New DVD/Blu-Ray Releases – 29th March 2010

2012
Starring: John Cusack, Amanda Peet & Thandie Newton

It’s the end of the world as we know it in Roland Emmerich’s earth-shattering action movie, 2012. Cities collapse and continents crumble with spectacular special effects, as plucky survivors including John Cusack and Woody Harrelson battle through the apocalypse to live until 2013!

From Roland Emmerich, director of The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day, comes the ultimate action-adventure film, exploding with groundbreaking special effects. As the world faces a catastrophe of apocalyptic proportions, cities collapse and continents crumble. 2012 brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.

DVD Features:
– Commentary with Writer/Director Roland Emmerich and Co-Writer Harald Kloser
– Deleted Scenes
– Alternate Ending
– Roland Emmerich: The Master of the Modern Epic

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Blu-Ray Features:
– movieIQ (logo) and BD-Live connect you to real-time information on the cast, music, trivia and more while watching the movie!
– Interactive Mayan Calendar -Enter a date to reveal your horoscope and personality profile! Delve even further into the secrets by watching Mysteries of the Mayan Calendar.
– Picture-In-Picture: Roland’s Vision-Includes Pre-Visualization, storyboards and behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with filmmakers, cast and crew
– Commentary with Writer/Director Roland Emmerich and Co-Writer Harald Kloser
– Deleted Scenes
– Alternate Ending
– Designing The End Of The World
– Roland Emmerich: The Master of the Modern Epic
– Science Behind The Destruction
– The End Of The World: The Actor’s Perspective

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THE INFORMANT
Starring: Matt Damon, Melanie Lynskey & Joel McHale

Matt Damon stars as Mark Whitacre, a real-life PhD student who became a whistleblower on an agricultural business when their practices become unlawful. Valued as a rising star at the company, Whitacre secretly set about compiling hours of video footage of malpractice over several years which revealed one of the biggest price-fixing scandals in history.

After the scandal was uncovered, Whitacre suffered a mental breakdown, spiralling into a life of bizarre behaviour and mania from the pressures of his undercover work. The Informant recounts his story with a darkly comic sensibility.

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THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS
Starring: Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp & Colin Farrell

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus tells the story of the titular Doctor and his travelling ‘Imaginarium’ where audience members get the chance to choose between light and joy, or darkness and gloom. Doctor parnassus long ago made a bet with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on the grounds that when his first born reached its 16th year, he or she would become the property of the devil. Dr Parnassus’ daughter Valentina is now approaching her 16th birthday and he is desperate to protect her from the imminant handover. The devil arrives but, as a betting man, makes another wager. Now, in order to win Valentina, the victor must be the first to seduce five souls. Joined by many wild and eccentric characters in his journey, Dr Parnassus promises his daughter’s hand in marriage to the man that helps him win.

This new Terry Gilliam flick will be notable for being the last film Heath Ledger worked on, his role in the film being unfinished before his untimely death. As the story is centered on a 1,000 year old magician with a magic mirror that serves as a portal, the film was saved by Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell all playing versions of the same character portrayed by Ledger, changing as they pass through the mirror.

DVD Features:
– Feature Introduction by Terry Gilliam
– Heath Ledger & Friends
– Heath Ledger Interview
– Heath Ledger Wardrobe Test with optional commentary by Terry Gilliam
– Director’s Commentary
– Deleted Scene with optional commentary by Terry Gilliam
– The Imaginarium of Terry Gilliam
– Building the Monastery
– Behind the Mirror
– UK Premiere Featurette

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Blu-Ray Features:
– Feature Introduction by Terry Gilliam
– Heath Ledger & Friends
– Heath Ledger Interview
– Heath Ledger Wardrobe Test with optional commentary by Terry Gilliam
– Director’s Commentary
– Deleted Scene with optional commentary by Terry Gilliam
– The Imaginarium of Terry Gilliam
– Building the Monastery
– Behind the Mirror
– UK Premiere Featurette
– ‘The Drunk’ Multi – Angle Feature (Blu-ray exclusive)

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PLANET 51
Voiced by: Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott & Jessica Biel

Planet 51 is a galactic sized animated alien adventure comedy revolving around American astronaut Captain Charles “Chuck” Baker, who lands on Planet 51 thinking he’s the first person to step foot on it.

To his surprise, he finds that this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world reminiscent of a cheerfully innocent 1950s America, and whose only fear is that it will be overrun by alien invaders… like Chuck!

With the help of his robot companion “Rover” and his new friend Lem, Chuck must navigate his way through the dazzling, but bewildering, landscape of Planet 51 in order to escape becoming a permanent part of the Planet 51 Alien Invaders Space Museum.

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GLORIOUS 39
Starring: Romola Garai, Bill Nighy & Julie Christie

In , Glorious 39, acclaimed writer/director Stephen Poliakoff has crafted a tense psychological thriller set against the idyllic British countryside during the glorious summer of 1939, just before the outbreak of the Second World War.

Anne, a budding young actress, stumbles across secret recordings of a sinister plot to appease the Nazis. As close friends die in suspicious circumstances, she finds herself swept into a web of dark secrets and in increasing danger from a powerful and menacing enemy. With her most precious certainties destroyed and unable to trust even those closest to her, she comes to realise the full extent of her own betrayal and vulnerability.

DVD Features:
– Audio commentary with Director Stephen Poliakoff and Actress Romola Garai
– On The Edge Of War : Uncovering Glorious 39
– Close Up : Stephen Poliakoff
– Glorious 39 : The London Premiere
– Costume Gallery Sketches
– Photo Gallery
– Trailer

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CRACKS
Starring: Eva Green, Juno Temple & Maria Valverde

In an austere and remote all girls boarding school, the most elite clique of girls are the illustrious members of the schools’ diving team. DI, LILY, POPPY, LAUREL, ROSIE and FUZZY are the envy of their fellow pupils who watch on as the girls compete for the attention of their glamorous teacher MISS G (Eva Green). MISS G in turn thrives on the attention she receives from her girls and believes it is her role to teach them the ways of the world.

As Team Captain, DI is closest of all the girls to MISS G but her position is challenged when a beautiful Spanish girl, FIAMMA, arrives at the school and joins the diving team. DI, pulls rank as team captain and lays down the rules in an attempt to assert her position but MISS G is spellbound by FIAMMA’s beauty and maturity and becomes obsessed with her new favourite girl.

Consumed with jealousy, DI encourages the group to bully their team mate and they chase her out of the school. When FIAMMA is made to return the girls are forced to try and get along with FIAMMA and as they open up to her they too begin to warm to the charms that so captivated MISS G. In an attempt to put their differences aside – the diving team and FIAMMA plan a secret midnight party to celebrate the feast of St. Agnes; a ritualistic celebration that is both innocent and erotic. A night that begins with high spirits soon takes a turn that will change the girls’ lives forever as MISS G interrupts the evening and takes a drunken FIAMMA away to her room…

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SERAPHINE
Starring: Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Anne Bennent

French drama based on the true story of French primitive painter Seraphine de Senlis. In 1914, celebrated German art critic and collector Wilhelm Uhde (Ulrich Tukur) decides to rent an apartment in the small French town of Senlis, north of Paris, in order to write and have a break from city life. When he spots a small painting in the drawing room of his landlady, Madame Duphot (Genevieve Mnich), he is amazed to discover that it is the work of none other than her cleaning lady, the rough, plain and somewhat emotionally unhinged Seraphine (Yolande Moreau). Uhde immediately insists on seeing the rest of Seraphine’s paintings, and before long a major new talent is introduced into the rarefied world of 20th-century European art.

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BUNNY AND THE BULL
Starring: Edward Hogg, Simon Farnaby & Verónica Echegui

Starring Ed Hogg, Simon Farnaby, Veronica Echegui and Julian Barratt Bunny And The Bull is a comedy road movie set entirely in a flat. Stephen Turnbull hasn’t been outside in months. When a sudden infestation of mice forces him to abandon his routine, he finds his mind hurtling back to the disastrous trek around Europe he undertook with his friend Bunny. Two gambling addicts let loose for the first time, they are hopelessly unprepared for the adventure that awaits them. Stephen’s flat becomes the springboard for an extraordinary odyssey through lands made up of snapshots and souvenirs, from the industrial wastelands of Silesia to the bull fields of Andalusia. Bunny And The Bull is a touching and beautiful journey to the end of the room.

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About The Author

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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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