New Blu-ray & DVD releases from Christmas 2011 to New Year 2012

Once again, we look at a few titles in more detail which are due out soon. The prices listed are the current prices on Amazon.New Blu-ray & DVD releases from Christmas 2011 to New Year 2012

New movies and main releases:

  • Apollo 18 (£14.99 Blu-ray, £10.99 DVD, EIV)
  • Cowboys & Aliens (£14.99 Blu-ray, £12.99 DVD, Paramount)
  • Dead Heads (£11.99 Blu-ray, £4.99 DVD, G2)
  • The Devil’s Double (£11.99 Blu-ray, £9.99 DVD, Icon)
  • Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (£11.99 Blu-ray, £9.99 DVD, Revolver)
  • Faces In The Crowd (£13.99 Blu-ray, £9.99 DVD, Metrodome)
  • Final Destination 5 (£17.99 Blu-ray/3D, £9.99 DVD, Warner)
  • Kill List (£11.99 Blu-ray, £9.99 DVD, Studiocanal)
  • The King of Fighters (£7.99 Blu-ray, £7.99 DVD, Universal)
  • Lethal Justice (£13.99 Blu-ray, £9.99 DVD, Studiocanal)
  • A Lonely Place To Die (£10.79 Blu-ray, £8.99 DVD, Kaleidoscope)
  • Pedro Almodóvar: The Ultimate Collection (7 films) (£37.47 DVD, Fox)
  • The Skin I Live In (£14.99 Blu-ray, £12.99 DVD, Pathe)
  • The Tempest (£7.99 DVD, Walt Disney)
TV Series/Misc:
  • Bad Girls Series 6 (£16.99 DVD, Acorn)
  • The Borrowers (2011) (£13.49 DVD, Universal)
  • Burn Notice Season 4 (£13.99 DVD, Fox)
  • Christmas at Downton Abbey (£14.99 Blu-ray, £12.99 DVD, Universal)
  • The Fades Series 1 (£15.99 Blu-ray, £12.99 DVD, BBC)
  • Formula One Season Review 2011 (£16.99 Blu-ray, £12.99 DVD, Universal)
  • Futurama Season 5 (£17.99 Blu-ray, £13.99 DVD, Fox)
  • Jillian Michaels Boxed Set – Ripped in 30 + Killer Buns & Thighs (£14.99 DVD, Acacia)
  • Just Henry (£11.99 DVD, ITV)
  • The Killing Series 2 (£25.99 DVD, £38.99 Complete DVD, E1)
  • Misfits Series 3 (£15.99 Blu-ray, £11.99 DVD, C4 DVD)
  • Misfits Series 1-3 (£33.69 Blu-ray, £27.99 DVD, C4 DVD)
  • The Slap Season 1 (£11.99 DVD, Revolver)
Blu-ray premieres:
  • Frankenhooker (£15.99, Arrow)
  • Ned Kelly (£12.59, Universal)
  • Videodrome (£12.49, Universal)

The Killing Series 2

The emergency services receive a chilling phone call from a distraught man unable to find his wife. Reports later reveal that a woman was stabbed 21 times in a fatal attack. Sarah Lund is recalled by Lennart Brix.

In the gripping return of the BAFTA award-winning series, Sarah Lund returns to Copenhagen to investigate a savage murder when an ex-soldier who served in Afghanistan is savagely killed. Parallel to Lund, both the Minister of Justice and an escaped convict are also desperately searching for the murderer. They are the protagonists of a twisting tale of top-level cover-ups, betrayals and lies set in a time of fear–that of Islamic terrorism.

Boxset also features Series 1:
Sarah Lund is looking forward to leaving the Copenhagen Police Department to move to Sweden with her fiancée until everything changes when a 19-year-old girl is found raped and brutally murdered. Along with Detective Jan Meyer they stay ahead of the investigation as it becomes clear they are following an intelligent and dangerous murderer.

The Killing Series 2 is released on DVD (£25.99) and Series 1 & 2 DVD (£38.99).

Christmas at Downton Abbey

Christmas 1919. Downton Abbey is hosting a lavish Christmas party, yet despite being the season of goodwill, tensions are rife and Bates’ arrest has cast a shadow over the festivities. Will he be a condemned man or will he be found innocent in time to dance with his new wife at the annual servants’ ball? Mary has to consider her future with Sir Richard Carlisle following a contretemps at the shooting party and Violet has concerns about Rosamund, whose new suitor – the dashing but raffish Lord Hepworth – is not all he seems.

Christmas at Downton Abbey is released on Blu-ray (£14.99) and DVD (£12.99).

Cowboys & Aliens

The Old West.. where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world. 1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford).

It’s a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation.

As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents-townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors-all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.

The cast features Daniel Craig, Clancy Brown, Sam Rockwell and Keith Carridine, and from the trailer, what starts off looking like a typical Wild West film, soon changes halfway through when the aliens arrive and start shooting up the place.

Cowboys & Aliens is released on Blu-ray (£14.99) and DVD (£12.99).

Final Destination 5

The film opens up with co-workers gathering together for a company retreat. Sam Lawton has prepared the breakfast before the bus ride. His best friend, Peter, is awaiting everyone else’s arrival for the trip. Molly Harper, Sam’s girlfriend arrives and she then breaks up with him, due to his dreams of going to Paris to be an apprentice for his mentor. Meanwhile Peter’s girlfriend, Candice, an intern for the company and a gymnast comes along with rival Olivia Castle. Molly is hit on by Isaac Palmer, a co-worker and womanizer. Sam then goes to the construction wing of the building to find his other friend, Nathan Gregory, a supervisor who has a hard time dealing with construction worker, Roy.

Nathan and Sam regroup and head on the bus to their destination. As the bus heads up on the bridge, Sam notices the roads construction is rather suspicious, and he begins to have weird feelings while on the bus.

The bus is stopped by a traffic operator, and then the bridge starts to crack. Sam watches as each of the co-workers dies, excluding Molly, who reaches safety. Sam then comes to, realizing that the incident has yet to occur. He and Molly leave the bus, and Peter, Candice, Olivia, Nathan, Isaac, and Dennis follow. The bridge collapses and Sam rushes all of his friends to safety.

Well, you know what’ll come next. I haven’t even seen the fourth film yet, which was entitled THE Final Destination, so they clearly lied. And there’s no-one famous in the cast, other than Tony Todd, again. Watching the trailer, it does look like a great deal of fun, though, so I’ll be sure to catch up with No.4 before seeing this.

Final Destination 5 is released on Blu-ray/3D (£17.99) and DVD (£9.99).

Apollo 18

In December, 1974, the Department of Defense contacts the crew of the previously-cancelled Apollo 18 mission to inform them that the mission is a go, though it has been deemed top secret. Commander Nathan Walker, Lieutenant Colonel John Grey and Captain Benjamin Anderson are launched towards the Moon, ostensibly to collect moon rocks, but their given mission is to place detectors to alert the United States of any impending ICBM attacks from the USSR.

Grey remains in orbit aboard Freedom while Walker and Anderson land on the moon in the lunar module Liberty. While planting one of the detectors, the pair take samples of strange rocks. While attempting to sleep, the pair hear noises outside and a camera captures a small rock moving nearby. Houston claims the noises are interference from the ICBM detectors. Anderson finds a rock sample on the floor of Liberty despite having secured the samples. During further exploration they discover footprints that lead them to a Soviet LK lander nearby, finding it functional but blood stained. Anderson follows tracks leading into a dark crater and finds a dead cosmonaut. Walker queries Houston about the Soviet presence but is rebuffed, told only to continue with the mission.

The film is shot in a mockumentary found-footage style, supposedly of the lost footage of the Apollo 18 mission that was only recently discovered.

Apollo 18 is released on Blu-ray (£14.99) and DVD (£10.99).

A Lonely Place To Die

A group of five mountaineers are hiking and climbing in the Scottish Highlands when they discover a young Serbian girl buried in a small chamber in the wilderness. They become caught up in a terrifying game of cat and mouse with the kidnappers as they try to get the girl to safety.

In April 2011, the movie had its world premiere at the Actionfest Film Festival in Ashville, USA where it was awarded ‘Best Film’ and ‘Best Director’.

After heavy interest at the Cannes film market in May 2011, Kaleidoscope Entertainment picked up all UK rights to release the film. It will be their widest release to date.

The film then had its UK premiere on August 29th where it closed Frightfest 2011.

A Lonely Place To Die is released on Blu-ray (£10.79) and DVD (£8.99).

Reviewer of movies, videogames and music since 1994. Aortic valve operation survivor from the same year. Running since 2000. Nobel Peace Prize winner 2021.


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