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  British Comedies Of The 1930s: Volume 11 on DVD [read more]
  How we used to laugh
  THE EBULLIENT comedy films of the 1930s brought escape and laughter to millions of British cinemagoers, enabling veteran stars of music-hall and theatre to reach out to a wider audience.

British Comedies Of The 1930s: Volume 11 (PG) featuring Housemaster and Me and My Pal is available on DVD from 23 May 2016, RRP £12.99, courtesy of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection.

Although comedy would prove to be the decade’s most successful film genre, many of these classic early talkies have remained unseen since their original release. From boisterous knockabout humour to polished adaptations of popular stage farces, this ongoing collection showcases a wealth of rare features, each presented uncut, in a brand-new transfer from the best available elements in their as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Housemaster (1938)
The incoming headmaster of a venerable public school causes ructions when his desire for reform challenges the traditional notions of masters and boys alike. A strict disciplinarian, 'the Egg' isn't best pleased when three young ladies come to stay, but confrontation is inevitable when he urges the resignation of popular senior master Charles Donkin.

Me and My Pal (1939)
Dave and Hal are a couple of buddies and always in trouble. When they're stopped for speeding in their van, it takes Dave, a born humorist, all his time and ingenuity to convince the police that not only is he sober, but also perfectly normal in every respect! Unfortunately, the argument is overheard by Andrews, an insurance fraudster who sees in Dave the kind of mug that he and his gang can put to good use.
  Graeme Clark [3 May 2016 at 22:03]
  Hunt for the Wilderpeople [read more]
  Back to nature
  Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. Equal parts road comedy and rousing adventure story, director Taika Waititi (WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, upcoming THOR: RAGNORAK) masterfully weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. A hilarious, touching crowd-pleaser, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE reminds us about the journey that growing up is (at any age) and those who help us along the way.

In theaters this Summer; Official Selection - 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The trailer is at the link above.
  Graeme Clark [2 May 2016 at 21:43]
  Cocoon on Blu-ray [read more]
  Golden oldies
  Eureka Entertainment to release Ron Howard’s COCOON, one of the most beloved sci-fi films of the 80s featuring a star cast of Hollywood legends, in a Special Thirtieth Anniversary Edition Blu-ray on 18th July 2016.

Director Ron Howard followed up the huge success of Splash with this light-hearted science-fiction tale about a group of elderly friends who find their youth returning after encountering a benevolent Alien species living next door to their retirement home.

Bucking the trend of extravagant special effects targeted at a teenage audience, Cocoon with its senior cast and more personal focus was a huge success, picking up two Academy Awards (Best Supporting Actor & Best Visual Effects), and remains one of the most memorable and heart-warming films of the Eighties. Eureka Entertainment are proud to present Cocoon in this Special Thirtieth Anniversary Edition Blu-ray. Take a look at the original trailer above.
  Graeme Clark [28 Apr 2016 at 23:42]
  Whicker's World on DVD [read more]
  Rappin' with Alan
  A BROADCASTING legend and one of the most recognisable faces on British television, Alan Whicker worked his own brand of quietly incisive journalism for over 50 years. This ongoing series of releases will showcase every programme that Whicker made for ITV, in chronological order. Whicker’s World 1 - Whicker (E) and Whicker’s World 2: Whicker’s New World (E) are both released on DVD on 23 May 2016, each RRP £19.99, courtesy of Network.

Whicker’s World 1 - Whicker
Subjects of his scrutiny in this volume – first broadcast in the late 1960s – include airports, the world of horse racing, hereditary peers, Le Touquet, Christmas in Equador, British ex-pats in Buenos Aires, the man who invented "cat's eyes" and more.

Whicker’s World 2: Whicker’s New World
Subjects of his scrutiny in this volume – first broadcast in 1969 – include cryogenics, media stardom, swinging singles, wage slavery, old age and more – as well as an unforgettable encounter with Haitian dictator Papa Doc Duvalier.

A consummate interviewer with a famously affable, urbane style, his popular, award-winning documentaries continue to be a significant influence to this day.
  Graeme Clark [28 Apr 2016 at 23:39]
  The Art Bastard Show [read more]
  In your face and other places
  The launch of The Art Bastard Show youtube channel was today, a comedy showcase of the three 'best' artists in the UK and the curator that unites them.

They are launching the channel with an exclusive video of infamous feminist street artist 'Vaj Graff.' She explains the reasons behind her alleged vandalism of the Queen Victoria statue, Bristol. The art work caused quite a stir on social media and in the national press which polarised opinion but did anyone actually see it?

They will be adding new films every week focussing on very different artists from within the art world. Click above to visit the channel.
  Graeme Clark [28 Apr 2016 at 23:35]
  What? on Blu-ray
  Ribald Roman
  WHAT? - the rarely seen film that Roman Polanski made between MACBETH and CHINATOWN – finally comes to Blu-ray, via Severin Films -- with a new 2k scan of the feature plus a host of extras.

The director described it as “the ribald adventures of an innocent girl.” The critics called it “an amoral, depraved disaster.” More than three decades after its controversial release, it remains the most butchered, debated and least-seen film of the Oscar-winning director’s entire career.

The succulent Sydne Rome stars as an oft-naked American girl lost inside a Mediterranean villa inhabited by priests, pianists, perverts and a syphilitic pimp (a deliciously bizarre performance by Marcello Mastroianni) while indulging in madcap acts of gang bangs, sodomy and ping-pong. Hugh Griffith (Tom Jones), Romolo Valli (Boccaccio ’70) and Polanski himself co-star in this surreal and sexy comedy, now finally restored to its original running time from a vault print reportedly stolen from the wine cellar of producer Carlo Ponti!

Release Date: July 4th 2016.
  Graeme Clark [28 Apr 2016 at 23:30]
  The Trust [read more]
  You can count on Cage
  Bad Lieutenant meets Lethal Weapon in this blackly-comic buddy cop thriller. Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas, Kick-Ass) delivers his best performance in years as a nihilistic cop who teams with a reluctant young officer played by Elijah Wood (Maniac, Sin City) to stage a big money heist. After premiering at SXSW, The Trust has already picked up a word-of-mouth reputation as the crime thriller to watch this year.

Critics are praising the film as Nicolas Cage’s “renaissance” and him being back to his very best, with a blistering performance that has shades of the unhinged Bad Lieutenant and his other, most manic roles. Not one to be overshadowed, however, Elijah Woods is also fantastic, with a reserved and layered character who plays the ying to Cage’s eccentric yang.

For all its reinvention though, The Trust is still a heist movie at heart. As the plot is hatched and begins to unfold, it becomes a highly tense thriller, and the Brewer brothers demonstrate the skills and genre know-how to create a genuinely suspenseful thrill-ride.

Releases in UK cinemas and on Digital HD Friday 27th May 2016. Check out the trailer above.
  Graeme Clark [27 Apr 2016 at 23:58]
  Knight of Cups [read more]
  Frankly goes to Hollywood
  Rick (Christian Bale) is a comedy writer living in present-day Santa Monica. He longs for something other, something beyond the life he knows, without knowing quite what it is, or how to go about finding it. He doesn’t know which way to turn.

The death of his brother, Billy, hangs over him like a shadow. His father, Joseph (Brian Dennehy), bears a sense of guilt for Billy’s death. A surviving brother, Barry (Wes Bentley), down on his luck, has just moved to LA from where they grew up, in Missouri. Rick has been helping him get back on his feet.

Rick seeks distraction in the company of women: Del¬¬la (Imogen Poots); Nancy (Cate Blanchett), a physician he was once married to; a model named Helen (Freida Pinto); Elizabeth (Natalie Portman), a woman he made pregnant; A stripper named Karen (Teresa Palmer); and a young woman who helps him to see his way forward, Isabel (Isabel Lucas).

Women seem to him to know more than he does. They bring him closer to the heart of things, closer to the mystery. The highs haven’t added up. The parties, the dalliances, the career, none has satisfied. And still each woman, each man he’s met through the course of his life has served him in some way as a guide, a messenger.

The road to the East stretches out before him. Will he set forth? Will his courage fail him? Will he stay awake? Or will he let it all be just a dream, a hope, a passing fancy?

STUDIOCANAL is thrilled to make available the trailer for Terrence Malick's KNIGHT OF CUPS, which is out in UK cinemas on Friday May 6th. Just click on the link above.
  Graeme Clark [27 Apr 2016 at 23:54]

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