DVD & Blu-ray

UK DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Monday 17th October 2011


Pulp Fiction (Miramax): Quentin Tarantino’s landmark 1994 film won him the Palme d’Or and was a critical and commercial phenomenon. The looping, patchwork narrative and distinctive dialogue spawned many imitators but has never been bettered, even by Tarantino himself.  [Buy it on Blu-ray or DVD]

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Revolver Entertainment):  Werner Herzog’s latest documentary is an awe-inspiring 3D exploration of the ancient Chauvet cave in France. Almost working as a companion piece to Encounters at the End of the World (2007), this takes an interior look at a truly remarkable place. [Buy it on Blu-ray or DVD]


A Nightmare On Elm Street 1-7 (Warner Home Video) [Blu-ray / Box Set]
Amelie (Momentum Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Empire of Passion (Optimum Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / with DVD – Double Play]
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Momentum Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Fiddler On the Roof (MGM Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / 40th Anniversary Edition]
From Dusk Till Dawn (Miramax) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Gnomeo and Juliet (Entertainment One) [Blu-ray / Limited Edition]
Green Lantern (Warner Home Video) [Blu-ray / Normal / Combo]
In the Realm of the Senses (Optimum Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / with DVD – Double Play]
Jackie Brown (Miramax) [Blu-ray / Normal]
John Carpenter’s the Ward (Warner Home Video) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Kevin Smith Collection (Miramax) [Blu-ray / Box Set]
Last Night (Optimum Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Lost in Translation (Momentum Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (Optimum Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / with DVD – Double Play]
Mission Impossible (Paramount Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Mission Impossible 2 (Paramount Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Mission Impossible 3 (Paramount Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Mission Impossible Trilogy (Paramount Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Requiem for a Dream (Momentum Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Retreat (Sony Pictures Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Screwed (Lionsgate UK) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Set Up (Lionsgate UK) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Stake Land (Metrodome Distribution) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Star Wars – The Clone Wars: Seasons 1-3 (Warner Home Video) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Suck (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Green Hornet (Sony Pictures Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / 3D Edition]
The Legend (Cine-Asia) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Long Good Friday (Optimum Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Messenger (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The New Daughter (EV) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Three Worlds of Jacques Cousteau (Go Entertain) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Woman (Revolver Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
West Side Story (20th Century Fox Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / 50th Anniversary Edition]
Withnail and I (Optimum Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Zhu Zhu Pets: Quest for Zhu (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / 3D Edition]

UK Cinema Releases for Friday 14th October 2011
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UK Cinema Releases: Friday 25th March 2011


Limitless (Paramount/Momentum): A struggling writer (Bradley Cooper) discovers a top-secret drug which bestows him with super human abilities. As his usage begins to change his life, he begins to discover the drug’s shadowy origins. Directed by Neil Burger and co-starring Abbie Cornish and Robert De Niro, this has a promising first third but soon dissolves into a formulaic thriller. [Nationwide / 15] [Reviews] [Trailer]

The Eagle (Universal): In Roman-ruled Britain, a young Roman soldier endeavors to honor his father’s memory by finding his lost legion’s golden emblem. Directed by Kevin MacDonald and starring Jamie Bell and Channing Tatum. [Nationwide / 12A] [Reviews] [Trailer]

Country Strong (Sony Pictures): A fallen country star (Gwyneth Paltrow) strives to revive her career with some help from her husband (Tim McGraw), a young songwriter (Garrett Hedlund) and an emerging country artist (Leighton Meester). Directed by Shana Feste. [Nationwide / 12A] [Reviews] [Trailer]

Faster (Sony Pictures): An ex-convict (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) seeks revenge for his brother’s death in this revenge thriller, co-starring Billy Bob Thornton, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and directed by George Tillman Jr. [Nationwide / 15] [Reviews] [Trailer]

A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures (Optimum Releasing): A sea turtle who was hatched in 1959 spends the next 50 years traveling the world while it is being changed by global warming. Directed by Ben Stassen, it stars Melanie Griffith and Isabelle Fuhrman. [Nationwide / U] [Reviews] [Trailer]


Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Picturehouse): Werner Herzog’s latest documentary sees the German director gain access to film inside the Chauvet caves France, capturing the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting. [Selected cinemas / U] [Read our full review here] [Reviews] [Trailer]

Wake Wood (Vertigo Films): Irish horror film about the parents of a girl killed by a savage dog who are granted the opportunity to spend three days with their deceased daughter. [Selected cinemas / 18] [Reviews] [Trailer]

Toast (Momentum Pictures): Drama based on the memoirs of food writer Nigel Slater, which first premièred on BBC1 around Christmas. [Selected cinemas / PG] [Trailer]

> Get local cinema showtimes at Google Movies or FindAnyFilm
> UK DVD & Blu-ray releases for Monday 21st March 2011, including The Kids Are Alright and Out of Sight


UK Cinemas showing Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Werner Herzog’s new documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams is getting released around the UK this week.

The film follows Herzog’s exploration of the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave in southern France, which was discovered in 1994 and contains paintings and markings dating back thousands of years to the Paleolithic era.

Not open to the public, Herzog managed to get permission to film inside the cave with a small crew and specially modified 3D cameras and lights.

A remarkable film about an awe-inspiring place, you can read our full review here.

Unusually, the cinema chain Picturehouse is releasing it through their distribution arm and it will be screening at selected locations across the UK.

Tonight there will be special preview screenings after which Herzog will do a live Q&A session with Jason Solomons beamed live to cinemas (more details on that here).

From Friday it will be showing at the following UK cinemas in 3D and 2D, so just click on the links below for more details.





Official site
More reviews and links about Cave of Forgotten Dreams at MUBi
> Find out more about Werner Herzog and the Chauvet Cave at Wikipedia
Facebook group
> Details of a live Q&A with Herzog (via satellite) on March 22nd

Cinema Reviews

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Werner Herzog’s latest documentary is an awe-inspiring 3D exploration of the ancient Chauvet cave in France.

Almost working as a companion piece to Encounters at the End of the World (2007), which explored the vastness exteriors of the South Pole, this film takes an interior look at a truly remarkable place.

The Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave in southern France was discovered in 1994 and contains paintings and markings dating back thousands of years to the Paleolithic era.

Enter Herzog, a filmmaker with a knack of unearthing the poetic in nature, who became interested in filming inside the carefully preserved caves, which the public are not allowed to enter.

Unlike his documentaries about eccentric individuals (e.g. Grizzly Man or The White Diamond), this is more about a place and the dream-like feelings which it inspires.

Filled with stalactites, pawprints and the bones of extinct animals, the interior of the caves are hypnotic, filled with charcoal drawings which suggest Paleolithic people were practising an early form of visual entertainment, or ‘proto-cinema’ as Herzog calls it.

After receiving special permission from the French government to film inside – albeit with some heavy restrictions – the German director and his small crew used specially modified 3D cameras and lights to capture the extraordinary images inside.

This adds another layer to the project as it becomes about the actual filming, as well as what the images captured might mean, and the crew and their equipment become part of the action, giving the whole thing a vérité feel.

We see Herzog and regular DP Peter Zeitlinger navigate the metal walkways inside the caves and some of the artwork is fascinating, providing glimpses of another era.

As experts talk about what’s inside, this is intercut with footage of academics talking about their findings.

The German auteur brings his probing curiosity to the interviews, discovering that a scientist used to be a circus juggler and also finding some gentle comedy in how hunting with spears might have worked thousands of years ago.

Using graphics and computer models, the film also details the relative flurry of activity that has taken place since the mid-90s as scientists have mapped the dimensions of the cave and the nature of the rock inside.

What prevents the film from being just another nature programme is Herzog’s unique presence, as his distinctive voice and working methods lend a quirky gravity to proceedings.

He seems equally absorbed by the challenges of filming outside and inside the caves, at one point using a prototype remote controlled drone (operated by Jonathan Watts) to capture shots of the local landscape.

For such a veteran director, the use of 3D cameras might seem a radical departure but it is far removed from the CGI spectacle of mainstream features using the format and enhances the claustrophobic beauty of the caves.

When the film ventures outside, the effect is less dramatic although a scene where someone literally pokes a spear towards the camera may suggest Herzog is having a laugh at Hollywood’s current adoption of the format (he has since stated that he will never use 3D again).

The atmosphere is enhanced considerably by Ernst Reijseger‘s score, which fuses strings and choral singing to compelling effect and helps create the sense of awe the film reaches for.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams is more restrained than Herzog’s previous documentaries, even though he still crams in a segment involving a radioactive albino crocodile, but the awe-inspiring subject matter and the maverick sensibilities of the director make for a perfect match.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams opens in the UK on March 25th

> Official site
> More reviews and links about Cave of Forgotten Dreams at MUBi
> Find out more about Werner Herzog and the Chauvet Cave at Wikipedia
> Find out what UK cinemas are showing the film at Picturehouse and Find Any Film
> Facebook group
> Details of a live Q&A with Herzog (via satellite) on March 22nd