his neck which reads ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’ They offer him a temporary home whilst he searches for the explorer who impressed Aunt Lucy all those years before.
But when Paddington catches the eye of a sinister, seductive taxidermist (huh? - ed.), it isn’t long before his home – and very existence – is under threat ...
Paddington is released in UK cinemas November 28th. The teaser is at the link above.