DVD & Blu-ray

DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Monday 17th January 2011


Certified Copy (Artificial Eye): Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami made his first feature outside Iran with this tale of a British author (William Shimell) and a French antiques dealer (Juliette Binoche) who form a bond with one another after meeting in a Tuscany.

An intriguing premise is gradually teased out as things progress: are these strangers or an actual couple?

There are echoes of Before Sunset (2004), which saw two characters walk and talk around Paris, but whereas that film played its hand early on Kiarostami makes highly inventive use of dialogue and location.

Binoche and Shimell make a highly effective screen couple and the film has a considered, slow burn pace which pays off beautifully by the time the final credits roll.

> Buy Certified Copy on Blu-ray or DVD from Amazon UK
> Reviews of Certified Copy from Cannes 2010 via MUBi

Grindhouse (Momentum): The 2007 double-bill project from Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino finally gets released as it was meant to be seen, as a two-for-one feature complete with all the fake trailers.

After the decision to release them as separate films over here, following lacklustre US box office, Momentum have released this 2-disc collector’s edition which features the whole thing along with a raft of extras.

Although fans may miss the extra footage from the previous standalone versions, the leaner versions here are preferable and it comes with the following extras:

Disc One

  • Planet Terror (87.51)
  • Includes Machete Trailer (2.26)
  • Includes Planet Terror Commentary by Writer/Director Robert Rodriguez and Audience Reaction Track
  • Intermission Cards
  • Werewolf Women of the SS Trailer (1.49)
  • Don’t Trailer (1.18)
  • Thanksgiving Trailer (Includes trailer Commentary by Director Eli Roth and Co-writer/Actor Jeff Rendell) (2.25)
  • Death Proof (86.50)

Disc Two- Bonus Features

  • Trailers:
    • Extended Werewolf Women of the SS Trailer (optional Commentary track by Director Rob Zombie) (4:59)
    • The Making of Werewolf Women of the SS (8:48)
    • Extended Don’t Trailer (optional Commentary track by Director Edgar Wright) (1:35)
    • The Making of Don’t Trailer (9:40)
    • Don’t Storyboard/ Trailer comparison (optional Commentary track by Director Edgar Wright) (1:40)
    • Don’t Storyboards Still Gallery (70 pictures)
    • Don’t Poster with extended Don’t score by David Arnold
    • The Making of Thanksgiving Trailer (6:27)
    • The Makeup Effects of Planet Terror (12:02)
    • Robert Rodriguez’s 10-minute Cooking School (8:30)
    • From Texas to Tennessee: The Production Design of Death Proof (8:01)
  • Additional extras:
    • Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez New York Times interview (60:00)
    • Hobo with a Shotgun Trailer – Grindhouse Trailer Contest Winners (2:00)
  • Previously released content also included on Disc Two:
    • Planet Terror
      • Robert Rodriguez’s 10-minute Film School (11:50)
      • The Badass Babes of Planet Terror (11:49)
      • The Guys of Planet Terror (16:30)
      • Casting Rebel (5:38)
      • Sickos, Bullets, and Explosions: The Stunts of Planet Terror (13:16)
      • The Friend, The Doctor, and the Real Estate Agent (6:40)
      • Planet Terror poster gallery
      • Comic Con 2006 Featuring the Directors and Cast of Grindhouse (23:35)
    • Death Proof
      • Stunts on Wheels: The Legendary Drivers of Death Proof (20:39)
      • Quentin’s Greatest Collaborator: Sally Menke (4:36)
      • The Guys of Death Proof (8:14)
      • Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike (9:32)
      • Finding Quentin’s Gals (21:13)
      • The Hot Rods of Death Proof (11:46)
      • The Uncut Version of “Baby, It’s You” performed by Mary Elizabeth Winstead (1:46)
      • Introducing Zoe Bell (8:57)
      • Double Dare trailer (2:34)
      • Death Proof Extended music
      • Death Proof poster gallery
  • Tech info
    • Feature:
    • 1080p High Definition
    • English 5.1 Audio
    • English SDH (Hard-of-Hearing) Subtitles
    • 16:9 (Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1) Aspect Ratio
  • Bonus
    • Standard Definition
    • English 2.0 Stereo Audio
    • English SDH (Hard-of-Hearing) Subtitles
    • Various Aspect Ratios

> Buy Grindhouse on Blu-ray from Amazon UK


Duffer/Moon Over the Alley (BFI) [Blu-ray / with DVD]
Echelon Conspiracy (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Equinox Flower (BFI) [Blu-ray / with DVD]
Good Morning (BFI) [Blu-ray / with DVD]
Grown Ups (Sony Pictures Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Private Road (BFI) [Blu-ray / with DVD]
Soul Men (High Fliers Video Distribution) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Hole (Entertainment One) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Switch (Lionsgate UK) [Blu-ray / Normal]

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UK Cinema Releases: Friday 3rd September 2010


Dinner For Schmucks (Paramount): A US remake of the French comedy The Dinner Game (Le Dîner de cons), about an ambitious executive (Paul Rudd) who accepts an invitation to a dinner party where successful professionals make fun of an unsuspecting idiot (Steve Carrell).

Directed by Jay Roach, it co-stars Stephanie Szostak, Bruce Greenwood and Zach Galifianakis. In the US it got mixed reviews and opened to middling box office. [Odeon West End & Nationwide / 12A]

The Switch (Lionsgate UK): A romantic comedy about an unmarried 40-year-old woman (Jennifer Aniston) who turns to artificial insemination in order to become pregnant, only to find out years later from her best friend (Jason Bateman) that there may be complications on who is the real father.

Directed by Josh Gordon, this comedy attracted average reviews in the US and provoked a bizarre war of words between Aniston and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. [Empire Leicester Square & Nationwide / 12A]

The Last Exorcism (Optimum Releasing): A low budget mockumentary horror, shot from the perspective of a priest filming his last exorcism.

Shot by director Daniel Stamm for just $1.5 million, it narrowly missed out on the number 1 slot at the US box office last weekend and got a warm critical response. [Cineworlds Shaftesbury Ave., Wandsworth, Vue West End & Nationwide / 15]

Jonah Hex (Warner Bros.): A comic book adaptation about a soldier (Josh Brolin) seeking revenge after the US Civil War, when he was horribly disfigured by his ruthless commanding officer (John Malkovich).

Despite an impressive cast featuring Brolin, Megan Fox and Michael Fassbender this bombed in the US after bad buzz, negative reviews and a running time of just 81 minutes, which suggests the studio tried some kind of rescue job in the edit suite. [Nationwide / 15]

Why Did I Get Married Too? (Lionsgate UK): The latest film from Tyler Perry is the sequel to Why Did I Get Married? (2007) and is about four couples who undertake a week-long retreat to improve their relationships. Directed by and starring Perry, it co-stars Janet Jackson and Tasha Smith. The usual bad reviews that surround Perry’s films may give you some idea of what to expect. [Nationwide / 12A]


Certified Copy (Artificial Eye): The latest film from Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami is a drama set in Tuscany about a French art gallery owner (Juliette Binoche), who pretends to be married to a man she has just met. The dialogue is in French, English and Italian. Binoche won the Best Actress at Cannes earlier this year for her role. [Barbican, Curzons Mayfair, Richmond, HMV Curzon Wimbledon & Nationwide / 12A]

22 Bullets (Anchor Bay UK): A French thriller about a retired mobster (Jean Reno) who goes on a revenge spree after being left for dead with 22 bullets in his body by his former childhood friend. Directed by Richard Berry. [Key Cities / 18]

Bonded By Blood (Revolver Entertainment): Another British gangster film based on the Rettendon Range Rover murders of December 1995. Directed by Sacha Bennett, it stars Kierston Wareing, Neil Maskell and Tamer Hassan. [Key Cities / 18]

Cherry Tree Lane (Metrodome Distribution): The third film from writer-director Paul Andrew Williams is a gritty crime drama about a young couple terrorized in their home by a group of teenagers. [Curzon Soho / 18]

No Impact Man (Dogwoof): A documentary following a Manhattan-based family as they abandon their high consumption lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact. Directed by Laura Gabbert. [Empire Leicester Sq., Everyman, Lexi, Ritzy & Nationwide / 15]

SoulBoy (Soda Pictures): A coming-of-age drama set in the 1970s Northern Soul underground music scene, directed by Shimmy Marcus. [Soda Pictures Empire Leicester Sq., & selected Key Cities / 15]

Splintered (Kaleidoscope Entertainment): A British horror film set in a remote part of North Wales, directed by Simeon Halligan. [Key Cities / 18]

Perestroika (ICA Cinema): A film about that re-enacts a journey on the Trans-Siberian railway to investigate loss and memory. [ICA Cinema]

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