The Secret Episode 1 – The DVDfever Review
The Secret has a less-than-secret reality in that a much better title should have been chosen. In telling a real-life story, James Nesbitt is dentist Colin Howell, working in Coleraine, County Londonderry in Northern Ireland, circa 1990, in a four-parter that will take events up to 2011. He lets temptation get the better of him […]
Follow The Money Season 1 on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review
Follow The Money begins with the cops finding a body in the water that once used to be a man called Mikhayil Husenko, but given that it’s difficult to track down day labourers when they could work for one of 50 companies, but the fact he died in an accident at a wind turbine plant […]
Louis Theroux: Drinking to Oblivion – The DVDfever Review
Louis Theroux‘s latest documentary, Drinking to Oblivion, sets out its stall quite simply for what is a very complex subject, often with no clear answers. He talks to a handful of patients who have checked in to King’s College Hospital, London, a specialist liver centre, where they sometimes have to receive bad news about their […]
Flowers Episodes 1 and 2 – The DVDfever Review
Flowers is the surname for the family who get their money’s worth out of the word “dysfunctional”. Deborah (Olivia Colman) and Maurice (Julian Barratt) are a couple at the end of their tether, where things are as taut as a very taut piece of rope. The patriarch is an author of childrens books, working inefficiently […]
Grandma on DVD – The DVDfever Review
Grandma, we love you. Grandma, we do. Yes, I couldn’t help but start with with a reference to that track. After all, how many other films am I going to review with this same title, between now and my old age when I’ve reached the same point in my lifespan as grannies? Lily Tomlin is […]
Forthcoming UK Blu-ray and DVD releases from now until the end of time…. well, as schedules dictate so far, which is w/c May 30th, with a few beyond that but more coming soon and click on the packshots for the full-size images:
Tulip Fever stars Christoph Waltz (Spectre) as artist Cornelis Sandvoort, who falls for young, married Sophia (Ex Machina‘s Alicia Vikander, right, with Waltz) while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait during the tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam.
Directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom), with a screenplay by Tom Stoppard, based on the Deborah Moggach novel, this also features Dane DeHaan, Zach Galifianakis, Holliday Grainger, Tom Hollander, Jack O’Connell, Kevin McKidd, Judi Dench, David Harewood, Matthew Morrison and, for some reason, Cara Delevingne, but while there’s a mostly good cast on show, it looks pretty dull.
DVDfever will NOT be getting Tulip Fever when it’s released, which is July 15th for the US, but there’s no UK date yet.
Check out the trailer below and click on the above image for the full-size version.
It’s a Western. People grunt at each other. No-one trusts anyone else. We’ve been here a million times before. Yes, it looks that exciting.
Kieran Darcy-Smith directs the film, written by Matt Cook and also starring Emory Cohen, Woody Harrelson, William Hurt, Alice Braga, William Sadler and Benedict Samuel.
The Duel squares up against itself on June 24th in the US, but as of yet there’s no UK release date.
Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image.
Southside With You is the film about the man who won the Nobel Peace Prize simply for walking into work on his first day – Barack Obama, played by Parker Sawyers. America’s second black President (after 24‘s David Palmer). This film chronicles the meeting between him and future First Lady Michelle (Tika Sumpter), set in Chicago’s South Side.
Unfortunately, this is so syrupy-sweet that the Tate & Lyle was dripping out of my phone as I watched the trailer, and almost as cloying, making me vomit. It’s full of godawful soundbites such as:
- Her: “Why did you come to Chicago?”
Him: “To make a difference!”
Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla stays at No.1, in the UK Top 100 Music chart summary w/e May 5th 2016, with One Dance, and it’s just bland, auto-tuned blandy blandness. I find it difficult to get annoyed at such a lazy track, but I’m amazed anyone bought it.
There are no *new* entries in the Top 10, but there is a re-entry for Prince at No.6 with the classic Purple Rain. There’s also a stack of Beyonce tracks in the chart, but since they’re from her album, why would the fans buy all of them separately??
And in tribute to yet another music legend passing away, here’s Billy Paul with Me and Mrs Jones:
Dear Eleanor centres around two teenage girls – Ellie Potter (Liana Liberato) with Isabelle Fuhrman as the oddly-named Max the Wax – who travel across the US in 1962, during the chaos of the Cuban missile crisis, searching for Eleanor Roosevelt.
And from the way this dull trailer pans out, I don’t care a jot if they locate her.
Directed by Kevin Connolly and written by Cecilia Contreras and Amy Garcia, the cast also stars Jessica Alba (right) – who seems to get caught up in a lot of straight-to-DVD rubbish these days, like Barely Lethal, plus Josh Lucas, Luke Wilson, Claire van der Boom, Joel Courtney, Ione Skye and, son of the action man, Patrick Schwarzenegger.
Dear Eleanor is released on straight to DVD in the US on July 5th, but there isn’t even a UK release date. Don’t hold your breath.
Check out the trailer below and click on the top-right image for the full-size version:
A strange signal pulsates through all mobile (cell) phone networks worldwide, and starts a murderous epidemic of epic proportions when users become bloodthirsty creatures (so, it turns into a zombie movie), and a group of people in New England are among the survivors to deal with the ensuing chaos after.
Directed by Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity 2), with a screenplay from Adam Alleca that’s based on the Stephen King novel, the two big leads are John Cusack and Samuel L Jackson, plus Isabelle Fuhrman, Stacy Keach, Lloyd Kaufman, Owen Teague, Catherine Dyer and Mandi Christine Kerr.
Cell (ahem, mobile phone) is released in the US on July 8th, but as of yet, there’s no UK date. It looks rather like a straight-to-DVD clunker.
Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image.
One night, when he was clearly pissed,
he showed classified NSA documents to a group of journalists,
When you’re, with Ed Snowden, have a gabber-gabber-do-time, a gabber-do-time, you’ll spill all their se-crets! #
The main man is portrayed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who seems to be starting to make a living out of bad impressions of real people, following on from his role as wirewalker Philippe Petit in The Walk, with a large supporting cast including the Divergent series’ Shailene Woodley, plus Scott Eastwood, Nicolas Cage, Timothy Olyphant, Zachary Quinto, Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson, Melissa Leo, Ben Schnetzer, plus Tom Wilkinson doing another dodgy American accent as usual.
It looks merely okay from the trailer, but hopefully it’ll be bolstered by Oliver Stone being in the hot seat as he both directs and wrote the screenplay based on the books – The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena.
Snowden is released in the US on September 16th, but as of yet, there’s no UK date.
Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size version:
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie answers the question – what do you do when you’ve completely run out of ideas with your sitcom? In the case of Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, it was usually to make the occasional special, but now they’ve finally got round to a spin-off movie and it’s not far away, hence the teaser now giving way to the trailer.
And, as you’d expect, they’ve filled it with pointless cameos from pointless female Z-list celebs who fill the fashion magazines and internet with pictures of their gen -itals, such as Cara Delevingne, Kim Kardashian West, Gwendoline Christie and, heaven forbid, Rebel Wilson.
The plot synopsis is as follows (and I can’t be bothered to make it sound good): Edina and Patsy are still oozing glitz and glamor, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hot-spots.