50 Years Legal (2017): DVD Review

Directed and written by Simon Napier-Bell, created to coincide with the 50 anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, this is an engaging but informative journey through LGBT history in UK since 1967 and how changes in politics and social attitudes, for better or worse, have evolved over the subsequent decades.

Originally aired on SKY TV last year this insightful documentary is being released on DVD & VOD on 19th May 2018 by Pecadillo Pictures.

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DVD Review: I Am Heath Ledger

I AM HEATH LEDGER is a feature length documentary celebrating the life of Heath Ledger from Directors Adrian Buitenhuis & Derik Murray. Continue reading

Doctor Who Spin-off to get DVD release

The Doctor Who spin-off  ‘Wartime‘ is to be released on DVD.

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Wartime is the title of a short science fiction film, produced direct-to-video in 1987. It was the first professionally produced, authorised independent spin-off of the long-running TV series Doctor Who, and the only such production to be made while the originating TV series was still on the air (it ended in 1989).


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Doctor Who Spin-off to get DVD release

The Doctor Who spin-off  ‘Mindgame series‘ is to be released on DVD.

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The Mindgame series is a series of direct-to-video spin-off productions based on the long running BBC science fiction series Doctor Who. The two films in the series are Mindgame (1997) and Mindgame Trilogy (1999). This series star Doctor Who icon Sophie Aldred.  Continue reading

‘A Dozen Summers’ being released on DVD

http://dozensummersmovie.co.uk/wp-content/themes/fullscreen/themify/img.php?src=http://dozensummersmovie.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Background-Pic-5-1024x576.jpg&w=745&h=381&zc=1From British writer/director Kenton Hall; ‘A Dozen Summers‘  is described as two 12 year old girls who hi-jack a movie and turn it into a story about their lives. This is an interesting concept in and of itself but also consider the lead roles are played by Hall’s own daughters Scarlet & Hero Hall and Kenton himself plays their father in the film.The film starts with some wonderfully hilarious voice-over from Colin Baker (of Doctor Who fame) which sets the comedy bar high. Through-out there are ‘various fourth-wall moments’ and references to the many tropes and devices used by film-makers.

4/5 ‘Bold, Hopeful British indie comedy/drama at it’s best’

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Toolbox Murders 2 gets UK release 

Toolbox Murders 2 gets an October 12th UK DVD & Download release just in time for Halloween.

The handyman of horror is back with a new box of tricks in in this terrifying sequel to Tobe Hooper‘s 2004 reimagining of the 1978 cult favourite. The 2004 counterpart has become a classic in its own right.
Picking up directly after the events of Hooper’s film, we follow ‘Coffin Baby’, Hollywood’s most twisted killers, as he plans to put the screws to a new victim – Samantha, the sister of his prey from his previous rampage. Samantha finds herself held captive in a house of horrors and forced to undergo the most unspeakable tortures. Continue reading

DVD Review: The Dead 2: India (2013)

From writing/directing duo Howard & Jonathan Ford comes the sequel to 2010’s The Dead. Whilst the original was set in Africa we switch continents for this film which has a similar story but set (and shot) in India this time. Released on DVD in the UK by Altitude.

The film stars Joseph Millson, Meenu Mishra and Anand Krishna Goyal.

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An American engineer (Millson) teams up with a surviving orphan street kid (Goyal) to trek 300 miles across stunning but deadly rural Indian landscapes to the now infested slums of Mumbai to try and save his pregnant girlfriend (Mishra). Continue reading

DVD Review: I Am Big Bird (Documentary – 2014)

Written by Benjamin Gummery


91RAvBc0LpL__SL1500_From director Dave La Mattina, I Am Big Bird is a documentary that tells the story of Caroll Spinney from his upbringing and youth, his career in entertainment and right up to the present day. Released on DVD in the UK by Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.
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DVD Review: The Turning (2013) – Out 6th April.

Soda Pictures are releasing critically acclaimed Australian drama ‘The Turning’ in a special DVD release in the UK from 6th April following a limited a theatrical run; certificate 15. VOD options for the film have not yet been confirmed.

THETURNING_QUAD-FINALThe Turning is based on the best-selling book of short stories by Australian author Tim Winton. This big-screen adaptation is a collaboration between many writers and directors; each working on one the books segments.  The film stars Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Hugo Weaving (The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies) and Rose Byrne (X-Men First Class). Continue reading

Objects of Desire: Special Edition Blu-Rays – Part One

As appreciated by film geeks everywhere; there is much more to a good DVD or Blu-Ray release than simply the film itself. The appeal comes equally from the packing, presentation, special features & promotional items that are included with the set. These range from well designed standard jewel cases all the way to through to full-blown promotional sets.  Here I examine a few such sets from my own collection and elsewhere.

Breaking Bad: The Complete Series (Deluxe Barrel Edition)

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This set is packaged in a stylish ‘barrel’ case in homage to the shows final season. The discs for each series are stored in plastics rings sealed with magnets (another reference to the show). Also included is a Los Pollos Hermanos apron, booklet and challenge coin. The top of the barrel contains a ‘secret’ compartment with a bonus features disc. Over 55 hours of special features are included as well as a brand new two-hour documentary.

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