UK DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Monday 30th November 2009

DVD and Bluray Releases 30-11-2009

DVD & BLU-RAY PICKS

Life (2 Entertain): This ten-part series narrated by David Attenborough covers 130 stories from the natural world. Exploring the variety of life on Earth and the specialised strategies and extreme behaviour that living things have evolved in order to survive; what Charles Darwin termed “the struggle for existence”. Four years in the making, the series was shot entirely in high definition and it includes 10 minute ‘making of’ diaries for each episode. [Available on DVD and Blu-ray]

The Miners’ Campaign Tapes (BFI): Six short films about the 1984 Miners’ Strike have been collected on DVD and released for the first time by the BFI. The footage was originally shot at the time by a group of independent film and video makers on the picket lines and marches where they recorded the testimonies of striking miners, their families and supporters. Among those that appear are Arthur Scargill, Dennis Skinner and the late Paul Foot.

The episodes include:

  1. Not Just Tea and Sandwiches
  2. The Coal Board’s Butchery
  3. Solidarity
  4. Straight Speaking
  5. The Lie Machine
  6. Only Doing Their Job?

Also included is an illustrated 22-page booklet with essays by Chris Reeves of Platform Films – discussing the making and distribution of the Tapes; by Julian Petley (co-author of Media Hits the Pits: the Media and the Coal Dispute and Shafted: the Media, the Miners’ Strike and the Aftermath and by David Peace, author of GB84, the Red Riding thrillers and The Damned Utd. [Available on DVD]

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ALSO OUT

Boom! (Second Sight) [Buy on DVD]
G-Force (Disney) [Buy on DVD / Buy on Blu-ray]
Gambit (Second Sight) [Buy on DVD]
Jiang Hu (Palisades Tartan) [Buy on DVD]
The Proposal (Disney) [Buy on DVD / Buy on Blu-ray]
To Hell and Back (Second Sight) [Buy on DVD]
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Paramount) [Buy on DVD / Buy on Blu-ray]

Check out all the DVD & Blu-ray releases for November 2009
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Check out the latest UK cinema releases including Paranormal Activity and Law Abiding Citizen (W/C Friday 27th November 2009)

Sharon Tate Promotional Film

This is an MGM promotional film made in the mid-60s about a young Sharon Tate, who was then appearing in Eye of the Devil (1966).

Look out for: a young David Hemmings dancing like Austin Powers; producer John Calley; the ‘Guinness discotheques’ (whatever they were); the hilarious tone of the narrator and the bit where David Niven calls Sharon a ‘fabulously good looking bird’. Feminism clearly hadn’t quite caught on yet.

A year after this was released she would marry Roman Polanski and in the summer of 1969 she was killed by the crazed followers of Charles Manson.