UK DVD & Blu-ray Picks 23-04-12

UK DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Monday 23rd April 2012

DVD & BLU-RAY PICKS

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Sony Pictures Home Ent.): David Fincher brings his full digital armoury to Stieg Larsson‘s bestseller and the result is a masterful adaptation hampered only by the limitations of the source material. [Buy the Blu-ray or DVD]

Dracula (Universal): The classic 1931 adaptation of Bram Stoker‘s novel directed by Tod Browning, starring Bela Lugosi as arguably the most iconic version of the famous vampire. Digitally restored as part of Universal’s 100th anniversary celebrations.  [Buy the Blu-ray]

Lifeboat (Eureka): Another vintage dual DVD & Blu-ray release from the Masters of Cinema collection, this 1941 drama from Alfred Hitchcock sees American and British civilians stuck in a lifeboat in the North Atlantic. Like Rope (1948), Dial M for Murder (1954), and Rear Window (1954) it sees the director explore a limited setting. Stars Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Heather Angel and Hume Cronyn. [Buy the dual edition DVD/Blu-ray]

La Grande Illusion (StudioCanal): Studio Canal have digitally restored Jean Renoir’s classic 1937 anti-war film exploring the relationships between French officers and their German captors during World War One. Starring Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay and Erich von Stroheim, it is currently screening at selected UK cinemas and is available as a dual DVD and Blu-ray. [Buy the DVD or Blu-ray]
Faces (BFI): A 1968 drama directed by John Cassavetes starring John Marley, Cassavetes’ wife Gena RowlandsSeymour Cassel and Lynn Carlin, who both received Academy Award nominations for this film. Shot in high contrast 16 mm black and white film stock it was an inspiration for indie filmmakers in the pre-Sundance era. [Buy the DVD/Blu-ray Dual Edition]

Il Boom (Studiocanal): 1963 comedy by Vittorio de Sica set amidst the backdrop of the post-war Italian economic miracle which transformed the country in the span of a decade, from the late 1950s to the onset of the 1970s. It stars Alberto Sordi and Gianna Maria Canale. [Buy the DVD]

ALSO OUT

Apollo 13 (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Back to the Future (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Bad Cop (Anchor Bay Entertainment UK) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Being Human: Series 4 (2 Entertain) [Blu-ray / Box Set]
Despair (Park Circus) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Despicable Me (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Fury (Revolver Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Gladiator (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Hirokin – The Last Samurai (Signature) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Jurassic Park (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
King Kong (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Mamma Mia! (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Nanny McPhee (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Paul (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Sansho Dayu/Gion Bayashi (Eureka) [Blu-ray with DVD]
Shaun of the Dead (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Blues Brothers (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Bourne Ultimatum (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Lady (EV) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Mummy (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Son of No One (Lionsgate UK) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Ugetsu Monogatari/Oyu-sama (Eureka) [Blu-ray with DVD]

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