DVD & Blu-ray

UK DVD Releases: Monday 25th May 2009

UK DVD Picks 24-05-09


The Reader (EIV): This adaptation of the 1995 German novel by Bernhard Schlink follows a complicated love affair in the 1950s between a German teenager named Michael Berg (David Kross) and a woman twice his age called Hannah Schmitz (Kate Winslet). Years later as a law student he discovers a terrible secret about his former lover and struggles to deal with the repercussions of her actions in World War II. 

It is directed by Stephen Daldry and Ralph Fiennes plays Berg as an older man struggling to deal with his past. With a script by David Hare (who worked with Daldry on The Hours) this was always going to be an awards season contender, although some mixed reviews in the US and the UK might harm its word of mouth. 

It is a well crafted and involving tale with three very solid performances from Winslet, Fiennes and Kross. Daldry and Hare have managed to preserve the knotty moral questions of the book – something which appears to have really riled critics of the film – and the cinematography from Roger Deakins and Chris Menges is first rate.

The extras include:

  • The Reader : Music
  • The Reader : Makeup
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Production Design
  • Making the Reader : Adapting a timeless masterpiece
  • A conversation with David Kross and Stephen Daltry
  • Deleted Scenes

Listen to our interview with Stephen Daldry and Ralph Fiennes on The Reader *


30 Rock – Season 2 (Universal Playback): The second season of the award-winning sitcom created by (and starring) Tina Fey takes place behind the scenes of a fictional livesketch comedy series depicted as airing on NBC; the name “30 Rock” refers to the address of the GE Building where NBC Studios is located, 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

The ensemble cast includes Fey, Tracy MorganJane KrakowskiJack McBrayerScott AdsitJudah Friedlander and Alec Baldwin.

Some of the highlights in this season (which was cut short to 15 episodes because of the WGA strike in 2007) include: 

The features and extras include:

  • 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English DD5.1 Surround
  • Audio Commentaries by Tina Fey, Jack McBrayer, Jane Krakowski, Scott Adsit, Judah Friedlander, Producers John Riggi and Robert Carlock, Producer/Composer Jeff Richmond and Guest Stars Tim Conway, Will Arnett and Fred Armisen
  • Deleted Scenes
  • “Cooter” Table Read
  • 30 Rock Live at the UCB Theatre
  • Tina Hosts SNL
  • The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Presents: An Evening with 30 Rock
  • And More!



Beverly Hills Chihuahua (Disney)
Carrington VC (Network)
Central Bazaar (BFI)
Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead (2 Entertain)
Evergreen (Network)
Fifi’s Carnival (2 Entertain)
Il Grido (Eureka/Masters of Cinema)
London in the Raw (BFI)
Magick Lantern Cycle (BFI)
Martyrs (Optimum)
Moonlight Sonata (Network)
My Family Series 9 (2 Entertain)
Ordeal by Innocence (Optimum)
Primitive London (BFI)
Pulling: Series 2 (2 Entertain)
Pumping Iron (Lionsgate)
Pushing Daisies – Season 2 (Warner)
Seven Pounds (Sony)
The Bed Sitting Room (BFI)
The Fear – The Complete Series (Network)
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (Warner)
There Goes The Bride (Network)
Tokyo! (Optimum)
Yus, My Dear Series 1 (Network)

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Cinema Interviews Podcast

Interview: Stephen Daldry and Ralph Fiennes on The Reader

Stephen Daldry and Ralph Fiennes

The Reader is the film adaptation of the 1995 German novel by Bernhard Schlink that follows a complicated love affair in the 1950s between a German teenager named Michael Berg (David Kross) and a woman twice his age called Hannah Schmitz (Kate Winslet).

Years later as a law student he discovers a terrible secret about his former lover and struggles to deal with the repercussions of her actions in World War II.

The book became a bestseller that was translated into 37 languages and the film is directed by Stephen Daldry with Ralph Fiennes playing Michael Berg as an older man.

I recently spoke to both of them in London about their work on the film and you can listen to the interviews here:


Download it as a podcast via iTunes by clicking here.

The Reader is out at UK cinemas from today (Friday 2nd January)

Download this interview as an MP3 file
Get showtimes for the film via Google Movies 
Stephen Daldry and Ralph Fiennes at the IMDb
> Official site for The Reader

[Photo: AP Photo/Evan Agostini]


UK Cinema Releases: January 2009

UK Cinema Releases January 2009


  • The Spirit (12A) Lionsgate UK / Vue West End & Nationwide


  • Che: Part One (15) Optimum Releasing / Odeons Camden, Covent Gdn, Curzon Soho & Nationwide (Previews 1 Jan)
  • Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia (18) Park Circus / BFI Southbank & Key Cities
  • The Reader (15) Entertainment / Vue West End & Nationwide
  • Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants 2 (12A) Warner Bros / Nationwide


  • Bride Wars (12A) 20th Century Fox / Vue West End & Nationwide
  • Defiance (15) Momentum Pictures / Odeons Swiss Cottage, West End, Whiteleys, Vue Islington & Nationwide
  • Hannah Takes The Stairs (TBC) / ICA Films / ICA Cinema & Key Cities
  • Role Models (15) / Universal / Vue West End & Nationwide
  • Sex Drive (15) E1 Films / Vue West End & Nationwide
  • Slumdog Millionaire (15) Pathe / Vue West End & Nationwide
  • Stuck (15) High Fliers Films / Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus, Showcase Bristol & Showcase Manchester


  • A Christmas Tale (15) New Wave Films / Apollo Picc Circus, Cine Lumiere, Odeon Covent Gdn, Renoir & Key Cities
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua (U) Walt Disney / Odeon Mezzanine & Nationwide
  • Boogie (TBC) Dogwoof Pictures / Renoir & Key Cities
  • Chandni Chowk To China (TBC) Warner Bros / Cineworld Shaftesbury Ave & Nationwide
  • Clubbed (18) Route One Rel. / Apollo Picc. Circus, Empire Leicester Square & Key Cities
  • Hansel & Gretel (TBC) Terracotta Distribution / ICA Cinema & Key Cities
  • My Bloody Valentine 3-D (18) Lionsgate UK / Vue West End & Nationwide
  • Notorious (U) bfi Distribution / BFI Southbank & Key Cities
  • Seven Pounds (12A) Sony Pictures / Empire Leicester Square & Nationwide
  • The Wrestler (15) Optimum Releasing / Nationwide


  • Better Things (15) Soda Pictures / ICA Cinema, Renoir & Key Cities
  • Faintheart (TBC) Vertigo Films / Key Cities
  • Frost/Nixon (15) Universal / Vue West End & Nationwide
  • JCVD (TBC) Revolver Entertainment / Prince Charles Cinema
  • Milk (15) Momentum Pictures / Barbican, C’World Kings Rd., Curzon Soho, Odeon Camden & Nationwide
  • Paris 36 (TBC) Pathe / Cine Lumiere only
  • Rachel Getting Married (15) Sony Pictures / London & Key Cities
  • Red Cliff (TBC) Entertainment
  • Underworld 3: Rise Of The Lycans (TBC) Entertainment
  • Valkyrie (12A) 20th Century Fox / Odeon Leicester Square & Nationwide


  • Barry Lyndon (PG) BFI / BFI Southbank
  • The Broken (15) The Works / London & Key Cities
  • New In Town (12A) / Entertainment
  • Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist (12A) Sony Pictures / London & Nationwide
  • Revolutionary Road (15) Paramount / Odeon Leicester Square & Nationwide
  • Tokyo Sonata (12A) Eureka Entertainment / ICA Cinema & Key Cities


Keep a look out every Friday for a breakdown of the weekly releases with more detail on each film.

If you have any questions about this month’s cinema releases or any upcoming titles then just email me or leave a comment below.

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