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Sunday, 12 April 2015 23:00

Let's Kill Ward's Wife on DVD

Let's Kill Ward's Wife - out now on DVD"Let's Kill Ward's Wife" is a black comedy about bad relationships, murder and golf. Ward (Donald Faison - Scrubs, "Clueless") is in a terrible marriage. His wife Stacy (Dagmara Dominczyk - "The Count of Monte Cristo") is a total pain in the rear, trampling all over Ward, bossing him around and generally making his life a living hell. His friends cannot stand her either but he is too weak to act until an accident at a birthday party changes everything.

Tom, one of Ward's buddies (Scott Foley - Scandal, The Unit) takes advantage of the mishap to finish Stacy off, and that is only the beginning of the group's troubles. Disposing of the body could be tricky with a nosy cop (Greg Grunberg - Heroes, Masters of Sex) living opposite. The cast also includes Patrick Wilson ("The Conjuring", "Insidious"), Amy Acker (Person of Interest, Angel), James Carpinello ("The Punisher") and Marika Dominczyk (Brothers & Sisters).

Monday, 23 March 2015 08:46

Tower of Terror on Blu-ray and DVD

Tower of Terror - out now on Blu-ray and DVDSet during World War II, the fabulously-titled "Tower of Terror" centres on a claustrophobic lighthouse just off the German coastline. Westerrode Lighthouse is manned by Wolfe Kristan (Wilfrid Lawson - "Pygmalion"), a gruff loner with a short temper and a mad, haunted look in his eyes. Kristan lost his wife Marte at sea many years ago and is convinced it is a sign from God when he fishes another woman out of the sea.

The lady in question is Marie (Movita from Charles Laughton's "Mutiny on the Bounty"), on the run from the German authorities having escaped from a concentration camp. Into this uncomfortable arrangement comes Tony (Michael Rennie - 1951's "The Day the Earth Stood Still"), a dashing British agent smuggling top-secret photographs. Tony impersonates the replacement lighthouse assistant as he lies low to evade the Nazis hot on his heels.

Monday, 16 March 2015 17:02

Captain Bill on DVD

Captain Bill comes to DVD“Captain Bill” is a fun, nautical adventure starring Leslie Fuller (“The Doctor's Secret”) as the unsophisticated commander of a ramshackle sailing barge with a small and disorderly crew. After a series of catastrophic mishaps, Bill has a run-in with a gang of gun-runners and must save the day by foiling their plans, proving his own innocence and rescuing his fiancée and son. The director is Ralph Ceder, renowned for both Laurel and Hardy, and Abbott and Costello features.

Slapstick humour is order of the day, with plenty of comedic millage made from antics onboard the barge (the Jolly Rochester), such as critical components coming loose, cack-handed attempts to fix leaks and a non-plussed dog that looks more capable than the rest of the crew combined. Bill is full of bravado but also a little too keen to get into a fist-fight, resulting in frequent, belated attempts to protect his newly-capped front tooth.

Monday, 23 February 2015 00:00

The Other on DVD and Blu-ray

The Other - on dual formatb Blu-ray and DVD“The Other” is a psychological chiller about a series of horrific events that befall a family living on a New England farmstead in the 1930s. Thirteen-year-old, identical twins Niles and Holland Perry (Chris and Martin Udvarnoky) lead carefree lives whilst their mother (Star Trek: TNG's Dr Pulaski, Diana Muldaur) has withdrawn from public life, following the tragic death of her husband. Much of the brothers' care comes from their unusual grandmother Ada (Uta Hagen - "The Boys from Brazil").

Robert Mulligan ("To Kill a Mockingbird") directs, based on a best-selling novel by Thomas Tyron. The movie is tonally quite similar to "The Omen", although "The Other" keeps its cards much closer to its chest when it comes to questions of supernatural forces versus more natural ones. Holland is depicted as amoral, possibly evil, whilst Niles is the friendly and innocent sibling who struggles to resist his brother's wayward behaviour.

Monday, 09 March 2015 09:20

Sirius on Digital Download and DVD

Sirius - on DVD and Digital Download“Sirius” is a crowd-funded, feature-length documentary that explores a broad range of topics including UFOs, alien autopsies, the military-industrial complex and ground-breaking scientific research into new methods of propulsion and energy generation. It is fronted by Dr Steven Greer, founder of the Centre for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI) and The Disclosure Project, and narrated by actor Thomas Jane.

Ostensibly the movie deals with the autopsy of the Atacama skeleton, a six-inch, well-preserved being discovered in the desert in 2003. In between footage of the alien-esque body being examined by experts, the documentary also gives a lot of background on Greer and his associates, their work to encourage governments to release secret files on UFOs and technology, and the methods they employ for attempting to make contact with alien civilisations.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:00

The Last Seduction on Blu-ray

The Last Seduction comes to Blu-rayLinda Fiorentino steals every scene in sizzling style in this film noire thriller. Bridget Gregory (Fiorentino - "Men in Black", "Dogma") is a con artist who runs off with $700,000 of drug money, leaving husband Clay (Bill Pullman - "Independence Day", "The Equalizer") in a spot of bother with some unsavoury loan-sharks. Bridget hides up in a small town in New York State, biding her time until she can work out her next move.

One night, our anti-heroine bumps into Mike, a depressed claims-adjuster (Peter Berg - "Collateral", The Leftovers) in a bar and this spiky encounter leads to a frequent, no-strings-attached sexual relationship. Meanwhile, with his life on the line, Clay along with his P I (Bill Nunn - "Spider-Man") are intent on tracking Bridget down. John Dahl ("Rounders", "Joy Ride") directs this twisting tale of manipulation and skulduggery.

Monday, 19 January 2015 00:00

Two for the Road on DVD and Blu-ray

Two for the Road - out on Dual-Format Blu-ray and DVDPart relationship study, part travelogue, "Two for the Road" is a warm and amusing film  that is also a dramatic inspection of how time and events can put a strain on couples. Audrey Hepburn ("Breakfast at Tiffany's") and Albert Finney ("Annie") star as Joanna and Mark Wallace, with support from Eleanor Bron ("A Little Princess") and William Daniels ("The Graduate") as their friends Cathy and Howard Manchester.

Directed by Stanley Donen ("Charade") and scored by "The Pink Panther" legend Henry Mancini, the movie darts backwards and forwards between a number of different stages of the Wallaces' marriage, typically whilst on holiday in France. They start off poor but besotted with each other, joyfully hitchhiking their way across the country, and end up with a lot of emotional baggage and a daughter, more wealthy but not necessarily better off.

Monday, 19 January 2015 00:00

The Intruder on DVD

The Intruder on DVDA former army colonel returns to his home one night to discover that the house has been broken into, and the armed burglar is still inside. Switching on the lights, he is shocked to learn that the identity of the intruder is non-other than one of his brightest soldiers from World War II. Why has the man fallen from grace, and why is he there? This is the core mystery that propels "The Intruder", part war film, part suspense thriller.

The film was directed by Guy Hamilton, who went on to direct some of the very best Bond movies including "Goldfinger", "Live and Let Die" and "The Man with the Golden Gun". It stars Jack Hawkins ("Ben Hur", "Laurence of Arabia") as Col. Merton, Michael Medwin ("The Duchess") as the criminal Ginger Edwards, along with the iconic George Cole (of Minder fame) and Dennis Price ("Kind Hearts and Coronets") as fellow tank crew members John Summers and Leonard Pirry.

Monday, 19 January 2015 00:00

The Flying Scot on DVD

The Flying Scot on DVDA small but experienced band of robbers plan the perfect heist, on whose proceeds they intend to retire. A special passenger train bound for London is due to carry £500,000 in cash destined for destruction, but the gang want to relieve the vehicle of its cargo prior the train reaching its destination. As it is the sort of robbery the group have successfully carried out before, they do not anticipate any need to deviate from their well-oiled plan.

This British movie from 1957 stars Lee Patterson ("Reach for the Sky") as Ronnie, an impatient and driven young crook, Kay Callard ("They Who Dare") as Jackie, the glamorous and compassionate assistant, with Alan Gifford ("Phase IV", Lloyd Munro in Crossroads) as the older, wiser third member of the team. The film was produced and directed by Compton Bennett ("King Solomon's Mines", "The Seventh Veil").

Monday, 29 December 2014 00:00

The Fall Series 2: DVD and Blu-ray

The Fall - Series 2 out on Blu-ray and DVDIn series two of BAFTA-winning crime drama The Fall, serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan - Christian Grey in 2015's "Fifty Shades of Grey") is on the run from Det Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson - The X-Files). Spector’s days of preying on women are far from over, and it is not long before he kidnaps ex-girlfriend Rose (Valene Kane - "’71") and resumes his destructive relationship with besotted schoolgirl Katie (Aisling Franciosi - Quirke).

Spector returns to Belfast to see his family but his freedom of movement is seriously curtailed thanks to his mugshot being in the media, and the police are closing in as more evidence is uncovered. He also has to contend with the jealous, wife-beating husband of a patient he encouraged to leave home (Brian Milligan - "Hunger"). The heat is on in this gripping game of cat and mouse but Spector’s cunning and hubris refuse to be constrained.

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