Maleficent tells the tale of Sleeping Beauty, told from the perspective of the titular villain, played by Angelina Jolie, looking at the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse young Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora.
As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realises that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.
Also starring Juno Temple, Sharlto Copley, Brenton Thwaites, Peter Capaldi, Miranda Richardson, Imelda Staunton, Sam Riley and Lesley Manville, Maleficent is released now on all formats…
However, like last week’s Edge of Tomorrow, a 3D version was made out of the 2D version, but the film was NOT shot in 3D, so DO NOT pay extra for the 3D version. Maleficent was also shown on IMAX screens, despite none of it being shot in IMAX! What a con!
Northern Soul is the story of a youth culture in the 1970s which changed a generation.It tells the tale of a nightclub based movement which developed in Northern England . The film is an authentic and uplifting account of two young boys whose horizons are opened up by the discovery of black American soul music.
No longer satisfied with the prospect of a small town life and a factory production lin , they dream of going to America to discover super rare records which will help them become the best DJs on the Northern Soul scene. The difficult journey forces the two best friends to confront rivalry, violence and drug abuse as their friendship and loyalties are tested to the limit.
Starring Antonia Thomas, Steve Coogan, Christian McKay, Ricky Tomlinson, James Lance, John Thomson, Ashley Taylor Dawson and Lisa Stansfield, this looks a superb comedy/drama and well worth a viewing.
20000 Days On Earth
Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth. Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon Nick Cave. With startlingly frank insights and an intimate portrayal of the artistic process, the film examines what makes us who we are, and celebrates the transformative power of the creative spirit
Starring Nick Cave (obviously), Susie Cave, Warren Ellis, Darian Leader, Ray Winstone and Kylie Minogue, I don’t know a great amount of his music, but this does look fascinating.
Over 45 minutes of extra material including:
- The Making of 20,000 Days on Earth
- Outtake: Nick and Kylie performing Where the Wild Roses Grow at Koko in London
Outtake: Nick and Ray Winstone talking about fish and chips
Outtake: The Archive – Words and making lists
Outtake: The Archive – Statue and Australia’s big things
Outtake: The Archive – Sending reviews to mother
Outtake: Rehearsal – song Your Funeral My Trial
Outtake: Rehearsal – song Stranger Than Kindness
Outtake: The Interview – talking to Darian Leader about Blixa Bargeld
Outtake: The Interview – taking to Darian Leader about words
Outtake: The Interview – talking to Darian Leader about entering other worlds
Outtake: Nick and the band recording backing vocals in the studio
Outtake: Warren Ellis playing violin on Jubilee Street in the studio
Outtake: Nick and band demoing song in Brighton (‘See That Girl…’)
Filmed in Supermarionation/This is Supermarionation
FILMED IN SUPERMARIONATION
This is the definitive documentary telling the story of the unique puppetry and animation technique developed by Gerry and Sylvia and their team and deployed in all their programmes throughout the 1960s including Stingray, Captain Scarlet and, most famously, Thunderbirds.
Directed and co-produced by Stephen La Riviere and hosted by Lady Penelope and Parker themselves, Filmed in Supermarionation is a screen adaptation of his book of the same name and features a wealth of previously unseen archive footage, brand new interviews with the surviving casts and crews and clips from the shows themselves. A highlight of the film are ingenious and accurate recreations of the pioneering techniques used in the productions.
- Deleted scenes: a selection of material that did not appear in the final documentary.
Filming in Supermarionation: filming the effects and puppets for the documentary
Special effects reel: an unedited reel of special effects shots created for the documentary
Gerry and Sylvia in America: colour footage shot by Barry Gray of Gerry and Sylvia at the 1965 World’s Fair in New York
Tomorrow s World: full Video Assist report
Something for the Children: Sylvia Anderson archive interview
Parade: colour, behind-the-scenes Thunderbirds footage
Lord Mayor & Thunderbird 3 (silent reel)
THIS IS SUPERMARIONATION
You ve seen how the shows were created now see them as never before Supermarionation in High Definition.
Launch the disc, sit back and enjoy some rare treats on a journey through Supermarionationland. Parker, Lady Penelope and Brains are your hosts, introducing some of the very best episodes from the Supermarionation archive as well as news items, commercial breaks with tie-in adverts and much more.
Stand By For Action!
- Four Feather Falls: Gunfight on Main Street
Supercar: False Alarm
Fireball XL5: Space City Special
Thunderbirds: Terror in New York City
Captain Scarlet: The Mysterons
Joe 90: Hi-Jacked
The Secret Service: More Haste, Less Speed
Other film releases out this week on both Blu-ray and DVD:
- 3 Days To Kill
Cold in July
The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray only)
Once Upon a Time in America: Extended Director’s Cut (Blu-ray only)
Seve: The Movie
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) (Blu-ray release)
Two Days One Night
Walking On Sunshine
Other films on DVD:
- The Single Moms Club
Welcome To New York
TV Series out this week on Blu-ray and DVD:
- American Horror Story Season 3
Dynamo: Magician Impossible Season 4 (DVD only)
Glee Season 5 (DVD only)
Grimm Season 3
Marvel’s Agent of SHIELD Season 1 (DVD only)
The Mentalist Season 6 (DVD only)
Mrs Brown’s Boys: More Christmas Crackers (2013 Xmas specials)
Revenge Season 3 (DVD only)
The Smoke Series 1 (DVD only)
Two And A Half Men Season 11 (DVD only)
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