DVD & Blu-ray

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


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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UK Cinema Releases: Friday 18th March 2011


The Lincoln Lawyer (Entertainment): A lawyer (Matthew McConaughey) conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills. Directed by Brad Furman and co-starring Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, John Leguizamo. [15] [Reviews] [Trailer]

You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger (Warner Bros.): The latest film from Woody Allen follows a pair of married couples in London: Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) and Helena (Gemma Jones), and their daughter Sally (Naomi Watts) and husband Roy (Josh Brolin), as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble. [12A] [Reviews] [Trailer]

Chalet Girl (Paramount/Momentum): A working-class girl (Felicity Jones) lands a job in a posh ski resort and discovers her natural snowboarding genius while dating the bossโ€™ son. Directed by Phil Traill and co-starring Bill Nighy, Ed Westwick, Brooke Shields and Tamsin Egerton. [12A] [Reviews] [Trailer]

Anuvahood (Revolver): An ‘urban comedy’ about a wannabe London drug dealer (Adam Deacon) who encounters a local villain (Richie Campbell) . [15] [Reviews] [Trailer]


Submarine (Optimum Releasing):A comedy which follows a 15-year-old boy with two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to stop his mother from leaving his father for her dance teacher. [15] [Read our full review here] [Trailer]

Route Irish (Artificial Eye): The story of a private security contractor in Iraq who rejected the official explanation of his friend’s death and sets out to discover the truth. Directed by Ken Loach. [15] [Reviews] [Trailer]

Ballast (Axiom Films): Acclaimed 2008 drama about A single mother and her embattled son struggling to survive in a small Mississippi Delta township. Directed by Lance Hammer. [Reviews] [Trailer]

Between the Canals (Avalon Films): Irish crime drama which follows three small time criminals from Dublin’s North Inner City. Directed by Mark O’Connor.

Benda Bilili! (Trinity Filmed Entertainment): Documentary about a Kinshasa band which has acquired a global following. Directed by Renaud Barret and Florent de La Tullaye. [Reviews] [Trailer]

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