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UK DVD Releases: Monday 23rd March 2009

UK DVD Picks 23-03-09


Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death (2 Entertain): Nick Park and the Aardman Animations team return for a fifth film involving characters Wallace and Gromit

After the splendid feature Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), they have returned to the short form and this story sees Wallace and Gromit starting a new bakery business amidst the backdrop of bakers who have been mysteriously disappearing. 

The extras include:

  • When Wallace Met Harvey, A Day In The Life of Nick Park (Sunday Times Piece)
  • Tell Tale Games – Half hour game
  • Making Of A Matter Of Loaf And Death
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (BFI): This adapatation of the Alan Sillitoe book of the same name stars Tom Courtenay as a teenager rebelling against the system who discovers a talent for cross-country running. 

Directed by Tony Richardson, it was a key film of the British New Wave in the 1960s and also stars Michael Redgrave

This BFI re-release has several interesting extras which include:

  • 1.78:1 aspect ratio (see DVD Beaver for more details)
  • Subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • Commentary by film historian Robert Murphy, with lead actor Tom Courtenay and writer Alan Sillitoe
  • Video essay by cinematographer Walter Lassally (19mins)
  • Momma Don’t Allow (1956), Tony Richardson’s Free Cinema documentary shot by Walter Lassally (22mins)
  • Illustrated booklet including essays and biographies
Spitting Image – Series 5 (Network): The fifth season of this classic 80s satire show was originally broadcast on ITV in 1988. 

The highlights include Jeffrey Archer appearing on Mastermind, Neil Kinnock being sent on a Mission Impossible, Prince Edward’s attempts at guiding the year’s Royal Variety Show and Pavarotti giving a star turn at The Last Night of the Yobs. 

There are no extras.


Amusement (EIV)
An Empress and The Warriors (Cine Asia)
At War With the Army (Network)
Bell-Bottom George (Sony)
Bleach Series 3 (Manga)
Blood Brothers (Metrodome)
Choke (Fox)
Get Cracking (Sony)
Green Street 2: Stand Your Ground (Lionsgate)
In Sickness and In Health Series 3 (2 Entertain)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (Lionsgate)
OSS-117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (ICA)
Quantum of Solace (Fox/MGM)
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (BFI)
Southern Gothic (DNC Entertainment)
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Momentum)
The Secret Millionaire Series 1 (4DVD)
Tripods Series 1 & 2 (2 Entertain)
Yellowstone (2 Entertain)
Zack and Miri Make A Porno (EIV)

> Buy Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and DeathThe Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner and Spitting Image – Series 5 at Amazon UK
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