News - February
24/02/17 - 50th anniversary reissue of Sinatra LP
UMC/FSE are to release Frank Sinatra’s acclaimed 1967 album Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim on CD and digitally on 07 April.
The album, which pairs up Sinatra with Brazilian music legend Antonio Carlos Jobim, has been expanded for its 50th Anniversary Edition.
Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim brought together two maestros from divergent musical worlds in a serene sigh of sun-dappled bossa-nova. In evening studio sessions at Hollywood’s Western Recorders, between 30 January and 01 February 1967, Sinatra breathed new life into the album’s 10 songs, accompanied vocally on four by Jobim, who also played guitar.
The album’s tracks include seven Jobim originals and three American Songbook classics, delicately arranged and conducted by Claus Ogerman with a studio orchestra, and produced by Sonny Burke.
Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim ascended Billboard’s albums chart in April 1967, peaking at No.19 and remaining on the chart for 28 weeks. The 50th Anniversary Edition’s CD and digital formats include two bonus tracks: A medley of 'Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars'/'Change Partners'/'I Concentrate on You'/'The Girl from Ipanema' from A Man And His Music + Ella + Jobim, and a previously unreleased studio session of 'The Girl from Ipanema' from 31 January 1967.
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23/02/17 - Hard Times comes to Blu-ray
Eureka Entertainment is to release Hard Times (1975), in a Blu-ray/DVD dual format edition on 24 April.
Walter Hill’s two-fisted action drama features Charles Bronson at his explosive best.
The American action auteur Walter Hill made a magnificent debut with this pulp triumph, featuring evocative period atmosphere and sterling performances from Charles Bronson and James Coburn.
Bronson plays a drifter suddenly caught up in the fight game during the Great Depression. Chaney, a down-on-his-luck loner, hops a freight train to New Orleans where, on the seedier side of town, he tries to make some quick money the only way he knows how - with his fists. Chaney approaches a hustler named Speed (James Coburn) and convinces him that he can win big money for them both. Gritty, vivid and engrossing, the Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this 1970s gem, available on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK, and presented from a new 4K restoration, in a new Dual-Format edition.
The movie is being released as part of the Masters of Cinema Series.
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22/02/17 - Halo Wars 2 soundtrack released
Sumthing Else Music Works has released the official soundtrack for Halo Wars 2 on CD and digital download.
Halo Wars 2 is an action-packed real -time strategy (RTS) for everyone on the biggest Halo battlefield ever, and is the long-awaited sequel to the best-selling console RTS of all time, Halo Wars.
In Halo Wars 2, players lead armies of Spartans and other Halo fighting forces like Warthogs, Scorpions, and exciting new units in a brutal war against a terrifying new enemy, The Banished.
The soundtrack features more than two hours of original music by composing team Gordy Haab, Brian Trifon and Brian Lee White, and builds on the legendary legacy of Halo music by Martin O'Donnell, Michael Salvatori and other great composers.
The score was recorded at the iconic 20th Century Fox Studios.
21/02/17 - The Accountant comes to Blu-ray
Warner Home Video is to release The Accountant Blu-ray and DVD from 13 March.
Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations.
With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars.
But as Christian un-cooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.
20/02/17 - We Still Steal The Old Way Blu-ray
Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment is to release We Still Steal The Old Way on Blu-ray and DVD from 17 April.
The old school Archer gang are back, led by the charismatic Richie Archer, who hatches a plan to pull off an audacious robbery.
Halfway through the heist, the gang get caught, and they’re sent down. So far, so good - now they’re in prison they can put into motion their plot to spring fellow inmate George, who desperately needs to get out before his wife dies.
Trouble arises when Richie’s arch enemy Vic Farrow gets himself transferred into the prison, wanting to settle some old scores.
17/02/17 - Moana comes to Blu-ray and DVD
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ is to release Moana on Blu-ray and DVD from 03 April. It will also be available to download digitally from 27 March.
Moana is the sweeping story of a spirited teenager who sets sail on a daring adventure to save her people.
The movie stars newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of brave and tenacious Moana and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the larger-than-life demigod Maui.
It also stars Temuera Morrison as Moana’s no-nonsense father, Chief Tui; Rachel House as Moana’s trusted Gramma Tala; and Nicole Scherzinger as Moana’s playful and strong-willed mother, Sina; Jemaine Clement voices Tamatoa, a self-absorbed, 50-foot crab; and Alan Tudyk lends his voice to stowaway rooster Heihei.
16/02/17 - The Smurfs Amazing Adventures DVD
Fabulous Films is to release The Smurfs Amazing Adventures on DVD on 13 March.
Enjoy eight classic episodes of the original Hanna Barbera produced series in this special edition double DVD The Smurfs Amazing Adventures.
The Smurfs won an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Entertainment Series in 1982-1983.
The Scarlet Croaker - Whilst searching the Creepeedeepee Swamp for delicious Swamp Root, the Smurfs are kidnapped by the hideous Wartmongers. But someone mysterious comes to their rescue.
Grandpa’s Nemesis - Grandpa’s ancient enemy, the evil warlock Nemesis, comes in search of Grandpa and the Smurfs’ Long Life Stone. Will Grandpa be able to save the stone and himself from the powerful enchanter?
Land Of Lost and Found - Evil Scour steals Papa Smurf’s telescope. When Hefty, Handy and Brainy try to retrieve it, Scour takes their most valuable possessions – handiness, heftiness and braininess. The three Smurfs must travel to the land and bring back the telescope, as well as their lost abilities.
Marco Smurf and The Pepper Pirates - With the help of Marina the Mermaid and a dolphin, the Smurfs set sail to save Marco Smurf, who has been captured by Captain Pepper. Lots of sneezing ensues!
Kow-Tow, We Won’t Bow - When Smurfette and the Smurflings chase Puppy in to the land of the Wartmongers, they get captured in bubbles and imprisoned by King Bullrush. Can the rebels rescue them?
Never Smurf Off Till Tomorrow - A hurricane carries the Smurfs’ windmill away in to the crater of a volcano with six smurfs inside! Lazy is blamed for putting the Smurfs in this dangerous situation. They are all going to have to Smurf together to save themselves. Will Lazy Smurf be forgiven?
Smurfs At Sea - Papa Smurf recalls Dreamy’s exciting voyage on the high seas and his gripping adventures with sea turtles, whales.... and pirates!
Sideshow Smurfs - Clumsy and Smurfette are captured by the wicked Bombast, who plans to exhibit them in his sideshow. Papa Smurf hurries to their rescue, with the unlikely help of Gargamel!
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15/02/17 - The Amazing Book of LEGO Star Wars
DK is to publish The Amazing Book of LEGO Star Wars on 01 March.
The Amazing Book of LEGO Star Wars is the perfect companion piece for any child who loves the LEGO Star Wars universe. Meet popular characters from Anakin Skywalker and Yoda, to Rey and Kylo Ren, and see awesome LEGO Star Wars sets brought to life in the latest must-have guide from DK.
Aimed at children aged 5 plus and up, each colourful spread includes large, high quality images combined with short, simple sentences and clear annotations highlighting fascinating details and information about each character.
With content from Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well as all six previous films, find out about Darth Vader’s armour, Young Anakin and his Podracer, the Rebel Alliance and Princess Leia, Poe’s X-wing plus much more from the LEGO Star Wars theme.
What makes this book unique is the combination of full and half page fold outs, revealing additional content and extra-large images, there is also a gigantic fold out poster of the Millennium Falcon.
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14/02/17 - A Place to Call Home series 4 DVD
Acorn Media is to release the fourth series of A Place to Call Home on DVD from 06 March.
This Sweeping, romantic daytime drama which has been a surprise hit growing a devoted following over the past three years, aired its fourth series on BBC Two in early 2017.
This followed a repeat showing of Series One, Two and Three. Series Four and the 1-4 Box Set comes to DVD this March on the Acorn label of RLJ Entertainment.
A Place to Call Home is set in 1950s rural Australia following the lives of nurse Sarah Adams and the Blighs, a wealthy and complicated pastoralist family living in Inverness, New South Wales.
The story continues against the backdrop of the conservative wave of fear generated by the “Reds Under the Beds” scare surrounding The Petrov Affair but also the wave of liberal change that has opened up new social and moral choices. With George now married to Regina, Sarah is seemingly separated from him forever but still they struggle to move on from the deep love that they feel for each other; Anna and Gino’s new marriage is tested again; Jack tries to prove to Carolyn, full of self-doubt, that she’s worthy of him and Elizabeth shocks the family with her new attitude to life.
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13/02/17 - Der Müde Tod to be reissued
Eureka Entertainment have announced the theatrical release of Der Müde Tod (aka Destiny), Fritz Lang’s visually ambitious, cinematic allegory starring Lil Dagover and Bernhard Goetzke, in cinemas nationwide (UK & Ireland) and Digital HD from 9 June 2017.
Before directing numerous genre defining masterpieces such as Metropolis, M, and Spione, Fritz Lang was already defying cinematic conventions with Der Müde Tod (literally, The Weary Death).
A young woman (Lil Dagover) confronts the personification of Death (Bernhard Goetzke), in an effort to save the life of her fiancé (Walter Janssen). Death weaves three romantic tragedies and offers to unite the girl with her lover, if she can prevent the death of the lovers in at least one of the episodes.
Thus begin three exotic scenarios of ill-fated love, in which the woman must somehow reverse the course of destiny: Persia, Quattrocento Venice, and a fancifully rendered ancient China.
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10/02/17 - What We Become comes to DVD
Soda Pictures is to release What We Become on DVD on 20 February.
The feature filmmaking debut from Bo Mikkelsen, What We Become is a tense post-apocalyptic zombie thriller that’s the first of its kind in Danish horror cinema.
A family of four is quarantined in their home as a mysterious virus spreads into town, transforming their friends and neighbours into zombies.
As the military moves in to try and stem the outbreak, they are forced to the extreme in a struggle to escape alive.
09/02/17 - Stray Bullets score digital release
Lakeshore Records is set to release Jack Fessenden's original score for the movie Stray Bullets, digitally on 10 February.
The film is set in upstate New York, when two teenage boys are tasked with cleaning out their father’s old mobile home on an abandoned property, but the boys are in for a surprise when they discover three crooks on the run have taken refuge in the trailer.
The movie's Writer/Director/Composer, Jack Fessenden, said: "Even after Stray Bullets picture-locked, my biggest creative challenge still lay ahead: composing the score. I had used pieces by Cliff Martinez, Brian Eno, and Philip Glass, among others, as temporary music in my edit to help myself understand what mood I was hoping to evoke with the score I would go on to write".
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08/02/17 - The Founder soundtrack
Varèse Sarabande will release a soundtrack for the original motion picture The Founder, digitally on 10 February and on CD 24 February.
The film features original music composed by Carter Burwell, with classic tracks by artists including Doris Day, The Ramblers, Bob Gaddy And His Alley Cats, The Dixieaires, and a special performance of the beloved classic 'Pennies From Heaven' by stars Michael Keaton and Linda Cardellini.
Directed by John Lee Hancock, The Founder features the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers' speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential.
Writer Robert Siegel details how Kroc manoeuvred himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire. The film also stars Laura Dern as Ray Kroc's first wife Ethel; John Carroll Lynch as Mac McDonald and Nick Offerman as Dick McDonald.
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07/02/17 - John Wick: Chapter 2 soundtrack
Varèse Sarabande is to release the John Wick: Chapter 2 soundtrack digitally on 10 February and on CD on 03 March.
The album features original music composed by Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, John Wick) and Joel J. Richard (John Wick).
The soundtrack features songs written for the film and performed by Alice In Chains vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell, Le Castle Vania, and “Plastic Heart,” a reimagining of the John Wick theme (by Bates and Richard) performed by Ciscandra Nostalghia.
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06/02/17 - Mad Max scores reissued on vinyl
Varèse Sarabande Records is proud to announce a special three-LP set containing the soundtracks of the original Mad Max film trilogy.
For the first time ever, the soundtracks for Mad Max, The Road Warrior and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome have been combined into one spectacular package, designed by Marvel comic artist, Tim Bradstreet, (The Punisher, Blade).
The outside three panels consist of all new original artwork, while the inner panels display minis of the original jackets and the tracklisting.
Each album will be pressed on a different colour 180-gram vinyl. No more than 2000 units will be pressed and the trilogy will not be duplicated in another package.
Mad Max (gray vinyl) and The Road Warrior (sand coloured vinyl) feature original music by Australian composer Brian May. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (black vinyl) features original score by composer Maurice Jarre and the Billboard Top 5 hit single 'We Don’t Need Another Hero,' performed by Tina Turner.
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03/02/17 - Unforgotten series two soundtrack
Silva Screen Records has released the soundtrack to ITV's second series of Unforgotten.
The second series starred Nicola Walker as DCI Casey Stuart and Sanjeev Bhaskar as DS Sunil 'Sunny' Khan, and sticks to the proven “cold case” premise, bringing seemingly disparate and unrelated characters together across bygone times and faraway places.
The score is once again composed by Michael Price, an Award winning TV & film composer, best known for Sherlock (RTS Award for the first series), Mr Stink, The Inbetweeners 2, Jekyll and Hyde.
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02/02/17 - Gold soundtrack CD and digital album
Varèse Sarabande will release the Gold – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on 10 February and CD 03 March.
The soundtrack features the original song 'Gold', performed by rock legend Iggy Pop, co-written by director Stephen Gaghan, composer Daniel Pemberton, and Danger Mouse. 'Gold' was nominated for Best Original Song at the 2016 Golden Globes. Also featured on the soundtrack are classic songs from punk and new wave favourites including New Order, Joy Division, Television, and The Pixies.
Gold is the epic tale of one man’s pursuit of the American dream, to discover gold. Starring Matthew McConaughey as Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, he teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on a journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. Getting the gold was hard, but keeping it would be even harder, sparking an adventure through the most powerful boardrooms of Wall Street. The film is inspired by a true story.
01/02/17 - Resident Evil: The Final Chapter score
Milan Records release Paul Haslinger's score for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is the thrilling conclusion to the wildly popular Resident Evil film series.
Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – the Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.
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