18/08/17 - The Vikings (1958) comes to Blu-ray

news picEureka Entertainment to release The Vikings, Richard Fleischer’s rip-roaring action adventure on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK on 16 October.

One of the most spectacular and action packed epics of the fifties, Richard Fleischer’s The Vikings wowed audiences worldwide with its stunning visuals, brutal action and star studded cast.

Prince Einar (Kirk Douglas) is the son and heir of a savage Viking chieftain (Ernest Borgnine). Prince Eric (Tony Curtis) is his unknowing half-brother, the bastard offspring of Einar’s father and an English queen. When the Vikings kidnap the princess Morgana (Janet Leigh), her beauty inflames the desires of both men, forcing a bloody duel that decides their fate… and the future of the English throne.

Filmed in vivid Technicolor by the legendary Jack Cardiff (The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus) and narrated by Orson Welles, The Vikings spawned a whole sub-genre of imitators, (Mario Bava alone helmed Erik The Conqueror, The Last of the Vikings and Knives of the Avenger in the years following the film’s release) but none quite topped the glorious spectacle from one of America’s greatest directors of genre cinema, Richard Fleischer.

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17/08/17 - Dunkrik (1958) Blu-ray/DVD release

news picStudioCanal is to release a new restoration of Leslie Norman’s classic wartime epic Dunkirk (1958) on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on 25 September.

Dunkirk follows the dramatic events leading up to Operation Dynamo, where upon the British Army attempted to rescue fellow soldiers and allied troops from Nazi occupied France.

Seen from the dual perspectives of a jaded journalist in search of propaganda and a weary soldier desperately trying to give his troop some hope, Dunkirk never shies away from the brutality of war and the bravery of its soldiers.

Directed by Leslie Norman (The Long, The Short And The Tall), starring John Mills (Ice Cold In Alex, Goodbye Mr Chips, Great Expectations) Richard Attenborough (Brighton Rock, The Great Escape) and a cast featuring genuine army officers, Dunkirk is one of the most authentic representations of conflict during World War II.

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16/08/17 - Godzilla FAQ book is coming...

news picApplause Theatre & Cinema Books is to publish Godzilla FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the King of the Monsters.

He is the Lizard King – well, the King of the Monsters – he can do anything.

Since he first romped onto the silver screen in 1954, no other character in all of international cinema has been as beloved by American audiences as Godzilla.

Despite the modern film industry's affinity for franchises and cinematic universes, he remains one of its most enduring and popular characters, with a total of twenty-eight motion pictures (not even including two American reboots!) under his massive belt.

From his home base in Japan, where the legendary Toho Pictures first put him on the map, Godzilla has gone on to become an international phenomenon, a pop culture avatar, a movie monster unrivaled in both size and appeal.

The latest installment in Applause Theatre and Cinema Books' FAQ series, Brian Soloman's Godzilla FAQ is a broad and varied exploration of the monumental, fire-breathing radioactive lizard that has roared his way into our hearts over a sixty-year reign of terror.

By pairing a colloquial text with a wide array of illustrations and visual media, this 400-page survey encourages readers to drop in and out of the book, as every chapter serves as a self-supporting article on a given subject. Written by a lifelong Godzilla fan and pop culture critic, Godzilla FAQ offers a comprehensive rundown of every Godzilla film ever made, in-depth biographies of major players in the franchise's history, and enough raw information to rebuild a ravaged Tokyo.

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15/08/17 - The Party comes to Blu-ray

news picEureka Entertainment to release The Party, Blake Edwards’ fish-out-of-water, comedy cult classic starring Peter Sellers, as part of the Eureka Classics range on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK on 16 October.

With the massive success of Breakfast at Tiffanys and The Pink Panther cementing his reputation as one of America’s finest directors of comedic cinema, Blake Edwards followed them up with The Party, arguably his greatest film, and at the time one of the most experimental films ever produced by a Hollywood studio.

By a twist of fate, the clumsy but good-hearted, aspiring actor Hrundi V. Bakshi (Peter Sellers) is invited to attend Fred "General" Clutterbuck's big party, after having utterly ruined the set of his latest feature film. In this cozy and friendly atmosphere, drinks are flowing, food is in abundance and everybody is in high spirits. But when Bakshi accidentally has his first-ever sip of alcohol and his real identity is finally revealed; only God knows how this party is going to end up.

Serving as a series of set pieces for Seller’s improvisational comedy talents, The Party developed a reputation over the years as a “cult film”, but is now highly regarded as one of the best comedies of its era.

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14/08/17 - Tamed to be published in October

news picHutchinson is to publish Alice Roberts's Tamed: Ten Species That Changed Our World on 19 October.

For hundreds of thousands of years, our ancestors depended on wild plants and animals for survival. They were hunter-gatherers – consummate experts – but taking the world as they found it. Then the Neolithic revolution happened, in different times in different places, and across the globe these hunter-gatherers changed their interaction with other species in a crucial way: they began to tame them. And the human population boomed; civilization began.

Tamed is an epic story, encompassing hundreds of thousands of years of history, archeology, biology, anthropology, paleontology and genetics, but also a deeply personal one. By uncovering the amazing and strange deep history of familiar species – dogs; wheat; cattle; potatoes; chickens; rice; maize and horses – Dr Alice Roberts not only reveals how becoming part of our world changed those plants and animals, but just how important those plants and animals were, and are, to the survival and success of our own species.

Enlightening, wide-ranging and endlessly fascinating, Dr Alice Roberts’s new book reveals the enormous power, and responsibility, of taming our world.

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11/08/17 - My Cousin Rachel Blu-ray and DVD

news picTwentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is to release My Cousin Rachel on DVD (30 October) and digital download (16 October).

Passion overtakes reason in this dark and layered romance – based on Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel – starring Oscar® Winner Rachel Weisz*.

Believing his mysterious, beautiful cousin Rachel (Weisz) murdered the man who raised him, Philip (Sam Claflin), a young Englishman, plots revenge against her.

But, despite evidence that Rachel might be a killer, Philip finds himself falling deeply in love with her in this visually stunning, tension-laced film.

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10/08/17 - Danny Elfman's score for Tulip Fever

news picSony Classical release the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of Tulip Fever featuring music by Danny Elfman. The soundtrack was released on 04 August.

Based on the best-seller novel by Deborah Moggach, Tulip Fever follows a married woman (Alicia Vikander) in 17th century Amsterdam, who begins a passionate affair with an artist (Dane DeHaan) hired to paint her portrait.

The lovers gamble on the booming market for tulip bulbs as a way to raise money to run away together. The protagonist is played by Alicia Vikander, who is currently in the midst of what is often called a “moment,” having won an Oscar® for her performance in The Danish Girl and has recently starred in several other high-profile films including Jason Bourne and The Light Between Oceans. The film also stars Academy Award® winners Christoph Waltz and Judi Dench.

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09/08/17 - Gifted comes to DVD

news picTwentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is to release Gifted on DVD (23 October) and digital download (09 October).

Gifted is the funny, moving and heart-warming family-friendly drama that has it all; feel-good humour, laughter, friendship and romance!

The chemistry between Chris Evans and McKenna Grace is heart-felt with a storyline that’s gripping throughout.

Beautifully directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer, The Amazing Spider-Man) Gifted is both poignant and inspiring.

This charming and emotional story follows Frank Adler (Chris Evans), a single man dedicated to raising his spirited young niece, Mary (Mckenna Grace), a child prodigy. But Frank and Mary’s happy life together is threatened when Mary’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of her overbearing grandmother (Lindsay Duncan) – who has other plans for the girl.

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07/08/17 - Vinyl release for classic scores

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Varèse Sarabande is releasing three vinyl packages exclusive to Barnes & Noble on 11 August: Unforgiven (1992); Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) and Saban's Power Rangers (2017).

Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Picture in 1992, Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven is considered one of the best Western films of all time. Lennie Niehaus's powerful score helps tells the story about Old West gunslingers in a small Wyoming town. Re-issued in timing with the 25th anniversary of the film's release, this LP is presented on ‘prairie sand’ coloured vinyl and is limited to 1000 units.

Newly re-mastered, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is the return of a classic, complete with original artwork and new photos. Written by The Sherman Brothers with a cast which included Dick Van Dyke, the famous songwriters put it thusly when asked about Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ; “Mary Poppins was the most successful thing we ever did (it earned them a fortune and two Oscars). This is better. We’re much more pleased with our music for Chitty.” A must have for fans of '60s era musicals!

Released earlier this year, Saban's Power Rangers follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers. Available on red, pink, blue and black vinyl (through other retailers), this Yellow Ranger vinyl is sure to become a collectable (limited to 500 units).

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07/08/17 - Annabelle: Creation soundtrack

news picWaterTower Music releases the soundtrack to New Line Cinema’s Annabelle: Creation - the follow up to 2014’s hugely successful film Annabelle.

Benjamin Wallfisch (upcoming IT, A Cure For Wellness, Lights Out) is recognized as one of the leading film composers of his generation. His masterfully unnerving 24-track Annabelle: Creation film score offers a potent dimension of eeriness that magnifies the suspenseful discomfort when set against picture.

“It’s always a joy to collaborate with David F. Sandberg; not only is he of course a master filmmaker, but he’s also a great musician,” says Wallfisch about the Annabelle: Creation director. "His deep understanding of what a score can bring to the table in such a finely nuanced, beautifully crafted piece of cinema as Annabelle: Creation, gave me a lot of freedom to think outside the box.

“Our only rule was everything in the score had to be acoustic; as the drama is set in the 1950s, everything needed to feel authentic to the time. As a supplement to the large orchestra we used on the score, we utilized a whole bunch of dusty toy instruments from the 1950s, with one in particular appearing more than any other - a seemingly innocent sounding Jaymar toy piano. Just the kind of instrument you might catch Annabelle herself playing…”

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04/08/17 - American Horror Story Season 6

news picTwentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is to release Season Six of American Horror Story on Blu-ray and DVD from 11 September.

Life imitates grisly reality TV in one of television’s edgiest and most acclaimed shows ever. Told in gripping true crime documentary style, My Roanoke Nightmare — this season’s show within the show — chronicles shocking paranormal events.

Hoping to begin a peaceful new life in a rustic North Carolina farmhouse, Shelby and Matt Miller (Emmy® winner Sarah Paulson and OSCAR® Winner Cuba Gooding Jr) flee Los Angeles, only to find murder, mayhem and madness awaits them. From a girl ghost to a swine monster to murderous nurse sisters to a sadistic cult leader known as “The Butcher” (OSCAR® Winner Kathy Bates), the couple’s home is filled with nonstop terrors.

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03/08/17 - Get your teeth into this Dino lunchbox

news picPrezzybox has a novel way for you to carry around your lunch, with the Dino Case lunchbox.

Lunch really doesn't get much more roar-some than this, now you can have your delicious treats protected by a fearsome T-Rex!

Well, not a real dinosaur as your own hands would be in danger, but this replica dinosaur head is the next best thing! For prehistoric lovers big and small, this box is sure to help make sure your lunch doesn't go extinct, whilst also being a sure-fire way to make everyone who sees it smile (or cower in fear at least!)

Features:
• Dinosaur head for keeping your food or items
• Handle fits around dino's mouth
• Carry him and keep him from biting!

Dimensions
• 19.0cm x 49.0cm x 42.0cm

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02/08/17 - The Dark Tower soundtrack release

news picSony Classical is to release Tom Holkenborg's score for The Dark Tower on 04 August.

There are other worlds than these. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen.

The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together.

The fate of the worlds is at stake – good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, the screenplay is by Akiva Goldsman & Jeff Pinkner and Anders Thomas Jensen & Nikolaj Arcel, based on the novels by Stephen King. The film is produced by Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard, and Erica Huggins.

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01/08/17 - The new Geeky Chef cookbook

news picRace Point is to publish The Geeky Chef Strikes Back! cookbook on 15 September.

The Geeky Chef is back with even more delicious, real-life recipes from your favourite sci-fi and fantasy books, movies, TV shows, and video games.

This book follows the author’s first highly successful book, Geeky Chef Cookbook.

In The Geeky Chef Strikes Back, author Cassandra Reeder has imagined the delicious foods in these faraway worlds and created recipes that are sure to transport you to galaxies far, far way. So if you've found yourself craving Pumpkin Juice from Harry Potter, Lingonberry Pancakes from The Big Lebowski, Norma's Cherry Pie from Twin Peaks, Wife Soup from Firefly, or the White Dragon Noodles from Blade Runner, then look no further.

With easy step-by-step instructions and fun theme photos, these creative recipes are perfect for your next big viewing party or your standing reservation for a party of one. Fantasy foods are fantasy no longer!

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