Competitions DVD & Blu-ray

Competition: Classic War Films on Blu-ray

We have 3 classic war films to give away on Blu-ray courtesy of Optimum Home Entertainment.

One winner can win Apocalypse Now (1979), The Cruel Sea (1953) and Ice Cold in Alex (1958) by just answering this simple question:

In which war is Apocalypse Now set?

Send your answer and full details via the form below. (Competition closes Monday 27th June)

Competitions Posters

Competition: Enter the Void

Gaspar Noe’s Enter The Void is released on DVD on April 25th and to mark the occasion we have some posters to give away.

The winner will get a poster signed by the director and two runners up will get a rather funky double-sided quad poster.

This is the signed poster:

And this is the larger reversible quad version:

If you haven’t seen it, the film made our list of the best films of 2010, where we described it as:

“Technically dazzling depiction of a dead drug dealer that also features what is possibly the greatest opening title sequence of all time.”

The extras on the DVD include:

  • The French Theatrical Trailer
  • International Theatrical Trailer
  • US Theatrical Trailer
  • Set of short teasers
  • Two hallucinatory effects sequences – Vortex and DMT
  • Making Of The Special Effects featurette

The sensational opening credits sequence can be seen here (select HD for the full effect):

To be in with a chance of winning a poster just answer this question:

Which controversial 2002 film did Gaspar Noe direct?

N.B. The competition closes on April 30th

> Official site for the UK DVD which is out on Monday 25th April
> Official UK Facebook site
> Pre-order Enter the Void from Amazon UK

blu-ray Competitions

Competition: Where the Wild Things Are on Blu-ray

We have 3 copies of Where the Wild Things Are to give away on Blu-ray, courtesy of Warner Home Entertainment.

This adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s much loved 1963 children’s book has been expanded to a feature length film and is about a young boy (Max Records) who ventures to a magical land where he is anointed king by a group of strange creatures.

Director Spike Jonze has crafted an ambitious and moving treatment of the book and the result is a magical film – one of my favourites of last year in fact.

The casting is excellent: Records is not a typical child actor, with a raw quality that fits just right whilst the voice cast is every bit as good.

The choice of James Gandolfini to voice Carol (the wild thing Max becomes closest to) was inspired – brilliantly playing off his Sopranos persona, it highlights his joy, vulnerability and anger.

Chris Cooper, Lauren Ambrose and Paul Dano also chip in with excellent vocal performances, making their characters as varied and complex as they should be.

The Australian locations, beautifully captured by cinematographer Lance Acord, also add a visual richness to the film which wouldn’t have been the same if done on green screen soundstages.


Some adults may complain that Jonze has made a children’s film that slants towards to older audiences, but this is exactly what makes the film special.

Instead of sugar coating the story and patronising the viewer, he has (along with co-screenwriter Dave Eggers) treated the source material and cinema audience with the respect they deserve.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of Where the Wild Things Are on Blu-ray just answer the following question:

Which film starring Catherine Keener did Spike Jonze direct in 1999?

The closing date is Monday 31st May and winners will be notified by email.

Where the Wild Things Are is released on DVD & Blu-ray on Monday 10th May

> Where the Wild Things Are at the IMDb
> Find out more about the book at Wikipedia

Competitions DVD & Blu-ray

Competition: The Passion of the Christ on DVD

We have 2 copies of The Passion of the Christ to give away on DVD, courtesy of Icon Home Entertainment.

Depicting the last 12 hours of the life of Jesus of Nazareth (Jim Caviezel), it starts with his betrayal by Judas Iscariot (Luca Lionello), his arrest and trial by Pontious Pilate (Hristo Shopov) and culminates with his crucifixion and resurrection.

Directed by Mel Gibson – who funded the film himself and co-wrote the screenplay – it uses flashbacks to a handful of pertinent moments in Jesus’ life and teachings, such as the Sermon on the Mount and the Last Supper, as well as his relationships with his mother and his disciples.

Co-starring Maia Morgenstern and Monica Bellucci, it was performed in Aramaic and Latin (with English subtitles) and was became one of the highest grossing films of 2004.

The extras on this 2-disc edition include:

  • Commentary for the visually impaired (original version only)
  • Filmmaker Commentary with Mel Gibson, cinematographer Caleb Deschanel and Editor John Wright (original version only)
  • Production Commentary with Producer Stephen McEveety, Second Unit Director Ted Rae and Visual Effects Producer Kevin Vanderhan (original version only)
  • Theological Commentary with Mel Gibson, Language Consultant Father William Fulco, Theologians Gerry Matatics and Father John Bartunek (original version only)
  • Music Commentary with composer John Debney (selected scenes – original version only)
  • Seamlessly Branched ReCut version of The Passion of The Christ (4:41 shorter)
  • Biblical pop-up Footnotes (original version only)
  • His Wounds We Are Healed: Making The Passion of the Christ (21 Chapters – 1:40:15)
  • Below the Line Panel Discussion (13:49)
  • Two deleted scenes (Pilate – 2:07, Don’t Cry – 2:25) – 4:3 widescreen
  • Through the Ages (11:56)
  • Paths on a Journey (9:22)
  • On Language (12:44)
  • Crucifixion: Punishment in the Ancient World (17:26)
  • Anno Domini (10:02)
  • Production Art
  • Art Images
  • Characters and Their Actors
  • Unit Photography
  • Trailers and TV Spots
  • DVD Credits


However, to be in with a chance of winning a copy of The Passion of the Christ on DVD just answer the following question:

Which 1993 film was Mel Gibson’s first as a director?

The closing date is Monday 12th April and winners will be notified by email.

*UPDATE 11/04/10: We made a mistake with this competition – the year should have read 1993 and not 1995. However, any entries that named Gibson’s films from 1993 and 1995 will be included in the final draw. Apologies again. *

The Passion of the Christ is out now on Blu-ray and DVD on Icon Home Entertainment

> The Passion of the Christ at the IMDb
> Buy The Passion of the Christ on DVD and Blu-ray from Amazon UK

Competitions DVD & Blu-ray

Competition: Twin Peaks Season 2 on DVD

We have 3 copies of Twin Peaks Season 2 to give away on DVD, courtesy of Universal Playback.

One of the most eagerly anticipated releases of the year, fans of the famous series made it the most requested title in Universal Playback’s catalogue.

Directed by the legendary David Lynch, this series picks up from the first season cliff-hanger that saw Agent Cooper (Kyle Maclachlan) shot repeatedly as he closed in on the mystery surrounding the brutal murder of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee).

Twin Peaks originally aired between 1990 and 1991 and quickly became one of the most critically acclaimed and popular TV series around the world.

Taking root in popular culture, even today it regularly features in lists of classic TV shows.

Notable guest appearances in Season 2 include Heather Graham, Billy ZaneDavid Duchovny and David Lynch himself as a hard-of-hearing senior FBI agent.

Season 1 was released on DVD in the UK in 2001 and has consistently been one of Universal Playback’s best-sellers ever since, shifting more than 109,000 units.

Season 2 has since been released on DVD in the US, Australia and Germany but not in the UK, until now.

In addition, Universal Playback are also releasing Twin Peaks: The Definitive Gold Box Set, which includes Season 1 and Season 2


However, to be in with a chance of winning a copy of Twin Peaks Season 2 on DVD just answer the following question:

Which 1980 film directed by David Lynch starred John Hurt as John Merrick?

The closing date is Monday 5th April and winners will be notified by email.

Twin Peaks Season 2 is out on DVD from Universal Playback from Monday 22nd March

> Official Twin Peaks website
> Find out more about Twin Peaks at Wikipedia
> Twin Peaks at the IMDb
> Buy the Twin Peaks Definitive Gold Box Edition from Amazon UK