UK DVD and Blu-ray Picks 24-10-11

UK DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Monday 24th October 2011

DVD & BLU-RAY PICKS

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (Optimum Home Entertainment): Controversial 1986 low-budget drama about a serial killer (John Rooker) directed by John McNaughton , which took four years to get a release after numerous problems with ratings boards in the US and UK. [Click here to read the full review] [Buy the Blu-ray & DVD from Amazon UK]

Straw Dogs (Fremantle Home Entertainment): Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 drama about a US academic (Dustin Hoffman) who moves to Cornwall with his wife (Susan George) and then gets into trouble with the locals. Banned on home video for many years, this release is the uncut version. [Buy the Blu-ray from Amazon UK]

The Guns of Navarone (Sony Pictures Home Ent.): 1961 World War II adventure about an allied mission to destroy Nazi guns on a key strategic Mediterranean island. Directed by J. Lee Thompson, it stars Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn and was adapted by Carl Foreman from Alistair MacLean’s best-selling novel. [Buy the Blu-ray from Amazon UK]

Ashes & Diamonds (Arrow Academy): Classic 1958 Polish drama set in 1945 that depicts the postwar power struggles in the country. Directed by Andrzej Wajda, it stars Zbigniew Cybulski and Ewa Krzyzewska. This is a new 2K resolution restoration, features a 25 minute interview with the director and a booklet of notes by Michael Brooke. [Buy the Blu-ray & DVD from Amazon UK]

Red Desert (BFI Video): Michelangelo Antonioni’s classic 1964 film was his first in colour and ended up being one of his best. It depicts the crisis of a young woman (Monica Vitti) stuck in an unhappy marriage and her relationship with a British engineer (Richard Harris). [Buy the Blu-ray & DVD from Amazon UK]

Withnail and I (Studiocanal): This 1987 film dramatises the struggles of two out of work actors in North London (Paul McGann and Richard E. Grant) who go on a visiti to the countryside. Based on writer-director Bruce Robinson’s experiences, it was financed by George Harrison’s Handmade Films and cult viewing on home video. [Buy the Blu-ray from Amazon UK]

ALSO OUT

Angels of Evil (Artificial Eye) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Blood Creek (EV) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Holy Rollers (Crabtree Films) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Honey/Honey 2 (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Ice Age 3 – Dawn of the Dinosaurs (20th Century Fox Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy]
John Lennon: LENNONYC (Go Entertain) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Jurassic Park/The Lost World – Jurassic Park/Jurassic Park 3 (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / with Digital Copy – Double Play]
Mother’s Day (Optimum Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Pearl Jam: Twenty (Sony Music Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Planet Dinosaur (2 Entertain) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Rio (20th Century Fox Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Scooby-Doo: Curse of the Lake Monster (Warner Home Video) [Blu-ray / + DVD and Digital Copy – Triple Play]
Sea Rex 3D – Journey to a Prehistoric World (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / 3D Edition]
Shelter (TLA Releasing) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Ballad of Narayama (Eureka) [Blu-ray / with DVD – Double Play]
The Caller (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (20th Century Fox Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / 3D Edition + 2D Edition + DVD + Digital Copy]
The Conspirator (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Whistleblower (High Fliers Video Distribution) [Blu-ray / Irish Version]
V: Seasons 1-2 (Warner Home Video) [Blu-ray / Normal]
V: The Complete Second Season (Warner Home Video) [Blu-ray / Normal]

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