DVD & Blu-ray

UK DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Monday 25th April 2011

Including Enter the Void, Ballast and Les Diaboliques


Enter the Void (Entertainment One): Visually stunning drama about a drug dealer (Nathaniel Brown) in Tokyo who dies and witnesses his sister (Paz de la Huerta) and the city as a ghost. Directed by Gaspar Noe, it is a master class in cinematography, visual effects and editing, although some will be put off by the grimy setting. [Buy it on DVD] [Read our full review here]

Ballast (Axiom Films): A powerful drama about the lives of various characters living in a rural Mississippi Delta township. A fine debut from writer/director Lance Hammer, it features some excellent performances from non-professional actors, including Michael J. Smith Sr., Jim Myron Ross and Tarra Riggs. It won Best Director and Best Cinematography at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and achieved deserved critical acclaim. [Buy it on DVD]

Les Diaboliques (Arrow Video): Henri-Georges Clouzot’s classic 1955 thriller, about a headmaster (Paul Meurisse) who becomes the target of a murder plot by his long-suffering wife (Vera Clouzot) and latest mistress (Simone Signoret), gets the hi-def treatment. Still a masterclass in suspense, the disc features an audio commentary by author Susan Hayward, a lengthy interview with French film scholar Ginette Vincendeau new writing and a re-printed interview with Clouzot by Paul Schrader with illustrations by Lรฉon Barsacq. [Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo]


Animals United (EV) [Blu-ray / 3D Edition with 2D Edition]
Bob Dylan: Don’t Look Back (Sony Music Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Bob Dylan: The Other Side of the Mirror – Live at the Newport… (Sony Music Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Burlesque (Sony Pictures Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Chatroom (Revolver Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Street Wars (Optimum Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The New York Ripper (Shameless) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Tourist (Optimum Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]

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