DVD & BLU-RAY PICKS
In The Loop (Optimum): The directorial debut of Armando Iannucci is a marvellous political satire exploring the the inner mechanics of the ‘special relationship’ between London and Washington in the build up to a war in the Middle East.
The plot follows government officials and spin doctors in their behind-the-scenes efforts either to promote the war or prevent it. The cast is excellent with fine performances from Tom Hollander, James Gandolfini, Chris Addison, Peter Capaldi, Anna Chlumsky, Gina McKee, Steve Coogan and David Rasche.
The hilarity of the comedy is only matched by the political savvy of Iannucci’s script which ultimately reveals some sad truths about the craven subservience of Tony Blair’s government to the Bush administration in the build up to the Iraq war.
Extras on the DVD include:
- Deleted Scenes
- Audio commentary with cast & director
- Interview with Gina McKee & Chris Addison
- Interview with Tom Hollander
- Interview with Peter Capaldi
- Interview with director Armando Ianucci
- Script to Scene Comparison
On Blu-ray the film is presented in 1080P Widescreen with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English 2.0 PCM Stereo, English Audio Description and English HOH subtitles (film only). The disc is coded for Region B.
Shifty (Metrodome): A low budget urban thriller from writer/director Eran Creevy set on the outskirts of London, where it follows themes of friendship and loyalty over the course of 24 hours in the life of a young drug dealer, the charismatic “Shifty”.
Disc 1 Extras
- Commentary with Writer/Director Eran Creevy & Riz Ahmed (Shifty)
- The Making of SHIFTY
- Behind The Scenes
- Deleted Scenes
- ‘Shifty’ soundtrack by MC Riz, Sway & Plan B – music video
- ‘Number One’ by Tinchy Stryder Ft. N-Dubz – music video (from the producers of Shifty)
- Eran Creevy’s commercials
- Shifty soundtrack sampler
- Theatrical Trailer
Disc 2 Extras (HMV Exclusive)
- Over 100 minutes of Extended Interviews with Cast & Crew
- Riz Ahmed, Sway, Plan B: SHIFTY (Uncut Version)
- Scene Storyboards – See How The Key Scenes Were Brought To Life By The Filmmakers
- The Complete SHIFTY Script
The Blu-ray has the 1-Disc extras.
13: Game of Death (Revolver)
All the Right Noises (BFI)
East of Ipswich (2 Entertain)
From Within (E1 Entertainment)
I Love You, Man (Paramount)
It Ain’t Half Hot Mum Series 7 (2 Entertain)
Man of Violence (aka Moon) (BFI)
Naruto Unleashed Series 7 Part 1 (Manga)
New Tricks Series 5 (Acorn)
Nous ne Vieillirons Pas Ensemble (Eureka/Masters of Cinema)
One Last Thing (Fremantle)
Passe ton bac d’abord (Eureka/Masters of Cinema)
Race to Witch Mountain (Disney)
Three Men in a Boat (2 Entertain)