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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 16th October 2009

UK Cinema Releases 16-10-09



Couples Retreat (Universal): A comedy centered around four couples (including Vince Vaughn, Mailn Akerman, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman, Kristin Davies and Kristen Bell) who go to a tropical-island resort on holiday. One of the couples is there to work on the marriage, whilst the others don’t realize that participation in the resort’s therapy sessions is not optional.

Directed by Peter Billingsley, it has got brutal reviews in the US despite the fact that Universal flew out a load of journalists to Bora Bora for the US press junket. Result? Decent opening weekend box office. It will do decent business here too, especially as Universal opened it early on Wednesday hoping to ensnare gullible couples over the weekend. [Vue West End & Nationwide / 15]

The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (Lionsgate UK): The latest film from Terry Gilliam is the fantastical story, set in the present day, of a traveling theatre troupe including a sleight of hand expert, Anton (Andrew Garfield), and a dwarf, Percy (Verne Troyer) that offers audience members a chance to go beyond reality through a magical mirror.

Best known for being Heath Ledger’s last film (he died during the production in January 2008) his role has been filled out by Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell. Mixed reviews might temper the interest and ultimate box office. [Empire Leicester Square & Nationwide / 12A]

Triangle (Icon): A horror film which revolves around a group of passengers on a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas.

Directed by Christopher Smith, it stars Melissa George, Rachael Carpani, Emma Lung, Liam Hemsworth. [Nationwide / 15]



Thirst (Metrodome): Drama about a failed medical experiment turns a man of faith into a vampire. Directed by Chan-wook Park, who made Old Boy in 2004. [Curzon Soho, Gate, Ritzy, Screen On The Green & Selected Key Cities / 18]

Pontypool (Kaleidoscope Entertainment): A psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town. Directed by Bruce McDonald. [Key Cities / 15]

Ong-Bak: The Beginning (Revolver Entertainment): A prequel to the original which explores how a young Thai boxer learns the skills and inner meaning of martial arts. [Nationwide / 15]

W.M.D. (Independent Digital): A political thriller focused on the falsification of evidence in the build-up to the Iraq War, which is being released ‘digitally’ (i.e. in not many cinemas). [Shortwave Cinema SE1]


> UK cinema releases for October 2009
> DVD & Blu-ray picks for this week including Coraline, Looking For Eric and Synecdoche, New York (W/C Monday 12th Ocotber 2009)