DVD & Blu-ray

UK DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Monday 12th December 2011


Super 8 (Paramount Home Entertainment): A loving homage to the early work of Steven Spielberg from director J.J. Abrams which mixes genres to create an unusual film experience. Set in Ohio during 1979, a teenage boy named Joe (Joel Courtney) and his group of friends accidentally discover strange things happening in their small town whilst making a movie using a Super 8 camera. Even if it peters out towards the end, there much to enjoy here, especially the lead performances, Michael Giacchino’s score and the way in which Abrams blends his love for The Twilight Zone with the Spielberg films that enchanted him as a young viewer. [Buy it on Blu-ray/DVD] [Read our full review here]

The Phantom of the Opera (Park Circus): UK independent distributors Park Circus are behind this restored release of Rupert Julian’s 1925 horror classic, which thankfully has nothing to do with Andrew Lloyd Webber. Adapted from the Gaston Leroux novel it features Lon Chaney in the title role as the deformed man who haunts the Paris Opera House. The Blu-ray will feature the 1925 and 1929 versions of the films and intriguingly the Bal Masque sequence in two-strip Technicolor and other scenes which were hand tinted, as well as a new score by The Alloy Orchestra. [Buy it on Blu-ray]


Conan the Barbarian (2011 remake) (Lionsgate UK) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Festive Fireplace (Pogo Films) [Blu-ray / 3D Edition with 2D Edition]
Mr Popper’s Penguins (20th Century Fox Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / DVD]
Planet of the Apes: Evolution Collection (20th Century Fox Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / Box Set]
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (20th Century Fox Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (20th Century Fox Home Ent.) Blu-ray / + DVD and Digital Copy – Triple Play
Safari (Kaleidoscope Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / 3D Edition with 2D Edition]
Spy Kids 4 – All the Time in the World (EV) [Blu-ray / 3D Edition with 2D Edition]
The Girl Who Leapt Through Timeย (Manga Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Inbetweeners Movie: Writer’s Cut (4DVD) [Blu-ray / + DVD and Digital Copy – Triple Play]
U2: From the Sky Down (Mercury Records) [Blu-ray / Normal]

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