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UK DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Monday 3rd May 2010

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Me and Orson Welles (cinemaNX): This enjoyable period drama set in 1937 is about a teenager (Zac Efron) who joins the Mercury Theatre production of “Julius Ceasar” directed by a young Orson Welles (Christian McKay). Directed by Richard Linklater and co-starring Claire Danes, it was shot in the Isle of Man back in the spring of 2008 and lingered on the shelf after failing to get a distributor at various festivals. However, production company CinemaNX released it theatrically themselves (a rarity for a national release in the UK) sharing print and ad costs with Vue Entertainment. For the DVD release they have struck an exclusive arrangement with supermarket behemoth Tesco. [DVD]

The Railway Children (Optimum Home Entertainment): Adapted from E. Nesbit’s novel, Lionel Jeffries 1970 film adaptation quickly established itself as perennial favourite amongst family audiences and after a re-release at cinemas last month arrives on DVD and Blu-ray. It is the tale of a family forced to move from London to a house in Yorkshire after the father is imprisoned on a mysterious charge. There the three children, Roberta (Jenny Agutter), Peter (Gary Warren) and Phyllis (Sally Thomsett), are entranced by the nearby railway and become friendly with the locals, such as the station porter (Bernard Cribbins) and the Old Gentleman (William Mervyn) who takes the 9:15 train. It was a critical success on its initial release – receiving three BAFTA nominations – and has since become a much loved film through regular broadcasts on television. [Blu-ray | DVD]

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UK Cinema Releases: December 2009

UK Cinema Releases December 2009

FRIDAY 4th DECEMBER

  • The Box (12A)/ Icon
  • Cracks (15) / Optimum Releasing
  • Me and Orson Welles (12A) / CinemaNX Distribution
  • The Descent: Part 2 (18) / Warner Bros/Pathe
  • The Girlfriend Experience (15) / Revolver
  • The Merry Gentleman (15) / The Works
  • Planet 51 (U) / Entertainment

FRIDAY 11th DECEMBER

  • Carriers (15) / Paramount
  • The Red Shoes (R/I) / Park Circus / Selected Key Cities
  • The Step Father (15) / Sony Pictures
  • Unmade Beds (15) / Soda Pictures
  • Where The Wild Things Are (PG) / Warner Bros.

FRIDAY 18th DECEMBER

  • Avatar / 20th Century Fox
  • St. Trinians 2 / Entertainment
  • Nine (Entertainment)

MONDAY 21st DECEMBER

  • Alvin And The Chipmunks 2 / Fox

FRIDAY 25th DECEMBER

  • Dogging: A Love Story / Vertigo Films
  • Nowhere Boy / Icon

SATURDAY 26th DECEMBER

  • Sherlock Holmes / Warner Bros.

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