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  Sink the Bismarck! on Blu-ray [read more]
  Quite a game of Battleships
  Eureka Entertainment is to release SINK THE BISMARCK!, the authentic action thriller depicting one of World War II's most famous sea battles, presented for the first time ever on Blu-ray in the UK as part of the Eureka Classics range from 11 March 2019.

One of the finest British war films ever made, Sink the Bismarck! tells the true story of one of World War II's most notorious sea battles.

In the Spring of 1941, Nazi Germany's greatest battleship - the Bismarck, scourge of Atlantic shipping, is pinned down at her anchorage in Norway. Making a break for freedom and the safety of air cover from the Luftwaffe, the great ship is chased by the Royal Navy, led by the Admiralty's Chief of Operations, Captain Jonathan Shepard (Kenneth More), and WRNS Second Officer Anne Davis (Dana Wynter).

Directed by the late Lewis Gilbert (Alfie, The Spy Who Loved Me), Sink the Bismarck! received acclaim for its authenticity and nail-biting combat sequences.
  Graeme Clark [17 Jan 2019 at 10:40]
     
  Network's The British Film: Phase II [read more]
  Loads more goodies from the label who brought you The Goodies
  Network's THE BRITISH FILM label of Blu-rays and DVDs has been a notable and thriving success, featuring over 400 films from the silent era through to the 1980s, including classics such as The Ipcress File, Animal Farm, Black Narcissus and The Man Who Haunted Himself. The label proudly re-presents the UK's cinematic heritage as brand-new transfers from the original film elements and lovingly introducing classy packaging that reflects the original, iconic poster artwork of these vintage films.

Network are extremely proud of the films released to date and new key deals with Studiocanal will enable them to expand the label even further - both on physical media and, excitingly on VOD. They are now embarking on THE BRITISH FILM: PHASE II, which starts with a bang this New Year!

January 2019 kicks off the new chapter with some barnstorming British comedies - with brand-new releases of the hilarious film versions of MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE (1974) and TILL DEATH US DO PART (1968). Hot on their heels is the classic crime-fighting duo of Jack Regan and George Carter in SWEENEY! (1977) and SWEENEY 2 (1978) – followed later by CLIFF RICHARD in the hotly-anticipated release of his final film TAKE ME HIGH (1973), PETER SELLERS and an all-star cast in gentle comedy THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH (1957), comedy writing legends Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais' spin-off feature THE LIKELY LADS (1976) and ANNA NEAGLE's spectacular Queen Victoria biopics VICTORIA THE GREAT (1937) and SIXTY GLORIOUS YEARS (1938). All these new releases will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital VOD, all sourced from High Definition transfers taken from the original film elements.
  Graeme Clark [17 Jan 2019 at 00:12]
     
  Widows on Blu-ray, DVD and digital
  Deadly distaff
  From Academy Award® Winner Steve McQueen, the director of 12 Years a Slave, and from Gillian Flynn, the writer of Gone Girl, comes Widows, the most essential thriller of the year, arriving on Digital Download from 1st March and VOD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on 18th March.

Starring Oscar® Winner and 2019 BAFTA-nominee (Best Leading Actress) Viola Davis for her searing performance, Widows boasts an all-star female cast including Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo (2019 BAFTA Rising Star Nominee).

Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of political turmoil, four women - with nothing in common except a debt left by their dead husbands' criminal acts - conspire to take fate into their own hands. Tensions build as Veronica, Alice, Linda and Belle are left with no option but to forge a future on their own terms by attempting to complete the heist that their husbands couldn't.

A blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption, featuring stellar supporting performances from Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson, Widows delivers explosive action and gripping suspense. Capping off an unrivalled ensemble cast is 2018's BAFTA Rising Star Daniel Kaluuya, with a truly menacing performance unlike anything he's done before. The Blu-ray is packed with nearly 60-minutes of bonus content, with three documentary featurettes filled with in-depth interviews and raw on-set footage.
  Graeme Clark [15 Jan 2019 at 23:05]
     
  Nightflyers [read more]
  See? George can finish books
  Nightflyers follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system aboard The Nightflyer - a ship with a small tight knit crew and a reclusive captain -- in the hope of making contact with alien life. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place they start to question each other -- and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought.

Nightflyers is based on the novella by George R. R. Martin, who also serves as an executive producer on the project, and is produced by Universal Cable Productions and co-produced by Netflix. Check out the trailer above. Nightflyers will launch on Netflix outside the US on 1 February 2019.
  Graeme Clark [15 Jan 2019 at 23:02]
     
  Aquaman [read more]
  Going swimmingly
  Warner Bros. Pictures' Aquaman has stormed the box office, taking in more than $1 billion worldwide in just over one month since it reigned supreme in its first market, China. The announcement was made today by Ron Sanders, President of Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures Group and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

"We're thrilled audiences around the world have embraced Aquaman in such a big, big way," said Sanders. "Jason, the filmmakers and the team at DC have delivered a film that people love, and we are so appreciative of their support."

Wan stated, "Firstly, Massive LOVE and THANK YOU to the fans and audiences around the world. Humbled by the way you've embraced Aquaman and how it has resonated on a global scale. I'll forever be indebted to Jason for turning Aquaman into one of the coolest, cinematic Super Heroes ever, and becoming the gold standard for this character for generations to come. Huge thank you to the amazing cast - Amber, Patrick, Nicole, Yahya, Willem, Temuera, Dolph, Ludi - for breathing life into our beloved characters. And, of course, this movie wouldn’t be what it is without the incredible achievement of everyone involved, from the heads of department to every single crew member, who demanded utmost excellence in helping design and create this cinematic experience."

In addition to crossing the billion-dollar mark, this weekend Aquaman, at $1.02 billion and counting, is now the #2 DC film ever worldwide, behind only The Dark Knight Rises, which took in $1.08 billion in its run. Aquaman has taken in $287.9 million domestically, and is now also the 2nd highest grossing Warner Bros. film of all time internationally, with $732.4 million to date; the biggest DC film of all time internationally; and the highest grossing Warner Bros. film ever in China, with $287.3 million.
  Graeme Clark [15 Jan 2019 at 00:01]
     
  Rosa Luxemburg on Blu-ray, DVD and digital
  Fight for her rights
  Nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival in 1986, ROSA LUXEMBURG (1986) is Margarethe von Trotta's remarkable biopic of one of the most fascinating figures in modern European history. On 4 FEBRUARY 2019, a beautiful restoration will become available for the first time in the UK on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Download, as part of STUDIOCANAL's Vintage World Cinema label with English subtitles.

Margarethe von Trotta (1942) is to thank for some of the most trailblazing films over the past five decades and was one of the key cinematic voices of the new German Cinema movement. Von Trotta’s wonderfully complex and outspoken female characters have undoubtedly inspired those taking centre stage in films by contemporary directors such as Jane Campion, Andrea Arnold, Lynne Ramsay and Lone Scherfig.

Luxemburg (Barbara Sukowa), a dedicated Marxist and pacifist, is arrested in 1905 for her political activities. Determined to stick to her principles, she goes on to be repeatedly convicted and imprisoned for her protests and speeches. In 1915, growing disillusioned with the German Social Democrats when they endorse World War I, she founds the Sparticist League, later the Communist Party of Germany. Despite the many men in her life, Rosa remains focused on social justice. Portrayed masterfully by Sukowa (also known from Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Lola) who won Best Actress at the Cannes Festival, Luxemburg's character comes alive on screen with a depth and complexity that her public image as a militant revolutionary might lead us believe.
  Graeme Clark [14 Jan 2019 at 23:57]
     
  Quadrophenia [read more]
  The ultimate tale of disenfranchised youth
  Hot on the heels of The Who's announcement that they're back in the studio for their first new studio album in 13 years and a tour to follow, we're delighted to confirm Ealing Music & Film Festival's screening of the seminal Quadrophenia as part of this year’s programme.

On the evening of 15th February, 7pm at Weston Hall, University of West London, in association with Ealing Classic Cinema Club there will be a screening the iconic 1979 film Quadrophenia from Pete Townshend and Franc Roddam starring Sting, Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash and Toyah Willcox, with music by The Who (certificate 18). We also present a free screening of films by the talented students of UWL and MetFilm School on the evening of 13th February.

Returning for its seventh successive year in February 2019, the acclaimed Ealing Music & Film Festival will again celebrate Ealing's cultural heritage with a delightful array of music from classical to blues alongside an eclectic film line up, to entertain and enrich audiences and will take place from 13th - 17th February 2019 with both free and paid for events happening across Ealing at venues including the University of West London, St Barnabas Church, The Brentham Club, St Mary's Church and The MetFilm School.
  Graeme Clark [14 Jan 2019 at 23:52]
     
  Destination: Dewsbury [read more]
  Better received than The Inbetweeners New Year Special!
  Back in the 80s, five inseparable friends cause ruckus in their schooldays. Twenty years on and they've got jobs they don't want, and wives who don't want them. The leader of the gang, Frankie, is now dying in Yorkshire. The others find out and get together for one last sad, mad, bad road trip to Dewsbury, before it's all too late. Rude but loveable British comedy at its finest.

DESTINATION: DEWSBURY, the new British comedy - "like The Inbetweeners on steroids" - will be arriving in Showcase cinemas from the 1st March. The trailer's at the link.
  Graeme Clark [14 Jan 2019 at 23:47]
     

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