News - January
31/01/17 - Marauders comes to Blu-ray and DVD
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release Marauders on Blu-ray and DVD and digital download from 20 February.
Marauders delivers a knock-out combination of an exhilarating, high-octane thriller that keeps you guessing at every turn.
An all-star cast of Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista and Adrian Grenier will discover that all is not as it seems as they battle for survival in the world of high-stakes bank heists…
After an untraceable group of elite bank robbers execute the perfect heist, making off with millions in cash whilst leaving a dead bank manager in their wake, the FBI Agents investigating the robbery/homicide (Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista and Adrian Grenier) begin to uncover signs of corruption involving the bank’s owner (Bruce Willis) and his high power clients. As they dig deeper into the case, the Feds realise that appearances can be deceiving, and in order to untangle a complicated web of deception and corruption they must push themselves to the brink – where the lines between right and wrong are often blurred.
30/01/17 - LEGO Batman soundtrack release
WaterTower Music is to release The LEGO Batman Movie soundtrack on CD and digital download on 03 February, with a vinyl release on 19 May.
The collection features new music from DNCE, Alex Aiono, Patrick Stump, Oh, Hush! feat. Will Arnett and Jeff Lewis, Kirsten Arian, Justin Tranter, and more.
The album also includes 16 of the film’s score cues by Grammy-winning composer Lorne Balfe, and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers) on drums.
27/01/17 - Apple Tree Yard Blu-ray and DVD
Arrow Films has confirmed the DVD and Blu-ray box set release of BBC One’s audacious psychological thriller Apple Tree Yard on Monday 20 February.
Two time Oscar nominee Emily Watson leads the outstanding cast including Ben Chaplin and Mark Bonnar.
Married with two grown-up children, Yvonne Carmichael (Emily Watson), an eminent geneticist, lives a contented, conventional suburban life. Her world spirals into chaos when a chance encounter leads to an impulsive and passionate affair with a charismatic stranger (Ben Chaplin).
Despite all her careful plans to keep her home life and career safe and separate from her affair, fantasy and reality soon begin to overlap. Everything she values is put at risk when a life-changing act of violence leads to a Crown Court trial.
Yvonne’s downward trajectory is searingly realised; hers is a life ripped apart as the consequence of one, single, spur-of-the-moment decision.
26/01/17 - Soundtrack to Wheeler released
Varèse Sarabande is to release Wheeler: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack both digitally and on CD on 03 February 3.
The album features original songs and score composed by Stephen Dorff.
Wheeler is the story of an aspiring musician from Kaufman, Texas, who travels to Nashville with the lifelong dream of trying his hand at country music.
By embodying the title character under prosthetic make up, actor Stephen Dorff successfully infiltrates Music City and takes his character on an authentic singer / songwriter journey. With the help of key allies on the ground, Wheeler converses with real people in real locations, with every musical number performed live. The line between reality and fiction blurs as Wheeler chases his dream in this touching tribute to old school country legends.
Wheeler co-stars music legend Kris Kristofferson, along with Audrey Spillman, Bobby Tomberlin, Bart Herbison, Jim Ed Norman and Travis Meadows. The screenplay was written by Stephen Dorff and Ryan Ross.
25/01/17 - No Second Chance comes to DVD
Eureka Entertainment is to release No Second Chance: The Complete Series on DVD from 06 March.
“How far will you go to save your child?"
Alice has no choice. She will go as far as it takes. But as she descends into her own private hell, dark secrets about the past begin to surface…
Early one morning, Dr. Alice Lambert (Alexandra Lamy) gets up early to fix a bottle for Tara, her six-month old daughter. Suddenly, two gunshots ring out. Everything goes black.
When Alice emerges from a coma a week later, a nightmarish reality awaits. Her husband was murdered and her baby is missing. Suspected by the police and hunted by ruthless hitmen, Alice refuses to give up. She can feel it, she knows her daughter is alive out there somewhere, waiting for her.
Alone in her search for Tara, Alice turns to Richard (Pascal Elbé), her first love and a former criminal investigator. And more importantly, the only person she can really trust.
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24/01/17 - xXx: The Return of Xander Cage score
Varèse Sarabande will release the soundtrack for xXx: The Return of Xander Cage digitally on 27 January and on CD from 17 February. The film features original music composed by Brian Tyler and Robert Lydecker.
The third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box.
Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. Packed with the series’ signature deadpan wit and bad-ass attitude, xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE will raise the bar on extreme action with some of the most mind-blowing stunts to ever be caught on film.
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23/01/17 - The Walking Dead comic companion
Titan Comics is to publish The Walking Dead: Companion to the Comic Series on 07 February.
This essential guide to The Walking Dead comics presents the best features, interviews and guides to the award-winning comic as featured in the Official The Walking Dead Magazine.
With exclusive interviews from the creators Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard, in-depth explorations of the series’ pivotal moments, and reviews of fan-favourite characters’ finest moments, illustrated throughout with Charlie Adlard’s art – this is a must-have companion for all true The Walking Dead fans.
20/01/17 - Two Rode Together comes to Blu-ray
Eureka Entertainment is to release Two Rode Together, in a special Blu-ray/DVD dual format edition on 13 March.
The first collaboration between James Stewart and director John Ford produced this thrilling and darkly complex Western that easily ranks among Ford’s best work, yet remains one of his most overlooked.
Stewart plays gloriously against type as Marshal Guthrie McCabe, a cynical and amoral U.S. Marshal assigned to trade guns with the fearsome Comanche in exchange for hostages, with the promise of a large reward if he is successful.
McCabe and old friend Lieutenant Jim Gary (Richard Widmark, Pickup on South St, Kiss of Death) set out to track down the Comanche and their captives, with tragic consequences for all involved.
With a screenplay by Frank Nugent (The Searchers) and cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr. (The Lady from Shanghai, 3:10 to Yuma), Two Rode Together was one of the first Westerns to recognize the dignity and value of the Native American way of life and the Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK in a special Dual Format edition.
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19/01/17 - Sherlock Series 4 soundtrack
Silva Screen Records will release David Arnold and Michael Price's score for the fourth series of Sherlock on 27 January.
Inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, Sherlock Series 4 started broadcasting on New Year’s Day with The Six Thatchers, a heartbreaking and hilarious opening episode which spins the show into new, darker territory. The Six Thatchers was followed by the Lying Detective on 08 January and The Final Problem on 15 January.
Well established composer partnership, Arnold and Price work on Sherlock scores remotely, playing pieces of music down the phone. They both have favourite bits but will never reveal who did what. Price tends to be the more earnest and sentimental one whilst Arnold excels on big dramatic cues. Arnold and Price’s music for the previous series received BAFTA and Emmy nominations and won an RTS Television Award.
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18/01/17 - The Light Between Oceans Blu-ray
Entertainment One (eOne) is to release the romantic The Light Between Oceans on Blu-ray and DVD from 13 March. It will also be available digitally from 27 February.
Based on the bestselling novel by M.L. Stedman and from acclaimed director Derek Cianfrance, The Light Between Oceans is a beautiful and heart-breaking reminder of the infinite power of love and the lengths that we’ll go to in order to protect it.
When lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) and his adored wife Isabel (Alicia Vikander) discover a baby adrift in a boat off the remote coast of Western Australia they assume the worse.
Determined to give her a happy life full of love they choose to raise the child as their own but it’s not until years later that the shattering consequences of their decision will change their lives forever.
17/01/17 - Endeavour series 4 & series 1-4 DVDs
ITV Studios Global Entertainment is to release Endeavour: Series 4 as well as Endeavour: Series 1-4 on DVD & iTunes from 30 January.
Oxford’s brilliant young detective opens the casebook on a brand new set of perilous murder mysteries as Endeavour returns.
Following the dramatic finale of series three, we find Oxford’s finest picking up the pieces of their personal and professional lives.
DC Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) awaits the result of his Sergeant’s Exam, while DI Fred Thursday (Roger Allam) and his wife Win struggle to cope with their children flying the nest; Sam's gone to the Army and the traumatised Joan... who knows where?
But there are even greater challenges to face. The Summer of Love is on the turn, and the Oxford City Police finds itself caught on the frontier of the future; computers, pop music, the National Health, nuclear power, the struggle between old and new played out on the battleground of Oxford. For every force for progress there is a malign counterforce, and Endeavour, Thursday and colleagues are plunged into their most perilous, baffling and terrifying cases to date.
16/01/17 - Unlucky For Some horror anthology
Ty Power has published his new book, Unlucky For Some: Tales of Horror & the Supernatural.
Horror is not just our dark side, it’s our psyche. Our minds play tricks on us; it looks for faces and humanoid shapes in the darkness, where there are none. Less is more, both in fiction writing and on film, for this very reason. The mind cranks up the tension and unseen imagery to a point where it will scare you the most; which is why when the ‘nature of the beast’ is realised, it loses most of its power to frighten.
Fear of the unknown is infinitely greater than fear of something real and specific. So, keep to the shadows and you won’t be disappointed… as you’ll find out in more than one of the following stories.
Among the tales on display here we investigate: A man who has spent years hidden in the darkness; What happens when the body's defences are low and your inhibitions come out to play; A man's gift to his pregnant wife which takes on a life of its own; Someone who has been plagued by catastrophic bad luck his entire life; Whether innocents can suffer the sins of the father; A man who dreads being an organ donor, with just cause; A father and son's startling discovery on a deep sea diving expedition; and A new tenant's unhealthy interest in a building's dark past.
Click here to buy this eBook - Amazon.co.uk
13/01/17 - I am Not a Serial Killer Blu-ray & DVD
Spirit Entertainment is to release I am Not a Serial Killer on Blu-ray and DVD on 20 February.
John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous and he knows it. He is 16 and helps his Mum and Aunt at the family Mortuary. John is obsessed with serial killers but really doesn’t want to become one. So for his own sake and the safety of those around him he lives by rigid rules to keep himself “good” and “normal”.
When somebody starts murdering people in John’s small Mid-West town, he has to investigate and risk letting his own dark side out in order to stop the killer.
But without his rules to keep him in check he might be more dangerous than the monster he is stalking. As the icy winter tightens its grip on the community a deadly supernatural game of cat and mouse ensues...
12/01/17 - DC Super Hero Girls book series
Puffin Books and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, is to launch three new books of the middle-grade novel series based on DC Super Hero Girls.
DC Super Hero Girls, the all-new universe that features the world’s most iconic female Super Heroes to inspire and empower children of all ages.
Wonder Woman at Super Hero High is the first book in a new DC Super Hero Girls fiction series written by Lisa Yee. This aspirational fiction title is packed with action and adventure as Wonder Woman tries to figure her way around her first day at Super Hero High negotiating Save the Day alarms, a roommate who is always on social media, not to mention the occasional boy crush - that’s a lot for any teen Super Hero to deal with!
DC Super Hero Girls: Scribble Book is a brilliantly creative doodle book to help tweens find their inner Super Hero. Budding creatives can design an awesome crime-fighting outfit, figure out their own unique Super Hero name and scribble their way out of tricky situations - Wonder Woman, Supergirl and all the other DC Super Hero Girls are on hand to help every step of the way!
DC Super Hero Girls: Power Up! is a fun sticker activity book which is a great introduction to the character and stories, featuring all the key characters from the franchise.
11/01/17 - LEGO Batman movie guide
DK is to publish The LEGO Batman Movie: The Essential Guide on 12 January.
The LEGO Batman Movie: The Essential Guide offers children and fans insight into the full range of exciting The LEGO Batman Movie sets and minifigures, launching to tie in with the film’s release.
The book will also include images from the movie, inviting readers to learn all about their favourite characters and relive the story time and time again.
From Robin to Batgirl, this must-have book showcases the Super Heroes from the film, along with facts and trivia on LEGO Batman’s foes including The Joker and Harley Quinn, and information on the film’s exciting vehicles and incredible locations.
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10/01/17 - Revolting Rhymes comes to DVD
Entertainment One is to release Magic Light Pictures's Revolting Rhymes on DVD on 06 February.
Based on the classic collection of tales by Roald Dahl, this enchanting two-part animation brings together a series of classic fairy tales, served with wickedly funny and mischievous twists.
Voiced by a stellar British cast including David Walliams, Tamsin Greig, Dominic West and Gemma Chan, Revolting Rhymes is perfect for half term holiday viewing and a treat for the whole family to enjoy.
First published in 1982 Revolting Rhymes was written by the much-loved author, Roald Dahl and illustrated by the legendary Quentin Blake. Bursting with imagination and delightful storytelling, these adaptations bring the tales to life in an extraordinary way.
Will Little Red Riding Hood become a meal for the Big Bad Wolf? Can Snow White out-wit her evil stepmother? Is the house of bricks strong enough to protect the Little Pig? How can Jack avoid the Giant and find his golden treasure? Who will Cinderella marry? The narrator wolf has all the answers, as well as a story of his own to tell.
09/01/17 - The Bureau comes to DVD
Arrow Films has announced the DVD Box Set release of the French political thriller The Bureau on 16 January.
Upon the return of one of the DGSE’s top agents, Guillaume Debailly aka Malotru (Mathieu Kassovitz), after a six-year undercover mission in Syria, the department gets hit with a major crisis: An undercover agent goes mysteriously missing in Algeria.
Additionally, The Bureau must also maintain a close eye on promising new recruit, Marina (Sara Giraudeau), who needs to complete a full test of her abilities before infiltrating Iranian nuclear activity. The many lives Malotru has led as an undercover agent are now beginning to haunt him.
When he discovers Nadia (Zineb Triki), the love of his life is in Paris, he breaks The Bureau’s number one rule and secretly continues to live by his previous legend in order to reunite with her. For love, Malotru is willing to risk it all – not only for himself, but the entire Bureau.
06/01/17 - The Infiltrator comes to Blu-ray & DVD
Warner Home Video is to release The Infiltrator on Blu-ray and DVD on 23 January.
Amidst the lavish excess of the 1980s, Robert Musella became a pivotal player for drug lords cleaning their dirty cash. He traded on mob connections, to become the confidant to scores of the international underworld and the bankers who enabled them.
However, Robert Musella was, in fact, the undercover persona of Special Agent Robert Mazur: a US customs official who went further than any before him. Laying his life on the line, he infiltrated the globe’s largest cartels and discovered just how deep into society their influence extended.
Welcomed into an inner-circle of violence and corruption, Mazur found himself in the tight embrace of those he had promised to take down.
Based on the true story of a fearless undercover agent, The Infiltrator is a heart-stopping account of one of history’s most elaborate stings. The operation reeled in key players in a chain stretching all the way to Escobar. Their arrests would lead to the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International and shake the black economy to its core.
05/01/17 - The Man from Snowy River for piano
Varèse Sarabande is to release The Man from Snowy River and Other Themes for Piano digitally and on CD starting 27 January.
The album features newly created piano versions of beloved themes composed and performed by Bruce Rowland.
01 - 'Jessica's Theme' (from The Man From Snowy River)
02 - 'All the Rivers Run' (theme from the MiniSeries)
03 - 'Sea Ballet' (from Andre)
04 - 'Taming Paint' (from Ponderosa)
05 - 'Gunsmoke The Last Apache'
06 - 'Choices' (from Backstage)
07 - 'Main Theme' (from The Cup) (2:52)
08 - 'We'll Be Thinking of You' (from Adventure Island)
09 - 'Love Theme' (from Anzacs)
10 - 'Pharlap'
11 - 'By The Fireside' (from The Man From Snowy River 2)
12 - 'Suite' from The Man From Snowy River
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04/01/17 - Lowly release new album Heba
Bella Union is to release Danish band Lowly's new album Heba on 10 February.
As remarkable as their music is, Lowly only came together as a band in 2014, having met at the musical academy in Aarhus, Denmark. Despite all five members being involved in different studies, and having their own pre-existing endeavours, Nanna Schannong (lead vocals, guitar), Soffie Viemose (lead vocals, laptop), Kasper Staub (synthesisers), Thomas Lund (bass, Moog) and Steffen Lundtoft (drums, percussion) soon found common musical ground; a restlessly inventive and exquisitely melodic sound that refutes easy categorization.
The band themselves call it “noise-pop, and everything in between”. In this case ‘noise’, explains Kasper Staub, refers to the textures and treatments via laptop and guitar. This gives Lowly songs unpredictable, shape-shifting qualities (brilliantly layered by the band and co-producer Anders Boll, Efterklang’s long-trusted engineer/soundman), though a core of wistful melancholy remains, further intensified by the enigmatic lyrics. “We think of our music and lyrics more like a painting, we think it should all melt together,” says Staub. “We’re all interested in developing ourselves as songwriters, and working in new ways, with different ideas.”
Vacillating between vintage and modern, emotion and energy and heart and soul, Lowly are a fresh band breathing a timeless life into the modern realm of indie music. This early on, it suggests that the potential for this standout act is limitless.
03/01/17 - Beachhead release debut album
Fysisk Format is to release Beachheads's debut self titled album on 03 February.
Beachheads, a new band formed by two members of the brilliant Kverlertak. Very different from the parent band, the focus is more squarely on melody here. 'Your Highness', one stand out of many, is heavily inspired by the likes of Husker Du and 'Moment Of Truth' shares far more in common with Teenage Fanclub than the heavy rock that inspired Kverlertak.
The spark that became Beachheads was first ignited on a tour bus, as Kvelertak members Vidar (guitar) and Marvin (bass) fantasized about the endless potential of fuzzy guitars, energetic drums and strong melodies. The two hard-working Kvelertak musicians had little time off, and Beachheads endured as more of a dream for their days off, rather than the real band they wished for.
After a demo session a couple of years back they hooked up with Stavanger-locals Espen, a metal drummer with a pop heart, and former synth-pop-singer Børild. Together they knocked out three single tracks that quickly made a mark on playlists on both Norwegian and British national radio. The sudden success and interest came as a surprise for Beachheads who had no big plans, except for “maybe recording an album sometime”.