Bad Neighbours and Camera Obscura: The Walerian Borowczyk Collection plus more new Blu-ray & DVDs out September 8th 2014


The Blu-rays and DVDs out this coming week start with Bad Neighbours.

Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne lead the cast of Bad Neighbours, a comedy about a young couple who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby.

Let the battle for the street begin!

Also, like Transformers: Age of Extinction, this film didn’t come out in the cinema on a Friday, but a Saturday, which meant that it wouldn’t make the following week’s charts, but would actually have a 9-day “weekend” in terms of box office, and so would easily by No.1 the following week.

A cynic might say that the studio are clearly so unsure it’d get to No.1 on its own merit that they have to cheat by getting almost two full weekends out of it. I do hope this isn’t the start of a trend.


Camera Obscura: The Walerian Borowczyk Collection (Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD)

This groundbreaking collection brings together Walerian Borowczyk s key films from a twenty-five-year period stretching from 1959 through to 1984.

This unique release includes five of Borowczyk s provocative feature films: Theatre de M et Mme Kabal, Goto, l ile d amour, Blanche, Contes Immoraux and La Bete as well as his groundbreaking short films from this period.

Not only are many of these films available on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time, but also in new digital high definition restorations approved by the director s widow, Ligia Branice.

In addition to exclusive documentaries featuring cast and crew, an hour long portrait of Borowczyk is to be included, featuring the director s musings on painting, animation and sex.

Accompanying this seminal release is a book edited by Borowczyk experts Daniel Bird and Michael Brooke featuring newly commissioned essays on Borowczyk s films and art, as well as an account of the meticulous restoration process involved.

To round off the release is, for the first time, an English translation of Borowczyk s 1992 collection of short stories, Anatomy of the Devil, translated by the director’s assistant, Michael Levy.

Arrow Academy s Walerian Borowczyk Collection is a vital addition to anyone interested in either world cinema, animation or experimental film.

Limited Edition collection featuring five feature films:

    Theatre of Mr & Mrs Kabal (1967)
    Goto, Isle of Love (1968)
    Blanche (1971)
    Immoral Tales (1974)
    The Beast (1975)

And the short films:

    The Astronauts (1959)
    The Concert (1962)
    Grandmother’s Encyclopaedia (1963)
    Renaissance (1963)
    Angels’ Games (1964)
    Joachim’s Dictionary (1965)
    Rosalie (1966)
    Gavotte (1967)
    Diptych (1967)
    The Phonograph (1969)
    A Private Collection (1973)
    Venus on the Half-Shell (1975)
    The Greatest Love of All Time (1978)
    Scherzo Infernal (1984)


    Brand new 2K restorations of Borowczyk s films
    High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the films and extras
    Newly translated English subtitles


    Introduction by filmmaker Terry Gilliam
    Film is not a Sausage: Borowczyk s Short Films A new interview programme featuring Borowczyk, producer Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin, assistant André Heinrich and composer Bernard Parmegiani
    Blow Ups A new visual essay by Daniel Bird concerning Borowczyk s works on paper
    Borowczyk’s commercials


    Introduction by artist and Turner Prize nominee Craigie Horsfield


Homeland Season 3

Homeland Season 3 sees Claire Danes return as Carrie Matheison, and Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson, beginning to pick up the pieces of their shattered professional lives, as they’re swept up in the political and media firestorm surrounding the terror attack and the subsequent search for the whereabouts of Nick Brody (Damian Lewis), following the aftermath of the horrific terror attack that decimated the U.S. intelligence apparatus, and prompted a global manhunt for this man who is the world’s most wanted terrorist.


Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Boxset

This limited edition collector’s set includes the 50th anniversary special; The Day of the Doctor, Matt Smith‘s Farewell; The Time of the Doctor, the Series 7 finale; The Name of the Doctor, and the Eighth Doctor’s (Paul McGann) surprise regeneration into John Hurt‘s War Doctor; The Night of the Doctor.

The collection also includes an exclusive cut of the read-through of The Day of the Doctor featuring Matt Smith and David Tennant, deleted scenes, new-to-DVD cinema trails and Mark Gatiss’ award winning drama about the genesis of Doctor Who; An Adventure in Space and Time. The hilarious Five-ish Doctors – starring Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and a host of special guests – will also be included on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time.

Unfortunately, the BBC have confirmed that the Blu-ray does not include the 3D version of The Day of the Doctor, despite the original release of the episode containing this.


The Big Bang Theory Season 7

All 24 episodes from the seventh season of the US sitcom.

The series revolves around two university physicists, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons), their beautiful, free-spirited neighbour, Penny (Kaley Cuoco), and their friends, Howard (Simon Helberg) and Rajesh (Kunal Nayyar). In this season, Leonard and Penny make a big decision about their relationship, Sheldon takes a new direction in life and Raj finally finds some romance.

The episodes are: ‘The Hofstadter Insufficiency’, ‘The Deception Verification’, ‘The Scavenger Vortex’, ‘The Raiders Minimization’, ‘The Workplace Proximity’, ‘The Romance Resonance’, ‘The Proton Displacement’, ‘The Itchy Brain Simulation’, ‘The Thanksgiving Decoupling’, ‘The Discovery Dissipation’, ‘The Cooper Extraction’, ‘The Hesitation Ramification’, ‘The Occupation Recalibration’, ‘The Convention Conundrum’, ‘The Locomotive Manipulation’, ‘The Table Polarization’, ‘The Friendship Turbulence’, ‘The Mummy Observation’, ‘The Indecision Amalgamation’, ‘The Relationship Diremption’, ‘The Anything Can Happen Recurrence’, ‘The Proton Transmogrification’, ‘The Gorilla Dissolution’ and ‘The Status Quo Combustion’.

the-angriest-man-in-brooklynOther film releases out this week on both Blu-ray and DVD:

    Blanche (Blu-ray and DVD package)
    Blue Ruin
    Brick Mansions
    Countess Dracula (Peter Cushing) (Blu-ray release)
    Jarhead 2: Field of Fire
    Twins of Evil (Peter Cushing) (Blu-ray release)

Other films on DVD:

    The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
    Some Velvet Morning
    A Thousand Times Goodnight

not-in-front-of-the-childrenTV Series out this week on Blu-ray and DVD:

    Blue Bloods Season 4 (DVD)
    Haven Season 4 (DVD)
    The Mill Series 2 (DVD)
    Not in Front of the Children (DVD)

All other releases:

    Belinda Carlisle – Belinda (CD + DVD package)
    For No Good Reason (DVD)
    Status Quo: The Frantic Four Final Fling (Blu-ray and DVD)