UK DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Monday 12th September 2011

DVD & BLU-RAY PICKS

Star Wars Trilogy: Episodes I, II and III (20th Century Fox Home Ent.): All six Star Wars films are being released today on Blu-ray with both trilogies are being made available as individual box sets (around £33 each) as well as the Complete Saga (around £60). Despite the controversy over some alterations which George Lucas has made to the films, I would recommend getting the first trilogy, which is still a landmark in sci-fi filmmaking. [Buy it on Blu-ray] [More details here]

Sunrise (Eureka Entertainment): A re-release of tis F.W. Murnau’s landmark 1927 silent classic, features contains two versions of the film. The previously released Movietone version and an alternate version of the film, mastered from a high quality print found in the Czech Republic. The tale of tale of a married peasant couple (George O Brien and Janet Gaynor) threatened by a seductress from the city (Margaret Livingston) was an important milestone of film expressionism and quickly became a classic. [Buy it on Blu-ray or DVD]

Renoir Collection (Studio Canal): A DVD set featuring six of the French director’s greatest films which includes: La Grande Illusion (1937), La Bete Humaine (1938), La Marsellaise (1938), Le Testament du Docteur Cordelier (1959), Dejeuner Sur Herbe (1959) and Le Caporal Epingle (1962). One of the pioneering directors in world cinema, his intricate mastery of the form led to him influencing a generation of directors including Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Orson Welles, Luchino Visconti and Satyajit Ray. [Buy the DVD]

Point Break (Warner Home Video): Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 action-thriller still holds up well, with the adrenaline-fuelled old school action seeming fresh in the current era of CGI overkill. When an FBI agent (Keanu Reeves) tries to infiltrate a group of surfers in order to solve a string of bank robberies, he’s drawn deep into the world of their charismatic leader (Patrick Swayze). [Buy it on Blu-ray / Buy the DVD]

Bobby Fischer Against the World (Dogwoof): Documentary about the rise and fall of the legendary American chess player and his 1972 match with Boris Spassky. Directed by Liz Garbus it explores Fischer’s rapid rise to national fame and the political significance of his clash with the Russian which attracted global media coverage as a proxy battle in the Cold War era. [Buy the DVD] [Interview with Liz Garbus]

N.B. Studio Canal are re-releasing a stream of Miramax titles but I’ll get into them in a separate post soon.

ALSO OUT

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Paramount Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray]
City of God (Miramax) [Blu-ray]
Emma (Miramax) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Entourage: Season 7 (Warner Home Video/HBO) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Gone Baby Gone (Miramax) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Heavenly Creatures (Peccadillo Pictures) [Blu-ray / Remastered]
How I Ended This Summer (New Wave Films) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Incendies (Trinity) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Insidious (Momentum Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Julia’s Eyes (Optimum Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Mr. Nobody (Optimum Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Shaolin (Cine-Asia) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Star Wars: The Complete Saga (20th Century Fox Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / Box Set]
Take Me Home Tonight (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Aviator (Miramax) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The English Patient (Miramax) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Others (Miramax) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Quiet American (Miramax) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Roommate (Sony Pictures Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Talented Mr Ripley (Miramax) [Blu-ray / Normal]
True Grit (Paramount Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Vidal Sassoon – The Movie (Verve Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]

UK Cinema Releases for Friday 9th September 2011
The Best DVD & Blu-ray releases of 2010

UK Cinema Releases: Friday 15th July 2011

NATIONAL RELEASES

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros.): The final chapter in the long running franchise sees Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) battle Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) for the last time. Directed by David Yates, it co-stars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. [Nationwide / 12A] [Read our longer review]

ALSO OUT

Bobby Fischer Against The World (Dogwoof): Documentary about the rise and fall of legendary US chess player Bobby Fischer. Directed by Liz Garbus.[Selected cinemas / 12A] [Listen to our interview with Liz Garbus]

 

 

Hobo With A Shotgun (Momentum): A homeless vigilante (Rutger Hauer) takes on away crooked cops and other scumbags with a shotgun. Directed by Jason Eisener, it co-stars Gregory Smith and Jason Eisener. [Key Cities / 18]

Bal (Honey): Turkish-German drama about a young boy and his father living in forested region of north-eastern Turkey. Directed by Semih Kaplanoglu and starring Erdal Besikçioglu, Tülin Özen and Bora Altas, it won the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin film festival. [Key Cities / PG]

Cell 211 (Optimum Releasing): Spanish drama about a prisoner who enters jail just as a riot kicks off. Directed by Daniel Monzon, it stars Wis Tosar and Alberto Ammann. [Selected cinemas / 18]

Just Do It (Leftfield Films): Documentary about climate change protests directed by Emily James. [Selected cinemas / 12A]

> Get local cinema showtimes at Google Movies or FindAnyFilm
> Recent UK DVD & Blu-ray releases including Animal Kingdom and Obsession

Interview: Liz Garbus on Bobby Fischer Against The World

Bobby Fischer Against The World is a new documentary about the rise and fall of the legendary American chess player and his 1972 match with Boris Spassky.

The film explores Fischer’s rapid rise to national fame and the political significance of his clash with Spassky, which attracted global media coverage as a wider Cold War confrontation between America and Russia.

It then delves into the later years of his life as he effectively retired at the peak of his career and became a wandering enigma, exiled from his own country, making controversial statements after 9/11, before eventually retreating to Iceland where he died in 2008.

Directed by Liz Garbus, it premiered at Sundance earlier this year and mixes rare archive footage and photos, along with interviews from those close to Fischer as well as figures such as Gary Kasparov and Henry Kissinger.

I recently spoke to Liz in London at the offices at Dogwoof, who are releasing the film in the UK, and you can listen to the interview by clicking below:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Liz_Garbus_on_Bobby_Fischer_Against_The_World.mp3]

You can also download this interview as a podcast via iTunes by clicking here.

Dogwoof release Bobby Fischer Against The World at selected UK cinemas on July 15th

> Download this interview as an MP3 file
> Official website for Bobby Fischer Against The World
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> Find out which local cinemas are playing the film
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> Find out more about Bobby Fischer at Wikipedia