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UK DVD and Blu-ray Releases: Monday 25th January 2010



Magnolia (EIV): The classic 1999 ensemble drama written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, which is a mosaic of several interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley. [Read the full review here] [Buy it on Blu-ray]

Fish Tank (Artificial Eye): Writer-director Andrea Arnold’s second feature-length film, which is an absorbing tale of a teenage girl (Katie Jarvis) on an Essex housing estate who strikes up a friendship with her mother’s new boyfriend (Michael Fassbender). [Read the full review here] [Buy it on DVD]

Mesrine Parts 1 & 2 (Momentum): An epic two part crime saga starring Vincent Cassel as a the real life criminal who gets involved in a series of hold-ups, prison breaks and kidnappings throughout the 1970s and 80s across several continents. [Buy it on Blu-ray | Buy it on DVD]

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (Sony): A charming animated comedy, based on the book by Judi and Ron Barrett, about a young scientist who invents a weather machine which inadvertently starts raining food down on his town. [Buy it on Blu-rayBuy it on DVD]

The Double Life of Veronique (Artificial Eye): A Blu-ray release for this 1991 French-Polish drama directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski, which stars Irène Jacob as two women who have a mysterious connection. [Buy it on Blu-ray]

Thirst (Palisades Tartan): A vampire story from director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) about a priest saved by a blood transfusion , which also transforms him into a vampire. [Buy it on Blu-rayBuy it on DVD]



A Town Called Eureka Season 3.0 (Universal Playback) [Buy it on DVD]
Bullet Boy (Verve Pictures) [Buy it on DVD]
Candy (ICA)
Copying Beethoven (Verve Pictures) [Buy it on Blu-ray| Buy it on DVD]
Fame (2009) (EIV) [Buy it on Blu-ray | Buy it on DVD]
Gaea Girls & Shinjuku Boys (Second Run) [Buy it on DVD]
House [Hausu] (Eureka/Masters of Cinema) [Buy it on DVD]
Katyn (Artificial Eye) [Buy it on Blu-ray | Buy it on DVD]
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Universal) [Buy it on Blu-ray | Buy it on DVD]
Love Exposure (Third Window Films) [Buy it on DVD]
Lubitsch in Berlin (Eureka/Masters of Cinema) [Buy it on DVD]
Ocean Waves (Optimum) [Buy it on DVD]
Passchendaele (High Fliers) [Buy it on Blu-ray | Buy it on DVD]
Permissive (BFI) [Buy it on Blu-ray | Buy it on DVD]
Pontypool (Kaleidoscope Entertainment) [Buy it on Blu-ray | Buy it on DVD]
Privilege (BFI) [Buy it on Blu-ray | Buy it on DVD]
Red Road (Verve Pictures) [Buy it on Blu-ray | Buy it on DVD]
Smokin’ Aces (Universal) [Buy it on Blu-ray | Buy it on DVD]
Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassin’s Ball (Universal) [Buy it on Blu-ray | Buy it on DVD]
Straightheads (Verve Pictures) [Buy it on Blu-ray | Buy it on DVD]
That Kind of Girl (BFI) [Buy it on Blu-ray | Buy it on DVD]
Undercover (Optimum) [Buy it on DVD]
Une Femme Mariée (Eureka/Masters of Cinema) [Buy it on Blu-ray | Buy it on DVD]
Whiteout (Optimum) [Buy it on Blu-ray | Buy it on DVD]
Zidane (Artificial Eye) [Buy it on Blu-ray | Buy it on DVD]

> The Best DVD and Blu-ray releases of 2009
> UK cinema releases for Friday 22nd January including Armored, Ninja Assassin and The Boys Are Back


UK Cinema Releases: Friday 18th September 2009

UK Cinema Releases 18-09-09



Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 3D (Sony Pictures): An animated film about a young scientist who invents a a weather machine that turns water into food, which results in food falling on to his town. Based on the children’s book of the same name by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett, it features the voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan and Mr. T.

Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, it is an engaging tale filled with some surreal sequences in which it rains hamburgers, hot dogs and all manner of sugar laden food.

The story is kind of a prequel to the book and although it doesn’t arrive on a wave of buzz, it could find a grateful family audience as it is accessible and charming, with some delightful animation which makes good use of the 3-D.

Sometimes animated films outside of the Pixar and DreamWorks stables can be underestimated at the box office (just look at the massive grosses of Ice Age 3) and Sony might be pleasantly surprised at how well this one does both in the US and UK box office. [Nationwide / Cert U]

Gamer (Entertainment): A sci-fi action thriller set in a future-world where humans can control each other in mass-scale, multi-player online gaming environments, it sees a star player (Gerard Butler) from a game called “Slayers” looks to regain his independence while taking down the game’s mastermind.

Directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, it looks set to be another piece of genre pulp from Lionsgate who will be expecting males to turn out on force, especially those who love violent action mixed up with some computer game references. [Empire Leicester Square & Nationwide / Cert 18]

Away We Go (E1 Entertainment): A comedy-drama about a couple (John Krazinski and Maya Rudolph) expecting their first child who end up travelling around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their new family.

Directed by Sam Mendes from a script by the husband-and-wife team of Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, it marks a change of pace it received mixed reviews in the US and doesn’t look set to be a big grosser there or here.

E1 Films will be hoping that art-house and indie-orientated audiences will be up for this, although it could struggle to make an impact despite the pedigree of the director, for whom this makes an interesting change of pace. [Vue West End & Nationwide / Cert 15]

The Firm (Warner Bros.): A remake of the Alan Clarke film, directed by Nick Love which sees football hooligans (who would’ve thought it eh?) organising themselves into firms that represent their favorite team. Like most of Love’s films it is more likely to find an audience on DVD. [C’World Shaftesbury Ave., Vues Finchley Road, West End & Nationwide / Cert 18]



Birdwatchers (Artificial Eye): An Italian drama about a tribe of indigenous Guarani Indians who attempt to re-inhabit their ancestral land, which lies on the border of a wealthy landowner’s fields, causing tensions to escalate. [Curzon Soho & Key Cities / Previews Sept 17th / Cert 15)

Blind Dating (The Works): A 2006 comedy (yes, it is three years old)starring a pre-Star Trek Chris Pine, as a handsome young man who also happens to be blind. [Apollo Piccadilly Circus / Cert 15]

Chevolution (ICA Films): A documentary on the iconography of Che Guevara, as chronicled by filmmaker and Guggenheim scholar Trisha Ziff. [ICA Cinema & Key Cities / Cert 15]

Je Veux Voir (Soda Pictures): A cinematic visualisation of the horrific toll being paid for the recent war in Southern Lebanon. [Cine Lumiere, Renoir & Key Cities]

31 North 62 East (DFTEnterprises): A psychological thriller about how an elite SAS unit’s position is revealed by the British Prime Minister to ensure an arms deal goes ahead and to secure his re-election. [Empire Leicester Square & Key Cities]

The Agent (Pinter And Martin): An adaptation of Martin Wagner’s stage play. [BFI Southbank / Edinburgh F’House / Glasgow Film Theatre / Sept 27th]

> UK cinema releases for September 2009
> DVD & Blu-ray picks for this week including Beyond the Clouds, Is Anybody There? and Leon (W/C Monday 14th September 2009)