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FRENCH CINEMA - NEW DVD RELEASES FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013

AMOUR (12A) 2012 FRANCE HANEKE, MICHAEL £15.99 - DUE FOR DVD RELEASE ON 18 MARCH 2013
    Drama exploring death, ageing and the fear of loss. Anne and George (Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant) are a couple in their 80s who are enjoying their retirement, but that changes when, after an operation following a stroke, Anne is left wheelchair-bound and paralysed. Although she expresses her wish to die, even going so far as to make an attempt at taking her own life, George tries to remind her of the beauty and worth of life itself
and the love that they share for each other. BLU RAY £19.99

ANGEL AND TONY (15) 2010 FRANCE        DELAPORTE,  ALIX     £15.99

    French drama chronicling the uneasy relationship that develops between two very different people. Recently released from prison, the beautiful but troubled Angèle (Clotilde Hesmé) answers a personal ad on a whim, and soon finds herself caught up in the life of recently-bereaved middle-aged fisherman Tony (Grégory Gadebois), who lives with his mother in a small village on the Normandy coast. Despite a tricky beginning, the two make a connection of sorts, with Tony helping Angèle to find a job and a place to stay.

Both beleaguered by their own problems, it takes time to establish a bond, but over time they manage to negotiate a relationship that makes sense for them both.
L'ASSASSIN HABITE AU 21/MURDERER LIVES AT 21 (TBA) 1942 FRANCE       CLOUZOT, HENRI-GEORGES     £17.99
DUE FOR DVD RELEASE ON 18 MARCH 2013  
    A thief and killer stalks the streets of Paris, leaving a calling card from 'Monsieur Durand' at the scene of each crime.
ASSOCIÉS CONTRE LE CRIME...,/PARTNERS IN CRIME (12) 2012 FRANCE  THOMAS, PASCAL  £12.99
   
André Dussollier and Catherine Frot reprise their roles as the semi-retired husband and wife sleuths Bélisaire and Prudence 'Tuppence' Beresford in this comic Agatha Christie adaptation.

LE BEAU SERGE  (12) 1958 FRANCE        CHABROL, CLAUDE     £17.99
-  DUE FOR DVD RELEASE ON 25 MARCH 2013   
    
Claude Chabrol's directorial debut has  been credited as the first film to emerge from the French New Wave. François (Stéphane Audran) returns to his hometown from the big city to find that his old friend Serge (Gérard Blain)  is stuck in a loveless marriage and is drinking. François determines to help him turn his life around.
BEAU TRAVAIL (15) 1998 FRANCE CLAIRE DENIS £19.99
    Based on the Herman Melville book ‘Billy Budd’ set in the French Foreign Legion.

CHRONIQUES SEXUELLES D'UNE FAMILLE D'AUJOURD'HUI/SEXUAL CHRONICLES OF A FRENCH FAMILY (18) 2012 FRANCE    BARR, J.M/ARNOLD, P £15.99

    
French comedy in which a family are moved to openly discuss their sex lives in a bid to help the frustrated adolescent in their midst.
THE CLAIRE DENIS COLLECTION (15)                 £29.99
    Collection of four films -  'White Material' (2009), 'Beau Travail' (1999),  'Nénette et Boni' (1996) and  'Chocolat' (1988).

LA COURSE DU LIÈVRE À TRAVERS LES CHAMPS/AND HOPE TO DIE (12) 1972 FRANCE     CLÉMENT,.RENÉ      £15.99
  
  
 A fugitive needs all his wits about him to outrun the assassins on his trail.
LES COUSINS (12) 1959 FRANCE        CHABROL, CLAUDE     £17.99
-  DUE FOR DVD RELEASE ON 25 MARCH 2013 
   
The fortunes of two cousins whose bond is tested by a beautiful woman.
DARDENNE BROTHERS COLLECTION (15)             £59.99 

    
Collection of six features from acclaimed filmmakers the Dardenne brothers. Contains - LE GAMIN AU VELO/THE KID WITH A BIKE (2011),  LE SILENCE DE LORNA/SILENCE OF LORNA (2008), CHILD/L'ENFANT (2005),  LE FILS/SON  (2002),  ROSETTA (1999) &  LA PROMESSE (1996)

LA FOLIE D'AMOUR: THE XAVIER DOLAN COLLECTION (15)     £28.99
    Contains - Heartbeats/I Killed My Mother/Laurence Anyways
GERVAISE
(12) 1956 FRANCE    CLÉMENT, RENÉ            £15.99

    
René Clément directs this adaptation of Émile Zola's novel  'L'Assommoir', that follows the struggles of a young laundress trying to survive in 1850s   Paris. 
HARD SEASON 1(15) 2008 FRANCE    VERNEY, CATHY     £15.99
   
Respectable middle-class housewife and mother suddenly loses her husband in a freak accident. On the day of his funeral the true nature of the family business is finally disclosed to her: the production of porno movies! To save her home and feed her children she has to immediately resume management of the company, a business. Can she revitalise the fortunes of the company and  bring some much-needed new ideas to the business.
HOLY MOTORS     (18) FRANCE 2012        CARAX , LEOS        £15.99

    Surrealist French drama in which  Monsieur Oscar is driven around Paris by his chauffeur.  At various points throughout the day Oscar is a businessman, a beggar, an assassin, a father and an old woman, venturing out into the world to engage with others in each role and embarking on bizarre adventures.
INTOUCHABLES/UNTOUCHABLE (15) 2011 FRANCE OLIVIER NAKACHE, O/TOLEDANO.E    £19.99

    Paul (François Cluzet), a rich aristocrat and habitual thrill-seeker, becomes quadriplegic after a paragliding accident. Alone in the world and unable to care for himself in even the most basic ways, Paul employs young Senegalese émigré Driss (Omar Sy) as his carer.

Despite their very different backgrounds and outlooks on life, the two men quickly form a strong bond, teaching each other important life lessons about acceptance, respect and the true meaning of friendship in the process.

JEUX INTERDITS /FORBIDDEN GAMES (12) 1952 FRANCE    CLÉMENT, RENÉ    £15.99
   
Set in France in 1940, the story follows five-year-old Paulette (Brigitte Fossey), who is left traumatised after her parents and pet dog are killed in a Nazi air attack whilst fleeing Paris. She soon finds herself befriended by ten-year-old Michel Dollé (Georges Poujouly), however, whose peasant family takes her in.

    As Paulette and Michel become best friends, they find a way of coping with the death and destruction that surrounds them by creating their own world, and in particular, a small cemetery in the ruins of an old barn, where they bury Paulette's dog, and any other dead animals and insects they find.

LAURENCE ANYWAYS (12) 2012 CANADA DOLAN,         £15.99
    French-Canadian romantic drama about the effect of a sex change on a long-standing heterosexual relationship.

LA MAISON SOUS LES ARBRES/THE DEADLY TRAP (12) 1971 FRANCE    CLÉMENT, RENÉ            £15.99
    
After moving to Paris with her computer expert husband Philippe (Langella), Jill (Dunaway) becomes worried for her family's future when her husband suddenly quits his job for no apparent reason. With Philippe's former employers unwilling to part company, however, and her past psychological problems resurfacing, Jill soon finds herself having to investigate her husband's murky past, as the suspected kidnapping of her children threatens to throw her over the edge.
NENETTE ET BONI (15) 1996   FRANCE    DENIS, CLAIRE    £15.99
    Boni (Grégoire Colin) has enough trouble containing his erotic fixation with the local baker's wife, but when his estranged younger sister, Nenette (Alice Houri), arrives on his doorstep claiming she's pregnant, a whole host of new problems come to the fore. As the two struggle to adjust to their new situation, they begin to understand each other as well as the new responsibility which awaits them in the future.

PETIT NICOLAS
(PG) 2009 FRANCE TIRARD, LAURENT    £15.99 
    
    Comedy based on the 1950s comics by René Goscinny. Eight-year-old Nicolas (Maxime Godart) has a perfect set-up, with loving parents, good friendships and a happy school life. His idyllic existence soon changes, however, when he misinterprets a conversation that he overhears between his parents (Valérie Lemercier and Kad Merad), leading him to believe that his mother is pregnant.

With his imagination running wild, he soon jumps to the conclusion that his parents will be too wrapped up with their new arrival to spare any time for him, and quickly sets about planning how to keep things just the way they are.

DE ROUILLE ET D'OS/RUST AND BONE     (15) 2012 FRANCE        AUDIARD, JACQUES    £17.99

    
The film starts by telling two parallel stories: one of Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts), a homeless father struggling to care for his five-year-old son, and the other of Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), a woman who loses her legs in an accident while working as a trainer of killer whales. Both strong, idiosyncratic characters who are used to defining the parameters of their personal relationships, their union forces them out of the emotional safety zones they have each developed for the purposes of self-protection.
LA POISON (PG) 1951 FRANCE    GUITRY, SACHA        £17.99
    Early 1950s French black comedy from writer-director Sacha Guitry. Married couple Paul and Blandine Braconnier (Michel Simon and Germaine Reuver) detest one another - so much so that they both consider killing the other. As Blandine plans to poison him, Paul fatally stabs her but with the help of brilliant lawyer Maître Aubanel (Jean Debucourt) he may just get away with murder..BLU RAY - £19.99.

RUST AND BONE/DE ROUILLE ET D'OS     (15) 2012 FRANCE        AUDIARD, JACQUES    £17.99
    The film starts by telling two parallel stories: one of Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts), a homeless father struggling to care for his five-year-old son, and the other of Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), a woman who loses her legs in an accident while working as a trainer of killer whales. Both strong, idiosyncratic characters who are used to defining the parameters of their personal relationships, their union forces them out of the emotional safety zones they have each developed for the purposes of self-protection.
SISTER (15) 2012 FRANCE     MEIER, URSULA     £15.99
DUE FOR DVD RELEASE ON 11 MARCH 2013   
 
    Set in a Swiss ski resort. Every day, twelve-year-old Simon  catches the cable car up the mountain to an upmarket ski resort near his home in the Swiss Alps in order to steal food, money and equipment from the wealthy guests in order to support himself and his older sister. According to Simon, his parents are dead, and Louise does all she can to avoid the responsibilities of taking care of him.

Tension and ambiguity build as the facts of Simon's past and future become more and more uncertain.
TRANSYLVANIA  (15) 2006 FRANCE   GATLIT, TONY     £9.99
      Impressionistic take on the road movie genre. When Zingarina (Asia Argento) arrives in the mysterious backwaters of Transylvania, she has but one thing on her mind: to find her long-lost lover Milan (Marco Castoldi), a musician who made her pregnant and then left without a word of explanation. After trawling the various clubs and bars with her sister Marie (Amira Casar), she eventually finds him, only for Milan to brutally reject her.

Totally distraught, Zingarina cuts herself loose from Marie, and everything she holds dear. Plunged into the thrumming festivities of a Romany carnival, she emerges in a daze only to be lured ever deeper into the rolling hills of Romania. It is here that she meets Tchangalo (Birol Unel), a travelling trader who takes her under his wing.

They embark on a roadtrip upon which they indulge in wild bouts of gypsy folk dance, and nights of heady passion.
VOUS N'AVEZ ENCORE RIEN VU/YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHIN' YET
  (PG) 2012 FRANCE   RESNAIS, ALAIN     £15.99
   
Theatre, memory and the past combine as a group of actors reunite on the wishes of their former director.

GERMAN CINEMA NEW DVD RELEASES FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013

BARBARA (12A) 2012 GERMANY PETZOLD, CHRISTIAN £17.99
Set in pre-Berlin Wall East Germany in 1980. Nina Hoss stars as Barbara, a young doctor starting a new job at a small hospital in the provinces. It transpires she has been transferred there by the government as punishment for applying for an exit visa from the GDR.

Her aim is to escape to the West to join her boyfriend Jörg (Mark Waschke), who has been planning her escape via the Baltic Sea. Barbara, detached and self-contained, keeps her head down and gets on with her work, despite being subjected to random home checks and intrusive body searches. However, as the weeks go by, she becomes both beguiled and confused by the attentions of her new boss, Andre (Ronald Zehrfeld).

Can she trust him, or has he been assigned to keep tabs on her?

Review - http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/reviews/barbara-christian-petzold-105-mins-12a-8190724.html

BLAUE ENGEL/BLUE ANGEL (PG) GERMANY 1931 B/W STERNBERG, JOSEF VON £19.99
Marlene Dietrich stars in this classic adaptation of Heinrich Mann’s novel. Now available in much improved quality and in Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) with both the German-language “main” version, and the simultaneously shot English-language version.

Also included are newly translated optional subtitles on the German-language version; a new exclusive video essay on the film by critic and scholar Tag Gallagher; a feature-length audio commentary by critic and scholar Tony Rayns on the German-language version; the original 1929 screen test with Marlene Dietrich; an archival 1971 interview clip with Dietrich; three clips of Dietrich in performance from 1963 and 1972 concerts; the theatrical and re-release trailers; and a 48-PAGE BOOKLET containing: a 1968 essay by Josef von Sternberg about the film; a complete timeline of the film’s production history by Werner Sudendorf; and copious rare archival imagery from the production provided by Sudendorf and the Deutsche Kinemathek.

WENN DER VATER MIT DEM SOHNE (U) 1955 GERMANY QUEST, HANS £12.99
Comedy drama starring Heinz Rühmann as the Clown Teddy who has lost his way after the death of his son. His landladies sons reawakens Teddy desire to preform as a clown again.

ITALIAN CINEMA - NEW DVD RELEASES FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013


ACE (U) 1981 ITALY    CASTELLANO, FRANCO            £12.99
   
Comedy in which Ace a newly wed  poker player wins against a notorious sore loser who employs a killer to do away with Ace for good.
THE ARRIVAL OF WANG (15) 2011 ITALY    MANETTI, MARCO AND ANTONIO    £12.99
   
When a young Chinese interpreter receives a call from an old client offering her some highly paid work, she wonders about the nature of the job. What she is confronted with when she arrives is something she could not have prepared herself for.

It appears that an alien has been captured by the government and can only communicate in Chinese. Gaia is then tasked with determining its intentions.

LA CITTÀ DELLE DONNE/CITY OF WOMEN (18) 1980 ITALY     FELLINI , FEDERICO   £17.99
   
A late work from celebrated Italian director Federico Fellini, which features his usual blend of circus and comic strip grotesques. When Snaporaz (Marcello Mastroianni), a middle-aged businessman, is enticed off a train he finds himself in a world completely dominated by women. As more and more bizarre adventures happen to him, it is clear that he is moving through his own fears and fantasies about women.
DJANGO: UNCUT (15) 1966 ITALY        CORBUCCI, SERGIO    £12.99
   
Uncut version of the 1960s seminal spaghetti western originally banned in Britain. BLU RAY - £22.99
DJANGO, PREPARE A COFFIN (15) 1968 ITALY  BALDI, FERDINANDO   £15.99

  
  Italian spaghetti western starring Terence Hill as gunslinger Django. While working for a corrupt politician under the pretence of hanging innocent men so his boss can claim their land, Django in fact fakes their deaths and recruits them for his own gang so he can get revenge on the man he holds responsible for his wife's murder.
DJANGO SHOOTS FIRST (PG) 1966   ITALY  DE MARTINO , ALBERTO    £15.99
   
Spaghetti western starring Glenn Saxson as an avenging gunslinger out to track down the crooked businessman who murdered his father over a business deal.
IL COMMISSARIO MONTALBANO/INSPECTOR MONTALBANO: COLLECTION THREE (15)    ITALY     £19.99
  
  Four episodes of the Italian crime drama based on the series of novels by Andrea Camilleri.  The episodes are: 'Turning Point', 'Equal Time', 'The Spider's Patience' and 'Find the Lady'.
IL COMMISSARIO MONTALBANO
/INSPECTOR MONTALBANO: COLLECTION FOUR (15) ITALY         £19.99
        Features 'August Flame', 'The Wings of the Sphinx', 'Track of Sand' and 'Paper Moon'.

JAPANESE CINEMA - NEW DVD RELEASES FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013


COMPLETE EXISTING FILMS OF SADAO YAMANAKA (PG)   JAPAN 1937  £25.99
    Although he made 22 films over a six - year period (before dying of dysentery in a Japanese Imperial Army outpost in Manchuria at the age of 28), only three of them survive, collected here for the first time in the West.

Tange Sazen: The Million Ry ô Pot is a gloriously comic adventure yarn as the titular one - eyed, one - armed swordsman becomes embroiled in the hunt for a missing pot that points the way to hidden treasure. In K ôchiyama Sôshun, a subversively humanistic adaptation of a classic kabuki play, a small but invaluable knife stolen from a samurai leads to a chain of an increasingly complex and troublesome set of circumstances. His last film, Humanity and Paper Balloons, is an unsparing ensemble drama set among the lowest rungs of Japanese society in the 18th century.
FLOATING WEEDS  (PG)  1959 JAPAN  OZU, YASUJIRO        £19.99
 Restrained and bittersweet melodrama
FOREIGN DUCK, THE NATIVE DUCK AND GOD IN A COIN LOCKER (15) 2007 JAPAN     NAKAMURA, YOSHIHIRO £15.99
    Shiina (Gaku Hamada) and his neighbour, Kawasaki (Eita) are polar opposites which are attracted to each other by their mutual love of Bob Dylan, but the friendship begins to be put under strain  when Kawasaki's warnings about the local bookstore owner may not be completely truthful and it isn't long before all involved become embroiled in an absurd series of events.
JOURNEY TO AGARTHA (15) 2011    JAPAN  SHINKAI,MAKOTO    £19.99
    Coming of age anime following the adventures of a young girl in a mysterious land.
ONIBABA (15) 1964 JAPAN B/W SHINDO, KANETO  £19.99
 Strange and violent folk tale.  
THE WOODSMAN AND THE RAIN (12) JAPAN   OKITA, SHÛICHI        £15.99
    Comedy drama about a young movie director and his crew travel to Yamamura, a small mountain village to make a film.  One of these locals is woodsman  finds himself helping the film crew and an unlikely friendship with Koichi begins.


CHINESE CINEMA - NEW DVD RELEASES FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013

A SIMPLE LIFE (PG) 2011   CHINA  HUI, ANN       IN CANTONESE    £17.99
    Film about an  elderly housekeeper and the employer who comes to look after her.
AFTERSHOCK (15) 2010 CHINA   FENG,  XIAOGANG    IN MANDARIN       £19.99
    Chinese disaster film based on events surrounding the 1976 earthquake in Tangshan.
BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS (15) 2009  CHINA CHAN, TEDDY  IN MANDARIN £17.99
    Hong Kong martial arts action thriller starring Donnie Yen.
FLOWERS OF WAR (15) 2011 CHINA    ZHANG, YIMOU  CHINESE (NANJING
 DIALECT), ENGLISH, JAPANESE, MANDARIN, SHANGHAINESE    £15.99

    Chinese historical war drama set in 1937 during the Japanese army's notorious 'Rape of Nanjing'.

RUSSIAN/EASTERN EUROPEAN CINEMA  - NEW DVD RELEASES FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013


AURORA (12) 2010 ROMANIA   PUIU, CRISTI        £15.99
    Dark thriller that provides an insight into the mind of a psychopath and questions the motives behind such a violent act.
ALL THAT I LOVE (TBA) 2009    POLAND  BORCUCH, JACEK    £14.99
    Coming-of-age drama about four schoolboys who form a punk band. Set over the course of one year, against the backdrop of the political uprisings in Poland in 1981 their emergent and often conflicting ideals in a dangerously volatile political climate.
BATTLE OF WARSAW 1920 (15) 2011 POLAND HOFFMAN, JERZY £15.99
    Drama about the final battle of the Polish-Soviet War.

THE CZECHOSLOVAK NEW WAVE - A COLLECTION (15)        £23.99
  
  Triple bill of Czechoslovakian New Wave films. In 'Diamonds of the Night' (1964), two Jewish boys escape from a train transporting them from one Nazi death camp to another. As the boys run through the rugged and unfamiliar terrain, hounded by a band of armed German villagers, their flight is interpolated by their dreams, hallucinations, fantasies and memories.

In 'Intimate Lighting' (1969), successful musician Peter (Zdenek Bezusek) and his girlfriend visit an old friend who is in charge of a small music school. The reunion then causes the characters to reflect on their lives, where they've ended up and how the decisions they've made have brought them there. In 'The Cremator' (1969), Karl Kopfrkingl (Rudolf Hrusinsky) is the owner of a crematorium in the early stages of the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia who finds in the situation an opportunity to fulfill his business ambitions, justify his anti-Semitism and exert his obsession for control.

His discovery that his wife has 'impure' blood sends him on a psychopathic spiral, leading to a tragic climax.

ELENA (12) 2011    RUSSIAN  ZVYAGINTSEV, ANDREI     £15.99
   
Russian suspense drama.  

SCANDINAVIAN CINEMA  - NEW DVD RELEASES FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013

ABOVE THE STREET, BELOW THE WATER (15) 2009 DENMARK      SIELING, CHARLOTTE £12.99
 
   Sidse Babett Knudsen stars in this contemporary  family drama about a couple  struggling to juggle their commitments to their careers, their children and each other.

BABETTE’S FEAST (U) 1987 DENMARK      £15.99
   
Oscar-winning film is set in a remote hamlet in Nineteenth century Denmark.  When Babette, a chef and refugee from France's civil war arrives, she changes the status quo in this strict religious community by her sumptuous cooking.  BLU RAY £19.99
BORGEN: SEASON 2 (15) 2011    DENMARK        £19.99

    Birgitte Nyborg has been Denmark s Prime Minister for two years years that have taken their toll on her private life. She must now balance her role of PM with that of divorcée and single-mother.
FALSE TRAIL (15) 2011 SWEDEN        SUNDVALL,  KJELL         £15.99
    Swedish crime thriller starring Rolf Lassgard and Peter Stormare. The sequel to Jägarna (1996), the film concerns Erik (Lassgard) who is asked to return to his hometown in Sweden to solve a brutal murder. Although hesitant to go back due to unfavourable memories of the town, Erik accepts, but finding an answer to the murder proves a complex task.
THE HUNT (15) 2012 DENMARK   VINTERBERG, THOMAS    £17.99
   
Mads Mikkelsen stars as Lukas, a recently-divorced primary school teacher locked in an acrimonious custody battle over his teenage son Marcus. When Lukas is accused of child abuse he soon faces unanimous condemnation from everyone around him, including his closest friends.
JACKPOT (15) 2011 NORWAY     MARTENS, MAGNUS        £15.99
   
Norwegian crime thriller in which a young man attempts to explain how winning a jackpot on the pools with his friends led to chaos.

JÄGARNA (15) 2011 SWEDEN        SUNDVALL, KJELL    £19.99
 
   Thriller in which Erik (Rolf Lassgård) returns to his hometown to reunite with his brother after the death of their abusive father. While there, he investigates a case of deer poaching and uncovers that his brother may be involved with the gang of hunters.
THE KILLING: SEASON 3 (15) 2012 DENMARK SVEISTRUP, SØREN    £39.99
  
 
Final series in the Emmy-nominated Danish crime drama. Having found peace after her previous ordeals, Detective Inspector Sarah Lund (Sofie Gråbol) is brought into investigate what seems to be a random murder at the Copenhagen docks. Attention is quickly drawn toward an oil business run by the troubled Robert Zeuthen (Anders W. Berthelsen), and an old flame of Sarah's believes that this seemingly random murder may be connected to a possible assassination attempt on the Prime Minister.
KING OF DEVIL'S ISLAND (12A) 2010 NORWAY      HOLST, MARIUS    £17.99
  
On a remote island off the coast of Norway in 1915, Governor Bestyreren (Stellan Skarsgård) presides over the brutal and austere Bastoy Boys Reform School. BLU RAY - £19.99
KISS ME (15) 2011 SWEDEN    KEINING,  ALEXANDRA-THERESE    £15.99
   
Swedish drama following the intense relationship that develops between a pair of young women who meet at an engagement party for their parents.
PROTECTORS: SEASON 1 (15) 2009    DENMARK        £23.99
  
 Emmy award-winning about the three newest members of the elite Personal Protection Unit based in Copenhagen who are tasked with guarding people recognised as potential targets for terrorist groups, such as members of the royal family or politicians. The series follows them as they adjust to the pressures of their new job while trying to maintain a balance in their personal lives.
UNIT ONE: SEASON 1 (15) 2000  DENMARK  £24.99
   
All nine episodes of the first season of the Danish crime drama starring Mads Mikkelsen and Charlotte Fich which follows an elite mobile task force as they solve high-profile cases.

DOCUMENTARIES - NEW DVD RELEASES FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013

5 BROKEN CAMERAS (E)   2011        EMAD BURNAT,E./DAVIDI G.    £15.99
   
Documentary chronicling one Palestinian farmer's non-violent resistance to the incursions of the Israeli army. In 2005, when his son Gibreel is born, Emad Burnat, a Palestinian man living in the small farming village of Bil'in, buys his first video camera in order to keep a record of his son's childhood. However, on the day of Gibreel's birth, the Israeli army erects a fence along the Israeli-Palestinian border, cutting right through Bil'in.

Over the next five years Burnat risks life and limb to capture the resulting land dispute between the villagers (led by two of his closest friends) and the Israeli armed forces, as well as documenting his son's childhood, which is inescapably affected by the conflict and violence that has surrounded him from birth.

AFGHANISTAN: THE GREAT GAME (E) 2012        £15.99
   
Rory Stewart tells the story of foreign intervention in Afghanistan from the 19th century to the present day.
AFRICA (E) 2012        £24.99
   
David Attenborough presents this five-part BBC natural history series exploring the stunning landscapes and undiscovered creatures of Africa's five major regions.
ANSEL ADAMS (E)    2002    BURNS, RIC        £12.99
   
Look at the life and work of award-winning American photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams. Best known for his black-and-white photographs of the American West, Adams' work has become widely recognised and admired by many as being visionary in technique and contributing towards a better understanding of the environment and man's place within it.
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS! (E) 2011        GERTTEN, FREDRIK    £14.99
    Documentary following the attempts of food giant Dole to silence a film crew who called their practices into question. In 2009, Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten made a documentary called 'Bananas!', following a group of Nicaraguan workers who won a lawsuit against Dole after claiming that they were being poisoned. Subsequently, the film came up against distribution problems: the Los Angeles film festival, which was lined up to premiere the film, was put under pressure to pull it from its programme, while the director found himself issued with a lawsuit from Dole, and Swedish journalists and MPs were also put under pressure from the company.
CALL ME KUCHU (E) 2012        WRIGHT, K F/ZOUHALI-WORRALL    £14.99
   
Documentary about the struggle for gay rights in Uganda. When a new bill is proposed that would make homosexuality punishable by death in Uganda, David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man - and his fellow activists risk life and limb to speak out and oppose the legislation. But when a brutal murder shakes the movement to its core, the stakes of their struggle are raised even higher.
THE HOUSE I LIVE IN (E) 2012  JARECK, EUGENE        £15.99
 
   Documentary critique of the US government's drugs policy. Inspired by the story of Nanni Jeter, a friend and employee of writer and director Eugene Jarecki, the film includes interviews with police officers, judges, prison staff, dealers, addicts and their families, medics and experts on social policy, including investigative journalist turned screenwriter, David Simon, creator of the political drama series 'The Wire'.
I AM (E) 2010        £12.99
    Hollywood director Tom Shadyac asks some of the world's greatest thinkers 'What's wrong with our world, and what can we do about it?'. Contributors including Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky and Lynne McTaggart share their own personal views about how to move forward.
LES MISÉRABLES - FROM BOOK TO STAGE AND SCREEN (E) 2012    £12.99
  
  Documentary about Victor Hugo's classic nineteenth-century story and its subsequent adaptations to stage and screen
LOOK AT LIFE   VOLUME 2 -  (E) 3 DISCS        £29.99
   
A four-volume set of short documentary films produced by the Rank Organisation that record aspects of life in Britain during the 1960s. This collection, comprising 54 films, focuses on the military's role in Britain at the time.
LOOK AT LIFE: VOLUME 3 -  (E) 3 DISCS        £29.99
   
Digitally restored films providing an insight into the culture, news and concerns of 1960s Britain.
LOOK AT LIFE: VOLUME 4 - SPORT (E) 3 DISCS        £29.99
   
Contains 42 digitally restored films, many unseen since their initial cinematic broadcast, that explore themes relating to sport and games in Britain and include a look at the growth of winter sports in Scotland and the Grand National.
LOOK AT LIFE: VOLUME 5 - HERITAGE (E) 3 DISCS        £39.99
   
This volume contains 45 digitally restored films, many unseen since their initial cinematic broadcast, that explore themes relating to the heritage and culture of Great Britain.
LOOK AT LIFE: VOLUME 6 - WORLD AFFAIRS (E) 5 DISCS        £49.99
  
  Sixth collection of short documentary films produced by the Rank Organisation in the 1960s to show at the Odeon and Gaumont cinemas. The shorts were designed to replace cinematic newsreels, which had been rendered largely redundant by the increasing prevalence of television sets and televisual news broadcasts. This volume contains 45 digitally restored films, many unseen since their initial cinematic broadcast, that explore themes relating to world affairs.
MCCULLIN (15)   2012   MORRIS, D & J        £15.99
  
  Documentary exploring the work of widely regarded British photojournalist, Don McCullin. Working for The Sunday Times from 1969 to 1984, McCullin gained a unique vantage point from which he could capture his images of war and suffering. Though his shots were shocking and gave a candid look at the effects of war on those involved, he went on to become one of the most acclaimed photojournalists of the 20th century.  BLU RAY - £19.99
THE PLANETS (E)         £14.99
 
   Collection of two original NASA documentary films exploring the worlds beyond planet Earth. In 'Planet Mars', we are shown pictures which were taken by the Viking space probe in 1975, giving a unique insight into Mars's surface while highlighting the similarities it has with Earth. In 'Moon Old and New', the film takes a look at how the moon has interested many people over hundreds of years and shows how the ways of studying it have changed as new technology has allowed it to.
SALUTE (PG) 2008    NORMAN. MATT        £19.99
 
   Matt Norman, nephew of Olympic silver medallist Peter Norman, directs this documentary about an iconic moment in the civil rights movement that took place at the 1968 Olympic games.

SCI FI SCIENCE (E)     £24.99
    Theoretical physicist Dr Michio Kaku examines the viability of pieces of technology imagined by science fiction authors and filmmakers. From warp drives and time travel to lightsabers and force fields, authors of speculative fiction have imagined numerous technological marvels. Kaku talks to a number of sci-fi fans and uses his own knowledge to comment on the possibilities of future technological design.
STEEL - A CENTURY OF STEELMAKING ON FILM (E)         £24.99
   
Collection of 23 documentaries, animations and short films from the 20th century which illustrate the history of Britain's steel industry. A major factor in the Second Industrial Revolution, the industry employed hundreds of thousands of people and its influence can still be seen around the country today. The collection features shots of the building of the New Tyne Bridge in 1928 and the short documentary 'Steel' (1945).
TEMPO: VOLUME 1 (E) 1967        £19.99
 
   First volume of content from the 1960s ITV arts show. With a licence to cover all areas of the arts, the show explored subjects relating to cinema, music, dance, photography and writing and included interviews and features with many of the most influential artists of the time. This collection includes features on Jacques Tati, Stan Tracey, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lee Strasberg, Tom Jones, Orson Welles, Harold Pinter, Charles Eames and Jean Luc-Godard.
THIS IS NOT A FILM (U) 2010 IRAN     PANAHI,JAFAR        £14.99
   
Documentary following Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who also co-directs, as he appeals against his six-year jail sentence and 20-year ban on making films. Accused of creating propaganda opposing the regime, Panahi has also been prohibited from talking to the press or exiting the country. Under house arrest while awaiting the decision of the appeal, he worries the result may mean the end of his artistry and begins to capture a day in his life.

He shares the story of a film he was going to make, is startled by fireworks and gunshot sounds outside his apartment, tunes into the news and finds out about the Japanese tsunami and talks to a young man who works in the building.

LITERATURE ON DVD  - NEW RELEASES FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013


A 360 (15) 2011            MEIRELLES, FERNANDO        £15.99
   
Drama loosely based on Arthur Schnitzler's 1897 play 'La Ronde' and starring Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Ben Foster.
A YOUNG DOCTOR'S NOTEBOOK (15) 2012        £19.99
 
   Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe star in this darkly comic four-part drama, following the life of a young provincial doctor in pre-revolutionary Russia. Based on the semi-autobiographical memoirs of Russian writer and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov.
ANNA KARENINA (12A) 2012     WRIGHT JOE         £19.99
   
Tom Stoppard pens this adaptation of Tolstoy's classic story of doomed love. Stars  Kiera Knightley and Jude Law.
ARMCHAIR THEATRE: VOLUME 4 (12)        £39.99
   
12 plays from the hugely popular ITV drama anthology series that ran from 1956 -1973. The series was broadcast on Sunday nights and featured original scripts dealing with issues of the day from a number of esteemed contemporary writers. This selection of plays features performances by actors including Susannah York, Frank Finlay, Ian Holm, Irene Handl, Donald Pleasence, Terry Thomas, Patrick Macnee, Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier.
BIRDSONG (15) 2012            MARTIN, PHILIP        £19.99
   
Two-part TV adaptation of Sebastian Faulks's best-selling novel, charting a doomed love story played out against the backdrop of World War One
BLANDINGS (12) 2012            £19.99
   
Timothy Spall and Jennifer Saunders star in this six-part British sitcom based on the stories by P.G. Wodehouse
CONFESSION OF A CHILD OF THE CENTURY (15) 2011 VERHEYDE, SYLVIE    £15.99
   
Pete Doherty and Charlotte Gainsbourg star in this period drama based on the autobiographical 19th century novel by French writer Alfred de Musset.
DOCTOR FAUSTUS: GLOBE THEATRE (12A) 2011 DUNSTER, MATTHEW   £19.99  
   
Production of Christopher Marlowe's dark tragedy for the Globe Theatre. Paul Hilton stars as Doctor Faustus, the tortured medic whose insatiable thirst for knowledge and power leads him to sell his soul to the devil through Lucifer's agent, Mephistopheles (Arthur Darvill). Dunster uses puppets and masks to bring to life the play's central themes of magic, morality and transformation.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS (12) 2012 UK     NEWELL, MIKE    £19.99
   
Adaptation staring  Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS (15) 1998     CUARÓN, ALFONSO    £9.99
   
This modern-day version of the famous Charles Dickens novel begins when ten-year-old Finn Bell is coerced by the convict Lustig (Robert De Niro) into helping him escape from the authorities.
JANE EYRE (12) 2011        FUKUNAGA, CARY    £19.99
  
 Adaptation of the classic novel by Charlotte Bronte in which a young governess falls in love with her master. Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) emerges from a troubled childhood to take on the position of governess at Thornfield Hall. Thornfield is owned by the passionate and impulsive Rochester (Michael Fassbender), who pays Jane unusual attention for someone below his station.

MAKING WAR HORSE (E) 2009       PHIL GRABSKY, P/BICKERSTAFF, D   £10.99
    Channel 4 documentary following the staging by the National Theatre of the celebrated children's novel 'War Horse' by Michael Morpurgo.

LES MISERABLES (1935)/LES MISERABLES (1952) (U)         £9.99
    Two big screen versions of Victor Hugo's classic tale, set in early 19th-century France. The story follows Jean Valjean (played by Fredric March in the 1935 version, and by Michael Rennie in the 1952 film), a prisoner who breaks his parole and spends the next two decades fleeing from obsessive police inspector Javert (Charles Laughton/Robert Newton). In his quest for personal redemption, Valjean adopts Cosette (Rochelle Hudson/Debra Paget), daughter of impoverished prostitute Fantine (Florence Eldridge/Sylvia Sydney), and is eventually elected as town mayor.But it's not long before Valjean's past, in the shape of Inspector Javert, comes back to haunt him.

LES MISÉRABLES - FROM BOOK TO STAGE AND SCREEN (E) 2012    £12.99
    Documentary about Victor Hugo's classic nineteenth-century story and its subsequent adaptations to stage and screen

BRITISH CINEMA - NEW DVD RELEASES FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013

LITERATURE ON DVD  - NEW RELEASES FEBRUARY/MARCH
A LIAR'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY: THE UNTRUE STORY OF MONTY PYTHON'S...(15)     2012   £17.99
    Animated biopic of Monty Python's Graham Chapman. Using a number of audio recordings Chapman made before his death, fourteen different animation studios worked together for this film which collects snippets from his autobiography and turns them into a series of comedy skits. Fellow Python members John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin also contribute by voicing an assortment of characters who may or may not have crossed Chapman's path in life.
BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO (15) 2012 UK STRICKLAND, PETER £19.99
    Inventive horror in which a sound engineer working in the confines of an Italian movie studio becomes dangerously absorbed in his work. . BLU RAY £19.99
CFF COLLECTION: VOLUME 2 - THE RACE IS ON (PG)    £19.99
   
Triple bill of British movies produced by the Children's Film Foundation. In 'Sammy's Super T-Shirt' (1978), despite his small build, Sammy Smith (Reggie Winch) dreams of being a top athlete. While in training for a running competition, a couple of bullies hurl Sammy's lucky t-shirt through a science lab window where an accident results in it gaining super strength.

Sammy retrieves the t-shirt and tries to use it to win the race but things don't go according to plan. In 'Soapbox Derby' (1957), set in London, a teenaged Michael Crawford makes his movie debut. The Battersea Bats and the Victoria Victors, two rival gangs of children, are getting ready for an upcoming soapbox derby.

When the Victors learn of a new car design created by the Bats they try to get their hands on it before the big race. In 'The Sky Bike' (1967) a bumbling inventor hopes to win a contest with his new creation - a flying bicycle. With the help of his young friend can he win the prize?

GINGER AND ROSA (12) 2012 UK POTTER, SALLY £15.99
    Drama about two teenage girls living in London in the early 1960s. Elle Fanning and Alice Englert star as Ginger and Rosa, best friends who were both born on the day the first atom bomb fell on Hiroshima. The two are inseparable until Rosa falls in love with Ginger's charismatic father Roland (Alessandro Nivola).

Ginger, shattered and alone, becomes increasingly immersed in the anti-nuclear movement, the looming horrors of the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis resonating with her own personal nightmare.
 BLU RAY £19.99
I, ANNA (15) 2012 UK SOUTHCOMBE, BARNABY £15.99
    This London-set noir thriller starring Charlotte Rampling and Gabriel Byrne.
SHADOW DANCER (15) 2012 UK MARSH, JAMES £15.99
    Thriller starring Clive Owen and Angela Riseborough, adapted by Tom Bradby from his own novel. Belfast native Colette McVeigh (Riseborough) comes from a family of well-known IRA sympathisers. After being arrested on suspicion of carrying a bomb on the London Underground, she is questioned by MI5 operative Mac (Owen), and told that if she does not co-operate with the authorities her young son will be taken from her.

As Colette reluctantly takes on the role of informant for the British secret services, Mac tries to use her as a means of breaking the cycle of violence in 1990s Belfast.


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