DVD & Blu-ray

UK DVD Releases: Monday 20th April 2009

DVD Picks 20-04-09


Yes Man (Warner): The big screen US adaptation of Danny Wallace‘s best-selling memoir sees Jim Carrey star as a man who reluctantly signs up for a self-help program that challenges him to say ‘yes’ to everything and embrace life.

Directed by Peyton Reed, it co-stars Zooey Deschanel and Bradley Cooper

The extras on the regular DVD include:

  • Down Time on the Set of Yes Man – Jim Carrey improvs with the cast, crew, and Director Peyton Reed.
  • Extreme Yes Man – This piece delves into all of the outrageous stunts
  • Gag Reel
  • Exclusive “Munchausen by Proxy” Music Videos: Five full-length music videos showcasing the musical talents of Zooey Deschanel and the Von Iva band.
  • Uh-Huh (RT: 3:46)
  • Yes Man (RT: 3:10)
  • Star Spangled Banner (RT: 1:15)
  • Sweet Ballad (RT: 2:50)
  • Keystar (RT: 3:12)
  • Future Sounds: Munchausen by Proxy – Explore the unlikely story behind the formation of Allison’s band, Munchausen By Proxy, from the real San Francisco-based band Von Iva.

The extras on the Blu-ray Disc include all on the regular DVD plus the following exclusive features:

  • On Set with Danny Wallace: The Original Yes Man – Behind the scenes tour with author Danny Wallace as he interacts with the cast and crew
  • Yes Man Party Central with Norman Stokes – Comedian Rhys Darby gives us a tour of his apartment in full Harry Potter regalia
  • Say Yes! To Red Bull – Jim Carrey brings Method Acting to a whole new level as he chugs Red Bull.
  • Digital copy

* Listen to my interview with Danny Wallace from December *

The Baader Meinhof Complex (Momentum): Germany’s official entry for the 2009 foreign-language Oscar explores the creation and actions of the West German terrorist group the Red Army Faction (RAF), which was the most active and prominent terrorist group in post-war West Germany. 

Directed by Uli Edel, it stars Moritz BleibtreuMartina Gedeck and Johanna Wokalek and is based on the best selling non-fiction book of the same name by Stefan Aust.

Extras include:

  • History in the Making: A detailed and exhaustive documentary that examines the making of the film with input from cast and crew.
  • On Uli Edel: This takes a look at the career of the director and why the events of the film were so personal to him. ‘The Score’ talks with the films composer and looks at the compositional process. 
  • Filmographies for the cast 
  • Trailer.

Listen to my interview with producer Bernd Eichinger about The Baader Meinhof Complex *


After Henry – Series 3 (Network)
American Dad Volume 4 (Fox)
Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia (Fox)
Being Human (2 Entertain)
Columbus Day (DNC)
Dark Floors (Metrodome)
Doctor Who: Image of the Fendahl (2 Entertain)
Fingerprints (Anchor Bay)
La Gueule Ouverte (Eureka/Masters of Cinema)
Lark Rise to Candleford Series 2 (2 Entertain)
Life’s A Trip (Metrodome)
Murder, She Wrote Season 9 (Universal Playback)
Poison Ivy 4: The Secret Society (EIV)
Stone (Severin)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (Fox)
The Myth (Cine Asia)
The Raccoons Season 2 (Fabulous Films)
Transporter 3 (Icon)
Ultra (Drakes Avenue Pictures)
Une Femme Mariée (Eureka/Masters of Cinema)


> Buy Yes Man and The Baader Meinhof Complex at Amazon UK
> Browse more DVD Releases at Amazon UK and Play
Check the latest DVD prices at DVD Price Check
Take a look at the current UK cinema releases (W/C Friday 17th April)


UK Cinema Releases: Friday 26th December 2008

National UK Cinema Releases 26-12-08


Australia (Fox): An epic story set in northern Australia before World War II, about an English aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) who inherits a ranch and teams up with a stock-man (Hugh Jackman) in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, it is an ambitious project taking a variety of subjects including race, war and Australian history. However, despite the occasionally impressive sequence the film is a major disappointment that veers wildly between different styles. Although Luhrmann is an energetic and talented director here his manic style is counterproductive and deflates the serious aspects of the story.

The A-list Aussie cast (including David WenhamBryan Brown and David Gulpilil) are largely wasted in one dimensional roles and many of the impressive landscape set-pieces are undermined by excessive use of green screen. After landing with a thud at the US box office, Fox will do very well to squeeze foreign revenues out of this costly film, which had an estimated production budget of $130 million. Here in the UK, it could appeal audiences who enjoy period films but mixed reviews and lack of expected awards buzz will probably reduce its box office. [Cert 12A]   

Yes Man (Warner Bros): Loosely based on the memoir by British writer Danny Wallace, this comedy stars Jim Carrey as a man who decides to say ‘yes’ to everything in his life after attending a self help seminar. Directed by Peyton Reed, it also stars Terrence Stamp, Zooey Deschanel and Bradley Cooper. Although many details have been changed the essential concept of the book is intact and it is an engaging and amusing comedy. Deschanel is a good romantic foil and there are some good set pieces carved out from the ‘say yes’ premise. It isn’t in the same league as Carrey’s best work (like The Truman ShowEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) but it has an excellent chance of taking the top slot on one of the biggest days in the UK box office calendar.  [Cert 12A]

* Listen to our interview with Danny Wallace about Yes Man *

Bedtime Stories (Disney): A family themed comedy with Adam Sandler as a hotel handyman whose life is changed when the bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to come true. Although the central premise has potential director Adam Shankman and screenwriters Matt Lopez and Tim Herlihy never really bring it to life. Instead it is a fairly run of the mill Sandler vehicle tailored for family audiences with heavy dollops of sentimentality and B-grade CGI. Despite the lack of quality, it is the only film out today that is directly aimed at family audiences so could do much better than it deserves to. [Cert PG]



Far North (Soda Pictures): Set during an unspecified time in the late-20th century, it tells of woman (Michelle Yeoh) and her adopted daughter (Michelle Krusiec), living in the arctic tundra who’s lives are affected by the unexpected arrival of a soldier (Sean Bean). [Cert 15 / London venues & Key Cities]

Gardens In Autumn (Artificial Eye): Director Otar Iosseliani’s film is about a French government minister (Séverin Blanchet) who is forced to resign and thebegins to live a simpler life outside the bourgeois mainstream. [Cert 15 / Renoir & Key Cities]

Mum and Dad (Revolver): Low budget British horror film about an unusual family starring Perry BensonDido MilesOlga Fedori and Ainsley Howard.   [Cert 15 / Curzon Soho, Ritzy, Screen on the Green & Key Cities]


Get local showtimes for a cinema near you via Google Movies (just enter your local postcode)
Check out our latest DVD picks for this week and our best DVDs of the year

Cinema Interviews Podcast

Interview: Danny Wallace on Yes Man

Danny Wallace Yes Man poster

Danny Wallace is the author of Yes Man, a 2005 book that explored what happened when an old man from the Aldgate area in London encouraged him to say yes to more things in life.

It is now a film starring Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel and I recently spoke to Danny about inspiration for the book and its journey to the big screen.

I’ve known Danny since 1999, when we both worked on the Ian Collins show on Talk Radio (now TalkSPORT) and – coincidentally – this interview took place in a studio on the very same street where we first met in a pub called The Marquis of Granby.

Listen to the interview here:


Download it as a podcast via iTunes by clicking here.

Yes Man is out at UK cinemas from Friday 26th December

Download this interview as an MP3 file
Get showtimes for the film via Google Movies 
IMDb entry for the film
Official Site for Yes Man
> Official site for Danny Wallace

[Images © Getty Images / Warner Bros. Pictures 2008]


Trailer: Yes Man

This is the first trailer for Yes Man, the new Jim Carrey comedy based on the Danny Wallace book.

Directed by Peyton Reed, it also stars Terrence Stamp and Zooey Deschanel.

It opnes in the US and UK on December 19th.

> Official site for the film
> IMDb entry
> Official site of Danny Wallace