DVD & Blu-ray

UK DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Monday 11th April 2011

Including Of Gods and Men, Monsters and Two in the Wave

Of Gods and Men (Artificial Eye): A drama about Trappist monks in the monastery of Tibhirine in Algeria who live in harmony with the local population until events spiral out of control. Directed by Xavier Beauvois, it is based on real events in 1996 and stars Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale. The slow burning pace, attention to detail and fine performances give the film a rare power and it won the Grans Prix Prize at the Cannes film festival last year. [Buy it on Blu-ray / DVD]

Monsters (Momentum Pictures): The alien invasion genre gets a mumblecore twist with this British sci-fi film about a photojournalist (Scoot McNairy) who has to guide his employer’s daughter (Whitney Able) out of a Mexico which is infested with alien creatures. A considerable production achievement from first-time director Gareth Edwards (who provided the SFX himself), it lacks basic thrills but makes up that with its thoughtful approach and features a wonderful ambient score from Jon Hopkins. [Buy it on Blu-ray / DVD]

Two in the Wave (New Wave Films): A French documentary directed by Emmanuel Laurent which examines the relationship between directors Franรงois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, the two key figures of the French New Wave in the late 50’s and early 60’s. Although the formal, conservative style is perhaps at odds with what its subjects stood for, there is a lot of great archive news and interview footage of the young directors who revolutionised cinema in the early 1960s. [Buy it on DVD]


2012: Doomsday (Lighthouse DVD Distribution) [Blu-ray / Normal]
About a Boy (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Babe (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Babe: Pig in the City (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Coraline (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / 3D Edition with 2D Edition / Normal]
Deep Ocean Experience (FilmicArt) [Blu-ray / with 3D Version]
Harry Potter 1-7A (Warner Home Video) [Blu-ray / Box Set]
Legend of the Guardians – The Owls of Ga’Hoole (Warner Home Video) [Blu-ray / Normal / Triple Play]
Peter Pan (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour 1974 (Eagle Rock Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Rubber (Optimum Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Momentum Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]

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