New DVD Releases – 22nd February 2010

Michael Jackson: This Is It (Collectors Edition)
Starring: Michael Jackson, Alex Al & Nick Bass
Michael Jackson’s This Is It is a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts at London’s O2 Arena.

Chronicling the months from April through June 2009, this film was produced with the full support of the Estate of Michael Jackson and drawn from more than one hundred hours of behind-the-scenes footage, featuring Jackson rehearsing a number of his songs for the show. In raw and candid detail, Michael Jackson’s This Is It captures the singer, dancer, filmmaker, architect, creative genius and great artist at work as he creates and perfects his planned final London shows.

DVD Features:
– 2 Making Of Documentaries
– The Gloved One – Costumes Featurette
– Memories Of Michael Featurette
– Auditions: Searching for the World’s Best Dancers Featurette
– Theatrical Trailer
– Meet the Dancers Featurette
– Meet the Band Featurette
– Meet the Vocalists Featurette
– The Unfinished Rehearsals Featurette

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Jennifer’s Body
Starring: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried & Johnny Simmons
Megan Fox purrs as a cheerleader-turned-serial killer in Jennifer’s Body – a black comedy horror from the pen of ‘Juno’s’ Diablo Cody. When high school hottie Jennifer suddenly develops a taste for her male classmates, nerdy pal Needy soon realises that she likes to have her cake and eat it!

Sexy temptress Megan Fox is hotter than hell as Jennifer – a gorgeous, seductive cheerleader who takes evil to a whole new level after she’s possessed by a sinister demon. Steamy action and gore galore ensue as the male student body succumbs to Jennifer’s insatiable appetite for human flesh. Now it’s up to her best friend (Amanda Seyfried) to stop Jennifer’s reign of terror before it’s too late!

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9 (Nine)
Starring: Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly & Jennifer Connelly
Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton (The Corpse Bride, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Nightwatch) join forces to produce wunderkind director Shane Acker’s distinctively original and thrilling tale. 9 stars Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Martin Landau, Christopher Plummer and Crispin Glover and features the music of Danny Elfman.

When 9 (The Lord of the Ring’s Elijah Wood) first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good. They must take the offensive if they are to survive, and they must discover why the machines want to destroy them in the first place. As they’ll soon come to learn, the very future of civilization may depend on them.

DVD Features:
– Feature commentary
– 9 – The Long and Short Of It
– Original Short
– Original Short Commentary
– Acting Out
– Deleted Scenes
– The Look of “9”

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The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
Starring: Jeremy Piven, Ving Rhames & David Koechner
From the guys behind Talladega Nights and Step Brothers comes one of the most outrageous comedies of the year!

Jeremy Piven (Entourage) leads an all-star comedy cast including Ed Helms (The Hangover), David Koechner (Get Smart) and Ving Rhames (I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry) in this hilarious look at the rowdy world of competitive car dealerships. Smooth-talking salesman Don Ready (Piven) and his crazy crew of closers have just one weekend to move over 200 cars and prove that when it comes to conning, conniving and all kinds of bad behavior, they’ve got The Goods!

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The Beaches Of Agnes
Starring: Agnès Varda
Intimate and inventive autobiographical portrait of acclaimed experimental French director Agnes Varda.

A member of the French New Wave and married to fellow director Jacques Demy, Varda pioneered the ‘cine-writing’ style of filmmaking, carefully planning every aspect of the film in order to achieve the greatest emotional response. Taking a detour from the standard forms of storytelling, Varda relates her own story by employing a range of filmic techniques, including the re-staging of dramatic events in her life, and the use of symbolic visual sets that combine to flesh out her thoughts and concepts, while at the same time giving an insight into her creative processes through the years. The film was the winner of the Best Documentary Cesar Award, 2009.

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The Human Contract
Starring: Jada Pinkett Smith, Jason Clarke & Paz Vega
Corporate player Julian Wright is a charming and mega successful businessman who hides a secret from the rest of the world which tears him apart every day. While he stands on the verge of the deal of his career, his life crosses paths witha woman who will turn his world upsidedown. As he pursues her in a dangerous game of seduction he is forced to confront his past. Julina must face the dark family secrets that continue to haunt him and his troubled sister.

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Katalin Varga
Starring: Hilda Péter, Andrea Gavriliu & Roberto Giacomello
Antal Borlan’s loving wife would never even suspect that her devoted and kind husband is responsible for a past atrocity. Antal believes he has felt God’s forgiveness and that his enduring marriage is testament to his redemption. An avenging angel by the name of Katalin Varga scales the Carpathian Mountains by horse and is in possession of the one thing that can redefine Antal’s notion of redemption. Yet Katalin cannot fully comprehend the notion of vengeance until the devastating trail she leaves behind in her search for Antal finally catches up with her.

DVD Features:
– Commentary by Peter Strickland and Ian Hayden Smith
– The Making of Katalin Varga
– Interview with Peter Strickland
– Stills gallery
– Trailer

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Tricks (aka: Sztuczki)
Starring: Damian Ul, Ewelina Walendziak & Rafal Guzniczak
Feelgood Polish family drama. Stefek (Damian Ul) is a six-year-old boy who is being raised by his single mother in a small mining town near Wroclaw. Closest to his older sister Elka (Ewelina Walendziak), Stefek spends most of his time following her around town, together believing that ‘tricks’ and ‘games’ can influence courses of events which shape their lives. However, as Stefek embarks on a game of chance in which he hopes to get closer to his wayward father, he suddenly realises that bargaining with destiny can be dangerous.

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Strength And Honour
Starring: Michael Madsen, Vinnie Jones & Richard Chamberlain
Strength And Honour tells the story of an Irish-American boxer, Sean Kelleher (Michael Madsen), who accidentally kills his friend in the ring and promises his wife that he will never box again. However, years later, when he discovers that his only son is dying of the same hereditary heart disorder which has taken his wife, he is forced to break his promise in order to raise the substantial funds needed for the surgery that could save his son’s life.

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Cabin Fever 2
Starring: Rider Strong, Noah Segan & Alexander Isaiah Thomas
When John decides to join his best friend Cassie at their high school prom, he realises there is more to worry about than Cassie’s jealous boyfriend. What starts out as a fun-filled evening quickly descends into a nightmarish fight for survival when a brand of bottled water becomes infected with a devastating flesh-eating virus.

With the school quarantined and the students and teachers rapidly succumbing to the sickness, John and Cassie must try to escape, even fighting their infected friends, in order to survive.

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About The Author

Editor, Design Manager

Pete graduated from University in 2003 with a degree in Digital Art. With a real interest in all the creative arts, he then went on to set up his own digital design agency, Elastic Eye - specialising in all forms of graphic design, web design, photography and MoreEyes VJ collective - specialising in VJ'ing, projection mapping and audio-visual performance.

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