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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]

* Listen to our interview with Jenny Agutter about The Railway Children *

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Interview: Jenny Agutter on The Railway Children

Adapted from E. Nesbit’s novel in 1970, The Railway Children quickly established itself as perennial favourite amongst family audiences.

It is the tale of a family who are 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.

Written and directed by Lionel Jeffries, 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.

It is getting re-released at UK cinemas this week on a newly remastered digital print and I spoke with Jenny Agutter recently about her role in the film and its enduring appeal.

You can listen to the interview here:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Jenny_Agutter_on_The_Railway_Children.mp3]

You can download this interview as a podcast via iTunes by clicking here

The Railway Children is out at selected UK cinemas from Friday 2nd April and is out on DVD and Blu-ray from Monday 3rd May

> Download this interview as an MP3 file
> IMDb entry
> Get local showtimes via Google Movies
> Pre-order the DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon UK

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