UK DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Monday 16th May 2011

DVD & BLU-RAY PICKS

The Thin Red Line (20th Century Fox Home Ent.): Terrence Malick’s stunning World War II movie about US troops fighting at the Battle of Guadalcanal gets the HD treatment at long last. His long awaited return to the big screen after a twenty absence is a visually stunning and hypnotic meditation on war and man. The all star ensemble cast features Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Ben Chaplin, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas and John Cusack in key roles. Look out for John Toll’s incredible cinematography and Hans Zimmer’s remarkable score, which is the finest of his career. [Buy it on Blu-ray or DVD]

Biutiful (Optimum): A powerful depiction of life on the edges of a modern city, the latest film from Alejandro González Iñárritu is a full on experience featuring a dazzling central performance by Javier Bardem. Marking a break from his triptych of films with screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, this  is the more linear tale of Uxbal (Bardem), a father struggling in the slums of contemporary Barcelona. [Buy it on Blu-ray or DVD] [Read our full review] [Listen to our interview with Alejandro González Iñárritu]

Black Swan (20th Century Fox Home Ent.): Intense drama about a ballerina (Natalie Portman) in a New York production of Swan Lake who starts to have a meltdown as the role takes a physical and mental toll on her. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, it features a powerhouse performance from Portman and is an exhilarating mix of The Red ShoesRepulsion and the body horror of David Cronenberg. Riffing heavily on the raw source material of Swan Lake itself, it proved an unlikely box office hit and won Portman an Oscar for Best Actress. [Buy it on Blu-ray and DVD] [Read or full review]

ALSO OUT

El Cid (Anchor Bay Entertainment UK) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Gulliver’s Travels (20th Century Fox Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / Normal]
John Carpenter’s The Ward (Warner Home Video) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Next Three Days (Lionsgate UK) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Runaway (ITV DVD) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Walking Dead: Season 1 (Entertainment One) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Tigerland (20th Century Fox Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / Normal]

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