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UK DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Monday 20th February 2012

DVD & BLU-RAY PICKS

Repo Man (Eureka/Masters of Cinema): Alex Cox’s startling 1984 directorial debut gradually became a cult film with its unusual mix of noir and sci-fi. When an unemployed punk rocker (Emilio Estevez) is hired by a guy named Bud (Harry Dean Stanton) to repossess cars for a living, he soon makes a strange discovery. Fully restored Blu-ray, with bountiful extras including audio commentaries and the network television version (i.e. the one without the swearing). [Buy the Blu-ray from Amazon UK]

Miss Bala (Metrodome): Accomplished crime drama, loosely based on real events, about a young woman (Noe Hernandez) with dreams of becoming a beauty queen who finds herself working for Mexican drug smugglers. Directed by Gerardo Naranjo, it is an unusually absorbing mixture of genres that aren’t combined that often. It has been selected as this year’s Mexican entry for the Academy Awards. [Buy it on DVD from Amazon UK]

Warrior (Lionsgate): Although it didn’t live up to commercial expectations, this drama about two brothers (Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton) who enter the biggest ‘winner takes all’ Mixed Martial Arts event in history. Directed by Gavin O’Connor and co-starring Nick Nolte as their father (a performance which has earned him an Oscar nomination), it dealt with contemporary issues that maybe cut too close to the bone for mainstream audiences (e.g. war, recession). But the performances and assured direction might see it become a home entertainment favourite. [Buy it on Blu-ray or DVD from Amazon UK]

ALSO OUT

Best Laid Plans (Sony Pictures Home Ent.)
Demons Never Die (Exile Media Group) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (StudioCanal) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Fright Night (Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Garden State (Miramax) [Blu-ray / Special Edition]
Hollywoodland (Miramax) [Blu-ray / Normal]
One More (Odeon Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Real Steel (Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / Normal]
WWII in 3D (Go Entertain) [Blu-ray / 3D Edition]

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Cinema

UK Cinema Releases: Friday 23rd September 2011

NATIONAL RELEASES

Crazy, Stupid, Love (Warner Bros.): Romantic comedy about a man (Steve Carell) who breaks up with his wife (Julianne Moore) and then gets dating tips from his womanising neighbour (Ryan Gosling). Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, it co-stars Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon. [Nationwide / 12A]

Drive (Icon): Stylish drama about a nameless Hollywood stuntman (Ryan Gosling) who moonlights as a getaway driver at night and gets drawn into a web of crime involving his neighbour (Carey Mulligan) and a local businessman (Albert Brooks). Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, it co-stars Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman and Oscar Isaac. [Nationwide / 18] [Read our full review here]

Warrior (Lionsgate UK): Drama about two estranged brothers (Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton) in Pittsburgh who end up fighting in a MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) tournament for some much needed cash. Directed by Gavin O’Connor, it was co-stars Nick Nolte and Frank Grillo. [Nationwide / 12A]

Killer Elite (Entertainment): Thriller about a retired SAS soldier (Jason Statham) who goes on a mission to kill three assassins. Directed by Gary McKendry, it co-stars Robert De Niro and Clive Owen. [Nationwide / 15]

Soul Surfer (Walt Disney): Drama based on the true story of teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb) who lost her arm in a shark attack and decided to return to the sport. Directed by Sean McNamara, it co-stars Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and Carrie Underwood. [Nationwide / 12A]

ALSO OUT

Page One: Inside The New York Times (Dogwoof): Documentary charting one year in the life of the NEw York Times through the lens of the media desk. Directed by Andrew Rossi, it explores how an established newspaper makes the painful transition to the digital age. [Selected cinemas / 15] [Listen to our interview with Andrew Rossi]

Mademoiselle Chambon (Axiom Films): French drama about a blue collar worker a blue-collar worker (Vincent Lindon,) in a provincial town who is gradually tempted by another woman. Directed by Stephane Brize, it co-stars Sandrine Kiberlain, Aure Atika and Stanislav Ianevski. [Nationwide / 18]

Tucker & Dale Vs Evil (vertigo Films): Horror comedy about two people on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they get attacked by a group of preppy college kids. Directed by Jason Mather, it stars Eli Craig and Alan Tudyk. [Selected cinemas]

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