News - April
25/04/17 - Jamestown comes to Blu-ray & DVD
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is to release season one of Jamestown on Blu-ray and DVD on 26 June.
From the multi-award winning producers behind Downton Abbey, and following broadcast on Sky One, new TV period drama Jamestown will appeal to fans of high quality drama.
Set in 1619 Virginia, the unmissable series follows a young community trying to settle in the New World. After barely surviving its first decade, the settlement is on the brink of a new era as Governor Sir George Yeardly leads a group of women to shore to join the exclusively male settlers and fulfill their dreams of becoming pioneers. The inhabitants are battling an unwelcoming environment and a host of brutal challenges, all in the hope to survive and define a new way of life.
Jamestown will reveal their entrepreneurial spirit, ambition for power and the grit of these early adventurers who travelled in search of a better life. As the fledgling society evolves, Jamestown exposes the good and ill of all mankind. It is a place for the settlers to start again, but also somewhere secrets can be buried.
24/04/17 - Thomas Dolby's The Speed of Sound
Icon Books is to publish The Speed of Sound: Breaking The Barriers Between Music & Technology, by Thomas Dolby, on 08 June.
Thomas Dolby is a musician, record producer, award winning independent film-maker and five-time Grammy nominee, whose single ‘She Blinded Me With Science’ reached number 5 on the US Billboard charts in 1982, appeared in, the critically acclaimed American TV Series, Breaking Bad and was even covered by The Muppets!
Based on his meticulous notes and journals, The Speed Of Sound chronicles Dolby’s life in the music business during the eighties, in Silicon Valley through the nineties and at the forefront of the mobile phone revolution around the turn of the millennium – it was Dolby who created the synthesizer installed, today, on most mobile phones.
21/04/17 - Jackie comes to Blu-ray and DVD
Entertainment One is to release Jackie on Blu-ray and DVD on 29 May.
The most pivotal moment in American history is told from the point of view of the Country’s most revered First Lady, as the award-winning Jackie receives its home entertainment release - available on Digital Download 15 May and on Blu-ray and DVD 29 May.
Pablo Larraín’s thrilling biopic paints a haunting portrait of the universally renowned style icon, Jaqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) as she copes with the tragic loss of her husband, John F Kennedy, and the aftermath of his assassination.
In the week following, Jacqueline Kennedy emerged from tragedy with poise and dignity to seal her role as one of the most iconic women of all-time.
20/04/17 - XX horror anthology comes to DVD
Thunderbird Releasing is to release XX, a new all-female helmed horror anthology featuring four dark tales, on DVD on 08 May.
XX is a new all-female helmed horror anthology featuring four dark tales written and directed by four fiercely talented women:
Annie Clark (St. Vincent) rocks her directorial debut with “The Birthday Party”
Karyn Kusama (The Invitation, Girlfight) exorcises “Her Only Living Son” ¨
Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound) screams “Don’t Fall”
Jovanka Vuckovic (The Captured Bird) dares to open “The Box”
Award-winning animator Sofia Carrillo (La Casa Triste) wraps together four suspenseful stories of terror, featuring a cast including Natalie Brown, Malanie Lynskey, Breeda Wool and Christina Kirk. Vigorously challenging the status quo within the industry, this collection of tightly coiled short films by some of horror’s most influential women offers a refreshing jolt to the senses.
19/04/17 - The Void comes to Blu-ray and DVD
Signature Entertainment is to release The Void on Blu-ray and DVD on 24 April.
Prepare for a fresh slice of terror from the warped imaginations of VFX and design masters Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie.
Encountering a blood-soaked man on a dark deserted road, a police officer rushes the victim to the local hospital. Soon the staff and patients are trapped by a terrifying, otherworldly threat and forced on a hellish voyage into the depths of the building to escape the nightmare.
Shocking, haunting and boasting mind-blowing practical special effects, The Void is a new must-see horror event, starring Ellen Wong, Kathleen Munroe, Aaron Poole, Kenneth Welsh and Daniel Fathers.
18/04/17 - Prevenge comes to Blu-ray and DVD
Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment is to release Alice Lowe’s critically acclaimed Prevenge on Blu-ray and DVD from 28 May.
Prevenge is the brilliant and off-the-wall writing and directing debut feature by Alice Lowe (Sightseers). Lowe also leads a strong British cast including Jo Hartley , Gemma Whelan, Kate Dickie, Kayvan Novak, Tom Davis, Dan Skinner, Tom Meeten and Mike Wozniak.
A pitch black, wryly British comedy, Prevenge follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a killing spree that’s as funny as it is vicious. It's her misanthropic unborn baby dictating Ruth's actions, holding society responsible for the absence of a father. The child speaks to Ruth from the womb, coaching her to lure and ultimately kill her unsuspecting victims. Struggling with her conscience, loneliness, and a strange strain of prepartum madness, Ruth must ultimately choose between redemption and destruction at the moment of motherhood.
13/04/17 - Wonder Woman guide book
DK is to publish DC Comics Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Guide to the Amazon Warrior on 02 May.
The book celebrates 75 years of the legendary Amazon warrior and explores all aspects of the world of Wonder Woman, from the Golden Age to the Rebirth story line.
Explore stunning Wonder Woman comic artwork and examine iconic characters as well as key issues and storylines.
Packed with information on allies, enemies, locations, and much more, DC Comics Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Guide to the Amazon Warrior is a must-have book for fans of DC, Wonder Woman comics and characters, and the Justice League.
Click here to buy this book - Amazon.co.uk
12/04/17 - A new Gene Roddenberry biography
Arum Press is to publish The Impossible Has Happened: The Life and Work of Gene Roddenberry Creator of Star Trek, on 04 May.
On 08 September 1966, Captain James T. Kirk beamed down to an alien planet for the first time, marking the beginning of Star Trek - a show that would become one of the biggest television and movie franchises in history.
At the heart of Star Trek was its creator, Gene Roddenberry, a former pilot and LAPD officer. Not even he anticipated that the show would become a worldwide phenomenon, and inspire unprecedented devotion.
The Impossible Has Happened reveals how an undistinguished writer of cop shows set out to produce ‘Hornblower in space’ and ended up with an optimistic, hope-filled view of humanity’s future that continues to be watched and adored by hundreds of millions of fans. Along the way respected science fiction writer Lance Parkin plots a course through Roddenberry’s turbulent private life, his feuds, his contentious business dealings, and the great myths and turning points in the Star Trek franchise’s history.
The Impossible Has Happened sheds an intriguing light on a colourful personal life, and the utopian future envisioned by a man who gifted popular culture one if its most enduring narratives.
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11/04/17 - Death in the Garden Blu-ray/DVD
Eureka Entertainment is to release Death in the Garden [La Mort en ce Jardin],in a definitive Dual-format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 19 June.
After the relatively commercial Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Luis Buñuel returned to the surrealist and political style of his earlier works with Death in the Garden [La Mort en ce Jardin] the middle film in what has been described as his “revolutionary triptych”, a trilogy of films that “study in the morality and tactics of armed revolution against a right-wing dictatorship”.
Amid a revolution in a South American mining outpost, a band of fugitives - a roguish adventurer (Georges Marchal), a local hooker (Simone Signoret), a priest (Michel Piccoli), an aging diamond miner (Charles Vanel), and the miner's deaf-mute daughter (Michèle Girardon) - are forced to flee for their lives into the jungle. Starving, exhausted, and stripped of their old identities, they wander desperately lured by one deceptive promise of salvation after another.
Click here to buy this Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD edition - Amazon.co.uk
10/04/17 - Julie's Greenroom score
Varèse Sarabande will release the Julie's Greenroom Original Netflix Series Soundtrack digitally on 14 April and on CD from 5 May.
The soundtrack features songs performed by Broadway and screen legend Julie Andrews as well as guest stars such as Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Ellie Kemper and Tony® and Emmy® award winning performer Dave Hyde Pierce.
Also included on the soundtrack is the original score composed by Ryan Shore.
Julie’s Greenroom is an all-new arts educational show for the very young starring the legendary Julie Andrews and brought to life by the ingenious minds at The Jim Henson Company. All-new puppet friends - the Greenies - learn all about the arts (dance, singing, performing, painting, and more) from Ms. Julie herself and her assistant Gus (Giullian Yao Gioiello).
Click here to buy the CD - Amazon.co.uk
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07/04/17 - Away comes to DVD
101 Films is to release Away, digitally on 08 May and on DVD from 15 May.
Directed by BAFTA winner David Blair, Away stars multiple BAFTA nominee Timothy Spall, BAFTA winner Juno Temple and, fresh from her 2017 BAFTA nomination for I, Daniel Blake, Hayley Squires.
Joseph (Spall) and Ria (Temple) are kindred spirits, both looking for a way out.
When circumstances throw them together an unlikely friendship blossoms - one that gives them both a glimpse of something more, but one that is destined to end in the most extreme circumstances if either are to escape the confines of their lives
Click here to buy this DVD - Amazon.co.uk
06/04/17 - Queen themed Monopoly board game
Winning Moves is to release a Monopoly: Queen Edition board game on 08 May.
Produced with the full collaboration of the band, the Monopoly: Queen Edition game features six collectible Queen tokens inspired by their iconic career and bespoke ‘houses’ and ‘hotels’ designed by the band’s Brian May.
The game board features gig venues from throughout Queen’s illustrious history- from the band’s formation in 1970, right up to the 1986 Wembley and Knebworth shows – Freddie’s last appearances, thanks to Roger Taylor’s encyclopedic memory of their live experiences.
Immerse yourself in Queen’s world, buy these famous venues and charge admission. Collect the colour sets and begin building staging blocks so you can charge higher prices. Upgrade to the full Queen production when you have four staging blocks and charge maximum admission. Take your chances with ‘A Kind of Magic’ and ‘In the Lap of the Gods’ cards, which can boost your career or land you in trouble. As you play, you’ll experience life as a member of a world-class rock band within the unique Monopoly game setting.
Click here to buy this board game - Amazon.co.uk
05/04/17 - Nanny comes to DVD
Eureka Entertainment is to release Nanny: Complete Series 1-3 on DVD from 22 May.
In the wake of a life changing divorce, Barbara Gray (Wendy Craig) has little left next to her name and begins a new life as a determined and headstrong Nanny.
No Mary Poppins magic to be found in this story, as Barbara solves the children’s (and the parents) problems with just good old fashioned advice and a selfless resolve.
Set amongst the grand country houses of the rich, Barbara faces the struggle of society’s prejudice against a divorcee, amongst a number of ongoing dramas in both her professional and personal life.
In this classic period drama of scintillating highs and crushing lows, Nanny tells the story of one woman’s driving ambition to serve others above all else.
Click here to buy this DVD box set - Amazon.co.uk
04/04/17 - The Axe Murders of Villisca released
The Movie Partnership is to release The Axe Murders of Villisca on digital download from 17 April.
Intrigued by the real life mystery that surrounds a 'Murder House' in the town of Villisca, a group of friends set out to find the truth themselves.
After travelling to the scene of the crime, Caleb (Robert Adamson) Denny (Jarrett Sleeper) and Jess (Alex Frnka) take a guided tour that follows the final steps of the parents and four children that were brutally murdered over a hundred years prior.
Dissatisfied with their findings, the group decide to return, after dark, to see if they can find the rumoured spirits that live within the walls. However, on their return, they quickly regret their decision and soon find out that the past is not dead and buried, but angry and ready for revenge...
Will the group of friends be able to escape the nightmare house that they are trapped in, or will they too be destined to haunt the walls, waiting for their next victims?
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04/03/17 - Rob Simonsen's score for Gifted
Lakeshore Records is to release Rob Simonsen's score for Gifted digitally on 07 April.
Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) - in a coastal town in Florida.
Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary.
Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.