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  Farewell My Concubine on Blu-ray and DVD [read more]
  Peking opera blues
  Based on the best-selling novel by Lilian Lee, Farewell My Concubine is an epic exploration of art, friendship and betrayal set against the tumultuous backdrop of more than 50 years of Chinese history. This multi-award-winning film from 1993 will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in a Dual Format Edition by the BFI on 21 March 2016.

Farewell My Concubine charts the relationship between Cheng (Leslie Cheung) and Duan (Zhang Fengyi), two stars in the Peking Opera troupe, and the woman who comes between them. Chen Kaige’s sumptuous and moving epic holds an important place in the history of Chinese-language cinema. Recognised with more than twenty major awards, including a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and the FIPRESCI and Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, it brought the cinema of China to a western audience.
  Graeme Clark [11 Feb 2016 at 22:33]
  Grace & Favour on DVD [read more]
  You've been served
  Eureka Entertainment to release GRACE & FAVOUR, the innuendo-laden BBC TV classic and spin off to Are You Being Served? from comedy-writer legends David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd, on DVD for the first time in UK from 23 May 2016.

The sequel series to one of the most beloved British sitcoms of all time, Grace & Favour (released internationally as Are You Being Served? Again!) reunites the dysfunctional Grace Brothers sales team for more misadventures and innuendo-laden squabbling.

Reuniting the original cast members from Are You Being Served! and written & produced by British comedy-writer legends David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd, Grace & Favour is one of the finest sitcoms ever produced for British television. Presented here in a new four-disc set, this long overdue home entertainment première is full of more laughs and double-entendres than you can shake a stick at.
  Graeme Clark [11 Feb 2016 at 22:31]
  Julieta [read more]
  Anticipating Almodóvar
  Julieta is a teacher of fifty five. She writes a long letter to her daughter, Antía, trying to explain all the things she has kept secret from her over the last 30 years. When she has finished her confession, she doesn’t know where to post the letter. Her daughter abandoned her when she was eighteen and Julieta hasn’t heard from her in the past twelve years. She has searched everywhere, but now realizes that Antía has become a total stranger to her.

Julieta is about destiny, guilt complex and the unfathomable mystery that leads some people to abandon those they love, erasing them as if they meant nothing. It is also about the pain that this brutal desertion provokes in the victim. The new film from Pedro Almodóvar is in cinemas August 2016, and the brand new trailer is at the link above.
  Graeme Clark [10 Feb 2016 at 23:00]
  The American Dreamer [read more]
  Anyone for Dennis?
  For the first time in 45 years, audiences around the world will get the chance to see Lawrence Schiller and L.M. Kit Carson’s enthralling and intimate 1971 documentary THE AMERICAN DREAMER which captures Dennis Hopper at the height of his success in the wake of his hit film Easy Rider.

The film will enjoy a worldwide exclusive launch on curated on demand service MUBI from February 12 for 30 days, on the back of a limited release in cinemas.

Rediscovered, the film has now been digitally restored and will be shown in UK theatres for the first time ever at DocHouse starting February 5 and Picturehouse Central February 12. The famed Los Angeles Cinefamily will showcase a retrospective on director Lawrence Schiller February 4-6, culminating in a screening of THE AMERICAN DREAMER, followed by a premiere at the recently opened Alamo Drafthouse New Mission in San Francisco on February 11.

“Journeying to New Mexico with Kit to make THE AMERICAN DREAMER with Dennis back in 1971 was an experience of a lifetime. Now 40 years later the film’s renewed acceptance in theaters and on digital devices around the globe is incredible," said Lawrence Schiller. "I'm thrilled to share Dennis’ larger than life persona with a whole new generation of film audiences.”

Fortuitously timed, fantastically made, and virtually unseen, THE AMERICAN DREAMER is the great 70s documentary you always wished existed. The trailer is above.
  Graeme Clark [10 Feb 2016 at 22:54]
  The Beat That My Heart Skipped on Blu-ray
  Playing the pianner in the strangest manner
  Tom is an aspiring musician who plays seedy bars in the backstreets of Paris. The one thing tearing him away from his music is the example set by his father – a sleazy life of crime which Tom seems set to follow. But when, by chance, he meets a friend of his concert pianist mother’s, his musical ambitions are rekindled and he strives to make a better life for himself.

From the director of the Palme d’Or winning Dheepan, The Beat That My Heart Skipped features an electrifying performance by Romain Duris and won the 2006 BAFTA for Film Not in the English Language. Jaques Audiard’s triumphant noir is now available on Blu-Ray™ for the first time in the UK.

  Graeme Clark [10 Feb 2016 at 22:51]
  The Forest [read more]
  If you go down to the woods today...
  Rising with terrifying grandeur at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan, the legendary real-life Aokigahara Forest is the suspense-filled setting of the supernatural thriller The Forest.

An American woman, Sara (played by Natalie Dormer of Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games), journeys to the forest in search of her twin sister Jess (also played by Ms. Dormer), who has mysteriously disappeared. Frustrated at Jess’ pattern of behavior, Sara’s husband Rob (Eoin Macken of The Night Shift) is unable to talk his wife out of making the 6,000-mile trip.

After a visit to the school where Jess teaches, the resourceful Sara sets out for the forest itself. Accompanied by a charismatic new acquaintance, expatriate journalist Aiden (Taylor Kinney of Chicago Fire), she enters the forest having been well warned “do not leave the path.” Forest guide Michi (Japanese star Yukiyoshi Ozawa) keeps a protective eye on them both, but when night falls he cannot dissuade them from staying in the forest, and reluctantly leaves the duo to face the elements alone. Try the UK trailer above.

  Graeme Clark [10 Feb 2016 at 22:47]
  Vintage titles from Simply Media
  Something for everyone
  Simply Media is thrilled to announce the release of six timeless Universal Pictures/Hollywood Classics titles, all due for release on 21st March 2016.

Starring an array of renowned actors including Matt Dillon, Joan Fontaine, River Phoenix and Matthew Perry, the films due for release are A Kiss Before Dying (based on Ira Levin's award-winning thriller novel), A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (coming of age drama with Phoenix), Arabella (comedy with Virna Lisi and Terry-Thomas), The Affairs of Susan (romance with Fontaine), Air Cadet (Korean war drama with an early Rock Hudson appearance) and A Man Called Gannon (Western with Anthony Franciosa) – several of which are making their UK DVD debut.
  Graeme Clark [10 Feb 2016 at 22:43]
  High-Rise [read more]
  Towering achievement
  1975. Two miles west of London, Dr. Robert Laing moves into his new apartment seeking soulless anonymity, only to find that the building’s residents have no intention of leaving him alone. Resigned to the complex social dynamics unfolding around him, Laing bites the bullet and becomes neighbourly. As he struggles to establish his position, Laing’s good manners and sanity disintegrate along with the building. The lights go out and the lifts fail but the party goes on. People are the problem. Booze is the currency. Sex is the panacea. Only much later, as he sits on his balcony eating the architect’s dog, does Dr. Robert Laing finally feel at home…

Studiocanal is pleased to unveil the main trailer for HIGH-RISE, the new film from acclaimed director Ben Wheatley - click on the link above. Adapted from J.G. Ballard’s visionary novel by screenwriter Amy Jump, HIGH-RISE stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss.

HIGH-RISE will arrive in UK cinemas 18th March.
  Graeme Clark [10 Feb 2016 at 22:36]

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