DVD & Blu-ray

UK DVD Releases: Monday 9th November 2009

UK DVD Releases 09-11-09


N.B. For the foreseeable future I’m going to separate DVDs and Blu-rays into different posts. Part of the reason is that quite a few older films are being released on Blu-ray and I don’t want there to be any confusion.

I’m also going to put Amazon affiliate links alongside each release to make it easier to buy them.


Brüno (Universal): After the success of Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen returns with another mock-documentary comedy, this time playing the flamboyant Austrian fashionista Brüno, who wreaks havoc at a fashion show and then travels to America, where the fun continues.

Directed by Larry Charles, stand out sequences involve Bruno debating the Middle East conflict with orthodox Jews and Palestinian terrorists; an uncomfortable appearance on a TV chat show with an adopted African child; an extended attempt to ‘become straight’ with the help of religion, martial arts and the US military; and a truly riotous climax involving a cage wrestling match in Arkansas. [Buy the DVD at Amazon UK]

Extras include:

  • Alternative Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Scenes
  • An Interview with Lloyd Robinson
  • Enhanced Commentary – The true stories of how Sacha Baron Cohen and director Larry Charles pulled off their unscripted stunts with celebrities, politicians and other unsuspecting people.

Gone with the Wind: 70th Anniversary Edition (Warner): The classic 1939 romantic drama based on the Margaret Mitchell novel has gotten the full re-release treatment by Warner Bros.

Set in the South during the American Civil War and Reconstruction, it follows the life of Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh), the daughter of a plantation owner and her relationship with Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). Featuring supporting performances by Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Thomas Mitchell and Hattie McDaniel, it is still a beloved classic of cinema despite lasting nearly 4 hours.

Famous set pieces include the burning of Atlanta (which used a piece of scenery left over from King Kong) and one of the most famous closing lines of any film. In a year littered with classic films (1939 also included The Wizard of Oz, Mr Smith Goes To Washington, Stagecoach and Ninotchka), Gone With the Wind won ten Oscars, including: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Vivien Leigh), and Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel, who became the first African-American to win the award). [Buy the DVD at Amazon UK]

Extras on the DVD include:

Disc 1 The Movie, Part 1

  • Remastered feature with Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio
  • Commentary by historian Rudy Behlmer

Disc 2 The Movie, Part 2
Remastered feature
Commentary by historian Rudy Behlmer
Offer for a numbered Limited Edition copy of the Original 1939 Poster

Extras on the 5-disc version include:

Disc 3

  • About The Movie
  • The Making of a Legend documentary (1989 TV Special) (Narrated by Christopher Plummer)
  • Restoring a Legend – Chronicles the film/video restoration process
  • Dixie Hails Gone with the Wind -1939 Premiere newsreel
  • 1940 MGM historical short – The Old South
  • Atlanta Civil War Centennial 1961 premiere newsreel
  • International prologue
  • Foreign language version sample scenes
  • Theatrical Trailers

Disc 4

  • About The Cast
  • Melanie Remembers: Reflections by Olivia de Havilland – Exclusive 2004 Documentary
  • Cast profile – Gable: The King Remembered
  • Cast profile – Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond
  • The Supporting Players – Cameo portraits of an unforgettable ensemble
  • At Tara
  • The O’Hara Plantation in Georgia
  • Thomas Mitchell as Gerald O’Hara
  • Barbara O’Neill as Ellen, his wife
  • Their Daughters
  • Evelyn Keyes as Suellen
  • Ann Rutherford as Carreen
  • The house servants
  • Hattie McDaniel as Mammy
  • Oscar Polk as Pork
  • Butterfly McQueen as Prissy
  • At Twelve Oaks
  • Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes
  • Rand Brooks as Charles Hamilton, her brother
  • Carroll Nye as Frank Kennedy, a guest
  • In Atlanta
  • Laura Hope Crews as Aunt Pittypat Hamilton
  • Eddie Anderson as Uncle Peter, her coachman
  • Harry Davenport as Dr. Meade
  • Jane Darwell as Mrs. Merriwether
  • Ona Munson as Belle Watling
  • Cammie King as Bonnie Blue Butler

Disc 5

  • New Bonus Disc
  • Warner Bros. Home Entertainment presents 1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year – New documentary about Hollywood’s watershed year narrated by Kenneth Branagh
  • Gone with the Wind: The Legend Lives On — Exploring the legacy of the most beloved film through illuminating interviews, footage and visits to historical sites, events and museums
  • Moviola: The Scarlett O’Hara Wars 1980 WBTV Special never before on home video

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Disney): One of the greatest Disney films ever made is being re-released on DVD and Blu-ray. Made in 1937, the concept of reviving a well-known Grimm’s Fairy Tale was initially greeted with scepticism. But Walt Disney invested three years, $1,500,000, and the combined talents of 570 artists into the film.

The result was a film that was acknowledged a classic and also earned an incredible $8,500,000 dollars in gross rentals during the Great Depression. The story, characters and animation are all of the highest quality and notice the clever contrast between Snow White and Prince Charming (drawn realistically) and the Seven Dwarfs (rendered in the rounded, caricatured manner of Disney’s short-subject characters). [Buy the DVD from Amazon UK]

The extras on the DVD include:

  • Audio Commentary with Walt Disney
  • Snow White Returns
  • The One That Started It All
  • The Princess and the Frog Sneak Peek
  • Someday My Prince Will Come by Tiffany Thornton
  • Dylan & Cole Sprouse Blu-ray is Suite!
  • Learn How To Take Your Favourite Movies on the Go (Disneyfile)
  • Dopey’s Wild Mine Ride
  • Animation Voice Talent
  • Disney Through the Decades
  • ”Heigh-Ho” Karaoke Sing-Along



Desperate Housewives Season 5 (Disney) [Buy from Amazon UK]
Ghost Story (1974) (Nucleus Films) [Buy it from Amazon UK]
Tales of the Gold Monkey: The Complete Series (Fabulous Films) [Buy it from Amazon UK]
The Informers (EIV) [Buy it from Amazon UK]
Trinity (Fremantle) [Buy it from Amazon UK]
Lisbon Story (Axiom Films) [Buy it from Amazon UK]
Night at the Museum 2 (Fox) [Buy it from Amazon UK]
Russell Brand – Scandalous (4DVD) [Buy it from Amazon UK]
Russell Howard – Dingledodies (4DVD) [Buy it from Amazon UK]

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> Check out the latest UK cinema releases including A Christmas Carol, The Men Who Stare at Goats, Bright Star, Jennifer’s Body and Paper Heart (W/C Friday 6th November 2009)